Monday, 19 August 2019

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #239

Hello dear friends and welcome to my blog.  
So pleased you decided to drop by.

So, the Crafty Cardmakers Team is back from holiday and the new Challenge has begun!  Lin is our delightful Host and the Theme is 'It's a Bug's Life'!!  
So, we would love to see some bugs/insects on your creations.

I created an all occasion card for my DT project and here are some close-ups.
The base paper is from a small paper pack by 49 & Market.  To add a touch of colour, I swiped the paper through a little pool of Distress Ink which was left on my mat from a previous project.
I stamped the background with embossing ink and then sprinkled on Sea Foam White embossing powder.  Adds a nice little touch of texture.
Added a small strip from the edge of a sheet of Maja papers and topped that with a diecut and a piece of floral lace.
Topped it all off with a Little Birdie flower and then a sweet little butterfly flew over and settled on my project so, of course, I invited it to stay .. and it did!!  LOL!!
I hope you can find the time to join in!  Would love to see what you create.
For all the details of the Challenge and for some wonderful inspiration by the rest of the Team here is the link

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any comment you may care to leave .. very much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
Marg xx

Friday, 16 August 2019

Wildflowers and Embossing

Hello dear friends and welcome.  Thank you for stopping by today.

I haven't spent much time in my craftroom lately but I thought I would share a card I made quite a while ago which I haven't shown before.

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of new dies and, after a little experimentation, came up with a simple design using these dies.  I have shown lots of cards made with the Texture Subway die by Kaisercraft (still have more of those to come) but today I thought I would share a card made with the other die I purchased.  This is the Wildflowers #2 die by Tim Holtz.  I have actually only made this one card with that particular die because I was concentrating so much on the other, but, I'm sure I will be using this one again and again.

A few close-ups first.
I've been trying to use up some of my older Kaisercraft papers and have no idea which collection these papers are from. The sentiment was taken from one of their newer collections.
Used a couple of Kaisercraft stamps to emboss the background.
Originally, I cut all of the flower stems from the darker cardstock but didn't like how it looked.  I then tried it again using just the light green but didn't like that either and finally settled for a mix of the two.
Wasn't overly happy with the combination but then decided to add a little colour to the center stem and that made all the difference.
 Voila!!  

 Hope you like my little wildflower card.

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the lovely comments too.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy your crafting!
Take care and God Bless. 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Art Journal Pages

Hello dear crafty friends!  So pleased you dropped by!

I'd like to share an Art Journal page with you today.  I don't do these very often although I'm not sure why, because I really do enjoy them.  I made this one quite a while ago and hadn't got around to sharing it.  Just hope I can remember how I put it together and what products I used, LOL!!

I know for sure that I started with a piece of watercolour paper.  Well, duh!  That one was easy to work out wasn't it??  LOL!
First sprayed the paper with water and then added Lindy's Magicals (Danny Zucko's Denim).  Can't actually remember if I sprinkled the powder onto the paper or if I premixed it and spread it with a brush.  Either way works well.
The splatters were also created with Magicals (Tears on my Pillow Tangerine) and I coloured the ribbon with the same Magicals.  The stamping was done with Archival Ink.
A bit of doodling around the edges with a fine texta and I added a few Prills and micro beads.
Layered on some diecuts, a floral chipboard piece (from Little Birdie), fibre ribbon, ephemera ..
.. and topped it off with a Little Birdie flower which I coloured using the same Lindy's Magicals.
I find creating these Journal pages very relaxing.  I do make a bit of a mess at times when creating the background (I do remember ending up with blue fingers after this one .. LOL!!) and then just toss on some stuff I find lying around .. it can be very therapeutic.
Normally I would glue these pages into a Journal but this one is being gifted to a friend.
Hope she likes it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and a huge thank you to the lovely peeps who left me some sweet comments to read on my last post.  Very much appreciated!!

Take care and God Bless


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Cogs & Gears for the Boys

Hello dear crafty friends!  So pleased you stopped by.
Hope your day is going well.  

Thought it was time to share a couple more of my masculine cards with you today.  Nothing new I'm afraid .. simply more of my embossed and diecut cards.  The designs are pretty much the same, just different papers and different stamps used.

The papers are by Kaisercraft as are the wooden cogs.
Actually, pretty much everything I have used on this card is by Kaisercraft.  The dp is from their Anthology Paper pad, and I've used their 'Arty' stamp and their 'Texture Subway' die in the background.  The only thing not K'craft is the embossing powder which is 'Seafoam White' by Ranger.
The greeting is also from the paper pad.  I mounted it onto a piece of card for extra strength.
Obviously didn't clean the edges of the stamp before putting it to the paper, but I don't mind a bit of extra texture.

Added an extra strip of paper (I believe it's from Prima) behind the die and cogs on this card and, as you can see, I also coloured the cogs this time.
One of these cogs is actually a die cut.  Can you tell which one??


There you go!  Two different looks from two cards made almost exactly the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.
Have yourselves a wonderful and crafty day!
Take care and God Bless.

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.