Monthly Archives: March 2014

Time Out #1 (Dancing In The Rain)

We’ve been having more rain (yuk!) with sunshine immediately afterwards … which means rainbows …

Time Out 1

I’m playing along at Time Out, the first brand new, bright and shiny challenge, created by the ever talented and delightful Sandie (London Days) and Nonni (korttikarkuri) … and leaving it a bit late in the day too … but I definitely wanted to join in, I think the idea of all the different fornights in a rota is brilliant!  This fortnight we’re inspired by words, with Dancing In The Rain as our inspiration … I’d love to dance under a rainbow shower!

The shower was stamped in loads of different colours using one wee stamp from WPlus9 … had a bit of practice first on scrap to make sure it’d all fit and be lined up!  I added the sentiment (from the same WPlus9 set) and I was done!

That’s it from me for now … a very full afternoon and evening ahead, but I’m hoping to do some meandering through blogland later tonight so I can catch up with everyone (I’m soooo behind, sorry!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CASology #87 (Blush), Online Card Class CAS 3 (Optical Illusion), Simon Says Stamp 19/3 (Glitter It), Stamplorations March (Stamps and Spring)

Here’s my second post for the day … it’s a big thank you …

CASology 87, OCC CAS3 Day 3-2, SSSW 19-3


CASology’s cue card of ‘Blush’ was just the most perfect one for me this week, after my surprise event on Tuesday … who wouldn’t be blushing and flushed and delighted … and in need of saying ‘Thank You’!  So I have!  I used one of the techniques outlined by Jennifer at my Online Card Class for this mostly blush pink card.  Jennifer used dies to make her masks … as I don’t have such things (yet!), I drew what I wanted out on paper, cut a couple of masks with a craft knife and attached them to the card base with temporary adhesive.  Then I got to work with an Avery Elle set, stamping in pinks and greens, and creating a bloom filled banner frame.  Once it was all stamped, I sliced a Papertrey sentiment in two (you did what?  Yikes!), stacked it and stamped it into the middle of the banner.  The flowers looked a bit naked as they were, so I stamped a tiny Clearly Besotted seed head to the middle of each and then added Wink of Stella and Stickles to them to add sparkle.

As well as joining in with CASology‘s Blush challenge and linking up to the Online Card Class gallery, I’m also playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is Glitter It.

ETA:  Cornelia suggested that I also link this up with the Stamplorations‘ March Challenge, Stamps and Spring … so I am … thanks, Cornelia!

Off to do a few chores to deal with the seriously-in-need-of-cleaning-and-tidying house (I’ve been either renovating or having fun getting to visit lots of lots of you in blogland this week, so not a great deal of time for much else!).   I’ll be meandering around a little later to see what everyone’s been creating this weekend and to catch up some more.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

            Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Happy Birthday Maria, Online Card Class CAS 3 (Optical Illusion), Winnie & Walter Playdate #1, SSS Wednesday 19/3 (Glitter It), Winnie & Walter Join In To Win (March)

Today, we’re celebrating a rather special birthday with Maria from reislingmama, with a party organised by Shirley at shirley-bee … and I’m delighted to be partying along!  Maria’s an amazingly talented and published card maker, who always adds that certain unexpected something to her cards that make you go ‘wow’ … just go over and see!  I love to read her comments, both here and across blogland … apart from encouraging and supportive words, there’s always something in there to have to me smiling or falling about!  Mr Linky’s over at Shirley’s blog, so do pop over and enjoy the gallery of goodness on offer … or make a card yourself and join in the fun!  So, Happy, Happy Birthday, Maria … wishing you a day full of joy and laughter and a year ahead blessed with health and happiness!

Happy Birthday Maria, OCC CAS3 Day 3-3, W&W Playdate 1, SSSW 19-3, W&W JITW March

As Maria always has something unexpected about her cards, I thought I’d try it too … and have a go at creating an optical illusion by stamp layering (demonstrated by Laura on Day 3 of the Online Card Class CAS 3).  I masked off the edges of the card base, stamped the first layer of tiny dots with an Annabelle Stamps border, then used Winnie & Walter’s circles from Big Bang Confetti to create the bubbles.  The bubbles were done in outline first, then filled in with different coloured inks and liberally covered with Wink of Stella.  The HA sentiment was stamped over the top and the ‘lights’ in the ‘More’ were covered with Stickles.  You can just about see the shimmer and sparkle in the photo, but if you want to see it better, click to make it bigger, it’s more obvious!

As well as linking up to the gallery at Online Card Class CAS 3, I’m also playing along at Winnie & Walter’s first Playdate (check out the inspiration picture below … full of bubbles!), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Glitter It challenge and Winnie & Walter’s Join In To Win March party.

I have another card to post shortly, and hope to have one a little later too … depending on how many chores I get through and how the muse hits me!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!          playdate no.1 graphic-mar2014

          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          w&w_blogblinkie

Online Card Class CAS 3 (Faux Effects), SSS Work It Wednesday #2 (Use SSS Goodies), SSS Wednesday 19-3 (Glitter It), Winnie & Walter Join In To Win (March)

Here’s the last of the three cards I made following Days 1 and 2 of the Online Card Class CAS 3 (yes, I’m soooooo way behind!) … it shows the faux letterpress technique, demonstrated by Shari …

OCC CAS3 Day 1-3, SSS WIW 2, SSSW 19-3, W&WJITW March

I cut some strips of coloured card, adhered them to a sheet of copy paper to make a striped panel and cut a circle out of it.  The retro stars are from Winnie & Walter, first stamped in Versamark and then overstamped, slightly to the side of the Versamark, with Brilliance White to create the shadow effect.  On the base card, I sponged Tumbling Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Inks, cut an off-the-edge circle to match the striped one, and white embossed the W&W stars and Simon Says Stamp sentiment.  A lining paper was adhered to the inside of the card, I slotted the ‘planet’ into place, making sure it was well stuck down, and trimmed off the excess.  Finally, Wink of Stella was applied liberally to the stars … you can’t see it in the main picture, but here’s a close up where it’s just about visible … and I’ve just noticed, some of those stars do look as though they’re floating … cool effect, thanks Shari!

OCC CAS3 Day 1-3, SSS WIW 2, SSSW 19-3, W&WJITW March - Close Up

As well as linking this card up to the Online Card Class gallery, I’m also playing at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday (use SSS Goodies), at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Glitter It week and at Winnie & Walter‘s March Join In To Win party.

I’ve done lots of lovely catching up, but there’s still plenty to do, so if I haven’t got to you yet, I will.  Hope also to be back with some more OCC homework over the weekend … first I’m going to see Days 3 to 10 to see what it is I’ve to try out!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          w&w_blogblinkie


A Happy Birthday to Kim, Colour Me #12 (Subtle), Fusion #6

One of the sweetest souls in the blogging world is celebrating a birthday today … so this is for you, Kim … ultra talented card maker, soup supremo extraordinaire, chef de gateaux formidable, and all round delightful friend.  If you don’t know Kim already, either you’re a newbie in blogland, or you’ve been living in an alternative universe … go visit … and soak up all the gorgeousness that is Cupcakes, Cards and Kim!

Happy Birthday Kim, CMCC 12, Fusion 6I colour washed a watercolour card panel with three colours of Memento inks and put it aside to dry.  The Clearly Besotted stems were stamped onto vellum and embossed in white.  I made a slit at each end of the colour washing, inserted the vellum and adhered it on the inside.  A touch of bling to match the watercolouring, along with the Clearly Besotted sentiment finished off the panel, which was popped up  with foam tape onto the card base.

As I was inspired by the colours at Colour Me (Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana), and by the sketch at Fusion  (turned on it’s side), where it’s my first time playing along, I’m joining in with both.

Happy, Happy Birthday once again, Kim … hope you have a day as special as you are!

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


More Surprise Party Thanks, Online Card Class CAS 3 (Faux Effects), Winnie & Walter Playdate #1 and March Join In To Win, SSS Work It Wednesday #2 (Use SSS Goodies)

Last night, I spent such a magical and happy time meandering through the glorious gallery of cards you made for my big surprise (oh yes, a BIG, BIG one!) belated birthday party (organised by the awesome Bev and Darnell).  Truly, there hasn’t been an experience in my life like it … it was (and still is) so beyond amazing … seeing your cards, reading your wonderful, supportive, complimentary words and knowing your sweet wishes were flying to me through the ether… to say I was (and still am) feeling the love is an under-under-understatement!  I will treasure each moment and card forever … THANK YOU!

Many of you have already been over to see the gallery, but if you haven’t, do go and visit Darnell’s blog here (where Mr Linky is open till 1 April) … there are the most wonderful cards to drool over and be inspired by!  I’ll be putting each one onto a (very) special board on Pinterest so they’ll be with me always 🙂 .   You’ll know that I have lots and lots of fun visiting to do and emails to send (you know who you are!) … please bear with me … whilst it’ll take me a while to get to everyone, I promise I’ll get there!  Thanks so much for your patience and understanding as I do!  🙂

OCC CAS3 Day 1-1, W&W Playdate 1, SSS WIW 2

I mentioned the other day, I’d made a few cards for Day 1 of the Online Card Class – Clean and Simple 3 … and this is the second one.  It shows faux metal effects, as demonstrated by Kristina … actually it’s an almost complete CASE.  I loved the bubbles of colour floating across her card, and used solid circles from Winnie & Walter and Papertrey to mimic them.  The silver star-in-the-bubble was done with four layers of embossing powder and a W&W star stamp pressed into it (coated with versamark first).  To me, these fun bubbles shout happy … hence the Simon Says Stamp sentiment … and as that’s what you’ve shared with me so particularly this week, I’d like to share it right back with you too … wishing you lots and lots of happy, my friends!

As well as linking this to the Online Card Class gallery, I’m also playing along with Winnie & Walter’s Playdate, a brand new, bright and sparkly challenge (check out that bubbly background below!), and with Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday, where we’re using SSS brand goodies.

ETA:  Oops, forgot, this card is also going to Winnie & Walter’s March Join In To Win party.

I’ll be back in a very short while with another card … a birthday one for one of the sweetest souls in blogland!  Thanks so much, as ever, for coming by,  your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂          playdate no.1 graphic-mar2014          w&w_blogblinkie


Thank You So Much … With All My Heart

As some of you now know, it was my birthday last month … yep, celebrated, toasted, caked!  So, you can imagine my utter surprise (nay shock!) when I came in tonight, checked Feedly and found that my sweet friends Bev (Happy Dance) and Darnell (djkardkreations) have organised a surprise belated birthday party today … a month to the day from said event!  Thank you so much, Bev and Darnell!  Yes, I know … all of you were in on the secret!

It’s not often that words fail me, but tonight I find myself struggling to express just how much I appreciate every single one of you.  You’re unfailingly generous, warm, supportive and encouraging … you brighten my life as you cheer me on and inspire me every day.  What an astonishing and amazing community this is … I’m so blessed, honoured and delighted to be part of it 🙂

I’ve been over to see Bev and Darnell … and have seen the gallery of wonderful cards you’ve all made for me.  I’m so looking forward to spending some happy hours meandering through them all … I’d love to be doing that right now, but I’m due to be with friends for dinner in less than half an hour and I’m still in all my work wear glory!

So, I wanted to let you know how much joy you’ve brought me today … Bev and Darnell for organising such an awesome party … and to every one of you for celebrating with me.  I’ll be round to see you just as soon as I can, to say a proper and individual thank you.  For now, though, suffice to say … my cup truly is overflowing.  Thank you so much … from the bottom of my heart!  Anita 🙂