Saturday, May 30, 2015

Clean and simple cards

My camera is still not home, so these cards are once again photographed using my mobile/cell phone.  I wanted to share them with you and not wait for camera return.
I recently went to Stampin' Up! (SU) card making at a friends place, and these are the cards we made.  They use some retired product (paper and ribbon).  The stamp set Butterfly Basics and also uses the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  Of course, I did buy them - just could not resist.  First time I have ever used black cardstock on a card - I think I like it and may play around a bit more with it.
This is a card I created for a class that I volunteer at (now really sorry for the colour - it is more navy than the blue here),  I have used Heartfelt Creations Jean Pocket/Ball Can stamp and the shells from SU By the Seashore. This is a great card for a male and the pocket could have a gift card or money put in it! This card was inspired by one I saw on the internet, now unfortunately after searching for awhile I cannot find the original artist - so if you are reading this please know that your card was my inspiration.
This card (again has not photographed well) is for charity.  An old SU Rough Texture wheel came out of the cupboard.  I wanted it to be simple for the ladies who are helping me to create.  SU no longer make  wheels - what a shame!
Another card for charity.  This one has used a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge SU set and I have used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder for the highlight.  Again another simple card that the ladies can create.

This card was inspired by a card Connie Babbert - thank you Connie and  I have left her some love on her blog.  I have used a SU set called Four Feathers and its corresponding die - I was so disappointed to find that this has not made it into the new catalogue and many will now not be able to use this fantastic set. 
Thank you for following this rather long post, and I hope that you get time to create with paper this weekend.   Margaret :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Not a card, not a scrapbook page but so much fun!!!

Firstly, an update on my digital camera - it is in hospital!!! Expected to make a full recovery and be home in about 2 weeks.  These photos taken with my mobile/cell phone. I spent today with a friend, Jane, making 40 notebooks - 20 pirate for boys and 20 stars and ribbons for girls.
Here are the boys notebooks that Jane made - 'Write like a pirate.......aaarrgh"
We also covered some pencils and I made some eye patches.
Some of the 20 notebooks I made for the girls - the saying "If you dream it, you can do it" is a quote from Tinkerbell.
I also made some wands with this beautiful pink glitter paper.
A close up of one of the wands that I made.   I love them.  I added a small bell to each one and as they are waved around you hear the magical twinkle of the bell.
These are all heading to Southern Cross Kids Camps.  There request was for Pirates (tick) and Tinkerbell for the girls.   Now, you have no idea how hard it was to locate Tinkerbell paper, I looked and looked so I went with the magical elements of this fictional character - so I hope I captured the essence of Tinkerbell with the notebooks and the wands.
Thanks for looking.  And remember "If you dream it, you can do it".
Margaret :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Using up Alpha Stickers

A current challenge at Soul Scrappers is to: "challenge for you this month is to find a few of those half empty sheets (of alphas) and figure out a creative way to use them on a layout, 2 cards or an off the page project.".
My alphas are not stored neatly - they are all over the place, in plastic boxes, cardboard boxes, even in suitcases - don't ask.  One of these days I will get them organized.
So as I was looking for half used alphas, I also found half used vellum stickers and even a fabric sticker - so I decided my layout would include all the stickers. 
The photos of my sister and I were taken at Coffs Harbour (on northern coast of NSW) last year.  
Please excuse the more quality of the photo of the layout - I recently had a fall - camera in hand - and the digital screen cracked and the camera is currently at the camera doctor for a quote to be fixed.  So mobile (cell) phone to the rescue.
Thanks for looking,  Margaret

Friday, May 8, 2015

Card day

Welcome to post 501.  Today I volunteered at a local community group card making class.  Here are the cards I designed for them to make.   
Flowers are made with roughly cut out circles in tissue paper.  I have used a stamp for the stem and leaves however you could easily free hand draw these.  The white spots are acrylic paint dotted on with a toothpick.  There is a greeting inside.
This is a colour blocked front with a flower and leaves created from dies.  Most of the ladies had never made this type of flower.  The greeting is tucked in under the flower.  Inside there are two simple strips of paper at bottom - that could also be used to tuck a little gift card or money if they wanted to.
This card is the easiest make - it works best with printed cardstock as the base.   The heart (or whatever shape you want) is punched out and greeting applied.  The punched out shape - in this case the heart is applied inside the card and a piece of white paper attached for the greeting, thus. A good card for charity making and I will make a few more to donate this week.
Thank you for looking, have a great weekend - here in Australia it is Mother's Day on Sunday - to all mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and guardians enjoy the day and remember those who cannot be with you today.   Margaret

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Holiday memories.

I just realised that this is my 500th post to this blog.   I hope you have enjoyed my papercrafting journey so far and will stay with me for the next 500.  Thank you, Margaret
This layout was inspired by one I saw in a magazine - my apologies I seem to have lost the article, but if you are reading this and you are the creator of the original layout - thank you.  
I am near to finishing my photos from my holiday to USA and Canada last year.  These photos are of some of the people that were my travel companions on Trafalgar Tour - Enchanting Maritimes. The coach was full of people from USA, Canada and Australia.  
The following photos were taken on a recent trip up to The Blue Mountains of NSW that I did with my fellow book club ladies - please enjoy looking at them.
Where we stayed there was a cubby house down the back and this was on the door.  Cute.
Fairytale fungi.  I was fun to watch this change each day.  It looks beautiful here but by day 3 it had turned into a larger flat top of orange.
At Hargrave Lookout.  Now just about 6 steps in front of me (not towards the cliff) I fell down and bruised my knee and broke my camera display screen.  It still works (well both of them really) and I need to get the camera to a camera doctor asap!
A beautiful spot to have lunch, down in The Megalong Valley.  A beautiful autumn (fall) day.
So Australian, gum trees down at Megalong Valley.  
The home we stayed in was built in 1909 and since renovated I would say many times.  A recent addition was a new floor on front verandah and there must have been a railing at some time, as this photo shows the many years of painting.  Love the texture of this.
Thanks for looking.   Have a great day.   Margaret :)


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