The Challenge #66 – Featured Designer, CAS(E) this Sketch #165, TE Share Joy #28, Little Tangles #66, Seize The Birthday – 24 March

Hello … bonjour … hope you had a Blessed and Joyful Easter!  I’m here for the last time today as Featured Designer over at The Challenge … it’s been so much fun and an honour to have joined Lesley and the DT for the whole month … such amazing talent in this fabulous group of crafters … and such wonderful, inspirational challenge photo’s!   Thanks so much for having me, ladies, it’s been a delight!   We have a masculine theme this time round (the fabulous picture is below) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 4The Challenge #66 - March Week 4 - MasculineMy stash is nautically challenged … but I was so taken with the images and those delicious blue hues that I wanted to capture the overall sense of the ocean!  I used Papertrey‘s Ombre Builders to create the ombré waves across a white card panel, added a stacked SSS ‘smile’ die cut so it would bob about on them (as a life saver would!) and adhered a flag shaped secondary sentiment (also SSS) alongside.  The miniscule pops of red in the die cut and at the end of the flag mimic the edge of the wavy navy pillow in the photo!  I sponged the edges of a card base with Distress Ink and popped the panel up on craft foam over it … voilà!

There are so many different elements to this gorgeous inspiration photo … what takes your eye?  You can choose to focus on any or all of them … or just use it as a prompt to spark your creative imagination.  We’d love to see what you come up with … hope you’ll join us in the gallery!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with plenty of wonderful ideas from the fabulous DT!

I’m playing along with …

CAS(E) this Sketch – see below … such a cool sketch!

TE Share Joy – Clean and Simple

Little Tangles – Ombré

Seize The Birthday – Water

After being up to my eyes in alligators for a while, I’ve at last begun to make my way around blogland … I’ve missed you all … and all the gorgeous cards you’ve been making!  What a wonderful voyage of discovery awaits … see you soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



47 thoughts on “The Challenge #66 – Featured Designer, CAS(E) this Sketch #165, TE Share Joy #28, Little Tangles #66, Seize The Birthday – 24 March

  1. Marianne

    Love your take on the inspiration photo, Anita. Also love how you used the border stamp. Makes me realise I own this set and should be giving it some love…
    Marianne x

  2. Diane

    Very cool design, Anita! I love how you placed the wavy stripes behind the sentiment circle, and managed to make a “nautical” card without using anything nautical!

  3. susannev2014

    I just got this stamp set (it’s still in my NBUS pile) and I love how you used it to make waves in different colors! Your “life saver” die cut finish the card very nicely! Inspiring CAS take on the inspiration picture!
    Just curious and puzzled by what you mean with “being up to my eyes in alligators”? I hope it is an expression I don’t know… 😉
    Hope your Easter holiday was enjoyable!

  4. Geri G

    Love how you think pal! FABULOUS resourcefulness exhibited here! You captured the nautical theme perfectly, despite being somewhat ‘boat & stuff’ challenged! Really cool waves too!

    Almost ‘back to normal’ here. Took several days to get back on track with my sleep pattern! I’m off today and actually playing in my craft room! Yippppeee!

  5. conil

    Oh boooo. I’ll miss your inspiring cards for the “The Challenge”. The good thing is you definitely went out on a high note. Love the subtle red touches and that ombre background. Don’t know how anyone is going to be able to top this card.

  6. Lesley

    Well I love what you created with the inspiration! Wow, Anita! So clever and a great use of the sketch too! Thank you for being our Featured Designer this month! It was wonderful having you!

  7. catcraig

    WOW, you really did give me the feel of the sea. This is such a fantastic card Anita, it is a pure clean delight.

  8. djkardkreations

    Your CASlicious design really does evoke the ocean waves, Anita, and the SMILE feature was made for this use! Way to go with this awesome manly design!! I’ll miss you on the DT at The Challenge! And I miss you, period! Hugs, mon amie! Darnell

  9. Sharyn Polesel

    Very CAS and beautiful! Love the ombre waves. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  10. Brenda L.

    Oh my, I am so loving your take on the inspiration photo Anita! So clean, so simple, so perfect! I love that you still mimicked the ocean and nautical theme even though you didn’t have much nautical supplies. You are amazing Anita! Hope you had a blessed Easter my friend. Hugs, Brenda

  11. kimheggins

    Anita…this is just so sweet and so perfect for this week’s challenge! I love the clean look you created and that wee pop of red, just fabulous my dear friend.

  12. Mac

    Such a clever take on the inspiration photo. Loving the ombre look and the clever use of the simple red dot. CAS perfection.

  13. Barbara Campbell

    This is a perfect CAS design with the ombre waves for water. I just saw this die this morning and I think that I need it. Thanks for playing with us at Seize the Birthday Challenge.
    Barbara DT member.

  14. TK

    Great work on that wave (great thinkin’! Love the ombre-ish feel to it! I also like the pops of red although I REALLY had to zoom in to pick up the red at the end of the flag! Missed seeing you around, but have enjoyed your cards immensely!

  15. Nancy L.

    CAS and fabulous my friend! Well done as always! Thanks for joining us over at Seize the Birthday and we hope you will be back soon!

  16. hobbitnoll

    Totally fabulous!! I LOVE the blue ombre and the fun way you used the Smile sentiment. Great take on the challenges!!

  17. Petra

    Another wonderful CAS creation, Anita!!! Beautifully done and you’ve even got the little touches of red!!!!! Such a great masculine card!!!!!

  18. cmayne

    What an inventive way to navigate around the ‘nautical’ limitations in your stash (same here: living in the mountains doesn’t seem ‘conducive’ for adding boat/ocean themed things very often…I’m happy with my sea creatures stencil and solitary anchor). Waves captured perfectly! Manly marvelous, my friend! Those alligators that have been taking up your time are also visiting me! Catching up on your awesome gallery today!


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