Addicted To CAS challenge 23 Fall / Autumn

Hellooooooooooo lovely ladies !

I’m finally back after a four-month absence from blogland and I don’t know where to begin…..the last four months have been horrible what with my own poor health and losing a family member and close friends I really wasn’t up to crafting let alone blogging.

I would like to thank the lovely Smiley Kylie my boss at ATCAS who refused to accept my resignation and kept my place on the team, also a  huge thank you also to my teammates who covered my commenting and for their concern. So here goes my first attempt at card making after four months,  so be gentle with me.

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Our host for the next two weeks is the lovely and very talented Sylvia who has chosen the code word Autumn/Fall and here is my take on the theme

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Autumn for me is a lovely time I adore the change in colours and the beauty of the fallen leaves and wanted to create something textural.I used my embellishing machine to create this little scene using various fabrics, silks and wools this is the first time I have actually made something using this machine and I quite liked the result. The sentiment was created with my Cameo

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I once again used the embellishing machine and made a square background,  I then cut the leaf shape with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and created the sentiment with my Cameo.

We do hope to will join us at ATCAS and why not pop over and see the fabulous creations from the other lovely ladies on the DT.

We are  being sponsored this time by The Paper Nest Dolls who are most generously offering 25$ gift voucher to be used in their online store

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I would also like to enter my cards into CAS.ology who I see are also having an Autumn challenge

Week 63 - Autumn

 look forward to catching up with you all as best as I can and can’t wait to see what you come up with for our Autumn challenge.

Take care

Marie

Less is More ” Glamour and Glitz “

Hello lovely ladies, super quick post from me as I have the  “mange ” (well flu to be precise ) Last week upon my return from London I found both hubby and number 2 son a coughing and a sneezing. I of course being the compassionate person that I am called them wimps and told them to stop feeling sorry for themselves , only to catch the dreaded lurgy a few days later !!!! that will teach me !

I just wanted to share this little card with you before I crawl back into bed that I made for

the current Less is More challenge whose theme this week is Glamour and Glitz ! A bit tricky trying to combine CAS with glitz and glamour but here goes nothing !

I used Tim Holtz large and small rosette dies using various papers from my stash and my new ebosser to cut them. The larger one was dipped in Glossy Accents and then tons of glitter added. For the central embellishment I made a mold with some of that fun putty stuff and an old button ( can’t remember the name of it ! ) it sets in about five minutes then added UTEE that I had melted in my Ranger melt pot ( clear,white and blue ) filled the mold and five minutes later ta da ! The embossing and scalloping are all done with a fab new set by SU that I purchased by way of the lovely Vicky from Crafting Clares Paper Moments, I just adore it and am sure it will feature on many more projects to come.

Do pop over to Less is More so much to see and admire as always.

Right am back off to bed with a nice mug of hot cocoa 1

Take care

Marie

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

Marie

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 !!!!!

Addicted to Stamps and More ” Halloween “

 

Hic !!!!!!! What can I say !!!!! Thanks to all of the smarty pants that pointed out my HUGE spelling mistake on my wedding card on the previous post !!!! OMG how embarrassing,  out there for all of the world to see,  and not only that but I sold the damn thing within an hour of making it and the person who bought it didn’t notice it either !!!! Thank goodness I live in Greece I just hope the person who receives it can’t speak English. Moving swiftly on……time for another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and our theme this week is ” Halloween ”  I loved Halloween when I lived in London that and bonfire night but unfortunately neither of these are celebrated here in Greece .

Please excuse the rubbish photo but due to the 3D style of this card I just couldn’t get a decent shot. I used my mate Cameo to cut the card and welded the bat into the top corner. Added a couple of white mice and the spider on the inside of the card, Miss Muffets mate is covered in stickles , not that you can tell and to be honest I don’t know why I bothered cos you can’t see a trace of the glittery stuff !

Seeing as how my lovely cameo was all warmed up I decided to make another , I used the tree stamp from SU  for the background and coloured it with Pan Pastels , added the bats and cut the frame with my Cameo.

Wait there’s more ……..

This little spider card was embossed with a Mr Holtz texture impressions folder and a couple of googly eyes added this was just a silly whim of the moment card so please don’t be harsh with me

Right one more and then you can go…….

Again my cameo came to the rescue ( think I’m addicted ) cut the shape and the image and coloured with SU inks,  inserted the cut out into the negative space which had been run through the Big Shot with this fun Tim Holtz embossing folder. Did you notice the little border of bats at the bottom ? I don’t know about you but they look more like space invaders ( for the older amongst you ) than bats don’t you think !. A few pearls and a bit of foam and there it is !

I do hope you will pop over to Addicted to Stamps and More the DT has some fabulously spooky cards for your viewing pleasure and also our newest members are debuting today so do hope you can visit and give them a big warm welcome.

While I was trawling blog land I came across a fabulous challenge site called Art With No Boundaries who’s theme is Halloween and October. I was totally blown away by the amazing DT here and their fabulous creations something totally different , I was well impressed I can tell you so I thought I would link up there too. Hope I am worthy .

Before I go thank you so much for your well wishes regarding my foot,  am still suffering and am having to increase my pain medication somewhat, by the time my foot has healed my liver will be shot to pieces !!!

Take care my lovelies

Marie

 

Addicted to Stamps Bingo Challenge 3

Hello my names Marie and I’m addicted to ……..no 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 !

Marie

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 70 No Cards, Tags or ATC’s

Phew !!!! trying to get this posted has been a real test of wills both mine and poor Lin’s the boss at Crafty Cardmakers ( thanks for all your help ) It seems that blogger doesn’t like Greece very much and has been influenced by all of the bad press the country is getting at the moment, anyway wont bore you with all of the details as I still have a bit of a headache !!!

Over at Crafty Cardmakers its time for a new challenge and a very interesting one too. Our hostess with the mostest is Carol and she would like to see anything but a card, tag or atc, it could be something you have sewn or knitted , mixed media, anything as long as it is not any of the above. Now when you see what I have made you will most probably wondered why I even bothered but here goes anyway.

For a while now I have been toying with the idea of art journalling but was a little scared to have a go, seeing carols theme for the next fortnight spurred me on so here is my first attempt a work in progress if you will…..dont laugh ok !

The background is made with various alcohol inks that I put into spray bottles and added water then went a bit mad with the misting.  Once dry I inked up a couple of Tim Holtz and IndigoBlue stamps and randomly stamped over the pages.  Using my Cameo I made some stencils with acetate and again randomly placed on the pages and used Gesso to cover them. Using a white Sakura gel pen I outlined some of the details. I think I need to relax a little more as looking at it now it looks a bit well …uniform, better luck next time.

As the challenge was for anything other than cards I thought I would make a little box as I wasn’t entirely happy with the above. I used some lovely paper napkins to cover the wooden box which I Mod Podged . I used it to store these paper fish bones that I made with my Cameo and added an eyelet for the eye .Now why would anyone want to keep paper fish bones in a box you may ask well…. when I have dinner parties I like to have a theme and usually make some sort of paper creation for the table. This weekend I will be having a little party and  I will be making Sushi so hence the little fishes . Each guest will have this together with their place setting,  so see there is a method in my madness. Oops nearly forgot to show the box !!!!

Do pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to see the other wonderful projects by my team mates and why not take part. We are once again generously sponsored by :-Di’s Digi Downloads

I would also like to share this with Moving Along with the times who are asking for anything other than a card.

Right am off to the gym , wish me luck as its in the high eighties today and its a 25 minute up hill crawl to get there, so hopefully I will be around to see you all later

Take care

Marie

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 69 Distress It

Time once again for our new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and our theme for the next two weeks has been chosen by the lovely and talented Feebsy  who is asking us to Distress It ! She would love to see some form of distressing on your project, pop over to Crafty Cardmakers for more details.

I really enjoyed this one immensely and had lots of fun getting inky and messy , something I havent done for a long long time .

To make the base I cut out three pieces of card with my Cameo and layered them, embossed them with the Harlequin embossing folder by Sizzix , lightly rubbed them over with Pan Pastels in varying colours and set them with hair spray,  a double dose of UTEE to give a little shine and the base was done. For the next layer I used an IndigoBlu crackle stamp with clear embossing ink and the used the emboss resist technique with DI inks in varying shades until I got the look I wanted. The edges were distressed with my fab but very noisy Zutter machine and then more DI’s around the edges.

For the main image I coloured a piece of card with Pan Pastels,  over the top I stenciled in red Pan pastels a number mask that I had made with the aid of my Cameo. I used this great face stamp by Inkylicious which I embossed with black SU embossing powder. This little metal frame from Tim Holtz has been sitting waiting its turn patiently and seemed eyedeal ( pun intended ) to place over the eye. This was such great fun and I really enjoyed mixing it up a little.

I do hope you can join us over at Crafty Cardmakers there are two great prizes to be won by our very generous sponsors

Digi Doodle Shop

We are also sponsored by Hobby Art who are giving away two fabulous stamps sets and this is what they have to say.

As a family business we’re a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art. All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.

Look at the gallery on my blog – jennymayes.com – for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range.
We’re pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries. Good luck everyone. Jenny and all. X

why not pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to see the fantastic inspirational pieces by my fellow DT members and why not take part who knows you could be one of our lucky winners !

Before I go would just like to leave you with a photo of Bailey and Rosy  my doglets who have been complaining that I have not mentioned them recently in any of my blog posts ! Well the fact is that they have been behaving themselves lately and havent eaten or destroyed any of my stamps/supplies and creations.

Right am off to cook lunch and will pop by you all later to see what you have been up to.

Take care

Marie x