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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Scrapbooking workshop

I am leading a scrapbooking workshop this coming Saturday.  It is a fund raiser that will assist raise funds for a school in Kenya.   The ladies, most of whom I know, love to use new techniques to them.
A long post follows, so please stay with me.
The first is a single page layout and they will be making the following layout, which I have shared previously on my blog:
The ladies will choose their own Dylusions Spray Inks to create their own background to match their photo of choice.
The next session on the day will be a double page layout:
This is a based on a technique called "bookending or bracketing" that I found on the website of Debbie Hodge.  It is a mixture of two of the layouts in that article - Katie Scott (I love the use of multiple photos on her layout) and the layout created by Gretchen Henniger (I was inspired by the wide papers bracketing the lay out and the use of paper doilies).   I sought further inspiration for the photo frames I have created and I found that inspiration at (search scrapbook embellishments on her blog).  Thank you to all those that provided inspiration.
I used Dylusions paint and streaked it across the pages with a dry brush to get a feathered look, additional sprinkles added in the same paint.  What you can't see as it is white on white but I added a word stencil on the bottom of side strips for extra texture.  The roses I added were fussy cut from a Kaisercraft range called High Tea and I have used paper roses from various sources as well.
On the layout I have added a white journaling box (top middle) which could also have other photos added to it.
Left side of double page:
Right side of double page.
Detail of small inst. type die.  Could also be used for journaling.
Thank you for staying with me throughout this post.   Margaret :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Just a "wow" moment

This card was inspired by a card by Lydia on altenewblog  which she called Corner-Stepped Back Sentiment Strip.  Again, I found this card by blog surfing looking for ideas.  
Do you ever make a card and go "wow" I love it.  Well, I did with this card.   I have used an Altenew stamp set and die called Christmas Rose that came with a card magazine some time ago. It is 2 step stamping. I also used an old favourite 2004 Stampin' Up! set for the thank you - it was one of the first sets I ever purchased from them called Wonderful Words - and I just can't seem to part with it.   I also, added some Perfect Pearls in Brass for that extra pop.  Thank you Lydia for the inspiration.
 Inside of the card.
The following card was the first one I made - again it uses an Altenew set called Build-a-rose.  My ladies in the group have various levels of stamping experience and this one uses a 3 step process and in the end I decided that 2 step was the most appropriate.  I love it nevertheless.
I can see me making many more of these cards to donate to the various fund-raising charities that I support.  Really quick to put together using a variety of greetings suitable for any occasion.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Fancy fold card

Here is a card I made to share with ladies at my card group at a local community group.
The front - but wait until you see the layers of the card that follow:
 The card opened shows 3 distinct layers,
 The middle
The greeting on final layer.
One of the things that I find challenging is coming up with 2 cards each Friday for the ladies to make. This one was a hit.  I was inspired by a card I found whilst on blog surfing the card is called a Double Front Card and I want to give thanks to Lisa Curdo for the inspiration.
I have used product from a few sources on this card - Mint Macaroon paper, Ink and ink markers from Stampin'Up! (r), Mandala stamp from Kaszazz and greetings from a free set of stamps in a magazine that I have long ago discarded.  I love how they all come together united by colour.
I will be back later with another card I created for the same class.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sizzling Pink

Here is a layout I have created for a challenge over at White with 1 challenge blog - the challenge colour was Sizzling could I of my favourite colours. Here is my layout:
The photo (very over exposed) was taken on 90mile beach in New Zealand in January - it was awesome to the extreme being there.  The skies were fabulous and the beach was beautiful with 4 wheel drive cars using the beach as a road.  Even a coffee cart was on the sand for those that needed their coffee fix.
I have used all Kaszazz product on this layout, with the exception of acetate onto which I stamped the Large Vintage Clock then cut it out and the hearts that you can see - for these I used Wild Honey Oxide Distress ink (Quickly becoming a favourite ink) pressed into some bubble wrap that I received with hearts not spots!
Close up of the inks..the blue applied with crinkled plastic wrap.
Close up of the acetate clock, cheesecloth, lace, and glitter/metallic washi tapes.
Thank  you for looking, Margaret :)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On the surface.

It has been so hot here, so why not stay indoors with the air-conditioner on and complete some layouts and cards for upcoming classes and workshops.
This layout is for a Kaszazz workshop that I am leading in April - I know so early.  The ladies wanted a double page layout suitable for boys or heritage.  All Kaszazz product used.
I was inspired by a single page layout by Lisa Bridgeman, Kaszazz consultant.  She had her layout published by Kaszazz however it was not current as hers used discontinued product.  Thank you Lisa for your inspiration.  
Lots of Ranger Distress Ink, stamps and even some words from a stencil - Strength and Discover - I first sponged with Spiced Marmalade ink and then put the stencil back over the work and slightly to the right and this time used Vintage Photo ink to give a shadow effect.
Thank you for looking, Margaret.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Title page - Radiance of the Seas - Unmistakable Creations Cruise Jan 2018.

Here is the title page for my scrapbook layouts from the above cruise.  It was designed by Melissa Kennedy of Unmistakable Creations.  It was the very first layout we created in our classes whilst at sea. 
Here I am ready to start the classes and wearing the apron that Melissa gave to each of us.  Papers are from Kaisercraft (with a note that Melissa specifically arranged for the paper with our ports of call to be included in our kit).
Thanks for looking, back to creating, Margaret :)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vavau, Tonga

One of the reasons that I joined the Radiance of the Seas cruise that left Sydney on 3rd January, 2018 was that this cruise was a once in a lifetime chance to visit Tonga.  Tonga, featured largely in my childhood, it was a mission outpost and we regularly heard tales of this friendly island in my Sunday School days. Our first port of call in Tonga was Vavau. Settle back sail with me, it is a long post.
Vava'u is a group of more than 50 islands, either coral limestone or coral atolls. The main town of Neiafu (known as the Port of Refuge Harbour) is a common destination for yachties sailing the South Pacific.  The waters are known for their clarity, it being said that you can see the bottom at 40 metres. Lots of places to explore tropical forests, limestone cliffs and caves to explore and traditional villages.  Yep, book a tender from ship to Naiafu in the morning and start exploring.
The Cruise Compass magazine delivered to the cabin the night before had a forecast of cloudy with a chance of rain.  Morning arrived RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.  I was scheduled for Tender 10.
It was hectic, visability was poor, the tenders were late leaving and attempting to navigate those clear waters.   Some people managed to get onto the tenders only to arrive to mud ankle deep. All ship onshore tours were cancelled.  A small tender location with no cover. The Captain took the unusual task of cancelling all tenders.  A quickly rearranged on-board programme was arranged as we waited for those that had disembarked earlier to return.
Us scrapbookers - no problem - to the scrap room and work on projects, chat and enjoy each others company and get to know each other further.  Fun and laughter ensured.
Here I am on the deck - you can see the rain closing in once again over my shoulders.
I felt for the people of this small island - cruise ships have only commenced recently into their port - maybe who knows one day I may once again get the opportunity to pay them a visit.
A few more photos of the weather on the day, taken from the ship, of course:
Of course when I went to scrap this photo of me any of the layouts I created on the cruise were not suitable.  Was it the colours I was wearing!  So into my stash I delved and found papers that I thought were appropriate.  A partial coat of gesso over the middle of the background paper, some Dylusion sprays, fussy cutting some flowers and leaves and of course the bright pink cardstock added the "pop" I wanted.  What do you think?
I have decided to enter this layout (that I did when I returned home) into Soul Scrappers challenge to be inspired by this layout by Melissa Kennedy below - who was the organiser, creator and leader of all the layouts created in classes held whilst on the cruise. Of course, I was inspired by the ship in the photo and the whole cruising experience.  As an aside, Melissa's layout was one that we completed in class when I cruised with her last April it was great to revisit this layout and be further inspired by it.
Until later, Margaret :)


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