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Confetti Envelopes

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For Joyce’s birthday card, I made a confetti envelope. Why? Birthdays are celebrations, and confetti adds celebratory notes to celebrations. Imagine confetti falling gracefully all around you as you behold the envelope, which will of course have some confetti on it.

Here’re a few pictures I took to share with you the process of creating this:

I used white glue to create little blobs, which I then placed little square pieces I cut from cardstock over. Funnily, I enjoyed putting the square pieces on the blobs. It reminds me so much of biology lab class back when I was in school, where we dropped clear square pieces at an angle onto the blob swimming with cells and then placed it under the microscope to be studied.

Then I cut a rectangular piece of kraft paper and proceeded to carve out her name. I didn’t intend it to be so, but I think it looks like a biscuit.

Stick it in…

And I’m done ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Eco-friendly tip:

Save your scraps of left over colored paper. You never know when they can come in as useful for creating some confetti ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Cards for invited speakers

I’ve been doing up a few cards these evening. 2 of them are for invited speakers at the CSS Faith Formation talks.

I realise I enjoy designing cards for priests. For one, there’s all these little Christian details I like to add. I’ll scan the bible and print it on brown paper, and then find silhouette images to cut. I chose a deer for this one (adapted from here). Reminds me of the verse from a song, ‘as the deer longs for running streams, so I long, so I long, so I long for You’.

**OK, on second thoughts, I’m really not sure if this is a deer. But whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it longs for running streams ๐Ÿ™‚

This second card is for Father Marin. I wanted to try this papercut card idea that popped into my head. As you can see, the normal envelopes won’t do with this kind of design because it’s quite hard to pull out.ย I was lost for a while after making this card because it didn’t fit any of the envelopes I had. I finally decided to custom-make an envelope that would make it easy to take out the card.

The one I made has a flap which can be folded down.

Here is my cross closing mechanism refined. All you have to do is to pull off the vertical piece.

A Priest’s card

I was asked to make a card for a priest who served as spiritual director and whowas leaving. I was told that I could design the card according to whatever I had in mind. Great! ๐Ÿ˜€

So I took out my handy dandy elephant poo paper. But since it was cream in colour, and the envelope was also cream in colour, I decided to use my vintage brown stamp pad to add some colour to the elephant poo paper.

I like how it turned out. The vintage brown really brings out the texture of the elephant poo paper ๐Ÿ˜€

Since he is Catholic, I decided to add some Catholic details, like a cross at the back of the envelope, and a cut-out dove.

If you look carefully, the cross also serves as a closing mechanism. The lower vertical part is supposed to be tucked underneath the upper vertical part. It doesn’t really work that well as I didn’t leave enough space on the upper vertical part to allow secure tucking in, but I will refine the design in future cards to come.

Overall, I am quite pleased with it. Here are more pictures, which you can click to see a larger one:

Paper punch card

Have a puncher and penknife and paper (in 2 colours) and glue? And pencil? You can get started on this simple project that makes good use of those punched shapes you might otherwise empty into the bin.

Instructions

1. Cut out the heart shapeย on black paper

2. Cut out the inside of the heart shape

3. Trace the outside of the heart shape on a piece of paper

4. Cover the inside of the traced heart shape in PVA glue

5. Empty your punched shapes onto the traced heart shape

6. The outline is a bit messy right now. So what you do is you just stick your black outline of a heart shape right there.

‘Love lifts us up’ V-day card

A close-up of quilled heart-shaped hot air balloon:

โ€œAs selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the visionโ€ -Helen Keller

I’ve been quilling in between visits this Chinese New Year. Remember the quilled shapes I was playing around with? Halfway through, I thought that I could make a heart shape from two of the quilled shapes ๐Ÿ˜€

So I made a heart shape. But I didn’t want it to be JUST a heart shape stuck on a card. I like to have something going on in my cards. So I had a couple going up in a hot air heart-shaped balloon.ย As for clouds, I tore scraps of the elephant poo paper that I also used in my Baby Bundle from Heaven card. I like the soft wispy feel they have. Anyone crazy over furry stickers when you were young? The texture of these paper clouds beats furry stickers hands down.

This is not merely a great romantic date idea. The idea behind this is that love lifts us up from drudgery and meaninglessness. It brings you places you never think you would go and leads you to accomplish daily feats you never thought you could do. It gives a mother strength to balance household chores, taking care of the children and a job. It gives couples the will to stay together even when the going gets tough. Love is gravity-defying.

Card and envelope set:

Textured cream envelope (front):


Baby bundle from heaven

This is my first baby card. I was inspired by the song I sang as a child, Rockabye-baby, and the idea that babies come from storks carrying bundles. So I had the little baby come down on a cloud, with the words ‘Heaven sent’ and complete with a postage stamp from God’s collection. God is Love, and from that we can infer that his postage stamp collection should have lots of hearts.

And babies are really from heaven, from the way they gurgle to their wide-eyed wonder to their peaceful sleeping…you can just tell. Which means we’re from heaven too, hi there fellow heavenly being ๐Ÿ™‚

The inside of the card is made from recycled Kraft paper.

Want to know a fun (I hope) fact?

The textured paper used to make basket and cloud you see on the front of the card is made from Elephant Poo paper which I bought from Vancouver. This video features the company and the process of making paper from Elephant Poo. I daresay, enjoy.

Stef’s handmade birthday gifts

For Stef’s birthday, she requested:

(1) A secretary to handle all the little things in life that flies past me
(2) My room to miraculously pack and clean itself
(3) And handsome and loving boyfriend with a kind and gentle heart
(4) A driving license and driving competency

Given this ‘impossible to fulfill’ (at least by mere shopping) list, MOPY came up with

  1. an organiser
  2. boxes and papercuts to decorate the box (designs from http://www.papercutting.blogspot.com(photo courtesy of Jo)
  3. According to Fi, who else fits the bill better than…
    (photo courtesy of Eugene)
  4. a door hanger which says “Jesus never said that you gotta drive your way to heaven”. Door hangers can be used for other purposes, as Stef demonstrates.(photo courtesy of Eugene)
  5. All these gifts are accompanied by Stef’s birthday card. Since I made it, I will give some explanations in this post. First, when the birthday girl pulls out the card, she will see a picture of Jess presenting her birthday cake. I chose Jess to present the cake because she likes baking and we always cook at her house. When one thinks of cakes, one thinks of Jess.

Unfold it and this is what you get– all of us doing our own thing in a little happy town:

There’s APY at the gym, because he’s a fan of working out and taking small meals. There’s me doing art right in front of the gym. Right beside me is Jo’s favourite pig (McDull) who admires the potted flower. His tail unwinds enough for Jo to hold it. Inspector M is at his desk with a bowl of claypot. Eugene and Malala live in their future own house. Malala is surrounded by green-ness, her favourite colour. Eugene’s curly hair invites a bird to treat it as its nest. But it’s all fine because Malala likes birds and doesn’t mind. In front of the red door is Fi dressed to the nines and LOLing, beside Jess holding Stef’s cake.

Turn over and you’ll see all our messages to Stef. No photos of this ย ๐Ÿ™‚

(Photo courtesy of Eugene Chan)