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AAA Cards #91, Muse #218, Seven Hills Crafts – June, SSS Wednesday – 31 May, SSS Work it Wednesday – May

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in with a card inspired by a few different challenges … one is ending very soon, so I’m getting a wriggle on … and two celebrate special occasions.  The first is at Muse where there are the CASE festivities for Ardyth‘s 50th birthday (who I’ve been fortunate to meet IRL twice!) … congratulations again, my friend!  The second is the Big Birthday Bash at AAA Cards … felicitations on three fabulous years, ladies … here’s to many, many more!  The other challenges I’m joining in with are detailed towards the bottom of my post (with links) … for now, here’s my card …

          

I CASEd a card made by Ardyth way back in August 2014 … and chose this particular one because it was a CASE of one of my cards … I thought it’d be fun to CASE a CASE!   Here are the two side by side …

         Time Out CASE Designer, Stamplorations August, MMCC 2, SSSW 13-8. SSSWIW 7

The things I retained from Ardyth’s card were the shimmery sentiment, a blend of Distress Inks, the popped up panel and all that glorious white space.  I changed the shape of my card, the style and colour of the blended inked strip and the treatment of the die cut greeting (mine is partially inset) … and I added lots of shimmer spray to the inking (‘course, you can’t see it!).

My base card was sponged with Distress Inks and shimmer sprayed, I die cut a card panel with a WPlus9 Happy, created a swoosh by cutting a curve twice with a die from SSS (having taken out the happy to keep it intact), and stamped the secondary sentiment (also WPlus9) in a soft light grey.  The die cut word was covered with lots of Spectrum Noir sparkle, inset into the swoosh panel and I popped the whole thing up on craft foam onto the base card.  It’s deliberately embellishment free, like Ardyth’s!

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AAA Cards – Birthday

Muse – CASE Ardyth

Seven Hills Crafts – Die Cut a Die Cut (I used WPlus9 Happy Wishes)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Sunshine (literal or the colour)

Dashing off to link … the doors at Ardyth’s party will be closing very soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                  

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Time Out DT #84, AAA Cards #90, Inspired By All The Little Things #57, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour -May

Hello … bonjour!   I’m popping in to tell you about the delicious new challenge we have starting today at Time Out.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our words are ‘flowers and friends make life a garden‘.  Here’s my take …

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I stamped and white heat embossed the Sketched: Tulips from STAMPlorations (thanks to our team mate, Shery!) onto a panel of watercolour card stock, doing a little masking along the way to create the swathe of blooms.  The flowers were watercoloured with Zig Real Brush Markers and a water brush, I added the sentiment from WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Thanks), trimmed the panel and popped it up on craft foam onto the base.  Some Glossy Accents finished it off.

How will our words inspire you this time around?  You can use any or all of them to light up your creative imagination … we’d love to see you in our gallery!   This challenge we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations, thanks to the lovely Shery … 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.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our uber talented Guest Designer, my sweet friend Michele from I Card Everyone.  You’ll already know Michele and her beautiful, stylish work … unless you’ve been doing research on the outer edges of the galaxy, that is.  If that’s the case, you shouldn’t delay … go right now … take supplies, you’re sure to be a while!  If that’s not the case, why not pop over and say hello anyway … and enjoy the delicious and delightful card she’s made to inspire you!

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AAA Cards – Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes – no option

Inspired By All The Little Things – Below – I focused on those gorgeous tulips

I’m still not around much … neither here nor with you … my apologies … I’m missing you all.  As we all know, sometimes other stuff outside of blogland needs to take priority in life, and that’s been the case for me in recent weeks.  A period of calmer times is on it’s way (so far so good!), so I’m expecting to be back to normal service soon.  Thanks for your patience in the meantime!  Thanks so much, too, for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

               

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Time Out DT #81, AAA Cards #87, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March

Hello … bonjour!  Our next fabulous challenge at Time Out starts today … this fortnight, we have a wonderfully light and airy, almost graphic ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo to inspire you (below) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s the glorious inspiration …

I stamped some of the delightful butterflies from Stamplorations’ Winged Things – The Bee’s Knees in a swoosh shape onto a watercolour card panel.  They were watercoloured with Distress Inks and I added in some doodling with a black fineliner.  The sentiment is also from Stamplorations (Fond Expressions), selectively inked to leave off the flourishes each side of the prayers … they didn’t seem to fit with the design/feel of the card.  I finished off with some tiny dots of Enamel Accents to accentuate the swoosh … picked out from the dots on the clock face in the inspiration picture.

There’s so much to see in this photo … the graphic grey background, the cool round clock, the kaleidoscope of butterflies (in a heart shape?), all those bright reds and pinks, the touch of silver and black … where will your creative imagination go with it?  We’d love to see!   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $15 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, there’ll be a random draw for a stamp set, die or stencil from STAMPlorations that the DT used (we each had one to play with, thanks to our team mate and owner of STAMPlorations, Shery).  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer Michelle from The Craft Cradle.  Do check out Michelle’s blog … there are so many wonderful things to see … and there’s a tutorial for her Time Out card !

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Spring (with no shine option)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (with no rainbow option)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Spring Has Sprung

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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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!

I’m playing along with …

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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