Monday, 24 April 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 187 - Pearls and/or Gems

Hello everyone and welcome to my crafty space.  So happy to see you here.

The new Challenge has gone live at Crafty Cardmakers!!  This time around Josephine is our host and it is all about adding some Pearls and/or Gems to your creations.  
 As always, anything you wish to create is fine as long as you add some pearls or gems to your piece.

This is the card I made for my DT contribution.

The papers, the rose buds and the tiny flowers are from Megs Garden.
I have had the fabric flowers in my stash for a while now and have no idea where they came from but, as they had the gem button centers, I felt they were perfect for this Challenge.
The creamy white is the original colour .. I simply sprayed the other with some watered down acrylic paint.

The chipboard piece is from 2Crafty Chipboard.  Added a couple of sticky back pearls and coloured it with a white VersaMagic stamp pad just to lighten it a little.

A piece of lace and some gauze under the cluster for a bit of soft texture ..

and green Glass Glitter for additional sparkle.  Unfortunately, I overdid the highlighting .. looks a bit messy.  Oh well, I'll just say it adds character!!??!!  LOL!!

Why not pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog and see what the rest of the DT have created ..  I know you will love it!!

I do hope you feel inspired to join in with the Challenge .. we would love to see what you create!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #187 - Pearls and/or Gems

Thank you so much for dropping by and having a look.
Have a wonderful day.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox  Marg

Monday, 17 April 2017

With Love - In Blue

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.
Hope you all had a wonderful and Blessed Easter!

For GOD so loved the World, that HE gave HIS only begotten SON,
that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish
but have everlasting life  .. John 3:16

I did actually manage to do a little crafting this weekend and I thought I would share one of the cards I made. 

The papers used are from Maja and the flowers are available from Megs Garden.

I cut a doily in half and used it as the base for the flower cluster.

A piece of medical gauze added for some soft texture ..

.. and some die cuts of Chloe stems to use instead of leaves.

The flower ribbon (also from Megs Garden) was cut in half lengthways (It has the little flowers on both sides) and was glued to the edge.

Made a faux flair sentiment and, of course,  ..

.. I had to add a few prills.  Can't make a card without them these days .. LOL!!

Edge punched the paper on the inside and popped some contrasting colour underneath to highlight it.

I am really pleased with myself.  I actually made two cards in little more than the time I usually take to make only one.  Reason being, I made the second one using the same design as the first .. I simply changed the colours.  So, two cards done and dusted and only half the stress!!  Brilliant!!
I follow a lovely lady named Lisa who does it all the time and, although I have occasionally done it before, I thought I would do it on a regular basis too.  It will make keeping up with birthdays and anniversaries so much easier!  Lisa posts hers at the same time as well,  but I will share mine separately.    Her site is called A Mermaids Crafts.  Go on over and take a look .. you will love it .. her makes are stunning!! 

Thought I would enter this into the following Challenges
Card Mania - # 91 April Showers bring May Flowers
Seize the Birthday - Two Patterned papers/Anything Goes

Thank you so much for dropping by to take a look at my little creations and leaving me a little love .. I very much appreciate you taking the time.

Enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - #186 Things with Wings

Hello my sweet friends and welcome to my blog. 
A very special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you so much for joining me .. I hope you enjoy the journey through my crafty world.

The new Challenge is up at Crafty Cardmakers.  It is hosted by Mary and it is all about Things with Wings.   Anything with wings will count.  Birds, fairies, butterflies and other insects, aeroplanes and even hearts as long as they have wings.
As always, anything you create is fine.  A card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it fits the theme.
We would love for you to join in!  Please read the rules and remember our 15 Challenge limit.

For this challenge I chose to create an Art Journal page.  

Can't remember when I last did one of these but I must say, I did enjoy the process.

I do realise this is not terribly original.  
There are so many AJ pages on pinterest with a similar design but, as I hadn't worked on one of these for so long, it was an easy subject and it fitted the theme of the Challenge.
 I used watercolour paper  and randomly covered it with texture paste instead of gesso just to get some texture happening.

I played around with some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals to colour the background.  It was the first time I have actually used these and I must say I love them!!  Didn't quite get the effect I was looking for but I think that is just going to take more  practice.

The chippy is from 2Crafty Chipboard and I simply coated it with more of the texture paste.

Lots of stamping underneath.

The clock and the butterflies were free printables from the web.  I simply fussy cut them and mounted the clock on a piece of scrap chipboard for dimension and strength.

I added some prills ..

.. lots of prills ..

.. 'cos I just love the look of them!!

Really happy with the way this turned out.  Think I might hang it on my Craft Room wall.

Once again, I hope I have inspired you to take part in the Challenge.  We would love to see the Things with Wings that you create!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #186 - Things with Wings.
Pop on over and take a look at the wonderful creations by the rest of the Team .. I'm sure you will be well and truly inspired!!

Thank you so much for paying a visit and having a look at my little makes and do enjoy the rest of your day.

Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

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