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 :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A birthday in Vienna 2015

Here is layout I have created for Soul Scrappers current Tic Tac Toe challenge.
On 8th December, 2015 I was in Vienna as part of a Trafalgar Christmas Market Tour.  This day was my birthday, we had a fantastic day touring Vienna and in the evening a meal and musical performance.  Trafalgar organized a cake for me at dinner with this enormous shooting candle - you can see my reaction in the top photo on my layout, boy did we laugh.  There was also a card signed by everyone on the tour given to me.
Here is the Tic Tac Toe grid:
I have selected - Red cardstock, sequins and doodle. I doddled - is that even a word! - extra hexagons, in two of the corners and added doddled dots.  

A great way to celebrate a birthday.  
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Friday, February 24, 2017

A card to make you smile and a grungy type card.

This morning, I lead a class at a local community group.   Here are the cards that I designed for them:
Isn't this card too cute and doesn't it make you smile?   Made with Stampin'Up! set Hey, Chick.   The ladies used coloured pencils to colour their images today.  Suitable also for markers, crayons, watercolour techniques.
This card uses 2 Kaszazz stamps - Contraption and Scrabble Background stamps.  Just right for the men in your life (this one is for my brother) and some of the ladies made for their female grandchildren and they turned out great as well.  
The inside of the card.  The ladies could personalise the greeting to suit and put in a greeting of choice.   So much fun with both cards.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mini Chalkboards

I had these 3 mini coasters around in my crafting supplies for some time now.  Thinking of the upcoming fete I decided to get them out and apply coats of chalkboard paint to them and make mini chalkboards.   Here they are:
I have packaged them up with suggestions of how they could be used.  Two of the trickiest parts were - waiting for the paint to dry between coats, just as well I am a patient person and then applying the chalk to the twine.   I went with the "red" double sided tape and wrapped the twine around the chalk. 
They are so cute...don't  you think?
I also found a star shape on a stick so I am doing that one now.  I think I am hooked on chalkboard paint and have lots of ideas running around in my head.
Thank you for looking, remember Be Happy and Smile,  Margaret :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Christmas Day 2016

Here is a layout I have created from a sketch at The Memory Nest - Make it Monday No.82
Christmas Day lunch was at my sisters home, we invited 3 other friends to join us.   This photo is fun, as it captured me with my paper hat on but look to the left - I have just about the same pose of the Queen Elizabeth magnet attached to her wall!
I have used papers and embellishments from Paper Flourishes September Kit and the clusters of ribbon and die cuts top and bottom were inspired by a layout idea that came with the kit.  It is all blue and sparkly - you can see the sequins glistening on this close up of the page.
Here is the sketch from The Memory Nest.
Thank you for looking.  I have more photos to get onto paper from our lunch, they will follow. Margaret

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspirational 3D

I have been making some craft items to sell at a local fete that will be on in a couple of weeks.   Firstly, some inspirational stones made using rub-ons from my stash.   After cleaning the stone and applying the rub-on I then do a quick spray with fixative.   Love the "Love" on top right - just the right stone.
Then, I was in our local Kmart recently and saw these tiny acrylic bottles - what could I do with them I found myself thinking as I stood there - yes, just right for MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE.  Of course, I read the packaging and that is what they suggested, so there readers not an original idea!! I have printed out a warning advice - that these are not suitable for small children due to the smallness of the stones. See what I did with them. Too cute - I love them.
I searched my 'stash' and found some long ago purchased Micro Beads, that were on special - of course, who doesn't like a bargain - they eventually come into use.  I found charms, the only criteria is that they fitted into the bottle, that I attached with silver thread so it looks as though they are floating. Some have charms that are not floating you have to shake to find the charms.  Then time, to search my stamps for some inspirational words. I did seal the lids with some glue and applied some silk ribbon.  The tags have a warning not for small children due to the small components. A few more views.
 Thank you for looking.   Margaret. :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Playing with mists,fabric and clusters.

Breaking records with the heat here in Australia at present, yes today is hot, hot, hot again.  Here are two layouts I completed recently for some classes I am leading for a local community group..
Inspired by a layout by the August Paper Flourishes kit. The papers are from Kaisercraft.  I have adapted for a more heritage layout. I found the great quote on the internet.  And is that not what we are as scrapbookers, preserving for future generations.  The photo is of my grandparents in the front of their home in Asquith, New South Wales in I would say the early to mid 1950's.
This bright and happy layout includes a photo of my friend, Mel and her kids taken at Buderim Rainforest Walk and Falls, last year.  We walked down to the falls and I must say it was a relief to spend a little bit of time in the coolness before we headed up again to the road.  The button on the left says "Never give up" and I didn't I pressed on and achieved one of the greatest walks (challenges) I have done.
Both layouts feature misting, fabric and clusters of paper and embellishments.
Thank you for looking, stay cool, Margaret :)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good times

Well, I did finish all 6 Australia Day challenges over at Scrappingclearly.  Here is my layout for the final challenge
The photograph is of a friends granddaughter and was taken when we all went to a park in Queensland. I have loved the bright colours of Isabelle's skirt and top and was just waiting for the right time to put it onto a layout.   Well, this challenge below
Now, I am going to admit that I found this one to be the most challenging for me - I did not have any leather or cork or such and the colour of the challenge board had me thinking neutrals.  So I went off in search of what I could use, I found some calico and twine I had previously dyed with Tinby watercolour powders - YES and then found some hessian (or burlap as they say in USA), that had a previous life as a wrap around a bottle, with pink lace on it - perfect for the photo.  Perfect and together with some old old stickers that co-ordinated I completed the layout.    Oh, I did also attach the calico with some straight line sewing on my machine.
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Green and gold

I am on the penultimate challenge over at Scrappingclearly.   Here is my layout:
I had the opportunity to teach English in China in 2008 (check out my posts for this year by clicking 2008 on front page) and I must say this was one of the most special desert plates I had when I was there.  The challenge:
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Of course, I did go for the green and gold (with a touch of brown).
When I was out in my garden today there was another little touch of green and gold - Crocus plant blooming.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Australia Day challenges continued.

Time for challenge no. 3 over at Scrappingclearly.  Here is my layout:
The challenge was to create an inspirational layout inspired by famous Australian landmark.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many places in the world and flying back into Sydney over the Sydney Harbour Bridge says "I am home".
As I was creating this layout I was reminded of the John Williamson song "Give me a home among the gum trees" (written by B.Brown and W.Johnson).  So of course, I had to use some of the lyrics and added my own touch.  The layout design is a favourite 'go to' Simple Stories sketch.
The photographs of "The Bridge" or "The Coathanger" as it is often called were taken many years ago, Barangoo had not been started (or even approved for construction I would think), it will be interesting to see if in the future it becomes an iconic landmark of Sydney.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Australia Day challenges continued.

Another layout completed for Scrappingclearly Australia Day challenges (2 out of 6 completed for me so far). This time, it was a sketch challenge, here is my layout:
 Here is the sketch layout:
A little about the photo of the koala.  When I was on holidays on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland last year, I set about looking for a toy koala, that was small and was made in Australia.  Eventually, I found this little guy at Maroochydore and he needed a rest before he was packed up and sent to Michigan in the United States of America. 
The shows the detail of the gold embossing ink I applied over the corrugated paper. I tried to use papers and embellishments that tied in with the tree itself. I separated some of the corrugated paper to mimic the lost bark on the tree.
The flag pennants and stripe paper had some Spun Sugar Spritz spray Spun Sugar to give it more texture.
2 layouts down 4 to go before Monday - I will do it.   I can tell you I needed these challenges to get the mojo happening again.
Cheers, thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Australia Day 2017

Australia Day here in Australia today.   I am participating in some on-line scrapbook challenges run by Scrappingclearly and here is my layout for their first challenge: Create a layout using product from any or all of these Australian Companies - KaiserCraft, Flutterby Design, Cocoa Vanilla. My layout uses all product by KaiserCraft:
In December, 2015 my sister (in the photo) and I spent some time in London - sightseeing, visiting a family member, shopping.   On this day we were headed for the Museum of London, and we found this little park area just down the street from the Museum.   Loved the plinth and we had fun posing around it.
I have used KaiserCraft 13th Hour collection of papers, chipboard, stickers, and rubons.  Now, a little about this collection.  Do you love a bargain?  Well I do, and I came across this collection at a bargain price on-line - when I got it - you guessed it I did not like it, seemed dark, halloweenish, etc - so it has stayed hidden away in my stash until now.  Time to get it out and play with it.  I have been continuing my recent adventures in layering of papers - and I must say the papers did not looks so ghoulish when placed like this.
There are more challenges set  for this weekend, so off I go to do a couple of more.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Boppard on the Rhine River.

Below is a layout I have created for ARTastic Challenge Blog - Inspiration photo for this months challenge follows:
This photo of me was taken on 2 November, 1990 when I was on a 35 day coach tour of Europe. I am wearing my Ken Done top purchased at his shop down in The Rocks area of Sydney.  Boy, did I feel special wearing it, and also showing off  an Australian artist at the same time.  If I remember correctly I got lots of comments from people I met.
Here is the inspiration photo from ARTastic for this month - Ken Done's Sydney night.  The criteria was a city theme.  Now, technically Boppard is a town and municipality on the Rhine River in Germany not a city BUT I had the photograph above sitting around just waiting to be rehoused (it was previously in a very old non acid free album) so it seemed appropriate for this challenge. 
Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are held in collections throughout the world. I still have several scarves with his designs on them from his early days.
I would like to thank LarkinDesign I happened upon her video and loved the way she used her papers.  I knew I wanted to put watercolour paint on my layout as my nod to Ken Done's artwork.
Vogue once said “You can hang a Done on your wall or a Done on yourself”.

More cards for children

Earlier this month I posted some photos of cards I made for a local Making Music group.  I have had fun creating some more and here are two cards made using distress inks and white embossing powder.
The stamps came from a give away in a magazine and I thought to myself at the time - I will never use these.  It just goes to show 'never say never'.
These cards could be used for either a boy or a girl, what do you think?
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Being me 2016

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 :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It is hot, hot, hot

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.
Margaret :)


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