Less is More Red, White and Blue

Hello lovely ladies !

Well I can’t remember the last time I took part in a challenge and can hardly remember how to blog but I’ve been forced out of semi retirement by the fantastic challenge over at Less is More whose theme for this week is Red, White and Blue.

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Now this may look a very simple card but the red, white and blue background was anything but to achieve. I used marbling paint to get the effect which basically means making a huge mess with paper ,water and a kind of gooey thickening agent, having said that it was huge fun and each piece is totally different and the whole process is very additive. Needless to say I have tons of marbled paper to play with.

I used a spellbinders heart and a couple of stick pins and raised the heart up with foam.

Do pop over to Less is More as there are some amazing entries and once again the DT has worked its magic.

Take care

Marie

Happy Birthday Sandie !

As you all know my blog posts have been few and far between over the past months but today a very special lady is celebrating her birthday and some lovely blogging friends have decided to throw her a surprise linky party.

Sandie and I where team mates at ATCAS for quite a long time , she is one fun loving and talented lady and I wouldn’t miss her birthday for anything so..

A HUGE happy birthday from me wishing you a fabulous day surrounded by friends and loved ones .

A simple card made with my Cameo and papermania Kraft card Ive added some pretty DP underneath and some foam squares to give a little dimension. Hope you like it Sanide

If you would like to join in the birthday celebrations you can pop over to the lovely Kylie’s blog ( I miss you Smiley ) and find out all of the details and see all of the amazing cards that people have made for our dear friend.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend

Take care

Marie

Shadow Box Tutoriorial Using Silhouette Cameo

Hello lovely ladies !

Its been so long since I blogged so long I nearly forgot how to do it !! Not only that but I don’t know how to start except to say I have missed you all and apologize for not visiting.

For those of you that have followed me in the past a little update on my health, am finally without crutches yippee !!! am back to work a few days a week for a couple of hours at a time. Mr P has been amazing through it all and I have been spoilt rotten ( thoroughly deserved of course ) While I’ve been away I’ve been crafting for myself and I really enjoyed it I have to say . So much so I joined a few FB groups mainly about die cutting , as you all know I love my Cameo and was lucky enough to receive the Cricut Explore another electronic die cutting machine from my mum for Christmas so now its double trouble and double the mess.

Ok so why am I here ? well……….the lovely ladies on my FB groups have asked for a tutorial on how I make my shadow boxes , many asked for a video but I don’t have a camera of the video variety and I can just about manage my blog ! so here is my tutorial in picture form BE WARNED PHOTO HEAVY.

Before I continue I would just like to point out that I am no expert, this is the way I do it and I’m sure there is an easier way to do this so feel free to jump in and help out.

Ok here goes , what you will need

A picture frame ( I’m using a Ribba frame from Ikea 23 x23 cm )

An electronic cutting machine ( I’m using my Cameo , what a surprise ! )

Card stock of your choice I find 220gsm Canson to be adequate

Vellum at least 110 gsm

Led tea light or strip light mine are from ikea, I use the Ledberg strip light as you can stick it to the wall and you can make it as long or short as you like

Adhesive of your choice, I use my 3m ATG for this

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I’ve used two Silhouette studio files, firstly the blinds Design ID #19600 and the children Design ID #69877 both can be found on the silhouete store both of these designs are by Hero Arts.

This is what the Ribba frame looks like taken apart,  its shown here without the glass or back cover.

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The square paper frame insert is not used in this particular shadow box so go ahead and put it to one side .

In the Silhouette software I make a square 23 x23 cm and offset it to the desired size depending on how much or how little I want the central design to show . In order to weld the images we have to make a compound path otherwise when we press the weld button everything disapears . Thanks to you tube I was able to figure this out many moons ago as this kept on happening to me, thank goodness for you tube ! So for those of you that dont know how to make a compound path just select the inner square making sure that is in the centre of the larger square , you can use your align tool for this , then hold down the shift key and select the outer square both will become highlighted next select make compound path.

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Ok so now we are ready to insert our first design in this case the blind

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Make sure that the edges of the blind overlap slightly the inner frame otherwie they wont weld, select the weld button and you should end up with the picture below, hit the cut button and you’re good to go. I use speed 7 or 8 pressure 33 and speed 4 for this weight cardtock oh and I have to double cut too.

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Were ready to make the second frame using the same procedure as for the first above just make sure that your images for the blind and the children are of a similar size internally so that they line up nicely in the frame.

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Last but not least I cut a piece of vellum to fit the back of my frame which is 25 x 25 cm.

On to assembly

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Here I have inserted the blind with the good side facing outwards and on top of that the wooden picture mount that comes with the frame its the third item in my second photo this gives depth to the images.

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The children are placed on top of the photo mount and then secured with the metal clips inside the frame.

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This is what it looks like with the vellum attached to the back, I use my atg gun to do this it sticks pretty well but can be removed easily it I want to change the inside. Just to point out that mine are sitting on a narrow shelf in my craft room they are not hanging because I like to have them lit by Led lights . If you want to hang them you can place the vellum directly on top of the last image and then close with the metal clips that way you are able to hang them

This is what they look like lit up

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I was overwhelmed by the response to these boxes on FB and for all of your lovely comments and questions. I do hope this goes in some way to answering all of your questions but please feel free to leave comments and ask away. Please bare with me on replying as I am sharing these on three FB groups as it takes a little time getting back to you all.

Wishing you all well

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #53 Dots and Goodbye

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a new challenge at ATCAS.

We have a fantastic new code word for you this time chosen by the one and only Loll the lovely ! So what has this gorgeous and talented lady chosen .

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Cameo from head to toe, sorry about the poor light but I think it makes it look quite atmospheric lol !

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This is a rhinestone pattern but I chose to frame it instead,  made by my lovely Cameo of course.

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS the design team have come up with some amazing cards to inspire you all and of course we still have the very talented Linda with us as guest designer.

We are also sponsored by Inspired by stamping who are offering a most generous $20 gift voucher woo hoo !

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`This unfortunately will be my last post as DT member at ATCAS due to ill health I’m unable to give of my best and feel it is time for me to step down. I’ve had an amazing two years and can’t thank Smiley Kylie for the wonderful opportunity. Not only is she an amazing boss but a wonderful friend. Also a big thank you to the rest of the team who have put up with me during my difficult time and for their support and love. Also a big thank you to my followers who have cheered me up no end with their positive words and wonderful cards.

Here are a few pictures of where I have been hiding for the last five weeks

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This is a decompression chamber , looks a bit like a submarine doesn’t it that or the tube !

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Here is me and the gang( I’m on the left ) and no I’m not the one with the moustache !

I have to visit the hospital every day for six weeks which is why I have found it difficult catching up with you all. I have met some amazing people and made some great friends we have laughed and cried together, mainly laughed thank goodness , everyone is so supportive and that has made the whole process a lot easier,  I will miss them all when my treatment ends.

Hopefully I will be back blogging soon so until then

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #51 Tag

Hello lovely ladies .

A huge thank you to all who took part in our Vellum challenge at ATCAS so many fabulous entries and so little time to choose my winner. Tune back in to ATCAS on Monday to find out who our lucky winners are.

Time for a new code word and our hostess for the next two weeks is the very talented Vicki who has chosen…….

Great code word don’t you agree !

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Two Cameo creations, shame about the photo’s winter is playing havoc with my photography !

I wonder did anyone notice my new watermark bottom right hand corner , courtesy of the lovely and talented Kylie my boss from Kylie is Addicted to Stamps. For anyone interested in having a beautiful made to measure watermark created then pop on over to her blog for more information. I’m as pleased as punch with mine , that little doglet on my watermark is my baby Molly.

We have a wonderful sponsor this time round StampArt Design

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Five free digs for the lucky winner

We also welcome a brand new guest designer at ATCAS the lovely and talented Linda from Creepin Along.

We do hope you will join us at ATCAS it’s always a pleasure to visit your blogs I’m always so inspired by your creativity.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #50 Vellum

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a brand new challenge over at ATCAS, we have a fantastic code word for you this time round and I should know cos I chose it !!!!!

Yes I’m your hostess for the next fortnight but sorry no drinks trolley this time round due to my immobility but I have created a little bar in the corner , so if you would like to file past in an orderly fashion and help yourselves I would be very grateful. Trying to push a drinks trolley whilst on crutches is a recipe for disaster.

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I love vellum and use it in many of my cards especially for envelopes,however this time round I made the envelope and forgot to photograph it and now its too dark .

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Now here’s a first for me I actually like a card I made, yep no whingeing or complaining from me I love it and it looks so much better in real life, but where is the vellum you may ask well……

I used my Cameo to cut this gorgeous image it took several goes as this really is a very detailed image it required several passes and a new blade but I got there in the end. I tore up some vellum and laid it at angles behind the image and added two weeny bits of green vellum behind the leaves. I created a frame with the cameo, some foam and a computer generated sentiment and there you have it. Unfortunately the Vellum is not showing up so well in the photo but believe you me it’s there and it looks fabulous !!!! Did I just say fabulous,  wow I may need to go and lie down.

Our guest designer the fabulous Hannelie is still with us and she along with the rest of the amazing DT have come up with some outstanding cards , so why not pop on over to ATCAS and feast your eyes and maybe join in.

We are once again sponsored by Scribbles Designs who are offering three digs to the winner

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Thank you all so much for your amazing entries for our Stencil challenge we had so many amazing entries I know our Kylie is in a bit of a pickle trying to choose her winners.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #49 Stencil

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a brand new challenge at ATCAS. The boss woman Smiley Kylie is your hostess for the next two weeks and what has our fabulous and fun leader chosen to inspire us all……..

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Leave it to our Kylie to choose something bang on trend !

I was quite excited when I saw this code word mainly because having my darling Cameo enables me to make stencils from just about any design or material. That was the easy part but actually choosing one was more difficult and I ended up being really boring and choosing a heart. That’s not to say I didn’t go through a tonne of stencils, embossing paste and Dylusions . It seems like the old mojo is still on vacation, never mind though I had fun trying and that’s what really counts isn’t it !

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Sorry about the bad photo its been a glorious week here in Greece until I wanted to take my photo of course.

I spray painted a piece of  card stock in gold and made a stencil with my Cameo, I used shiny embossing paste and when dry added a touch of gold leaf hither and thither , what a  BIG MISTAKE ! that stuff gets everywhere ! I’m enjoying gold leafing at the moment  as it’s really quick and very effective, apart from the cleaning up that is ! A few sequins added willy nilly and topped off with a frame made by madame Cameo.

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS the DT have created some amazing cards for your perusal and we have a brand new guest designer the amazing Hannelie from Desert Diva, I do hope you will all join in and welcome this super  talented lady.

We also once again sponsored by Stamp Art Design who are offering five free digis !

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Wishing you all a super weekend and sending extra big hugs to Kylie as I know she’s had a pretty tough week

Ta ra for now

Marie

Addicted to CAS #48 Cuddly

Hello lovely ladies

Time for a brand new challenge at ATCAS and for the next fortnight our lovely and talented Michele is your hostess . Michele has chosen a super code word for us this time round and the DT have once again outdone themselves and created some amazing cards.

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Lots of things came to mind for this code word firstly my lovely husband but he wasn’t prepared to be photographed . I did try to get a snap shot  of him but you would of thought I was the paparazzi trying to get a pic of a politician coming out of a starlets home at 5.00am in the morning ! Definitely ” no press ” from Mr P. The doglets next but I couldn’t  get a group shot of  the three little buggers as they kept fidgeting ! So my next thought was this …….

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An old comfy sofa that we had many years ago it was guaranteed that if you sat on it for more than 10 minutes you would fall asleep and it was our families favourite spot for cuddles. The four of us would pile on when the boys were little and read stories or watch TV, 10 minutes later we would all be snoozing blissfully away. The sofa is long gone but its memories are as clear as day.

My fab non cuddly Cameo helped me out here, I paper pieced the sofa and popped it up with foam the sentiment lamp and border are all created with the Cameo.

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS it’s always a pleasure to see your amazing creations and the lucky winner will receive 3 super digs from Scribbles Designs from their online store.

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Before I go a huge, a huge thank you for all for the beautiful cards I received this week, more tears from me after seeing these  amazing pieces of art and for all of your kind words,  they are all proudly displayed in my living room. You ladies really are the best and I have to say my spirits have been lifted immensely by your kindness. Not only that but Mr P became a little teary eyed reading your messages and was very impressed with your card making skills. Im making the rounds slowly with my thank you’s so please bear with me. I will be having another MRI this week my specialist wants to operate to relieve pressure in my bone marrow, so fingers crossed that I get good results and don’t have to have surgery.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #47 Oriental

Hello lovely ladies and gents ( yes I had a gent commenting this week )

This past week has been a real roller coaster for me so hope you don’t mind if I share a little of what has been going on before I get to my ATCAS card.

As many of you know I have being having problems with the old leglet for several months now , a damaged bone and bone marrow issues all of which have put me on bed rest and in quite a lot of pain. Now for most people the chance to be at home for a couple of months and released of all duties might be a welcome break but not for me . I can’t sit for more than a few minutes and lying down is even more painful so it’s really cramped my style as I’m quite active. Plus the fact that Mr P also has been having leg issues, bone spurs in his heel extremely painful but he has taken over the reigns in all departments and suffered in silence , well nearly in  silence you know how boys can be. To top the lot our baby dog Molly  started limping and we have been told she needs a knee operation !!!!!. So could the person with the voodoo doll give this poor family a break at least in the leg department people think we are joking when they come to our home and see us all limping !

Anyways this last week I was at a really low ebb the Molly situation was the last straw , there has also been a break in, police, guns and a brave husband but that’s a whole blog post on its own and will save for another day . I felt ready to give up but after returning from a few days at my beach house ( only managed to swim twice this year ) I found out that the lovely Kylie and Darnell had been in cahoots arranging a linky party for me at Addicted to Stamps and More  ! I nearly cried my good leg off , I couldn’t stop for  over an hour I was and am so touched by these wonderful ladies and for everyone who took part creating amazing cards to wish me well and cheer me up .  I can never thank you enough for your kindness and thoughtfulness you have given me the will to go on and fight and put a smile back on my face for the first time in months. So a HUGE, HUGE thank you all and especially to my team mates who are the most amazing bunch of lovely and caring ladies and have put up with me for so long .  Oops here come those tears again…. better move on to our new challenge at ATCAS before bloggers blindness takes over !

Our code word for the next fortnight has been chosen by our lovely and talented Sylvia.

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Sylvia I loved your code word as I love anything Oriental especially the food ! Not to mention that my son’s band is called Chinese Basement and I nearly used the cover of their new CD lol !

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I have a beautiful book of Oriental prints so I printed this pattern onto acetate and placed it within the frame . The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto vellum. The translation is thank you very ,very much so quite fitting I think you will agree.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge but if you’re feeling a little stuck why not pop over to ATCAS my fellow team mates have created some stunning cards for your inspiration. We would also like to welcome our newest Guest Designer for september  the one and only Tenia from Jazzy Paper designs if you don’t know Tenia and I very much doubt it unless you have been under a rock for the last few years then get on over and get acquainted.

We are sponsored once again by the fabulous Stamp Art Design who are offering five digs to our lucky winner.

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Hope you all managed to stay till the end !

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thank you all once again

Love to you all .

Marie

Addicted To CAS Challenge #46 Luxury

Hello lovely ladies

Welcome to a new challenge at ATCAS which for the next week, yes that’s right for one week only  is being hosted by the super talented Sandie from London Days.

So come and see what the lovely Sandie chose for her code word.

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Well I have to admit I struggled a little with this one, luxury has so many different connotations , I started thinking about the obvious things, fast cars, boats, travel, shoes, gin, shoes, gin handbags, did I mention gin ?. None of the above really inspired me and I was left with several unfinished cards . I had one thought that kept going around and around in my little noggin  and in the end gave in……

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This is my luxury……

Lady Cameo once again helped out , I paper pieced this super simple drawing ( took forever ) as my bin can testify and made a simple frame using my Spellbinders Card creator dies.

I liked the simplicity of it so much I made a framed version and hung it over our bed.

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So what does luxury mean to you ? Now if you’re in need of a little inspiration then why not pop over to ATCAS to see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire us .

We have a fabulous sponsor for you this week Inspired by Stamping

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The lucky winner will receive $15 gift voucher to spend at their store.

I would also like to play along with a new challenge to me  A Creative Romance , its my first time playing along with these talented ladies and as they are looking to see some Kraft on our cards I think mine fits the bill !

Sadly the lovely Lyndal our guest Designer will be leaving us this week  its been a real pleasure to have her with us at ATCAS this month.

Cant wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge , it’s always a pleasure to view your card so much inspiration , what a talented bunch of crafters you are.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Take care

Marie