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
Azaleas
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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - 183# Go Green!!

Hello everybody and welcome!  So pleased you dropped in for a visit.

It is time for another Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and this time Judy is our host and the Challenge is to Go Green!!
We want to see lots of lovely lush green on your creations in honour of St. Patrick's Day which is on the 17th of March.  As usual, anything you care to make is fine as long as it fits the Theme.

 So, Go Green and enter the Challenge!!!  We would love to see what you create!!!

This is my DT contribution.


The papers are from Kaisercraft and the flowers are from Megs Garden.  The larger blooms were coloured with watered down paints.

Scraped some texture paste through a stencil for extra interest and couldn't resist  adding some prills.  (One of my current fave things)  


Also popped on some green glass glitter (available from Megs Garden) for a bit of sparkle (although that is a bit hard to see in the photos)..

 .. and printed the greeting from my computer, then punched it out with a circle punch and covered it with an epoxy sticker.
The ribbon was coloured with some Liquitex ink.  I actually had coloured it with some watered down acrylic paint but it was way too dark.  Before it dried I actually washed it out and then recoloured it with the ink.  You can still see some remnants of the paint in places but, I think, the different shades are quite interesting.

Placed some guaze under the cluster to add more texture and soften the look.


Simple decoration on the inside.  The right side is a pocket into which I can insert a tag with a personal message.

And there you go .. my DT contribution to the 'Go Green' Challenge.

Hope you like it and feel inspired to join in with the Challenge .. we would love to see your 'green' creations. 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - 183# Go Green.

Thank you so much for dropping by to take a look and for any comment you may care to leave.

Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 20 February 2017

Yep! Another Man Card!!!

Hello crafty visitors.  Welcome to my blog.

Back again I am with another 'man' card.  Seems that's all I'm making at the mo (not really though) but when I'm on a roll, I've just got to keep going.  Do need lots of these during the year so it's all good.

This one was made with a mix of Maja and Kaisercraft papers.

I'm really liking the look of those tied down tags and so I've made a couple like that now.  Actually have a few more in the pipeline as well so you just may get sick of seeing these  but, as I said earlier, when I'm on a roll ....

 .. and flairs!!  Another fave at the mo.  Lizzy Hill got me started on these so, blame her, I do.  LOL!!  I actually found quite a lot of these in my stash.   I reckon I've had them for years and had totally forgotten about them.  Coming in handy now though.

 Metal cogs (always a fave of mine for 'man' cards) with a few prills (love those) and some washi tape (yep! Another fave at the mo.).


Attached a few  brads .. and more prills.

 Another flair .. a tiny one this time .. and, you guessed it, more prills.

 The usual on the inside ..

.. and the finished card!!

 I find with these double fold cards that you really need a closure if you want them to lay flat.  On the feminine ones I usually just wrap a ribbon around it.  It looks pretty and it certainly does the job.  For a 'man' card though, I find magnets are the way to go and I have found the perfect ones to use.  They are from Basic Grey and they are fabulous.  Slim and super strong they are perfect for cards and for mini albums too.  I have found that even with 3 or 4 layers of dp in between they still stick beautifully.  So, if you're looking for some decent magnets, get the Basic Grey ones .. I love them!! 

Well, that's it from me for now.  Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look at my creations.  I hope I have inspired you in some small way.

Have a fabulous week!!
Take care and God Bless.