Monthly Archives: November 2012

One Layer Wednesday Week 114 (A Christmas Thank You)

Cheryl is hosting One Layer Wednesday this week, where the theme is ‘Christmas Thank You’ … that’s definitely getting ahead of the game … I’ve only just started on my Christmas cards!  I was struggling with this as a OLC (not embarked on my big stamp acquisition yet!), when what should arrive in the boite aux lettres but a magazine with a freebie … this tree stamp.

The definition on the stamp isn’t that wonderful (it’s a freebie after all!) but it was a case of Hobson’s Choice, so I played with it for a while and used up a ton or so of scrap paper!  I coloured the trees in stripes before stamping and then went over the colour with a waterbrush (it’s watercolour card so it took it well enough).  My aim was to do something a bit ‘messy’, ‘washy’ and ill-defined … I’m pretty certain I took that look a bit far, but hey, if you don’t try, you don’t know!  The greeting is computer generated (French Script) and I added just a smidge of bling with the tiny stars on the top of the trees.

This is what I used:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamp: Freebie,  Ink: Marvy le Plume Watercolour Pens,  Gems: Papermania,  Sentiment: Computer Generated

Here’s just a little bit of trivia to finish the weekend … apparently, the higher the consumption of chocolate in a country, the more Nobel Prize winners there are (with the exception of Sweden).  So, next time you feel the inclined to nibble on a bar of chocolate, don’t resist … you’re working your way towards a Nobel Prize!

Have a great week … thanks so much for visiting, and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment, reading them makes my day!  Anita 🙂


CAS-ual Fridays CFC 79 (Winter Blues) & Less is More Week 94 (Hardware)

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Most of the time when I make a card, I upload it, do a post and link it to the relevant challenge.  Today, I made the cards first … humph … my brain was just not switched on to getting the right card with the right challenge!  I’ve done so many changes whilst getting them posted (there are only three, it can’t be that difficult!) that I’m going to go back to my original way of doing it … it works!

Anyway, it’s now sorted and this is my offering for CAS-ual Fridays (a winter project featuring blue) and Less is More (hardware – something made of metal).   There’s a border strip of white swiss dots over a blue/white dotty paper … it’s the same paper as I used on my CASology card yesterday … then it looked really blue (take a look, it really does!) but this one looks a bit greyish … it isn’t, honest!  The snowflakes are coated dotty metal brads (hardware!) and the greeting also has dots at each end.  So, winter (the dots are snow!), blue (paper, brad and greeting), and hardware (snowflake brads) … combined challenge done!

Recipe:  Cardstock: Docrafts, My Craft Studio,  Brads:  Lakeland,  Sentiment: Woodware, Ink: Promarkers.

Back in a mo’ with my final card for the day … thanks so much for your visit … Anita 🙂



CAS(E) this Sketch Week 6 & CR84FN Color Challenge Week 67


As it’s Thanksgiving in the USA this coming Thursday, I thought I’d take the opportunity to adopt a little bit of it … and tell you how thankful I am for, among other things, the wonderful welcome I’ve had here in blogland.  I appreciate so much your warmth, your inspiring talent, your delight in sharing, and of course, your visits and comments.  Actually I think Albert Schweitzer put it rather better:

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Thank you 🙂

Today I’ve had a bit of a challenge fest, and have done some combining … this card is for CASE this Sketch and CR84FN Color Challenge (where plum, gold and tan are the order of the day).   The patterned paper in the border band provides the tan (with plum too), and the flower is a die cut … I cut it in white and coloured it, as I didn’t have the right shade of cardstock … aubergine, purple, lilac, amethyst … but not plum!  I fixed it in place so it goes off the edge of the base panel, which I popped up with foam dots.  The gold is the bling in the centre of the blooms (if you look carefully … it’s very understated!).

Here’s the supplies list:  Cardstock: Docrafts, Hunkydory, Crafter’s Companion,  Colours: Promarkers, Stamp: Stampendous,  Ink: Marvy le Plume Watercolour Pen,  Glitter: Stash.

I’ve got another couple of cards to upload so I’m going to do them before I go blog browsing around all the wonderful entries everywhere this week!  Thanks so much for coming by and especially so if you’ve had time to make a comment, I love to read them!  Anita 🙂

CASology Week 19 – Thanks


Over at CASology this week, the cue word is ‘Thanks’ … I’m a bit later than usual getting going with it and actually thought there was less than an hour to go to get my card loaded … but I checked and there’s still a whole day to go (phew!), so (in a very relieved manner) here it is.  I die cut the big letters out of the card base and then backed the inside with dotty paper so it’d show through.  When the light is right, it shines through the little white dots, but I’m not certain it shows up well in the photo.  I did the other lettering using rub ons and added a blue gem to the ‘i’ just because it looked as though it needed it!

Here are the ingredients:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion, My Craft Studio,  Rub Ons: Doodlebug,  Gem: Papermania, Tools:  Cricut, Jubilee Cartridge.

Time for some dinner … I’ll be doing some blog travelling later, so I may see you then!  Many thanks for your visit and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment, they’re a joy to read!  Anita 🙂

Later Edit:  Oops, rather a long time later (whilst blog browsing) … I forgot to link this … just off to do it now!

Unscripted Sketches 184


This week I discovered a sketch challenge via the monumentally talented Geri at Manitoba Stamper (a DT member), called Unscripted Sketches.  I really liked the idea of playing along because it’s different from CAS (which I love a whole lot as I’m a smidgy bit of a minimalist so it suits!) and it gets my creative brain sparking in a different direction.  With the help of a few firelighters (we have a woodburner so there were some spare), I fanned the flames of inspiration with some papers I wouldn’t naturally gravitate toward … they were in the mystery box I got for Cropped Event, which started this whole blogging adventure.  Not that they’re not very jolly, they are indeed, it’s just that they’re not a style I’d naturally choose.  However, sometimes it’s a ‘good thing’ to be inside the uncomfort zone just for the fun of it … so that’s where I went!

The cardstock, border and image are all from the same card range, I just matted the image, added the ribbon and finished with a little glitter on the Christmas tree baubles … a quick make, if not a quick think beforehand!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Authentique, American Crafts, Docrafts,  Ribbon/Glitter: Stash

Just time to upload before sleep overtakes me … thanks so much for dropping in and especially so if you’ve found time to make a comment, reading them makes my day!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday 113 – Dark Red, Yellow/Gold, Green

Susan is hosting OLW this week over at Simplicity, where there’s a colour theme … anything using dark red, yellow/gold and green.  I’m finding OLCs more challenging at the moment, and it feels as though I’m spending a long long long time figuring out a design.  It’s exercised my brain a bit and I’ve come up with a number of reasons why this may be so …

  1. I’m out of OLC creativity at the moment and it’s just one of those things that’ll pass.
  2. The remains of the cold I’ve had have befuddled the creative connections and they’ll be unfuddled (is that a word?) once the night time hot toddies have worked.
  3. I just don’t have enough stamps to choose from.

Mmm … wonder which one is the most likely attractive … anyway a gentle few hours of web wandering and ordering is almost always likely to spark creativity … isn’t it?  And if that doesn’t work, there’s the anticipation of getting a yummy package to unwrap and explore  … and that’s bound to do it.  Funny how writing things down sometimes makes the solution just jump out at you!

So, my card … I coloured the image with watercolour pens, steamed it, stamped it and used a water brush to draw the ink into the open spaces in the flowers and leaves (it went a bit ‘mingled’ but I rather liked it so I left it that way!).  I dry embossed a double frame round the image and stamped a single word from a sentiment to finish (the whole of the sentiment was just too much for the image).

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamps: Penny Black (Image), Hero Arts (Word), Colours: Marvy Le Plume.

I’m off to link this and have a wander around the other creations already uploaded.  Thanks so much for visiting, and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment … I really appreciate them.   Anita 🙂

Less is More Week 93 – Houses & Play Date Café 157

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Since I joined blogworld, I’ve been making individual cards for individual challenges … just to get my little grey cells going (I prefer to think of them as not grey at all when I’m creating, but rather every hue and tone and colour there could possibly be pinging all over the place … what a thought!).  This week though, I’ve tried a combined card … LIM, where the OLC theme is ‘Houses’ and The Play Date Café (which is new to me), where the colours are plum, fuchsia and wisteria.

So, my houses are bird cages in the PDC colours, along with musical notes … and the birds are singing because their cages match their plumage!  I played a bit with the ‘chains’ because on the stamps, they’re all the same size and I wanted to add some variety … I had three attempts before getting it right so the bin’s had plenty to eat tonight.  I must also admit to having to do a bit of a repair on the birds on this version too … I tried stamping them in Memento London Fog … twice over (yes, very tricky) … but it just didn’t do it, so rather than start all over again, I got pens out and went over them.  I didn’t care for it at first but I left it a while (always a good idea after a disaster) and when I got back to it, it looked fine … so here it is.

Here’s what I used:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamps: Craftwork Cards (Images), Woodware (Sentiment),  Colours: Marvy le Plume Watercolour Markers.

Disasters were a bit on the menu today (it happens some days!) … I did another card earlier, it was on the theme of houses again.  If you’ve seen my last post for CAS-ual Fridays, you’ll know I did a gingerbread man … well, he had to have somewhere to live (naturally!) so I made him a gingerbread house, suitably garnished with plenty of sugar (Stickles), gum drops (Glaze Pen Blobs) and candy canes … looked good enough to eat!  It was only intended as a bit of fun and I thought it might give you a smile (it did me) … but disaster struck and it ended up liquified (I spilt coffee over it), so it became yet another (rather soggy) meal for the bin.  I’m planning a non disaster day tomorrow!

Well, I’m done for the weekend … have a great week and thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂