Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sharing more layouts

The following layout is another I have been delaying getting on paper.  Last year I had the scariest ride in a plane en-route Los Angeles to Memphis, storms made the plane divert to Little Rock, Arkansas. It was indeed a white knuckle ride for me.  I was glad when finally we finally landed in Memphis.  I think my red face says it all.  I have used very old rubons from my stash to embellish the page.
LAX to Memphis the scary way!!!
These photos were taken in 2010 when I was was teaching at a language college in Sydney and as teachers we taught our class to sing Christmas Carols.  My class did "Santa Claus is coming to town".
Having fun - Christmas 2010
This layout was for a colour challenge held on the weekend. Pinks, blues, orange, black and lime green were the colours.  We had to select at least 3 of the colours to use on a layout.   How many times do you take a photo and think the first one is not what you (or others in the photo) wanted and then take a more serious shot?
Now this layout was a complete 360 degree turn for me.  We were shown by one of the participants how to use what you have on your desk to complete a layout and how to use up those "ugly" papers that you may have in your stash from years ago.  The ugly papers were the pink and blue that you see, we were shown how to use tissue paper to soften (or hide) the papers, doodle the edges and much more.  I then went to town. I first used an off cut of the butterflies I had punched out and used them as a mask as I sprayed dye over the mask. Then I started to lay down the papers (including old book pages), tissue paper that I scrunched up, I punched out the heart bottom left,and put some scrunched up blue paper behind the heart, the left over heart punch went onto the layout.  Then I took it all to the machine and stitched it all down.  Then the fun part attaching the embellishments, Washi tape, bits of ribbon I had, flowers, rhinestones, punched butterflies from another layout I had down that day.  Around the edges I put some stickers from a pack I had in my weekend stash.   I was very pleased with the layout - what do you think?
Me in 2013. 
This final layout was a challenge where we were given a stack of papers and some embellishments and a sketch - I got the flocked white "YOU" and the ribbon you see. You had to use all of the papers in your layout.  I love this photo of my brother and his wife taken last year.  The flocked "YOU" was iron-on and it initially posed a problem - no irons available but a light bulb moment saw me using a heat gun and back of a punch and it worked.  I made the flower with a large scalloped punch. I like the application of gold glimmer mist to the black CS as it gives the illusion of sunlight.
North Wollongong Beach, 2012.
Thanks to the ladies on my table who shared their supplies with me and gave me ideas and shared their experiences.
Thank you for looking, now back to designing some cards................Margaret

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Layouts galore

As promised in earlier post, here are more layouts I completed the past weekend at the retreat.
The first was a layout completed in a blind challenge where you are given the instructions for a layout but don't get to see what it looks like.
Christmas 2010
These photos have been laying on my desk waiting for inspiration to put them down on paper.  I think it was the multiple colours of what we are wearing that held me back.  Finally, did the layout.  We have been friends for what seems forever. Us girls all went to the same high school, although none of us really knew each other there.  We have been there for each other through many of life's ups and downs.
This is a photo of my parent's wedding reception in 1948.  I was inspired by a layout in Scrapbook Trends, March 2010.  I cut 1/4" strips of paper, angled off one edge and then applied them to background cardstock (CS).  I was rather uniform in my strip placement (as it seemed to suit the era of the photo) however it would work just as well if they were randomly placed strips (must try that at some stage).
1948 wedding reception at Hornsby Masonic Hall (now demolished)
This layout uses a new technique I learned at the retreat.   I first used Impasto Medium and spread it into a mask with little flowers.  Leave this to dry (you could speed up the process with a heat gun if wanted). When dry I used Gelato's to colour/paint the flowers. I placed a pearl inside each flower.  I initially did just a few pearls but I felt it needed each flower having a pearl.  It looks rather Laura Ashley I think.  Now it was a 6" mask and I did not quite match the design so a bit of Washi Tape applied to co-ordinating CS down he centre did the trick.  The photos were taken in a quaint English tea shop we found in Redcliffe, Queensland.
A little bit of England in Queensland
 At this angle you can see the raised effect that the Impasto Medium gives.
Detail of the Impasto Medium
Thank you for looking, I will have more shortly to share with you...............Margaret

Monday, October 28, 2013

Scrapbooking from Scratch retreat

After a week and half of illness, I recovered sufficiently to attend this retreat this past weekend.  Here are a couple of photos of the sunsets over Lake Macquarie, where the retreat was held. There was still the smoke haze from bushfires in the area in the preceding week.
Thursday @ sunset
Friday @ sunset
Saturday @ sunset (my favourite)
As well as enjoying the sunsets I did manage to scrap some layouts - here is one, with more to follow in later blog posts.
This layout was done in a class at the retreat.  The white CS had Gesso applied, left to dry and then Gelato crayon sticks used for the background (unfortunately it does not come up clear in this photo), the resulting streaks of Gelato's where then diluted with a baby wipe as I went around and around in a circle motion. Washi tape, a stamp of leaves coloured with Gelato's and a titlel complete the page of my cousin Julie and I. There is about 10 years difference in our ages (me being the elder) and we have been close over the years.  All our lives we have got "Julie is just like Margaret" or "Margaret is just like Julie" and you can definitely see the family resemblance in this photo taken in May this year. Love you Julie.
More layouts to come....................thank you for looking

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Guest designer ARTastic Challenges

I have just received an email  from ARTastic saying that I have been invited as a guest designer in November, for a scrapbooking layout I submitted in September - Elephant Appreciation Day.  Of course,  I said yes.  Love elephants even more now...haha.  I am feeling rather poorly today - head cold etc so this made my day.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Back to Stampin' Up!

I have bitten the bullet and decided to rejoin Stampin' Up! (r).  It has been a few years and they have special joining offer of $25 at the moment as part of their 25th Anniversary.
Are you interested in joining?  This offer ends and all paper work must be in by 21 October, 2013.  For more information go to Stampin' Up!  I signed up on-line and it was easy as to do.
Now can't wait to get my goodies to play with.  Put me Margaret Crawford as your upline/demonstrator and I will only be too pleased to guide you through the wonders of paper crafting.

Cards for the Australian Armed Forces.

For several years now I have been making Christmas Cards for our Australian troops overseas.  Yesterday, I attended the yearly event organised by Karen Cumming to make more cards.  It was a great day once again.  Contact Karen if you would like to become involved next year and check out more photos taken yesterday.
Me cutting cardstock for a card. Photo by Karen Cumming
Some of the ladies who made cards on the day. Photo by Karen Cumming

Here are some cards I made this year for this great cause.
Some I have ready shown on my blog - check out the following link.
Others, I have made from bits and pieces I had in my stash and some used donated product from friends - thank you if you recognise your donation. Santa Suit card which was designed by Karen.


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