Monthly Archives: April 2013

Case this Sketch #25

Today I’m just about playing along at Case this Sketch … if I get this done and linked in the next few minutes that is!  Here’s my card …

CTS 25

I embossed the polka dot green bordered panel, cut the climbing flower in white card using Cricut Stretch the Imagination Cartridge and then coloured it using Promarkers.  Just in case you’re wondering, the flower heads represent the tag shapes on the sketch!  The climber was popped up on dimensionals and the sentiment is part of a masked off Paper Smooches stamp.

That’s it for now … off to link!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂


CASology #41 (Giggle)

I have a just-in-time card to share today for CASology, where the cue card is ‘Giggle’ … what a brilliant theme … and there’s some splendid (and giggley) inspiration on show from the DT this week!  Here’s my take …

CASology 41

This is Alfred.  He’s usually covered in cosy blue plumage.  However, since the warm weather arrived, Alfred’s found it difficult to stay cool, so this week he decided to go the barber for a feather trim.  The day he went, the temperature soared to 40C, and as he was particularly hot and uncomfortable, he asked the barber for a short summer cut rather than just a trim.  His barber, being the literal type and not particularly empathetic, did just what he was asked for … a short summer cut.  Now, Alfred’s nice and cool although he’s not convinced that this is a such good look on a bird … and he probably won’t be going back to this particular barber again … well, would you?

Alfred and his feathers are from Paper Smooches, he’s coloured with Promarkers, and the sentiment is computer generated using Skinny Latte font.

I’m off for a giggle round the other CASologists’ entries … thanks so much for coming by, I do appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

Muse #14

It’s been a quiet week on the card making front because it’s been a super-busy week on the renovation front (making the best of the good weather and long evenings), and whilst I’ve tried to keep up with what everyone’s been doing, my own doings have been centred around being on scaffolding, getting creative with stone!

I had some delightful news on my ‘return’ (thanks for being the bearer of good news Shirley!) … my French Connection card was showcased at Less is More yesterday … I’m honoured and proud to add the badge to my sidebar … thank you so much, Chrissie and Jen 🙂

Now, onto my card, the first since last Sunday … and I’m feeling a bit out of practice!  It’s for Muse Card Club, where Virginia Lu is the Guest Designer and has made this card to inspire us …

I was struck by the flowers, vibrant colours and the circular sentiment, and did this …

Muse 14

… which is a bit different from my usual stuff, but I don’t hate it!  I randomly cut different sizes of the same flower shape into a white card panel using Cricut Accent Essentials, backed the panel with some striped DP from Fancy Pants Designs, and added the centres back in.  I did try adding gems and pearls in the centres, but it was just too much for the DP.  The sentiment’s from Paper Smooches, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed.  I used a fineliner to add the dotted border and then popped up the mega pink panel with dimensionals.  Why the mega pink?  Well, the stripe colours are mega pink, pink, orange, yellow, turquoise, green and brown … and I tried the lot … the mega pink seemed to work best!

I’m hoping to play along with some more challenges over the weekend, but for now I’m off to check out how everyone else was inspired by Virginia’s card.  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂


CASology #40 (Word)

A quick post to to share a card for CASology, where the Cue Card is ‘Word’ …

CASology 40          CASology 40a

I cut the panel using Cricut Plantin Schoolbook, then sliced up Bazzil/AC card to go behind each word and fixed it to the base.  The panel was popped up with dimensionals and the ‘spaces’ in the letters added back in.  Instead of leaving the spaces for the dots on each ‘i’, I added a little gem in the same colour as the card beneath.

We have the Anciens Combattants parade (Veterans) at church today, so I’m off to put on my finery … have a Happy Sunday!  Thanks so much, as ever, for coming by, your visits and comments are a delight!  Anita 🙂

Muse #13, CAS-ual Fridays #99 (Birthday Bash), Addicted to CAS #11 (Flower)

The sun is shining, fluffy clouds are drifting gently across a blue sky, there’s a slight breeze … lovely mmm? With all that yumminess (which is delicious), how come I’ve struggled to put my crafty hat on and put a card together today??  It’s a rhetorical question … if I don’t know, how could you?  It’s not as though there isn’t plenty of inspiration … there is … look.

At Muse, there’s Marion‘s inspiration card with bold images, strong colours and a big sentiment … at CAS-ual Fridays, the DT have put together some wonderful cards to wish Michele a Happy Birthday (which I do too!) … and at Addicted to CAS, the new code word chosen by Caz is ‘Flower’, again with some splendid cards on show from the DT.  Even so, that hat just wasn’t going to stay in place … it’s been on and off so many times … eventually I stuck it on (that strong double sided tape is sooo useful!) and came up with this …

Muse 13, CFC 99, ATCAS 11

I picked out Marion’s flowers idea and included the sprinkling of bling, the big bold sentiment and plenty of white space …

 muse     cfc99     

I found the (uncredited) daisy image on line a while ago, printed two direct onto the card, did a third to cut out and then coloured them with Promarkers.  The centres are popped up Candi from Craftwork Cards … IRL they have a sheen to them, but it doesn’t show up in the photo.  I popped up the middle daisy, sprinkled the bling, added a sentiment from Docrafts, and rounded the corners.  Now I’m asking myself … why was it so difficult … especially as I’m not actually too comfortable with it!

Still, I know there’ll be plenty of splendid cards at all three challenges, so I’ll be regaining some creative equilibrium a little later by having a wander around them.  Thanks so much for popping in, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

Unscripted Sketches #206, Paper Smooches Sparks (Cool Shades – Teal, Periwinkle, Kiwi, Kraft)

Congratulations to the DT at Unscripted Sketches, where there’s a fourth blogiversary celebration … along with some fun extra stuff this week as well as the challenge.  At Paper Smooches SPARKS, there’s a Cool Shades week, with the yummy combination of teal, periwinkle, kiwi and kraft.  Here’s my combined card …

US 206, PS 21-4

SK175 US206


The cute bird is from the Paper Smooches set My Peeps (don’t you just love that beak) and is coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Chit Chat, the ribbon’s from Papermania and I cut the ‘frame’ using American Crafts card.

That’s it for tonight … off for a meander around blogland.  Thanks so much for calling in, I so appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #115 (OLC – A Film)

I’m playing along at Less is More tonight (just in time!) where it’s one layer week and Chrissie and Jen’s theme is ‘A Film’ … hopefully one most people have heard of!  My choice is a tense thriller, not in my a top ten faves but very good nevertheless and when you know what it is, you’ll know why I chose it!  I’m pretty certain most people will have heard of it …

LIM 115

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… The French Connection!  The French poulet (le beret, le pain, le vin!) is coloured with Promarkers, the sentiment (salut … cheers) is made up of letters from other phrases from WPlus9 and is bubbling up through stickled bubbles from the pink champagne (it had to be pink champagne as a French red wouldn’t have bubbles in it!)  The twine (which I hope qualifies as minimal embellishment) represents the French flag … the tricolore … blue, white and red.

Running round a bit to get this linked and another card posted (also tight to a deadline!) … and I’ll be having a tour round a little later to see everyone’s film faves.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂