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Twofer Card Challenge #11 – Wreath

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our November Twofer Card Challenge!  If you look closely at our challenge badge above, you’ll notice there’s a change … yep, from now on, we will be accepting the use of stencils for the prompt element on your cards.  Yay for all you stencil aficionado’s out there!  Our prompt this month lends itself to lots of year round designs … though as Christmas is galloping up on us at a pace, it may just have you thinking of something festive for one of your cards … it’s …

My creative mind certainly took me to Christmas for one of mine …

My common stamp here is the Wreath Turnabout from Concord & 9th … let’s take a closer look at each design.

Isn’t that such a delicious colour palette for this autumn wreath one layer card … I was inspired to use it by the lovely Bev (thanks, sweet friend!), who gathered together inks of similar colours for a play session we had at the Lake House.   After turnabout-ing, I added the sentiment to the centre (from the same C9 set), covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle … and stamped the side borders (Essentials By Ellen Winterscapes).  They were all done in espresso ink (to tie in with the autumn feel), though it does look decidedly black in the photo.  I finished off with lots of tiny copper Nuvo Drop berries … holding my breath as I went!  Here’s a closer look at them … and the shimmer …

My Twofer …

For my Christmas card, the vellum panel was offset on my turnabout ‘turntable’ so that the wreath could be stamped off the edge.  I heat embossed each of the four turns in different metallic embossing powders, plus white … and then added in some extra elements on the inner part of the wreath, using smaller stamps from the same C9 set, along with one from Pink Fresh Studio‘s Bird With Flowers.  The WPlus9 sentiment was heat embossed under the wreath, I added a Lawn Fawn stitched border and adhered the panel to a dark grey base.  A scattering of stars was added around the sentiment and wreath … and I topped each star with a dot of white Enamel Accents to make it shine.

Where will our ‘Wreath’ prompt take you this month?  We’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … it’s just a click away!  Our talented Guest Designers this time round are Carol from Our Little Inspirations and Sybrina from Chapter Three. Do go and have a visit with them both … you’ll find their terrific Twofer cards, plus plenty of other delicious projects to enjoy and be inspired by!

My autumn wreath is joining in at  …

CAS On Friday – Brighten Someone’s Day

CASology – Compliment

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my Christmas card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No CAS Option)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #122 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge at Time Out has just gone live … and you might notice something a little different about it.  We have a wonderful, sparkly, shiny new look!  Do pop over to the Time Out blog and check it out … we love it … and think you’re going to love it too!   We have a Home Sweet Home picture to inspire you this fortnight (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it … and here’s our wonderfully festive inspiration …

My attention was taken by the non traditional Christmas colour palette of bright red, grey and white … and the pattern on the bedding … yum!  I stamped and white heat embossed the Simon Kaleidoscope Centre Cut Background onto an Ellen Hutson Oyster Grey card base … then started colouring with coloured pencils.  While the pencils are from a very ordinary generic set, I did have the chance to play with Kara‘s Prismacolors at the Lake House … and get a heap of guidance from the expert herself … so I put all I learned to work here.  You might have noticed that the die cut sentiment (also from Simon)  is adhered over an uncoloured, adhered-over-the-top circle of heat embossed card.  That’s because my colouring skills didn’t extend to the centre cut part of the pattern … that is, I messed up!  I kept the cover up without any colour so that the Glossy Accented sentiment would pop against it … here it is in a little more detail so you can see all that shine …

What is it that gets your imagination going in our photo … the colour combo, the texture, those Christmassy images, that snow white cat … or something else completely?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $20 gc from our wonderful sponsor, Altenew and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Mugdha from Craftomania.  Do pop over for a visit with Mugdha … and enjoy the wonderful selection of delicious cards on display over there!

         Altenew

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Mark Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … No CAS Option

SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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

         

       

 

A New Challenge At Time Out – #121 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  We’re starting a fresh new challenge at Time Out today … this fortnight we’re Inspired By Words … let us be grateful for what makes us happy.  Here’s where my imagination took me …

Time Out

Top 3 Spot – Thank You!

I very recently discovered Pink Fresh Studio (such delicious, whimsical and delicate goodies!) … and used one of the stamps in a newly acquired set (Fleur 1) for my thanks card, picking out the let us be grateful part of our Inspired By Words phrase for my theme.  I masked off a panel on a mixed media card base and stamped the floral cluster several times, changing direction and height to avoid an obvious repeat pattern.  The stamped panel was loosely watercoloured (a new to me technique that has me just a smidge outside my oh so orderly comfort zone … eek) and I drew a fine black line along the top and bottom of it.  The SSS thanks was cut out of the card front and out of black craft foam, I lined the inside of the card, and the die cut was set back into place, popped up on the foam.  I added clear Stickles to the centres of a few of those sweet blooms … and Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle, topped with Glossy Accents, to the sentiment.  As a finishing touch, some of the same colours in the flowers were splattered top and bottom of the floral panel.  How about a look at the detail …

         

Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love if it you joined us in the gallery.  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will win a $15GC … and there’ll be a random draw from all the entries for a goodie bag of stamps or dies.  As usual, our winner will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT.

I’m playing along at …

Pink Fresh Studio – Fussy Cutting/Die Cutting (see colour palette below)

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

SSS Work It Wednesday – Give Thanks

Uniko – Wonderful World (With Thanks Option)

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

                   

A New Challenge At Time Out #120 – We Challenge You To Be … Colourful!

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous new challenge starts this morning at Time Out … this fortnight … We Challenge You To Be … Colourful!   Here’s where I went with the theme …

Time OutMy ‘Colourful‘ is those cutie patootie, sparkly edged little bobble hats that are keeping this festive row of sweet penguin-ettes warm!   The penguins are from Winnie & Walter … they’re stamped in black and clear heat embossed … and are set along a distress ink sponged ice flow, into which the Winnie & Walter sentiment was stamped/heat embossed.  The colouring was done with Zigs … and I added some frosty shimmer to the furry brim and pompoms with a touch of Stickles.  Want to see the glitteriness a little better …

          

Where will our challenge take your creative imagination … to colourful images, as mine did … to something bright, bold and graphic … or somewhere else?  Wherever it takes you, we’d love to see what you create!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Winnie & Walter  (thanks, Shay!) … our  winner, as voted for by the DT will receive a $25 GC from the store … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with plenty of fabulous inspiration from our wonderful DT … why not pop over and enjoy!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Holiday

CAS Christmas – Birds

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

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

The Cats Pajamas – Holiday

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

        

               

Twofer Card Challenge #10 – Harvest

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our October Twofer Card Challenge … where our theme this month will have your creative imagination kicking up into seasonal gear … it’s …

As I write this post, the grape harvest (la vendange) is well under way in our region of France … so what could be more fitting than vines for my harvest themed cards?

My stamp in common here is the vine leaves … part of a set from Woodware (which I think is retired now).   Here’s a closer look …

For my ‘juste un mot’ (just a note) one layer card, the vineyard scene was stamped and white heat embossed onto a watercolour base card.  I coloured it with Zigs, stamped the sentiment (Simply Graphic) and hand drew the border around it.  So like our countryside, albeit a little more whimsical!

My Twofer …

For my Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) card, I created a random background for my grape cluster by repeatedly stamping the names of well known wines direct onto the base card (sadly my favourite is not among them!).  The grapes were stamped and masked … and I added the vine leaves from the landscape by doing some (very!) careful inking.  The images were coloured with alcohol markers … and had white pen highlights and glossy accents added to the grapes.  The sentiment is from Simply Graphic.  I didn’t add bling as this will be going to a wine loving male friend … don’t think sparkle (unless it’s in a glass!) would be his sort of thing.  Want to take a look at the individual glossy grapes … mmm … luscious …

Where will our ‘Harvest’ prompt take you this month?  Your mind is probably working on it already … we’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with heaps of fabulous inspiration from our brilliant DT … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us … Linby from Crafty Linby and Liz from Crafty Sunflower.  Do go and have a visit with Linby and Liz … you can check out their delicious Twofer cards to start with … and afterwards enjoy a delightful meander through all the other creative projects on display!

My vineyard landscape card is heading to …

AAA – Inspired By A TV Show … A Year In Provence

SSS Work It Wednesday – A Favourite Stamping Technique … Heat Embossing

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

and my grapes will be joining in at …

AAA – Inspired By A TV Show … Last of The Summer Wine

SSS Work It Wednesday – A Favourite Stamping Technique … Masking

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

                   

A New Challenge At Time Out – #119 – Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship

Hello … bonjour!  We have a special challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme this time round is Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  Here’s where I went with it …

Time OutI chose not to twist this time round.  My scribbly blooms and leaves are from CAS-ual Fridays Peaceful Garden and are stamped directly onto the card base.  I added some doodlie dots with a black pen to add to the whimsical nature of the images.  The sentiment is also from CAS-ual Fridays (Mon Ami) and is white heat embossed onto a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the base … and I was done.  Except … I wondered what it would look like if the monochrome was reversed … so made this to find out …White heat embossing onto a black panel … with a black on white sentiment strip.  I’m finding it hard to choose which I prefer … it changes from moment to moment … how about you?

How will you interpret our Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship 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 CAS-ual Fridays.  You may know that owner Michele is a breast cancer survivor and a huge champion of Breast Cancer Awareness, not only financially through her company but also through the Calling All Sistahs Blog, Encouragement Squad and Challenge, here.  Do go and check it out if you’re not aware of it … so worth it … and not to be too dramatic about it, it may just save your life.

Our  challenge winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $25 GC for the CAS-ual Fridays store … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with plenty of fabulous inspiration from our splendid DT … and from our talented and returning Guest Designer, Marieke.  There’s so much to enjoy at Marieke’s blog … go have a meander, you’ll love it!

         

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Calling All Sistahs – Black and White

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Wild (flowers)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Monochrome

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

         

 

                

Twofer Card Challenge #8 – Geometric

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our latest Twofer Card Challenge!  This month, we have a cool, stylish and fun prompt … it’s …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is the small triangle from Papertrey‘s Sketched Shapes … I love the interest that the scribbly pattern adds … and triangles are so versatile!  How about a closer look at each card?

         

Here I created a random pattern of overlapping triangles on my one layer card, using four different blue hues, pointing down and up towards the oversized Simon Says Stamp greeting, which was nestled into them.  The birthday sentiment and the random dots on the triangles (Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots) were silver heat embossed … adds a bit of shine without being too much for a masculine card.

My Twofer …

Doesn’t that single triangle stamp make a cute cluster of Christmas trees?  The bottom layer on each tree is the same triangle as on my first card.  Thanks to a negative mask that I hand cut in the shape of the tree, I could stamp the layers (which diminish in size as the trees get taller) and the trunks … with the same triangle stamp.  I used the positive part of the mask to protect the two front trees while the background one was stamped through the mask.  The sentiment is from WPlus9, heat embossed in gold and the trees are dressed in gold foil stars and Santa red bling. There’s a smidge of shading under the trees, though it’s hard to see here.  The finished panel was adhered to a card base that had been trimmed top and bottom with gold washi tape.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

How will your imagination use our ‘Geometric’ prompt this month?  Will you go conventional or unconventional … or both, as I did?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   All the details you need to play along are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious ideas from the DT to get those artistic juices flowing.   We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this time round … welcome to Cheryl from Paper Panacea and Brenda from Inkspired to Stamp, who also have some wonderful inspiration for you.  Do pop over and see both Cheryl and Brenda … there’s so much to see and enjoy over on their blogs … and they’ll be delighted you called!

My graphic masculine card is heading to …

Addicted to CAS – Masculine

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean And Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – Stamp A Pattern

Seize The Birthday – No Water Option

Watercoolor Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my Christmas tree cluster is cavorting over with …

CAS Christmas – Tree

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – No Sequins Option

SSS Monday – Add Some Tape

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