Mojo Monday 148

I have been wanting to try out a Mojo Monday sketch for a while but been very intimidated by the wonderful work always seen on the blog there. However with things the way they have been this last week or so, especially with the news from home I am feeling the need to “try” things I have wanted to do. Compelled, if you will, to tackle some of the things I want to do or have intimidated me.

Life is too short and I need to grasp the moment.

So anyway – last night two of my friends and I started up a Paper Crafters Social group. We don’t have an LSS to go to for crops and such so we thought this would be a great opportunity, and help us get to know others in our community. We had one new lady come along. Being summer holidays here many people from our new community are away. It should get bigger after summer once everyone is back and settled in again.

After making a digital template of the sketch I printed off the papers I was using from Berry Meadow digital kit by Quirky Twerp. Took these with some hybrid digital scrapbooking paper craft necessities (here after called stash πŸ™‚ ) and made the hybrid card up while we chatted at the new social group last night.

So here it is – my first mojo monday sketch. This is for Mojo Monday 148

There are two other firsts for me on this card. Embossing with the Cuttlebug is one of them. Wow – this is amazing and I can’t believe we waited so long to get one. The Swiss dots are just perfect.

Also it is theΒ  first time using Nestabilities from Spell Binders. Must say the nestabilities are a lot of fun too. Can see me getting a lot of use from them. This time I only cut with them as I am waiting for the mats to come so they can be used in the Cuttlebug.

The butterfly and flower are popped up with 3D mounting tape. Touched them up with a bit of glitter and some gloss to them too. Then a turned up ruffle with a Martha Stewart Punch was added along with some pretty green checkered ribbon.

Last but not least the digital Sentiment Stamp “Thank You” is again my design. Look for it later in the week – I may just give it away. πŸ˜€

It may not be up to the cards on the Mojo Monday blog but it is a start. Now I have broken the ice who knows what may happen? Plus it is one more thing ticked off that list!


Card Crafters Free Templates

Given that I am on a bit of a card making kick at the moment I decided to streamline my card making by setting up a couple of templates. Wanting to ensure my final print project came out the right size – say for a card to be matted on a card base then fit in an A2 envelope I set up a template with guides and such to make my work easier.

It all snowballed from there with me making a bunch of card templates. All three cards from yesterday were created with my new templates. Given how much time they saved me I thought I might share some of them with you.

Introducing Card Crafters from Altered Life Designs.

These card templates are set up ready for your digital and hybrid card making needs. The page size is 8.5 x 11 and already set up for 1/8th inch print margins.

In the pack you get two templates. One is perfect for clipping your digital papers and elements to, printing out and cutting to size ready to pop into an envelope. A quick and easy card “homemade” card solution this one is called Print’n Go.

The second one is laid out individually on the same size 8.5 x 11. This time however you can cut the pieces out and adhere your layers together along with some extra “traditional” card making or scrapbookingl embellishments making this a truly paper card. There is room on the page for you to add some extra pieces out of a digital kit should you wish to embellish or add extra layers.

These templates will be called Print’n Create. How you finish them off is up to you. Keep to the template or go all out and create something totally individual.

To celebrate all the fun I am having making these, and introducing them to you I have decided to give away my first ever Card Crafters Template Set.

This card was made with it.

So was this one.

So without further ado here is the link for the card templates.

You know the drill – please leave me a comment here if you download them – and link me up when you use them. i would love to see your creations!

I hope you enjoy creating with Card Crafters as much as I have making them!

Planned Perfection:Day Four JYC

Todays prompt was perfect. No, not perfect – the prompt is “Perfection”. This one is interesting to me as I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. So far on this journey I have discovered that I can cope with getting the page done, after all that is what it is about. It does not have be perfect. Life is too short and that realisation has caused me to rethink some of my expectations.

Just the fact that my tags don’t all fit isn’t even going to bother me. I shall adjust. πŸ™‚

However – I do like things to appear perfect. I plan them that way and usually manage to pull it off. Growing older has allowed me the grace to realise if it doesn’t then life won’t end.

My layout for today encompasses the way I like my home to look and the day to run. Yes, I can manage a room that looks like it should be in a magazine. Yes, I can do Martha Stewart and have all the cooking done so my time with our guests is at a premium. It takes planning, dedication and commitment to do it though. These things just do not happen on their own.

Life experience has honed these skills. At forty I am more capable than I was at twenty. If you find it a challenge, take hope and just work on one thing each year. Eventually you will find the balance and be pleased with your efforts.

I have again used kits by Bisontine, Pickle Barrel Designers, and Julie Bullock – available at Shabby Pickle Designs.