Tuesday, 13 December 2011

WaltzingMouse Card Sketch Challenge and The Craft Room Die Cuts and Punches

As many of you will know my blogging and creating has been a little lackadaisical of late due to my frequent visits to London due to the ill health of my friend Dolly's husband . Yesterday he lost his battle and is now sleeping soundly with the angels. So once again I am of to London to say my last goodbye to our dearest and oldest friend ( he was 54 ) A beautiful man who touched our life in so many ways and was brave and dignified and even kept his lovely Irish sense of humour right up until the end,  we will miss you Robert.

Now.... er hum she says clearing her throat on to happier things. I recently bought some fabulous stamps from the very talented Claire at Waltzingmouse, I had been ogling her wares ( sounds a bit dodgy ! ) for quite some time and well I just had to have some  as you do ! I love her style and was so excited when I got my grubby little mitts on them. I had been wanting to take part in one of her challenges for quite some time and now I can ! Its a sketch challenge and I have to say sketches are a little difficult for me but this one was quite easy so I had a go.





Here is my take on the sketch


The Waltzingmouse stamp I used is from the set Around Christmas time and it has so may fabulous stamps I didn't know which one to choose for the best. I stamped it with Melon Mambo ink from SU added a little glitter to the berries and when It was dry added tons of Glossy Accents. Do pop over to Waltzingmouse to see what the DT members have come up with to inspire us, I have to say they are a jaw dropping bunch of extremely talented ladies and I am in awe of their creativity.

Another favourite challenge site of mine is the Craft room and their challenge for the next two weeks is to use die cuts and punches . The lovely Nikki has chosen the theme and a great one it is too ! As you can see a lot of die cuts on the above. I have used the Tim Holtz rosette die for the centre I added two together and then edged them with green stickles. Have used my Spellbinders circles for the base of the stamp and the TH on the edge brackets die for the top. My trusty Silhouette provided me with the bottom corners . The photo does not do it justice I have to say in the flesh it looks quite grand ! Do pop over to The Craft room to see what the lovely DT have created for us I am sure you wont be dissapointed.

Right  of to work now I am working seven days a week for the next three weeks,  one of the joys of owning a jewellery shop ! So as you can image not a lot of time left over for anything , so am apologising in advance for my lack of commenting and what not .

Do hope to be back more cheerful and bright in the new year, love to you all and my very best wishes for a happy and healthy Christmas for all who celebrate.

Take care

Marie

42 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear of the death of your good friend, I am sure he will be much missed by all his family and friends. Your card is lovely, as always! Take care of yourself, hugs and sparkles, Valerie

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  2. Καλη μου νασε καλα..να ειναι με τους αγγελους..οταν μας επισκεπτεται ΕΚΕΙΝΟΣ..πρεπει να εχουμε πιστη και υπομονη προς Αυτον..νανε καλα..τελοια δουλεια ακομη μια φορα..καλη συνεχεια..σου στελνω μια ζεστη αγκαλια..

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  3. Very sorry to hear about your friend very hard time for his family, you must have be a great support to Dolly1.

    Lovely card and great to hear that you are a fan of Craft-Room Challenge thank you for sharing with us XOXO Zoe

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  4. Truely sorry to hear you are making such a sad trip back to the UK Marie
    Your card is very stylish :)
    Hugs Von xxx

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  5. Such sad news Marie and still such a young man. Hugs and best wishes to yourself and your friend Dolly. Gorgeous card, has quite a victorian feel to it. Wishing you a lovely festive season and all the best for 2012. Suze xx

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  6. Άσχημα νέα Marie!!!!τα θερμά μου συληπητήρια!!!!ο Θεός να αναπαύση τη ψυχούλα του και εσείς να είστε καλα να τον θυμάστε!!!!Έυχομαι ο νέος χρόνος να έιναι με καλές ειδήσεις με υγεία,ευτυχία και δημιουργικότητα!!!!πολλά φιλιά!!!η κάρτα σου υπέροχη!!!!!

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  7. So sorry to hear that...:(
    You are a good friend ,Marie.
    And also you are very creative,love the card.Good luck with the challenge.

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  8. So very sorry to hear about your friend's hubby Marie and thinking of you at a difficult time.
    Gorgeous card you've made and the stamp looks lovely so will be off for a peek soon.
    Don't work too hard.
    Hugs. Fliss xx

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  9. Love how you used this sketch Marie, great job with the centre piece especially!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!

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  10. oh i am so sorry to hear that your friend has passed away .. you and his family are all in my thoughts. He is at peace now and you must remember all the Happy times... the memories will bring you all comfort at this sad time.
    Beautiful card .. i love the shape and the traditional colours
    Take care - don't work too hard
    Lisa x

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  11. What a lovely card, so festive and wonderful papers and sweet rosette.

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  12. So glad you got some of Claire's wonderful stamps! your glossy holly looks beautiful framed in the rosette - pretty colors and love the die cut top!


    So sorry for the loss of your dear friend...

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  13. oh hunny so so sorry to hear about your friend hun,bless you as for your card hun its really beautiful take care sweetie hugs cherylx

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  14. so sad to hear of the loss of your friend. hugs. your card is beautiful! love the rosette.

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  15. Such sad trips you have been making, Marie. Now one more to say good bye. Not easy. Sending hope and strength for the journey.

    Beautiful card ... the 6 and 6 arrangement to mentioned sounds good to me! Going over to look at the stamps and drool. sending love, Donna

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  16. I'm so glad you came to play with us at WMSC...
    this is gorgeous!! :)
    Love the glossy accents on the tag center...
    and the rosette...
    stunning!
    And your color choices...
    love them!!
    I am so sorry to hear of your friend's husband...
    Sending thoughts your way.

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  17. I just (heart) this card...lots and lots! It's so elegant! Love the holly in red in on the medallion with the glossy finish!! Your patterned papers look amazing together, and the corners with the pearls are a beautiful accent. Ohhh and the topper! Love that, too! Such a wonderful sketch card, so glad you could play this week! Come back soon now, ya hear? :):)!

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  18. Hi Marie,
    I´m so sorry to hear that your friend has passed away...
    I guess I know how you feel - I lost a very nice and caring friend at the age of 57 this November.
    So sad.
    Thanks a lot for your very nice comments on my blog!! I´d like to apologize, that I was a little lazy in commenting lately. I´m no fan of Xmas - but it seems to be everywhere now. So I promise to comment more often when 2012 is here :-)

    Hugs from Austria,
    Ulina

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  19. Ω!!!τι κακα νεα!!λυπαμαι Marie..

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  20. Hi Marie,
    I'm so sorry to hear about Robert - 54 is so young. My dad died at 52 and, now I'm 53, I realise how young he was.

    Your card is stunning and I can see why you'd love Waltzingmouse stamps - they're just 'you'!

    Don't forget to take care of you too,
    xxx

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  21. Beautiful piece, loving your choice of papers. Sorry to hear your news Marie.....sending you hugs. Annette x

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  22. Hi Marie, sorry to hear your sad news, it is even sadder at this time of year.
    Your card is really lovely, love the image and the shape.
    Hope everything goes well for you both in the shop and on your next visit to London.

    Kath x

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  23. Such sad news Marie. My heart goes out to you and your best friend and thank goodness you have each other for support.

    Always a pleasure to see your gorgeous work. I love the corners and the overlapping piece at the top. Vx

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  24. Hi Marie. So sorry to hear your sad news. Sending lots of hugs.
    Regards Florence xx

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  25. Ah Marie so sorry to hear about your friend, he was so young ... on a happier note I LOVE your card ... the colour choices the embossing! :)

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  26. So sorry to hear of your friend but he is free from suffering now and lighting up the sky - another of God's bright twinkling stars. It is hard to say goodbye and somehow so close to Christmas makes it seem harder. Will put you all in my prayers.
    Great card by the way.

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  27. I luv this, great colors and texture...a true beauty!

    enjoy *~*

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  28. Lovely card with beautiful dies and papers, very stylish.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    Take care and Merry Christmas;-))m

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  29. Hi Marie, I'm so sorry that your friend's husband lost his battle, he was so young. It's a dreadful time and I hope you're taking the time that you need to deal with the loss. You have been a great support for your friend, she is very lucky to have you:0)
    But your card is beautiful, well done! You will be worn out working so much but still, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!
    Hugs Gay xxx

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  30. Hello Marie! Your card is so lovely! It’s shape so unique! Kisses!

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  31. Hi Marie,
    You are such a true friend and I am so sorry that Dolly's husband Robert passed away....You must be such an amazing comfort to her--and such a blessing at this time....What a wonderful friend you are. I am so sorry for your loss...

    Your card is so beautiful and a reflection of what a kind and generous spirit you have. xo Cindy

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  32. Hi Marie, I am so sorry to hear that your friend's husband has passed away. I'm sure you are a tremendous comfort to her and her family. My thoughts are with you all. x

    A beautiful card - I love your unique style. I wish I could use my Cricut as productively as you use your Silhouette! Good luck, and thanks for joining in at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Take care, Maria x

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  33. Lovely card, the rosette looks beautiful
    Lindsay xx

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  34. Marie, this is just great I love the holly , great use of die cuts, thanks for joining us again at craft room challenge, debi x

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  35. First off, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. 54 is just too young...This is my first visit to your blog, and what a treat. I love your take on the sketch--such a wonderful card with lots of fun details.

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  36. Lovely take on the sketch. Beautiful colors! Happy Holidays from Holland.

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  37. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends husband - my thoughts are with you sll.

    Your card is beautiful, Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  38. I'm sorry to hear about your friend Marie, my thoughts are with you.

    Great card by the way, I love Claire's stamps and creations as well!

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  39. So sorry to hear about your friends husband passing, Marie. It's so heartbreaking when you lose such a close friend.

    I love your beautiful Christmas card! Great choice of papers and a very pretty rosette:)

    Hope you managed to get your Cameo blade replaced.

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas! And a healthy and happy New year! xx

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  40. Love that glossy heart centre and the on the edge dies add a lovely finish to your card..Thanks so much for joining our Craft Room Challenge..wishing you a happy Christmas ...Esther xx

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