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Time Out DT #48, Freshly Made Sketches #220, Seize The Birthday – 14 January

Hello … bonjour!   I’m starting with a  huge thank you this morning … for all your wonderful comments following my CASEing Genius feature!  I was so touched and had my heart so thoroughly warmed by your lovely words, both here and on Kelly‘s blog … each of you is such a star … I’m grateful for every one of you … and am so blessed to be a part of this fantastic card making blog world!  Thank you!  Today marks the start of another brilliant challenge over at Time Out … this time round, our theme is ‘Designer to CASE’ … and our Designer is the amazingly talented Marika from Me and Minime Crafting.  Marika’s beautiful card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …

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Marika‘s beauty …

Isn’t it a stunner?   So much so that I stuck pretty closely to the original!  My floral cluster is from Papertrey, die cut, stamped and Distress Ink watercoloured … with Glossy Accents highlighting the tiny circles on the blooms … they’re all bobbly and texture-y!  I masked the card base and sponged on Distress Ink to create the stripe and the fading out colour, stamped the Papertrey sentiment in grey and popped my flower sprig up on craft foam (also die cut) over it.  Toyed with some sequins, but after a long some time playing, they couldn’t settle so went home … not their day for playing nicely with the flower, so it remains the star of the show!

How would you like to play along with us … you can use any or all of the elements in Marika‘s card to inspire you … we’d love to see what you create!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our wonderful DT.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along at …

Freshly Made Sketches – see below

Seize The Birthday – Clean and Simple Topping

I’m waaaayyyy behind with my meanderings around blogland … life has been a little crazy over the last week or so and I’ve not had the chance to pop in as usual … my apologies … looking forward to some fabulous inspiration over the next few days!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Joyeux Noël! Virginia’s View #21, Happy Little Stampers CAS – December, Freshly Made Sketches #217, SSS Wednesday 23/12

Hello … bonjour!  Are you all ready for the festivities … relaxed, chilled and maybe even already enjoying the company of loved ones … hope so!  I managed to get everything finished with minutes to spare (!) and we just got home after taking part in our candlelit, carolling Procession of the Nativity through town, which finished with the first mass of Christmas at church.  Lovely!   I’m popping in now to wish you and those you love the Happiest Christmas … may the joy of Our Lord’s birth light your day tomorrow and always …

Merry Christmas, VV 21, HLS CAS December, FMS 217, SSSW 23-12This gorgeous die cut is from Taylored Expressions … I adhered it flat over a sponged-with-three-distress-inks background (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire) … and intentionally created the halo effect around the white .  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado … sliced off one of only nine wood block stamps I possess!  There’s heaps of sparkle from a good spritz or three of Shimmer Spray … and from the Stickles on the star … you can see a hint of it here … although IRL but it’s much, much more shimmery …

Merry Christmas, VV 21, HLS CAS December, FMS 217, SSSW 23-12 DetailI’m playing along at …

Virginia’s View – All About Glitter … my second entry, just squeezing in before Mr Linky closes his doors for the final (for now, I hope!) time!

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Favourite Technique … love sponged backgrounds!

Freshly Made Sketches – See Below

SSS Wednesday – Make It Sparkle … it really does!

Christmas Blessings to you … thanks so much for coming by during this wonderful season, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Runway Inspired Challenge #91, Virginia’s View #18, Freshly Made Sketches #202, SSS Monday 31/8

Hello again!  I’m back with my second card from the weekend … rather more bold and graphic than the last … look …

RIC 91, VV 18, FMS 202, SSSM 31-8I sliced up some black and white card, put it together again over an adhesive covered piece of spare card, and trimmed it to size.  The banner is a die cut from SSS (now retired), also cut to size … in length and width.  I used some removable tape to take the little squares from the grid, coloured them randomly with Promarkers, adhered the grid to another strip of card and nestled the the squares cosily into their places.   A loosey goosey (Laura speak!) nest of thread was twirled behind the banner, which was then adhered across the black and white panel.  I stamped the sentiment (Annabelle Stamps, sadly now not operating), the panel was popped up on fun foam and I added a  black sequin and white dot over the nest.

My inspiration for this card came from …

Runway Inspired Challenge – Michael Kors … check out that cool, graphic ensemble below!  I picked out the black and white from the jacket, trousers and walls, my banner mimics the blouse, the thread nest is a nod to the handbag strap, and the sequin/dot combo reflects the belt buckle!

Virginia’s View – Geometric Patterns … both the panel and the banner.

Freshly Made Sketches – Sketch below… it’s fabulous!

SSS Monday – Trio of Colours …  mine were the aqua, lime and black … the black was so key to the design, I counted that as a colour rather than a neutral … hope that’s ok!

That’s it from me for now … time for bed … I’ll be back tomorrow with my final make of the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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A Blog Named Hero 20/8, Freshly Made Sketches #200, Hero Arts 17/8, Little Tangles #59, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello again … hope your Sunday has been (or is turning out to be) simply splendid!  As mentioned earlier, I’m popping back with this evening (quickly … it’s late!) to share the second card I made yesterday …

ABNH 20-8, FMS 200, HA 17-8, Little Tangles 59, W&W JITWI sponged Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire) over a white card panel, used Jennifer McGuire‘s tip of brushing over the still damp ink with Perfect Pearls to create a faux metallic look, and then did some double partial die cutting.  First came the Winnie & Walter ‘Happy’, where I left the ‘p’ and ‘y’ attached to the panel, and second was the Hero Arts Triangle Background.  Neat & Tangled‘s Across The Card sentiment was stamped onto a slip of  spare card, clear embossed and then trimmed down to fit into the top row of triangles.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the base … and I was done!

My card was inspired by these challenges …

A Blog Named Hero – As Clean And Simple As Can Be … I’m thinking it’s crisp and clean … and that there’s lots of ‘white’ (or metallic) space.  If it isn’t CAS enough though, ladies, please feel free to delete!

Freshly Made Sketches – see below for the sketch … this is my first time playing … and they’re celebrating their 200th challenge … where have I been??

Hero Arts – Makeover (give a past project a new look) … I CASEd a set of cards made during one of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady weeks in May (see below), changing the white space for ink sponged space, adding the metallic sheen, die cutting the lower section of the card panel and making the sentiment into a banner.

Little Tangles – Happy Birthday … to celebrate Neat and Tangled’s birthday last week … congratulations on three fabulous years, Danielle!

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … Julie and Shay’s ongoing challenge using their wonderful goodies.

That’s it for my weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

My original card set …

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