Monday, 21 May 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #212 - Things with Wings

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.  So happy you decided to stop by.

It is time for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  Glenda is our host for this Challenge and the Theme is Things with Wings.

I decided I was going to create a couple of ATCs but, what to use as my Winged Things??  Well, my fave Things with Wings are butterflies so .. why not use those??
Why not indeed!!

I used pasteboard as my base.  Pasteboard is similar to chipboard but it has a layer of white paper front and back and is a bit cheaper to buy. 
For a bit of texture, I scrunched up a piece of tissue paper and adhered it with Matte Medium.

To add the colour, I sprinkled Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and then sprayed with water.  The colour used here is Danny Zuko's Denim.

The butterfly die used is the Vivienne Butterfly from Memory Box .. 
.. and the Magicals colour on this ATC is Tears on my Pillow Tangerine.
For a touch of extra interest I added some torn washi tape at one side ..

.. as well as the Threads and Borders die and a sprinkling of black prills.
The words were computer generated, then trimmed to size and edged with a Sharpie pen.  The doodling around the edges of both ATCs was also done with the Sharpie.

To check out all  the details of the Challenge and for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Team, pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog.  I'm sure you will feel inspired to join in and can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today and a special thank you for the wonderful comments that were left on my last post.  I do appreciate them so much.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #211 - No Patterned Paper

Hello my lovelies and welcome.  So pleased you stopped by my blog today.

It's time for another Challenge at Crafty CardmakersValerie is our host and the Theme is 'No Patterned Paper".  

No patterned paper??  So, what can I use??  Ahh!!  I still have a piece left over from that Masterboard I made a while ago .. I'll use some of that!! 
Well, the idea didn't come about quite that simply.  Took a while to even remember that I had the piece .. LOL!!  But, once I located it, it all went fairly quickly from there.

I actually procrastinated about this Challenge for nearly two weeks.  Yeah, I know, pathetic, huh!!  Just didn't know what I wanted to do.  Did I just want to use cardstock, did I want to create a Masterboard or just a simple MM background??  Kept putting it off and putting it off until  I only had a day or two left to get it done!!!
Took a little while to find this left over piece of Masterboard.  I had put it in a safe place so I wouldn't lose it!  Well, it was so safe that I couldn't even find it .. LOL!!  When I finally did find it, I simply cut it to the size I needed, lightly inked the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then adhered it to my card blank.
Needed something to go under the flowers and I was going to use a stamp but, those of you who know my work, will also know that stamping very rarely works well for me.  So, I decided to use a die cut instead.  This one is by Altenew  and is available at Megs Garden

So, my card was almost finished but it just needed something more.  Ah!!  Of course!!  The old reliable prills!!  Perfect!  (Yes, I did try mixing a few microbeads in as well but didn't like how it looked so took them out again.  A few of them managed to hang in there though. LOL!) 
Mmmmm!!  There's still something missing!!   What's this floating around on my workbench??  Ah!!  A little sentiment left over from another project .. the perfect thing!!
.. and done!!
Sorry about all the silliness .. just felt in one of those moods .. LOL!!

I hope you will pop on over to Crafty Cardmakers and check out the gorgeous creations by the rest of the Team.  I am sure you will feel inspired to join in with the Challenge!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #211 - No Patterned Paper

Thank you so much for your visit and for the lovely comments left on my last post.  Very much appreciated.

Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 30 April 2018

In a Blue and Feminine Mood

Hello everyone and happy Monday!!  
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

I have a card to share with you.  I haven't done a lot of crafting lately (have fallen way behind in my schedule) but, every once in a while, I feel the need to create something.  This card came together  because of that need.

I really had no specific idea in my mind when I started .. only that I wanted to make something blue (my fave colour) and feminine.
 So, I gathered some blue Kaisercraft papers together and then some white as well and worked out what layers I wanted.  Cut them to size and then tore and crumpled a few of the edges until I was happy with the arrangement.
I then went hunting for some flowers and, after trying a few different ones, decided on these.

I also tucked a blue flower in the corner and added a  touch of lace ..
.. and added some more lace in a couple of other spots just for a bit more interest.
Of course, I had to add some prills and micro beads as well.

Inserted a piece of gauze under the flowers and die cut the leaves from a scrap of Maja papers ..
.. and am quite happy with the result!

I am sharing this card with the Anything Goes Challenge # 114 at

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to create a little something yourself.
A special thank you for those who left such lovely comments on my last post.  You warm my heart with your kind words.

 Have a wonderful day!!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #210 - Birthdays

Hello lovely visitors and welcome!!  So happy that you stopped by!

Well, it's time for a new Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers.  Lin is our host for this one and the Theme is Birthdays!!!  As always, you may create whatever you like as long as it follows the Theme.

I created another card for this Challenge.  With the Theme being Birthdays, this was the easiest option and I am really into easy at the moment.  LOL!!

I raided my stash for these papers.  They are from an older Prima Collection called Rondelle.  I was looking for something with black in it and, when I came across these papers, well, they were just  perfect!
There is a piece of gauze and some upholstery thread under the flowers for texture and I added a few die cuts as well.
This die is called Threads and Edges and is made by Altenew.  It is available at Megs Garden.
I must point out that, although I do not design for them very often any more, I am still a Guest Designer at Megs Garden and have received free items from the store as compensation in the past.   These dies were actually paid for and besides, I would not recommend anything I did not also love and use.
I've had these flowers for a while.  They are also available from Megs Garden.  If you wish to take a look, the larger one is the Burgundy/Cream open paper rose and the smaller white one is the Puffy Paper Flower.  
The Cameo Frame by Tim Holtz is a recent purchase.  I love the fact that you get the metal frame and they also include the resin sticker to fit inside it so you can make up your own Cameo using whatever paper matches your creation.  Brilliant!!
Added a strip of floral lace along one of the torn edges.

The greeting was computer generated, trimmed and then edged with a Sharpie.
I do hope you will take the time to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from my Teamies!   You might even be persuaded to join in!!  LOL!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 210 - Birthdays

Thank you so much for stopping by and special thanks to those of you who left such lovely comments on my last post.  I really appreciate your kind words.

Have a wonderful day!!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 9 April 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #209 - Water

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  So happy that you stopped by.

The new Challenge is starting over at Crafty Cardmakers and the Theme this fortnight is - Water.  Josephine is our host for this one and, as always, you may create whatever you like as long as it follows the Theme.

Well, I thought I would be back full on crafting this past week or so but that obviously did not happen.  I think when I broke my wrist I also broke my enthusiasm and my mojo .. LOL!!  Just can't get back into it at the mo, but I'm quite pleased that I did manage to create something for my DT contribution even though it did take a few days to get done.

I created this very simple little card.

 This is not the first card I tried to make.  It is actually my fourth attempt.  I simply could not get the right effect for the background.  Yeah, I do think my mojo is broken or, at least, it's bent a bit!  LOL!!
The first two attempts were made with different inks and paints and didn't look very nice. So then I went back to my trusty Magicals and, although I did like the result on the third attempt, I then messed it up beause I wasn't really sure what I wanted to add to it.  Tried it with mermaids and dolphins but I  did not like how it turned out so, that one ended up in the bin as well.
I created this background by first spraying a piece of watercolour paper with water.  I mixed each of the colours with water to activate them and then put a few drops of each randomly on the page.  Then I sprayed over it with water again just to get the colours moving a bit more and this is the result.  The Magicals' colours I used on this background are Danny Zucko's Denim, Tiffany Lou's Blue, Azure Sea Asters, Sea Mint Green and Greased Lightning Green.  Don't you just love those names?? 
And I really loved how this background turned out so didn't want to mess this one up.  Still wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it though until I found this quote from the movie Finding Nemo and then I knew I had to add a  fish of some sort.
After that, it all came together quite quickly.  I found the little fish on the net, printed it out and fussy cut it. 
I edged the fish and the quote with a black Sharpie pen and popped them up  on foam tape to give a bit of dimension.  I also went around the fish with more of the Danny Zucko's Denim to give it shadow and make it stand out a bit more.
The 'seaweed' is the Garland Threads Die by Altenew and I added some pearls to represent air bubbles.  I then used more of the Danny Zucko's Denim to add the splashes.
And here it is .. all finished!!!
I did make this into a card but am not really sure what sort of occasion I could use it for so, I'm thinking, I might just pop it into my art journal.   'Cos, with that quote, it's kinda uplifting and supportive and I think it's kinda cute and, I want to keep it!  So there!  LOL!!

I hope you will pop on over to the CCM Blog and take a peek at the fabulous inspiration by my Teamies and, maybe, link up your entry.  Would love to see how you interpret this Theme. 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 209 - Water.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any words you may care to leave for me.  I read every one and really appreciate you taking the time.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg