Monday, September 29, 2014

Snowman on a hot Australian day.....melted!!!

I have seen this card on many blogs, pinterest etc and so I decided to sit down and make one.  It is a very hot spring day here in Sydney - they are expecting temperatures in the 33c range for much of the week.  My sister looked at the card and said it showed snowman looking down on it but I say melted snowman!!!
Yesterday, my brother and sister-in-law were here and we took the Ettalong to Palm Beach Ferry and return. Look at the beautiful colours of the water near Palm Beach Ferry wharf.  So beautiful.
Keep cool and thank you for looking, Margaret

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Awesomeness to the max!

Another layout from a sketch (number 101) at  Feeling Sketchy that got my creative juices flowing.

My photograph of the lighthouse was taken at Peggy's Cove in Halifax, Canada. I printed it 8" x 5". The Atlantic Ocean was very blue this day. I loved this place so much and I spent lots of time walking over the ice-age rocks called "erratics".  A lone piper stands to the bottom right and I can tell you his bagpipe playing just added to the awesomeness of this place.

The layout uses Stampin' Up! (r) products - Maritime designer series paper, Essential Wooden elements and some retired black twine.

Thank you for looking.  Margaret

Monday, September 22, 2014

5000 Poppies Project

Have you heard about the 5000 Poppies project - A community project of respect and remembrance. You can read all about it on their website here .   And I quote from there:

"From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind.
As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 25000 (probably more like around 50,000) poppies in Fed Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations."

I heard about it from a friend who crocheted some poppies, and so I got out my knitting needles and knitted some.  I sent them off today and I am pleased that they will be part of the display. One other was sent with those from another group that also made poppies.

My grandmother had a brother who was with 1st Infantry Batt. of A.I.E.F. that left for Cairo, Egypt 18th October, 1914 after doing basic training in Kensington, NSW for 2 months prior to leaving. I have done a bit of research on him as I was gifted a box of family memories including a photograph album.

Interested?  Want to help yourself?  You can get patterns on their website.  Knitted, felted, crocheted, the options are many.

Lest we forget.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cards, cards, cards.

I have been busy designing cards for classes I have been leading at two community groups over the past two weeks.   Here are just a sample of some of the cards created. Several of the ladies in one of the groups are elderly and have trouble with their hands so I kept the cards quite simple - I pre-cut the shapes prior to the class.
These cards are an adaptation of cards in previous post - I substituted the Impasto (as it would take too long to dry in a 2 hour time-frame) and went with random misting and misting using Stampin'Up! (SU)  stencils - stars and stripes.  The stars I die cut from Sizzix Framelits and the squares from Spellbinders Nestabilities.  This card was one of many made by participants in one of the classes for donation to Australian Troops overseas.
This card design is an adaption of technique called 'pressed flower' that I found whilst blog surfing one wet afternoon.   It is great as it can use scraps of paper.   Another card heading to Australian Troops overseas.
I love this happy card - it is so colourful and fun. It uses SU stamp set called Flamingo Lingo.  SU is donating $3 AUD from every set sold to Ronald McDonald House.  This fits within my ethos of helping others so I was happy to purchase it. The greeting - happy birthday - is not in the set, however the set has several other greetings that you can use.
All the cards I have shown above are relatively easy to make up.  These cards take a little more time consuming but the result "awesome"!  When I was at Scrapbook Mega Meet in Detroit in May this year I was able to take some classes with Emma Lou Beechy, Creative Director for Heartfelt Creations. These cards are inspired by the cards I made in that class and using their stamps and dies that of course I purchased after the class. 
The cards use Heartfelt Creations stamps - Sun Kissed Fleur Background PreCut Set Striped Sun and Kissed Fleur PreCut Set and the co-ordinating Sunkissed Fleur Die.  For inks I used Quick Quotes chalking inks in Tahiti, Mixed Berry, Biscotti and Bloody Mary (don't you just love those names) and of course I purchased them at the Mega Meet as well. Close up of the card below.
A definite WOW moment with these and thank you so much Emma Lou for your awesomeness.
Here is a photo of me with Emma Lou at the convention :

Thank you for looking and have a great weekend.   Margaret


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