Monday, 28 August 2017

A Special Wedding Anniversary

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my Blog. 
Hope you are all well and having a lovely day.
A very special welcome to my new followers .. thank you for joining me on my creative journey. 

I have another little card to share with you.  As you can see by the Title, this one was for a very Special Anniversary.    Very close friends of ours celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary recently and this is the card I made for them.

I made this card quite a while ago and, although I remember that the patterned paper used as the base is from the Parisian Gardens Collection by Megs Garden, unfotunately, I cannot remember where the other paper is from.
The flowers are by Prima and both were originally the creamy white colour.  To create the orange one, I simply sprayed it with some watered down acrylic paint. 
The wood veneer numbers were heat embossed with gold and then sprinkled with some gold glitter as well.  Unfortunately, I could not get them to photograph properly .. they are a lovely bright gold in real life.
There's a lovely bit of lace and some gauze underneath the flower cluster and the leaves are a die cut from Cheery Lynn.
I love how this chippie turned out.  It is from 2Crafty Chipboard and all I did was lighten it a little with a VersaMagic Stamp Pad and then I went around the edges with a white gel pen.  I was a bit wary when I started doing it but I love how it turned out and I'm sure I will do this again.
Had to add the obligatory prills and microbeads of course.  Can't make a feminine card without those nowadays .. LOL!!
 
More of the Parisian Gardens paper on the inside and added some strips of washi tape to the edge.  Added a simple tag with a personal message tucked into the pocket on the right hand side.
The finished card!!
Happy to report, it was well received!

That's all from me for now.  Hope you enjoyed your visit and that I was able to pass on a little inspiration.
Thank you so much for your visit and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 194 - Under the Sea or At the Beach!

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Crafty Cardmakers is back after a short break with a brand new Challenge.
  Judy is our host and, this time around, the theme of the Challenge is Under the Sea or At the Beach!!
As always, you may create anything you like as long as it fits the Challenge Theme.
Just remember to read the rules and be aware of our 15 Challenge limit.

This Challenge wasn't all that easy for me as I have almost nothing 'Beachy' in my stash but, after some great advice from my lovely friends  Heather Jacob and Helen Wallace (Thank you ladies),
this is the card I created.
I actually have Kaisercraft's 'Sandy Toes' paper pad and, when I saw the woodgrain paper, my first thought was 'rundown' beach shack'!  I also found a scrap of the anchor design paper (from the same pad I think) and felt that would come in handy as well.
 Luckily, at the last Craft Show in Adelaide, I had purchased the 'Net' chippie by Scrapmatts which could represent a fishing net, so I grabbed that out too.
Scoured the internet to find an image of the rundown beach shack but had no luck so I settled for a rundown Life Guard tower which I mounted on a bit of cardstock. 
Distressed all the paper edges and layered it all up with some corrugated board and twine for texture.  I added the micro beads to represent sand (it sorta looks like sand .. doesn't it??)  and popped in some sisal to represent the dried grasses found among the dunes ..
.. and, Voila!!  my 'Beachy' card was done!!

Hope you like my card and that I have given a little inpsiration to persuade you to join in with the Challenge.

For more inspiration just pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers Post and check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #194 - Under the Sea or At the Beach.

Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look.  Would love it if you could leave me a little comment to let me know what you think.

Have yourselves a wonderful day and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 14 August 2017

Get Well Soon

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  Do hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Can you believe we are almost half way through August??   Thought by now I would have lots of Christmas cards done but, plans often go awry don't they?  Mine certainly did.  Lots of things have happened lately and not all of it good.  But that is life I guess.  You have to face the bad along with the good and hope it all comes out right in the end.

The card I'm sharing today was made for a very close member of our family who was extremely ill.  Made this in the hope of cheering him up.

 Lots of layers of mostly Prima papers, either torn to size or distressed on the edges.
 A couple of tags tucked in with a bit of twine for textrue
The greeting was printed with my labeller and simply mounted on some cardstock.
A couple of eyelets and one of my fave flairs (I only have one left .. boo! hoo!) ..
 .. and a Prima light globe.


I am very happy to report that the patient is out of hospital and, although not 100% yet, is getting better every day.  My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nursing staff at Flinders Medical Centre here in Adelaide.  Due to some woeful Government Policies (so called Transforming Health) they are under staffed, under equipped and over worked yet still manage under those difficult conditions to take very good care of their patients.  Thank you one and all.

Thank you so much for visiting and taking a look at my little makes.
Whatever your plans are for the day, have a good one!
Take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

1 Master Board = 3 Simple Cards

Hi everyone!!  So lovely to have you drop by.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

I've been spending some time watching videos (don't we all??)  on You Tube and came across one that I found really interesting.  It was made by Eileen Godwin of Eileen's Crafty Zone and she was demonstrating how to create a Masterboard.   There's actually two videos and HERE is the link to the first one if you're interested.   There, you will see the link to the second one as well.   I thoroughly enjoyed it and was inspired to have a go.  

So, this is what I made.

I didn't take progress photos while I was making this (if you wish, you can see all that on the videos) and I even forgot to take a photo before I cut it up so I simply pieced it back together so you could see how my Masterboard ended up.  The colour was added with Distress Inks and I wasn't overly impressed with my colour choices at first but, started to like it more and more as it progressed.
The colours I used are Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Faded Jeans and Pine Needles.

I managed to make three cards with this masterboard and am really happy with the result.
They are all very similar but, still, a little different.

The first card measures 3.5" x 7".

I used similar elements on all three cards.    Had to use prills, of course, along with some micro beads.

The gauze has been brushed with gesso to give it shape and structure and the flowers were coloured with sprays made from Distress Re-inkers.

Got myself a Brother Label Maker just recently (been going nuts labelling everything I can in my Craft Room.  LOL!!) and used it to make the sentiment.  

Wrapped the twine around the panel on this card before tying the bow.

The second card measures 4" x 6".

 
  Larger flower this time and simply left it as is.  Another label from my maker for the sentiment.
 Didn't bother wrapping the twine around this one .. just added a simple bow.


The last card measures 4.25" x 5.5".

Same gauze, same prills and micro beads.
 Different flowers again, coloured with sprays made from Distress Inks.



I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Masterboard and then the three cards.  It was something totally different to what I normally do and I love the results.  As I said at the beginning, I didn't really like my colour choices at first but it turned out nice and bright and cheery in the end. 
Thank you so much Eileen for sharing your talent and for inspiring me to do something a little different.

Thank you all too for dropping in and taking a look.  I hope you will go over and check out Eileen's video and her work .. I think she is awesome!!

Whatever you plan to do today,  make it a good one and have fun!!

Take care and God Bless.