Sunday, May 21, 2017


Today I created another layout from our cruise in April.  Here my sister and I are dressed for a cocktail party that our group had on our final evening of cruising.  
I was inspired by a 2013 layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran  that I found whilst web surfing. Thank you for your inspiration and I have left her some thanks on her blog.
Using Distress Stains I diluted them and applied to paper with brush in long random strokes.  A Mason Jar Stamp by Heartfelt Creations was then added when the ink had dried.  At the same time as painting I also painted onto a scrap of paper to use for embellishments.   Splotches of the paint were added randomly.
I do not usually work in pastel colours and overall I love the result.  I just need to add some journaling.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Live in the moment, capture the moment.

For today's layout I was inspired by a layout by Gillian Nelson (Studio Calico) that I found whilst browsing Pinterest - as you do for creative idea starters.  This photo of my sister was taken whilst we were walking around Mystery Island, Vanuatu on our recent cruise. 
I was inspired by Gillian's layout (and I have left her thanks of course for the inspiration) I loved the rhinestones leading your eye through the photo - I have used enamel dots and I loved how the photo was extended with the strips of patterned paper at the bottom.  I raided my embellishment stash to finish off my layout. I made my layout 12" square.
Thank you, Gillian for your inspiration.  Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

South Pacific cruise

Today, I am sharing several layouts I have created on my return from recent Royal Caribbean scrapbooking cruise to South Pacific and Fiji with Unmistakable Creations and led by Melissa Kennedy.  More to come including some of the layouts we created when the ship was at sea.
It was my sister's first cruise.  Here we are at Circular Quay - our brother met us for a cup of tea before we boarded and helped to carry our bags to the drop off point.
Professional photo of us as we boarded the Explorer of the Seas.   For this layout I applied Gesso, with my hand and fingers,  to the blue background paper. 
One of the finds of our cruise was the beautiful Mare Island.  It is the second largest of the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. We were on the first tender off the ship and got to explore and walk the beach before the rest of the boat descended onto Yejele Beach. It was great to have the ocean breeze as we wandered on the white sands.
Another beautiful photo of Mare.
The last layout today, was inspired by a layout by Melissa Kennedy that was done on a cruise she led in 2014.  For the background, I applied mist to a craft sheet and then mixed that into some Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle then used a palette knife to apply to paper.   I love how in this photo the sky appears to go beyond the frame.  A happy coincidence.
All of the layouts use primarily Kaisercraft products unless I have indicated otherwise.
Thank you to Melissa Kennedy for a great cruise and thank you for looking.   More to come for sure.
Margaret :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cards to celebrate

Here are the cards the ladies made today.
I based this card on one I saw in Australian Simply Cards Issue 89.   The papers and die are from Kaisercraft.
The inspiration for this card came from Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions catalogue May - August 2016.  I changed it up from the example in the catalogue. 
This is the inside of the card.
Thank you for looking, Margaret. 
Happy creating this weekend to you all.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Where have I been?

Just back from a cruise around the South Pacific and Fiji on the Explorer of the Seas.   I was part of a scrapbooking group Unmistakable Creations organized by Melissa Kennedy. We avoided Cyclone Cook.  Here is the ship at anchor Mystery Island. 
And here am I, in the Conference Room that was our scrapping destination for classes on the at sea days and whenever we wanted to wander down. Classes were led by Melissa and we created so many fabulous pages.   It was on Level 2 of the ship.
Before the cruise it was decided that we would participate in a 3" x 4" project life type card swap.  We were to make 36 and they were swapped during the afternoon of our first day at sea. Techniques I used were acrylic painted background, stamping, and doodling.
We were also to make a name tag to place into our lanyard.
Both of these are now headed to my cruise album, that I am working on now that I am back on dry land. 
Thank you for looking.   Margaret :)

Friday, April 7, 2017


Here is a fun and glittery card that I designed for the class I lead.  Check out my glittery fingernail as well!!! Just could not crop that out!!!
For this card I used a very old Stampin' Up! set called Circle Circus, I recently purchased this from a friend who was destashing.   I wanted the card to have a more contemporary look so I have also used Confetti Plate die from Celebrations by Richard Garay for Spellbinders, and the sentiment comes from Richard Garay Make Amazing Happen collection.    I played around with colours and ultimately decided on this soft blue.  Add some old silver metallic thread (from my machine embroidery days) and pearls and the card is finished off.    I love it, the ladies loved it and I hope you my readers do as well.
Thank you for visiting my blog,  Margaret :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Two cards

I have recently agreed to lead a class of cardmaking at a local community group once a week.  Here are a couple of cards that the ladies made with me last week.
For the first card I was inspired by a video by Sandi McIver.  I have had the Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies stamp for ages and have never used it.   It is a background stamp and is full of lots of poppies and I think that is what held me back.   I love this card, it uses the faux letterpress background and have used markers to colour the images. The ladies also had the option of changing the greeting to suit their needs.  Thank you Sandi for your inspiration.
The second card also uses an old retired stamp set by Stampin Up called Easter Blossoms, I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Sarah Milbourn.  Thank you Sarah for your inspiration.  Now, some of the ladies, did not want to do an Easter Card so they had the option of punching out some small flowers for the basket and also changing the greeting.
Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Autumn in Bendigo 2012

It is a wet and somewhat miserable day today - some sun but very briefly. It is autumn here in Australia at present.  So why not get some layouts completed.  This layout is for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers and it was to be inspired by the lyrics in Memory as sung by Barbra Steisland.
I was inspired by the words 'the withered leaves collect at my feet....'.   I remembered that I had some photos taken when our Book Club had a road (plane and road really) trip to Bendigo in Victoria.  I love these photos and they have been sitting just waiting for the right time to scrap them - albeit 5 years later!!! The papers and stickers came from We R Memory Keepers Harvest range.
We had fun walking through the leaves and swishing them with our feet.   Here are the song lyrics - to sing along with.

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every street lamp seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp sputters
Soon it will be morning
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life and
I mustn't give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin
Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
A street lamp dies
Another night is over
Another day is dawning
Touch me,
It is so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you'll touch me,
You'll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun...
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Christmas Day 2016

Here is 'my beach' on Christmas Day 2016, taken about 9am as I headed out for the day. The past few Christmas's had seen overcast days but in 2016 a beautiful sunny day. Another layout completed on the weekend retreat.
This is a clean and simple layout.  Washi tape x 2 has been applied around the central square. The shell stamp has been stamped on a piece of white cardstock, with Distress Ink Antique Linen applied.  I then cut out the shell and with some simple stamping around it.   
Today, looks like a wet and windy one. My cousin and her husband who are staying in a local caravan park will come around today and we are going to make some cards. It is planned that we will be going out on a BBQ boat for lunch but with thunder and rain happening at present that looks like a plan that will not come off.  
Enjoy whatever you are doing today.  Margaret :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Challenge layouts continued.

The next layout was for sketch challenge at Soul Scrappers.
Here is the challenge sketch that we were to be inspired by:
The photos are of me singing Christmas Carols at the local community group (Pastimes) where I am the currently table leader for the card table.   A wonderful group of ladies.  These were taken at the break up party last November.  The musical note paper and the Kaisercraft music stamps were just calling out to be used on the layout. 
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Scrapbook challenges - The Memory Nest.

This weekend I went on a scrapbooking retreat, fairly local to me.   I completed a couple of layouts for some challenges as well as other layouts and 36 artist trading cards, which I can't share just at the moment.  Here is the first one for The Memory Nest.
Here is the challenge layout:
A little about the photo.  My sister made me an advent calendar for Christmas 2016 - It was a mini-muffin tin and inside she put lots of little surprises for me to open each day.   I have used some of the embellishments on the layout.  
Here is a close up of the string of Christmas icons.
Thank you for looking, I will be back soon with the other challenge I completed on the weekend. Off to dinner now.  Cheers, Margaret :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A birthday in Vienna 2015

Here is layout I have created for Soul Scrappers current Tic Tac Toe challenge.
On 8th December, 2015 I was in Vienna as part of a Trafalgar Christmas Market Tour.  This day was my birthday, we had a fantastic day touring Vienna and in the evening a meal and musical performance.  Trafalgar organized a cake for me at dinner with this enormous shooting candle - you can see my reaction in the top photo on my layout, boy did we laugh.  There was also a card signed by everyone on the tour given to me.
Here is the Tic Tac Toe grid:
I have selected - Red cardstock, sequins and doodle. I doddled - is that even a word! - extra hexagons, in two of the corners and added doddled dots.  

A great way to celebrate a birthday.  
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Friday, February 24, 2017

A card to make you smile and a grungy type card.

This morning, I lead a class at a local community group.   Here are the cards that I designed for them:
Isn't this card too cute and doesn't it make you smile?   Made with Stampin'Up! set Hey, Chick.   The ladies used coloured pencils to colour their images today.  Suitable also for markers, crayons, watercolour techniques.
This card uses 2 Kaszazz stamps - Contraption and Scrabble Background stamps.  Just right for the men in your life (this one is for my brother) and some of the ladies made for their female grandchildren and they turned out great as well.  
The inside of the card.  The ladies could personalise the greeting to suit and put in a greeting of choice.   So much fun with both cards.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mini Chalkboards

I had these 3 mini coasters around in my crafting supplies for some time now.  Thinking of the upcoming fete I decided to get them out and apply coats of chalkboard paint to them and make mini chalkboards.   Here they are:
I have packaged them up with suggestions of how they could be used.  Two of the trickiest parts were - waiting for the paint to dry between coats, just as well I am a patient person and then applying the chalk to the twine.   I went with the "red" double sided tape and wrapped the twine around the chalk. 
They are so cute...don't  you think?
I also found a star shape on a stick so I am doing that one now.  I think I am hooked on chalkboard paint and have lots of ideas running around in my head.
Thank you for looking, remember Be Happy and Smile,  Margaret :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Christmas Day 2016

Here is a layout I have created from a sketch at The Memory Nest - Make it Monday No.82
Christmas Day lunch was at my sisters home, we invited 3 other friends to join us.   This photo is fun, as it captured me with my paper hat on but look to the left - I have just about the same pose of the Queen Elizabeth magnet attached to her wall!
I have used papers and embellishments from Paper Flourishes September Kit and the clusters of ribbon and die cuts top and bottom were inspired by a layout idea that came with the kit.  It is all blue and sparkly - you can see the sequins glistening on this close up of the page.
Here is the sketch from The Memory Nest.
Thank you for looking.  I have more photos to get onto paper from our lunch, they will follow. Margaret

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspirational 3D

I have been making some craft items to sell at a local fete that will be on in a couple of weeks.   Firstly, some inspirational stones made using rub-ons from my stash.   After cleaning the stone and applying the rub-on I then do a quick spray with fixative.   Love the "Love" on top right - just the right stone.
Then, I was in our local Kmart recently and saw these tiny acrylic bottles - what could I do with them I found myself thinking as I stood there - yes, just right for MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE.  Of course, I read the packaging and that is what they suggested, so there readers not an original idea!! I have printed out a warning advice - that these are not suitable for small children due to the smallness of the stones. See what I did with them. Too cute - I love them.
I searched my 'stash' and found some long ago purchased Micro Beads, that were on special - of course, who doesn't like a bargain - they eventually come into use.  I found charms, the only criteria is that they fitted into the bottle, that I attached with silver thread so it looks as though they are floating. Some have charms that are not floating you have to shake to find the charms.  Then time, to search my stamps for some inspirational words. I did seal the lids with some glue and applied some silk ribbon.  The tags have a warning not for small children due to the small components. A few more views.
 Thank you for looking.   Margaret. :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Playing with mists,fabric and clusters.

Breaking records with the heat here in Australia at present, yes today is hot, hot, hot again.  Here are two layouts I completed recently for some classes I am leading for a local community group..
Inspired by a layout by the August Paper Flourishes kit. The papers are from Kaisercraft.  I have adapted for a more heritage layout. I found the great quote on the internet.  And is that not what we are as scrapbookers, preserving for future generations.  The photo is of my grandparents in the front of their home in Asquith, New South Wales in I would say the early to mid 1950's.
This bright and happy layout includes a photo of my friend, Mel and her kids taken at Buderim Rainforest Walk and Falls, last year.  We walked down to the falls and I must say it was a relief to spend a little bit of time in the coolness before we headed up again to the road.  The button on the left says "Never give up" and I didn't I pressed on and achieved one of the greatest walks (challenges) I have done.
Both layouts feature misting, fabric and clusters of paper and embellishments.
Thank you for looking, stay cool, Margaret :)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good times

Well, I did finish all 6 Australia Day challenges over at Scrappingclearly.  Here is my layout for the final challenge
The photograph is of a friends granddaughter and was taken when we all went to a park in Queensland. I have loved the bright colours of Isabelle's skirt and top and was just waiting for the right time to put it onto a layout.   Well, this challenge below
Now, I am going to admit that I found this one to be the most challenging for me - I did not have any leather or cork or such and the colour of the challenge board had me thinking neutrals.  So I went off in search of what I could use, I found some calico and twine I had previously dyed with Tinby watercolour powders - YES and then found some hessian (or burlap as they say in USA), that had a previous life as a wrap around a bottle, with pink lace on it - perfect for the photo.  Perfect and together with some old old stickers that co-ordinated I completed the layout.    Oh, I did also attach the calico with some straight line sewing on my machine.
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Green and gold

I am on the penultimate challenge over at Scrappingclearly.   Here is my layout:
I had the opportunity to teach English in China in 2008 (check out my posts for this year by clicking 2008 on front page) and I must say this was one of the most special desert plates I had when I was there.  The challenge:
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Of course, I did go for the green and gold (with a touch of brown).
When I was out in my garden today there was another little touch of green and gold - Crocus plant blooming.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Australia Day challenges continued.

Time for challenge no. 3 over at Scrappingclearly.  Here is my layout:
The challenge was to create an inspirational layout inspired by famous Australian landmark.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many places in the world and flying back into Sydney over the Sydney Harbour Bridge says "I am home".
As I was creating this layout I was reminded of the John Williamson song "Give me a home among the gum trees" (written by B.Brown and W.Johnson).  So of course, I had to use some of the lyrics and added my own touch.  The layout design is a favourite 'go to' Simple Stories sketch.
The photographs of "The Bridge" or "The Coathanger" as it is often called were taken many years ago, Barangoo had not been started (or even approved for construction I would think), it will be interesting to see if in the future it becomes an iconic landmark of Sydney.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Australia Day challenges continued.

Another layout completed for Scrappingclearly Australia Day challenges (2 out of 6 completed for me so far). This time, it was a sketch challenge, here is my layout:
 Here is the sketch layout:
A little about the photo of the koala.  When I was on holidays on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland last year, I set about looking for a toy koala, that was small and was made in Australia.  Eventually, I found this little guy at Maroochydore and he needed a rest before he was packed up and sent to Michigan in the United States of America. 
The shows the detail of the gold embossing ink I applied over the corrugated paper. I tried to use papers and embellishments that tied in with the tree itself. I separated some of the corrugated paper to mimic the lost bark on the tree.
The flag pennants and stripe paper had some Spun Sugar Spritz spray Spun Sugar to give it more texture.
2 layouts down 4 to go before Monday - I will do it.   I can tell you I needed these challenges to get the mojo happening again.
Cheers, thanks for looking, Margaret :)


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