Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Gather Your Dreams Mini Album for Megs Garden

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.  So nice to have you here and hope your day is going well.

I'm here to share another Mini Album with you.  This one is made with the 'Gather Your Dreams' Book Kit from Megs Garden.  This is a lovely kit with purples and pinks and greens and lots of gorgeous floral images.

This is just a small Album with a waterfall and an accordion booklet as well.  I  do have to warn you though, there are a lot of photos and I mean a LOT of photos.  So, maybe grab yourself a cuppa and a comfy chair and .. here we go.  Hope you like it.

The Cover.

Added a strip of dry wall tape on the cover and then did some stenciling with Tim Holtz's Flourish stencil and texture paste.  Sprayed in the center with watered down acrylic paints and created some splatters around the edges.

I used some of the labels from the kit to add the layers.

The cameo and frame were made with air dry clay and some moulds.  They were both painted with acrylic paint and then glued together and sealed with matte medium.  The small roses were coloured with acrylic paint as well (watered down of course, so I could spray it) and I tucked some small pieces of lace into the cluster.

This lovely leaf chippie is the 'Mini Branches' from 2Crafty Chipboard.  It was coloured with Versa Color stamp pads in two shades of green and then covered in Clear Rock Candy crackle paint.  Once everything was assembled and glued down I dry-brushed the flowers with a bit of gesso and added a few stick-on pearls in and around the cluster.

Opening the book.

I tore the edges of the small labels in the kit, edged them with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink and layered them on the inside front cover.  Added a Tim Holtz Chit Chat Sticker and one of the lovely butterflies from the Butterfly Transparency sheet.   

This is the right hand side of the cover .. the part that folds in underneath.  I'm not quite sure what to call it but it was stenciled the same as the main part of the cover and then it was sprayed with 'Afraid of the Dark' Glimmer Mist.  I used another of the labels from the kit  as the base for the Title which is also part of the Kit.

Open the right side (that pesky bit that I can't put a name to LOL!!) and you can see the waterfall section of the book.

I used one of the lined pages from the 'Sherlock Book' for this journal page and fussy cut some floral images from a scrap piece to decorate the edges.

The Waterfall Booklet.

I love the pretty floral images on these papers, don't you??  Just gorgeous.

There is room for 7 wallet sized photos in this little booklet.  I have left this first page blank ..

.. and here I've added another vintage image from the Kit to give you some idea of how it looks with a photo.  Of course, you could add another photo on the bottom page, or you could use it for your journalling.

I have simply placed some washi tape in the small bit of space between the pages.

Open the right side again and you can see the Accordion Booklet and the inside back cover.

Here I have fussy cut some of the floral images to create a little pocket.

The tag is one of the images from the 'Cut & Create' pages of the Book Kit.  There are a number of these lovely vintage images and I have used some of them in this book.

The Accordion Booklet.

I don't embellish my mini albums a great deal because I don't like too much bulk in my books but I do like to use stencils to add a bit of interest to the pages.  Here I've used my fave stencil, Tim Holtz's Latticework with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Before I show you the inside pages of the Accordion Book I thought I would show you this view so you could see how it all works.

Opening the booklet to the right you can see another lovely vintage image from the 'Cut & Create' pages.  I've simply framed the photo with some die-cuts and added some micro beads and a few seed beads as well as a Chit Chat Sticker. 

Similar embellishment here with a die-cut,  micro beads and a Chit Chat Sticker ..

.. and the same again here.  I haven't filled all the pages with images .. just enough to give you an idea of how it would look once photos are added.

 Opening the booklet to the left, I haven't added any pictures on these pages.  Just did a little stenciling and added some more die-cuts.

The back of the Album where I've just added a small metal trinket.  Done!!  I did warn you that there were a lot of photos didn't I??  I do hope you were able to stick it out to the end and, of course, I also hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Megs Garden Products used.

Gather Your Dreams Book Kit
Mini Rose Buds
Small White Roses
Filigree Strip

Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  Why not pop over to the Megs Garden Blog and take a look at all the wonderful creations by my Team Mates, you will love them.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox  Marg

Friday, 25 September 2015

Tags & Tickets - Easel Card

Hi everyone!!  Welcome to my blog .. so nice to have you here!!

Back again to share another of my 'guy' cards.  Not too many more to go and, once they are done, I can get started on Christmas cards.
Gahhh!!  Did I just say Christmas??????  Really didn't want to think about that just yet but I guess it isn't all that far away.  

This card was made for a close  friend who turned 70 (as you can see) and the papers are from different Kaisercraft Collections.  I am using up a lot of my scraps so don't always know which Collection I'm using.

I'm becoming quite enamored of using tags and tickets on my cards.  I think they add quite a bit of interest without adding too much bulk.

Of course, I also love using metal elements on my 'guy' cards and I also like to alter them slightly by adding some 'rust'.  Normally I brush some of the paint on and then rub it with my finger to spread it a bit and soften the look.  Unfortunately it was quite a warm day when I worked on this part of the card and the paint dried way too quickly so it's not quite as realistic as usual. 

The numbers are small wooden ones.  I've simply left them raw and just added a little gesso.

The inside is lined with more of the KC papers.  The cog border chippy is a piece from my stash so, of course, I have no idea where it came from.  I left it mainly raw and just added touches of paint and gesso.

Here's how it looks standing up.

I kept this one reasonable 'clean', in other words .. shock!! horror!! .. NO crackle and NO distress ink!!  I did do a little dry brushing with gesso though and I am happy to say it was well received, and that always makes me feel good.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great weekend!!

Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 21 September 2015

My Latest 'Guy' Card

Hello everyone!!  A very warm welcome once again to my blog and a very special welcome to my latest followers.  Thank you so much for joining me on my creative journey.  I hope you'll find some inspiration here.

Well, I hope everyone's day is going well.  I have actually moved into my new craft room (Yayy!!) even though it is nowhere close to being finished.   As a matter of fact, all we've done so far is paint the walls.  I am using the work bench from my old craft space and that's about all there is in there at the moment.  Have to say though, I love having my own space .. and hubby enjoys having me out of what he calls 'his computer room'.  Hah!!  News for him .. my computer is staying in there so it will be my computer room too.  LOL!!

So, here is my latest card ..

The papers are from Kaisercraft but I couldn't tell you which collection.   The timber look one is probably from 'Base Coat'  but I'm not sure.  These pieces came from my scrap box .. I must remember to write  the collections on the back in future.

The metal trinket is actually two pieces glued together.  I find Helmar 450 is wonderful for glueing metal.  I have never yet known it to come apart.

The chippie is the 'Interlocking Grid Panel' from 2 Crafty Chipboard.  I love this piece .. it suits so many different styles of projects.  Here I have simply coloured it with Black Soot Distress Ink and then drizzled some Glossy Accents over the top.
I also love those Tim Holtz Word Bands.  I get mine from Megs Garden.  This one has been tied on with some twine simply wrapped around the back of the paper.

My fave technique on masculine cards is adding a touch of crackle.  I use a spatula to add some random spots and, when the cracks appear, I just love how it looks.  Usually I would rub some distress ink into the cracks but this time I left it clear.

The inside decorated with more of what I think is the Base Coat paper.  The piece on the right was border punched with an EK Success 'Binding Edge' Slim Border Punch.

Of course, once it was all put together I dry brushed randomly with a bit of gesso .. another of my fave things to do.

Well, that's all from me for now.  Thank you so much for popping in to take a look at my little creations.   I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

Friday, 11 September 2015

A 'Guy' Card

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog.  Hope you are having a lovely day.  We have gorgeous sunshine in Adelaide today.  It is finally looking like Spring!!  Don't know how long it will last but, for now, it is just glorious!!   Taking my puppies for a long walk this afternoon.  We are really looking forward to it.

I have another 'guy' card to share with you.  This one was made for my youngest son's birthday.  When I say 'youngest son', he just turned 42 years old, and that scares the heck out of me.  Where did all those years go??   Darned if I know.

The papers are a bit of a mix.  Some from Prima, some from Kaisercraft and the tags are from K.J. Watson Designs.   

The papers were all torn to size using a ruler and then I distressed the edges with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink.  Added some Clear Rock Candy Crackle for texture and some gesso over that for highlights.   Found the broken clock in my stash (have no idea where I got it from) and rusted it up a bit with some Patina acrylic paint.

Also found this hessian ribbon in my stash (again, have no idea where it came from) and tied on the cute little key (you guessed it, don't know where I got it) with a bit of twine.

I'm in the process of tidying up my stash a bit as I'm getting a new craft space.  Actually I am getting a Craft Room!!!  Can't wait.  Consequently I am finding all these lovely things that I had forgotten I had.  It's like Christmas!!

The tags were mounted on some black cardstock and used my Crop-a-Dile to add the eyelets and then tied some twine to them as well.  They were simply glued down between the layers so they don't actually pull out.

The inside of the card.  I added a verse and hand written message on the left hand side and the paper on the right is actually a pocket so I could tuck a gift voucher in there.

Pleased to say, my son loved it, as he always does.  Hope you like it too.  I will have another of my 'man' cards to share soon.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, I know I will.
Take care and God Bless.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

A Card for a Friend

Hello my lovely visitors and welcome to my blog and a very warm welcome too to my new followers.  So pleased you decided to tag along on my creative journey.  Thank you.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day.  It's supposed to be Spring here in Adelaide but it's
cold and wet and miserable!!  Can't even take the dogs for a walk .. don't like it!! 

So, now that I've had my little gripe, I'd like to share a card with you.  It's been a while since I posted and I had actually forgotten about this one as it was made for a friend and I couldn't show it until it had been received.  Was reminded about it when she showed it on facebook .. forget my head if it wasn't screwed on .. LOL!!

This is another instance where, I made a tag, and then simply attached it to folded cardstock and turned it into a card.   I also seem to be stuck in a loop with the colours but I love this combination .. light and fresh and very 'Spring' (wishful thinking)!

The papers are from Megs Garden's 'English Rose Garden' Mini Paper Pack.  As you can see, I used three layers and attached a strip of dry wall tape on one side.  I also tucked some strips of lace in between the layers.  The seam binding was coloured with watered down acrylic paint.

The roses are the 'Puffy Paper Flowers', also from Megs Garden (and my fave flower) which have been sprayed with watered down acrylic paint. 

Added a stamen cluster, twine and strips of gauze to my cluster and also scattered some seed beads around.

A closer look at the metal trinket.

The inside with a pocket on the right hand side for a little note.

I dry-brushed the flowers and the trinket with gesso and my card was done!  Hope you like it!!  My friend did .. she said so on facebook .. thanks Linda!!

Well, as they say in the cartoons, 'That's all folks'!!  For now anyway .. he!he!

Thank you all so much for paying me a visit and do enjoy the rest of your day. 

Take care and God Bless.