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A New Challenge At Time Out – #135 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge at Time Out has just started … and we have an ‘Inspired By Words’ theme for you to join in with for the next two weeks … it’s a quote from Teddy Roosevelt … keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.  Here’s where I went with it …

        

My focus was on both the ‘ground‘ and the ‘stars‘ part of the quote … the latter you’ll see a little better further down.  Don’t know that I’ve made a shaped card before … and it was fun to try it for a change.  I cut two single circles with a Hero Arts Infinity die, scored the back one close to the top to create a hinge, adhered the two together above the crease … and trimmed a sliver of card off the bottom so it would stand upright.  The resulting circular card was masked so that I could blend distress inks over it to create the grassy ground and dusky sky, while still retaining the white border.  Once the blending was done, I sprayed Shimmer Spritz over it all to create the sense of glimmery stars.  The single white bloom die is from Poppy Stamps (retired) and the embossed circular frame is from Memory Box (Stitched Maple Circle Frame) … they were both adhered flat to the background.  I white heat embossed the Avery Elle sentiment and finished off with a sprinkling of clear dewdrops.  Here’s a closer look at the starry sparkle …

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Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love it if you played along with us.  We’re sponsored this time around by Poppy Stamps and are delighted to have the lovely Jeanne from their Design Team joining us with a card on her own blog, A Kept Life.  Our overall winner, as voted for by our DT, will receive a $20 GD from Poppy Stamps and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT, and from our super talented Guest Designer, Michele, from I Card Everyone.  Do go and enjoy an inspiring and delicious visit with both Jeanne and Michele … you’ll find heaps of fantastic ideas and brilliant cards to explore … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps And More – Photo Inspiration (below) … top left!

The Flower Challenge – Embossing (Heat or Dry) … there are both!

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

             

A New Challenge At Time Out – #133 – Embellishments (Two Or More)

Hello … bonjour!  We’ve just started our delicious new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme for you … it’s Embellishments (Two Or More) … with the option of making a one layer card.  Here’s where I went with it …

As you can see, I decided not to go for the one layer option, but created lots of dimension in my smooshed and splattered leafy wreath, with three layers of the Memory Box Stitched Maple Circle Frame (thanks, Jeanne!), all intertwined and popped up on foam dots.  Even though these lovely leaves are maple, they put me in mind of the vines that surround us … hence my colour palette of spring-fresh greens and purples.  Yes, I know the pearly ‘grapes’ look almost black, but they really are purple (see just below, you can see the hint of colour!).  The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti, stamped and white heat embossed onto some coloured card stock, die cut with a Hero Arts Infinity circle die and adhered flat inside the wreath.  I used a miniscule gem to top the i in beautiful … my second embellishment.

       

How will you interpret our Embellishments (Two Or More) theme … and will you use our optional one layer twist?  There are so many different goodies you can use to dress up your card … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Birch Press Design who are offering a $20 GV to a randomly drawn player who uses the one layer option.  As usual, our overall winner will be chosen by the DT … and will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  Details are over at the Time Out blog … along with loads of lovely inspiration from our brilliant DT … from the amazing Jeanne, who is on the Birch Press Design Team and blogs at A Kept Life … and from our talented and returning Guest Designer, Andrea at K and A Creative Moments.  Why not pop over for a visit with Jeanne and Andrea … you’ll love what you find … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

My vine wreath is playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

CAS on Friday – Spring

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Pop It Up

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – No Designer Paper

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

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #132 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Hello … bonjour!  We have a Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you at our new challenge starting right now at Time Out … it’s a little further down.  Here’s my take on it …

… and here’s the stylish interior to get your creative imagination going …

Estimated Shipping is 2-3 weeks. Add drama to any room with these beautiful statement pieces. Vintage butterfly prints and high quality gold frame. Made in theAt first, my eye went straight to those amazing butterfly pictures on the wall … but then I spotted the tiny vase of pink blooms sitting on the stack of white books on the table … perfect CAS elements!  My blooms are from WPlus9‘s Watercoloured Anemones … stamp-layered onto a crisp white linen base card … with the centres highlighted with black Stickles.  The sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh.  The colour IRL is closer to the flowers in the photo … rather more pink than coral … though that’s my photography for you!

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What draws your attention in our photo?  There are so many ways you could be inspired … and we’d be delighted to see what you make in our gallery!  We’re sponsored by Altenew this time round with a $20 GC offered to our winner.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, where you’ll find plenty of ideas to spark your creativity … from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, the lovely Bobby from Bits and Pieces.  Do go for a visit with Bobby … you’ll love every meandering moment!

Finally today, you may have seen a blog post by our beloved leader, Sandie, on Tuesday (Purple Day), aimed at raising awareness of epilepsy.  In it, Sandie shares details of the Purple Day Blog Hop (with prizes), along with her own story of living with this often misunderstood disease.  She also has a giveaway over on her Instagram account.  If you haven’t already seen the post and followed along the hop, please do check it out … and if you can, contribute to raising awareness and understanding by spreading the word.  Thank you!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Spring Flowers

Uniko – Spring (No Easter Option)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

         

                     

A New Challenge At Time Out – #131 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to a very special Time Out … it’s our 5th birthday!  Congratulations to Sandie and to the whole Design Team … it’s an honour and a joy to have been on this wonderful journey with such a committed, talented and delightful group of crafters!  We have an ‘Inspired By Words’ theme for you this fortnight … hugs, kisses and a lot of birthday wishes.  Here’s where I went with it …

As you can tell from the Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) sentiment, my focus was on the lots of birthday wishes part of our Inspired By Words phrase.  Those charming wildflowers are from Pink Fresh Studio, simply stamped into the corner of my card and loosely watercoloured with Zigs.  I did some splattering to create the sense of pollen drifting on the breeze over a summer meadow … and embossed the Simply Graphic sentiment onto a snippet of black card, which was popped up on foam tape.

        

Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love it if you played along and celebrated with us in the gallery.  We’re sponsored for our 5th birthday by STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!)  … for this very special occasion, there’ll be a $50 GC for our winner … who, as usual, will also 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 lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT, and from our uber talented, colourist extra-ordinaire Guest Designer, Kara from Bright Hope Creations.  Do go and enjoy a mesmerising visit with the lovely Kara … you’ll find so much amazing creativity and wonderful videos to explore … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – No Optional Mist … though there are spatters!

Papercraft Challenges – Clean And Simple

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Feminine/Girlie

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

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

               

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Twofer Card Challenge #14 – Balloons

Hello … bonjour!  We’ve rattled round so quickly into March … and today we have another Twofer challenge for you … this month we’re playing with …

… and here’s how my imagination floated off …

A happy hello card and a happy birthday card, both featuring a richly plump, round balloon image from Winnie & Walter … let’s take a closer look at each one …

I rock and roll stamped/masked the Winnie & Walter balloons and bows onto an A2 card panel, added the fun sentiment (from Essentials by Ellen) and drew in the drifting-in-the-breeze strings.  The balloons were layered with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and I added some colour and shimmer to the three o’s in the sentiment with a tiny dot from Simon Says Stamp.  The liquid sparkle took out some of the shaded dimensional effect of the rock and roll stamping … though it’s there if you look closely … and those balloons are deliciously shimmery!   The lovely (and uber talented) Therese at Lost In Paper made a set of splendid ‘over the top‘ designs recently where an element of each card stood out above it’s top fold … and it struck me that my balloon bouquet was made for such a technique (thanks for the inspiration, Therese!).  So … I trimmed out the finished balloon panel and adhered it to a base card cut especially to size … and the card still fits into a standard size envelope … perfect!

My twofer design is rather more unconventional …

… I turned my balloon image into pistacchio ice cream!  The sugar cone was created on an MFT Wonky Stitched panel (from my Lake House stash), using masking and a single line stamp from Winnie & Walter … and it was Copic coloured and shaded (thanks, Kara!).  After masking the top edge of the cone, I scooped the balloon into it and added some alcohol marker shading around the ice cream edges to give it a little dimension.  The image was overstamped with a sentiment from MFT … and real sprinkles (a freebie from our local supermarket in just the perfect colours!) finished it off … yum!  I sponged the edges of a base card to match the ice cream and popped the stitched panel up onto it on craft foam.

How about playing along with some of your own balloon images … we’d love to see your cards in our gallery!  You can find out everything you need to know in the rules and FAQs over at the Twofer blog.  There’s a whole heap of scrumptious inspiration to enjoy while you’re there too … from our talented Guest Designers, Julie from Handcrafted By Jules and Lucy from Little Scraps Of Lucy …….  and from our brilliant DT.  BTW, do go over for a visit with both Julie and Lucy … you won’t want to miss all the loveliness they have on offer!

My balloon bouquet is drifting off to …

CAS(E) This Sketch – See Below … turned upside down!

Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … a new, fresh and fun blog on the block from Cornelia, Gundi and Rosi … what a brilliant idea for a challenge!  Do check it out if you haven’t already!  As Winnie The Pooh said ‘ no-one can be uncheered with a balloon’!

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Special Day … any day with joy in it is special!

Papercraft Challenges – Clean And Simple

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Whatever The Weather … my balloons are floating off on a breeze!

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes … to me, those soft colours and shimmer make this a feminine card … and it is a bouquet of balloons!

… and there’ll be a tasting of my ice cream at …

AAA Cards – One Plus Three (no optional friends twist) … one sentiment plus stamped scoop of ‘pistacchio ice cream’, Copic coloured cone, matted stitched panel.

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … ice cream and sprinkles … who wouldn’t be happy!

Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady Challenge #4 – Altering Stamped Images With Masking

You may know we’ve had internet/phone issues for a while … heaps upon heaps of intermittent outages culminating in almost a week with no access at all … it’s been just a smidge wearing!   Orange (our service providers) lent us an Airbox on Thursday afternoon to get us online again till it’s all fixed … and I’ve been having fun and being inspired since, catching up with everyone.  So for now,  I’m around and about … if it goes quiet again, you’ll know there’s a technician up a telephone pole somewhere in rural France!  As ever, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #128 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Hello … bonjour!  Over at Time Out today we’re starting a fresh new challenge … this fortnight we have a Home Sweet Home picture to inspire you (it’s a little further down) … here’s where I went with it …

… and here’s our sweet, heart filled inspiration …

valentines

Even though the sign here highlights Saint Valentine’s Day, I was inspired to use all the hearts strung around the cake and those arranged on the square plate for another loving occasion … a wedding anniversary.  The Avery Elle sentiment was stamped direct onto the base card and I cut the Poppy Stamps heart cluster into it.  The white die cuts were coloured with alcohol markers, I lined the inside of the card and adhered the coloured pieces back into their places.  The inner hearts were treated to plenty of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and a coating of Glossy Accents.   I finished off with a few Jewel Drops and a couple of strips of DP to mimic those striped hearts on the plate.  To my eyes, the stripes add a touch of graphic fun … and balance all those hearts … just the right blend of girlie and manly for an anniversary!

What is it that gets your imagination going in our photo … the hearts, those cool background envelopes, the sweet treats … or something else? Whichever way you’re  inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $25 GC from our fabulous sponsor, STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) … and as usual, will be invited to be our Guest Designer in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, the lovely Coni from Which Craft?  Do go and have a meander through all the delicious cards over at Coni’s … there’s a veritable cornucopia of delights to enjoy!

            

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Up To One Third … without masking option

Addicted To Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Love Is In The Air

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

The Cat’s Pajamas – Love

Uniko – Anything Goes … with love option

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

         

                 

A New Challenge At Time Out – #127 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous new challenge has just started at Time Out this morning … this time we’re Inspired By Words … you are only as strong as the tables you dance on, the drinks you mix and the friends you roll with.  Here’s where I went with it …         

My focus was on the friends you roll with part of our Inspired By Words phrase.  I stamped and heat embossed those delicate, dreamy flowers (now retired Truth Is from CAS-ual Fridays) in silver onto the card base, after masking off a small section of the stems to leave space for the sentiment.  The flowers were watercoloured with Zigs and I added tiny splatters in the same colours onto the background.  The main sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays (Mon Ami) and the secondary one is from Simon Says Stamp (Tiny Words).  I created a frame for my blossoms by die cutting a rectangle (Hero Arts) into a card panel that matches the base … and popped the frame up on foam tape over my finished image.  The shine on the embossing is rather delicious  … this might give you a better idea of what it’s like in real life …

Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love it if you joined us in the gallery.  We’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!) .. our winner will win a $25GC … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT, along with our talented Guest Designer, Claire from String Bows.  Do go and have a fun visit with Claire … you’ll find so much clean and simple loveliness to explore … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

My blooms are going to be drifting off to …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

Clean And Simple On Friday – Flowers

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – No Optional Texture

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Clean And Simple

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

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