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Twofer Card Challenge #1

Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted, excited and thrilled to be here today … extending to you a very warm welcome to the launch of the brand new, spick and span, unique Twofer Card Challenge, conceived by the lovely Darnell!  You may already have seen the announcement post a few weeks ago, though for those who haven’t … the idea of the challenge is to make two different cards … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies … based on a word prompt.  This month’s prompt is …

… and here’s where I went with my Twofer …

Both my cards are CAS in style … the main image on them is the feather (from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sadly no longer operating) … and that’s where the similarity ends!   Here’s a closer look at each one, showing how they’re different …

For this first one, I used a wonky stitched panel (MFT), masked and stamped the images so they snuggle together, added a heart to the centre of each one and stamped the sentiment (from Avery Elle).  To finish off, I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle to the hearts, coated them with Glossy Accents … and popped the panel up on craft foam on the card base.  Not too girlie, not too manly … fine for an anniversary card!  Shimmer and shine anyone?

My Twofer …

Here, I made the feather images into ornaments for a Christmas card.  They and their strings were heat embossed in silver, with the centres and little hangers heat embossed in blue.  The sentiment (SSS) was die cut from silver foil paper and adhered flat to the card base … and I added a strip of silver sparkle washi and one of heat embossed blue to the edge.

Voilà … two distinctly different cards for two distinctly different occasions with the same stamp!

So … how would you like to play along with us in our inaugural challenge … we’d love it if you did!  Why not let your imagination go to work with ‘Feathers’ … stretch those creative muscles … and make two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … with the same stamps/dies?   All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs … along with a whole heap of glorious inspiration from the fantastic DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery!

My anniversary card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – All That Glitters … just check out those hearts!

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

and my Christmas ornaments are joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with the optional CAS Twist

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Winter Blues

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 – #98 Home Sweet Home – Stockings Are Hung …

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you that’s fresh and festive with a touch of rustic (below) … here’s where I went with it …

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… and here’s the scrumptious photo inspiration …

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace! https://www.etsy.com/listing/244801883/christmas-stocking-holders-set-of-4:

Those stockings just waiting for Santa to fill them really took my eye … and my mantel is a nod to those yummy wooden hook plates.  The images are from Neat and Tangled (Elves & Their Shelf), stamped and coloured with Zigs … with some gel pen doodling for the patterns on the stockings.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter (In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans) and the dotted frame was embossed with a Lawn Fawn border die.  I used a Versamark pen to colour in the stocking tops and heat embossed them with Hero Arts White Puff EP.  Want to see all that fluffiness …

What takes your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … the traditional Christmas colours, those patterns, the white on wood designs, that hint of rustic … 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 £15 gift voucher from our lovely sponsor, Uniko (thanks, Bev!), and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of enticing ideas from our fabulous DT and from our awesomely talented Guest Designer (and ex teamie), Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs.  If you haven’t come across Sarah’s delicious creations, do go over for a visit and enjoy her brilliantly crisp, CAS and inspiring cards … and even if you have, why not pop over and say hello … you’ll have a fabulous time!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Christmas

Addicted To Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Clean & Simple on Friday – Christmas

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes

Less Is More – Red and Green

Hope you’re having fun making, writing and mailing Christmas cards … me, I’m still at the first stage!  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 – #97 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!   To those who are celebrating today … Happy, Happy Thanksgiving … wishing you a day blessed with all good things!  Appropriately enough, we have a lovely new challenge starting today at Time Out, where we’re Inspired By Words … live with gratitude and celebrate all that is good, today and every day … how wise.  Here’s my take on it …

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A gold heat embossed leaf (Concord & 9th Lacy Leaf),  watercoloured with Zig Brush Markers and a water brush, die cut and popped up on craft foam on a Delicata gold ink splattered base.   The sentiment (from the same set) was also gold heat embossed.  How about a look at the shimmer and shine in a bit more detail …Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love to see what you make!  This time, we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations (thanks so much, Shery) … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $15 GC … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a whole heap of delicious ideas from our fabulous DT … as well as from our Guest Designer, my delightful and wonderfully talented friend, Isabelle from Izzy Scrap.  Given that Isabelle is on both the Less is More and Uniko Design Teams, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll have seen her gorgeous work.  If not (or even if you have), do go over and enjoy a gentle meander through all that inspiration … and drink in every last drop … you’ll love it!

I’m playing along at …

Auberge des Loisirs – Tableau d’Inspiration (Mood Board)

CAS-ual Fridays – Gratitude With Attitude

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … No Tag Option

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Thanks so much for coming by, especially during this Thanksgiving season, your visits and comments truly are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

         

Guest Designing At Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello … bonjour!  It was a wonderful surprise to get an email from my sweet friend, the lovely Tracey McNeely recently, asking if I’d like to be her Creative Guest at Inspired By All The Little Things.  Erm … well, that response took less than a nano second … YES!  So, here I am this afternoon, thrilled, honoured and excited to share with you a couple of cards I made based on this beautiful inspiration photo … isn’t it a stunner?

         

Here’s the first, a kind of in-reverse take on it …

A popped up white card panel, sponged in the centre with three Distress Inks (in order, from the outside going in … Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry), lightly splattered with water droplets.  The die cut white frame and bloom are from Simply Graphic (courtesy of the lovely Maria) and were adhered flat over the ink, with the petals left free to be all drifty and dimensional.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and there’s some Lawn Fawn pierced detailing along the panel edges.  In my photo here, the variations in background colour didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped (though IRL they’re rather delicious!) … so I made another card to show you all those splendid shades …

A watercolour card panel stamped with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea (from my Lake House stash), wet on wet watercoloured with Distress Inks (same shades as above, plus Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn for the stems), with the centres done in pearly silver drops.  The sentiment is from SSS, white embossed on a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the card base and the watercolour panel was split and popped up over it.

How would you like to play along and be inspired by that spectacular bloom?  I’d love it if you had time to join in!  All the details, plus an abundance of amazing cards from the Design Team, (and a short interview with little old me!) are over at the Inspired By blog  … do go and enjoy a browse … and maybe get those crafty fingers walking!

My florals are also heading to (badges below) …

Card 1

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Card 2

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Less is More – Watercolour

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Monday – Heavy Metal (just a touch in the flower centres!)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Hope your weekend is either starting, or turning out to be, wonderful!  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 – #93 – Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship – Some No-Line Watercolouring

Hello … bonjour!  We have a very special challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is one that has probably either touched us all personally, or has touched family and friends.  This time round, we’re asking you to join us for a Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship challenge … with a pink twist.  Here’s my take on it …

Time Out A watercolour card panel, stamped with CAS-ual Fridays‘ blooms (Mon Ami) in Spun Sugar Distress Ink, and no-line watercoloured (my first time!) with Zigs and a water brush.  The stems are from Concord & 9th (the centre vein of a leaf) and the sentiment is from the same Mon Ami CAS-ual Fridays set as the flowers.  The panel was cut with a Winnie & Walter die and popped up on a grey card base on craft foam.  A sprinkling of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist (my first bottle!) finished it off.

Will you play along with us?  We’d love to see you in our gallery!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $25 GC to the overall winner (as voted for by the DT) …. plus a special prize for a randomly drawn player who uses the pink twist.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Yulia from Scrap Horse.  Do pay Yulia’s lovely blog a visit and say hello … and check out the whole heap of CAS inspiration on show!

I’m playing along at

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … NBUS: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami Stamp Set

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … No Spritz Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps (this one has been on my wish list for ages!)

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 – #92 – Inspired By Words – And Some Feathers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delicious new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our quote has been specially chosen to celebrate International Dot Day … a day that celebrates creativity and the potential it has for us all.  Our words are from Robert Henri … ‘paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than it’s feathers’.  Here’s where I went with them …

Time OutA tumbling feathers card panel (thanks to the lovely Rosemary … not sure where it’s from … Papertrey, perhaps?), with some Spectrum Noir shimmer added (you can just see some top left), trimmed and adhered flat to the base card.  The sentiment is from SSS … a stacked and black heat embossed die cut … and a stamped and white heat embossed supplementary sentiment.  The only additions were the dots on the i’s, done with enamel accents (ever tried heat embossing a tiny dot … don’t!!).  QACAS as the delightful Darnell would say!

How will our quote inspire you?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie) and our winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $15 GV.  All the details (including a little more about International Dot Day) are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our Guest Designer, the sweet and super talented Carol from Just Me: C.  I’m pretty sure you’ll know Carol … do pop over and enjoy a happy time browsing round her scrumptious cards … and why not say hello while you’re there … she’ll be delighted to see you!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

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

                   

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Inspired By Sweet Friends

Hello … bonjour!  It’s been a bit creatively quiet hereabouts recently … though when I saw that two of my lovely friends (Darnell and Bev) are featuring strongly in the latest Inspired By challenge, I had to squeeze some time to play along!  Many of you will know that Darnell is filling in for Lesley … and that  Bev is her Guest Designer … seeing their gorgeous cards, as well as the delicious inspiration board, triggered a quick creative moment for me …

… and a quick post!  A Clearly Besotted word print background, a little posy made with stamped and die cut flowers and leaves from SSS, a sentiment banner from the same SSS set, and some dots of white Enamel Accents to mimic the touch of gypsophila in the inspiration.  Voilà!

Joining in at …

Inspired By All The Little Things – Inspiration Board (below)

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps (SSS Lovely Spring)

See you tomorrow morning … I’ll be here with a little something for the new challenge starting at Time Out … you’re going to love it!  Anita 🙂

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