Monthly Archives: June 2016

Time Out DT #60, SSS Wednesday – 29 June

Hello … bonjour!   Hope you’ve found some time to be creative this week!  We have a fabulous new challenge for you today at Time Out … our theme is ‘Designer to CASE’ … and our designer is the amazing, uber talented and delighful Therese Calvird from Lost in Paper … if you don’t know Therese already, you really need to go for a visit!  You truly don’t want to miss out on the oodles of delicious cards on offer … nor on the most brilliant videos where you can watch how Therese works her magic!    The card Therese has given us to CASE is a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 60Time Outand here’s Therese‘s beauty …

I was struck by those beautiful blooms, so used them as my inspiration.  Mine are ranunculus from Stampendous, white heat embossed on vellum, watercoloured with Zigs and trimmed out.  The water caused my flowers to become a little curvy … so I took advantage of the dimension that created and adhered them to the card just at the centres so the edges would be ‘free’.  The sentiment is from SSS, stamped in grey, I added a few strips of DP along the fold edge as a nod to the stripes Therese used in her background … and finished with a scattering of clear drops.

Aren’t you already itching to get going on your CASE?  You can use any or all of the elements in Therese‘s card for your focus … and when you’ve finished, we’d love it if you would link up your work to our gallery!  This particular challenge is running for one week only … Mr Linky’s doors will close next Wednesday, 6 July at 5.00pm BST … normal fortnightly service will be resumed from then on!    All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with loads of inspiration from our wonderful DT, and from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Birgit from Crafting While I Wait (do go for a meander, you’ll so enjoy all the inspiration!).

My ranunculus are heading over to …

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

I’m playing catch up at the moment (waaaay behind!) … will see you soon in blogland!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Uniko #33 – Guest Designer – Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #199, Seize the Birthday – 16 June, SSS Wednesday – 22 June, The Paper Players #300

Hello … bonjour!   Lots of activity on the old blog this week … what fun!  We’re half way through the delicious June challenge over at Uniko, where I’m delighted to be Guest Designing with Bev and the DT … thanks so much for the invitation and warm welcome, ladies!  Did you see the inspiration photo last week?  It’s a colourful, whimsical one with so many possibilities (it’s just below my card) … here’s my second take on it …

Uniko 33R GD, ATSM 199, STB 16 June, SSSW 22 June, TPP 300and here’s that fabulous photo …

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See what I mean about the possibilities?  This time round, I went a little more doodlie!  The top of the card was masked and I stamped a random pattern of leaves and dots (Uniko Nature’s Treasures 1, Background Builders – Vines) using similar colours to those in the inspiration.  Once it was all dry, my white gel pen came out to play … and wandered about doodling highlights over all the leaf sprigs!  I stamped the Uniko ‘smile’ into the now unmasked space, white heat embossed a supplementary sentiment from SSS onto a slender strip of grey and attached the strip over the ‘join’.  I added a healthy coating of Wink of Stella to the sentiment and some sugary glitter to the tiny dots (although the WoS still isn’t playing nicely with the camera) … would you like a closer look …

Uniko 33R GD, ATSM 199, STB 16 June, SSSW 22 June, TPP 300 Detail

Have you joined us already?  Would you like to?  There’s so much to play with in this picture … style, doodles, colours, shapes, flowers, lines … let your imagination roam … let your fingers create … and link up to the gallery, we’d love to see you there!  All the details are over at the Uniko blog, together with all kinds of fabulous inspiration from the amazingly talented Design Team … do go and meander … and enjoy!

My doodlie leaves are off to a quartet of challenges …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Shimmer

The Paper Players – Celebration

A big thank you, once again, to Bev and the DT at Uniko … it’s been so much fun playing cards with you this month!  Thanks so much to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #59 – Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #199, MFT Sketch #286, SSS Wednesday – 22 June, The Paper Players #300

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in with another card for our current challenge at Time Out … our theme is Masculine … with an optional technique twist of using mixed media.  Our definition of mixed media is an easy one … use stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.  The twist is optional, so you can go without if you prefer … I did (again!) …

Time Out DT 59RTime OutI used STAMPlorations images to stamp out a pattern across my one layer card, having drawn a couple of pencil lines as a guide for fitting all the retro shapes into the space.  The colours came from an interiors image found on Pinterest when I searched for retro colour palettes (not my fave combo but it goes with the stamps!) … and the font of the Papertrey sentiment seemed to fit pretty well with the retro style.  I Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented the squares in the open shapes to add some dimension, shimmer and shine.  The ‘Birthday’ was also Wink of Stella’d … but try as I might I couldn’t capture it on camera.  Here’s what I did manage to get …

Time Out DT 59R DetailHave you played along with us yet?  We’d love it if you did!  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations this fortnight … the winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a US$10 gift voucher … and there’ll be an ARTplorations stencil for a randomly drawn participant who uses the Mixed Media twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Patti at Stationery Styles (who you really need to visit if you haven’t already … so much loveliness to enjoy!)

I’m playing along with these four challenges …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

MFT Sketch – See Below … inspired by the DT, I stretched it a little and used the large ‘Birthday’ for my circular element

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Shimmer … sentiment and inner WoS’d/GA’d squares

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … a birthday’s a celebration!

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

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More MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun Stuff

Hello … bonjour!  I’m back with the remaining two cards I made over the weekend … still keeping it short and sweet.  First up, a gentle breath of nature …

MFT Summer Camp - Watercolour, MFT Sketch 285, TESJ 40A masked and splattered-with-three-greens panel, divided with slender strips of black, topped with a watercoloured palm leaf from MFT and an embossed sentiment from SSS.  Some black enamel dots finished it off.

In contrast, here’s my fun and bright second offering …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 1, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6         

A pair of tropical love birds (MFT), coloured with Promarkers and Wink of Stella’d, their eyes meeting as they walk toward one another along the ‘pebble’ scattered rainbow shaker beach (it’s the tropics, there’s bound to be a rainbow beach!).  You can see how taken they are with each other from the Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented hearts floating up between them.   Madame Love Bird certainly seems to be giving Monsieur Love Bird the eye!  It doesn’t stop there … I caught them leaning forward to steal a kiss …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 2, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6Ahhh … true love … yep, birds of a feather (MFT).  They do seem to be a little reserved as they’re looking down rather than gazing into one another’s eyes.  Could be it’s because they’re in public (would you smooch in front of all these people?) … or maybe they’re just watching where they put their feet with all those pebbles around … they don’t want to twist a claw!

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider Detail, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6My leafy green number is destined for …

MFT Summer Camp – Wonderful Watercolour … Day 3 of 5 … my third badge

MFT Sketch #285 – See Below

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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Monsieur & Madame Love Bird are canoodling over to …

MFT Summer CampSensational Sliders & Spectacular Shakers … Day 2 and Day 5 of 5 … my fourth and fifth badges … I made it through my first summer camp … ever!

AAA Cards #67 – Googly Eyes … she even has eyelashes … hope CAS can also include interactive!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

Virginia’s View – #22 – All About Colours … the lovely Virginia’s back for the summer!

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I’ll be back Thursday with another card for our current Time Out challenge (masculine).  Till then, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun!

Hello … bonjour … hope your weekend was a fabulous one!  I had some playtime, got creative and made a few cards … two to share here and two for later (maybe tomorrow, depending on the Time Eating Monster) … I’ll keep it short and sweet!  Here’s the first … a sweet little pretty …

MFT Summer Camp - Glitter, MFT Colour 47, CAS Mix Up - June, TESJ 40Randomly stamped leaves and blooms (MFT), with the flower heads coated with sugary clear glitter (seen better zoomed in!), a little fine black pen doodling, a die cut hello (SSS) stacked on fun foam, and a stamped supplementary sentiment (WPlus9).   I was inspired by this card from Mayuri … it’s bolder, more dramatic and she used a different technique, but you can see how it prompted me.

Here’s the second … a rather dapper chap …

MFT Summer Camp - Die Cutting, HLS Dies - June, PP 300, SSSW 15-6A lightly sponged card panel mounted over black, a bird of paradise (MFT) coloured with Promarkers and perched atop a Winnie & Walter die cut (both on foam), and some tiny supplementary sentiments (SSS) nestled into the word.

My floral number is heading to …

MFT Summer Camp – Glitzy Glitter … Day 1 of 5 … first badge!

MFT Color Challenge – In The Buff, Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, Blueberry … my closest

CAS Mix Up – June – Stamping, Die Cuts + Choice …. mine’s the texture-y glitter and doodling

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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The dashing dude is flying off to …

MFT Summer Camp – Delightful Die Cutting … Day 4 of 5 … second badge!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … congratulations on an amazing 300 challenges!

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

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

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Uniko #33 – Guest Designer, AAA Cards #66, CAS on Sunday #85, Seize the Birthday – 16 June, SSS Wednesday – 15 June

Hello … bonjour!  It’s not often I post on consecutive days … but I am today as I’m delighted to be Guest Designing with the DT over at Uniko for this month’s delicious challenge … how exciting … thanks so much, Bev, for the invitation!  We have a fabulous photo to inspire you this time round … it’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

Uniko 33 GDand here’s the creative muse … delectable isn’t it?

ChallengeGraphic3I picked out the scrumptious colour palette and the white detailing for my card … and started by heat embossing the Uniko butterfly off the edge of a panel of Ranger watercolour card.  The butterfly was coloured with Zigs … I added the colour just to the inside edges of the embossing and used a waterbrush to pull it out and blend it across the wings.  There’s a soft blue halo of watercolour wash around the butterfly … and some delicate splatters because the butterfly is  disturbing the air as it flutters!  The Uniko ‘celebrate’ was stamped in grey (to maintain the soft look), the supplementary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and I added some Ranger Enamel Accents to finish off.

How would you like to play along with us?  There’s so much to see in this photo … colours, white accenting, circles, florals, hearts, doodling … I even spotted a snowflake!  Why not let your imagination roam and see what it comes up with … we’d love to see you in the gallery!  All the details are over at the Uniko blog, together with all kinds of delicious inspiration from the wonderfully talented Design Team … do go and take a look … and enjoy!

My butterfly is also fluttering off to …

AAA Cards – Watercolouring

CAS on Sunday – Butterfly … my first time playing along!

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Animal Magic (it does say butterflies to buffalos!)

Thanks once again to Bev and the DT for having me … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #59, CASology #202, SSS Monday – 13 June, The Paper Players #299

Hello … bonjour! Today sees the start of a fabulous new  challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a Masculine theme … with an optional technique twist of using mixed media.  Our definition of mixed media is a simple one … use stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.  It can still be CAS if that’s your style … and the twist is optional … so you can go without if you prefer … which is what I did …

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I stamped the ‘celebrate’ (STAMPlorations) onto a card panel and coloured the letters with Zigs and a white gel pen in the style of the French flag.  The word was masked, I stamped the top part of  the Eiffel Tower cake (Shirley B’s World Cakes by STAMPlorations), and added Stickles to the candle flame.  The tiny SSS supplementary  sentiment finished it off.  The panel was popped up onto the base card on craft foam … the base had been stamped with Papertrey stripes some time ago for a project that didn’t work quite as I’d hoped … seemed to go rather well here!

Feel like giving your fingers some creative exercise?  We’d love for you to join us!  This fortnight we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … not only did the very generous Shery provide the DT with lovely goodies to play with (thanks so much, Shery!) … she’s also giving away a US$10 gift voucher to our winner (as voted for by the DT) … and an ARTplorations stencil to a randomly drawn participant who uses the Mixed Media twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of fabulous inspiration from our amazing DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Patti at Stationery Styles (if you don’t know Patti, do go for a visit … her blog is filled with delicious cards for you to meander around!)

My French celebration is heading over to …

CASology – Masculine

The Paper Players – Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim, Whisper White (my closest colours!)

SSS Monday – World Traveller

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

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