Monthly Archives: February 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #65, The Card Concept #4 (Floral), Cure For The Monday Blues #6

I experimented last night … and have an all-over-the-floor paper bin to show for it … and this card …

CTS 65, TCC 4, CFTMB 6

I’ve used Sam’s sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (where I haven’t played for such a long time), I’m joining in with the floral theme at The Card Concept (Clean and Simple style), and for the first time, linking up with Taheera’s Cure For The Monday Blues.

This resist technique is a new one for me, hence the experimenting.  The Stampendous ranunculus were stamped on a watercolour card panel with Versamark ink, clear embossed and then coloured (inspired by Therese‘s Muse card here).  I used a couple of pinks and tried different amounts of water with them, to see if I could create some depth and shading on the blooms, and a kind of halo effect around them to go with the sketchy look.  Once the card was dry, I went over it all with a wash of Memento Galaxy Gold and added a little gold embossing to the flower centres.  The sentiment’s from Clearly Besotted, again stamped in Versamark and then embossed in gold.  I swiped the edges of a card base with Versamark and gold embossed them before adhering the flower panel flat to it.  It was going to be popped up, but the bit of warping did away with that idea … it’s going to live under a heavy book till I send it out!

The door will soon be closing at CTS, so I’m off to link.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



WPlus9 Birthday Week 3 (Trend Watch), PTI Make It Monday #152 (Layering Dye & Pigment Inks), Little Tangles #31 (Monochromatic), One Layer Simplicity #2 (Can You Repeat That?)

A quick post before the renovating week takes off …

WPlus9 Bday 3, PTI MIM 152, LT 31, OLS 2

WPlus9 are having a month long celebration for their birthday … this is the third week and we have a trend watch (see board below) … I’m playing with stripes.  Papertrey’s Make It Monday‘s technique video is by Heather and covers layering different inks.  At Little Tangles, there’s a monochromatic challenge and as this is a one layer card, I’m joining in at One Layer Simplicity … where we’re using a repeat image.

I stamped the WPlus9 sentiment and masked it off.  The Papertrey horizontal stripes were stamped in white Brilliance ink and once they were dry, I stamped some Neat & Tangled stripes vertically using Memento inks, glittering over the final one.  As Darnell would say … QACAS!

Off to paint shutters!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



Muse #55 (Marion Vagg), Hero Arts Birthday Challenge (Rainbow), SSS Monday 17/2 (A Cameo Appearance), Winnie & Walter 17/2 (February), A Blog Named Hero #38 (ROYGBIV)

Don’t you think there’s something so happy about rainbows … the blend of colours, their ethereal nature, the thought of sunshine after a storm … maybe even finding what’s hidden at the end of one!  Here’s a happy rainbow card … with sparkle, sans gold …

Muse 55, HA Bday, SSSM 17-2, W&W Feb


Marion has given us a stunning rainbow card as our inspiration at Muse this week (see below), and at Hero Arts, there’s a birthday challenge with five categories, one of which is a rainbow (yay!).  My Winnie & Walter diamonds are making their debut, so I’m playing at their February Linky Party … and as it’s a Cameo Appearance for them, I’m joining in at Simon Says Stamp MondayETA:  I’m also linking to A Blog Named Hero, where the there’s a ROYGBIV theme … perfect!

I used a border stamp from The Alley Way Stamps to create the rainbow panel using Memento inks, and added a strip of black card to the top and bottom edges.  The Hero Arts sentiment and the W&W diamonds were stamped and clear embossed … and because it needed a touch of sparkle, I covered the ‘Dazzling Day’ and diamonds with black Stickles (in an almost-but-not-quite-Ardyth-esque sort of a way!).   The rainbow panel’s popped up on foam dots.

I was so delighted to find that my last week’s Muse card got a Featured Member spot … thank you so much to everyone who voted for it … the news put a smile all over my face 🙂   Thanks too for all the lovely comments afterwards … that kept the smile where it was!

Have you noticed (unless it’s just me) … this weekend, someone, somewhere, pressed the fast-forward button … a few minutes ago it was Saturday morning and now it’s Sunday evening … how did that happen?  If anyone finds the pause button, please let me know … or press it!  Meantime, I’m off for an inspiring wander around the blogosphere.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



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CASology #83 (Jump), One Layer Simplicity #2 (Can You Repeat That?), SSS Monday 17/2 (A Cameo Appearance), Winnie & Walter 17/2 (February)

The weather’s changed a bit here … it’s no longer wild and windy, wet and stormy … for now.  We’ve had some sunshine … and blue skies … and bulbs are coming up.  I’m feeling spring like and frivolous … rather like this card …

CASology 83, OLS 2, SSSM 17-2, W&W Feb

CASology‘s Cue Card this week is Jump.  Frolicking sheep?  Does it for me … especially leaping playfully over the loopy ‘h’ … at least two have made it without mishap, wonder if the rest will?  Happily, this is a one layer card and it has sheep repeated on it … so it’s going to bounce over to One Layer Simplicity‘s Can You Repeat That challenge (it’s rather more frivolous than my usual OL cards but that’s springtime for you!)  Said sheep are making a Cameo Appearance on this flower strewn hill, so they’ll do the same at Simon Says Stamp Monday … and as I’ve used one of Winnie & Walter‘s sentiments, I’m joining in at their February linky party too.

I hand cut a hill mask, sponged the meadow and added the W&W sentiment.  Those eagle eyed types among you will notice that there’s a flourish on my ‘happy’ that isn’t on the original stamp.  I turned the stamp upside down and stamped the ‘y’ flourish onto the ‘h’ … it gave the word some balance on that curvy hill.  There were a lot more flowers in the meadow to begin with … it’s just that the Penny Black sheep made their way across it, eating as they leapt.  They’re so happy that they’re sporting their party wool … all shimmery and shiny with Wink of Stella … and it’s rubbed off on the sentiment too … must’ve been while they were eating (does that sound like a good title for a movie??).

I’m delighted to say hello to some new friends tonight … Katie at arteKatie, who has an eclectic, eco-friendly and fabulously original style … Christine at Poppaea Cards,  who has a plethora of CAS cards to delight you … and Shona from Twine Around, who started blogging last September and already has a site full of deliciousness!  Meander over for a visit to all three and enjoy!  Welcome, ladies … and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a wander through blogland to see what everyone’s been creating.  Thanks so much  for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Muse #54 (Therese Calvird), SSS Monday 10/2 (We Love Stamps), SSS Work It Wednesday #1 (Something New)

I have a squeezing-in-before-the-door-closes card to share with you tonight …

Muse 54, SSSM 10-2, SSSWIW 1

The super talented and video-tutor-extraordinaire, Therese has given us our inspiration this week at Muse … check out Therese’s delicious watercolour blooms below.  I’m also linking up for the last time to We Love Stamps at Simon Says Stamp Monday, and playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Work It Wednesday‘s Something New … my sentiment.

I focused on Therese’s layout, the watercolouring and the stamped flowers for my card.  The panel was watercolour washed with Memento inks and once it was dry, I stamped the Papertrey daisies across it, added a black strip top and bottom and adhered it to the base card.  A simple ‘thanks’ sentiment finished it off.

I do hope your weekend’s been a wonderful one and you’ve enjoyed some happy crafting time.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are truly a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Paper Smooches SPARKS (February Picture Perfect), Little Tangles #30 (Celebrate Love), SSS Work It Wednesday #1 (Something New), SSS Monday 10/2 (We Love Stamps)

Both Jennifer McGuire and Amber Kemp-Gerstel have featured glitter in a big way on their designs recently.  I don’t generally use a lot, p’raps the odd sprinkle here and there, maybe a little Stickles every so often … until today …

PSS 9-2, Little Tangles 30, SSS-WIW 1, SSSM 10-2

I’m playing with Paper Smooches SPARKS Picture Perfect challenge (see the fab heart inspiration below) as well as Neat and Tangled’s Little Tangles Celebrate Love theme (although no N&T goodies make an appearance here … see later). This is my second entry at Simon Says Stamp’s Work It Wednesday, where we’ve to use something new (the glittering technique), and is another submission for We Love Stamps at Simon Says Stamp Monday.

This plain white heart was found lurking at the back of my desk (a nice surprise … thought they’d all been used up).  I covered it in double sided tape, took off every third backing strip and liberally sprinkled and squashed glitter over the sticky surface … first in gold, then bright pink, finally light pink.  Mulling ensued.  The heart looked naked on it’s own on the card, even popped up … so I made a plain chunky frame with a couple of layers of chipboard and one of grey cardstock (that’s the short version … I spent hours a little while experimenting and making a mess.)  The PS sentiment was stamped first, the frame was adhered and then the heart went inside.  I tried very hard to use some N&T sequins … for a looooong time … it didn’t work.  Well, I realised rather late in the day … it wouldn’t would it, all that glitteriness was more than enough … anything more would be overkill!  So, it’s plain … apart from the sparkle, that is.

Now, a touch of tidying before bed, I think … my desk’s under there somewhere!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

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Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 10 (Card & Envelope), CASology #82 (Bold), The Card Concept #3 (Monochromatic Pink), SSS Monday 10/2 (We Love Stamps)

Pink’s been growing on me … a lot.  P’raps as well really, bearing in mind this card and envelope …


I’m playing at the final day of Papertrey‘s 7th birthday celebrations … this time we’ve been asked to make an envelope to go along with our card.  My colour inspiration came from The Card Concept, where we’re using monochromatic pink (I think it’s a Clean and Layered style) … my offering is really really pink, so I’m also joining in with CASology‘s Bold week.  As I’ve used stamps, and We Love Stamps at Simon Says Stamp Monday, I’m linking up there too.

ETA:  I’m also linking up at Winnie & Walter’s Join In To Win, where we’re sharing cards we’ve made with their fabulous first release!

The banners and top band are from Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes, trimmed out and hung on an angled white panel.  I stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment, lavished lots of Wink of Stella on the ‘hello’ and added some sequins.  The panel and the top band of the banner were adhered together, then I popped up the panel onto foam dots, leaving the banners to flutter freely.

I need to get a move on to get this submitted to PTI before deadline in just a few minutes … be back later!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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