Clean & Textured … And … Clean & Vibrant

Hello … bonjour!  I have a couple of cards to share today, both of which are pretty clean … though they are rather different from one another.  First up, a texture-y, soft, natural-looking little number …

A Lawn Fawn embossed edge panel, stencilled with Tumbled Glass DI and heat embossed in clear, with a couple of Concord & 9th‘s Layering Leaves arranged over the top … and anchored in place with a wooden dot.  The SSS hello was adhered flat alongside … and the panel was popped up on craft foam onto the base.  Here’s a close up of all that texture …

I’m playing along at …

Seven Hills Crafts – Sketch (see below … I changed orientation of my card, hope that’s ok!)

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Embossing

Less Is More – Anything But Stamps

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

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My second card has more colour and is more graphic …

Crisp and QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnell-ese) … a strip of rainbow washi tape along the edge of the card … and a stack of SSS die cuts (and secondary stamped sentiment), also in rainbow colours, taking centre stage.  Here’s the side view so you can see (at least a little better!) all seven of those layered colours …

This bright delight is heading to …

AAA Cards – Rainbow

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Seize The Birthday – No Toppings

        

        

That’s it from me for the weekend … hope yours has been a good one!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out #88 – Inspired By Words – And Some Sunflowers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delightful new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … these from Roald Dahl … ‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’  I have two takes on it … here’s the first …

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Time OutWe’re surrounded by sunflowers as well as vines at the moment … the blooms always seem to shine like sunbeams … and they do look so lovely.  Our Inspired By Words quote put me in mind of them.  The sunshine-y flower head is made up of one stem and four flower cuts of a Ragged Daisy die from Poppy Stamps (thanks to my lovely friend, Judith, who brought it along for a play date!), adhered on foam tape to a piece of textured vellum and surrounded by a popped up frame.  The sentiment is from SSS, stacked on craft foam and adhered to the vellum.  I finished with a coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer on the leaves and flower.

I subsequently saw Loll’s video on watercolouring tissue paper (here … if you haven’t seen it, you really, really should … thanks Loll!), and was inspired to make a second sunflower card …

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This time, I used artistic licence as the sunflower is white and it’s the background that’s full of glimmery sunbeams!  Do check out the video for details of how to create this amazing tissue paper effect … I just followed Loll’s clear guidance, trimmed the finished panel, attached the die cut bloom and added a few coats of Wink of Stella to the petals.  The WPlus9 sentiment was embossed onto a strip of white card, which was adhered to the panel.   A close up shows the texture and glimmer much better …

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What will our wonderful quote inspire you to create?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Toni from Frankie Helps Craft (who you don’t want to miss visiting … so much yumminess to see!).  Hope to see you in our gallery!

My first card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations

The second one is joining in at …

Addicted to CAS – Summer

CAS Mix-Up – Stamping, Tissue Paper, Plus One (mine are die cutting and embossing)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry

Hope you’ve been having a splendid week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Trio of Cards

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Sunday is going along wonderfully.  I have a trio of cards to share today, so will keep the chatter short and sweet … you may wish to grab a something long and cool and a snack before embarking!  First up, a wild flower, summer meadow-y sort of card …

Papertrey blooms, stamped onto a white panel and blinged up with some Stickles.  The sentiment (also Papertrey) was cut into the panel, popped up on craft foam and pieced back in.  The panel was popped up over a sponged-edged base card.  As it was for a special birthday celebration, I stamped a matching envelope too …

I’m playing along at …

Color Throwdown – Dark Pink, Pale Pink, Green, White

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Topping)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Summer Icons

                  

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Next, a clean and simple, slightly graphic card …

This was really quick to make … I used the Hero Arts Just For You by Lia stamp set, exactly as it’s laid out on the acetate carry sheet … stamped it onto a Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel and coloured it with alcohol markers.  The images were given some shimmer and shine with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents and the panel was adhered to the base with craft foam.

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A Blog Named Hero – Florals (with Winnie & Walter)

A2Z Scrapbooking – Anything Goes (Hero Arts)

          

Finally, a bright, smooshy little number …

Another Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel, cut from a piece of Distress Ink smooshed card … with a touch of gold thrown in for a bit of shimmer.  The gold isn’t too obvious here … you’ll see it better if you go in closer.  The Clearly Besotted dandelions were heat embossed in white, I added the simple sentiment (also CB), dotted over the piercings with a black fine liner and mounted the panel onto the card base with craft foam.

It’s joining in the fun at …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (No Optional Twist)

SSS Monday – Distress It

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry

                    

If you’ve made it this far, well done … and thank you so much … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Anita 🙂Save

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Create Along With Us – July, Happy Little Stampers Dies – July, Seize The Birthday – 6 July, SSS Monday – 10 July

Hello … bonjour!  I’m here with a card made using a favourite technique … ink blending over a heat embossed background … and a favourite style … cool and graphic …

The quilted background is from WPlus9, stamped and heat embossed with white pearl EP, and blended over with Distress Inks in five colours.  I split it and mounted it flat onto my card base. The sentiment is from Papertrey, die cut from both blue craft foam and from card … and stacked, with the top layer heat embossed in white pearl to match the quilting.  The secondary sentiment (also Papertrey) was stamped onto a snippet and popped up on a little piece of blue craft foam.

 

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Create Along With Us – Release Week Challenge … I was inspired by two of Nichole’s cards made with the delicious new Cover Up Quatrefoil and Cover Up Diamonds stamps on Day 1 of the July Release Countdown

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Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Distress … all those luscious inks

Haven’t had much free time to blog many cards recently … though will catch up over the coming weeks.  There are quite a few … and then there are some that will never appear as I had an oops and sent them off in the mail, not remembering that they hadn’t even been photographed … wonder where the brain was!  Hope you’ve had chance to get crafty this week!

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

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Time Out DT #87, Addicted to Stamps & More #249, Happy Little Stampers CAS – July, Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Hello … bonjour!  We have a delicious new challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is CASE the Designer … and we get to CASE one of the amazing and super creative talents in this wonderful community … my lovely friend, Cornelia from Stempel Spass.  Cornelia’s fun, fabulous card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …  Time Out          

and here’s Cornelia’s creative cutie …

I didn’t stray too far from the original … a couple of Technique Tuesday Chickadees standing on an SSS sentiment … a stamped line from Papertrey and some die cut hugs and kisses from Winnie & Walter.  The chickadees were coloured with Zigs, coated with copious amounts of Wink of Stella and topped off with a layer of Glossy Accents each.  They’re positioned so that one can give the other a great big birthday mwah … or maybe whisper something about a surprise party!  Want to see a close up …

What will your creative imagination make of Cornelia’s card?  There’s so much to play with … the fun image, those vibrant greens, the wood slice background, that encouraging sentiment, the layout … what do you see?  Whatever it is, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who are offering a $15 GC to our winner (voted for by the DT) … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with lots of delicious inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Pooja from Reusing Cards & Quilling.  I’m pretty certain you’ll have come across and enjoyed visits with Cornelia and Pooja in blogland … if your haven’t (or even if you have), do go over and explore, say hello while you’re there … and enjoy every wonderful moment!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations (my second entry)

Hope all of you across the pond enjoyed a Happy Canada Day and/or Happy 4th of July … our big day here in France is on the 14th … la fête nationale (or as it is often known in other countries, Bastille Day!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          

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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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