Room decorations

For a sweet little Pauline:

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and, to avoid any jealousy, for her brother Nathan:

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More C&S cards

It’s too hot here to do anything much, even papercrafting.¬† I did, however, make two cards, one to wish my godson luck in his end of year exams, totally inspired by Sophie’s blog (again) .P1070913

 

And a second card, just for the fun of joining in Scrapou’s challenge at CSA : Include an opening and no fancy paper:

 

P1070912It looks so much fresher than I feel right now, can’t wait for the heat to die down a little.

Enjoy the end of your weekend, everyone ūüôā

 

On a Clean & Simple cardmaking binge!

For the first time this year I have actually not only looked at and thought about getting out my scissors and glue, but actually got stuck in and made a couple of cards.¬† I spent a very pleasant afternoon yesterday just getting away from the real world for a while and making up these cards, all very C & S, all very simple and many of them inspired by finds on Sophie’s wonderful blog¬†(just not the first four).¬† I even snuck in two for Christmas (already), after all it’s only 195 days away ….

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Festive gift

So Christmas is behind us, but there’s still time to show you a couple of tags I made to accompany some gifts over the holidays, right?

 

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Isn’t that deer just the cutest little thing?

I also offered some gift vouchers and decided to decorate the enveloppes using one of those tags and a couple of others with a little Christmas sparkle :

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Time to settle into the new year now and maybe get back to some birthday cards and other scrappy projects.

 

 

Smash book, the return

My smash book is such a random thing.¬† Flipping through the pages is sort of like a trip down memory lane : souvenirs of days out, snippets of daily life, tags and tickets from various purchases, and even a “classical” scrapbook layout, or two, or three.

This is one of the latter Рa double-page layout created by accident.  In fact my son asked me to scrap a layout for him to offer his GF, and as I printed two examples of the photo I decided to recreate in my smash book a layout similar to the one I made him to offer her.

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This is the coordinated envelope he used as a gift-wrap:

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Catch-up

I haven’t blogged in ages, but I have found time to participate in a couple of challenges, make a few cards, even join in a swap, all on CSA.

Here’s what it all looks like:

A “Christmas before Christmas” swap with Mimi where I bundled up stamped sentiments, die-cuts and goodies and accompanied them with this little card:

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then a Halloween-themed card for CSA:

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followed by a dozen Christmas greeting cards, all made using a single sheet of patterned paper cut in such a way as tu use the entire sheet, then adding cardstock and embellies from my stash:

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then a couple of other cards for various challenges over the last few months on Cards & Stamps Addicts:

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CSA √† 6 ans

et oui, et comme tous les ans, l’√©quipe du forum pr√©pare un tas de chouettes d√©fis pour les membres.¬† Le th√®me cette ann√©e s’inspir√© de l’√©mission “top chef” pour devenir¬†“top card” avec les d√©fis au th√®mes gourmands.

J’ai donc¬†sortie mon tablier et mes ingr√©dients,¬†et j’ai fait des cartes.

Pour l’inscription une carte √† contraintes : de la ficelles, 5 ronds de taille diff√©rentes, une touche de rouge, de feuillage et au moins un trou

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Ensuite une carte faite selon une “recette” √† suivre √† la lettre (une dict√©e):

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Nous avons suivi √ßa par un tour dans le garde manger, ou j’ai choisi de concocter mon plat avec un dr√īle de combinaison d’ingr√©dients : poivrons (du fil entortill√©), olives (de la couture), p√Ętes (des demis-perles), mayonnaise (une carte masculine)¬†et ketchup (de la dentelle):

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Ensuite il fallait pas se faire pi√©ger par le trompe l’Ňďil!¬† Il fallait choisir “sucr√©” ou “sal√©” et faire un lift de cette carte¬†soit en¬†mode free soit en mode shabby :

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J’ai loup√© l’horaire pour m’inscrire, alors j’ai fait deux interpr√©tations de la carte.

Voici ma version sucré (free):

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et voici mon interprétation en mode salé (shabby) :

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Pour compliquer les choses, les modos ont d√©cid√© de nous imposer des ingr√©dients pour le prochain d√©fi : 2 papiers √† utilis√©, 1 en fond et l’autre en d√©co.¬† J’ai d√©cid√© de continuer en mode freestyle, mais ma carte n’as pas √©t√© accept√© car trop peu de deuxi√®me papier pr√©sent.¬† Je l’aime quand m√™me :

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Apr√®s l’ingr√©dient impos√©e, il y avait le d√©fi de la recette impos√© : un combo de couleurs fort sympathique, et un sketch d’enfer:

J’adore le combo, et le sketch, et m√™me si les fleurs ne sont pas trop mon truc, j’ai fait l’effort de les utiliser.¬† Ma foi, le r√©sultat me plait fort bien :

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Parmis tous les diverses challenges, celui que j’ai trouv√© le plus difficile √©tait de loin le challenge “√† l’aveugle”.¬† On nous a montr√© 10 cartes faite par les modos, 2 chacune, il fallait identifier qui a fait quoi, et faire un lift d’une des cartes.¬† Pas du tout facile quand le style des modos on bien √©volu√©s et qu’il y avait des pi√®ges.¬† R√©sultat mitig√© pour moi, je n’ai su identifier l’origine que de 5 cartes entre les dix.

J’ai chois de faire un lift d’une carte de Natalia :

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Je remercie les modos pour leur imagination, je me suis bien amusée!

 

Lots of CSA goodness, and a few cards too!

I’m, once again, going to do a huge post to put up everything I’ve done since the last time I appeared here.¬† Given the time lapse it’s not much to brag about, but I had fun.

I’ll start with a little card I was only too delighted to have the opportunity to make.¬† A good scrap-buddy announced that she’s expecting her first baby for April, and I am so delighted for her and her partner.¬† When I found this classy silhouette file I knew it was perfect to offer her my congratulations:

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Next I was late wishing a happy birthday to another scrap-pal, the one and only Mimi!  So when she challenged us to make our background using inks, markers or any other medium to create lots of stripes, it was the perfect opportunity to dust off my Promarkers.  I opted for a cameo of blues and turquoises, decided to get a little messy with Gesso and Tim Holtz rice paper, then finished it off with a Silhouette-cut flower.  I love the result:

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Then, with back-to-school being on my mind, it was time to get organised.

A cheap 1‚ā¨-agenda with a horrid cover became this for my daughter (such a shame I put the wrong date on it, it really is a 2015-2016 journal inside :

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Then the swap-of-the-month at CSA was right on track with the theme being “organisation”.¬† I made a selection of fancy paper clips, presented them in a matching box, a post-it & pen stand, and a matching card:

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And received this lovely goodness in exchange:

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Due to lack of time I didn’t get to make much for World Cardmaking Day, but I managed to interpret one sketch two ways (again a challenge for CSA).¬† Firstly a shabby interpretation (not a huge success, then again, shabby is not really my stayle):

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Then the same sketch with a “clean” look :

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Another CSA-challenge: to make a C&S card using the same cut-out shape several times on the card.  I missed the mark in regards to the C&S part, but I loved the lacey pattern of this Silhouette Cameo file, so went for it anyhow :

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Another CSA challenge : to reinsert a die-cut shape into its negative shape on the card, a rather tricky operation, especially with the fine die-cut I chose:

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And lastly, a deceptively simple C&S card :

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Who knows when I’ll get the opportunity to check back in on my blog, so you all be good, scrap well and enjoy each day as it comes!

Happy weekend, folks ūüôā

Fun fair at Cards & Stamps Addicts

What fun this summer over at Cards & Stamps Addicts.  The theme for their summer challenge is a real trip down memory lane with challenges galore all based on the rides and treats of a fun fair.

Even¬†with very little spare time I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of feeling like a kid again, so¬†I¬†post-haste made myself an avatar which matched the theme:

and jumped in by requesting an entry ticket.¬† The price to pay for my entry?¬† A card with the word “f√™te” on it, and bright, cheerful colours, of course.¬† I came up with a rather classic card :

Classic or not, it was enough to gain me my entry ticket:

Then it was off to the first event : a spin of the¬†Wheel of Fortune, where I was given a variety of obligatory elements to include on my card.¬†¬†I can’t tell you what they were for now, as others may yet still play along.¬† However, the first card I made didn’t quite meet the criteria:

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But I really like my little elephant stamp, so made another card with him, just for fun:

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Then got back to work to make a “proper” card for my challenge.

This one made it past the judge’s beady eyes:

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Whew!

I think there were a few other challenges which I did not (yet) get to participate in (I’ll get back to them later, I hope), so my next card was for the “bunting” challenge.¬† What’s a fair without bunting and flags, eh?¬† Everyone’s take on it was different and there’s a gorgeous load of¬†colourful cards to admire in the gallery.¬† This is what my one looked like:

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After that I took a long break.¬† I was busy at home, busy at work …

Cardmaking was not high on my list of priorities.

However, today I had a little spare time, so back to the fair I went, and took a turn on the Ferris Wheel.

This involved making a card based on the following sketch :

Here’s my card:

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At one stage¬†I didn’t think it was going to come together, but¬† have to admit that I’m really pleased with the result.¬† I even managed to use my MME enamel dots, some brads from my stash and TWO flowers (I almost never use flowers).¬† What an accomplishment, eh?

While on a roll, I stopped by the ice cream van at¬†the fair and discovered that the challenge there was to make an icecream or icelolly-shaped card.¬† Right up my son’s street, he loves the ice cream stall.¬† This card is his favourite of the ones I made today, what a surprise!

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So now I shall finish with the card that made me take out my papers and glue today and play a little.

This is a lift of a gorgeous card I spotted on¬†Mimi’s blog.¬† I loved the clean lines of her card and knew immediately that I was going to scraplift it.

Here’s my version using Teresa Collins papers, brads from Artemio and enamel dots from MME:

Wishing you a lovely Saturday evening and a happy weekend!

A mini album!

No you’re not dreaming, I actually made a whole mini album, and finished it!

OK, it’s not an original, it’s one I made at a workshop at the Fabrik √† Scrap with Estelle56.¬† We made so much progress at the workshop that there was very little left to do to finish it off at home, mainly choosing photographs and stamps/sentiments to add to the pages.

A picture speaks a thousand words.¬† I’ll skip the typing and pass directly to the photographs:

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