Monthly Archives: November 2013

Less is More #147 (Christmas Bird), Waltzingmouse Fanatics #6 (Non-Christmas-Image Christmas), SSSW 27/11 (Anything Goes), SSSM 25/11 (Countdown to the Holidays)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends who are celebrating today … wishing you a very special day surrounded by those you love and care for!  Actually, I wish that for those of you not celebrating too … taking time out to give thanks for our blessings is always good … so I will … for all the joy you bring me through your friendship, humour and warmth … a heartfelt thank you, I’m so blessed to be part of this wonderful community 🙂

My card today is a Christmas one … not surprisingly, it’s just about the most favorite theme of the moment, so I’ve done just a little combining.  At Waltzingmouse Fanatics, Deborah and Tara have set quite a toughie of a challenge … to create a Christmas card using non-Christmas themed images … phew!  Luckily, over at Less is More, Chrissie and Jen came to the inspiration rescue as they’re asking for a Christmas card including a bird … mmm … seems to me that could be a non-Christmas image.  Lastly, at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, there’s an Anything Goes week, so I’m linking up there too.

ETA:  Simon Says Stamp Monday’s theme this week is Countdown to the Holidays … a countdown of any kind to Christmas (including how many cards still to make!) … so I’m playing along there too.

LIM 147, WMF 6, SSSW 27-11

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On an aqua pearl card panel, I stamped the image, embossed it in white and then re-stamped and clear glitter embossed it … I wanted to create the impression of a frost laden tree.  The birds were stamped, trimmed out, coated with Glossy Accents and once dry, they flew off to perch in the tree.  I stamped and white embossed the sentiment and then frosted glittered the strip along the bottom.  The gems were the final touch, before the panel was mounted on a white base.

I’m looking forward to a wander round later on to see what everyone else has been inspired to create.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments really are a delight!  Anita 🙂


Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge (Paper House)

What a fun challenge at this month’s Papertrey Blog Hop … create your own paper holiday house (a blank template was provided … we could add what we wanted)!  Here’s the whimsical little abode I came up with …

PTI Nov 2013


I haven’t done any doodling for ages … and this was my opportunity … whimsical lends itself so well to doodling!  It was done with a black fine liner and the colouring was done with Promarkers.  The scalloped, rainbow coloured slate roof was treated to a coating of Wink of Stellar … it looks like a covering of light frost IRL, but I couldn’t get the camera to pick it up for the photo.  The olive trees are standing in as Christmas trees … not decorated yet as it’s a bit too soon … give it a few more weeks and they’ll be twinkling with tiny sparkley lights!

I’ll be back tomorrow to do some touring … for now, it’s late so I’m off to bed.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comment are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party (November – Classic Christmas), Curtain Call 15/11 (CAS-ual Christmas), CAS-ual Fridays #121 (Create With 8), SSS Monday 18/11 (It’s a Mystery)

Following quickly along from my last post, here’s my second card for the Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party … this time the theme’s Classic Christmas … which dovetails nicely with the inspiration photograph at the Curtain Call, where I’m playing for the first time.  At CAS-ual Fridays, the theme is Create with 8 … make a project where we use eight of something, and I’m linking up again with Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s It’s a Mystery challenge … I’m a newbie at Curtain Call so that’s mysterious for now!

WMS Nov 2, CC 15-11, CFC 121, SSSM 18-11

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On a white watercolour panel, I stamped the WMS mistletoe, masked it, stamped it again and drew the colour into the leaves using an aqua brush.   The berries were coloured with Promarkers and given dimension and shine with Glossy Accents.  I punched a tiny hole each side of the stems, threaded the ribbon through and tied the bow, before stamping the WMS sentiment.  The panel was then mounted on a card base edged with red.

A final couple of things … the mistletoe leaves are the eight for CAS-ual Fridays … and Claire at WMS suggested we might want to consider an interactive card … d’you think the bow might count if you have little ones learning to tie them?!

Off to link … just 16 minutes left and counting!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party (November – Thank you very much for being my …), Colour Q #216 (Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, More Mustard), SSS Monday 18/11 (Mystery), SSS Wednesday 20/11 (Sketch)

Monsieur Mojo was a bit quiet this week … till today when he gave me a hand with a couple of cards … one here, and one to follow.  I’ve accepted the invitation to attend the Waltzingmouse Pyjama Party for the first time this month … this card’s for the ‘Thank you very much for being my …’ theme.  It’s also my first time playing along at the Colour Q, where the colours are kraft, pumpkin pie, bashful blue and more mustard, and as WMS and CQ are both unknown to me (and therefore could be described as mysteries!), I’m linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday where there’s a ‘mystery’ theme.  The layout comes from the sketch at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday so I’m joining in there too.

WMS Nov 1, CQ 216, SSSM 18-11, SSSW 20-11


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The feathers are from Waltzingmouse, stamped and trimmed out, and the banners are dry embossed and sponged.  I mounted one banner flat and one on low foam dots, and adhered the feathers with high foam dots along the spines.  The twine was wrapped round the base panel and knotted round the quills of the feathers, and I finished off with the WMS sentiment.

I’m rushing a bit to get this linked and my next card photographed, posted and linked … all before the party finishes at WMS (I have 49 minutes!), so I’ll get on!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

CASology #71 (Bell) – Guest Designer

CASology Guest Designer Badge 2013

CASology is one of my favorite challenges, and the one I’ve played in more than any other … so to have had this card named as winner in last week’s ‘Brown’ challenge was a huge and special thrill for me (thanks again Kimberley!).  Can you imagine then, how exciting it was to be asked to be Guest Designer for this week … and to have the honour of appearing on the same page as the awesome talent that is the CASology Design Team?  Exactly  … soooo exciting  … thank you so much, Melissa, I had so much fun with this Cue Card …

CASology Cue Card 71 - BellHere’s my take on it …

CASology 71 GD

Yes, I know … where’s the bell?  One of the (many) reasons why I enjoy CASology so much is because each one word Cue Card allows the imagination to roam all over the place … and that’s just what mine did (really, it even got to jelly fish!).  It eventually settled on orchestra chimes … also known as orchestra or tubuler bells … so my card depicts the chimes hanging from a frame, waiting to be gently struck so they can ring out their melodious peals!

I trimmed plain white card into graduated widths for the chimes and coloured them all with Promarkers.  They were heat embossed with holographic EP, attached to a slender black strip, and then sliced to length all together with one fell swoop of the guillotine.   I stamped the top panel with a Waltzingmouse sentiment (extending the dotted underlining to the edges of the card with a black fineliner) and added dry embossing, with the lines following the angled shape.  The ‘frame’ panel was attached to the chimes via the black strip, and to give the impression that the chimes were hanging freely, I popped everything up on foam dots .  Voila!

I hope you’ll be inspired to let your imagination wander through all things ‘Bell’ … and join in the fun at CASology this week … if you haven’t already been, have a meander over there to check out what amazing delights the Design Team has to get your creative juices flowing!

Thanks so much for coming by … as ever, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

PTI Make It Monday #140 (Ink Pad Designs), SSS Monday 11/11 (Got Ink), SSS Wednesday 13/11 (Thanks/Thanksgiving)

I’ve not played along with Papertrey’s Make It Monday before … mostly because I could never come up with what I thought was a good enough idea without going way past the deadline.  This week’s different … I got my act together and am joining in with the Ink Pad Design challenge.  I’m also linking this card as my last entry to SSS Monday‘s Got Ink challenge and to SSS Wednesday, where there’s a Thanks/Thanksgiving theme.

PTI MIM 140, SSSM 11-11, SSSW 13-11

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I tried the first technique that Ashley showed in her video … swiping ink direct from pads.  My card is a coated one, and as the ink dried, the colours merged where they met … there are three colours here but it looks like five (to my eyes anyway!).   After I’d swiped the base, I used a narrow panel of inked card, and stamped and embossed the sentiment in white,  before mounting it on a white panel and adhering that to the base.  The finishing touch was the scattering of gems in similar colours to the inks.

I might just make it back later with a little something … in the meantime, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Muse #43 (Therese Calvird), Simon Says Stamp Monday 11/11 (Got Ink?)

I’m playing along at Muse tonight, where the lovely Therese has given us our inspiration this week … a fabulous cascade of tumbling snowflakes in an array of lilac, lavender and purple … just delicious … see below.  I don’t often use these colours, so it was a great opportunity to tinker about with them … that’s what challenges are for, right?  I’m also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday, where we need to use ink in some way … I used it stamping.

Muse 43, SSSM 11-11

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The snowflakes and sentiment are from Uniko Studio … more of my happy package following the October Blog Hop.  I really, really wanted to use one of the the snowflake dies … but as I don’t have a C plate for my Cuttlebug (never used it for cutting), there was nothing for it but to get inventive.  One very slim chopping board and two layers of chipboard later (that’s the abridged version … there were tons of some other less successful experiments), I managed to cut two snowflakes … oh joy!

I used one of those precious snowflakes, embossed in holographic EP on top of silver EP and popped up on deep foam dots.  The other two snowflakes were stamped and twinkled with a Wink of Stella,  one direct to the card and one trimmed out and popped up on shallow foam dots.   All three have a colour matched centre bling.  The sentiment’s double stamped … once to match the darker snowflake, once in Versamark to get it holographically embossed and sparkly.

My learning point from this evening’s card making?  I need to get a C plate!   Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂