Category Archives: Happy Little Stampers

AAA Cards #84, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – February, SSS Wednesday – 22 February, Where Creativity Meets C9 #6

Hello … bonjour!  This is the first non-DT/GD card I’ve posted since the beginning of the year … goodness, haven’t the weeks just flown by?  Seems that suddenly, we’re on the edge of spring (on this side of the world) … and soon, the chill of winter will be over for another year … yay!  So, to celebrate, I’m sharing a little floral number with you today …

aaa-84-hls-watercolour-feb-sssw-22-2-wcmc9-6This card started life as a Brusho panel, created at the Lake House (thanks to the lovely Darnell for the lesson and use of the Brusho’s).  It was trimmed, heat embossed with Concord & 9th’s floral cluster and a Papertrey sentiment … and then I went to work with a waterbrush and paper towel to lift some of the colour from the flowers and leaves.  I let it dry, adhered it flat to a card base and that was it … quick and easy and CAS … even though the white space isn’t white!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Watercolour

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Love

So happy to have had chance, at last, to meander through blogland this week … and leave some love on my way round … it’s been wonderful to see so much delicious inspiration!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Bon weekend!  Anita 🙂

         

         

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Time Out DT #77, Happy Little Stampers Dies – February, SSS Monday – 13 February, SSS Wednesday 15 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour … it’s been a while!  I’ve not been around in blogland for most of this month as the vast majority of my time and energy has been taken up with all things restoration related.  So, no card making and, I’m really sorry to say, no commenting either … though I have been popping in for quick views of your creations when it’s been possible.  There was a plan to catch up … though as each day passed, still with only 24 hours in it, it became clear it wasn’t going to work!  My apologies 😦   Life has started to calm down a little now … and I’m looking forward to a return to normal service!  What better way to start then than with our next fabulous challenge at Time Out?  This fortnight, we have a fun and cute ‘Home Sweet Home’ inspiration picture to inspire you (below) … here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-77Time Out… and here’s the sweet inspiration …

I was taken with the field of flowers at the bottom right (above the waves) on this amazing wall mural … and by the whimsical style.  On a white card panel, I stamped and heat embossed the blooms from Stamplorations’ Bees’ Knees Folk Flowers set (thanks so much Shery!) … and set about colouring them with crayons.  I’ve not been sure about diving into the crayons trend at all, so got some local supermarket ones to try out and see if they’re my thing … the jury’s still out on that for now!  Anyway, when the colouring was done, I cut a ‘hill’ with a SSS die, stamped an Avery Elle sentiment onto it, and ran it and the coloured panel through my Cuttlebug with a Winnie & Walter stitched scalloped frame die.  The curved sentiment strip was popped up on craft foam onto the flower panel, which was in turn adhered flat to an inked edged card base.  I finished with a little doodling to add to the whimsical style of these fun blooms.

There’s so much to be inspired by in this photo … houses, trees, flowers, rainbows, birds, sea life … the world’s your oyster (tee hee … pun intended!) … where does your imagination take you?  We’d love to see!  This time round we’re sponsored by Stamplorations … our winner will receive a $10 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole raft of delicious card ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Andrea from KandA Creative Moments  (do go along for a visit with Andrea, there’s heaps to see and enjoy over there!).

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Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Favourite Tool (Misti and Cuttlebug)

SSS Wednesday – Fantastic Florals

SSS Work It Wednesday – New (stamp set)

Thanks so much for coming by (even when I’ve been neglecting you!), your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Time Out DT #75, Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #8, Where Creativity Meets C9 #5, Happy Little Stampers Dies – January

Hello … bonjour!  We have a CASE the Designer challenge for you this fortnight at Time Out … and our designer is the amazingly talented Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin. Ksenija’s delicious card is below … here’s my take on it …

time-out-dt-75Time Outand here’s Ksenija‘s CAS delight …

The pops of bright colour and whimsical style of Ksenija‘s card really caught my eye, so that’s what I focussed on for my CASE.  I used Concord & 9th’s Wildflowers set, randomly stamped onto a stitched card panel, and coloured the leaves and flowers with Zigs.  The panel was adhered over craft foam onto a grey card base and I added a Concord & 9th sentiment, popped up on foam tape, to finish off.

What draws your attention on Ksenija‘s card … the CAS-ness, the tone on tone background, those vibrant colours … or something else?  You can use any or all of the elements that Ksenija used for your card … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with loads of wonderful inspiration from our amazing DT, and from our fabulous Guest Designer, Marjan from Marjan’s Blog (do go over for a visit … there’s so much loveliness to see!).

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Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes … all but one of my stamps are NBUS

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Try Something New … all the stamps except the large leaf

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes … card panel

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

                   

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Guest Designer – CASology #232, Darnell’s NBUS #8, Happy Little Stampers Dies – January

Hello … bonjour!  I’m thrilled to be guest designing with the CASology team this week … thanks so much for the invitation, Melissa … and thanks to the DT too for having me!  The Cue Card is ‘Cut’ … here’s where I went with it …

guest-designer-casology-232casology-guest-designer-badgecasology-week-232-cutYou can see where my ‘Cut’ is can’t you!  I stamped the WPlus9 blooms around the sweet spot (where the thirds lines intersect) on a white card panel, popped up the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) and Wink of Stella’d die cut sentiment onto craft foam next to it, added some dots of Glossy Accents to the flower centres and sprinkled on a little bling.  Voilà!

I do hope you’ll let your imagination wander through all things ‘Cut’ … and that you’ll join in the fun at CASology this week.  If you haven’t been for a visit already, do go over there and check out what fabulous inspiration the Design Team has prepared for you to get your creative juices flowing!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My ‘Cut’ card is also heading to …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Anything Goes … NBUS die cut sentiment … sorry my friend, no kraft paper and no coloured pencils in my possession!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Thanks once again to the CASology Team for having me over to play cards … and thanks to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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Time Out DT #73, CAS Mix Up – December, CAS-ual Fridays #163, Happy Little Stampers – December, SSS Wednesday – 21 December, SSS Work It Wednesday – November

Hello … bonjour!  Today we start the last challenge of the year at Time Out … this fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … ‘With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning’.  To me, this is a perfect phrase for Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus,  the Son of God, who came to the world to give us all a new beginning in Him … here’s my card …  time-out-dt-73Time Out         

My Christmas Day sunrise is made up of a blend of five sponged Distress Inks, sprayed and splattered with Shimmer Spritz.  The die cuts are from Concord & 9th‘s Holy Night Bundle … they were adhered flat to the inked card base and the star was covered with a generous coat of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  I finished off with the sentiment, also from the same bundle, stamped in Delicata Gold ink, to match all the other sparkle.

Where will these lovely words take you this fortnight?  You can use any or all of them to inspire a card … we’d love to see your take in the gallery!  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations this fortnight … our winner will win a £20 GC and our two HMs will each receive a $10 GC.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of creative ideas from our fabulous DT and our talented Guest Designer,  Marina from My Perfect Life.  Do go and have a wander around Marina’s fun and creative blog … there’s lots of loveliness to enjoy!

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CAS Mix Up – Stamping + Sponging + Choice (Die Cutting)

CAS-ual Fridays – Christmas or Hanukkah

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Make It Sparkle

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cuts

It’s been pretty quiet here on the old blog recently (other things have been pressing!) … and I’ve not been in blogland very much either … looking forward to catching up with everyone very soon!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                  

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Addicted to Stamps & More #219, Happy Little Stampers Dies – November, SSS Work It Wednesday – October, Tic-Tac-Toe #21

Hello … bonjour!  A delightful, sweet friend and her DH moved house recently … as with some house moves, it wasn’t smooth to start with … but now they’re settled and (mostly!) unpacked, and they have their card, so I’m sharing it with you …

atsm-219-hls-dies-november-mft-colour-57-ssswiw-october-tic-tac-toe-21A mid grey scalloped pierced panel (Winnie & Walter with a bit of extra cutting to reduce the size), a little SSS house with a chimney lovingly constructed by hand (’cause a house with a cheminée is so cosy), and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted (with the o masked off and replaced with a W&W heart).  The final touch was to light the fire so that those tiny red Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented die cut W&W hearts would go floating off up the chimney!

This little home is off to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use a Simon Product

Tic-Tac-Toe – Top Line (Home Sweet Home, Use Tiny Die Cuts, CAS)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend … hope you have time to fit in some crafting!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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A Lake House Adventure … A Card … And A Bag!

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you’ve had a good week … with at least a little time to be crafty!  I’ve not had chance to get creative with paper over recent days … though I did have plenty of time the week before.  Last Sunday, I was on my way home after a wonderful card making week away at the Lake House … yep, as you may have read on Darnell‘s blog, the BABES got together again for lots of crafting, loads of laughing and heaps of fun!  Since then, it’s taken me a while … for my body to get over the loooong journey .. for my internal clock to adjust to the seven hour time difference … for me to get back into the swing of normal life … and it was all so worth it to spend time with these wonderful, fun and amazingly talented friends!  This is a long and photo heavy post, so if you’re just interested in a card, please do scroll down, there’s one waiting for you towards the bottom!  Otherwise, let me share a picture or two of our trip (courtesy of Darnell … thanks, mon amie!) … and if you’d like any more background, you can always go here for the original story two years ago.

babes-2-2Starting on the left and going round the table … Geri (Manitoba Stamper), Me, Ardyth (Maskerade), Bev (Happy Dance), Kim (Cupcakes, Cards and Kim), Darnell (dJkardkreations) … just as we sat down for a late lunch/early dinner once everyone had arrived.

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We were blessed with beautiful autumn days almost all week … which brought these little albino squirrels out to play (we were sure this was Snowflake and her family … check out our last visit for more details about Snowflake!) … and ended with the loveliest sunsets, seen from our crafting table.

babes-2-8We had heaps of messy fun when Darnell shared with us her tips and tricks on using Brusho’s to create delicious backgrounds … and Ardyth showed us how she uses Magenta Colour Bursts for lovely loose watercolouring.  Both products are similar and create the most amazing effects.  Here are Geri and Bev playing (note the gloved hands and covered kitchen island … I did say it was messy!) … you can just see my gloved hands bottom left, about to start work on a card I’ll share in another post soon.

babes-2-12Oh … and we did lots and lots of card making … there were so many finished cards between us at the end of the week … and a whole heap of others part way through.  I got my Christmas card designs done … and did lots of the prep for getting them completed and ready to send out in plenty of time this year!  We shared ideas and techniques with one another and had chance to use one another’s goodies as well as our own, as we created our way through the whole seven days!  It was another memorable and to-be-long-treasured time … thank you so much, ladies, from my heart!

So, how about a Lake House card …

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These gorgeous blooms are from Concord & 9th … stamped and white heat embossed direct onto a card base.  I sponged over a layer of Distress Ink to start and then went to work adding water and dropping more ink in and around the flowers and leaves, till I was happy with the soft watercolour look.  I cut a card panel and a piece of craft foam with a stitched circle die from MFT, and stacked them over the inked flowers.  The sentiment is from Papertrey, cut three times in card to match the inks … stacked and topped with white, and adhered across the card front.  Voilà!

My card is heading over to (badges below) …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Watercolour

Seven Hills Crafts – Colour Palette (below) … I used the three lightest peacock colours

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

There’s also a little gift bag to share with you …

sssm-17-10This was made with a Lawnfawn die … and decorated with some newly acquired snowflake dies from SSS to go with the patterned paper (thanks for taking delivery, Bev!).  The bigger one was cut in glitter card, the smaller one was cut twice in vellum.  I adhered them all together at the centre, added a white bling to cover the join, popped them on the bag and topped the vellum with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle.  When the sparkle dried, the vellum snowflakes had curled up to make themselves all dimensional … what a happy surprise!

I’m sending this over to (badge below) …

SSS Monday – Treat Bag/Box

If you’re still here … thanks so much for making it through such a long post … as you know by now, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

               

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