Addicted to CAS Challenge #233 – Present

Welcome back, It’s our last challenge of 2022 at ATCAS so I do hope you will join in and play along with our current theme which has been chosen for us by the super-talented Raga.

Such a great theme and I’m sure you all have something present-related in your stash.

For my “borderline” CAS card I used this fantastic die by Spellbinders called shopping spree it’s in the series of kinetic dies her legs swing to and fro it’s so cute and you can dress her as you wish. It’s quite fiddly has lots of small pieces and if you have a messy desk like mine then you might need to die cut a few pieces again as they tend to go missing. I used distress oxide for her coat, mat gold, and silver card for the pressies, and a little glitter for her boots and mitts. The mini slimline frame is from Pinkfresh Studio. I had a great sentiment for this card “finders keepers” which I added after taking the photo as it was as I mentioned before borderline CAS so kept it as is.

I do hope you will be able to join us at ATCAS to CAS for our last challenge of the year my teamies have some fantastic cards to inspire you all and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and look forward to seeing you in the new year at ATCAS refreshed and revitalised.

Linking up to NBUS challenge # 44 as my little dancing lady is having her first shopping spree

Happy Little Stampers has an Anything Goes with Dies challenge and there are plenty of dies on this card

Until then….

Take care

Marie

Tags

Hello lovely ladies and gents just popping in with a super quick post as I see one of my favourite challenge blogs Just Us Girls has a fantastic theme this week.

It’s been an absolute age since I made a tag and as I had just received a little package of goodies that seemed perfect for the challenge I thought I would give it a go.

Harvey is the name of this super royal guard by Tim Holtz and Sizzix , I absolutely love him there are so many options in the set so expect more non traditional flamboyant guards to follow. I chose traditional colours this time and added a few gold “blobs from Pinkfresh for buttons and a touch of Nuovo drops for his shiny boots. I used another new embossing folder from Tim Holtz for the sprigs and coloured it with Distress Oxide added a touch of chunky glitter embossing paste hither and thither, unfortunately, the glitter is a bit shy and decided it didn’t want to appear but I can assure you it’s there! A few gold splatters were added willy nilly hoping to add a touch of something a little more festive.

I used my Crop-o-dile to add the eyelet the poor thing has been shoved at the back of a drawer for many. a moon and was glad to see the light of day. The sentiment is courtesy of Mr Holtz.

So there you have it! A big thank you to Carol Mc from Just Us Girls for this great challenge it must be about 10 years since I last made a tag and I enjoyed it so much.BTW the tag was hand cut as I didn’t have a die and I couldn’t be bothered firing up the old Silhouette Cameo.

Do pop over to Just us Girls as the DT have some amazing tags to inspire and delight.

I’m also linking up to NBUS # 43 as Harvey is out on his first official engagement as is the embossing folder.

Take care.

Marie

Addicted to CAS #232 Sympathy

Time once again for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and for the next two weeks our hostess is the fabulously talented Vicki. So what has she chosen for her code word?

Well, it’s definitely a card no one wants to make and I have to say I really struggled trying to create something fitting for this sad occasion.

I used an old Memory Box rubber wooden stamp that I’ve had in my stash for about ten years. I first created a background with a couple of oxide inks in Twisted Citron and Salvaged Patina I splashed it with a little water and when it was dry I stamped the image using black archival ink. The sentiment is by Yana Smakula and foiled in silver although you wouldn’t know if from my terrible photo. A little silver blob from PinkFresh and a couple of leaves from one of my Spellbinders sets and there you have it.

We do hope you will play along with us at ATCAS and I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

I’m off for a few days to our summer house with Mr.P the weather is glorious and now my cast is off I’m looking forward to having a swim.

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #231 Layered

Hello to one all, time for another new challenge at ATCAS and the theme for the next fortnight has been chosen by the lovely Nancy.

As soon as I saw the code word cake immediately came to mind, even without the code word cake often comes to mind. Having said that I didn’t have any cake related dies or stamps so ended up buying the Stiched Fringe Cake die by Spellbinders.

I used a variety of gold and silver mat card for my layers and stand,added a piece of shiny card behind (hence the second photo). A touch of Nuvo drops for my candle and some gold “blobs” from Pinkfresh Studio for decoration. The sentiment is computer generated. Apparently, this die is intended to be stitched but having the gammy hand didn’t lend well so I left as is.

We do hope you will join us at ATCAS the design team members once again have created amazing cards for your inspiration.

Linking up to the following challenges

I’m also linking up to NBUS # 43 as this die is fresh out of its packet.

Addicted to Stamps and More.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

Take care.

Marie

Just Us Girls #653 CAS

Hello lovelies, just popping in with a quick card for one of my favourite challenge blogs Just Us Girls As soon as I saw this week’s theme I just couldn’t resist, the fabulous Sue has chosen CAS and I do like myself a bit of CAS.

I used this lovely ovalish die for my aperture I still haven’t found out who it belongs to, I really must be more careful with the packaging! The little birdie is from Spellbinders I think it’s called little chickadee. For the background, I used the bubble technique that I saw Chris Stokes using so much fun. I added Stamping Up Melon Mambo ink to a cup of water a few drops of washing up liquid and using a metal straw made lots of bubbles then swooshed (technical term) my paper gently across the bubbles let it dry and Ta-dah a bubbly background is born. I made it into a shaker just to add a touch of colour and a sticker sentiment from Mr Holtz.

Here’s a close-up for those of you who like myself suffer from bloggers’ blindness.

I’m also entering into Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge as there was plenty of water and colour used in this card.

Do pop over to HLS and JUGS as both DT’s have some amazing cards to inspire us all.

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #230 Autumn

Welcome to one and all! Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and for the next fortnight our hostess with the mostest is the very talented Sue. So what has the lovely Sue chosen for us this time round…..

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It’s a tad difficult to focus on Autumn here in Greece when the temperature is a lovely 28 but at least the nights are cooler so that’s something.

At the time of making this card, I was still wearing my splint and my wrist was quite painful so I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo . I printed the pumpkin image and created an aperture in another piece of card I added lots of foam tape under the aperture and placed the image below. I cut out the leaf and wedged it into the aperture(how many times can I write aperture in one paragraph lol ) I used Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to add a touch of colour (how apt) the sentiment is also courtesy of my darling Cameo.

On another note, Mr. P and I had a few days away at a christening in Crete and it just so happened that we met 38 years ago there on holiday so we decided to revisit the scene of the crime

In front of the hotel that Mr.P worked at during his summer holidays 38 years ago

Mr. P looking fondly at the spot where he first laid eyes on me!

Here he decided it was enough of the romantic stuff and decided to wrestle with me regardless of my injured limb! There would have been more photos but our friend in charge of the camera couldn’t stop laughing so you’ve all had a lucky escape. I on the other hand decided I really must go to the hairdressers and have my roots done and Mr. P could do with a hair transplant.!!!!

We do hope you will join us at ATCAS for our Autumn challenge my team mates have some amazing cards to inspire.

Take care
Marie

Addicted to CAS #229 Craft

Welcome to a new challenge at ATCAS and our hostess with the mostest Ceal has chosen craft as her code word.

So many ways you can go with this one, sewing, knitting, painting, card making, so why was it so difficult for me! mainly because I don’t have any of the related stamps, dies, etc but eventually came up with this.

I can’t say it’s one of my most favourite cards, and even though I love this die, it’s from the I dance by spellbinders series I’m just not happy with my card. The lady holding the glue bottle’s little legs move from side to side, so much fun

I eventually had my cast removed this week only to have my wrist put in a splint for the next few weeks it’s extremely painful and worse than the cast but at least I can now have a proper shower.It’s left me feeling sorry for myself as I was convinced I would be back to normal as soon as it was removed apparently broken wrists take a long time to heal and it really has dampened my crafting mojo as I can still only use one hand.

I was so happy to be chosen as an honorable addict over at Addicted to stamps and more for my giraffe card that certainly lifted my spirits and I look forward to getting back to two-handed crafting in the next few weeks.

Happy little stampers are asking us for anything goes with dies

As I haven’t used this die before I’m entering into the NBUS challenge#42

Do pop over to ATCAS my team mates have made some incredible cards and we look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #228 Birds

Hello to one and all. Today is a special day for me as I’m hosting my first-ever challenge at ATCAS and the theme I have chosen is birds. I just love the little cutties and over the past few months I have accumulated quite a few of them and even a couple of doves decided to lay their eggs in one of my jasmine trees.

It was fun watching them grow and yesterday they decided it was time to leave the nest. To be honest I felt very anxious as the weather was horrendous but they didn’t go far and momma bird is keeping an eye on them.

On to my card, as this is ATCAS I’ve kept it quite simple Mr. P even asked me if I had finished it !!! The nerve !!

Concord and 9th Eclectic Garden dies, such a beautiful set there are two gorgeous birdies right and left facing and I really did want to use both but for the sake of cas ness only one made the cut. A touch of distress oxide and a couple of gold blobs (I couldn’t help myself) plus the fantastic Mr.Holtz’s sentiment stickers and I was done. I’m finding it a tad difficult using only one hand and can’t wait for the plaster to come off It really is still quite painful and I have another couple of weeks before it is removed.

I was so fed up with my plain plaster cast and my annoying little sister Kal kept urging me to jazz it up so this is all I could manage with the help of Mr.P of course.

I do hope you will join us at ATCAS the DT have some amazing cards to inspire you and I know you all have a least one little birdie in your collection..

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS #227 Pink

Time for a new challenge over at ATCAS the fabulous Helen is our hostess this time around and she has chosen the code word Pink. I love pink and found it very difficult to come up with a card because I love it so much. For my card, I used this pretty Coneflower die by Honey Bee stamps which was coloured with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry and Kitsch Flamingo, the same colours were sponged inside the aperture and liberally sprayed with water and moved about with my heat gun. The pink hot foiled dot circle is by Spellbinders, the sentiment is a sticker by Mr. Holtz popped up with a little foam and not forgetting some clear Nuvo drops hither and thither on the coneflower.

We do hope you will join us at ATCAS the design team has come up with some beautiful cards to inspire and delight and I look forward to seeing your cards in our gallery.

I had a fantastic few days with my girlfriends in Halkidiki Greece they thoroughly spoiled me we had so much fun and hope to meet up again at Christmas if we aren’t in lockdown by then! I’m off again in the next few days with another dear friend as my boss ( the hubby) has given me six weeks off until my cast comes off. I have a doctor’s appointment this week to see how the broken bones in my arm are healing and hopefully, the cast will be off in the next few weeks which will make my life a whole lot easier.

Take care

Marie

Die Cuts Galore!

Just popping in with a super quick post as I’m off to my summer house as I have girlfriends arriving from the UK and Australia for our annual weekend by the sea”The Balcony Girls” as we like to call ourselves haven’t been able to all get together for three years because of covid. Having a broken arm doesn’t help matters as I love to cook and take care of everyone, this time round I will with all difficulty have to let others take care of me, and being the bossy so and so I am it might be another three years before I see them again.

On to my card……

The gorgeous giraffe die is from Mr. Holtz’s colorize series I’m absolutely loving them even though there are some tiny weeny and I mean weeny pieces that tend to go missing and then turn up once I have cut them out again. My pink giraffe was coloured with distress oxides in kitsch flamingo and picked raspberry. The florals are from Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms set I love this set but once again there are some tiny pieces well actually they are all quite small and I had to cut about 100 flowers before I got the colour combo I liked. Luckily enough this card was made before I broke my arm as I would never have managed it. It’s been sitting on my desk waiting for the right challenge to come along. The wonky sentiment is also Spellbinders from sentiments by Yana Smakula hot foiled in gold.

Addicted to Stamps and More #435 are asking us to use die cuts or stencils

Inspiration Station #35 are asking us to use the photo below “Animal Kingdom” I was inspired by this photo seeing all of the animals living in harmony together.

This is a photo collage

Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies

Well, that’s all from me as I have to go and give the very patient Mr. P packing instructions for my trip , this broken arm business does have some benefits wink wink.

Take care

Marie