Pink

Hello lovely crafters am here with a quick post as I’m off for the weekend, the sea is beckoning and I’m looking forward to a swim in The Med.

I was excited to learn my card from my previous blog post was chosen as one of three favourites over at Happy Little Stampers and I’m here again to take part in their new challenge Anything`Goes with Dies.

This beautiful paintbrush die is courtesy of Vicky Papaioannou for Spellbinders, so many interesting dies in the set, and so many possibilities. The bristles I cut several times and layered colouring with Distress Oxides. The leaves were sprayed with Dina Wakely’s media gloss which was also used for the ink splatters. The butterfly is from Pinkfresh Studios hot foiled,stenciled with Distress Oxides, and layered with vellum. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz’s Ideology stickers and not forgetting the little gold blobs as they have been nicknamed also from Pinkfresh Studio I really enjoyed making this card it took a while as there are lots of processes but I’m very happy with the end result.

I’m also entering into NBUS as this is the first time out for the paintbrush die and The Sisterhood of Crafters who are asking us to Think Pink, this is my first time playing along with them and I think I have a fair bit of pink on here.

Do pop over and check out the galleries lots of lovely inspiration and the DT’s have outdone themselves.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Take care

Marie

Red, Black, and White.

Well, what a week last week was !!!!!!! Not only did my little sister Kal at Crafting with Mabel get showcased over at Happy Little Stampers with her first-ever card but I too was showcased at Less is More and was Chic of the week over at Just Us Girls. needless to say, both sisters were very happy indeed.

So here I am again with another card for Just us Girls, it’s colour week this week and they are asking us to use Red, Black, and White.

Sounds simple, three colours what could go wrong? Plenty if you’re me I took all day to make a card and at the last minute decided against it so here is it’s replacement.

Super simple as you can see, I used my Cameo to cut the image and swiped Rocket Red Archival ink onto white card stock, I cut a few pieces of black card and gave the gentleman hair, and the lady shoes and a frock. I did in retrospect feel I should have given the gentleman something to wear, a pair of shorts at least I mean the lady is wearing mitts and he only has his hair to keep him warm!!

The panel was popped up with doubled sided foam for dimension and a couple of stick pins for a little something-something cos basically it looked a little plain.

Mr. P said they looked like they were walking the red carpet !!!? so I added a touch of red

And here’s the card that didn’t make the cut it’s not bad I just couldn’t make my mind up which I preferred so I’m entering this one into Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge and NBUS as it’s the first outing for this die.

I love this Altenew die,I used three layers of white card for dimension and two layers of red for the paper piecing but I felt something was missing a sentiment just seemed to take up too much space so I left it blank.

Do pop over to Just us Girls the lovely and talented Mac is the guest designer for the month of April and once again she and the Design team have fabulous cards to inspire us.

Happy Little Stampers and NBUS have some amazing cards in the gallery so make sure you pass by there too.

For all those who celebrated Easter I hope you had a fabulous time, here in Greece we celebrate next week so am looking forward to another swim in The Med weather permitting of course.

Take care

Marie

Alcohol Ink and Foil

Hello lovely crafters hope you are all in fine fettle, I myself am in super-duper fettle as I had my first swim of the year in beautiful Halkidiki Greece where I have a summer home. The water was a tad cold, well freezing actually but it was fabulous, I’m back home today as the temperature has dropped to 16 so defo no swimming for me.

I’ve been waiting for weeks now to take part in a challenge over at Just Us Girls I’ve been so impressed by the DT and the quality of cards in their galleries. I’ve been biding my time waiting for the opportunity to join in and seeing their latest challenge Alcohol Ink and Foil I just had to take part.

So I decided to make it difficult for myself by using alcohol ink on acetate and then hot foiling on top. I was worried that the acetate might melt, no problem there, but as you all know trying to photograph acetate is a nightmare as you can see below.

I used a lovely memory box die to cut the heart, Ranger Mojito, and citrus inks with a splash of ink blending solution,(sounds a bit like a cocktail)minus the ink blending solution of course. I used the Tim Holtz puffy contraption to blow the inks hither and thither.Ten goes later and a full bin of acetate left me with this green affair.I used spellbinders dotted circles hot foil plates on top of the acetate double-sided foam was added for dimension and Pinkfresh studio gold blobs were placed underneath the acetate,looks like they are on top but they are under and look lovely in real life. Once again I have used Yana Smakulas hot foil sentiment and banner, I really must find an alternative I’m getting very repetitive.

Do pop over to Just us Girls as the DT have outdone themselves and the lovey and talented Mac from The Sweetest of Peas is the guest designer.

Wishing you all a fabulous week

Take care

Marie

Pink and Gold

I’m back with another post the second within a week, that’s one more than I did in the whole of last year !!!!

After making the decision to start blogging again my crafting mojo did a bunk !! but who am I to be deterred !! No sir not me. So here I am after giving myself a good talking to and having spied the theme over at Less is More Pink and Gold one of my favourite colour combinations I just had to have a go. So here is my go!

I used my Cameo to create the hexagon and to foil in gold around the edge. For the pink background, I used Pink Flamingo and Picked Rasberry oxide inks, and splashed them with water. The floral image is a Spellbinders glimmer plate . Where is the foiling you might ask, well as I didn’t want too much gold (this is Less is More after all ) I did some jiggery-pokery with my Cameo and printed the image in black and white.I used foam tape to pop up the florals and attached it inside the frame. Once again I’m using the Yana Smakula hot foil plate and die for the sentiment, I think I’m addicted to it as the last three cards have had the same banner. A gold pearl (not blob) as I previously referred it to from Pinkfesh studios completes the look. Thank you Vicky from Crafting Clare

Also entering Happy Little stampers watercolour challenge

Do pop over to and have a peep at the galleries both have wonderful entries and as always the DT’s have created beautiful cards to inspire us.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

Take care

Marie

Spring

A big thank you to everyone who popped over to visit my little sister at Crafting with Mabel for her first ever blog post. I know she truly appreciated it as did I.

Spring is in the air !!!! well it appears once or twice a week here in Greece and then reverts back to winter, having said that I have been inspired by so many spring cards I’m seeing that I decided to enter a few challenges.

The embossing folder is by Altenew which I coloured with distress oxides very carefully as I only wanted the raised portion of the leaves to have colour. These gorgeous little butterflies by Pinkfresh studios are part of a set including hot foil plate,stencils and dies which I have used here and I love the effect. The sentiment is by Yana Smakloula also using a hot foil plate and co-ordinating die cut banner and to finish some little gold blobs (technical term) by Pinkfresh studios.

I would like to enter the following challenges.

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Can You Handle The Pressure. Anything Goes With Embossing Folders With A twist Of Green

NBUS Challenge #36

The butterflies die cuts,stencils and hot foil plate are having their first outing

Take care

Marie

DIES …………….

Well, here I am back for a second post in a year, that’s one more than last year! I’m really determined to take part in lots of challenges and hopefully keep the creative juices flowing. Plus I have a huge incentive as I’ve talked my little sister Kal at Crafting with Mabel into starting a blog, she’s been crafting for a few years but has never posted anything so if you have a moment pop over and say hi and give her a little encouragement.

I’ve noticed that there are quite a few challenges for die cuts at the moment and boy do I love my dies I’ve invested quite heavily in them over the past few months mainly after watching the amazing Terese from Lost in Paper, that woman has cost me an absolute fortune! Definitely worth every penny though.

So without further ado…..

I recently bought this lovely oval die frame and by accident threw away the packaging as you do, so if anyone can enlighten me as to which company it belongs to please let me know The flower die is Antique Rose by Altenew cut using three layers of card, distress oxides in picked raspberry and broken china for the background splashed with water. The sentiment is by Yanna Smakoula hot foiled in pink and cut with a matching die-cut banner. Sequins and acetate complete the card.

I’m entering my card into two challenges

Happy Little Stampers

Little red wagon. challenge #645 Die Cuts

Do pop over and check them out tons of inspiration in the galleries and by the DT’s

Take care

Marie

Can You Handle The Pressure?

Well, what a very apt title !!!!

I first started creating cards way back in 2010 and did so for several years making wonderful friends along the way. I took a break for a few years due to ill health, life, and lack of time. I continued to make cards but just didn’t post them. I recently looked back at those early days through my blog there were so many wonderful memories and loads and loads of my terrible cards !! What really stood out were the friendships and laughter shared with crafty friends so……. I have decided to give it another go and Can You Handle the Pressure just so happens to be the name of the challenge blog !!!!!! so let’s see if I can.

Anything Goes Embossing With A Twist of THINK SPRING

A simple card using the Fabulous Altenew 3d embossing folder Decorative Florals. I ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum and used Distress Oxide inks to colour the image which is also beautiful left as is but as the challenge has the twist Think Spring I decided to add some colour. I finished it off with a hot foil sentiment by Yana Smakula which unfortunately doesn’t show up well in the photo,a little gem a Spellbinders frame and there it is!

Do pop over to Can You Handle The Pressure and check out the DT and their fantastic creations,I’m so glad I’ve found a challenge for embossing folders I’ve got loads of the blighters !

Till then ,take care.

Marie

Addicted to CAS # 207 “Autumn”

Happy to be back blogging after an extremely hot summer with temperatures nearly 40 c every day so the challenge over at Addicted to CAS seemed a perfect way to cool down and welcome the onset of autumn.

My cameo cut the image from Kraft card and I used distress oxide to do a tad of water colouring.

Also playing along with CASology who’s cue word is one

Happy little stampers

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and am looking forward to seeing your amazing cards. Do pop over and check out the DT’s and the card galleries on the aforementioned blogs so much creativity !!!

Marie

Happy Little stampers.

Anything Goes With Dies

Well it’s been an absolute age since I entered a challenge but after seeing what’s going on over at Happy Little Stampers I decided to take the plunge.

I chose to use one of my most favourite die sets by birch press designs called Regal Peacock.

There are four layers plus the body which means the possibilities are endless and I’ve made many a card using different colours and textures.

For this particular one I used mirror card and glitter foam.

For the background I used a variety of distress oxides and made a frame using spellbinder dies.

There are some amazing cards in the gallery at Happy Little stampers and the Design team have outdone themselves.

I do hope you are all keeping well during these difficult times and look forward to popping by and seeing your creations.

Take care

Marie

Less is More #417 Out of Focus

Hello lovely ladies, I do hope you are all well during these difficult times and crafting without guilt !

Thought I would play along with Less is More who have a very interesting challenge

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I used a design from Silhouette studio and printed the butterfly line image onto acetate. I cut out the butterfly image from card and placed the line image in the negative space. Then using another piece of acetate I dabbled with alcohol inks I made tons of different designs or splodges as they should be called until I found one that I liked and placed it behind the the first piece of acetate . I really love playing with alcohol inks and find it very therapeutic and addictive, needless to say I have ton of acetate for future projects. I then mounted it onto card and added crystal drops which I later regretted as less really is more !!!

Do pop over and see the wonderful creations at Less is More once again the DT has created some beautiful cards to inspire us.

 

Take care

Marie