Monthly Archives: February 2016

Time Out DT #50 Mid Challenge Reminder, SSS Monday – 22 February, SSS Wednesday – 24 February, STAMPlorations CAS – February, The Friday Mashup #243, The Male Room #29, Addicted to CAS #82

Hello … bonjour!  I’m hoping to tempt you to play along with us at Time Out with my card today … in our latest challenge which has a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration theme (further down).  Last week I went soft and feminine … this time, I’ve gone graphic and masculine …

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and here’s our cool Home Sweet Home picture …

I went with the monochrome colour scheme and picked out the city scape pillows at the back of the bed as the focus for my crisp scene.  A DP background (yep, really!), a white skyline adhered over a black one to create depth (cut at the Lake House … don’t know whose or the maker, sorry!) and a ticker tape style black sentiment strip embossed in white (Annabelle Stamps, now not operating).

ETA:  Thanks to the delightful Darnell and splendid Susanne, I now know the die cut is called Cityscape Nightline and it’s from Memory Box!

How might you be inspired by our photo … colour palette, icons, buildings, travel … the world’s your oyster!  There’s still plenty of time to join in and we’d love to see you in the gallery.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with plenty of creative ideas from our uber talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass (a must visit blog!) and from our own fabulous Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to make it to the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

SSS Monday – Inspired By A Song … mine’s Dancing In The City by Marshall Hain

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS – Anything Goes (no red option … and my white space isn’t white!)

The Friday Mashup – Birthday (first time playing along!)

ETA … thanks to my lovely friends Susanne and Barb, I’m also joining in at …

The Male Room – Monochrome (first time playing along!)

Addicted to CAS – Home

Thanks so much for all your lovely birthday wishes last week … my heart was warmed enough to last the whole year!  Thanks too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #50, One Layer Simplicity #24, Addicted to Stamps & More #181, STAMPlorations CAS – February, SSS Wednesday 17 February

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fabulous Home Sweet Home inspiration picture to inspire you to play along with us at Time Out this fortnight (further down) … here’s my take on it …

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and here’s our cool Home Sweet Home picture …

I was inspired by the mostly monochrome colour palette.  My card was masked and randomly stamped with Uniko butterflies … and then I masked the butterflies and sponged over some Distress Ink.  One butterfly fluttered into the spotlight and was promptly watercoloured using colours taken from those on the globe sitting on the table to the left in the picture.  I spritzed over some shimmer spray and stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiments to finish off.  Here’s a closer look at the sparkle … it was hard to capture as you can tell from the lack of sharp focus … but at least you can see all those yummy glimmery bits!

Time Out DT 50 DetailWill our inspiration photo tempt you to play along with us?  We’d love it if it did!  There are lots of gorgeous ideas over at the Time Out blog … from our awesomely talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass and from our own wonderful Design Team … so why not pop over and be inspired?  Do hope you’ll have chance to make it to the gallery!  BTW, if by some remote chance you haven’t met Cornelia before, pack a picnic, head on over to her blog and be prepared to be blown away by her amazing talent!

I’m playing along at (badges are at the end) …

One Layer Simplicity – Friends

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Stamplorations CAS – Anything CAS Goes … without the option

SSS Wednesday – Shake It Up … I shook up the shimmer spritz!

I’m finishing today with a few words for my wonderful followers.  Whenever I get a new follower, it has always been my practice to contact them … firstly to say thank you for following and secondly to find out if they have a blog or gallery that I could visit and do a shout out for (and spread the love).  However, some months ago, life got even more crazy than it already was … and that meant I wasn’t able to send the emails I usually would.  Fast forward to today … and there are lots and lots of lovely new followers who haven’t heard from me.  So, lovely followers … if you’ve signed up to follow and haven’t heard from me … and have a blog or gallery I can visit and/or give a shout out to … would you let me know your details by using the ‘Contact Me’ tab at the top of the page?  Please don’t feel obliged to do it … if you’d rather not, that’s absolutely fine!  Either way, whichever type of follower you are … active or silent … and however you follow … I appreciate every one of you … thank you for being there!

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

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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer – Mid Challenge Reminder, CASology #184, Tic-Tac-Toe #3, Simply Create Too #102

Hello … bonjour!   There’s still plenty of time left to play along with CASEplorations with the STAMPlorations Girls, where I’m still excited and honoured to be the CASE-ee this month … with this card from January 2015 …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016and this is my second CASE, born from the first (here) …

CASEplorations GD2 - February 16Guess where all those luscious shimmery hearts came from … yep, they were the positives from the die cut space … and they were just too sweet not to use up.  So I die cut the SSS grid (ETA now discontinued) into a white card panel and allowed the little hearts to arrange themselves on it, adhered them and covered them in copious quantities of Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents.  Some Distress Inks were blended onto another piece of card (same colour combo as the hearts), and the piece was trimmed and adhered to the base so that the colours would show through the grid and down the edge.  The grid/heart panel was stamped with a STAMPlorations sentiment, I added a little bling, popped the panel up over the card base … and I was done.

So … if you haven’t already, how d’you feel about doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  All the details (including prizes!) are over on the STAMPlorations blog, along with loads of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs … that you really don’t want to miss!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

CASology – Valentine

Tic -Tac-Toe – Top Row … Love, Shimmer, Hearts

Simply Create Too – Love or Valentine’s

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

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Time Out DT #49 Mid Challenge Reminder, Little Tangles #65, AAA Cards #57, Tic-Tac-Toe #3, Addicted to CAS #81

Hello … bonjour!  We’re just about half way through our lovely ‘Inspired By Words’ challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we’re using this song line … ‘Love Is The Flower You’ve Got To Let Grow’.  I went whimsical …

Time Out DT 49RTime Out… and almost one layer.  The stems and leaves are from Neat & Tangled‘s Scandinavian Flowers and were stamped randomly over the card base.  I stamped two sizes of Winnie & Walter outline hearts in place of the flower heads and scattered a third tiny size (also W&W) around them.  The hearts and little leaves were watercoloured and I added a couple of coats of Wink of Stella over the top.  The sentiment’s from SSS … a die cut ‘hello’ over the top of a white embossed slender strip of black … both adhered flat to the card.    How about a close up of all that shimmer …

Time Out DT 49R DetailWe’d love it if you played along … you can use all or any of the words them to spark your ideas.  You’d be in with a chance to be a Guest Designer with us for a future challenge … and there’s a £15 prize up for grabs for the winner, thanks to Stephanie at Clearly Besotted  Stamps.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with lots of inspiration from our fabulous DT and our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Valentyna from Flourishtina … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Little Tangles – Watercolour

AAA Cards – Love Me Like You Do

Tic -Tac-Toe – Top Row … Love, Shimmer, Hearts

Addicted to CAS – Bloom … flowers and love here!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend when it arrives!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

         

Muse #151, MFT Sketch #266, 30 Day Colouring Challenge – February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your weekend has been splendid!  For the first time in ages I took some time to make a card that wasn’t a DT or GD one … yay … I played!  Want to see …

Muse 151, MFT Sketch 266, 30 Day CC - Feb, SSSWIW - JanYep, a little more involved than usual … but it was so much fun letting this little guy evolve!  I die cut and stamped one of MFT‘s Birds of Paradise and got colouring with Promarkers, adding a smidge of detailing with a white gel pen on the leaves, flowers and feathers, a layer or two of Wink of Stella on the beak and plumage … and a touch of Glossy Accents to his eye.  The leaves (also MFT) were cut from green card and were sponged at the edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink … and I cut a PTI banner and stamped it with a sentiment from the same set as the bird.  A pierced panel (MFT I think, a Lake House goodie) was sponged with Distress Ink (Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass) and I was ready to put everything together.  The leaves were attached at the spines to allow the edges to turn up, the banner was adhered flat, the bird was popped up on craft foam … and I mounted the panel on craft foam on the card base.

My card was inspired by …

Muse – We’re stepping out from the usual this time … it’s Michele’s 2016 song week, so we’ve to make a card that conveys a song title … how could I not join in?  See below for Michele’s awesome make … I’m probably the last to guess it … I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart perhaps?  Have you guessed mine yet?  If so, do let me know in a comment!  If not and you need a hint, you can go here and enjoy a lovely listen (it’ll be worth it)!

MFT Sketch – See below for the great layout

30 Day Colouring Challenge – I’ve followed all Kathy’s Challenges and this is the first time I’ve played along … it was a blast colouring that cutie!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New … that fabulous Bird of Paradise set

That’s it from me for now … got some catching up to do with everyone and I’ll be back Thursday with a mid challenge reminder for Time Out … have a great week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                    

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Time Out DT #49, Addicted To CAS #80, Just Us Girls #328, SSS Wednesday – 3 February, Simply Create Too #101

Hello … bonjour!  Happy Thursday!  It’s time for a fresh new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we have an ‘Inspired By Words’ theme … ‘Love Is The Flower You’ve Got To Let Grow’.  Here’s my take …

Time Out DT 49Time OutMy flower took the leading role on stage while those tiny love hearts are there in support!  This is almost one layer … a masked, Distress Ink sponged panel, splattered with shimmery white, with a die cut paint chip bloom adhered over it (SSS maybe … thanks to my lovely friend, Michele).  I used Promarkers to add some more colour to the die cut so that the ombré red had a more blended look … and so that the white gaps between the colours were less obvious.  I stamped the NBUS SSS sentiment and added a trio of Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented hearts … and I was done!

How might our words inspire you … you can use all or any of them to spark your ideas … and then play along!  There’s a prize this time round as we’re sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps (who just happen to be sneak peeking their new release right now!) … the overall winner, as voted for by the DT will win a £15 gift card!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with creative cards galore from our fabulous DT and our amazingly talented Guest Designer, Valentyna from Flourishtina … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Addicted To CAS – Red

Just Us Girls – Tic, Tac, Toe … Middle Vertical Row – Die Cuts, Stamps, Flowers

SSS Wednesday – Have a Heart

Simply Create Too – Something New … my sentiment … and that sweet bloom!

Enjoy the rest of your week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer, AAA Cards #57, SSS Wednesday – 27 January, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, TE Share Joy #20, Uniko #28

Hello … bonjour … happy Monday to you!  I’m thrilled and delighted today to be joining the STAMPlorations Girls as their CASEplorations Guest Designer for February … what an honour to be CASEd by such a talented group of designers!  One of my previous cards was chosen as the CASE-ee … this one from January last year …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016… and here’s my CASE …

CASEplorations GD1 - February 16 I focused on the colour scheme, heart shaped images, some negative die cut space and platinum (or should that be platin-yum!) embossing powder.  The changes were the layout, the popped up and interlocking die cut shapes and the heat embossed trim top and bottom.   The larger hearts are from SSS … they were ombré stamped, die cut and had the little hearts (also SSS) cut into them.  Once I’d decided on the dancing line layout, I used the large die again to cut spaces into each heart (except the last), so that they ended up interlocked, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.  I masked, Versamarked and heat embossed the strips top and bottom of the card base, and stamped and embossed the STAMPlorations sentiment.  The dancing hearts were popped up on foam tape on the card base and I finished off with a coat or three of Wink of Stella to make them all shimmery … you can see it best on the first one.

So … feel like doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for all the details (including prizes!) … and for a heap of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Love Me Like You Do

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New … my STAMPlorations sentiment

TE Share Joy – Keep It Clean And Simple

Uniko – Anything Goes … with the love option

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

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