Monthly Archives: January 2014

Muse #50 (Therese Calvird), SSSM 13/1 (Anything Goes)

It’s been a while since my bird friends paid a visit … I’ve missed them … so today they were invited round to play …

Muse 50, SSSM 13-1



Therese‘s fabulous inspiration card at Muse this week was perfect for this bunch … fun, bright, happy, colourful (check it out further down) …  and they’re also going to be popping in to see what’s going on at Simon Says Stamp Monday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Each bird was stamped on white cardstock, coloured with Promarkers and trimmed out … mostly easy peasy.  The pink and green kiwi, however, insisted on being closely cropped along the back (apparently it’s his best side) so it took a little extra care to make sure he looked just right (he’s rather proud of plumage).  The gravel path is courtesy of an Annabelle Stamps border image and these guys wandered onto it to check it out … I helped out a little with the staging via some different depth foam dots.  You’ll notice there’s no sentiment … that’s because they’re a chatty lot and couldn’t choose just one thing to say … I’ve left it to them to decide something suitable before tomorrow, when they’ll be winging their way to a friend who’s recently celebrated a landmark moment.  I’m hoping that after a good night’s sleep they’ll agree on a few perfect words.

Thanks so much for your suggestions on alternatives for die cutting if my Cricut doesn’t respond to treatment.  The news isn’t too good … the easy fixes have been tried and it’s still not working, so it may be the circuit board that needs a solder repair or bypass.  Oh good, some more new skills to learn!

That’s it from me for the weekend … I do hope you’ve had a fabulous one.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Therese’s fabulous inspiration card …

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Make It Monday #148 (Generation Stamping), Colour Me! #3 (Pink, Saffron, Slate), SSSW 15/1 (Emboss It)

So, here’s my second card of the night … the opposite of the earlier one … soft, feminine and rather girlie …

MIM 148, Colour Me! 3, SSSM 13-1

At Papertrey’s Make It Monday, Dawn has challenged us to use a new technique … generation stamping line images.  I took the colours from the subtle palette at Colour Me! and I’m playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where there’s an Emboss It theme.

The single bloom image is from Technique Tuesday … I’d have used a Papertrey one but I only have solid images, and the technique doesn’t work as well with them.  I randomly stamped the flower using the grey, pink and saffron, and each flower image was offset slightly three times to get the effect of generational stamping.  The Papertrey sentiment was stamped in grey, I used a positioner to overstamp it in Versamark and then clear embossed it so it’d be a little more bold among the flowers.  The final touch was the bling in the middle of each bloom.

Time for me to be in bed … I’ll be enjoying some quiet time in blogland tomorrow, so may see you there.  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CASology #78 (Dot), Colour Q #224 (Basic Grey, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Poppy Red + White), SSSM 13/1 (Anything Goes)

I made a couple of cards tonight … one will follow, this is the first, rather masculine one (cause guys need a Hello card every now and then too) …

CASology 78, Colour Q 224, SSSM 13-1

At CASology, our Cue Card is ‘Dot’,  I’ve taken the colours from the Colour Q, and as Simon Says Stamp Monday has an Anything Goes week, I’m joining in there too.  Oh, and I’m taking the opportunity to say thanks so much to Joyce for choosing my card last week at CASology for an Honourable Mention … how wonderful … I was smiling all over my face!

To start with, I’d like to say thank you to my Cricut … the popped up panel is the last thing it did … it’s last gasp cut.  It’s very unwell … it’s since given up switching on and is now in pieces, being ‘investigated’.   Early signs aren’t good.  I may need to consider alternatives.  Ideas?

Anyway, onwards … said popped up panel was coloured with grey Promarker and stamped in grey using an Annabelle Stamps border, horizontally and vertically.  I measured and marked the base, stamped the Papertrey images and sentiment onto it and adhered the grey panel with foam dots.  The brads were added to the image centres with Glossy Accents after their ‘legs’ were snipped off.

I’m saying a happy hello tonight to new follower, Ngan who is over at Ngan Made It … whimsical CAS cards, yummy food and recommendations for a good read … mouthwatering … pop over and take a look!  Welcome Ngan, and thank you 🙂

Hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

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Less is More #154 (Hearts OLC), The Card Concept #1 (Kraft, Pink, Vanilla, Espresso), CAS(E) This Sketch #60

Rushing in with a card to share for three challenges, one of which is open for just a short while more … hence the dash!

LIM 154, CC 1, CTS60

So, my sqeaking-in-at-the-last-minute stop is Less is More … it’s One Layer Week and this time we’re playing with Hearts.  I’m also joining in at the shiny new Card Concept … another fabulous challenge from Lesley Croghan, who’s put together an awesome team of 12 designers to inspire (and guide) us with six different card making styles (two per style).  The colours for this (rapidly disappearing) first fortnight are luscious … kraft, pink, vanilla, espresso … I’ve used them in a Clean and Simple style (I think!).  Finally my layout’s inspired by the most recent sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch (where there’s plenty of time left if you’d like to play along!)

The feather image is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, masked to get the two intertwined and the hearts in the right spots.  The feathers were then masked again, along with a space for the sentiment, and the Annabelle Stamps fine lines border was stamped over the top.  I finished with the ‘Thanks Chickie’ and hand dotted a couple of lines underneath.

I’d like to say a warm hello this evening to new follower Kate, who lives at Pinned & Penned.  Kate has a wonderful CAS style you can check out for yourself with a visit to her blog … she’s also a published poet and sews … an all round creative soul!  You’re very welcome Kate, and thank you!  🙂

OK, I need to go and see Mr Linky.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Little Tangles #28 (Saying Hello), Colour Me! #2 (Melon Mambo, Marine Mist, Neutral), One Layer Simplicity #1 (Restocking The Shelves), SSS Monday 6/1 (Blues)

As with the last card, I pushed another boundary here as these colours aren’t my usual mix (although I’m quite liking it now it’s done).

LT 28, CM 2, OLS 1, SSSM 6-1

I was lucky enough to win a Neat & Tangled border set recently (thanks, Danielle), so I’ve inked it up for the first time today, playing at Little TanglesColour Me! has provided the colours, it’s a one layer card so I’m linking up at the ever growing and full of inspiration One Layer Simplicity, and as Simon Says Stamp Monday has a blue theme this week, I’m joining in there too.

Looking at my card, I bet you’d never have guessed that I’ve been following plaid maestro of them all, the amazing Laura Bassen for a few weeks, would you?  I know, it’s a shock … have a lie down for a while if you need it.  Anyway, I found a tutorial Laura did for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom (here) and thought I’d try it (in a limited way given that we’re playing with two colours).

Now, my Memento equivalent of Marine Mist and Melon Mambo are great colours … they’re just not ones that I’ve used much together … so my focus was on the blue shade, with just a highlighting line of the pink, once the base stripes had been oh-so-carefully stamped.  The sentiment’s from Annabelle Stamps … well it’s two really, with a bit of masking to make them one.  I had a hankering to add bling …and tried valiantly.  However, not being able to make it work, I recalled some wise advice of my dear friend and card maker extra-ordinaire, Geri at Manitoba Stamper, to ‘step away from the card’ in cases such as this.  So I did … it’s unadorned.

I’m off to spend some happy time checking out what everyone else has been up to.  Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend … and for those of you in the depths of the big freeze, take care to keep snug and toasty warm … maybe even in your craft space!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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TAWS Birthday Party, Colour Q #223 (Basic Grey, Bravo Burgundy, Poppy Parade, Summer Starfruit + White), CASology #77 (Bubbly)

I’m just about making it to The Alley Way Stamps‘ third birthday party … didn’t realise it wasn’t a late night soirée, otherwise I’d wouldn’t have pootled around quite as much as I did before getting here.  TAWS is sharing the limelight with Colour Q this week … the palette is a great one (and it’s a gorgeous inspiration photo), but it isn’t a natural colour choice for me at all, which is why I’m playing along … stretching a horizon or two.

ETA:  Thanks to a suggestion from Ardyth, I’m also adding this as a second entry to CASology‘s Bubbly challenge … now why didn’t I think of that?!  Thanks, my friend!TAWS Bday, CQ 223

The dotty image is a TAWs border one, stamped numerous times to create the front panel.  I coloured the dots randomly with Promarkers and in some of the ones left blank, I added copious layers of Wink of Stella, covered with Glossy Accents, to give a bit of sheen and shine.  That made me more comfortable with the palette … it’s so not my usual one that I don’t even possess any burgundy … at all … not a drop, swoosh, snip or morsel.  So the burgundy dots were mixed on the card … powder blue first followed by cardinal red … looks about right from here.  I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment on the card base, edged the top of the dotty panel with a black strip, and popped up the panel on foam dots.   Could this be a guy card, even with the shimmer?

Need to go and get linked up before the door finally closes at TAWS … be back shortly with a little something else.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂


Less is More #153 (Winter Blues), CASology #77 (Bubbly), SSS Monday 6/1 (Blues), One Layer Simplicity #1 (Restocking The Shelves)

I’m not sure quite what happened this week … not a single card’s been made since Sunday.  What???  So, the plan is to remedy that over the next couple of days … starting with this …

LIM 153, CASology 77, OLS 1, SSSM 6-1

Squeaking in before the door closes shortly at Less is More, where we have a ‘Winter Blues’ theme, and combining that with CASology‘s Cue Card ‘Bubbly’ (isn’t that such a fantastic word?).  As this is a one layer card, I’m also joining in at Susan’s newly revamped, restyled, re-magnificent One Layer Simplicity (used to be One Layer Wednesday, but it’s had a facelift and now has it’s very own blog), and finally, I’m linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s ‘Blue’ themed week.

This card took a while.  I had a lot of practice runs on scrap paper to come up with it.  Why, you may be asking yourself (and anyone else in earshot if you’ve said it out loud in stunned surprise) … yep, it’s a simple layout, it’s a simple monochrome palette, it’s simple stamping.  I told myself that as I made a mess carefully worked it all out … however, simple it was not, I have no idea why.  Now, though, I’m happy … I like it … a lot.  I can’t explain it, it’s just really pleasing to look at … and it captures the bubbly look I wanted (at least IRL) … kind of flowing over the edges of the bath bubbly.

The bubbles are from Papertrey … I stamped them randomly in five different colour blues after masking the card base.  The sentiment’s from Hero Arts, embossed in black (with copious amounts of dust buddy tapped on beforehand).  What can I say, I have black embossing powder, I know it was a mistake, but it needs using, even though it’s a b****r not to get specks everywhere.  I’m thinking this’ll be a birthday card … the same HA set has a great sentiment that will go on the inside … and it has bubbles on it (well, circles really a bit like lights round a mirror in a star’s dressing room).

I’m off to wander round to see what everyone else has been inspired to create.  Thanks so much for coming by … as ever, your visits and comments are a joy!  Anita 🙂

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