Monthly Archives: September 2014

Stamplorations #20 (Sketch), Addicted To Stamps And More #114 (CAS), AAA Cards #21 (Fussy Cuts), SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils and/or Stamps), SSS Wednsday 24/9 (Anything Goes)

Remember the marginal moments card that was going on?  Well, after only (!) four days, it’s finished, it’s photographed, it’s being posted (quickly before various doors clang shut!) …

Stamplorations 20, ATSM 114, AAA 21, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9The Papertrey Ink Merry & Bright Additions tree was stamped in various shades of green, the resulting little copse was trimmed out and a lick of Wink of Stella went over the lot.  I placed the trimmed out trees onto a white panel so I could draw in the trunks and add the sentiment (also Papertrey), then I took them away, embossed the panel with the SSS Falling Snow stencil, and added more Wink of Stella … this time to the snowflakes.   The copse was popped up with foam tape on the panel, a little gem was added to the top of each tree, and the panel was popped up on the card base.  I know you can’t see the shimmer too well, so I took a closer picture …

Stamplorations 20, ATSM 114, AAA 21, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9 Close UpRushing headlong into …

Stamplorations – first time playing with their Sketch Challenge.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw this card in my mind’s eye (even though it’s far too early for me to start making Christmas cards) … and as the delightful and amazingly talented Darnell is GD, how could I not join in!

Addicted To Stamps And More – CAS … yummy, how could I not play along here also (again).

AAA Cards – Fussy Cutting … OK, not sure that all those straight cuts could be called fussy but they were trimmed by hand!

SSS Monday – Stencils and/or Stamps … yep, both this time.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Off for a gentle meander around blogland to see what everyone’s been up to!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

        GRAB OUR BADGE!       

Simon Monday Challenge Blog          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Time Out #15 (Stamping), Stamplorations – September (Stamping & Markers), Addicted To Stamps And More #114 (CAS), SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils and/or Stamps), SSS Wednesday 24/9 (Anything Goes)

Goodness, that came round quickly … it’s time for another challenge at Time Out!  Our theme this fortnight is … stamping with the optional twist of apple … here’s my card, complete with apple twist …

Time Out 15 DT, Stamplorations - September, ATSM 114, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9I stamped the Waltzlingmouse apple, coloured and shaded it with alcohol markers, trimmed it out and added copious quantities of Glossy Accents.  The Clearly Besotted gingham table cloth block was stamped onto the card base, I added the Stampendous sentiment and popped the shiny (and by now, dry and really rather round!) apple up on foam tape.  Voilà … très QACAS (Quick and CAS in Darnellese)!

So, will you add the optional apple twist or go your own stamping way?  As usual, our overall winner will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge and in addition, if you use the twist, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts!  I do hope you’ll be able to find time to have some fun and play along … all the details, together with a ton of inspiration from our awesome Guest Designer Loll and the Design Team, are over at Time Out.  See you in the gallery!

Oh, and a reminder also that we have a special extra challenge running alongside our usual ones … Double The Joy … use two of something on your card … it’s to celebrate the birth of sweet twin boys, Josh and Ben, to our teamie Bev and DH Karl.  Mr Linky is open until 5.00pm BST on Monday 29 September, so there’s still plenty of time to play along!

I’m also linking up with …

Stamplorations (Stamps and Markers)

Addicted To Stamps And More (CAS)

SSS Monday (Stencils and/or Stamps)

SSS Wednesday (Anything Goes)

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

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Simon Monday Challenge Blog          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

One Layer Simplicity #9 (Hip To Be Square), NBUS #2, Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday 12/9 (Getting Fancy), Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – September, SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils/Stamps)

My card tonight is one I made a little while ago … I took photo’s of a whole load of cards I made and sent out to sweet friends, some of which have already been shared here … others, I thought, I’d show later.  Well, later’s arrived!  My crafting-in-marginal-moments phase is still going on at the moment, so whilst there’s a scheduled Time Out DT post due, the only other card in (very slow!) progress isn’t finished yet.  Here’s today’s little checkered number (which one of you will recognise!) …

OLS 9, NBUS 2, MFWFF 12-9, W&W JITW, SSSM 22-9The background was built up using a TAWS stamp … it has with two rows of five small squares, so I inked it up in sets of colours and stamped it repeatedly across the card to create a rainbow/ombré checkerboard.  The Winnie & Walter sentiment was stamped and heat embossed, and I added a little subtle bling.  Voila!

Popping along to  …

One Layer Simplicity (Hip to Be Square) – the fabulous Ardyth is the host this month … love the theme and planned out quite a few ideas in my head … unfortunately, that’s where they stayed!  Squeezing in here during the closing moments!

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – you all know about this already!  The checkerboard stamp is my NBUS and this is my third and final entry … which is p’raps as well seeing as Mr Linky will be on door duty tomorrow!

Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday (Getting Fancy) – have a look at the amazing inspiration photo below … I thought all my colours and the shiny black sentiment were a pretty good match to all those cool bottles of nail polish!

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – love using these W&W big sentiments!

SSS Monday (Stencils and/or Stamps) – I went with stamps … after all it is Stamptember!

I have a couple of hello’s to say to two new followers tonight … non-blogging card maker Karen … and Rachel, who has just posted her first lovely card over at inkyfingersareme … and is in the process of setting up a craft room.  You can check out the ‘before’ photo’s on Rachels blog … and then pop back for the ‘afters’ when it’s done … I know she’ll appreciate the visit!  You’re both very welcome, ladies … and thank you 🙂

Back tomorrow with the new Time Out Challenge … and hope to get my on-the-way card done before the weekend … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

OLS                   w&w_blogblinkie

          Moxie Fab World          Simon Monday Challenge Blog


CASology #113 (Grass), SSS Monday 15/9 (Rock The Techniques), SSS Work It Wednesday #8 (Stamping)

It seems like ages since I was here … it’s not, but life has been full since my Happy Birthday To Bev post, so it feels a long time ago!  Popping in with a QACAS (Darnellism for Quick and Clean and Simple) grasses-at-sunrise card …

CASology 113, SSSM 15-9, SSSWIW 8I stamped and heat embossed the Annabelle Stamps grasses on a white card panel, sponged them with sunrise coloured inks, edged the panel with black and sprayed it with shimmer spritz (you may just be able to make it out) to represent the dew.  The base card was masked to create a square slightly larger than the grasses panel and it was sponged in the same graduated colour.  I stamped the Stampendous sentiment and popped the panel up on foam tape.

I’m playing along at …

CASology (Grass) – not joined in for a while and it’s good to be back

SSS Monday (Rock The Techniques) – mine’s emboss resist

SSS Work It Wednesday (Stamping) – my second entry this month

I’d like to say hello to a few new followers this evening … new-ish blogger Rubeena (who I’m sure would appreciate a visit!), non active blogger Estee and non blogger Connie.  You’re all very welcome, ladies … and thank you!

Off for some dinner before taking a tour of the blogosphere.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are, as ever, a joy!  Anita 🙂

          Simon Monday Challenge Blog


Happy Birthday, Bev! NBUS 2, SSS Wednesday 11/9 (Make Your Own Background)

Have you ever met someone that you liked immediately … and then the more you got to know them the more you realised what an amazing, caring, thoughtful, talented and delightful person they were?  I’m fortunate to say that I have … that someone is Bev at Happy Dance … and today we’re celebrating her birthday with a surprise party!  It’s usually Bev that throws the most amazing parties for everyone … this time she’s the surprisee!  The celebrations are going on over at Darnell‘s blog, and Ardyth is hosting the Linky party for all Bev’s cards.  If you know Bev already, you’ll want to head over to see her on her special day, and join in the fun at Darnell‘s and Ardyth‘s.  If you don’t know her, you’ll want to … so why not do the same thing … you really don’t want to miss out!   So, sweet Bev, I’m wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays … may your day be as special as you are … and may your year ahead be filled with joy, laughter and blessings galore!  We’re truly blessed to have you in our world, and I’m honoured and proud to call you my friend!    I made you this …

Happy Birthday Bev, NBUS 2, SSSW 11-9… which is currently winging it’s way to you across the miles … oh and there’s a little cake later!

I cut a spare Avery Elle ‘happy’ and used it as a guide to mark up where to slice a white card panel so that each letter would have a narrow stripe running through it.  Once the panel was sliced, the narrow strips were coloured with Promarkers, I covered a piece of copy paper with glue gun sticky and pieced the panel back together again.  I die cut the ‘happy’ out of colours to match the stripes, and out of the panel, stacked them all together with Glossy Accents and added a liberal coat of Wink of Stella.  The edges of a white card base were sponged with navy, the striped panel was adhered flat to the base and the stacked ‘happy’ was slotted into place.  I stamped the WPlus9 sentiment onto white card, cut it into a banner and nestled it under the ‘happy’.  A scattering of sequins with offset gems was the finishing touch.

Bev’s card is going to be joining in at …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – my second entry.  Just in case you’ve spent the last few years touring the universe, and don’t know about these things, NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff.  It’s an acromym coined by the delightful Darnell, who is running her second NBUS challenge … this time to celebrate 600+ followers!  Can I also mention that as well as being delightful, Darnell is also amazingly generous … she’s offering ten (yes, 10!) US$25 prizes to randomly drawn winners!  See, told you, delightful and generous!  The die cut and sentiment were my NBUS … they came from the same happy package as yesterday’s NBUS.

SSS Wednesday – Make Your Own Background.   Yep, sliced, coloured, stuck and cut!

It’ll be really fun to come back a little later, see all Bev’s cards together at Ardyth’s and nibble on a little cake (see below) … so looking forward to it!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

A little Piece of Heaven - This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe that is in her Feast cookbook.  The cake is so beautiful and moist, and it lasts for ages. It has a fairly strong smell of Guinness, which to a non-Guinness drinking person may be off putting, but take one bite and you'll surely change your mind, well I certainly did.

Time Out Special (Double The Joy), NBUS 2, Winnie & Walter Join In To Win (September), Color Throwdown #309 (Blue, Light Blue, Citrus Green, Grey), SSS Work It Wednesday #8 (Stamping)

We’re having a special and additional Time Out challenge for the next fortnight … especially to celebrate the very recent arrival of twin boys for our teamie, Bev and her husband!  Many congratulations again to you both, Bev!  The theme has been devised especially for the occasion … it’s ‘Double The Joy’ … so, why not join in the celebration and make a card with two of something on it … you could win a prize!  Sandie and Nonni, co-owners of Time Out are sponsoring this special challenge and are offering the winner a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studio.  Here’s my two of something, inspired by the sweet second photo in this post about the twins …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8I stamped the Mama Elephant sentiment and birds on a white card panel … and did a little masking to make sure each bird had it’s own star (it belongs to the left hand one!)  The cascading stars (from Winnie & Walter) were added at the side and all the grey was treated to a coat of Wink of Stella.  I coloured the birds with Promarkers, added a liberal layer of Glossy Accents and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.  Here’s a close-up of all the shimmer and shine …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8 Close UpThe eagle eyed among you may notice there’s a blob appeared by one of the birds … it’s not on the card above, so who knows where it came from … maybe a quick flutter of the wings did it!

As well as celebrating at Time Out, I’m also joining in with …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Another celebration … the delightful Darnell has arrived at 600+ followers (congratulations, my friend!) … and that means we get to play with our Never Before Used Schtuff for a second time at the Playhouse.  My NBUS is the Mama Elephant stamp … recently acquired and on it’s first outing … I went for side option 4!

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – My cascading stars were done with one of the stamps from Big Bang Confetti, selectively inked.

Color Throwdown – Blue, light blue, citrus green and grey … just great colours for the twins!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamptember is in full flow, so this month the theme’s Stamping.

Badges are displayed at the bottom … just scroll down.

All the details for Bev’s special challenge are over at the Time Out blog (it’ll run alongside our usual fortnightly challenges) … along with a fabulous collection of inspiring cards from the Design Team … hope you’ll be able to find some time to join us in the gallery!

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

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Time Out #14 (Home Sweet Home) – Design Team Debut!

I’m excited … today sees the start of a new challenge at Time Out … and the start of my own new challenge as a Design Team member … yep, definitely excited!  This fortnight, we have a Home Sweet Home theme, which means there’s a fabulous inspiration photo for you to wrap your creativity around … look …

There’s so much to play with here … the natural look of the linen cloth, wooden box and rustic twine … the chunky labels/tags … those wonderful messages … and all that lovely white!  I went for a pretty literal take on the inspiration …

Time Out 14 DTSome of you may remember I used wood from a mushroom basket on this card a little while ago … well, said wood leapt to mind as soon as I saw the inspiration photo (don’t you just love it when that happens!).  The Hero Arts sentiments were stamped directly onto a nicely grained piece of it, I cut them out with a guillotine (apart from the pp’s!) and outlined them using a black fine liner.  Once they’d gone through a little arranging, they were attached to a white card panel, I added some strands of twine tied with a knot and popped the whole thing up on a kraft card base.  No shimmer or bling … seems it’d be a good masculine encouragement card!

So, what do you think of when you see the inspiration photo?  Why not take some time to have some fun with it and play along … all the details are over at Time Out, along with a whole host of fabulous cards from the Design Team and our lovely Guest Designer this fortnight, Christine from Poppaeacards.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

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

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