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


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 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 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.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Candy Shoppe Designs: LAST CALL for "Striptease 101" Participants#links#links

Candy Shoppe Designs: LAST CALL for "Striptease 101" Participants#links#links

The Two Of Us

This morning whilst having coffe I decided to do a  L.O. for The Candy Shoppe Designs 'striptease 101" challenge.
I should call my blog "I love to collect ...Crap" !!  I am the worlds worse hoarder I save everything..even tiny scraps of paper for the day that I decide to make my own hand paper....Maybe next summer..dream on.
Anyway I have this box of strips that I thought I must use.I was very strict with myself and I only used what was in the box.......the only thing that was new were the hearts from the basic Grey Cupcake collection.Please note that the swirls was just the leftover bit off the embellishment sheet!!
I decided to scrap a pic of my L.H.and myself on the day of my birthday.....this is when I was still deciding what to use....I usually work amidst chaos!
So this is the final product "The Two Of Us" I decided to draw some flowers and decorate with some acrylic paints.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time for cake?

Hi there.
I must admit that since I have got back home after our summer holidays I have not done anything
creative....Only housework and generally trying to tidy up this house. We will be painting the lounge and kitchen on Monday so I am busy busy.Today I tackled my scrapping area.. you can't believe the mess it was in,i bought some more storage boxes and reshuffled and repacked, maybe I will have some pics for you tomorrow. Space is a big issue in Athens...
Anyway I thought I would share some photos, the delicious cup-cakes  my sister Vickie made for my daughter Raphaella, she decorated them with sliced up marshmellows.The other photos are of our traditional chocolate birthday cake, the only thing that changes is the decoration. I used Smatries and hundreds and thousands in the shape of a star. The other I decorated with the Sizzix bird die cut and a border die Stars with Swirls.
have a good week-end

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Finding Zeffy

Hi there friends.
I have have not been around because I am  in Kefalonia, a Greek island ,with my husband, L.H. in bloggers terms? We have been visiting our youngest daughter Raphaella who is working in a hotel in Skala for the summer.
I have had a lot of terms to think and get inspired, it is so beautiful here!
I celebrated my 51st birthday yesterday so on Friday I decided to finish my 50 page in my new art journal ....L.H. took a photo whilst I was drawing! so here it is.....
Before we left Athens I  made this card set, it was inspired by Jenn Travis I saw it on her video Aloha Friday. I think that this will be a lovely idea for christmas and birthday gifts..This will be one of the lessons that I will teach this winter God willing.