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Hello Lovely Ladies

A huge thank you to those of you who passed by recently to welcome me back to blogland I was touched by how many of you came to pay a visit after such a long absence. I wasn’t expecting such a crowd otherwise I would have laid a buffet on and a had a drinks bar !

Onto the matter at hand and  its time once again for a new challenge at ATCAS and our super host for this fortnight is Christine , you should really pop over and visit her blog she is one talented lady, so what did she choose for us this time……

ATCAS - code word transparent

Well I’m sure you will agree that there’s lots of room for interpretation here and if you visit the other members of the DT at ATCAS you can feast your lovely eyes on their fabulous take on the theme.

So what did I do , well…………



Both made mainly by my gorgeous Cameo , under my direction of course. On the first the sentiment is printed directly onto acetate and inserted into the frame , the black border is created by Spellbinders Edge-abilities and the base by Spellbinders Card Creat-abilities,  well I think that s what it’s called.

For the dapper gentleman again Ms Cameo did her thing,  including the sentiment which seeing it now here on my blog looks really teeny-weeny and a bit out of proportion . Since Silhouette America haven’t come up with making 3D googly eyes yet I had raid my stash !

I thought I would include for your perusal some shadow boxes that I made a while ago but never blogged  .I’m afraid there is a rather tenuous link to our theme  and am not sure how CAS they are except for the flower, but here goes anyway







On some of the boxes I have placed images both on the front and back which I’m not sure is obvious from the photo’s , a piece of thick vellum has also been attached at the back of the box and when darkness falls I light a candle behind each of them .  Of course all made using my Cameo except for the shadow boxes which are made from thick MDF. Sorry about the photo quality but its a bit tricky trying to capture the images with a candle behind !

We have a fabulous sponsor again for you this time Nicecrane Designs who is most generously offering $20 worth of digital images


We would love for you to join in the fun again with us at ATCAS,  it’s always such a pleasure to see your creations and you do make it hard on our hostess to choose winners each time .

Well I’m sure I’ve kept you long enough so wishing you all a wonderful weekend and will be popping by later on to see what you have been up too


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


Come and see what I made :-


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


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


Craft-Room Challenge Handmade Embellishments Make Your Own

Happy Valentines Day !

For those of you that celebrate I wish you all a super romantic evening with your loved ones and for those of us that don’t I wish you a super romantic evening with your loved ones !!!!

Just thought I would pop in with a quick post as I see my lovely friend Maria of Made by Maz is hosting this fortnight’s challenge at the Craft-Room , she is asking us to make our own embellishments and this is what she has to say :-

I do love to see handmade embellishments adorning your creations, so I thought it would be an ideal theme for this fortnight. You can make whatever you like, from whatever you like, as long as it is decorated with some embellishments which you’ve made yourself



Sorry about the backgrounds but I wasn’t able to crop them out , so please excuse hubby’s clothing in the background . Mr and Mrs P can be seen here modeling the heart I made. I cut a piece of heavy card stock with this scalloped heart by spellbinders and then two pieces of red felt which I sewed together and filled with…..cant remember the technical word so I will just call it “fluff” and closed it up. The white heart on top was a little more complicated, I made my own resin mold from a pretty heart I bought from Hong Kong and then filled it with Fimo. After a few minutes I popped it out and left it to air dry overnight. I made a hole in the paper and added an eyelet and threaded some red ribbon. The Fimo heart was then glued to the felt and the felt to the card and a couple of stick pins added for good measure.

I really enjoyed making this and it looks quite pretty in real life even though my sewing is a little naff so don’t look to closely !

Its been an absolute age since I took part in one of the  Craft-Room Challenges and do hope my heart fits the bill, why not pop over and see what the DT have come up with to inspire us all there are some fantastic and inspirational pieces .

Right that’s all for me am off to Pilates

Take care


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…… 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


Addicted to CAS Code Word Heart

What a fabulous response we had to our last challenge at Addicted to CAS, you lovely ladies sure do love your embossing and I know that Karen has had a really tough time picking her winners so tune in Monday to see who will the lucky winners are.

Its time though for a new code word and for the next fortnight our host will be the super talented Loll who has chosen :-

ATCAS - code word heart

Now normally I would be doing cartwheels and woo-hoo-ing all over the place ( not a pretty sight at my age as my children can testify )  at the thought of a heart related card as I adore them but I was a little flummoxed to say the least. I’ve made so many of them lately so I really had to get the old thinking bonnet on to come up with something new.


I’ve wanted to use this little stamp for ages it a tiny weeny inchie stamp by Inkadinkado stamped with red Archival ink and then layered with a variety of Spellbinders frames. The sentiment is computer generated, super simple , so simple it took ten days to come up with it ! That blasted mojo !

Not satisfied with such a simple card I decided to challenge myself and try to make an even simpler one ( yes simpler than this ) and I did !!


See told ya it was simple ! My lovely Cameo did all the hard work except add the little heart stick pin,  I take full credit for that and I think it makes all the difference !!

will be awarded to the CAS PERFECTIONIST
To be eligible to win the prize above, please follow the rules here.  Remember to use the code word for your inspiration and keep your creations CAS (Clean and Simple).

Its been absolutely ages since I entered a challenge and thought it was about time I dipped my tootsies back in the water so I would like to play along with Addicted to Stamps and More who are having a CAS challenge with any theme you like ! Its my first time taking part in one of their challenges and I hear on the blogvine that they have a wonderful inspirational design team !

Now while you have a spare five minutes why not pop over to Addicted to CAS to see what the gorgeous girls have come up with, I can assure you there is plenty of inspiration, why not join in the fun, go on you know you want to !

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Take care


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 !



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


Crafty Cardmakers November 12th ” Die Cuts and Punches “

Its time once again for a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and our host this time round is the lovely and talented Betty who is asking us to use die cuts or punches or a combination of both and here is what she has to say :-

You can have a combination such as 1 punch and 1  diecut as that equals two, or two punches, two diecuts. You can use more if you wish as long as there is at least two in combination or two of either on your creation.

We are sponsored by Hobby Art who are offering a fantastic prize please see Crafty Cardmakers for details

We are also sponsored by Milk Coffee Digital Stamps
with a prize of 5 Digital Stamps

Now I do love my die cuts but I kept it really simple and instead of going to my trusty Cameo I used my spellbinders nested heart dies , I used and old book and cut several layers of hearts in varying sizes. I sewed them together and coated them with Gesso and some chalk inks, added a little eyelet and some thread and attached them to the base which was embossed and the same inks and Gesso applied randomly

I do hope you will join us at Crafty Cardmakers and we look forward to seeing your creations, why not pop over and see what the fabulous DT have come up with to inspire and motivate us.

I may  be a little late visiting as I  am in London with my friend Dolly attending hospital while she undergoes chemotherapy but I do promise I will get round to you all as soon as I can

Take care


Addicted to Stamps and More ” Bingo “

Lots of fabulous entries again last week for our Make your Mark challenge,  thank you all for making it so difficult for us at Addicted to Stamps and More to choose our winners ,this week it’s the turn of the bingo card so come and see what we have in store for you

I chose Orange, black and dies for mine and here it is

I’ve used spellbinders label dies to cut the black card and the orange leather and stamped onto it using this lovely Waltzingmouse stamp.Ranger archival ink works perfectly on leather and doesn’t smudge. Tim Holtz on the edge die embossed and spellbinders edgelets added to the side. A couple of pearls that I coloured with copics as I didn’t have black or orange in my stash. See I can make a card without using my Cameo !!!

Do pop over to Addicted to Stamps and More to see the amazing cards by the rest of crazy bunch I’m sure you will be inspired.

That’s all from me back to bed !! hopefully I will be able to catch up with you all within the next few days


Sorry for the shortness of this post but am a little under the weather and the medication makes me woozy and no it’s not gin !!!!!

CAS-ual Fridays ” Kraft On”

Unaccustomed as I am to posting on a Saturday night but a cancelled dinner date , ( just as well as I am on a diet and its nil by mouth in the Gin department ) has given me the opportunity to rustle up a card or two. While tootling along through blog land  I noticed that my lovely blogging friend Jenny from Crafting in the Country is saying farewell to CAS-ual Fridays and as I love this  inspirational bunch of ladies and their fabulous cards I thought I would join in.

We are asked to use Kraft paper on our cards this week and as if by magic and I kid you not I had one whole piece ( that is the extent of my Kraft stash ) sitting in front of me on my desk and I don’t know how it got there !!!! Seriously I don’t , it’s not mine !!!! Well it is now cos it’s on the front of my card !!! Finders keepers !!!!

I cut some hearts in various sizes with my spellbinders using pages from an old book, the one piece of  ” found ” Kraft paper and some red felt.

I first went mad making little holes all over the kraft paper heart and then sewed all of the layers down the centre of the card leaving the cotton a dangling ! The sentiment is by Paper Smoochies and it is from set that I won from Jenny a while back so its quite fitting really. I actually held my breath as I did the sewing as I very rarely use my machine for cards and was afraid it would go all wobbly,  lucky for me I actually got a near straight line , phew ! Having said that as soon as I took a photo I got a tiny blob of glue ( now where did that come from !! ) on the front of the card so it is destined for the bin, unless anyone knows of DAS ( dirty and simple ) challenges that are looking for mucky kraft cards !

Please pop over to CAS-ual Fridays and see what the amazingly talented DT have come up with to inspire us all and there are tons of fabulous entries too.

a couple of days ago I had a mini crop at my new crafting studio and invited a few lovely crafty friends to join me we had a fabulous time and it was so much fun even if I was worn out the next day ! Here are a few piccies….

Here are a few of the girls ‘ pretending ” to craft

Katerina striking a pose !

The lovely Olga doing her thing on the Cameo !

Thanks to Gogo,Olga,Eleni,Irini,Dota and last but definitely not least Katerina for a fun-filled evening !

Take care


Addicted to Stamps Bingo Challenge 3

Hello my names Marie and I’m addicted to …… not gin stamps !!!!!! There’s a nasty rumour going around that I’m a little too fond of the “sauce ”  I think I may have started the rumour myself , albeit in a desperate attempt for attention, hoping to distract you all from the fact that I’m a naff card maker ! It seems to have worked , even my own sister Karen at Tricky Little stitches is fueling the fire !!!! Another attention seeker in the making  ! I would just like to point out that although I do occasionally partake of the ” waters ” I am far from vacationing at the Betty Ford clinic and this is all purely for your entertainment. I know that Florence from Florence and Freddie and the lovely Lynne from Adorn are having great fun maligning my name,  don’t let all that lovely lace and prettiness fool you ! Now before Suze Bain jumps on the bandwagon and says that denial is part of the illness I just want to assure you all that my recent injuries are not alcohol induced just me being clumsy !!

Its time once again for a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and our theme this week is Bingo so have a peep at the little card below and choose your line you know the drill

I chose score, grey and circle but I see that as chance would have it I also have score , free and purple !! so I don’t know whether  I win a prize or am disqualified !!!!

Basic Grey Dp for the background , Spellbinders circles for ……the circles duh!!!!!  Tim Holtz mini and maxi paper rosettes dies and  what looks like a Rowntrees blackcurrent fruit pastel in the centre was made by I with one of my handmade moulds filled with clear acrylic and a few drops of alcoholic , sorry I mean alcohol ink for the lush colour. Leaves courtesy of SU and Melon Mambo ink. Oh and the curved sentiment is from my cameo did a little bit of magic to curve the sentiment and all done !

Right if your still with me please pop over to Addicted to Stamps  and have a peep at what the DT have made , there are some gobsmacking tricky cards for your viewing pleasure and then there is of course mine.

Before I leave just wanted to show you a piccie of  Ziggy my friends cat who shares my new craft studio, I had just bought this little basket to keep some of my tat in and the furry feline was in it in a flash !!!!!

For the eagle-eyed amongst you that whisky and coke in the background is not mine !!!!!

Right am off  into the night , hobbling home in my flip-flops in the rain( still can’t get my shoes on )

Take care

Oh and a word of warning am going for the  ” Triple ” three posts in three days you lucky, lucky , people !