Monday, 2 January 2012

happy New Year and Exciting News !

HAPPY NEW YEAR !! excuse me for the belated new year wishes but I have just returned from a little sojourn to the hot thermal springs in Poza Northern Greece  ( more of that in another post ) ) but first I am literally bursting to share with you some exiting news ........I am now officially a Design Team member for Crafty Card Makers,  yippty doo  !! I was so excited when I I found out a few days ago that I did a lap of honour around my living room dogs in tow yapping and squealing ( the dogs not me ) although I did let out a little squeal I must confess. I would just like to thank Lin for giving me this opportunity to be part of this fabulous team and I look forward to working and learning from the other talented members. Our first challenge goes live on the 9th of January so I do hope you will pop over and visit and maybe even take part.

More fabulous news over at Get Creative,  this is what our fearless and fabulous leader has to say :

we were so ecstatic with the participation in our October challenges that we are going to start of the year with another month of challenges similar to that of October. Every few days there will be a new theme either for cards or layouts chosen by the design team you will have  up until the 31st of January to upload your entry. The winner will be chosen by the Design Team and the prize will be :
guest designer 
Get Creative
 for the entire month of March

In March I am giving the design team the month off!!!
and in their place will be 12 guest designers 
.i.e the 12 winners of the 12 challenges set in this month

It doesn't end there.....
all the participants of the challenges
will be then placed in the random generator
and one lucky winner will win a fabulous prize

Now doesn't that sound like fun !! and I get the month off too !!! Believe you me there are some exciting challenges this month so I do hope you find time to take part.

Last but not least and this has nothing to do with card making its just a shout out from a proud mum. My sixteen year old son and his band Chinese Basement will be making their Television debut tomorrow evening on national Television  on one of Greece's most popular satirical programs called Radio Arvilla  so for any of my Greek followers who watch the program please tune in if you fancy a little alternative listening .

Well that's all from me and not a card in sight ! Look forward to catching up with you all now things are back to normal and am so pleased the new year has started on such a great note !

Take care



  1. Congrats on being chosen as a designer! They have a got a good one with you! Hugs, Valerie

  2. OH wow Congratulations.. a well deserve DT place.. a fab way to start 2012.. a very Happy New Year to you and all your family..
    Lisa x

  3. Well what fabulous start to the New Year for you, congratulations, I am certain that you will be making some fabulous DT project, well deserved.
    Good luck to your Son too.
    Happy Year Marie and hope you enjoyed your well deserved break.

    Kath x

  4. Congrats!!!

    Looking to play along with Get Creative more this year.

  5. Congratulations on your new DT post! It's very well deserved, as your work is stunning. You must be really proud of your son - how cool to be on national tv, and we may be able to get it up on Youtube afterwards! Take care, Maria x

  6. Happy New Year to you Marie and what a fab start to the new year being on a design team
    I would love to beable to see your son and band on the TV but I stuck here in the damp drab UK
    Von xxx

  7. FABULOUS news - well done you - gr8 start to a New Year.


  8. Woo hoo Marie, such great news, both your new DT spot (and many congratulations) and also your son's tv spot - what a talented family you are.
    Hope you enjoyed your spa weekend.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  9. Hi Marie,
    Happy New Year to you too and congrats on the DT spot, they chose so well :)
    Your lads band being on TV sounds fantastic...lets hope it opens a few doors :)
    Jenny x

  10. Happy new year, Marie and congratulations on being chosen for the DT. I look forward to working alongside you :-)

    Beth. xxx

  11. oh wow hun massive congratulations on all your brilliant new could not have happened to a nicer more talented lady,good for your son too,huge congratulations hun hugs cherylxxxxxx

  12. Congratulations Marie cracking way to start the new year, you will have a ball.

    Happy New Year to you and good luck to your boy this evening how utterly thrilling for you all XOXO zoe

  13. Happy New Year, Marie. These are great news, congrats on your new DT position :)

  14. Wishing you a very Happy New Year too Marie and all the best for 2012.
    Many congratulations on your great DT news too and you're the second of my cyber friends to have this honour.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  15. Zippedy do dah, zippedy ay ...! What fab news Marie. I can see lots of sunshine coming your way this year! xx

  16. Happy New Year Marie. Great news to start 2012. Congratulations! ...and what about Chinese Basement! Fantastic!
    Regards Florence x

  17. BIG CONGRATS, Marie!

    Happy New Year too :)

  18. dear Marie,
    Here's wishing you a Happy New Year filled with happiness, joy, laughter and art. Great to hear about your new design team position. Also great news about yr son! I am finally settled and not living out of suitcases so I can visit much more often. take care, gerri


  20. congratulations on the well deserved DT spot! woo hoo!! AND congrats to you and your son for his exciting accomplishments. May the new year bring you all much happiness! :)

  21. So happy you had a wonderful getaway. It was time. CONGRATULATIONS ... I am hardly surprised ... your work is so over the top they are no doubt all fighting for you out there! :o) What a great beginning to the new year. xxDonna

  22. Doing a happy dance...(ummm no it could be a rain dance!!...well we will know soon enough)
    Fantastic news my talented friend...very very proud of you....
    and I will be waiting with bated breath to watch Chinese exhilirating....what a proud mama!!!...cant wait till tonight!!!!!!

  23. Wow!!! Great News you are sharing today, Marie!!! Congratulations to you and your son! Well done, both of you!!! Happy New Year! Let it all be magic and wonderful!

  24. Woo hoo!!! This is so exciting, Marie!!! And you know? I am so HAPPY that something really wonderful is happening in your life because you are sooo giving and ALWAYS thinking of others. Happy Creative New Year!!!!

  25. WOOO HOOOOO!!!!
    Marie I am so excited for you. You deserve this (and more). What an amazing start to your creative year. You will be such an asset to their team.
    Great news and great cards.
    Then your son is to be on television - it is all happening in your home, isn't it, all this wonderful news. No wonder you are proud of him but likewise he will be so proud of his Mum.

  26. Happy New Year! And congratualtions! :-)

  27. Happy New Year - and an eventful start for you. Congratulations on your new design team appointment.

  28. Congratulations Marie, Exciting news for both you and your son!!!
    I'll be back for your upcoming design post.

    You must be so proud of your son. Thats awesome!!
    Who knows maybe he'll have a record soon!!!

    Hugs Lynn

  29. Happy New Year Marie and congratulations on your new DT post and for your Son tv debut.

    Greetings from a rainy and stormy Holland

  30. So much good news to share!! Congrats to you and Alexi! Fab!! xx

  31. Hello Marie, just catching up on all your newsy posts and after the month you've (we've) just had it's good to hear some positive news. Your sons are a credit to you both and I wish your younger one and his band much success. Your Waltzing Mouse creations are fab, but then all your projects are pretty special anyway and congratulations on the DT success - it's well-deserved. Many thanks for your kind comments on my blog and here's wishing you health, happiness and prosperity this year. Elizabeth x

  32. You are off to a great start in the New Year. This is great news! You are so talented, and this is such an honor. I want to thank you for your friendship this year, and I hope the New Year shines a bright face on you and brings you much joy. I'm so happy for your son too.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  33. Hi Marie, WOW fabulous news, congratulations on your new DT position, very well deserved and I'm so pleased for you:0) Shame you have no chocolate ;0)Better get some soon LOL Gay xxx

  34. And she's off to Mumland again - and quite right too! So pleased for your son and his band. Glad to hear that you had a bit of a break too and hope you had a lovely time. AND congratulations on your new design post too - I shall try to join in! Vicky x

  35. Marie congratulations X2!! 2012 seems to be starting on a high for you...i hope that it is a fantastic year for you. I will definately be popping over to see all of your wonderful creations.

  36. Congratulations! to both you and your son, Marie. You deserve some 'HAPPY', after all that's been going on in your life recently. The spa sounds wonderful, too. Your DT spot is so well deserved...I'm really pleased for you:)

  37. Happy new year Marie! What a way to start 2012! I am so happy for you! You deserve it!
    Hope ths year brings whatever you wish for!

  38. Way to go Marie!!! You deserve it - and they are lucky to have you!!!!!

    Your son's group at Radio Arvila????? Congrats!!! I didn't see it yesterday as I was visiting a friend, but will look for it online!

    Have a very Happy New Year, full of health, laughter and creativity!!!


  39. Hi Marie :)
    Thanks for your lovely comment and welcome aboard the CC design team. Looking forward to working with you and seeing all of your fab creations!
    Fiona x

  40. Hi AJ, Welcome to the team. I'm pretty much of a newbie myself but am enjoying it very much.
    Look forward to working with you.
    hugs Kimx

  41. Καλησπέρα και καλή χρονιά Marie! Είμαι πολύ χαρούμενη για σένα και την θέση σου ως Designer γιατί το αξίζεις και η δουλειά σου είναι αξιολάτρευτη!!! Πολλά φιλάκια

  42. Congratulations and well done on the DT, I can't wait to see your projects and congratulations to your son. Happy new year
    Lindsay xx

  43. That is fabulous news! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting--looking forward to working with you at CCM! :)

  44. Oh! WOW you must be such a proud Mum, hope it went well for them and they will be world famous soon :)