ATCAS – Challenge #9 – Hosted by Harriet

Hello gorgeous girls and PF my ” special friend ”  ! Greetings from freezing cold Thessaloniki, what happened to spring ! looks like we might miss it again this year and go straight from winter into summer. Actually this was my way of introducing our new code word at ATCAS which has been chosen for us by the lovely and talented Harriet, so can you guess what it is….

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My lovely Cameo came to the rescue once again cutting the frame and supplying the little birdies up the tree, the sentiment is also from my darling cameo. What did I do… well I coloured it of course and did a smidge of layering and behold another cameo creation.

While the machine was revved up and raring to go I made another quickie

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It’s a bit naff really but I made it so you’re seeing it !!!! I added the one tiny bloom to the tree to give the impression of the  onset of spring , sorry that’s the best I could come up with. If you want to see some really inspirational spring creations why not wander over to ATCAS to see what the talented ladies have come up with,  nothing naif about them !

We also have a wonderful new sponsor to introduce to you for this challenge.
It is our privilege to welcome Stephanie from Clearly Besotted Stamps who is most generously offering two of her wonderful stamps sets to our CAS perfectionist
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Well worth joining in the merriment don’t you think !
Would just like to leave you with a photo taken at my studio at the weekend with  a couple of  crafty friends
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That’s me in the middle can you guess what they are trying to do to me ?
Hope you all have a super weekend and look forward to catching up with you all
Take care
Marie
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Get Creative March 20th Card Sketch Challenge

Hello lovely ladies !!!

Thank you all so much for your healing hugs and get well wishes I’m pleased to announce that after nearly two months of being ill and miserable I’m finally feeling well !!!!! Yes the mange has finally deserted me and gone in search of pastures new . So without further ado I’ll get straight onto the subject at hand which is the new card challenge at Get Creative , yes you heard right, no whingeing or moaning or feeling sorry for myself rest assured this will be one quick post !

Our lovely leader Irini has created this wonderful sketch for us to follow

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Here’s my take on the sketch

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The image was created with the aid of my Cameo and cut into four, coloured with Copics, I stamped and die cut a little butterfly and coloured also with Copics , glossy accents  added hither and thither, don’t know if you can see the thither but if you look closely you will see it !

Four tarty crystals in the centre and a touch of layering and there you have my little kitschy card. This photo does not do it justice it’s ever so classy in real life,  honest !

The winner of our challenge will join us as guest designer for May.

Do pop over to Get Creative and see what the other DT members have come up with and welcome our guest designer Meletini who has created two fabulous cards for us.

That’s all from me folks off to Pilates, something I haven’t done for two months now so wish me luck !

Take care
Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge 8 Code Word ” Wings “

Hello lovely ladies  would just like to thank you all for your well wishes and your patience, unfortunately I am still suffering from ” the deafness ” and ear pain and my spine is still giving me jip !!! I’m so fed up of being miserable and grumpy I do suspect  that could have a lot to do with not being allowed to partake of the gin !!! Do forgive me for not getting round to you all but there are some of you out there that post everyday and although I love your blogs I’m struggling to comment on everything that you do !

Over at Addicted to CAS we had a fabulous response to our Masculine challenge and I know Sue has had her work cut out it choosing her winners, so many amazing entries,  you really do make it difficult for us and WE LOVE IT !!!

This week my old ( very old ) blogging friend Florence of Florence and Freddie fame is our hostess for the next fortnight. I had the great pleasure of  ” virtually ” meeting Flo when I first started blogging a couple of years ago and since then she has been the bain of my life ( no not the Suze Bain from Cant Stop Crafting ( inside blogger joke here sorry ) She has ridiculed me and my hobbies ( drinking ) on many an occasion and has even tried to steal my pets Bailey and Rosy !! but despite it all I forgive her as she is one talented and very funny lady and has really made a difference in my blogging life over the past few years , so thanks Florence and you can rest assured this is the last time I will ever be nice to you !!!

Here is what the lovely Florence has chosen as our code word for the next fortnight

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Tons of scope here, could be cars, birds, butterflies birds or angels, anything with wings so come and see what this miserable so and so came up with

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Sorry about the photo’s the weather here is rubbish and this is the best I could do !
Now this looks like a real simple card ….well it is CAS after all but it was a little time-consuming to  say the least.

I made the frame and cameo myself by first of all making molds of both of them . I bought the original items from Hong Kong only to find both of them in a craft shop here in Thessaloniki !!!! Once the molds where dry I got out my Ranger melting  pot and added white UTEE and a little blue  To Dye For ink by Suze Weinberg, once melted I filled the mold and within a few minutes in had cooled and I just popped it out, it’s not by any means perfect  and this is about my fifth attempt but the great thing about the melting pot is that if you’re not happy with the result you can just fling it back in the pot and melt it again, I can tell you a lot of flinging went on. Right onto the angel cameo, I used a new to me product called i clay which is similar to air dry fimo only it has much more elasticity . I once again filled the mold with this fun stuff and popped it out and left it to dry overnight.

The little cameo is perched upon this lovely die cut by Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight. Sentiment courtesy of Inspired by Stamping and Stamped with SU Marina Mist ink.

I see that our sister blog at Addicted to Stamps and More is also looking for a CAS card this week, anything so long as its CAS so will be joining in there too

We do hope you can play along with us at ATCAS and do please pop over to see the fabulous inspirational pieces by the rest of the DT .

We are generously sponsored by All that Scraps

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Right am off back to bed I’m positively exhausted .

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Take care

Marie

Get Creative March 5th Card Challenge ” Create a Card with an Envelope On

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to another whingeing post from my sickbed !!!

Yes four weeks on and am still feeling unwell and miserable, I now have contracted a lovely virus from my ever so generous husband which apart from having flu like symptoms  has rendered us both deaf in our left ears and in quite a bit of pain. If it didn’t hurt so much I would laugh as trying to communicate at the best of times with  Mr P is a chore  but now we are both deaf ….actually now I come to think of it I finally have a legitimate excuse for ignoring him . Of course him being a man ( well that’s obvious ) he was off to the doctors like a flash and taking antibiotics within five minutes !

Anyway enough of my boring medical chat and on to our new challenge over at Get Creative. Our lovely leader Irini has once again come up with a great theme for us , she is asking us to create a card with an envelope on it or in it ! I really loved the idea but unfortunately being the miserable so and so that I am and feeling so sorry for myself  I just couldn’t get motivated and so wasn’t too happy with the end result .

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Onto a piece of Design Paper I stamped this lovely SU script with sepia archival ink and distressed the edges, made a tiny weeny envelope with my Cameo and added a folded tiny doily and a wooden heart to close it.

Using a lolly stick I ran over it with one of those lovely wheel stamps from SU and then punched holes in either end with my crop o dile and added a couple of eyelet’s and some thread. A touch of sepia ink was added to the edges and there you go another rubbish card from me and the bugger took ages to make too !

Do pop over to Get Creative to see what the rest of the DT have come up with and also welcome a new member to our card team Erina, She makes the most amazing cards  I’ve been a huge fan or her work for ages and as a bonus she is a thoroughly lovely lady too.

We have a wonderful sponsor this month

Paper Stories 

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On a lighter note I was pleased to get top three at the Craft Room last week for my handmade embellishment see here if your curious its  been ages since I won anything but to be fair it’s  ages since I entered anything so it did cheer me up no end.

Before I go I would like to leave you with a couple of photo’s of the “pets ” . I share my craft room with my good friend Stavroula , well you have all met her mad cat Mr Ziggy well here is another member of the gang Ronin her lovely Jack Russell who also happens to be Rosy my little porkers boyfriend.

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Take care you all and hope that by my next post on Saturday I will be well on the road to recovery !

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Marie