Monthly Archives: February 2015

Time Out #25 Mid Challenge Reminder, Simply Create Too #79, SSS Monday-23 February, SSS Wednesday-25 February

We’re half way through our latest challenge at Time Out … this time our theme is ‘Inspired By Words’ … and our words are ‘Rock Around The Clock’.  Last week, I went pretty and dreamy … this time, I’ve gone graphic …

Time Out DT 25R, SCT 79, SSSM 23-2, SSSW 25-2Time OutAs there isn’t a single clock or music related stamp in my collection, I did a little out of the box thinking … and on a white card panel stamped Avery Elle Bright Days triangles to hint at the idea of clock hands.  The SSS dot acts as the pivot for the hands and was embossed in black.  I created a fun time-related sentiment by selectively inking three different Papertrey stamps … and the ‘hug’ was heat embossed (does that mean the hug is a warm one … tee hee!).  The base card was sponged in black on the top and right hand edges before I popped the finished panel up on it, aligning it so that the black edges were visible.

Will you ‘Rock Around The Clock’ with us this week?  All the details are over on the Time Out blog … where there’s also a ton of inspiration from our fabulous DT and our talented Guest Designer, the lovely Hazel! Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in at …

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – No Rules

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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


Time Out DT #25, Simply Create Too #79, SSS Monday 16/2

Our shiny new challenge starts today at Time Out … this time we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … and our words are ‘Rock Around The Clock’.  I focussed on the clock … look …

Time Out DT 25Time OutDandelion clocks!  Remember blowing the seeds off and making a wish when you were little?  I do … soooo many wishes!  This stamp set is from Clearly Besotted … stems stamped first, dandelion heads stamped in two colours each and the seeds stamped floating off in the breeze.  The flowers were coated with Wink of Stella and each seed had a touch of Stickles added to the middle.  The sentiment was dressed with a tiny sequin and a couple of gems and the panel was popped up on foam tape on the base card.

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Rock Around The Clock’?  Let your imagination wander a little … and when you’ve settled on an idea, why not get creative and play along with us at Time Out … we’d love to have you!   All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our wonderful and talented Guest Designer, Hazel and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – A Piece of Paradise (having wishes come true is pretty paradise-like!)

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I’d like to say a huge thank you for all the birthday wishes, cards and gifts I received/opened yesterday … I was bathed in kindness, friendship, generosity and love … and my special day turned out to be a smiling-all-over-my-face sort of a day!  I’m so blessed to be in this amazing card making community … thank you for having me!

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

Papertrey 8th Birthday Days 7-8, CAS-ual Fridays #136, Little Tangles #53, CAS(E) This Sketch #110

Back with my final two cards for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday … just squeezing in as the doors start to close!  Day 7‘s challenge is to use only metallics and neutrals …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 7, CTS 110Was a little mojo’d out by the time I got here (made this one last!) … so went back to find some inspiration in last year’s cards … and did a remake of this one, which in turn was a CASE of this one from Susan at Simplicity … I’d almost forgotten how much I love PTI‘s Dot Spot!   I stamped the largest and smallest dot circles in Versamark, and starting from the outer edge and working inwards I sprinkled gold, platinum and silver embossing powder over them, to create a kind of ombré metallic look.  Starting from the outside and working in meant I could tip the excess off without covering getting EP where I didn’t want it … ask me how I know!  The sentiment is made up of two PTI Global Greetings stamps (to get the same crisp font on both words), stamped in black Versafine and clear embossed.  Three gems finished it off.

In addition to PTI’s Day 7, this card is also heading to CAS(E) This Sketch … I landscaped it!


The last birthday challenge at PTI is for Day 8 and is to use blue ombré …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 8, CFC 136, LT 53I used Distress Inks to create an ombré wash on watercolour card and once it was dry, die cut it and some white watercolour card with PTI‘s Modern Cross Quilt Cover Plate and adhered the crosses into their respective places on the card base (there’s an ombré positive piece left to use on another card).  A standard base here is 10.5 x 15 cm (4 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches), a little longer than the Cover Plate … so I had some space to play with.  Rather than cutting the extra off, I did a Maile and sliced the white positive piece in two, leaving a gap for the sentiment.  I stamped the ‘sending’, popped the white up on foam tape over the crosses, die cut, sponged and clear embossed the ‘hugs’ and adhered it into place over the gap.  Done!

As well as at PTI Day 8, I’m also playing along at …

CAS-ual Fridays – Must Love Watercolour

Little Tangles – Watercolour


That’s my card making done for a while now (apart from my DT cards) … I’m looking forward to spending some time catching up with what everyone else has been doing … there’s a lot to be inspired by … I’ve seen my Feedly list!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Papertrey 8th Birthday – Days 4 & 5, MFT Wednesday Sketch #215, CASology #133, Muse #104, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, Addicted To CAS #57

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!  Got a couple more cards finished tonight for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday celebration (among others) … here’s the first, for Day 4, featuring a bouquet made with more than one stamp set …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 4, MFT Sketch 215, CASology 133, SSSWIW JanuaryI cut a circle in a white card panel using MFT‘s Circle Stax and used it to pencil a guide on the base card for my bouquet.  The blooms and leaves are from PTI‘s Daydreamer, Friendly Flowers and Filled With Joy … stamped and masked to create the posy.  I erased the pencil, added a strip of DP to the base and popped the circle panel up on foam tape to frame the flowers.  The sentiment’s from Clearly Besotted, heat embossed on vellum.  I trimmed and folded the vellum into a banner and just adhered it in place at each end, allowing the sentiment to float free across the circle.  The final touch was the addition of some tiny pearls to the flower centres.

As well as joining in at  Papertrey’s 8th Birthday Day 4 Challenge, I’m playing along at …

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch (see below)

CASology – Love

SSS Work It Wednesday – New (first time Daydreamer has appeared here!)

ETA – At the suggestion of Barb (thanks, my friend!), I’m also linking up with Addicted to CAS – Mask (chosen by the lovely Harriet)



Day 5’s Papertrey Challenge is to make a card using a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 5, Muse 104Another white panel, this time stamped in neutral tones with my never-before-used-on-a-card set, PTI‘s Tiny Triangles, and a sentiment from Sketched Shapes (well used).  The base card was masked and sponged before the stamped panel was popped up on foam tape over it.   Voila, easy peasy … if you don’t count the time it took to line up all those triangles!

In addition to linking up at PTI Day 5, I’m also joining in at Muse … inspired by the colours and graphic shapes on Michele‘s wonderful card (below).


I’ll be back tomorrow with my last couple of in-the-making cards … before the doors close for this year on Papertrey’s party … then I’m going to have fun catching up with what everyone’s been up to.  Hope you have had or are having a fabulous Saturday!  Thanks so much for coming by, your vists and comments are always a joy!   Anita 🙂

Papertrey 8th Birthday – Days 1-3, Runway Inspired #77, Seize The Birthday 12 Feb

I’ve been squeezing in a few ‘rushing-by-my-craft-desk’ evening marginal moments over the past week or so … very gradually putting together some cards for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday celebration (and other challenges that fit well).   Here are the ones that are ready for showing!  Day 1 … a colour and sketch recipe from a choice of eight of each …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 1, RIC 77  PTI8-color-inspiration-4         PTI8-sketch-inspiration-7

I stamped a card panel in four of the colours with PTI Ombré Builders and white heat embossed the sentiment from Filled With Joy.  The Tilth Flower is from Memory Box, cut at the Lake House … a number of the BABES have it, so don’t know whose I borrowed!  It was heat embossed in white before the petals were adhered flat to the card panel and the outline was fixed just in the middle so I could lift the edges to add some dimension.  I added a gem to the middle in the lightest yellow and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.

As well as linking this up to Day 1 at PTI, I’m also joining in with the Runway Inspired Challenge, where this amazing lined and floral confection is our inspiration.


Day 2’s challenge at Papertrey is to make a card inspired by Maile Belles.  I’m always blown away by Maile’s work … and love how she uses sentiments as a design element, slicing and splitting them to perfection!  Here’s my take, followed by a few of Maile’s beauties …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 2, STB 12-2              

I stamped the banner from PTI‘s Sketched Shapes in blue hues across a white card panel, silver embossed the happy over the top and sliced through it.  I added a black strip to the card base and popped the split panel up on foam tape over it.  The PTI Birthday die (again from the Lake House stash … thanks, BABES) was double silver embossed to give it a metallic look and was adhered in place over the split.  I added some black bling to finish off.  Looking at it now, it would’ve been better to have had the ‘happy’ either above or below the line … or have a very small one inside the slice (as Maile did) … oh well, isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?   Rather like the masculine feel, though … hmmm?

As well as playing at PTI Day 2, I’m linking this card up at Seize The Birthday …  without the hearts/arrows optional topping.


Onto Day 3 at PTI, which is a matching gift bag and tag challenge … here’s my spring green and fresh white dinky (8cm x 5cm) little offering …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 3I don’t have a gift bag die (yet!) … so made this the old fashioned way … with a ruler, pencil and craft knife.  Once it was cut out, I white heat embossed the bottom edge of the front using PTI Ombré Builders, added a reinforcer to the top and adhered it together.  The tag (more Lake House stash, a Lawn Fawn one from Bev I think) was also stamped with Ombré Builders (look, it matches!) and I used a sentiment from PTI Sketched Shapes, masked off so I could do the two colour happies and the shadow stamped birthday.  The reinforcer isn’t a reinforcer … it’s a dot stamped over the hole!  A smidge of twine attaches the tag to the bag and ties the bag shut to keep the little goodies inside it out of sight of curious eyes!

8th-Anniversary-LogoIf you’ve made it this far … thank you … I know it was a bit of a marathon!  The time-eating monster that’s been in residence here is beginning to loosen his grip (at last!) … and that means I’ve been able to spend some nights catching up with and commenting on your fabulous creations … there’s still a little more gorgeousness to see!  Can’t say I’m quite there with emails yet, although I am trying (some would say very trying … ahem!) … and will be with you as soon as I can!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Time Out DT #24 Mid Challenge Reminder, Penny Black Simplicity – February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, Happy Little Stampers- February

We’re half way through our latest challenge at Time Out, where we’re CASEing with a twist the wonderful Kylie of Kylie is Addicted to Stamps (yes, she of ATCAS, ATSAM and Happy Little Stampers!) … here’s my second take …

Time Out DT 24 Mid, PB Simplicity FebTime Outand here’s Kylie‘s lovely inspiration …

This time, I focussed on the flowers and striped embossing … and twisted by adding yellow to the pink and green colour palette and using a die cut sentiment.  The flowers were my starting point … they’re from Penny Black (a stickeroo), adhered to cardstock and trimmed out.  I cut a panel of white card, embossed the stripes, edged it in black and attached the flowers to it.  The card base was masked and sponged with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry) to match the blooms and the embossed panel was popped up on foam dots over it.  I cut the Clearly Besotted sentiment (thanks to my lovely teamie, Sarah!) three times, stacked two white and one black together and hung it off the bottom of the popped up panel.  Some black Stickles on the flowers finished it off.

If you haven’t played along with us yet, we’d love for you to join in … and even if you have, there’s always second helpings to be had (as Michele so perfectly puts it!).  There’s lots of inspiration over on the Time Out blog … from our wonderful Design Team and our lovely Guest Designer, the very talented Sarah from Sazzle Dazzle.  I do hope you’ll be able to take some time out to have fun and get creative … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Penny Black Simplicity – Clean and Simple

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New (the hello die cut)

ETA Thanks to Loll for the suggestion, I’m also linking up with Happy Little Stampers – CAS

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


Time Out DT #24, SSS Monday – 2 February, SSS Wednesday – 4 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January 2015

We have a fabulous challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is ‘CASE With your Own Twist’ … and the designer we’re CASEing is the challenge owning, community creating, amazing and talented Kylie from Kylie Is Addicted To Stamps And More!  Here’s my take …

Time Out DT 24Time Outand here’s Kylie’s deliciously bright and spring like card …

I was inspired by the lovely blooms and all that glorious white space … and my twist was to add a touch of dramatic black in the chevron DP (yes, I used DP!), that came from the Lake House stash (sorry, BABES, don’t know who to attribute it to!).  I cut the DP to size, adhered it to the card base and added a black card strip that’d been white embossed with a sentiment from Annabelle Stamps (sadly now closed).  The blooms and leaves are from Avery Elle, stamped and die cut (apart from the lower leaves that were stamped direct to the card base), arranged in a little posy on the DP/card base, and adhered on different depths of foam dots.  I used a black fineliner to define the flower centres and added a touch of black Stickles over the top.

So, how will you CASE Kylie‘s card … and what will be your twist?  There’s inspiration galore from our fabulous Guest Designer, the lovely Sarah at Sazzle Dazzle … and from our wonderful Design Team over at Time Out … have a meander over and enjoy exploring!  I do hope you’ll find some time to have some fun and play along … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m also linking up with …

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (my first time joining in)

SSS Monday – H is for … Happy (Birthday!)

SSS Wednesday – All Things Bright And Beautiful (spring flowers)

SSS Work It Wednesday  – Something New (DP and sentiment)

January’s been a crazy month in my world, and I’m slowly catching up on everything blog related that passed me by amid all the busy-ness.  So if I owe you an email or haven’t responded to a particular comment yet, I’m really sorry … I will get there … an extra day in the week (perhaps between Saturday and Sunday) would help a lot … if any of you could arrange that, I’d be so grateful!  As always, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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