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A New Challenge at Time Out – #96 – CASEing Michele Ferguson!

Hello … bonjour!  Another fabulous new challenge starts today at Time Out … this fortnight, our theme is CASE The Designer … and our designer is my lovely friend, the ultra talented and delightful Michele Ferguson of I Card Everyone. Michele’s deliciously CAS card is below … here’s my take on it …

Time Outand here’s Michele‘s crisp, gorgeous original …

I was taken with the yummy greens, the camouflaged die cut sentiment and all that glorious white space, so focused on those.  My Christmas trees are from Essentials by Ellen (Rustic Botanicals)  and were stamped in three shades of green across the card front.  The sentiment, MFT’s Merry Christmas, was cut into them and into craft foam … they were adhered together and pieced back into place after the inside of the card front had been lined.  I finished off with some Spectrum Noir Shimmer on the sentiment … and a single teeny red star gem on the top of just one tree, as a nod to Michele’s yellow enamel dots.  The shimmer on the sentiment is a little more visible here …

Voilà … quick, clean, simple.  It’s a good design for multiples (especially with a MISTI!) … I may make more in different shades … those funky trees could take some contemporary Christmas colours I think!

Where will Michele‘s card take your creative imagination … to the CASness, colours and die cut, as it did me … to the stencilling, florals, ombré background … or to something else?  Whatever takes your eye, we’d love for you to play along!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers (thanks so much, Kylie) … 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 splendid ideas from our wonderful DT … and from our Guest Designer, another lovely friend, the super talented and fabulous Bobby from Bits & Pieces.  I’m certain you’ve already met and visited both Bobby and Michele … and have enjoyed numerous meanderings around all the gorgeousness on offer at their blogs.  Why not pop over to see them and enjoy another one … and leave them some love while you’re there!

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Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up – With My Favorite Things

CASology – Tiny (that star couldn’t get much tinier!)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Christmas

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Hope you’ve been having a happy, crafty week … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A French Hen, Two Happy Bears And A Rainbow Village

Hello … bonjour!  I’m finishing the weekend with a trio of cards that are bright, colourful, happy and fun … here’s the first …

A little French hen from Essentials by Ellen, who came to roost at my house after a long trip across the pond (thanks Michele!) … coloured with Promarkers … perched on a rainbow backed Studio Calico die cut with a Waltzingmouse stamped sentiment … and carrying a trio of W&W shimmery balloons.

She’s off to play at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

CASology – Balloon … congratulations to Melissa and the past/present DT on five fantastic years!  Haven’t had chance to do the wonderful blog hop (sorry!), but am linking up anyway!

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – Mood Board … inspired by the summery stripes/dots/colours

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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A couple of cute Essentials by Ellen bears (thanks, Judith!) … coloured with Promarkers …  clutching a Lawn Fawn die cut (again thanks, Judith!) over a white embossed SSS sentiment.  They’re set against a W&W confetti background, also coloured in with Promarkers.  These guys are heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – Mood Board … background inspired by the dotty cups.

Seize The Birthday – No Topping

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Think I was channelling my inner Laura Bassen on this last card …

A sponged rainbow sky, spritzed with shimmer spray … topped with a crisp white village die cut (don’t know the make, it came from my Lake House stash) … stamped repeatedly along the edge with a Clearly Besotted sentiment.  I’m joining in at …

AAA Cards – Rainbow … hope this is CAS enough ladies, if not, please disregard!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work it Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fresh Time Out challenge … it’s a cool one!  In the meantime, have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Guest Designer – CASology #232, Darnell’s NBUS #8, Happy Little Stampers Dies – January

Hello … bonjour!  I’m thrilled to be guest designing with the CASology team this week … thanks so much for the invitation, Melissa … and thanks to the DT too for having me!  The Cue Card is ‘Cut’ … here’s where I went with it …

guest-designer-casology-232casology-guest-designer-badgecasology-week-232-cutYou can see where my ‘Cut’ is can’t you!  I stamped the WPlus9 blooms around the sweet spot (where the thirds lines intersect) on a white card panel, popped up the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) and Wink of Stella’d die cut sentiment onto craft foam next to it, added some dots of Glossy Accents to the flower centres and sprinkled on a little bling.  Voilà!

I do hope you’ll let your imagination wander through all things ‘Cut’ … and that you’ll join in the fun at CASology this week.  If you haven’t been for a visit already, do go over there and check out what fabulous inspiration the Design Team has prepared for you to get your creative juices flowing!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My ‘Cut’ card is also heading to …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes … NBUS die cut sentiment … sorry my friend, no kraft paper and no coloured pencils in my possession!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Thanks once again to the CASology Team for having me over to play cards … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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Time Out DT #74, CASology #230, Less Is More #309, Simon Says Stamp

Hello … bonjour!   Our first challenge of 2017 starts today at Time Out … our theme is ‘Winter’ … with the option of ‘White on White’ (only using white except a neutral for the sentiment).  Here’s how I interpreted the theme …

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A lovely friend (thanks Judith!) sent me some of these aptly named Dazzling Snowflake die cuts (from Memory Box) … and to me this snowflake says winter in a most delicious way!  I trimmed down the panel that it was cut into, backed it with white vellum, stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment in Delicata Silver, added the dots with a silver gel pen and popped on some clear bling.  There’s a sentiment inside, also W&W, that reads ‘a bright, brilliant birthday’.  I wanted to find a way of allowing the light to shine through the vellum, so I cut a square into the card base leaving a border around the edge, added foam tape over the remaining space, and adhered the snowflake panel over the top.  I used a ruler and craft knife … before thinking that it could have been done with a circular or square die, which would have been slightly more straightforward … ho hum, next time!  Want to see what it looks like with the light behind it?  Voilà …

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So … what ideas is your creative brain already working on for ‘Winter’?  We’d love to see what you come up with in our gallery.  If you choose to use the option of ‘White on White’, you could win a £15 GC from Uniko in our random draw … and as usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to be our Guest Designer in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with tons of inspiration from our wonderful DT and our fabulous and talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life on the Scrap Heap (who you need to visit if you haven’t already … lots of loveliness to explore!).

I’m sending my snowflake along to play at …

CASology – Cold

Less Is More – Dimension

SSS Monday – Start Afresh (new sentiment set from W&W)

SSS Wednesday – Something New (as above)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New with New Product (also as above)

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

         

         

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Time Out DT #72, Addicted to CAS #102, CASology #227, The Flower Challenge #3

Hello … bonjour!  Long time no see!  It’s not that I haven’t been making cards … I have … lots of them, for Christmas.  That’s what’s kept me away from blogging over the past fortnight or so … and away from staying up to date with all your goings on too.  I’m here today to introduce you to our delicious new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, our theme is CASE The Designer  … and the fabulous designer we’re CASEing is one of my fellow BABES … the amazingly talented Kim Heggins from Cupcakes, Cards & KimKim‘s delightful, whimsical card is below … here’s my take on it …

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and here’s Kim‘s inspiration …

You can see what took my eye can’t you??  I love Kim‘s card … as well as this Neat & Tangled set (that hasn’t seen ink for a while) … so was delighted to be inspired by the the colours and style.   I changed a few things … limiting the stamping to the bottom half of my card, keeping it one layer, and changing the orientation from portrait to landscape (to accommodate that lovely big MFT sentiment).  Oh, and there’s some WoS shimmer on the flower heads (of course!).

What captures your creative imagination in Kim‘s card … the bold colours, the whimsical style, the layout, all that glorious white space … or something else?  Whatever it is and however you’re inspired, we’d love it if you played along with us and linked up to our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with loads of ideas from our wonderful DT, and from our talented Guest Designer, Deepti from Vishesh Collections (do go for a lovely wander … you’ll have such a fun time!).

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to CAS – Congratulations … ATCAS is celebrating their 4th birthday … congratulations to Kylie and the team!

CASology – Space … all that glorious white stuff!

The Flower Challenge – Use An Older Stamp, Die or Stencil … haven’t been card making long enough to have old, old stamps, but this is one of my more mature ones!

Hope all your Christmas card making is going along wonderfully … and that you’ll be coasting into the festive season with ease and calm!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                  

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Time Out DT #65, NBUS #7, CASology #213, SSS Monday – 29 August, SSS Wednesday – 31 August, SSS Work It Wednesday – August

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting September with a delicious new challenge at Time Out … this time we’re Inspired By Words … ‘Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year’ (Chad Sugg).  Here’s where I went with this quote …

Time Out DT 65Time OutI smooshed a piece of watercolour card with coming-into-autumn leafy colours, die cut it with new and NBUS Concord & 9th Layering Leaves, and kept all the pieces in place with tape.  The leaves were allowed to scatter themselves along the side and bottom edge of a white card panel edged with Lawnfawn‘s Stitched Borders … and I adhered them where they fell.  The sentiment’s from WPlus9,  heat embossed to give it some dimension … and I added splatters across the panel using some of the colours that were in the leaves.  The panel was popped up on craft foam and I was done!  The eagle eyed among you may spot that a little part of one of the leaves is missing … I only noticed after I added the picture here … and after there had already been quite a few clean ups in my craft space … d’you think anyone will notice??

How will our seasonal phrase inspire you?  You can use any or all of the words to get your creative imagination going … and then just play along!  This fortnight, we have a generous sponsor … Michele at CAS-ual Fridays is offering the winner (as voted for by the DT) a $25 GC!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with creative cards galore from our fabulous DT and our talented (and returning!) Guest Designer, Rema from Paper Panache … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along at …

NBUS – Anything Goes … Darnell’s 7th challenge … and always as wonderful as ever!

CASology – Stitch … embossed stitched edges of the panel.  Ladies, if you think the splatters have done away with the CASness, please do feel free to delete!

SSS Monday – It’s A Stitch Up … embossed stitched edges of the panel

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamps … the sentiment

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

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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 🙂

         

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