ATCAS Challenge #15 – Hosted by Vicki

Hello lovely ladies   Firstly I would like to thank you all for the wonderful entries for my Circle challenge , what can I say you really do make it difficult to choose winners don’t you !

 Its time for a new challenge over at ATCAS and for the next fortnight one of our newest members the lovely and very talented Vicki will be your host. So what did the lovely Vicki choose…..

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I thought I might have a problem with this one but it came together really easily as my youngest son Ari recently had his 18th birthday and as I had already gone through the process of making a card for him. ( This is not the card ) I had some ideas in mind ,  he quite liked his card which is similar so I thought I would continue on in the same direction .

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Super simple card  and once again my wonderfully talented Cameo is responsible .  I really love these stick figures but when I asked the ” boys” if they could guess as to what this little guy had on his head the answers where very varied,  from a stethoscope to a Walkman , the Walkman guess was from Mr P who has no grasp at all of modern technology  and when I told him it was an iPod he just raised his eyebrows !  This man doesn’t even own a mobile phone so I don’t know why I asked him in the first place !

Our amazing sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!!!! They are generously offering you a pack of 7 digi’s from their store!!!

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We would love for you to play along with us at ATCAS  and if you’re lacking in inspiration why not pop on over to see what the amazing DT have come up with.

Some have you have asked for pictures of my new craft room it still isn’t finished but here is a little taster .

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This is a scheduled post as I am currently in London and hopefully I will be back next week.

Wishing you all healthy and crafty times and look forward to catching up upon my return

Marie

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Get Creative June 15th Tag Challenge

Hello lovely ladies !

This is a scheduled post as I am in the UK at the moment so hopefully WordPress will do its magic and you will all be reading this at 9.00am

Time for a new tag challenge over at Get Creative and this time we have a colour challenge for you.

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Please make sure you use all four colours on your tag.

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My darling cameo was used to cut the tag.  The smile sentiment was stamped with Archival brilliance rocket red ink and popped up with foam and a couple of stick pins added. For the heart I used my melt pot to melt some UTEE and added a few drops of  To Die For Additive in red . I then poured it into a metal heart mould and while still warm I carefully stamped it with a little Hero Arts wooden flower stamp.

I do hope you will join us at Get Creative and why not pop over to see the fabulous Design Teams amazing tags.  The winner will come back as our guest designer for August.

Oh and I should warn you that your in- boxes will be dinging in about an hour ( if WP does its job) with another scheduled post from me SORRY !!!

Right must dash as I’m off to catch my plane

Take care

Marie

 

Get Creative May 5th Card and The 3rd Crop Thessaloniki 2013

Good morning lovely ladies.

Before I start my post I would just like to warn you that it may be a little photo heavy and there may be some photo’s of a questionable nature So for those of you who need to catch a bus/train/boat/plane please leave now but don’t forget to come back later with a cup or glass of your favourite beverage or cocktail !

As it’s the 5th of the month its time for a new card challenge at Get Creative which just so happens to be a colour challenge

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As usual I left my card making until the last moment only to find that I had only one “slice” as I call it of dark blue paper so no room for mistakes. Colour challenges really stump me and especially as this time I couldn’t afford any errors, so here is my simple little card

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The silhouette and the sentiment where of course created with my darling Cameo , spellbinders edge die and SU edge and embossing die used for framing the sentiment and that’s it. It was touch and go for a moment getting that little silhouette off my cutting mat it’s quite delicate but as you can see I managed it.

We would love to see you join in the fun at Get Creative, why not pop over and see what the wonderful DT have come up with. You have until the 29th of the month to play along and the winner will return as guest designer in August.

We also have a new member joining us on the design team and here is a little show case as featured on Get Creative

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I have been very fortunate to meet Rania on several occasions and I have to say that she is an extremely talented lady her crafty skills are limitless and she always manages to inject a little humour into everything she does having said that…………. have a wicked and I mean wicked sense of humour which I adore and you Greek ladies all know what I’m talking about.

Last weekend here in Thessaloniki we had our 3rd Crop where crafty friends got together from all over Greece to create, exchange techniques and PARTY !!! It was a wonderful weekend meeting old and new faces  isn’t it amazing how this wonderful hobby can bring together so many people from so many different walks of life for a common goal. So I would just like to share a few pictures with you.

Firstly of the wonderful Gogo or Gogolino as I call her who organised the whole event. This lady apart from being amazingly talented is one of the most generous, warm-hearted people I have ever met and I’m so honoured to call her a friend, another lady with a mean sense of humour and a great practical joker. so I’m sure that she and the rest of the lovely ladies will forgive these photos !

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Here she is with Rania after finding the hidden bottle of Vodka !!!

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‘That’s me at the top and my lovely friend Gogolino is trying to push me down the stairs !

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Hard at work ( look at all of those glasses ) !!!!

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Essential crafting supplies !!!!!! the guilty party is Natasha !

Thank you all so much for making this a weekend to remember I wont mention names for fear of leaving someone out as being an ” elderly ” lady of I think at the last count I was 74  my memory just isn’t what it used to be !

So if you’re still with me I just wanted to add a few ” real life ” photo’s of Rania as opposed to the airbrushed Photoshop one at the top of the page .

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” Where’s that damn waitress with my drink “

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” I’m not smiling or posing for the camera until I get my gin I told you “

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” Right I’ve waited long enough get me the manager ” !!!!!! NOW !!!!

 The under-aged please look away !

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Isn’t that dress pretty !

Last but not least ME ! looking for customers !

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CHEERS !

Well if your still with me thank you so much ! Hopefully I will still have some friends after this is published !

Take care

Marie

Oh and Rania I love you really !

ATCAS Challenge #14 – Hosted by ME !!!!!!!

Hello lovely ladies, long time no see !!!!

Well I’m finally ensconced in my new craft room its taken weeks but I’ve finally unpacked all of my boxes, of course nothing is in its rightful place and I still have lots to do but at least the to-ing and fro-ing is over. Tomorrow  Ari my youngest will have taken all his clothes to his new home so I will have a nice large wardrobe to fill up with the overspill , more of that later and onto the topic at hand. Over atATCAS we have a new code word for you chosen by moi !!! I will be your hostess for the next two weeks so what did I choose in a moment of madness….

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What was I thinking !!!!!!!!!! it seemed like a good idea when I chose it a few months ago, needless to say I struggled and here is the proof……

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I was recently introduced to Iganacio Molina of Nicecrane Designs by my fellow team-mate Flo of Florence and Freddie. Iganacio has this amazing on-line shop and when I saw some of the cards that Flo made using his digital images I was totally jealous and decided to buy some for myself. I mean if she can do it then so can I ! ( although mine aren’t a patch on hers ) so the lovely birds images have been copied onto acetate and then placed in the space left by the cut out circles. I added a piece of bevelled glass to the little birdie couple unfortunately what with the acetate and the glass I just couldn’t get a good photo and they look quite blurred here.

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My lovely Cameo cut the central shape and the negative space was coloured using my magic sponge and lots of different Archival inks . Once dry I covered it liberally with Glossy Accents ( nightmare ) and added another piece of bevelled glass to the centre. This really looks so much better in real life, honest !

Last but not least I  was hoping that this last card would be ready for the previous challenge at ATCAS and in truth it was but can you believe I lost it under a pile of papers and it turned up today !!!!

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Cameo take a bow !

We have another fantastic sponsor for the next two weeks Paper Makeup Stamps

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I do hope you will find the time to join us over at ATCAS,  it’s always a pleasure to see your beautiful cards and I know the rest of the DT have some amazing circle creations to share with you.

Right before I go I just wanted to thank those of you that have stuck with me even though I have been MIA for some time and I do promise to catch up as best I can from here on in.

I’m hoping to get away to my summer-house at the weekend to take a well-earned break I really need to sit and soak up a little sun, I’m totally exhausted from all of the goings on here at the Pap residence of course the forecast is for showers do you believe it !!!

Take care

Marie