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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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AAA Cards #84, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – February, SSS Wednesday – 22 February, Where Creativity Meets C9 #6

Hello … bonjour!  This is the first non-DT/GD card I’ve posted since the beginning of the year … goodness, haven’t the weeks just flown by?  Seems that suddenly, we’re on the edge of spring (on this side of the world) … and soon, the chill of winter will be over for another year … yay!  So, to celebrate, I’m sharing a little floral number with you today …

aaa-84-hls-watercolour-feb-sssw-22-2-wcmc9-6This card started life as a Brusho panel, created at the Lake House (thanks to the lovely Darnell for the lesson and use of the Brusho’s).  It was trimmed, heat embossed with Concord & 9th’s floral cluster and a Papertrey sentiment … and then I went to work with a waterbrush and paper towel to lift some of the colour from the flowers and leaves.  I let it dry, adhered it flat to a card base and that was it … quick and easy and CAS … even though the white space isn’t white!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Watercolour

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Love

So happy to have had chance, at last, to meander through blogland this week … and leave some love on my way round … it’s been wonderful to see so much delicious inspiration!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Bon weekend!  Anita 🙂

         

         

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AAA Cards #80, CAS-ual Fridays #164, SSS Wednesday 28/12, SSS Work It Wednesday – December, The Heart Desires #7

Hello … bonjour … I hope you all had a blessed Christmas … and are ready for every exciting and amazing thing that 2017 holds for us!  My card to round off 2016 was inspired by a number of challenges (below) that happened to fall together … and set off my creative imagination …

aaa-80-cfc-164-sssw-28-12-ssswiw-december-thd-7If there was no sparkly washi tape top and bottom, this card would be one layer … but it did need that shimmer to dress it nicely.   The wintery stems were stamped in silver, some more than once to give them extra length … and those frosty seed heads were stamped with various blue/green/silver hues and brushed over with Perfect Pearls while the ink was still damp.  I created the happy sentiment with individual letters, added the tiny birthday over the top and finished off by adding tiny black dots to each of the seed heads.  All the images are from Concord & 9th, except the tiny birthday, which is SSS.  Here’s a glimpse of the sheen created by the Perfect Pearls …

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I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Silver … I added blue/green too, hope that’s ok … if not, please delete!

CAS-ual Fridays – Celebration … a birthday’s a great reason to celebrate!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with New Product … my Concord & 9th stems

The Heart Desires – Inspiration Board (below) … I was taken with the top right picture … those shimmery ornaments hanging from the silvery garlands, and used the top three colours

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to say a huge thank you to each of you … friends, followers and visitors … your keen enthusiasm, boundless energy and warm support touch my heart … and your amazing creativity never fails to inspire me … what a truly special community this is!  Wishing you all a wonderful 2017, filled with joy and with blessings of every kind.

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

                   

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Time Out DT #67, AAA Cards #74, Addicted to CAS #97, Less Is More #295, SSS Monday – 26 September, SSS Wednesday – 28 September

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to a wonderful new challenge at Time Out, where this fortnight we’re helping to focus attention on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our theme is Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship … with the optional twist of using pink and/or embossing … here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-67Time Out        

The CAS-ual Fridays flowers were stamped onto a watercolour card panel and heat embossed in silver.  I coloured the background with Zigs, drawing out the colour from around the flowers … and when the panel was dry, I masked the flower heads and added a few silver splatters.  The sentiment (also CAS-ual Fridays) was stamped and heat embossed onto a slip of vellum … which was then hand sewn onto a stitched scalloped frame with silver thread.  I popped the frame up on foam tape over the watercolour panel and adhered it all onto the card base on a piece of craft foam.  This is on it’s way to a friend who has had a tough time medically this year … it might even have arrived by now … hope it has before she sees this!

Our challenge this time round is being sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays.  Many of you will know of the fundraising and other fabulous work that Michele (owner and breast cancer survivor) is doing to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in fighting breast cancer … and of her Calling All Sistahs campaign and monthly blog posts reminding all of us to do our own self exams.  Michele will be offering the overall winner a $25 GC … and for a randomly drawn player who uses pink and embossing, there’ll be a prize package from the Calling All Sistahs collection.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our fantastic DT and our delightful and super talented Guest Designer, Coni from Which Craft (who you really do need to visit for a whole heap of inspiration and deliciousness … take a picnic … or pyjama’s … you’ll be a while!).  Won’t you join us … we’d love to see you in the gallery!

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AAA Cards – Masking

Addicted to CAS – Stitch

Less Is More – Thread

SSS Monday – Powder, Powder

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

                  

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Time Out DT #62 Mid Challenge Reminder, AAA Cards #69, Addicted to Stamps and More #204, Happy Little Stampers Dies – July, SSS Wednesday – 27 July

Hello … bonjour!  A sunny and crazy week here … hope yours has been equally sunny (in it’s widest sense!) … and just a little less crazy than mine has been!  I’m popping in with a reminder about the current challenge we’re running at Time Out.  There’s still plenty of time (almost a week) to play along with our Home Sweet Home inspiration (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take, second time around …

Time Out DT 62RTime Outand here’s the inspiration photo …

A white card panel, cut repeatedly with a Papertrey Hugs die … the individual words were coloured with Promarkers and set back into the negative space.  I mounted the panel onto a black mat with foam tape and adhered it all to the card base.  I’m guessing you’ll be able to see where my inspiration came from!

This time I went cool and graphic, as opposed to my bright and colourful confection of last week … where will your creative imagination take you?  What draws your eye in this fabulous photo?  Whatever it is, we’d love you to be inspired, make a card and link it up to our gallery!  All the details are over at Time Out, along with wonderful ideas from our fantastic DT and our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Stephanie from My Ink Well (who you need to visit if you haven’t already … you’ll have a fabulous time!).  Hope to see you there!

My cards fits cosily into …

AAA Cards – One Stash Favourite … mine’s Papertrey’s ‘Hugs’ die … love the word, love the font!

Addicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

As I mentioned above, it’s been a wildly busy 10 days or so, which means I’ve hardly been near my computer, never mind blogland and all you lovely people.  There’s even a heap of snail mail that hasn’t even been touched yet … breathing has taken priority!!  So, I’m a looooooong way behind with what everyone’s been doing … looking forward to catching up with you all soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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More MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun Stuff

Hello … bonjour!  I’m back with the remaining two cards I made over the weekend … still keeping it short and sweet.  First up, a gentle breath of nature …

MFT Summer Camp - Watercolour, MFT Sketch 285, TESJ 40A masked and splattered-with-three-greens panel, divided with slender strips of black, topped with a watercoloured palm leaf from MFT and an embossed sentiment from SSS.  Some black enamel dots finished it off.

In contrast, here’s my fun and bright second offering …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 1, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6         

A pair of tropical love birds (MFT), coloured with Promarkers and Wink of Stella’d, their eyes meeting as they walk toward one another along the ‘pebble’ scattered rainbow shaker beach (it’s the tropics, there’s bound to be a rainbow beach!).  You can see how taken they are with each other from the Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented hearts floating up between them.   Madame Love Bird certainly seems to be giving Monsieur Love Bird the eye!  It doesn’t stop there … I caught them leaning forward to steal a kiss …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 2, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6Ahhh … true love … yep, birds of a feather (MFT).  They do seem to be a little reserved as they’re looking down rather than gazing into one another’s eyes.  Could be it’s because they’re in public (would you smooch in front of all these people?) … or maybe they’re just watching where they put their feet with all those pebbles around … they don’t want to twist a claw!

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider Detail, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6My leafy green number is destined for …

MFT Summer Camp – Wonderful Watercolour … Day 3 of 5 … my third badge

MFT Sketch #285 – See Below

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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Monsieur & Madame Love Bird are canoodling over to …

MFT Summer CampSensational Sliders & Spectacular Shakers … Day 2 and Day 5 of 5 … my fourth and fifth badges … I made it through my first summer camp … ever!

AAA Cards #67 – Googly Eyes … she even has eyelashes … hope CAS can also include interactive!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

Virginia’s View – #22 – All About Colours … the lovely Virginia’s back for the summer!

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I’ll be back Thursday with another card for our current Time Out challenge (masculine).  Till then, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Uniko #33 – Guest Designer, AAA Cards #66, CAS on Sunday #85, Seize the Birthday – 16 June, SSS Wednesday – 15 June

Hello … bonjour!  It’s not often I post on consecutive days … but I am today as I’m delighted to be Guest Designing with the DT over at Uniko for this month’s delicious challenge … how exciting … thanks so much, Bev, for the invitation!  We have a fabulous photo to inspire you this time round … it’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

Uniko 33 GDand here’s the creative muse … delectable isn’t it?

ChallengeGraphic3I picked out the scrumptious colour palette and the white detailing for my card … and started by heat embossing the Uniko butterfly off the edge of a panel of Ranger watercolour card.  The butterfly was coloured with Zigs … I added the colour just to the inside edges of the embossing and used a waterbrush to pull it out and blend it across the wings.  There’s a soft blue halo of watercolour wash around the butterfly … and some delicate splatters because the butterfly is  disturbing the air as it flutters!  The Uniko ‘celebrate’ was stamped in grey (to maintain the soft look), the supplementary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and I added some Ranger Enamel Accents to finish off.

How would you like to play along with us?  There’s so much to see in this photo … colours, white accenting, circles, florals, hearts, doodling … I even spotted a snowflake!  Why not let your imagination roam and see what it comes up with … we’d love to see you in the gallery!  All the details are over at the Uniko blog, together with all kinds of delicious inspiration from the wonderfully talented Design Team … do go and take a look … and enjoy!

My butterfly is also fluttering off to …

AAA Cards – Watercolouring

CAS on Sunday – Butterfly … my first time playing along!

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Animal Magic (it does say butterflies to buffalos!)

Thanks once again to Bev and the DT for having me … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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