Getting To Know You Blog Hop

Today I’m taking part in the Getting To Know You Blog Hop!  As you probably already know, it and it’s cousins The Creative Blog Hop and The Unique Blog Hop have swept blogland during the summer.  I’ve been thrilled and honoured to have been invited by a number of lovely friends (thank you so much ladies, you know who you are!) to take part over the last few months, and would have loved to have joined in on each occasion.  Life (as I know it!), though, kept getting in the way.  Now, it’s moved over ever so slightly to allow me a little breathing room and give me the opportunity to very happily accept a tag from the amazingly talented, quirkily creative, WCMD winning, delightful Maria from Riesling Mama.  You can check out Maria’s GTKY post here … or p’raps that should read … you really need to check out Maria’s GTKY post here … it’s fun, entertaining, interesting, enlightening and there are links to some of her fantastic cards you can drool over.  Plus, of course, if you take a picnic, you can spend as much time as you like enjoying an inspirational meander around.

BTW, there’s a length warning on this post … but I typed it fast so you could speed read it with no problem!  So … want to Get To Know Me?  ETA:  Thanks to the delightful Darnell, who spotted a glaring gap (none of my own card highlights!) … I’ve now added some, with links to the original posts and with a little extra commentary … thanks, my friend! 

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I recently joined the lovely Time Out Design Team so am busy getting cards ready for future challenges.  I like to have them made well in advance … and be comfortable that if my other major creative project (a time gobbling, large and very long term house renovation) throws a wobbly, there’s a little wiggle time built in.

I can’t show you unposted ones yet (obviously!), so below and here is my latest super CAS one (the shading on the apple had me particularly happy), and my ‘Designer To CASE‘ card from before I joined the team (first try at watercolouring an embossed pattern I think) …

Time Out 15 DT, Stamplorations - September, ATSM 114, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9          Time Out CASE Designer, Stamplorations August, MMCC 2, SSSW 13-8. SSSWIW 7

What inspires your designs?

Just about anything really … it can be one of you talented and innovative card makers, maybe the theme of a challenge, p’raps a stamp or stamp set.  There’s also Pinterest, which is a new-ish adventure for me, advertising, catalogues, nature … the list goes on.  With all the inspiration out there you’d think that pings would come thick and fast … hahaha … so not so!

This card is one of my very early ones and it has a special place for a number of reasons.  It was the first time I CASED anyone (Ardyth‘s seal (here) was my inspiration … thanks so much, my friend!) … it was for CASology, which remains one of my favourite challenges (playing with words and card making, such a fantastic recipe) … it was the first time I won anything with a card (an Honourable Mention) … my first try at doodling … and the start of really ‘playing’ with my card making!

CASology 16Sometimes, you can’t always explain why a card is particularly pleasing … it just is.  Design, colours, balance of individual elements, a successful play with a new technique … or maybe because of the person you were thinking of when you made it.  Like this next card … for me, it captures the essence of the supremely special someone I made it for … my Mum.  There are others, it’s just that this one has that certain something that can’t always be put into words.  There are also cards I’ve made for wonderful bloggy friends that are like that … if you’d like to check them out, they’re in the ‘Friends’ category of my side bar.

Muse 65, MFW April, SSSM 28-4, SSSW 30-4

What method/process do you apply to each of your creative projects and how long does each take? 

My pile of guillotined, card sized printer paper is my saviour!  I use it to sketch out ideas, play with stamps, match colours, try out techniques … all with the aim of coming up with a card I like.  Sometimes, it works a treat and a card will appear as if by magic … other times, it doesn’t … and the paper bin gets well fed!

I’ve been known to create a card in less than ten minutes … but those occasions are very few and far between.  The longest time I’ve spent on a card is four days … not constantly, you understand, just coming and going in marginal moments.  On occasion, the perfectionist in me makes an appearance, which means I spend far too long looking for that perfect spot for a sequin, deciding if a sentiment is just the right colour, or wondering whether a 2mm difference in the placement of an image/panel would look better!

Of the few and far between quick cards I’ve made, this one on the left here is a goodie … it was one of those that just pinged … and was as dreamy and airy as I’d hoped.  Whilst it wasn’t an under ten minute card, it was under twenty … and was one layer!  The one next to it is also one layer … and light and airy … and came out just as I’d seen it in my head … and took much, much, much longer to make!!   It’s that perfectionist appearing!

CB 10, AEI♥U 5, CASology 92, SSS WIW #3          Happy Birthday Maria, OCC CAS3 Day 3-3, W&W Playdate 1, SSSW 19-3, W&W JITW March

If you had to describe your signature style, what would it be?

It’s mostly Clean and Simple … I’m a bit of a minimalist, so the uncluttered look with lots of open space suits me.  I also enjoy creating backgrounds (thanks to the awesome Jennifer McGuire), and whilst these cards tend to be a little busier than classic CAS, I still like to keep them crisp, fresh and under-embellished.

This is probably my CAS-est card ever … and I hummed and haaaa’d about it for ages!  In comparison, there’s a background card (including one of my favourite colour palettes … rainbow!) which is much fuller … still crisp though I think.

CFC 122          Muse 55, HA Bday, SSSM 17-2, W&W Feb

What are three crafting products/tools you can’t live without?

The first two are easy!  300 gsm linen cardstock, about the only time I don’t use it is if I’m using a watercolour technique (and even then I still might) … and my Tonic guillotine, every card is sliced with it.  The third is a bit of a moving feast … at the moment I love using Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents … yep, I know, that makes four products/tools, but you try deciding between WOS and GA!

As some of you know, I have a menagerie of bird stamps … they’re fun and colourful and to my mind are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of someone who receives a card made with them.  So my last two cards are from the menagerie … the first a solo performance, the second a dawn chorus.

CASology 104, MTDS 4, CQ 250, ATSM 104, PS 20-7, SSSW 16-7          Muse 50, SSSM 13-1

If you’re still here, thanks for sticking with me through such a long and photo laden post.  It’s worth it because this is where I get to introduce you to two designers whose work I admire (and I know you’ll enjoy visiting or revisiting)  …

Shona at Twine Around … one of my teamies at Time Out and a CAS card maker extraordinaire … I think it was Shona who coined the phrase ‘if it was any more CAS it’d be a blank card’ … love that!  She is supremely productive and so full of enthusiasm for our craft … regularly staying up into the early hours in order to get the myriad of ideas out of her head and onto paper!  Here are a couple of my favourite Shona cards, just to whet your appetite.


Shona will be hopping along with Getting To Know You next Monday, 13 October … but do go over for a visit before then … there’s so much to enjoy and admire!

Susanne at Keep in Touch  … a technique maestro who does rainbows to perfection!  Susanne’s cards are always to be explored … spend time drinking them in, discovering the colours or texture or dimension or shimmer or splatter … all in just the right proportion to each of the other elements.  Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect over at Susanne’s.         

Susanne will be joining in with Getting To Know You in a fortnight, on Monday, 20 October.  Don’t wait till then to pay her a visit, though … wonderful exploring takes time!

I was going to add a card to this post, but you’ve been here a long time already and probably need to be off blog wandering … so I’ll be back with it tomorrow.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

29 thoughts on “Getting To Know You Blog Hop

  1. djkardkreations

    It’s wonderful to see you taking part in one of the world-wide blog hops, Anita! It was a lovely interview, but as for me, I would have welcomed some of your own card highlights!! Great choices for your “tags,” too; they are friends whose work I admire! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Chriss Blagrave

    It’s wonderful to see you in this hop Anita! I loved reading about your process and I need to start doing something similar :). I am looking forward to seeing your card tomorrow and so for now, I am off to check out the links for Shona and Suzanne.
    Hugs, Chriss

  3. Geri G

    Fabulous interview! Your replies to the questions were a joy to read! Did a bit of figuring and the way I call it, is this: Your talent + the two card artists you are tagging = a talent rating that would blow the top of the Richter Scale!

  4. pinnednpenned

    Hi Anita, so happy to read this. I was wondering when you would post, but then I reread Maria’s note concerning the date. I hear you about the dithering over color, placement–particularly of sequins and other ephemera/images!!! It’s part of the fun (sometimes)– usually my partner has a really good eye when I can’t see a project anymore. That always helps. Thanks for introducing some new-to-me cardmakers!! I echo Darnell– would have loved to see some of your portfolio or faves– as it’s always wonderful to revisit your pieces! So glad to know you in this crafty online world– maybe in person if we make it to France in the next few years!! Always appreciate your support and inspiration! xo Kate

  5. Sandie

    Loved reading this Anita, great to learn more about how you work. And I am with you with the WOS…made a card yesterday and really there was no need to add it but I just wanted to and loved it. Wished it showed better in photos though….you got any tips for this?

  6. maria f.

    Delightful post, Anita! Thanks for your kind words. You did not surprise me at all with DT cards “well in advance”. I would only expect perfect organization from you 😉 I totally agree with you on those stupid pings that should but don’t appear and the difference 2 mm can make 🙂 And I was happy to hear more about your linen CS – that stuff is to die for. Where do you source it? Look forward to learning more about Shona and Susanne. Great choices.

  7. susannev2014

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Anita! They made me blush! It was fun to learn a bit more about you! You write so well! How come your English is so perfect?
    The weird thing is that your post didn’t appear in my reader… Wonder what happened…

  8. Michele F.

    Always a pleasure to read your blog, Anita, and doubly today to see you’ve finally accepted an invitation to TCBH! Thank you Maria.. many of us tried! I’ve spent hours pouring over your lovely cards, hoping that your style would bleed over to me. Perfection. Thanks for introducing a new-to-me card maker extraordinaire in Susanne. I’ll be hopping over to her blog straightaway. Shona? I’ve admired since forever =]

  9. Bobby

    It’s always good to get to know those you follow and whose talent you admire. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely creations.

  10. Petra

    Such a pleasure to get to know you better, Anita!!! Being a perfectionist myself, I can relate to you sometimes taking time to decide where the best spot for a sequin is!!!! You are not only a talented cardmaker, you are also a very talented writer and I always enjoy your posts, specially the lovely sense of humour shining through so often!!!
    Have a super day!!!

  11. Shona Chambers

    Yay, you finally did it and what a wonderful read it is!! I think its always so interesting to hear what inspires people and how their brain works with their projects. And no wonder you never miss a challenge, your so far in advance with your cards. This is wonderful and I know so many people will enjoy reading about you. Aren’t crafters the most loveliest people ever! I’ve just been reading thru the comments and the lovely things they have to say about you must make your heart sing a little louder. And to read that people know who I am…good grief, thats incredible!! I’m going to pop over to Susanne’s blog now as I recognise her cards but not sure if I’ve visited before. I’m sure I’m in for a treat!!

  12. Sandie

    Love you added the cards…my fav if yours is in my possession…my Birthday card, displayed in my album of cards sent to me! Forgot to say Monday that at TO we are so pleased you decided to join our little team, you are a real asset and a joy to work with xx

  13. djkardkreations

    Aaah, that’s better! Now I’m going to sit back and close my eyes and bask in the fullness of your talent and your eye for design! What a CAS card artist inspiration you are, Anita! Your works of art just sing out from this post!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Geri G

    Yes…the cards complete the post! Fabulous interview paired with amazing talent and a walk down memory card lane! So glad that you included the ‘avian dawn chorus’ which remains my absolute favorite of all your amazing creations 🙂

  15. Joyce M.

    Fabulous post. Such a treat to get to know you better, and it is good to know that many of my favorites of your cards have reappeared here in this post as some of your faves, too.

  16. Tracey McNeely

    Anita your interview is beyond fantastic my friend! Loved all your details, the glimpse into your world, some of your tips like the card sized printer paper–love that one and all your gorgeous card sampes! The apple really is fabulous!!!

  17. Sarah Gray

    Fab post, Anita – I really enjoyed reading it and admiring the fantastic cards you have showcased (some of my favourite ever!). I love your CAS style and your generous encouragement to fellow crafters. You are totally organised too 🙂 So glad to see you have ‘tagged’ two fantastic cardmakers – looking forward to reading more about Shona and Susanne next week….

  18. Brenda

    It was lovely getting to know you Anita! I love your cards and I love your style and wish I could be just like you when I grow up. lol Seriously, I do love your style and I always love that line card stock you use to make your cards. I am always drawn to CAS cards even though I’m not to great at making CAS cards. I’m glad that life let up on you enough so we got to get to know you! Hugs, Brenda

  19. lostinpaper

    Oh is was so nice ‘getting to know you’ a little better Anita, and I agree you can definitely say WOS & GA as one because you are using them together, no argument from me lol.

  20. c

    I’ve fallen behind in commenting, however, your lovely gallery has been gazed at and admired several times, sitting in my Feedly feed! I’ll echo the others in expressing being entertained, delighted and awed by the details you’ve shared here. Seeing your selection of cards once again reminds me of how truly stunning they are! You’re the Queen of Cas AND Class, my dear friend!


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