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Time Out DT #54, A Blog Named Hero – April, CASology #192, One Layer Simplicity #26, Seven Hills Crafts – April, Uniko #30

Hello … bonjour!  We have a Home Sweet Home inspiration photo for you at today’s new Time Out challenge … it’s an amazing vibrantly coloured armoir (below) … I went less vibrant and rather more CAS …

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I picked out the floral images and the predominant turquoise and yellow colours as the focus for my one layer card.  The base was masked round the edges and in the middle and I stamped the Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia blooms/leaves randomly around the space, using generational stamping to achieve the different aqua hues.  The masks were removed, I scored a frame on the inside and outside edges of the stamping (to add definition), added a sentiment from Papertrey and coloured in the loops of the letters.  Not sure if it would’ve been better if the loops were in aqua … or without the colouring at all … but by the time I realised, it was done!  The flowers were coated with Wink of Stella … the larger ones were adorned with bling centres and the tiny yellow ones with Glossy Accents.  There’s lots of shimmer and prettiness IRL … some of that’s visible here …

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How will this armoire inspire you?  Why not let your creative imagination run wild and see what it comes up with … we’d love to see your card in the gallery!   We’re sponsored this time round by Happy Little Stampers … so not only will the winner have a chance to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge, they’ll also receive a $15 GC from HLS!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our wonderful DT and from our super talented Guest Designers, Kylie, dynamic owner of Happy Little Stampers and Elisabeth from Aufspapiergebracht (a blog you really, really want to visit … take supplies, you’ll be there a while!).

I’m playing along at …

A Blog Named Hero – Clean & Simple

CASology – Sprout

One Layer Simplicity – As You Wish

Seven Hills Crafts – Colour Palette … the middle one, see below

Uniko – Spring/Easter

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




A Blog Named Hero 20/8, Freshly Made Sketches #200, Hero Arts 17/8, Little Tangles #59, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello again … hope your Sunday has been (or is turning out to be) simply splendid!  As mentioned earlier, I’m popping back with this evening (quickly … it’s late!) to share the second card I made yesterday …

ABNH 20-8, FMS 200, HA 17-8, Little Tangles 59, W&W JITWI sponged Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire) over a white card panel, used Jennifer McGuire‘s tip of brushing over the still damp ink with Perfect Pearls to create a faux metallic look, and then did some double partial die cutting.  First came the Winnie & Walter ‘Happy’, where I left the ‘p’ and ‘y’ attached to the panel, and second was the Hero Arts Triangle Background.  Neat & Tangled‘s Across The Card sentiment was stamped onto a slip of  spare card, clear embossed and then trimmed down to fit into the top row of triangles.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the base … and I was done!

My card was inspired by these challenges …

A Blog Named Hero – As Clean And Simple As Can Be … I’m thinking it’s crisp and clean … and that there’s lots of ‘white’ (or metallic) space.  If it isn’t CAS enough though, ladies, please feel free to delete!

Freshly Made Sketches – see below for the sketch … this is my first time playing … and they’re celebrating their 200th challenge … where have I been??

Hero Arts – Makeover (give a past project a new look) … I CASEd a set of cards made during one of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady weeks in May (see below), changing the white space for ink sponged space, adding the metallic sheen, die cutting the lower section of the card panel and making the sentiment into a banner.

Little Tangles – Happy Birthday … to celebrate Neat and Tangled’s birthday last week … congratulations on three fabulous years, Danielle!

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … Julie and Shay’s ongoing challenge using their wonderful goodies.

That’s it for my weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

My original card set …

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Time Out DT#37 Mid Challenge Reminder, A Blog Named Hero 10/8, A2Z Scrapbooking – August, Make The Day Special – August, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

Hello!  I’m here to share a card for our latest challenge at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run.  We’re ‘Inspired by Words’ this time around … with our words being ‘Friendship is Golden’ … how true!  Here’s where my imagination took me this week …

Time Out DT 37RTime OutA2Z HM BadgeI stamped and white heat embossed a Hero Arts background onto a white card panel, split it into three and sponged Distress Ink/Memento Ink over them.  Jennifer McGuire‘s recent video on faux metallics gave me the idea to brush Perfect Pearls over the sponged panels … it gave both the ink and embossing a soft metallic shimmer … there’s a hint of it on the top section where I managed to get the light to hit it!  Slender strips of black card were cut to go in between the pink sections and I embossed the WPlus9 ‘sweet friend’ onto one.  The full panel was reconstructed onto spare cardstock and fun foam, and was mounted onto the card base.  I die cut the WPlus9 ‘hello’ in gold foil card and adhered it to the panel over a little nest of gold thread … and finished off with a scattering of gold sequins.

Have you played along with us yet?  If not, we’d love to have you join us … and even if you have, you can be re-inspired!  There’s plenty of inspiration over on the Time Out blog, from our lovely and super talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass (Fun Stamping) (you really, really need to visit Cornelia if you don’t know her … and take a picnic, you’ll be there a while!) and from our wonderful Design Team.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m linking up with …

A Blog Named Hero – Metallics … die cut, thread nest, sequins

A2Z Scrapbooking  – Texture … embossing, thread nest

Make The Day Special – Sketch (see below .. with a smidge of liberty taken … hope that’s ok!) … WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello from the store

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cuts … hello!

I’m horribly behind with my visits and comments … plans are in hand to catch up over the weekend … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Muse #108, Hero Arts – Spring, A Blog Named Hero – 11 March, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, SSS Monday – 9 March

Hello my friends!  After a marathon weekend catch up session to enjoy and be inspired by what everyone’s been doing for the last week, I managed to squeeze in a little card making time …

Muse 108, HA Spring, ABNH 11-3, A2Z March, SSSM 9-3I used a Hero Arts stencil and a couple of Distress Inks to sponge the background onto a white card panel, which was then edged with black and adhered to the card base.  A separate panel was stamped randomly with images from Papertrey‘s Doodlie Do and one bloom was coloured with the same Distress Inks as the background … and Wink Of Stella’d.   I split and trimmed the floral panel to size, and used it as a guide to stamp the sentiment (also Doodlie Do) direct onto the stencilling.  The panel was then popped up on foam tape.  It’s a bit busier than my usual style, but I rather like it … and I’ll bet if all the white space was squashed together, it’d make up a good chunk of the card!!

I’m playing along with

Muse … rushing in at the last minute but I really wanted to play … my lovely and ultra talented friend, Michele (I Card Everyone) has made a gorgeous card to inspire us … check it out below … you’ll see what I mean!

Hero Arts Spring Challenge – Nature … I used a Hero Arts stencil rather than a stamp … hope that’s ok … if not, feel free to delete!

A Blog Named Hero – Bright and Bold … it’s a while since I joined in … think sunny yellows count!

A2Z Scrapbooking – Colour It In … again, hope it’s ok to have used a Hero Arts stencil and not a stamp … delete if it’s not!

SSS Monday – B is for … blooms on my floral panel!

Hope you got chance to enjoy some time in your crafty space this weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Make It Monday #172 (Rainbow Medallions), A Blog Named Hero #48 (Sheet Cake), Addicted to CAS #43 (Celebrate), Hero Arts #Summer (One Layer Card), SSS Wednesday 16/7 (Spots and Dots)

The renovation’s taken up most waking hours this week (and some that should’ve been sleeping hours!), and this afternoon was the first time for a while I’ve had chance to get near my craft desk.  So I had a happy play for a while and came up with a few cards … this is the first …

MIM172, ABNH 48, ATCAS 43, HA Summer 2014, SSSW 16-7I made a top fold base card and die cut a circle out of it.  Using one end of Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes banner, I stamped the rainbow colours around the circle, having already marked up in pencil 16 ‘spokes’ and a larger circle (thanks for the tip, Bobby!), so that the medallion would end up evenly spaced.  A circle of card was covered with adhesive and fixed to the inside of the card, and I slotted the circular sentiment panel into the space on the front.  All the pencil was rubbed out, the edges of the card were sponged with black ink (I masked it first!) and the Hero Arts sentiment  was stamped below the medallion.  As this card could work for a guy or girl, it’s left without bling for now … it may or may not be added later.  I rather like it as is … and there seems to be a touch of dimension even though it’s a flat one layer card!

I’m playing along with these challenges …

Make It Monday – Rainbow Medallions (great video from Dawn)

A Blog Named Hero – Sheet Cake (a one layer card)

Addicted to CAS  – Celebrate (Congratulations to Kylie and the team, celebrating 600+ followers!)

Hero Arts – One Layer Challenge (yep!)

SSS Wednesday – Spots and Dots (big spot sentiment panel and little dots around the edge!)

I’ll be back in a short while with the next card … there are a few challenges closing their doors shortly that I’d like to join in with, so need to get a move on!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Blog Named Hero #47 (Colour It In), Keep it Simple #43 (Lots of Turquoise), SSS Monday 30/6 (W Is For White)

My third (what?) and final post for the day … a touch of graphic …

ABNH 47, KIS 43, SSSM 30-6The diagonal panel is a section of a Hero Arts die cut panel.  I cut it in white, and took all the different elements and coloured them in separately.  The panel was attached to a piece of copy paper covered with double sided tape, the coloured triangles were randomly slotted into place and the completed panel was popped up on the card base.  I finished off with a Papertrey Ink sentiment, a single gem and lots of Wink of Stella on each triangle (that you might be able to see if you click on the photo!).

This card’s destined for …

A Blog Named Hero – Colour It In (panel and triangles)

Keep It Simple – Lots of Turquoise (lots on the diagonal panel!)

SSS Monday – W Is For White

That’s it from me for the weekend … have a great week ahead.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Keep It Simple #41 (Bookmarks), A Blog Named Hero #45 (It’s Not In The Cards), Virginia’s View #4 (Tags and Scraplings), SSS Wednesday 4/6 (Fathers’ Day/Masculine)

Who would’ve thought that the challenge stars would come together for a project like this …

KIS 41, ABNH 45, VV 4, SSSW 4-6

… a masculine, scrapling bookmark!  I masked off a section of my bookmark for the sentiment, stamped the Hero Arts background in grey and coloured in the open chevrons with Promarkers.  The sentiment was double stamped, once in Navy and once with Versamark (thank you stampamajig!), and clear embossed.  The yellow circles were Wink of Stella’d and coated with Glossy Accents … IRL life there’s just a hint of blob … not too much or it would wrinkle the book pages it’s going to be marking!  I punched a hole in the top and added a twine tassle … the twine was originally wrapped round some crafty goodies the postie brought.  Voila, a bookmark to fold over the top of a page … that way it can’t slide out … soooo much more secure than a flat one … and soooo much more space to write a message!

I’m joining in with these challenges:

Keep It Simple – Bookmarks

A Blog Named Hero – It’s Not In The Cards (my second ‘anything but a card’ )

Virginia’s View – Tags and Scraplings including a recycled item (the twine)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Fathers’ Day/Masculine

I have a few more cards from my crafty day yesterday … they’ll be posted during the week … for now, there’s some meandering to be done round blogland!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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