Monthly Archives: July 2015

Happy Birthday, Bobby! Time Out DT #36 Mid Challenge Reminder, Little Tangles #58, SSS Monday 27/7, SSS Wednesday 29/7, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

One of my delightful and super talented blogging buddies has a birthday today … and I’m celebrating with her … wishing you a Happy, Happy Birthday, Bobby!  Hope you have a splendid day full of cake, ice cream and all yummy things … and a year ahead filled with joy and happiness!  If you haven’t enjoyed a visit with Bobby yet, you’ll want to go over to Bits and Pieces and enjoy a gentle meander around to absorb all the fantastic inspiration on offer!  I made you this card, Bobby, which is currently somewhere between here and there (actually closer to here than there!!) …

Happy Birthday Bobby, Time Out DT 36R, SSSM 27-7, SSSW 29-7, SSSWIW JulyTime OutThese Doodle Buds are from WPlus9 … and they’re on their first outing here especially … because it’s thanks to Bobby that I have them, after she gifted me a GC from a this-side-of-the-pond store … thanks so much, my friend … don’t you just love this gorgeous set!

I took our Time Out Designer to CASE (with your own twist) card as my inspiration here (it’s below) … our designer is the amazing Alice from Alice’s Little Wonderland.  I kept the whimsical feel and the layout (albeit turned 180 degrees) and twisted with the black background and white embossing.  My blooms were stamped and heat embossed on textured watercolour paper, coloured with Distress Inks, and die cut.  There isn’t a die for the leaf clusters, so I trimmed them out by hand.  The stems were drawn onto a black panel with a Versamark pen and white heat embossed, and the leaves and flowers were adhered over them, with the two front flowers popped up on foam dots.   Here’s Alice‘s cutie patootie …

There’s still almost a week to play along with us at Time Out … and we’d love to see where Alice‘s inspiration takes you!  You can use any (or all!) of the elements in her cute card to spark your creativity … and if you need a kick start, there’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our talented GD, Rema from RT Impressions!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Bobby‘s birthday card will be blooming at …

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … second entry … sorry, no N&T this time

SSS Monday – No Ordinary Paper … I used textured watercolour paper for the Doodle Buds

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … first entry

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cutting … second entry

Hope your week’s turning out to be fabulous!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Geri! Color Throwdown #352, Little Tangles #58, CAS-ual Fridays #141, SSS Wednesday 22/7, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

Today, I’m wishing my lovely, fun, enthusiastic, generous and super talented friend and fellow BABE, Geri, the happiest of birthdays!  We met … yes, in real life … and she’s just as wonderful, sweet and creative in person as she is in blogland!  Just check out her blog, Manitoba Stamper and you’ll see exactly what I mean!  So, for you, Geri, my dear friend … Happy, Happy Birthday … may you have the most splendid and fun filled day … and may your year be brim full of love, joy and laughter!  I made you this card (which is on it’s way!) …

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW JulyI die some partial die cutting with the Winnie & Walter ‘happy’ … and white embossed the Neat & Tangled sentiment onto the attached remaining border panel.  The die cut then acted as a guide for the circle design.  I drew a pencil line round an MFT circle die, stamped the SSS Lots of Dots around the edge of it, and double embossed over the top of each … once in shimmery EP, once in clear.  The die cut panel was popped up on foam tape … and I was done!  There’s lots of sparkle on those dots … want to see?

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW July, DetailThe design for this card came from an insurance company advert … there were five (unshimmery) circles looped over the name … figured you’d love that graphic look, Geri!  Now I look at it, though, I feel sure I’ve seen something similar in blogland somewhere … if anyone can enlighten me, I’ll edit to add a link and credit!

As well as it flitting across oceans and land masses, Geri’s card is heading to …

Color Throwdown – Lime, Aqua, Light Grey, Dark Grey … I know the aqua looks a smidge blue in the photo … it’s much more turquoise-y than it looks!

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … I used the Neat & Tangled birthday sentiment.

CAS-ual Fridays – Embossing … my second entry

SSS Wednesday – Sparkle and Shine … all those shimmery dots

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cutting … first entry

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!

               

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Time Out DT #36, My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson #10, SSS Monday 20/7, SSS Wednesday 22/7

We have our Designer to CASE (with your own twist) this fortnight at Time Out … the designer we’re CASEing is the amazing Alice, who can be found at Alice’s Little Wonderland.  Alice’s card is pretty, cute and fun (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 36, MFTSS2 5, SSSM 20-7, SSSW 22-7Time Outand here’s Alice‘s inspiration …

The design elements I picked out were the layout and the coloured backdrop to the popped up die cut … my twist was going sparkly rather than cute … and all that yummy white space!  I cut two My Favorite Things circles … one off the edge of a white card panel and a size larger to go behind it.  The larger one was sponged with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and splattered with Perfect Pearl mixture (to imitate sun sprinkled water), trimmed to fit and adhered flat to the card base.  I cut the two piece Clearly Besotted dragonfly in glitter paper (top) and vellum (bottom), fixed the two parts together just at the body, and she fluttered down onto her own personal shimmery pool.  The WPlus9 sentiment was stamped onto the already cut panel, I added a Stickles trail and popped the panel up on foam tape on the base, making sure the dragonfly’s wings were free to flutter.   Here’s a close up of all the shimmer …

Time Out DT 36, MFTSS2 5, SSSM 20-7, SSSW 22-7 DetailHow will Alice‘s card inspire you … and what will be your twist?  There’s so much to play with here … you could focus on the kraft, cute image, DP, washi, enamel dots, layout, even the sentiment … just have fun!  Do hope you’ll find time to join in with with us!  There’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Rema from RT Impressions!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My dragonfly is fluttering over to …

My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson 10 – Monochromatic … I used the blue/green shades from the colour wheel shown … there are five of them!

SSS Monday – I scream for … inking … the shimmery pool!

SSS Wednesday – Sparkle and Shine … glitter paper, Perfect Pearls, Stickles!

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

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MFT Summer School #6, Muse #124, CAS(E) This Sketch #132, CAS-ual Fridays #141, SSS Monday 13/6 … and a Request!

Isn’t it fun when the challenge stars align?  That’s what happened today … I was inspired in so many places (and will explain later) … like to see?

MFTSS2 1, Muse 124, CTS 132, CFC 141, SSSM 13-6I took a pierced rectangle from My Favorite Things (Lake House stash), stamped and heat embossed the daisies from Annabelle Stamps (sadly no longer operating), masked the image and used Distress Inks to sponge and blend the grass and sky.  Once the panel was dry, I coloured the daisies and leaves with Promarkers, added lots of Wink of Stella to the flower centres and topped it with a couple of coats of Glossy Accents.  The panel was used as a guide to position the Avery Elle sentiment, which was stamped and heat embossed onto the card base, and the panel was popped up on fun foam above it.

This is where my inspiration came from …

My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson 6 – Gallon (the blue sky), Quart (the green in the grass and leaves, Pint (the yellow daisy centres) … great teach-ins and tons of inspiration from MFT for this second session of Summer School … I’ve never consciously used G/Q/P, so the theory is new for me … maybe it’s because we use litres here (tee hee)!

MuseArdyth is our muse this week (an unexpected treat!) … her fun and whimsical card is below … my interpretation doesn’t take a lot of explaining, apart from saying that it has a little more white space, inspired by the sketch at …

CAS(E) This Sketch – N@Alie has given us a great sketch (below) … I used a little artistic license with the sentiment, but as some of the DT had too, I guessed that was ok!

CAS-ual Fridays – Embossing … there’s a new format for CF challenges … one theme, two styles … Clean and Simple or Utterly Adorable Layers (clever play on the name, huh?).  There are new DT members too (including my super talented friends Claire and Shona), so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really don’t want to miss it!

SSS Monday – Anything Goes … don’t you just love the freedom of an Anything Goes challenge?

Finally tonight, a Request:  I have a recent follower, non blogger Kerstin from Sweden (Hi, Kerstin … delighted to have you along … you’re very welcome!) who has been on the hunt for the Stampendous Ranunculus Clear Stamp Set for ages, using all channels available, but without any luck.  Seems it may have been retired in favour of the wood block ranunculus bouquet, which is not what she’s after.  My set is fairly recent, so I’m not ready to part with it at the moment … but I’m appealing on behalf of Kerstin … is there anyone out there who has this set in their stash who would be willing to sell it?   If so, please contact Kerstin direct (kerstin at travelsite dot se … spam avoiding address … you know which bits to change!) … she’d be over the moon to hear from you!

Hope your weekend has been wonderful … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #35 Mid Challenge Reminder, Virginia’s View #16, Happy Little Stampers – July, SSS Monday 13/7

Our latest challenge at Time Out still has almost a week to run, so if you’ve not played along yet, there’s plenty of time to get creative!  Our theme is ‘Nature’ with the optional twist of animals (including insects) … here’s where my creativity took me this week …

Time Out DT 35RTime OutI masked a card panel and stamped images from Papertrey‘s Filled With Joy set, using the bigger images first and then filling in with the leaves and smaller ones afterwards.  The flower centres were coated with Wink of Stella and dotted with a white gel pen … makes them look a little dimensional IRL.   I stamped part of the sentiment (also from Filled With Joy) and added the ellipsis to draw the eye to the inside … where a large scripty ‘joy’ from the same set was stamped.  The finished panel was popped up on fun foam on the base.

How would you like to play along?  We’d love to have you join in … and show us where ‘Nature’ took you!  This fortnight we have a fabulous sponsor … if you use the optional twist on your card, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a $25 gift card from CAS-ual Fridays.  In addition, and as usual, our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge.  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with a ton of inspiration from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Barb from Barb’s Studio Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Virginia’s View – Stamping

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Stamping

SSS Monday – Anything Goes

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

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Time Out DT #35, AEI♥U #26, Virginia’s View #16, Happy Little Stampers CAS – July, Seize The Birthday 2/7

We have a lovely theme for our new challenge this fortnight at Time Out … ‘Nature’ with the optional twist of animals … so many possibilities!  Here’s my non twist card …

Time Out DT 35Time OutI stamped the Uniko butterfly and Avery Elle sentiment onto a white card panel in Versamark and heat embossed both with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.  The butterfly was watercoloured with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and had shimmer added with Wink of Stella (because what well dressed butterfly goes anywhere without a hint of sparkle?).  After masking the butterfly, I spritzed the ink that was left on my craft mat with a little water, picked up each colour with a paint brush and delicately splattered the panel.  Strips of raspberry cardstock were adhered to each side of my card base and I popped the panel up over them on fun foam (a la Jennifer McGuire!).  Want to get a closer look at that subtle sparkle?

Time Out DT 35 Detail Feel like giving your creative muscles a work out?  We’d love to have you join us!  How about letting your imagination roam … and seeing where ‘Nature’ takes you?  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays … if you use the optional twist of animals on your card, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a $25 gift card … and as usual, our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge.  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Barb Ghig from Barb’s Studio Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My butterfly is fluttering off to …

AEI♥U – Sparkle

Virginia’s View – Stamping

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Stamping

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Toppings)

I’m delighted to welcome a few more new friends and followers today … non bloggers Karen G (with a Stamp TV Gallery I’m on the hunt for … I’ll do a link when I find it, Karen!) and Kerstin M, … and blogger Nicole from The Paper Baker, who has a fun blog with heaps of detailed tutorials and reviews … I’m sure she’d love a visit … and so would you!  Whether you’re blogging or non blogging, ladies … you’re all very welcome, I’m honoured … thank you for joining me 🙂

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

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Happy Birthday, Darnell! AAA Cards #42, Addicted to CAS #66, Inkspirational #85, SSS Work It Wednesday – June, SSS Monday 29/6

I messed up the auto scheduling for this post … it was supposed to go live about six hours ago because that’s when a reasonable hour in the morning arrived on the west coast of the USA …  the start of the birthday of a special, delightful, super talented and wonderful friend and fellow BABE, Darnell!  You probably already know Darnell as she’s famous in this warm and welcoming blog world of ours (actually she has a lot to do with it being so warm and welcoming!) … and if you don’t, you’ll really want to, so run over to her blog, say hello, wish her Happy Birthday and enjoy heaps of inspiration and laughter!  I’ll wait.  Oh, and take a picnic hamper or two … you’ll be a while!  Happy, Happy Birthday ma chère amie … wishing you the most perfect day filled to the brim with joy, fun, love and laughter … and a year to come full of wishes come true!  I made you this card (flitting across mountain ranges, oceans and miles/kilometres as we speak!) …

Happy Birthday Darnell 2015I sponged the base card with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough) and stencilled the droplets over the top using Salty Ocean.  The dragonfly is from Clearly Besotted … it’s two part … the lower part is smooshed Distress Ink, and the delicate finery of her wings and body are layered on top … with lots of Wink of Stella that glints in the light.  The on-the-line ‘happy’ is MFT from the Lake House stash … the dragonfly was adhered flat to it, I stamped the Avery Elle birthday and added the trail of tiny pearls, before popping it up on foam tape on the stencilled base.  Thought you might like to see that glimmer …

Happy Birthday Darnell 2015 DetailDarnell‘s dragonfly is flitting over to …

AAA Cards – Paste and/or Stencil Techniques … second entry today!

Addicted to CAS – Splash … the dragonfly’s watery background is full of splash!

Inkspirational – Wild … a dragonfly’s a wild thing, isn’t it?!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Refreshment … what’s that lovely insect doing around all that water?!

SSS Monday – Summer … just when these wonderful creatures make an appearance!

Hope you made it back from Darnell‘s in fine fettle … wasn’t that a fantastic visit?  Once again, my lovely friend, Happy, Happy Birthday … sorry I messed up that morning scheduling for you!

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

                   

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