Category Archives: Cure For The Monday Blues

NBUS #1 (Friendship), Cure For The Monday Blues #22 (Geometric Generation), SSS Wednesday 18/6 (You Gotta Have Friends), SSS Monday 23/6 (I Ought To Use This More!)

Here’s a little card that came together over the last two evenings … yep, had a sleep break in between times!

NBUS 1, Monday Blues 22, SSSW 18-6, SSSM 23-6I started by embossing a card panel using my only NBUS EF (there are five BUS ones in my extensive collection!).  I really liked the white on white so limited additions to a touch of this and that … Wink of Stella and gems on the blooms, Tumbled Glass DI and Wink of Stella on the hearts, and some PTI stripes along the bottom to ground the image.   The sentiment’s from Annabelle Stamps (hello) and Avery Elle (my friend).    The panel’s mounted flat on the card base.  You can see some of the shimmer if you look closely … here it’s glistening it’s socks off!

I was inspired by these challenges …

Darnell’s 500+ followers NBUS Challenge (Friendship) … my third time joining in … if you haven’t played along yet there are still a couple of days left … you REALLY don’t want to miss out!  (My NBUS was the EF)

Taheerah’s Cure For The Monday Blues (Geometric Generation) … see below for the amazing inspiration picture.  This is only the second time I’ve played along … and this is challenge 22!   I focused on the two suitcases under the table for my colours and for the stripes … and kept the open, uncluttered look using the white on white embossing.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday (You Gotta Have Friends) … the sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Monday (I Ought To use This More) … the EF … there are so many possibilities … if only I had the free time!

I’m taking a trip round the blogsphere next, so may see you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          Simon Monday Challenge Blog

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Time Out #3 (Happy Birthday), Cure For The Monday Blues #14 (Neutral’s Nook), A Blog Named Hero #42 (Layer Cake), Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge, Make The Day Special #1 (Anything Goes)

Finally, I tied Monsieur Mojo down for a short while so he could help me with this …

Time Out 3, CFTMB 14, ABNH 42, HA Spring Sketch, MTDS 1

… and I’m hoping he’ll be less flighty in future!  I was also inspired by a number of challenges that just happened to slot together well.  At Time Out, it’s theme week and we’re using Happy Birthday with an optional twist of masculine.  Taheerah’s Cure For The Monday Blues inspiration picture is, as usual, stunning (check it out at the bottom) … I was struck by the striped mug, the triangle patterned napkin (?) and the doughnuts … and I also picked out the black frames.  We’re using layers or dimension at A Blog Named Hero‘s Layer Cake and my layout comes from Hero Arts’ Spring Sketch … I used Sketch 3.  Finally, I’m joining in with the first challenge at Make The Day Special, where Anything Goes, using at least one product from the store.

I stamped Hero Art’s Zig Zag background in black onto white card, sliced off a 3cm strip to use as the border panel and added a thin black border to the right side of it.  The strip was popped up on foam dots onto a white panel and the Avery Elle sentiment (Handwritten Notes, from MTDS) was stamped in black.  I added the wooden star embellishment to the side of the sentiment … it’s about the same colour as those yummy looking doughnuts … and popped a pewter-ish coloured brad (legs cut off) into the middle of it.  The white panel was mounted onto a slightly larger black panel and the whole thing was adhered to the base card.

I’m delighted to say a warm hello (albeit rather late as I’ve not been posting) to a few new friends and followers …non blogging card makers Sally and Denise, and bloggers, Deborah from Deborah’s Gems, Brenda from Friends Craftin With Friends and Christine from Poppaea Cards.  If you haven’t explored these fun, fabulous and inspiring blogs already, do pop over for a meander … and take a drink along … you may be a while!  You may also want to check out  Waltzingmouse Fanatics … Deborah is co-owner of this new-ish fortnightly challenge dedicated to Waltzingmouse Stamps (I know, you guessed that from the name, didn’t you?).  You’re all very welcome, ladies, and thank you 🙂

You may recall I’m Guest Designing with the awesome team at Addicted to CAS this month … so here’s a little reminder if you’re thinking of playing along with the latest challenge.  The Code Word is Far Away (so many possibilities), there’s lots of amazing inspiration from the DT and in the gallery … and more importantly, there are still days to go before Mr Linky closes the door!

Assuming Monsieur Mojo decides to be less capricious over the coming days, I should be back later in the week with a little something … it’s been waaaayyy too long … and I’ve missed you!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CAS(E) this Sketch #65, The Card Concept #4 (Floral), Cure For The Monday Blues #6

I experimented last night … and have an all-over-the-floor paper bin to show for it … and this card …

CTS 65, TCC 4, CFTMB 6

I’ve used Sam’s sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (where I haven’t played for such a long time), I’m joining in with the floral theme at The Card Concept (Clean and Simple style), and for the first time, linking up with Taheera’s Cure For The Monday Blues.

This resist technique is a new one for me, hence the experimenting.  The Stampendous ranunculus were stamped on a watercolour card panel with Versamark ink, clear embossed and then coloured (inspired by Therese‘s Muse card here).  I used a couple of pinks and tried different amounts of water with them, to see if I could create some depth and shading on the blooms, and a kind of halo effect around them to go with the sketchy look.  Once the card was dry, I went over it all with a wash of Memento Galaxy Gold and added a little gold embossing to the flower centres.  The sentiment’s from Clearly Besotted, again stamped in Versamark and then embossed in gold.  I swiped the edges of a card base with Versamark and gold embossed them before adhering the flower panel flat to it.  It was going to be popped up, but the bit of warping did away with that idea … it’s going to live under a heavy book till I send it out!

The door will soon be closing at CTS, so I’m off to link.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂