Die Cuts Galore!

Just popping in with a super quick post as I’m off to my summer house as I have girlfriends arriving from the UK and Australia for our annual weekend by the sea”The Balcony Girls” as we like to call ourselves haven’t been able to all get together for three years because of covid. Having a broken arm doesn’t help matters as I love to cook and take care of everyone, this time round I will with all difficulty have to let others take care of me, and being the bossy so and so I am it might be another three years before I see them again.

On to my card……

The gorgeous giraffe die is from Mr. Holtz’s colorize series I’m absolutely loving them even though there are some tiny weeny and I mean weeny pieces that tend to go missing and then turn up once I have cut them out again. My pink giraffe was coloured with distress oxides in kitsch flamingo and picked raspberry. The florals are from Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms set I love this set but once again there are some tiny pieces well actually they are all quite small and I had to cut about 100 flowers before I got the colour combo I liked. Luckily enough this card was made before I broke my arm as I would never have managed it. It’s been sitting on my desk waiting for the right challenge to come along. The wonky sentiment is also Spellbinders from sentiments by Yana Smakula hot foiled in gold.

Addicted to Stamps and More #435 are asking us to use die cuts or stencils

Inspiration Station #35 are asking us to use the photo below “Animal Kingdom” I was inspired by this photo seeing all of the animals living in harmony together.

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Well, that’s all from me as I have to go and give the very patient Mr. P packing instructions for my trip , this broken arm business does have some benefits wink wink.

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

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

Addicted to CAS Challenge #80 RED

Hello lovely ladies and gents.

I hope February finds you all in fine fettle, whatever that is, full of beans and jam packed full of creative juices.

After a long time in the blogging wilderness I’m finally feeling the urge to create and blog again and am enjoying visiting your blogs for a good old nose. So many new techniques, so much talent it nearly scared me off I can tell you but no, I shall perceiver a girl’s gotta start somewhere.

I noticed that my old mucker Smiley Kylie over at Addicted to CAS has a super theme this time round

Oh and Smiley I can’t comment on your blog for some reason !

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AAA Cards Game #57

(my first time playing along with these lovely ladies)

I made a super simple card aided and abetted by Spellbinders dies and a red wax seal , nope I didn’t fire up the old Cameo this time it asked for a day off so my Fiskars Fuse came to the rescue.

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Told ya it was simple !

After having perused both galleries for ATCAS and AAA Cards I feel a bit insecure as there are so many amazing and inspirational cards and both DT’s have done wonders. Do pop over to both of them and have a little wander around you won’t regret it.

Wishing you all a wonderful week

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 Challenge #46 Luxury

Hello lovely ladies

Welcome to a new challenge at ATCAS which for the next week, yes that’s right for one week only  is being hosted by the super talented Sandie from London Days.

So come and see what the lovely Sandie chose for her code word.

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Well I have to admit I struggled a little with this one, luxury has so many different connotations , I started thinking about the obvious things, fast cars, boats, travel, shoes, gin, shoes, gin handbags, did I mention gin ?. None of the above really inspired me and I was left with several unfinished cards . I had one thought that kept going around and around in my little noggin  and in the end gave in……

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This is my luxury……

Lady Cameo once again helped out , I paper pieced this super simple drawing ( took forever ) as my bin can testify and made a simple frame using my Spellbinders Card creator dies.

I liked the simplicity of it so much I made a framed version and hung it over our bed.

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So what does luxury mean to you ? Now if you’re in need of a little inspiration then why not pop over to ATCAS to see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire us .

We have a fabulous sponsor for you this week Inspired by Stamping

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The lucky winner will receive $15 gift voucher to spend at their store.

I would also like to play along with a new challenge to me  A Creative Romance , its my first time playing along with these talented ladies and as they are looking to see some Kraft on our cards I think mine fits the bill !

Sadly the lovely Lyndal our guest Designer will be leaving us this week  its been a real pleasure to have her with us at ATCAS this month.

Cant wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge , it’s always a pleasure to view your card so much inspiration , what a talented bunch of crafters you are.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Take care

Marie

Addicted To CAS #44 GOLD

Hello lovely ladies

A big thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes , blogging buddies are the best,  also a big thank you to all of those who took part in our last challenge celebrate at ATCAS so many fabulous entries.

This fortnight our amazingly talented Deepti has chosen our code word and will be your hostess , so lets see what she has chosen for us.,

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What a fabulous code word !

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A fabulous code word indeed but it took me longer to photograph it than make it !!! Gold Miri card is a bugger !!!!!! It took days to get this rubbish result  I actually gave up on it and made another card but that one looked better in real life and crap as a photo so a loose , loose situation all around !

I stamped onto vellum (can’t tell can you !) and then gold embossed it and coloured the flower with my Copics  placing  a glass dome over the flower. The circle is cut using Spellbinders circle die and then mounted onto foam.

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One of my doglets Bailey investigating the scene !

Ok so now I’m gonna share the card that didn’t make it ! Keep in mind that its much better IRL

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Spellbinders card creator rectangles for the frames and a lovely inkylicious stamp that I’ve never used gold embossed. A glass dome and a button and gold pen used to edge the card. If you look very carefully you can see my reflection in the glass dome the height ( not ) of sartorial elegance in me nightie lol ! My Cameo is sulking cos it never got a look in again this time poor thing.

We are once again sponsored by Stamp Art Design who are offering five free digs for the winner

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We have a brand new guest designer for the month of August , please put your hands together for the lovely and talented Lyndal ( Ideas and Paper ) and boy does she have lots of both !

We would love for you to join us at ATCAS it’s always a pleasure to see your stunning cards and if you’re in need of a little inspiration then pop over and see what the rest of the amazing DT have come up with they have out done themselves once again.

I might be a bit slow on commenting next week as I have to undergo therapy on my leg apparently it needs straightening ( don’t like the sound of that ) so will be missing best part of the week.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge #43 Celebrate

Hello lovely ladies !

We have a fabulous new challenge over at ATCAS and it couldn’t be more fitting for me. The lovely and talented Jaydee has chosen the code word for the next fortnight so come and see what she’s chosen.

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Hopefully that’s what I will be doing for the next week albeit on one leg ! I will be celebrating my birthday in a few days time,  not only that my closest friends all have their birthdays within a day of each other starting on Sunday continuing on until Thursday. I’m off today to my beach house to host a little party Mr P will be doing the cooking this year ( haven’t told him yet ) due to my inability to stay upright for too long , and no it’s not due to an excess of gin !

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I used a tiny little brayer  with this cute heart motif to randomly stamp my base card , cut the hearts and sentiment with my Cameo and popped it up on foam. Behind celebrate I added some red card stock not completely covering the negative space. I thought  it looked really cool in real life but looking at it on the screen it looks like my card stock has slipped.

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Don’t you just love the expression on her face ! I’m feeling a bit of a porker myself at the moment due to my inactivity. I cobbled together various elements using my Cameo, popped my little hippo up on foam and used glossy accents on my balloon ( and the surrounding area it seems ) a Spellbinders frame completes the madness.

Once again Bugaboo stamps are most generously offering 7 yes 7 !!! digs to our lucky winner

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We would love you to come and celebrate with us at ATCAS , the DT and our lovely guest designer Cathy have produced once again a fabulous variety of amazing cards to inspire you all.

Right must dash as this view is awaiting me ! off to pack the champers and the three doglets

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Take care

Marie

ATCAS Challenge #42 Sky

Hello lovely ladies

Time once again for a new challenge at ATCAS and our host for the next fortnight is the gorgeous and talented Shana. Now what did that lovely lady choose for us this time round……..

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Great code word don’t you agree  and I was so inspired I actually did some stamping !!!!!, that’s not to say when I use my Cameo I’m not inspired lol , but its been ages since I did any I nearly forgot how to do it. I made two cards and couldn’t decide which one I liked best so you lucky people (not) get to see both attempts.

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This is a Memory Box stamp called words to birds collage, it’s a bit on the weeny side so if your like me and you suffer from bloggers blindness you could possibly mistake those birds for ants !

I used a variety of Adirondack inks which I applied with memory foam and just squidged them all over the place until I was happy with my squidging . When I was all squiggled out I stamped my image on top.  What are you laughing at !!! Have you never seen a green tinted sky before !!!!! well come to Thessaloniki it’s practically a nightly occurrence. The cameo did help to make the feather and I did a touch of embossing and used my Spellbinders card maker rectangles to make the frame

Masterpiece Number 2

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Similar squigding as on the first card just addition of some sequins and a Cameo made feather and an extra frame, I think I like the first one best.

So over to you , we would love for you to join us at ATCAS,  it’s always a pleasure to see your fabulous interpretations of our code words and as usual the DT have outdone themselves. We are also delighted to welcome a new guest designer. Please put your hands together for the wonderfully talented Cathy from Cathy’s card spot

We are also most generously sponsored once again by Stamp Art Designs who are offering five digis for the winner

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Now before I go I must have my little whinge otherwise it wouldn’t be a ” proper ” blog post from me but one of the reasons I have been mojo-less and a bad blogger is that I have damaged my foot in two places ( so much for my power walks ! ) I’ve been told by the bone doctor this can take up to a year to heal and he’s put me on bed rest for two months , pretty painful and I can’t sit or lie in one place for too long. The only up side of it is it’s the world cup and Wimbledon so I get to see all of the matches,  don’t know what I’ll do when they finish might have to start watching day time TV !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP !!!!!!!

I see CASolgy have a fantastic code word this week

Week 102 - FloatIts been ages since I played along with these talented ladies and do hope my floaty feather and little birdies fit the bill

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Thanks for the tip Vicki it seems that my card is eligible for the “ Just Us Girls Challenge ” who’s theme week is Bird . This is my first time playing along and have seen some fabulous cards in the gallery and by the DT.

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Well that’s all from me folks, wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Take care

Marie

Addicted to CAS Challenge # 39 Texture

Hello lovely ladies !

A huge thank you to all who took part in my ” Off the Edge ” challenge at ATCAS so many amazing entries I’ve really got my work cut out for me choosing my winners, tune in on Monday to see who they are.

This time round our hostess with the mostest the wonderfully talented Vicki who has chosen a great code word and one that is very much in vogue

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Tons of possibilities with this one.

what did I make……

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I love vellum and use it quite a lot as it embosses beautifully , I used my spellbinders heart dies for the centre and then colored a couple of them with pink Pan Pastels. A variety of  embossing folders were used and lovely little die cut and embossing set from SU. Added a few sequins and as you can see I still haven’t learnt how to scatter them in a care free manner and there you have it.

Our sponsor for the next fortnight is Scribbles Designs

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They are most generously offering three digital designs for the winner.

Do pop over to ATCAS to see what the rest of the talented and gorgeous DT have come up with . The fabulous and funny Darnell also will be sharing one of her creations with us so definitely not to be missed.

I’d also like to link up to Less is More who are asking us to use die cuts on our cards. Its been ages since I joined in and I see there are a some fabulous new additions to the team.

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I’ll be back next week to share my holiday experiences and some photos with you of my trip to meet Florence and Kylie in Spain. One thing I can say was that it was a trip of a lifetime and I can’t thank those lovely ladies enough I have so many wonderful memories…..

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Marie