Third Mojo Booster

Okay, I’ll admit that my mojo feels like it is back. But I wanted to give one final look at something I do when I’m not quite feeling it and that is to just play. Play with something new. Or play with something old and try to figure out how to use it in a new way. This past week I played with two unrelated things in unrelated ways.

First off I was inspired by a ScrapHappy session over at ScrapHappy.org (you can find a video for every week day in April over on the ScrapHappy YouTube channel full of playful ideas). The topic was alcohol ink and I have been meaning to play with those again. I had bought a class kit with different “papers” to try and I had bought my own Yupo “paper” from my local craft store. And those things have just been sitting in my new materials bin. So thanks to Alice’s session, I got those out and played. And technically that is a fourth mojo booster for you — take a class or find a less formal demo video to play along with.

So check out the pretty colors I created with my inks. Now, was it all a success? No. With some things working and some things not working (for me!) I can better hone in on what I like in order to make wiser choices next time. For example, in these items, the alcohol ink on the glitter paper got toned down way too much and became more pastel. While the look is nice, it wasn’t what I wanted. I like alcohol inks for the in-your-face color they can offer. So I made that work with a different technique.

Okay, moving on to the second item I played with and that was sequins. I actually started this project for my YouTube channel right at the beginning of my mojo dip and I didn’t get it posted on the schedule I had planned. So I had to take a step back and think about where the project was going. I took a look at my pile of sequins and I took a look at some projects and I asked myself a question – where else could I put sequins besides just sprinkling them on the side. And once I had a question I was able to experiment. And I managed to get the one technique I was the most excited to try to actually work. But it took some playing and some experimentation. And that could have ended up with a frustrating moment, but if I had given up I would never have experienced the success. So sometimes if you keep going and keep pushing, you can break through. Can you tell which technique I’m talking about in my video?

Productive March

I did a lot of crafting in March. That was due largely to a card making event I attended online. Titled “Crop & Create Delivered Cards March 2021”, this event was put out by the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, affectionately known as SCT. They’ve done live events for years in Canada and covid saw them shifting to an online event model and I am so grateful. Traveling to Canada is not really in my budget, but doing an online event is. Plus I get to stay in my pjs if I want. Plus my teen can join me for some of the event for no extra cost. Plus I get to sleep in my own bed. Plus I get a box jam packed full of supplies to ooh and ahh over. Plus the online teaching includes live Q&A with the teachers. Plus everything is recorded to go back and revisit at my own pace. Can you see why I’m excited??

SCT will continue to host online events even once covid is under control and that has been a huge silver lining to the difficult year. If you want to get in on their events, they will be opening registration soon for the card event in October as well as a scrapbooking event offered in November. And they mention a “Holiday” event which is new to their line up.

Okay, enough gushing about the fun I had at this event. I did other crafting this month as well! I will just drop a bit of a project gallery for you to peruse. I hope you enjoy and find something I created will inspire a project you make.

Process videos for the week

So I’ve got three new videos up for you this week. And they will be linked here. But if you prefer text and photos, stick with me because I have that for you to!

First up I took my mystery box basket of supplies and pulled out three crafty items. The surprise items were two Christmas/winter themed die sets and a rainbow stamp set. So how did I mix rainbows and snowflakes. Like this…

I love thinking outside the box and putting themed products to use in alternative ways! Want to see how those gift boxes were made from a snowflake die? Then watch the video.


Next up I used my scrapbook kits for this month for layout process videos. My Best of Both Worlds kit got used to create a coral and navy color palette and showed off our pandemic chickens. Plus I took a die cut circle product and used is as a temple to create my own circle design to my page.

You can see it all in action.


Finally, using my Counterfeit Kit Challenge supplies for the month I created a beachy layout with out using beach themed items. Instead I turned to color, texture and ambiance to create a summery feel to this layout.

And of course you can watch me create and hear my tips along the way.

One technique, two crafts

Today I’m taking a tried and true technique and turning it into two different Christmas craft projects. And it you have kids, they can certainly play along.

I have an svg freebie for you of that Christmas tree available in this file download. Bundled together you will get the svg as well as a pdf copy of the instructions for the greeting card. (For the svg along click here.) If you make these projects and post them to Instagram, please tag me @craftysouppics and use the hashtag #craftysoupsharing and we can start seeing each other’s work!

It’s not too late!

Here in the United States the Thanksgiving holiday is just a day away. If you are anything like me you had grand plans on sending out heartfelt handmade mail to friends and family, but then you realized the actual date and knew that there was no way things would make it on time. Don’t fret! I have a solution for you: Make one lovely card, take a good photo of it and then send individual messages to loved ones including a photo of your card. This is more personal than the social media blast of “Happy Thanksgiving” yet still takes advantage of the speed and ease of technology.

With that I hope you have a peace filled November no matter where you are in the world or what holidays you do (or don’t) celebrate. I know we all could use extra peace right now.

And if you are looking for some inspiration for making that special holiday card, I have this video to share.

SCT Sampler Kit, September 2020

I played with my SCT Sampler Kit for the month of September to create a slimline card. I haven’t done a slimline card in a long while so it is fun to see this card size on a hot trend this year.

This months kit included a stencil from Echo Park so I am getting a little inky. And if you watch to the end of the video I have an envelope making tutorial using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. Links to products are in the video show notes if you want more information.

And before you head off, here is a peek at the final card & envelope.

SCT Kit August 2020

I’ve got another SCT Kit for you. Today’s video focuses on what to do when designs go wrong. Let’s face it, we all have days when things just aren’t working. Instead of tossing it in the trash, I kept working and was able to take a step back and pay attention to the design principles that were making my project come out poorly, and find ways to use those principles to rescue my project

Birthday snail mail

I love getting real mail in, you know, the mail. Not just circulars or bills. Letters from people who thought of me and then made an effort to do something about it. That is why I love sending mail too. (Plus playing with paper. There is that.)

I’ve been shopping (maybe a little too much lately) and have some new goodies to play with. A grab bag package that I ordered from a Studio Calico warehouse sale arrived and, like all grab bags, it was a mixed bag. Some things I loved right away. Some things went into the donate pile right away. And some things, like this United States die I wasn’t really sure about. I like it but I don’t travel much and couldn’t think of what I would do with it.

map die

But then I picked up this little set of stamps, including the tiniest envelopes ever. Why the heck are things so dang appealing in miniature? I don’t know but my heart went pitter patter when I saw this love mail based set.

lovestamps

The additional piece of this story is that some sweet friends relocated from the Pacific Northwest way across the country to Virginia. And there is a birthday that needed some snail mail love. What better way than to pair these two products? Oh, and then the creative juices started flowing. I don’t know how or when that ah-ha moment happened, but it just clicked and this card design was born.

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That tiny envelope sure looks huge compared to the entire United States. 😉

Oh, but there is more. Yes that little envelope actually contains a little card. It isn’t brilliant, but the tiny-cute-factor makes up for it.

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So… go make something tiny and awesome!

RECIPE

  • die: Studio Calico
  • stamp set, small envelopes: Hero Arts
  • ink: Hero Arts, Tsukineko
  • pen: Sukura
  • cardstock: Neenah
  • pattern paper, letter stickers: leftovers

Two Birthday Cards

The DCWV stack-a-holic challenge for March is going on. I showed you my entry for the layout sketch challenge a few days ago. Today I have my entry for the card sketch.

I loved the rounded square grid layout on this one. I busted out my brand new DCWV watercolor stack. I won this stack as a favorite project winner from last months entry. It is so lovely. The bright summery colors and the pops of gold have me in a happy place.

For the first birthday card I die cut balloons from pattern paper squares.

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The stack has sheets of title cards. I cut down this one that said “fabulous” in gold foiling. I added some letter stickers and a stamp to finish off my sentiment. The gold foiling on this stack is really hard to catch in photos. But I gave it a try.

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With the leftover balloon shapes, I went ahead and made a second card

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I used some gold thread to add strings to the balloons, embossed my sentiment and sprinkled on some sequins. Simple and a great use of shapes that would otherwise have been leftovers. I know two teens with birthdays this month who will love these cards.

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And I leave you with a photo of more of the shine factor. I love that this stack included the black as a very high contrast to the bright bold colors. It was the perfect mix for these festive cards. I understand that this stack will be available soon from JoAnn. So put it on your wish list for your next trip to the store.