Monthly Archives: December 2012

Unscripted Sketches #191, Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Clear Take ‘n Make, CASology Favorites

I’ve a card to share with you this evening and then if you feel like scrolling down a bit further, there’s a touch of CASology Favorites to play with.  Here’s the card and also a picture of the HA stamps I used …

US191 & HA2013T&M          

          HA2013T&M Stamps

The card’s for Unscripted Sketches, which I didn’t get to last week so it’s good to be back, and for Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Clear Take ‘n Make, that I only recently discovered via my good friend Geri at Manitoba Stamper (thanks Geri!).  I stuck pretty much to the sketch and used HA stamps for the image and sentiment.

I stamped the bird five times on white, coloured all but one in yellow, leaving the one to stand out as different by using blue and a couple of gems.  Then came the sentiment (which was masked as I only used part of it) cut into a banner, and layers came next to frame the image.  It was all mounted on a swiss dots embossed panel, and the final touch was the three white gems.  It’s not as CAS as my usual offerings but I’m content … sometimes it’s good to do something different, it gets those little grey cells going!  Anyway, I like the message!  Recipe is at the bottom.

I spent a very happy few hours yesterday and today meandering through the last six months entries at CASology … there’s a favorites week rather than a cue card at the moment, with easy peasy access to all 24 weeks since the challenge first started in July.  It’s been extra fab for me ’cause not only did I get chance to have a review of everything since I started playing in October (a few weeks into blogworld), but I had the joy of checking out all the stuff I hadn’t seen before.

So WOW, WOW, WOW … to say that I am awe struck by the incredible creativity and talent that is out there is a smidgy bit of an understatement  … I could have ‘favorited’ so many … some already winners or honorable mentions, some not.  In the end I finally chose and linked one that was perfectly CAS, beautifully executed and made me laugh out loud as soon as I saw it … it’s Shirley’s Hello Birdie from Week 4, and it’s here, take a look if you feel like a chuckle!

There were a whole load of others too, so I thought I’d put the links on here for you to have a look at (if you want to be awe struck and inspired too!).  In no particular order …

Rosemary’s Sparkle Tree       Geri’s Leaf Trees       Ardyth’s Orange Orange!

Jenny’s Sweet Fruit       Melissa’s Time’s Fun When You’re Having Flies

Darnell’s Green Pear         Claire’s Leaf Frame      Tracey’s Shoe Trick or Treat

Jen’s Thanks Lifesaver          Donna’s White Landscape

So to Melissa (Creator/Co-ordinator), Ardyth, Jen, Rosemary and Tracey (the Design Team)… an enormous THANK YOU for such a great challenge and consistently inspiring examples … I so appreciate what you all do 🙂  Also, to my fellow CASologists thank you so much for sharing your ideas and skill … I am inspired by you all 🙂

Looking forward to tomorrow’s announcement about which of you talented people have joined the Design Team.  I’m off to make a card … if I don’t use up some of that download of inspiration, I’ll explode!  Thanks so much for coming by, and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment below, it’s a delight to read your feedback … Anita 🙂

Recipe:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion, Nitwit Collections,  Stamps: Hero Arts,  Ink: Hobbycraft,  Colours: Promarkers,  Gems: Papermania


One Layer Wednesday #120 (Cheers) & Lavender Delights

I  have a couple of things to share with you today … this card is the first …

OLW120 (Cheers)

I missed the last challenge at One Layer Wednesday, so I’m really pleased to be able to play along this week.  Karen is the host and her challenge is Cheers … create a card with some kind of drink on it.  The urgency needed for Friday’s under-10-minute card has clearly hung around till today as this one turned out to be another ultra quick creation … and so it should be really, it’s so very simple … image, scored border, stamped sentiment linked with a second line border … job done!

Now (as the phrase goes) for something completely different …

This year, our lavender plants grew like never before and were full, full, full of flowers … the scent released when brushing past them was wonderful.  I thought it’d be nice to try to preserve a little of that kind of ‘hazy lazy days of summer’ scent, so a few weeks ago I harvested the flowers and they’ve been waiting in our now beautifully fragranced fridge for me to use them!   As it’s not been too busy on the challenge front over the past few days, I’ve used a few quiet moments to make up some sweet little lavender sachets and we’ve been sending them out to family and friends as surprise gifts for New Year … after all, no-one thinks they’re going to get any more packages once Santa’s been!  Here are some photos …


Lavender2     Lavender3


For your surprise New Year gift and for your olfactory delectation (what?), I’ve added a ‘scratch and sniff’ feature to the top photo (a bit like doing a link really), so go ahead and give it a go and breathe in that lovely aroma!!

Hope you’re having a glorious weekend … thanks so much for coming by and especially so if you’ve had time to leave a comment below, it’s a joy to read them!  Anita 🙂

Recipe:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Image: Docrafts,  Sentiment: Woodware,  Ink: Hobbycraft,  Fine Liner: American Crafts 

Less is More #99-100, Casual Fridays #83/10 Minute Craft Dash #9 (Holiday), Play Date Café #162 (Mint, Lavender, Teal, Gold)

It seems such a long time since I did my last post (it is, it’s a week!) … I do hope you’ve been blessed with a Christmas full of joy, including lots of fun and laughter and perhaps just a moment or two of repose (not too likely?!).  Anyone eaten and drank too much?  Have the past few days been a delectable round of yummyness and deliciousness?  Is your body beginning to say STOP?  Mmmm?  Well mine is … and here’s an image (from Docrafts) I came across in my stash which just about sums up the state of my being …

Skinny Dip Chunky Dunk

So, nothing skinny around here at the moment (not even the fridge yet) … much more like a definite case of chunky dunk!  How about you?

Anyway, on with the challenges.  I’ve done some combining … at Less is More, the theme is ‘Drinks’ (do go have a look at the gorgeousness that is Mandi’s newly decorated shop), Casual Fridays have teamed up with Paulina’s 10 Minute Craft Dash this time to do a joint ‘Holiday’ card so I’ve counted them as one challenge, hope that’s alright (BTW have a visit to Paulina‘s wonderful blog … I’m sure you’ll be inspired!), and I used the colours from Play Date Café (Teal, Mint, Lavender, Gold), although in the photo the gold has gone a bit orange, it’s not like that IRL.

  LIM99-100, CFC83&10MCD9, PDC162

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 This is the first time I’ve played along with 10 Minute Craft Dash and I don’t know that I’ve ever made a card in such a tight timescale … but what a fabulous idea!  I have to admit to having been a smidgy bit sqeaky about it, wondering if I was going to be able to stay within time … so, concentrate Anita, deep breath … go!  After 9 minutes and 13 seconds of dashing, I was still using the same deep breath (and turning a rather delightful shade of blue), my heart was threatening to leave home, there was debris everywhere … and my card was done!  I could breathe again … in… out … in … out …

This is what I managed to fit into the 9 minutes and 13 seconds:  Die cut ‘Enjoy’, cut off the ‘y’ and replaced it with a martini/cocktail glass.  Coloured the horizontal stripes and the olive with alcohol markers (the effect put me in mind of a tequila sunrise I once had saw someone else drinking … albeit the colours are different).  Quickie-glue-penned it all to the card base, added a gem for the dot above the ‘j’, rubbed on a 2013 inside the ‘o’, tied some twine around the top and rounded just one corner.  Phew … I’m breathless just writing about it!  It’s not perfect … the colouring’s a bit unlined-up, the 2013 is a tad low and the glass could probably do with a swizzle stick and some glossy accents … but hey, it’s my first under-10-minute card so I’m not too unhappy!

Hope you’re having a simply splendid day … I do appreciate you coming by … thank you so much!  Till next time … Anita 🙂

Recipe:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Die Cut: Cricut, Jubilee Cartridge,  Colours: Promarkers,  Gem: Papermania,  Rub-on: Karen Foster,  Twine: Stash.

CASology #24 (Star) & Less is More #98 (Anniversary)

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This is a supremely quick post and a supremely quick card!  I’m playing with CASology‘s cue card (Star) and Less is More‘s theme (Anniversary … not necessarily the word but suitable for the occasion).  I took my inspiration for the design from a gift tag I saw yesterday and it just developed from there … nice and simple, for that special someone who is truly a star.

I tend to doodle by eye, but setting this out demanded a bit more precision, so I measured it all and marked it with pencil dots … which are now underneath the gems!  Other than that, the sentiment is computer generated (Century Gothic … love the simplicity in comparison with the star).

This is what I used:  Cardstock: Docrafts,  Gems: Papermania

That’s it for now, I’ll be doing some challenge and blog travelling tomorrow and will catch up with you then … thanks so much for coming by, and especially so if you’ve had the time to make a comment, they make my day!  Anita 🙂

Unscripted Sketches #189 & Addicted to CAS #3

US189 & ATCAS3         

Isn’t Christmas coming along at a gallop?  In between all the preparations and life as usual, I had a quiet pause (phew, a moment to draw breath!) to play along with a couple of challenges.  At Unscripted Sketches, there’s an optional piggyback challenge,  which is to alter the circle and make it a unique focal point, and at Addicted to CAS, the code word is ‘Sweet’.

Luckily, this cupcake stamp (which is also Christmassy … take a look, there’s holly and mince pies!) arrived as a freebie recently and it rather fits the bill.  I cut a circle, stamped and coloured the image (check out the sprinkles), then ‘altered’ it with a scalloped circle mat (it reminds me of a cupcake case seen from above!).  White thread was wrapped around the base card and the image was attached with with foam dots.  The sentiment was also matted and popped up, and a few strategically placed gems finished it off.  So, sweet cupcakes and sweet sentiment!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Docrafts, Stash,  Stamp: Freebie,  Ink: Stazon,  Colours: Promarkers,  Sentiment: Pink Petticoat,  Thread: Stash,  Gems:  Papermania,  Tools:  Cricut, Accent Essentials Cartridge, Martha Stewart Circle Cutter.

Lots to do, so I’m keeping this short and sweet (!) … hope you’re having a splendid week.  Thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #9, CAS-ual Fridays CFC82 (Even the Score), One Layer Wednesday #118 (Snowflakes)

CTS9, CFC82, OLW      



Three challenges just fell together perfectly this week … CAS(E) This Sketch, CAS-ual Fridays (where scoring must be a feature) and One Layer Wednesday (where this week’s host, Cheryl, has chosen Snowflakes as the theme).  So, I followed the sketch as it is, added scoring for the cords and as you can see, there are snowflakes!

As I am still snowflake-stampless, a one layer card with this theme is a bit of a stretch … so I chose a pearlised dark base card (night time?) and doodled my snowflakes in white … adding dotted lines to the scoring for the hanging cords and a different sized gem to each snowflake for a bit of bling.  A ‘Happy Christmas’ finished it off.

Recipe:  Cardstock: It’s called ‘Gemstones’, I don’t know who makes it,  Fineliner: Pilot,  Gems:  Papermania, Lettering: Docrafts.

Hope you’re having a good week … thanks for popping in … Anita 🙂

CASology #23 (Gift) Again & Play Date Café #161

CASology23a & PDC161a 

The cue card (Gift) at CASology this week is a really fabulous one, which is why I did a second card … this time combined with the striking colours at Play Date Café.  They’re not colours I would usually put together so it was good to be stretched a bit to come up with something I liked!

The gifts here are die cuts with ‘ribbons and bows’, topped with liquid pearls and mounted either flat (the tall one) or on different depths of foam dots (square ones).  The panel is embossed with swiss dots and tied with bakers’ twine.  For those of you who have meandered around my blog before, you may well be thinking ‘is this the only embossing folder this girl has?’ as it seems to make so many appearances.  Well, not quite … and I did try divine swirls (to go with the bows) but the scale just wasn’t right … the swiss dots went with the wrapping paper!

Ingredients:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Embossing: Cricut, Swiss Dots Folder,  Die Cuts: Cricut, Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge,  Bakers Twine: Stash.

That’s it for tonight, except to say that I add my thoughts and prayers to those of so many others, for those touched by the dreadful events at Sandy Nook School in the USA.

Thanks so much for your visit … Anita 🙂