Monthly Archives: May 2016

Happy Birthday, Ardyth! Seize The Birthday – 19 May, SSS Monday – 23 May, SSS Wednesday – 25 May

Hello … bonjour … and bon dimanche!  Hope your (long if you’re having one) weekend is going splendidly!  Today is a special day for a fun and lovely friend (I know as we spent a fabulous week together IRL, along with the other BABES, at the Lake House) … she’s an uber talented, wonderfully creative and delightful CAS designer … Happy, Happy Birthday, Ardyth!  May your day be blessed with love, fun and laughter (and cake!) … and may the coming year be your best one yet!  I made you this card … it might already be with you … if it isn’t, it’s not far away!

Happy Birthday ArdythI used SSS Lots of Dots to stamp all these different sized rainbow bubbles … they’re done in two or three layers of Distress Ink each (yay for MISTI!) … with some ink wiped off on the second and third passes to create a sense of dimension.  The colour on each bubble was blended with Wink of Stella and I heat embossed the Papertrey sentiment.  The panel was adhered flat to the card base with Ardyth-esque black strips top and bottom.  I remembered to snap a detail photo before popping the card in the mail … but didn’t remember to check the focus!  It’s not exactly clear … but you can at least see all the shimmery colour …

Happy Birthday Ardyth DetailIf you’re one of those rare people who’ve never visited Ardyth (what??) … do go over and enjoy oodles of awesome inspiration … and while you’re there you could leave some Happy Birthday wishes too!  BTW … take a picnic (you won’t want to leave) … and be prepared to be wowed!  There might even be a piece of bubbly birthday cake to be had …  Gelatine Bubbles. Note: See my board "cake decorating tips and tricks " for directions on how to make gelatin bubbles. Ardyth‘s card is heading to …

Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

SSS Monday – Make A Wish … Birthday Wishes, of course … each of those bubbles has one in it!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

I’ll be setting out on my journey of discovery around blogland shortly, to see what everyone’s been up to … look forward to seeing you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #57 Mid Challenge Reminder, AAA Cards #65, Happy Little Stampers Dies – May, Seize The Birthday – 19 May, SSS Monday – 23 May, SSS Wednesday 25 May

Hello … bonjour!  We’ve arrived at another Thursday so I’m popping in with a reminder about the latest challenge at Time Out, where we’re half way through our ‘Inspired By Words’ theme … ‘may all your weeds by wildflowers’.  Lots and lots more white space for my second take on this delightful quote …

Time Out DT 57RTime OutMy aqua and lilac bouquet is from SSS (Lovely Spring) … the leaves and those tiny little buds at the end of some of them were stamped directly on the card base … and the die cut blooms were mounted onto different levels of foam dots over them.  I cut a Papertrey Happy and adhered it flat to the base, stamped a complementary sentiment from SSS and scattered a few SSS sequins around.  Voilà!

Have you been inspired by this lovely phrase yet?  You can use any or all of the words as a jumping off point for your creativity … and we’d love to see you in the gallery!  There’s a prize this time round as we’re sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps … 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 plenty of fabulous ideas from our wonderful DT and our super talented Guest Designer, Julia from der kleine klecks … hope to see you there!

Our special birthday challenge for the lovely Sandie (CAS with the option of purple) is also still running (until Monday) … why not come along and join in … the party’s here … still in full swing!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – The 2nd Big Birthday Bash!  Congratulations on two splendid years … what a party!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Dimension (my sweet blooms!)

SSS Monday – Make a Wish (wishing a special someone Happy Birthday)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

That’s it from me for now … hoping to be back over the weekend with a little something … Time Eating Monster permitting that is!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

        

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Time Out DT #57, CAS Mix Up – May, HLS Mixed Media – May, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  How’s your week going … wonderfully, I hope!  There’s a new challenge at Time Out starting today … it’s running alongside the special birthday challenge for Sandie that started on Monday (CAS with the option of purple … are you joining us?).  This fortnight we’re Inspired By Words … ‘may all your weeds be wildflowers’ … isn’t that just lovely?  Here’s where I went with it …

Time Out DT 57Time OutThis is a QACAS card (Quick And Clean And Simple in Darnell-ese) … the background is a gorgeous texture-y piece of DP that was in my stash (you know that will have been there a loooooooong time considering how little DP I use!) … I adhered it flat to the card base, added a sparkly SSS die cut and white heat embossed the secondary sentiment from Avery Elle.  Voilà … may all your weeds be wildflowers, my friends!   Here’s a close up view …

Time Out DT 57 DetailHow will this lovely phrase inspire you?  You can use any or all of the words to get your creative imagination going … and then play along!  There’s a prize this time round as we’re sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps … 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 super talented Guest Designer, Julia from der kleine klecks … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along at …

CAS Mix Up – Heat Embossing … plus die cutting and textured paper

HLS Mixed Media – Shine … plus die cutting and textured paper

SSS Work It Wednesday – Flowers … final entry

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

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Time Out Special – Happy Birthday, Sandie! AAA Cards #64, CAS-ual Fridays #147, HLS CAS – May, HLS Dies – May, SSS Wednesday – 11 May, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your weekend was wonderful … and that the week ahead will be too!  We’re starting it off well at Time Out because today we have a surprise challenge … it’s in honour of our lovely leader, Sandie, who is celebrating a special birthday!  It’ll run alongside our usual fortnightly one … and the theme’s  been specially tailored for the event … it’s CAS with an option of purple (both of which are close to Sandie‘s heart!).  My take on these favourites is below … hopefully it’s made it across La Manche and is with the birthday girl already.  Happy, Happy Birthday, my friend … may your day be filled with love and laughter … and your year ahead be blessed with fun, joy and good health!

Happy Birthday Sandie, AAA Cards 64, CFC 147, SSSWIW - April, HLS CAS - May, HLS Dies - MayTime Out           

I cut a white card panel with a Winnie & Walter scalloped/pierced frame and die cut the Avery Elle happy into it.  Some post it tape behind the happy kept the insides of the letters in place while I removed the word, sponged Distress Ink over the panel (fading out towards the top) and stamped the SSS sentiment.  I reinserted the word and stamped the Papertrey blooms into the y … which became the vase!  The panel was popped up on the card base on craft foam and I highlighted the flower centres with a white gel pen.

How would you like to come along to the birthday celebration … we’d love it if you joined us in the CAS-with-an option-of-purple gallery … and I know Sandie would be delighted!  Not only do you get to send this special someone some love, you’ll also be in the running for a prize, thanks to our Teamie, Lynn … a $25 GC to Simon Says Stamp will be awarded to a randomly drawn player!    Do hope you’ll be able to make it to the party … there’s plenty of time as we’ll be celebrating for a fortnight … and can always share some cake and bubbles … look …

Ooooo!!! Real, edible flowers, hard to tell if its violets or maybe segmented lavender, but so very pretty!!!:              this is bold, gradient color that we could create tiered, and in your color palate. it would make a bold statement.:

Taittinger Disco Bottle. New Year's Night Fever : ) PD              A few drops of raspberry syrup in your champagne and voilà - Purple signature wedding champagne!:

Kylie, of Happy Little Stampers fame (among others!) is also having a surprise linky party for Sandie over at her blog … it too will run for two weeks … here‘s your invitation to join in the fun there too!

Sandie‘s card is heading to …

AAA Cards – Inlaid Die Cutting … perfect timing as Sandie has just joined the DT!

CAS-ual Fridays – Birthday Girl

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Inlaid Die Cutting

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Flowers

SSS Work It Wednesday – Flowers

Enjoy your week … and the parties … I’ll be back on Thursday!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

           

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Time Out DT #56 Mid Challenge Reminder, Uniko #31, Just Us Girls #342, CAS Mix Up – May, HLS Mixed Media – May, SSS Monday – 9 May

Hello … bonjour!  Have you seen Kay Miller‘s gorgeous card that we’re CASEing at Time Out at the moment … it’s a stunner (a little further down).  Here’s my second take on it …

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… here’s Kay‘s beauty …

This time, I tried to capture the essence of Kay‘s card with some different images … stayed faithful to the CAS look, general layout and those gorgeous colours … and twisted with some stencilling, heat embossing and dry embossing/die cutting.  I partially sponged a white card panel with Distress Ink over a Hero Arts stencil, stamped the SSS sentiment in the same colour, silver heat embossed a Mama Elephant flourish to act as the butterfly trail (it’s part of a big word!) and die cut the panel with a Winnie & Walter pierced/scalloped rectangle.  The Uniko butterfly was silver heat embossed onto vellum, I coloured it on both sides with Promarkers so the pinks were good and bright, trimmed it out (including those delicate antennae!) and adhered it over the stencilling, allowing the antennae and wings to fly free.  The finished panel was popped up on craft foam onto the card base.  How about a detail shot of all the shine …

Time Out DT 56R DetailIt’s going to be difficult to resist CASEing Kay‘s card isn’t it … first off, it’s gorgeous … and second, there are so many wonderful elements to it that you can use to inspire you.  We’d love to see you link up what you create to our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious ideas from our fabulous DT, and from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Marlena from Marlena is Faithfully Crafting.  Hope to see you there!

I’m playing along with …

Uniko – Metallics

Just Us Girls – Butterfly

CAS Mix Up – Heat Embossing … plus die cutting, fussy cutting and stencilling

HLS Mixed Media – Shine … plus die cutting, fussy cutting and stencilling

SSS Monday – Emboss It

Have a Happy Thursday … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Muse #164, TE Share Joy #34, Winnie & Walter Rerun #10, Winnie & Walter JITW, STAMPlorations CAS – May

Hello … bonjour!  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone celebrating in the USA and Australia!  I’m popping in with a card that feels a bit different for me … not sure how it came from my fingers, but it was fun making it happen …

Muse 164, TE Share Joy 34, W&W Rerun 10, W&W JITW, STAMPlorations CAS - MaynullI started with a panel of watercolour card, made a paper mask to place where the vase was going to be, and stamped the blossom-y leafy sprigs three times, using a Molotow pen to mask them where needed.  First time with the Molotow … needed to be really gentle taking it off … there were one or two spots that ended up a smidge raw!  The paper mask was removed, the vase was stamped, I used Zigs to do some loose layered watercolouring and topped off the sprigs with some Wink of Stella.  All the stamps are courtesy of Winnie & Walter.  The panel was adhered to a card base, I added a slender strip of colour along the edge and finished off with a STAMPlorations sentiment.

I’m playing along with …

Muse – Michele’s gorgeous card is below (voila, Michele, see you in the gallery!!)

TE Share Joy – Sketch/Inspiration … I went with the photo

Winnie & Walter Rerun – In Bloom: Addie’s Garden … blossoms/leaves

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win

STAMPlorations CAS – Anything Goes … without the option of Magenta

That’s it from me for now … see you Thursday for a top up over at 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 #56, The Card Concept #54, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your week has been going along wonderfully!  We have a delicious new challenge for you today at Time Out … there’s a ‘Designer to CASE’ theme for the next fortnight.  Our designer is the uber talented Kay Miller (yes, she of My Joyful Moments fame!) … who has given us the most stunning card to be inspired by (a little further down).  Today is also the birthday of a lovely, generous and amazingly talented friend, who just happens to be one of our teamies at Time Out … so Joyce … Happy, Happy Birthday … hope your day is filled with joy and laughter … and that the year ahead is blessed with dreams come true!  Here’s Joyce‘s card (which I hope has made it safely across oceans and continents!) … Time Out DT 56Time Out  and here’s Kay‘s gorgeous inspiration …

See the resemblance?  Yep, I picked out Kay‘s colour palette, floral images and dimension … and twisted with rather more extensive splattering, a panel rather than a frame, and a different layout.  My bouquet is from WPlus9‘s Fresh Cut Florals, adhered at different levels onto a pierced rectangle from MFT (Lake House stash).  The panel was stamped with an Avery Elle sentiment, popped up on foam tape onto the shimmery silver splattered base … and I added a touch of Stickles to all the flower centres.

How can you not CASE Kay‘s delicious card … it’s just impossible to resist isn’t it?  You can use any or all of the elements in this beauty to inspire you … and when you’ve finished creating, we’d love to see the results in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our wonderful DT, and from our delightful and talented Guest Designer, Marlena from Marlena is Faithfully Crafting.  Hope to see you there!

I’m playing along at …

The Card Concept – Flowers or Spring (inspiration photo below)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Florals

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

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