Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Class cards and remember everything old is new again!

I wanted to share with you some cards I have designed recently for a card class I lead each Friday for a local community group.
These two cards were made using handmade paper, distress inks (run across a clear block and then spritzed and applied to the paper) and a mixture of stamps I found in my stash.
 I love them - the way that the distress ink reacted with the paper is 'magic'.
This card uses a Darkroom Door stamp of the lady. Other embellishments were from my stash. This reminds of the old Ladies Home Journals that my mother, a dressmaker/tailor,  collected - they contained pattern paper of some of the clothes in the magazine.  I remember as a child being mesmerized by the images of film stars and their stories, the clothes.  Background paper was old pattern paper that I have collected over the years.
In a recent post I share how I made a scrapbook layout using the technique of what I am calling faux watercolouring - I just new it would work on a card. 
This card uses a matchbook fold.  I have been looking at different folds for making cards. The stamp set is a retired Stampin' Up! set called Betsy's Blossoms.  You can probably see I have stamped the bird onto the central image and then on a separate pieces of white cardstock stamped the bird again, cut out the wings and attached to bird.
A lot of my cards recently have been along the lines of 'everything old is new again' from folds to stamps to techniques.
Feedback that I have received show that the ladies loved the cards.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) Paris

Today I am sharing 10 ATC's that I have created to be swapped with others over at Soul Scrappers.
The theme was Paris. Paris is one of my favourite cities and the Eiffel Tower is iconic to them.
 A close up of one of the cards.
To make the ATC's I first applied a coat of Gesso to a 12" square piece of regular cardstock and allowed it to dry.  Then I cut into 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" cards. 
Next I dabbed 3 colours of acrylic paint to top of each card and using a palette knife 'swooshed' them down and across the card.  These were then allowed to dry before adding gold embossing paste to a butterfly stencil.  Again, left to dry overnight.
This morning I stamped a script stamp on the top, and added a die cut Eiffel Tower from gold cardstock which I affixed to the card.  Then I added the Journey stamp, and some doodling and rhinestones completed each card.
They are off the USA tomorrow and I will await the return of 9 other cards from the other participants.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A good book is an event..........

Today, I have a layout I have completed for a challenge over at Soul Scrappers.  For this challenge we sent a number of items that had to be included in a layout.  Warning - this is a long post.
First, here is my layout:
On 31st May this year I was out and about running errands north of where I live.  After I had finished I decided to drive home via the coast and called in at Toowoon Bay on the beautiful Central Coast.  It was a beautiful if somewhat windy day.  I purchased a toasted sandwich and a drink and found a lovely spot to sit, eat and read. The shadow selfie shows me reading.  More about the book later.
The challenge was to incorporate the following items I received into the layout:
What was required was quite simple - you had to add a photo/s of you reading a book/magazine, reading a book to a child, a stack of books, your favourite book...anything book or magazine related. The shipping tag was a must to use and had to incorporate a 'book quote' and it must be visible on your page.  I used all items sent to me. 
After a time of just looking and deciding what to do with this disparate group of items it came to me that I had to radically alter a lot of the items.  The red spot bag I turned into a tea bag - after all I was having lunch.
The book page was from Winnie the Poo - not all appropriate for my page - I decided to tear it, decoupage it and colour it with some red to match that bag.  The straw and paperclip proved the most challenging - I cut the straw down the middle and used it as embellishment down the side of my layout.  The final touch was to add a script stamp randomly on the pink background paper.
My quote is by Stendhal from his book, The red and the Black.
Now when I was googling quotes I found one that I thought was very appropriate:

Reader's Bill of Rights - Daniel Pennac
  1. The right to not read
  2. The right to skip pages
  3. The right to not finish
  4. The right to reread
  5. The right to read anything
  6. The right to escapism
  7. The right to read anywhere
  8. The right to browse
  9. The right to read out loud
  10. The right to not defend your tastes.
As promised the book I was reading and have now finished "Paris - Time Capsule" based on a true story by Ella Carey.  Several years ago a forgotten French Apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War 11 was opened. The flat’s titleholder, a woman known only as Mrs De Florian, never returned to the apartment and never rented it out. Its existence only came to light in 2010, when Mrs De Florian died without issue at the age of 91 and experts were brought in to value the property.  The writer was inspired by this event to write a non-fiction novel. A quick read and one that asks the question - what would you do if you inherited this apartment?
Thank you for staying with me during this post - good reading everyone.   Margaret :)


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