Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Happy New Year

A Quick post to wish all my new freinds a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hours of  fun I have had with you...in person as well as on the internet. You are all an inspiration to me as well as very generous, when I see all the RAKs I know that we are all blessed. to be able to give each other such JOY....
I wish that most of your dreams come true in 2010..that you have health and happiness.
Enjoy tonight!
God Bless


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Frog Prince

This is one of my favourite ornaments.The Frog Prince climbing up the branches to another frog sitting further up....Maybe I will take another photo of both of them  next week...
In the foreground is a beaded star from South Africa...I had a whole box of these,but  my husband gave them to the maid instead of bringing them over to Greece!!Boo Hoo lucky maid...
This is just a quick post....off to pack talk again next week.
Filakia( Kisses)


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gingerbread card.

Hi Ladies,
My daughter wanted me to make her a card to send to America to her fiance's God-daughters,they are 4 little girls.Anyway the idea was to make a composition with Gingerbread men that each little girls could have as her own. then Faye,  my daughter said why don't you make them hold hands and this is what turned out . A gingerbread garland,I then added an extra tag for the wishes as we did not want to write on the back of the little figures in case we ruin them.
I hope that you have all done your baking and decorating and are now enjoying your festive homes.
I will be away for a few days, will catch up again on Sunday God willing.
Oh by the way we are going to have a crop again on Sunday ....what fun to see some of my new friends again.
Bye for a while.
Peace and good cheer to all









Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Joy of Christmas

This is a mini that we made at the crop 2 weeks ago. Its pages are made with one sheet of 30x30cm paper.
Eleni Gratsias demonstrated the technique to us. I decided to use the photos that were in a box, those not used in our family albums.So here are some of our past christmas pictures.

Monday, December 7, 2009

December Ccrop Challenge

Hi Ladies.
I can't believe that a month has flown by and that it is time for the monthly challenge at Life on the {Srap} Beach. There were three challenges and I completed 5 last night I may or I amy not do the fifth I will see how my day goes!! So here they are...

Challenge#1 I SAW THREE SHIPS


We had to use 3 papers from different companies.

This is Challenge #2 BLUE CHRISTMAS
We were to only use blue patterned paper and white or black cardstock.This is a photo that is 10 years old but was screaming to get scrapped!!




Challenge#3 DECK THE HALLS.
For this L.O.we had to go over the top!! Use many things, I have used Sticles  on the snowmen's scarves,bling ,velvet, foil paper, ribbon, sequins and glittered embellishments and die cuts that are embossed..We decorated our tree yesreday and this is Raphaella and the tree.



Challenge #4 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
I still have to make this one!!

Challenge#5 HOLLY AND IVY
We had to use green and red. Here am I putting the star onto the top of our tree.



And here is Challenge#6  JOY TO THE WORLD
This is my favourite!!! MY family..



Thats it for now ladies, going to do laudery and cook and maybe, just maybe do one more L.O???
Have a good week.
God Bless.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A winner

Hi girls
I am so excited to be one of the winners for #4 Challenge at Scrapbookers in Greece We had to make our own flowers and as I believe in trying to use what I have around me and to re-cycle I used some netting that was around a wine bottle and some chocolate wrappers,who can guess what they are? This is what I came up with.








I made this L.O. on Sunday afternoon after lunch. I must admit I was very inspired after the crop that we had been to on saturday and Elina gave us a lesson we did a L.O.  with gesso and stamped paper. I used 3D paint on my re-cycled cardboard box because I had no gesso at home.. The paper was out of Elinas scrap paper box, it is from Tiffany's from WRMK. I used a Tim Holtz mask and some brown dabber paint for the background. Chipboard letters are embossed in black. The little bit of brown around my net flower is a Sizzix die cut ,I used plain brown cardstock which I stamped in gold ,then I used some Modge Podge with a little bit of orange acrylic paint, but I wiped that off straight-away and then added another layer of modge. when the modge had dried I added some glimmer mist.
I dedicated this L.O. to my Hubby  Pano who says he will frame it and put it up.He is at the AEK soccer match at the Olympic Stadium with the rest of the family at the moment, Just wait till they get home and hear the news.....they are really very supportive.
Thats all for now folks.
God Bless.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mini Ready!!

Hi there Girls.
I have not been around because I have been very busy doing this and that...the that being making a mini for the Trade Winds Mini Album Swap at The Life on {Scrap}Beach  My partner was a lady from Crete named Chrissa.I have met her once at a coffee morning in Athens and she is very sweet..I will be seeing her again at our crop in Athens on Saturday and  we will swap minis in person, is that not so exciting!! !

So Chrissa here is a little teazer from your Mini I have cropped the photo you will see the rest on Saturday.
Today is St Katherines day so I wish all the Katherines that I know a Happy Feast day!  May you be blessed....It is also my sisters birthday today,I made up a mini album kit for her, with the title "My Boys" Vix I hope that you enjoy putting the album together.
Thats all for now girls..
Enjoy and keep well.
Filakia.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Giveaways!!

My new friend Stephanie over at the Scrapbeach is giving away goodies!!!! Yummy
Take a look at her blog With A Grin
I wish we had Super Dooper sales days here in Athens......
Thanks Stephanie.

Monday, November 9, 2009

More L.Outs for the Scrapbeach Challenge

Here are the other three challenge layouts for the Scrapbeach Challenge
This is # 3 we had to scraplift...I copied some elements from Anita Cheeks mini album, the one that she is donating as a prize, I LOVED it!!!!

I copied Anita's folio,her scalloped tag and her lollipop flower with the envelope cprner at the back,so that a tag can be tucked behind the flower, thanks Weezie.
This is my take on #4 No trimmers, I tore free hand and with my ruler, then I also used my fiskars punch



And lastly this is challenge #5 it was called Delicious Nutricious.We had to use 1 paperclip,2 flowers,3 shades of ink, 4 patterned papers, 5photos, 6 brads...phew.




Challenge Time

November 2009 Crop Challenge at Life on the {Scrap} Beach has been my latest craze this week.We have to do as many of the six challenges as we can...I have done three and a half so far...will see how far I get today!
The first one was Map to Treasure we had to copy this map.
Here is my take for Challenge#1

Here is Challenge # 2
I used my very first kit fromSarahs Cards.The Title reads "Grand-Father"

And the last L.O. that I can show you now is #6 Animal Crackers.


Thats all for now folks....going off to scraplift from one of my new Heros!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A teaser for Chrissa

This photo is dedicated to my friend Chrissa, it is the beginning of her mini album...I will use most of the things you see on the floor in the pile. I am making the mini for Chrissa because she is my partner for this month for the mini album swap at  Life on the [Scrap] beach. So Chrissa here it is....a pile of paper and other goodies...I have already made 2 flowers for the album...

I also want to thank all friends old and new for the comments about my first video.Melenia asked about the butterfly.I have a post about them in my September 20th post. They are really easy to make just some sandind and Stickles. As well some beading.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

video??!!

I actually filmed a video...but I can not get it to upload.....so unforunately you guys will have to just see the photos.....sorry
Anyway my friend Nicci had her birthday last week and I decided to give her the Manilla file mini album that I had made in the summer.
The papers are from La Creme collection DCWV. I added the name using Provocraft chipboard letters that I painted gold with Making Memories paints.The little pearl and the metal butterfly were inked with alcohol ink.
I added one of my signature butterflies with beaded detail...see earlier blog(sept.20) I also made a card to match I used a sheet of paper that was flocked as is the cover of the album, with a black envelope made with my Crafters Companion I also made a creme presentation box to house the mini. I hope that Nicci likes her gift.






I would also like to say thank you to Lena for the  lovely blog candy that I received.......
Well that's all for now...going back to see what I can do with my video....suggestions (help)welcome.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

a birthday card

Last week was my Hubby's birthday. I was going to make him a card from a Basic Grey card kit, but then I decided that I wanted something more personal. So I copied the shape of the Basic Grey card onto plain blue cardstock. I then embossed the front with my Big Shot using a Sizzix texture plate.I then inked the card and added Basic Grey paper. I added a current photo of the two of us on the inside
My wishes are on the pge that you cannot see.












Sunday, October 18, 2009

Think Pink

Candy Shoppe Designs has a challenge called THINK PINK to celebrate Breast Cancer week. My Mother hd breast cancer, so I decided to do a pink mini-album to celebrate me, my health and my family. I have used My Mnds Eye Papers and Copper Kettle embossing powder.Of course the title is
I am Zeffy!! I still want to add some finishing touches so the pages are still loose.Of course I need to add more pink ribbon to my tags.




Saturday, October 17, 2009

wow

I have just seen that I was  the lucky winner of Lena's small blog candy.Congratulations to Paraskevi who won the big blog candy!candy here
Thanks Lena.,may you have a happy year and all the best once again....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Basic Cards

Hi there Scrappers.
If your life has been as hectic as mine, take a 15 minute break, make a cup o coffee and relax!
As I promised here are the cards that we made at our first workshop, they are very basic as the girls had never made cards before ,we did a bit of stamping, I showed them how to use Fiskars punches,and I introduced embossing with the Big Shot. I had the embossed papers ready and just demonstrated one

I used Papermania Border papers this batch is from Rasberry Champagne. We also made the envelopes!





It has started to get cooler in Athens so I thought it  was time to plant some of my favourite flowers Pansies!!! I also love these little Cabbage Plants that's what I call them as I do not know their proper name....if anybodyknows their proper name please tell me.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blog Candy

Good Evening to all the night owls...
I have been blog-hopping and have just seen Lena's blog Living in a world of creation It is her birthday soon so she is giving away a stash of goodies...go and see. I also love her videos...interesting I should try and figure out a plan to try and make some too.
I had a busy day helping myeldest daughter Faye and my future son in law sort out theit new home. ....and I am also very excited because my youngest daughter Raphaella is coming home after having been away working for the past 5 months!!
I promise that I will photograph the photos we did at the workshop tomorrow and also my new winter plants that I planted today.
God Bless.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

All over the place....

Hi there Crafty Ladies.
This week I have been all over the place! I made some new cards for my workshops but I have not photographed them yet.Will do so soon.
I decided that for today I will share with you some of my older creations. before I started scrapping I was an avid potter which, I had to stop because of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome( sore wrists).This is one of the last pots  that I made I call it the Vagina Monlogues!! I made it after the removal of one of my ovaries.        


This Manila Envelope Album I once saw on You Tube ages ago, I loved it and will be doing it at the workshops. I used LA CREME from DCWV for this. Loved how it turned out, I have not personalised it with a title yet...it will be in black lettering. Please note the binding it is Black Magic Core'dinations, that I distressesd with sand paper.
































I will leave you with another project a mini hardboard album that I did for my daughters mother-in -law Ebe HBH in greek. I loved the way the flowers from the local toy shop Jumbo turned out.



Filakia (kisses in greek)
Zeffy

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hecti hectic

Hi there girls.
I was in Frankfurt for the week-end....what a difference to Greece! Wonderful roads and pavements..
Anyway we had a good time the boys went to the car show and I went to Idee Craft Shop and boy did I shop!! I  will show you some of the things that I bought  in a later post..
It has been hectic since I got back. Firstly the house was still a bit of a mess from painting, next I had a weeks of laundry to do.Tomorrow, Thursday my sister Vickie is holding a tea for me so that I can launch my workshops to her friends from school. And as if that is not enough, my eldest daughter Faye has come down with Pnuemonia!!!

So I have been busy busy.

Concertina Mini Album.Papers are from K& Company,Rough and Tumble.


I am also going to be teaching the Diamond Pop Open card. Here is the one that I made for my son Michael,the papers are freebies downloaded from the web. I used a piece of denim for the M which I stitched with my machine.
the covers of both these books are made from cardstock from cereal boxes!! Remember........
Re-use, recycle.
Talk again tomorrow.
God Bless.

Monday, September 21, 2009

SUPER Sweet 16 Blog Hop Challenge

Candy Shoppe Designs is celebrating its sweet 16 (days) The challenge was an amazing blog hop and the prize is sponsered by Studio Calico  an amazing kit, yummy yummy!!
Well here is my take on the challenge I had fun making it and as I had no Studio Calico products I decided not to use another company's papers so I made my own paper and embellishments....





* Corregated board used to protect my floors from paint used when we painted the house.
*  To make my paper, I drew  flowers with an enbossing pen,stamped and embossed with Sizzix embossing folders.Then I punched my border with a Fiskars punch.I also used inks to colour my paper.
* My second patterned paper is done very much the same as the first. This time I also used a gold pen to draw more flowers.(I love flowers!)
* I used an old lace doily to layer under my photo.
*My flowers are a combination of supermarket flowers ,chiffon layer is from Making Memories and the top layer is some of my patterned paper.The brad in the centre is also coloured me with embossing powder.

*I put the ribbon amongst the corner flowers.
*The swirls are cut from the back of a cereal box with Nestabilities and coloured with Maya Mists, Purple Mist as well as some Perfect Pearls.
*The ladybug is a Papermania stencil, finished off with Glossy Accents.
*The Butterfly is also handmade see my previous blog.

*The journalling scallop was cut with Nestabilities.
*My SMILE alphabet is Maya Road chipboard "Noah Mini"
* Big eyelets from local hardware store, coloured with Adirondak Alcohol ink,Mushroom.
The Challenge is on until the 28th of September...check it out!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

butterflies

Hi girls.
I am back again and no the house is not spick and span yet...its still in a big mess!!
But I took a breather and created some butterflies here they are....




I used Core'dinations Black Magic Cardstock.I cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug Combo die I  then sanded the black off,  added some Stickles and Glossy Accents. The one that is a bit onk has a splash of Adirondak alcohol ink on it too. Once they were dry I beaded the little abdomens with fine wire and beads.



To make these little butterflies I stamped on some scrap paper with a little stamp that I designed and carved myself, its not easy to get two symmertical sides when carving! I then used Stickles and Glossy Accents on these too.....when they dried I  quickly cut them out as you can see.
I hope that you have a very good Sunday.
God bless.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Eleni says"But first I.."

Hi there girls.
Eventually I have managed to get to the computer....you know how it goes, something like Eleni says  " But first I......." Must get the house painted, cleaned and then I must hang up curtains...ect ect.
At the begining of last week I decided that we need to freshen up the house a little,we have been living here for 6 years now and things looked a bit grubby....we also have my daughters wedding in about 8 months time!



Even my T.V.room where my scrap-area is, is in a big mess.....even so I am thinking of making some die cut butterflies tonight,I will show you how they turn out tomorrow.
I was blog hopping whilst sitting on the balcony supervising operations and I decided to do the challenge at Candy Shoppe Designs. I would love to win  the fantastic kit from Studio Calico as I do not have any of their materials yet.