Time Out DT #77, Happy Little Stampers Dies – February, SSS Monday – 13 February, SSS Wednesday 15 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour … it’s been a while!  I’ve not been around in blogland for most of this month as the vast majority of my time and energy has been taken up with all things restoration related.  So, no card making and, I’m really sorry to say, no commenting either … though I have been popping in for quick views of your creations when it’s been possible.  There was a plan to catch up … though as each day passed, still with only 24 hours in it, it became clear it wasn’t going to work!  My apologies 😦   Life has started to calm down a little now … and I’m looking forward to a return to normal service!  What better way to start then than with our next fabulous challenge at Time Out?  This fortnight, we have a fun and cute ‘Home Sweet Home’ inspiration picture to inspire you (below) … here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-77Time Out… and here’s the sweet inspiration …

I was taken with the field of flowers at the bottom right (above the waves) on this amazing wall mural … and by the whimsical style.  On a white card panel, I stamped and heat embossed the blooms from Stamplorations’ Bees’ Knees Folk Flowers set (thanks so much Shery!) … and set about colouring them with crayons.  I’ve not been sure about diving into the crayons trend at all, so got some local supermarket ones to try out and see if they’re my thing … the jury’s still out on that for now!  Anyway, when the colouring was done, I cut a ‘hill’ with a SSS die, stamped an Avery Elle sentiment onto it, and ran it and the coloured panel through my Cuttlebug with a Winnie & Walter stitched scalloped frame die.  The curved sentiment strip was popped up on craft foam onto the flower panel, which was in turn adhered flat to an inked edged card base.  I finished with a little doodling to add to the whimsical style of these fun blooms.

There’s so much to be inspired by in this photo … houses, trees, flowers, rainbows, birds, sea life … the world’s your oyster (tee hee … pun intended!) … where does your imagination take you?  We’d love to see!  This time round we’re sponsored by Stamplorations … our winner will receive a $10 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole raft of delicious card ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Andrea from KandA Creative Moments  (do go along for a visit with Andrea, there’s heaps to see and enjoy over there!).

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Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Favourite Tool (Misti and Cuttlebug)

SSS Wednesday – Fantastic Florals

SSS Work It Wednesday – New (stamp set)

Thanks so much for coming by (even when I’ve been neglecting you!), your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Time Out DT #76, Addicted to Stamps & More #227, CAS-ual Fridays #166, Darnell’s NBUS #10, SSS Wednesday – 1 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting a lovely new challenge at Time Out today … we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can’t break them apart.  Here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-76Time Out         

I stamped and white heat embossed the treble clef (thanks to Michele at CAS-ual Fridays) onto a watercolour panel, painted around the outside of it with various Zig Brush Markers, added water, and allowed the colours to blend into one another.  Once it was dry, I embossed the stave with a stylus, stamped that fabulous sentiment (from the same set as the clef) above it and popped the panel up on craft foam onto the card base.   A trio of Glossy Accent-ed die cut hearts finished it off.

Where will our words take you this fortnight?  You can use all or any of them to inspire you … we’d love to see your card in our gallery.  Our sponsor this time around is CAS-ual Fridays … our winner, as chosen by the the DT, will win a $25 GC and 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 plenty of creative ideas from our fabulous DT and our talented Guest Designer,  Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.  Do go and meander around Jane’s wonderful blog … there’s heaps of delicious CAS-ness to enjoy!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

CAS-ual Fridays – Music to my Ears

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (CAS-ual Fridays stamp set)

SSS Wednesday – The Colour of Love

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with a New Product (CAS-ual Fridays stamp set)

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

       

         

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Time Out DT #75, Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #8, Where Creativity Meets C9 #5, Happy Little Stampers Dies – January

Hello … bonjour!  We have a CASE the Designer challenge for you this fortnight at Time Out … and our designer is the amazingly talented Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin. Ksenija’s delicious card is below … here’s my take on it …

time-out-dt-75Time Outand here’s Ksenija‘s CAS delight …

The pops of bright colour and whimsical style of Ksenija‘s card really caught my eye, so that’s what I focussed on for my CASE.  I used Concord & 9th’s Wildflowers set, randomly stamped onto a stitched card panel, and coloured the leaves and flowers with Zigs.  The panel was adhered over craft foam onto a grey card base and I added a Concord & 9th sentiment, popped up on foam tape, to finish off.

What draws your attention on Ksenija‘s card … the CAS-ness, the tone on tone background, those vibrant colours … or something else?  You can use any or all of the elements that Ksenija used for your card … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with loads of wonderful inspiration from our amazing DT, and from our fabulous Guest Designer, Marjan from Marjan’s Blog (do go over for a visit … there’s so much loveliness to see!).

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Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes … all but one of my stamps are NBUS

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Try Something New … all the stamps except the large leaf

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes … card panel

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

                   

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Guest Designer – CASology #232, Darnell’s NBUS #8, Happy Little Stampers Dies – January

Hello … bonjour!  I’m thrilled to be guest designing with the CASology team this week … thanks so much for the invitation, Melissa … and thanks to the DT too for having me!  The Cue Card is ‘Cut’ … here’s where I went with it …

guest-designer-casology-232casology-guest-designer-badgecasology-week-232-cutYou can see where my ‘Cut’ is can’t you!  I stamped the WPlus9 blooms around the sweet spot (where the thirds lines intersect) on a white card panel, popped up the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) and Wink of Stella’d die cut sentiment onto craft foam next to it, added some dots of Glossy Accents to the flower centres and sprinkled on a little bling.  Voilà!

I do hope you’ll let your imagination wander through all things ‘Cut’ … and that you’ll join in the fun at CASology this week.  If you haven’t been for a visit already, do go over there and check out what fabulous inspiration the Design Team has prepared for you to get your creative juices flowing!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My ‘Cut’ card is also heading to …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes … NBUS die cut sentiment … sorry my friend, no kraft paper and no coloured pencils in my possession!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Thanks once again to the CASology Team for having me over to play cards … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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Time Out DT #74, CASology #230, Less Is More #309, Simon Says Stamp

Hello … bonjour!   Our first challenge of 2017 starts today at Time Out … our theme is ‘Winter’ … with the option of ‘White on White’ (only using white except a neutral for the sentiment).  Here’s how I interpreted the theme …

time-out-dt-74  Time Out       

A lovely friend (thanks Judith!) sent me some of these aptly named Dazzling Snowflake die cuts (from Memory Box) … and to me this snowflake says winter in a most delicious way!  I trimmed down the panel that it was cut into, backed it with white vellum, stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment in Delicata Silver, added the dots with a silver gel pen and popped on some clear bling.  There’s a sentiment inside, also W&W, that reads ‘a bright, brilliant birthday’.  I wanted to find a way of allowing the light to shine through the vellum, so I cut a square into the card base leaving a border around the edge, added foam tape over the remaining space, and adhered the snowflake panel over the top.  I used a ruler and craft knife … before thinking that it could have been done with a circular or square die, which would have been slightly more straightforward … ho hum, next time!  Want to see what it looks like with the light behind it?  Voilà …

time-out-dt-74-detailBet you already know what a tricky shot that was to get!

So … what ideas is your creative brain already working on for ‘Winter’?  We’d love to see what you come up with in our gallery.  If you choose to use the option of ‘White on White’, you could win a £15 GC from Uniko in our random draw … and as usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to be our Guest Designer in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with tons of inspiration from our wonderful DT and our fabulous and talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life on the Scrap Heap (who you need to visit if you haven’t already … lots of loveliness to explore!).

I’m sending my snowflake along to play at …

CASology – Cold

Less Is More – Dimension

SSS Monday – Start Afresh (new sentiment set from W&W)

SSS Wednesday – Something New (as above)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with New Product (also as above)

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

         

         

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Essentials by Ellen Pinsights – December, SSS Monday – 2 January, SSS Wednesday – 28 December, SSS Work it Wednesday – December

Hello … bonjour!  I’m squeezing in past a couple of closing doors with my card today …

pinsights-dec-sssm-2-1-sssw-28-12-ssswiw-decAn Essentials by Ellen hydrangea and sentiment stamped onto watercolour card stock, with that lovely bloom watercoloured with Zigs and a water brush.  I splattered it with a little Black Soot Distress Ink, added some white gel pen detailing to the flower centres and popped the panel up on foam onto the card base, over a slender strip of black along the right hand edge.  This card is going to a sweet friend who recently and suddenly lost her mother, so I decided against adding any shimmer or bling.

I’m playing along at …

Essentials by Ellen Pinsights – Mood Board (below) … I picked out the red ornament hanging against the marked door in white (right, second last picture) as my inspiration.

SSS Monday – Start Afresh … the hydrangea is new to me

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New With New Product … the hydrangea is new to me

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

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December Pin-Sights Challenge Photo

AAA Cards #80, CAS-ual Fridays #164, SSS Wednesday 28/12, SSS Work It Wednesday – December, The Heart Desires #7

Hello … bonjour … I hope you all had a blessed Christmas … and are ready for every exciting and amazing thing that 2017 holds for us!  My card to round off 2016 was inspired by a number of challenges (below) that happened to fall together … and set off my creative imagination …

aaa-80-cfc-164-sssw-28-12-ssswiw-december-thd-7If there was no sparkly washi tape top and bottom, this card would be one layer … but it did need that shimmer to dress it nicely.   The wintery stems were stamped in silver, some more than once to give them extra length … and those frosty seed heads were stamped with various blue/green/silver hues and brushed over with Perfect Pearls while the ink was still damp.  I created the happy sentiment with individual letters, added the tiny birthday over the top and finished off by adding tiny black dots to each of the seed heads.  All the images are from Concord & 9th, except the tiny birthday, which is SSS.  Here’s a glimpse of the sheen created by the Perfect Pearls …

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I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Silver … I added blue/green too, hope that’s ok … if not, please delete!

CAS-ual Fridays – Celebration … a birthday’s a great reason to celebrate!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with New Product … my Concord & 9th stems

The Heart Desires – Inspiration Board (below) … I was taken with the top right picture … those shimmery ornaments hanging from the silvery garlands, and used the top three colours

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to say a huge thank you to each of you … friends, followers and visitors … your keen enthusiasm, boundless energy and warm support touch my heart … and your amazing creativity never fails to inspire me … what a truly special community this is!  Wishing you all a wonderful 2017, filled with joy and with blessings of every kind.

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

                   

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