A New Challenge At Time Out – #94 – Home Sweet Home – A Shaker Leaf

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you that’s eclectic and coastal-halloween in style (below).  Here’s where I went with it …

Time Out… and here’s our delicious inspiration picture …

I focused on the clear vase and the rich tones of orange and brown against all that white … and came up with a shaker.  The background is a smooshed and splattered piece of watercolour paper, the window was cut with an MFT peek a boo die, extended so that the Concord & 9th leaf would sit nicely on it, and the sentiment is from Uniko.  How about a detail view of all that shaker goodness …

What grabs your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … the colours and balance, as it did mine … those shimmery pumpkins … the ocean life … or something else?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   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 host of delicious ideas from our brilliant DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Janet from Swanlady Impressions (who has a fantastic collection of delicious CAS cards on her blog to enjoy … do go and visit … and say hello while you’re there!).

I’m playing along at ….

CAS Watercolour – Fall Leaves … Happy 1st Birthday, Loll, Bonnie and the DT … and many more!

Calling All Sisters – Colour Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … with the option of Gold (in the sequins).

SSS Wednesday – Thinking of You

SSS – World Card Making Day

Uniko – Autumn

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

                   

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Guest Designing At Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello … bonjour!  It was a wonderful surprise to get an email from my sweet friend, the lovely Tracey McNeely recently, asking if I’d like to be her Creative Guest at Inspired By All The Little Things.  Erm … well, that response took less than a nano second … YES!  So, here I am this afternoon, thrilled, honoured and excited to share with you a couple of cards I made based on this beautiful inspiration photo … isn’t it a stunner?

         

Here’s the first, a kind of in-reverse take on it …

A popped up white card panel, sponged in the centre with three Distress Inks (in order, from the outside going in … Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry), lightly splattered with water droplets.  The die cut white frame and bloom are from Simply Graphic (courtesy of the lovely Maria) and were adhered flat over the ink, with the petals left free to be all drifty and dimensional.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and there’s some Lawn Fawn pierced detailing along the panel edges.  In my photo here, the variations in background colour didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped (though IRL they’re rather delicious!) … so I made another card to show you all those splendid shades …

A watercolour card panel stamped with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea (from my Lake House stash), wet on wet watercoloured with Distress Inks (same shades as above, plus Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn for the stems), with the centres done in pearly silver drops.  The sentiment is from SSS, white embossed on a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the card base and the watercolour panel was split and popped up over it.

How would you like to play along and be inspired by that spectacular bloom?  I’d love it if you had time to join in!  All the details, plus an abundance of amazing cards from the Design Team, (and a short interview with little old me!) are over at the Inspired By blog  … do go and enjoy a browse … and maybe get those crafty fingers walking!

My florals are also heading to (badges below) …

Card 1

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Card 2

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Less is More – Watercolour

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Monday – Heavy Metal (just a touch in the flower centres!)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Hope your weekend is either starting, or turning out to be, wonderful!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

         

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #93 – Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship – Some No-Line Watercolouring

Hello … bonjour!  We have a very special challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is one that has probably either touched us all personally, or has touched family and friends.  This time round, we’re asking you to join us for a Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship challenge … with a pink twist.  Here’s my take on it …

Time Out A watercolour card panel, stamped with CAS-ual Fridays‘ blooms (Mon Ami) in Spun Sugar Distress Ink, and no-line watercoloured (my first time!) with Zigs and a water brush.  The stems are from Concord & 9th (the centre vein of a leaf) and the sentiment is from the same Mon Ami CAS-ual Fridays set as the flowers.  The panel was cut with a Winnie & Walter die and popped up on a grey card base on craft foam.  A sprinkling of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist (my first bottle!) finished it off.

Will you play along with us?  We’d love to see you in our gallery!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $25 GC to the overall winner (as voted for by the DT) …. plus a special prize for a randomly drawn player who uses the pink twist.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Yulia from Scrap Horse.  Do pay Yulia’s lovely blog a visit and say hello … and check out the whole heap of CAS inspiration on show!

I’m playing along at

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … NBUS: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami Stamp Set

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … No Spritz Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps (this one has been on my wish list for ages!)

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

                   

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Some Flowers, A Rose And Two Love Birds!

Hello … bonjour!  The weekend here seems to have fairly rattled along … guess it’s the same for you too … suddenly Sunday evening has arrived!   I have a trio of cards to share … first up, some delicate blooms …

     

A gold and pink smooshed and splattered panel, a couple of blooms and a leafy sprig set into a gold frame (Simply Graphic … courtesy of the lovely Maria), and a sentiment (stamp and die cut) from SSS.  The finished panel was popped up on the base … and this was mailed to a sweet and wonderful friend to celebrate a special birthday.

This is heading to …

Addicted to CAS – Florals

Auberge des Loisirs – Inspiration/Mood Board (en dessous/below)

Carte Maniak – Tâches/Splatters

SSS Monday – Shimmer and Shine

The Flower Challenge – Tic Tac Toe (Distress Ink, Watercolour, Die Cuts)

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Next, an equally delicate rose …

 

A white card panel cut with an NBUS MFT Peek a Boo die, with acetate added to the back of the space and the Roses in Bloom die (also MFT, also NBUS) adhered to the acetate.  Distress Inks sponged onto the base card, the panel popped up on craft foam over the top and a banner with the stamped sentiment (SSS) adhered with foam tape over the window.  If you look carefully, you can see the shadow of the rose on the DI background … looks quite cool IRL!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to CAS – Florals

CAS on Friday – Dies

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (NBUS: MFT Peek a Boo Window and Roses In Bloom Dies)

Happy Litle Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Pop It Up

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Lastly, a couple of tropical love birds  (the picture has lost it’s crispness … don’t know why … did what I could to freshen it up!) …

A white card panel, masked with a swoosh shaped mask and delicately sponged with Distress Ink, and stamped with some tropical flower/leaf clusters between two popped up, sparkly, shimmery tropical birds (all MFT).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and some enamel accents in the flower centres and on the birds’ eyes finished it off.    How about a close up of the shimmer and shine …

These two are flying off to …

MFT Wednesday Sketch – see below

MFT Colour Challenge – Stone Grey, Blueberry, Berrylicious, Bubblegum (my closest colours)

SSS Monday – Shimmer & Shine

SSS Wednesday – Pop It Up

      

         

That’s it from me for now … hope you’ve had chance to relax with some card making this weekend … see you Thursday for a new challenge at Time Out.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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An Autumn Bouquet

Hello … bonjour … hope your week is going along wonderfully!  I had plans to play in all the categories of the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest, though as the Time Eating Monster has been making his presence felt around here recently, I’ve not got there with the three of them.  Here though, is my Clean and Simple entry …

A white card panel, masked and sponged/faded out with Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Inks.  All the blossoms and foliage are from MFT (Beautiful Blooms) … the leafy sprigs were stamped onto the card panel, and the blooms were stamped, die cut and mounted on different levels of foam tape.  I finished off with an MFT sentiment, some enamel accents for the flower centres and a little doodling with a white gel pen, before adhering the panel onto craft foam on the card base.

I’m joining in at …

MFT Card Design Superstar 2017 – Clean & Simple Genius

Addicted to CAS – Florals

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Pop It Up

Short and sweet today … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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A New Challenge at Time Out – #92 – Inspired By Words – And Some Feathers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delicious new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our quote has been specially chosen to celebrate International Dot Day … a day that celebrates creativity and the potential it has for us all.  Our words are from Robert Henri … ‘paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than it’s feathers’.  Here’s where I went with them …

Time OutA tumbling feathers card panel (thanks to the lovely Rosemary … not sure where it’s from … Papertrey, perhaps?), with some Spectrum Noir shimmer added (you can just see some top left), trimmed and adhered flat to the base card.  The sentiment is from SSS … a stacked and black heat embossed die cut … and a stamped and white heat embossed supplementary sentiment.  The only additions were the dots on the i’s, done with enamel accents (ever tried heat embossing a tiny dot … don’t!!).  QACAS as the delightful Darnell would say!

How will our quote inspire you?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie) and our winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $15 GV.  All the details (including a little more about International Dot Day) are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our Guest Designer, the sweet and super talented Carol from Just Me: C.  I’m pretty sure you’ll know Carol … do pop over and enjoy a happy time browsing round her scrumptious cards … and why not say hello while you’re there … she’ll be delighted to see you!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

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

                   

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Inspired By Sweet Friends

Hello … bonjour!  It’s been a bit creatively quiet hereabouts recently … though when I saw that two of my lovely friends (Darnell and Bev) are featuring strongly in the latest Inspired By challenge, I had to squeeze some time to play along!  Many of you will know that Darnell is filling in for Lesley … and that  Bev is her Guest Designer … seeing their gorgeous cards, as well as the delicious inspiration board, triggered a quick creative moment for me …

… and a quick post!  A Clearly Besotted word print background, a little posy made with stamped and die cut flowers and leaves from SSS, a sentiment banner from the same SSS set, and some dots of white Enamel Accents to mimic the touch of gypsophila in the inspiration.  Voilà!

Joining in at …

Inspired By All The Little Things – Inspiration Board (below)

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps (SSS Lovely Spring)

See you tomorrow morning … I’ll be here with a little something for the new challenge starting at Time Out … you’re going to love it!  Anita 🙂

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