3D Roses Box Card バラのボックスカード

Today is Neil’s auntie’s birthday. Neil’ s mom asked me to make a birthday card for her.

I decided use 3D box card design that I’ve wanted to try for a while.

I set the size the base so that it could be made using a single sheet of A4 card paper and 6″ matting paper. The theme is “Afternoon Tea”.

I hope she likes it. 🙂

3D バラの花束カード




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3rd Place in Card Maker of the Year 2017!

3rd place

I wrote that I had entered the Card Maker of the Year 2017 in a previous post. Amazingly, I got 3rd place! I actually knew about this a couple of weeks ago but was asked not to publicise it until the results had been announced in this month’s edition of the magazine.

I dreamed about how I would feel if I was chosen but never really thought It would happen. Perhaps because I have little experience of card making, my work was a bit different to the other entries! I really want to thank the judges for selecting me,

I regret not have taken better pictures or some videos of my entries as they are not returned after the competition but these are three cards I made.

Since I applied for this contest, I noticed that there was another big competition next month and I am working on that at the moment. The contest gives me the goal to focus on which is good for me.

Now I ‘m hoping to make many various types of papercraft , learn new techniques and improve my skills. It’s also so much fun!

以前のポストで Card maker of the year 2017に応募した事は書きましたが、何と3位に入賞しました!実は連絡は少し前に頂いていたのですが雑誌が発売されたので公に発表します。





Craft Making Magazines ハンドメイドマガジン

Card making and Papercraft Magazine

One thing that surprised me when I first came to England was how many handicraft magazines there were. You don’t even need to go to a bookstore, as you would in Japan. The supermarket magazine shelves are overflowing with them! There are at least ten magazines related to paper crafting alone and probably 40 or 50 covering everything from quilting, cross-stitching, knitting, sewing and so on.

The great thing is that these magazines are fairly cheap, around £5.00 – £8.00 (¥750 ~ ¥1200) and astonishingly include some kind of free gift in every issue! (They are even cheaper if you go for an annual subscription.) These are often good quality and I have used them in my own crafting. Of course, the contents is full of ideas and techniques and it is tough to read, especially because they are in English!

The first craft magazine I bought in England was the April 2016 issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. At that time I had never done card making, but I am ashamed to admit that I was attracted to the free gift! It was a very luxurious set that included a stamp, embossing folder and design paper by one of my favorite British artists, Cicely Mary Barker. I was happy to just to look at it and didn’t even want to use it for a long time! This is how I got started with card making.



私がイギリスに来て初めて購入したのは去年、2016年4月号 “Cardmaking & Papercraft” でした。その頃はカードメイキングなんてしたことなかったのですが、恥ずかしながらこの”付録”に惹かれたからです。それは私の好きなイギリスのアーティスト Cicely Mary Barker のスタンプとエンボッシングフォルダー、デザインペーパーまでセットになったとても豪華なものでした。もう眺めているだけで幸せでした。