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Twofer Card Challenge #31 – Trees

Hello … bonjour!  It’s the 10th of the month … and that means we have a delicious new challenge for you at Twofer!  This month we’re inviting you to enjoy some time in the great outdoors (or maybe indoors!) with …

I chose a solid, stylised tree from Waltzing Mouse Stamps (sadly NLIB) as my common image … it appears solo and draped with stars in the middle of my clean Christmas Card … and on my birthday card, it becomes an autumn copse set along an earthy border, with the leaves just beginning to fall .  Here’s a closer look at each one …

Here, I cut a panel of linen card with an MFT Peek-a-Boo stitched die … and used that as a guide for placing my Christmas tree … done in ombré blues … and made frosty with lots of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.  The starry garland (WMS) and the sentiment (from Winnie and Walter, also NLIB) were silver heat embossed, I stamped the ground for the tree to grow from (Ellen Hutson) and added falling snow (W&W) after masking the tree.  The panel was foam mounted on a card base that had been inked around the edges … and I finished off with a Nuvo drop in silver glitter at the top of the tree.

Here’s a more seasonal take with the same image …

The Color ThrowdownA one layer cream card with an Ellen Hutson border stamped as the earth.  The trees are just changing from summer to autumn colours (courtesy of some rock and roll/finger-dauber inking) … and are grouped together thanks to a little basic masking.  The tiny leaves (from WMS) have already starting to tumble to the ground … and have been blown right the way along the border by the gentle breeze!  The birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts.

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on trees … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of brilliant inspiration from the DT and from our fabulous Guest Designers, Helen from Helen’s Craft Haven and Lisa from My Paper Tales … welcome ladies!  Do go over and have a visit with Helen and Lisa … you’re certain to enjoy all the  wonderful design inspiration on display at both their blogs … and you can always say while you’re there too!

My solo Christmas tree is heading to …

Bastel-Traum – CAS (Clean and Simple)

CAS Christmas – Christmas Tree

Die Cut Divas – All Kinds of Holidays (Christmas)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Your Favourite Stamp (my WMS stylised tree)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my autumn copse is joining in at …

CASology – September (seasonal changes)

Color Throwdown – Red, Yellow, Cream, Brown

Just Us Girls – Leaves

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Your Favourite Stamp (my WMS stylised tree)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

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A Flower Cluster … Or Two!

Hello … bonjour … hope your week is starting well!  Today I have a couple of cards to share, the first of which is going to be joining in some current challenges (see below).  The second, which is similar, is a bonus … and was fun to make look slightly different, even though the basic design and main supplies were the same.  Here’s the first …

The leaves and flowers were die cut from coloured cardstock … I sponged over Distress Ink to give them depth … and used a white gel pen to add definition and highlights.  They’re arranged on various levels of foam dots on a die cut striped pp panel, which had been adhered flat to the card base.  The sentiment is from Simon … all the die cuts are from Concord & 9th.

Here’s my bonus card …

I dropped the design from the upper third to the lower third of the card … used the same floral and leafy die cuts, this time in yellow with black detailing (also sponged with Distress Ink) … and cut a banner from the same striped pp.  The sentiment, from Simon, was stamped onto a foam mounted banner that was trimmed to mimic the pp strip.  Voilà … similar … though just a little  different … I like them both equally … d’you have a favourite?

I’m joining in the fun at …

Color Throwdown – Lavender, Green, Grey

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Show Me Your White Space

The Flower Challenge – Add Leaves

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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



A New Challenge At Time Out – #152 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Hello …. bonjour … et Bonne Année … Happy New Year!  Hope your Christmas was filled with joy and that your new year will be blessed with all good things!  Welcome to our new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a love themed Home Sweet Home image to inspire you (it’s a little further down) that’s fresh and fun.  Here’s where I went with it …

… and here’s that sweet inspiration picture …

As you can see, my attention was taken by the heart covered twigs on the mantlepiece … mine are from The Greetery (branch) and Winnie & Walter (hearts).  Some simple stamping of the branch in brown and the sentiment in black (also The Greetery) … with the addition of the die cut red hearts, topped with shimmer and shine (more visible below) … and voila … nice and CAS!


What draws your eye in our Home Sweet Home photo … the crisp white with pops of red, the texture of the frame and fireplace, the banner … or something else?  Wherever your creative imagination takes you, we’d love to see your card in our gallery!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Funky Fossil Designs (thanks, Sarah!), who are offering our winner (as voted for by the DT) a £15 GC to the store … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with plenty of fabulous ideas from the DT to inspire you!

I’m playing along at …

Color Throwdown – Red, Brown, White

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Something New … my The Greetery stamps

Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

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



A New Challenge At Time Out – #107 – Spring!

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme … Spring … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  I chose not to twist this time around … and made this dainty bloom …

Time OutA panel of Canson Mixed Media paper, stamped and white heat embossed with Uniko’s Spring Botanicals Snowdrop … and watercoloured with Zigs.  The strip along the edge is vellum, repeatedly stamped and then heat embossed with a ‘hello’ from Uniko’s Simply Said … it grew out of the fact that a sentiment didn’t seem to fit anywhere on the snowdrop panel!  The vellum was adhered flat to the card base, the image panel was popped up on craft foam.

How will you interpret our Spring theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Uniko (thanks, Bev!) … there’ll be a random winner, drawn from those who use the optional twist, of an in stock stamp set from the store.  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, Kimberly from Wiener Honeymooners.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Kimberly … you’ll have a wonderful and inspiring time exploring all the fabulous, fun, happy cards on display … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

Color Throwdown – Yellos, Green, Blue (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (No Rainbow Option)

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Texture … heat embossing

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Spring

Uniko – Colour Palette (below) … blue, green and a touch of yellow, no Easter Option)

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


A Flower Filled Vase … and a Birthday Package

Hello … bonjour!  I had some crafty time yesterday afternoon … and have a couple of cards to share as a result.  Can’t say the stamps I used to make them are NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) … though they hadn’t been played with a great deal and were in need of some TLC, so p’raps they could be called BUGs … Barely Used Goodies!   Here’s the first …

A white panel, masked off along the side and lightly sponged/faded out with Distress Ink.  A vase mask acted a guide as to where to stamp (and secondary stamp) the floral arrangement, I die cut a new white vase and adhered it flat when the stamping was done, and then added the sentiment.  All the goodies are from MFT‘s Beautiful Blooms.  The panel was popped up on craft foam onto the card base and I added a scattering of Lucy’s Rainbow Jewels to finish off.

This is heading to (badges at the bottom) …

AAA Cards – Masking

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

MFT Color – Coral Crush, Spearmint, Green Eyed Monster, Blueberry (my closest colours)

MFT Wednesday Sketch – See Below

SSS Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

My second card is a very CAS twist on brown paper packages tied up with string (did that have you breaking into song?) …

Another white panel, this time stamped and clear heat embossed with Papertrey‘s No Strings Attached … and then run through my Cuttlebug with a polka dot embossing folder.  The tag was done separately.  I heat embossed the sentiment (also Papertrey) so the colour would resist the yellow, stamped the tag over it and trimmed it out, and thanks to the magic of MISTI, was able to add the right bit of the bow to the top.  The finished tag was adhered onto the polka dots, so it has a little dimension.

My gift is going to be opened over at (badges at the bottom) …

CAS(E) This Sketch – See below for Chrissie’s sketch … mine’s a minimalist interpretation!

Color Throwdown – Hot Pink, Lime Green, Yellow

Create Along With Us – Release Week Challenge … Inspired by Keeway’s cool, crisp, graphic inspiration using the new Hey Stacks stamps, on Day 5 of the August Release (it’s below).

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

That’s it from me for now … wishing you a wonderful week ahead!  I have a little (well more than a little really) catching up to do … so will see you over the next couple of days!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Trio of Cards

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Sunday is going along wonderfully.  I have a trio of cards to share today, so will keep the chatter short and sweet … you may wish to grab a something long and cool and a snack before embarking!  First up, a wild flower, summer meadow-y sort of card …

Papertrey blooms, stamped onto a white panel and blinged up with some Stickles.  The sentiment (also Papertrey) was cut into the panel, popped up on craft foam and pieced back in.  The panel was popped up over a sponged-edged base card.  As it was for a special birthday celebration, I stamped a matching envelope too …

I’m playing along at …

Color Throwdown – Dark Pink, Pale Pink, Green, White

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Topping)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Summer Icons



Next, a clean and simple, slightly graphic card …

This was really quick to make … I used the Hero Arts Just For You by Lia stamp set, exactly as it’s laid out on the acetate carry sheet … stamped it onto a Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel and coloured it with alcohol markers.  The images were given some shimmer and shine with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents and the panel was adhered to the base with craft foam.

This is heading to …

A Blog Named Hero – Florals (with Winnie & Walter)

A2Z Scrapbooking – Anything Goes (Hero Arts)


Finally, a bright, smooshy little number …

Another Winnie & Walter scalloped pierced panel, cut from a piece of Distress Ink smooshed card … with a touch of gold thrown in for a bit of shimmer.  The gold isn’t too obvious here … you’ll see it better if you go in closer.  The Clearly Besotted dandelions were heat embossed in white, I added the simple sentiment (also CB), dotted over the piercings with a black fine liner and mounted the panel onto the card base with craft foam.

It’s joining in the fun at …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (No Optional Twist)

SSS Monday – Distress It

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry


If you’ve made it this far, well done … and thank you so much … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Anita 🙂Save




Happy Birthday, Geri! Color Throwdown #352, Little Tangles #58, CAS-ual Fridays #141, SSS Wednesday 22/7, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

Today, I’m wishing my lovely, fun, enthusiastic, generous and super talented friend and fellow BABE, Geri, the happiest of birthdays!  We met … yes, in real life … and she’s just as wonderful, sweet and creative in person as she is in blogland!  Just check out her blog, Manitoba Stamper and you’ll see exactly what I mean!  So, for you, Geri, my dear friend … Happy, Happy Birthday … may you have the most splendid and fun filled day … and may your year be brim full of love, joy and laughter!  I made you this card (which is on it’s way!) …

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW JulyI die some partial die cutting with the Winnie & Walter ‘happy’ … and white embossed the Neat & Tangled sentiment onto the attached remaining border panel.  The die cut then acted as a guide for the circle design.  I drew a pencil line round an MFT circle die, stamped the SSS Lots of Dots around the edge of it, and double embossed over the top of each … once in shimmery EP, once in clear.  The die cut panel was popped up on foam tape … and I was done!  There’s lots of sparkle on those dots … want to see?

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW July, DetailThe design for this card came from an insurance company advert … there were five (unshimmery) circles looped over the name … figured you’d love that graphic look, Geri!  Now I look at it, though, I feel sure I’ve seen something similar in blogland somewhere … if anyone can enlighten me, I’ll edit to add a link and credit!

As well as it flitting across oceans and land masses, Geri’s card is heading to …

Color Throwdown – Lime, Aqua, Light Grey, Dark Grey … I know the aqua looks a smidge blue in the photo … it’s much more turquoise-y than it looks!

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … I used the Neat & Tangled birthday sentiment.

CAS-ual Fridays – Embossing … my second entry

SSS Wednesday – Sparkle and Shine … all those shimmery dots

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cutting … first entry

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!


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Happy Birthday, Maria! Colour Throwdown #334, Seize The Birthday 12/3, Winnie & Walter JITW – March

Original, innovative, surprising, creative, published and all round talented … that’s Maria F over at Reisling Mama, who is celebrating her birthday today!  Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday, my friend, hope it’s a special day, full of yummy goodies and and chock a block with wonderful memories!  I made you a card … which is flittering over to you there from me here …

Happy Birthday Maria, CT 334, STB 12-3, W&W JITW - March One of the reasons I admire Maria‘s awesome work is because she always embraces with enthusiasm new ideas and techniques (go over and visit if you haven’t already … you’ll be inspired!).  With that in mind, I had another go at (eek!) unstructured smooshing and scattery splattering … in a structured sort of a way!

The side panel was made up of smooshed Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks  … that piece was the second ‘dip’  The ‘happy’ (Winnie & Walter) was cut from the first ‘dip’ where the smooshed colour was much stronger and more vibrant … and it became more so when it was liberally coated with Wink Of Stella!   I adhered the side panel, stacked the ‘happy’ two and a half times (it was already partly stacked once on the panel!) and stamped the ‘birthday’ in navy (Annabelle Stamps – sadly no longer operating).  A few sequins with gem toppings finished off.

Maria‘s card is joining in the fun at …

Colour Throwdown – Orange, Pink, Navy

Seize The Birthday – Optional Twist – Make The Sentiment The Focal Point

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win – March

Hope you had a splendid weekend … and had chance to get some crafting time!  I spent some time meandering through blogland catching up with and being inspired by what everyone’s been creating recently.  I haven’t finished yet but hope to be all up to date with your goings on during the coming week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Time Out Special (Double The Joy), NBUS 2, Winnie & Walter Join In To Win (September), Color Throwdown #309 (Blue, Light Blue, Citrus Green, Grey), SSS Work It Wednesday #8 (Stamping)

We’re having a special and additional Time Out challenge for the next fortnight … especially to celebrate the very recent arrival of twin boys for our teamie, Bev and her husband!  Many congratulations again to you both, Bev!  The theme has been devised especially for the occasion … it’s ‘Double The Joy’ … so, why not join in the celebration and make a card with two of something on it … you could win a prize!  Sandie and Nonni, co-owners of Time Out are sponsoring this special challenge and are offering the winner a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studio.  Here’s my two of something, inspired by the sweet second photo in this post about the twins …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8I stamped the Mama Elephant sentiment and birds on a white card panel … and did a little masking to make sure each bird had it’s own star (it belongs to the left hand one!)  The cascading stars (from Winnie & Walter) were added at the side and all the grey was treated to a coat of Wink of Stella.  I coloured the birds with Promarkers, added a liberal layer of Glossy Accents and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.  Here’s a close-up of all the shimmer and shine …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8 Close UpThe eagle eyed among you may notice there’s a blob appeared by one of the birds … it’s not on the card above, so who knows where it came from … maybe a quick flutter of the wings did it!

As well as celebrating at Time Out, I’m also joining in with …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Another celebration … the delightful Darnell has arrived at 600+ followers (congratulations, my friend!) … and that means we get to play with our Never Before Used Schtuff for a second time at the Playhouse.  My NBUS is the Mama Elephant stamp … recently acquired and on it’s first outing … I went for side option 4!

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – My cascading stars were done with one of the stamps from Big Bang Confetti, selectively inked.

Color Throwdown – Blue, light blue, citrus green and grey … just great colours for the twins!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamptember is in full flow, so this month the theme’s Stamping.

Badges are displayed at the bottom … just scroll down.

All the details for Bev’s special challenge are over at the Time Out blog (it’ll run alongside our usual fortnightly challenges) … along with a fabulous collection of inspiring cards from the Design Team … hope you’ll be able to find some time to join us in the gallery!

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

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Make It Monday #169 (Vellum Overlays), CASE Study #197 (Pamelo Ho), Color Throwdown #298 (Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder), SSS Monday 23/6 (Use This More), SSS Wednesday 25/6 (Anything Goes)

Well that wasn’t too long a wait for a one handed post … here’s my second card …

MIM 169, CASE Study 197, CT 298, SSSM 23-6, SSSW 25-6I used PTI’s Sketched Shapes to make the circle grid … each circle double stamped to make the criss cross pattern … and a gap was left for the sentiment.  I stamped and heat embossed the the vellum overlay with a PTI sentiment and wrapped it round the stamped panel, adhering it to the back.  The stamped panel was mounted on vellum, which had already been edged with a Promarker, and the whole thing was popped up on foam dots on the card base.  The tiny gems were the finishing touch.

I’m joining in with these challenges …

Make It Monday – Vellum Overlays (great video from Danielle)

CASE Study – Pamelo Ho’s circles/vellum overlay card

Color Throwdown – Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder (my closest colours to them)

SSS Monday – I Ought To Use This More (Vellum)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Off for a short meander around the blogosphere before bed … may well see you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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