Category Archives: Inspired By All The Little Things

Guest Designing At Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello … bonjour!  It was a wonderful surprise to get an email from my sweet friend, the lovely Tracey McNeely recently, asking if I’d like to be her Creative Guest at Inspired By All The Little Things.  Erm … well, that response took less than a nano second … YES!  So, here I am this afternoon, thrilled, honoured and excited to share with you a couple of cards I made based on this beautiful inspiration photo … isn’t it a stunner?


Here’s the first, a kind of in-reverse take on it …

A popped up white card panel, sponged in the centre with three Distress Inks (in order, from the outside going in … Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry), lightly splattered with water droplets.  The die cut white frame and bloom are from Simply Graphic (courtesy of the lovely Maria) and were adhered flat over the ink, with the petals left free to be all drifty and dimensional.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and there’s some Lawn Fawn pierced detailing along the panel edges.  In my photo here, the variations in background colour didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped (though IRL they’re rather delicious!) … so I made another card to show you all those splendid shades …

A watercolour card panel stamped with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea (from my Lake House stash), wet on wet watercoloured with Distress Inks (same shades as above, plus Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn for the stems), with the centres done in pearly silver drops.  The sentiment is from SSS, white embossed on a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the card base and the watercolour panel was split and popped up over it.

How would you like to play along and be inspired by that spectacular bloom?  I’d love it if you had time to join in!  All the details, plus an abundance of amazing cards from the Design Team, (and a short interview with little old me!) are over at the Inspired By blog  … do go and enjoy a browse … and maybe get those crafty fingers walking!

My florals are also heading to (badges below) …

Card 1

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Card 2

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Less is More – Watercolour

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Monday – Heavy Metal (just a touch in the flower centres!)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Hope your weekend is either starting, or turning out to be, wonderful!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂





Inspired By Sweet Friends

Hello … bonjour!  It’s been a bit creatively quiet hereabouts recently … though when I saw that two of my lovely friends (Darnell and Bev) are featuring strongly in the latest Inspired By challenge, I had to squeeze some time to play along!  Many of you will know that Darnell is filling in for Lesley … and that  Bev is her Guest Designer … seeing their gorgeous cards, as well as the delicious inspiration board, triggered a quick creative moment for me …

… and a quick post!  A Clearly Besotted word print background, a little posy made with stamped and die cut flowers and leaves from SSS, a sentiment banner from the same SSS set, and some dots of white Enamel Accents to mimic the touch of gypsophila in the inspiration.  Voilà!

Joining in at …

Inspired By All The Little Things – Inspiration Board (below)

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps (SSS Lovely Spring)

See you tomorrow morning … I’ll be here with a little something for the new challenge starting at Time Out … you’re going to love it!  Anita 🙂




Time Out DT #84, AAA Cards #90, Inspired By All The Little Things #57, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour -May

Hello … bonjour!   I’m popping in to tell you about the delicious new challenge we have starting today at Time Out.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our words are ‘flowers and friends make life a garden‘.  Here’s my take …

             Time Out

I stamped and white heat embossed the Sketched: Tulips from STAMPlorations (thanks to our team mate, Shery!) onto a panel of watercolour card stock, doing a little masking along the way to create the swathe of blooms.  The flowers were watercoloured with Zig Real Brush Markers and a water brush, I added the sentiment from WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Thanks), trimmed the panel and popped it up on craft foam onto the base.  Some Glossy Accents finished it off.

How will our words inspire you this time around?  You can use any or all of them to light up your creative imagination … we’d love to see you in our gallery!   This challenge we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations, thanks to the lovely Shery … and our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a £15 GC, as well as being invited to guest design with us for a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our uber talented Guest Designer, my sweet friend Michele from I Card Everyone.  You’ll already know Michele and her beautiful, stylish work … unless you’ve been doing research on the outer edges of the galaxy, that is.  If that’s the case, you shouldn’t delay … go right now … take supplies, you’re sure to be a while!  If that’s not the case, why not pop over and say hello anyway … and enjoy the delicious and delightful card she’s made to inspire you!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes – no option

Inspired By All The Little Things – Below – I focused on those gorgeous tulips

I’m still not around much … neither here nor with you … my apologies … I’m missing you all.  As we all know, sometimes other stuff outside of blogland needs to take priority in life, and that’s been the case for me in recent weeks.  A period of calmer times is on it’s way (so far so good!), so I’m expecting to be back to normal service soon.  Thanks for your patience in the meantime!  Thanks so much, too, for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂




Where Creativity Meets C9 #1, Inspired By All The Little Things #25, SSS Monday – 26 September

Hello … bonjour!  I’ve been wanting to join in with a couple of challenges for rather a while … and at the weekend, got the chance to make a card inspired by both.  What’s even more amazing than me getting chance to make a just-for-fun card (!) is that a DT member at one of the challenges posted a card today (here) that was so similar to mine it was spooky.  It had me wondering whether I should go back to the drawing board and do something else.  However, on the basis that my card was made, the Time Eating Monster is still prowling around with gusto, and there aren’t many days left before Mr Linky swings the doors shut, I’m sticking with it …

wcmc9-1-ibatlt-25-sssm-26-9designer-spotlightA one layer card with this gorgeous Concord & 9th bloom (NBUS) … stamped and heat embossed … and coloured with Zigs.  The sentiment’s from Avery Elle (it has a font that seems to go so well with the style of the flower) … also heat embossed … and I added a scattering of black bling.  I puzzled over the bling (I know you know what I mean!) … two groups of three makes six … eek, an even number … not necessarily a Good Thing.  It just looked right though, so I left it for a while  … and then realised why it was fine … there are black dots of pollen on the flower that make up the visual triangle with the bling … puzzle solved!

I’m playing along at …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Celebration … the first of what I hope will be hundreds (or more)!

Inspired By All The Little Things – Inspiration below … my first time joining in on the fun!

SSS Monday – Powder, Powder … heat embossed flower and sentiment

I’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new challenge at Time Out that you’re going to love … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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