Less Is More #300, Virginia’s View #25, Tic-Tac-Toe #21, SSS Work It Wednesday – October … and a Lovely Visit!

Hello … bonjour … hope your week has been going along wonderfully!  Before I get to the news of a lovely visit I received recently, I have a CAS card to share for a quartet of challenges that just seem to fit together beautifully.  Want to see …

lim-300-vv-25-tic-tac-toe-21-ssswiw-octoberThis sweet bloom is from a WPlus9 flower builder set … there are lots of other images as well …  I just wanted to let this one take centre stage!  It’s stamped just off the edge of a white card panel and has the flower head coated copiously with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle … it’s just about visible on the top two petals if you peer in a bit.  I added a sentiment from SSS and some crystal bling before popping the panel up on craft foam onto a card base that had been trimmed along the bottom with washi tape.

I’m joining in with these playing-nicely-together challenges (badges below) …

Less Is More – Celebrations/Festivals … it’s the 300th … congratulations, Chrissie and the team … what a fantastic milestone!  I have a soft spot for LIM as it was the first challenge I played along with, way back when we were all still young … and when we were still in double digits!

Virginia’s View – Stripes/Plaids

Tic-Tac-Toe – CAS, Builder Stamps, Pearls/Gemstones

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use a Simon Brand Product

Now, that wonderful visit.  I was thrilled a few months ago to get a note from my lovely friend Barb at Love2Colour that she and DH Cal were going to be making the trip from California to France for an amazing tour … and that they would be within a couple of hours of us during one of their overnight stops!  The timing was perfect (just a few days before I headed to the Lake House) … and on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the beginning of October, we met Barb and Cal at their hotel in Bordeaux.

anita-barb-1What a fun and delightful afternoon and evening we had together … and what a delicious dinner we enjoyed at a great restaurant recommended by the hotel concierge.  Barb and Cal … thank you … it was truly a joy to meet you … and to spend time together IRL.  One day, we may even get to do the same thing in reverse … what an adventure that would be!

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




37 thoughts on “Less Is More #300, Virginia’s View #25, Tic-Tac-Toe #21, SSS Work It Wednesday – October … and a Lovely Visit!

  1. Susi

    Lovely placement of the flower image, Anita – and as I love everything stripe-y (is that a word?), the B&W washi tape edge looks amazing!

  2. Sarah

    This is so beautiful Anita, perfectly CAS, elegant and a stunning design. Now I need that bloom stamp!!!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us in our 300th challenge at Less is More this week.

  3. djkardkreations

    Your card is utterly CASlicious, Anita! A terrific design to showcase that pretty bloom!! I’m so tickled that you and Barb got to meet! Two of my favorite people: extremely kind and talented and with wicked senses of humor!! It would be so awesome if you could come to California! Barb and I would welcome you with open arms!! We’ll dream … MYALYMAASYS!! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  4. born57

    Anita your card and bloom are just gorgeous, I almost forgot I had this stamp. So pretty in pink!
    How wonderful to meet Barb in person and all the way in France! Sweet picture of you both!

  5. Michele F

    You have a large International Fan Club, Anita … count me in! I still dream of that visit … one day …
    Who wouldn’t love this little beauty? even someone who isn’t celebrating birthdays anymore!! LOve that bloom, and the stripes, and the … everything! xoxo

  6. Sarah Gray

    An elegant CAS design, Anita! I love the simplicity of the stylised bloom with the pop of stripes from the washi tape – very cool 🙂 What a fab opportunity to meet up with Barb too. Thank you for joining in over at Less is More this week – it is always great to see you!

  7. estherpatrick

    What a gorgeous card, so stylish and pretty! That’s a beautiful bloom stamp and the card is just perfect for our challenge of festivals and celebrations. You’ve got a really good eye for layouts. Your meeting with Barb looks fab too – isn’t it lovely when internet friends get to meet! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More!

  8. Christine Smit

    Love the beautiful flower image, gorgeous colours and a fabulous sentiment! The bling and the cool washi tape finish it off a treat! Lovely photo, it sound like you had a marvellous time! xxx

  9. lostinpaper

    Gorgeous flower and a total WOW design too Anita! Looks like you had a blast with Barb, it’s always so nice to catch up with like friends, thanks for the photo share!

  10. susannev2014

    Your soft and pretty flower is wonderfully grounded by the black and white stripes. And what fun you must have had meeting Barb and her husband!
    Wishing you lots of crafty time this weekend, my friend!

  11. kimheggins

    Oh my….I had no clue that you got to meet Miss Barb just before your trip to the Lake House, how lucky for both of you! Fabulous photo. And your card is amazing. love your wonderful flower.

  12. BarbGhig

    Such a lovely bloom and I love your elegant design, Anita! Loving how you added those fabulous B&W stripes along the bottom, too…a stunning card!
    How nice that you were able to spend some time with Barb and her hubby! Great photo of you girls, too…thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  13. Anita

    The single stem looks great, Anita. Love how the black and white at the base sets it off beautifully. I must have been receiving your crafty vibes this week (look out for a card on my blog for the upcoming challenge!)
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  14. Nancy L.

    I so enjoy seeing blog friends come together! I also love to see your wonderful CAS cards Anita…this one is no exception! I have plans to meet a blown friend this week…fingers crossed it comes to be! I am super excited!

  15. lollthompson

    LOVE the layered bloom paired with the black and white stripe at the bottom … such a beautiful design Anita. And how exciting that Barb and her husband were able to meet up with you for a lovely evening out. xx

  16. Geri G

    Gorgeous pic of you and Barb! So cool to have been able to connect with her! Love your card – especially the black & white stripes at the bottom! Awesome sentiment font too!

    My computer issues continue!!! Made some progress with MTS today and have actually been able to access a few blogs! Still no e-mail post notifications though. I’m not even getting JUNK mail!!! I feel so bad for being out of the loop! Work has been busy too, so I haven’t had any ‘spare time’ to catch up there either (dang it all!).

    Back to the drawing board tomorrow afternoon with our internet folks. Ginfers crossed things go better than they have been to this point!

  17. Brenda Lawrence

    What a beautiful card Anita! I love that flower and I love the bottom stripes on this card. How fun to meet up with a friend from the States!!! Isn’t wonderful when things like this come together perfectly?!! Hugs, Brenda

  18. Mary H.

    Great design with the splash of this wonderful pink bloom partially off the card as you’ve done here. Like the pink duo colors used for the flower, and adding the b&w border really sparked this up so nicely. Yay for you at being able to meet up with another blog buddy too. Isn’t that such fun when it can happen? TFS & Hugs

  19. Jen W.

    Such CAS perfection, Anita! Simplicity can pack such an amazing punch can’t it? I love the pop of pink, the stripes and the scattering of gems. Gorgeous!

  20. Joyce M.

    What a sweet photo of you and Barb. Yay for visits with crafty friends, and double yay if they are across the Atlantic Ocean. Your card is simply stunning. Love how you combined all those challenges.

  21. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    This card is so YOU! Wonderful! How fun to meet other crafters! Especially from so far away! One day I would love to meet you!

  22. Kelly Griglione

    Hey Anita! Aw, that’s wonderful that you got to visit with a fellow crafter on vacation!! And spend much of the day together. I’m sure you were a lovely hostess. Gorgeous card with a good balance of delicate pinks and graphic b&w stripes. The leaf bleeding off the edge is another nice touch!

  23. Bev

    Late to the party again…so sorry about that. I did take a really quick peek at this the other day, but had no time to comment. And this is lovely. Such a lovely pink-on-pink blossom grounded by those wonderful stripes. Just love it!! Glad you were able to meet up with Barb, that’s very cool. It really is wonderful to meet up and spend time with crafty friends, isn’t it?!! Hope your cold is a distant memory by now, too. Thinking of you, and missing you terribly! Sending hugs and bisous. xoxoxo

  24. Jeanne

    Beautiful card! I really like the flower and can imagine just how sparkly it is. I really like the stripes at the bottom. Adds just the right touch. And how wonderful that you got to meet a friend in person. You two look so lovely together! What a special time. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  25. Lindsey

    I love this cheerful card! I immediately was looking to see what set you used for your fantastic bold bloom. And how absolutely wonderful to be able to meet a crafty friend!

  26. hobbitnoll

    Oh this is so pretty!! I LOVE the simple style with that lovely flower!! How fun that you got to meet Barb!! I love to meet bloggy friends when I travel!!!


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