Monthly Archives: May 2013

Happy Birthday, Ardyth!

Yay … it’s arrived … the day of the surprise birthday blog party for the amazing Ardyth from Maskerade!  Darnell‘s been busy organising everything (with help from Geri) and has a Mr Linky on her blog for us all to post our cards to. I don’t think there will be many people in our blog community who haven’t heard of Ardyth … uber-talented, creative and inspirational cardmaker, enthusiastic member (and ex member) of numerous design teams, encouraging and supportive commenter, generous giver and sweet friend.  So, Ardyth … in honour of your birthday, here’s a little borrowed ‘Ardyth-esque-ness’ …

Joyeux Anniversaire… to wish you a very very Happy Birthday … have the most wonderful celebration today, and the happiest year ahead, full of all good things!  Thanks so much for your friendship and for all you do in our cardmaking corner of the blogosphere!  Anita 🙂


CAS(E) this Sketch #29

First off today, a big thank you to the DT at Cas(e) this Sketch for choosing my sunburst card as a CTS Favorite last week … I was so delighted and am honoured to add the badge to my sidebar 🙂  This week’s sketch is by the ever creative Jackie Rockwell and here’s my interpretation …

CTS 29

The birds are from Lawn Fawn, stamped and paper pieced, and with a little pearl each to dress up their tail feathers.  I doodled the wires they’re perched on, embossed the space underneath and added a Paper Smooches sentiment … and I was done!

Moving along, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Harriet from Ally Cat Cards who joined the ranks of the Froggers this week … thank you!  I’m certain the majority of you will already have discovered Harriet’s blog … it’s full of amazing cards and wonderful inspiration, but just in case you haven’t, do go and have a lovely wander around all that deliciousness!

I’ll be wandering around in blogland a little later myself, to check out how everyone else has been inspired with the sketch this week.  In the meantime, though, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂

CASology #45 (Royal), Less is More #121 (Humour), Simon Says Stamp (Take a Picture), A Blog Named Hero #24 (Clean up Your Act)

My card this sunny Sunday afternoon started off for CASology, where the cue card is ‘Royal’ … then it got stretched a little into Less is More, where there’s a Recipe week, and Chrissie and Jen have chosen ‘Humour’ to get our little grey cells going … and then it grew to take in Simon Says Stamp‘s ‘Take a Picture’ … and lastly, I thought I’d play along for the first time with A Blog Named Hero‘s challenge ‘Clean Up Your Act’ (a CAS project) … phew … how did that happen?  Anyway, here it is …

1-CASology 45, LIM 121, SSS 22-5, ABNH 24

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Cinderella’s life transforming glass slipper (she became a princess didn’t she?) is a Penny Black stickeroo, trimmed out and mounted on pink glitter card inside a long polaroid frame.  The fun sentiment’s computer generated (Catharthis Espresso font) and the frame is popped up on dimensionals over a swiss dots embossed base.  The border was done by dragging a Promarker around the edges.

This is rather more pink and girlie than my usual cards, but sometimes a girl NEEDS pink and girlie amid a mass of scaffolding, stone, timber and DIRT!

I’m going for a blogwander, so I may see you there … thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #120 (Cats and/or Dogs)

Some of you may recall that cats Clementine, Delphinium and Esmerelda made an appearance at Less is More a while ago after they’d perfected their synchronised hula hoop routine … and I was going to call on them again for this week’s theme challenge, ‘Cats and/or Dogs’.  However, what I didn’t realise is that it’s now the off-season for hula hooping and the ladies are away for a few weeks at summer training camp.  Bother.

Having resigned myself to not entering at all (not being endowed with another cat/dog stamp), suddenly one of Bev‘s ping moments came upon me (thanks Bev!)… a rifle or two through my stash later and yes, … something … look …

1-LIM 120

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These talented pooches are Penny Black stickeroos, trimmed out and popped up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is computer generated (KG Skinny Latte), as are the meiows, … they were cut with Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge and coloured with Promarkers.   You can see how pleased Spot and Dot are with themselves from their tails … and I can understand that … after all, Cat is one of the most complicated languages for a dog to learn!

I’m off to link and then to have a meiownder around the other entries … thanks so much for coming by, I so appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita:)

One Layer Wednesday #140 (Borders), Simon Says Stamp (Flower Power), Addicted to CAS #13 (Birthday), Muse #18

Heather is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week, and has set us the challenge of creating a card with a border … made with a border stamp or by repeatedly stamping another image.  At Addicted to CAS, Kylie has chosen the code word ‘Birthday’, and at Simon Says Stamp, the theme is ‘Flower Power’ …  so I’m playing along with all three challenges with this card …

ETA:  My friend and challenge combiner extraordinaire, Shirley has suggested that I link this up to Muse this week also, so I am (thanks, Shirley … only my second quadruple! :))  Our inspiration there is a beautifully blooming card from the awesome Marion Vagg (below)

1-OLW 40, SSS 15-5, ATCAS 13



I chose to do a repeated pattern with a little freebie stamp that came with a magazine … I did a similar card a while ago with soft stamping and gentle watercolours (here) and thought I’d CASE it, but try a different look.  This one is stamped in Stazon black and coloured with Sakura Glaze Pens and I went over it a couple of times to add dimension.  I’d love to show you the effect … IRL there’s so much relief and shine in all the petals and leaves … but I couldn’t get the camera to focus.  Sorry.   The sentiment’s from Paper Smooches.

I’m so pleased to welcome Barbara from love2colour as a new friend and Frogger … thank you!  Barbara’s a recent blogger with awsome colouring skills … check out her blog and simply admire!

That’s lunchtime gone in a jiffy … back to ceiling plasterboard joints!  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #28

I’m playing along at Cas(e) this Sketch today, where the sketch has been provided by the talented N@Ali.  This week sees Ardyth‘s last DT card for us at CTS … she’s been an amazing inspiration to so many of us and I know we’ll miss seeing her deliciously clean, graphic and  uniquely ‘Ardyth-esque’ interpretation of the sketch each Thursday.  Thank you so much, Ardyth 🙂

Onto my card …

1-CTS 28and here’s the sketch …

I cut all the elements with Cricut Accent Essentials and coloured the sunburst and all the little rays with Promarkers.  The panel had a circle cut out and the sunburst was popped up on dimensionals on the base in the gap.  The cascading sun rays and rhinestones were fixed in place, the sentiment (WPlus9) was curved round the sunburst, and the panel was popped up on deeper dimensionals.    Voila!

On a separate note, I’m delighted to welcome Lucy from lucyscraftycards as a new friend and Frogger … thank you Lucy :).  You may already have come across Lucy’s blog … if not, do go and have a wander round her fabulous CAS creations … and enjoy!

As for me, I’m going for a meander around the other entries at CTS … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Muse #17, The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired #28

Today I have a card to share for two challenges (yes, MM and MI are up to co-operating again after their efforts yesterday).  The amazing Therese Calvird has created a cute and fun inspiration card for us this week at Muse … and for the first time, I’m playing along at The Alley Way Stamps (although I have been enjoying looking for a few weeks).  This is my combined offering …

Muse 17, TAWS 28

… and here’s the inspiration …


I love Therese’s stacked elephants and paper piecing, and the striped vanilla, pink and light tan bedding just blew me away … wouldn’t a bedroom in those ice-cream colours be so deliciously restful and calm?  Sigh.

I started with three different DPs and made the background panel using strips to (roughly) match the bedding.  Then I printed out the cute little bird image from TAWS (a freebie as I don’t have any of their real stamps … yet), one on each DP, and trimmed them out.  Their stick legs had to go in the trimming (have you ever tried cutting out stick legs?), so I drew them back in once they were attached to their panel.  The sentiment was done on the computer (Skinny Latte font) and the triple row of twine serves a couple of purposes … it’s something for the stack of birds to stand on, and more importantly, it hides the join in the panel where I made a big boo-boo and had to cut off the original sentiment.  Finally, both panels were popped up on dimensionals.

I’m off to link (Muse finishes very shortly!) … looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created a little later.  Thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments warm my heart!  Anita 🙂