Sunday, October 20, 2019

Caring Hearts Christmas cards 2019

For several years I have been making cards for Caring Hearts card drive....handmade Christmas cards that distributed to residents of nursing homes internstionally.
I work with several groups to make cards for nursing homes in Australia. This year here are the cards I designed and put kits together for them to make.
Glossy paper, Distress Oxide inks, Kaszazz Christmas Bell (or Merry Christmas die not shown) and stamp from stash.
 Another....just love this technique.
 Imptession Obsession die and stamp from stash.
Washi Tape and ornament punch.
Embossing folder, die and stamps from a magazine.
Over 200 cards will be sent off.  Thanks to all who contributed in making these cards and others that they gave me for the drive. A special thank you to a friend for donating the supply of coloured cards and envelopes that we used...a fantastic contribution. Another shout out to my sister for the donation of washi tape from Kikki K we used.
These cards were suitable for makers with varying experience in cardmaking. Everyone had a great time making them and knowing that cards would be going to make Christmas a lot happier for others.
Thank you for looking.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Double page scrapbook layout

I recently led a group of ladies to complete this double page layout.  The brief was double page, masculine and not to complicated.  Here it is:
The layout was inspired by a layout by Julie Nankervis, also a Kaszazz consultant, in the current Kaszazz catalogue.
I made several changes to suit the requirements of the group I was leading.  The layout uses papers and stamps from Kaszazz Distress Surfaces collection. Distress inks used for stamping. The star chipboards were coloured with Distress paint and this was also mixed into Texture paste used to make the bricks.   These are also available from Kaszazz.
The ladies really enjoyed completing the layout.  It is versatile and could easily be used for travel photos as well as for the males in your life.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

80th birthday card

I was asked to create a card for lady celebrating her 80th birthday.  I was told that chrysanthemum was her favourite flower and her birthday was in November. Here is the card and box envelope I have created:
As can be seen in the photo below, there are many layers to the main flower. Interestingly, my google search revealed that the chrysanthemum is the birth flower for November.  I never knew that!
This card uses supplies from a many sources:
  • Kaszazz - Leaves embossing folder, papers, pearls and envelope punch board.
  • Stamp and die from Altenew - Build -a-flower: Chrysanthemum
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany for flower and Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the leaves.   Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage were also 'smooched' onto background and box card. Also available from Kaszazz.
  • Stampin' Up - Number of years stamps and die (retired)
Thank you for looking, Margaret.

Fun quote: "Why don't you get your haircut?  You look like a chrysanthemum!  P.G. Wodehouse.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

Bright scrapbook layouts.

I recently made 2 layouts for my sister using Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset papers and embellishments.
The "Happy" embellishment is a Kaszazz die cut that I have cut in black and pink and then I applied glossy accents to it.  I love the shadow effect.  Here is a close up.
I have left both layouts rather simple as the colour is the 'star'.   My sister just needs to add photographs.
Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sunset layout and card

This past weekend Kaszazz introduced 2019-2020 annual catalogue. In my previous post I shared with you my cards that were published in the catalogue.
Our Kaszazz group had a retreat on the weekend and there was a challenge to create a project using one or more of the specialised papers that we have - tissue paper, acetate, glimmer paper and watercolour paper.  Here is my entry:
The photo of the sunset was taken at Ettalong Beach on 12 June this year and I had it printed and sitting on my shelf since then just looking at that marvelous sky.
All products used are by Kaszazz.
After playing and trying out several ideas, I finally looked at my photo once again and thought I could do a layout and card using my photo for inspiration.
I used tissue paper that was scrunched and then straightened out. I then applied to white cardstock with multi-medium gel.  After allowing this to dry I applied Ranger Distress Inks Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Stormy Sky.  For the tree I stamped the image onto acetate with Jet Black archival ink and left overnight to dry.
And then it was time to put it all together.  The chipboard was coloured with Jet Black archival ink and then glossy accents and allowed to dry.
I was once again very chuffed to receive first prize for my entry and received a Kaszazz voucher to spend on more goodies.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Elegant Christmas Morning cards

I am excited! Why? I have had a set of  3 cards accepted into new 2019-2020 Kaszazz catalogue just released. Here they are,
To say I am chuffed would be an understatement! I submitted them with instructions back in May.
They use papers and stamps from Kaszazz Christmas Morning collection. The images have been embossed in gold and sequins added for extra bling.
Thank you for looking and sharing my excitement, Margaret

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Christmas slider card

Last post I showed my Stellar slider card.....well, I loved the idea of the slider card I made anothet this time a Christmas card.
Again, all Kaszazz product from Christmas Morning collection. Love it!
Thank you for sliding aling with me, Margaret

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stellar slider card

With papers left over from a recent project today I created this slider card.
All products are from Kaszazz and yes, I am a consultant. The range is Stellar collection.
The ladies in my Friday class will be making this oh so easy to make card.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Gel Printing 101+

Here I have been playing with my gel plate again - should have been cleaning up the table - but guess what was on that said table? Yes, my gel plate so I got distracted!  Nothing new.  Here is a card I created with today's efforts.  Using masks to create trees.

I love the multiple layers of colour I created.  This time I used the little tubes of acrylic paint to get the background and added white to tone down the colour.  When I was happy with my background I then applied masks of triangles/trees  to pull off some of the colour. 
To finish off I highlighted the shapes with black marker, used a stencil to get the circles and then coloured with crayons (I had loads of packets of watercolour crayons so went with those).  Finally, a little bit of glossy accents over the circles and 'joy' stamp as it has a 'christmassy' feel to it.
Here is a close up showing the glossy accents:
I was inspired by a blog post I found by Itsamistry Design Studio from 2014 to create this card.  I have left some thanks on the the blog.  Thank you for the inspiration.

Celebrate Love - wedding card

It is raining on the Central Coast today.  Yippee - let's hope that the country areas of Australia are getting it as well.
This weekend I am off to a wedding.  I have known the bride-to-be since she was born.  So happy for her for her special day.  Here is the card I made for them.
and I made a matching envelope using Envelope Punch Board.
I used a much loved Stampin' Up! sets that I have had forever - I just cannot part with them.  They are so versatile, especially for elegant wedding cards. The medallion  is from a set of the same name and the words are from Wonderful Words, this has a date of 2004!
I have white embossed the medallion image and applied Distress Oxides in Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber.  
Thank  you for looking, Margaret

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Cards for class

Here are the cards I designed for the community group I lead on Fridays. One of the ladies requested a card that featured an owl.
I have been working with many of ladies for awhile now and have got to know what techniques that they like and what maybe their favourite.  Some of them do not like colouring in - so for these cards I chose techniques that did not require any colouring in.  Here are the cards close up.
For this card you stamp the stamp image on to patterned paper/s, fussy cut out then apply to card.  The stamps and gold tapes are from Kaszazz. The rest from my stash.
This card uses what is called the direct to paper method in that you take the stamp pad (in this case it was turquoise) and you slide it across the paper.  You get a different result each time you do it.  The owls are made with an owl punch in two different colours again - no colouring in on this card!  This card was inspired by one I found by Michelle Zindorf on the internet from 2013! Thank you Michelle, I have sent you thanks.
But, maybe next week the colouring in will return!
Thank you for looking.   Margaret  :)

“When the owl sings, the night is silent. (Quand le hibou chante, La nuit est silence)”
Charles de Leusse

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Stellar explosion card

A set I designed for a class I led on Thursday night.
First the explosion card inside details.  Instructions for the card fold I got from the internet....just to make an explosion card.
 The set
The ladies had fun making it and lots of laughs as they managed the fold.
All product is available from Kaszazz...the papers and stamps from Stellar collection.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Resort card

Here is a card I designed for our Kaszazz team meeting make and take yesterday:
I have used all Kaszazz products, that are available through me (yes I am a consultant) or your consultant of choice, on the card.   The card uses stamps and paper available with the Resort Collection. 
As  you can see this card as a fancy fold - see below.  There is masking of leaves on the inside of the cards. Also, there is some fussy cutting involved.  The colouring has been done with Kaszazz Alcohol Ink markers and Aqua Noir black marker.
Here are the images that will be fussy cut and applied to the card.
Not sure how to mask? Firstly stamp your image onto a piece of scrap paper or post-it note cut around this just inside the lines.   You then place the masks over previously stamped image on your card (or scrapbook layout) as you can see I used a small piece of washi tape to hold down mask whilst I stamped the next leaf images - see first photo for the result.  Magic.
Thank you for looking. There is an anything goes card challenge over at Soul Scrappers at present - so I am posting this card into that challenge.  Margaret

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Continuing my Gel Plate journey.

There is currently a challenge over at Soul Scrappers to create a layout with the theme Travel. Here is what I came up with:
One of my most favourite places to travel is to Disneyland/Disney themed parks.  This photo was taken at Disneyland in California, USA last year.
In my last post I had photos of my experiments with my gel plate.  I used the pink/purple prints I made.
The stamps, papers and chipboard are from Kasazz. The stencil was in my stash.
I was inspired by a layout I saw on Pinterest to create the squares and place onto card stock. Of course, I cannot find the layout despite several hours once again searching for it and getting distracted by all the inspiration out there.
I really like the finished layout and I hope you do as well.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gel Plate 101

This is a long post.  Hope you stay with me.
What is a gel plate I hear you ask - unless you have used these previously you may wonder what they are.  Straight from the web is this description "gel printing plates look and feel like gelatin, but are durable, reusuable and store at room temperature. They are easy to clean and always ready for printing."

I recently went to a gel plate workshop, held at Time to Create in Modanville (near Lismore NSW). The tutor was Birgit Koopsen from The Netherlands.  Whilst I had a great time playing with my gel plate, inks, stamps, Pan Pastels and more, I realized that I needed to get a better grip on the basics.  

So that is what I did today.  How come today? Last week, this week and for the next two weeks I am leading ladies to make cards in Mt Colah, NSW.  Dianne, my friend, said are you going to show the ladies how you used your gel plate? So that is how I decided to play today and you never know I may end up getting the ladies (sorry, no men in the class) to play.   Here is what I came up with:

But first, let me show you some of the simple requirements for gel plate mono-printing. Gel plate, I used a 9" x 11" Ranger gel plate, white photocopy paper behind the gel plate ensures that you have a good idea of where your paint is going, a brayer for spreading paint, baby oil to clean up your plate (some people do clean up after each use - it is a person choice and finally paper towel or baby wipe.
For my cards, I used Dylusions paint Dirty Martini and the stamps are from Resort Collection.  All products (except baby oil and paper towel) are available from Kaszazz.  Yes, I am a consultant for them.  This would be the simplest of techniques, using one colour, and getting images from each pressing - from dark to light.  You never know what you are going to get with each pressing - that is the wonder.
Here are the cards close up:

I also played around with 2 colours, stencils, sprays and I will share these again shortly. But here they are after printing.

Thank you for staying with me.  Margaret.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Street Art 101

Here is a layout I created for a challenge at Soul Scrappers.  The inspiration was street art.
I took this challenge literally and used a photo I took in December 2015 whilst in Innsbruck, Austria. It has been in my 'must get that onto a layout sometime' so today was that sometime!
I found this graffiti on a university wall, across the road from the hotel we were staying in at Innsbruck....hence the 101 in my title. Did they not get into university! Did they not get their degree!
I  have kept the layout fairly simple. I created a mask so that I could sponge ink as on the wall. A mix of chipboard from my stash coloured with ink finish off the layout.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Flowers to go!

Here a some cards I have created for class I lead at a local community group. Lately I've been inspired by flower stamps in my stash. Over at Soul Scrappers there is currently a card challenge to use flowers on your card. Perfect.
I try to mix up techniques each week.
 Stamping punched flowers and die cut.
 Stamping and watercolouring. Yes, coloured outside of lines on purpose, great for those that don't like precision colouring!
Stamping, punched squares layered and embossing.
I am inspired by cards in Pinterest, in magazines, in nature, in my mind to keep my creative juices flowing. Thank you to all those that inspire me as I make 2 cards for each week of the year (ex school holidays).
Thank you for looking and why not check out Soul Scrappers for this card challenge and also scrapbooking challenges.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Art Deco card

Well, the rains and the cold weather has arrived today. After months of record breaking heat it is great to see rain on the east coast of Australia. Alas, not sure it will affect drought ares though. See what is a girl to do.....create of course.
This is a card I created today for this week's community card group that I lead. This image and greeting were part of a free set that has been in my stash for years and never used.  I found some silver glitter paper in that said stash just perfect.
I used colouring in pencils, my favourite Faber Castell polychromos, and finished off with a Sparkle Silk in silver.
I love it I hope you do as well.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Nostalgic cards (3)

Here is a set of 3 cards I recently made for a team training day (TDD) with our team of Kaszazz Demonstrators.  We were set a challenge to use any of our current chipboard and current product to design our entry.
I have double embossed the chipboard.  So what is this?  After first embossing with our gold embossing powder and then embossed again with same powders.  This gives a depth to the chipboard. A great alternative to using foils.
The papers our from our Nostalgic collection of papers and stamps.
I won a voucher for taking out first prize in our group - as voted on by my fellow team members.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wide brown land

Here is a layout I created for a White with 1 challenge ..... to use the colour chocolate.
This photo was taken, during a recent visit, at National Arboretum in Canberra and the sculpture, on the top of a hill, refers to a line in Dorothea Mackellar's great Australian poem My Country. The script in the sculpture is inspired by her own handwriting.
This layout using Kaszazz chipboard coloured with Coffee Archival Ink, the ink was also used to add colour to the texture paste I have used on the Kaisercraft stencil (waves but ideal for this layout).  I have also used Kaisercraft stamps to complete the layout.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Creating when on a little break.

Here are a couple of layouts I have just completed for National Scrapbook Day.
This photo is of my great nephew when he was born 11 months ago. He will shortly turn 1 so thought it time I scrapbooked it. This was for a challlenge at
White with 1 to use a stencil.
This layout for a challenge Australian Scrapbook Cruises was to scrap a cruise photo/s. I kept it as a clean and simple layout as the photos were so great. The photos were taken on the deck of Explorer of the Seas as I sailed out of Sydney bound for South Pacific. A storm was approaching and it made for beautiful skies. The ship left earlier from port than planned trying to avoid the storm.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Welcome to my 800th blog post!

Yes 800 posts! I do not know if anyone reads blogs these days but I like to post as a  journal of my papercrafting journey.
I was recently asked to see what I could do with some old unused wooden stamp mounts.  Here is what I did with them.  This is just a small portion I have completed more.
I scoured Pinterest to find ideas on what to do with the blocks and these are the results of looking a many sources of inspiration.  
Firstly I got a friend to put the screws on top.  Then used black gesso to coat the blocks.  The watercoloured paper was from previous experiments I have done with watercolouring  with a bit of dry white gesso added to soften.  Then added some lace and bits and pieces and then white gessoed chipboard and applied with gel medium.   Used up ribbon I had in my stash to complete.
Here are a few of the above up close and personal!
I love them and I hope readers you do as well.   They are off to fete craft stall on Saturday.  Just right maybe the right gift for Mother's Day here in Australia the following week.
Here's to 800 more posts.   Margaret


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