Saturday, 25 June 2011

Introducing a new feature on get creative....

(Η ανάρτηση ακολουθεί στα Ελληνικά)


 On the 25th of each month
we will introduce to you a
creative blogger
to inspire you
and
to stretch your creativity
so on that note I introduce you to our first
Creative Blogger

I have been following Cathy's blog for many months now
Her scrapbook layouts are amazing,
full of layers, sumptuous colour and beautiful details.
Cathy recently featured a flower tutorial on her blog
which I thought was inspiring and creative.....
So.....gather all your paper blossoms
that are sitting in the bottom of your drawer
you know the ones!!
the flowers we used to use on all our projects
before Prima Flowers became so popular LOL
and Cathy will show you how to revamp them!!

first a few words from Cathy

Hi, my name is Cathy Cafun. I live in sunny BrisbaneAustralia with my husband Yves 
of 25 years and 2 teenage children Luke and Brittany and have been scrapping for
 about 7 years now. I have always enjoyed dabbling in many different arts & crafts
 since my teens, but once I was introduced to scrapbooking by a friend, that was it for 
me, I had found my passion and I have been seriously addicted ever since.

The last year and a half I have found my work has really evolved by participating in
 on-line Challenge Sites. I find I am becoming more adventurous and creative and am constantly trying to challenge myself to think outside the box.
I don’t think I have a particular style, but I do love the beautiful feminine pages am
 very partial to the grungy distressed look. My inspiration usually comes from photos
 of my family, and I just let my creations flow from there.
For me, scrapping is the perfect way to record all those precious family memories 
and have fun expressing my creativity at the same time.
Here is my blog if you would like to pop in and say hello:
 http://cathycafun.blogspot.com/

  

Here are a few ideas on how to give new life to paper blossoms.
 Ορίστε μερικές ιδέες για το πως μπορείτε να ανανεώσετε τα paper blossoms. 


Creating some texture on your flowers by embossing them with Embossing Folders and swiping them with Ink. 

Δημιουργούμε υφή, περνόντας τα με   Embossing Folders και μετά απαλά απλώνουμε μελάνι από πάνω.



You can stamp directly on to your flowers with your stamps.
A smaller overall pattern looks best.

Μπορείτε να σφραγίσετε απευθίας πάνω στο λουλούδι.
Ένα μικρό σχέδιο φαίνετε καλύτερα.



Use glimmer mist on your blossoms to colour them to match your LO.
You can spray the whole flower or use splats for a more concentrated effect.

Χρησιμοποιήστε  glimmer mist λουλούδι για να ταιριάξει το χρώμα στην συνθεση σας.
Μπορείτε να ψεκάσετε ολοκλήρο το λουλούδι ή να κάνετε πιτσιλιές για εφέ.  


You can also use your flowers as a mask with your misting to create a fab background.
Use a fineliner pen to outline your images to create a little more dimension.

Μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε τα λουλούδια σαν μάσκα για να κάνετε ωραίο φόντο.
Χρησιμοποιήσετε ένα λεπτό μαρκαδοράκι για να κάνετε το περίγραμα των λουλουδιών το οποίο θα δώσει περισσότερη διάσταση.


Using Bakers Twine and a needle to stitch onto your flowers.

Με τη χρήση του  Bakers Twine με μία βελόνα, να κεντήσετε πάνω στο λουλουδι.



Cutting your Blossoms in half and using them as a border.

Κόβετε τα λουλούδια στη μέση και τα χρησιμοποιείτε για μπορντούρα.


You can jazz them up by using various centres like BradsResin Flower, Metal Flowersand Pins.

Μπορείτε να τα ζωηρέψετε χρησιμοποιώντας διάφορα πραγματάκια στο κέντρο.
 

Various mediums can also be used like KindyglitzCrackle PaintDiamond Dust andLiquid Pearls

Επίσης μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε διαφορα mediums όπως KindyglitzCrackle PaintDiamond Dust και Liquid Pearls.


A few more ideas for centres, charms, cutting up a Felt Ribbon to use as a layer, a Mini Rose and scrunching a smaller blossom and adding Stamens for a bit of dimension. You can also roll the edges of your flowers and add some Leaves

Μερικές ιδέες ακόμη για το κέντρο είναι μεταλικά στοιχεια (charms), 
να κόψετε λίγη κορδέλα να χρησιμοποιήσετε,
ένα μικρό λουλούδι ή να βάλετε στημόνες για διάσταση. 
Επίσης μπορειτε να τυλίξετε τις άκρες των πετάλων, και να προσθέσετε μερικά φύλλα.


Thanks for the inspiration Cathy!!......

Ευχαριστούμε πάρα πολύ για την εμπνευση Cathy!


Στης 25η κάθε μήνα, 
θα σας δείξουμε 
έναν δημιουργικό blogger 
να σας εμπνεύση
και 
να σας προκαλεί δημιουργικά 
έτσι θέλουμε να σας γνωρίσουμε 
την πρώτη μας δημιουργική blogger



Ακολουθώ της Cathy's blog για πολλούς μήνες τώρα.
Οι συνθέσεις της είναι καταπληκτικές, 
με πολλά επίπεδα, ζωηρά χρώματα και όμορφες λεπτομέριες.
Πρόσφατα η Cathy έδειξε ένα tutorial με λουλούδια 
που το βρήκα γεμάτη έμπνευση και δημιουργία.
Έτσι ... μαζέψετε τα χάρτινα λουλούδια 
που βρίσκονται στο κάτω συρτάρι ... ναι έκεινα, 
ξέρετε αυτά που ήταν δημοφιλής πριν τα Prima, 
και η Cathy θα σας δείξει πως μπορείτε να τα ανανεώσετε!

Μερικά λόγια από την ίδια:
Γεια σας, λέγομαι Cathy Cafun. Ζω στην ηλιόλουστο Brisbane, Australia με τον σύζηγό μου Yves, και τα δύο μας παιδιά Luke & Brittany. Ασχολούμε με το scrapbooking 7 χρόνια τώρα. Από έφηβη μου άρεσε να ασχολούμε με διάφορα καλλιτεχνικά αλλα μόλις μου το έδειξε μία φίλη, αυτό ήταν, βρήκα το πάθος μου, και είμαι εθισμένη από τότε.  
Το τελευταίο ενάμιση χρόνο ασχολούμε και συμμετέχω σε διάφορες προκλήσεις. Γίνομαι πιο δημιουργική και μου άρεσει να προκαλούμαι δημιουργικά. Δεν πιστεύω ότι με χαρακτηρίζει κάποιο συγκεκριμένο στυλ, αλλά μου αρέσουν οι θυληκες συνθέσεις, και το 'distress look'. Για εμένα το scrapping είναι ο τέλειος τρόπος να καταγράφεις όλες τις πολύτιμες οικογενειακές αναμνύσεις,  και την ίδια στιγμή διασκεδάζω δημιουργόντας.
Εδώ είναι η ιστιοσελίδα μου αν θέλετε να περάσετε και να πείτε ένα γεια:   http://cathycafun.blogspot.com/

Friday, 24 June 2011

Summer Magnolia

Good afternoon all, 

The definition of summer according to wikipedia:

Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.

To me summer is flowers,sunshine, swimming, Air condition, relaxing and .............HOLIDAYS!!!

My husband has to give up his holiday days for the July and August and we are planning where to go......... we are looking for a quiet island, here in Greece. 
With this in my head i made the following card:



Tilda sitting on top of her suitcase thinking what to pack??


The inside of the card


Edwin  ready with packing waiting for tilda to make up her mind what to pack.  
Man are easy, ticket, money, passport and some shorts???






Items used for this card:

Magnolia stamps colored with ciao copic markers
Maja design paper
Square doily 
Several flowers
Chipboard sentiments
Brads


I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

2. Simon says ( For me, flowers, brads, sentiment)


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your holidays!!

Channa

Magnolia's for June

Good morning all,

Bright and early this morning ( 5:30am)! Lot's of things to do today, this weekend i am working as a volunteer for the Special Olympics in Athens, Greece. I went to the rehearsal for the opening ceremony and it was amazing. I am very proud and happy to be a part of this event, and my VIP will keep me busy this whole weekend so i thought this morning to finish my magnolia cards for this month. And to post it this morning but i could not load up my pictures??? so after all my jobs i am finally sat down to try it again........... and it is working. 

Little lady!



Happy Birthday!



Thinking of you.....



I used the following items for these cards:

Paper used: Websterpages and Maja design
Die cuts: Nestabilities
Stamps: Magnolia
Colored with: Ciao Copic markers
Doilies: different shapes
Several flowers and ribbon.

I have another magnolia card that i made but i will make a separate post for that one because i will enter in several different challenges. 

Thanks for stopping by, i hope you like my Magnolia cards for this month. I love all the nice comments from everybody, it is very much appreciated.

Also very nice to see that most of you have added yourselves for my blog candy giveaway!

Have a good weekend, 
Channa 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy father's day!

Good afternoon all, 

Hope you are all enjoying your day. Today is father's day and i am going to the inlaws today for lunch. My husband forgot completely that it was father's day today but he is lucky that i remembered. I made a scrapbook lay out in a frame for my father in law. He has not had the best of days these last few weeks as he was in a car accident. But he is recovering day by day and i thought i need to make something special. 


As the lay out had to go in a frame i could not make a lot of layers. On the lay out are his children with partners Dorita and George and Makis and moi. I picked an old picture from makis and me because we have put too much weight on the last few months. 

Here are some close ups of the details. I used a die-cut of marianne design for the bird cage and stamped a butterfly behind and colored it with copic


Because the lay out is in a frame i could not stick the "bling bling"on the page so i decided to 
put it on the glass. I don't think it can be seen very good on the picture.


I added a vintage cut stating " loving memories " and lace on each side of the page. 


I hope he likes it, obviously as a safe gift we also bought a shirt ( always safe)

I wish you all a very nice sunday. Dont forget my blog candy giveaway. I am happy to see that more people added themselves on THANK YOU!!

Channa

Friday, 17 June 2011

Wonderful women!

Hello everybody, 

It's been a few days..........busy making several lay-outs, cards etc....

Today i am posting a lay-out of my mother! It's because of her that i have the creativity. My mum is a very busy bee, she gives her own classes, goes to work shops, she goes out dancing, takes care of my grand mother and she also works every day. 


I used this picture, because i think it's the most beautiful picture i have from  my mother. I think she must have been my age?? I stamped with my lace stamps behind the picture with distress ink and i used vintage paper for the border. The two flowers are made from coffee filters, i really love making them, very easy and cheap. 

Here are some close-ups so you can see the details.





 Like every other daughter, i think my mother is a wonderful women, with a lot of spirit. She always makes sure that i am up to date with all the latest fashion in crafting. 

This is some of her work:



 Amazing? well i think so. She also donated a lot of items in my blog candy
Up until now only 3 ladies signed up??? Why??? even if you are already a follower of my blog, please sign up for the blog candy!!! It is all for free and there are a lot of nice items that can be used for scrapbooking and card making. And as mentioned, it is open for everybody in the world. 

I wish you all a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by, 
Channa


Friday, 10 June 2011

1st blog candy giveaway!!

Good morning all, 

I woke up early this morning with my husband at 6am. As soon as he left i did some research on the internet about blog candy giveaways and how it works. Amazing how many giveaways there are.......... So i placed my giveaway set on the living room table but it did not fit so i moved it to the dining room table. And i added some more things on along the way, it's funny how much stuff i found in my craft room.
My goal with this giveaway is to add more followers on my blog and traffic to my crafts and pieces card shop




What is included:

* 50 sheets of A4 design paper 
* 72 sheets of 6"x6" vintage paper
* 50 paper flowers
* 34 satin flowers
* Selection of  brads (different shapes and sizes)
* 25 ribbon bows
* 4 sheets of stickers
* 6 small packs of glitter
* Selection of ribbons
* 27 metal embellishments 
* Selection of other embellishments
* 144 pieces of bling bling

All can be used for scrapbooking, card making or any other paper project.

How to enter:

1. Follow me

2. Post about the giveaway on your blog, add the picture above on your sidebar with a link to this post. (spread the word...)

3. Click on the blue "add your link"bar at the bottom to enter your own blog.

Everybody that has a blog, in any country can enter in this giveaway. I am happy to sent it anywhere in the world! Oh and the best part of it all is that i will pick 2 winners ( the whole blog candy giveaway each) on the 11th of July, 2011 with random.org.

So what are you waiting for???? why not enter, who does not want to receive free craft goodies? 

 Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend and enjoy your summer ( or winter) where ever you are. 

Channa


Thursday, 9 June 2011

My friend Kim


In March of this year my friend Kim came to visit us. First time in Athens! She wanted a break from her daily routine and we gave it to her. So we went sight seeing, acropolis, shopping in Ermou, Sounio, we went out to see Panagiotis Tsakalakos etc.... Kim used to be my room mate on the ship and the reason that i am with makis today. We had a great time on the ships together and kim always been a great friend to us.She is now married ( also with her "ship"boyfriend) 
and has a beautiful daughter larissa. 

Kim and me on formal night

I made a layout from us when we were in sounio pretending to be  strong warriors protecting the
 tempel of poseidon. Obviously we did not get very far. 


I decided for this lay out to keep the colors in a greek style, with blue and white like the greek flag. I used blue card stock and stamped with my new "lace"stamps with white. Behind the foto's i used a blue paper of maja design and on the bottom of the picture i used blue lace with blue flowers. 



Here in the close up pictures you can see the lace stamps. Sorry about the pictures it doesn't 
show very well??

All and all we had a great time and it was nice to have kim with us. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!

Channa