Monday, 16 September 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 241

Hello my dear friends and welcome.  A very special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you so much for joining me on my creative journey.

There is a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and it is my turn to be host.  Our Theme for this fortnight is - Autumn Colours.   
In Australia we are actually just starting our Spring Season but, I do love the oranges, browns, yellows and greens of Autumn, so I am delighted to host this Challenge.  As always, you may enter whatever you wish to create.  Just make sure you use our Autumn Colours Theme.

I have created an Art Journal page.  I actually made this some months ago and decided to keep it for this Challenge.

A few close-ups first.

For the sub strata I used a sheet from a paper pad by Tim Holtz (Can't remember what it's called) and then created the colour with my fave Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals.   I mixed the powder with water and then used a paint brush to sploosh the colour onto the background.  I then simply sprayed over it with water to move the colour around and used the paint brush to add the splashes..
Lots of stamping with archival ink and a bit of doodling around the edges.

A piece of fibre ribbon for added texture and lots of layering with bits of ephemera.

Hope you will take the time to join in.  For more inspiration please visit the CCM blog and check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team.
So looking forward to seeing your creations!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #241 - Autumn Colours

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 2 September 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #240

Hello dear friends and welcome to my blog.  Hope your day is going well for you.

The new Challenge is up and running at Crafty Cardmakers.   Dr. Monika is our wonderful host and the Theme is Pearls and/or Gems.
As always, you may create whatever you wish as long as it follows the Theme.

Here is the project I created for this Challenge.
The base paper is from the Misty Mountains Collection by Kaisercraft and, once again, I have stamped and heat embossed the background.  The greeting is also from the same paper Collection.
The small strip of paper running through the center of the card is from Maja and on top of that, I added a lovely diecut by Altenew.

The flower is by Little Birdie ..
.. and I finished off the card with lots of tiny pearls and gems.
I do hope you will pop on over to the CCM blog to see what the rest of the Team have created to inspire you.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge  #240 - Pearls and/or Gems

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any comment you may care to leave.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your crafting.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 19 August 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #239

Hello dear friends and welcome to my blog.  
So pleased you decided to drop by.

So, the Crafty Cardmakers Team is back from holiday and the new Challenge has begun!  Lin is our delightful Host and the Theme is 'It's a Bug's Life'!!  
So, we would love to see some bugs/insects on your creations.

I created an all occasion card for my DT project and here are some close-ups.
The base paper is from a small paper pack by 49 & Market.  To add a touch of colour, I swiped the paper through a little pool of Distress Ink which was left on my mat from a previous project.
I stamped the background with embossing ink and then sprinkled on Sea Foam White embossing powder.  Adds a nice little touch of texture.
Added a small strip from the edge of a sheet of Maja papers and topped that with a diecut and a piece of floral lace.
Topped it all off with a Little Birdie flower and then a sweet little butterfly flew over and settled on my project so, of course, I invited it to stay .. and it did!!  LOL!!
I hope you can find the time to join in!  Would love to see what you create.
For all the details of the Challenge and for some wonderful inspiration by the rest of the Team here is the link

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any comment you may care to leave .. very much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
Marg xx

Friday, 16 August 2019

Wildflowers and Embossing

Hello dear friends and welcome.  Thank you for stopping by today.

I haven't spent much time in my craftroom lately but I thought I would share a card I made quite a while ago which I haven't shown before.

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of new dies and, after a little experimentation, came up with a simple design using these dies.  I have shown lots of cards made with the Texture Subway die by Kaisercraft (still have more of those to come) but today I thought I would share a card made with the other die I purchased.  This is the Wildflowers #2 die by Tim Holtz.  I have actually only made this one card with that particular die because I was concentrating so much on the other, but, I'm sure I will be using this one again and again.

A few close-ups first.
I've been trying to use up some of my older Kaisercraft papers and have no idea which collection these papers are from. The sentiment was taken from one of their newer collections.
Used a couple of Kaisercraft stamps to emboss the background.
Originally, I cut all of the flower stems from the darker cardstock but didn't like how it looked.  I then tried it again using just the light green but didn't like that either and finally settled for a mix of the two.
Wasn't overly happy with the combination but then decided to add a little colour to the center stem and that made all the difference.

 Hope you like my little wildflower card.

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the lovely comments too.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy your crafting!
Take care and God Bless. 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Art Journal Pages

Hello dear crafty friends!  So pleased you dropped by!

I'd like to share an Art Journal page with you today.  I don't do these very often although I'm not sure why, because I really do enjoy them.  I made this one quite a while ago and hadn't got around to sharing it.  Just hope I can remember how I put it together and what products I used, LOL!!

I know for sure that I started with a piece of watercolour paper.  Well, duh!  That one was easy to work out wasn't it??  LOL!
First sprayed the paper with water and then added Lindy's Magicals (Danny Zucko's Denim).  Can't actually remember if I sprinkled the powder onto the paper or if I premixed it and spread it with a brush.  Either way works well.
The splatters were also created with Magicals (Tears on my Pillow Tangerine) and I coloured the ribbon with the same Magicals.  The stamping was done with Archival Ink.
A bit of doodling around the edges with a fine texta and I added a few Prills and micro beads.
Layered on some diecuts, a floral chipboard piece (from Little Birdie), fibre ribbon, ephemera ..
.. and topped it off with a Little Birdie flower which I coloured using the same Lindy's Magicals.
I find creating these Journal pages very relaxing.  I do make a bit of a mess at times when creating the background (I do remember ending up with blue fingers after this one .. LOL!!) and then just toss on some stuff I find lying around .. it can be very therapeutic.
Normally I would glue these pages into a Journal but this one is being gifted to a friend.
Hope she likes it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and a huge thank you to the lovely peeps who left me some sweet comments to read on my last post.  Very much appreciated!!

Take care and God Bless

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Cogs & Gears for the Boys

Hello dear crafty friends!  So pleased you stopped by.
Hope your day is going well.  

Thought it was time to share a couple more of my masculine cards with you today.  Nothing new I'm afraid .. simply more of my embossed and diecut cards.  The designs are pretty much the same, just different papers and different stamps used.

The papers are by Kaisercraft as are the wooden cogs.
Actually, pretty much everything I have used on this card is by Kaisercraft.  The dp is from their Anthology Paper pad, and I've used their 'Arty' stamp and their 'Texture Subway' die in the background.  The only thing not K'craft is the embossing powder which is 'Seafoam White' by Ranger.
The greeting is also from the paper pad.  I mounted it onto a piece of card for extra strength.
Obviously didn't clean the edges of the stamp before putting it to the paper, but I don't mind a bit of extra texture.

Added an extra strip of paper (I believe it's from Prima) behind the die and cogs on this card and, as you can see, I also coloured the cogs this time.
One of these cogs is actually a die cut.  Can you tell which one??

There you go!  Two different looks from two cards made almost exactly the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.
Have yourselves a wonderful and crafty day!
Take care and God Bless.