Monday, 9 December 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #247

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.  So pleased you stopped by.

I have just returned from my holiday (had a fabulous time!!)  and here we are in the second week of December and ready for the last Challenge of the year for Crafty Cardmakers.  Mary is our lovely host and the Challenge .. of course .. is Christmas!

I haven't made as many Christmas cards this year as I usually do (time just wasn't there) and I decided they were going to be pretty simple and quick to make.  So I had a good look around Pinterest, picked up a few ideas and came up with something I liked and then went from there.  So, all my cards are very similar .. same techniques, same embellishments and similar in design. 

This is the first one I made and the rest just flowed on from there.
 I only used white cardstock and watercolour paper so, no patterned paper at all.
The coloured strips are done with watercolour paper and Distress Ink.  I used a sponge to apply the colour to the bottom of the page leaving about a quarter of it white at the top.  I then cut the paper into strips.
After completing the first two cards I decided to add a bit of shading to the edge of the strips for a bit more interest.
The embellishments for each card is pretty much the same.  I used a combination of die cut pine branches (these were all edged in gold embossing), tiny pine cones (have had these in my stash for ages), red or white berries (cut from cheap Christmas decorations) and twine.  





 The greetings were computer generated, mounted on a piece of chipboard, punched out and covered with Glossy Accents.

I am really into the clean and simple look at the moment and these cards were really easy to make.

Would love for you to pop over to the CCM blog to take a look at what the rest of the Team has created and. also, would really love it if you could join in on our last Challenge for the year.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #247 - Christmas.

 I do have a few more of these cards to show you.  They are similar but still, a little different as well,  but that is for another day.
Thank you so much for your visit and for any comment you may care to leave.
Have a fabulous day and enjoy your crafting!!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg



Monday, 25 November 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #246

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

The time has come for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  This time, Dr. Monika is our host and the Theme is No Patterned Paper.
As always, you can created anything you like, it does not have to be a card, but you must follow the Theme.  

I created a small masterboard using a brayering technique I have been wanting to try for a while now.  I learned about it from the amazingly talented Alison Bomber at Words and Pictures.   Unfortunately, I can't find the post where she describes the technique but it is quite simple really.   You just spray some water on your mat, place a couple of blobs of paint on it in whatever colours you wish, and then brayer it.  Then, all you need to do is run the brayer over a piece of watercolour paper, spreading the colour until you are happy with the result.
For this board, I used Navy and Antique White Acrylic Paint by Semco.  I also added a touch of Rainy Day Chalk Paint by Little Birdie.   Wasn't sure how the chalk paint would go mixed with the Acrylic, but it was fine
The Best Wishes chippie is from Scrapmatts. 
The Wildflower Dies are by Tim Holtz.  I cut three of  them out in white cardstock and coloured two with Distress Ink, leaving the third one plain white for contrast.

I really love the wildflower dies as they make it so quick and easy to create a pretty card.

Would love it if you could pop over to the CCM Blog and take a peek at the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team.  Lots of inspiration to be found there.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #246 - No Patterned Paper

Thank you ever so much for stopping by.  Sorry that I haven't been terribly active on my blog lately but I'm afraid it's going to be quiet here again for a few weeks as hubby and I are off on a Cruising holiday.   This post was scheduled before we left so hopefully it will publish alright.

Thank you everyone for your support and the lovely comments you leave for me.  I really do appreciate it.   A big thank you also to my new followers.  So pleased you decided to join up.

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

 

Monday, 11 November 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 245

Hello dear visitors and welcome!  
So pleased you stopped by and hope you are enjoying your day.

It's time for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  Lin is our Host and the Theme is Thankful.   

As always, you can create anything you like as long as it follows the Theme.

My project is a simple card created with some Wildflower dies by Tim Holtz.
The papers are by 49 & Market.  I love the subtle graphics on these papers .. so gorgeous!
Added a little stamping with a Kaisercraft Script stamp and the Thank You tab is also by Kaisercraft.
Decorated the inside with papers from the same 49 & Market Collection and added a fitting sentiment by Kaisercraft.


Would love it if you could pop over to the CCM blog and take a look at the what the rest of the Team has created.  You just may find yourself inspired to join in with the Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #245 - Thankful.

Thank you so much for your visit and do enjoy the rest of your day,

Take care and God Bless.

oxox Marg

Friday, 1 November 2019

Clocks and Gauges for the Men

Hi everyone!  
Thought it was about time I started sharing some more of my cards.  Sorry I have been so quiet lately but life has been getting in the way.  You know how it goes.  
I have actually been spending time in my craft room, just haven't got around to sharing what I created.  So, this is just a little post to show you a couple of masculine cards I've made!

There is really nothing new here.  Just different versions of cards I've shown previously so I won't go into too much detail.

 The gauges are images found on the net.  Unfortunately, when I coated them with Glossy Accents, some of the details were lost.  They actually do look a bit better IRL than on the photo though.
 There's some stamping and heat embossing and I have added my usual die cuts along with a bit of washi tape.  This time, instead of the Texture Subway I've used another die by Kaisercraft called Cobblestone.


This card uses a wooden clock shape which I have coloured with Distress Inks and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.
 Again, I have used the Cobblestone die in the background as well as the stamping, heat embossing, washi tape plus an extra strip of paper.


Two very simple and quick cards to make but I think they turned out quite well.

I am going to try and post a bit more often but not sure if that will work out.  I am still on the DT for Crafty Cardmakers so I will still be posting for them each fortnight.   Their current Challenge is Halloween which hubby and I do not participate in but, would love it if you could pop over there and take a look at the Teams' inspiration and, perhaps, join in if you are so inclined.
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #244 - Halloween

That's it from me, for now.
Thank you so much for stopping by and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless


Monday, 14 October 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #243

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  
A very special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you so much for joining me.

The time has come for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!  Marlene is our lovely host and the Theme is Add some sparkle!!  So, you can created whatever you like but it must have some sparkle on it!!

For this Challenge, I have created an Anniversary card using papers from Kaisercraft's Rosabella  6.5" x 6.5" Paper Pad.  I love the beautiful, romantic papers in this Collection and, for me, the small paper pad is the perfect size for cards.

I added some stamping and heat embossing to the main front panel.
Used my fave die of the moment (Kaisercraft's Texture Subway) and a floral chippie by Little Birdie which I left raw.  The sentiment is also from the Rosabella Paper Pad.
At first, I wasn't sure where the sparkle was going to go but then I came across this sparkly flower and it all just fell into place.
The design for this card was found on Pinterest but, you know how it goes.  You find something you like and then forget to pin it and also forget where you found it.  Tried to retrace my steps but got totally lost instead.
A view of the inside ..

.. and a better view of the front.
Would love for you to head over to the CCM blog where you will find heaps of inspiration created by my Team mates.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #243 - Add some Sparkle!

Can't wait to see what you create!!

Thank you so much for your visit.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg



Monday, 30 September 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #242

Hi everyone!  Hope your day is going well for you!!

Time for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.   Judy is our lovely host and the Theme is 
'Add a Critter'!
Sounds like fun doesn't it??

I was having trouble coming up with ideas for this Challenge as I don't really have 'critters' in my stash!   No stamps, no stencils, no dies or chippies!  What to do?  What to do??!!  Then I came across a new video by Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  Debbie shows how to create a floating pocket which I felt would be ideal to add to a Nature inspired Junk Journal I am in the process of making.   As I was hunting through my stash (again), I found a sheet of woodland creatures which had been gifted by a friend ages ago and, problem solved!

 I won't go into details about putting this together.  It is really simple and, if you're interested, Debbie explains it very well in her video.

A few close-ups of the 'Hedgie' pocket.
I used a Tim Holtz stencil (Blossom) to decorate the pocket and added a bit of raggedy lace for texture.
Inside the pocket, I've added a tag, a seed packet and a couple of autumn leaves.
The tags are from the Familiar Trees 1 a Digi Kit by Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  The seed packets are freebies by Nik the Booksmith.  The Autumn leaves are from Meg's Garden.
As you can see, I have also added a few strips of washi tape.
The Squirrel pocket.
This pocket was decorated exactly the same as the previous one.
I simply used a different tag, seed packet and leaf.
The pockets themselves were made from a sheet of A4 paper which had been tea-died.  On the back, I used a Kaisercraft script stamp to decorate.
A last look at the two pockets together.

These pockets were so quick and easy to make and I think they are going to be fabulous in my Journal.  (If I ever get it finished that is.  LOL!!)  I love the idea that you can simply pop them into any page in the book and also move them around if you want to.

I do hope you will join in with this Challenge.  For more inspiration pop on over to the CCM blog and take a look at the fabulous creations by the other members of the Team.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!


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