Monthly Archives: October 2015

Time Out DT #43, CAS-ual Fridays #144, Simply Create Too #97, SSS Monday 26/10, SSS Wednesday 28/10

Hello!  We have a lovely theme for you at Time Out this fortnight … it’s Christmas … with the optional twist of using pink or purple.  I went with the pink (a very vibrant one!) … and a little added gold …

Time Out DT 43Time OutI inked my craft mat with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and a little Delicata Gold ink, spritzed it with water and started smooshing a white card panel, doing a little, drying it, doing some more, drying it … and so on till I was happy with the result.  The panel was trimmed to size, a snowflake from Uniko was cut from the middle of it and the sentiment was white embossed … it’s made up with stamps from Uniko and SSS.  I adhered the die cut smooshed panel to a white card base, cut another snowflake from a spare piece of white card, coated it with Wink of Stella and pieced it and the loose smooshed pieces back into the die cut space.  Voilà!  Here’s a look at all the shimmer and shine …

Time Out DT 43 DetailThis is my first Christmas card of the year … how are you doing with yours?  How about making one including pink or purple (or any other colours if you don’t want to twist) and playing along with us at Time Out?    We have a sponsor for those who do use the twist … a random winner will be able to choose any stamp set from Uniko … and there are such yummy ones to choose from!  As usual, our overall winner, as chosen by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge … it could be you!  There’s lots of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer Suchi from Suchi’s Cardstock … from our own fabulous Design Team … and from some of the Design Team over at Uniko … what a treat!   If you comment on the Uniko blog here and on the blogs of the Uniko DT who have played along with us, you could win their stamp of the week … Label Love … oooh, yes please!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in the fun at …

CAS-ual Fridays – Tic Tac Toe … Distressing, Sparkling, Embossing

Simply Create Too – Baby It’s Cold Outside … snow’s a smidge chilly!

SSS Monday – Throwback … I chose January 2015 Inky Backgrounds

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

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Colour Q #313, Make The Day Special – October, WOW! Embossing Powder – October, SSS Wednesday 21/10

Hello!  For the first time in a while, I had a little time to be creative just for fun today … and made this sweet little gift bag and tag …

CQ 313, MTDS October, WOW October, SSSW 21-10It’s only 7.5cm by 10cm (3 by 4 inches) … isn’t it dinky?  I cut it with the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die (twice), folded along the crease lines and adhered everything together with double sided tape.  A piece of white card was heat embossed with iridescent EP and cut with a Uniko snowflake die.  The snowflake was attached to a couple of WPlus9 die cut tags and a legless brad was adhered in the middle and coated with Stickles.  I tied some twine onto the tag and wrapped it round the gift bag handle … with a yummy little something inside, of course!

My dinky bag was inspired by …

Colour Q – Going Grey, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, White (my equivalent)

Make The Day Special – Anything But a Card

Wow! Embossing Powder – Anything But a Card

SSS Wednesday – Wrap It Up

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend … with a bit of space in it to get crafty!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Seize The Birthday 22/10 – Surprise Party Guest, AEIHeartU #29, SSS Wednesday 21/10, Muse #137

Hello again!  If you’re looking for my reminder for the latest Time Out challenge, it’s here … otherwise, welcome to my second Surprise Party Guest spot at Seize The Birthday!  Thanks once again to Nancy and the DT for the invitation and for your lovely warm welcome! Our theme this time around is Pocket Cards …

STB GD 22 OctSurprisePartyGuest GraphicI know, you’re asking yourself … where’s the pocket … where’s the all important sentiment?  Ha, it’s cunningly camoflaged … look … it’s secret is out of the bag!

STB GD 22 Oct DetailNever done a pocket card before … I did see Dawn McVey’s Make It Monday video on them over at Papertrey last month (definitely worth seeing!) and wanted to have a play … but the tub of life-stuff-to-do-in-the-time-available was already overflowing, and I didn’t get to it.  Enter this new theme for Seize the Birthday!  Here, my pocket is kind of basket-like with the chevron patterned DP … so I added a similar embossed patterned texture in the background to mimic it.  The insert is made up of Avery Elle blooms and leaves, stamped and/or die cut, arranged and adhered one over the other in a floral spray, and attached on foam dots just at the top of WPlus9 tag.  Adhering the arrangement just at the top allows it to cascade over the pocket basket when it’s slotted into place.  The sentiment on the tag is from Avery Elle … there’s a Happy Birthday one from Papertrey on the inside … and I added a twirl of black twine to the top of the tag to finish off.

If you’ve played along at Seize The Birthday before, you’ll know that the theme … or ‘Topping’ … is optional.  So for this challenge, you don’t have to make a Pocket Card … you can make any birthday card and join in with us … but we’d love to see you use the Topping if you get the chance!  Looking forward to seeing where your creativity takes you!

I’m linking up with the the fun at …

AEIHeartU – Think Pink (with a smidge of added green!)

SSS Wednesday – Wrap It Up (my twirl of twine!)

ETA – Thanks to a suggestion from the lovely Ardyth, I’m also linking this up at Muse, where the talented Anita B has given us a beautiful inspiration card … it’s below!

I’m not around in blogland (or emailonia) all that much at the moment … (it’s that tub-of-life-stuff getting in the way!) … and there’s even a bit of bouchon (traffic jam!) in my Feedly list … so I really appreciate you coming over to visit and leaving me your sweet comments … it’s always a joy to read them!  Anita 🙂

         

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Time Out #42 Mid Challenge Reminder, Sparkle and Shine #16, Fusion 15/10, CAS-ual Fridays #144, Addicted to CAS# 74

Hello!  I’m popping by with a gentle reminder that there’s still plenty of time to play along with us at our latest Time Out challenge, where we’re inspired by a cool and fun ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo, just a little further down.   Here’s my take …

Time Out DT 42RTime Outand here’s the cool, graphic and slightly spooky inspiration …

Spray paint dollar store glass candle sticks black and add pumpkins for Halloween decoration

This time round, my focus was on the colour scheme, the shine on those stands and the graphic shapes.  I stamped and heat embossed the Papertrey sketched banner direct on the card base and gradient sponged Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over it.  The little ‘hello’ is from SSS, stamped on a Papertrey scalloped circle, covered with Wink of Stella and coated with lashings of Glossy Accents … it’s mounted on a black, clear heat embossed circle from MFT.  I popped the little badge up on foam tape over the banner and added some gem embellished sequins as a finishing touch.

Where does your imagination take you when you look at this photo … colours, patterns, texture, shine … or anything else you see!  Where ever it goes, why not make a card and play along with us … we’d love to see you in the gallery!   There’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer TaeEun (Rainbow In November) and from our wonderful DT.  Hope to see you there!

I’m joining in the fun at some other spooky and non spooky inspired challenges …

Sparkle and Shine – photo below (my first time!)

Fusion – photo below

CAS-ual Fridays – Tic Tac Toe (Distressing, Sparkling, Embossing)

Addicted to CAS – Sparkle

I’ll be back later with another Surprise Party Guest post for Seize the Birthday … hope you’ll come by for that!  In the meantime though, thanks so much for your visits and comments, they’re always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

         

Time Out DT #42, Virginia’s View #19, SSS Monday 12/10, SSS Wednesday 14/10

Hello!  Today sees the start of another fabulous challenge at Time Out … this fortnight our theme is Home Sweet Home … with a wonderful inspiration photo (see a little further down) … here’s my take …

Time Out DT 42Time Out… and here’s the cool, spooky and halloweeny inspiration …

Spray paint dollar store glass candle sticks black and add pumpkins for Halloween decoration

I went with the colours, patterns and shapes of these amazing decorated pumpkins, using SSS One With Nature trees, stamped in black Versafine, watercoloured with Distress Inks and gently spritzed with water to give the effect of texture.  The stamped panel was trimmed down, I added a slender strip of DP top and bottom and popped the whole thing up on foam tape onto the base.  The sentiment (from the same set) finished it off.  No shine, no bling … just QACAS!

Where does your imagination take you when you look at this picture … there’s so much to see … shapes, patterns, colours, shine, pumpkins, bird … just let your mind wander!  We’d love it if you played along with us … there’s plenty of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer TaeEun (Rainbow In November) and from our wonderful DT.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in the fun at …

Virginia’s View – All Things Coloured … second entry

SSS Monday – Wonderful Watercolour … the trees

SSS Wednesday – Inspiration Board (below) … the photo of that amazing tree lined road

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

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Seize The Birthday 8/10 – Surprise Party Guest, Virginia’s View #19, SSS – WCMD, SSS Work It Wednesday – September

Hello again … if you’re looking for my Time Out DT post, it’s here …. otherwise, I’m back with the secret I mentioned earlier … today I get to be the inaugural Surprise Party Guest over at Seize The Birthday!  Thanks so much, Nancy, for the invitation and for your wonderful welcome … I’m thrilled and delighted to be joining you and the DT during October!  The theme for my first party challenge is ‘Splatter’ … those of you who have visited before will know there’s rarely even a smidge of splatter on my cards … but I threw caution (and Distress Ink) to the wind (in a rather delicate manner) and came up with this …

STB GD 8 OctI stamped Neat and Tangled‘s Scandinavian Flowers randomly across a white card panel, wiping ink off some before stamping them, to make the tiny flower heads and single sprigs.  The flower heads were masked off and I gently splattered the panel with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  The flowers were coloured with Promarkers, had lots of Wink of Stella added and were treated to a couple of coats of Glossy Accents.  The ‘smile’ die cut is from SSS (with the surrounding circle trimmed off) … and the supplementary birthday greeting (also SSS) is nestled in just underneath it.  I added slender strips of black to the top and bottom of my base card and popped the panel up over them on foam tape.  Seems those flowers are happy dancing with such enthusiasm, they’re sending their pollen flying everywhere!  How about a close up of all that shimmer and shine …

STB GD 8 Oct DetailIf you’ve played along at Seize The Birthday before, you’ll know that the theme … or ‘Toppings’ … are optional.  So for this challenge, you don’t have to ‘Splatter’ … you can make any birthday card and join in with us … hope you will!  Looking forward to finding out where your creativity takes you … see you in the gallery!

My happy flowers are also dancing over to …

Virginia’s View – All Things Coloured

SSS – WCMD

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use A Stamp

Once again, thanks so much, Nancy, for inviting me to your party … and thanks so much to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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Time Out DT #41 Mid Challenge Reminder, Simply Create Too #95, SSS Work It Wednesday – September, SSS Monday – 5/10, SSS – WCMD

Hello!  Popping in with a quick post for our in between week at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run … this fortnight we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ from American poet William Callum Bryant … ‘Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile’.  This is my graphic, watercolour-y take …

Time Out DT 41RTime OutA watercolour card panel was stamped and heat embossed with the Uniko ‘thanks’ and I coloured the letters in an ombré fashion in autumn colours.  It looked a bit stark as it was, so I spritzed it with water (lots of it!) … the panel curved itself into a rolling pin shape and the colours ran gently around it.  By the time they’d done all that running, there wasn’t a lot of colour left in the letters, so I redid them .. and because the card was still damp, each letter developed a little halo of colour around it.  It’s much prettier IRL than it looks here … especially after I’d added Glossy Accents and a sprinkling of sequins … and popped it up onto a masked/sponged (to create the border) base card.  It did need to sit under an enormous dictionery overnight to flatten though!

What goes through your mind when you read our quote?  Whichever direction your imagination takes you, we’d love it if you’d make a card inspired by any or all of our words … and play along with us!  There are ideas galore over on the Time Out blog … from our talented Guest Designer, Glenda from My Paper Cat … and from our wonderful DT … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m linking up with …

Simply Create Too – Autumn Splendour

SSS Monday – Autumn is in the Air

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use a Stamp

SSS – World Card  Making Day

Still not around so much in blogland (or emailonia) at the moment … although I will be back later today with a little something … it’s a secret for now!  Looking forward to catching up over the next few days with what everyone’s been doing this week … what a lovely helping of inspiration that’ll be!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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