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Uniko #33 – Guest Designer, AAA Cards #66, CAS on Sunday #85, Seize the Birthday – 16 June, SSS Wednesday – 15 June

Hello … bonjour!  It’s not often I post on consecutive days … but I am today as I’m delighted to be Guest Designing with the DT over at Uniko for this month’s delicious challenge … how exciting … thanks so much, Bev, for the invitation!  We have a fabulous photo to inspire you this time round … it’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

Uniko 33 GDand here’s the creative muse … delectable isn’t it?

ChallengeGraphic3I picked out the scrumptious colour palette and the white detailing for my card … and started by heat embossing the Uniko butterfly off the edge of a panel of Ranger watercolour card.  The butterfly was coloured with Zigs … I added the colour just to the inside edges of the embossing and used a waterbrush to pull it out and blend it across the wings.  There’s a soft blue halo of watercolour wash around the butterfly … and some delicate splatters because the butterfly is  disturbing the air as it flutters!  The Uniko ‘celebrate’ was stamped in grey (to maintain the soft look), the supplementary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and I added some Ranger Enamel Accents to finish off.

How would you like to play along with us?  There’s so much to see in this photo … colours, white accenting, circles, florals, hearts, doodling … I even spotted a snowflake!  Why not let your imagination roam and see what it comes up with … we’d love to see you in the gallery!  All the details are over at the Uniko blog, together with all kinds of delicious inspiration from the wonderfully talented Design Team … do go and take a look … and enjoy!

My butterfly is also fluttering off to …

AAA Cards – Watercolouring

CAS on Sunday – Butterfly … my first time playing along!

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Animal Magic (it does say butterflies to buffalos!)

Thanks once again to Bev and the DT for having me … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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The Challenge #66 – Featured Designer, CAS(E) this Sketch #165, TE Share Joy #28, Little Tangles #66, Seize The Birthday – 24 March

Hello … bonjour … hope you had a Blessed and Joyful Easter!  I’m here for the last time today as Featured Designer over at The Challenge … it’s been so much fun and an honour to have joined Lesley and the DT for the whole month … such amazing talent in this fabulous group of crafters … and such wonderful, inspirational challenge photo’s!   Thanks so much for having me, ladies, it’s been a delight!   We have a masculine theme this time round (the fabulous picture is below) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 4The Challenge #66 - March Week 4 - MasculineMy stash is nautically challenged … but I was so taken with the images and those delicious blue hues that I wanted to capture the overall sense of the ocean!  I used Papertrey‘s Ombre Builders to create the ombré waves across a white card panel, added a stacked SSS ‘smile’ die cut so it would bob about on them (as a life saver would!) and adhered a flag shaped secondary sentiment (also SSS) alongside.  The miniscule pops of red in the die cut and at the end of the flag mimic the edge of the wavy navy pillow in the photo!  I sponged the edges of a card base with Distress Ink and popped the panel up on craft foam over it … voilà!

There are so many different elements to this gorgeous inspiration photo … what takes your eye?  You can choose to focus on any or all of them … or just use it as a prompt to spark your creative imagination.  We’d love to see what you come up with … hope you’ll join us in the gallery!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with plenty of wonderful ideas from the fabulous DT!

I’m playing along with …

CAS(E) this Sketch – see below … such a cool sketch!

TE Share Joy – Clean and Simple

Little Tangles – Ombré

Seize The Birthday – Water

After being up to my eyes in alligators for a while, I’ve at last begun to make my way around blogland … I’ve missed you all … and all the gorgeous cards you’ve been making!  What a wonderful voyage of discovery awaits … see you soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



The Challenge #65 – Featured Designer, A2Z Scrapbooking – March, Addicted to CAS #84, CAS(E) this Sketch #164, Uniko #30

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I’m so happy to be here for my third week as Featured Designer over at The Challenge.  This time, we have a gorgeous photo inspiration to get your creative juices going.  It’s a little further down … here’s where I went with it …

The Challenge GD 3… and here’s the lovely inspiration …

The Challenge #65 - March Week 3 - Photo InspMy focus was on those vibrant colours in the stack of books and on those beautiful blooms.  I used Hero Arts‘ Spring Hello by Lia to stamp and white heat emboss the sentiment and the cascade of sweet flowers onto the top third of a card panel … and then had fun with Distress Inks.  Don’t you just love that moment when the embossed images start to pop as you sponge and blend over the DI?  I mixed up some Brilliance white pigment ink with a little water, did some gentle splattering with a refilled Wink of Stella brush and then added some Star Dust Stickles to the centres of the flowers.  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on the card base on craft foam.  Couldn’t capture the full impact of the shimmeriness in the photo … IRL it’s really pretty!

What catches your eye in this beautiful picture … the colours, those soft peonies, the touches of gold, the graphic shapes … or is there some other detail that that captures your imagination?  We’d love to see how you’re inspired … and have you join in with us!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with loads of wonderful ideas from the amazing Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along!

I’m linking up with …

A2Z Scrapbooking – Embossing … HA Spring Hello by Lia

Addicted to CAS – Delicate … that scripty sentiment font and sweet blooms!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below …  with the sketch inverted … too much of a stretch?

Uniko – Spring/Easter … I went with Spring

It was lovely to have chance to meander through blogland a little yesterday … there’s still so much inspiration I’ve not seen yet from last week … looking forward to seeing more … soon I hope!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


The Challenge #64 – Featured Designer, Seize The Birthday – 10 March, SSS Wednesday – 9 March

Hello … bonjour!  I’m excited to be back for my second week as Featured Designer at The Challenge … this time round we have a colour theme … just take a look at those gorgeous hues a little further down!  This is where my imagination took me …

The Challenge GD 2and here are the colours …

The Challenge #64 - March Week 2 - ColoursNot hard to see how I was inspired … hmmm?  That fun window blind and and bright green chest of drawers really caught my eye … and prompted me to pull out just the perfect Crafters Workshop stencil.  I sponged Distress Inks (Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke) direct to the card base, blending the colours and fading them out to nothing on the angle.  The Papertrey sentiment was cut in green card and blue craft foam, stacked and adhered direct to the card front.  Love how the slant of the script mimics the angle of the faded out stencilling!  I stamped the secondary sentiment nestled in under the die cut and added some enamel accents to finish.

Where is your paper crafting imagination going with these colours?  Where ever it’s is, we’d love for you to link up what you create and join us in the gallery!  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with heaps of inspiration from the amazing Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along with us!

I’m joining in with …

Seize The Birthday – No Toppings

SSS Wednesday – A Bit of Green

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

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The Challenge #63 – Featured Designer, Darnell’s NBUS #6, Seize The Birthday – 25 February, SSS Wednesday 2 March

Hello …. bonjour!  I’m thrilled and delighted to be guest designing alongside the amazing Design Team at The Challenge … every week for the whole month as the Featured Designer … how exciting!  We have a fun and versatile sketch to tempt you this time around (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 1and here’s the sketch …

The Challenge #63 - March Week 1- SketchYep, I switched the background panel to the right rather than the left … those tropical cuties needed to be looking in the right direction!  I masked the card base, sponged on some ombré blue hued Distress Inks and spritzed over it with Shimmer Spray.  The MFT birds were die cut, stamped and coloured with Promarkers … and I cut the MFT palm leaves in green and sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  The birds were arranged against the tropical sky (popped up on die cut fun foam) in the upper most branches of their trees, nestled cosily among all the leaves.  The Avery Elle sentiment was the final touch.

There are so many ways to interpret this fabulous sketch … where will your creativity take you with it?  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with inspiration galore from the Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along with us!

My tropical birds are flying off to …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … my second entry for the lovely Darnell’s sixth challenge … the two birds on the right are both NBUS.

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Touchy Feely … those popped up birds amid all the texture-y leaves.

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

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Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Guest Designer – March, Darnell’s NBUS #6, SSS Monday – 29 February, SSS Wednesday – 2 March, SSS Work It Wednesday – February

Hello …. bonjour!  I’m honoured and delighted to be guest designing with the awesome CAS team at Happy Little Stampers for the March challenge.  The theme this month is Faux Mother of Pearl … a lovely, soft technique that I’d never explored … now that I have, I can understand how much depth and shimmer it creates!  Here’s my take on it …

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Thanks to Loll (her video is fabulous!) and Toni (for Loll’s link and another), I had a heap of fun creating the panel above … and it’s so easy!  I used a squidge of Liquid Pearls, scrunched up a piece of cling film, dibbled it into the PP and pounced to my heart’s content onto a white card panel.  Once the panel was dry, I sponged over a bunch of green and blue hued Distress Inks … the pounced Liquid Pearls resisted the DI, so all that was needed to finish off the panel was a gentle polish with a paper towel.  I trimmed the panel to fit my card front, adhered the SSS floral stem die cut to it (NBUS … from my lovely friend, Michele) and mounted the whole thing up on fun foam onto the base.   The SSS sentiment was stamped in Memento Paris Dusk and covered with Wink of Stella … and was surrounded by  a scattering of die cut hearts (from the panel offcuts), which had been coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents before being adhered to the card base.  Like to see a detail shot of that faux mother of pearl shimmer …

HLS CAS GD Detail - MarchSo … have you tried the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique?  It’s fun … why not give it a go … we’d love to see your CAS creation in the gallery!  All the details are over on the Happy Little Stampers – CAS blog … along with a heap of inspiration from the Design Team!  Do hope you’ll play along!

I’m joining in with …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … yep, she’s back for #6!  The sweet flower stems are my NBUS

SSS Monday – Leap Into The Unknown … the faux mother of pearl technique was unknown

SSS Wednesday – Touchy Feely … bobbly mother of pearl, die cut, popped up panel, GA’d hearts

SSS Work It Wednesday – Florals

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

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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer – Mid Challenge Reminder, CASology #184, Tic-Tac-Toe #3, Simply Create Too #102

Hello … bonjour!   There’s still plenty of time left to play along with CASEplorations with the STAMPlorations Girls, where I’m still excited and honoured to be the CASE-ee this month … with this card from January 2015 …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016and this is my second CASE, born from the first (here) …

CASEplorations GD2 - February 16Guess where all those luscious shimmery hearts came from … yep, they were the positives from the die cut space … and they were just too sweet not to use up.  So I die cut the SSS grid (ETA now discontinued) into a white card panel and allowed the little hearts to arrange themselves on it, adhered them and covered them in copious quantities of Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents.  Some Distress Inks were blended onto another piece of card (same colour combo as the hearts), and the piece was trimmed and adhered to the base so that the colours would show through the grid and down the edge.  The grid/heart panel was stamped with a STAMPlorations sentiment, I added a little bling, popped the panel up over the card base … and I was done.

So … if you haven’t already, how d’you feel about doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  All the details (including prizes!) are over on the STAMPlorations blog, along with loads of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs … that you really don’t want to miss!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

CASology – Valentine

Tic -Tac-Toe – Top Row … Love, Shimmer, Hearts

Simply Create Too – Love or Valentine’s

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

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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer, AAA Cards #57, SSS Wednesday – 27 January, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, TE Share Joy #20, Uniko #28

Hello … bonjour … happy Monday to you!  I’m thrilled and delighted today to be joining the STAMPlorations Girls as their CASEplorations Guest Designer for February … what an honour to be CASEd by such a talented group of designers!  One of my previous cards was chosen as the CASE-ee … this one from January last year …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016… and here’s my CASE …

CASEplorations GD1 - February 16 I focused on the colour scheme, heart shaped images, some negative die cut space and platinum (or should that be platin-yum!) embossing powder.  The changes were the layout, the popped up and interlocking die cut shapes and the heat embossed trim top and bottom.   The larger hearts are from SSS … they were ombré stamped, die cut and had the little hearts (also SSS) cut into them.  Once I’d decided on the dancing line layout, I used the large die again to cut spaces into each heart (except the last), so that they ended up interlocked, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.  I masked, Versamarked and heat embossed the strips top and bottom of the card base, and stamped and embossed the STAMPlorations sentiment.  The dancing hearts were popped up on foam tape on the card base and I finished off with a coat or three of Wink of Stella to make them all shimmery … you can see it best on the first one.

So … feel like doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for all the details (including prizes!) … and for a heap of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Love Me Like You Do

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New … my STAMPlorations sentiment

TE Share Joy – Keep It Clean And Simple

Uniko – Anything Goes … with the love option

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

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CASEing Genius!

CASEing Genius 1Hello … bonjour!  I’m guessing you’ll all have heard of the amazingly talented and enthusiastic Kelly Latevola and her fabulous series called CASEing Genius, where she takes inspiration from a designer’s cards, creates her own masterpiece and shares it across the blogosphere.   Kelly celebrated her one year anniversary of the series towards the end of last year, and during it, asked those who entered her challenge to nominate a designer for her to CASE.  The sweet and lovely Bev at Happy Dance nominated me … eek (really?!) … and today, I’m excited, honoured and so delighted to be featuring over at You and Your Big Dreams in Kelly’s latest CASEing Genius post!

As this is a scheduled post, I haven’t seen Kelly’s card yet … but am so looking forward to it … I’ll be there as soon as I can to check it out!  If you’d like to pop over and take a look, you’ll find it here, along with a snippet or two of information about yours truly!  Thanks so much, Kelly for the feature … it’s been so fun … and an honour to be among so many awesome CASEing Genius Alumni!  Thanks so much too, to sweet Bev, for the nomination that started it all!

Finally, thanks so much to you for coming by … your visits and comments (even without me showing you a card!!) are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

The 12 Kits of Occasions – December Guest Designer

Hello … bonjour … hope you had the most wonderful and blessed Christmas!  Today, I’m excited and honoured to be Guest Designing with the DT at The 12 Kits of Occasions!  What a fabulous surprise and huge thrill it was some months ago, to receive the lovely Lindsey‘s invitation to play along with this group of truly amazing, super talented crafters.  Thanks so much, Lindsey … it’s been so much fun playing with the myriad of wonderful goodies in your ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ kit!  Just take a look at all the yumminess that tumbled out of my happy package …

12 Kits Dec 15 Yep … fantastic … so full of delicious supplies!  I made eight cards … so far (warning, photo heavy post!) … and there’s still tons left to play with.  Are you sitting comfortably … can I share?

12 Kits 1Isn’t that feathery trim from the kit just gorgeous … perfect frostiness … and the snowflake’s been shimmered up too!

12 Kits 2The blended card base was an ‘Anita’ addition … as was the sparkly Stickles shining from the windows of those sweet little houses!

12 Kits 3Here, these warm hearted neighbours have thrown open their shutters to welcome guests who arrive by the shimmery light of the Stickled stars …

12 Kits 4… and the residents of this tiny mountain hamlet must be skiers … they’re hoping for more snow … my sparkly seed beads serve as the shaker snow!
12 Kits 5Non traditional colours for a contemporary door wreath … complete with Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented ornaments.

12 Kits 6The slightly more traditional next door neighbour …

12 Kits 7and the minimalist one on the other side !  The tiny berries were my own addition.

12 Kits 8Finishing as I started … with snowflakes … all shimmery and pearly …

12 Kits All… and here’s a final photo of them all, lined up along the cheminée.

If you haven’t already been, I know you’ll want to head over to The 12 Kits of Occasions blog to check out the fabulous array of cards from the DT and from fellow Guest Designer, Bhavana … and to follow the links to their blogs.  There’s a full list of supplies over there too, if you’d like further details on those.  Thanks so much, once again, Lindsey for such a fantastic kit … it’s been a delight playing along with you all!

I’m linking some of my Walking in a Winter Wonderland cards to …

SSS Wednesday – All That Sparkles (the first four)

SSS Monday – Winter Wonderland (the first four and the last)

I hope your New Year celebrations turn out to be magical … and that 2016 brings you blessings in abundance … health, happiness, love and laughter among them!  As this is my last post of the year, I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of you … friends, followers (of the active and silent variety!) and visitors … for your support, encouragement, kindness, generosity … and most especially, your friendship.  My world is a better place because you are in it!

I’ve written these following words so often … and each time I mean every single word … they come from my heart!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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