Time Out DT #48, Freshly Made Sketches #220, Seize The Birthday – 14 January

Hello … bonjour!   I’m starting with a  huge thank you this morning … for all your wonderful comments following my CASEing Genius feature!  I was so touched and had my heart so thoroughly warmed by your lovely words, both here and on Kelly‘s blog … each of you is such a star … I’m grateful for every one of you … and am so blessed to be a part of this fantastic card making blog world!  Thank you!  Today marks the start of another brilliant challenge over at Time Out … this time round, our theme is ‘Designer to CASE’ … and our Designer is the amazingly talented Marika from Me and Minime Crafting.  Marika’s beautiful card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 48   Time Out       

Marika‘s beauty …

Isn’t it a stunner?   So much so that I stuck pretty closely to the original!  My floral cluster is from Papertrey, die cut, stamped and Distress Ink watercoloured … with Glossy Accents highlighting the tiny circles on the blooms … they’re all bobbly and texture-y!  I masked the card base and sponged on Distress Ink to create the stripe and the fading out colour, stamped the Papertrey sentiment in grey and popped my flower sprig up on craft foam (also die cut) over it.  Toyed with some sequins, but after a long some time playing, they couldn’t settle so went home … not their day for playing nicely with the flower, so it remains the star of the show!

How would you like to play along with us … you can use any or all of the elements in Marika‘s card to inspire you … we’d love to see what you create!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our wonderful DT.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along at …

Freshly Made Sketches – see below

Seize The Birthday – Clean and Simple Topping

I’m waaaayyyy behind with my meanderings around blogland … life has been a little crazy over the last week or so and I’ve not had the chance to pop in as usual … my apologies … looking forward to some fabulous inspiration over the next few days!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


47 thoughts on “Time Out DT #48, Freshly Made Sketches #220, Seize The Birthday – 14 January

  1. djkardkreations

    TIME OUT has set an almost impossible challenge this round with the goal of CASEing the brilliant artist, Marika! I have to say, however, that you really rose to the challenge, Anita, and you’ve given us an equally beautiful card to admire! Now I have jaw-drop, which quite possibly could be permanent, after seeing BOTH of these creations in a singular post!! BTW, it’s not a particularly attractive look, but I don’t mind! Huge hugs and mwahs, Darnell

  2. Sandie

    Wonderful take on Marika’s card. I adore the sponging and purple line. You are so good with glossy accents. I just make a real mess when using them x

  3. TK

    Beautiful card, the flower is just beautiful, I don’t believe I’ve seen this one before! Your inspiration follows a beautiful card as well.

  4. susannev2014

    Absolutely love your take on Marika’s card! Especially the way you sponged! Your card is perfect and doesn’t need any sequins! So beautiful, sigh…

  5. Bobby

    Marika does beautiful work, Anita, and you definitely equaled her talent with your fabulous card. That flower, the masking and inking, are all stunning.

  6. Gerrina

    Another great case-card-inspiration! Lovely flowercluster! And beautiful sponging! Hope that many will join us…all such great inspiration from the DT… Hugs, Gerrina

  7. Jen W.

    This is gorgeous, Anita! You’re making me regret that I never bought those PTI flowers. Love the white embossing and colours!

  8. Geri G

    Ummmm….who needs sequins when a card is beyond incredibly stunning? Seriously – drop to my knees in awe of this card! Your shading is incredible, especially love the the darker vertical line! Truly, truly amazing and truly, truly my all time fav! You are so talented sweet friend!

  9. cmayne

    Oh yes, Marika’s card is gorgeous, but so to is your Anita-esque version! That lovely bloom, poised in the corner, solo on the stage, offers a performance extraordinaire! Incredibly beautiful! If my husband were to give me such a card for our anniversary, he’d definitely win 10 brownie points (indeed, I’d even bake him brownies!)! Incredibly gorgeous!!

  10. conil

    You have, once again, floored me…no wonder, because you are a genius. Your CASE of Marika’s card is amazing and that’s hard because she’s a genius, too. The inking and coloring is gorgeous…think you did the right thing sending the sequins away. That flower needs nothing, it’s perfect.

  11. BarbGhig

    You did such an amazing job CASEing Marika’s card, Anita! I love your ombre effect on the panel, and your flowers and leaves are gorgeous! Great job combining challenges, too!

  12. jmhave44

    Anita, a fabulous take on the lovely challenge card. The masking to create your stripes – looks amazing. But I’m blown away by the interpretation of the challenge floral design. It’s a superlative looking die, and the way you’ve emulated the challenge flowers is just so pretty. Will have to search out this PTI die. Well done, and well deserved on your spotlight feature too! WTGo! TFS & Happy wkend. Hugs

  13. Nancy L.

    The card of Marikas is one of my all time favorites of hers! Who am I kidding, all her cards are a favorites of mine. You…you talented lady have done a superior job with the CASE…I adore your card as well! Thanks for taking the time to join us at Seize the Birthday, it’s always a pleasure seeing you there!

  14. kimheggins

    This is so beautiful Anita…I am in love with all your gorgeous purple and that flower is amazing, just love your wonderful coloring. Miss you lots.

  15. Brenda L.

    Wow, wow, wow!! This is a stunning CASE card Anita! I love the flower and the glossy accents on it, the sponged lavender is just so pretty fading out like that and of course I am loving the stripe. The original card is amazing as well and I can see why it captured your attention. Hugs, Brenda

  16. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    That is a hard card to CASE!!! But you created an equally stunning card – wonderful ombre sponging and that floral cluster is just perfect!

  17. Joyce M.

    So very stunning, Anita. Your water coloring is perfect–I was wondering how you colored in those teeny tiny spaces. And, thanks for reminding me about that fun PTI flower set. Love how you used it here.

  18. Maria Rodriguez

    Hello Anita: What a gorgeous CASE of Marika’s card, I love the lavender hombre effect, I need to get me some inks in these beautiful shades. I love this lovely flower die cut, looks so beautiful in this colors.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  19. Claire A

    A beautiful take on Marika’s card Anita and funnily enough the same set I’ve used for this weeks FMS. I must try and white emboss it as well – it has a lovely subtle feel to it!

  20. Kim S

    Absolutely lovely! I love the colors you have used on the image – and it’s so perfectly highlighted by the softly sponged background. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  21. born57

    I can never remember I’d I already commented. This is stunning! I love the soft shading you did and you know I love the flower set you used. The inspration card is gorgeous too!
    We are all blessed to call you friend ,Anita!

  22. Lisa Kind

    This is gorgeous! I love the subtle sponging and your flower is colored beautifully! Congrats on being spotlighted on the CASEing Genius site! How fun!

  23. Petra

    Love that stunning flower cluster against the subtle sponging, Anita!!! I love the idea to have the sponging not coming right from the left side edge, but having a white strip on the side!!! This is such an elegant card!!! You have really done great CASEing Marika’s card!!!!
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!

  24. karrenj

    Gorgeous card and a great take on both challenges! That flower is just beautiful and the sponging is so soft and pretty. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  25. Jill Vickers

    Another stunning card Anita! I just love that flower stamp – gorgeous colours with the glossy finishing touches – perfect! A wonderful CASE of Marika’s card! Jill


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