Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Fashionable Stamping Challenge " Im dreaming of a white Christmas " and Crafty Cardmakers " Embossing "

They say that creativity is therapy but after my return from my very sad visit to London I am having great difficulty sitting behind my desk and creating. To be honest I am not at all in the mood but I fear that if I don't do something then I may not for quite some time to come. So today I would like to share a few cards that I made a few weeks ago and are in a similar vain to my previous post where I promised to show you them upon my return.

 ( it seems the first two lines of my post are not visible ( so nice to be back ! ) So what it actually says for those who dont have  X ray eyes is  : They say creativity is therapy but after my return from my very sad visit to London I am finding it extremely difficult sitting behind my desk and creating .

The Fashionable Stamping challenge is one that I have been following for quite some time and consists of some of my favourite and very talented blogging friends,  which is most probably one of the reasons I have not taken part before. As individuals they are amazingly talented artists but when you group them all together well it can be quite daunting for us newcomers ! Their theme is " I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"  but we are advised that we can use any colour we like phew ! I do prefer the bold ones as you will see by my cards.

The second challenge I am entering with the same cards of course is for Crafty Card Makers and their theme is  " Embossing " I do love embossing and it usually features somewhere on most of my creations.

Please excuse the rubbish photo's I was in a hurry to catch my plane and upon my return I find that they have been sold ! so you will just have to use your wonderfully vivid imaginations!

This one I have used the emboss resit technique on the bauble and then given it a good lick of Studio multi medium gloss . The embossing around the sentiment I actually gave it about four layers and up close it was gorgeous and thick and looked a little bit like old metal ( this is the bit where you use your imaginations ! )

The obligitory Marie close up !

This one has the embossing just on the bauble and a little distress embossing in the left hand corner although you would never know by the photo !

This last one is quite a tarty little number with distress embossing in the corner and around the sentiment ! I am not at all sure if I like this one but it did beg to take a little walk along the catwalk , maybe some one out there will like it, after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder !
Please do pop over to Fashionable stampers and Crafty Card Makers to see their fabulous piecies by both design teams and I am sure you will be inspired !
will try my best and pop by and say hello I have missed you all and look forward to seeing what you have all been up to !

Take care



  1. ooh these are fabulous.. i love the 3D bauble .. but my favourite is the bottom card .. love the colours
    Lisa x

  2. Lots of pretty cards, Marie. So sorry to hear that you are so down after your visit to your friends, it must have been very hard for you. Take care of yourself! Hugs,

  3. κι εμας μας ελειψες!!οι καρτες σου ειναι πολυ πολυ ομορφες!!φιλια!

  4. Nice to have you back Marie. Beautiful cards and I have to say my favourite is the last one. Nothing wrong with a bit of tartiness now & then! Take care. Suze xx

  5. ooooouuuuu i loooove the tarty little number....no comment thank you........
    your cards are gorgeous!
    so glad to have you back I know you are not in a good place right now...hang in there dear friend!

  6. Είναι πολύ όμορφες οι καρτούλες σου!! Μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα η τελευταία, είναι απλή και ταυτόχρονα όμορφη και μ'αρέσει η αντίθεση που κάνει το μαύρο με το πράσινο και το κόκκινο!

  7. Hi Marie, so lovely to see you back! Such beautifully elegant cards (and a tarty little number is absolutely fine!). Thank you so much for the wonderful items - I really appreciate you taking time out to post. I'm really sorry your trip to your friends was a sad one. Take care Marie. Maria x

  8. These are all really beautiful Marie. Love the elegance on all 3 although I think the second is my absolute favourite.
    So glad you took the plunge and joined in at FSC as it's so lovely to see you there and hope you can join in again too.
    Sorry your London visit was sad too and hope you feel brighter very soon.
    Hugs, Fliss xxx

  9. Beautiful, and some fabulous embossing too.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time.

  10. I totally understand it is not easy to create through difficult times! You have done beautifully breaking through the barrier. The cards are stunning ... love the way you have framed the sentiments. Take care of yourself, and go well my dear lady. xxDonna

  11. oh hun sorry about your london trip ,must be really hard but great too see you back with these stunning creations they really are so classy and so eye catching take care hun hugs cherylxxxxxx

  12. These are all beautiful Marie, especially (to me) the blue one. I'm so sorry that your visit to London was a sad one x

  13. Marie καλώς ήρθες πίσω! Λυπάμαι για ό,τι σου συμβαίνει, πρέπει να είσαι δυνατή, όσο δύσκολο κι αν είναι κάποιες φορές. Οι καρτούλες σου, όπως πάντα είναι εξαιρετικές!

  14. Love those baubles, brill cards, hope your trip was OK and things are not too bad!

  15. Κι εμάς μας έλειψες!!!
    Αν και επαναλαμβάνομαι δεν μπορώ να πω κάτι άλλο από το ότι οι κάρτες σου είναι απίστευτα όμορφες!!!

  16. That blue one is divine! Good luck with creativity, sometimes it sneaks up when you least expect it and then dinner gets burned!

  17. Marie, you've been very creative again, your cards are fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges :)

  18. Hiya good to see you back sorry it was such a sad trip this time. No surprise these cards sold while you were away they are completely elegant and graceful. XOXO Zoe

  19. Good to hear you're back Marie :) These are all classy little numbers along the catwalk!! No wonder the 3D bauble card sold, it's brilliant :)
    Do you know I get that lack of enthusiasm when I've not crafted for a while...a good blog hop or sort through your stash usually helps :)
    Jenny xx

  20. Beautiful cards Marie. Love the colours you have used and the baubles are fabulous. Thank you for visiting my blog too and leaving such a beautiful comment. I have become a follower.

    Linda xxxx

  21. Wonderful Christmas cards - so clean and simple, but still very stylish! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comment!

  22. Gorgeous cards, as always Marie. Good to have you back!

    I know what you mean about not being in the mood of creating during difficult times. I stayed away for two months recently because of some difficult times we had in the family and even when I did want to create something, I had zero inspiration and I would lose my interest within two minutes.

    At the end what helped me start again was doing things that didn't require me to actually be creative. I mean, I just started by re-organising my craft space, then I prepared a series of tag samples for my Distress Inks, and then I did a copycat work, just to try new techniques. At the end, little by little, and as I started feeling a bit better, the inspiration came back.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Hugs, Natasa

  23. So sorry to hear that your visit was a sad one.
    Best throwing yourself into something even though you may not feel like it.

    As always your cards are fabulous, love your description of the last one. How wonderful that they have all been sold.

    Kath xx

  24. Πανέμορφες οι κάρτες σου - η τελευταία είναι η αγαπημένη μου! Λυπάμαι που δεν είσαι σε καλή διάθεση, ειλικρινά ελπίζω σύντομα να αισθανθείς καλύτερα... Είσαι γλυκύτατη και εύχομαι όλα όσα σε στενοχωρούν να βελτιωθούν γρήγορα... Καλό βράδυ!

  25. Brilliant, Marie! Brilliant! Adore the middle one! Stunning selection of cards today :) Hugs from Xenia

  26. your cards are so chic!but i am so sorry to hear that you are through a difficult situation i hope that you will have all the strenght you need and your friends and family close to you!!!but most of all everything to get better asap!!!

  27. All of these cards are stunning and no one would ever think of you as a newcomer! Thank you so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  28. Marie they are wonderful creation :)wonderful to have you back again and hope tou can find a reason to be cheerful soon
    Hugs von xxx

  29. Beautiful, elegant cards Marie! No favourites because I love them all!


  30. καλημερα..μην μου στενοχωριεσαι..δουλεψετο θετικα..παρε παραδειγμα απο τα εργα σου..το περνεις αψυχα και τα δινεις πνοη..ετσι και αυτο..δαμασε την σκεψη σου δωσε θετικη αρχη και να δεις που θα πρωχορισει καλα..η σκεψη ειναι ενα δυνατο μας χαρτι..αυτο πρεπει να δαμασεις πρωτα..τελοια δουλεια..πολλα ζεστα φιλια..

  31. Beautiful creations Marie - I love them all.
    xxx Hazel.

  32. Hello Marie! I hope to feel better. I am sure that it is difficult to you but I hope for the best! Back to creativity, your cards are amazing as always! Those ornaments looks fantastic!

  33. Marie I am in love with the way you create your cards!
    I cannot choose which one I like the most...
    I love them all!

  34. Hi Marie. Loving the style and design of these cards. You are clever. They are gorgeous.
    Sending lots of hugs.
    Take care.
    Florence xx

  35. These are gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. xx

  36. I love your Christmas Cards. So glad you joined us at FSC! Thanks for stopping by my blog and reminding me of the smell of caps! Bet, Yvonne

  37. Hi Marie, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog; it's nice to know I'm not the only one that feels a bit 'off'. As ever, your cards are wonderful and the style I'd love to be able to do. Just gorgeous.

    Hope you're feeling more yourself soon.

  38. All beautiful classic cards Marie. Sending you hugs. Annette x

  39. Hi Marie,
    They're completely gorgeous!!!


  40. A wonderful bevy of beauties here again Marie - that gorgeous blue one being my favourite. Sending you a huge bloggy hug again - I know how hard it is to live through sad times. Vicky xx

  41. Hello Marie! I love them all but I have to say that the blue one is my fav. I wish all your trips from now on, to be happy ones. And keep your chin up girl. We old dogs have to be strong! :o)

  42. Beautiful cards Marie.....I love the blue one too!

  43. Lovely cards, what a nice idea with the 3D-baubles!

  44. Hello there Marie, I've missed you! So I'm really glad that you're back, I wish that you weren't sad. Your cards are beautiful despite everything, I'm hoping blogging and creating will lift your spirits, sending big hugs to you, Gay xxx

  45. Hi Marie, It's good to have you back in Blogland again. So sorry to hear that your trip to London left you feeling sad (((HUGS))
    I love all of your wonderful creations. Beautiful work, as always:)
    You asked what I thought of the 'Cameo'. I love it! And you will too...I'm sure. I love that it cuts thicker media and up to 12"x12" paper/card, too. It also seems to run much smoother and quieter:)

  46. Marie,

    I had to come along and comment on your lovely blog, especially with the name! My Mum used to call me Dolly Daydreams when I was in a world of my own and bearing in mind you just commented thrice on one blog post on my blog I guess the name suits you just as well!!!

    Thank you for your lovely comments, again and again and again!!

    I love your cards in the post above and your sense of humour is so like mine we could be twins, lol.

    It has been a pleasure to visit you and enjoy your witty comments and creative talents.

    Lin xx

  47. The cards are so beautiful, Marie. You've inspired me for next year to make Christmas cards for the church bazaar and not just thinking of you cards. Lovely work that you do.

  48. ack! i was in the middle of oohing and aaahhhing over your 3d ornament card when i saw the blue one and had to ooh and ah all over again. hee hee. beautiful beautiful cards!! :)

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