Time Out DT #86, SSS Work It Wednesday – June, The Flower Challenge #9, Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Hello … bonjour!   We’re starting a fabulous new challenge at Time Out this morning … this time round our theme is Celebrations … with the optional twist of making a one layer card. Here’s where I went with it …

Time OutI went with the one layer twist and was inspired by my lovely friend, Lindsey at Occasional Crafting, who makes gorgeous cards using outline stamps and coloured ink.  Actually she makes gorgeous cards using anything … if you haven’t visited Lindsey, you need to, really, your creative brain will thank you for it!   I stamped my blooms (CAS-ual Fridays Pretty Posies, thanks to owner, Michele) using a colour palette I’d saved on Pinterest (I like the unexpected touch of blue), masking as I went to create the corner cluster.  Both parts of the sentiment are from Papertrey and just because the card looked as though it needed them, I scattered some co-ordinating sequins across the white space.  They looked a touch heavy in comparison with the light airiness of the outline stamping, so I lightened them up by adding dots of white Enamel Accents to the centres.   Voilà!

Where will our theme take you?  Will you go with our one layer twist for your celebration card … or do you prefer a layer or two … it’s up to you.  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $20 GC to a randomly drawn twister … a great reason to give one layer a go!  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our amazingly talented Guest Designer, TaeEun.  You’ll have seen TaeEun’s beautiful work all over blogland … if you haven’t been over to her blog Rainbow in November before, do pay her a visit, you’ll love it … and will come away full of ideas!

I’m joining in at …

SSS Work It Wednesday – Summer Icons (flowers in full bloom!)

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations (yep, she’s back!)

Hope you’ve been having a wonderfully crafty week … mine’s been filled with non-card and non-blogland stuff, and I’m looking forward to meandering around during the weekend and seeing what everyone’s been up to!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #85, CAS on Sunday #109, Just Us Girls #396, SSS Monday – 5 June, SSS Wednesday – 7 June, Uniko #41

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a relaxing, easy like Sunday morning Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you (below).  I had a bit of fun with it …

Here’s the inspiration picture …

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I was taken by the colours of those squashy cushions and by the hummingbird on one of them … and given the all those palm leaves and gorgeous shutters, this scene struck me as deliciously tropical.  I have no hummingbird images though do have MFT’s Birds of Paradise and some of those guys were happy to be the understudies on my card.  The design is a total CASE of the uber talented Therese’s owl card (here at Lost in Paper) … I loved the line art stamping and and retro colour palette, so played with some of my own!  Thanks for your unending inspiration, Therese!  My birds have Glossy Accented eyes, the bubbles of colour over them are SSS (Lots of Dots) and the sentiment is WPlus9 (white embossed) and SSS (die cut and Glossy Accented).
The birds of paradise were having such fun that they didn’t want to go back into their storage pocket and pleaded for more time to play with ink.  I indulged them … and they came up with a masculine version …
On this one, I randomly overstamped the main bubbles of colour with smaller ones in the same colour ink and covered them with Glossy Accents.  The embossed sentiment panel is from WPlus9 and the die cut is Papertrey, both popped up on craft foam.
What will inspire you in our picture … the colours, that wicker hammock, the different patterns on the cushions, the palms … or something else?  Whatever you come up with, we’d love to see you in our gallery.  This fortnight we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who are offering our winner, as voted for by the DT, a $15 GC … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer Ashwini from Experiments With Cardmaking etc.  Ashwini always makes fantastic use of colour on her gorgeous cards … do check out her blog if you haven’t been, there’s so much yumminess to take in!
With the first card, I’m playing along at …
CAS on Sunday – Use a Repetition Image (hope it’s CAS enough!)
Just Us Girls – Die Cuts
and with the second, I’m joining in over at …
SSS Monday – Masculine
SSS Wednesday – Make It Masculine
Uniko – Masculine
Hope your week is going wonderfully … and that you’ve had some space to craft!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂
PS … I apologise for the formatting here … WordPress has decided to go it’s own way for now, and has obstinately resisted all attempts by me to add paragraphs or even line spacing.  If it can be fixed, it will be!  A 🙂
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AAA Cards #91, Muse #218, Seven Hills Crafts – June, SSS Wednesday – 31 May, SSS Work it Wednesday – May

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in with a card inspired by a few different challenges … one is ending very soon, so I’m getting a wriggle on … and two celebrate special occasions.  The first is at Muse where there are the CASE festivities for Ardyth‘s 50th birthday (who I’ve been fortunate to meet IRL twice!) … congratulations again, my friend!  The second is the Big Birthday Bash at AAA Cards … felicitations on three fabulous years, ladies … here’s to many, many more!  The other challenges I’m joining in with are detailed towards the bottom of my post (with links) … for now, here’s my card …

          

I CASEd a card made by Ardyth way back in August 2014 … and chose this particular one because it was a CASE of one of my cards … I thought it’d be fun to CASE a CASE!   Here are the two side by side …

         Time Out CASE Designer, Stamplorations August, MMCC 2, SSSW 13-8. SSSWIW 7

The things I retained from Ardyth’s card were the shimmery sentiment, a blend of Distress Inks, the popped up panel and all that glorious white space.  I changed the shape of my card, the style and colour of the blended inked strip and the treatment of the die cut greeting (mine is partially inset) … and I added lots of shimmer spray to the inking (‘course, you can’t see it!).

My base card was sponged with Distress Inks and shimmer sprayed, I die cut a card panel with a WPlus9 Happy, created a swoosh by cutting a curve twice with a die from SSS (having taken out the happy to keep it intact), and stamped the secondary sentiment (also WPlus9) in a soft light grey.  The die cut word was covered with lots of Spectrum Noir sparkle, inset into the swoosh panel and I popped the whole thing up on craft foam onto the base card.  It’s deliberately embellishment free, like Ardyth’s!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Birthday

Muse – CASE Ardyth

Seven Hills Crafts – Die Cut a Die Cut (I used WPlus9 Happy Wishes)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Sunshine (literal or the colour)

Dashing off to link … the doors at Ardyth’s party will be closing very soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                  

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Time Out DT #84, AAA Cards #90, Inspired By All The Little Things #57, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour -May

Hello … bonjour!   I’m popping in to tell you about the delicious new challenge we have starting today at Time Out.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our words are ‘flowers and friends make life a garden‘.  Here’s my take …

             Time Out

I stamped and white heat embossed the Sketched: Tulips from STAMPlorations (thanks to our team mate, Shery!) onto a panel of watercolour card stock, doing a little masking along the way to create the swathe of blooms.  The flowers were watercoloured with Zig Real Brush Markers and a water brush, I added the sentiment from WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Thanks), trimmed the panel and popped it up on craft foam onto the base.  Some Glossy Accents finished it off.

How will our words inspire you this time around?  You can use any or all of them to light up your creative imagination … we’d love to see you in our gallery!   This challenge we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations, thanks to the lovely Shery … and our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a £15 GC, as well as being invited to guest design with us for a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our uber talented Guest Designer, my sweet friend Michele from I Card Everyone.  You’ll already know Michele and her beautiful, stylish work … unless you’ve been doing research on the outer edges of the galaxy, that is.  If that’s the case, you shouldn’t delay … go right now … take supplies, you’re sure to be a while!  If that’s not the case, why not pop over and say hello anyway … and enjoy the delicious and delightful card she’s made to inspire you!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes – no option

Inspired By All The Little Things – Below – I focused on those gorgeous tulips

I’m still not around much … neither here nor with you … my apologies … I’m missing you all.  As we all know, sometimes other stuff outside of blogland needs to take priority in life, and that’s been the case for me in recent weeks.  A period of calmer times is on it’s way (so far so good!), so I’m expecting to be back to normal service soon.  Thanks for your patience in the meantime!  Thanks so much, too, for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

               

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Time Out DT #83, Addicted to Stamps & More #241, CAS Mix-Up – May, Happy Little Stampers Dies – May, SSS Wednesday – 10 May, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!   We have a delicious new challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is CASE the Designer … and the designer we’re CASE-ing is one of the sweetest and uber talented people in blogland, my lovely friend Hannelie, from Desert Diva!  Hannelie’s gorgeous card is a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

Time Outand here’s Hannelie’s gorgeous confection …

You can see where my focus was … the warm colours, sponged background, splatters and those wonderful outline blooms.  The lower part of my base card was sponged with Distress Inks, and I faded them out slightly where my flowers were going to be placed.  A white panel (die cut with a curve) was splattered with the same three colours of Distress Ink I used on the base, and was popped up on craft foam over the sponging.  WPlus9’s Doodle Buds were stamped, die cut, spritzed with Shimmer Spray and arranged in a posy on the curve, with some of them popped up and others adhered flat.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle and I finished off with a touch of glitter in the flower centres and on the stamens.

Where will Hannelie’s card take your creative imagination … there are so many places to draw inspiration from … the flowers, colours, lattice detailing, sentiment … or do you see something else?  Why not let your mind wander and see what happens … we’d love it if you played along!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who will be offering a $15 GC to our winner (as voted for by the DT) … and as usual, our winner will be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with lots of fabulous ideas from our brilliant DT … and from our super talented Guest Designer, my sweet friend Susanne from Keep In Touch.  If you haven’t ‘discovered’ Hannelie or Susanne (where have you been!) … or even if you have, do go visit and explore, say hello while you’re there … and have a wonderful time!

I’m joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

CAS Mix Up – Stamping, Splatter plus Choice (die cutting, sponging, spritzing)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Going Dotty

SSS Work It Wednesday – April Showers Bring May Flowers

I’m not around on my blog very much at the moment … the restoration is taking up my creative time and energy, so there’s not a lot spare for card making.  I have, though, been enjoying all your inspiration and am looking forward to the moment when it can all be put to good use in my craft corner!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #82,Addicted to Stamps & More #239, Happy Little Stampers Dies – April, SSS Wednesday – 26 April, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting a fabulous new challenge at Time Out this morning … this time round our theme is Flowers … with the optional twist of using the kissing technique.  Here’s where I went with it …

Time Out       

A Winnie & Walter die cut scalloped panel, stamped with a gorgeous image and sentiment from Uniko, coloured with coloured pencils, Glossy Accented over the yellow flower heads and black dots and finished off with a scattering of tiny enamel dots round the sentiment.  Voilà!

Where will our theme take you … will you simply stamp, as I did … or will you play with our optional twist and add some kissed stamping to your card?  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see you in our gallery!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie!), who are offering a $15 GC to a randomly drawn twister … so why not get kissing!  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of delicious creative ideas from our fabulous DT … do go and have a meander if you haven’t already!

I’m joining it at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hope your week is going along wonderfully … Happy Thursday!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         
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Time Out DT #81, AAA Cards #87, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March

Hello … bonjour!  Our next fabulous challenge at Time Out starts today … this fortnight, we have a wonderfully light and airy, almost graphic ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo to inspire you (below) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s the glorious inspiration …

I stamped some of the delightful butterflies from Stamplorations’ Winged Things – The Bee’s Knees in a swoosh shape onto a watercolour card panel.  They were watercoloured with Distress Inks and I added in some doodling with a black fineliner.  The sentiment is also from Stamplorations (Fond Expressions), selectively inked to leave off the flourishes each side of the prayers … they didn’t seem to fit with the design/feel of the card.  I finished off with some tiny dots of Enamel Accents to accentuate the swoosh … picked out from the dots on the clock face in the inspiration picture.

There’s so much to see in this photo … the graphic grey background, the cool round clock, the kaleidoscope of butterflies (in a heart shape?), all those bright reds and pinks, the touch of silver and black … where will your creative imagination go with it?  We’d love to see!   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $15 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, there’ll be a random draw for a stamp set, die or stencil from STAMPlorations that the DT used (we each had one to play with, thanks to our team mate and owner of STAMPlorations, Shery).  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer Michelle from The Craft Cradle.  Do check out Michelle’s blog … there are so many wonderful things to see … and there’s a tutorial for her Time Out card !

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Spring (with no shine option)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (with no rainbow option)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Spring Has Sprung

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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