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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Simple Christmas card

A simple Christmas card today.  It all started with 2 strips in which
I had cut out  a SW die.  They had laid on my desk for sometime.
I joined them together and trimmed to form a rectangle
and placed a piece of red ribbon between them.
They continued to lay on my desk until I brought out some 
red card one day and found that it matched the ribbon.
I have no idea what I was going to do with the red card because
once it connected to the die cut rectangle a new card evolved. 



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Margaret M




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Penny Black Bear

After a few warmer days we woke this morning to
snow right down the mountain and it has been freezing and wet today.
This is what the mountain looked like a few days ago with the sun rising.

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This is going to make the card I am about to show you wanting.
However here goes.


I love my Penny Blacks
This I coloured with Faber-Castell pencils.
As I had a few days feeling a bit off colour I watched a few 
UTube videos on blending coloured pencils so
decided to try it out although this had been stamped on
XPress Copic card so not the best surface to try it out.

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This week there was a memorial service held at the home where DH
was to remember all those who passed away during the last 12 months.
It was a chance to catch up with other relatives that I had known during
the time DH was there and get lots of cuddles from staff I have not seen
for weeks. 
Unfortunately this week also brought more health problems for my 
youngest daughter.


Thanks for dropping in

Margaret M



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Floral background

Sorry but not enough light when I took this photo so it looks very pale.
Whilst it is pastel it does have more colour than this.
I stamped a WOW background stamp on Gloss card and 
embossed with what I thought was WOW white embossing powder.
It turned out to be Vanilla instead.
Actually I am quite pleased with the result.
I then sponged with DI, Warn Lipstick, Faded Jeans and Squeezed Lemonade.
The flowers I made with the smallest Retro flower punch
and added a small piece of SW Ivy.



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http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/

http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au/


Thanks for dropping in.


Margaret M


PS  Megan loved your card with the cars.  Good fun.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Beccy's Snowman

Another beautiful day in paradise but you should have seen 
the frost we had this morning.
Being near the beach we do not as a rule have many frosts
but this winter has been the exception.
However a frost does mean a sunny day even 
if it will only be about 12 degrees.
Possibly 15 to 16 outside my front door.




Could not resist making another card with this sketch.
Using a coloured version of one of Beccy's snowmen.
Gave him some glittery snow to stand in.
You can just see that I have used 
Gold Mirror card as a Matt.
The plaid digi paper I won in a challenge some
good long time ago and I just love it.
Cannot remember the name of the company
but know they have closed down now alas
as it really is lovely.   

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Margaret M 


PS  Thanks for your comments Heidi and for pressing the follow button alas I can only browse your blog as I am not a google plus person.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pretty in purple

Whilst we really need some rain the last few days have been brilliant sunshine 
lulling us into a false sense of thinking spring is arriving early.
I have no doubt that there is another cold front or too
before spring really arrives.

Well today I have used another Sketch Saturday sketch.
What an array there was to chose from.
I chose no. 322.




I rather fell in love with this sketch and found this topper that
fits the rectangle so well and what a match for the card too.
Hunting in my scraps I came up with the little strip of green and
enough to mount the greeting.
Just think it could do with a longer rectangle but not wider
which was the problem I came up with.
Despite the sunshine it was too cold in my craft room to go hunting
for a different die.
With that I think I am ready to go and have a romp with Parsnip
in the Pixie playground.  






Thanks for dropping in.
Margaret M

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A trio of cards

Today I have a trio of cards for the August
Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. 
Come and join us.


 I started with a strip of DP and cut it into 3


This piece I cut across to make 2 triangles.
I picked out the blue of the small flowers to cut out a SW die.


A piece of check ribbon and a strip MFT croquet border.


Some silver stickers/ peel offs, oval dies and sequins
and that was that all done.
3 very quick cards.
The single photos did not come out well. Camera's fault.!!


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Margaret M






Monday, July 24, 2017

Follow the sketch

This is going to be a very quick post today.
As I have to make 3 cards quickly i decided
to try a sketch.and chose the Saturday one. 





Just hope this fits the bill.





Margaret M



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Airing my puches

Yes I brought some punches out today and gave them an airing.
It is a while since I have been over to the Flower Challenge
Too many things been happening in my life this year.
However I have just the card to fit this challenge.







No it is not about to fall over its just the camera's fault it looks that way.
I used Sue Wilson's Bed of Roses EF and sponged the roses.
It is very delicate colouring but if you look carefully you will see 
the roses are a very soft lemon.
I had a yellow oval in my bit box so purposely mounted the 
sentiment at an angle over it but now I keep wanting to 
straighten it.
Then for a change I took out a couple of my punches to make the flowers
from scraps.

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Now for some news that I have waited so long to hear.
At long last I am going to become a Great Grand Mother.  YIPEE!!!!!!

You wont get the smile of my face now.

Thanks for dropping in.


Margaret M


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Design Team Post

I am delighted to tell you that I  am now on the Design Team 
I have masses of papers and this will be an incentive to use some of it.
I am renown for buying beautiful paper just to look at it.
Then I find some I like better and wonder why I didn't use the first papers.
So it mounts up and some that I am using is years old.
You have a full month to enter and can enter as many times as you like.
So come on use up some of that DP that you have 
hidden away in the cupboard and join us.  


This paper is years old and I have no idea where it came from.
The flowers are a freebee from Altenew
and the dies are Sue Wilson.

http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.com.au/


There is a white frost here in Hobart this morning and the sun
is taking a long time to creep up here.
I have to go out but will wait another hour or so or
even leave it till this afternoon.
Roll on spring.


Thanks for dropping in you are most welcome.


Margaret M

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blue Christmas

Winter has arrived with a frost last night and even though the 
sun shone all day we only had 10 degrees.
It has been very mild up till now and the early 
Wattle is coming out in bloom about a month early.
The broad beans I planted are coming through much to my delight.
They manage to grow through the cold.

Today I have a Christmas card to show you.


It was getting dark when I took the photo hence it is not very bright.
I stamped up a few Christmas stamps for my daughter to 
colour in whilst she is in hospital having treatment.
She has to sit there for 8 to 10 hours so it helps to pass the time for her.


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Margaret M

Friday, June 2, 2017

More Mainly Men's cards


I have to make quite a lot of cards for men and 
elderly men whose hobbies etc I don't know so tend
to keep them  very plain.
Here are a couple more that you may like to see.




The Sue Wilson banners are just perfect for men I find.



Love the grosgrain ribbon on this one and that 
embossing folder, Couture creations Grand Woven is a hit every time.
Must try inking it and see what it comes out like.

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Margaret M


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dumbo having a swinging time.


Sunset over Hobart.



It faded so fast that by the time I had rushed to get my camera
the best of it had gone.
There is snow on the mountain as it has been rather cold this last week.
Winter officially starts tomorrow.  Brrrrrrr.......

I have been going through some already stamped images and picked out
this lovely one of Dumbo.
I have used Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles
and Cheery Lyn Design Happy  Christmas.


I have also used up the last of my gold mirror card.
Good excuse to order some more things from my friends shop.

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Margaret M

Friday, May 26, 2017

Christmas Greetings

52 Christmas card Throwdown have a colour challenge
and I thought that I would like to make a card with these colours.


They certainly are different.


but I am quite happy with the result.

It has been a beautiful day here and
 I spent a lovely hour having a coffee with my girls 
 but now it is rapidly turning to dusk.

My Broad Beans are planted and with the showers and mild temps that we 
have been having I hope to soon see them popping through.
This is assuming I planted them the right way up!
Ang:   Leave your beans till next year as I hope to  be coming over
around this time.  I want to walk through the Bluebell woods one more time.

Megan: Have been over to look around your blog am tempted to 
join google plus so I could leave you some love too.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bed of Roses

The sun is shining and a promise of 18 degrees today 
a change from the 14-15 we have been having.
We also had some rain last night much appreciated as it has been so dry.
I need to get out in the garden and plant my Broad Beans.
It is Sunday morning and I am being very lazy I need to get a shuffle on.
First though here is a card that I made yesterday.


A SW Bed of Roses embossing folder
Also brought out one of my punches that seem to be getting neglected
to make the border strip.
With snippets of white and green to make the flowers.

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Must dash now to get all I want to do done.


Margaret M

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Corner flowers

This is the corner flower from a Wild Rose Studio stamp set
called Milton which you can see HERE.

As soon as it arrived I had to test it out and I thought I had found a 
square piece of card to do so but as you see it was only almost square.
I coloured with copics and then added clear spica to the petals.
The Best Wishes is from a Hot of the Press stamp set.
The scallop edge is a die by Sue Wilson,
and the flourish is a Spellbinders.
You see I spread the love around.


I wont tell you the lace came from the $2.00 shop or you might all want some.

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Margaret M

The Carol Singers

I have brought out a stamp that has not seen the light of 
day for a number of years.  It is 1998 vintage.
I was never sure if it was meant for Christmas or any time of the year.
As you can see they are not looking to collect money,
but have other ideas.


Well it's good for a laugh anyway and I know exactly who is going to receive this one.

My spam mail contained an offer of work today.
$8,400 a month now I wonder just what they expect for that!.
It's ok I filed it in the appropriate bin.

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Margaret M


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Double Z fold card

Today I have made a double Z  fold card as per the tutorial
at Beccy's place  HERE. Thanks Beccy.
Must really get stuck into making more Christmas cards
as I am lagging badly with them.

Have set this snowman on a silver background.
He is such a happy little fellow.


A side glance to see the greeting.

Am entering this in;






Thanks for dropping in you are very welcome.


Margaret M

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Using up those bits and pieces

After spending almost 2 days sorting out 2 big trays of off cuts
die cuts, punched borders etc etc......
I challenged myself to make these 4 cards that I needed for
birthdays in May without cutting into any new card.
I did dive into my sticker/peel off book where I am still using up 
stickers that I have had for years.


Both the background paper and the floral is digi.


The borders are SW Striplet Rippled cut in half.


This border has laid around for years waiting for a home.
The stamp was a freebe that never stamped out well till
 I got my stamp perfect and could double stamp.


This one used up lots of those tiny strips.
My tip though is to make sure you have plenty of length in the strip.

I am just in time to slip into the playground and catch up with all that is going on.



Margaret M





Friday, April 7, 2017

In loving memory

In loving memory of my Husband, Best friend and Soul mate
who past away April 5th.
Sweet dreams till we meet again.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Only my second Christmas card for this year

My Mojo has been taking a holiday I am sorry to say.
Nothing seemed to inspire me.
Not surprising really as my life has been in turmoil this year
and not likely to settled down any time soon.
Enough about me.
I have managed to make only my second Christmas card for the year,
Using Copper/Bronze Gold and Turquoise.


The Copper I used was to back the tree and the sentiment to give a shadow effect.
It works quite well.

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Margaret M


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A card to Case

a lovely card to Case made by Therese.
Well I started inspired by the pastel colours.
My whole idea just flew out of the window and the card took over again
and I ended up with 2 cards instead of one.
Forgive the photos the sun was streaming in the window
{ sorry about that for all of you enjoying winter }
and it reflected onto the cards.

I started by sponging some gloss card with Worn Lipstick and
Squeezed Lemonade and putting my cut out flowers over the top.
They were not at all happy with that and wanted to be cut out of the sponged card
 So as usual I gave in and then they made me transfer all those little pieces
back into the spaces on the white card cut out.
Oh they were so fiddly and I kept loosing the really tiny pieces. 


Then of course the left over flowers insisted I do something with them too.
I bought some really pretty lace at the Dollar shop that they took a fancy to.
I stuck this down with very narrow D/S tape and was that difficult to 
get the backing paper off of that.

So I am left with 2 cards, terrible photos and  am going to have the 
cheek to enter one in the Flower Challenge.

Lovely to see you thanks for dropping by.



Margaret M

Monday, February 6, 2017

5 of something

left my run too late to join in with the Merry Monday challenge
of using 5 of something.
Although I am not very happy with my card I took too much time
agonised as to whether or not I was game to put it up at all. 



I should not have used all those snowflakes which by the way are silver not gold.
Ah well there is someone somewhere who will like it.  I HOPE!!!.
The snowman is by way of comic relief.
The trees are Heartfelt Creations lent to me by my good friend Elizabeth.





Lovely to see you thanks for dropping in.


Margaret M

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mainly for men

Why is it every time I get used to  updates on my computer it goes and puts on 
more updates that  I have to work to find my way around. Grrrrr!

Today I have some male cards to show you, I was really pleased with these.


The base card were a blue/grey


and I embossed on a steel coloured shimmer card.


Teamed that with SW Pierced flags and Spellbinders Script.
Plus a few paper studs that I have had for years
The embossing folders were
We R Memory Keepers.
Quilted and Geometric 

Having a lot of male cards to make for the Aged Care Home
I like to keep them plain and simple.







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Margaret M

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stamped backgrounds

I was given a pile of out dated copy paper which I have been using as inserts for my cards.
It is beautiful paper some textured some linen and the scraps 
I have been using to take notes on but it seemed such a waste
to do this so I have begun to stamp onto it and this is
what I have started to do with the scraps.


I also used some old stamps.  The rose above is a PSX
and the little leaf a Hero Arts.


The roses from this card are Stamp It the larger is 1998
and the small one 2000, again I used the little hero Arts leaf.


I am entering the blue one into.
http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/



http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com.au/


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Margaret M


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Take one 12 x 12 sheet.

Yes this is  what I did.  
After doodling around on Y Tube where I watched a video
on making 6 cards using one sheet of 12 x 12
I decided to take up the challenge myself.


The yellow card  pieces where all scraps and the flowers etc were
all bits that have been sitting around waiting to be used.


This one has 4 pieces of yellow card and the butterfly must be at least 10 years old.


Spot the flowers from the border in the corners.


Couldn't believe my luck that these flowers were a perfect match.


Managed to make this flower from some left over sponged gloss card
and the butterfly was such a perfect match.

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I don't know what this year holds for my family with DH now completely immobile.
He spends his day in a big chair that is back breaking to push around, 
sleeping most of the time.
So I know you will understand that I don't have much time visit or post.




Margaret M