ATCAS Challenge #14 – Hosted by ME !!!!!!!

Hello lovely ladies, long time no see !!!!

Well I’m finally ensconced in my new craft room its taken weeks but I’ve finally unpacked all of my boxes, of course nothing is in its rightful place and I still have lots to do but at least the to-ing and fro-ing is over. Tomorrow  Ari my youngest will have taken all his clothes to his new home so I will have a nice large wardrobe to fill up with the overspill , more of that later and onto the topic at hand. Over atATCAS we have a new code word for you chosen by moi !!! I will be your hostess for the next two weeks so what did I choose in a moment of madness….

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What was I thinking !!!!!!!!!! it seemed like a good idea when I chose it a few months ago, needless to say I struggled and here is the proof……

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I was recently introduced to Iganacio Molina of Nicecrane Designs by my fellow team-mate Flo of Florence and Freddie. Iganacio has this amazing on-line shop and when I saw some of the cards that Flo made using his digital images I was totally jealous and decided to buy some for myself. I mean if she can do it then so can I ! ( although mine aren’t a patch on hers ) so the lovely birds images have been copied onto acetate and then placed in the space left by the cut out circles. I added a piece of bevelled glass to the little birdie couple unfortunately what with the acetate and the glass I just couldn’t get a good photo and they look quite blurred here.

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My lovely Cameo cut the central shape and the negative space was coloured using my magic sponge and lots of different Archival inks . Once dry I covered it liberally with Glossy Accents ( nightmare ) and added another piece of bevelled glass to the centre. This really looks so much better in real life, honest !

Last but not least I  was hoping that this last card would be ready for the previous challenge at ATCAS and in truth it was but can you believe I lost it under a pile of papers and it turned up today !!!!

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Cameo take a bow !

We have another fantastic sponsor for the next two weeks Paper Makeup Stamps

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I do hope you will find the time to join us over at ATCAS,  it’s always a pleasure to see your beautiful cards and I know the rest of the DT have some amazing circle creations to share with you.

Right before I go I just wanted to thank those of you that have stuck with me even though I have been MIA for some time and I do promise to catch up as best I can from here on in.

I’m hoping to get away to my summer-house at the weekend to take a well-earned break I really need to sit and soak up a little sun, I’m totally exhausted from all of the goings on here at the Pap residence of course the forecast is for showers do you believe it !!!

Take care

Marie

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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