Category Archives: Addicted to Stamps & More

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!

I’m playing along with

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 🙂





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 🙂


Time Out DT #78, Addicted to Stamps & More #251, Inkspirational #129, SSS Monday – 27 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – February, The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge – March

Hello … bonjour!  It’s party time!  We’re celebrating at Time Out today … and for the next two weeks as it’s our 3rd birthday!  We have a delicious challenge for you (of course!) … and we also have lots of lovely prizes up for grabs, thanks to our generous sponsors (see below).  The theme for our birthday celebration is Love and/or Friendship … and there’s an optional technique twist of Spotlight Stamping.  Here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-78Time OutI repeatedly stamped a white card panel with a floral/leafy cluster from Papertrey (Doodlie Do) in grey.  The centrepiece was coloured with Promarkers and I added the Waltzingmouse Stamps (sadly no longer operating) sentiment in black.  The coloured cluster was die cut from the panel and adhered direct to the card base, and I popped the panel up over it on craft foam.  I hadn’t intended to use any embellishments as it’s already a ‘full’ card for me, though after seeing it again here, I may just have to add a little bling to those blooms before it’s sent off in the mail!

Where will our theme take your creative imagination this fortnight?  We’d love to have you share in our celebrations … and to see what you come up with in our gallery!  As I mentioned above, there are prizes galore … just take a look at our fabulous sponsors …       … some of whom are celebrating along with us.  There are special posts over at STAMPlorations, Uniko, Happy Little Stampers and Verve, including cards to inspire you from members of their Design Teams … you don’t want to miss seeing the delights on offer!

All the details about the challenge and the prizes are over at the Time Out blog, along with lots of gorgeous inspiration from our fantastic DT and from our wonderful Guest Designer, (and fellow BABES), the uber talented Ardyth (yes, she of Maskerade!).  If, by some remote possibility, you’ve never visited Ardyth, (or even if you have!) don’t wait … go now … and drink in all the deliciousness over on her blog … you’ll love it!  Do hope you’ll join us for the party!

I couldn’t leave without saying a huge birthday congratulations and thank you to Sandie and Nonni, our fearless leaders at Time Out, for their unending energy, enthusiasm, creativity and hard work … we wouldn’t be here without you ladies … you’re such stars!  Also, a big thank you to my fellow Design Team members past and present … your talent has always and will always inspire me!   Finally, to our players … for sharing your consistently fabulous cards with us in our gallery … it’s a delight to visit you and see how you interpret our themes … thank you!

My card is heading over to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Connect … mine’s that special connection between friends

SSS Monday – Based on a Book … The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

SSS Work it Wednesday – Use the Word/Colour Green

The Daily Marker – 30 Day Colouring Challenge … sorry Kathy, can’t copy or drag/drop the badge

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








Time Out DT #76, Addicted to Stamps & More #227, CAS-ual Fridays #166, Darnell’s NBUS #10, SSS Wednesday – 1 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting a lovely new challenge at Time Out today … we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can’t break them apart.  Here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-76Time Out         

I stamped and white heat embossed the treble clef (thanks to Michele at CAS-ual Fridays) onto a watercolour panel, painted around the outside of it with various Zig Brush Markers, added water, and allowed the colours to blend into one another.  Once it was dry, I embossed the stave with a stylus, stamped that fabulous sentiment (from the same set as the clef) above it and popped the panel up on craft foam onto the card base.   A trio of Glossy Accent-ed die cut hearts finished it off.

Where will our words take you this fortnight?  You can use all or any of them to inspire you … we’d love to see your card in our gallery.  Our sponsor this time around is CAS-ual Fridays … our winner, as chosen by the the DT, will win a $25 GC and 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 plenty of creative ideas from our fabulous DT and our talented Guest Designer,  Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.  Do go and meander around Jane’s wonderful blog … there’s heaps of delicious CAS-ness to enjoy!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

CAS-ual Fridays – Music to my Ears

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (CAS-ual Fridays stamp set)

SSS Wednesday – The Colour of Love

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with a New Product (CAS-ual Fridays stamp set)

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








Addicted to Stamps & More #219, Happy Little Stampers Dies – November, SSS Work It Wednesday – October, Tic-Tac-Toe #21

Hello … bonjour!  A delightful, sweet friend and her DH moved house recently … as with some house moves, it wasn’t smooth to start with … but now they’re settled and (mostly!) unpacked, and they have their card, so I’m sharing it with you …

atsm-219-hls-dies-november-mft-colour-57-ssswiw-october-tic-tac-toe-21A mid grey scalloped pierced panel (Winnie & Walter with a bit of extra cutting to reduce the size), a little SSS house with a chimney lovingly constructed by hand (’cause a house with a cheminée is so cosy), and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted (with the o masked off and replaced with a W&W heart).  The final touch was to light the fire so that those tiny red Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented die cut W&W hearts would go floating off up the chimney!

This little home is off to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use a Simon Product

Tic-Tac-Toe – Top Line (Home Sweet Home, Use Tiny Die Cuts, CAS)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend … hope you have time to fit in some crafting!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂




A Lake House Adventure … A Card … And A Bag!

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you’ve had a good week … with at least a little time to be crafty!  I’ve not had chance to get creative with paper over recent days … though I did have plenty of time the week before.  Last Sunday, I was on my way home after a wonderful card making week away at the Lake House … yep, as you may have read on Darnell‘s blog, the BABES got together again for lots of crafting, loads of laughing and heaps of fun!  Since then, it’s taken me a while … for my body to get over the loooong journey .. for my internal clock to adjust to the seven hour time difference … for me to get back into the swing of normal life … and it was all so worth it to spend time with these wonderful, fun and amazingly talented friends!  This is a long and photo heavy post, so if you’re just interested in a card, please do scroll down, there’s one waiting for you towards the bottom!  Otherwise, let me share a picture or two of our trip (courtesy of Darnell … thanks, mon amie!) … and if you’d like any more background, you can always go here for the original story two years ago.

babes-2-2Starting on the left and going round the table … Geri (Manitoba Stamper), Me, Ardyth (Maskerade), Bev (Happy Dance), Kim (Cupcakes, Cards and Kim), Darnell (dJkardkreations) … just as we sat down for a late lunch/early dinner once everyone had arrived.

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We were blessed with beautiful autumn days almost all week … which brought these little albino squirrels out to play (we were sure this was Snowflake and her family … check out our last visit for more details about Snowflake!) … and ended with the loveliest sunsets, seen from our crafting table.

babes-2-8We had heaps of messy fun when Darnell shared with us her tips and tricks on using Brusho’s to create delicious backgrounds … and Ardyth showed us how she uses Magenta Colour Bursts for lovely loose watercolouring.  Both products are similar and create the most amazing effects.  Here are Geri and Bev playing (note the gloved hands and covered kitchen island … I did say it was messy!) … you can just see my gloved hands bottom left, about to start work on a card I’ll share in another post soon.

babes-2-12Oh … and we did lots and lots of card making … there were so many finished cards between us at the end of the week … and a whole heap of others part way through.  I got my Christmas card designs done … and did lots of the prep for getting them completed and ready to send out in plenty of time this year!  We shared ideas and techniques with one another and had chance to use one another’s goodies as well as our own, as we created our way through the whole seven days!  It was another memorable and to-be-long-treasured time … thank you so much, ladies, from my heart!

So, how about a Lake House card …


These gorgeous blooms are from Concord & 9th … stamped and white heat embossed direct onto a card base.  I sponged over a layer of Distress Ink to start and then went to work adding water and dropping more ink in and around the flowers and leaves, till I was happy with the soft watercolour look.  I cut a card panel and a piece of craft foam with a stitched circle die from MFT, and stacked them over the inked flowers.  The sentiment is from Papertrey, cut three times in card to match the inks … stacked and topped with white, and adhered across the card front.  Voilà!

My card is heading over to (badges below) …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Watercolour

Seven Hills Crafts – Colour Palette (below) … I used the three lightest peacock colours

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

There’s also a little gift bag to share with you …

sssm-17-10This was made with a Lawnfawn die … and decorated with some newly acquired snowflake dies from SSS to go with the patterned paper (thanks for taking delivery, Bev!).  The bigger one was cut in glitter card, the smaller one was cut twice in vellum.  I adhered them all together at the centre, added a white bling to cover the join, popped them on the bag and topped the vellum with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle.  When the sparkle dried, the vellum snowflakes had curled up to make themselves all dimensional … what a happy surprise!

I’m sending this over to (badge below) …

SSS Monday – Treat Bag/Box

If you’re still here … thanks so much for making it through such a long post … as you know by now, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



Simon Monday Challenge Blog



Time Out DT #63, Addicted to Stamps and More #205, CASology #209

Hello … bonjour!   I’m popping in to let you know there’s a squeaky clean fresh challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme for you … ‘Holidays’ with the option of using no stamping (except for the sentiment!).  Here’s where my imagination took me …

Time Out DT 63Time OutAs you can see, I went with ‘holidays’ as in vacation rather than ‘holidays’ as in Christmas … this is the peak month in France for ‘les vacances’ … how could I not depict something dreamy, summery and relaxing?!  I used Zigs to create an ombre wash on a panel of watercolour card … it looked for all the world like the ocean to me, merging seamlessly into a blue sky … so I simply added a crisp die cut sailboat and a trio of far away birds … which came in a rather wonderful happy package from my sweet friend Barb … thanks so much, Barb!  The sentiment proved a smidge challenging … I toyed with a few ideas, but they all seemed to detract from the serenity of the scene … so I’ll put one inside when the time comes to use it.  Anyone remember towards the end of the musical High Society?  Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby … on the ‘True Love’ … take a look here, for the background clip and finale … you’ll see how I was inspired (and that Cole Porter song alone is worth a look!)

What will be your take on ‘holidays’ … and will you use our ‘no stamping’ twist?  If you do use the twist, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a £15 GC from our generous sponsor, Uniko … so why not let those creative juices just flow!  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a delicious helping of inspiration from our fantastic DT and our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Aileen from Colour and Sparkle (which she does, brilliantly … just go for a visit and you’ll discover why her blog name is so perfect!).

My little yacht will be sailing into …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Inspiration picture below … yum … crisp white on blue!

CASology – Watercolour … my white space is ombre blue!

As I mentioned last week, life here is especially busy at the moment … hoping and planning for a little less crazy over the next few days … that way I can renew my neglected relationship with the computer, meander round blogland and visit all you lovely people, and get to all the happy mail (of the snail and e variety) that’s arrived!   I miss you!  Thanks so much for all your visits and sweet comments in the meantime … they are, as ever, always a joy!  Anita 🙂