Monday, 15 July 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #238

Hello dear visitors and welcome to my little blog.  So nice of you to pay me a visit.

There's a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and I'm here to share my DT creation with you.  This is Challenge #238, Chanya is hosting and the Theme is 'Here Comes Summer'.

Well, down here in Aus we are in the dead of Winter,  so Summer is still a long way off but it was nice to create something in Summery Colours.  Made the day seem warmer somehow!

I have created another card and the papers used are from 49 and Market.
This was made in a similar vein to the cards I've been showing you lately (when you're on a good thing, stick to it!  LOL!) but it was made more recently.
I cut the paper to size for my card and then added some colour to the background with Distress Inks.  I simply smooshed the stamp pads onto my craft mat and then sprayed it with water and dragged the paper through the puddle.  Once that was dry I used a Harlequin stamp by Kaisercraft and heat embossed with Ranger's Seafoam White Embossing Powder.
There's that Texture Subway die again!!  Can you guess that I love it!  He! He!  Works very well for both feminine and masculine cards, which is awesome!
The flower is by Little Birdie and the greeting was taken from a Kaisercraft Paper pad.
So, drag out all your Summery papers and embellies and have a go at our Challenge.  Looking forward to seeing what you create!

The rules and all the details of the Challenge, plus lots of inspiration from the rest of the Team can be found here -
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #238 - Here Comes Summer.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with your crafting!!
Take care and God Bless

oxox Marg

Monday, 8 July 2019

Flowers for the Girls

Hello my dear crafty friends.  Thank you for stopping by today.

I'm sharing a pair of cards that I made a little while ago.  I spent a wonderful afternoon making a couple of cards and then starting lots of others.  Sound a bit odd?  Well, I actually decided to emboss the background of the first cards I made and liked it so much that I embossed another 6 or 7 bits of paper ready for making more cards in a similar design.  I then spent the next 4 or 5 days finishing them off!

I have already shared a couple of these cards, here and here, and am now sharing two more. 

The card on the left uses papers from the Anthology Collection by Kaisercraft and the one on the right uses papers from Vintage Artistry by 49 and Market.
As on my previous cards, I have used stamps and embossing on the background of both these cards as well as the Texture Subway Die by Kaisercraft.  I have also added some Tim Holtz washi tape on this card for a little more interest.
The flower is by Little Birdie.

I used the same script stamp on both cards but simply changed the orientation for a different look.   The embossing powders used were Seafoam White by Ranger and Butter by Zing.
The flowers on this card are also from Little Birdie.
The greetings on both cards are the little punch outs from the back of Kaisercrafts small paper pads.
  I do love both of these cards but this one is definitely my fave. 
Another look at the two together.
Love that you can use similar colours, techniques and embellies and still create two very different looking cards.

Well, that's it from me for now.
Thank you so much for your visit today, I really appreciate it.

Have fun with your crafting!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #237

Hello everyone and welcome!!  So happy that you stopped by.
A very special welcome for my new followers!  So pleased you decided to join me on my creative journey. 

A new Challenge is now live at Crafty Cardmakers and the Theme is Dies or Punches!  Jo is our lovely Host and, as always, you may create whatever you wish as long as it follows the Theme.

For my DT contribution, I have created a masculine card and, as I don't have very many punches, I have used a couple of dies.  

The papers are by Kaisercraft.  I love to use their 6.5" x 6.5" pads as they are the perfect size for cards.
  Some embossing and stamping on the background.  Both the harlequin and the script stamp are also by Kaisercraft.
The die above is called Texture Subway and, you guessed it, it's by Kaisercraft!!  The greeting is also by Kaisercraft.  In the back of their paper pads they have a couple of pages of little punch out greetings.  Another reason I love their pads.
The clock is a printable from the net and the Cogs & Gears die is by .. wait for it! .. Cheery Lynne.  Surprise!! It's not by Kaisercraft!  LOL!!
These types of diecuts can be very thin and flimsy and I like my embellies to be a bit more substantial so I usually cut the shapes out a few times and then glue them on top of each other for more dimension.  I also aged the cogs and gears by swiping them with a bit of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

Used a bit of the same paper to decorate the inside.
So crafters, get out your dies and punches and join in with the Challenge!!  Would love to see what you create.  If you pop over to the CCM blog you will find a whole heap of fabulous inspiration by the rest of the Team.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Friday, 21 June 2019

Embossing and a Couple of New Dies

Hello and welcome to my blog.  So pleased you decided to stop by.

We have a lot of birthdays coming up in the next couple of months so I finally got back into my craft room and have been madly making cards, both masculine and feminine ones.   I purchased some new dies recently and have been experimenting with some different ideas gathered from around the net.  Nothing new really, just some simple techniques that I thought would work.  Some of my experiments have been total disasters but others have turned out quite nicely (Well, I like them anyway) so here I am to share the first of the 'nice ones' with you.

The papers and the stamps are by Kaisercraft.  I simply stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and then heat embossed with Rangers' Seafoam White Embossing Powder.
The white diecut is one of the new dies I purchased.  It is called Texture Subway and it's by Kaisercraft.  I cut it out a couple of times and then glued the two together for extra strength and dimension.
The branch die I have had in my stash for a while and have no idea where it's from.
The flowers were created from some loose petals I've had for ages.  I simply glued a couple together and then used prills to create the centres.  The circle greeting is also by Kaisercraft.  In the back of their small paper pads they have a few pages of pop-out tags and greetings that match the paper collection and this is one of those.  I layered it onto a piece of cardstock before adhering it to the card.

Blue is my favourite colour, and the techniques used are very simple, but I do love how this turned out.  I hope the friend I sent it to will love it as well.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will share the rest of this batch of cards over the next few weeks and I do hope you will come back to take a peek.

In the meantime, have fun with your crafting.
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - #236

Hello sweet visitors.  Welcome to my blog.

I'm here to share my project for the new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  Angela is our lovely host and the Theme is 'Anything but a Card'.  As always, you may create anything you like, as long as it isn't a card.

Thought this would be the perfect time to share another of my Amigurumis.
I have crocheted quite a few small animals but this is the first actual doll I have made.  I used a pattern by Laura Tegg called Standard Weebee which is available free on Ravelry.  This pattern is for the full body and has a simple hair cap as well.  The hair I have crocheted for my doll is from another pattern.
The boots and knickers are removable.  I used the appropriate sections of the original pattern and simply used a slightly larger hook so they would go on and come off easily.
The hair was done following a pattern by Denise Angelo.  She shared it on Facebook for the WeeBee Appreciation Society.  You need to be a member of this group to access it.

Her dress is also made with a free pattern by Laura Tegg.  It is called the Pretty Shells Dress and is also available on Ravelry.  The underskirt I created free hand and also added a simple tie at the waist.
I crocheted the doll and the clothes with 4ply acrylic yarn and she stands approx. 8" tall,
I named her Esmeralda but she will have a new name now as she has gone to her forever home with a friend's little girl.  Hope they have some wonderful times together.

Would love it if you would pop over to the CCM Blog and check out the awesome creations by my Teamies.  They have some amazing inspiration for you over there.  The link is below

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #236 - Anything but a card.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Am looking forward to seeing what you create for our Challenge.

Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 3 June 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #235

Hello my dear friends!  Thank you for stopping by today!

The new Challenge is live at Crafty Cardmakers and it is my turn to host!!  The Theme is one of my absolute faves .. Masculine!!  Right up my alley!!

 As always, you may create whatever you wish.  A card, scrapbook page, mixed media piece, home decor or anything else that takes your fancy as long as it fits the Theme.

My DT project is the card I created for my oldest son's 50th Birthday last year.
A few layers made with Kaisercraft papers, a couple of computer generated clocks and some added bits of washi tape make up the base. 
This card was made late last year so I cannot quite remember where I got the wooden flourish from.  I do remember though that I coloured it with Distress Inks and then clear heat embossed it.
The large cog was also coloured with Distress Ink and then I randomly swiped it with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.  The number 50 was treated the same as the flourish.

The tags at the side are removable and, of course, I had to add some prills and microbeads.

A couple of fun quotes on the back of the tags.

Still haven't quite accepted that my son is now 50.  Doesn't seem that long ago that we celebrated his 21st!  Time does fly!!

I hope I have inpsired you to join in with our Challenge.  My Teammates have created some fabulous inspiration so please do pop over to the CCM blog and check them out.  

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #235 - Masculine

Thank you so much for visiting and I do hope you will join in with the Challenge.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Have fun with your crafting!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg