Monthly Archives: February 2013

CAS-ual Fridays #91 (Hi Ho Silver)

Over at CAS-ual Fridays, the theme this week is ‘Hi Ho Silver’ … add silver to a CAS project.  Here’s my touch of silver (and white and pink) …

CFC 91

I used a fabulous layout from Cas(e) this Sketch #15 by Lisa Arana … I loved it when I played along a couple of weeks ago and knew it’d be one to come back to … so I have!  The sentiment comes from WPlus9, and all the other little bits and pieces came from my stash.

That’s it for tonight … thanks so much for coming by … I really appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂


One Layer Wednesday #128 (Feminine Birthday Card), Less is More #108 (Paper Piercing)

The host at One Layer Wednesday this week is Heather at Bits & Pieces, and she’s set a lovely wide ranging challenge … a feminine birthday card … where we’ve to use some of our favorite things (anyone getting the urge to break into song?).  I’m enjoying playing with colours at the moment and I’ve used one of my most favorite layouts.  At Less is More, Chrissie and Jen have set Paper Piercing as the theme, and there are some stunning examples to inspire us.  Here’s my offering …

OLW 128, LIM 108                    We'd love you to display our banner

The image is a freebie that I stamped several times with London Fog Memento ink to create soft outlines.  The flowers and leaves were coloured with watercolour pens and a water brush and after they were all done, the panel was masked off and I ran a broad water brush back and forth over it, trying to get the effect of a gentle, hazy feeling of spring and summer.  I scored lines top and bottom, and then pierced along the scoring to give more definition. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I’m delighted that another new friend has joined the Froggers this week … a very warm welcome to  Jenny from craftinginthecountry 🙂  You should go and check out Jenny’s blog if you don’t know her already … she does amazing work … you’ll be inspired!

Looking forward to a wander around the other entries a little later, but for now I’m off to make dinner.  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂

CASology #32 (Flame), Paper Smooches SPARKS 18 – 24 Feb (Cool Shades – Chocolate, Cream, Aqua, Cherry Red)

I have a card to share with you for the challenge over at CASology, where the brilliant cue card this week is ‘Flame’.  It’s also for Paper Smooches SPARKS, where there’s a ‘Cool Shades’ week … chocolate, cream, aqua and cherry red …

CASology 32, PSS 18-2


The PS scooter and exhaust flame was stamped, coloured with Promarkers, fussy cut and popped up on foam dots.  I wanted to create the illusion of movement so added the staggered ‘tyre’ marks and made the banner flutter on it’s silver wire post in the ‘speeding’ air flow.  For the eagle eye among you who’ve noticed the scooter seems to be driving itself, there’s an explanation … the rider didn’t hold on tight enough when the nitrous oxide kicked in so is in a heap (but safe) just beyond the edge of the card!

I’m going for an inspiring wander around the other entries … may be back later with a little something.  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂

Muse #5

Marion Vagg has given us a fabulously happy, sunny and summery card (all in washi tape!) as our inspiration in this week’s Muse challenge … this is it …

I love the vibrant colours and straight lines Marion has used here so focused on these aspects for my (very) CAS card …

Muse 5

I kept it very simple … the Lawn Fawn image is coloured with Promarkers (IRL the colours match those of Marion’s), the sentiment is from Paper Smooches, there’s a gem added to the dot on the ‘i’, and I rounded the bottom corner to reflect the rounded edge of each leaf.  Voila!

I’m off to enjoy all the other Muse inspired delights … thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #127 (Pinterest Inspiration), CAS-ual Fridays #90 (Black & White Plus 1) … Again

Cheryl is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has chosen ‘Pinterest Inspiration’ as the theme.  At CAS-ual Fridays, the theme is ‘Black and White Plus 1’ … my Plus 1 is green this time … and I’m submitting this as my second entry there.

I’m probably one of the very few who don’t have a Pinterest account yet, even though it’s tempting. I’ve heard, however, that after joining, most people a few individuals spend a looooong time there … and I know deep down that would be hazardous to my health, or at least my sleep patterns (such as they are).  So  I took as my inspiration a card by the awesomely talented and skilled Susan at Simplicity (who just happens to be one of the other hosts of OLW) … it’s here.  If there’s anyone in the universe who hasn’t visited Susan’s blog … GO … stop everything and GO NOW … you’ll know why when you’ve been and come back (eventually).  At least I hope you’ll be back!  This is my interpretation …

OLW 127, CFC 90

Susan used a technique called Masterboarding, where a collage sheet is created and cut up to make lots of cards.  As this is a one layer card, I couldn’t exactly do that and still meet the challenge, so instead I masked the card and used the same principle, using leaf stamps from Lawn Fawn.  The first layer was stamped and coloured with Promarkers.  For the second layer, I coloured the stamps with watercolour pens, stamped them over the top of the others and pulled the colour from the outlines with a waterbrush. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

I made a discovery about using Promarkers with masking … it doesn’t work … the ink bleeds under the masking tape, even if it’s well stuck down.   I was a tad piqued to find out after the card was almost finished … so I did a bit of rescuing and drew a black line top and bottom … ha, no more bleeding Promarkers!

That’s it for tonight … off to enjoy a short meander around the other entries before bed.  Thanks so much for coming by and for letting me know what you think, I really appreciate it.  Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #15, Less is More #107 (Up in the Air)

Today I have a card to share for CAS(E) this Sketch, where there’s the CASiest sketch ever by the amazing Lisa Arana, and for Less is More, where Chrissie and Jen have set the theme ‘Up in the Air’ …

CTS 15, LIM 107                    CTS 15, LIM 107 Close up

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The image is from Stampendous, stamped first on watercolour paper with Stazon.  I coloured it, fussy cut the chick and balloon, added lots of Glossy Accents to the balloon to add shine and shape, and used an embossing tool on the reverse of the chick (against the palm of my hand) to make him round and fluffy, full and floating (up in the air)!  The image was stamped again and matted, the balloon was attached flat and the chick went on with a pop dot, with the wings fixed flat … the close up photo shows the detail.  The sentiment is from WPlus9.

I’m going to finish the weekend with some inspiration … checking out the other submissions at CTS and LIM … lovely!  Thanks so much for coming by and for letting me know what you think … I really appreciate it.  Anita :)

CASology #31 (Red), CAS-ual Fridays #90 (Black & White Plus 1)

Here’s my second card for the day … this time I’m playing along with CASology, where the cue card is ‘Red’, and with CAS-ual Fridays, where the theme is ‘Black & White Plus 1’ … my ‘Plus 1’ is red … CASology 31, CFC 90


The stamp is from Penny Black, one of the first I bought … and just for the doing of it, I tried something with it I’d not done before … stamped with Versamark ink and used black embossing powder so the image would really stand out.  Black EP is not the best for making sure there’s no trace before heating, but that’s no reason (I explained to myself) for leaving it languishing in a corner.  So I grasped the proverbial nettle, padded liberally with the anti-static bag and went for it.  It isn’t perfect, but I quite like the odd tiny blob here and there … don’t know why, maybe it adds softness or movement … or maybe that’s just an excuse!  It’s coloured with watercolour pens, and the frame is popped up and wrapped with twine.

Looking forward later to visiting all the other lovely submissions … off to make (and eat) dinner first.  Thanks so much for coming by and for letting me know what you think … I really appreciate it.  Anita 🙂