Category Archives: Colour Me!

CASology #98 (Shine), Muse #70 (Vicki Dutcher), NBUS #1 (Friendship), Colour Me! #23 (Coastal Cabana), SSS Monday 2/6 (Magic)

I’m back!  This time with a shimmery, stripey, magical, friendly, monochromatic card …

CASology 98, Muse 70, NBUS 1, CMCC 23, SSSM 2-6

Yesterday, I had a fantastic Feedly fest and caught up with lots of what everyone’s been doing this week … including this card made by Kristie where she used a hanging word.  I was really taken with the idea so I’ve given it a go here.  I partially die cut a panel of paper with the ‘you’ (Mama Elephant letters), leaving the letters uncut at the top, and sliced through the remaining positive space at the join with a craft knife so that the word would hang down from the panel.  Strips and another ‘you’ were cut from pearlescent card and adhered over the white panel and word.  I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment (Technique Tuesday), trimmed the panel to size and popped it up on foam dots on the card base.

The sweet, talented, generous, humourous and thoroughly delightful Darnell is celebrating 500 followers this month … many congratulations, my friend … a perfect indication of how much you’re loved in our wonderful papercrafting community.  If you’re not already one of the 500, stop right now and go over to the Playhouse and sign up … you don’t want to miss being a follower for a moment longer!  I’ll wait.  To celebrate this amazing milestone, Darnell is hosting a fun challenge where we’re invited to join her using NBUS … Never Before Used Schtuff (a Darnellism!).  The theme is friendship and all the details are over at the Playhouse … another reason for a visit!  My NBUS here is the stamp set … Incredible by Technique Tuesday … I got it and one or two other goodies just as the creative go-slow in my brain started some weeks ago, so until today it hadn’t seen ink.

I’m also playing along with these challenges …

CASology – Shine (silver embossing and pearlescent card)

Muse – Vicki’s Inspirations (see below)

Colour Me! – Monochromatic Coastal Cabana

SSS Monday – Magic (heat embossing, the hanging die cut word … and Darnell!)

Off for a meander around the blogosphere … there may be more later!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Colour Me! #17 (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific point, Tempting Turquoise), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple), SSS Work It Wednesday #3 (Spring)

OK, this is my last post of the day … promise!

CMCC 17, SSSW 23-4, SSSWIW 3This is a card I made a few weeks ago and sent out straight away … I wanted the lovely friend it was winging it’s way towards to have a surprise when she got it, rather than seeing it here first.  Co-incidentally, it fits rather well into a few challenges, so I’m linking it up with them.  This is one of my favourite colour combo’s … and it happens to be the one at Colour Me this week … this’ll be my second submission.  SSS Wednesday is having a Keep It Clean and Simple challenge, so I’m linking up there too … and at SSS Work It Wednesday, it’s ‘Spring’ month … fresh flowers blooming … couldn’t get much more spring like!

I sponged three different inks over the centre panel, and once it was dry, the Annabelle Stamps blooms were stamped over the top.  I used Winnie & Walter’s tiny dots from Big Bang Confetti for the flower centres, stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  The sentiment’s from Avery Elle, again done in Versamark and white embossed, and I popped the panel up on foam dots on the base card.

It’d be great if I could find the time tomorrow to play along with Paulina’s Sequin Shaker Blog Hop at Pretty Pink Posh … it’s going to be a tight squeeze (it’ll be in between renovation work if it happens), but I may just get there!  For now though, my waking hours are just about over and my bed’s calling to me temptingly!  Thanks so much for sticking with all my posts today, I so appreciate all your visits and comments … they’re always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Addicted to CAS #37 Guest Designer (Grunge), Colour Me! #17 (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

This is my second fortnight guest designing with the awesome Addicted to CAS  DT … still excited, thrilled and honoured about it … and still a little squeaky!  Our host for this challenge is the amazing Kylie, there’s a prize sponsored by Bugaboo and the Code Word is Grunge …

ATCAS 37 GD, CMCC 17, SSSW 23-4

Those of you who are regular visitors will know that I’m a bit of a neat freak … and will understand that finding out the Code Word for this GD spot was Grunge struck just a smidge of fear into my happy-in-tidy-land heart!  Well, I guess that’s what challenges are for, GD spots or not, so the thinking cap went on … I chose some of my favourite colours (for comfort’s sake!), covered my desk with plenty of protection, and (as Shirley would put it) got sploshing and splatting!

I made a very watery puddle on a piece of watercolour card, ‘touched’ Distress Inks into it with a brush, allowing the colours to go where they wanted, and then used a heat gun to dry it.  The air from the heat gun blew the water about and dried the colours into this ‘interesting’ pattern.  Next, I loaded the brush up with a couple of different different blues and splatted the panel.  Once it was dry, the TAWS sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white … the words seem so appropriate for this card (!) … and it fits perfectly into the puddle!  The card panel warped quite a lot because of the water and heat, so I used plenty of glue runner to adhere it to the card base and left the finished card under a heavy book for a while to flatten it.  Voila … a neat freak’s verson of ‘Grunge’ … and so much fun to do … yes, liberating!

So, how will you interpret this Code Word?  There are so many possibilities … and even if you’ve never done grunge before, have a play … you never know what you’ll come up with till you do!  Check out the cards made by the talented DT cards for some fabulous inspiration!   Thanks so much to Kylie, Loll and all the DT for having me … and for such a wonderful warm welcome … it’s been an honour and so much fun!

My colours match with Colour Me‘s combo this week, so I’m joining in there, and I’m linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Keep It Clean and Simple challenge.

I’ll be back a little later with something else, but in the meantime, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Happy Birthday to Kim, Colour Me #12 (Subtle), Fusion #6

One of the sweetest souls in the blogging world is celebrating a birthday today … so this is for you, Kim … ultra talented card maker, soup supremo extraordinaire, chef de gateaux formidable, and all round delightful friend.  If you don’t know Kim already, either you’re a newbie in blogland, or you’ve been living in an alternative universe … go visit … and soak up all the gorgeousness that is Cupcakes, Cards and Kim!

Happy Birthday Kim, CMCC 12, Fusion 6I colour washed a watercolour card panel with three colours of Memento inks and put it aside to dry.  The Clearly Besotted stems were stamped onto vellum and embossed in white.  I made a slit at each end of the colour washing, inserted the vellum and adhered it on the inside.  A touch of bling to match the watercolouring, along with the Clearly Besotted sentiment finished off the panel, which was popped up  with foam tape onto the card base.

As I was inspired by the colours at Colour Me (Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana), and by the sketch at Fusion  (turned on it’s side), where it’s my first time playing along, I’m joining in with both.

Happy, Happy Birthday once again, Kim … hope you have a day as special as you are!

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


Make It Monday #148 (Generation Stamping), Colour Me! #3 (Pink, Saffron, Slate), SSSW 15/1 (Emboss It)

So, here’s my second card of the night … the opposite of the earlier one … soft, feminine and rather girlie …

MIM 148, Colour Me! 3, SSSM 13-1

At Papertrey’s Make It Monday, Dawn has challenged us to use a new technique … generation stamping line images.  I took the colours from the subtle palette at Colour Me! and I’m playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where there’s an Emboss It theme.

The single bloom image is from Technique Tuesday … I’d have used a Papertrey one but I only have solid images, and the technique doesn’t work as well with them.  I randomly stamped the flower using the grey, pink and saffron, and each flower image was offset slightly three times to get the effect of generational stamping.  The Papertrey sentiment was stamped in grey, I used a positioner to overstamp it in Versamark and then clear embossed it so it’d be a little more bold among the flowers.  The final touch was the bling in the middle of each bloom.

Time for me to be in bed … I’ll be enjoying some quiet time in blogland tomorrow, so may see you there.  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Little Tangles #28 (Saying Hello), Colour Me! #2 (Melon Mambo, Marine Mist, Neutral), One Layer Simplicity #1 (Restocking The Shelves), SSS Monday 6/1 (Blues)

As with the last card, I pushed another boundary here as these colours aren’t my usual mix (although I’m quite liking it now it’s done).

LT 28, CM 2, OLS 1, SSSM 6-1

I was lucky enough to win a Neat & Tangled border set recently (thanks, Danielle), so I’ve inked it up for the first time today, playing at Little TanglesColour Me! has provided the colours, it’s a one layer card so I’m linking up at the ever growing and full of inspiration One Layer Simplicity, and as Simon Says Stamp Monday has a blue theme this week, I’m joining in there too.

Looking at my card, I bet you’d never have guessed that I’ve been following plaid maestro of them all, the amazing Laura Bassen for a few weeks, would you?  I know, it’s a shock … have a lie down for a while if you need it.  Anyway, I found a tutorial Laura did for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom (here) and thought I’d try it (in a limited way given that we’re playing with two colours).

Now, my Memento equivalent of Marine Mist and Melon Mambo are great colours … they’re just not ones that I’ve used much together … so my focus was on the blue shade, with just a highlighting line of the pink, once the base stripes had been oh-so-carefully stamped.  The sentiment’s from Annabelle Stamps … well it’s two really, with a bit of masking to make them one.  I had a hankering to add bling …and tried valiantly.  However, not being able to make it work, I recalled some wise advice of my dear friend and card maker extra-ordinaire, Geri at Manitoba Stamper, to ‘step away from the card’ in cases such as this.  So I did … it’s unadorned.

I’m off to spend some happy time checking out what everyone else has been up to.  Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend … and for those of you in the depths of the big freeze, take care to keep snug and toasty warm … maybe even in your craft space!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Paper Smooches SPARKS 29/12 (Anything Goes), Colour Me! #1 (Island Indigo), SSS Wednesday 1/1 (Something New)

I played with splashes this evening.  Not in a big cascading way, you understand … more in a restrained, understated, almost dry sort of a way.  Well, splashettes, really … look …PSS 29-2, CM 1, SSSW 1-1

I’m joining in with Paper Smooches SPARKS‘ Anything Goes week, at the shiny new Colour Me! challenge, where we have Island Indigo to play with.  Also, as those sequins are NBUS (from Neat & Tangled), I’m linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Something New theme.

The PS thanks was stamped in Stazon black and watercoloured (not Island Indigo but the closest colour in my stash).  I overstamped the PS background in grey and used a waterbrush with what was left over from the colouring to make the splashettes over the card base.  The stars were Cricut cut (done in a rare moment of foresight when my Cricut was playing nicely), colour washed and splashetted with water.  When dry, the two were adhered together and popped up on the card on foam dots.  The sequins were the finishing touch.  I rather like the way the droplets on the coloured areas have lifted some of the colour off … makes it kind of texture-y.

I hope you’re staying warm and cosy where you are this weekend.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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