Monday, 20 February 2017

Yep! Another Man Card!!!

Hello crafty visitors.  Welcome to my blog.

Back again I am with another 'man' card.  Seems that's all I'm making at the mo (not really though) but when I'm on a roll, I've just got to keep going.  Do need lots of these during the year so it's all good.

This one was made with a mix of Maja and Kaisercraft papers.

I'm really liking the look of those tied down tags and so I've made a couple like that now.  Actually have a few more in the pipeline as well so you just may get sick of seeing these  but, as I said earlier, when I'm on a roll ....

 .. and flairs!!  Another fave at the mo.  Lizzy Hill got me started on these so, blame her, I do.  LOL!!  I actually found quite a lot of these in my stash.   I reckon I've had them for years and had totally forgotten about them.  Coming in handy now though.

 Metal cogs (always a fave of mine for 'man' cards) with a few prills (love those) and some washi tape (yep! Another fave at the mo.).

Attached a few  brads .. and more prills.

 Another flair .. a tiny one this time .. and, you guessed it, more prills.

 The usual on the inside ..

.. and the finished card!!

 I find with these double fold cards that you really need a closure if you want them to lay flat.  On the feminine ones I usually just wrap a ribbon around it.  It looks pretty and it certainly does the job.  For a 'man' card though, I find magnets are the way to go and I have found the perfect ones to use.  They are from Basic Grey and they are fabulous.  Slim and super strong they are perfect for cards and for mini albums too.  I have found that even with 3 or 4 layers of dp in between they still stick beautifully.  So, if you're looking for some decent magnets, get the Basic Grey ones .. I love them!! 

Well, that's it from me for now.  Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look at my creations.  I hope I have inspired you in some small way.

Have a fabulous week!!
Take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Crafty Cardmakers #182 - Add Some Texture!!

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.  So nice of you to drop in for a visit.

Maike is the host for the current challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers which is to add some texture.
You can interpret this any way you like.  Either embossing (heat or dry), texture paste, fabric, anything that comes to mind.  Let your imagination go wild!  You don't have to make a card, anything you wish to enter is fine.  It can be a card,  a scrap layout, mixed media piece, home decor or anything else you care to create as long as it fits the theme.

For my contribution, I decided to make a 'man' card.

The papers are from Kaisercraft's Base Coat.  An older collection but, for male cards, it is ideal.

Plenty of paper layers with the edges distressed, and I have added some texture paste through a stencil, some burlap webbing and washi tape.

The clocks and cogs, etc. used as my focal image was found on the net.  I printed it out a couple of times and fussy cut the clock and some of the cogs so I could layer it for more dimension.
I did try covering the top layer with some crackle paste but it totally washed out the colour so then I simply added a few epoxy stickers which worked out well I think.  Have to get myself some clear gesso if I want to try the crackle paste again.

Was hunting through my punches for another project and found this corner punch which I'd forgotten about.  Thought it perfect for this.

The usual on the inside ..

.. and done!!

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.   
If you do decide to participate here is the link

Crafty Cardmaker Challenge 182# Add some Texture

We would love to see what you come up with.
 Don't forget to read the rules!

Thank you so much for visiting and for any comment you may care to leave. 
Enjoy the rest of your day.  
Take care and God Bless.
 oxox Marg

Monday, 6 February 2017

ManLy Layers!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  
A very special welcome to my new followers .. thank you so much for joining me on my crafty journey.

I am sharing another 'man' card with you today.  A double fold card .. my fave design at the moment.  The papers are from Maja with just a couple of labels thrown in from Kaisercraft.

 I really love that tartan paper and am so glad I found a place to use it.  The idea for the tag tied down with twine was found somewhere on the net but, as usually happens, when I wanted to take another look, I couldn't find it anywhere.  Forgot to pin it didn't I???  Duh!! 

Needed a focal image for the front and these Kaiser labels were perfect.  They are from the Sear's & Son 6 x 6 Paper Pad.  The imitation coin and the cog have been in my stash for ages so, no idea where they came from.  Same with the flair.  Have had it for ages too and finally found somewhere to use it.

Printed the 'Happy Birthday' with the computer and simply mounted it on some chipboard and then edged it with Distress Ink.

Added a few seedbeads here and there for some extra interest ..

.. as well as some washi tape.

More of that lovely tartan paper on the inside, and a little washi tape, just because!  The center section is left blank so I can add a personal message.

While photographing this card I discovered the washi tape was coming loose in a few places ..tch!  always something isn't there!!??!!  LOL!!   Popped a bit of glue underneath to fix it.  Just glad I noticed before it was given away.

Thank you so much for stopping by and do enjoy the rest of your day.
 Take care and God Bless.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Spring Pastels Take #1 for Megs Garden

Hello everyone and welcome .. so pleased you dropped by.

I am here to share a card made with some lovely goodies from Megs Garden.

The papers are from the Spring Pastels Collection.  You can buy these in multiple sizes as a pre-printed version but they are also available as a digital download.    I love the digital version because I can print them out as I need them so I never run out and I don't need a place to store
 them .. perfect!!

The top paper layer was edged with the Martha Stewart Floral Vine Deep Edge Punch  (my fave at the moment) .

The chippie is from 2Crafty Chipboard and is a piece left over from another project.  I simply coloured it with a VersaMagic stamp pad and sprinkled it with clear glitter.

The roses are the Puffy Paper Flowers. They come in a creamy white and are so easy to colour to suit any project.  I usually spray them with a little water and then spray again with either inks or watered down paints in whatever colour I need.    I really love these flowers and use them on most of my cards.

The large bloom is the Silk & Organza Primula - black and grey. 

Added some die cut leaves, a twine bow and a few mini rose buds (also a Megs Garden product) to the cluster.

 More of the Spring Pastels Collection on the inside and, for some reason, I felt compelled to add some washi tape to the side.   Just as well I liked it. LOL!!

Megs Garden has some stunning paper collections and most of them are available in a printed version or as a digital download, or both.

Megs Garden products used
Spring Pastels Paper Collection
Silk & Organza Primula
Puffy Paper Flowers
Mini Rosebuds

I hope I have inspired you to use some of Megs Garden's lovely products on your own creations.

To see the wonderful projects created by my Teamies HERE is the link, and you can see all of the gorgeous products available at Megs Garden HERE.

Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day,
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - #181 Love, Love, Love!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Lin is hosting the new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and it is all about Love, Love, Love.
As Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away now is the time to make something special for the one you love, or for someone in love or just something made with love!!
As usual, anything you enter is fine .. a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, home decor .. as long as it has a love theme.

 I decided to make a card (Ha!! Surprise, surprise!!  LOL!!) .. a double fold card actually.

We don't really 'do' Valentine's Day in our family so this card was made for a dearly loved friend.
The papers are from Maja Design and were gifted to me by my sweet friend Heather Jacob.

Added a chippie frame  from Imaginarium Chipboard and placed a flair inside it.  The flair was a gift from another sweet friend, Lizzy Hill.  

This gorgeous big bloom (another of my gifts from Heather) was white .. I simply sprayed it with some watered down Liquitex Ink to colour it.

The flair below was handmade.  Printed the greeting from my computer, cut it out and then just covered it with a gel sticker .. a brilliant little tip from Lizzy Hill.

A strip of lace for some extra interest ..

.. and some sisal added under the flower for a bit of texture.

The leaves are a die-cut from Cheery-Lyn Designs (Flourish #14).  Have seen these so often on other people's work and always wanted some of my own but couldn't find them anywhere.  Finally was able to lay my hands on them and now I'll probably use them all the time .. love 'em!!!

Usually when I make these double fold cards, I use a ribbon for the closure and then cover the back of the card to cover the ribbon.  This time I've used some magnets so haven't needed the ribbon but I still covered the back  because then, to me, it looks finished!!

There you go!!  All done!!

Hope you like my card and that I have inspired you to join the challenge.

If you do wish to play along, the link is below.  We would love to see you there!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #181 Love, Love, Love

Just remember to read the rules and best of luck!

Thank you so much for dropping by to take a look and do enjoy the rest of your day!

Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg