A chaotic year at an end but the chaos continues.

Hi everyone,

A sincere apology to my followers, I have not been active on this blog or my Creative Memories Blog or even my Facebook or Twitter accounts in 2020. Why? Disillusionment, during the fires in late 2019 and early 2020, then with the pandemic, the realisation that I have no one to pass my work on to gave me a feeling of “what’s the point”. Without family, the scrapbooks would have little meaning for my friends, they might like looking through for aesthetic value but they would have no real meaning.

Unfortunately, this affected my card making and just about everything, I was not interested in anything much. However, as always, things happen sometimes that just make you come back to life and get motivated again. I can’t remember what it was, perhaps a template for a scrapbook layout or a video about an easy page caught my interest and from then on I tried some challenges and kept going for a while, making cards mainly, sharing and swapping cards then somehow I got behind with the weekly challenges and again fell into the “too hard” mindset.

Then I saw an invite to an event a friend was holding this month (December 2020) and because we have not seen each other for two years, possibly more, I decided no matter what I was going. So, having let my friend know that I was definitely interested in attending depending on accommodation, I set about finding accommodation in the appropriate area. Of course, with COVID-19 I had to be careful and ensure that we would all be safe and that no restrictions were in place that would prevent us from going.

Having found our usual accommodation available we attended the scrapbooking event and had a great day with some old friends and made some new ones. The pages I made are at present incomplete because I didn’t have the right embellishments to add to them but I will finish them off before I share with you in my next post.

As I said I have made some cards for challenges and those I will share with you here, or at least some of my favourites. The challenges I speak of are, of course, with Splitcoaststampers, and a couple of other private groups that I exchange cards with. The first two cards are my own designs and made specifically for swaps. I can provide a brief tutorial on request for anyone interested.

For those interested in the tutorials for the Splitcoaststampers Challenges the links are listed here. The first one TLC788 – Bubble Painting, mine was made with bubble plastic wrap and and white acrylic paint which is explained in the description for the card the link to which is on the card.

The second challenge is the Holly Jolly Christmas folded paper frame and the tutorial link is listed in the above link for anyone interested.

The next one is the “Merry and BrightSketch Challenge called the Double Dutch fold which looks complicated but there is a brief tutorial in the listing for the challenge and there is also a step-by-step SCS tutorial which is very helpful.

The last is titled “Count the candles” whether birthday or other event. Mine was for Christmas candles. I did make an adjustment by hand drawing the flames and “fussy cutting out” and attaching to the rolls. You can read my method by clicking the link on the photo.

I think I have given you enough to go through and I will be back with the scrapbook pages I made earlier this week once they are completed.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break with family and friends, all the best for a much happier 2021 to all. Cheers and thank you for looking and following me. I will leave you with “Just a little note” I made for the Inspiration Challenge for Splitcoaststampers. The link to my card is on the photo below.

Comments and questions welcome.

Still here and I’m back.

Hello, I’m back as promised.  Our internet is fixed and the fires are mostly controlled, though the weather is hotting up again so there may be more to come.

We have had some nice days over the last week or so but it doesn’t pay to be complacent.  Nature as a way of catching you unawares.  After a couple of days of rain the sky was cloudless this morning and we had a beautiful sunny day.

As promised I will share the last day – day 6 of my week of cards, I had shown you one of the three cards already so I won’t include that but here are the other two.

Enjoy!  Until next time, when I will share some scrapbooking projects I’ve been working on.

 

An inauspicious start! Card of the Day – Day 5

Hi folks,

I started this post about an hour ago and while trying to upload a couple of photos I took today, I’ll get to that, the internet decided to go down, great just when you are in the middle of writing a post and you want it done….. and it will be another hour before its done.

Anyway, I was going to continue sharing the cards I shared  with the Michael Strong Stamps group a couple of weeks ago but first I wanted to show you our “delightful” smog.  You have no doubt heard about all the bushfires in Australia these past months.  I haven’t seen anything like it since we stopped using coal for heating in winter.  Although, I think Sydney had and still has the worst of it, we have until now been lucky in our part of the country, not had too many in our region but over the last week or so they have been increasing, I am hopeful we will be safe.

The two photos I am sharing, one was taken 7:23am this morning and the second at 5:35pm.  Unfortunately the morning one is through a window with a fly-screen but doesn’t affect the colour or lack there of.  Not a lot of difference but this afternoon’s was redder than this morning, yet the photos on my phone show orangey in colour of the afternoon photo but comes up pinkish here(?) but then again it could my poor computer.  The graphics are getting tired:)

December 30, 2019 – 7.23am

December 30, 2019 – 5.35pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that out of the way, I can now share the card for Day 5 of Michael Strong Stamps group’s week of cards.  This one is using patterned paper with Michael’s dragonfly stamp:

I know some of my work is a bit quirky but that makes it fun.

Today’s card is quite easy to make especially if your patterned paper is as good as this, you just need a couple of dragonflies and you’re done.

I have to admit this is one of my favourites.

COD Day 5 – Dec.2019

 

 

 

 

 

Usually a week of cards is really only 5 days but this time I did an extra day and shared 3, one I have already shown you, in an earlier post and I called it Card 6.3.  I will share the other two next time, hopefully tomorrow.  In the meantime, stay safe everyone and thanks for reading.

Continuing my card of the day posts.

Hi folks,

I’m back with days 3 and 4 of my Card Captain week for the Michael Strong Stamps group.

Card of the Day – Day 3:

Here is one I made in 2017 for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Just a bit of fun and color.

Today my partner and I enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch with my CWA Branch, a jolly time had by all.  Even the weather was more bearable cooler than we’ve had in recent weeks.  It will hot up again soon enough.  Anyway, hope it gives you some cheer.

Until tomorrow.

Card of the Day – Day 4:
Thank you to all who sent me comments, I’m glad you’re enjoying the cards.
Today’s card was made in January 2015.  It has a contradictory theme, with Easter eggs but the Sentiment says different.
Dots are made with the mini round distressing sponges and inks:  ink sponge then just ‘stamp’ onto your paper, I also get the rest of the ink from the sponge after distressing around the edges, to make sure the sponge doesn’t have any ink left in it.  How dark the “stamp” is, depends on the pressure you put on it as well as how much ink is in the sponge.
Then just add whatever you want to the card.  I have also done this with stamps before cleaning them to make sure all the ink is off.  You can use as background.
Enjoy!  Until tomorrow. 
That’s it for now.  I’ll be back with days 5 and 6 tomorrow.  Cheers for now.
PS. Sorry about the inconsistency of the spacing – unfortunately I cannot find how to rectify the line spacing to be the same on both posts.  Perhaps someone out there can advise?  Thanks.

 

Card Captain for the Michael Strong Stamps group

Hello, as promised I am sharing the first couple of cards I shared with the Michael Strong Stamps Group a couple of weeks ago.

Because I’m a little out of practice I thought I would look through my collection of cards I made over the years.  I decided to go down memory lane and see how my technique improved (or not).
Card of the day – Day 1 – card made in 2012
So, this week I will be ‘reminiscing’ about cards made and how they have changed. Hopefully by the latter part of the week I will have a technique for you and caught up to 2019!
My card for today is showing my first Michael Strong stamp – the frame – for a long time I would use bits of the frame because it and the heart stamp, which I received as a gift, were all I had of Michael’s.  I was also still learning how to use stamps and what papers to use them on, etc.  Enjoy.
Cheers.

 

Card of the day – Day 2

Card of the day – Day 2

Today’s card was made in 2016, not sure if there was any specific aim just making cards. Layering and just trying different textures and embossing.  I think I stamped the mandala under the Michael’s hexagon or it was patterned paper.  I can’t remember now.

Enjoy!  Until tomorrow.

See you soon.  Thanks for reading.

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