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PTI Make It Monday #167 (DIY Notebooks), A Blog Named Hero #45 (It’s Not In The Cards), SSS Monday 2/6 (Magic), SSS Wednesday 4/6 (Fathers’ Day/Masculine)

Waiting for creative ideas to tumble into my brain has been a little wearing of late … they’ve sauntered, dawdled and ambled their way around for the last month or so.  Last night, though, I watched a PTI video from Erin Lincoln on making cute little notebooks (thanks, Erin!), had a play … and this morning woke up with pings (a perfect description coined by my sweet friend Bev!) battling for attention … and not just for notebooks!  Yay … woo-hoo … how exciting … at last … phew!  So, here’s the first of those pings …

PTI MIM 167, ABNH 45, SSSM 2-6, SSSW 4-6          PTI MIM 167, ABNH 45, SSSM 2-6, SSSW 4-6 - Inside

I made the back cover and wrap around of my 10.5 x 7.5 cm (4.25 x 3 inches) masculine-ish notebook (it’s going in the car … it can’t be just girlie!) using a Hero Arts background, stamped and sponged in grey.  The front is stamped with PTI Sketched Shapes with silver embossing for the sentiment (Reasons To Smile) and for the dot (Dot Spot).  The pages are white as I don’t have coloured paper (coloured card, yes, but it was too heavy for a wee notebook) and in my excitement at getting creative, I adhered them in place before stamping (oops!) .  Fortunately, it was easy to do afterwards using the same colours as the triangles on the front … just had to take care that the ink was dry before turning each page!  I took one page out to show you the two together.

My little notebook’s linking up with the following challenges …

PTI Make It Monday – DIY Notebooks

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

SSS Monday – Magic (no matter how many times I do it, heat embossing is always like magic!)

SSS Wednesday – (Fathers Day/Masculine)

I’m delighted to say a warm hello today to two new non-blogging card making friends and followers … Marisela and Lou … you’re very welcome, ladies … thank you for your company 🙂

Off to see if some more pings can move from brain to paper … to coin a phrase … I’ll be back!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Less is More #170 (Three Colours/Shades), A Blog Named Hero #43 (Inspired By A Hero Artist), Keep It Simple #39 (Watercolour), Moxie Fab World (Hip on Handwriting)

After my last sunshiny card, I’m sticking with shades of yellow …

LIM 170, ABNH 43, KIS 39, MFW AprilI’m playing at Less is More where we have a colour challenge … use three colours or use three shades of one colour … I went with the latter.  At A Blog Named Hero, we’re being Inspired By A Hero Artist … I chose the awesome Jennifer McGuire and did a simplified version of these cards done with the HA Tiny Flags background stamp.   As I used water colouring, I’m joining in at Keep It Simple and because there’s a scripty part to the sentiment, I’m linking up again at Moxie Fab World’s Hip on Handwriting challenge.

I stamped and clear embossed the background onto a water colour card panel, squished some HA Butter Bar, Memento Dandelion and Squeezed Lemonade DI onto my craft mat, and did a colour wash over the flags, merging the shades from dark to light.  Whilst the panel was drying, the Papertrey sentiment was stamped (in two steps), overstamped in Versamark and clear embossed on the base card.  I split the water colour panel, popped it up on foam dots on the base above and below the sentiment, and added a scattering of sequins.

It’s about time to get dinner sorted … back later for an inspiring wander through all the galleries for these challenges!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Fusion #8 (Colourful Chevrons), Moxie Fab World (Hip On Handwriting), A Blog Named Hero #42 (Layer Cake), Keep It Simple #38 (Bright Spark), SSS Monday 21/4 (Big Stamp)

I’ve had a bit of a card making fest today, so I apologise in advance … there’ll be a few posts appearing this afternoon and evening.  I’ll keep it all as CAS as possible (!) … here’s the first …

Fusion 8, MFW April, ABNH 42, KIS 38, SSSM 21-4

I was inspired here by the photo at Fusion … coloured, chevron patterned paper straws (see below).  As I used a big Hero Arts stamp for the background, I’m also playing along with A Blog Named Hero’s Layer Cake (second time) and Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s Big Stamp week.  The shimmery die cut hello fits nicely into Moxie Fab World’s Hip on Handwriting challenge and lastly, I’m joining in with Keep It Simple‘s Bright Spark theme.

I stamped the HA background in Versamark on a white card panel and clear embossed it.   Actually, I stamped it twice because the first time I didn’t press down hard enough to transfer the ink … and when I did it a second time, the pattern wasn’t quite matched up (ever tried to do that with a big solid background stamp?  Yikes!).  When it was embossed, though, I quite liked the pattern, so I used it!  The rainbow of inks were sponged over the chevrons and the panel was trimmed to size.  I die cut the ‘hello’ four times in black, adhered them all together, clear embossed them and added a liberal coat of Wink of Stella.  I cut the same hello out of the card panel, adhered the panel to the card base and slotted the dimensional word into place.  Strips of black card top and bottom were the finishing touches … and I still have a multicoloured hello to use somewhere else!

I’m off to link up … and I’ll be back!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out #3 (Happy Birthday), Cure For The Monday Blues #14 (Neutral’s Nook), A Blog Named Hero #42 (Layer Cake), Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge, Make The Day Special #1 (Anything Goes)

Finally, I tied Monsieur Mojo down for a short while so he could help me with this …

Time Out 3, CFTMB 14, ABNH 42, HA Spring Sketch, MTDS 1

… and I’m hoping he’ll be less flighty in future!  I was also inspired by a number of challenges that just happened to slot together well.  At Time Out, it’s theme week and we’re using Happy Birthday with an optional twist of masculine.  Taheerah’s Cure For The Monday Blues inspiration picture is, as usual, stunning (check it out at the bottom) … I was struck by the striped mug, the triangle patterned napkin (?) and the doughnuts … and I also picked out the black frames.  We’re using layers or dimension at A Blog Named Hero‘s Layer Cake and my layout comes from Hero Arts’ Spring Sketch … I used Sketch 3.  Finally, I’m joining in with the first challenge at Make The Day Special, where Anything Goes, using at least one product from the store.

I stamped Hero Art’s Zig Zag background in black onto white card, sliced off a 3cm strip to use as the border panel and added a thin black border to the right side of it.  The strip was popped up on foam dots onto a white panel and the Avery Elle sentiment (Handwritten Notes, from MTDS) was stamped in black.  I added the wooden star embellishment to the side of the sentiment … it’s about the same colour as those yummy looking doughnuts … and popped a pewter-ish coloured brad (legs cut off) into the middle of it.  The white panel was mounted onto a slightly larger black panel and the whole thing was adhered to the base card.

I’m delighted to say a warm hello (albeit rather late as I’ve not been posting) to a few new friends and followers …non blogging card makers Sally and Denise, and bloggers, Deborah from Deborah’s Gems, Brenda from Friends Craftin With Friends and Christine from Poppaea Cards.  If you haven’t explored these fun, fabulous and inspiring blogs already, do pop over for a meander … and take a drink along … you may be a while!  You may also want to check out  Waltzingmouse Fanatics … Deborah is co-owner of this new-ish fortnightly challenge dedicated to Waltzingmouse Stamps (I know, you guessed that from the name, didn’t you?).  You’re all very welcome, ladies, and thank you 🙂

You may recall I’m Guest Designing with the awesome team at Addicted to CAS this month … so here’s a little reminder if you’re thinking of playing along with the latest challenge.  The Code Word is Far Away (so many possibilities), there’s lots of amazing inspiration from the DT and in the gallery … and more importantly, there are still days to go before Mr Linky closes the door!

Assuming Monsieur Mojo decides to be less capricious over the coming days, I should be back later in the week with a little something … it’s been waaaayyy too long … and I’ve missed you!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Less is More #142 (Tree), Addicted to CAS #24 (Transparent), A Blog Named Hero #34 (Embell-ope)

I have a card to share this evening for Less is More, where the theme is Tree, Addicted to CAS where Christine is the host and has chosen Transparent, and for A Blog Named Hero, where we’ve to embellish an envelope to go with a card.  I made my first shaker card …

LIM 142, ATCAS 24, ABNH 34


The image is from Hero Arts with the spaces in the letters coloured with Promarkers.  I cut a tree shape out of the front panel, mounted some acetate in the space, added some sequins and attached the stamped image panel using foam tape.  The twine was wrapped and tied in a bow and the panel attached to the base card using foam dots.  I stamped the edge of the envelope with the same tree image and again coloured the spaces in.

Before I go, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Kylie and the DT at ATCAS for choosing my tumbling leaves card (here) as the CAS Perfectionist in the last challenge … what an honour, I was so delighted!

Need to get this linked as there are only moments left … I’ll be back soon.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

WPlus9 Mood Board #13, CAS(E) this Sketch #31, CAS-ual Fridays #104 (Banners and/or Flags), Simon Says Stamp – 5 June (Masculine), A Blog Named Hero #25 (Man’s World)

I’m playing along with a few challenges with today’s card.  I discovered WPlus9 stamps this year (probably a long time after everyone else!), so thought I’d have a potter around Dawn’s Monday Mood Board for the first time.  The layout and design was inspired by Chrissy‘s sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (turned upside down) and by the theme at CAS-ual Fridays (use banners and/or flags).  At Simon Says Stamp there’s a masculine theme and at A Blog Named Hero, it’s ‘A Man’s World’.  Serendipity … nice when that happens!  Here’s my card …

WPlus9 13, CTS 31, CFC 104, SSS 5-6, ABNH 25



It’s another snippets card (nice when that happens too!) … almost everything is from my paper box … IRL the polka dots on the top banner are a similar colour to the border, it just didn’t come out that way in the photo (not nice when that happens!).   I hand cut the banners using random DP, trimmed the blue and red border card edges with pinking shears, cut the stars with Cricut Plantin Schoolbook and then put it all together.  The final touch was the WPlus9 sentiment, stamped and embossed in white.  Voila!

I may be back with a little something later … in the meantime, I hope you’re having a Happy Sunday!  Thanks so much for calling in … your visits and comments brighten my day!  Anita 🙂

A Blog Named Hero #25 (A Man’s World), Simon Says Stamp – 5 June (Masculine)

I’m playing along today with A Blog Named Hero and Simon Says Stamp … at both we’ve to go masculine with our cards.  It was also going to be for The Alley Way Stamps, where there was a fabulous BE Inspired photo full of blue, red and white … however, my timing’s out (what day is it anyway?) and I’ve missed the deadline, so it’s not (although I’ve left the picture on so you can see where my inspiration came from).  Here’s my card …

ABNH 25, SSS 5-6



The image is the lastest freebie from TAWS … to me, it was just asking to be coloured in those BE Inspired colours, so I did, using Promarkers.  The sentiment’s from Paper Smooches (goes with the luscious lips!) and the little border top and bottom of it is doodled to match the tiki’s top edge.  I used twine rather than the ribbon, triple wrapped it round the base panel and popped the sentiment up over the top.

That’s it for now … I’ll be back later with a little something for LIM (assuming I still remember what day it is!).  Thanks so much for popping in, I really appreciate your visits and comments.   Anita 🙂

CASology #45 (Royal), Less is More #121 (Humour), Simon Says Stamp (Take a Picture), A Blog Named Hero #24 (Clean up Your Act)

My card this sunny Sunday afternoon started off for CASology, where the cue card is ‘Royal’ … then it got stretched a little into Less is More, where there’s a Recipe week, and Chrissie and Jen have chosen ‘Humour’ to get our little grey cells going … and then it grew to take in Simon Says Stamp‘s ‘Take a Picture’ … and lastly, I thought I’d play along for the first time with A Blog Named Hero‘s challenge ‘Clean Up Your Act’ (a CAS project) … phew … how did that happen?  Anyway, here it is …

1-CASology 45, LIM 121, SSS 22-5, ABNH 24

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Cinderella’s life transforming glass slipper (she became a princess didn’t she?) is a Penny Black stickeroo, trimmed out and mounted on pink glitter card inside a long polaroid frame.  The fun sentiment’s computer generated (Catharthis Espresso font) and the frame is popped up on dimensionals over a swiss dots embossed base.  The border was done by dragging a Promarker around the edges.

This is rather more pink and girlie than my usual cards, but sometimes a girl NEEDS pink and girlie amid a mass of scaffolding, stone, timber and DIRT!

I’m going for a blogwander, so I may see you there … thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂