Monday, 7 September 2020

Reawakening in spring - mini album

 Hello, fellow papercrafters

Today's inspiration is a mini album that features Fabscraps' beautiful C124 Reawakening collection. Such lovely, water-colour effect flowers.

I don't have much to say about the creative process - with such pretty papers, one does not have to do much to achieve a stunning end result. I mostly cut the paper mats to size, distressed the edges and added a few pieces of torn vellum paper and a few embellishments.

 Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith

Forget-me-not explosion box

 Spring is all about blossoms and blooms.

Today I bring inspiration with an explosion box that features the pretty forget-me-not papers by Lemoncraft.

I added lace leaves and a selection of chipboard elements that are exclusively available from The Purple Magnolia’s online store. These were hest-embossed with mixed media embossing powder.

Have a happy day

Marie Smith

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

New beginnings: Spread your wings mixed media canvas

Good morning, fellow crafters
Only when I started creating today's post did I realise how long ago I posted. Will need to catch up by sharing some recent projects.
Today I am sharing instructions for an easy mixed media canvas.

It is an easy project, firstly, because it is a smaller canvas and therefore not as intimidating as a large blank canvas staring back at you.

If you have not tried your hand at mixed media, I encourage you to do give it a try. Remember, crafting and creating is not about creating something that is "perfect" - it is all about the creative process, relaxing and letting go.

  • For this project you will need:
  • ·        Fabscraps 20x20cm square artist canvas
  • ·        Fabscraps silver charms corset
  • ·        Fabscraps silver charms rose
  • ·        Fabscraps C123 New beginnings
  • ·        C123-005 or C123-006 paper sheet for cutting out a cluster of roses
  • ·        Paper flowers in dusty pink and purple
  • ·        Glass pebble
  • ·        SnipArt chipboard butterfly
  • ·        Stencils
  • ·        Texture paste
  • ·        All purpose inks in ash rose and orchid odyssey
  • ·        Glitter and mixed media mica flakes
  • ·        Mixed media embossing powder lilac
  • ·        Embossing ink pad or dauber
  • ·        Opal magic rose gold paint
  • ·        Copper metallic craft paint
  • ·        Dark purple acrylic ink
  • ·        Heat tool
  • ·        Pipette
  • ·        Glue
  • ·        Die-cut leaves/twigs in metallic rose gold cardstock
  • ·        White gesso
  • ·        Spritzer bottle with water
  • ·        White skeleton leaf
Paint the canvas with white gesso and allow to dry.
Cut out a flower cluster from the C123-005 of C123-006 paper sheet
Apply texture paste through stencils in areas shown on the picture. Allow to dry.
With pipette, apply drops only a few of all-purpose inks.
Spritz with water to allow ink to flow in between stencilled areas. Allow to dry. You may use a heat tool to speed up the process.
Apply embossing ink to chipboard butterfly.
Sprinkle with embossing powder and melt with heat tool. 
Apply a thin layer of metallic copper craft ink to the corset charm. Allow to dry.
Paint rose charm with dark purple acrylic paint. When dry, dab opal magic rose gold paint to the edges of some of the petals of the rose. Allow to dry.
Apply a thin layer of opal magic to the glass pebble.
Adhere cut-out rose cluster and all embellishments to the canvas
Apply glitter and mixed media mica flakes in some of the areas on the canvas.

Do visit our online store for your supplies.
happy crafting, until next time.
Marie Smith

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Sentimental story

Hello, fellow crafters
Today I am sharing a single page scrapbook layout that I really enjoyed putting together.
I have wanted to use the sentimental story sheet with elements for cutting for a very long time and today, eventually, the plan came together.

The layout features a studio75 paper for the background and flowers fussy cut from Fabrika Sentimental story.
Handmade foamiran flowers.
The textured piece at the top was made using Prima icing paste spread onto an embossing folder and left to dry before peeling it off.
Here are closeup photos showing details.

The frames are from the Mintay frames booklet.
The Sentimental story cut-out sheet, foamiran flowers and frames booklet are all available in our online store
Happy crafting, until next time
Marie Smith.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Quick flower-shaping demonstration - Lady E Flower 9

Today I am sharing a quick video demonstrating how I shaped these flowers that were made using the largest die from the Lady E Design dies Flower 9 set.

The flowers were die-cut from 240gsm smooth cardstock then coloured with daubers and Ranger archival ink in rose madder and Versamagic Pixie dust.

Tools used to shape the flowers:

* Foam flower-shaping mat

* Self-closing tweezers

* Ball flower-shaping tool from Heartfelt Creations

The dies and all the tools are available in our online store

Happy crafting

Marie Smith

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sunny day with cheerful pansies

Wense vir ‘n sonnige dag. 
May you enjoy a sunny day.
Heartfelt Creations cheerful pansies arranged on layers from the Heartfelt Creations Royal elegance frame set. The A5 format of the card leaves lots of space for a personal, hand-written message inside.
Afrikaanse wense stel stempels - beste kwaliteitvpolymer stempels wat deursigtig is vir perfekte plasing 

Products can be found at the links below.
Happy crafting
Marie Smith

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Pretty flowering dogwood framing an elaborate oval lace frame

Good morning, on an early autumn morning. The sun is just starting to rise and a camera just cannot capture the real beauty of it.
Today’s inspiration is an A5 card, perfect for when you have a longer message to write to the recipient.
The card features the newly-released Heartfelt Creations Elaborate oval die set. I used only 2 of the 6 dies in the pack and embellished the card with some of the flowering dogwood flowers from my previously-made stash. I love making a couple of flowers in my favourite colour combinations, then it is quick to put together a card when I need one. We all have our favourite colours that we use over and over again. If you missed my short video tutorial for making these pretty flowers, hop over to my Youtube channel. I will repeat the link below.
The leaves with veins were cutvusing a Craft Passion die and I added two filler stems to add lenghtvand texture to my floral arrangement.
Please follow the links (Click on the purple words) if you want more information on the items used.
Elaborate oval die set -
Leaves die
Flower pearls
Video tutorial for flowering dogwood
Have a happy day
Marie Smith

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