Thursday, April 11, 2013

Top Talent Thursday

Welcome back to Our Creative Corner. I would like to introduce once again a very talented lady who designs gorgeous cards/creations in the Vintage style, so if you like this genre then you will love her work.

It is my pleasure as always to present to you this week, all the way from the north of England, the winner of ‘Fabric Flowers and a Crown’ Challenge, our Top Talent this Thursday:

Let us get to know her a little......

1) Where do you live?  
I live in a 200-year old cottage just outside a tiny village in Northumberland, which is very close to the Scottish Border. Because of the frequent battles between the Scots and the English in past times we have lots of castles in our locality, the most famous being Alnwick Castle which was used as Hogwarts School of Wizardry in the early Harry Potter movies. The scenery in this area is amazing - gorgeous coastline, beautiful national parks and of course, The Cheviots - a range of hills protecting us from the worst of the weather. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

2) Describe yourself in 5 words.  
Well, other people might say I was "grey-haired, unfit and slightly overweight" but I'd say I was a silver-haired foxy lady having way too much fun for a pensioner! Yes, I know thats more than 5 words but since I reached 60, I've stopped counting things - especially years and calories!

3) What colour inspires your creativity?
I love vintage colours - creams, dusky pinks, pale greens and browns. Although sometimes its rich colours like maroon and chocolate that make me long to create. I recently visited an exhibition of vintage clothing and could hardly keep my fingers away from the gorgeous materials they used.

4) If you have lost your Mojo, how do you go about getting it back?
I visit the blogs of very creative people - Lynne Moncreif of Adorn, Astrid Maclean of Astrid's Artistic Efforts, Laura at Laurart and Rebecca at Paper Primrose are just a few of my favourites and I soon see something fabulous that gives me a buzz. Entering challenges is also great, especially when you are given a theme, colour or inspirational picture to give you a kickstart. I really enjoyed the Shabby Chic challenge on Our Creative Corner and being chosen as the winner gave me a real confidence boost.

5) How long have you been crafting and what made you start crafting?   
I've only been enjoying this lovely hobby since I took early retirement from my office job six years ago and found I had some free time at last! My Japanese daughter-in-law did wonderful origami and got me started on that and I still find it fascinating what you can create with paper and card. All the inking, paints and embellishments came along later and now I'm venturing into mixed media and thoroughly enjoying getting messy.

6) What is your favourite holiday/event to make crafts for?  
I love to make books and boxes which are special to an individual (or couple) so I guess my favourite is anything that's a life event like getting married, moving house, the birth of a child or a special anniversary that I can really go to town on. I've made my little house book specially for some friends who are moving shortly and hope it will give them some pleasure over a very hectic and trying time. I'd like to think it would become a keepsake.

And this is what Margie had to say about the project she made.

“My New Home book was inspired by a wonderful book called In This House (and its companion In This Garden) by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn. There are loads of ideas for little houses, including a template and lots of images you can cut out and use in your own artwork. The papers are the delicious Websters Pages and I added lots of little trinkets and bits from my stash”.

Absolutely gorgeous Margie, thank you so much for being our 'Thursday's Top Talent' and sharing such wonderful inspiration with us.
It is worth a minute of your time to pay her a visit.

Margie’s Blog:

And one more paragraph from me.....
This is my last posting  as co-ordinator for Top Talent Thursday, I want to say a very 'Big Thank You' not only to all my OCC teamies, but to everyone that I have corresponded with over the last 6months, you have all been a delight to work with and I have enjoyed and savoured the inspiration each week, I am going to miss not only highlighting the winners, but the pure pleasure of knowing that I bring a smile to a face when one is in the spotlight here as our Top Talent.
Fear not, I am not disappearing from blogland just from here!


"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


  1. WOW! Margie that is a beautiful creation! I absolutely adore it and it will go in my inspiration stash - I love creating books and this is such a super one! You are so talented! Well done on being the Thursday Top Talent - It was very well deserved. Thanks for mentioning me! I am very honoured - but of course I go to your blog for inspiration too!!! And to Sue, so sorry to hear you aren't going to be co-ordinater anymore - You were so helpful to me with my never ending questions! ;o)and I have no doubt you made it a wonderful time for the other talented artists too - You will be missed! Lots of love from Laura xxxxxx

  2. Świetny i pomysłowy albumik, bardzo mi się podoba:))

  3. An absolutely gorgeous project, Margie... It appeals on all sorts of levels - love little books, love dollshouses and miniature houses, love those papers, love each different set of images page to page - a real delight!

    Thank you so much for all your hard work Sue - OCC is such a great site, with an amazing team... I know they'll miss you!
    Alison x


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