Sunday, November 26, 2017

Swap cards or Artist Trading Cards (ATC's)

In the not too distant future I am heading out on a scrapbook cruise and I am participating in a swap of 4" x 3" cards.  We were to make 30 suitable to be put into a pocket page album. The theme of course is cruising, beach, sea etc etc.
Here are my cards that I finished making this weekend:
And for a close up:
I started by using Distress Oxides - faded jeans, fossilized amber and vintage photo applied to white cardstock (CS), then a spritz of water.  Then I added Beach Mobile Stamp (which I loved when I first saw it).  On a separate small piece of white CS I stamped just the word 'beach'.  This I then coloured with alcohol ink Sunflower, I then cut out each letter and applied.  To finish off I took black ink and highlighted the edge of the card.
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Thank you for looking, Margaret (down on the beach).

Friday, November 24, 2017

Candy Cane favours.

This morning, sees the end of card classes at a local community group for the year.  Here, are some candy cane favours I have made for each of the ladies in my group as well as for the organizing committee - about 20 in all.   Quick, easy and simple to put together.  Hope they love them.
I used 2 different patterned papers and cardstock to create them.  First, I measured the candy cane to construct the pouch.  Then cut out papers and stitched.  I individually cut out images from left over paper to attach to top of candy cane. I was inspired by a similar holder by Better Homes and Gardens (US) that I saw on-line.
I also made these for another group where I also lead card making classes - aren't they cute!  I have used Kaszazz Santa Hat Stamp then coloured in with alcohol inks, cut around with scissors and then attached to circle of green cardstock with a glue dot.
I have also put these both of these favours on Soul Scrappers challenge blog - the challenge add a candy can - well as you can see I have taken it literally! So why not head over there, sign up and get involved in all the challenges.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Christmas Cards

Another challenge over at Soul Scrappers this time to use snowflakes on a card.  I will say at the outset that this is not my original design....long ago I saw a card by My Card Attic (click here to see the card on her blog) on Pinterest and stored it away thinking one day I will make that.  Well the time came - I was short on 'mojo' recently and needed to make cards for the class I lead at a local community group - so finally I got the chance to make this card, with pink glitter paper:
Well, I loved the card and just had to make another, showcasing snowflakes, and here it is:
The ladies got to make both cards.  
I would like to thank My Card Attic and have left her some thanks on her blog. They are fantastic clean and simple cards and would be just right for mass production.   Next year, I will make for Caring Hearts Card Drive - this year's drive has finished (and I did send other cards that I and others have made for this years drive. 
Thank you for looking, Margaret.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Cards continued

Another challenge at Soul Scrappers this time to add a bauble to your card.  Here is my card:
My card is very shabby chic looking.  I have used various stamps I have in my possession.  The ribbon on the side I have sewn a straight line with a running stitch -- not paying attention to the fact that each stitch was a different size, gathered and then attached with tape.
Non-traditional colours used.
Thank you for looking, why not head to Soul Scrappers, join up and make some cards. Cheers,

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Christmas Cards

Here, are a couple of cards I have created this year for Christmas.  There is a challenge over at Soul Scrappers to included the word "Christmas" on a card.  I lead a table of cardmakers at a local community group and I put together these cards for them to make in the lead up to Christmas. Here are my cards:
This card uses an embossed folder by Couture Creations (that I borrowed from a friend). It has been then sponged with red ink and for those words that I wanted to be highlighted I applied a little heavier ink.  Paper, with fussy cut houses,  is an old Stampin'Up! range from my stash.
This card uses markers applied with a little water and coloured onto images from an old Kaszazz stamp set.  When the ladies made this some of them applied some glitter and added that extra sparkle to the card - brilliant idea.
This is the card that my ladies made yesterday.  I absolutely love it - and several said I want to keep this and not give it away!!!  The Postcard stamp is an old Stampin' Up! stamp and the flowers and greeting are from a Kaisercraft released 2017 released set called Christmas Edition.  2 extra poinsettia flowers were stamped on scrap paper, and applied with foam tape to create a dimensional look to the card.  The little wooden tree top right my sister recently purchased in Salzburg at a market - too cute.
Thank you for looking, back soon with more creations.
Have a great day everyone, Margaret :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Paper Issues: November Sketch

This morning, feeling creative, I looked at Paper Issues facebook page and found a sketch challenge. Why not check out their website and join their facebook page to participate in some fun challenges. Here is my layout:
Here is the sketch:
This is a companion page to a layout I completed for their Fall into Line challenge.  I have kept the scrappy look behind the photos - papers/embellishments were changed either because as I used scraps the first layout used all that I had of a particular paper/embellishment or due to the colours of the lights being different colours.   Here are the two layouts together.  Serendipity is a wonderful thing - look at the blue star paper about half way down on both layouts - even though they were completed separately when I put the two layouts together that strip of blue matched!!!
Photos are of the magnificent Field of Light display at Uluru, Northern Territory - I loved the rays made by the lights that guided you around the display.  A once in a lifetime experience, due to finish March, 2018.  Check it out on-line and go, go, go!!
Thank you for looking, Margaret


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