Monthly Archives: October 2012

Less is More Week 91

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Mmmm … I ended my last post with ‘I’ll be back later’ … that was Sunday afternoon and we’re now Tuesday evening so it is much much later!  I think this is version four or five for LIM this week, where the theme is a  sketch (above) … I really can’t say why this challenge was such a … um … challenge … it just was and I suppose that’s why they’re so named.  Good thing really as it has been a bit stretching!

Anyhow, I finally settled on the dandelion clock in the breeze, losing some of it’s seeds … and turned the sketch 90 degrees because the images just seemed to look better that way (I tried both options).  The original stamp is the middle image and I played with the two either side to get the views that showed it before and after, and then inked the edges.  The only other addition is the cream organza ribbon … I thought it went rather well with the grey dandelion … the look I wanted was delicate and soft.  I’m not convinced that I achieved it … it looks a bit naked and stark in the photograph … p’raps I’ve done enough monochromatic and neutral colour schemes for a while … need some colour!

This is what I used:  Cardstock:  Docrafts,  Crafter’s Companion, Stamp:  Personal Impressions, Ink:  Memento, Ribbon:  Stash

And now a big warm bienvenue and welcome to two lovely new Froggers (blog friends … see the last post for a bit of a rambling definition!)  … Marie in Greece at and Karen in the UK at   Thank you for your warm welcome to blogworld ladies … I’m so pleased to be sharing the journey with you 🙂  If you haven’t already come across Marie and Karen before, have a look at their fabulous blogs … I’m sure they will inspire you as they did me!

Finally for tonight, a quiet thought for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy across the Eastern USA and Canada … I know many are still without power and won’t be reading this, but for those who are, I hope you and your families have stayed safe.

Thanks for visiting … Anita


CAS-ual Fridays CFC76


This afternoon, I’m playing with CAS-ual Fridays … have you seen the new stamp sets Michelle launched this week … yum yum!  My inspiration for this card came from some cute kraft die cuts I have from Fancypants, so that’s where I started.  I have to admit, I think it’s vearing away from strictly CAS but it might just make it to the tape!

So, there’s a layer of embossed ‘bees delight’, inked with two colours … desert sand (not quite dark enough) and black (not quite light enough) … together they seem to work.  Madame Abeille has her wings stickled for a bit of sparkle, and leaves a trail of linen twine.  Getting the twine in place was a bit tricky and I’m not sure I’d do the same thing again … there’s some trace on the card which I don’t care for (being the bit of a perfectionist that I am!).  The stamped letters allowed me to add a sentiment that just fitted … the bee theme and the space available!

Here’s the recipe:  Cardstock:  Craft UK, Docrafts, Die Cut:  Fancypants Designs, Glitter Glue:  Stickles, Stamp:  Woodware, Ink:  Memento, Twine:  Stash,  Tools:  Cuttlebug, Craft Concepts Embossing Folder.

I was pondering this morning (as you do), is there a name for blogger friends?  I thought about Blends, but it just didn’t seem to do it somehow.  So I swopped the words around to friends who are bloggers and thought Froggers had quite a jolly ring to it (especially as I’m in France).  It could already be in use … there could be another name for it instead … or these could be just the ramblings of a crafty soul with a faulty thought processor … ho hum.  Let’s move on …

Thanks so much to Karen at  … I now know how to do links … oh joy … it’s so simple, I have no idea why I couldn’t get it … guess it’s like most things … if you know the answer the question’s an easy one!!

So, now that I can link, I can at last extend a truly warm welcome and bienvenue to my first three lovely followers … one is Darnell in the USA, then there’s Karen  in Northern Ireland and Geri in Canada.  Thank you ladies … it’s an honour to share the same cyberspace with you 🙂

If you get the chance and you don’t aleady know Darnell, Karen and Geri, please do pay them a visit, (look there are links … yay!!) … these fellow crafters are all so talented and creative, and will inspire you, I’m certain!

I’ll be back later with my offering for LIM … thanks for coming by … Anita

CASology Week 16 Again


This is the second entry for CASology I talked about yesterday … I squeezed a bit more time from the day to work on it … well actually I used up that extra hour we got from putting the clocks back!  It’s based around two ideas … the first was to use the word ‘wild’ itself stamped out on the card, and the second was to add words from a pop song from the early 80’s, when I was nothing but a a young thing, lapping up the new romantic music scene!  Remember Go Wild in the Country by Bow Wow Wow?  It got into the top 10 and the only bit I recall goes ‘go wild, go wild, go wild in the country, the snakes in the grass are absolutely free’ … it seemed appropriate!  So, rather than using just one idea, I combined them both and voila, the inspiration for this wild card!

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Craft UK, Crafter’s Companion, Doodlebug, Stamp:  Penny Black, Ink:  Hobbycraft, Colours:  Promarkers, Lettering:  Above Rubies Studio, Adhesive:  Scotch ATG

Moving along, I have some thanks to give out and also a request for a bit of help.  I’ve only been in blogworld for a little over a month and in that time have been blown away by the number of visitors, the lovely comments, and the warmth and enthusiasm of all you fellow crafters.  Thanks to one in particular, I’ve learned about ‘following’ … how I can do it, how others can follow me, and also a lovely way of welcoming new friends!  Not only that, but I also discovered that I had a follower I didn’t know I had!  So huge thanks to Darnell at djkardkreations for all the help and advice you’ve freely and generously shared … you’re such a star 🙂

As you can tell from the non-link to Darnell’s blog above, I haven’t yet learned how to do a link … it’s not for the want of trying … it’s got to be there somewhere … I just haven’t found it yet!  I’d like to find out so I can welcome my followers by putting links on here to their blogs, and no doubt once I know, I’ll wonder what I ever did without it!  I know I’m probably missing something really simple … can anyone point me in the right direction … I’d be really grateful … thanks 🙂

That’s about it for now, back for more later … thanks for visiting … Anita

CASE this Sketch Week 3


I’m really enjoying this new challenge blog … and because it’s so popular, there are loads of lovely entries to have a look at each week from lots of talented cardmakers all over the world … bliss!

Sometimes, you realise that you make very few of a particular greeting card … and that’s the case for me with my entry this week … a new baby card.  It must be an age thing … friends and family have had their little ones already and those little (and not so little) ones are not yet of the age for marriage/children.  I wonder if there’s an acronym for those of us in this position … how about FONBI’s … Friends/family Older, No Babies Imminent?  Catchy or what??  So, I think the inspiration for this card came from not making a baby card for ages … kind of reverse inspiration really.

I took the patterned paper panel and ‘dragged’ some colour down each side and cut out the circle.  I coloured the negative image of the zebra (yes it really is a zebra!) cut it out and popped it up using foam dots.  I did the banner using the same principle (colour drag and foam dots).

Here’s the recipe:  Cardstock:  Docrafts, Nitwits Designs, Image:  Woodware, Colours:  Promarkers, Lettering:  Doodlebug, Tools:  Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, Stick-It

Time to cook … bon appetit!  Thanks for visiting … Anita

CASology Week 16

CASology 16          First things first … a big thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my recent CASology entries … I love to read your thoughts on what I create … and I’m so inspired by everyone else’s work.  Your enthusiasm is delicious … it warms my heart 🙂

We change the clocks this weekend, so we gain an hour sometime around 2.00am tomorrow … whilst I’m not planning on staying up to see it arrive (is there anyone who does that??), I am going to enjoy an extra hour of playtime today!  Playtime started this afternoon with the CASology challenge where the theme is ‘Wild’.  Actually I managed a bit of a play on Thursday evening too which was most agreeable, although I haven’t used the idea here as I couldn’t quite perfect it.  If I get the chance a bit later, I may just tweak it a little and submit it as a second entry.

Today’s offering was inspired by two things … Ardyth’s hand drawn seal image (thanks Ardyth!) and the 65km winds we’ve had here today, which rendered my hair, although short, a wild tousled mess … which one do you think I am on the card?!  Mmm … ‘wild’ I thought … so I did some doodling and this is the result.  Last week’s entry was also black and white, so in an attempt to do something different here, I tried different colours for the hair.  I admit, it was definitely wild, I just thought this worked better!  Colours next week then 🙂

Here’s what I used:  Cardstock:  Crafter’s Companion, Fineliner:  American Crafts, Lettering:  Docrafts.

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday … thanks for coming by … Anita

CR84FN Color Challenge 65


I don’t get to do a great deal of playing during the week, but I came across this lovely colour challenge whilst blog browsing over the weekend, and was so taken with it and with yet more creative and talented people in the design team, I thought I’d have a go!  Guess what … after a few weeks of getting into CAS cards, I found it a challenge to come up with something a little less minimalist!  I’m obviously not spending enough of my time at this (yet) to be able to switch quickly between different styles 🙂

So, here’s my card for the CR84FN65 Color Challenge (the link is on my sidebar), using light pink, tan and cream,  I used a Craftwork Cards die cut for the main image, coloured with promarkers and double matted.  I mixed in a sprinkling of extra interest with the scalloped edging top and bottom and added dimension with the embossing, pleated paper ribbon and foam dots to pop the image up.  In the photo the colours look a bit light, but the card stock really is cream and the matting is tan!

Here’s what I used:  Image/Greeting:  Craftwork Cards, Cardstock/Papers:  Docrafts, Stash, Colours:  Promarkers, Ink:  Memento, Tools:  Fiskars Border Punch, Cuttlebug, Daisy Embossing Folder, Adhesive:  Stick It, Scotch ATG.

I’ve just had one of the ‘oh’ moments … I noticed that the pj’s I’m in (it’s late and I’m cardmaking rather than sleeping!!) are in the same colours as this challenge … is that what’s called kismet??   Just time to do my link before I get to bed so …

Good night to you all … bonne nuit a tous … thanks for popping in … Anita

Less is More Week 90

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Thanks so much to everyone who visited my last LIM … and who took the time to leave a comment … it’s such a joy to read your feedback, like a virtual warm snuggly!!  I’ve tried to do the same for all you talented and creative cardmakers on LIM and other challenges … if it means a lot to me, I guess it does for us all 🙂

This is my last challenge for the weekend and it’s just a perfect theme … Autumn.  We have a huge horse-chestnut tree in our courtyard, that for the past few weeks has been taking on the colours of the season and losing it’s leaves.  Now it’s almost back to it’s bare winter form, with just a few stragglers to go.  It does mean that we’ll spend a good few days collecting leaves and conkers (by hand as it’s a gravelled courtyard so a rake is just about as useful as a chocolate teapot!), but it’s worth it to enjoy all four of the tree’s changing seasons!  So I’ve taken it as my inspiration for LIM this week, and made my card using just die cuts and the sentiment … nice and simple!

Here’s the recipe:  Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, Docrafts, Stamp:  Kaisercraft, Ink:  Memento, Tools:  Cricut, Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge.

I’m off to check out how everyone else has got on with this challenge and leave some comments!

Have a wonderful week … thanks for coming by … Anita