Category Archives: Addicted to Stamps & More

Clean & Textured … And … Clean & Vibrant

Hello … bonjour!  I have a couple of cards to share today, both of which are pretty clean … though they are rather different from one another.  First up, a texture-y, soft, natural-looking little number …

A Lawn Fawn embossed edge panel, stencilled with Tumbled Glass DI and heat embossed in clear, with a couple of Concord & 9th‘s Layering Leaves arranged over the top … and anchored in place with a wooden dot.  The SSS hello was adhered flat alongside … and the panel was popped up on craft foam onto the base.  Here’s a close up of all that texture …

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Seven Hills Crafts – Sketch (see below … I changed orientation of my card, hope that’s ok!)

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Embossing

Less Is More – Anything But Stamps

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

SHOP OUR STORE          Challenge 11

          

 

My second card has more colour and is more graphic …

Crisp and QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnell-ese) … a strip of rainbow washi tape along the edge of the card … and a stack of SSS die cuts (and secondary stamped sentiment), also in rainbow colours, taking centre stage.  Here’s the side view so you can see (at least a little better!) all seven of those layered colours …

This bright delight is heading to …

AAA Cards – Rainbow

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Seize The Birthday – No Toppings

        

        

That’s it from me for the weekend … hope yours has been a good one!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out #88 – Inspired By Words – And Some Sunflowers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delightful new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … these from Roald Dahl … ‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’  I have two takes on it … here’s the first …

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Time OutWe’re surrounded by sunflowers as well as vines at the moment … the blooms always seem to shine like sunbeams … and they do look so lovely.  Our Inspired By Words quote put me in mind of them.  The sunshine-y flower head is made up of one stem and four flower cuts of a Ragged Daisy die from Poppy Stamps (thanks to my lovely friend, Judith, who brought it along for a play date!), adhered on foam tape to a piece of textured vellum and surrounded by a popped up frame.  The sentiment is from SSS, stacked on craft foam and adhered to the vellum.  I finished with a coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer on the leaves and flower.

I subsequently saw Loll’s video on watercolouring tissue paper (here … if you haven’t seen it, you really, really should … thanks Loll!), and was inspired to make a second sunflower card …

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This time, I used artistic licence as the sunflower is white and it’s the background that’s full of glimmery sunbeams!  Do check out the video for details of how to create this amazing tissue paper effect … I just followed Loll’s clear guidance, trimmed the finished panel, attached the die cut bloom and added a few coats of Wink of Stella to the petals.  The WPlus9 sentiment was embossed onto a strip of white card, which was adhered to the panel.   A close up shows the texture and glimmer much better …

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What will our wonderful quote inspire you to create?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Toni from Frankie Helps Craft (who you don’t want to miss visiting … so much yumminess to see!).  Hope to see you in our gallery!

My first card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations

The second one is joining in at …

Addicted to CAS – Summer

CAS Mix-Up – Stamping, Tissue Paper, Plus One (mine are die cutting and embossing)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry

Hope you’ve been having a splendid week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #87, Addicted to Stamps & More #249, Happy Little Stampers CAS – July, Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Hello … bonjour!  We have a delicious new challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is CASE the Designer … and we get to CASE one of the amazing and super creative talents in this wonderful community … my lovely friend, Cornelia from Stempel Spass.  Cornelia’s fun, fabulous card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …  Time Out          

and here’s Cornelia’s creative cutie …

I didn’t stray too far from the original … a couple of Technique Tuesday Chickadees standing on an SSS sentiment … a stamped line from Papertrey and some die cut hugs and kisses from Winnie & Walter.  The chickadees were coloured with Zigs, coated with copious amounts of Wink of Stella and topped off with a layer of Glossy Accents each.  They’re positioned so that one can give the other a great big birthday mwah … or maybe whisper something about a surprise party!  Want to see a close up …

What will your creative imagination make of Cornelia’s card?  There’s so much to play with … the fun image, those vibrant greens, the wood slice background, that encouraging sentiment, the layout … what do you see?  Whatever it is, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who are offering a $15 GC to our winner (voted for by the DT) … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with lots of delicious inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Pooja from Reusing Cards & Quilling.  I’m pretty certain you’ll have come across and enjoyed visits with Cornelia and Pooja in blogland … if your haven’t (or even if you have), do go over and explore, say hello while you’re there … and enjoy every wonderful moment!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations (my second entry)

Hope all of you across the pond enjoyed a Happy Canada Day and/or Happy 4th of July … our big day here in France is on the 14th … la fête nationale (or as it is often known in other countries, Bastille Day!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          

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Time Out DT #83, Addicted to Stamps & More #241, CAS Mix-Up – May, Happy Little Stampers Dies – May, SSS Wednesday – 10 May, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!   We have a delicious new challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is CASE the Designer … and the designer we’re CASE-ing is one of the sweetest and uber talented people in blogland, my lovely friend Hannelie, from Desert Diva!  Hannelie’s gorgeous card is a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

Time Outand here’s Hannelie’s gorgeous confection …

You can see where my focus was … the warm colours, sponged background, splatters and those wonderful outline blooms.  The lower part of my base card was sponged with Distress Inks, and I faded them out slightly where my flowers were going to be placed.  A white panel (die cut with a curve) was splattered with the same three colours of Distress Ink I used on the base, and was popped up on craft foam over the sponging.  WPlus9’s Doodle Buds were stamped, die cut, spritzed with Shimmer Spray and arranged in a posy on the curve, with some of them popped up and others adhered flat.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle and I finished off with a touch of glitter in the flower centres and on the stamens.

Where will Hannelie’s card take your creative imagination … there are so many places to draw inspiration from … the flowers, colours, lattice detailing, sentiment … or do you see something else?  Why not let your mind wander and see what happens … we’d love it if you played along!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who will be offering a $15 GC to our winner (as voted for by the DT) … and as usual, our winner will be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with lots of fabulous ideas from our brilliant DT … and from our super talented Guest Designer, my sweet friend Susanne from Keep In Touch.  If you haven’t ‘discovered’ Hannelie or Susanne (where have you been!) … or even if you have, do go visit and explore, say hello while you’re there … and have a wonderful time!

I’m joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

CAS Mix Up – Stamping, Splatter plus Choice (die cutting, sponging, spritzing)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Going Dotty

SSS Work It Wednesday – April Showers Bring May Flowers

I’m not around on my blog very much at the moment … the restoration is taking up my creative time and energy, so there’s not a lot spare for card making.  I have, though, been enjoying all your inspiration and am looking forward to the moment when it can all be put to good use in my craft corner!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #82,Addicted to Stamps & More #239, Happy Little Stampers Dies – April, SSS Wednesday – 26 April, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting a fabulous new challenge at Time Out this morning … this time round our theme is Flowers … with the optional twist of using the kissing technique.  Here’s where I went with it …

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A Winnie & Walter die cut scalloped panel, stamped with a gorgeous image and sentiment from Uniko, coloured with coloured pencils, Glossy Accented over the yellow flower heads and black dots and finished off with a scattering of tiny enamel dots round the sentiment.  Voilà!

Where will our theme take you … will you simply stamp, as I did … or will you play with our optional twist and add some kissed stamping to your card?  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see you in our gallery!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie!), who are offering a $15 GC to a randomly drawn twister … so why not get kissing!  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of delicious creative ideas from our fabulous DT … do go and have a meander if you haven’t already!

I’m joining it at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hope your week is going along wonderfully … Happy Thursday!  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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Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hello … bonjour!  It’s so long since I played along at a Papertrey Blog Hop that I don’t even recall when it was.  When I saw this month’s bold, vibrant inspiration, it just settled in my mind and wouldn’t go away … so I just had to make a little something …

and here’s the wonderful inspiration …

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My card is one layer, stamped with floral/leaf images and a sentiment from Embellished Elegance, and inspired by the colours in the right hand picture.  It was fun playing with a colour palette that’s a bit outside my usual range … and as it was quick to make and all the ingredients were already out on my desk, I made a couple more in different colours …

         

These were stamped on white card panels … one was adhered flat to the base and the other was popped up on craft foam.  Spectrum Noir shimmer was added to the flowers on both, though as ever, it’s tricky to see!

I’m joining in at …

Papertrey March Blog Hop – Inspiration above

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies Allowed

Hope your weekend has got off to a great start.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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