Sunday, July 30, 2017

A bright post on a bright day.

We are expecting record high winter temperatures here today, so why not a bright layout.
This is a photo of my sister taken on our cruise in April this year.  My sister is currently overseas and she found a scrapbooking magazine in France and posted it back to me.  She had handwritten a note on a layout she found in the magazine - see below.  (note the other handwriting is mine translating the ingredients for the layout)
So I accepted her challenge and my layout is the result.  I used Dylusions Paints and pages from an old dictionary on which to apply the paints.  My stash provided everything else.
Thanks for looking, have a bright day, Margaret :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mixed Media Shabby Chic card

I was recently asked to lead an advanced cardmaking class, and my mind immediately went I want to do a mixed media card.  It take the participants 1.5 hours to make the card below:
Ingredients: Kaisercraft Sage & Grace papers, Tinby Designs Color Crush Raspberry as a spray, heart handmade with paper pulp and painted with white acrylic paint, Stampin' Up! embossing paste through a mask of their choosing, Distress Ink and stamping completes the card. For the heart I punched out a heart onto white cardstock and then applied the paper pulp with my fingers allowing it to dry overnight.  I did make all them before the class.  The ladies got to make a smaller one on the day to use later at home when it had dried.
I was inspired by a card I saw in craft stamper magazine February 2016 made by Mona Pendleton and I have emailed her to thank her for the inspiration.
This card has multiple layers and requires lots of drying in between each layer - the ladies loved it and for many it was the first time that had used embossing paste.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Change a word challenge

Well, it has nearly been a month since I completed a layout - I have been busy - busy good - and also on a short break in Central Australia.
Today, I wanted to create a layout, and here is what I came up with, a double page layout.
When my sister and I went on a cruise in April this year, I found out that there would be a 'pink' moon on 11 April.  I was excited when on boarding our boat I found out we were on the side that the moon what be appearing. So come 11 April, I was ready with my camera. Unfortunately the sky did not come to the party and the pink I was expecting so why?
Why is it called a pink moon?  Off I went to Google and found the following explanation:
A pink moon is heading our way Tuesday – but those expecting to see a literal pink sphere sailing above us in the sky may be disappointed.
Any full moon that occurs in April is called a ‘Pink Moon’ simply because of the pink flowers, such as North America’s wild ground phlox, which blossom in April and are seen to symbolize new beginnings. 
Recently, I have been reading the blog of Shimelle and she had a 25 days of scrapbooking words and titles. No. 21 is Change one word.  So, of course - once in a blue moon became once in a pink moon.
For the sketch I was inspired by one I found whilst blog surfing for double page layout ideas and it is from It's a Creative World. Why not visit both blogs for your inspiration.
I started by spraying white cardstock with a raspberry colour and then went looking for any scraps of paper in my stash that could be used.  What looks like a scalloped edge I hand cut from paper that had circles in a row.
Thanks for looking, Margaret.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Artist Trading Cards - Summer Fun

I am participating in a swap of Artist Trading Cards (ATC) over at Soul Scrappers themed Summer Fun.  There are 10 participants. ATC's are little just 2.5" x 3.5".  They are a great way to practice new techniques. Here are the cards I created:
Summer to me includes ice-cream and gelato - love the colours. As an aside - who remembers Gelato knitting yarns - same colours and I made many a top with them in the day.
Now, how did I create these?  I have had Ranger Oxide Distress Inks (only 6 of first issue colours) for sometime now, and like many I have watched Utube, read blogs, scoured Pinterest but never really put 'ink to paper'.  The time is right.  I have used the inks 4 ways: First I 'smooched' the first ink colour onto my craft sheet, sprayed and then lay 12' square of cardstock on top, then proceeded to do the same with 3 other colours, drying as needed between applications. This is closer to the colours rather than the photos above.
I also thought initially I would use the cardstock (CS) coloured to create the embellishment - so I made a few more on other CS - the top left is the result of my picking up remaining ink on my craft sheet between colours. 
I then mixed some of the Cracked Pistachio ink with Ranger Whipped Spackle and applied via a mask the individual ATC's which I had by now cut out.  After experimenting with some of smaller CS in above image I decided it was too much of a match and just blended into the background. So putting my thinking cap on - I stamped my favourite Tim Holtz (TH) Crazy Bird stamp onto white CS and using the Oxide Inks to watercolour each bird before die cutting.
To finish off I used the direct to paper method of running the ink over white CS and then used TH die cut the word Hello from Friendship Words, Script die.
I love the resulting ATC's and I hope you do as well. They are on the way to USA later today. Thank you for looking,  Margaret :)

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