The Challenge #65 – Featured Designer, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, Addicted to CAS #84, CAS(E) this Sketch #164, Uniko #30

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I’m so happy to be here for my third week as Featured Designer over at The Challenge.  This time, we have a gorgeous photo inspiration to get your creative juices going.  It’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

The Challenge GD 3… and here’s the lovely inspiration …

The Challenge #65 - March Week 3 - Photo InspMy focus was on those vibrant colours in the stack of books and on those beautiful blooms.  I used Hero Arts‘ Spring Hello by Lia to stamp and white heat emboss the sentiment and the cascade of sweet flowers onto the top third of a card panel … and then had fun with Distress Inks.  Don’t you just love that moment when the embossed images start to pop as you sponge and blend over the DI?  I mixed up some Brilliance white pigment ink with a little water, did some gentle splattering with a refilled Wink of Stella brush and then added some Star Dust Stickles to the centres of the flowers.  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on the card base on craft foam.  Couldn’t capture the full impact of the shimmeriness in the photo … IRL it’s really pretty!

What catches your eye in this beautiful picture … the colours, those soft peonies, the touches of gold, the graphic shapes … or is there some other detail that that captures your imagination?  We’d love to see how you’re inspired … and have you join in with us!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with loads of wonderful ideas from the amazing Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along!

I’m linking up with …

A2Z Scrapbooking – Embossing … HA Spring Hello by Lia

Addicted to CAS – Delicate … that scripty sentiment font and sweet blooms!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below …  with the sketch inverted … too much of a stretch?

Uniko – Spring/Easter … I went with Spring

It was lovely to have chance to meander through blogland a little yesterday … there’s still so much inspiration I’ve not seen yet from last week … looking forward to seeing more … soon I hope!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


43 thoughts on “The Challenge #65 – Featured Designer, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, Addicted to CAS #84, CAS(E) this Sketch #164, Uniko #30

  1. born57

    Hi Anita! The blending in your card looks amazing! Such a pretty card with the flowers at the top ! Congratulations on your GD spot for the month! Have a blessed HolyWeek!

  2. djkardkreations

    Some people settle for champagne bubbles exploding off the top of their hello greeting card, but you go the next level and use flowers!! This is such a festive happy card, Anita, and your blending is superb!! Miss you loads, mon amie!! Enjoy your week and don’t work too hard!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Cindy C.

    How pretty!! Love the ombre background, the white embossed images really stand out. Thanks for playing with us at a2z!!

  4. Barbara Roe

    Good Morning Anita, I like the color choices and the transition you used from one color to the next. I remember reading you reused the empty Wink of Stella, what is the trick? Thanks

  5. Beverley

    What a stunning and cheerful ink blended background, it has really cheered me up and brightened my Monday. Love the cascade of embossed flowers leading to the sentiment too. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  6. conil

    First off, the card had me drooling. Those vivid colors over the white embossing, soooo effective. What I want to know is how you get such a good image embossed over that textured paper…something I, obviously, struggle with. But you’re right, watching the embossed figures magically appear as you apply ink is always such a treat. Never fails to make me smile. As an aside, just want you to know you write a heck of a good blog post, every time. Must be a side talent that goes along with your awesomeness.

  7. MIchele F

    There is everything to love about this card, Anita … love your splatters, and perfect blending [always perfect blending!] The whole business of heat embossing is still magical to me, mon amie! Even my granddaughters call it ‘magic powder!’

  8. Petra

    Oh, I love this card, Anita!!!! Wonderful sponging (I can not do sponging properly!!!! 😦 There is just no way I can achieve such a smooth finish!!!!) I really think this is a great take on the sketch at CTS!!!! Your little white flowers are so pretty and I love the font of the sentiment that has such a cheerful feel!!!! This is such a great card – beautiful!!!
    Have a great Tuesday!!!!

  9. catcraig

    Anita, that is a fabulous color blend. There is something so wonderful about yellow blending into pink. Always brings a smile to the face.

  10. Brenda L.

    Love your take on the inspiration photo Anita! It was the colors in the photo that grabbed my attention too. Your take is just gorgeous as always, you are the queen of ink blending! I love how your inks blended so pretty, letting those beautiful flowers pop right off the page. Hugs, Brenda

  11. BarbGhig

    Oh, how beautiful, Anita! I love how you blended your colors and placing your blooms along the top is brilliant…and perfectly ‘Delicate’! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS! We always enjoy seeing your creations in the gallery!

  12. susannev2014

    Oh, those beautiful, warm colors, perfectly blended! And yes, emboss resist is sheer magic! The white flowers, leaves and the font of the Hello are so pretty! And a bit of shimmer always makes everything better!

  13. Marisela Delgado

    Hola, Anita! First of all, my prayers are with the people in Belgium and Europe for the tragedy that unfolded today. These are dark days that we are living in. People need the love of Christ in their lives and hearts. Other than that, I loved your card. I always struggle with color for some reason (knowing what colors to use). I love that orange and red. Pretty. Keep your chin up……God is in control even when it doesn’t seem like it. Jesus already conquered evil at the Cross.

  14. Tracey McNeely

    Oh Anita your ink blending is absolutely gorgeous, you must have the softest touch! Your extra special touches take this card to the next level. So many fabulous techniques I have yet to try. Stunning!

  15. kimheggins

    Anita…your card is simply gorgeous. I love your background coloring (please teach this to me at the Lake House) and with that white embossing, just beautiful.

  16. cmayne

    An ingenious translation of the colours and images in the photo, Anita! Yummy, vibrant sponging, that showcase the sweet blooms marvelously! Pretty, plus!!!

  17. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Awesome sponging! Those colors make my heart sing! and that little flower shower – sweet!

  18. Ksenija

    Anita, oh those gorgeous colours! You created absolutely delicate card with beautiful white embossing and vibrant ink blending. Always glad to see your creations in our gallery. Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted to CAS.


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