City Crafter Week 309 Balloons

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

Just popping in under the wire to enter this week’s challenge over at City Crafter,their theme this week is

Balloons !


Well we all love balloons now don’t we !



This is a Papertrey Ink die which I love but have found as with most dies that the borders are quite narrow and as I love to use double sided foam tape to give dimension I had to use my Silhouette software to enlarge the frame.

It’s quite an easy process once you get the hang of it and allows me to to play around with the die to get it just the way I want it,it really makes the die’s so versatile.

I used the Silhouette colour palette to fill in the negative space on the die and then printed it onto acetate which gives such lovely bright colours. I then lay the die cut frame over the top and popped up with double sided foam tape.

Do pop over and join in the fun at City Crafter as the DT has once again worked their magic.

I would also like to enter my card into Time Out Challenges as their theme is

Celebrations with an optional twist to use die cuts or fussy cutting

Lots of amazing cards from the DT and the gallery is full of stunning celebratory cards

Sorry for not commenting lately I made an unscheduled trip to the UK to see my dad who is suffering from ” Old Timers Disease ” and of course the rest of the mob. It’s so sad to see my dad like this and am not sure how long he will remember me for.  It’s difficult being in another country especially as most of the weight falls on my little sister Kal who is just amazing.

Despite the sadness I had a fabulous time and laughed non stop with my sister Kal who is an absolute nutter and a fellow crafter. She really is such a wonderful generous and hysterically funny lady who managed to embarrass me everywhere we went.

I wanted to share with you an incident that occurred while I was away and show you the murky depths of my sisters humour. As many of my regular bloggers know I had some health issues that lasted for over 18 months and was confined to bed rest and crutches. Well the last few months I have been a whole lot better and life had gotten back to normal, unfortunately the condition  has reared its ugly head and whilst I was in the Uk in a supermarket with Kal I had an attack. This consists of extreme pain in my ankle and I literally cannot walk, it also consists of me squealing like a stuck pig. So what did my lovely sister do…….. well after trying to take care of me for all of 5 seconds she realised this was an opportunity not to be missed and proceeded to find the most awful fragrance in the perfume section  and spray me from head to foot . There was no escape and  between stabbing pains I tried to hobble off but no she wasn’t having  it, I was cornered in the frozen food section and subjected to her spraying frenzy until her desire to humiliate me wore off which took a long time coming. Please note this was a rather large supermarket in Liverpool  people just carried on their normal shopping without batting an eyelid and after confiding in my neice she told me that her mum is a regular and the shoppers are quite used to her antics !!!!

Well thats all from me, it’s Easter this weekend here in Greece the weather is awful but maybe just as well as I have been confined to bed.

Take care


Less is More: White space but not WHITE !

Hello to one and all

Time for a new challenge over at Less is More this week and what do those crafty ladies have in store for us…….

LIM for blinkie

White space but not  WHITE 


Well I’m hoping that this fits the bill  although the image covers a large part of the card the colours are limited and the design simple, I stand to be corrected if this doesn’t fit the criteria.

The black outline and frame is cut with the Cameo , I did a bit of jiggery pokery with my compound paths releasing them and filling in the blanks as it were with red and blue then printing on to acetate. I then lay the black frame and flowers on top and added a touch of foam underneath to give dimension. It’s quite a tricky and painstaking process but I love the effect especially if you use acetate as you can see the shadow of the flower if you look carefully. Its a bit of a bugger to photograph though and it took me ages to get a piccie without my ugly mug staring back at me !

Here’s another using the same technique which fits perfectly with the Inkspirational Challenge theme this week.



Do pop over to Less is More  and Inkspirational to see the amazing and inspirational cards from the DT’s and both galleries are  choc o block  full of fabulousness.

Take care


April Fool’s Day Boo Boo Hop

Hello one and all

Yes it’s April fools day today , have you been pranked yet ? I was first thing in the morning by my lovely sister can’t say what the prank was but she got me fair and square.

To celebrate today the cheeky but talented Darnell of djkardkreative is asking us to share our ” oopsie – boopsies for all the world to see and do I have one for you, oh yes I do.

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This is especially poignant as I’m sharing a card that I entered into a challenge at Less is More a few years back and didn’t realise my mistake until I got the comments and it was too late to change it.I was absolutely mortified at the time but it didn’t stop me from entering their challenges.Why so poignant  well…….today I just learned that I was showcased at LIM for their “Whats outside your window ”  challenge so I’m embarrassed to post this but also happy at the same time.


Can you spot the mistake ? of course you can, I can only attribute my mistake to bloggers blindness !

Do pop over and join in this wonderful and fun challenge its a one day only affair so come on I dare you …..

Take care