Monday, 11 March 2013

Hello, I'm back!


I'm back from my travels around the world.  Actually, I've been back since mid-last week, but I think my mojo caught a later plane as it only arrived back today.  First, the card, then I'll tell you where I've been and what I've been up to.

The challenge at Addicted to CAS is Wings:


I've used the colours from The Paper Players challenge


And Craft Stamper Magazine, my favourite UK stamping mag, has its first blog challenge - Take It, Make It, where you TAKE a specified technique and MAKE something with it.  The technique for this first challenge is faux airbrushing.  The challenge is open for two months, so you've got plenty of time to join in.

The butterflies are masks using the large die from Clearly Besotted.  The script stamp is Hero Arts S1832 Italian Poetry and the Happy Birthday stamp is from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.  The colours are all distress inks - Peacock Feathers, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain.

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So where have I been?  Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand.  Both our sons have settled in Melbourne, so we had a stopover in Hong Kong to break the journey, then a couple of weeks in (very hot) Melbourne (first time we've all been together for four and half years - aaah!), then a week in (even hotter) Thailand.  We were looking forward to the cooler weather back home, and today it's snowing!  And it's been quite a challenge to readjust to UK time, and stay up beyond 6pm!

While we were in Melbourne I met up with my lovely blog friend Jenny from My Paper Epiphany - hi Jenny!  It's so nice that this obsession hobby enables us bloggers to make friends all over the world :)

25 comments:

  1. Hi Shirley, I was just thinking that I hadn't seen a blog post from you recently!! What an amazing trip you must have had and you've not missed much of the british spring in fact you've come home to some bitter cold winter weather!!
    Beautiful card, love the masked butterflies and soft colours :0)
    Jenny x

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  2. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures! xxx

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  3. Hi Shirley. Welcome back ... I've missed you!! ... and your wonderful cards. I love this one. So gorgeous, and definitely your mojo has caught up with you :) Loll xx

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  4. Beautiful card! Love the butterfly masks and the gorgeous sponging! The colors are stunning!

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  5. Hi Shirley. Hope you have a had a great time travelling. Super card. Love the technique used and the effects you have created. Thank you for playing along with the ATCAS wings challenge this week.
    Regards Florence.

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  6. This card is fantastic! I love how you created the butterflies and the soft colors for your masking!

    Rosi x

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  7. Shirley, This card is absolutely lovely! The masking leaves such a beautiful effect. Thank you for playing along with The Paper Players this week.

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  8. Sounds like an awesome trip, Shirley ... and what fun to meet up with a similarly obsessed (can't do strikeout on a comment box!) blog friend. Gorgeous card, beautifully soft and subtle! Anita :)

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  9. How gorgeous it that!! Love the delicate shading, absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge! xxx

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  10. A lovely delicate card and such subtle colours. Thank you for entering it into the Craft Stamper challenge.x

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  11. Welcome home Shirley - what an amazing trip!

    LOVE this delicate and elegant card!
    xx

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  12. Hi Shirley, I just saw this gorgeous card - I love this technique, it so pretty and artsy. I hope you enjoyed Thailand - would you recommend the place you stayed?

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  13. Beautiful, Shirley! I love the masked butterflies. This is such a perfect clean and simple card. Welcome home...and thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

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  14. Love the effect of the masked butterflies

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  15. Shirley, I just love the softness of your card! The masking technique is such a wonderful way to showcase the colors into the background. Very pretty! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

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  16. Sounds like you have had a wonderful time have visited both Thailand and Melbourne so I know you must have really had a blast and how lovely to meet up with your boys ! Thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS with this super card I love the techniques you have used and the soft and delicate colours.

    Marie

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  17. I'm just catching up with the Craft Stamper challenge entries - thanks for playing along! This is lovely, great combo of stamps and masks and the colours look gorgeous together!

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  18. love the soft colours and design.Thanks for playing along with us in the first Craft Stamper challenge!

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  19. I like your take on using the stencil to create s white space in the background rather than a coloured shape.

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  20. Yep, yep. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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  21. Beautiful card Shirley, congrats :)

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  22. Your mojo made it back and gave you an extra boost - this is truly amazing!

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  23. Hi Shirley ... I was about to tell you I'd popped back to congratulate you on being the CAS Perfectionist at ATCAS ... but as I can't find any trace of my first comment (probably floating in the ether somewhere), that'd sound silly! Instead I'll just say congratulations on being the CAS Perfectionist at ATCAS with this gorgeous card ... mojo all present and correct! Anita :)

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  24. Congratulations on the win from ATCAS, Shirley! Well-deserved and how fun that you got another winner from your first back-at-home beautiful creation!! I missed this post somehow and it was very interesting (and heart-warming) to hear about your fabulous trip!

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  25. How do you mask the butterflies. I have not seen that before. Beautiful card!

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