Monthly Archives: September 2016

Time Out DT #67, AAA Cards #74, Addicted to CAS #97, Less Is More #295, SSS Monday – 26 September, SSS Wednesday – 28 September

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to a wonderful new challenge at Time Out, where this fortnight we’re helping to focus attention on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our theme is Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship … with the optional twist of using pink and/or embossing … here’s where I went with it …

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The CAS-ual Fridays flowers were stamped onto a watercolour card panel and heat embossed in silver.  I coloured the background with Zigs, drawing out the colour from around the flowers … and when the panel was dry, I masked the flower heads and added a few silver splatters.  The sentiment (also CAS-ual Fridays) was stamped and heat embossed onto a slip of vellum … which was then hand sewn onto a stitched scalloped frame with silver thread.  I popped the frame up on foam tape over the watercolour panel and adhered it all onto the card base on a piece of craft foam.  This is on it’s way to a friend who has had a tough time medically this year … it might even have arrived by now … hope it has before she sees this!

Our challenge this time round is being sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays.  Many of you will know of the fundraising and other fabulous work that Michele (owner and breast cancer survivor) is doing to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in fighting breast cancer … and of her Calling All Sistahs campaign and monthly blog posts reminding all of us to do our own self exams.  Michele will be offering the overall winner a $25 GC … and for a randomly drawn player who uses pink and embossing, there’ll be a prize package from the Calling All Sistahs collection.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our fantastic DT and our delightful and super talented Guest Designer, Coni from Which Craft (who you really do need to visit for a whole heap of inspiration and deliciousness … take a picnic … or pyjama’s … you’ll be a while!).  Won’t you join us … we’d love to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Masking

Addicted to CAS – Stitch

Less Is More – Thread

SSS Monday – Powder, Powder

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

                  

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Where Creativity Meets C9 #1, Inspired By All The Little Things #25, SSS Monday – 26 September

Hello … bonjour!  I’ve been wanting to join in with a couple of challenges for rather a while … and at the weekend, got the chance to make a card inspired by both.  What’s even more amazing than me getting chance to make a just-for-fun card (!) is that a DT member at one of the challenges posted a card today (here) that was so similar to mine it was spooky.  It had me wondering whether I should go back to the drawing board and do something else.  However, on the basis that my card was made, the Time Eating Monster is still prowling around with gusto, and there aren’t many days left before Mr Linky swings the doors shut, I’m sticking with it …

wcmc9-1-ibatlt-25-sssm-26-9designer-spotlightA one layer card with this gorgeous Concord & 9th bloom (NBUS) … stamped and heat embossed … and coloured with Zigs.  The sentiment’s from Avery Elle (it has a font that seems to go so well with the style of the flower) … also heat embossed … and I added a scattering of black bling.  I puzzled over the bling (I know you know what I mean!) … two groups of three makes six … eek, an even number … not necessarily a Good Thing.  It just looked right though, so I left it for a while  … and then realised why it was fine … there are black dots of pollen on the flower that make up the visual triangle with the bling … puzzle solved!

I’m playing along at …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Celebration … the first of what I hope will be hundreds (or more)!

Inspired By All The Little Things – Inspiration below … my first time joining in on the fun!

SSS Monday – Powder, Powder … heat embossed flower and sentiment

I’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new challenge at Time Out that you’re going to love … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #66 Mid Challenge Reminder, Happy Little Stampers CAS – September, SSS Work It Wednesday – August, The Paper Players #313, Uniko #36

Hello … bonjour!  We’re about half way through our delicious Home Sweet Home challenge at Time Out, where we have the most amazing photo to inspire you (below) … here’s my second take on it …

time-out-dt-66rTime Outand here’s that cool photo …

I masked off the lower part of a panel of watercolour card stock, and repeatedly inked up, spritzed and randomly stamped a leaf from the new Trendy Leaves 2 set (from STAMPlorations (courtesy of teamie and generous owner of STAMPlorations, Shery … thanks so much, Shery!).  This was a new to me technique and immediately after spritzing and stamping, all I saw was a sorry mess!  However, I was really surprised at how clear the detail on the leaves became as the water moved the colour around and the ink dried … so I adhered the panel to a card base that had had the edges sponged black, ruled in a line to define the stamped/unstamped area, and added a STAMPlorations sentiment (that had gone through surgery) .   Voila!

Where does your imagination take you when looking at our photo?  There are so many different elements to use!  However you’re inspired, why not make a card and link it up to our gallery … we’d love to see you there!  We’re sponsored this time round by STAMPlorations … the winner (as chosen by the DT) will receive a $10 GC, plus there will be two random draws … one for the Holiday Expressions: Thankful stamp set and one for the Trendy Leaves 2 set.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our amazing DT and from our delightful and super talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (who you really need to visit if you haven’t already … so much loveliness!).

I’m playing along with …

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Watercolour Spritz

SSS Work it Wednesday – Use Stamps

The Paper Players – CAS Taste of Fall

Uniko – Autumn (Optional Twist of Thanks)

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

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016, SSS Monday – 19 September

Hello … bonjour!  Bet that surprised you … two posts in two days!  I’m back with another card tonight which is in complete contrast to yesterday’s cool, dapper, monochrome chap … this one’s full of colour …

mft-card-making-superstar-contest-sssm-19-9I white embossed an MFT leaf sprig from Fall Florals repeatedly across a watercolour card panel, and washed distress inks across each sprig, allowing the rainbow colours to merge and blend.  Once the panel was dry, I clear heat embossed the second leaf layer over the first, brushed clean water over the panel and blotted some of the background colour off with a paper towel.  The embossed area resisted the water and retained the original intensity of the wash in the halo’s of colour around the sprigs.   The sentiment is made up from a couple of different ones in the Birds of Paradise set (I’m MFT sentiment challenged!) … white embossed on a snippet of black card and popped up on the rainbow panel with foam tape.  I sponged a black frame onto the card base, adhered the finished panel onto it with craft foam, did a little dotty doodling … and voila, I was done!

I’m playing along at …

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – 2016

SSS Monday – Inspired By Music … how about Somewhere Over The Rainbow!

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

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016, Happy Little Stamper Dies – September, SSS Monday – 19 September, SSS Wednesday – 14 September

Hello … bonjour!  Popping in to share a card tonight (or p’raps more accurately this morning!) … a rather stylish, dapper and whimsical little number …

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I white heat embossed one of the fabulous characters from the Birds of Paradise set onto a black card panel … and black heat embossed him onto a white card panel that had already been cut with the Accent It: Celebrate die-namics (thanks to the Lake House stash!).  A slice of striped DP was fixed behind the negative die cut space and the white panel was adhered over the black.  This chap wanted to look his best for the MFT Superstar contest, so insisted I doodle him a bow tie … and add the tiniest little gem to the knot … he thinks it looks cool … with just the right amount of pizazz … and who am I to argue with his dress sense?  Think he’s going for an avian 007-at-the-casino look here!

He’s going out on the town at …

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – 2016

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Inspired by Music … I’m thinking ‘Putting on The Ritz’ (Irving Berlin)!

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

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

        

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Happy Birthday, Bev! CAS(E) This Sketch #190, CAS-ual Fridays #156, Fusion – 8 September, Happy Little Stampers Dies – September, SSS Wednesday – 14 September

Hello … bonjour!  I’m celebrating today with one of the sweetest souls in blogland … I know you’ll know her from her delicious blog, Happy Dance … and if you don’t, you really need to!  Happy, happy, happiest birthday, Bev, ma chère amie … may your day be filled with joy, love and laughter … and may your year to come be blessed with the closeness of family, the warmth of friends, and the delights of new discoveries!  I made this for you, which might or might not have already arrived … if it’s not already with you, it’s pretty close …

happy-birthday-bev-cts-190-cas-ual-fridays-156-fusion-8-9-hls-dies-sep-sssw-14-9-wcmc9-1A white card panel, stamped with the most delicious delicate leaf sprig from Concord & 9th‘s Wildflower set (NBUS!).  It was coloured with Distress Ink and Zigs and the panel was trimmed down so that a couple of the leaves just peek out over the top edge.  The sentiment (SSS) has the die cut word ombré sponged and stacked on craft foam, and the supplementary black strips white heat embossed and popped up on foam tape.  I sponged a slender black frame onto the card base, adhered the finished panel over it with craft foam, and added some clear sequins with enamel accent centres to finish off.

Bev’s card is heading to …

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below … with a changed orientation!

CAS-ual Fridays – Dimension and Bling

Fusion – See Below … I used the inspiration picture colours of green, black and white

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

… the badges/links are all at the end of this post.

ETA … was going to link to the new Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, but realised just in time that there’s a limit on the number of additional challenges … oops!

Before I go, there’s just one more thing to do.  As you may know, Bev throws the most amazing virtual birthday parties … but as it’s her special day, she won’t be doing that for herself.  So, here’s a little surprise get together for her … the table’s set … the champagne’s poured …

Coucou tout le monde ! Avec les beaux jours qui arrivent, on a envie de laisser s'exprimer notre créativité ! On vous a donc dénicher de nouveaux projets à réaliser vous-même ! En voilà 7 exemples ! Décoration …          Sip your favorite bubbly in style with champagne glasses from Crate and Barrel. Browse a variety of styles including classic toasting flutes and coupes.:

the food’s all ready … and of course, there’s a yummy birthday cake … help yourself!

Food Stone & Living - Immobilier de prestige - Résidentiel & Investissement // Stone & Living - Prestige estate agency - Residential & Investment www.stoneandliving.com:            Vanilla Naked Layer Cake:

I never thought last year’s gift could be topped, Bev … THE craft island … which for those of you who never saw it looks like this …

Believe it or not, this is not a resort... but it's a $29,000,000 Mega mansion on a private tropical island.:

however, I did find something to complement it, just in case you feel like a change of crafting scenery!  Joyeux Anniversaire, sweet friend … enjoy every moment!

☼ Life by the sea. With hypnosis you can be who you need to be and do what you…:

It’s lovely of all of you to be here for Bev‘s party … it makes the celebration so much fun … and you can always pop over to Happy Dance if you’d like to wish her a happy birthday in person … which I’m sure you would!

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

                   

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Time Out DT #66 … Some Autumn Leaves

Hello … bonjour!  We have a lovely new challenge starting today at Time Out … based around an autumnal Home Sweet Home inspiration photo (it’s a little further down) … here’s my CAS take on it …

time-out-dt-66Time Out… and here’s the amazing inspiration …

A one layer QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnellese) card … using one of the leaf images from STAMPlorations’ new Trendy Leaves 2 set (courtesy of team mate and owner of STAMPlorations, Shery … thanks so much, Shery!).   I wanted to create a sense of depth on the leaves, so did some colour layering (yay MISTI!).  Each leaf was stamped three times and on each pass, I dabbed off ink from the centre of the image before stamping, so that the outer edges turned out more strongly coloured.  My photo doesn’t pick it up as well as it looks IRL … the effect appears more obvious above on the final leaf, although looking at it in front of me, all the leaf edges are bold!   I did a little surgery on the sentiment (also STAMPlorations) so that it was in one straight line, which allowed me ‘ground’ the leaves.

What does your creative eye see in our picture … neutral stonework, glowing autumn colours, trees, grass, leaves, the arched window … or something else?  Whatever it is, why not let your fingers get to work and play along with us … we’d love to see you in the gallery!  We’re sponsored this time round by STAMPlorations … the winner (chosen by the DT) will receive a $10 GC, plus there will be two random draws … one for the Holiday Expressions: Thankful stamp set and one for the Trendy Leaves 2 set.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a ton of inspiration from our wonderful DT and from our lovely and super talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (you really need to visit … there’s so much deliciousness to meander through!).

I’m playing along with …

SSS Monday – At The Movies … Autumn Leaves (an oldie from 1956 with Joan Crawford)

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

STAMPlorations – Anything CAS Goes … without the optional pink

The Paper Players – Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizazz … my closest colours

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

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