Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mermaids for sale.

Today I have completed a layout for a challenge over at ARTastic challenge blog.  Here is my layout:
The challenge was to be inspired by this artwork by Roger Kemp 'untitled' and criteria was to use pen in some way on your layout.
I was inspired by the pink colour and the seemingly unplanned nature of the penwork.  Now to be honest this was not my first attempt at doing this challenge.  My first attempt was to draw a grid (like the stand the mermaids are displayed on) and then go from there.  Well, I was not happy with how it was coming together and ditched it!  
My photo was taken on Catalina Island, off the coast of California and I took the photo initially for some friends I met on a cruise I took in April 2017 who were Mermaid Mad.  I love the colour of all those dolls together and the fact that they came in all sizes.
Now, I am not one those besotted by Mermaids - they are fictitious and I like to deal in reality - I have never watched any SyFy, Game of Thrones, ET, etc etc so I went and looked for quotes about Mermaids to include on my layout.
I first used Distress Oxides to colour my paper from Kaisercraft, then I highlighted with pen "Let the sea set you free" and handwrote the quote I found:
Always be yourself
Unless you can be a MERMAID
Then always be a Mermaid
I also like the sign - Mermaids available in Large (see inside store), Medium and Small!  This tickled me - Mermaids come in all sizes not just the skinny ones that seem to be image you see when you search 'mermaid' on the internet.  So I included reference to this in my journaling top left.
A little bit of fussy cutting, some wooden embellishments and even though you cannot see it in this photo I used glossy accents on the raised flower.
Not sure I fully accomplished the unplanned part of my inspiration however I suppose that I changed my plans from what I first attempted - well that was unplanned!!
Thank you for looking.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Let this day begin....Disneyland here I come.

Another layout completed for the cybercrop over at Scrappingclearly share and inspire facebook group.
This was for a scraplift challenge with a layout by Marelle Jackman in at 6" x 12" layout format. I was drawn to the mixed media elements especially the paints and colourful layout.
I started out attempting a 6" x 12" layout however I just could not come to grips with it, so I added this smaller piece to a piece of red CS.
My photo was taken just prior to leaving my hotel and heading for Disneyland for the day.  
Here is a close up of my detail in the middle piece.
I love the transparency of the paint over my inked background of heart shaped bubble wrap.
Thank you for looking, have a great day.   Margaret.

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Sweet Treat from Disneyland

Another challenge completed for the Scrapingclearly cybercrop - this time Minimalist.
My favourite Disney character is Minnie Mouse.
I purchased this sweet treat - a strawberry, coconut, white chocolate and cream macaron for morning tea when I visited Disneyland this past June. Served on a gold paper plate.  I found a lovely spot in the shade, ate my treat and cup of tea and watched the world go by.
This layout uses all Kaszazz product.  Papers and stencil from Serendipity range, lace, chipboard, pearls as well as the doily die-cut.  I have sewn down the papers and lace with my sewing machine.
This was definitely an unexpected moment in Disneyland.
Thank you for looking, cheers Margaret :)

Above the Grand Canyon.

On 10th June this year, I flew from Minneapolis/St Paul to Los Angeles.  It was a perfect day as we flew over the Grand Canyon, Arizona.  I quickly grabbed my mobile phone and took these photos.  Truly spectacular and awesome.
I have completed this layout for another challenge over at Scrapping Clearly cyber challenge. This time it was a sketch challenge.  Here is my layout:
I searched my stash for the right papers and embellishments, stashbusting, amazing what you find when you look!
Here is the inspiration layout:
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Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kaszazz scrapbooking workshop

If you are a regular reader of my blog (and I hope there are many, you never know) you will know that I became a Kaszazz consultant late last year.   Kaszazz are an Australian company based in Albert Park, South Australia and they are cardmaking and scrapbooking specialists.   Here is a double page layout (designed by consultant Janene Neale) that I recently held:
It uses Ranger Distress Oxide Inks, papers,stamps and chipboard from the Nostalgic range introduced in May this year.  I love everything about this workshop.
Here is a closer look at both pages:
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Yellow submarine

One more layout before I head back to bed for a nap and too keep warm - okay, I was out late last night at a 6 hour crop -6pm to midnight - and sleep is calling me back.
Here is a layout I created last night, for a cyber-crop challenge over at Scrapping Clearly Share & Inspire Group on Facebook. Check them out they have some great challenges at present and you have until 15th July to submit.
This double page layout was for "inspired by music" challenge"
I, of course, had to use the lyrics to Yellow Submarine written by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney - my apologies to them as I changed one word - live to TOUR.
The photos were taken at Catalina Island, California on my recent holiday - this is a place I have wanted to visit ever since my first visit to USA many years ago.   The submarine tour enabled me to view fish living in the waters surrounding the islands. The submarine did not actually submerge but you got the feeling that it did indeed do just that due to theatre of this tour.
I have used Kaszazz Bubbles stamp to decorate the background of both pages.
Here are the two pages individually so that you can see more detail.
Thank you for touring with me, Margaret.

Never stop wandering.

Recently, I shared a layout I created for a challenge over at Paper Issues whilst I was overseas.  I am now back home and finished off the layout.
The photo was taken at Fourche Lake in Missouri.  With my friends Carol and her husband David we did a morning tour around several of the areas near to their home.   This area was just so peaceful.  David has been here to fish and camp with their grandkids over the years.   Here are several other photos of the area I took.
 Isn't it beautiful.

Peaceful indeed and a great place to stop and have morning tea.

Is a street parade a concert?

Why the title of this post? More about that later in the post. Who doesn't like a parade.  Here is a double page layout I have created for another challenge over at Soul Scrappers
The challenge was? I hear you ask - MUSIC and to document any outdoor concert.  I am convinced that a street parade at Disneyland counts as an outdoor concert - look there is a band! 
This day was very hot Anaheim and I found a bench on a porch just right for waiting for the street parade to begin at about 3.30pm...with lots of water at the ready to keep me hydrated.
I have gone for very sweet colours in this layout as right across from where I was sitting was the Candy Palace and this was the inspiration for the colours I used.
Here are the individual pages so that you can see more detail of the photos.
Thank you for looking.  More holiday snaps being scrapped. Check back regularly to see them. 
Margaret (an unashamed Disneyland lover).

Mary Tyler Moore and I

One of the surprises of my recent USA holiday was to find a bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, MI.  I watched the Mary Tyler Moore show, when it aired on TV many years ago and this street was featured in the opening credits to the show.  Here is a layout I have created.   Mary Tyler Moore passed away 17 January,2018, she was a strong role model for women during her lifetime.
I created this layout for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers to use corrugated cardboard on the layout.
About this time last year I was at Paperific, Melbourne and did a workshop with Beck Beattie where she used lots of small stamps on a layout - I loved this technique and have done quite a few layouts since.
For this one I used crinkled up plastic wrap and Distress Oxides to create my background then a short spritz of water to smudge them together.   For the cardboard (from a box that I received some goodies in) I tore of the top layer to expose the ridges.  It is not obvious in the photo but I then painted some transparent texture paste onto the cardboard and let it dry, then swiped on Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink randomly.   Then off to town with various small stamps I have, some washi, and some wood veneer complete the embellishments.
I hope you, my readers, enjoy this layout, as much as I did creating it.
Cheers, Margaret.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Watercolour cards

Yesterday, at my class at a local community group the ladies had a go at using watercolour techniques for cards.  Here are my examples:

The 2 cards on the left were made by first lightly misting the watercolour card with water, 'pooling' up the colour and then placing onto the wet card then blowing through a straw to get the pattern.  I first checked if anyone had breathing problems!
The 2 cards on the right were made by again lightly misting the card, however this time only top right, apply paint, as before and this time apply more mist to enable to colours to mix and run.
Once the ladies had made their fronts the choices were then made as to what colour card and embellishments to add.
The ladies made 3 cards with these techniques and I must say the results were fantastic.
I want to thank Melissa Frances for the inspiration for these cards as I did a workshop with her when I attended the Great Lakes Mega Meet, Novi, MI in May.  The little boy holding the cake was one of the images she gave us in our workshop package.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tauranga, NewZealand

Playing along with a challenge at  Head over there and see their challenges each month.
The challenge you ask? It is called "What's going down?"  Stay clear of top and middle section of your layout and focus attention on the bottom of your layout.
The photograph of me was taken in Tauranga in New Zealand in January this year. I have used Distress Oxide inks to replicate the background of photo and a Kaszazz stamp called Hand Drawn Diamonds.  I then decided to Zentangle those little diamonds. A bit of lace, Happy Days stamp and random dotting with my pen complete the layout.
All products available from me if interested in purchasing.
Thank you for looking, Margaret  😀😀😀

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Believe in something

Here is the second card for ladies in my card thanks to Lucy Jones as it is a complete case of one of her cards.
This card uses entirely products available from Kaszazz. Contact me if you want to order.
The stamps are Serendipity Background and Dragonfly Sun Catchers.
And of course there are the wonderful Bronze Liquid Pearls, Stickles Star Dust and Distress Ink Vintage Photo.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Happy cards

I returned from overseas yesterday, the flight had severe turbulence coming into Sydney. How severe I here you say!  Lightning hit the plane, big bang and bright light...white knuckle time...all okay and another travel story for years to come.
This Friday back to teaching cards at a local community group. Here is one card I designed:
This card uses Tim Holtz Distress Crayons swept lightly across his watercolour paper, then baby wipe or similar swiped in one direction down the paper.  The stamps (except greeting) are also from Ranger.
What was not evident in top photo was the Fun Stampers Journey Silk spashed onto the card front.
Whilst overseas I was asked by my friend to lead a card class for her friends....this is one of the cards I designed for them, it is a smaller panel on a coloured card, and uses stamps from her stash. This provided the inspiration for the card for this weeks class. Thank you for looking, Margaret

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Another layout created whilst on holidays. Photo to be added later where postcard is.
This layout uses My Mind's Eye range called Wander by jen allyson.  Paper Issues currently has a challenge called "Put it on an Angle" and this was my interpretation of the challenge.
Thank you for looking,
Cheers Margaret 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Congratulations Cole

Today a layout celebrating the High School graduation of a friend's son in USA.
This was his invitation, unfortunately I was not able to go due to travelling commitments.
The background papers are from a Tim Holtz range and I selected them as they reflect Cole's love of nature.  He is one awesome dude that I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years.
Every good wish for your future...I will follow with interest wherever it leads you.
Cheers Margaret

Monday, May 28, 2018

Scrapbooking Disneyland

Not too long now until I visit Disneyland again.  Getting ready with some layouts to add photos later.  It is hot here in Missouri today so I decided to create a layout:
I  have used papers from Echo Park Magical Adventures collection and the washi tape and buttons came from my friends stash.  I was inspired by a layout on Pinterest and I have left thanks over there.
The photo below was taken this morning of a red Cardinal bird. I have not seen this bird in Australia and I am sure we don't have them. I love how the sun caught my camera lens.
Thank you for looking, cheers, Margaret

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Vacation cardmaking

I  have recently been asked, whilst on vacation,  to lead a card class organised by my friend. Here are the cards I designed for them:
The cards have been made using supplies from my friends stash as I was not travelling with many supplies.   I hope they like the mixture of techniques.
My thanks go to Julie Richardson, a Fun Stampers Journey coach in USA for her inspiration for the coffee cup card.
Cheers for now, Margaret

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Lavatree" New Zealand

One of the fun things that my sister and I did when we were in New Zealand at the beginning of this year was a ride on the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway.  This just had to make you smile as the train went past this "Lavatree", in a private garden, on the side of the railway line.
Yesterday, I posted a layout on which I had created lines of acrylic paint - this morning I decided to try it with my Dylusions paints and ink sprays.   I have kept the layout simple to show off the background. I am going to add this to Paper Issues Spring Crop.
Below are the layouts before I added the photos and alphas.
 Not colours I normally use, so it was good to get out of my comfort zone.
Thank you for looking and smiling, Margaret.

Disneyland layout

Today, I am completing a Double Delight Sketch Challenge over at Soul Scrappers and here is my layout:
 And a close up of both pages:
Here is the Double Delight Sketch from Soul Scrappers:
I have left space for photos I will be taking when I visit Disneyland later this year.  
The papers are from Simple Stories Say Cheese 111.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Here is my second layout for cyber crop over at Paper Issues - it was called 'Frost the Cake' and the requirements were to use strips of different paper or stripes of different paints on the background.
I went with bold stripes of acrylic paint applied with a credit card to white cardstock.  Here are the tubes of nothing fancy colour (which I have had forever) that I used as well as a photo of the background before adding photo etc.
I love how the colours blended into each other.  The hardest part - waiting for it to dry!!!
The photo was taken on the wharf of Nukuʻalofa, in Tonga with the locals greeting us as the ship docked there.  So colourful and such warm and happy people.
I have used a favourite stencil by Tim Holtz and I applied Opaque Texture Paste to it.
I want to finish with a fantastic quote I found:
"Paint your life in bright colours and bold strokes."  Hallmark
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Paper Issues Spring On-Line crop

This weekend I am participating in an on-line spring crop run by Paper Issues.  Check them out on facebook. Here is my first layout:
In this crop we were to be inspired by the work of Cassie Box and I selected her layout posted on 18th April, 2018 as inspiration.
I am preparing for a visit to Disneyland later in the year so there is no photo on my layout as yet.  I used patterned papers and stickers from Simple Stories Say Cheese 111. Sequins and cardstock from my stash.
Thank you for looking, off to do more layouts this weekend, as it seems Autumn has finally arrived in my neighbourhood here in Australia, good to stay indoors away from the cold and rain - not complaining we really need it here, even in the more populated areas.
Margaret :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Me...a scrapbook layout

I am participating in another challenge at Soul Scrappers this weekend.  This challenge was called Pick 3, more about that later.  Here is my layout:
Here is how it works - you get a list of items to choose from and then you must choose 3 of those items to use on your layout or card. You can use other things, but you must use at least 3 of the items from the list below and let us know which 3 you chose. Here is the list and I have highlighted the items I chose:
  • Flowers
  • The colour pink
  • Heart (s)
  • Floral print patterned paper
  • Wood veneer
  • Bling/gems
  • Ribbon

The photo was taken about 8 years ago at Tangalooma Resort, near Brisbane in Queensland. I suppose it was just looking for the right inspiration to be scrapped.   I have used many items from my stash to complete this layout and many may recognize some from their own stash.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey.  I love the words on the embellishments sums up my attitude to life.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sketch challenge.

Here is a layout I have completed for a sketch challenge at Soul Scrappers.  
Here is the inspiration sketch.
My photo is of The Radiance of the Sea docked in Auckland.  After the completion of my cruise in January that ended in Auckland I met my sister and in the afternoon we took a ferry ride across the water.  Looking back I saw the ship in dock.
Now, a funny story (well funny to me).  I got off the ship at approx. 8am and I was heading towards the hotel my sister was staying at to join her for a week long adventure to Bay of Islands.  I arrived to take a taxi to the hotel - the taxi driver informs me "it is just over there - you could walk", so off I trotted with my bags laughing all the way.  
Thank you for looking,
I am off today onto the water - a ferry ride locally - not quite a cruise but on the water nevertheless!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Very pretty card - you're so special.

Time for one more post before I head off to bed........this is another card I developed for the group of ladies at local community group.
This card uses Tim Holtz Alteration die called Sewing Room and some free stamps that were included in a magazine some time ago.  Other bits and pieces are from my stash. The card is square.
My mother was a tailoress and taught my sister and I to sew, knit and embroider therefore this card reminds me of her skills.  
Once again, I am going to post this to Soul Scrappers  for their challenge to use a die on a card.
Thank you for looking and good night.

Card using die cuts

Sharing today a card I designed for the ladies from the class I lead at a local community centre. 
I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. This artist, Anne Tuck, had in turn been inspired by a card she found on Pinterest. Her card used paint card samples - I went with cardstock and glossy cardstock.
My card uses die cuts for Butterfly (Stampin' Up!) and Delicate Fern (Memory Box Inc).  The leaves, in the background, were squares with 2 opposite corners punched with corner rounder.
The butterfly was created using glossy paper with Distress Oxide Inks rubbed onto it and then die cut.
There is a card challenge over at Soul Scrappers to use die cut on a card...I think this one meets that criteria.
Thank you for looking.
Margaret 😊

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What a view

What do you do when you lose your MOJO and there is a heap of inspiration out there?  Well, you get stuck right into creating.  This weekend I have been creating.  Here is a layout I have completed for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers - the challenge is random word challenge PHOTO and we were to use one of the following on our layout - Say Cheese; What a View: Snap: Camera Shy; Photo Bomb or Selfie.   I choose What a view.   Here is my layout.
I took the photograph last year when I visited Central Australia.  It is of Kata Tjuta (also know as The Olgas).   I took a trip out to see them and do a walk around the rocks.  They are just as spectacular as Uluru (in fact they are larger in size).
In search of inspiration that would do my photo justice I came across Scrapbook Boutique blog and there was a layout/video by Louise Turner that got my mojo going.
I have used products available from Kaszazz on my layout.  I have kept the embellishments to a minimum as I did not see flowers, cogs, wheels, feathers etc as being appropriate for this layout.  Also, I kept the Dylusion spray ink work (Vanilla Custard and Dirty Martini which is the only green I have)  to the bottom of the skyline in my photo, this is where all the 'action' was.  I did use Gesso over the blue papers I laid down before I decided to only work on the bottom portion I do like that that decision created sky texture. I also dyed the cheesecloth with Vanilla Custard Dylusion spray and then watered it down to a colour I was happy with.
Here is a close up of elements on the page.
Thank you Louise for the inspiration - I have left some thanks on Scrapbook Boutique blog for you.
Thank you for looking, why not head over to Soul Scrappers (follow link above) and see what challenges they have.


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