Polka Dots and Spring Flowers

Hello to one and all

I’m doing a happy limp today, should have been a happy dance but I ran 12 km last night and the old calf muscles won’t allow me to boogie.

The reason for the happy limp is that I won at City Crafters for their Fantastic Plastic challenge , winning feels really good especially as I’ve not been back blogging that long, what can I say those ladies obviously have great taste !

Another reason for the jigging about is that a fantastic new challenge has started run by Silhouette UK and for those of you who know me know  how much I love my Cameo you can understand my joy. The new DT has just been announced and  what a talented gaggle of gorgeous girls they are ( try saying that after a few Gin and tonics )

To cut a long story short the card I’ve made ( yes there is a card to follow ) fits very nicely thank you very much into both challenges, mainly because I made it fit !

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Silhouette are asking us to use the above image which just so happens to be a free one and can be found over at the Silhouette store.

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City Crafters want us to use Polka Dots

Finally my card

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I used the image to cut the top layer of black card, then went back into the design released the compound path and filled in the empty space with patterned paper from my Cameo fill box, printed that out and cut just around the edge of the flower to give me a base, I used double sided foam to pop it up and inserted the printed flower back into the negative space. Clear as mud so far……….

The Black outline of the flower was placed over the top and I added a button to hold the whole thing together, the sentiment is also from the Silhouette store. I do hope you will pop over to Silhouette UK and to City Crafters both DT’s have amazing and inspirational projects for your delectation.

Right that’s all from me I can hear my bread burning in the oven.

Take care

Marie

Texture

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

For the last ten days I’ve been unable to take part in any challenges or upload photos from my i devices , some sort of conspiracy  between the so and so’s ! For some reason ipad, iMac and even the most reliable Macbook have refused to play ball, well actually I snapped the charger on my Macbook and there was no replacement to be found ! It was Something to do with my photo programme it’s been such a nuisance as there were so many challenges I had cards for and I couldn’t play along dag nabit ! and other such superlatives.

I really wanted to take part in the last couple of challenges at Less is More especially for their 5th birthday and for their one layer challenge. Now one layer cards are not my forte and I did struggle but I made one ,  could I upload the photo ,  no siree , I tried and tried and I nearly cried in the end but to no avail.

Third time’s a charm and as this week’s theme is Texture , the arrival of my brand new embossing folders from WRMK were just the ticket.

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I was inspired to make this card by the fabulous Kristina Werner who had made some cards using the WRMK next level embossing folders and watercolours I immediately ordered the folders and I wasn’t disappointed so thanks Kristina .

I used Pan Pastels on Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed card using a sponge to get the effect I desired and then whipped it through the old Fiskers Fuse. Spellbinders card creator dies were used to create the frame  which I popped up with foam to give dimension and as I used the negative space I’m entering this into the City Crafter challenge who are asking us to use the negative space from our dies. The feather was cut with my cameo.

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I was so impressed with the dimension achieved with these embossing folders that you’ll  be seeing a lot of cards using them over the next few weeks , the results using leather were particularly effective but didn’t photograph too well on this miserable sunday here in Greece.

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Do pop over to Less is More and City Crafter two great challenges with super makes from the DT’s and lots of lovely cards in their galleries .

Wishing you all a beautiful day today.

take care

Marie

Plastic is Fantastic ! City Crafter Challenge 297

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

 I’ve been playing around for ages now making shaker cards and using acetate so when I saw that City Crafter were having a challenge dedicated to Fantastic Plastic I knew I had to play along.

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I love to make large cards I’m all about the size lol but most of the stamps I like are a bit on the small size so this is were my Cameo comes into play. With a bit of jiggery pokery I can with the aid of my scanner import the stamped image into my Cameo software and then enlarge the image to whatever size I fancy, which is what I did in this case. I converted the image to a cut file so the black top layer is card cut very nicely thank you  Cameo. A tad more jiggery pokery and I was able to colour between the black lines after I had removed the compound path. I printed this out onto acetate and placed the black card over the acetate , I popped it up with some foam to give dimension. There are some great sentiments with this stamp set but I just couldn’t bare to cover up those cute little faces.IMG_2636

Here’s another using different colours I’ve slightly offset the black layer to give a different effect.

Do pop over City Crafter  the DT have some amazing cards for our inspiration.

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #80 RED

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

I hope February finds you all in fine fettle, whatever that is, full of beans and jam packed full of creative juices.

After a long time in the blogging wilderness I’m finally feeling the urge to create and blog again and am enjoying visiting your blogs for a good old nose. So many new techniques, so much talent it nearly scared me off I can tell you but no, I shall perceiver a girl’s gotta start somewhere.

I noticed that my old mucker Smiley Kylie over at Addicted to CAS has a super theme this time round

Oh and Smiley I can’t comment on your blog for some reason !

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(my first time playing along with these lovely ladies)

I made a super simple card aided and abetted by Spellbinders dies and a red wax seal , nope I didn’t fire up the old Cameo this time it asked for a day off so my Fiskars Fuse came to the rescue.

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Told ya it was simple !

After having perused both galleries for ATCAS and AAA Cards I feel a bit insecure as there are so many amazing and inspirational cards and both DT’s have done wonders. Do pop over to both of them and have a little wander around you won’t regret it.

Wishing you all a wonderful week

Take care

Marie

Silhouette Challenges #33

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

I recently discovered a new challenge blog  (well to me its new anyway) and guess what its only for Silhouette users yippee !!!! So whats it called then….

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Silhouette Challenges

Double yippee as its anything goes and as I make mainly cards using my Cameo this is just perfect for me.

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I used a cut file from the silhouette Studio and black card to cut the image, that was the easy part, I then removed the compound path ( Silhouette users will know what am talking about lol ) and added colour in between the black lines using the advanced colour settings. It was printed onto acetate along with the sentiment then the black frame was layered on top, popped up on foam and then added to a white card base.

I love the finished result and it looks much better in real life honest,its always a challenge trying to photograph acetate but I love the shadow effect you get if you pop it up with foam. I think you may just be able to see the shadow of the bird if you squint your eyes up and cross them a little, well that’s what I did anyway !

I’m so excited to find Silhouette Challenges and do hope you will pop on over and see all of the wonderful entries in the gallery so much inspiration.

Would also like to link this up to Less is More as my 2nd entry for their Silhouette challenge

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Also linking to Try it on Tuesday who also have the theme Silhouette and lots and lots of inspiration from the design team and in the gallery

Take care

Marie

Less is More ” Silhouette “

Hello lovely ladies and gents !

Popping in today with yet another shaker card, as I mentioned in my previous post I’m addicted to them at the moment so until it passes I’d like to share another with you all.

As many of you know I have another addiction one that I have had for several years . In this case though I don’t want to kick the habit , so I was especially pleased when I saw the new recipe was over at Less is More.

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I love my Silhouette machine and I love Silhouettes and Less is More being one of my favourite challenge blogs ……….

For any of you that don’t like creepy crawlies now is the time to look away.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !

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A match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned.

So of course I used the silhouette  Cameo to make my silhouettes and print the sentiment ,adding acetate , patterned paper and sequins to make the shaker part. I cut another beetle from black cardstock and popped it up to give dimension .

Do pop over to Less is More as there are some amazing cards in the gallery and from the DT.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday

Take care

Marie

CASology ” Clear “

Hello lovely ladies !

Its time for a new challenge over at CASology and as you can see by my post title their cue card this time around is

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So many possibilities for this one but I’ve gone with using transparency film and making a shaker card. Its not too much of a stretch to say that I’m fixated on making shaker and window cards and have been for the last few months.

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I used and image and sentiment from the Silhouette store and cut the leaf using my Cameo, I added transparency film and then filled with sequins and seed beads and used some patterned paper to seal the deal !

Do pop over to CASology as once again the DT have pulled out all of the stops some amazing cards in the gallery jam packed with inspiration.

Take care

Marie

CAS-ual Fridays CFC146:Snowflakes

Hello lovely ladies

As I was having a little wander around blogland I noticed that one of my favourite challenge blogs  CAS-ual Fridays  and another new to me in the sense that I haven’t played along with them before , Inkspirational where having a similar challenge.

I simply couldn’t resist taking part especially as both Design Team galleries where jam packed with inspirational cards, not to mention all of the amazing entries.

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Inkspirational Word Prompt Challenge #97

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To make my card I stamped this cute image from WPLUS9 onto some card and then imported the image into my Silhouette Cameo software so that I was able to manipulate the image , in this case making it larger. I then printed the image onto acetate to make a shaker card using one of my Spellbinder circles. The snowflakes are also curtesy of my Cameo and I just  love the effect of all of those gorgeous white sequins peeping through.

I really enjoyed making this card apart from having a desk full of sequins , which for some reason managed to escape and find themselves in all manner of places, they’re  pesky little things and love to attach themselves to the most unusual surfaces, just ask Rosy my French bulldog !

Wishing you a a happy and creative weekend

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Code Word DIMENSION

Hello lovely ladies

Just popping in quickly to take part in the celebrations over at ATCAS. Its their  three year birthday and as part of the original design team I wanted to wish them a big fat happy birthday.

Although many of the original members have moved on there are still some of the lovely ladies there plus of course the most amazing boss lady I ever had,  the fantabulous and funny Smiley Kylie.

So what is the code word for this forthnights challenge

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 So there you have it , so many possibilities

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Of course I used my Cameo to make this card with the help of a little glossy accents and a tad of pop up foam between the layers hence giving the required dimension.

Do pop over and join in the celebrations at ATCAS but you had better be quick as the party is nearly over but you still have time and there are so many amazing prizes to be won.

Must dash it looks like Kylie has got her eye on that last cocktail sausage and I haven’t had a bite to eat all day !

Take care

Marie

Less is More ” Masculine “

Hello lovely ladies.

Its been four months since my last blog post and it was to take part in another Less is More challenge. This time round they have another fantastic theme and that is ” Masculine “

A few months ago I was asked to make a card for the lord mayor of our city  I used this image but with different wording and he loved it so I thought it was time to give it another outing and to dedicate it to the three most import men in my life

IMG_2548 my husband Teo and our two sons Alexis and Aris all three of them are ” out of this world “

My lovely silhouette Cameo is responsible for this card both the sentiment and cut files are curtesy of the Silhouette Store , I used my Spellbinders Card Creator dies for the bases.

Do pop over to Less is More to see the amazing inspirational cards by the design team and as always there are some fabulous entries.

Take care

Marie