Cardlift

Spotted a lovely card by my long-time admired scrap-amie, Mimi, and lifted it practically as soon as I saw it.  It was based on this sketch by Scrap&Co

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You can see Mimi’s version on her blog, isn’t it just so classy?

Here’s my take on it:

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Here are two more, firstly one based on a “technoscrap” challenge by Irene on CSA :

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Then another challenge on CSA;

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And finally I was trying out a cute “christmas animals” die, though I’m not thrilled with the resulting card I do like the diecut:

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A selection of cards

A little trip to the local “Action” store saw me driving off with a bloc of cute papers, which I wasted no time in cutting and snipping to shape.  Two little “any occasion” cards later …

 

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Then, feeling the holiday season creeping up on me I decided to make a couple of cards to accompany some cash gifts for my nieces and nephews :

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And finally, a quick birthday card for a little Nathan, fan of football and soon to be celebrating his birthday:

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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:

 

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Enjoy the end of your weekend, everyone 🙂

 

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 – a 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 à 6 ans

et oui, et comme tous les ans, l’équipe du forum prépare un tas de chouettes défis pour les membres.  Le thème cette année s’inspiré de l’émission “top chef” pour devenir “top card” avec les défis au thèmes gourmands.

J’ai donc sortie mon tablier et mes ingrédients, et j’ai fait des cartes.

Pour l’inscription une carte à contraintes : de la ficelles, 5 ronds de taille différentes, une touche de rouge, de feuillage et au moins un trou

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Ensuite une carte faite selon une “recette” à suivre à la lettre (une dictée):

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Nous avons suivi ça par un tour dans le garde manger, ou j’ai choisi de concocter mon plat avec un drôle de combinaison d’ingrédients : poivrons (du fil entortillé), olives (de la couture), pâtes (des demis-perles), mayonnaise (une carte masculine) et ketchup (de la dentelle):

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Ensuite il fallait pas se faire piéger par le trompe l’œil!  Il fallait choisir “sucré” ou “salé” et faire un lift de cette carte soit en mode free soit en mode shabby :

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J’ai loupé l’horaire pour m’inscrire, alors j’ai fait deux interprétations 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 décidé de nous imposer des ingrédients pour le prochain défi : 2 papiers à utilisé, 1 en fond et l’autre en déco.  J’ai décidé de continuer en mode freestyle, mais ma carte n’as pas été accepté car trop peu de deuxième papier présent.  Je l’aime quand même :

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Après l’ingrédient imposée, il y avait le défi de la recette imposé : un combo de couleurs fort sympathique, et un sketch d’enfer:

J’adore le combo, et le sketch, et même si les fleurs ne sont pas trop mon truc, j’ai fait l’effort de les utiliser.  Ma foi, le résultat me plait fort bien :

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Parmis tous les diverses challenges, celui que j’ai trouvé le plus difficile était de loin le challenge “à l’aveugle”.  On nous a montré 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 évolués et qu’il y avait des pièges.  Résultat mitigé 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€-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 🙂