Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crossing the ferry - not once but 3 times in less than 1 hour!!!

Long post today - lots of photos to show you.
Over at Soul Scrappers they currently have a challenge based around "On the road again....".  Here is my layout:
Participants had to have completed a number of challenges at Soul Scrappers, we were then sent the same packet of goodies - the key is how we use these items to make an original page, using most or all of the goodies supplied. Here is the packet I received.  The colour was deliberately kept to brown/neutral tonings so a further challenge was to add some COLOUR
I did end up using all the embellishments in the packet.  The most interesting was the plumbers mesh (bottom right on top of the patterned paper).  I had never even seen this mesh before - it was sticky on one side and everything stuck to it!!!  I used this as a mask (using a red ink) on my background paper - I also did put it on the layout you can see it top left.  One of the fun elements I made was a tag from the patterned paper, then distressed it with distress ink and some of the muslin - which I dyed with coffee and salt. I added some of the embellishments (which I again distressed) and then applied the muslin and cut holes so that you could just get a little glimpse of what was underneath.
The next embellishment I made was a journaling tag from the long strip of paper included.  I used this to add other photos and also my journaling - opened to show two pages"
Opened to show 3 pages.
A little about the photos on the layout.  On the weekend of 12th June I went to a scrapbooking retreat at Lower Portland, on the Hawkesbury River. I drove to Wiseman's Ferry from my home and met Margaret B and Jane at Wiseman's Ferry for lunch.  We then drove in convoy (can you call 2 cards a convoy?) with me - I am in the red car, Jane and Margaret B in white car with number plate covered ,  following to our retreat location.  We first needed travel across Webb's Creek Ferry to the other side of the river - en route to Lower Portland as per the map we were using - we needed to take a road that said Greens Road.  Well we crossed, and stopped a little way along a road - oops looks like we took the wrong road!!! Turn back and take another road, ooops looks like that was the wrong road again - GPS and map can't be wrong!!! Okay, so we had back over the Webb's Creek Ferry, Margaret B and Jane talk to the assistant on the ferry and were advised we need to be back on the side of river we just took and told us how to get to the road we needed - a quick turnaround and we caught the ferry back over the river again!!!  3 times. It turns out the GPS and map did not indicate that some of the road we were supposed to be on had had a partial name change a few years ago!!
Anyway we eventually arrived and enjoyed our weekend. The photos on the tag show some of the views from our location.
A fun weekend with lots of laughs about our crossing the ferry 3 times and memories created to bring back in the years ahead. 
Thanks for looking.   I had fun creating this layout and I hope I filled the brief.  Happy travels, Margaret :)


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

I have been asked to run a silk ribbon embroidery beginners workshop at a local community group.  Here is what I have designed:
It uses 5 simple embroidery stitches and some little beads in centre of the flowers. It is in a frame for demonstration purposes - participants can make a small bag suitable for lavender etc if they do not want to frame.  I found this frame at a local op shop - so pretty I knew it would be just right for this project.
I am going back to my creative roots - for many years I was a teacher and creator of embroidered articles that were made on commission or sold.
It was fun getting back into even if these days it is harder to find supplies than it was previously.
Now to design some wool embroidery and this is proving more difficult to source supplies as once again it is harder to find supplies these days.
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Making cards for kids

I have been playing around making cards suitable for kids to make.  I came up with these two cards "monster" as a starter.
A classic - seen on many websites.  Orange is  background only - it opens up and there is another cookie and a greeting.  For kids I would prep most of the circles - for bigger kids they could do this themselves - with exception maybe of the blue scalloped cardstock that is put through a die cutting machine.
For this one I was blog surfing when I found I a card that just rocked - check out sarathings - I let her know I was inspired by her card to create this one. They use Ranger Distress Stains splashed from high!!!  I did sponge them with tissue after applying the stain so that the drying time was shorted - important here in Australia at present as it is winter.
Both cards are very forgiving - the images do not have to be placed just right - important I believe for the kids to make.
I love them and I hope you do as well.   Margaret :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Playing around with butterflies.

Today, I have been playing around with a new die, new stamp set and papers and ribbon from my stash.. 
I have seen the butterfly die used singularly however this card lacked a 'punch' so I decided that it needed a double butterfly - just right!  I used the little pearls - they are more pinker in real life.
Thank you for looking, off to 'flutter' some more.  Margaret :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Group photo @ Hargraves Lookout

Last one for today, I promise!  This layout was for another challenge at Soul Scrappers.  Have I told you lately how much I love the variety of challenges that they have - why not register and check them out yourself.
Here is the challenge inspiration layout:
Another great photo from our recent Book Club road trip to Leura and The Blue Mountains.  This time it is a group shot taken at Hargraves Lookout in Blackheath.   Lots of different product used on my layout, too many to list.  It all seemed to come together when I got out my stash.
Now I need to go and create some card designs, have lunch and get warm.  Bye for now, Margaret :)

Scrap our stash challenge

Another new challenge site I found recently, whilst blog surfing, was Scrap our Stash and there current challenge is to create a layout from your stash with each letter of the word BRADS.
So here is what I used:
  • "B" button and brads
  • "R" rubons for title and 'be yourself' and ric rac
  • "A" Alpha rubons (so, so old)
  • "D" Die Cut tag
  • "S" Stamp of bird design that was on the cards that Margy made and silver star paper clip.
On our book club recent road trip to Leura, I took along some cards for Australian Troops overseas,  that I had created and some of the ladies put them together.  It was Margy's first attempt at making cards.  Such fun times.

I think I will be checking out Scrap our Stash more often for challenges.   Margaret :)

Adventure >>>>> this way

I created this layout from a great sketch at Stuck?! Sketches:

These photos, taken at Hargraves Lookout, Blackheath, during our recent Book Club road trip to Leura in The Blue Mountains.  The papers are Stampin'Up!, embellishments Kaisercraft and the alphas from my stash.
Thank you looking, it has started raining here so stay dry.  Margaret :)

Scrap Pack Challenge

Firstly, let me say that I have put my layouts individually on this blog, as some relate to different challenges I have entered this month.   The retreat this past weekend, was a good opportunity to just sit and complete them. 
The retreat organisers - Creatively Inspired (who advised it was there last ever retreat on the weekend) - had a scrap pack challenge were you are given some paper and you must use it to create a layout or 4 cards using ALL the provided paper.  In this case white cardstock and the papers/tag surrounding my layout - all those pastel colours.
A bit about the photo.  When my Uncle George (Dad's brother) passed away in 1996 his wife gave to us an old leather suitcase full of old photos that he had.  This photograph of my grandmother was in the suitcase.  She was born (Fanny Elizabeth Orr - called Lizzie to the family) in Launceston, Tasmania in 1891 and married my grandfather Henry Crawford in 1917.  So she would probably been in her early 20's when the photo was taken.
I have not attached the photo to the layout as the back of the photo has some interesting history to it:
My grandmother originally sent the photo to her sister Jess (born 1897) who later sent it to Uncle George, the date of which is unknown and it reads "before she was married. I am sending this to you Dear George, your beloved mother because when I am gone it may be lost. Your loving Aunt Jess".
Thank you to our family Bible for the dates behind this beautiful photo.   
Surely, how I created the layout is irrelevant - but in case you are interested here is what I did.  I scallop punch the edge of the 2 included paper, and then applied a flourish stamp over it to give some visual interest and also stamped on the patterned paper. Some finishing touches with antique lace (to match the collar/yolk on her dress), some sequins and the included challenge flowers complete the layout.
As an aside - a couple of things:
  1. I am glad I was not named after my grandmother (Fanny) such different meanings in this day and age!
  2. My grandmother was known to her friends as Jessie - so confusing when trying to sort out the family photographs.
  3. She passed away in 1961.  She was a wonderful grandmother and I have nothing but happy memories of the time I spent with her.  My grandparents lived just one street away and therefore I got to see her just about everyday on the way to and from school. They were the first people in our streets to get television and I remember the fun family times as we all went down to watch that 'modern' invention. 
Thank you for spending time reading this and allowing me to remember have a trip down memory lane.   Margaret :)

Birds Eye View

The challenge this month at ARTastic Challenge blog is to be inspired by the artwork by Luka Va called "Bird King" shown below, with the added criteria of wood veneer and/or birds:

June inspiration by Luka Va called Bird King
I have had this photo of a pigeon on the top of The Empire State Building in New York sitting since a previous visit nearly 5 years ago - just loved it but just could not find the right layout for it - and then Voila this challenge!  I have used up some of my stash - a beautiful fabric bird (there is still one left), some cut outs of colour birds and a strip of patterned paper with birds in a row and a wood veneer arrow stamped black (it is probably the newest item on the page). Here is a close up of the fabric bird.
Thank you for looking and why not head over to ARTastic Challenge and make a layout/card or 3D project from the inspiration photo.  Margaret :)

The Big Wet comes to Umina Beach

Another layout completed on the weekend.  This layout was for Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 442.
On 21st April, the Central Coast of New South Wales, was hit with the wildest storm and wet weather for years.  Umina Beach was hammered with rain and waves and when I ventured out I was amazed at just what was going on.  The sand eroded from sand banks and oh yes, the sand was blowing all over the roads and into my face.  I think you can see just how cold it was!!!.   So different from my last post which showed the beach in all is beautiful summer glory. 
The photo was taken on my mobile/cell phone and was all grainy so I printed the photo onto Very Vanilla cardstock as I hoped it gave that windy and rainy day feel.
Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Every picture tells a story

After two fabulous sunny days over the weekend, today is wet, miserable and cold and therefore my photo below has not been shown in its true colours - believe me when I say it that the colours are more vibrant in real life.
Another layout completed on the weekend and another challenge completed at Soul Scrappers.  Here is my layout and the inspiration follows:
The recipe consists of your layout having at least the following ingredients (you can have more or additional elements as well):
  • NO visible journaling - tick - it is on the tag slipped under the photo
  • Kraft/tan background - tick
  • One photo only - tick - photo of wattle growing alongside Umina Beach
  • at least one tag - tick
  • Ribbon or twine - tick - to both
  • Leaves - stamping or embellishment - stamped leaves/dots & dashes from Dylusions Simply Borders set.
In addition, I started with a light spray of oil (not really it was a green glimmer mist) and have used embossing and die cut embellishments.
I must give recognition to a layout I saw on scrapbookandcardsmag on the net who provided me with the idea of using the embossed segments.
Keep warm,  Margaret :)

Autumn 2015 in The Blue Mountains

Another layout completed this weekend.  This time my inspiration was Make in Monday 41 at The Memory Nest - see sketch below.  I like this clean and simple sketch so much I did a double layout.
Here is the sketch:
Glorious autumn (fall) colours in The Blue Mountains and against blue skies. 
Thanks for looking and why not head over to The Memory Nest and have a go yourself at their challenges, Margaret :) 

Relaxing at the beach cafe.

The current (ending today) scrap lift challenge at Soul Scrappers is this layout (creator unknown)

Here is my layout:
The photo is of my sister and I enjoying morning tea at my favourite beachside café earlier this year.  My layout is not as fussy as the inspiration and I have used a lot of my stash.  The bricks are Molossi chipboard and I have inked with pink ink. 
This weekend I was at a scrapbooking retreat and I have lots of completed layouts that I will share with you in coming days.
Thank you for looking, keep smiling.   Margaret :)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Too early for Christmas?

Last week I made some Christmas cards for the Australian Troops Overseas with a group of ladies from a community group.  This is one of the clean and simple cards I designed for them to make.
I have used Dove of Peace stamp set by Heartfelt Creations.  Now, I did not have the coordinating die so it was back to cutting bird by hand and the greeting with a punch.   After stamping and cutting the bird ink was sponged around the bird and greeting - a great way of disguising maybe an imperfect cut!!  The card base is white.
Thanks for looking and no I do not think it is too early to start on Christmas cards.    Margaret :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Life is simple - just add water!

Back again with another challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  Tic Tac Toe (TTT5) board:
My first thought was what is a 'staycation'? staycationsteɪˈkeɪʃ(ə) n/noun
noun: staycation; plural noun: staycations; noun: stay-cation; plural noun: stay-cations
a holiday spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. 
Here is my layout - I went with the middle line vertically to record a staycation my sister and I took in October, 2014 to Coffs Harbour, NSW. I have done it as a project life type layout. I have taken out of the plastic so that it is easier to see.
Stamp/s - 2 new sets from Inspired by Stamping (I found them on the internet whilst blog surfing - so pleased I did) Seaside and Seaside Sentiments.  The shells from Stampin' Up! By the Seashore.
Tag - lift up the lighthouse and my journaling is on the back.
Blue - stamping ink as well as in that fabulous sentiment below.
Close up of shells, lighthouse stamp and sentiment.


Groovy - Grooving in the 1970's

Another challenge at Soul Scrappers was to be inspired by the song "Wild Thing" by the Troggs. We were to use a word....OR a couple of words...OR a sentence...OR even the song title on our layout. I was inspired by the word 'groovy'.  Here is my layout:
Wikipedia defines 'groovy' as a slang colloquialism popular during  the 1960s and 1970s.  It is roughly synonymous with such words as 'cool', 'excellent', 'fashionable' and 'amazing' depending on context.
This photo was taken at my younger sister's 21st birthday party in 1972.  I am grooving bottom right.  I made the dress I am wearing.  The photo was sitting for many years in the old style albums - you know the ones that made the photo stick to the backing with what I suspect was not acid free plastic and the photos eventually faded.   I am endeavouring to give them a new home hence my recent fascination with scrapping these older photos.
Now I was never a 'wild thing' - just look at the photo closely the party was held in a local church hall that has since been demolished. I did love to dance and groove to the music.
I googled 1970's design and found lots photos to inspire me - here are just a few.  Who can forget 'orange' it was everywhere - Tupperware (I had all these), Fabric, Furniture to name a few.
Tupperware we had in the cupboards for ever! I still have 1 bowl and lid left. Remember that green?! LolVintage 1970s Orange and Yellow Daisy Glasswareseventies style. yellow toilet. lovely wallpaper!... I remember the wallpaper back the the more garish the betterTwo of the best 70's colors ever... Harvest Gold and Avocado --- don't forget Coppertone!
Thank you for grooving along with me this morning.   Have a happening day!!! Margaret :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

1970's Bridesmaid

This layout is for another challenge over at Soul Scrappers - to be inspired by the movie poster for Bridesmaids with the added criteria of brick background; white title; number/s on your page can be title or journaling; bridesmaid photo.
Here is my layout:
It took me longer than usual to bring this layout together - was it the photo? was it the criteria? was it the colour?  The photo is of me being a bridesmaid at my brother's first marriage in the late 1970's.  We hired our dresses (the bride's sister was matron-of-honour).  I also made the bride's going away outfit - yes readers in the 70's a bride would get dressed in a different outfit as they left the wedding. 

Brick background tick.  I used gesso and Kaisercraft Brick template.  Now the gesso stuck to the cardstock and when I lifted it off I got this rough edged looked.  I have sponged ink over the resulting brick design to highlight this imperfection.   I hand-made the embellishment so that I replicated the flowers I was carrying.
White title and numbers included tick.   What I did do (and it is not so obvious in this photo) is that I die cut the letters and numbers in two colours - white and pink to provide a shadow.
Thank you for looking - why not head over to Soul Scrappers, sign up and participate in some of their challenges.   Margaret :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Courting days

I will be so glad when I get my camera back from repairs.  This layout was completed for a sketch challenge (SC90) over at Soul Scrappers. Here is the sketch:
My layout incorporates all the elements but at different angles to suit the portrait photo of my parents during their courting days.  Looking at the photograph I am making an assumption that it was taken on George Street, Sydney near the original Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) headquarters. I recognise the ornate doors. As an aside - this building played a big part in my working life as I worked for the 'Wales/Westpac' for many years.
I have used Kaisercraft "Antique Bazaar" papers and elements on my layout with the exception of the little button bottom right,  a couple of papers on the banner and the twine and brads.  I loved this collection as soon as I saw it and it seems to fit the 'oldness' of this photo.
Thank you for looking, time is a great storyteller, Margaret :)


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