Monday, October 26, 2015

J'y retournerai - I will return

Bonjour - this layout is for a challenge over at Pixels and Paper. Why not join in you have until end of October to submit a layout.
We were to be inspired by this photo and the criteria was anything goes but tell us how the photo inspired you:
OCTOBER inspiration
Big Ben in London is an iconic building just like the Eiffel Tour (yes that is right in French tower is tour).    I have kept my layout rather clean and simple.
I took the photograph on my last visit to Paris, nearly 2 years ago.  I have had this photo where I could see it since then - why?  The colours, the trees, the iconic Eiffel Tour, and the statue of the man riding the horse just seems to say "I will return" or as the French would say J'y retournerai.
The die-cut is from Die-namics. 
Very shortly I will be taking off for another holiday that includes Paris and my camera is at the ready.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Blind Scrap

What is a blind scrap?  Well,  you are given a list of things needed to complete a layout and then instructions to complete your layout. This weekend Scrap Girls Retreats  hosted one that you could do at home.  
 The list of things/instructions needed was -
  • 1 12" x 12" cardstock as your base
  • 1 12" x 12" patterned paper (cut about 1/2' off and then cut into 2/34" strips)
  • 1 9" x 4" patterned paper
  • 3 buttons (tied, of course)
  • 1 large die-cut or flowers
  • 1 piece of lace or similar
  • 1 strip for journaling
  • alphas for title
  • sequins for sparkle
  • 2 x small doilies or similar
Breaking of rules is okay...........I deviated by not using lace and using ric-rac and twine (lace would just not be appropriate for this layout) no flowers and no doilies but I did use die-cuts. 
The paper and die-cuts are from Kaisercraft Sandy Toes range. 
The photos of my sister were taken at Red Rock, NSW when we visited there in late September/early October this year.  They were taken not long after we arrived (in our winter clothes as it was cold in Sydney when we left) and we headed straight for the beach for a walk to get the sea air into our lungs.  We had both been sick prior to arriving - my sister for over 15 weeks, so a walk on the beach was just what was ordered.
Thank you for looking, enjoy your day.   Margaret :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cards made with some of my favourite stamp sets

Do you have stamp sets that you just can't part with?  I do and one of them is this Beautiful Season set from Stampin' Up! (SU)  I think it is long retired but I love it - and with colouring all the rage now why not sit and colour in and de-stress at the same time.
And a recent set from SU is called Butterfly Basics (with co-ordinating butterfly dies) and I have used recently retired in-colours.  The small butterfly uses a punch and I have added some antique ribbon top left.  I love how feminine I was able to make the card.  The background was inspired by a card by Lisa Cornwall that I found whilst blog surfing.
Thank you for looking, have a great weekend, Margaret :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Christmas 2015 is coming - get ready make some cards

Here is a card I made today - I used a Die-namics die called contempo cage (and bird).  The embossing folder is an old Stampin'Up! (r) one called Petals-a-Plenty.  I love how non-Christmas themed items can be used to create a seasonal card.   Too cute.....
Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

Tic Tac Toe layout

I created this layout for a Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Soul Scrappers - here is the board:

I chose -  your favourite colour (pink of course, some of the papers, 'discover' which I painted with alcohol pens and small embellishments) - photo of yourself (taken at a lookout overlooking Palm Beach behind me) and embossing (embossing folder stars).
Challenge is due today - so I am running very close to the wind in getting this one in - in fairness I did complete this nearly two weeks ago and have just realised I have not submitted it.
Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)


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