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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Flower card お花のカード

Pop-up flower card

Today is my sister’s birthday and this year I decided to make her card myself.

After some research, I chose to make this flower card. There are various examples of people making similar cards on the internet and YouTube. Please check out the links at the end of this post if you are interested.

The technique requires some effort and a lot of patience but result is much better if you take your time with it.

When you open the card, the flowers bloom. The effect is almost like time-lapse photography. I was really pleased with the results but as I said, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right.

I also added lace finishing to the petals and dancing butterflies with acetate. In retrospect, I should have made the flying butterflies larger.

It was difficult to show the card’s effect in pictures,  so I made a video this time!

I hope she likes it. Happy birthday my lovely sister!








YouTube Link

Pop Up Bouquet Card by Collette Mitrega

アジサイのポップアップカード Hydrangea Pop-up Card by tsuku  cafe


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。