Less is More #316 Alphabet

I’ve been trying to join in the birthday celebrations at Less is More for the past few weeks and finally managed it with 24 hours to go ! All month long the LIMettes are celebrating their fourth birthday .

The challenge for this week is…….

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As always I’m late getting on the band wagon with trends and have been steering clear of watercolouring , well actually that’s not true I’ve just been steering clear of posting my efforts.  Today I’m feeling brave and wanted to share this card I made for the LIM Alphabet challenge. A little watercolouring and smooshing with Ranger Distress Inks and then a tad of stamping , can’t remember whose stamp it is I think its Penny Black but not sure. Fintec arabic gold watercolour for the gold highlights and then a glass dome over the centre. Looks much better in real life and for once can’t blame the lack of sun for the poor photo ,just the opposite today !

Happy Little Stampers have an anything goes challenge on with the twist of using a die but for once my Cameo has been left untouched , it’s about time the poor little blighter had a rest.

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Crafty Life Challenges  are also asking us to use stamps on our projects so am linking up there also.

Do pop over to both LIM and Happy Little Stampers lots of amazing cards in their galleries and by both DT’s.

Take care

Marie

City Crafter #350 A Few Stitches

I have the pleasure to be over at The City Crafter challenge blog as guest designer this week after winning their sale now on challenge a few weeks ago.

The theme for this  week is to create a project using your stitch dies or faux stitching.

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Well as I don’t own one single stitch die I had to use the offset feature on my Cameo and turn the line into stitches around the leaves , those of you that own Cameo’s will know how I did it. For good measure I attached the leaf with real stitching.

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For the leaf I used and old Indigoblu bubble stamp which I white embossed onto watercolour paper. I used the smooshing technique, well I believe that’s the technical term and a first for me. Using a variety of Ranger distress inks I ” smooshed ” away on top of the image. I really enjoyed it and don’t know why I have avoided watercolouring and smooshing it was such great fun. Once the ink was dry I took out my beautiful Finetec gold watercolour paints that have been sitting in my drawer for ages as I was scared to use them.

I first saw the amazing Kristina Werner use them and was hooked I just had to have them not knowing what I would do with them until this challenge. So out they came and using an aqua brush I painted over the top of the leaf and this is the result. I just love the effect unfortunately its very hard to capture with my limited photographic skills the intensity of colour. The cut out leaf was added into the negative space of the first leaf and popped up with a little foam and then backed onto some delicious wallpaper.

Also linking up to Happy Little Stampers who I see are asking  us to use Watercolours with the optional twist of dies.

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Do pop on over to City Crafter and see what the amazing DT have come up with to inspire us this week,  once again their designs are beautiful and I’m so proud to have been chosen to join them this week.

Take care

Marie

CASolgy Week 233 Glisten

Just popping in very quickly to share a card  I made for this weeks CASolgy challenge

and Happy Little Stampers whose theme is anything goes with dies

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Once again the weather here in Greece is very gloomy so it’s quite hard to see the glistening effect on this card but I can assure you it is there.

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A couple of close ups

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The sentiment is by Neat and Tangled and the heart shape is cut using my Cameo after stamping the heart and then scanning the image into the Cameo software. Instead of using the stamped image I used the programme to cut around the edge of heart using the offset tool . To get my gold glistening effect on the heart I used Ranger crackle paint let it dry then spritzed it with a mixture of water and perfect pearls in gold. After drying I added some gold leaf watercolour paint in a few areas and embossed with this wonderful embossing 3d folder by WRMK.

I really enjoyed making this card getting gold dust everywhere and unfortunately in the bottom right handed corner hence the black flower which I could have done without.

Do pop over to CASolgy and Happy Little Stampers the DT’s have some amazing cards to inspire us and the galleries are full of beautiful creative pieces.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday

Marie

Gold,Sales and CUT

Hello to one and all

As I’m housebound at the moment I decided to have a little trawl around blogland to see what everyone was up to and found that three of my favourite challenge blogs had some very interesting themes.

CAS-UAL Fridays

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City Crafter

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Also adding my link to The Card Concept a new to me challenge blog and I’m using the classy and elegant style for my card.

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Now try as I might I just couldnt get a decent photo its taken hours to get three bad ones !

The Lady shopper was first printed onto black card with my laser printer along with the sentiment and then passed through the Minc machine with some lovely gold foil. It came out a little blotchy but I quite like the effect. I cut out two more ladies with my Cameo, one I embossed with copper embossing powder and the second I left naked. I placed them on top of each other with foam tape underneath to add a little dimension and offset them to give the impression of her walking ( well that’s what I had going on in my little mind ) Unfortunately the depth of colour and dimension is not apparent from these photo’s and to be honest its a much better card in real life but having spent nearly all day making this I wasn’t prepared to bin it !

Hopefully my card ties in to all three challenges so why not pop on over to CAS-UAL Fridays, CASology and City Crafter for some spectacular cards from the DT’s .

Right that’s me off for a lie down I’m knackered, this card making lark or should I say photographing is hard work.

Take care

Marie

 

AAA Cards #81 Hello

Hello to one and all.

I’m back with a second post this week due to the fact that ” sunny Greece” , well at least my city Thessaloniki is snowed in and we have been asked not to open our businesses by our mayor . So there’s not much else to do but craft and keep warm.Unfortunately for thousands of people who have gas central heating their pipes have frozen and most don’t have hot water or heating no one apparently foresaw -10c in the cities .

AAA Cards has a new challenge up and running and due to the inclement weather here I thought that my card may just fit the bill

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These two little guys have been cut with my Cameo the larger one being inset into the card and the smaller being popped up by foam to give dimension. Unfortunately the light is quite poor so not able to get a really good photo.

Here’s another I made

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Once again I used my Cameo to cut the image and used the stained glass effect t0 print the coloured background onto acetate this requires a little jiggery pokery with the Cameo software but it’s fun if not a little time consuming to do.

Do pop over to AAA Cards to see the amazing inspiration cards by the DT and there are some lovely cards filling up the gallery.

Just thought I would leave you with some photos from my balcony although it doesnt look too bad especially to those of you that live in countries that have this kind of weather on a regular basis but here in Greece especially in a city as large as Thessaloniki  we are just not prepared for it and of the course -10 to -15 isn’t helping a whole lot.

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Wherever you are stay safe.

Marie

Less is More #310 Colour and a Ombre Pig

Hello lovely ladies and gents and a happy new year to you all.

Once again popping back out of retirement to take part in another fun and fab challenge over at Less is More.

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This weeks challenge is colour using the ombre technique and for those not familiar with said technique just pop over to LIM and all will become clear.

I see my old mucker Smiley Kylie from Happy Little Stampers is the sponsor for this weeks challenge so one more reason for me to play along.

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Two versions of the same card the first one is the nice clean and tidy version and the second one is the messy one but photographed better ( in my humble opinion )

The pig was cut with my cameo and the negative space was coloured with Pan Pastels then embossed with this fab Memory Keepers embossing folder and a little gem added for the eye.

Why not pop over to LIM to see the amazing cards by the design team and as always the gallery is filling up nicely with lots of gorgeous creations.

I’m off to put on some extra socks -9 here in sunny Greece all my lovely plants have died overnight after many years of love and attention from me sniff sniff.

Take care

Marie

Less is More Challenge# 299 Acetate or Vellum

Hello lovely ladies and gents !

It’s been seven months since I’ve entered a card challenge and I can hardly remember how to upload a card let alone write a blog post so I’ll keep it short.

Which challenge blog could bring me out of retirement……of course the one and only LIM that’s who.

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Their challenge for this week is to use vellum or acetate on our cards I’ve chosen acetate as I love to use it, not too crazy about trying to photograph it though.

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I stamped this lovely selfie stamp by mama elephant and then scanned it into my Silhouette software, enlarged the image and printed it onto acetate, I added foam tape underneath to give dimension and added a frame.

Do head on over to LIM as there are so many amazing entries in the gallery and the DT once again have worked their magic.

Wishing you all a fabulous day

Take care

Marie

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 !

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Well we all love balloons now don’t we !

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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

Marie

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…….

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White space but not  WHITE 

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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.

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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

Marie

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.

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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

Marie