Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More-Bingo

Morning everyone and welcome to a new challenge here at ATS&More and this week we have a BINGO card for you to follow.

Choose any line, horizontally, vertically or diagonally and create a card incorporating those three elements. If you cross the middle square try to avoid replicating one of the other squares.
I chose the diagonal line of B'day, Free and Dies and here is my card.

Shana and I were obviously thinking alike as her card for last week's Make your Mark challenge uses the same triple layer technique:)  I wanted to create a monochrome card and using SU Everything Eleanor stamps inked them in Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip. The ribbon (free) was from my stash and the button is an SU Embosslits die (Die). The label is a Sizzix die which I inked and then used my Xyron runner to print the sentiment.  Love this technique and it is so simple to achieve but looks so impressive.
I hope you will join in the fun with us this week we love to see what you come up with and if you are struggling at all please go and check out the fabulous cards that the rest of the DT have made.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Make My Monday-French theme

Bonjour mes amis, ici la semaine derniere pour le French theme over at MMM and Fliss wants to see Feminine/Romance. This has been a 5 week month and boy have I struggled with stamps for these challenges. I have resorted to digital images again and hope my card covers the brief:)

 The BP is from Prima Botanicals and has french script all over it and is mounted onto a 6" square card. The images are all from the internet and I have used Spun Sugar and Antique Linen DI to add colour. I decoupaged some of the flowers on the frame and made some small flowers as embellishments. I added a little sparkle using mica powders and a water brush.
Thanks for looking, I hope any blogging friends in the path of Hurricane Sandy stay safe!
Were you impressed with my French? :o)

Less is More-week 91-sketch 7

Hi everyone, wow what a difference that hour has made, lights are on already! The challenge this week at LIM towers is a sketch and a fabulously simple one at that.

The problems begin when you have to decide what images, stamps, dies etc to use to create your card!! Choices, choices, choices:) Check out the cards that Chrissie has made they are fabulous!
Anyway I had in mind  an oriental theme and this is what I came up with:

Square 6" base card
Pink card
Papermania oriental flowering branch
Memento black ink
Spun Sugar DI
Promarker Dusky Pink
SeeDee sentiment

Welcome to my new followers, thank you for choosing  me and thanks to anyone who visits and leaves a comment:)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Make My Monday- Tricoleur

     Hi everyone the continuing theme over at MMM is FRENCH and 

This week we want to see the 
added to your projects - that would be the colours BLUE, WHITE AND RED.

 I struggled last week and resorted to a digital project and this week is a nightmare!
Red, White and Blue is not a colour combo that I use regularly and I'm very short on appropriate stamps. I was sorting through a box of small stamps and came across a set of small patterned squares, one of which was a fleur de lys design. So this is what I created, what do you think?

4" square base card
Fleur de lys patterned tile stamp
SU Rose Red ink
Stormy Skies DI
SeeDee sentiment 
Red gem

Hopefully next week's challenge will be easier:)
We had a lovely day yesterday, we popped down to Portsmouth and took Charlie out for lunch:) 

 Cute eh? Very biased I'm afraid :-)
 Thanks for your visit, please leave a comment so that I can visit you.

Addicted to Stamps and More-make your mark

Hi everyone and welcome to our 4th Make your Mark challenge at ATS&M. You can submit any project as long as you use markers on it and now there is a huge selection to choose from.
I decided to make a card For Charlie's first Christmas. Who is Charlie you may ask, in which case you haven't been following a proud grandmother's constant bragging and posting of photos of the cutest little boy:)
Anyway come and see what I made:

Square 6 x 6 base card
Red core'dinations embossed with stars
Stamped image from Sheena Douglass ( Santa Baby)
Pine branches stamped in green and gold with added red dots
Whimsy snowflake die
Promarkers and glitter
Xyron created sentiment
Gold pen

Do check out the ATS&M blog for inspiration from the rest of the DT, some wonderful cards there!
I hope you'll join us this week we love to see what you create and to visit your blogs.
Good luck with the challenge:)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Less is More week 90-theme

Afternoon all from a grey, drizzly London! We had a lovely red sky last night and the barometer is still saying fair but where oh where is that lovely day I thought we were getting? Anyway at least I was able to create my LIM card a bit earlier this week and not leave it till Friday afternoon:)

Now onto our theme for this week which is


This is what I've come up with:

I stamped a leaf from the French Foliage SU set using the Big and Juicy Spice pad, cut it into different sized banners and popped them up on foam pads. I cut out a couple of the leaves,  moulded them and used pinflair to decoupage them. The sentiment is from Jenny Mayes embossed in metallic bronze and I have added some pearls.
We're having a quiet day today after a very late night! We spent a fabulous evening at Bel Canto (Corus Hotel Hyde Park) where we had wonderful food,  amazing operatic waiters and a surfeit of Bellini's and red wine:)
Thanks for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment, I hope, so that I can visit you:) Off to see Charlie tomorrow, very excited!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Less is More week 89-one layer

OMG I'm really late this week! It's one layer week over at LIM towers and Chrissie and Mandi want to see something with wings.
I chose to do a very simple Christmas card using a stamp I got in Michael's in Nova Scotia.

I stamped with versamark and embossed with a colour called Jasper, sort of bronzy colour. I couldn't get a very good picture I'm afraid. I added some gold dots just to liven it up and the sentiment is an old freebie from goodness knows where! Apologies for not commenting on any LIM cards this week I promise to try harder next week:)
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment so that I can return the visit.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Make My Monday-Fleur de Lys

Hi everyone it seems a while since I posted as my last one was scheduled and with all the building work going on, looking for a new kitchen and busy making something special for Charlie's christening the week has got away from me! oh I forgot to mention girlie lunches and retail therapy:)
Over at MMM the French theme is in it's 3rd week and this time they want to see a Fleur de Lys included. I had to resort to using Craft Artist and some internet images as I've run out of French themed stamps!
This is what I came up with;

The background I created in Craft Artist and added in a couple of images of old French postcards and printed them out twice so that I could decoupage them. I put a plastic dome onto the word Paris and the fleur de lys I cut out and gilded  with marbled gilding flakes which I felt complimented the background.
The sentiment is an old seedee one that I mounted with a fleur de lys brad.

Thanks for any comments you leave I love to read them and before I forget a big welcome to Pia my new follower, thanks for choosing me:)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More-sketch

Morning everyone and its time for a new challenge here at ATS&M.  This week we have a sketch for you to follow and the DT have created some amazing cards.
Here is the sketch:

 This is my take on the sketch

Scalloped card base
Pink Paislee bp
Fleur de lis  die
sizzex stamp ef and matching die
SU Baja Breeze ink

I hope the DT have inspired you to play along this week, we love to see your cards and visit your blogs:)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Baby Boy!

Morning everyone another quick post as I'm off out to lunch with a friend. My god daughter gave birth to a little boy on Monday, great excitement as they have two gorgeous little girls already:)
I love these side stepper cards looking like chest of drawers so this is what I made for Maxwell.

Side stepper base card
All edges sponged with SU Marina Mist
House Mouse and Forever Friends stamps
Tiny onsie stamp

Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments and visit your blogs in return:)

Make My Monday-theme-French

Hi everyone just a quick post as it's late and I need to go to bed! Over at MMM this week the continuing theme is FRENCH and this week it has to be VINTAGE FRENCH.
Here's my offering:)

Pearl card base
BP from stash
Script stamp & leaf from SU French Foliage
Graphic 45 image
Hand rolled rose
Victorian Velvet DI
Sentiment created on Xyron runner

Thanks for visiting I'll be back tomorrow with a new baby card:)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More-CAS

Morning everyone and welcome to our 3rd CAS challenge at ATS&M. The response last week to our Halloween challenge was amazing and we hope you will play along with us again this week:)
For my card I have kept it simple with soft tones and here it is:

I started with a square base card and embossed the front with a sizzex EF which I fussy cut to show the inside of the card. The BP is from anna Griffin and the panel says Happy Birthday. I sponged a little SU River Rock over the embossing and around the sentiment panel. Three pearls as highlights.

Do check out the rest of the DT for inspiration at ATS&M and also the housekeeping rules are there to avoid your card not being eligible.
Good luck with the challenge:)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Less is More week 88-colour

This week's challenge over at LIM towers is a colour theme and Chrissie and Mandi are looking to see SILVER on our cards. It could be ink, paper, card, embossing powder, metal, a charm, whatever you can dream up as long as there's a touch of silver somewhere.
I had an idea in mind but it sadly came to a bad end! So this is what I came up with:

 How difficult is that to get a decent photo of something shiny? Not sure why there is a shadow on half of the birds face! This was the best I could get!

                                                                   Square 6 x 6 card base
 Strip of embossed card with the stars glittered
SU bird & branch cut out from Debbi Moore metal magic
Peel offs

Thank goodness the rain has stopped, the builders have had to dig almost to Australia to put in pilings as the neighbours extension doesn't have any foundations!!! The footings now resemble a swimming pool, so hopefully we won't get any more rain until the cement has gone in:) Anyway it's all progress and I'm looking forward to the completed extension.

Welcome to my latest follower, thank you for choosing my blog and thanks to you all for visiting, I love to read your comments:)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More

Hi everyone you may have noticed that our blog title has got a little longer! It appears that there was another challenge blog with a very similar name and to avoid confusion Kylie consulted with the DT and we agreed to change it to Addicted to Stamps & More. We also have 7 fabulous new Dt members,

Some you may recognise but do check out their blogs and the inspiration they are bringing to ATS&M.
Anyway back to this week's challenge which is Halloween. Lots of images around to choose from and here is what I came up with.

Base card sponged with Mustard Seed, Spiced  Marmalade and Black Soot
BP's are downloads
The topper is a stamped branch and digi owl coloured with Spiced  Marmalade and Black Soot
Scalloped circle mat
Sentiment created in Craft Artist

Do pop over to our challenge blog and check out the rest of the team for inspiration. Good luck with the challenge.

Halloween witch - Click image to download.

Monday, 1 October 2012

MMM-French theme

Hi everyone can you believe it's October already and a brand new theme starting today at Make My Monday. The theme is FRENCH chosen by Fliss and this week it's PARIS. I used the Paris collection from Darkroom Door for my card and two little stamps from the Venetian collection.

Darkroom Door Parisian Collection
Tim Holtz EF
Inks: Crumb Cake, Antique Linen & Stormy Sky

Check out the DT cards at MMM they are fabulous!

Just a little update on my building works, a large trench has appeared and in his excitement my OH nearly fell in taking me with him! He was a bit sad to see his homemade shed, known as the Tardis pulled down quicker than it went up:)

Thanks for taking the time to visit it's much appreciated:)


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