Maggie S – Strawberry Fields

Hi everyone and for visiting my blog.

This weeks Color Throwdown Challenge colours are: Red, Pink, Green and Brown and for this weeks card I chose a very, very old wooden stamp from my stash of this cute little mouse and his haul of two strawberries. I coloured the mouse and strawberries using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in colours Red No. 020, Wine Red No. 024, Pink No. 025 and Light Pink No. 026 for the strawberries and Light Green No. 041 and Deep Green No. 044 for the stems. The little mouse I coloured in using Oatmeal No. 064, Light Brown No. 061 and Brown No. 060.

I used another item from my stash in the Strawberry Die and cut some paper scraps in colours Red, Pink, Green and White. I stamped and coloured the mouse and strawberries onto some Bristol Cardstock and lightly blended Distress Oxide Pink Flamingo onto the background after masking off the mouse and his strawberries. I then adhered the card front to the brown card base (again using card from my stash) and finished off the card by adding some Honey Bee Chrystal Gems in Yellow to the centre of the strawberry flowers and I glued 3 tiny wooden lady beetles to the strawberry leaves.

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The card for this weeks color throwdown challenge consists of cardstock in the colours Red, Light Blue, Kraft and Ivory.

For my card this week I used cardstock from my stash. Cream, Red from Kaisercard CD324 Crimson, Light Blue from Kaisercard CD349 Arctic and Kaisercard CD651 Kraft cardstock.

The die I used to cut all of these cards is a die from Catherine Pooler Designs Folk Star Slimline Die. After cutting all the different colour cardstock I then paper pieced different colours of the cardstock to come up with my colour design. I used the center rectangle die from the Spellbinders Flowering Slimline Die and stamped and embossed in black ink and clear embossing powder the phrase ” live life in full bloom” from Paper Rose 17968 Ella’s Garden Rose Bouquet Stamp Set on a scrap piece of Crimson Cardstock. I then adhered it to the card front using double sided foam tape and added paper flowers from my stash in colours Blue, Red and Ivory. To finish the card I used Gem Stickers from Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Afternoon SKU: HBGS-017 and Beach Vibes SKU: HBGS-015.

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Tulips from Amsterdam

This is the card I created for this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge #640 where we had to use the colours Coral, Pink and Green.

Peach cardstock I used for the base was from my stash and the white card front is a piece I die cut from Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I inked the background slightly using Distress Oxide Spun Sugar. The Tulip Stamp is a Simon Says Stamp sss101959 Sketch Tulip Bouquet which I coloured using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Pink Flamingo No. 222 and Light Pink No.026 for the Tulip Flowers and Pale Green No. 045, Light Green No. 041 and Deep Green No. 044 for the leaves. I then fussy cut the image and adhered it to the background using some foam tape. The sentiment I stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink using a sentiment stamp from the Simon Says Stamp sss201900 Delicate Flowers Stamp Set. I stamped this onto a piece of pink cardstock from my stash. Both the card background and card front were die cut using a die from Waffleflower – Slim Lacy Layers Die No. 420494. For a final embellishment on the card I used some Rhinestones from the Kaisercraft Collection in colours Lippy Red RS405 and Soft Pink SB701.

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CTD#639 Wildflowers Australia – A Sunburnt Country

This weeks Colour Throwdown Challenge has asked us to use the colours: Yellow, Orange, Red and Kraft.

So for my entry this week I’ve coloured and blended some Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Distress Oxide Colours Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries.

For the card base I used some Kraft Cardstock from Kaisercraft. After blending the Bristol Cardstock with the distress oxides, I adhered it to the Kraft Cardstock card base with some double sided thick tape. I’ve then die cut some wildflowers from dies I purchased from Craft Dies Australia using White Cardstock (CD601) also from Kaisercraft and adhered them to the card front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. I fashioned a triple bow with yellow, orange and red 3mm ribbon and using a Glue Dot adhered the ribbon to the base of the die cut wildflowers. I also die cut the words “With Love” from more Bristol Cardstock coloured with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide. I cut these words 3 times and stacked them on top of each other for extra dimension. Once I glued this in place I added some Rhinestone Gem Adhesives from Kaisercraft in the colour Lippy Red RS405 to the card front for a little bit of sparkle.

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Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree ………….

This weeks colour throwdown challenge uses the colours Kraft, Green, Yellow and Pink.

I decided to create an “Australiana” card for this challenge. I used kraft cardstock from Kaisercraft for the main card base. For the background card I used Bristol Cardstock and blended two Distress Oxides for the yellow component of the challenge – the colours being Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed.

The gum leaves, flowers, gumnuts and Kookaburra were coloured using more Distress Oxides. I smooshed the colours onto a craft mat and had alot of fun creating and building the different layers of colours to my die cut pieces. I’ve used this technique before but was really impressed by a YouTube Video from AmyR of Prairie Paper and Ink http://Prairie Paper and Ink when she used the same technique for some dies she cut to create her card for that video. The colours for the gum leaves were Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness. The colours I used for the flowers were Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Mustard Seed while the gumnuts and Kookaburra were coloured using Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo.

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I finished off the card with a “Thanks ” die from Paper Rose Studios and used a trio of cardstock. The gum leaves, flowers and gumnuts as well as the Kookaburra sitting on the branch are also dies from Paper Rose Studios. http://Paper Rose Studios

The bottom layer is Kraft Corrugated Cardstock, middle layer is Bristol Cardstock blended with Shabby Shutters and Rustic Wilderness and the “Thanks” was die cut from a piece of card I smooshed using Distress Oxides Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. I then splattered some gold onto the word thanks using some Cadence art and hobby paint in Maya Gold 122. This is a fabulous colour and the gold sparkle is just divine. I decided not to trim the overhanging pieces on the card as I like the look of it just the way it is.

I hope you like my card and look out for a new “Australian” Themed set of cards coming to my blog in the near future.

Apologies for the colours as my camera does not show the colours as clearly as the naked eye.

Mini Art Journal

I had so much fun creating my own Mini Art Journal using a die from the Studio Light – Art by Marlene Cutting Die collection. (StencilBM04)

For the front cover I used a sturdy cardstock purchased from Officeworks and then covered it with store bought wrapping paper.  I then fashioned an elastic closure using Black Hat Elastic, a bead, bell and red tassel that I had squirreled away in my stash.

For all of the pages I used Mixed Media Cardstock and sprayed them with various colours of sprays from Kaisercraft Iridescent Spray and Dylusions Shimmer Sprays.  Once all the pages were dry I created my pages using various mediums that I had to hand.  Each of these pages were created over time and when I felt like doing a little quick art journaling.

I’m sorry I can’t give you more details regarding a lot of the materials that I have used from my stash as the original packaging was thrown away.  This is an ongoing issue I have when I tidy up – always throwing things away that I really should be keeping.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the Photographic Flip Through of my Mini Art Journal.

I am still trying to get my head around a video editing program so that I can start putting videos on both my blog and YouTube, however it still might take a bit of time.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Red and White Gnome Page

I fussy cut an image I found in one of my “Daphnes Diary” Magazines.  On the background of this page I used a stencil from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection THS006 Dot Fade Layering Stencil and I used a phrase from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk” booklet.

Pink Heart Pot Plant

Again I found an image from a Daphnes Diary Magazine which I fussy cut for the main focal point of this page.  The stickers also came from the same magazine. The background stamps I used on this page came from various stamps sets in my stash.


Stickers came from a Daphne’s Diary Magazine (should get a free subscription for all the plugs I’ve done on this blog post!)

Some of the flowers and hearts I’ve fussy cut from old 12” x 12” patterned paper from my stash.  The black butterfly I die cut using a die from my stash and again I’ve used a cut out from the “Transfer Me” – “Beautiful Heaven” transfer sheet SKU-DMCDP1465

Ginger Cat

The ginger cat was stamped onto Bristol 250gsm Smooth Cardstock using a stamp from Katzelcraft.  The branch I stamped with black ink using a stamp from the Altenew Collection – Forever and a Day.

Hot Air Balloon

For this page I used a die I bought from Kaisercraft – Hot Air Balloon and paper pieced the balloon colours using various scraps of cardstock.  I always keep all the scraps of cardstock as they are great for small pieces like this. Again some of the background visual texture come from various stamps in my stash.  I also used some cut outs from “Transfer Me” – “Beautiful Heaven” SKU-DMCDP1465 transfer sheets (a new product for me) which I came across when I was watching a YouTube video from Vicky Papaioannou.  These transfer sheets are so easy to use and make excellent visual texture for your journal backgrounds.

Honey Bear

The Bear Stamp on this page is an old stamp I bought when I was first starting out in my Art Journaling/Mixed Media foray.  The stamp is from Kaszazz an Australian Owned and Operated craft company.  I found a small bee hive sticker and bees which I fussy cut also from scraps from my stash.

These little journals are a great way to use up all those scraps of cardstock that have been squirrelled away. Lol

Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabay

Sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest places.  This page was created from a poster I salvaged from an Australian Geographic Magazine. I used a brick stencil for some of the background and coloured it using Distress Ink “Rusty Hinge”. I then stamped some of the background using a little Kangaroo stamp from Couture Creations C0727987 “Sweeping Plains”.  I then tried my hand at some Aboriginal Art using Posca Pens.  Might add that I don’t think I’ll become an acclaimed Indigenous Artist any time soon.


This little squirrel was fussy cut from a page from Daphnes Diary. I used a green Posca pen to doodle images on the background and used a phrase from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk” Sticker book.


Another fussy cut treasure from the Daphnes Diary Magazine.  I cut and glued the Paris Skyline onto the page then used an Eiffel Tower Charm and a World Sticker from my stash for embellishments on this page.  I then cut the “Life is an Adventure” quote from Paper Roses Big Black and White Sentiments Sheets.


This was a simple page again using inspiration from a Daphnes Diary Magazine I have here in my craft room. Behind most of the little windows I’ve glued small embellishments using up bits and pieces from my stash.  These are mostly left overs I’ve kept from my Scrapbooking Days.

Believe in the Magic

The gnome stamp came from my stash and I stamped it onto Bristol 250gsm Smooth Cardstock and coloured the gnome using my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers.  I’ve found the Bristol Cardstock great when using the Zig markers as they blend so smoothly on this type of card.  The snowflakes and pine trees were stamped using stamps from my stash.