Time Out DT #74, CASology #230, Less Is More #309, Simon Says Stamp

Hello … bonjour!   Our first challenge of 2017 starts today at Time Out … our theme is ‘Winter’ … with the option of ‘White on White’ (only using white except a neutral for the sentiment).  Here’s how I interpreted the theme …

time-out-dt-74  Time Out       

A lovely friend (thanks Judith!) sent me some of these aptly named Dazzling Snowflake die cuts (from Memory Box) … and to me this snowflake says winter in a most delicious way!  I trimmed down the panel that it was cut into, backed it with white vellum, stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment in Delicata Silver, added the dots with a silver gel pen and popped on some clear bling.  There’s a sentiment inside, also W&W, that reads ‘a bright, brilliant birthday’.  I wanted to find a way of allowing the light to shine through the vellum, so I cut a square into the card base leaving a border around the edge, added foam tape over the remaining space, and adhered the snowflake panel over the top.  I used a ruler and craft knife … before thinking that it could have been done with a circular or square die, which would have been slightly more straightforward … ho hum, next time!  Want to see what it looks like with the light behind it?  Voilà …

time-out-dt-74-detailBet you already know what a tricky shot that was to get!

So … what ideas is your creative brain already working on for ‘Winter’?  We’d love to see what you come up with in our gallery.  If you choose to use the option of ‘White on White’, you could win a £15 GC from Uniko in our random draw … and as usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to be our Guest Designer in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with tons of inspiration from our wonderful DT and our fabulous and talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life on the Scrap Heap (who you need to visit if you haven’t already … lots of loveliness to explore!).

I’m sending my snowflake along to play at …

CASology – Cold

Less Is More – Dimension

SSS Monday – Start Afresh (new sentiment set from W&W)

SSS Wednesday – Something New (as above)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with New Product (also as above)

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






60 thoughts on “Time Out DT #74, CASology #230, Less Is More #309, Simon Says Stamp

  1. Jeanne

    Beautiful card, Anita. I really like the die cut. Such a gorgeous snowflake. You are so clever to add the vellum. That just adds an extra oomph. Whoever receives this beauty is going to feel extra special and honored. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs!

  2. Susi K.

    Anita, this card is so lovely! I happen to have that fabulous die and never thought to use vellum for the negative space, but I’ll definitely consider it next time I use it – thanks so much for the gorgeous inspiration!

  3. estherpatrick

    This is incredibly elegant and stylish – really beautiful and CAS-tastic! I love the aperture snowflake. Such a great way of including dimension for our challenge 🙂 Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More, and happy New Year!

  4. Barbara Roe

    Hi, I am having trouble posting comments so I will try again. Your last post was lost.
    This is really gorgeous. I think the die is wonderful and how sweet that it was a gift.
    Keep on creating!

  5. Geri G

    WOW! This beauty just rocketed to the top of “My Favorite Anita Cards’ list! Incredibly elegant and sooooo ‘peaceful’. Fabulous photo that highlights the “WOW, WOW, WOW-ness” of this gorgeous creation!

  6. Sharon

    Wowzers! My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw your light behind photo Anita. That is one amazing card! I adore the simplicity and elegance you achieved with a die that is so intricate. Stunningly gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Less is More xx

  7. Bobby

    Adding vellum behind the cut to allow light to shine through was a fantastic idea, although I’m sure very very hard to photograph, Anita. I have trouble just getting good photos of plain cards.

  8. Brenda Lawrence

    Snowflakes mean winter to me Anita! Wow, love this card and that snowflake die! Love how you put vellum behind it and cut out the card base so the light can show through. Truly a stunning birthday card! Hugs, Brenda

  9. conil

    Well your tricky photography worked. It makes this card just sing…”dashing through the snow”. Seriously, this is perfect for the challenge…think you hit all the right notes. It is so lovely and so appropriate for this time of year. Just another brilliant card from the fertile mind of Anita.

  10. Rose

    This is a very elegant card Anita! That snowflake is absolutely gorgeous & so creative of you to think of using vellum behind the die-cut.

  11. BarbGhig

    Brilliant design, Anita! I am in love with this snowflake, and really impressed with how you played with your vellum c/s to transmit light through your front panel…WOW!
    And yes, I’m sure this was a really tricky shot 🙂

  12. lollthompson

    LOVE the design with the vellum backed snowflake die-cut Anita. So pretty with the light shining through … great pic! xx

  13. Sarah

    Super elegant and such beautiful and subtle dimension. That’s one stunning die and used to perfection. A very Happy New Year to you and thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week.
    Sarah x

  14. Shona Chambers

    That die is really something special and well done you getting that photo. I can spend hours trying to get the perfect shot!!! And glad I’m not the only one who does things the hard way! Beautiful CAS design and sure to inspire many with their entries!

  15. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    WOW! WOW! WOW! This is such a gorgeous creation Anita!!! The die cut itself is just beautiful, but the addition of the vellum and your process to let light through it, the addition of the dots, the bling… All make it superb! I could not love it more!!!!

  16. Bev

    Here’s me, late to the party again… So sorry dear friend. As usual, you’ve created a veritable masterpiece. No…that’s not right… You’ve created two of them. Fantastic use of the positive and negative elements. Sometimes the negative isn’t as pretty as the positive, but that’s not true in this case; both are really stunning. At times, I want to rent out a little space in your brain when you’ve got your ‘craft on,’ just so I can see how you come up with such brilliant ideas. “Baby I’m amazed…” Missing you tons. Hugs and smoochies. xoxoxo

  17. Gerrina

    It is such an elegant and super wintercard! Don’t we all have several ways to come to the wished card? Most important is to have fun with this great hobby….! Hope you have a fun weekend!

  18. Jill Vickers

    I just love this Anita – I can picture the light shining through the vellum – so pretty – especially when the light captures the sparkling clear bling you added!!!! Absolutely gorgeous design!

  19. jmhave44

    It’s a gorgeous die, but I think this is the most beautiful use I’ve seen made of it. Backing the cut-out with the vellum, created such an elegance & a wintery, icy feel as well. Just the right amount of sparkle too. Very classy. Happy New Year. TFS

  20. Andrea Ockey Parr

    Wow, wow, wow! If someone told me to make a card using white and one neutral, I think I’d curl up into a little ball and hide in a corner! But you have proven without a doubt that white and neutrals can be jaw-dropping! I love everything about what you’ve created and how clean and crisp it is. It is elegant and sophisticated and I’m so glad you shared such inspiring work with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  21. Judy1223

    Anita, Happy New Year! This is such a beautiful snowflake and your card makes it shine! Such a classy, elegant card. Thanks for joining us this week at CASology!

  22. Petra Swart

    Hi, Anita!!!!!
    Oh, boy, it’s been ages since I’ve been around the last time and I’m (again!!!!, whats new???) so far behind on blogvisits, but I’m catching up and slowly but surely getting to everyone!!!! You’ve made my day when you popped in at my blog this morning and I knew that I just have to visit you before the end of the day!!!!! And between painting my son’s room and having to get ready for the new school year that starts on Wednesday, I’ve managed to fit in some time to spend in Blogland and with you!!!!! As always in the past, when I’ve fallen behind on visits, I have visited all your posts since I’ve been around the last time, but unfortunately I can’t find the time any more to comment on all cards – I follow such a lot of blogs I would be busy for weeks and be behind all over again by the time I’ve visited everyone!!!!! By now you know that I LOVE your work and admire your wonderful talent and that I enjoy ALL your cards!!!! You are a CAS expert and I can sometimes just sit and look and look and look at a card and take in the beauty of what you have created!!!!!
    Not being able to comment on all your cards, I however want to tell you how great this one is with the vellum behind the snowflake and the light shining through!!!! WOW, it looks absolutely amazing and it must be so special IRL!!!!!! And I really like the idea to use the snowflake for a birthday card …of cause I was thinking that the inside would have a Christmas greeting, but you surprised me with a birthday wish and I had to smile cause I think it’s a brilliant idea!!!!! I’m really looking forward to enjoying all your cards in the coming year ..oh, and by the way …best wishes for 2017 – may this be a great year for you!!!!!!
    Won’t keep you any longer, Anita!!!!
    PS. I’ve made a decision on keeping up to date with blogvisits – will respond to your comment this morning, as soon as I find the time!!!!!!

  23. Hannelie Bester

    Tricky shot, yes, but you nailed it. Not only the photo, but the card for sure!
    This is beautiful Anita! Just perfect for our cue this week!
    Thanks for playing at CASology’s first challenge of 2017. Hugs and best wishes for the new year!

  24. BarbGhig

    CONGRATS on your well deserved win at CASology, Anita!!! This is such a gorgeous take on the Cue Card, and I’m so happy for you, my friend!


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