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Hi there, my name is Marcia, I am happy to meet you and share my craft makes and ideas with you. I hope you enjoy looking. Please feel free to join my blog and leave me comments, especially if they are helpful ones! I love to learn new craft techniques and am more than happy to share the ones I have found. Thank you for looking.....

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Simply Stampin Challenge Colour Week

Hi there, this week's Simply Stampin Challenge is a colour theme again.  I like these as it makes me think more (difficult sometimes!) I went for some paper piecing this time, as I haven't produced any for a while, but thoroughly enjoy it when I do!!  The stamp set I have used this time is SU Sweet Summer and as I hardly ever use it, decided to give it a go this time!  The design is inspired by a T Shirt I have just purchased, although the colours are not the same!  Thanks ladies for another interesting challenge!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Simply Stampin Challenge Sketch

This week's Simply Stampin Challenge is a sketch.  I am a bit late entering as I didn't think I would have any time to make a card, due to looking after my beautiful granddaughter, Eden!  However, she left early so time was found for itchy fingers!  I just love this colour combination, hope you do too!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Another Boy Card!

Another boy card! I hope this is last one for a while!  This one is for my little nephew Alex who will be 12 this weekend.  I used the masking technique for the large planes, the small ones are the same plane but stamped onto shrink plastic to get them smaller and give the card more dimension.  Hopefully he'll like it!  I need to move on now, thinking about Christmas!!  I've already made a couple of samples, but they are still work in progress as I haven't yet figured out how I want to finish them off!!  Oh well, no doubt it will come to me eventually lol !!!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Let's Hear It for the Boys

This week's Simply Stampin Challenge is the dreaded male card, the challenge name being Let's hear it for the Boys!  I made this busy card for a very busy young man - my nephew Adam!  
Adam has triumphed over adversity all his life, he suffers from Aspbergers syndrome, which is very high on the Autism spectrum.  Not that he has let this stop him, he has so many interests that I could not list them all here.  Among them are Army Training Corp, shooting and golf.  He has managed to learn to drive and has also secured a university place.  He has had many problems along the way, particularly with his education and integration into any social scenarios has been a real struggle for him.  He has come through it all with shear grit and determination and I am really proud of him.  Well done Adam, Happy 18th, you deserve it!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Simply Stampin Challenge Colour Week

This weeks Simply Stampin Challenge is a colour theme again.  Lovely combination of Whisper White, Regal Rose, Daffodil Yellow and Baja Breeze.  I never would have thought to use this colour combination, but actually quite like it as it is fresh and bright (something we all need when the weather is rotten).  I quite enjoyed making this card and hope my friend Julie enjoys receiving it!

Friday, 3 August 2012

I went to the Olympics!

It has been a lifelong ambition to attend the Olympics! I am not usually a massive sports fan, but to me, the Olympics are something special...all those athletes pushing themselves to the limit of endurance seems to spark something within me.  I only managed to get tickets for one event, the Dressage, but what an event!  The horses and riders were superb, and I wish I could perform as well as that!  Our day started early, the 5.45am coach from Basingstoke to London Victoria.  A trek across London saw us entering the Greenwich Park arena through the Blackheath gate.  When we arrived into the arena, wow, I was completely in awe!  We had a fantastic day, we were rained on, hailed on and got sunburnt!!  Everybody was having a fabulous time, even when we were tipping water from our shoes!  It was all over too soon, and we made the decision to bypass the train network and use the Thames for our trip back to Victoria.  We had a fabulous trip back by boat, with a very entertaining commentary from one of the crew, getting off at Westminster and all for just £4 - great value for money.  I was a little apprehensive about the transport network for the games as the Jubilee was a shambles, but everything was well signposted and very well operated.  Well done London!

Simply Stampin Challenge sketch week

Well, its been a long time since I posted, but have been just so busy!!  Spending most of my time either watching the olympics on tv or attending the one event I had a ticket for - amazing...see next post! 

This week's challenge was a sketch, so I got going with the masking tape!  I do love using masking tape and inking it as a background, but this one is the largest one I have undertaken at 8" x 8", and boy it was a bit of a mission!  Anyway, its for my sister in law, so she's worth it!!  

Items used were: Concorde crush and Whisper White cardstock, Splatt stamp, Fresh Vintage Stamps. Wisteria Wonder ink.  Lace Ribbon Border Punch (I decided to split the border and weave some paper through) Nesties and lots of masking tape!!!

I quite like the effect of the weaving and may well use it again, so hope you like it too!!