Monthly Archives: December 2013

Make It Monday #145 (A La Carte)

This week’s Make It Monday theme is ‘A La Carte’ … meaning we get to choose a technique from any of the forty seven video’s this year.  As I’ve only joined in with two so far, I had fun reviewing all the mouthwatering ideas … and finally settled on Week #120 … Overlapping Ombré.

MIM 145

I used one of Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes banners to create my ombré banner, stamping each colour twice … dandelion to canteloupe to tangelo … and then overstamped it with the chevrons (extended a little) and sentiment from the same set.  The banner was trimmed out, mounted on black and adhered to a linen textured card base.  It was tempting to add something, but as I couldn’t find the ‘something’ it needed, restraint prevailed and I left it unadorned!

I do hope you enjoyed a truly blessed Christmas, full of joy and wonder … and are happily preparing to welcome 2014 in just a few days … exciting isn’t it?  I’m hoping to fit in a card or two before the year end, so should be back soon.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂


Celebrating The Greatest Gift Of All


I know, you’ve seen this card before … a few weeks ago with different background colours.  I love it, the message is so perfect, and it’s one I’ve made and sent out a lot this year. So, I’m sending it out over the ether to you too, my friends … to wish you and those you hold dear a very Happy Christmas, filled with the joy, hope and love given to us through the wondrous birth of the Holy Infant Jesus … may we all be blessed by His presence tonight and always.  Anita 🙂

Happy Birthday Carol!

Bev at Happy Dance (one of the sweetest souls in blogland) shared a secret with a few of us a short while ago … and today, the secret’s out … it’s Carol’s birthday (Just Me:C)!  Bev’s gathered together a few friends for a birthday bash in Carol’s honour and I’m so delighted to be joining in the celebration …

Carol's BirthdayThose of you who have already met Carol will know what great fun she is … her blog posts are always entertaining and delightful, she has a great sense of humour, a ton of talent (especially where DP is concerned!), and is a warm and generous friend, always quick with just the right encouraging and enthusiastic words.  So Carol … this is for you, my friend, to wish you the happiest of birthdays … have a truly wonderful day and an outstanding year ahead!

As Carol’s currently in the season of the fun but very chilly white stuff (and will be for some time … brrr!), I followed Bev’s idea and made a bright, vibrant, summery card … it’s to help add warmth and colour to your day, Carol!   The images are from Waltzingmouse (multi-step … yikes!) and were stamped in Memento inks, after I’d masked off the area for the sentiment.  The sentiment’s from Hero Arts and the stamped panel is popped up on foam dots.

If you haven’t already had the pleasure of visiting Just Me:C, do go over for a meander around … you’re in for such a treat … and you can join in the celebrations at the same time!  Oh, and pop over to see Bev at Happy Dance too … there’s a list of party-goers there so you’ll find a heap of links to inspiring cards you can ooh and aah at (or rather ‘at which you can ooh and aah’!).

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

CASology #74 (Snowflake), Make it Monday #144 (Heat Embossing Vellum), CASE Study #170, CAS-ual Fridays #123 (Let it Snow), Addicted to CAS #28 (Snowflakes), SSS Wednesday 11/12 (Let it Snow)

Snow and snowflakes … rather a popular theme this week (can’t think why!).  If I’d been as highly organised for Christmas as I’d hoped and planned to be (hahaha … as if), I’d have been having lots of fun now, making snow cards galore, just for the joy of it.  However, that’s not the case … there’s still lots to do (I’m hoping you may just be empathising a little here!) … so I’ve made one card to cover all of them (which I think is allowed!) … CASology, CASE Study, CAS-ual Fridays, Addicted to CAS and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday … plus Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday, where we’re asked to use heat embossing on vellum.

CASology 74, MIM 144, CS 70,  CFC 123, ATCAS 28, SSSW 11-12


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I used Uniko Studio and Hero Arts snowflakes, plus Papertrey Ink’s smallest Spot Dot circle (which fits really well with the snowflakes and has a perfect sequin sized centre) as well as one of their Merry & Bright Additions sentiments.  The soft aqua-blue and white-with-pearls colour palette came from the CASE Study inspiration picture.

I started with the base card, drew a pencil line ‘wave’ and stamped the aqua-blue snowflakes and circles along and around it.  The vellum was cut to size, placed over the base and the ‘wave’ was traced and cut out.  I used a piece of clear cardstock between the base card and the vellum to protect the base card and so I could see to stamp the overlapping snowflakes and the sentiment onto the vellum.  They were done with Versamark ink and embossed in white.  I then trimmed a piece of white cardstock to size, adhered the vellum to it and popped the panel up on foam dots, matching the ‘wave’ of snowflakes and circles on the base card.  The finishing touches were the sequins and pearls, and the top rounded corner.

I do hope your Christmas preparations are coming along as you’d hoped … thanks so much for stopping by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

CAS-ual Fridays #122 (Out on a Limb)

There’s Clean and Simple … and then there’s Ultra Clean and Simple …

CFC 122

See what I mean?  I’m playing along at CAS-ual Fridays, where we’re asked to feature a tree or trees …so here’s a tree (Waltzingmouse) … with a double Glossy Accented and Wink of Stella’d heart (WPlus9).  Oh, and a sentiment (WPlus9/Waltzingmouse).  It was also going to be for One Layer Wednesday, where Susan’s theme was ‘love’ (which explains the one layer and the heart),  but I left it too late to post, so the deadline’s well and truly gone.

I have to admit to be a smidge tweaky about this card and it’s minimalist UCAS-ness … and am still sensing a need to add something to it … restraint is currently winning the battle!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are a joy!  Anita 🙂

CASology #73 (Ribbon), Less is More #149 (Colour), Curtain Call 1/12 (Christmas Countdown), SSS Monday 2/12 (Flourish)

I’m playing along at CASology today, where the Cue Card is Ribbon … and at Less is More where December’s Colour Challenge is to use a metallic element plus one other colour of choice. At the Curtain Call the theme is Christmas Countdown, so it’s a great fit with the others, and  Simon Says Stamp Monday have a Flourish theme, so I’m submitting there too, with this card …

CASology 73, LIM 149, CC 1-12, SSSM 2-12

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The flourish-y Christmas tree is from an embossing folder I got as a freebie sometime … it’s a bit of a nuisance to use as the spine is within millimetres of the top so it doesn’t lend itself to good positioning on a card.  However, trimming it out did away with the problem!  First, though, after embossing, I tapped over the tree with a versamark pad and heat embossed the raised image in gold.  It was then swiped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and wiped/buffed up to make the gold shine, before it was trimmed out.  I gold embossed the sentiment (Uniko Studio), cut it into a tag, swiped that also in black, added a gold cord and tied it onto a black ribbon.  Everything was assembled onto a white panel, with the tree and tag popped up on foam dots, and then the panel was adhered to a black bordered base card.  Black and gold aren’t my usual colours for Christmas, but I quite like the drama of it all … and sometimes it’s good to experiment!

I’m off for a wander round to see what inspirational delights Mr Linky has to show me.  Thanks so much for calling in … it’s always a joy to have you visit and to read your comments!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #148 (Sparkle), Uniko Studio #5 (Christmas or Winter), Keep it Simple #28 (Snow)

I have a card today for three challenges that were simply made for each other … one a firm favorite, the other two excitingly new to me!  At Less is More, the delightful Chrissie and Jen have chosen Sparkle as the Lucky Dip theme to acknowledge their talented GD this week … Gillian from Made with Sparkle!  My recent win from Uniko Studio means I can play along with Bev’s challenge … Christmas/Winter … Bev has inspiration galore on her blog so if you’ve not had chance to visit, go over and meander around … you’ll be oohing and aahhing for ages!  I’ve seen Keep it Simple badges popping up around blogland over the last few weeks, so I checked it out … their current challenge is Snow … a perfect fit with Sparkle and Christmas … irresistible!

LIM 148, Uniko 5, KIS 28



The Hero Arts snowflake and Uniko sentiment were stamped and embossed in glistening gold on a textured card panel.  The sparkly snowflake is the precious second Uniko die cut one I did without a C Plate (story here!), liberally covered in irridescent glitter.  The snowflake kindly curved rather nicely as the glue dried, so I adhered it just in the centre so the dimension around it would show.   The panel was mounted on a gold bordered base and I was done.

Hope your week’s going wonderfully … thanks so much, as ever, for coming by … your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂