Monthly Archives: October 2013

One Layer Wednesday #163 (Orange You Glad You Played Along), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 23/10 (Halloween Colours), Simon Says Stamp Monday 28/10 (Anything Goes)

Karen is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has chosen ‘Orange You Glad You Played Along’ as the theme … use orange on your card.  As Simon Says Stamp Monday has an Anything Goes week, I’m submitting there too … and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where Halloween or Halloween colours are de riguer (orange, green and black are good Halloween colours, even if the image isn’t even remotely spooky!).

OLW 163, SSSM 28-10, SSSW 23-10

 Simon Monday Challenge Blog         Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I stamped the Avery Elle flower, centre and leaves, added some shading to the flower with Promarkers, stamped the sentiment and finished off with some tiny gems.  That was it …easy peasy.  Well, it would’ve been if it wasn’t for the numerous times over the last few days I messed up experimented to see how full I could make the paper bin under my desk.  That worked well, the floor’s taking up the slack.  Time for bed I think.

I’ll be back tomorrow, meandering and visiting.  Thanks so much for calling in, your visits and comments are, as ever, a delight!  Anita 🙂


Paper Smooches Sparks 21/10 (Cool Shades), CAS(E) this Sketch #51, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 23/10 (Halloween Colours)

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Here’s my final card for the weekend … a joint venture between Paper Smooches Sparks, where it’s Cool Shades week (orange, purple, kraft, teal), CAS(E) this Sketch where N@Ali is our sketch artist, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where there’s a Halloween Colours theme …

PSS 21-10, CTS 51, SSSW 23-10


 Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog 

I used the sketch upside down, and stamped the PS sentiment over a PTI sketch banner that I made narrower by masking each side with post its.  The PS cute bird was stamped, coloured with Promarkers and trimmed out.  I added Glossy Accents to his eyes and once that was dry, popped him up on dimensionals.  The addition of a few previously kraft-tinted clear sequins was the finishing touch.

I’m not sure where the weekend’s gone, but gone it has … and it’s a bit late to go off on my travels round the blogosphere again tonight, so I’ll be catching up tomorrow.  I do hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, and had the chance to have some lovely creative time.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are, as always a delight!  Anita 🙂

Muse#40 (Darnell), CASology #67 (Country), CASE Study #163

This week’s party is in full swing over at Muse, and there’s still a little time left to join in the fun created by this week’s GD and sweet friend, the delightful, delicious and delectable Darnell (thought you’d like the alliteration!).  Darnell’s inspiration card is thoughtful and beautiful … and her post equally so (go over if you haven’t already, you’ll see what I mean) … it highlights Breast Cancer Awareness, such an important subject for each of us.  As well as joining in at Muse, I’m also submitting my card to CASology, where the Cue Card is Country and CASE Study, where GD Elena Roussakis has given us a charming pink, white and green scene to play with.  Here’s my card …

Muse 40, CASology 67, CASE Study 163

And here’s Darnell’s wonderful card …



So what did I take from where?  From Darnell’s card I took the layout, the flowers and the colour palette … and the latter two happened to sit nicely with Elena’s light and feminine scene.  I don’t need to look too far to find ‘country’ round here … it’s right on the doorstep … and one of the loveliest sights in spring and summer is the wildflower meadows.  So my card should have you imagining swathes of delicate blooms drifting softly in the gentle breeze amid a sea of green (probably about right for our friends coming into spring in the southern hemisphere … it may take a bit more imagination if you’re already up to your knees in snow!).

On a white panel, I stamped a Penny Black flower image, an Avery Elle sentiment and underlining scroll, and the Annabelle Stamps leafy branches.  The flowers were coloured with Promarkers and I finished off with a strip of gingham DP, before popping it all up on foam dots on the card base.

I’m off to check out what everyone else has been inspired to create … and plan to come back a little later with something else to share.  For now, though, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

PS:  Thanks so much to everyone who voted my ‘tweet’ card (here) into an Honourable Mention spot at Muse last week … this is what I looked like when I found out  🙂

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge (Tag It)

I’ve been looking forward to playing along with the Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge since taking delivery of my first PTI package recently … and this month got myself organised enough to do just that … yay!  So the challenge is to create a set of five (or more) gift tags and we can go as simple or as complex as we like.  I went very simple …

PTI Oct 2013


I love the look of white on kraft … and as my stamp-a-ma-jig arrived this week, I could double stamp these images from Merry and Bright Additions to get a stronger white without getting apoplectic about making a big spodgy mess (like I did the other day when the leaf cut out was necessary!).  All the tags were stamped with the image and sentiment first and the ‘dressing’ evolved once I saw how they turned out.  The borders are glittery and shimmery, and the tiny ornaments are the confetti from inside them. A little star gem was added to each tree to finish off.  The decorations give the tags a lovely bobbly texture that I rather like … and I think you would too if there was a touch and feel facility available on this computer.  Sadly that’s not the case … but IRL there’s bobbly-ness!

It’s waaayyy past the witching hour here, but even so, I’m still going for a wander around to see what everyone else has been inspired to create.  After all, the clocks go back tomorrow and that means an extra hour of crafting sleep.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #142 (Tree), Addicted to CAS #24 (Transparent), A Blog Named Hero #34 (Embell-ope)

I have a card to share this evening for Less is More, where the theme is Tree, Addicted to CAS where Christine is the host and has chosen Transparent, and for A Blog Named Hero, where we’ve to embellish an envelope to go with a card.  I made my first shaker card …

LIM 142, ATCAS 24, ABNH 34


The image is from Hero Arts with the spaces in the letters coloured with Promarkers.  I cut a tree shape out of the front panel, mounted some acetate in the space, added some sequins and attached the stamped image panel using foam tape.  The twine was wrapped and tied in a bow and the panel attached to the base card using foam dots.  I stamped the edge of the envelope with the same tree image and again coloured the spaces in.

Before I go, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Kylie and the DT at ATCAS for choosing my tumbling leaves card (here) as the CAS Perfectionist in the last challenge … what an honour, I was so delighted!

Need to get this linked as there are only moments left … I’ll be back soon.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #162 (Leaves)

Squeezing in with a card for One Layer Wednesday tonight … Heather is the host this week and the theme is leaves …

OLW  162

I was inspired firstly by this glorious leaf card by Anya Schrier (it’s one of my pins on Pinterest … I’m up to a whole five!) and then by a card I made way back in February, also for OLW, here.   I used similar colours and layout to those Anya used, only in a mini format … my leaf stamp is a small one from the Awesome Blossom set by The Alley Way Stamps, so wasn’t big enough to work well for a whole card.  I marked out a simple grid, masked the card base, stamped the leaf mostly in different greens, added a PTI sentiment, drew in black lines top and bottom and finished with a couple of gems to tie in with the pink leaf.  Done … um … not.

I’d like to say that the aperture showing the pink leaf on the inside was an intentional design feature … but if I did, horrid things would happen to me because it’d be a BIG fib.  It was more like a rescue mission after a ‘why-didn’t-you-leave-well-alone-it-was-fine-as-it-was’ moment.  The original pink leaf on the front of the card was ever so slightly indistinct … so dipping into my slight (!) perfectionist tendencies I tried restamping it.  REALLY bad move … it turned into a splodgy mess.  What to do … can’t cover it up (it’s for OLW), can’t undo it (trying would make the splodge even more messy), maybe the paper bin (shame, I liked it).  Then it came to me, direct from my recent Insider Class … cut out the splodge and take the design to the inside … eureka!  So that’s what I very carefully did … and will add a fun sentiment inside when I’m ready to use it … hopefully it will make the recipient smile!

Before I go, I have some new followers to say hello to … Kate from katescardcorner (a long time blogger with lots to explore), Betty K in Australia, an enthusiastic non-blogging card maker, and jkrohyo (a non-card making blogger) … welcome to you all and thank you 🙂

That’s it from me for now … just time to link before bed … I’ll be back in blogland tomorrow for a good dose of inspiration.  In the meatime, thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

CASology #66 (Pumpkin), CAS(E) this Sketch #50, Dynamic Duos #75 (Deep Orange and Black with Optional Halloween)

Halloween isn’t a big thing here, and it’s never really been a big thing for me either.  However, given that the Cue Card at Casology is Pumpkin, Dynamic Duos have a deep orange/black colour palette with the option of Halloween (my first time joining in), and at CAS(E) this Sketch there’s a Chrissy Larson circular design to try (pumpkins are round!), it seemed a good idea to combine them and and see what happened.  This did (eventually) …

CASology 66, CTS 50, DD 75


Not a stamp in sight … what??  The only pumpkin image I have is a Cricut one from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, so I cut one from deep orange card, coloured it with Promarkers to add some dimension (it was flat, flat, flat) and popped some brighter orange behind to light it (also Promarkered).  There’s a circle of black in the background, the panel’s from the same card as the pumpkin and I doodled the ‘bites’ out of the aperture to go with the toothy grin.  The ‘boo’ is Cricut cut and mounted on a strip of black.  I adhered the black circle flat against the card base, popped the pumpkin up on slender dimensionals and popped the top panel on with chunkier ones.

Simple?  Hahaha … not.  I’ve not used my Cricut for a few months and it’s obviously feeling neglected, so it’s throwing a big tantrum.  After lots of crawling about checking cables and connections, and pressing the not-so-easy-to-find reset button I finally got it working … after a fashion.  It now takes over five minutes warm up after being switched on and goes into sleep mode after only about a second and a half (that’s a slight exaggeration but it wasn’t very long … at all).  The upshot is that while this card should’ve been a quick, simple make, it wasn’t, it took up all the time I was going to use to do some emails and make some more cards.  In addition, whilst it’s ok, I don’t really like it that much!  Phew … OK … rant over!!  Now pondering the idea of getting a pumpkin stamp!

I’m off to get dinner started … I’ll be back later for a meander around the blogosphere.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are, as ever, a joy!  Anita 🙂