Friday, November 25, 2016

And now for something completely different.

I was recently asked to lead an evening community group make Rustic Christmas Logs.  The original leader was unavailable and I was asked to step in.   Here are the ladies (and two fantastic young ladies) with their rustic log creations.
It was a fun evening and I was so pleased with each of the creations made. They will all look great on Christmas set tables this year.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas Card Variety

Here are a few Christmas cards I created for a class I lead at a local community college.
This was first one I played with - using distress inks. I did not end up going with these colours for the ladies and stuck to more conservative Christmas colours for the one below. 
This card using stamps that were 'freebies' in a Papercraft magazine this year.  I went with the gold embossing to create this elegant card.
Tonight I am heading off to lead a class in a completely different craft.  Stay tuned for photos.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Did it start then?

This layout is for song lyric challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  Now this layout really has nothing to do with the Bee Gees, even though I am posing with their sculptures in Redcliffe, Queensland.  It is about the lyrics, again not the Bee Gees but lyrics by Francesca Battestelli from the song I Am Home.
The chorus includes the words, "Maybe I was made to wander, maybe I was born to roam." These are the words that inspired me. The sticker I adhered to the handwritten journaling (by the way covering up a flower or two) also inspired by the north, south, east and west included in the song.
From childhood I think I have had wanderlust - we had a family friend who we called Uncle Frank and he would go on holidays and bring us back tales of his travels and one time I remember we got the old fashioned airline bags as a gift.  Did it start then? Later, we had a neighbourhood friend, a few years older, who went on a ship to England for a year, she came back and shared with us all her goodies - ship menus, coasters etc, etc.  Did it start then? 
As children, the family would go on holidays, sometimes we would go with our grandparents or our aunt, uncle and cousins ...I remember going to Camden to see the Rotolactor (a big thing in those days), Canberra, Dubbo (before the Zoo was even though of), Manly and the Central Coast. In those days these trips took longer than today. Did it start then?
Who knows.   But I love to travel - to wander and to roam to new and interesting places in Australia and indeed the world.
Thank you for looking may your wandering and roaming never cease.  Even if it only down the street to enjoy the little things.
Margaret :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Layouts completed on the weekend.

Here are some more layouts I completed during the past weekend at the retreat I went to, enjoy and I would love you to comment (if you are able) as I love to see where the visitors to my blog come from. I appreciate all the comments (except spam that is instantly deleted).
Thanks, so settle back as I write a little about each layout.
Recently, I went around to my sisters and said "it is a beautiful day let's head out for lunch and a bit of relaxation."  So we grabbed a couple of sandwiches, soft drinks and a cake from local shops, and headed to the waterfront at Woy Woy in New South Wales.  Just down the road for us about 5 minutes away.   The pelicans were resting on the shoreline, and sure enough this one, we nicknamed "Mr Percival" came over to join us as we ate - shoo, go, we have no food etc etc but he (I am assuming a he) stayed for awhile and looked at us as begging for a handout.  Not that day!!!
The organizer of the retreat sets a bingo challenge to complete over the weekend. This layout was to use glitter.  Ready for Christmas photo.
This layout was to use hexagons.  In May this year, the same ladies got together for another retreat at the same location.  This was the photo taken then.  Now, at that retreat there was a class using these Close to My Heart (CTHM) papers and so I thought it appropriate that I use the left overs on this layout.
In 2007/2008 I had the opportunity to teach English in China and I met Jan and Brian in the second 6 months of my time there.  Jan had found a blog entry of mine about getting my hair cut and the experience of this in China and when the arrived in Changsha, China we arranged to meet.  They taught at a school near Changsha and I was at another university about a 1.5hour bus journey from Changsha.  I would travel to meet them several times during our stay - we had many a happy birthday and Christmas celebration together.  They returned to Canberra, ACT and I to New South Wales and we have kept in contact since.  Imagine, my surprise when I ran into them this year at Redcliffe in Queensland - time for a quick cuppa before they headed to the airport to return home.  
This layout is from papers and embellishments in the current Paper Flourish kit. It is a direct copy (well except for my choice of papers in the kit) of one in their booklet with the kit.  The photo was taken earlier this year when I tried my hand at decorating cupcakes. I thought I needed more practice so of course I bought the supplies to continue at home - have I used them? No, they sit there ready for another day!!!
This layout was also from the bingo challenge - it was to use the new CTMH colour called Seagrass. Not a colour I use often, however I embrassed the colour and used lots of washi tape and left overs from the layout above to complete this layout.   For the word 'happy' I covered a piece of the cardstock with some of the washi tape I used and then die cut the word. 
Thank you for looking, and taking the time out of your busy day.  
Margaret :)

Monday, November 14, 2016


This layout is for a challenge over at White with 1
The challenge was:
The colour Niagara.

I think this is the first time I have done a challenge at White with 1.  I was in a quandary about just what blue was Niagara. 
First a little about the photo - this time last year I was getting ready for a holiday in Europe.  One of the places that the tour went was the Swarovski Factory in Austria.  They had this tunnel of sparkle that you walked through - you can see the many reflections of me and my blue coat in the photo.
I kept the layout simple as it just did not suit flowers!!!!   I did use a gelato colour watered down and applied through the circle stencil and also I used a white gel pen with the stencil for bit of added 'whiteness'.   The distressing of the layers is to give the impression that I will walk further into the tunnel - well that is what I was trying to achieve!!!.  Oh, and by the way, I am exaggerated in size in the photo as all those reflections played havoc with the camera.
Thank you for looking, remember I have many more layouts to come.
Cheers, everyone, Margaret. :)

Vintage scrapbook layout

This past weekend I was on a scrapbooking retreat and I managed to complete several pages - I will be sharing with you however some were for individual challenges and so I am posting them first.
This layout was for a challenge over at ARTastic Challenge Blog and their challenge criteria was Vintage style.
At little about the photo.  It is a photo of my grandfather, who we called Pop.  It shows him in his garden beside some climbing roses.  It is how I remember him - he always had his pipe, his braces and mostly wore his slippers.  He came from County Derry, Ireland in 1900 and he never lost his Irish accent on certain words. 
This layout started completely different, I had plans to use a photo of the seaside, but when I found this photo I knew that I had to use it.  It seems strange using pink on a masculine page, don't you think, however the pink climbing roses dictated the colour scheme.  I made the tags, the large pink flower and the flag pennant that I added to the layout.
Here is the inspiration photo from the ARTastic challenge blog:
November inspiration is by Hilda Rix Nicholas called The Summer House.The painting by Hilda Rix Nicholas is called The Summer House.
I was first inspired to use the teal colours but in the end I went with a more vintage style layout.  The hand crocheted lace is from my stash.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas Card Vintage Style.

Another challenge over at Soul Scrappers was to use lace and/or ribbon on your card.  Here is my card, I went vintage style....
 I was going through my stash of papers when I found a sheet of images in Meg's Garden, A Vintage Christmas Paper Stack - some larger and some with different images.  When I saw them I immediately thought I will go all out 'vintage'.  So I raided the lace stash and found some vintage lace, raided the button stash and found vintage buttons and the addition of a piece of twine (not vintage-haha) and added to the card. 
Next I went on the internet to find a vintage greeting for the inside - see below - so perfect.
No stamping, so good for those of you who do not like stamping, just a little bit of sponging.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Christmas is coming, cards are getting ready.....

There are currently Christmas Card challenges over at Soul Scrappers and I created this card for the challenge "add a wreath to your card".   Lots of fun punching out medium daisy punch from Kaszazz and manipulating them to have some dimension. I wanted it to be like a wreath hanging on a door.
Thank you for looking, Margaret.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."


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