2016 saw me delve a little more in Mixed Media for scrapbook layouts and cards. I was able to attend several classes by the very talented Beck Beattie firstly in Brisbane and then Melbourne. That's right have need will travel. Her inspiration layout will be at end of this post. Here is mine:
The first inspiration from Beck's layout was the placement of the patterned papers. I have yet to journal. Some adventures of my own with Embossing paste with a circle design, flourishes that I die cut in white and then stamped colour onto. Most favourite discovery of mine - I was looking to do flowers and could not find just the right embossing folder, stamp etc the aha moment - earlier in the week I was using paper table napkins to create my own tissue paper - hey, why not use a paper napkin with the die cut. Mine just happened to be embossed already.
How special are these flowers - look at all that texture. Love it.
I used the napkin as it came out of the pile, so you get several layers to play with. I could image these with colour, stamping of words etc. I used as is on this layout to get the soft look I wanted.
This is Beck's layout. Thank you Beck for your inspirational layout.
Thank you for looking. Have a great day, Margaret :)
Today, I am sure there will more weather records broken, so hot at 6am and just getting hotter. No better reason that to be staying indoors with the air-con on (I am lucky to have it and will just pay the bill when I get it!!) I have been playing along with CreativeKady who has been creating tags. The first in her series was to make your own tissue paper. My finished tag:
First you need tissue paper (I did not have any white and I was not heading down to shops to get any in this heat) so another option was to use the second ply from a dinner napkin. Then gather stamps together and using black waterproof ink stamp randomly,
Then select portion to use, apply to tag using matt gel medium. Let dry.
Finally, I sponged on Ranger Distress inks to colour my tag. After I tidied up the edges I ran a black Gelato around the edges and smudged with my fingers. I did apply a layer of Faber Castle Glaze on top (and boy did that ever stink!!) After that was dry a few rhinestones for sparkle.
I like the final result and will definitely try it again with white tissue.
Thank you CreativeKady for sharing your technique for making our own tissue papers.
Keep cool in your in Australia and keep warm if you are in a colder climate.
I have been asked to make some birthday cards for children aged 1 - 4 for a local group called Mainly Music. Here are a some I have created so far.
Ahoy - the pirate card uses product from Close to my Heart including stamps from Pirate Birthday and papers, which I is now I believe no longer current. I have stamped and coloured with my Stampin'Up! markers.
The butterfly, from Kaisercraft, has been heat embossed with white embossing powder and then sponged with a pink stamp ink.
Thank you for looking, keep cool in the heat. Margaret
Today, I lead several children aged 6 - 12 in making cards for a local church fete later in the year. As I prepared for today I wanted cards that were easy enough for the kids to make, held their interest, and allowed them some scope with creativity and their own ideas. I must say the cards they created were fantastic. They created over 20 cards and also a small notepad (no photo unfortunately - to busy helping them!!)
Here is photo of some of the finished cards with the designs I prepared for them.
The monster card (already packaged up ready for the fete) is one that I love - great for working with kids. The Crazy Birds Stamps and Die (Tim Holtz) card uses washi tape and the participants had the choice of using coloured pencils or markers to colour their bird of choice.
Today, a layout for White with 1, the colour this month is Green Flash.
I went for a flash of Green using Dylusions paint applied onto the white cardstock.
The photograph is of my sister (left) brother (middle) and me (right) taken at a Bebarfalds store either in the city of Sydney or maybe Ryde where they had a store. That company is long gone. I have put the photo into a Memory Protector Flip Flaps from Close to My Heart as the back of the photo has some interesting facts.
Don't you just love the name Smiling Snaps. The writing is our mothers and it was given to our paternal grandparents for Christmas 1957.
My sister and I were as children always dressed alike - we did not mind - our mother made all our clothes.
Under the flap I have put some information:
I hope you enjoy seeing this 'blast from the past'. Thank you for looking, Margaret
Today I made this cute little card, I was inspired by a challenge over at Soul Scrappers to use a reindeer and die-cut. Well, I covered both of these with this cute die.
I used a free die that was included in Di-cutting essentials magazine, which is probably still available at your local newsagency. I had the background patterned paper I used in my stash - it has a design of trees on it. Yes, appropriate. I did die cut the tree in the cardstock and applied with dimensional tape. Here is a close up of that element.
Inside I placed some of the die cut stars onto white cardstock. I really like this die and I can see many more uses for it.
Thank you for looking, and do yourself a favour head over to Soul Scrappers, join and take part in their challenges.
I was recently asked to lead an evening community group make Rustic Christmas Logs. The original leader was unavailable and I was asked to step in. Here are the ladies (and two fantastic young ladies) with their rustic log creations.
It was a fun evening and I was so pleased with each of the creations made. They will all look great on Christmas set tables this year.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.
This layout is for song lyric challenge over at Soul Scrappers. Now this layout really has nothing to do with the Bee Gees, even though I am posing with their sculptures in Redcliffe, Queensland. It is about the lyrics, again not the Bee Gees but lyrics by Francesca Battestelli from the song I Am Home.
The chorus includes the words, "Maybe I was made to wander, maybe I was born to roam." These are the words that inspired me. The sticker I adhered to the handwritten journaling (by the way covering up a flower or two) also inspired by the north, south, east and west included in the song. From childhood I think I have had wanderlust - we had a family friend who we called Uncle Frank and he would go on holidays and bring us back tales of his travels and one time I remember we got the old fashioned airline bags as a gift. Did it start then? Later, we had a neighbourhood friend, a few years older, who went on a ship to England for a year, she came back and shared with us all her goodies - ship menus, coasters etc, etc. Did it start then? As children, the family would go on holidays, sometimes we would go with our grandparents or our aunt, uncle and cousins ...I remember going to Camden to see the Rotolactor (a big thing in those days), Canberra, Dubbo (before the Zoo was even though of), Manly and the Central Coast. In those days these trips took longer than today. Did it start then? Who knows. But I love to travel - to wander and to roam to new and interesting places in Australia and indeed the world. Thank you for looking may your wandering and roaming never cease. Even if it only down the street to enjoy the little things. Margaret :)
Here are some more layouts I completed during the past weekend at the retreat I went to, enjoy and I would love you to comment (if you are able) as I love to see where the visitors to my blog come from. I appreciate all the comments (except spam that is instantly deleted).
Thanks, so settle back as I write a little about each layout.
Recently, I went around to my sisters and said "it is a beautiful day let's head out for lunch and a bit of relaxation." So we grabbed a couple of sandwiches, soft drinks and a cake from local shops, and headed to the waterfront at Woy Woy in New South Wales. Just down the road for us about 5 minutes away. The pelicans were resting on the shoreline, and sure enough this one, we nicknamed "Mr Percival" came over to join us as we ate - shoo, go, we have no food etc etc but he (I am assuming a he) stayed for awhile and looked at us as begging for a handout. Not that day!!!
The organizer of the retreat sets a bingo challenge to complete over the weekend. This layout was to use glitter. Ready for Christmas photo.
This layout was to use hexagons. In May this year, the same ladies got together for another retreat at the same location. This was the photo taken then. Now, at that retreat there was a class using these Close to My Heart (CTHM) papers and so I thought it appropriate that I use the left overs on this layout.
In 2007/2008 I had the opportunity to teach English in China and I met Jan and Brian in the second 6 months of my time there. Jan had found a blog entry of mine about getting my hair cut and the experience of this in China and when the arrived in Changsha, China we arranged to meet. They taught at a school near Changsha and I was at another university about a 1.5hour bus journey from Changsha. I would travel to meet them several times during our stay - we had many a happy birthday and Christmas celebration together. They returned to Canberra, ACT and I to New South Wales and we have kept in contact since. Imagine, my surprise when I ran into them this year at Redcliffe in Queensland - time for a quick cuppa before they headed to the airport to return home.
This layout is from papers and embellishments in the current Paper Flourish kit. It is a direct copy (well except for my choice of papers in the kit) of one in their booklet with the kit. The photo was taken earlier this year when I tried my hand at decorating cupcakes. I thought I needed more practice so of course I bought the supplies to continue at home - have I used them? No, they sit there ready for another day!!!
This layout was also from the bingo challenge - it was to use the new CTMH colour called Seagrass. Not a colour I use often, however I embrassed the colour and used lots of washi tape and left overs from the layout above to complete this layout. For the word 'happy' I covered a piece of the cardstock with some of the washi tape I used and then die cut the word.
Thank you for looking, and taking the time out of your busy day.
I think this is the first time I have done a challenge at White with 1. I was in a quandary about just what blue was Niagara.
First a little about the photo - this time last year I was getting ready for a holiday in Europe. One of the places that the tour went was the Swarovski Factory in Austria. They had this tunnel of sparkle that you walked through - you can see the many reflections of me and my blue coat in the photo.
I kept the layout simple as it just did not suit flowers!!!! I did use a gelato colour watered down and applied through the circle stencil and also I used a white gel pen with the stencil for bit of added 'whiteness'. The distressing of the layers is to give the impression that I will walk further into the tunnel - well that is what I was trying to achieve!!!. Oh, and by the way, I am exaggerated in size in the photo as all those reflections played havoc with the camera.
Thank you for looking, remember I have many more layouts to come.
This past weekend I was on a scrapbooking retreat and I managed to complete several pages - I will be sharing with you however some were for individual challenges and so I am posting them first.
This layout was for a challenge over at ARTastic Challenge Blog and their challenge criteria was Vintage style.
At little about the photo. It is a photo of my grandfather, who we called Pop. It shows him in his garden beside some climbing roses. It is how I remember him - he always had his pipe, his braces and mostly wore his slippers. He came from County Derry, Ireland in 1900 and he never lost his Irish accent on certain words.
This layout started completely different, I had plans to use a photo of the seaside, but when I found this photo I knew that I had to use it. It seems strange using pink on a masculine page, don't you think, however the pink climbing roses dictated the colour scheme. I made the tags, the large pink flower and the flag pennant that I added to the layout.
Here is the inspiration photo from the ARTastic challenge blog:
The painting by Hilda Rix Nicholas is called The Summer House.
I was first inspired to use the teal colours but in the end I went with a more vintage style layout. The hand crocheted lace is from my stash.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)
Another challenge over at Soul Scrappers was to use lace and/or ribbon on your card. Here is my card, I went vintage style....
I was going through my stash of papers when I found a sheet of images in Meg's Garden, A Vintage Christmas Paper Stack - some larger and some with different images. When I saw them I immediately thought I will go all out 'vintage'. So I raided the lace stash and found some vintage lace, raided the button stash and found vintage buttons and the addition of a piece of twine (not vintage-haha) and added to the card.
Next I went on the internet to find a vintage greeting for the inside - see below - so perfect.
No stamping, so good for those of you who do not like stamping, just a little bit of sponging.
Thank you for looking. Margaret :)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
There are currently Christmas Card challenges over at Soul Scrappers and I created this card for the challenge "add a wreath to your card". Lots of fun punching out medium daisy punch from Kaszazz and manipulating them to have some dimension. I wanted it to be like a wreath hanging on a door.
Thank you for looking, Margaret.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."
The next to last challenge over a Scrap Girls Retreat at home was simply "Get Messy" - here is my layout:
Now get messy I did, the kitchen (aka the workroom), the layout all got messy. First of all I used Tinby Designs Colour Crush watercolour powders to create the background. Now of course, I could not find a spray bottle that had a fine mist, so I had to use one that had only one spray coming out of it. Never mind I like the result. Finished of with bits of co-ordinating papers and threads from my stash.
Now I mounted the photograph, of sunrise at Corindi Beach, with foam tape, it fell onto the layout and an angle and of course it would not lift off, and then to boot it buckled on the page.
Well and truly messy!!!
I enjoyed the process.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)
I recently became aware of a group that distributes handmade Christmas cards that spread cheer to residents of nursing homes. Here are some cards I have designed that will find their way to this group. I have made up several packs of these and the ladies at a community craft group, where I lead a class, will make them up
A very simple and easy way of spreading Christmas Cheer. It runs from 1st November to 14th November, 2016
This card drive was started in the USA 7 years ago. The first year they collected 750 cards and each year it continues to grow. Last year they received over 22,000 cards and they are distributed to over 100 nursing homes throughout USA, Canada and yes, Australia. And this year they are branching out to UK and Europe.
If you are interested and want to participate please click on this link to find out more.
Updated 28/10/16 to show the ladies of Pastimes Craft Group, Ettalong Beach making their card for the drive. Thank you ladies.
This layout is for another challenge over at Scrap Girls at Home Retreat. This time it was a blind scrap, you are given requirements for layout and then instructions to follow.
This photo was taken at Yandina Nutworks, in Queensland. My friend Mel and I could not resist having our photo taken.
This is a close up of the some of the layering of papers. The patterned paper is an old Stampin' Up! (r) range and it was suitable for this as the images are Australian. And I chose papers that could be loosely interpreted as 'nuts'.
These put your face in boards followed me around my Queensland holiday - 3 in all. The first one in Redcliffe, the next at Maleny Dairy and finally this one at Nutworks. And of course I have photos of each time on this blog in previous posts - I hope you have the time to scroll back and find them.
Continuing on with the theme of my last post - time to create. This time it was on my recent holiday to Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. This layout was created for a sketch challenge over at Scrap Girls at Home Retreat. They are celebrating 11 years of being in business - Congratulations.
One of things that I took with me was all the bits and pieces required to make cards with my friends daughters. They had such a fun time making the cards - we made them over two days. Another little hint, I did the faux stitching on the larger circle by tracing around a bread and butter plate. Here is the challenge sketch.
Thank you for looking back with more soon, I promise, Margaret :)