Monthly Archives: September 2013

Muse #36 (Karen M), One Layer Wednesday #159 (Free For All), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 25/9 (Anything Goes), Simon Says Stamp (Stamptember), Online Card Class (Insider)

Made it … phew … back for another post with my second card of the day.  The lovely and talented Karen from Made by Meadie is the Guest Designer at Muse this week and has given us the most gorgeous inspiration card (a bit like all her cards really) … if you haven’t wandered round Karen’s blog, go have a visit, there’s a generous helping of splendid deliciousness waiting for you.  At One Layer Wednesday, Karen from Snippets is the host and has set us a wide open challenge … Free For All … very cool.  I’m also entering Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Anything Goes challenge and Simon Says Stamp’s Stamptember Event.  Finally, as I’ve used a little of my learning from Day 1 of the Insider Online Card Class, this is going in the Gallery there too …

Muse 36, OLW 159, SSSW 25-9, SSS, OCC

and the inside …

Muse 36, OLW 159, SSSW 25-9, SSS, OCC Open


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          Simon Says Stamp Blog

I followed Karen’s muse quite faithfully … I haven’t done very much spongeing or stamping like this, so it was really good to play.  I masked off the centre of the card, sponged it with blue and aqua and then stamped the Annabelle Stamps flower clusters … some in lavender to give a very slight shadow and some in a darker blue for a more pronounced one.  The nearest clusters were stamped with white versamark, embossed in white (with shimmery bits in).  I used a ruler to draw the lines top and bottom and finally added the sentiment.

As with my last card, I did a little something on the inside … sponged a scrap of card, stamped the flower cluster, nestled the second part of the sentiment close to the blooms, trimmed it and edged it in black before popping it up on dimensionals.

One last thing … I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to my fellow Muse players for the Honorable Mention for my flower card last week … I so appreciate it 🙂

That’s my card making weekend complete … I’m off for a meander around blogland.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂


CASology #63 (Autumn), CAS-ual Fridays #115 (Fall Colours and a Leaf), Addicted to CAS #23 (Autumn/Fall), Paper Smooches SPARKS 23/9 (Picture Perfect), Simon Says Stamp, Insider Online Card Class

Monsieur Mojo ran away from home this week … think he was fed up of trying to work in an exhausted brain … so he left.  This morning he came back and took up residence again.  It’s taken him a while this afternoon, but all credit to him … he’s come up with a card that’s so amiable it’ll be happy in lots of environments …

CASology 63, CFC 115, ATCAS 23, PSS 23-9, SSSW 25-9, SSS, Insider OCC

and here’s the inside …

CASology 63, CFC 115, ATCAS 23, PSS 23-9, SSSW 25-9, SSS, Insider OCC Open



Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          Simon Says Stamp Blog

I was inspired by Ardyth’s DT card at CASology … that wonderful cascade of leaves and those gorgeous colours … so I did something similar.  My leaves are slightly different in that as well as tumbling down the card, they tumble from summer greens to autumn oranges and reds.  I stamped the same colours round the edges of the base card, to mirror the change of seasons on the leaf panel, and added the sentiment in Expresso Truffle.   All the stamps are from Paper Smooches … the leaf is one of those easily overlookable little images in Vogue Abode.

As a rule, that would be my card done, but not at the moment.  I enrolled on my first Online Card Class a short while ago (Insider) and it’s been going on this week … mostly without me (given M Mojo’s absence and the lack of functioning brain).  However, I have seen a few of the videos … they’re awesome … stunning and clever ideas for taking your design to the inside of the card.  So I’m putting what I’ve learned so far into practice here in a very small way … having tumbled, the leaves are all now in a neat pile in the bottom corner … and I added a little more gratitude with a supplementary sentiment.  I wanted to add ‘thanks piles’  but don’t have a stamp like that … and anyway, I wouldn’t want anyone to misinterpret a message like that … I know you wouldn’t at all, but imagine, the very thought.

I did say this card would fit in well in so many places … so it’s going on a bit of a tour … CASology – Autumn, CAS-ual Fridays – Fall Colours and a Leaf, Addicted to CAS – Autumn/Fall, Paper Smooches Sparks – Picture Perfect, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes, Simon Says Stamp – Stamptember, Insider Online Card Class Gallery … phew!

I’m making the most of MM’s continued presence so should be back later with another card …  for now I’m starting the linking marathon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

CASology #62 (Arrow), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 18/9 (STAMPtember)

After my last long post earlier, this is a quick one!  I made a (very CAS) card for CASology this week, where the Cue Card is Arrow.  I’m also submitting it to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where we’ve to use something from the store.  I used Memento inks.

CASology 62, SSSW 18-9

          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

These stamps came in my globe trotting package from PTI … I’ve hankered after the Square Prints set forever and as I now have it and there’s an arrow head shape on one of the squares, this was the perfect time to ink it up.  With a bit of careful measuring and a light pencil line, I managed to get the colour blocks lined up on only the second go so there’s still plenty of room in the paper bin.  The sentiment was stamped using the blocks as a guide.  I scored a border around the white panel and mounted it on a black base.  Done … very CAS!

That’s it from me for the weekend … I’ll be wandering around blogland a little before bed, so may see you there.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

Muse #35 (Marion Vagg), CASE Study #158, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 18/9 (STAMPtember), CAS-ual Fridays #115 (Fall Colours and a Leaf)

I misplaced a memory yesterday … I’d had it all week, but on the one day when I planned to use it, it did a disappearing act.  Was my brain too full of other stuff to recall it?  Mmm, nothing new there then.  Was I distracted by the sight of the blue sky and sunshine for the first time in a week?  Perhaps, but probably not.  Maybe it was the excitement of getting the housework done?  Huh, as if.  Anyway, misplaced it was until today when it reappeared … so I thought I’d share it with you, a day late … My Papercraft World is a year old!

In the last twelve months, I’ve been so fortunate to ‘meet’ such a worldwide group of lovely crafters … talented, inspiring, supportive and generous people who make up our crafty community.  And that’s not all … within that group of lovely crafters, I’ve also had the chance to become friends with some of the sweetest, most encouraging and loving people you could hope to meet … I consider myself truly blessed to be in such company.  So to everyone, for everything, thank you from the bottom of my heart :).  Here’s a card to say so …

Muse 35, CASE Study 158, CFC 115, SSSW 18-9

I was inspired here by a number of challenges.   At Muse, Marion Vagg has given us a richly coloured floral card, and at CASE Study, where it’s my first time playing along, Kathy Racoosin is the muse.  I’ve not played along at CAS-ual Fridays since having my time away on the renovation, so it’s good to be back with the theme of ‘Fall Colours and a Leaf’, and finally, I’m submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where we’ve to use something from the store … I used The Alley Way Stamps‘ Petal Pushers and Awesome Blossom.


          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The flowers and leaves were stamped, coloured with Promarkers, trimmed out and mounted on a polka dot embossed panel using different depths of foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment, added the gingham bow, fixed the panel to some orange/gold DP and adhered it all to a textured card base with rounded bottom corners.  I’d really appreciate some advice about embossed backgrounds and stamping … is it better to stamp then emboss or to emboss then stamp?  I did the latter, but flattened the dots beforehand and ‘refilled’ them afterwards to get a crisp finish … p’raps it would’ve been better to do the former in the first place!  What do you do?

I’d like to say hello this evening to Tonilea .. a new non-blogging but Pinterest-ing friend … you’re very welcome along … and thank you 🙂  I’d also like to say thank you so much to my fellow players at Muse last week, for the Honourable Mention for my rainbow roofed house card!

I’ll be back shortly with my last card of the weekend … thanks so much for coming by, as ever, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Addicted to CAS #22 (Get Well), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 18/9 (STAMPtember)

D’you ever have any of those creative moments that really aren’t … where no matter what you do/add/take away, a card doesn’t work?  Then when you come back to what you’ve previously abandoned, you find there’s something there to play with after all?  That’s what happened with this card … it started out as a one layer get well card (LIM/ATCAS) but it looked so naked it would’ve been seriously embarrassed just to have seen the light of day, let alone be displayed on a blog.  So I left it alone.  After a few days, I came back to it … and had one of Bev‘s pings.  I added a circle-cut-out-frame of sea foam blue (that’s a made-up name for the colour, ’cause I don’t know what the real colour is), a touch of twine and a circular tag … plus a little bling for the doc’s light so he can see what he’s doing … popped it all up on foam dots … and voila … he wasn’t naked any more.

So, now he’d like to pop along to Addicted to CAS (as originally intended), and also to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where we’ve to use something from the store … this little guy is from The Alley Way Stamps’ Castaways set.

ATCAS 22, SSSW 18-9

          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

So, before, when he was naked, he was stamped and coloured with Promarkers, and I stamped the sentiment.  There’s a great seaweed/coral stamp in this set and I used that loads of times to do the background ‘waves’ in sea blue and green, having masked the doc off and created a circle mask.  The rest you know.  Now I’m happy … don’t you just love it when you can rescue something you thought was lost?

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

MFW Tuesday Trigger 10/9 (In Transition), Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 16/9 (Not Stamping on Card Stock)

Cath’s inspiration picture at Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger is amazing … the sort of picture you can just sit and look at for ages … and I did, even after I made my card!  Over at Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge, we’ve to find something to stamp on that’s not card stock … fabric, wood, patterned paper etc … I chose vellum.  Here’s what I did to combine the two challenges …

MFWTT 10-9, SSSM 16-9

          Simon Monday Challenge Blog

I stuck reasonable well to the inspiration picture, using two sets of three overlapping vellum strips, stamped repeatedly with an Annabelle Stamps fine lined background image … predominently with one colour, then overlaid a couple of times with the base colour of the adjacent strip.  That sounds complicated, but it wasn’t … green overlaid with yellow, yellow with blue and blue with green for the first set, and then orange overlaid with red. red with navy, navy with orange for the second.  They were fixed in place using Invisidots.  The PTI sentiment was stamped and embossed in white on an uncoloured strip of vellum and fixed to overlap the sides of the coloured panel, reflecting the overlapping at the top and bottom.

That’s it for now, may be back later with a little something.  Thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #137 (Get Well Soon), Addicted to CAS #22 (Get Well), Paper Smooches Sparks 16/9 (Purple, Teal, Lime Green, Grey), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 18/9 (STAMPtember)

There’s a brace of ‘Get Well Soon’ challenges this week … it’s the theme chosen by Chrissie and Jen for our one layer card at Less is More … and it’s also been picked by the lovely Sandie over at Addicted to CAS.  Oh good … a bit of challenge doubling.  But wait … it just so happens that I used Paper Smooches stamps for my card, and as the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge this week is a Cool Shades one, my colours are their colours … purple, teal, lime green and grey.  Challenge trebling then …

LIM 137, ATCAS 22, PSS 16-9

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          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

ETA:  I forgot .. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is asking us to use something from the store this week to celebrate STAMPtember … I used Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes, so am submitting there too … quadrupling!

I love this little creature as it’s able to morph into different things … a while ago it made an appearance as an extraterrestrial (here) … this time it’s a germ … not sure what it might turn into next time.  Wish I was as versatile (in a non-germ way of course).

As well as taking the starring role during this performance, this little ‘thing’ had a walk-on part … as a mask, so I could get it’s buddies to float about in a crowd-like manner across the stage card.  Once the crowd got themselves settled, they were coloured with Promarkers, although for the extraverts among them that wasn’t enough.  The lime green ones insisted on hogging the limelight (naturally), so are sporting doodled spotty numbers instead of plain outfits.   They all have stickles added to their head-blobs (I was going to say antennae, but don’t know if germs have them … head-blobs seemed more appropriate) and the ‘feel better soon’ part of the sentiment nestles cosily between the tail-blobs of the final four.

Before I move on, has anyone read ‘A Million Chameleons’ by James Young … either themselves or to sons/daughters/nieces/nephews/grandchildren?  It’s the one that starts ‘a little chameleon all in vermilion,  danced alone in a garden pavilion’.  If you have (and it’s not toooo long ago), don’t these germs remind you of the illustrations of the chameleons?  If you haven’t, and you have little people to read to, try it … it’s charming and delighful.  I read it to my niece a million times when she was between two and four years old … it was high on her favorites list (and mine because we had so much fun together with it!).

Now … some exciting news.  Yesterday, my whelms were very definitely overed when I found I’d made it onto the ATCAS Wall of Fame … to be in the company of so many talented and inspiring card-makers … wow … I mean WOW!  Thank you so much Kylie, and the rest of the DT for such an honour … and for such a fun challenge … your hard work, creativity and enthusiasm is so appreciated 🙂

I’m looking forward to a browse round blogland a little later, to see who’s been inspired to do what, so may see you there.  In the meantime, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂