Monday, 21 August 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 194 - Under the Sea or At the Beach!

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Crafty Cardmakers is back after a short break with a brand new Challenge.
  Judy is our host and, this time around, the theme of the Challenge is Under the Sea or At the Beach!!
As always, you may create anything you like as long as it fits the Challenge Theme.
Just remember to read the rules and be aware of our 15 Challenge limit.

This Challenge wasn't all that easy for me as I have almost nothing 'Beachy' in my stash but, after some great advice from my lovely friends  Heather Jacob and Helen Wallace (Thank you ladies),
this is the card I created.
I actually have Kaisercraft's 'Sandy Toes' paper pad and, when I saw the woodgrain paper, my first thought was 'rundown' beach shack'!  I also found a scrap of the anchor design paper (from the same pad I think) and felt that would come in handy as well.
 Luckily, at the last Craft Show in Adelaide, I had purchased the 'Net' chippie by Scrapmatts which could represent a fishing net, so I grabbed that out too.
Scoured the internet to find an image of the rundown beach shack but had no luck so I settled for a rundown Life Guard tower which I mounted on a bit of cardstock. 
Distressed all the paper edges and layered it all up with some corrugated board and twine for texture.  I added the micro beads to represent sand (it sorta looks like sand .. doesn't it??)  and popped in some sisal to represent the dried grasses found among the dunes ..
.. and, Voila!!  my 'Beachy' card was done!!

Hope you like my card and that I have given a little inpsiration to persuade you to join in with the Challenge.

For more inspiration just pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers Post and check out the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #194 - Under the Sea or At the Beach.

Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a look.  Would love it if you could leave me a little comment to let me know what you think.

Have yourselves a wonderful day and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Monday, 14 August 2017

Get Well Soon

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  Do hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Can you believe we are almost half way through August??   Thought by now I would have lots of Christmas cards done but, plans often go awry don't they?  Mine certainly did.  Lots of things have happened lately and not all of it good.  But that is life I guess.  You have to face the bad along with the good and hope it all comes out right in the end.

The card I'm sharing today was made for a very close member of our family who was extremely ill.  Made this in the hope of cheering him up.

 Lots of layers of mostly Prima papers, either torn to size or distressed on the edges.
 A couple of tags tucked in with a bit of twine for textrue
The greeting was printed with my labeller and simply mounted on some cardstock.
A couple of eyelets and one of my fave flairs (I only have one left .. boo! hoo!) ..
 .. and a Prima light globe.


I am very happy to report that the patient is out of hospital and, although not 100% yet, is getting better every day.  My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nursing staff at Flinders Medical Centre here in Adelaide.  Due to some woeful Government Policies (so called Transforming Health) they are under staffed, under equipped and over worked yet still manage under those difficult conditions to take very good care of their patients.  Thank you one and all.

Thank you so much for visiting and taking a look at my little makes.
Whatever your plans are for the day, have a good one!
Take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

1 Master Board = 3 Simple Cards

Hi everyone!!  So lovely to have you drop by.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

I've been spending some time watching videos (don't we all??)  on You Tube and came across one that I found really interesting.  It was made by Eileen Godwin of Eileen's Crafty Zone and she was demonstrating how to create a Masterboard.   There's actually two videos and HERE is the link to the first one if you're interested.   There, you will see the link to the second one as well.   I thoroughly enjoyed it and was inspired to have a go.  

So, this is what I made.

I didn't take progress photos while I was making this (if you wish, you can see all that on the videos) and I even forgot to take a photo before I cut it up so I simply pieced it back together so you could see how my Masterboard ended up.  The colour was added with Distress Inks and I wasn't overly impressed with my colour choices at first but, started to like it more and more as it progressed.
The colours I used are Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Faded Jeans and Pine Needles.

I managed to make three cards with this masterboard and am really happy with the result.
They are all very similar but, still, a little different.

The first card measures 3.5" x 7".

I used similar elements on all three cards.    Had to use prills, of course, along with some micro beads.

The gauze has been brushed with gesso to give it shape and structure and the flowers were coloured with sprays made from Distress Re-inkers.

Got myself a Brother Label Maker just recently (been going nuts labelling everything I can in my Craft Room.  LOL!!) and used it to make the sentiment.  

Wrapped the twine around the panel on this card before tying the bow.

The second card measures 4" x 6".

 
  Larger flower this time and simply left it as is.  Another label from my maker for the sentiment.
 Didn't bother wrapping the twine around this one .. just added a simple bow.


The last card measures 4.25" x 5.5".

Same gauze, same prills and micro beads.
 Different flowers again, coloured with sprays made from Distress Inks.



I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Masterboard and then the three cards.  It was something totally different to what I normally do and I love the results.  As I said at the beginning, I didn't really like my colour choices at first but it turned out nice and bright and cheery in the end. 
Thank you so much Eileen for sharing your talent and for inspiring me to do something a little different.

Thank you all too for dropping in and taking a look.  I hope you will go over and check out Eileen's video and her work .. I think she is awesome!!

Whatever you plan to do today,  make it a good one and have fun!!

Take care and God Bless.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

An Anniversary and My Finished Craft Room!

Hello sweet visitors!!  Thanks for dropping by.  
So lovely to see you here!

I've been off the grid for the last few days 'cos I was crook.  Spent a few days in bed getting over some kind of virus I picked up somewhere.  Not quite back to 100% but I'm getting there and am here to show a card I made a few months ago which I haven't shared before.

 This is the card I made for my husband on our 50th Wedding Anniversary.  

Lots of layers with a mix of Maja papers.

 A few metal embellies including this closure.

Punched an eyelet into one of the paper layers and attached a couple of charms.  
I love that little lantern, don't you??

Some cogs and a bit of fibre ..

.. along with some seed beads and the perfect word strip.

Found some printables on the net which were the perfect sentiments for my card ..

.. love them!!  Love him to bits too!!  (Hubby, that is!  LOL!)


Done and dusted!! 
Hard to believe that we've been together for 50 years!  Awesome, actually!!

So, I have promised to show you my craft room all finished and .. here it is!
 I absolutely love it!!

Painting and spraying will be done here.

The main work space .. (all the work surfaces are covered with vinyl floor boards!!  It is totally fabulous to work on and one of my hubby's brilliant ideas!!) ..

 Left these cupboards open for easy access to my little sewing machine and Cuttle Bug.

and on the other side of the room .. a little more storage (as if I don't have enough already) and a place for my small collection of Pop vinyls along with my trolley. 
The messy rug on the floor is where my security team sleeps .. puppies, that is .. LOL!!
Since taking these photos, a few things have been moved around but, I really love my space!  It turned out so much better than I had hoped. 
Huge thanks to my hubby, my youngest son and .. a little help from our handyman!

That's all for today folks!
Thank you so much for dropping by and, whatever you plan to do .. make it a great day my friends!!

Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #193 - Lots of Layers!!

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

It seems so long since I last created something although it's only been about a month but, I am back now with a card to show you for the new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
This time Chanya is our host and the theme is all about layers!!!  Lots of layers!!
As always, you can create anything you like but it must have lots of those yummy layers!

Here is the card I made.


The papers used are a bit of a mix from Kaisercraft.  

Needed a topper for this card and these tags from the ephemera sheet of Megs Garden's Gentlemen papers worked out beautifully. 

A little piece from Scrapmatts'  Net 01  chipboard.  I simply dabbed it with a Midnight Black VersaMagic Stamp Pad.

No other embellishments .. simply added some twine to the tags, distressed the edges of the paper and coloured the chippie!




Just a simple layer of matching paper on the inside ..

.. and Voila!!
Done and dusted!!

Hope I have given a little inspiration to persuade you to join in with the Challenge.  For more inspiration, take a look at the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team and then join in the fun!!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #193 - Lots of Layers!!
Please read the rules and take note of our 15 Challenge limit!

A little update on my Craft Room reno!  Took a bit longer than I thought it would but it is finished!!  Yayy!!  I really love how it's turned out too.  Have a bit of cleaning up and still a lot of sorting to do but I will show some piccies in my next post!!  Hope to see you back here then!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leaving me a little love!!

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