Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Birthday, Cornelia! Keep It Simple #38 (Bright Spark), Stamplorations – April (Stamping and Favorite Technique), SSS Wednesday 24/4 (Keep It CAS)

I heard through the bloggy grapevine that my friend Cornelia, from Fun Stamping had a birthday recently … but that she was on vacation at the time.  Those of you who know Cornelia will already be taken with her fabulous cards … if you haven’t been for a visit already, go … take supplies … there’s so much to see and be inspired by!   So, whilst it’s rather late, Cornelia, this is for you … to wish you a very happy birthday and a year full of fun and joy …

KIS 38, Stamplorations April, SSSW 23-4I’m also popping this in at Keep It Simple, where there a Bright Spark theme … colours or shimmer.  This card has both but you can’t see the shimmer much in the photo … and as it’s already in the mail I can’t take another picture, so I’m hoping you’ll imagine it!  At Stamplorations, we’ve to use our favorite technique and stamping … oh joy, I love stamping with graphic shapes!  Finally, I’m squeezing in as the door closes at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Keep It Clean and Simple week.

I stamped the Avery Elle long triangle down each side of a white card panel, trimmed it to size and added a strip of black across the top.  It way sprayed liberally with Sheer Shimmer Spritz and was popped up on foam dots on the card base.  The sentiment’s from SSS and the legless brads are adorned with shimmery Wink of Stella.

Looking forward to coming back a little later to have a meander around everyone’s inspiring creations!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Colour Me! #17 (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific point, Tempting Turquoise), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple), SSS Work It Wednesday #3 (Spring)

OK, this is my last post of the day … promise!

CMCC 17, SSSW 23-4, SSSWIW 3This is a card I made a few weeks ago and sent out straight away … I wanted the lovely friend it was winging it’s way towards to have a surprise when she got it, rather than seeing it here first.  Co-incidentally, it fits rather well into a few challenges, so I’m linking it up with them.  This is one of my favourite colour combo’s … and it happens to be the one at Colour Me this week … this’ll be my second submission.  SSS Wednesday is having a Keep It Clean and Simple challenge, so I’m linking up there too … and at SSS Work It Wednesday, it’s ‘Spring’ month … fresh flowers blooming … couldn’t get much more spring like!

I sponged three different inks over the centre panel, and once it was dry, the Annabelle Stamps blooms were stamped over the top.  I used Winnie & Walter’s tiny dots from Big Bang Confetti for the flower centres, stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  The sentiment’s from Avery Elle, again done in Versamark and white embossed, and I popped the panel up on foam dots on the base card.

It’d be great if I could find the time tomorrow to play along with Paulina’s Sequin Shaker Blog Hop at Pretty Pink Posh … it’s going to be a tight squeeze (it’ll be in between renovation work if it happens), but I may just get there!  For now though, my waking hours are just about over and my bed’s calling to me temptingly!  Thanks so much for sticking with all my posts today, I so appreciate all your visits and comments … they’re always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CASology #92 (Garden), Less is More #169 (Sketch), SSS Monday 21/4 (Big Stamp)

Thanks for coming back … here’s my second card of the day …

CASology 92, LIM 169, SSSM 21-4At the Papertrey Blog Hop this week, there was a wonderful photo full of embroidered images … one in particular of poppies on a circular black background that was simply delicious.  I didn’t get to play along because ‘stuff’ got in the way … so, when Chrissie’s sketch (below) at Less is More popped up in my Feedly yesterday, I knew where I was going to look for inspiration!  I’m also playing along at CASology again, where the Cue Card is Garden, and linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s Big Stamp challenge.

So here was the issue … how to keep the colours of the flowers from disappearing into black cardstock.  Answer … after some brain strain … don’t use black cardstock, use emboss/resist.  So, with a negative circle mask over a white card panel, I stamped the leaves, overstamped them in Versamark (what a fab tool a Stampamajig is!) and clear embossed them … then did the same thing with the flower heads/centres.  With the mask still in place, black ink was sponged over the top of the embossing (an eek moment!) … happily, it resisted the black and any excess ink on the flowers just came off with a damp paper towel (phew!).  To add some depth to the ’embroidery’, I  covered the whole circle with Versamark and clear embossed it.  Even when the Avery Elle sentiment was stamped, the card panel looked too stark left completely white (even for me!), so I used an Annabelle Stamps background with the lightest grey I have to add just a touch of interest, and used foam dots to pop the panel up on the card base.

I’m so pleased to welcome another couple of new friends and followers … Bobby from Bits and Pieces, and Ileana from Ileana Plesan.  Most (if not all) of you will already know Bobby and her fabulous creations … if not, go and check out her blog, you’ll be inspired!  Ileana is an established artist (paint and ceramics) and has just launched herself into the wonderful world of card making … have a wander over and explore!  You’re very welcome, ladies … and thank you 🙂

It’s getting on time for dinner here, so whilst there’s more to come, I’m going to stop for a bit to take on sustanence!  I’ll return, fully replenished, in a while!  Thanks for coming by again … as ever, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Fusion #8 (Colourful Chevrons), Moxie Fab World (Hip On Handwriting), A Blog Named Hero #42 (Layer Cake), Keep It Simple #38 (Bright Spark), SSS Monday 21/4 (Big Stamp)

I’ve had a bit of a card making fest today, so I apologise in advance … there’ll be a few posts appearing this afternoon and evening.  I’ll keep it all as CAS as possible (!) … here’s the first …

Fusion 8, MFW April, ABNH 42, KIS 38, SSSM 21-4

I was inspired here by the photo at Fusion … coloured, chevron patterned paper straws (see below).  As I used a big Hero Arts stamp for the background, I’m also playing along with A Blog Named Hero’s Layer Cake (second time) and Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s Big Stamp week.  The shimmery die cut hello fits nicely into Moxie Fab World’s Hip on Handwriting challenge and lastly, I’m joining in with Keep It Simple‘s Bright Spark theme.

I stamped the HA background in Versamark on a white card panel and clear embossed it.   Actually, I stamped it twice because the first time I didn’t press down hard enough to transfer the ink … and when I did it a second time, the pattern wasn’t quite matched up (ever tried to do that with a big solid background stamp?  Yikes!).  When it was embossed, though, I quite liked the pattern, so I used it!  The rainbow of inks were sponged over the chevrons and the panel was trimmed to size.  I die cut the ‘hello’ four times in black, adhered them all together, clear embossed them and added a liberal coat of Wink of Stella.  I cut the same hello out of the card panel, adhered the panel to the card base and slotted the dimensional word into place.  Strips of black card top and bottom were the finishing touches … and I still have a multicoloured hello to use somewhere else!

I’m off to link up … and I’ll be back!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Addicted to CAS #37 Guest Designer (Grunge), Colour Me! #17 (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

This is my second fortnight guest designing with the awesome Addicted to CAS  DT … still excited, thrilled and honoured about it … and still a little squeaky!  Our host for this challenge is the amazing Kylie, there’s a prize sponsored by Bugaboo and the Code Word is Grunge …

ATCAS 37 GD, CMCC 17, SSSW 23-4

Those of you who are regular visitors will know that I’m a bit of a neat freak … and will understand that finding out the Code Word for this GD spot was Grunge struck just a smidge of fear into my happy-in-tidy-land heart!  Well, I guess that’s what challenges are for, GD spots or not, so the thinking cap went on … I chose some of my favourite colours (for comfort’s sake!), covered my desk with plenty of protection, and (as Shirley would put it) got sploshing and splatting!

I made a very watery puddle on a piece of watercolour card, ‘touched’ Distress Inks into it with a brush, allowing the colours to go where they wanted, and then used a heat gun to dry it.  The air from the heat gun blew the water about and dried the colours into this ‘interesting’ pattern.  Next, I loaded the brush up with a couple of different different blues and splatted the panel.  Once it was dry, the TAWS sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white … the words seem so appropriate for this card (!) … and it fits perfectly into the puddle!  The card panel warped quite a lot because of the water and heat, so I used plenty of glue runner to adhere it to the card base and left the finished card under a heavy book for a while to flatten it.  Voila … a neat freak’s verson of ‘Grunge’ … and so much fun to do … yes, liberating!

So, how will you interpret this Code Word?  There are so many possibilities … and even if you’ve never done grunge before, have a play … you never know what you’ll come up with till you do!  Check out the cards made by the talented DT cards for some fabulous inspiration!   Thanks so much to Kylie, Loll and all the DT for having me … and for such a wonderful warm welcome … it’s been an honour and so much fun!

My colours match with Colour Me‘s combo this week, so I’m joining in there, and I’m linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Keep It Clean and Simple challenge.

I’ll be back a little later with something else, but in the meantime, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Clearly Besotted #10 (Spring), AEI♥U #5 (Turquoise, Pistachio, Aqua), CASology #92 (Garden), SSS Work It Wednesday #3 (Spring), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

Here’s a spring-like, flower garden card …

CB 10, AEI♥U 5, CASology 92, SSS WIW #3I’m squeezing in (just) at Clearly Besotted‘s Spring themed challenge … and combining that with Avery Elle’s AEI♥U‘s colour week (Turquoise, Pistachio, Aqua), CASology‘s Garden Cue Card and Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday‘s Spring theme.

ETA:  Almost forgot, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has a Keep it Clean & Simple week … I’m linking up there too!

The Avery Elle sentiment was stamped first … and the Clearly Besotted pistachio stems grew out of some of the letters.  I added the CB dandelion heads in aqua, and with the next size down dandelion image, overstamped them in turquoise, before liberally applying Wink of Stella to the flower heads (for dew!).  A few gems (concentrated dew!) finished it off.  I thought about matting it over a dark colour … and thought about adding a border each side … but I think doing so would’ve taken away from the soft dreamy look of these stems blowing gently in the breeze!

Off to link before the door clunks shut!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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One Layer Simplicity #4 (Road Trip), The Card Concept #8 (Use An Umbrella), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

Most unexpectedly, Monsieur Mojo made another appearance tonight … look …

OLS 4, TCC 8, SSSW 23-4I’m squeezing in almost at the last minute at One Layer Simplicity, where the always awesome Ardyth is the host and we’re taking a road trip … either destination based or journey-based.  I went with both … really!  The Alley Way Stamps had a fabulous inspiration picture for their Be Inspired challenge in March … I didn’t get to play along and can’t say where the photo was taken, but it reminded me of oriental lanterns …

Umbrellas… so I used this picture as the inspiration for my destination … Hong Kong.  Now, I know you’re wondering about the journey bit … ’cause you’ve already guessed I didn’t travel by umbrella.  However … I’m thinking you’ve heard of Mary Poppins … practically perfect in every way?  Her preferred mode of transport was the umbrella … and if she happened to being going on a trip, she’d go by brolly!  Stretching the point just a smidge, perhaps?  Mmmm, thought so.  The link for the next challenge isn’t tenuous at all … at The Card Concept, we’ve to use an umbrella … I used five (they’re moustaches, actually, but I’ll come to that later) for this Clean and Simple card.  Finally, I’m joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s theme this week, Keep It Clean & Simple.

I don’t have any brolly images, but as I was seeking inspiration this evening, Monsieur Mojo directed me to a stamp set I won a few months ago … TAWS’ Moustache Mania.  Seems one of the moustaches (with a few doodly additions) would make a perfect brolly!  So I chose a few jolly colours, stamped them across the card, doodled in the ribs, handles and finials, and added some Wink of Stella (to give the sheen of tropical rain!).  The PTI ‘Smile’ was stamped in the same colours as the brollies, and I added the byline and stripes (also PTI) in grey.  It was finished off with a scattering of bling (for raindrops).  Why that sentiment?  Well first, I’d be smiling if I was exploring the world (even if it was raining) … and second, have you ever watched a little child playing in the rain?  ‘Nuff said then!

I’m delighted to say hello to some more following friends this week … non blogging card makers Isla, Marylou and Bahb … and Margaret from Island Scraps.  Margaret’s new to our lovely blogging world although there’s already deliciousness on her blog to wander through … have a visit and you’ll see what I mean!  You’re all very welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a very quick meander round the blogosphere before bed (it’s a bit late … actually, it’s already Thursday!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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