Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Artist Trading Cards - Summer Fun

I am participating in a swap of Artist Trading Cards (ATC) over at Soul Scrappers themed Summer Fun.  There are 10 participants. ATC's are little just 2.5" x 3.5".  They are a great way to practice new techniques. Here are the cards I created:
Summer to me includes ice-cream and gelato - love the colours. As an aside - who remembers Gelato knitting yarns - same colours and I made many a top with them in the day.
Now, how did I create these?  I have had Ranger Oxide Distress Inks (only 6 of first issue colours) for sometime now, and like many I have watched Utube, read blogs, scoured Pinterest but never really put 'ink to paper'.  The time is right.  I have used the inks 4 ways: First I 'smooched' the first ink colour onto my craft sheet, sprayed and then lay 12' square of cardstock on top, then proceeded to do the same with 3 other colours, drying as needed between applications. This is closer to the colours rather than the photos above.
I also thought initially I would use the cardstock (CS) coloured to create the embellishment - so I made a few more on other CS - the top left is the result of my picking up remaining ink on my craft sheet between colours. 
I then mixed some of the Cracked Pistachio ink with Ranger Whipped Spackle and applied via a mask the individual ATC's which I had by now cut out.  After experimenting with some of smaller CS in above image I decided it was too much of a match and just blended into the background. So putting my thinking cap on - I stamped my favourite Tim Holtz (TH) Crazy Bird stamp onto white CS and using the Oxide Inks to watercolour each bird before die cutting.
To finish off I used the direct to paper method of running the ink over white CS and then used TH die cut the word Hello from Friendship Words, Script die.
I love the resulting ATC's and I hope you do as well. They are on the way to USA later today. Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scrapbook layouts for fundraising event.

Yesterday, I was the class leader of a scrapbooking day that raised funds for a school in Kissi, Kenya. Here are the layouts that I taught. Many people also contributed to the day with food, donations of goods etc. Thank you to everyone. I do not represent any particular company and use product from many sources.  Where possible today I have indicated those sources. 
Melissa Kennedy owner of Unmistakable Creations kindly donated packs of Kaisercraft Marigold papers and stickers to the event.   Here is the first layout that they got to make  - now several of the ladies wanted to make a 'boy' page and in the pack was paper suitable for them to create a male version of the page.    The photo on my layout was taken on our April Cruise with Melissa - why not check out her website Unmistakable Creations and see what cruises she has coming up. Thank you Melissa for your donation - the ladies loved the papers.
This is the second layout they created.   Firstly, they mixed some Gesso paste (I find this the best for class situations but would work with any pastes available on the market) with some blue re-inker and applied using a mask.  This layout uses a lot of Stampin'Up! product that is newly released - Pattern Party Decorative Masks ( $10 for 4 different masks - bargain I say), Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and cardstock, wood veneer stars and hearts and they now have Sizzix Multipurpose adhesive sheets as well - the word 'memory' was adhered using this product.  The die cuts are Kaisercraft.
I hand made the 'ruff puffs' to add to the layout.  You may also remember them called Suffolk Puffs or Yo-Yo's
The photograph of me 'holding up the ancient coral ledge' was taken in Mare, New Caledonia again on my Unmistakable Cruise in April.  Thank you to Debbie Hodge - Get it Scrapped for the inspiration for this layout.
This was the final double page layout.   The border strips and quote are Kaisercraft.  The background on the white cardstock is made using a circle stencil, apply a small amount of watercolour crayon around the inside circle - about half of the circle.  Apply a small amount of water with water and a brush. Thank you to Debbie Hodge - Get it Scrapped for the inspiration for this layout.
The photographs were taken at a scrapbook retreat this year where we were asked to 'come dressed as a rock star'.   I was the construction worker from Village People and others came as Elvis, Bob Marley, Cilla Black, Tiny Tim, and how cannot smile at the originality of Bread.
 I also made the name tags for us all from bits and pieces in my stash.
And, of course there had to be some sweeties for each person - I found the quote when searching the internet. 
My inspiration for the layouts came from many sources, I love searching the internet reading magazines and coming up with layouts that will challenge and inspire.
As a result of the day much needed funds will be donated to the school in Kenya.
Thank you for everyone who came and learned new techniques and even stepped out of the comfort zones, everyone who helped and to you for reading through this rather longish post. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Class cards and remember everything old is new again!

I wanted to share with you some cards I have designed recently for a card class I lead each Friday for a local community group.
These two cards were made using handmade paper, distress inks (run across a clear block and then spritzed and applied to the paper) and a mixture of stamps I found in my stash.
 I love them - the way that the distress ink reacted with the paper is 'magic'.
This card uses a Darkroom Door stamp of the lady. Other embellishments were from my stash. This reminds of the old Ladies Home Journals that my mother, a dressmaker/tailor,  collected - they contained pattern paper of some of the clothes in the magazine.  I remember as a child being mesmerized by the images of film stars and their stories, the clothes.  Background paper was old pattern paper that I have collected over the years.
In a recent post I share how I made a scrapbook layout using the technique of what I am calling faux watercolouring - I just new it would work on a card. 
This card uses a matchbook fold.  I have been looking at different folds for making cards. The stamp set is a retired Stampin' Up! set called Betsy's Blossoms.  You can probably see I have stamped the bird onto the central image and then on a separate pieces of white cardstock stamped the bird again, cut out the wings and attached to bird.
A lot of my cards recently have been along the lines of 'everything old is new again' from folds to stamps to techniques.
Feedback that I have received show that the ladies loved the cards.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) Paris

Today I am sharing 10 ATC's that I have created to be swapped with others over at Soul Scrappers.
The theme was Paris. Paris is one of my favourite cities and the Eiffel Tower is iconic to them.
 A close up of one of the cards.
To make the ATC's I first applied a coat of Gesso to a 12" square piece of regular cardstock and allowed it to dry.  Then I cut into 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" cards. 
Next I dabbed 3 colours of acrylic paint to top of each card and using a palette knife 'swooshed' them down and across the card.  These were then allowed to dry before adding gold embossing paste to a butterfly stencil.  Again, left to dry overnight.
This morning I stamped a script stamp on the top, and added a die cut Eiffel Tower from gold cardstock which I affixed to the card.  Then I added the Journey stamp, and some doodling and rhinestones completed each card.
They are off the USA tomorrow and I will await the return of 9 other cards from the other participants.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A good book is an event..........

Today, I have a layout I have completed for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  For this challenge we sent a number of items that had to be included in a layout.  Warning - this is a long post.
First, here is my layout:
On 31st May this year I was out and about running errands north of where I live.  After I had finished I decided to drive home via the coast and called in at Toowoon Bay on the beautiful Central Coast.  It was a beautiful if somewhat windy day.  I purchased a toasted sandwich and a drink and found a lovely spot to sit, eat and read. The shadow selfie shows me reading.  More about the book later.
The challenge was to incorporate the following items I received into the layout:
What was required was quite simple - you had to add a photo/s of you reading a book/magazine, reading a book to a child, a stack of books, your favourite book...anything book or magazine related. The shipping tag was a must to use and had to incorporate a 'book quote' and it must be visible on your page.  I used all items sent to me. 
After a time of just looking and deciding what to do with this disparate group of items it came to me that I had to radically alter a lot of the items.  The red spot bag I turned into a tea bag - after all I was having lunch.
The book page was from Winnie the Poo - not all appropriate for my page - I decided to tear it, decoupage it and colour it with some red to match that bag.  The straw and paperclip proved the most challenging - I cut the straw down the middle and used it as embellishment down the side of my layout.  The final touch was to add a script stamp randomly on the pink background paper.
My quote is by Stendhal from his book, The red and the Black.
Now when I was googling quotes I found one that I thought was very appropriate:

Reader's Bill of Rights - Daniel Pennac
  1. The right to not read
  2. The right to skip pages
  3. The right to not finish
  4. The right to reread
  5. The right to read anything
  6. The right to escapism
  7. The right to read anywhere
  8. The right to browse
  9. The right to read out loud
  10. The right to not defend your tastes.
As promised the book I was reading and have now finished "Paris - Time Capsule" based on a true story by Ella Carey.  Several years ago a forgotten French Apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War 11 was opened. The flat’s titleholder, a woman known only as Mrs De Florian, never returned to the apartment and never rented it out. Its existence only came to light in 2010, when Mrs De Florian died without issue at the age of 91 and experts were brought in to value the property.  The writer was inspired by this event to write a non-fiction novel. A quick read and one that asks the question - what would you do if you inherited this apartment?
Thank you for staying with me during this post - good reading everyone.   Margaret :)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Perfectly incomplete !

Last night Melissa Kennedy of Unmistakable Creations held a class called Perfectly Incomplete.  Now Melissa lives in Victoria and I live in New South Wales - so I decided to work on my own incomplete masterpiece at home.  Here is what I did and further explanation follows this photo, and it is somewhat a long post:

Class description - play with mixed media products you may not use. For those doing a page for an art journal we will be focusing on a theme for a bit - Accepting ourselves as we are faults and all and BEING UNMISTAKEABLE CREATIONS as well as hopefully creating some.  Bring along a QUOTE that means something to YOU based on the song Masterpiece by Jessie J.  
I chose the words "Got a way to go, but it's worth the wait."  Google the song to see the full lyrics.
I decided to go with an art journal - something I have seen quite a lot of on the internet etc, and never had the 'guts' to start one.  Here is what I started with Dylusion paint by Ranger = the something new.  For the journal I used a bound book (from Quick Quotes) I had from a visit to the USA many years ago!  The cover is interesting it has a quote by Cicero"The beginnings of all things are small" maybe appropriate for my journal experience now and to come.. I worked in my studio a.k.a my kitchen!!!
I must first explain that I did do a google search "Using Dylusion Paints" and what you see are my efforts of listening to a few presenters on the subject.  The first thing I did was apply the paint with a palette knife across the page. Next I applied some Dylusion Spray (I had heard on the video that they were all compatible).  I then used a stencil and applied the paint through that. This photo was taken late at night. I left it overnight to dry completely.
One of the videos I watched said to use a notebook (composition book in USA) and apply left over paint onto this. So, that is what I did.
It is now Saturday morning 27th May, I had breakfast and did my washing and hanging on the line. Time to complete my journal page.  Another photo, same as above so I can explain what I did next. I stamped the flower images with Momento black ink - an interesting result!  I thought of the juxtaposition of  using a new product/technique with using one of the oldest stamps in my stash - Stampin' Up! Inspired by Nature. Taking a black pen I wrote my favourite quote ever. I try to live by these words every day. A little bit of doodling finishes it off.
What you are - be that!
Whatever you say - be true!
Straight-forwardly act,
Be honest - in fact!
Be nobody else but you!
What have I learned by this experience:
Dylusion Paints are much brighter than I ever imagined.  This from a person who used to have purple hair and pink hair!   They mix well together.  Next time I will try the baby white process to add the paint that I saw on the internet. 
Did you read I said 'next time' so more journal pages to come for me.
Thank you for taking the time to read though this experience with me.  Thank you Melissa for challenging me.
Check out Melissa's website Unmistakeable Creations it was though her company that we got to have our recent cruise scrapbooking at sea.
Thank you readers for staying with me in this long post.  Until next time - I still have a way to go!  Margaret (these days rocking grey hair!)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Challenge YOUrself - Feel the ocean breeze.

Okay, so having found somewhat of my 'Mojo' back I have decided to put this layout into a challenge over at Challenge Yourself blog:
These are photos of my sister (right) and myself (left) on the deck of Explorer of Seas during one evening on ourrecent cruise. They were difficult to decide just what to do with them - as we did not co-ordinate our outfits (haha) and the deck was so 'out there' with its colours.   In the end I decided as the photos were so busy to go with a busy paper that includes many of the items in the challenge photo below.  I felt the photos in the challenge were definitely 'feel the ocean breeze'.
All papers and embellishment are Kaisercraft.  Maybe I will get some time over the weekend to do a more subdued layout.  Still so many cruise photos to put down onto a layout.
Thank you for looking, Margaret.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stars and a birthday card.

Well readers, this week my "Mojo" decided to have a holiday.  So many things going on - not the least a migraine that really saps energy.  I needed to design and make one more card for a class I lead on Fridays - 14 ladies.  Everything I looked at in books, on Pinterest, in Google to me were too hard, too simple, too ????.    I regularly participate in challenges on Soul Scrappers and today when I checked there was a card by Karen Findlay (Design Team member) and it sparked me into action.
Here is my card:
After finishing it, it still needed something and so the final card will have the star embossing also on the blue star inset.
Thank you Karen for sparking me into action.  I have left you a message of thanks on Soul Scrappers.
Now that I have found that "Mojo" let's hope it continues as I still have a few challenges I want to create for.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Today I created another layout from our cruise in April.  Here my sister and I are dressed for a cocktail party that our group had on our final evening of cruising.  
I was inspired by a 2013 layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran  that I found whilst web surfing. Thank you for your inspiration and I have left her some thanks on her blog.
Using Distress Stains I diluted them and applied to paper with brush in long random strokes.  A Mason Jar Stamp by Heartfelt Creations was then added when the ink had dried.  At the same time as painting I also painted onto a scrap of paper to use for embellishments.   Splotches of the paint were added randomly.
I do not usually work in pastel colours and overall I love the result.  I just need to add some journaling.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Live in the moment, capture the moment.

For today's layout I was inspired by a layout by Gillian Nelson (Studio Calico) that I found whilst browsing Pinterest - as you do for creative idea starters.  This photo of my sister was taken whilst we were walking around Mystery Island, Vanuatu on our recent cruise. 
I was inspired by Gillian's layout (and I have left her thanks of course for the inspiration) I loved the rhinestones leading your eye through the photo - I have used enamel dots and I loved how the photo was extended with the strips of patterned paper at the bottom.  I raided my embellishment stash to finish off my layout. I made my layout 12" square.
Thank you, Gillian for your inspiration.  Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

South Pacific cruise

Today, I am sharing several layouts I have created on my return from recent Royal Caribbean scrapbooking cruise to South Pacific and Fiji with Unmistakable Creations and led by Melissa Kennedy.  More to come including some of the layouts we created when the ship was at sea.
It was my sister's first cruise.  Here we are at Circular Quay - our brother met us for a cup of tea before we boarded and helped to carry our bags to the drop off point.
Professional photo of us as we boarded the Explorer of the Seas.   For this layout I applied Gesso, with my hand and fingers,  to the blue background paper. 
One of the finds of our cruise was the beautiful Mare Island.  It is the second largest of the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. We were on the first tender off the ship and got to explore and walk the beach before the rest of the boat descended onto Yejele Beach. It was great to have the ocean breeze as we wandered on the white sands.
Another beautiful photo of Mare.
The last layout today, was inspired by a layout by Melissa Kennedy that was done on a cruise she led in 2014.  For the background, I applied mist to a craft sheet and then mixed that into some Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle then used a palette knife to apply to paper.   I love how in this photo the sky appears to go beyond the frame.  A happy coincidence.
All of the layouts use primarily Kaisercraft products unless I have indicated otherwise.
Thank you to Melissa Kennedy for a great cruise and thank you for looking.   More to come for sure.
Margaret :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cards to celebrate

Here are the cards the ladies made today.
I based this card on one I saw in Australian Simply Cards Issue 89.   The papers and die are from Kaisercraft.
The inspiration for this card came from Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions catalogue May - August 2016.  I changed it up from the example in the catalogue. 
This is the inside of the card.
Thank you for looking, Margaret. 
Happy creating this weekend to you all.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Where have I been?

Just back from a cruise around the South Pacific and Fiji on the Explorer of the Seas.   I was part of a scrapbooking group Unmistakable Creations organized by Melissa Kennedy. We avoided Cyclone Cook.  Here is the ship at anchor Mystery Island. 
And here am I, in the Conference Room that was our scrapping destination for classes on the at sea days and whenever we wanted to wander down. Classes were led by Melissa and we created so many fabulous pages.   It was on Level 2 of the ship.
Before the cruise it was decided that we would participate in a 3" x 4" project life type card swap.  We were to make 36 and they were swapped during the afternoon of our first day at sea. Techniques I used were acrylic painted background, stamping, and doodling.
We were also to make a name tag to place into our lanyard.
Both of these are now headed to my cruise album, that I am working on now that I am back on dry land. 
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Friday, April 7, 2017


Here is a fun and glittery card that I designed for the class I lead.  Check out my glittery fingernail as well!!! Just could not crop that out!!!
For this card I used a very old Stampin' Up! set called Circle Circus, I recently purchased this from a friend who was destashing.   I wanted the card to have a more contemporary look so I have also used Confetti Plate die from Celebrations by Richard Garay for Spellbinders, and the sentiment comes from Richard Garay Make Amazing Happen collection.    I played around with colours and ultimately decided on this soft blue.  Add some old silver metallic thread (from my machine embroidery days) and pearls and the card is finished off.    I love it, the ladies loved it and I hope you my readers do as well.
Thank you for visiting my blog,  Margaret :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Two cards

I have recently agreed to lead a class of cardmaking at a local community group once a week.  Here are a couple of cards that the ladies made with me last week.
For the first card I was inspired by a video by Sandi McIver.  I have had the Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies stamp for ages and have never used it.   It is a background stamp and is full of lots of poppies and I think that is what held me back.   I love this card, it uses the faux letterpress background and have used markers to colour the images. The ladies also had the option of changing the greeting to suit their needs.  Thank you Sandi for your inspiration.
The second card also uses an old retired stamp set by Stampin Up called Easter Blossoms, I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Sarah Milbourn.  Thank you Sarah for your inspiration.  Now, some of the ladies, did not want to do an Easter Card so they had the option of punching out some small flowers for the basket and also changing the greeting.
Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Autumn in Bendigo 2012

It is a wet and somewhat miserable day today - some sun but very briefly. It is autumn here in Australia at present.  So why not get some layouts completed.  This layout is for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers and it was to be inspired by the lyrics in Memory as sung by Barbra Steisland.
I was inspired by the words 'the withered leaves collect at my feet....'.   I remembered that I had some photos taken when our Book Club had a road (plane and road really) trip to Bendigo in Victoria.  I love these photos and they have been sitting just waiting for the right time to scrap them - albeit 5 years later!!! The papers and stickers came from We R Memory Keepers Harvest range.
We had fun walking through the leaves and swishing them with our feet.   Here are the song lyrics - to sing along with.

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every street lamp seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp sputters
Soon it will be morning
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life and
I mustn't give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin
Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
A street lamp dies
Another night is over
Another day is dawning
Touch me,
It is so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you'll touch me,
You'll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun...
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Christmas Day 2016

Here is 'my beach' on Christmas Day 2016, taken about 9am as I headed out for the day. The past few Christmas's had seen overcast days but in 2016 a beautiful sunny day. Another layout completed on the weekend retreat.
This is a clean and simple layout.  Washi tape x 2 has been applied around the central square. The shell stamp has been stamped on a piece of white cardstock, with Distress Ink Antique Linen applied.  I then cut out the shell and with some simple stamping around it.   
Today, looks like a wet and windy one. My cousin and her husband who are staying in a local caravan park will come around today and we are going to make some cards. It is planned that we will be going out on a BBQ boat for lunch but with thunder and rain happening at present that looks like a plan that will not come off.  
Enjoy whatever you are doing today.  Margaret :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Challenge layouts continued.

The next layout was for sketch challenge at Soul Scrappers.
Here is the challenge sketch that we were to be inspired by:
The photos are of me singing Christmas Carols at the local community group (Pastimes) where I am the currently table leader for the card table.   A wonderful group of ladies.  These were taken at the break up party last November.  The musical note paper and the Kaisercraft music stamps were just calling out to be used on the layout. 
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Scrapbook challenges - The Memory Nest.

This weekend I went on a scrapbooking retreat, fairly local to me.   I completed a couple of layouts for some challenges as well as other layouts and 36 artist trading cards, which I can't share just at the moment.  Here is the first one for The Memory Nest.
Here is the challenge layout:
A little about the photo.  My sister made me an advent calendar for Christmas 2016 - It was a mini-muffin tin and inside she put lots of little surprises for me to open each day.   I have used some of the embellishments on the layout.  
Here is a close up of the string of Christmas icons.
Thank you for looking, I will be back soon with the other challenge I completed on the weekend. Off to dinner now.  Cheers, Margaret :)


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