Bloggers Bum !

If any one has read my blog from the begining ( and I very much doubt it ) then  they will have read that I fall in and out of love quite easily, my current crush is of course card making or so I thought. It seems though that I’m actually spending more time blogging (well not actually blogging) but trying to learn how to. If I’m not doing that then I’m looking at other peoples or commenting or having raving tissy fits cos I’m jealous !

The upshot of it is that instead of being inspired by everything I see, you wonderful people out there are depressing me. ! Your all so talented ! Before it was just me and I thought ok I can do this but know I’ve met you so to speak I realise I’m not as good as I thought I was.

And what is worst of all I’ve got bloggers bum ! not only is it getting bigger but it also hurts from too much sitting !

Am uploading a few of my previous works just to show you that instead of just moaning I have actually made a few cards in the past .

Goodnight to all

Marie X

Is it spring yet ?

Well is it ? not here in Greece it isn’t. Yesterday I entered a challenge with the theme oh for the wings of a bug and it got me in the mood for butterflies  and thoughts of spring hence the next card which is full of those lovely fluttery creatures.

I used CI backing paper and cut some lovely butterflies with my Silhouette and then passed them through my texture boutique  then coloured with Ranger Distress inks, a little sentiment from SU and there you have it my version of spring.


Stylish Blogger Award

It must be a mistake an oversight a something, but I checked and double checked . It was my name alright but  an oversight surely .

Well it seems that Elizabeth has had a mad moment and nominated me for the stylish bloggers award , I reckon that new bright lamp that she has been using lately has done something to her eyesight ! Until she regains all her senses and takes it back I would like to thank her for all her comments and support she has given when she is obviously so busy, she always has the time to comment on my little offerings,

So thank you so so much

Just a few little tidbits about me.

I am British but have been living in Greece for the past 22yrs, I am a jewellery designer and shop owner, I used to love the outdoor life until I discovered crafting now am enjoying the indoor  life !

I was born in Liverpool and moved to London in 1977 , met my hubby in Greece on holiday ( he’s Greek ) in 1984 and as they say the rest is history it’s been one hell of a holiday romance , came to Greece in 89 and have been here ever since. Two kids , two dogs and a perfect hubby

Marie x

Just for fun challenge

Yes another challenge but not really a challenge at all . While I was out blog hopping yesterday I came across a lovely site which has weekly challenges  the whole purpose of this particular site is to participate in their challenges just for the fun of it, no prizes no gimmicks just good honest to goodness fun !

I like the idea of this as I am a novice only been crafting for three months and its a huge learning curve for me. I am constantly amazed at all of the techniques there are , what with bubble wrap, salt and shaving foam ! I can’t keep up.

So am entering this challenge with the the name of oh for the wings of a bug

I used Crafty Individuals backing paper ( again ) Three layers of embossing  with SU white embossing powder using little flower jumbo wheel stamp, my butterfly was cut with my Silhouette stamped with CI script stamp and I applied Ranger distress ink to the edges Just for the fun of it.


Another Challenge

Have done it again ! Two challenges in one day ! and three blog entries , is blogging going to be my new love ? Whilst I was cruising the web came  I came across  a lovely site with lots of lovely tagging going on. challenge was spring pay it forward and it had to be a tag with a spring theme so here’s mine.

I used …….yes you’ve guessed it CI stamps again………and Ranger distress embossing powder on the bird
and encore metalic gold for the script stamp .

Hope you like it

Marie x

Crazy Amigos Scraplings challenge

Well I’ve gone and done it I have actually taken part in a challenge , or I think I have .
This blogging lark is very new to me and am learning something new every day, not sure if I have posted my entry or its just sitting out there in crafting limbo land floating about waiting to find a home. Anyway the challenge was to make a scrapling  ( new one on me) well and to  any one like me who didn’t know what a scrapling is, it is a card that has to be 8.5 x 1.5 inches folded so that’s a super long skinny card/quite like the idea of it really.

I used ( and I said I was going to give them a break ) Crafty Individual stamp well it is a challenge and they are my favourite, Ranger broken china and brushed corduroy distress inks and SU old olive ink. Plus a little backing papaer from CI who’s colour I inverted and embossed with white embossing powder using the SU tiny flowers wheel.

Hope you enjoy.

Swirly Whirly.

You have been warned ! As I mentioned yesterday I got a care package from a kind friend back home, and as promised  (if there is anyone following this blog ) my next few attempts will be with my new stamps and inks.

Got all carried away with with the Baroque Motif stamp as you can see.

I used rich razzlelberry ( just love that name ) and wild wasabi
inks from SU along with their Baroque Motif stamps. hope you like it

Care Package

A really good friend of my from England knowing my stash situation , or should I say the lack of it sent me a care package yesterday. It was mainly full of Stampin Up goodies and my most invaluable glue dots.

I will be giving my beloved  crafty Individuals stamps a rest for a little while and boring you with my new ones , although this card does use CI backing paper see just love them so much.

I used Crafty Individuals Backing paper which I copied onto photopaper and inverted the colours to give me a glorious green blue colour ( can’t really tell by the photo) then I embossed with white embossing powder From SU added blue and green ribbon and the SU sentiment .

Hope you like it.

Marie x

Valentines For Hubby !

I feel really guilty (again) have been sitting in my craft room ah hem…… if you can call it that for the past three months , ensconced far away from the family only to emerge for food and bathroom privileges oh and of course to show to the  other half my latest creation.
Before I started this new love affair with card making I used to send him cards all the time but since I started I have made them for everyone else except him, I show him of course and he nods his head and says oh that’s the best one yet every time, but I havn’t actually given him one.

I thought today I would remedy that but before I could finish making it he’s upped and gone out ! So who knows maybe I will give it to him next year. !

I used my trusty Silhouette to cut the heart and stamped the image with Stampin Up Baroque Motif stamp and sentiment with black and white ink.

Stash But No Cash !

As I wrote in my previous diary entry I had ”  A  Stash ” or so I thought but it turns out that I don’t really have one at all ! There is always something missing I always seem to be waiting for something else to complete it. My most common used phrase is  ” if only I had ……….. there is no end to it, and its seems that I can hardly finish a project because I’m missing that vital something that will turn it into a decent card.

I have turned into a shopaholic , a craftoholic .I spend more time searching for new goodies than I actually do making anything ! Of course by the time my new goodies are delivered I have moved on to something else something even more essential , yikes !

My desk is piled high with inks and sprays and mists and brushes you name it , its here staring me in the face begging to be used  daring me to put them to the test, but I cant because I just don’t have  that missing ingredient .

Maybe it will be in my next parcel !