Category Archives: CAS Watercolour

Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello … bonjour!  It’s time to get excited all over again … our next Twofer Card Challenge starts right now!  Thanks to your ingenuity and creativity, our first gallery was chock full of fabulous cards showcasing two different designs … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies.  How about stretching those creative muscles again this month?  This time round, our word prompt is …       Here’s where I went with my Twofer …

The thing that these two CAS cards have in common is the Concord & 9th die cut heart … all the other elements are distinctly different.  Here’s a closer look at each one …


Here, I made the hearts into delicate flowers … using just the outline cuts turned upside down and adhered along the centre line to a kraft card base.  They’re folded up a little to add interest and dimension.  The stems are made from very slender strips of cardstock, attached flat to the base.  I white heat embossed a birthday sentiment from Winnie & Walter … and added a drift of enamel accent dots to mimic seed heads floating in a summer breeze.

My Twofer …

This time I used a series of whole hearts in my design.  They were cut from a piece of card that had been rainbow watercoloured with Distress Inks … and were adhered flat to a panel of black cardstock in a graphic pattern.  The Sending Hugs sentiment was made up of two dies from SSS and I added a Lucy’s Little Gem to each heart (to match the background colour).  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on craft foam onto a white card base … the white border ties the white sentiment into the design.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same die!

So … will you let your creative imagination run wild with ‘Hearts’?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps/dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with loads of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Hope you can join us!

My birthday card is celebrating at …

CAS on Friday – Use a Die

CAS-ual Fridays – Hearts, Hearts and More Hearts

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Candle Topping

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my watercolour hearts are hugging at …

CAS Watercolour – Heart

Fusion – Stained Glass Hearts Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Optional Twist Hearts

SSS Monday – Love Is In The Air

SSS Wednesday – It Must Be Love

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

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A Birthday Bouquet … and an Exciting Reminder!

Hello … bonjour!  Happy New Year … Bonne Année 2018!  In just a week’s time, a deliciously pristine, shiny new challenge starts … I’m pretty certain you’ll have heard about it as the first announcement was made before Christmas … it’s the lovely Darnell‘s Twofer Card Challenge!  That’s exciting enough, really … though for me it’s beyond that … I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be part of the Twofer Design Team.  Goodness … so thrilled!  Do check out the Twofer blog for all the details of this unique challenge … it’s going to be so much fun … and so inspiring … wait till you see all the talent on the DT (if you haven’t already) … and come back in a week to find out what all the excitement is about!  So, I do have a card to share today (which is why you’re here) … a fresh, pretty little number made with some NBUS … A bouquet of blooms from WPlus9, stamped and white heat embossed onto a panel of Canson Mixed Media cardstock.  I coloured it with Zigs and a water brush, stamped the sentiment (SSS), added a little sprinkle of Lucy’s gems and popped the panel up on craft foam onto a base of the same card (I like my panels to match!).

I’m playing along at …

CAS Watercolour – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … no sequin option

SSS Monday – Something New … WPlus9 Botanical Bunch

SSS Work It Wednesday – New To You … WPlus9 Botanical Bunch

I’ll be back tomorrow with Time Out‘s first challenge of the year … and in a week for Twofer‘s debut … do hope you’ll have chance to join us for both!    Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


A New Challenge at Time Out – #99 New Beginnings

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely.  Before all the joyful excitement begins, we have a fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme for you … New Beginnings … with the optional twist of using your Christmas goodies for this non Christmas theme.  I chose to twist this time around (with the joyeux part of my sentiment) … and made this pretty little number …

  Time OutThe wonky stitched panel is from MFT (Lake House stash) … it’s heat embossed in silver with a floral spray from Reverse Confetti … and is coloured with Zigs and a water brush.  The first part of the sentiment is from a Christmas SSS die (it also has Noël), cut from silver card … and the stamped element is from Papertrey and is heat embossed in silver.  I scattered a few sequins (filled with Stickles) and mounted the panel on craft foam on the card base.  There’s a party surprise on the inside … it’s my version of Ellen Hutson’s Confetti Flinger!  I loved the idea after seeing the amazing Jennifer McGuire showcase it not long ago, so made my own.  It was so much fun on Tuesday evening, watching the surprise on the recipient’s face when all the starry confetti came flying out!   I’m really sorry there’s no photo … try as I might, capturing that flying confetti was beyond the camera’s capacity … and my skills!  Do check out Jennifer’s video, though, it’ll give you the idea … the impact is fantastic!

Where will our theme take you … and will you go with our distressing twist?  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie), who are offering a $15 GC to a random twister.  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 inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Patty from PJ’s Projects. Why not pop over and have a visit with Patty … you’ll find heaps of fabulous, fun, bright, happy cards to enjoy … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

CAS Mix Up – Stamping plus two … die cutting, heat embossing, watercolouring

CAS Watercolour – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Party … a birthday’s a good enough reason … the added confetti is celebratory!

SSS Wednesday – Party … as above

Are you almost ready?  I’m getting there and should have a little time to just breathe before The Big Day … hope that’s the case for you too!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



A New Challenge At Time Out – #94 – Home Sweet Home – A Shaker Leaf

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 eclectic and coastal-halloween in style (below).  Here’s where I went with it …

Time Out         

… and here’s our delicious inspiration picture …

I focused on the clear vase and the rich tones of orange and brown against all that white … and came up with a shaker.  The background is a smooshed and splattered piece of watercolour paper, the window was cut with an MFT peek a boo die, extended so that the Concord & 9th leaf would sit nicely on it, and the sentiment is from Uniko.  How about a detail view of all that shaker goodness …

What grabs your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … the colours and balance, as it did mine … those shimmery pumpkins … the ocean life … or something else?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $10 GC … as well as 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 delicious ideas from our brilliant DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Janet from Swanlady Impressions (who has a fantastic collection of delicious CAS cards on her blog to enjoy … do go and visit … and say hello while you’re there!).

I’m playing along at ….

CAS Watercolour – Fall Leaves … Happy 1st Birthday, Loll, Bonnie and the DT … and many more!

Calling All Sisters – Colour Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … with the option of Gold (in the sequins).

SSS Wednesday – Thinking of You

SSS – World Card Making Day

Uniko – Autumn

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


         Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017