Monday, 19 February 2018

Dream in Colour - Art Journal Page

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.
So happy you came for a visit.

I would like to share my latest journal page with you.  I actually started this one quite a while ago.  Last year in fact.   I put it aside as I had to make some Christmas cards, and didn't get back to it until recently.

At first, I really had no idea what I wanted to do so I just started playing around.
 I adhered a sheet of tissue paper to the page with Matte Medium and then sprinkled some Magicals powder onto it and sprayed it with water.
 I think a lot of the colour actually seeped in under the tissue.  Not sure if that's because I hadn't glued it down properly or if the Medium wasn't strong enough.  I think this was actually the main reason that I put it aside, I wasn't really happy that most of the colour got lost.
 When I came across it again and took another look at it, I decided it wasn't that bad after all.  So it looks a little pale .. doesn't matter .. so a lot of the colour got lost somewhere .. doesn't matter.  Do I like it??   I don't hate it!  In the end I just decided to go with it, so I did a little stamping ..
 .. and added some words.
Darkened one corner with Walnut Stain Distress Ink (which also kind of got lost a bit) ..
.. and added a chippie by 2Crafty Chipboard.  I painted it white and then added a bit of colour (deliberately faint this time!) with the same Magicals.

Voila!!  The finished page.
Like I said, I may not love it, but at least I don't hate it and, I learned from it!  Isn't that what Art Journaling is all about?? ... I think so!

I am entering this in the following Challenge
 Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #35 - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you as well for any comment you may care to leave for me.  I would love to know what you think about this page and I so appreciate you taking the time.

Take care, be happy and God Bless.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #205 - Love & Romance

Hello everyone and welcome to my crafty space!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!!

The new Challenge has started over at Crafty Cardmakers
Marlene is the host for this Challenge  and the Theme is Valentine based, so it's all about Love and Romance!
As always, anything you care to create is fine as long as it follows the Theme!

So, once again, I have created a card.
This is not really a Valentine's card though.  Hubby and I have been married for 50 years (yeah!  I know!!  I can't believe it either!  LOL!!) but we have never celebrated  Valentine's Day.  Just never felt we wanted, or needed to, so, this card will simply be used to send a little love to a rellie or maybe a close friend on their birthday. 

The background was created with some texture paste through a mini 'Art Is' stencil by the Crafters' Workshop.
Once the texture paste was dry, I sprinkled on a little LSG Magicals powder in Rizzo's Rowdy Red and then sprayed over that with water.   I love the way it splatters everywhere and I love all the different colours you get with this technique. 
Topped it with my usual cluster of gauze, diecuts and flowers.

The sentiment was printed with a label maker and then mounted on a piece of chipboard.
Once it was all assembled, I swiped the cluster with a little gesso and added some stamping along the edge!
Unfortunately, the stamping was not very clear and I must have hiccupped while doing it!  LOL!  Still, I don't mind that it's a bit messy.  It is handmade after all, so not meant to be perfect!!

Do go on over to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog and check out the fabulous creations by my Team Mates.  You will be inpsired to join in, I'm sure!!  Looking forward to seeing what you create!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #205 - Love and Romance.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Have yourselves a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
Marg oxox

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Opportunities - A Man Card

Good day lovely visitors and welcome to my blog!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!

A quickie post again to share another of my 'man' cards with you.  You will see quite a lot of these from me as I have more male friends and family than female.  The ones I have done lately are very similar.  I have simply used different papers and a few different elements but they are basically the same design.  Makes life so much easier than trying to come up with something totally different each time.

The papers are old ones from my stash.  I think they are from Kaisercraft.
Created some layers and distressed the edges.  Inked a few of those edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and wrapped some twine around the papers.
A couple of tags tucked in at the sides ..
.. and a quote label which is definitely from Kaisercraft.

A little bit of washi tape for interest ..
.. and, Voila!!
I was really pleased when I discovered the quote panel in my stash.  I found quite few of them.  I think I was keeping them to use in a Mini Album but, they work very well on my cards I think!

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek.  I really appreciate your visit and any comment you may care to leave.
Have yourselves a wonderful day!!  I hope your weather is being kind.  Ours is really hot at the moment and I am so over it!!  Can't wait for Summer to be finished with!!  Unfortunately, then I will probably start complaining about the cold and wet!!  LOL!!

Take care and God Bless.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Dream - A Man card

Hello everyone and welcome to my  creative space!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Another quick post to share this little card with you.  A masculine card this time.  Have been mainly making feminine ones lately but, as I have lots of male friends and family, I really need to get a few masculine ones done.  This is the first for this year with lots more to come!

The papers are by Prima and Kaisercraft and I distressed all the edges. 
The netting chippie is from Scrapmatts and  I simple left it raw.  Added a strip of washi tape on the side for some extra interest.
The quote panel was mounted on a piece of  mat board and edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Before attaching the panel, I wrapped the card with a piece of leather thong.
Added some metal hardware for extra embellishment ..

.. and that's it!!  All done!!  For all it's simplicity, this card did take me a while to complete!  Mainly because I had no idea where I was going with it.  Then I found the quote panel and, after I mounted and attached it, I realised the card was finished! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek.  I really appreciate your visit.
Have a good day my friends!!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #204 - Get Inky/Messy!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  So pleased that you dropped by!

It's time for another Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and the Theme this time around is to get Inky or Messy!!  Chanya is our host and, as always, you may create whatever you like as long as it meets the current Theme.
You may be pleased to know that we no longer have a Challenge limit, so you can enter as many other Challenges as you like.

Well, as usual, I have created a card.  Actually, I created a number of cards or, I really should say, I created a number of backgrounds using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals, but most of them were a total failure!   Just couldn't seem to get the process right.  I simply ended up with  these big blobs in the middle of my paper but, I am happy to  say, that I did manage to get a couple I liked, one of which I am sharing here.

This was, actually, the first background I did .. and didn't really like at first.  Wasn't sure what kind of card I wanted to make either so, I put it aside, and tried again, and again, and again .. four times again, as a matter of fact, LOL!!  Finally I made another one that I quite liked and did start making a card with that one but, even that, wasn't working out for me.  So, I went back to the first one and, all of a sudden, it just came together!  
When I had a closer look at it, I really did start to like the different shades in the background and, once I started to build up the card, I was liking it more and more.
At first, I wasn't sure what to use for the cluster but then I remembered a card made recently by Lisa of A Mermaid's Craft.  She used a Chloe Stem Die by Memory Box on her card and it looked gorgeous and I remember thinking that I have that die but have never used it.  So, I got it out and voila! .. I love it!!
The die below is the Garland Threads Die by Altenew which I purchased just recently from
Megs Garden.  I really love that too!!
I didn't even use any prills this time!  Didn't think they were needed.
Tried to capture the shimmer on this photo, but it is really difficult to pick up with a camera.

In the end, I am really happy with my summery, shimmery card and I also know just the person to give it to!  All good!

Would love for you to pop on over to take a peek at the lovely creations by my Teamies.  I am sure you will be inspired to join in with Challenge!  Would love to see what you create!!
To check it all out, and to link up your entry simply follow the link below.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #204 - Get Messy/Inky!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Fairly Clean and Simple.

Hello and welcome!!  So pleased you decided to come by!

Just a quick little post today to share another of my cards.   Not a lot of embellishment on this one so it was really quick to make. 

The black and white paper is from Maja.   I love the subtle florals on the background .. so pretty!  The top layer is by Kaisercraft from a collection called Rose Avenue.  Again, I love the subtle, faded  graphics and script.

The lovely chipboard flourish is by Little Birdie and I simply left it raw.
The bloom is the Puffy Paper Flower available from Megs Garden.  
I have to say I didn't purchase this bloom.  It was chosen as part of my DT consignment so I received it for free but, I also have to say, that I have purchased this flower in the past as it is one of my favorite go to flowers.  I really love the shape and size of it and, as I get them in white, I can spray them any colour I wish to match my card.  In this case I used Peacock Feather Distress Spray Stain.
I had quite a number of other embellies on my workbench such as, leaves and gauze, gems and twine, etc., which I had intended to use on this card.  But, when I got to this stage, I decided I really liked the look of it and left it as is.  Did have to add those prills and microbeads of course!  Can't do without those!!  LOL!!

Fairly clean, and really simple to make and, suitable for any occassion!
I like it .. hope you do too!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate your visit!
Have yourselves a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.