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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!

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 🙂





Happy Birthday, Bev! CAS(E) This Sketch #190, CAS-ual Fridays #156, Fusion – 8 September, Happy Little Stampers Dies – September, SSS Wednesday – 14 September

Hello … bonjour!  I’m celebrating today with one of the sweetest souls in blogland … I know you’ll know her from her delicious blog, Happy Dance … and if you don’t, you really need to!  Happy, happy, happiest birthday, Bev, ma chère amie … may your day be filled with joy, love and laughter … and may your year to come be blessed with the closeness of family, the warmth of friends, and the delights of new discoveries!  I made this for you, which might or might not have already arrived … if it’s not already with you, it’s pretty close …

happy-birthday-bev-cts-190-cas-ual-fridays-156-fusion-8-9-hls-dies-sep-sssw-14-9-wcmc9-1A white card panel, stamped with the most delicious delicate leaf sprig from Concord & 9th‘s Wildflower set (NBUS!).  It was coloured with Distress Ink and Zigs and the panel was trimmed down so that a couple of the leaves just peek out over the top edge.  The sentiment (SSS) has the die cut word ombré sponged and stacked on craft foam, and the supplementary black strips white heat embossed and popped up on foam tape.  I sponged a slender black frame onto the card base, adhered the finished panel over it with craft foam, and added some clear sequins with enamel accent centres to finish off.

Bev’s card is heading to …

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below … with a changed orientation!

CAS-ual Fridays – Dimension and Bling

Fusion – See Below … I used the inspiration picture colours of green, black and white

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

… the badges/links are all at the end of this post.

ETA … was going to link to the new Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, but realised just in time that there’s a limit on the number of additional challenges … oops!

Before I go, there’s just one more thing to do.  As you may know, Bev throws the most amazing virtual birthday parties … but as it’s her special day, she won’t be doing that for herself.  So, here’s a little surprise get together for her … the table’s set … the champagne’s poured …

Coucou tout le monde ! Avec les beaux jours qui arrivent, on a envie de laisser s'exprimer notre créativité ! On vous a donc dénicher de nouveaux projets à réaliser vous-même ! En voilà 7 exemples ! Décoration …          Sip your favorite bubbly in style with champagne glasses from Crate and Barrel. Browse a variety of styles including classic toasting flutes and coupes.:

the food’s all ready … and of course, there’s a yummy birthday cake … help yourself!

Food Stone & Living - Immobilier de prestige - Résidentiel & Investissement // Stone & Living - Prestige estate agency - Residential & Investment            Vanilla Naked Layer Cake:

I never thought last year’s gift could be topped, Bev … THE craft island … which for those of you who never saw it looks like this …

Believe it or not, this is not a resort... but it's a $29,000,000 Mega mansion on a private tropical island.:

however, I did find something to complement it, just in case you feel like a change of crafting scenery!  Joyeux Anniversaire, sweet friend … enjoy every moment!

☼ Life by the sea. With hypnosis you can be who you need to be and do what you…:

It’s lovely of all of you to be here for Bev‘s party … it makes the celebration so much fun … and you can always pop over to Happy Dance if you’d like to wish her a happy birthday in person … which I’m sure you would!

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


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Happy Birthday, Darnell! Addicted to Stamps & More #200, CAS(E) this Sketch #179, Seize the Birthday – 30 June, SSS Wednesday – 29 June

Hello … bonjour … and Happy Birthday, Darnell!  We all know her (and if you don’t you really should!), we all love her … she’s a truly wonderful soul!  In blogland, she’s sweet, thoughtful, funny, delightful, generous, caring, clever, charming, creative … and if ever you have the good fortune to meet her, you’ll find she’s exactly the same in real life … only better because she’s there with you!  Oh, and she’s kind to furry animals too … especially hamsters!  Wishing you the Happiest Birthday, ma chère amie … may you be blessed with love, joy, fun and laughter today and always!  Your card is on it’s way … might even be with you by now … but just in case it hasn’t arrived yet, I thought you might like to see it on your big day …

Happy Birthday Darnell 2016The bright sunny ‘happy’ represents Darnell in her amazing Playhouse … she’s surrounded by all the lovely flora and foliage of her gorgeous garden … and if you look really closely, you might see Hammy peeking out from behind the lower cluster of flowers.  Or is he … ???  In homage to Darnell‘s campaign to reduce the size of Mount NBUS worldwide (Never Before Used Schtuff), I’ve been saving these Papertrey images until now … this is their first public inking (there’s been lots of private practice, but you really don’t want to see any of that).  I couldn’t capture the Wink of Stella that makes the sentiment and tiny blooms shimmer, but it’s there … as are the miniscule pearls!   If you haven’t already, do hop over to the Playhouse and leave the Birthday Girl some birthday love … and if you haven’t had the joy of meeting Darnell before, then delay no longer … go … your day and life will be better as a result!  Looks as though Hammy’s ready to party … very handsome … just get there before he starts on the cake … oops, too late …

Bree....this is for you.....!!!!!. Awwwww mr pepper!!!!          Happy birthday hamster.:

As well as heading to the Playhouse, Darnell‘s card is also joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Happy Birthday … congratulations due here too, to Kylie and the DT … 4th anniversay and 200 challenges … here’s to many, many more!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below … orientation is changed, but the wreath-iness around the sentiment is there … hope that’s ok!

Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Life has been a smidge busy here so I’m still playing catch up …. and am getting there … if you haven’t seen me recently, you will over the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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The Challenge #66 – Featured Designer, CAS(E) this Sketch #165, TE Share Joy #28, Little Tangles #66, Seize The Birthday – 24 March

Hello … bonjour … hope you had a Blessed and Joyful Easter!  I’m here for the last time today as Featured Designer over at The Challenge … it’s been so much fun and an honour to have joined Lesley and the DT for the whole month … such amazing talent in this fabulous group of crafters … and such wonderful, inspirational challenge photo’s!   Thanks so much for having me, ladies, it’s been a delight!   We have a masculine theme this time round (the fabulous picture is below) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 4The Challenge #66 - March Week 4 - MasculineMy stash is nautically challenged … but I was so taken with the images and those delicious blue hues that I wanted to capture the overall sense of the ocean!  I used Papertrey‘s Ombre Builders to create the ombré waves across a white card panel, added a stacked SSS ‘smile’ die cut so it would bob about on them (as a life saver would!) and adhered a flag shaped secondary sentiment (also SSS) alongside.  The miniscule pops of red in the die cut and at the end of the flag mimic the edge of the wavy navy pillow in the photo!  I sponged the edges of a card base with Distress Ink and popped the panel up on craft foam over it … voilà!

There are so many different elements to this gorgeous inspiration photo … what takes your eye?  You can choose to focus on any or all of them … or just use it as a prompt to spark your creative imagination.  We’d love to see what you come up with … hope you’ll join us in the gallery!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with plenty of wonderful ideas from the fabulous DT!

I’m playing along with …

CAS(E) this Sketch – see below … such a cool sketch!

TE Share Joy – Clean and Simple

Little Tangles – Ombré

Seize The Birthday – Water

After being up to my eyes in alligators for a while, I’ve at last begun to make my way around blogland … I’ve missed you all … and all the gorgeous cards you’ve been making!  What a wonderful voyage of discovery awaits … see you soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



The Challenge #65 – Featured Designer, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, Addicted to CAS #84, CAS(E) this Sketch #164, Uniko #30

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I’m so happy to be here for my third week as Featured Designer over at The Challenge.  This time, we have a gorgeous photo inspiration to get your creative juices going.  It’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

The Challenge GD 3… and here’s the lovely inspiration …

The Challenge #65 - March Week 3 - Photo InspMy focus was on those vibrant colours in the stack of books and on those beautiful blooms.  I used Hero Arts‘ Spring Hello by Lia to stamp and white heat emboss the sentiment and the cascade of sweet flowers onto the top third of a card panel … and then had fun with Distress Inks.  Don’t you just love that moment when the embossed images start to pop as you sponge and blend over the DI?  I mixed up some Brilliance white pigment ink with a little water, did some gentle splattering with a refilled Wink of Stella brush and then added some Star Dust Stickles to the centres of the flowers.  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on the card base on craft foam.  Couldn’t capture the full impact of the shimmeriness in the photo … IRL it’s really pretty!

What catches your eye in this beautiful picture … the colours, those soft peonies, the touches of gold, the graphic shapes … or is there some other detail that that captures your imagination?  We’d love to see how you’re inspired … and have you join in with us!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with loads of wonderful ideas from the amazing Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along!

I’m linking up with …

A2Z Scrapbooking – Embossing … HA Spring Hello by Lia

Addicted to CAS – Delicate … that scripty sentiment font and sweet blooms!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below …  with the sketch inverted … too much of a stretch?

Uniko – Spring/Easter … I went with Spring

It was lovely to have chance to meander through blogland a little yesterday … there’s still so much inspiration I’ve not seen yet from last week … looking forward to seeing more … soon I hope!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Muse #131, MFT Colour Challenge #28, CAS(E) This Sketch #139, SSS Wednesday 2/9

Hello!  Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend … especially those of you in the US where it’s a looooong one!  Popping in to share one of the cards I made today …

Muse 131, MFT Colour 28, CTS 139, SSSW 2-9I white heat embossed a feather (from Waltzingmouse Stamps) three times onto a white card panel, added copious amounts of water to make a pool, dropped four different colours into it … and allowed them to wander and mingle (in a sociable kind of way!).  The SSS sentiment was heat embossed in silver on the card base, the feather panel was popped up on foam tape, and I added a scattering of sequins and gems.

These challenges inspired my card …

Muse – Our inspiration comes from my lovely friend Carol M (Just Me:C) … she’s super talented, sweet and so much fun … and has given us a fabulous feathery card to play with this week, it’s below.  I used Carol’s feathers-in-a-line theme … with rather a soft, delicate touch!

MFT Colour Challenge – Spearmint, Blu Raspberry, Tropical Teal, Wild Wisteria.  I’m MFT goodie limited (very limited … for now!), so used the nearest colours in my stash (HA Mint Julep, DI Tumbled Glass, DI Peacock Feathers, Memento Lulu Lavender) … hope that’s ok.

CAS(E) This Sketch – From Leigh Penner … another brilliant sketch for us to interpret.

SSS Wednesday – Make It Colourful … my colours are subtle … but there are four of them!

There are another couple of cards to come … one might arrive later, the other will definitely be tomorrow.  For now, I’m off for a gentle meander round blogland to see what everyone’s been up to!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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MFT Summer School #6, Muse #124, CAS(E) This Sketch #132, CAS-ual Fridays #141, SSS Monday 13/6 … and a Request!

Isn’t it fun when the challenge stars align?  That’s what happened today … I was inspired in so many places (and will explain later) … like to see?

MFTSS2 1, Muse 124, CTS 132, CFC 141, SSSM 13-6I took a pierced rectangle from My Favorite Things (Lake House stash), stamped and heat embossed the daisies from Annabelle Stamps (sadly no longer operating), masked the image and used Distress Inks to sponge and blend the grass and sky.  Once the panel was dry, I coloured the daisies and leaves with Promarkers, added lots of Wink of Stella to the flower centres and topped it with a couple of coats of Glossy Accents.  The panel was used as a guide to position the Avery Elle sentiment, which was stamped and heat embossed onto the card base, and the panel was popped up on fun foam above it.

This is where my inspiration came from …

My Favorite Things Summer School Lesson 6 – Gallon (the blue sky), Quart (the green in the grass and leaves, Pint (the yellow daisy centres) … great teach-ins and tons of inspiration from MFT for this second session of Summer School … I’ve never consciously used G/Q/P, so the theory is new for me … maybe it’s because we use litres here (tee hee)!

MuseArdyth is our muse this week (an unexpected treat!) … her fun and whimsical card is below … my interpretation doesn’t take a lot of explaining, apart from saying that it has a little more white space, inspired by the sketch at …

CAS(E) This Sketch – N@Alie has given us a great sketch (below) … I used a little artistic license with the sentiment, but as some of the DT had too, I guessed that was ok!

CAS-ual Fridays – Embossing … there’s a new format for CF challenges … one theme, two styles … Clean and Simple or Utterly Adorable Layers (clever play on the name, huh?).  There are new DT members too (including my super talented friends Claire and Shona), so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really don’t want to miss it!

SSS Monday – Anything Goes … don’t you just love the freedom of an Anything Goes challenge?

Finally tonight, a Request:  I have a recent follower, non blogger Kerstin from Sweden (Hi, Kerstin … delighted to have you along … you’re very welcome!) who has been on the hunt for the Stampendous Ranunculus Clear Stamp Set for ages, using all channels available, but without any luck.  Seems it may have been retired in favour of the wood block ranunculus bouquet, which is not what she’s after.  My set is fairly recent, so I’m not ready to part with it at the moment … but I’m appealing on behalf of Kerstin … is there anyone out there who has this set in their stash who would be willing to sell it?   If so, please contact Kerstin direct (kerstin at travelsite dot se … spam avoiding address … you know which bits to change!) … she’d be over the moon to hear from you!

Hope your weekend has been wonderful … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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