Monday, 18 May 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 257 - Butterflies

Hello dear crafty friends.  Welcome to my blog and thank you for your visit.
I hope this finds you well and staying safe. 

The time has come for another Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.   Dr. Monika is our host and the Theme is Butterflies!!    Anything you wish to create is fine but please make sure your butterfly/ies are a prominent part of your creation.

I have created a simple card using some very basic mixed media techniques.
 I started by adding some torn bits of book paper and strips of washi tape to a piece of watercolour paper.
 I added some stamping with archival ink and then used a sea sponge to dab on some gesso and texture paste.
 Once that was dry, I added the colour with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals.  The colour used was Tears on my Pillow Tangerine.   I sprayed the paper with water first and then, again using the sea sponge, simply dabbed the colour where I wanted it.
The chippie piece was embossed with white Ranger Embossing Powder and, once it was attached, I added the prills.   The Greeting was computer generated and mounted on a piece of cardstock and the fussy cut butterfly is a free printable.

Would love it if you could pop over to the CCM Blog.  There you will find all the details of this Challenge and lots of inspiration by my Teamies.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #257 - Butterflies

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Take care, stay safe and God Bless.
oxox Marg


Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Envelope Mini Album #2

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my blog.
I hope you are all staying safe and well and are keeping yourselves busy while the world is in lock down.  Luckily for us in South Aus, our restrictions are starting to ease.  Hopefully people will continue to do the right thing and we will keep moving forward.

I wish to share a little envelope album I've created.  The design for this comes from  Dawn Meadows of The Book Vandal Shop (Here is the link to the video)  and is the same design as my previous envelope album (Here).  I have added a couple of small design changes but it is, basically, the same.

I must warn you that this is a huge post so, grab yourself a cuppa before you start and, hopefully, you will stick with me to the end.

The papers used are by Kaisercraft, from their 6.5" Antiquities paper pad and the finished size of the album is  6.75" x 4.5" x 0.75".
I didn't do much embellishing on the front.  Just a little flower cluster and a fancy book plate.  The closure is a simple wrap around with twine and I've just added a couple of beads to the ends.
 As in the previous album, this one opens both to the right and to the left.   This view from the top will show you what I mean.  As you can see, it's only a small album but you can fit quite a bit into it.
 So, when you open the book from the left (I'll show the other opening later in this post) it reveals a flip page and pocket on the left side and the front of the junk journal on the right side.
 There is photo collage decorating the front of the flip page and a large tag inside the pocket.
 On the back of the tag I just added a few pieces of torn book page leaving plenty of space for photos or for journaling.
 The flip page is one of the design changes I made to the original.  As you can see I've added another photo collage and then on the right is a small poem I found on the net about books.  I love to read and so this really hits the right spot for me.  I love this little poem.  You'll notice that the photos I have added to this album are all about books so, I guess, this will be my Book Book.  LOL!!
 On the right side of the page is the small Junk Journal and this is the other design change.   In the previous album, the Journal was actually sewn into the album but, I wanted to be able to remove this one so the back cover simply slips into the pocket.
 Added to the pocket is another bookish photo collage.
 I won't show you the whole Junk Journal as this post will be way too long already, but I will just show a few of the pages.
 I've added stenciling and torn bits of book pages and washi tape ..
 .. a little touch of lace, an envelope and some printed pages.
 Altered some paper clips to add the flowers ..
 .. and added a few word strips as well.
 Here you can see how it just slips in, and out, of the pocket ..
.. and this is how I finished off the twine after sewing the signatures together.
So this is the page that opens the other way.  There is another flip page and pocket on the left and a diagonal belly band on the right.
Another full size tag inside the pocket ..
.. with the back left practically bare apart from the torn bits of book page.
Can you see my faux pas?   I placed the tab on the wrong side!!  Duh!!  So,  instead of making a whole new tag, I simply added another tab to the correct side.
Open the flip page to reveal another photo collage and another book poem.  This poem is brilliant.  When I read, I totally lose myself in the story and this poem says it all!!  Love it!!
Under the belly band there is a little envelope which holds a bookmark, (are you surprised??  LOL!!) and a couple of tags as well.
I have shown the envelope before in another post so, if you are interested, you will find it HERE.
The back of the album was left plain.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this booklet and I really love how it turned out.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing it.  I do have two more books on the go at the moment.  They are quite different from this album and I hope to be sharing them in the next few weeks. 


Am entering this into the Mini Album Makers Challenge for May.


Thank you so much for your visit and any comment you may care to leave.  I would love to know what you think.

Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #256 - Celebrations

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  A special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you for joining me on this creative journey.

The new Challenge has started at Crafty Cardmakers.  Kim is our lovely host and the Theme is Celebrations.  As always, you may create whatever you wish but you must follow the Theme.

My project is a card I created for a Grand Nephew who celebrated his 18th Birthday earlier this year.   He and his family live in Victoria (approx. 8ookm from us) and, unfortunately, we were not able to attend the celebrations, but we were certainly there in spirit.

The papers used for this card are, mostly, by Kaisercraft.  I think there might be a couple of bits by Prima as well.  Most of the pieces came from my scrap box.  It was great to finally find a use for 
them.
Added a couple of die cuts (Texture Subway and Texture Netting .. both by Kaisercraft) and a chipboard piece by Scrapmatts.
The Texture Netting die cut was attached with a couple of staples and I added plenty of prills into the mix as well.  There's also a bit of heat embossing added to the Texture Subway die.

The numbers are from a set made specifically for clocks but they were the perfect size for this card.


Would love it if you could pop over to the CCM Blog and take a peek at the fabulous creations by my Teamies.  I'm sure you will be inspired to join in with our Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #256 - Celebrations

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Have a wonderful day.
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #255 - Anything But a Card

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  I hope you are all staying safe and well in these terrible times.

The new Challenge is live at Crafty Cardmakers.  Angela is our lovely host, and the Theme is Anything But a Card.  So, as always, you can create whatever you wish as long as it is NOT a card.

I haven't been terribly creative of late.  Have spent a good amount of time watching videos (crafty ones, of course) and rearranging a few things in my Craft Room but not much else really.  Although I have made a couple of ink station trays and have started making a few books but haven't put the finishing touches on any of them yet.  Actually, when I think about it, I have been quite creative .. LOL!  Just haven't finished anything that I could use for this Challenge.  
Consequently, I am sharing this Art Journal page which I created last year and haven't shared before.

I used watercolour cardstock and Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals as well as Distress Inks for the background.
Next came the stamping with Archival Ink ..
.. and then the layers of paper strips ..
.. and ephemera.
The white, lacy like pieces were made using a cake icing mould and some flexible texture paste instead of icing.  Worked out alright I think, although you can't see much of them.
The clock is a free printable from the net and the cog is a die by Cheery Lynne.  I also tucked a few flower petals under the ends of the collage ..
.. and added some gauze and a piece of hessian ribbon, both of which had been coloured with the same Magicals used on the background.
Lastly, I added the quote, did a bit of doodling around the edges and .. Voila!! .. it was done!!

For some amazing inspiration, pop on over to the CCM Blog and take a peek at the fabulous creations by my Teamies.  They are a wonderfully talented bunch of ladies and, hopefully, you will be inspired to take part in this fortnight's Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #255 - Anything But a Card.

Down here in South Aus, it looks like we are starting to get on top of this virus.  No new cases for the last three days which is wonderful.  Still, we can't become complacent yet, there is still a long way to go I think.  Hoping and praying that everyone will continue to abide by the lockdown rules and stay safe.

Thank you so much for your visit and for any comment you may care to leave for me to read.  I really do appreciate it.

Take care, stay safe and God Bless.
oxox Marg





Monday, 30 March 2020

A bit of Manly Grunge

Hello everyone!  

Hope you are all keeping well and happy in these difficult times.   It's not easy staying home and isolated.  Not being able to visit family and friends is truly awful but, it must be done if we're to get this horrific virus under control.  A huge heartfelt thanks to all the Health workers who are taking care of the sick regardless of the danger to their own health.
Take my hat off to you guys .. you are heroes!!

I've been doing a bit of crafting (of course .. not much else to do) while stuck at home and have managed to get quite a bit done!   Made cards, created books and now I have lots of thing to share so I will start off with these two masculine cards.

Once again I have used some older Kaisercraft papers.  Trying to use up the tons and tons I have in my stash.
I have used pieces of book paper on both cards as well as a torn piece of corrugated board.  On this first card I have added some gesso to the corrugated board .. adds an extra bit of texture.
I added a tag and my fave die cuts as part of the collage.  All of the gauges are free printables from the net.  I have mounted them on some heavy card and then heat embossed them a couple of times with clear embossing powder.
The second card is pretty much the same as the first.  It is a different shape and size and I did not gesso the corrugated board but, other than that, it is almost identical. 
Of course, I added my fave prills to both cards.


I will have more to share over the next few weeks.  Just hope this virus hits its peak and dissipates quickly.

Thank you so much for your visit and any comment you may care to leave for me to read.
Please, do take special care and stay safe and well.

Lots of love to you all.
God Bless.