Monthly Archives: July 2013

One Layer Wednesday #147 (Christmas Sparklers)

I have a card to share for One Layer Wednesday where Susan is the host this week.  She’s set a ‘Christmas Sparklers’ theme … use glitter or shimmer on a one layer Christmas/holiday card.  Nothing like being prepared well in advance of the event!

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I have four Christmas themed stamps (one image, two sentiments, one freebie), none of which I could make work here … so I went on the hunt for something suitably festive … or something that could be turned into something suitably festive.  I found these circles on the Avery Elle Blog free digital stamps page … seemed they could very well be Christmas baubles … at least that’s how my eyes saw them.

The stripes are coloured with Promarkers and have holographic glitter layered over the top.  I made the sentiment using an old peel-off negative and a black fine liner, and topped it with glitter, courtesy of my trusty glue pen.  A couple of miniscule gems (coloured to match the baubles) act as the trema over the ‘e’ (French spelling of course!).

The last touch was to round the bottom corners … having them rounded seemed to balance the card better … maybe because it reflects the rounded baubles?  Looking at it now, though I’m still not certain that the balance is right … could the baubles be lower … should the bottom 5cm have been sliced off to make it into a square card … is it just me?  P’raps you could let me know!

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #15

Here’s another card (yep, two in one day) … it’s for WPlus9’s Monday Mood Board.  I wouldn’t usually gravitate towards the selection of elements in the inspiration photo, but was feeling a bit reckless so thought I’d throw myself into it with abandon … look …

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… see what I mean?  The background panel was made with an Annabelle Stamps border stamp, with the large dots highlighted in gold glitter, and the tag was stamped with a WPlus9 sentiment, masked to make it into a block (it comes as a long line).  I made the twine tassel, tied it onto the tag, tied the tag to the base panel and attached the base panel to a kraft card.  The little gems added just a smidge more colour.  It doesn’t feel much like me, p’raps ’cause it’s a bit busier than my usual style, but I don’t dislike it.  Fun to push the boundaries every so often.

I’m delighted to welcome a couple of new friends this week … Linda, who’s new to stamping and doesn’t have a blog or gallery, and Lindsey from Doodlings, a seasoned and talented cardmaker (check out her blog for some delicious inspiration, if you haven’t done already).  Thank you so much ladies 🙂

That’s it from me for the weekend … if you’re in heat (like us), stay cool, if you’re in cold, stay cosy and warm!  Thanks so much for coming by, I love your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

Muse #24 (Laurie Willison)

First off today, I’d like to say thank you so much to everyone who played along with my GD card at Muse last week … it was so exciting and fun, and downright inspiring, popping back each day to see who had linked up what … the creative talent on display was amazing!  Particular congratulations go to Darnell, Bev and Lori, on their Featured Member spots and to Mackie, Lynne and Karen on their Honourable Mentions :).

My next big thank you is to Ardyth, our Co-ordinator/Inspirer Extraordinaire, for her energy, enthusiasm and creative genius each week, and to the super talented Therese, Marion and Laurie for their wonderful inspirational cards :).

The whole experience reminded me again (as though it were needed!) how fortunate I am to be part of such a wonderful online community … you’re truly appreciated 🙂

So, onto this week’s card … our muse is Laurie and she’s given us some bold colours and lots of texture and dimension to play with.  Here’s my take …

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and here’s Laurie’s card …


I rarely use coloured base cards, so this was an opportunity to do something different.  Well, the opportunity was taken, I did do something different … and the outcome was truly horrid (really it was) … so I went back to the drawing board and started again using a white card base.   In the final version, I stayed with Laurie’s layout, and colours (rich green, browns and white), and added some dimension with the little wooden flowers (from Kars).  The sentiment’s from Annabelle Stamps.

Looking forward to meandering round everyone else’s creations a little later on … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

CASology #51 (Fireworks), Simon Says Stamp – 3 July (Patriotic)

I’ve a card to share tonight for CASology, where the cue card is ‘Fireworks’ … seems July’s full of opportunities for them … Canada Day, 4th of July and here in France, La Fete Nationale next Sunday (sometimes known as Bastille Day in other countries).  As this card is celebrating national days, I’m also entering it at Simon Says Stamp, where there’s a ‘Patriotic’ theme …

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          Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

I wanted to have lots of celebratory sparkle on this card, so inked the TAWS image up with two sets of inks before stamping … first clear Versamark, then some of my new dye based ones.  Using the Versamark allowed me the time to stamp it all up before heat embossing with holographic sparkle embossing powder.  I did the same with the PS sentiment and then mounted the firework panel onto glitter card.   It looks reasonably sparkley in the photo (better if you click on it) but IRL it looks sooo SPARKLEY!

I’m off to see what pyrotechnical delights everyone else has come up with.  Thanks so much, as always, for coming by, your visits and comments are a delight!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #125 (Sand)


My lovely friend Hannelie is the super talented Guest Designer at Less is More this week … and in her honour, Chrissie and Jen have chosen ‘Sand’ as the theme (you’ll know why if you already know Hannelie’s blog … if not, check it out, you’re in for such a treat :).

I know this is a challenge and it’s supposed to be … um … challenging, but oh how I struggled.  How many of my experiments ideas hit the paper bin?   Innumerable.  How long did I spend looking for the right colour sandpaper?  You really don’t want to know.   How much double sided tape and sand (destined for joints in stonework) did I waste?  Just don’t go there.   So after all that, what I have I come up with to screech in at the last minute?  This …

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This is so far out of my comfort zone I can hardly sit still to post it.  One subtle colour throughout (sand), one bordered white base, one image (AnnaBelle Stamps) and a one word sentiment (also ABS).  The comfortable bit (phew) is the popping up of the image.

I’m feeling the need now to have a long lie down in a darkened room till this uncomfortable-zone feeling goes away.  I will be back to have a wander through blogland later though, when I recovered some equilibrium.  Until then, thanks so much for your visits and comments … they’re always a joy!  Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #34

Today I got a package in the post … it was a package I kind of knew about … what I didn’t know was that I was going to receive it soooo quickly … or that it would contain as much as it did.  I was excited, delighted, ecstatic when I opened it and found a stack of inks in a veritable rainbow of colours … plus the most delicious card to accompany them.  So now I’m more than happy dancing, which is quite appropriate really as the package and card came from my sweet and talented friend Bev at Happy Dance … and it’s thanks to Bev that I have my card tonight ’cause I used some of the inks to make it :).

It was originally for two challenges … CAS(E) this Sketch, where Karolyn’s our sketch artist this week, and CAS-ual Fridays, where the challenge was to use arrows.  However, I was having so much fun playing with my new goodies that I didn’t notice I’m out of time on CF, so now it’s just for CTS.  I have a big thank you to say to the DT at CTS, after my wild fish card was chosen as a Favorite last week … it was a lovely surprise and it brightened my frantic week … thank you ladies!  Here’s this week’s offering …

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I used a green bordered base card, stamped the arrows (TAWS) and used a separate panel for the sentiment (also TAWS).  The panel had it’s corners rounded, the open letters coloured and was popped up on foam dots.  The little wooden shape was coloured with the lime green ink and popped up over the sentiment panel.  The shape is kind of compass-y … goes with the arrows/direction theme … although it could also be a sun, which would go with the weather theme (winds) … so that works then.

That’s it from me for tonight … it’s pretty late so I’ll be checking out all the other entries and catching up tomorrow.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visit and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #146 (Splats and Splatters), Simon Says Stamp 26/6 (Anything Goes)

Life has been a bit crazy round here for the last week, so whilst I’ve kept up with events in the blogosphere, card making has taken a bit of a back seat.  Tonight, however, it decided it was fed up with playing second fiddle and moved into the front seat next to me … so I’m taking advantage of it’s proximity and playing along at One Layer Wednesday, where Karen‘s the host and has set us a ‘Splats and Splatters’ challenge, and at Simon Says Stamp, where the theme is ‘Anything Goes’.  This is what I came up with …

OLW 146, SSS 26-6

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

I guess just about now you’re thinking to yourself … ‘now where are the splats and splatters then?’  Well … they’re there, they’re just really, really tiny (you can just about see them if you click on the photo) … and there’s an explanation.  I don’t have any splat stamps.

At first, I tried sploshing some colour from a water brush onto some card, thinking I may be able to get a similar look to a stamp.  Nope … soggy mess.  Next I tried a PS splodgy bug stamp with a smiley face … wasn’t going for a similar look at all this time, but I thought it might do.  Nope … too silly (even for me).  Then it hit me … wonder if watercolour pens would splatter?  Well, they didn’t at first, but by flicking the tip of the pen against the inside edge of the cap whilst pointing said cap where I wanted the splatter to go, I got a result … yay!

So, eighteen colours, one TAWS sentiment (which seemed appropriate) and three AnnaBelle Stamps ‘icicles’ later, this was the outcome … splatter in miniature … and I’m happy!

I’m also very happy that I have two new friends to welcome tonight … Kelly from Kelly’s Papercrafting (who I think you’ll know for her deliciously CAS style … if you don’t have a meander over there and enjoy) and Charlotte, who doesn’t have a blog or gallery to visit … welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a quick tour around blogland to see who’s been inspired to do what today.  Thanks so much, as ever, for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂