Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pansy Borders

Today I have 3 of a kind to show you.
These pansy borders have been lying around in my craft room for quite a while.
What I intended them for I cannot remember but as my clean up 
progresses { not very quickly I have to admit } I was 
determined to use them.
I embossed the lower part of the card and then hunted out
larger scraps of coloured card to matt them onto.
I was lucky with all 3 having only to trim them down very minutely.
I coloured the pansies to match or contrast to the coloured card.
stamped out some more pansies and 3D the middle 3 flowers.
It was easy to find ribbon to match as I have heaps that I like to stroke
or just admire and forget to use.
Added a bit of sparkle to the flowers too.

That stamp must be 25 years old or even older.
Bought in Melbourne from the Krafty Lady

I am sharing these with:

After a cool day yesterday it is not quite so smoky today
but my eyes are still very sore from the smoke that lingers.

Margaret M

Saturday, January 26, 2019

All on a Summer day

The Bumblebees, Bees and Butterflies all love my Buddleia
I took this early morning as with the heat they are not very active during the day.

This was taken at about (9pm) just showing the smoke in the air.
Tasmania is taking a heavy pounding from fires caused
by a dry thunder storm the other week.

The smoke has completely obliterated the mountain which is usually visible
over the foot bridge.

Continuing my clear up of my craft room I am making a real effort to use
all of my stash some of which has not seen the light of day for years.
This card has brought out leaves punched with the Beech leaf.
The flowers were stamped with an Artee stamp probably over 20 years old.
I found a scrap of Copic blending paper to stamp these 5 out and
coloured with my copics than fussy cut.
The blue gingham paper was hiding in a packet of scrap papers.  
It reminds me of Mum's best pinny.
I finished it off by using a glitter brush on the flower centres.

Am sharing this with:

Hope everyone Down Under  has had a good Australia day

Margaret M

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A very glittery Christmas card

A very Happy New Year to everyone.
Especially to Hazel and all her Design Team at

Here is the last card that I scrambled to make before the 25th.
Since then I have found at least 2 hidden under the MESS on my desk!!!

The holly leaves were sitting on the table so I went with them
and some green sparkly card stock.
There is glitter around the border where I stuck down 3m DS tape
and sprinkled the glitter over it. 
The berries are pearls coloured with Copics.

Today I have begun a massive clear up in my craft room.
All very well but truth is I still do not have the stamina to keep 
going for too long have to have a break then tend to get side tracked.

Am entering this in :

Margaret M

Monday, December 31, 2018

Welcoming in 2019

Yes I know I have not been around much this year
but that has been due to ill health.
I was iron deficient for over 6 months until in early October 
I was found to have Bowel Cancer
which was operated on a week later.
My surgeon was a master at his craft as he managed to remove
the Cancer fully contained about the size of an orange
with only keyhole surgery.
So I am one of the lucky ones who needs no follow up treatment.
It was never the less major surgery but I am well on the way to a full recovery.

Just to finish up the year I thought I would give 
you all a look at the cards I haven't put up this year.
This will be photo heavy.

With these 2 cards I pulled out some border dies

This die I used 2 different ways to get a completely different look

Here is a stamp that was coloured in years ago with Tombows

The flower was coloured in by my daughter and I just swished 
a coloured stamp pad over the embossing

A wonderful way to use up scraps.
Especially for those males

Another male card with a few leaf stamps

 Not a very good result of blended background and water 
colouring on the wrong type of paper of course.

With this one I brought out one of my very oldest
stamps Sweet Impressions Inc 1996.

Well there you have it a few of the cards you never got to see this.
Now to new beginnings with a lovely New Year.
May I wish you all good health and happiness.

Margaret M

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas is coming.........FAST

This is my last post as a DT with 

I have enjoyed working with Hazel who is always so helpful 
and encouraging.

This is my card for December  so it had to be a Christmas card.
The paper was from a SW pad.  
The purple bauble has die cut silver gloss over it 
and the silver one
is recycled from the protective layer from a tin of Sustagen.
I then put it through an embossing folder.
Some silver ribbon and a couple of bows finish it off.

Have a good weekend.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Roses in bloom

This is some beautiful rose paper that I have been hoarding for years.
I think this is the last of it but you never know 
there may still be some hiding away in my stash.
As the roses are now in full bloom I thought it only fitting
to use it for my November DT card at 

I wish you all a lovely month of crafting.


Monday, October 1, 2018

2 of a kind

Where is this year going to October already.
Time to post my DT cards for

I seem to be making cards in 2's  at the moment trying to use up 
odd scraps of paper that I have lying around.
I really haven't had a chance to shop much this year
and I hate shopping on line as I like to browse and compare
when choosing new craft so am being very good
and using what I already have.
Needless to say I have enough to last a lifetime with out buying more.
I think this DP was in a Christmas pack.
It has a red and blue stripe which looks completely
different against the Red and Blue card I have put with it.

Looking forward to see all the lovely cards you all produce this month.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Lets hear it for the boys

My daughter gave me an envelope with part of a card that she had 
received from Myer ' departmental store' 
and she said "See what you can do with this Mum".
I ended up with 5 cards but only took photos of 3.
Actually I did start on a 6th but that ended up in the bin.
I am having trouble with my MOJO anyway
hope it comes back soon.

The design of the pattern just lent itself to Black and White

and I am quite happy with the result.

It is about time I entered a few challenges again so here goes.

I am beginning to wish spring would hurry up and arrive
we did get 4 days of 17 and got lulled into thinking it had, 
but then we dropped back to single figures again and
I feel colder than I have all winter.

Have a good weekend


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Down memory lane

Today I have dug deep and pulled out stash that has not seen 
light of day for some time.
I am in the process of trying to get rid of things I haven't used
for years to make room for something new.
Alas I find it too hard to part with anything even though 
I do less stamping I can't part with any of them.
So today I did a little trip down memory lane and came up with
These two very quick and easy cards.
My DT cards for September's patterned paper challenge. 

The papers are Nitwit which have been in my stash for ages.
2 sizes of a plain circle die and 1 of a scallop die.
both of which are the first I ever bought.  
The happy birthday and rose stamp go way back  
and the jewelled flowers were among my hidden treasures.
The border die would be comparatively new about 5 years old

I am looking forward to seeing all the lovely ideas you come up with.

Margaret M

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Just Peachy

This has been a very up and down month for me what with health issues,
then my darling little 6 month old Great grand daughter
having to have open heart surgery to close 2 holes in her heart.
Thankfully she has recovered well it is mum and dad 
who have taken longer to bounce back.
I am rejoicing too with the safe arrival of  another beautiful
Great grand daughter that I have yet to meet as she lives in Melbourne.

Onto my DT card for August 
Come join us with your makes we love seeing them
and the prize this month is a beauty.

I have included 2 this month as they are the same design
On the first one I used SB hemstitched borders using the plain rectangle to
cut the patterned paper.
On the second I used SB A2 Fancy weave.  I cut 2 and layered them
to give them more stability.
The patterned paper I have had for 4 years and never cut into it before
I just used to take it out look at it and not wanted to cut into it.

Hopefully as my energy levels improve I will be able to start 
hopping around to visit you all again and get a few more cards up
and posted.

Margaret M

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pink Roses

Welcome to July with my DT card for

As you know I am a pastel person so this red spotted paper
was a bit bright for me but with the help of the
white die cuts from Downton Abbey it helped to calm it down.
The frame was made with a free die in one of the stamping mags.
The rose paper and the sentiment are both from Wild Rose Studio.

Look forward to seeing all the lovely cards you produce this month.

Margaret M

Friday, June 1, 2018

June DT card

Well here I am back home after my holiday.
The only way to fly I have found is Business class.
Nothing is too much trouble, never been so waited on in my life.
The flight both ways was really smooth it is tempting me to think I might do it again. 
Had a wonderful time with my daughter and grand daughter.
We had booked AirBNB accommodation which was excellent, thankfully.
Caught up with friends and relations
and I walked among the bluebells in the wood.
However even after a week I still don't seem to have recovered from the jet lag.

But back to business my DT card for June

This really isn't as pale as it looks but I should have used a brighter Yellow
but I have such trouble using brighter colours yet I love 
the look of the cards that those who use them make.
Do take a trip over to 
to see the lovely designs that my team mates have made
and join us with your own card.

Margaret M