Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Get Creative Card Bonanza .Sassy Lil Sketches Send Off Sketch 4 and an Altered Duck !

Get Creative Card Bonanza !

Over at Get Creative where I am a DT member our illustrious leader Irini Had one of her fabulous brainwaves in honour of National card making day on the 1st of October. Yes I know I am very late ! For the whole month  of October all the members of the Design team will be setting their own individual card challenges and also offering a prize for the winner in their group. You can enter as many times as you like and there will also be an overall winner at the end of the month. My fellow DT members have set some fantastic challenges and we have had a terrific response. My theme will be announced on the 24th of the month so you will just have to wait and see what it is !

Until then why not pop over to Get Creative to see if there is something that takes your fancy who knows you may even win a prize or two or three !

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Sassy Lil Sketches challenge blog and forum as of the end of October will be no more ! I have had only a few short months with the team and was just begining to feel my way around when it was announced that it was closing. I would like to thank Cherie and Katie for giving me the opportunity to work with them and for being able to meet so many lovely and talented ladies.

As a send off for the blog Sassy Lil Sketches will be posting a new sketch every day from the 2nd to the 9th of October. The deadline for participants will be October 23 and the prize winners will be announced on the 24th. Further details can be found on the  Sassy Lil Sketches blog.

This is my DT take on the sketch. Simple embossing and die cutting with a stamped setiment and silver ribbon.  Hope you will join in and give Sassy Lil Sketches a lovely send off !

Just for Fun Anything but a Card !

One of my favourite challenge blogs has to be Just for Fun ! I used to be one of their very regular contributors even if I do say so myself, but of late I have really fallen by the way side ! Life has really gotten in the way and as any one who reads my blog will notice my posts are few and far between. I literally am only filling the requirements of my DT posts as I am literally back and forth to the UK.

This weeks challenge was for anything but a card a very interesting theme indeed  with lots of possibilities. The challenge ends tomorrow so I  am really cutting it fine , anyway I did it so I'm showing it !

This is my altered duck ! He is solid wood and I use him for window displays in my shop. I took the little blighter and gessoed him and painted him with green and blue Stazon inks , then added pink crackle paint which didn't crackle AGAIN  ! Then I rubbed him all over with my little sander to give a worn effect. I added different DPs to the wings and tail which I also sanded and two black pearls for the eyes.

A couple of different angles none of which give a good reflection of the colours but there you have it. Do hope it is not too cute for you ladies at JFF . Do pop over and visit albeit at this late hour to see the fabulous DT inspirational pieces and the wonderful entries.

Am off to London on Monday  so hopefully I can catch up with you all  ( I do keep saying that ! )

Take care



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  2. Am sure the girls will be quackers over your fab duck Marie.......oops sorry couldn't help
    Loving your card but sorry to hear your news. Hope all is well with you. Annette x

  3. Lovely card Marie and your altered duck is so cute and gorgeous.
    Also sorry to hear about the blog closure but these things do happen sometimes.
    Hope you're OK at the moment.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  4. Very beautifull card Marie!!I love the ducks!!Just perfect!!

  5. I must say the Get Creative challenge sounds really fun, can't wait to see what your challenge is.
    Sorry you have lost the DT on Sassy Lil's Sketches. Love your metalic card, enbossed superbly.
    Luv a duck, it is fabulous, I love the colours and the papers you have used on it.

    Kath x

  6. He's a lovely little duck and I am so glad you made our challenge this week. I do miss seeing your work when you aren't around. Fully understand though - there are only so many hours in a day etc. Thanks for sharing with us on JFF - Hugs, Neet x

  7. Lovely DT card and your duck is wonderful! Have a good journey to London, say hello to my hometown for me! Hugs, Valerie

  8. What a fabulous duck Marie, the distressed and shabby look is perfect, I love it.
    Hope all is well.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  9. oh i love the metallic effect of your top card - the embossing looks fabulous! .. and that duck is fun.. lol
    Safe journey
    Lisa xx
    ps thank you for your kind words

  10. I, too, am sad about SLS, but am glad to have found it and the nice people that went along with it (like you!). Your card is so beautiful! I'm going to check out get creative- never know, you may see me participating this month.... :) lastly, but not least- your duck is absolultey beautiful! I love it. what a beautiful window display she'll make! :)

  11. Hi Marie, I love your metallic looking embossed card but the duck is phenomenal! Hope you're okay and soldiering on. Do look after yourself. Hugs, Vicky x

  12. Dear Marie! Love your duck so much!

  13. Hello Marie glad you made it this week It's always a joy to see your creations :) and ducky is perfect for this week at Just for Fun.
    What a shame the challenge blog Sassy Lil Sketches is closing but you did them proud :)
    Have a safe journey back to blighty
    Von xxx

  14. Your card looks really elegant and your altered duck is so lovely.

  15. oh hun gosh that card is just stunning oh just love the,metalic,embossing that is just so effective and as for you duck hun oh my gosh how talented are you that is just sheer eye candy,have fun in london hun hugs cherylxxx

  16. What a stunning card and quite the darling duck. Hugs, Kim

  17. Brilliant duck and I liked seeing him (her?) from all the different angles.

  18. I so love that duck! It's sunny and sweet.

  19. I am so in love with your Duck! He's just so gorgeous - the fact you have painted his wings with different designs really appeals to me. Beautiful card ... so sorry they are shutting things down. Safe journey's in all ways. Take care of yourself. big hugs, Donna

  20. Υπέροχη κάρτα!!!πολύ σικ!!!!και τα περιστεράκια χαριτομένα!!!καλημέρα!!!

  21. WOW WOW WOW...where's my check list???
    1. Thanks for the plug I am very ecstatic with the response at Get Creative...check
    2. Yes it is sad about Sassy Lil Sketches, your card is simple and elegant!...check
    3. The duck.....are you freaking kidding me wow you did a fabulous job!!! love love love it!...check
    Ok I have said everything can I go now??

  22. I love your card and altered duck, you've decorated the duck beautifully.
    xxx Hazel.

  23. Hi Marie. Great card. I really, really, really looooooove your duck! Totally fabulous.
    Regards Florence x

  24. WOW Maria your duck is a sweetie great make over. Like you I've been a bit pre-occupied recently and have probably missed loads. Hope your friend is doing OK it must be a comfort to her that you are spending as much time as you can with her.

    Thank you for sharing with us again at Just for Fun we love it when you can join us XOXO Zoe

  25. Love the gold embossed panel and layered hearts on your card - and your altered duck is just lovely with the pretty DP's!

  26. Hi Marie
    Once again you nailed the challenge set to you as a DT member. You used the sketch to great a card that is so elegant.
    Then Mrs Puddleduck, this is just such a lovely altered project.

  27. Hi Marie, Your card is beautiful and I love the duck, pretty altering:0) I wonder why you're having no luck with your crackling, it's such a shame because it's a great look ;0)
    Sorry your Sassy lil sketches is folding, shame:{
    Look after you too, hugs Gay xxx

  28. Πολύ αρχοντική η κάρτα σου!!!
    Λάτρεψα τις πάπιες σου!!!

  29. Your card is beautiful and very elegant Marie, and I just love your altered duck - sooo cute!!! I'm sorry to hear about Sassy lil sketches.

    I had such a lovely time in Crete, thank you - no turkey's on the beach, lol, but plenty of sunbeds and the food was sooooo good! Went to Spinalonga (and Plaka) while I was there (I'd just read "The Island") - seems so long ago already! Maria x

  30. Marie all of your projects are stunning! Simple but amazing embossing and the duck is so nice and well crafted! I really adore your imagination and technique! Take care!

  31. Hi Marie, I have a special fondness for ducks and yours is delightful - such pretty wings. I wonder why your crackle doesn't crackle? the card is a fab interpretation of the sketch - the gold embossed card shows up beautifully in your photo. Safe trip to London on Monday and hope all goes well. Elizabeth x

  32. Marie, you have really got a busy life, flitting off to the UK and home again. And having your shop and all. I love your work so keep posting even if the posts are spaced days apart. Your card with the silver ribbon is gorgeous. I love the beautiful altered dove. So gorgeous. And about the shaving cream marbled paper, be sure to use a shaving cream that has a scent you can tolerate, because your finished papers will have a fragrance, unless you use unscented shaving cream. A fun but very messy technique.

  33. A gorgeous elegant card and your Duck is a masterpiece! I LOVE it!

  34. Love this card ..... Great image and layout.....


  35. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards, Marie! I love your non-card too.

  36. Love both of your creations! The embossing on the card looks neat! That duck is really cool! The crackle may not have worked but the sanding looks great and the pp looks so different. Nice!

  37. Such an elegant card Marie, & I love your pretty altered duck! x

  38. dear Marie,
    loving that embossed car, but its the duck that caught my eye. Dont you just love altering your finds with scrap book supplies, I do. Youve done such a great altered project. Hope all goes as well as it can in London...take care, gerri

  39. Super-pretty!!! My favourite is the last one, but they´re all adorable decorative pieces!

  40. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'Daniella Hayes.' I see that you live in Greece. I am part Greek, and my daughter visited the lovely place a couple of years ago. You have alot of creative ideas on here. LOVE the sayings and quotes. Me and my daughters started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is so pretty, and I am leaving here today with a smile. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  41. I really like how you have managed to successfully combine silver and gold in your card.

    The ducks.... I simply LOVE them! Such a great idea to have them as window displays in your shop, they would certainly catch my eye!