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 🙂 ) 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 the  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. 😀

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!


Free 4th of July Printable Cards

This week I had the chance to play with a fun paper pack from Donna of Quirky Twerp.  The  Happy Little Fourth Paper pack is fabulous for both scrapbooking, card making or any hybrid project you might want to tackle. Of course it goes perfectly with my 4th of July inspired Template. If you are just coming by then check out yesterdays post for the free template.

Isn’t that just too cute?  Now, the button on the front is real. I just wanted to give it a little dimension without going the whole hybrid route. Here is what I did, which took all of about 5 minutes.

Printed out the 4th of July card. Then got hold of some thread, a co-ordinating button and a needle. The needle is a Chenile 24. Big enough slot to get the thread through easily and still slim enough to go through my button holes. I knew keeping my embroidery needles out was a good idea instead of packing them up when we moved.

Now poke a couple of holes through the button slots and through the card to mark your place. Makes it easier to sew the thread too.

Get a fair bit of thread in your needle and double it over. You want it nice and thick. I am using DMC thread as it comes – doubled.

Without putting a knot in your thread start from the top and go down through to the back.

Then come back up to the front again.

Now tie it in a knot on the front of the button, taking care to pull it tight enough that the button sits nice and secure against the card front. Not so tight though that it buckles or tears the card stock.

Simple and easy but that step up from a printed card.  Adhere the card to coordinating cardstock base and you have a nice card to share with someone on the 4th of July – or anytime. It would make a fun birthday card too.

But wait – there’s more!  JK.  I have always wanted to say that.!

Donna liked my card and she has decided to collab with me and give it away – to you for free. So I made another variation with her Happy Little Fourth paper and we have a set of two printable 4th of July cards, or any day for that matter. All ready for your celebrating. Just print and go – or embellish a little.

Pop on over to the Quirky Twerp blog where you can say hi to Donna, and download the free printable 4th of July cards.


Free Template Thursday 3

Wow can you believe another week has gone by. That may be due to me being busy concocting another free Card Crafters Template for you. Last weeks is down now. Sorry if you missed it!

This one will be up for a week also. Inspired by the upcoming USA national holiday celebrating Independence day on the 4th of July this card template is also perfect for any occasion.

Here is a card I made with it using a kit from Quirky Twerp called Happy Little Fourth.

Kind of appropriate hey?

So without further ado here is the preview of the template. This week it is two variations of the same card in digital format on the same page.

You can download it here.

Come back tomorrow and see how I put that card together with just a little embellishment. Also there could be another free giveaway –  but the would be spilling the beans if I told you any more. 🙂

Right now I have a date with a 10 year old, a pair of scissors and over ten inches of hair to be cut and donated to Locks for Love. Pics to come.