Monthly Archives: March 2017

Time Out DT #80, Little Tangles #78, CAS-ual Fridays #170, CAS on Sunday #104, SSS Wednesday – 29 March

Hello … bonjour!  Our latest challenge at Time Out starts today … this fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … ‘when it rains, look for rainbows, when it’s dark, look for stars’.  So, who can resist a rainbow … here’s where I went with it …

Time OutAn almost one layer card, sponged in practically every Distress Ink in my stash through a MFT stencil … bold at the bottom, fading out to nothing toward the top.  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled, heat embossed in platinum.  The sentiment itself didn’t emboss well over the rainbow stripes, so I did it separately, trimmed it out and adhered it over the oops … that’s better!  Crisp and fresh and good for anyone’s birthday!

How will our words inspire you this time around?  You can use all or any of them to light up your creative imagination … we’d love to see you in our gallery!   We’re sponsored for this challenge by Uniko, thanks to the lovely Bev … and our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a £15 GC, as well as being invited to guest design with us for a future challenge.  Hope you’ll find time to join us!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with a heap of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Marilyn from Marilyns Card Spot.  Do go and explore over at Marilyn’s blog if you haven’t already … there’s such loveliness to see!

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Little Tangles – Rainbow

CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies Allowed

CAS on Sunday – Sentiment (no image)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

         

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Papertrey Make It Monday – 20 March, CAS(E) This Sketch #214, Addicted to Stamps & More #234, AAA Cards #86, SSS Monday – 20 March

Hello … bonjour!  It’s been a weekend of I’ve-not-played-there-for-a-while … yesterday was the Papertrey Blog Hop, today it’s Papertrey’s Make It Monday (among others).  Stephanie’s first MIM video showed a great technique for making window chipboard sentiments … don’t remember seeing that done before, so thought I’d give it a try …

I used the stamp set One Big Happy for all the flowers, leaves and supplementary sentiment … and the accompanying die, stacked up, for the window sentiment.  The images didn’t pop enough when stamped to make the white die cut stand out, so I added some highlights with coloured crayons and a white gel pen … and Wink of Stella’d the happy … much better!  This is what it looks like inside …

… plenty of space to write a message and finish off with ‘happy birthday’!  Thanks for a fun technique, Stephanie … and a great video!

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Papertrey Make it Monday – Window Chipboard Sentiments

CAS(E) This Sketch – See Below … turned upside down (hope that’s ok, if not please delete!)

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

AAA Cards – Die Cuts

SSS Monday – Layer It Up … the stacked up happy

Hope you had chance to get crafty this weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

                 

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Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hello … bonjour!  It’s so long since I played along at a Papertrey Blog Hop that I don’t even recall when it was.  When I saw this month’s bold, vibrant inspiration, it just settled in my mind and wouldn’t go away … so I just had to make a little something …

and here’s the wonderful inspiration …

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My card is one layer, stamped with floral/leaf images and a sentiment from Embellished Elegance, and inspired by the colours in the right hand picture.  It was fun playing with a colour palette that’s a bit outside my usual range … and as it was quick to make and all the ingredients were already out on my desk, I made a couple more in different colours …

         

These were stamped on white card panels … one was adhered flat to the base and the other was popped up on craft foam.  Spectrum Noir shimmer was added to the flowers on both, though as ever, it’s tricky to see!

I’m joining in at …

Papertrey March Blog Hop – Inspiration above

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies Allowed

Hope your weekend has got off to a great start.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #79, Addicted to CAS #106, SSS Monday -13 March, SSS Wednesday – 15 March, SSS Work It Wednesday – February

Hello … bonjour!  What a wonderful gallery you created for us to admire and enjoy during our 3rd birthday celebrations at Time Out … and what lovely comments you left … thank you so much!  Do come by the Time Out blog next Wednesday to see if you are the winner of any of our fabulous prizes!  In the meantime, I’m hopping in with a sweet little number to entice you to play along with us this fortnight.  We have a CASE the Designer challenge this time round … our designer is the uber talented, super creative, out-of-the-box thinking Jenny from Crafting In The Country.  If you’ve never visited Jenny, you really need to … you’ll be more than wow’d by her awesome projects!  Her wonderful, whimsical card is below … here’s my take on it …

Time Outand here’s Jenny‘s little spring cutie …

My eye was drawn to the sponged background, the stitched panel and the delicious whimsical style … so that’s where I went with my card.  Serendipitously, Jennifer McGuire (in this video) prompted me to use masked inking to create a little scene.  I stamped one of the bunnies from Verve‘s Hip Hop Bunnies onto a piece of white card, coloured him with Promarkers, added a little doodling (gave him inner ears and a smile) and fussy cut him out.  The same bunny was stamped onto a Winnie & Walter die cut panel … and he was masked, as was the bottom portion of the panel, so that the Distress Ink grass could be sponged on (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn).  I kept the bunny mask in place, masked off the top portion of the panel, and softly blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the sky.  Surgery was performed on the sentiment stamp (from the same Verve set) so the hi could be stamped below the supporting words in a different colour.  The fussy cut bunny was popped up on foam dots onto the panel, he had Spectrum Noir clear sparkle applied to his inner ears, nose and tummy … and Glossy Accents added to his nose.  He’d have been hopping if I’d had an action wobbler!  I doodled the grassy tufts and tiny daisies (coloured with a white gel pen and a yellow Promarker) onto the meadow … and sprinkled some sequins and a few dots of Glossy Accents to finish off.

Where will Jenny‘s card take your creative imagination … there’s so much delicious detailing to choose from … we’d love for you to play along!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Verve (thanks so much, Julee) … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a Verve stamp set of their choice … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  There’s a special post from Julee over at the Verve blog … including a CASE of Jenny‘s card to inspire you.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a whole heap of wonderful ideas from our fabulous DT … and from our amazingly talented Guest Designer, my lovely friend Isabelle from Izzy Scrap.   If you haven’t already dropped in on Isabelle, do go … enjoy all the gorgeousness … take a picnic, you’ll be a while!

My little bunny is hopping over to …

Addicted to CAS – Doodle … the bunny detailing and the grass/daisies in the meadow.

SSS Monday – Handmade Flowers … mine are hand doodled … hope that counts!

SSS Wednesday – Bit o’ Green … the meadow

SSSWIW – Use The Word/Colour Green … again, the meadow

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

                  

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Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash … Take 2

Hello … bonsoir encore!  I’m back with the second instalment of my Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash cards.  First in the spotlight …

A white card panel, smooshed with three Distress Inks, masked/stamped off the page with three daisies from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden … and a sentiment from Wishing You with Evelyn T Designs … the supplementary sentiment is stamped inside.  I’m playing along with …

Shay’s Three Challenge … three colours, three daisies!

Keren’s Off The Page Challenge

Heather H’s Ink Smooshing Challenge

Heather P’s Mood Board Challenge

Last and by no means least …

Here’s a Distress Ink blended background, splattered and spritzed with Shimmer Spray … and white heat embossed with the little snail from You’ve Got Love Mail  I die cut the In A Word: Hugs four times in white, stacked them together and adhered the word under the snail.  As you know, snails leave a trail when they wander … and this one is wandering over the hugs.  You’ll notice that he has a heart in his shell … so his trail is (of course!) made up of tiny hearts cut from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, shimmered up with Spectrum Noir.  My little snail is going to …

Lydia’s Bright Colours Challenge

Vanessa’s Ink Blending Challenge

Gayatri’s Cute Critter Challenge (this little snail is a cutie isn’t he??)

ETA:  SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

I’m off to do lots of linking up before the closing bell!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash … Take 1

Hello … bonsoir!  I’ve loved Winnie & Walter since I first saw the sneak peeks of their stamps three years ago … and was excited to order three of their first four sets during the early hours (in this part of the world) when they released … and then won the fourth!  More acquisitions followed as more delicious releases continued … and in time, I was invited to Guest Design with them … and to be one of their Leading Ladies … such an honour!  So, it’s fair to say I have a soft spot for this fabulous company!  Congratulations, Shay, on three fantastic years … here’s to many more happy and successful years to come!  There’s a big W&W 3rd Birthday Bash that’s been going on for the last four weeks … it’s about to come to a close … and I’m just squeezing in at the last minute (or at least the final hours) with a few cards to share.  I’m splitting them into two posts … not because there are lots of them … it’s just that I don’t know how to link more than one card from the same post to the same challenge!  Here goes …

I blended a rainbow of Distress Ink colours through a stencil (cut from the Multifaceted Cutaway die) onto a white card panel, and cut and triple clear embossed the In A Word:Happy Cutaway in black.  The ‘happy’ was adhered flat to the panel and a supplementary birthday sentiment was nestled in underneath it.  The finished panel was popped up on craft foam on the card base.  My first card is going to …

Kelly’s Stencil Challenge

Lydia’s Bright Colours Challenge

Vanessa’s Ink Blending Challenge

ETA:  SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

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A white card base was embossed with a scalloped/stitched panel die from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.  I cut gold, coral and pink hearts (from the same set) and popped them up on foam tape inside the framed panel.  The sentiment is from You’ve Got Love Mail, heat embossed onto a vellum strip.  A coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer was added to the coral and pink hearts … and a scattering a sequins finished it off.  This second card is going off to …

Mayuri’s Pattern Making Challenge

Kate’s Sequin Challenge

Shay’s Three Challenge … three colours, three sequins!

I’ll be back in just a few moments with the second installment … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #78, Addicted to Stamps & More #251, Inkspirational #129, SSS Monday – 27 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – February, The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge – March

Hello … bonjour!  It’s party time!  We’re celebrating at Time Out today … and for the next two weeks as it’s our 3rd birthday!  We have a delicious challenge for you (of course!) … and we also have lots of lovely prizes up for grabs, thanks to our generous sponsors (see below).  The theme for our birthday celebration is Love and/or Friendship … and there’s an optional technique twist of Spotlight Stamping.  Here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-78Time OutI repeatedly stamped a white card panel with a floral/leafy cluster from Papertrey (Doodlie Do) in grey.  The centrepiece was coloured with Promarkers and I added the Waltzingmouse Stamps (sadly no longer operating) sentiment in black.  The coloured cluster was die cut from the panel and adhered direct to the card base, and I popped the panel up over it on craft foam.  I hadn’t intended to use any embellishments as it’s already a ‘full’ card for me, though after seeing it again here, I may just have to add a little bling to those blooms before it’s sent off in the mail!

Where will our theme take your creative imagination this fortnight?  We’d love to have you share in our celebrations … and to see what you come up with in our gallery!  As I mentioned above, there are prizes galore … just take a look at our fabulous sponsors …       … some of whom are celebrating along with us.  There are special posts over at STAMPlorations, Uniko, Happy Little Stampers and Verve, including cards to inspire you from members of their Design Teams … you don’t want to miss seeing the delights on offer!

All the details about the challenge and the prizes are over at the Time Out blog, along with lots of gorgeous inspiration from our fantastic DT and from our wonderful Guest Designer, (and fellow BABES), the uber talented Ardyth (yes, she of Maskerade!).  If, by some remote possibility, you’ve never visited Ardyth, (or even if you have!) don’t wait … go now … and drink in all the deliciousness over on her blog … you’ll love it!  Do hope you’ll join us for the party!

I couldn’t leave without saying a huge birthday congratulations and thank you to Sandie and Nonni, our fearless leaders at Time Out, for their unending energy, enthusiasm, creativity and hard work … we wouldn’t be here without you ladies … you’re such stars!  Also, a big thank you to my fellow Design Team members past and present … your talent has always and will always inspire me!   Finally, to our players … for sharing your consistently fabulous cards with us in our gallery … it’s a delight to visit you and see how you interpret our themes … thank you!

My card is heading over to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Connect … mine’s that special connection between friends

SSS Monday – Based on a Book … The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

SSS Work it Wednesday – Use the Word/Colour Green

The Daily Marker – 30 Day Colouring Challenge … sorry Kathy, can’t copy or drag/drop the badge

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

        

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