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A Trio of Cards

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Sunday is going along wonderfully.  I have a trio of cards to share today, so will keep the chatter short and sweet … you may wish to grab a something long and cool and a snack before embarking!  First up, a wild flower, summer meadow-y sort of card …

Papertrey blooms, stamped onto a white panel and blinged up with some Stickles.  The sentiment (also Papertrey) was cut into the panel, popped up on craft foam and pieced back in.  The panel was popped up over a sponged-edged base card.  As it was for a special birthday celebration, I stamped a matching envelope too …

I’m playing along at …

Color Throwdown – Dark Pink, Pale Pink, Green, White

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Topping)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Summer Icons



Next, a clean and simple, slightly graphic card …

This was really quick to make … I used the Hero Arts Just For You by Lia stamp set, exactly as it’s laid out on the acetate carry sheet … stamped it onto a Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel and coloured it with alcohol markers.  The images were given some shimmer and shine with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents and the panel was adhered to the base with craft foam.

This is heading to …

A Blog Named Hero – Florals (with Winnie & Walter)

A2Z Scrapbooking – Anything Goes (Hero Arts)


Finally, a bright, smooshy little number …

Another Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel, cut from a piece of Distress Ink smooshed card … with a touch of gold thrown in for a bit of shimmer.  The gold isn’t too obvious here … you’ll see it better if you go in closer.  The Clearly Besotted dandelions were heat embossed in white, I added the simple sentiment (also CB), dotted over the piercings with a black fine liner and mounted the panel onto the card base with craft foam.

It’s joining in the fun at …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (No Optional Twist)

SSS Monday – Distress It

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry


If you’ve made it this far, well done … and thank you so much … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Anita 🙂Save




The Challenge #65 – Featured Designer, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, Addicted to CAS #84, CAS(E) this Sketch #164, Uniko #30

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I’m so happy to be here for my third week as Featured Designer over at The Challenge.  This time, we have a gorgeous photo inspiration to get your creative juices going.  It’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

The Challenge GD 3… and here’s the lovely inspiration …

The Challenge #65 - March Week 3 - Photo InspMy focus was on those vibrant colours in the stack of books and on those beautiful blooms.  I used Hero Arts‘ Spring Hello by Lia to stamp and white heat emboss the sentiment and the cascade of sweet flowers onto the top third of a card panel … and then had fun with Distress Inks.  Don’t you just love that moment when the embossed images start to pop as you sponge and blend over the DI?  I mixed up some Brilliance white pigment ink with a little water, did some gentle splattering with a refilled Wink of Stella brush and then added some Star Dust Stickles to the centres of the flowers.  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on the card base on craft foam.  Couldn’t capture the full impact of the shimmeriness in the photo … IRL it’s really pretty!

What catches your eye in this beautiful picture … the colours, those soft peonies, the touches of gold, the graphic shapes … or is there some other detail that that captures your imagination?  We’d love to see how you’re inspired … and have you join in with us!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with loads of wonderful ideas from the amazing Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along!

I’m linking up with …

A2Z Scrapbooking – Embossing … HA Spring Hello by Lia

Addicted to CAS – Delicate … that scripty sentiment font and sweet blooms!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below …  with the sketch inverted … too much of a stretch?

Uniko – Spring/Easter … I went with Spring

It was lovely to have chance to meander through blogland a little yesterday … there’s still so much inspiration I’ve not seen yet from last week … looking forward to seeing more … soon I hope!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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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Time Out DT #18 (Home Sweet Home), Just Us Girls #265 (Wreaths), Hero Arts Holiday Challenge (White Out), A2Z Scrapbooking – November (Anything Goes), Simply Create Too #73 (Shop In Your Craft Room)

Today sees the start of the new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a delicious Home Sweet Home theme, which means there’s another fabulous inspiration photo for you to wrap your creativity around …

How’s that for warm, cosy, Christmassy?  I was inspired by the planted pine cones on the box table … and by the wreath hanging on the ladder in the right corner … and made this …

Time Out 18 DTOn a white card panel, I offset an MFT circle die and drew round it in pencil, then stamped the pine branches from Waltzing Mouse Stamps over it, using two inks to get a little variation in tone … Memento’s Olive Grove and Teal Zeal.  The pine cones were embossed in brown (which has a little shimmer in it that you can just see on the top one), I added some white gel pen to give them dimension and finished the wreath with some red bling berries (which aren’t usually seen on pine trees … although we have one that has them … albeit different from these!)  The simple and lovely sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The eagle eyed among you will have spotted some DP here (courtesy of Darnell, one of my fellow BABES … thanks, my friend!) … I adhered a piece of it to the card base to add contrast, before popping up the panel on foam dots.  DP for the second time in a week … will the sky tumble, d’you think???

What do you think of when you see the inspiration photo?  There’s so much to explore here … why not take some time to have fun with it and play along?  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a whole host of fabulous cards from the talented Design Team and Guest Designer this fortnight, Toni from Frankie Helps Craft.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My card is also heading over to …

Just Us Girls – Wreaths

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge – White Out (a mostly white card … sigh!)

A2Z Scrapbooking – Anything Goes (as long as it’s Hero Arts!)

Simply Create Too – Shop In Your Craft Room (oh, to have a craft room!  I shopped in my little craft corner … nothing NBUS at all … the details are above!)

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

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Muse #91 (Michele Ferguson), Less Is More #196 (Colours – Non Traditional Christmas), Hero Arts Holiday Challenge (Anything Goes), A2Z Scrapbooking – November (Anything Goes), SSS Wednesday 29/10 (Anything Goes)

If you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ll know I don’t really do DP … in fact, it’s probably only been used about three times this year!  Today, however, I’ve pushed the boat out … my delightful and super talented friend, Michele (I Card Everyone) is GD at Muse this week and has challenged us to make three Christmas cards with just one sheet of DP … hmmmm!  You’ll see Michele’s gorgeous trio when you scroll down (and when you visit her blog, you really don’t want to miss that!) … these are mine …

Muse 91 Trio 1and here’s Michele’s inspiration … gorgeous or what?

Here are mine taken individually, so you can see them better … and I can link them here and there (I hope!).

Muse 91, LIM 196, SSSW 29-10Here, I used a Bethleham border die from Taylored Expressions (courtesy of Ardyth … one of the BABES … thanks, my friend!), embossed the SSS sentiment in white onto it, and popped it up on foam dots on a panel of DP.  The large SSS star was white embossed on the DP and filled with WOS.  I masked the card base and sponged a black border before popping the scene up onto it on foam dots.

LIM 196, Muse 91, SSSW 29-10 Here I used my newly aquired SSS Nativity stamps and dies.  I cut the barn die three times, stacked them together, adhered the DP behind and fixed the panel to the card base.  The Holy Family was stamped, die cut and coloured with Promarkers, with a touch of WOS added to the infant Jesus, and was then popped up in the barn.  The sentiment is a blend of SSS (Christmas) and Papertrey (Joy) … I added a gem to the dot and some WOS to the lettering.

As well as linking these two cards up to Muse, I’m also playing along with …

Less Is More – Non Traditional Christmas Colours (no red or green)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes (second and third entry)

Muse 91, LIM 196, HA Holiday 2014, A2Z November, SSSW 29-10For this final card, I trimmed the DP, stamped the Hero Arts nativity and added WOS to the star and to the halo around the infant Jesus.  Again, the base was masked and the black border was sponged on, I popped up the nativity panel onto it and added the Hero Arts sentiment.

In addition to Muse, this card is heading to …

Less Is More – Non Traditional Christmas Colours (not red or green)

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge – Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking – Anything Goes (as long as it’s HA)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes (fourth entry)

Goodness, that was a full post!  I’m really hoping to link all these up from here … the last time I did a multiple card post for the same challenges, it didn’t work very well at all and needed to be undone so that each card could linked individually.  Fingers crossed!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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