Thursday, 30 August 2012


I am flying to Melbourne today with a friend to go to the Paperific Expo.  Really looking forward to this, it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm also visiting family while I'm there.  (So good to get cheap accommodation) Taking the camera so I hope to get lots of photos to show you what it's like. Will be back early next week with lots to talk about.
Take care and God Bless.
xx Marg

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

More Class Cards

Hi everyone!  I have a couple more class cards to show you. The first is a teepee card I made for my granddaughter.  She turned 10 this year.  She's beautiful, inside and out. Love her to bits. Anyway, this is the card I made for her.

She's a real girly girl, so of course it had to be pink.
The small roses are from Kaisercraft and the large pink one was in my stash. I added some die cut leaves and a couple of white spirals. Her birthday is in winter but I wanted the card to be light and summery because that suits her nature.

 I painted the little Imaginarium frame with crackle paint.  Had never used it before but I was quite pleased with the result. Inked all the edges of the papers of course and die cut the butterflies with Magnolia Ink Doohickeys.

The back I stamped with 'Umber' Versa Color ink and added a few tiny pearls. I used a ribbon to keep it closed. I'm happy to say she loved it.

The next card I'd like to show you is one I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday.  Our baby's Mum and an awesome Mum at that.

I hand stitched around the edge of the front with metallic thread and I painted the tattered clock with crackle paint. The butterfly is a Magnolia doohickey.

The flowers are from my stash and I really can't remember where I got them from.  The darker blue ones I made myself from a tutorial by Natasha Naranjo Aguirre (Moments of Tranquility) she has some fabulous flower tutorials on her site. You can find her site HERE.

This is not the card I made in class. The inspiration for this card came from one of Meg's Gardens Design Team members.  She made a number of cards with butterflies etc., and I thought something similar would look great on the Touch of Acetate card my teacher showed us.

Inked the edges of the papers, die cut some tiny butterflies and sprinkled them around and also stamped the corners.

That's all for now.  Thanks for visiting and God Bless. xx

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Card Class Cards

Hi everyone!  So, I go to card class each week, mainly because I love crafting with other ladies who enjoy it as much as I do.  It's a lot of fun and we get to try different styles of cards.  I may not always like the cards we make but I do always get some new idea or technique that I can use in other projects. I thought I would show you a small selection of the cards we have made.

This is a calendar easel card we made.  It has four small drawers in the base for trinkets etc. and was great fun to make and easier than it looks.

 This is a waterfall card. I gave it to a male friend for his Birthday.

 Our teacher shows us the technique for making the different cards and we choose the papers and embellishments we want to decorate them with.


 I really enjoyed making this centre step card and I used it as a get well card for a friend who was in hospital at the time.

This is just a small selection of the cards we have made and, as I said, I really enjoy the process and the company.
Thanks for visiting and God Bless.   xx Marg

Monday, 20 August 2012

Gate Fold Card

I've created a gate fold card for a friend's birthday.  The inspiration came from a couple of sources.  I know one of them was Graphic 45's blog where they showed a gate fold card with a pocket in the middle for a sentiment tag but I can't remember where I saw the other card.  I've tried to retrace my steps but have not been able to locate it.  It never mattered before, but now that I am blogging, I'm going to have to make notes when I find things on the net that I like so I can give credit where it is due.
I like the gate fold as it is different from the norm and when you add the pocket and a belly band it becomes something even more special.

I've punched the borders on the belly band with a Martha Stewart border punch and added a small chipboard frame from Imaginarium.  Papers used are Kaisercraft from their Sweet Nothings Collection.

I did some hand stitching around the edges of the front panels with metallic thread, then added some Kaisercraft flowers and created a small pearl spray to add more interest.

I painted the frame with gesso first and then with soft moss acrylic paint.  I sprayed it with glimmer mist and when dry I lightly inked the edges and added a few tiny pearls.

For the inside I simply created the pocket with matching paper, added the side panels and then, for the tag, I added a few pearls and a flower charm.

The flower charm is attached with a small brad.

Thank you for visiting.  God Bless.
xx Marg.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Display Frame

Hi Everyone!  I'm back again to show you a display frame I made.  Again, it's a Kaisercraft kit which I painted and decorated with various elements. Lots of butterflies!

I painted it with burnt umber acrylic paint, glued it together and then added the elements.  Fairly simple really.

Again I used mostly Kaisercraft products on this frame and also fussy cut some extra butterflies.

I've added some punched borders, wooden frames and also some tags.

I've inked and/or distressed some of the edges and added skeleton leaves as well.
That's all for today.  Thanks for visiting and God Bless.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

My Projects

Over the next week or so, I would like to show you some of the projects I've completed.  The first is a small chest of drawers I made using Kaisercraft.

 I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out.  I've used a Kaisercraft beyond the page kit and also a selection of their flowers and papers.

This is a close-up of the top. The pearls are from my stash and the butterfly was cut using a Magnolia Doohickey die.  The flowers are Kaisercraft and I've made a few elements myself, such as the little gold spirals (not sure what to call them) and the small jewel spray.

I lined the insides of the drawers with paper as well.  It just seems to finish them off nicely.

This is a view of the back.
That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting and God Bless.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mini Album - Take two

As promised, a few more shots of my first completed mini album. I made this album for a close friend who is  battling cancer. Thankfully, she's doing really well and is now recovering from the operation which removed the cancer completely. Her birthday is next month and I wanted to give her this album to use, perhaps, as a brag book of her grandchildren.

Here are the photo mats that I made and inserted into some pockets.

And the last page and back cover.

There's not a lot of embellishments in this album, and the ones I've used are fairly flat. I don't really like it when there's so much stuff in the book that it doesn't close.  Don't get me wrong, I love some of the mini albums I've seen on the net with all the lovely bits and pieces inside them.  I just think that when you have a book you should be able to close it. My opinion and it's possible I may change my mind about that in the future. Anyhow this is only my first so who knows what I will do next.
That's it for now, thanks for visiting and God bless.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Mini Album

 So, I'd like to show you my first completed mini album.

I've used Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary papers and used some of Kathy Orta's techniques from her envelope album tutorial although I've used cardstock instead. I'll insert a link to her tutorial when I work out how to do it.  I'll show the rest of the album in a later post.
Thanks for visiting and God Bless.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

My first Blog

This is a little scary.  I have never blogged before, I don't even have a facebook page.  So, you ask, why blog?  I guess I just like the idea of sharing my creations with others who might be interested.  I enjoy making my own cards and I wanted a forum to share them with others who may have the same interest.  I am by no means an expert, I just enjoy the process. I've been making cards since 2006, just for family and friends and my style has changed quite a bit over the years.

This card I made for my sister in 2006.

This is the one I made for her in 2011. Needless to say I love flowers and girly things. As I said I make cards for family and friends only and now I am also doing mini albums so I hope to show those as well.  That's it for my first blog, so, God bless and love to all.