Friday, 27 December 2013

Ribbon & Lace & Pion Design Papers

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to my little blog!!
  Are you still recovering from Christmas???  I know I am.  Hope you all had an awesome day!!  Not long and we'll be celebrating the New Year!!  Is it just me or are the years flying by a lot quicker these days?  Getting scary how it all just slips by so fast!  
As you can guess I have a card to share with you.  This one was again made with the Pion Papers I won a little while ago.  Adore these papers, they are awesome and so easy to work with!!
 I used the 6' x 6' papers again for this.  Cut the base paper and tore a couple of strips for the layers.  Distressed them all and did a little doodling with my white gel pen, then layered the lace in between.
 The leaf flourish is from the Kraft Expression range from Little Birdie.  They are available at 'Cheap as Chips' here in Australia.  
 The small rose is from Kaisercraft and the other flowers came from Seriously Scrapbooking.
 I also added some gauze underneath and the small pearl stamens.
 The ribbon used here was actually wrapped around the papers.  It is so pretty I just had to use it too and popped in a couple of stamens when I made the bow.
 The strips inside were edged with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Border Punch.

There you have it!!  As I said before, I simply adore these Pion Papers they are so lovely and so easy to work with.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Love having you visit and would love it too if you could leave me a little comment and let me know what you think.
Before I go, I would just like to thank all of my followers, especially those of you who visit and comment on a regular basis.  I really appreciate you taking the time and giving me such wonderful and heartwarming support.  Love you all. ox

Do take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Cards # 3

Hi everyone!!!  Welcome to my blog ... so pleased you came for a visit.
I'm back to share with you the last of the Christmas Cards I made for this year.  These are the ones I made for close family and some special friends, although I must say, all of my friends are special.  They must be to put up with me!!  hehe!!
As with the other cards I've shown you, these are all basically the same card just made with different papers.   They are Easel Cards and all of the base papers are from Meg's Garden's 'Musical Christmas' and 'Christmas Time' Mini Packs and the trees were made with a number of different Kaisercraft Christmas papers.
 Construction of the tree is simple.  You just cut a triangle to whatever size you want from chipboard or some other type of stiff board, glue a small frill of border punched paper along the bottom and then fill the shape with leaf diecuts from different papers.  It is a little time consuming but I thoroughly enjoyed making these, they are a lot of fun.  You could add some glitter here and there or maybe a few small gems to represent lights or even use some white puff paint or embossing powder to represent snow but I left these plain.  I felt the different colours of the paper was enough.
The star at the top of the tree is a plastic snowflake which I painted with gold acrylic paint.  The label is from Kaisercraft to which I added the greeting sticker and the diecut is the 'Virtuoso Music' Die from Memory Box.
 The inside was decorated with more of the papers from Meg's Garden and I just added a diecut oval shape with the sentiment and also a Kaisercraft 'Holly Border' flourish.  The flourish was coloured with Versa Color in Scarlet and Green  and I also added a few red gems to represent berries.

 Here is how the card looks standing up ...  
 ... and here are a few pics of some others made with different papers.

On this one you can see the little bit of border punching I did on the paper.  It doesn't show up quite as well on the others.
Once again, this is just a sampling of the cards made.  

Not sure if I'll be back here before Christmas so I would like to wish all of you a wonderful and joyous Christmas.  Hope you all have a fabulous day and many Blessings to each and every one of you.

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

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Flowers and Twine!

Hello everyone!!!  Welcome to my blog!
I hope everyone's Christmas Preparations are going well.  Luckily for me, mine are done so I can relax for a few days and create something for an occasion other than Christmas.
The card I'm sharing with you today could be used for a Wedding.  It was made from the gorgeous Pion Design papers that I won just recently!

 As you can see, not a lot of colour to this one.  I think after all the Christmas cards I made I am coloured out!!  hehe!  There is actually a very subtle pattern on the top layer of paper but, unfortunately, the photos don't show it very well.  You can see it a little better in the next one but you really have to look closely.
 The papers were distressed and then I misted the top layer and manipulated it a bit to get it to the shape you can see and I also made a few tears which were then rolled as well.  The idea for this came from Patricia Basson.  She makes the most beautiful scrapbook pages where she rolls and manipulates her papers in the most beautiful ways.  I love her work and urge you to go and take a look.  You can find her blog HERE
The cluster is made up of a selection of flowers but I'm afraid I can't tell you where they came from as I've had these for a while.  I've mixed some tiny pearl stamens and some gauze in there too.   The two clusters are almost a mirror image of each other.  The strip across the centre of the card is simply another strip of the same paper over which I've added a strip of gauze and a twine bow.
 The inside was decorated with another sheet of  the Pion papers.  I fussy cut the lovely little frame which can be used for the sentiment and then just border punched a couple of strips from the same sheet and adhered them top and bottom.
 I have to say, I'm really pleased with the way this one turned out!!  I think I'm going to be sorry to give this one away!!  Ah well!!!  What must be done, must be done!
I want to thank Pion Design again for their wonderful Give-away.  These papers are absolutely stunning and I'm loving working with them.  Thank you!!

I'd also like to thank you lovely people for visiting here today.  This is a really busy time of the year and I know how hard it can be to find the time.  So, thank you so much!!  I appreciate it immensely!!

Please take special care over the holiday period.  Be safe and  God Bless.
oxox Marg

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Cards # 2

Hello everyone!!  I hope you are all well and enjoying your day.
I'm back again to share with you another Christmas Card.  This one is actually the template for most of the cards I've made for Christmas this year.  To make things a little easier on me ( and I'm always looking for ways to make things easier on me .. hehe! )  I usually decide on a design for my Christmas cards and then make them all pretty much the same except for the papers I use.  Actually, I use two designs.  One for the general cards for close friends and distant family and another for my immediate family.  This card is the one I used for close friends.
I love the traditional colours for Christmas and the papers I've used are from small pads of different Kaisercraft Christmas Collections.  I had bought so many pads last year that I felt I'd better use them up.  I simply layered a few mats cut from different papers in different sizes ( one of which was matted on some cardstock ) and then also added a little banner which was matted on cardstock.  Added a frame cut out with Marianne Creatables Frame and Swirls Die and then placed a greeting label over the top.  Added another die-cut  in between the frame and the label to add a bit more interest.  This die is the Snowflake Sprig die from Memory Box.  I simply cut the piece into three and spread them out under the label.

The poinsettia was cut out from different papers with my Silhouette, and the leaves were also cut with my Silhouette and then slightly shaped and edged with gold Versa Color. 
The inside was decorated with some strips of the paper which were edged with Martha Stewarts Doily Border Punch.  The sentiment was cut out with Couture Creations Victorian Square Die.

Here are some pics of a few of the other cards made.

This is just a small sampling. I won't bore you too much by showing all of them but I think, from these piccies, you get the idea.

In my last post I complained about leaving all my Christmas preparations to the last minute, which is what I always do, but now I can report that I am finished!!!   All cards made and posted, all presents purchased and ready to be wrapped!!  I can't believe how easy it all was this year.  Took a while to get the cards done but the pressies were all over and done with in one shop!!!  I really amazed myself!!  Hope all your Christmas preparations go as well as mine did.

Thank you so much for visiting.
Take care, be safe, and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Cards - #1

Hello everyone!!  A very warm welcome to my blog!
So, I guess everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas.  Life is starting to get quite hectic around here.  Shops are chocka-bloc full of people every time we go and it's getting more and more difficult to find a parking space!  I know!! I know!!  If I had been better prepared I would have done all my Christmas shopping ages ago and had all my cards made!!  I say that every year and every year it's a last minute rush..  Don't know why I just can't learn from past mistakes!!  Ah well!!  Maybe next year??!!!
Anyhow, I have a card to share.  One of the Christmas ones I've been busy with.
The papers I've used are from Meg's Garden's Christmas Time Collection Mini Pack. Distressed the edges and added some hand sewing.

 The gorgeous ribbon also is from Meg's Garden.  It was ivory originally but I coloured it with Fired Brick Distress Stain.  Simply sprayed it onto my non-stick mat and then ran the ribbon through it. I love how it turned out.  
 The wreath was cut from cardstock with my Silhouette Portrait.  I simply tweaked it a little and added some small branches to fill it out a bit.  Added the small gems for berries and the 'snow' is white puff paint.  
Some closies.

 On the inside I used some Kaisercraft papers but I don't know which collection they are from.  The border punch is Martha Stewart's Doily Lace. 
 Found the little verse on the net, printed it onto some cream cardstock and cut it out with Couture Creations Victorian Square.  The sprig was cut from another Kaisercraft paper with Memory Box's Snowflake Sprig Die.
 I used Versa Color  'Olive' and 'Scarlet' for the stamping but don't actually know where the stamp is from.   I know it looks light and uneven but that was actually the look I was going for so I'm quite happy with it.
 The die cuts underneath the wreath are Couture Creations Crystal Star and Memory Box's Tiffany Frame.
I haven't finished all my Christmas cards as yet but I am getting there.  Luckily the overseas ones have already been posted so hopefully they will get to their destinations on time.  

Thank you so much for visiting, I know how busy everyone must be at this time of the year and I really appreciate you taking the time.
Take care and God Bless.
Marg oxox