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

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

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

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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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 #53 Dots and Goodbye

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a new challenge at ATCAS.

We have a fantastic new code word for you this time chosen by the one and only Loll the lovely ! So what has this gorgeous and talented lady chosen .

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Cameo from head to toe, sorry about the poor light but I think it makes it look quite atmospheric lol !

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This is a rhinestone pattern but I chose to frame it instead,  made by my lovely Cameo of course.

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS the design team have come up with some amazing cards to inspire you all and of course we still have the very talented Linda with us as guest designer.

We are also sponsored by Inspired by stamping who are offering a most generous $20 gift voucher woo hoo !

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`This unfortunately will be my last post as DT member at ATCAS due to ill health I’m unable to give of my best and feel it is time for me to step down. I’ve had an amazing two years and can’t thank Smiley Kylie for the wonderful opportunity. Not only is she an amazing boss but a wonderful friend. Also a big thank you to the rest of the team who have put up with me during my difficult time and for their support and love. Also a big thank you to my followers who have cheered me up no end with their positive words and wonderful cards.

Here are a few pictures of where I have been hiding for the last five weeks

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This is a decompression chamber , looks a bit like a submarine doesn’t it that or the tube !

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Here is me and the gang( I’m on the left ) and no I’m not the one with the moustache !

I have to visit the hospital every day for six weeks which is why I have found it difficult catching up with you all. I have met some amazing people and made some great friends we have laughed and cried together, mainly laughed thank goodness , everyone is so supportive and that has made the whole process a lot easier,  I will miss them all when my treatment ends.

Hopefully I will be back blogging soon so until then

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #50 Vellum

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a brand new challenge over at ATCAS, we have a fantastic code word for you this time round and I should know cos I chose it !!!!!

Yes I’m your hostess for the next fortnight but sorry no drinks trolley this time round due to my immobility but I have created a little bar in the corner , so if you would like to file past in an orderly fashion and help yourselves I would be very grateful. Trying to push a drinks trolley whilst on crutches is a recipe for disaster.

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I love vellum and use it in many of my cards especially for envelopes,however this time round I made the envelope and forgot to photograph it and now its too dark .

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Now here’s a first for me I actually like a card I made, yep no whingeing or complaining from me I love it and it looks so much better in real life, but where is the vellum you may ask well……

I used my Cameo to cut this gorgeous image it took several goes as this really is a very detailed image it required several passes and a new blade but I got there in the end. I tore up some vellum and laid it at angles behind the image and added two weeny bits of green vellum behind the leaves. I created a frame with the cameo, some foam and a computer generated sentiment and there you have it. Unfortunately the Vellum is not showing up so well in the photo but believe you me it’s there and it looks fabulous !!!! Did I just say fabulous,  wow I may need to go and lie down.

Our guest designer the fabulous Hannelie is still with us and she along with the rest of the amazing DT have come up with some outstanding cards , so why not pop on over to ATCAS and feast your eyes and maybe join in.

We are once again sponsored by Scribbles Designs who are offering three digs to the winner

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Thank you all so much for your amazing entries for our Stencil challenge we had so many amazing entries I know our Kylie is in a bit of a pickle trying to choose her winners.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #49 Stencil

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to a brand new challenge at ATCAS. The boss woman Smiley Kylie is your hostess for the next two weeks and what has our fabulous and fun leader chosen to inspire us all……..

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Leave it to our Kylie to choose something bang on trend !

I was quite excited when I saw this code word mainly because having my darling Cameo enables me to make stencils from just about any design or material. That was the easy part but actually choosing one was more difficult and I ended up being really boring and choosing a heart. That’s not to say I didn’t go through a tonne of stencils, embossing paste and Dylusions . It seems like the old mojo is still on vacation, never mind though I had fun trying and that’s what really counts isn’t it !

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Sorry about the bad photo its been a glorious week here in Greece until I wanted to take my photo of course.

I spray painted a piece of  card stock in gold and made a stencil with my Cameo, I used shiny embossing paste and when dry added a touch of gold leaf hither and thither , what a  BIG MISTAKE ! that stuff gets everywhere ! I’m enjoying gold leafing at the moment  as it’s really quick and very effective, apart from the cleaning up that is ! A few sequins added willy nilly and topped off with a frame made by madame Cameo.

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS the DT have created some amazing cards for your perusal and we have a brand new guest designer the amazing Hannelie from Desert Diva, I do hope you will all join in and welcome this super  talented lady.

We also once again sponsored by Stamp Art Design who are offering five free digis !

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Wishing you all a super weekend and sending extra big hugs to Kylie as I know she’s had a pretty tough week

Ta ra for now

Marie