Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Anything Goes !!!!

Good morning , good evening and good afternoon to you all. I trust you all had a fabulous Christmas and are recovering nicely. Last week for me was bittersweet with my mad dash to London ( for five hours ) for the funeral of my dear friend Robert and then back home to Greece to work around the clock and be cheery in my shop. I have to say that there was so much love in the church for this beautiful man it was more a celebration of his life and we all felt his presence around us.

Anyway like most of you not really had much time for crafting let alone blogging and my commenting has been willy nilly ( craftingclaire will put me right on the spelling `). So when I popped in this evening to see what was going on I saw a few challenges that I could participate in. Hence the title of my post " Anything Goes " The craft room ( whom I love by the way ) and Top Tip Tuesday both understanding how we are feeling at the moment have decided to be lenient with us and and given us free reign ! So no excuses for not entering !

I thought I would share some cards for Christmas that I made but didn't have time to blog. I know I have missed the boat and should have moved on to Easter or at least Valentines but it is a pity not to share these little beauties with you. In other words didn't  have time to make anything !

Have used Waltzing mouse stamps on both cards DP papers and pearls from my stash and Tim Holtz on the edge dies.

Another one of my creations !! my 20 year old son Alexi who stepped into the breach and took charge of our shop while we went to London he had never worked there before and believe you me it was a very daunting task. We received glowing reports on our return from friends and customers we are so proud of him.

In January I will be celebrating my first year anniversary of crafting and blogging and am close to the 200 follower mark so will be putting together a little blog candy , so do pop by in the new year if you have the chance. I would also like to say a big thank you to all my followers and to all of the wonderful people I have met in the last twelve months you have made my life so much richer and ~I feel truly blessed. Wishing you all a fabulous new year , the best of health and a little love in your lives

Right am of to bed ! four more days of constant work and then with 22 friends we are off for a little trip for new years to an outdoor spa in the mountains.

Oops nearly forget , do pop over to the Craft Room and Top Tip Tuesdays to see what their fabulous design teams have come up with.

From me Tara ( as we scousers say )


  1. Evening Marie Lovely cards :) and good use of the on the edge dies
    Wow is it a whole year, my how you have grown :)
    and what a handsome young man you have
    Enjoy your trip away you deserve a nice break :)
    TTFN Von xxx

  2. Well, no wonder you are tired with such a lot on your programme! Lovely cards, enjoy your New Year Trip! Hugs, Valerie
    PS you have a gorgeous son....

  3. Sweet cards! Congrats on the 200 mark! I'll pop back over for your blog candy...stop by mine on the 30th as I'm having a birthday give away.

  4. Two lovely cards Marie, beautiful colours, love the sentiment on the first card.
    Glad you are back safe and sound and I hope you enjoy your well deserved trip.
    Well done to your Son.
    Kath x

  5. Marie I send you my best wishes for health, love and joy! I think you are very creative and you don't need my wish for creativity... Both the two projects are lovely! So sweet and elegant! Να τον χαίρεσαι τον Αλέξη σου! And may your friend rest in peace... I'm sending you my love and all my wishes for strength!

  6. Two stunning creations (well, I should say three!) I have had some lovely WM stamps for Christmas - they are fabulous aren't they? Try not to work to hard for the next few days and enjoy your Spa retreat.

  7. What a busy woman you are!! Marie, have a very good and happy New Year! Cards are fab. Adore the first one ) Sending you hugs! And yep, I have a little sweet candy too. pop in to have a look! Xenia

  8. Good Grief, Woman, it's a wonder you are still standing. The trip will be just what you need. Cards are gorgeous ... so is your son ... I'm sure he's causing you a sleepless night just now and then ... ha ha. Take care of yourself, Marie, you have been through a lot. xxooDonna

  9. Hi Marie, I hope you have a wonderful New Year celebration and good health in 2012. Love your cards. Your son is a handsome man.
    Good Luck inn 2012

  10. Hi Marie...thank you for stopping by on my blog...n this is a lovely card n nice color combo...


  11. Hi Marie, what great christmas cards I love the edges, what ahandsome man your son is too :-) I've become a follower too. Thanks for joining us again at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  12. ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΓΛΥΚΙΑ ΜΟΥ..νασαι καλα γερη και δυνατη..πολλα φιλια

  13. Love your cards Marie, real stunners.
    Have a great trip to the spa and I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  14. Two lovely Christmas cards, I love the TH on the edge dies, and you have used them perfectly. Have a wonderful break with your friends, and I agree with Hazel, you have a very handsome son. Happy New Year, wishing you health and happiness. Julia xxx

  15. Lovely Christmas cards Marie, it's not too late to share them with us, I will be starting working on the 2012 pile soon :) Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I've become a follower because I love what I see here! All the best for the new year too :)

  16. Love your two cards stylish and elegant something I can never achieve in my crafting being more of a messy Herbert! Good to hear how your other rather special creation stepped up when you needed him to. you so deserve that trip to the spa and a little R&R. Have a good time and happy new year XOXO Zoe Oh and thank you for entering our challenge at Craft-Room good luck. XOXO Zoe

  17. Marie, are you a fellow scouser??? I never knew that! Beautifully elegant cards, I love how you use your "on the edge" dies, and a great son to keep things ticking over for you. Have a great break at the spa, and I hope the new year brings everything you wish for. Maria x

  18. Ohhhhh what beautiful cards! I love the look of these. :) I'm so sorry to hear about your dear friend, but it sounds like it was a beautiful ceremony and kudos to the son for keeping things running!
    Thank you SO much for taking time out of your busy schedule to play along with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our challenge.
    Also, thank you for your messages on my blog as well. :D
    hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  19. Beautiful cards! Well done to your Son too! I hope you have a wonderful New Year, sounds great :)

    Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Anything Goes' Challenge this week and don't forget if you have a Top Tip to share with us you could also win our Tipper Prize!

    Carol x

  20. I love Christmas Marie but it will be nice to get back to a bit of normality ( not to mention crafting & blogging)! Your cards are beautiful and my what a handsome young man you have there. Have a great trip, 'see' you in the new year. Toodle-oo! xx

  21. Hi Marie. Your son is handsome! I think that is your BEST creation! :) However, I really like your Christmas piece you've featured on the same blog with the picture of your son. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! <3 Candy

  22. Hi Marie, two gorgeous, elegant cards - I love the papers and dies you've used.

    Alexi is such a handsome lad - but what else would you expect if you mix a scouser with a Greek, lol!! xx

    Hope Dolly is bearing up. Enjoy your spa break - you more than deserve it!

  23. Two beautiful cards and a very handsome young man. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    I wish you a very Happy New Year.
    xxx Hazel.

  24. Hello Dolly,

    Thanks for stopping by. I truly appreciate it


  25. This is a very beautiful page organized and beautifully designed.

    plastic cards
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  26. HI Marie.. the funeral must have been difficult - but what a comfort to see so many people there celebrating your friends life.. and remembering him.
    YOu must be so proud of your son too.. sounds like he did a fabulous job.
    Hope you and a wonderful Christmas .. and thank you for the kind comment on my blog.
    Here's wishing you a healthy and happy 2012!
    Lisa x

  27. WOW where to start your cards are gorgeous! and wow your son is gorgeous!! good job on this creation!!
    and what do you mean a spa??????? without me???WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    can you tell I am jealous?????
    have a fabulous time my dear friend and look forward to meeting you in the new year!!

  28. Hi Marie,
    Poor you, you must have been worn out with all that travelling and the stress of your dear friends funeral.
    I was sorry to hear about your Cameo having to be returned, and all the stress of that, too. I do hope that 2012 is a much better year for you, Marie.
    Your cards are gorgeous, as always. And, Alexi is so handsome, you must feel very proud.
    Sending (((Hugs))) x

  29. Love the cards and the papers, hunky son too :)

  30. Καλημέρα Marie! Κάθε φορά η ανάρτηση σου έχει κάτι που με συγκινεί! Εκτός από τις πανέμορφες κάρτες που θαυμάζω κάθε φορά! Να χαίρεσαι και τον γιόκα σου, που σου μοιάζει πολύ και αν μη τι άλλο, εκτός από την εμφάνιση, να σου μοιάσει και σαν χαρακτήρας! Μπράβο του λοιπόν που σε βοήθησε τόσο πολύ και φαίνεται να είναι ένα ευγενικό και καλοσυνάτο παιδί! Εύχομαι για τη νέα χρονιά υγεία, αγάπη, χαρά και να θαυμάζουμε τις πανέμορφες δημιουργίες σου!!! Γελώ και με το σχόλιο της Ειρήνης: spa without me?! Χαχαχαχαχα Να περάσετε φανταστικά!!!! φιλάκια

  31. You've created two wonderful cards.
    Wish you a great weekend and all the best for 2012 :)

  32. Marie, your cards are beautiful and I'm so glad you were able to show them. I'm sad about your friend dying and your having to go off right at the busy shop season. I know that you are proud of your son, handling things well for you. Marie, I do wish you and your loved ones a wonderful 2012. Let's all pray that peace will find its way into more areas of the world.

  33. My best wishes for the New Year Marie! May it be happy and filled with health, love and joy! Hugs!

  34. What great shaped features! Loving the grayed tones.

    Thanks for playing along with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday.

    Hugs and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  35. Just wanted to pop in and wish you a happy new year! :)
    Hope you're doing okay.
    Lisa xx

  36. καλη χρονια..ευλογημενο το 2012..να περνας καλα..πολλα φιλια

  37. Hey, Marie, how are you?
    I like your 2nd project a lot - your work is always so full of surprising elements! I really like this card and its shape!
    Congrats on your proficient son! :-)
    (I hope I choose the right words in English - not so easy!)

  38. Visiting your blog after a comment you kindly left on mine a while back. What wonderful creations! And how nice to read about a young man stepping in to help his parents. I wish you "kali chronia" (not sure about keyboarding in Greek). I was just getting my Vasilopita ingredients ready (yes, a day later than usual but fortunately it's a holiday in the US tomorrow, too!).

  39. Hi - so glad youenjoy our challenge, we love having you take part! These cards are gorgeous, you're right it would of been a shame not to share them..Thanks so much for joining our Craft-Room Challenge..Wishing you a Happy New Year...Esther xx

  40. Beautiful cards. Also your son is beautiful too! Glad he could help out while you were away!

  41. It sounds like the very best kind of funeral Marie - a celebration of a person who was much loved. I'm so impressed with your son stepping in to take charge of your shop and it's lovely to see you've gone off to Mumland as my daughter would say! Thank you for sharing the remainder of your beautiful Christmas cards, they are as stunning as always. And as for 'willy nilly' - are we allowed to say that on the BBC?! Wishing you an extra specially happy 2012, Vicky x