ATCAS – Challenge #11 – Hosted by Caz

Hello lovely ladies

Time again for a new challenge over at Addicted to CAS and for the next two weeks we have the very talented Caz as our host . Her code word for the next fortnight is

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Now I’m pretty certain you all have at least one flower in your crafty stash.

What did I make ………

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I recently bought some magic stamps and for those of you that havent heard of them they are thick pieces of foam rubber that you heat with your heat gun and then press the foam onto any surface , lace,paper clips,rubber bands etc and it leaves a deep impression  You then ink them up and stamp as normal. The most fascinating thing is that if you reheat the foam the impression disappears so you can reuse the foam over and over. Well why am I telling you this…. I didn’t do any of that I just used the foam as a sort of sponge to apply my ink and I have to say it gives fab coverage  much better than anything I have ever used before.

I used various Adirondack inks to create the background, a small section of an old Hero Arts stamp for the lettering and this pretty flower stamp by Inspired by Stamping . Glossy accents were added to the flower and the frame and the sentiment were created by my darling Cameo.

I really enjoyed getting inky and messy with this card and I love the colours , reminds me of some of the lovely sunsets we get here in Thessaloniki.

A big thank you goes out to all of you wonderfully talented ladies who join us week after week at ATCAS its always a pleasure to visit you all and hopefully you will join us again this time. Dont forget to keep it clean and simple though !

We once again have a fabulous sponsor Bugaboo Stamps who are most generously offering seven digi stamps to the winner from their store.

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Why not pop over to ATCAS to see the beautiful cards that my fellow team mates have created and why not join in the fun.

Right on that note am off to cook dinner the ” men ” will be home soon.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Take care

Marie

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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

Addicted to Stamps and More ” Clean and Simple “

Yes it’s that time again another week over and time to play at Addicted to Stamps and More were our theme this week is Clean and Simple , we would like you to create a card leaving lots of lovely white space ( or black or brown or any other colour you fancy ) as long as its well clean and simple !

So without further ado come and see what I made

The stamp is Hero Arts I used the water-colour method and SU inks , added a touch of Glossy Accents to the leaves and a bevelled glass dome to give a little dimension. ( Yes I actually stamped something !! ) but I did use my Cameo to cut the frame lol !

As this was quick and easy , actually it wasnt that quick as I kept going outside the lines and had to re stamp  several times, I decided to treat you all to another

Ah yes my Cameo once again to the rescue , it’s so good for creating CAS cards and to be honest just about anything else,  don’t know who the DP belongs to as the cover came off the pad many moons ago. Have to say I love the sentiment here which was also supplied courtesy of my Cameo. I want to enter this one into The Cameo Spotlight challenge who are having a colour challenge this week,  I do hope there is enough colour on this card ! Do pop over and pay them a visit as the DT have created some stunning projects with their Cameo’s.

Please pop over to Addicted to stamps and More to see the wonderful creations by my fellow DT members , amazing work as always !
Before I go would just like to share a photo of Ziggy who is my room-mate at my craft studio, I have to do this sneakily as Rosy and Bailey are dead jealous and if they get wind there will be all hell to pay ! So Valerie, Lynne and Florence  no snitching !

Cant wait to see what you come up with !
Until then……

See ya

Marie

Addicted to Stamps ” Make your Mark “

Let me start by saying a big thank you to you all for all your birthday and holiday wishes last week I was really touched. We visited the beautiful island of Lesvos in Greece and celebrated my 52nd birthday there, it was fabulous, swimming, walking, eating, drinking, shopping, hot springs to heal are aching bones, and practically no internet which meant I had to take a little break from visiting you all. The last night of our stay there was  a severe power cut for several hours and the whole island was in darkness,  now this is the third largest island in Greece so it felt quite eerie , it was night-time and we were out for dinner at the harbour when the power failed. It could have been a disaster but it was incredibly romantic , candles everywhere and people talking in hushed tones we could just see the twinkling lights of Turkey off in the distance and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our stay.

This is a photo I took through a whole in a wall and that little balcony that you can see is where we used to have coffee at night to watch the sunset, its tiny and just hangs out over the rocks a perfect end to a perfect day.

Right on to business …. over atAddicted to Stamps its time once again for a new challenge and we are asking you to create a card with the emphasis on using markers to colour your image. Since this will be a regular challenge and due to the fact that I’m rubbish at colouring in,  hence my lack of the aforementioned I have had to do some serious shopping and practicing. The shopping part was dead easy , I bought loads of Copics none of which matched each other so I keep returning to the scene of the crime every other day to get me some more. I think the guy who runs the shop thinks I’m either a stalker or a nutter as he has given me three colour charts so I can mark of what I have bought and of course I have lost all three of them ! I’m a bit embarrassed each time I go in and so make up for it by spending a fortune . I have to say I find this colouring in lark quite difficult and have wasted tons of paper on it but I do find it rather therapeutic . Not that my card is anything special by any means,  I have  so much to learn but am enjoying the process immensely, so come and have a peep at my little cards yes cards , got carried away and made two !

I created the background with my Cameo and then masked it with this great flower image from Hero Arts and used the Copics to colour the blooms, this was about my tenth attempt as either the shading looked wrong to me or I was so far outside the lines it looked like I had drunk about four large Gins ! ( the gin came afterwards )

Heres another one with a different background and I’ve used some stickles on the flower centres a bit of an error I think but it took ages to do so tough !

Please pop over to Addicted to Stamps and see what my fabulous and talented team mates and expert coloureres in have come up with and why not take part , you can’t be any worse than I am !

Right off to bed and lather myself up with the mozzie cream , the little buggers are vicious this year and due to lack of funds here in Greece our local council was unable to do it’s usual spraying ( most probably a good thing ) so all you can hear in my house at night is the constant slapping sound of  Teo and I trying to kill the little buggers or our  swearing, not very conducive to a good nights sleep !

Hope to catch up with you in the next few days as I  am suffering from a little post holiday depression apart from my DT duties I’m avoiding my Mac so please bear with me.

Ta ra

Marie

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge no 71 Make Your Own Flowers

I am sitting here in the craft cave and am being bullied by the dastardly duo  Bailey and Rosy my two mutts who have decided that they have had enough of seeing only my back  for the past few,  well make that several hours ! I have a day bed in here and they are usually sprawled out on that or at my feet waiting to intercept any matter of crafty material that is destined for the bin. The little ” loves ” have been so quiet up until now due to the extreme heat but a sudden torrential downpour has cooled the air and revitalised their souls and they telling me in no uncertain terms that it is time for play. So as  I am writing this post I have an eleven kilo French Bulldog and a two kilo Pincher sitting on my knee both jousting for poll position….. oops there goes Bailey the Pincher ( did he jump or was he pushed ) he has been knocked off and is now yapping his head off, those mini mutts sure can bark . Right I better make this quick as Rosy the porker is one fidgety madame ! Its time for our new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and the theme for the next fortnight has been chosen by the lovely Aj who is asking us to make our own flowers. She would love to see your project including flowers made from anything you like as long as the flower itself is not store-bought . For more details pop over to Crafty Cardmakers and of course to see what my fellow talented team members have made to inspire us all. I used a Hero Arts stamp  and embossed it with its matching embossing folder by Sizzix ,not sure you can see the embossing but if you look really closely and squint just a little you might catch a little glimpse of it on the tiny flowers . The flower was made with my Cameo and I used Pan Pastels in varying shades to colour it, have mentioned that I love them ? you get such great coverage and if you make a mistake you can just rub it out with an ordinary eraser. Sentiment is by SU. I know you all wanted to see a close up of the flower so you could admire my Pan Pastelling skills !

Our two generous sponsor are:-

Digi Doodle Shop are offering a ten-dollar gift voucher and One Stop Card  Crafts are offering a 10 pounds voucher also.

We had some fantastic entries for our last fortnight’s challenge and it was a pleasure to see so many lovely and talented blogging friends taking part . I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who passes by to leave a comment I know how busy you all are and do appreciate you taking the time to visit. There are a few of you and I’m not mentioning any names but the guilty parties will know who they are , are just down right cheeky and I love it so don’t hold back !!!

Right I’m off as the howling has started up again oh sorry, my mistake it’s just hubby watching the football,  but better clear off cos I’ve got two dead legs and a sore you know what from this big lump sitting on my knee.

Hope this post finds you all as it’s scheduled as hopefully when you read this I will be at my aqua aerobics class !

Ta ta

Marie