Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite 5 for 2014

Almost forgot my 5 for 2014 so straight into it.

This was for one of those special birthdays early in the year.
Just love that paper

This was for my nephews wedding last March.

Loved the simplicity of this one.

Had to include one of my Penny Black animals 

This was for a birthday on Dec 24th thankfully everyone loved it.

Now it is over to you.

Join me on the 30th December

Margaret M

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The latecomer.

Hope you have all recovered from the Christmas feasting.
I was very careful what I ate but I did have loads of salmon yum!

This is one of those cards that didn't make it into a post this year.
Do love this stamp which is a Penny Black.
Also this woven embossing folder
so expect to see more of both.

I did lightly sponge around the edges of the card 
but can't remember what DI I used to do so.
The greeting is by Anna Griffin.

Am entering this in:
CHNC Christmas Challenge - Anything goes.
Penny Black and more at allsorts - Special occasions

Margaret M

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My 5 Favorite Christmas cards

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
May you all be spending it with the people who are special to you.
I am being very careful not to over indulge
as I am still recovering from 2 weeks of a gastro bug.
Not a very happy place to have been.

Time now to pick out my 5 favorite Christmas cards
for 2014.
Not the easiest of tasks but here goes.

A quick and easy card that says it all.
As is my second choice as well.

Now no 3 this was for my grand daughter Rebecca
who as a child was so like Tilda.

What to choose for no 4?
The ever popular Mr Snowman who has been 
with me for more years than I card to remember.

And last but not least no 5.

The red against the white sets this off I think.

Now it is over to you.

Margaret M


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

White cream and........

This is going to be a very quick post today.
Afraid it has not been a very good couple of weeks
I have just managed to get a card ready to post and the heavens opened.
thunder, lightening, hail like you wouldn't believe.
All in the space of a few minutes.
The gutters couldn't cope with the deluge and it has poured down the windows
flooded the laundry so i have been mopping up.
Looking at the clouds there is more to come. is the card that I have to show you.

This is for 52 CCT and the previous that I chose is
Colour Combo #31 August 2014
White Cream Gold and Silver.
With the overcast weather it was hard to get a photo
without the silver foil card reflecting.
I cut 4 of the smaller die from the SB decorative labels 4
cut each in half diagonally then layered one section on top of the other
and layered them to overlap onto a square of the silver foil card.
I sponged the lacy edges of each with a gold Versa pad. 
It is one of those cards that looks better in RL.

Margaret M

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beautiful Blue

Hunting through a stack of papers in a box I found
the front of what had been a lovely writing pad.
Years old of course
A beautiful shade of Blue and thick enough to be card.
I have never been able to cut it up 
but I took a deep breath and here is what I did with it.

Oh dear the photo makes the DP look a different shade.
the DP is Maja Design.
The flowers are Memory Box Joyful Boquet
which I cut out 3 times  once in white and then 
with a scrap of green for the leaves and 
blue for the flowers.  I was luck enough to keep the petals intact
when I stuck the white frames over them.   
The stems  were white so I coloured with
a Copic marker.
I have enough of that blue card to make 3 more cards.

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Margaret M

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy Christmas

This I  hope will make up my tally of Christmas cards for this year.
But you always have to be ready for that unexpected arrival.
Today I have picked a previous sketch for
and chose No 27 for April 2014

Here is my take

I love that paper it's from Wild Rose Studio
The snowflake embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one.
The punched lace is an EK punch and 
the greeting is by a Cheery Lyn.
I cut out 2 in white and 1 red then layered them off setting the red.
This is not easy unless you have a ballpoint Zig glue pen.
I don't so it was back to the toothpick to spread the glue for me.
Fingers crossed it wont fall to pieces.

Am entering this in:

Winter Wonderland - Dies and punches
Christmas card Challenges - Anything goes

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Hope you have the time to stop and say Hello.

Margaret M

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Surprise Surprise!!

It is not a Christmas card.
I thought you might like a change.
My Daughter in law asked if I would make her a 60th birthday card
and this is it.  Hope she likes it.

The deckle card base is one of some I have had for years and I am trying
to use up all the stash I have filling my cupboards.
I sponged around the edge with Versa pad called Narcissus.
Afraid it doesn't show up very well.
I did the same around the 60 which I embossed with a sparkly gold powder.
it is so old the name has faded from the label. 

Used Memory Box Willoughby Butterfly Wings.
I love them.

The leaves are from HOTP Paper Artist dies called Floral Frenzy.
The roses I made myself.

Everything has been raised with foam but I couldn't get a good picture
to show it off.

Couture creation   Grand Woven embossing folder

Spellbinders   Labels 4  Gold Labels 4  Elegant Labels 4

Memory box  Willoughby Butterfly Wings

HOTP  Paper Artist  12 Flower Frenzy

Am entering this in:

Through the Craftroom door - Always anything goes

Thanks for dropping in you are most welcome.

Margaret M

Monday, November 24, 2014

Paper piercing

I found this paper piercing a bit hard on my arms
and my first card was not the best.
Even with a paper piercing ruler it was all over the place.
I was very tempted to file it in the waste bin but decided to finish it
as after all it is handmade and does not need to be perfect.
For the card I am going to show you  I used 
a plastic template which I found easier to use.

Am getting to a stage where I need to renew some of my ink pads and
I have just bought myself a Versafine ink pad Majestic Blue.
Have found that you can get 2 stampings from one inking.
A dark blue that can be embossed and a pale blue like this one.
The blue card came from the bit box.
Decided to cut the snowflakes out of shiny silver card and love how they
sparkle with all the colours in them.

It is so cold today after 2 days in the 20's doubt it has got to 15 today.
At least we are not suffering like they are in NSW where it has been over 40.
Then all of you poor people in America with all that freezing snow.
So what am I grumbling about.

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Margaret M

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Green and Gold

You would think by now that I had enough Christmas cards
but no I still need a few more
and needed some that will not be too thick.
So here is what I have made today using scraps.

It is not a good photo can't think why as it is a very bright day.
I have stamped with gold those little snowflakes stamps I have had for years
and they have been sorely neglected I'm afraid.
The die cut snowflakes are by Impression Obsession and 
they are cut out of shiny gold foil card.
Have used the sketch from Completely Christmas

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blue and White

I have another card for you today and guess what 
Its a Christmas one too.

No that is not glitter on my desk just the reflection.
I cut out 4 of the Memory Box Madera corner dies and placed them with the 
points in the centre placing my sentiment over them.
Both the Poinsettia and the leaves from the 
Dogwood outline die that I have used are Memory Box too.
I felt the white card was too much so ran D/S tape round the edge and
used pale blue glitter to soften it.
It looks better in RL.  

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Now I thought Ang might like to see my Fuschia Tree.
Well I can hardly call it a shrub can I?
Ang has a great tutorial on making these flowers and you can check it here
this gets cut back to bare wood in the winter
and it is not yet in full flower.
When it is I will be sweeping up a bucket full on spent blooms 
every couple of days throughout the summer.

Should have got a close up of the flowers silly me

Well thats all folks

Margaret M

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Through the Window

 Did I go into panic mode when I saw just what
52CCT had for this weeks challenge.
Making a window as a focal point is not the sort of thing
I would normally do.
After the panic settled I began to think rational about it
and this is the result.

I learnt a very valuable lesson too.
I thought I would be very clever when I cut out the paper lace
by adding double side Jac paper to the back before I cut it out.
I spent a good half an hour getting out all those tiny pieces
that then stuck to my hands and the carpet but 
refused to go into the rubbish bin.
I gave up and left the 2 top rows of dots in
but I quite like that anyway.
The picture is a freebe that I got from Completely Christmas.
Did think about putting a white Happy Christmas on it
but decided it was not a good idea
as I really like it just as it is.

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Margaret M

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Correct Colours

I was just about to switch off the computer for the day
when I thought I would hop over to 52CCT
and find out  what the colours were for this month.
Have just made this card today and what do know but it fits.
So this week I hope to be first in.
The evening meal can wait now until I finish this post.

This stamp was a freebe on an English craft magazine and I think she is just the 
sweetest and she has a mouth.
She has been coloured with my copics and yes I did have my glasses on.
The paper is from Wild Rose Studio and it is gorgeous.
I was very reluctant to cut it down from 6x6 to 14cm but
the 2 strips I cut off I have used on the inside.

There is no gold metallic paper but the ribbon is gold edged and
the gold bell is metal so hope that counts.

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Margaret M

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Black and White

The weather here has gone stark raving mad.
Snow,Gales, Rain, Hail, Thunder storms and Bright Sunshine.
And that's just one day!
Ah well that's Spring.
Something I forgot to tell you I took some of my cards with me
when I went shopping in Devonport
and my friend Bev loved my White Christmas card and 
begged it off me so it is now on show in her shop.

Today I have attempted something I have never done before
A Black and White Christmas card.
Very modern I hope!
However it was very hard to take a good photo.

Following this sketch

No glitter just a few rhinestones which I coloured with Copics.
I think this will be another one for the boys.

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Margaret M

Monday, October 27, 2014

One for the Boys

Am getting in early this week for 52CCT
who are asking for enamel dots.
So I thought I would make a card suitable for a male,
seeing as I have 5 Grandsons to make them for.

I used one of my new embossing folders, Basket Weave.
Oh hang my head in shame though I could have 
got the greeting straighter.
I didn't have my glasses on of course!!!!!.
None of the boys will look that closely at it though.

Thanks for dropping in.

Margaret M

Friday, October 24, 2014

Running late

Oh I am so late this week but my few days away 
meant more to do when I got home.
But wow did I enjoy myself
even if I did come home with more than I intended.

I could have bought more!!!!!!!!!
but was very good and put some of it back.
There is also quite  list in the order book too for next time.

Well now onto my card.
I have had very little crafting time this week and 
52CCT wanted a single layer card.
So I decided that I would emboss with one of my dies.
Now if there is anyone in blog land with an EBosser.
Please, please, please, what is the recipe for embossing with a die.
I have tried every combination and still it cuts out.
Having wasted all my craft time on this it was a mad scramble
to come up with a card and as I did not have my glasses on
just regard any smudges etc as intentional.
After all it is handmade.
The holly stamp and greeting are from 
Penny Black Transparency called Christmas wishes

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Margaret M

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink Christmas

October 14th and the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings no less.
1066 and all that.
A big Hi to any of you out there living in 
this area of East Sussex.

I shall be away from home for the next couple of days.
Travelling north to spend a day
in my friends craft shop up in Devonport.
I am soooooo in need of a break.
 Am intending to be very good and not spend too much LOL

Am a trifle late this week getting my card ready 
for 52CCT where this week is a colour choice.

Here is my card.

I have used another piece of Bearly Mine paper another check.
This is very pastel but has pink and green running through it.
Do love this picture a freebee from Suzy Bees Completely Christmas.
It is printed out on matt photo paper and I added some colour to the fur with my copics.

Think I am getting to like pink Christmas.

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Do have a happy day and thank you for dropping in.

Margaret M

Sunday, October 5, 2014


When I saw the sketch over at 52CCT this week
I wondered just how I could adapt it.

So I sat down and had a wander through my dies
and then one of those WOT IF ideas hit me.
This is what I came up with.

These are from SB Add on Ornaments and they have cut out beautifully in glitter paper.
I have raised these with 1mm foam and was grateful for the 
practice I had on the tree in my last post because
this was even more difficult.
I hung them with gold chain stickers/ peel offs
and the sentiment stamp was coloured with a Tombow.
It is a better match to the red than it looks.
The whole was then put onto white textured card with 2mm foam.
I am really happy with the end result which is praise indeed from me
as I am rarely satisfied with my cards and give them
a Could do Better. 
How often did I get that on my school report?

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Margaret M

Sunday, September 28, 2014

White Christmas

It is blowing a gale outside but I don't think it will hit the 28 they forecast.
I had thought it might be nice to go to the
Orchid show that is on this weekend in Hobart
but there is no way I would drive over the Tasman bridge in this weather.
So instead I have made a card.

It was not easy to 3D the tree as it needed such tiny pieces of adhesive foam.  
This photo certainly does not do the card justice
as it twinkles with the rhinestones and the liquid pearls.
The yellow smudge in the left hand corner is the watermark on the photo.

Am entering this in:

My time to Craft - White on White Christmas

Completely Christmas - Anything goes

Thanks for dropping in you are most welcome.

Margaret M

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back in Pink

Anyone would think it was summer not spring.
A glorious day with clear blue sky again. 
 It was 21 yesterday and looking for 23 today.
Warmer than Sydney!!!!
Am a little annoyed with this photo as the card stock is Baby Pink
not Peach as the photo would have you believe.
Yes I am back with Pink again.

Had no one in mind when I made the card but today
my next door neighbour tells me she has a very nasty cancer
on her face so this is for her.
I know she will love it so hope it cheers her up.

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Margaret M

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Star light

Today I am chasing colours as 52CCT have a colour challenge.
Red or Blue { I'm using blue }
Black and White
Gold or Silver { Silver it is with Blue }.
Here is the card I came up with.

I have given Tilda plenty of glitter in place of fur
and the trees too but as it was still wet it doesn't show up too well.
The snow flakes are cut out of glitter card.

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Thanks for dropping by,

Margaret M

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts on Copics.
Actually I was just thinking out loud
as I have invested so much money in the Copics that I really
cannot think of going to anything else.
I do have several refills but now have to buy more.  Moan! Moan!
Really I love the way they blend but have not been doing enough
colouring in and it shows, you do have to keep up with it.
So my new resolution is to try to do some colouring in everyday.

I decided to go pink today and show you the card I have made
for my grand daughter's birthday this week.
This is the first Tilda I bought and still one of my favorites.
It also reminds me so much of Rebecca when she was small.

She has a glittery tiara and gloves and patent leather shoes.
I can remember longing for patent leather shoes for myself when I was small.
Perhaps that is why I  always give shiny shoes to Tilda.

A close up of Tilda.
I do love the Detailed Scallops die.

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Margaret M 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sweet and simple

After the lovely weather we have had this last couple of weeks
it was hard to wake to blustery wind and showers today.
Boy am I feeling the cold.
My daughter came in this morning and took her Dad out for coffee
which gave me time for a little play in my craft room.
Here is what I came up with.

Don't know why the pearls in the flowers have gone dark
as they are Blush.
Have't played with those papers before and don't know where I got them.
The flowers and leaves are both punched out.

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Margaret M

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another sketch

I like this following a sketch means I don't have to think too hard.
Don't really have much time for designing with a disabled
husband to care for.
Not much time for crafting either.
Ah well that's life.

This is the sketch over at 52CCT.

Here is my take on it.

All the new dies seem to be the in thing these days so I thought
I would bring out one of my MS round the pages punches out for an airing,
just to be different.
I also intended for the panel to be placed across the bottom of the card,
but after sticking it down I realized I had the card round the wrong way.
More haste less speed.
The colouring is not flash as I was not wearing my glasses
and my Copics all need refilling.
I really am in 2 minds about Copics don't know if I like them or not,
but then what do I replace them with?
Don't know.

Am entering this in:
52CCT - Sketch
Completely Christmas - Anything goes
{PIN }spirational Challenge - Colour challenge

Thanks for dropping in.

Margaret M