Get Creative June 15th Tag Challenge

Hello lovely ladies !

This is a scheduled post as I am in the UK at the moment so hopefully WordPress will do its magic and you will all be reading this at 9.00am

Time for a new tag challenge over at Get Creative and this time we have a colour challenge for you.

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Please make sure you use all four colours on your tag.

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My darling cameo was used to cut the tag.  The smile sentiment was stamped with Archival brilliance rocket red ink and popped up with foam and a couple of stick pins added. For the heart I used my melt pot to melt some UTEE and added a few drops of  To Die For Additive in red . I then poured it into a metal heart mould and while still warm I carefully stamped it with a little Hero Arts wooden flower stamp.

I do hope you will join us at Get Creative and why not pop over to see the fabulous Design Teams amazing tags.  The winner will come back as our guest designer for August.

Oh and I should warn you that your in- boxes will be dinging in about an hour ( if WP does its job) with another scheduled post from me SORRY !!!

Right must dash as I’m off to catch my plane

Take care

Marie

 

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Get Creative May 5th Card Challenge Flowers

Hello lovely ladies and happy Easter to all of my Greek friends and family !

For those of you that read my post yesterday I wont bore you with the details of the mayhem and madness that is prevailing in my life at the moment but get right down to matters at hand which is our new challenge at Get Creative . April showers bring May flowers is the theme for the whole of May always a popular theme…….except if you are me of course !!!! Cant seem to get the hang of the thingies !!! My team mates over at Get Creative have done a magnificent job so why not pop over and see their wonderful blooms. Don’t expect to find anyone at home though as its Easter ~Sunday here, the weather is glorious and everyone has left for their villages !

As I’m in the process of moving my studio most of my things are boxed up so I didn’t have too much to work with, to be honest even if they weren’t boxed up I would still have a problem !!!!!

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A quick and easy card and I love the fabulous colours, I used a favourite Japanese print and copied it onto acetate, cut the frame with my Cameo and added a little flower

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Another simple one, this beautiful hand stitched silk fabric was given to me by a lovely friend who has my good luck would have it has a fabric shop here in Thessaloniki and has given me tons of samples the only problem is they are just too beautiful to cut up but being desperate and short of time I got my scissors out !. I did make the paper flower flowers underneath I’m embarrassed to say ! The frame once again cut by my Cameo.

We are sponsored once again by Get Creative Embellishments who have this lovely gift for the winner

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We also have a wonderful guest designer this month the very talented Rania, not only a very creative lady but fun to be with and a thoroughly nice person .

Well I must dash Our boys have invited us to their new home for Easter lunch,  they have this fabulous top floor apartment with a huge 45 meter balcony and although we are guests you can image who has done all the preparations,cooking and cleaning so far……

Once again happy Easter for those who celebrate

Take care

Marie

 

Get Creative Tag Challenge 15th April

Over at Get Creative we have a few changes for you and one of them being the introduction of a new challenge theme. I am delighted to announce that every 15th of the month we will be having a tag challenge. I was so excited when I heard this as when I first starting my crafty endeavours tags where the first things I made and I thoroughly enjoyed making them.

So as it is our first ever tag challenge you have free reign to create whatever you like so no excuses lol !

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This is a double-sided tag and I had so much fun getting inky and messy so much so that I made about ten of them ! A few months ago I bought the Fiskars Fuse Creativity system which for those of you that haven’t heard of it is a 12 x 12 die- cutting machine that can cut,letterpress and colour all at the same time. It’s a monster of a machine but it really does deliver. I firstly cut the tags and then coloured them with a variety of inks and a sponge, then passed them through the Fuse once again to deboss them. I then went over the debossed area with more inks and did a little stamping with some Archival ink. I made the butterflies from some of the other tags that I had made. I can honestly say I really enjoyed the process and quite like the result. So no moaning and whingeing from me for a change.

We would love to see you join our first ever challenge at Get Creative so why not pop over and see what my fellow team mates have come up with to inspire you all.

We are once again sponsored by Get Creative Embellishments .

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Right am off to work, wishing all a wonderful happy and creative day

Take care

Marie

Get Creative March 20th Card Sketch Challenge

Hello lovely ladies !!!

Thank you all so much for your healing hugs and get well wishes I’m pleased to announce that after nearly two months of being ill and miserable I’m finally feeling well !!!!! Yes the mange has finally deserted me and gone in search of pastures new . So without further ado I’ll get straight onto the subject at hand which is the new card challenge at Get Creative , yes you heard right, no whingeing or moaning or feeling sorry for myself rest assured this will be one quick post !

Our lovely leader Irini has created this wonderful sketch for us to follow

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Here’s my take on the sketch

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The image was created with the aid of my Cameo and cut into four, coloured with Copics, I stamped and die cut a little butterfly and coloured also with Copics , glossy accents  added hither and thither, don’t know if you can see the thither but if you look closely you will see it !

Four tarty crystals in the centre and a touch of layering and there you have my little kitschy card. This photo does not do it justice it’s ever so classy in real life,  honest !

The winner of our challenge will join us as guest designer for May.

Do pop over to Get Creative and see what the other DT members have come up with and welcome our guest designer Meletini who has created two fabulous cards for us.

That’s all from me folks off to Pilates, something I haven’t done for two months now so wish me luck !

Take care
Marie

Get Creative March 5th Card Challenge ” Create a Card with an Envelope On

Hello lovely ladies and welcome to another whingeing post from my sickbed !!!

Yes four weeks on and am still feeling unwell and miserable, I now have contracted a lovely virus from my ever so generous husband which apart from having flu like symptoms  has rendered us both deaf in our left ears and in quite a bit of pain. If it didn’t hurt so much I would laugh as trying to communicate at the best of times with  Mr P is a chore  but now we are both deaf ….actually now I come to think of it I finally have a legitimate excuse for ignoring him . Of course him being a man ( well that’s obvious ) he was off to the doctors like a flash and taking antibiotics within five minutes !

Anyway enough of my boring medical chat and on to our new challenge over at Get Creative. Our lovely leader Irini has once again come up with a great theme for us , she is asking us to create a card with an envelope on it or in it ! I really loved the idea but unfortunately being the miserable so and so that I am and feeling so sorry for myself  I just couldn’t get motivated and so wasn’t too happy with the end result .

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Onto a piece of Design Paper I stamped this lovely SU script with sepia archival ink and distressed the edges, made a tiny weeny envelope with my Cameo and added a folded tiny doily and a wooden heart to close it.

Using a lolly stick I ran over it with one of those lovely wheel stamps from SU and then punched holes in either end with my crop o dile and added a couple of eyelet’s and some thread. A touch of sepia ink was added to the edges and there you go another rubbish card from me and the bugger took ages to make too !

Do pop over to Get Creative to see what the rest of the DT have come up with and also welcome a new member to our card team Erina, She makes the most amazing cards  I’ve been a huge fan or her work for ages and as a bonus she is a thoroughly lovely lady too.

We have a wonderful sponsor this month

Paper Stories 

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On a lighter note I was pleased to get top three at the Craft Room last week for my handmade embellishment see here if your curious its  been ages since I won anything but to be fair it’s  ages since I entered anything so it did cheer me up no end.

Before I go I would like to leave you with a couple of photo’s of the “pets ” . I share my craft room with my good friend Stavroula , well you have all met her mad cat Mr Ziggy well here is another member of the gang Ronin her lovely Jack Russell who also happens to be Rosy my little porkers boyfriend.

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Take care you all and hope that by my next post on Saturday I will be well on the road to recovery !

XX

Marie

Get Creative February 20th Card sketch challenge

Hello lovely ladies !

It’s the 20th of the month and time for our final challenge for February over at Get Creative . Our lovely leader Irini has given us this fantastic sketch to work with

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Come and see what I made :-

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I recently  bought the Majestic Elements Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders and couldn’t wait to play with them, because of the intricate design spellbinders recommend the use of freezer paper or something similar, I used baking parchment together with the cardstock in order for the paper to release more easily from the die . I loved the result so much that I decided to use the parchment instead of the card. On the larger of the two pieces I stamped this pretty doily from the set Delicate Doilies by Inspired by Stamping with Deep Purple Archival ink and then added another layer of parchment on top , I really love how the stamp shows through. I made a couple of rosettes with some lovely SU design paper and added a little flower to embellish the centre .

Here’s another card I made following the same sketch

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The DP is from the Pixie Glen collection from Prima and I used Spellbinders Decorative Elements dies to cut the frames, the beautiful crocheted broach in the centre was created by our leader Irini and is from her Etsy shop Get Creative Embellishments.  I added a couple of sticks pins which I coloured with Copic markers in order to match the paper

The winner of this challenge will come back as guest designer in April

Please pop over to Get Creative to see the fabulous inspirational pieces by the DT, you have until the 27th of February to upload your card .

Have been having a few health problems this week and have been confined to bed  one of the disadvantages with my studio not being at home is that I have been unable to blog or comment the past few days . My iPad is very selective and so have not been able to visit you all. In order to schedule this post I have left home to come to my studio in the pouring rain in my PJ’s and a very long coat to hide my indecency ! Fortunately it’s not too far but I do look a bit like a homeless old lady !

Take care and hopefully I will catch up with you soon

Marie

Get Creative 5th February Card Challenge ” Love is in the Air “

Love is in the air every sight and every sound, love is in the air……..do ya remember that one !!!! It’s especially for the old fogies, Suze Bain and Florence being two of them.  Don’t know about you but will most probably be singing that all day.

It seems like you can’t go anywhere in blog land without their being a heart or love challenge of some sort at the moment and why should we at Get Creative be any different…. our crazy leader Irini has decided to put a twist on our challenge and she wants us to create a card for our loved ones but without the use of RED OR VARIATIONS OF THE COLOUR OF PASSION !!!

Come and have a peep at what I came up with

well no colours of passion here unless you have a gold or glitter fixation ! I used my spellbinders hearts die to make the black and white scalloped hearts, the lovely Cameo was called upon to cut the fancy heart which was then blinged up with two different gold glitters. I made a right old mess in my studio I can tell you glitter here there and everywhere. The doglets once again looked lovely in the glittery coating as did Ronin the dog and Ziggy the cat. Yes , we now have four pets in the craft studio , I really must try to get a group shot of the little creatures but it’s usually bedlam in here and that’s without the little mites being in attendance.

We do hope you will join us at Get Creative , pop over and see the fantastic inspirational cards by my team members , we have been sponsored this month by:-

they are offering this fantastic set of little embellishments
they are a little larger than a 1 euro coin!!!!
how amazing is that!!

Short post from me today as I know you have tons of blogs to visit, comments to leave and crafty projects to create!

Enjoy your week and I will be looking out for your lovely cards

take care

Marie

Get Creative January 20th Card Sketch Challenge

Oh where oh where can my mojo be, oh where oh where can it be !!!!!!!!!! well after reading a number of my crafty friends blogs it looks like I’m not the only one who is mojoless ! I reckon the buggers have decided to take a little trip to the U.S of A and are all visiting Cha !!! There is no other explanation,  but one things for sure I hope they return with a suitcase full of inspiration and a few crafty treats wouldn’t go amiss. Actually that would be a fib I have so much stuff, new stuff even,  there is nothing that I need or indeed want but it seems like an excess of crafty goods is not a guarantee !!

Before Christmas I was very lucky to be able to purchase the new Fiskars Fuse Creativity System, The Craftwell ebosser and a fab Janome embellishing machine but zip, nadda,τιποτα ! I still can’t seem to get in the swing of things and not only in the crafty department which is why I struggled so much with the sketch which has been designed for us by the fabulous Irini at Get Creative

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I really loved the sketch and there where so many possibilities I even got my Dylusions out but to no avail…..and I  still have pink and purple fingers a week later as a reminder of my efforts but for some reason I just couldn’t pull the mess together into a card.

At the eleventh hour I had a light bulb moment and although not crazy about the result I don’t think what I came up with was half bad but I will let you all be the judge of that , think I’m most probably a little delusional due to lack of sleep/mojo etc.Also due to lack of light the true depth of this magical ( insert laugh here ) card is not apparent but after seeing the reaction of one of my true followers ( Ziggy the cat ) I realise that this is indeed a masterpiece.  (Dont worry I have booked an appointment with a ” specialist “)

So here it is ………

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I used my Cameo to create this holey card and was quite pleased that by chance some of the holes were in fact the correct fit for my eyelets, so out came the crop-o-dile , bit of a bugger but I got there in the end.. The larger of the buttons fit snuggly into the holes although it was touch and go for a while trying to find the matching buttons for the holes. The sentiment is SU stamped with Archival red brillance ink.

So there you have it , we would love to see you over at Get Creative so why not pop over and see what the rest of my teamies have come up with and why not join in   the winner will be invited back as guest designer for March.

Right time for bed, I have a tough day of lazing around tommorrow and need to keep my strength up

Toodle pip and nighty night 1

Marie

 

Get Creative 5th January Card Challenge

Hello lovely ladies and HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!

I’m finally back in my crafty den after three weeks working flat-out in my shop for the Christmas holidays. I really missed you all and your crafty endeavors and hopefully I can now start to catch up .

Over at Get Creative we have our first card challenge of the new year and our lovely leader Irini is asking us to make a new years card.

I had a little problem  as  the Christmas spirit just didn’t visit me this year not even in the alcoholic form. Mr P and I are still trying to fight off a nasty flu virus which has firmly attached itself to both of us and refuses to budge !

Needless to say Christmas lunch which I cooked for 12 was left untouched by myself and as soon as it was served I retreated to my bed and then a repeat performance occurred for new year !!

As you will see my card apart from having the number 13 isn’t  a typical new years card but I wanted to demonstrate growth, colour and nature and new beginnings and it you believe that  you will believe anything !

Despite everything I really enjoyed making this card and loved the outcome which is a rare thing indeed for me, I can count on the fingers of one hand how many of my cards I really like, so here it is and hope you like it too !

 

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The image was created using my clever Cameo and then coloured with Copic markers this is about my 5th attempt as I kept messing up the colouring.. Glossy Accents added to the red and lots of tiny seed beads on the centre of the flower and attached to a beautiful Spellbinders frame . I die cut  the numbers several times and  layered them to give depth, crackle paint and Copics of various colours added and topped of with crackle accents. The side panels are also Spellbinders am getting slightly addicted to them and although I love my Cameo you just cant beat the embossing that you can achieve with these dies.

I do hope you will find time to play along with us at Get Creative the rest of the design team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you all . We are being sponsored this month by Enjoy Scrapping who will be offering a mystery prize, we also have two guest designers this month the lovely and talented Erina, and Aliki both of whom are not only very talented but two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.

Right am off to work ( when will this madness stop  ! )

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year

Take care

Marie

Get Creative 20th December Sketch Challenge

Time for our last challenge of the year over at Get Creative and we have a gorgeous sketch designed by our trusty leader Irini and here it is :-

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A great sketch with so many possibilities , come and have a peep at what I came up with

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I coloured my base card with Pan Pastels and roughed up the edges with my very noisy Zutter distresser, all of the animals run for cover as soon as I start using it ! Sounds like something from a Hitchcock film ! The grey Co-ordinations card-stock was embossed and treated to a good going over with my sanding block . The beautiful frame courtesy  of Miss Cameo a few pearls added and the lovely butterfly is Hero Arts from the butterfly stamp and die cut set, coloured with Copics and the Glossy Accents.

The pretty Cameo I made myself by making a mold and filling it with iclay which is similar to Fimo but a lot softer and squishier and great fun to play with.

Do hope you will have time to join for our last challenge of the year at Get Creative the design team have come up with some fabulous cards .The winner of this challenge will be invited back as guest designer in January.

Sorry this is a short post but I  am running around like a crazy woman as am sure the rest of you are ! Our shop is open from ten till nine at night and we’re  working Saturdays and Sundays so not much free time until January so……….

I wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas a fabulous new year hopefully spent with your loved ones and families and look forward to catching up with you all over the holidays

Take care

Marie