Monday, 27 March 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - #185 Spring into Spring

Hello sweet crafty friends!  Welcome to my blog.
So pleased you dropped by.

As you can see, I'm back from my holiday.  Hubby and I had a wonderful time even though the weather was not good.  We just made the most out of what we had and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!  Might show you a few piccies in the next few days.

The new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by Peggy and the theme is Spring into Spring!!
Yes, I know, here in Australia we are well into Autumn (although going by the temperatures we've had lately you wouldn't think so) but in the UK where this challenge originates it is Spring.  So, we are celebrating that lovely season of new growth, new births, warmer temps  and sunshine and we would love to see your Spring creations.
As usual, anything you care to make is fine.  A card, layout, mixed media piece, home decor .. as long as it has a lovely Spring theme.
We would love for you to join in.
Just please read the rules and remember our 15 challenge limit.

So, my contribution is this card made with 'Spring' flowers and some beautiful Maja papers.

The papers were torn and then the top layer was crumpled a bit as well so that the flower ribbon could peek out from underneath.  This ribbon is available at Megs Garden.  It has those tiny flowers on both edges and I actually cut it in half so I could slide it easily in between the layers.

Some  strands of satin ribbon (also available at Megs Garden as part of the Bundles of Goodies) and, of course, I had to add some prills as well. 

Aren't those papers stunning!!  Love the faded script .. beautiful!

My favest flowers in the cluster (yes, they are also from Megs Garden) ..

.. and I popped some sisal underneath for a bit of soft texture.

The tiny leaf branches are an EK Success punch.  Sorry, but I don't have the name of it.

So, I do hope I have inspired you to join in with the Challenge.
The Challenge ends on the 9th April and we would love to see your beautiful 'Spring into Spring' creations.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #185 - Spring into Spring

Thank you so much for visiting and taking a look at my little makes.
Have yourselves a wonderful day.
Take care and God Bless.
xoxo  Marg

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - #184 For a Special Woman/Girl

Hello craft lovers and welcome to my blog.  Hope your day is going well.

Sally is hosting the new Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and it is to make something for a special woman in your life.  It would also be nice if you would share with us who your creation is for.

As usual, anything you enter is fine, a card, scrap layout,  mixed media piece, home decor .. as long as it is for a Special Female.

This is another scheduled post as I am still away Cruising with my darling hubby!!

Before I show you my card I need to tell you that this design is not my own.  I actually lifted it from Pamellia Johnson at My Little Craft Things.  Do yourself a favour and pop over there to take a look at her stunning creations.  You will be gobsmacked just like I was.  Her work is awesome and, if you like wildlife, she shares the most amazing photos of the birds and squirrels that abound around where she lives.  She feeds these little critters and takes the most wonderful photos.  I love visiting her blog.

So, onto my contribution to the Challenge.

The papers are from Maja's Vintage Summer Basics Collection.  I actually managed to lay my hands on a 6 x 6 paper pad and I really, really, REALLY (LOL!!) love these papers. The main flowers (the two large blooms and the rose bud) are from Megs Garden.  If you know my works you also know that these are my fave, go to flowers.  They come  in a creamy white version and they are so easy to colour.

The main reason I love this design, apart from the fabulous layers, is the two hidden tags on the front.  I do love putting tags on cards, and I really adore these little hidden beauties.

 The basic design is pretty much exactly like Pamellia's.  The sizes may be different and the colour certainly is.  Also, I don't have a focal image and I have added a few different embellies, like the prills.

Other than that though, this is a straight up lift.

The bow is made from seam binding and it was coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain.

I also decorated the inside, like I usually do.

The Special Woman for whom this card is made is my niece.  She will be celebrating her 50th Birthday a little later this year.

I do hope you have found some inspiration here to join in with our "Special Woman' Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #184 - For a Special Woman/Girl

Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look.
Hope you have a fabulous day!

Take care and God Bless.
oxox  Marg

Monday, 6 March 2017

Still doing the 'Man' Cards

Hello everyone and welcome.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Here I am again with another of my 'man' cards.  Got lots of these to do each year so, once I get going, I try to get as many done as I can.  I am really loving the double fold cards with the tied down tags at the moment so you are going to see quite a few of these.

This is actually a scheduled post as I am away on a Cruise to New Zealand with my darling hubby.  We are celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Can't quite get my head around that.  Where did all those years go????!!!

The papers are all from Kaisercraft although from different collections.  Made a slight change in the way I tied down these tags, that way they don't all look exactly the same (sort of).

 Added a mini bulldog clip ('cos I think they look cool ) ..

.. a Prima light bulb (same reason) .. 

.. some metal cogs  ..

.. and some scattered prills which are becoming a huge fave!!  (for me anyway)

Of course, I also had to add some washi tape!

The red background paper was fairly plain so I dry brushed some white acrylic paint around the edges.  Didn't quite turn out the way I'd hoped so, not sure if I'll do that again.  Note to self ; try this before sticking everything down or, at least, try it out on some scrap first!!

When the card was finished I also added some black and white paint splashes ..
.. and another man card done and dusted.  Just be aware, there are still a lot more to come. he! he!

Thank you so much for visiting and I enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Spring Pastels Take #2 for Megs Garden

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.  So pleased you dropped by for a visit.

Sharing another card today made with some lovely goodies from Megs Garden.

The papers are from the Spring Pastels Collection.  You can buy them already printed but  the ones I've used here I printed out myself from the digital version.  These came out fairly pale (which is what I wanted) but, when you are printing them out yourself, you have the option of printing them any way you like.

Edged the top layer of paper with Martha Stewart's Floral Vine Deep Edge Punch and added the chippie pieces for extra interest.

The yellow bloom below is the Puffy Paper Flower which is available from the Garden (I will list all of Megs products at the end of this post).   It was white originally and I simply sprayed it with some Liquitex ink.

The large white bloom is the Azalea .. available from Megs Garden of course .. and so is the large Mini Rose Bud.  The Azalea was left as is but I did re-colour the rosebud.

The other flowers in this cluster are from my stash.

Sprinkled the flowers and card with a mix of clear and pale pink micro beads and added some glitter to the chipboard pieces.

The papers used on the inside were also edged with the same punch as before.  Aren't those papers pretty???   I love the subtle pattern.

A little gauze under the cluster just to soften the look and my card was done!!

Megs Garden Products used
Spring Pastels Mini Book/Album/Journal Papers
Puffy Paper Flowers
Lge Mini Rose Buds

Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look.  Why not pop over to Megs Garden Blog and take a look at the lovely projects from the rest of the Team.  I'm sure you will find lots of inspiration there.
To check out all the lovely products available from Megs Garden HERE is the link.

Take care and God Bless.
oxox  Marg