Artful Times " Tags "

This may be my very last post on blogger enough is enough ! After working hard the last year or so on my blog it seems that Blogger is trying to thwart me at every step. It is refusing to burn my posts and not sending notifications to all of my followers. The traffic to my site has become greatly reduced and even insists I don’t have a blog !!!.  I wont bore you with all of the details but I have set up an account with WordPress and hope to have it running within the next few days. I would like to thank each and every one of you that has supported me over the last year and do hope you will follow me on WordPress otherwise I’m going to be a very lonely blogger . So keep your eyes peeled for an email notification from me.

Artful Times is a new challenge blog which has been set up by three of the former members of JFF, this was one of the first challenges I entered when I started crafting just over a year ago and the talented and very humorous ladies, Von, Neet and Sam have been very supportive ever since. This is their first challenge and they have made it very easy for us ” Tags ” I made a few quick tags not by best work ladies but my ” nerves ” and I are at the end of my tether ( it took three attempts to post this ) blogger just deleted my posts on its own and I had to start all over again very frustrating to say the least, lets see what happens with this fourth attempt.

Simple tag don’t know who the DP belongs to as the cover has come off the pad , what a surprise !!! I cut an aperture with Spellbinders postage stamp die , the stamp is SU  .

Stamp is Waltzing mouse and cut with the co – ordinating Spellbinders die. Felt for the background and the swirly bits where cut with my Cameo and then embossed with three layers of UTEE.

Ladies I do promise to do better next but I really did want to be part of your first challenge !

Please pop over to Artful Times and support their new venture, the lovely trio have made some fabulous inspirational tags to get our juices flowing !

Right lets see if this my FOURTH attempt at posting this gets through !!

Marie

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The Shabby Tea Room " Bright and Beautiful Spring "

Finally spring has shown its sunny face here in Greece which means I am definitely on a strict diet now ! After it seams like a never ending miserable winter we are able to sit outside in the street cafes and enjoy the sun,  yipee!!! I have been very busy of late creating spring and summer window displays for my shop and so blogging has taken a back seat, although I am trying desperately  to keep up with you all could I ask you all a little favour……….slow down !!! You are all so prolific some of you post once a day!!! I cant keep up and I want to !

Am also still having problems with my posts as they are still not going directly to Google reader and I have to fiddle with various things none of which I have a clue about, lets see what happen again this time.

The Shabby Team Roomis a blog I have been following for some time but have always been too afraid to participate in their challenges. The DT always have fabulous inspirational work and the participants are always so talented that I have shied away from taking part to be honest I’m not sure if I am ” Shabby ” enough. Well whats the worst that can happen !! and they do seem like such a friendly group of ladies that I have decided to throw caution to the wind. They have a fabulous challenge this week with the title  ” Bright and Beautiful Spring ” and they are asking us to use this fabulous image as a guide. For further details do pop over to their blog to check it out

Here is my take on their theme
Inside of card
I am still in my leather phase so as you can see I used this lovely piece of yellow leather which I embossed with this Sizzix embossing folder, for the blue decorative borders I used my Cameo and coated them in about three layers of UTEE to give the lovely shiny effect. Hero arts butterflies the top one being in a lovely lilac colour but looks rather dark in the photo, stamped with Stazon as is the craft butterfly underneath. I also added the peacock to the inside . Do hope I am shabby enough and there is enough craft this was the only piece I could salvage from a parcel.
Do pop over to The Shabby Tea Room to see the wonderful inspirational work by the DT I’m sure you wont be dissapointed.
Right am off to fiddle with blogger now in the hope that that my post reaches its destination !!
Take care
Marie

Crafty Cardmakers 6 4 " Time "

Hello…………….is there anyone there!!!!!!!! Well blogger has been playing silly bloggers with my posts and not sending them to reader , so last week I was feeling a little like Billy no mates. Although my posts where visible reader wasn’t picking them up I didn’t relalise how much we rely on it. Hopeful this post will fight its way through !
Over at Crafty Cardmakers we have a new challenge for you which has been set by the lovely and talented Jackie the theme for this fortnight is ” Time ” pop over to Crafty Cardmakers for all of the details

Here is my take on the them e, the first one being for the DT.

I used air dry Fimo to make a heart and then stamped with Stazon this image by Hero Arts ” Timely Birds ” Spellbinders dies for the Frames , my Cameo for the photo corners . The DP is Basic Grey.

I just love stamping on this air dry Fimo is so light doesn’t require baking and is great for cards and scrapbooking .
I liked Jackies theme so much that and the fact my clock looked a little on the small side ! I decided to make another card, and here it is ….
My lovely Cameo helped me with this great image of Big Ben , made me a little homesick making this card as I used to pass it every day on my way to work.
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We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are offering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you’re lucky enough to see them at a show! They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty taste bud.

Di’s Digi Downloads is also sponsoring us with a 10 dollar voucher to be used at their on line store
Please pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to see the fabulous inspirational pieces by the rest of the DT team .
Right am off to check out Reader to see if this pesky post appears !!

Take care

Marie

CAS-ual Fridays " For Sentimental Reasons " and I’m a winner !

A quick post today as for the past week I have been having internet issues . Now it may sound a bit strange but when it rains and it has been here in Thessaloniki for the past month then the internet is very intermittent , especially this last week the more rain we have the less internet !!! So here are a couple of quick cards I made for the Cas-ual Fridays challenge ” for Sentimental Reason ”  We are being asked to use the sentiment as the focal point  here is what I came up with….

Accompanying envelope

Both cards where created with the help of my Cameo, the front panels embossed with Sizzix embossing folders and the butterfly curtesy of Hero Arts, I stamped onto leather with Stazon black ink and then fussy cut ( a bit tricky with leather )

Please do pop over to Cas-ual fridays to see the sensational work by the DT who always manage to create such spectacular inspirational cards week after week !

I would like to thank the lovely and talented Jenny from Crafting in the Country for my lovely blog candy, Jenny recently celebrated her first year blog anniversary and I was one of the lucky winners.  Not only did she send me a fabulous stamp set by Paper Smoochies but she also included one of her own cards and lots of lovely die cuts and buttons. Thank you so much Jenny ! For those of you who have not visited Jenny I do urge you to pop over and visit her blog not only is she a very talented lady but she is one of the nicest ladies I have come across in blog land.

Right am off before blogger kicks me off,  that and the fact that the men and the dogs are all whimpering in the background , lunch is late as usual !!
Take care

Marie

For some reason blogger is not showing this post in reader and is not arriving at your desk tops . Could anyone please let me know if they are following me and they are having problems  you may have seen a test post which has now been deleted. Thank you

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Marie

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 63 " A Sketch "

Its time once again for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and this fortnights theme has been chosen by the lovely Susie who will be the host for the next two weeks. Susie has chosen a sketch for us to follow and I have to say I really enjoyed this challenge ,  here is the sketch she would like us to follow

 
Here is my DT piece

With the exception of the card base this was made entirely out of leather , oh and of course the eyelets oh yes and the UTEE embellishment in the centre of the flower. Well its nearly all leather !!! I made the flower with a Sizzix 3D flower die and TH on the edge die. I embossed and distressed the leather and I have to say although its quite a simple card I love the outcome and it smells gorgeous ! The centre of the flower is one of my home made embellishments, I made a silicone mold and then filled it with UTEE that I had coloured with a little gold  embossing powder.
I enjoyed working with this sketch so much I made another card.
Again more die cuts and embossing , the little owl I fussy cut and gave him two white eyelets well for….eyelets ! Once again love the effect the embossing folders has on leather so beware you will most probably be seeing a lot of it in the days to come.
We are sponsored for this challenge by ONE STOP CARD CRAFTS who are offering a £10 voucher for their store as a prize.
We are also sponsored by DIGI DOODLE SHOP who are offering a $10 Gift Certificate for the store
Please pop on over to Crafty Cardmakers to see what the rest of the super talented Design Team have come up with to inspire us all !


Over at Get Creative last month we had twelve challenges running,  the winners of which were to become guest DT members for the month of March and take the place of the design team members, thus giving us the month off ! The first two challenges are up and running , showcasing these wonderfully talented ladies , why not pop over and take a peek and why not take part  you certainly wont be disappointed,  I was blown away by their take on our themes this month.
Today is a bittersweet day for our family , here in Greece there is still national service and my oldest son Alexi who is nearly 21 has left today for the army in Kozani he will be away for nine months !! He will be spending his 21st birthday in the camp which according to my husband who took him today looked a little like Colditz !! Just as well its in the middle of nowhere as the army pay is a whopping 8.72 euros a month !!!!! and its about to be reduced !!!
Right am off to visit you all
Take care
Marie