Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I love a new technique - thanks Spellbinders

Don't you just love finding new techniques?  I do and last night I found this great technique over on the Spellbinders Blog.  Now today the sun is shining brightly in Sydney and it was difficult to photo - these cards actually have a lot of shimmer and shine.
I have recently become attached to idea of mixed media work in my scrapbook layouts and these cards are certainly meeting some of the criteria for mixed media.  Technique:
1. Scrape a layer of Impasto onto the card and spritz with shimmer Smooch Spritz. I used a red and silver as I had in mind making Christmas cards.
2. Let this dry - for me it was overnight
3. Using Spellbinders Nestabilities square die and Sizzlet star die cut out shapes from paper in 3 sizes. 
4. Take the little set of papers to the sewing machine and sew them with a straight stitch. Leave ends dangling.  I could have stitched straight onto the card.
5. I then adhered the shapes (with red tape as it was stronger) - a rhinestone on some for extra bling.
6. Add greeting
7. Say I love it!!!!  Need to make more. Thanks Spellbinders again for the inspiration.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anne of Green Gables

Feeling nostalgic?  I visited Anne of Green Gables Museum, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada on 21st June this  year. This layout inspired by Sketch 98 at Feeling Sketchy. I came across their blog as I was seeking inspiration for the multitude of photos I have from my recent holiday (vacation). 
This little girl was visiting the same day as I did - she looked so peaceful as she posed for a photo under the tree outside the house that inspired Anne of Green Gables. I asked her mother for permission to photograph her.  The badges and hats I purchased in the museum shop and the journaling is on a card that one of the badges was on.  The paper I have used is from Project Life Collection -  Sunshine Collection.  I hand cut the banner from one of the pages in the range.
I also did a companion page - this time using a postcard I purchased. Canada's smallest province features one of the country's largest tourist attractions.  This famous farmhouse is the setting that inspired PEI-born author Lucy Maud Montgomery to write her cherished novel in 1904.

To finish off a couple of quotes from the book:

"Dear old world", she murmured, "you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you."
"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it." 
"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
So kindred spirits of the world - enjoy life and laugh often.  Margaret. 

Updated: My Feeling Sketchy Layout has won a randomly generated prize - thank you Feeling Sketchy and also their sponsor Molossi.   Why not head over to Feeling Sketchy and participate in their challenges, you never know you could be a winner also.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Christmas Card using non-Christmas stamps

A challenge was set by Angela on Elite Stampers to create a Christmas card using a non-Christmas stamp set and if you don't celebrate Christmas then please feel free to contribute something similar, like maybe "celebrate"(?)
I used the always fabulous "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, inks and card stock in Old Olive and Real Red. I have also used Silver Embossing Ink. The greeting comes from stamp set Teeny Tiny Sentiments and I have used Word Window Punch.
The "Ah Hah" moment came to me when I went to emboss - the red ink was still wet on the larger stamp when I went to emboss the stripes - instantly more bling.  And who doesn't like bling!!! Here is close up of the embossing.
I made an earlier attempt to make the card this morning - I was not happy it lacked the "punch or WOW" I was looking for.  I am showing it here as it was a part of my creative process.  And you can also see why I had an "Ah Hah" moment on the next card I created.
I was inspired by a card by Jackie Bolhuis that I found on Pinterest.  Thank you Jackie - I have left you thanks on your blog. 
A lovely day in Sydney today.  Margaret.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Hug a tree day"

This layout was completed for a challenge over at Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog - the inspiration photo is below with the added criteria of anything goes but tell us how you were inspired by the here goes my entry. 
AUGUST inspiration ... 
On seeing the challenge picture, I immediately remembered that I had photos that I had of my sister hugging a tree in Melbourne city earlier this year. The colours reminded me of the knitted and crocheted installation on the trees. Apparently when I checked Google today there is a tree hugging day on 20th March - who knew!!!  This was our hug a tree day and it was not 20th March!!! advise hugging trees is a feel-good experience.
This is a close up of the pennants I made to put on my layout.  So how did I make them?
Here are the ingredients. Silks Acrylic Glaze (4 colours used Ginger Peach, Sapphire on Ice, Olive Vine, Plumeria), 100% cotton lace, a cheap paint brush and a non-stick craft sheet or similar. Put dabs of Silks onto craft sheet, wet the lace and place on craft sheet, using a wet brush paint on each colour randomly - hint wash brush after each colour added or they will mix into a brown mush. Allow to dry -  you can speed it up with a heat gun if required.  Then I cut the lace into pennant shape and I applied Fray stop glue to sides to stop fraying (in hindsight I probably did not need to do this step).  I threaded the individual shapes to a silk ribbon thread and applied to layout).
I also had a tree hugging experience on my recent holiday -  a great big old bur oak tree near Colombia, Missouri.  Layout to come at a later date.
 That great big old bur oak tree - over 300 years old.  Magnificient.
Thank you for looking and if you get an opportunity shortly, go out and hug a tree.


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