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A Trio Of Cards!

Hello … bonjour!  Surprise … a non DT post … my first since January!  Each week I believe there’ll be a little spare time to just play with paper, ink and challenges … then it gets to Sunday night and there’s not.  Pretty much where we’ve all been at one time or another, I guess!  Today, though, at last, I have a trio of cards to share, inspired by a plenty of different challenges.  Here’s the first …

         

My primary inspiration here came from my lovely friend Chriss‘s card for Muse Christmas Visions, 100th challenge party (many congratulations, ladies!) …I picked up on the colours, the gold and the layout … and stamped my festive spray using images from Concord & 9th‘s Flourish.  This isn’t an outline stamp, so I did some of the layering in gold, to mimic Chriss’s embossing.  For the main flower, I also used a water brush to blend the gold and white to create cream … and added some white gel pen highlights to the berries.  The sentiment is from WPlus9 (inspired by SSS Monday).

I’m playing along at (badges at the bottom) …

Muse Christmas Visions – As above

Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Joy To The World

SSS Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … Two sets, lots of stamps

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Christmas

The next card is a bright, sunny little number …

This lovely MFT sunflower was gifted to me by my sweet friend Bev (thanks, Bev!) … it puts me in mind of the  fields of them that will be in bloom around us by the summer.  I did some ink layering (with MISTI) to get the graduated colour on the petals and leaves, die cut everything and adhered the flower and leaves onto my linen card base.  The Papertrey sentiment (thanks, Judith!) was stacked three times and adhered over the sunflower … and I scattered some Lucy’s Little Gems around it.

This bright bloom is heading to (badges below)…

Just Us Girls – Inspiration Picture (below)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Sunflower by Glen Campbell

SSS Work it Wednesday – Sunshine and Summer Time

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Die Cutting

This last card may just have a familiar feel about it …

Yep, the same main image as the first card … though doesn’t it look different here in these summery shades (or at least it does to my eyes!).   My colour palette came from a home decor piece I saw on Pinterest … I wanted something rather bold … and a bit different from my usual choices.  The Concord & 9th Flourish images are simply stamp layered direct onto the card base … and I added a sentiment from Beautiful Branches, also from Concord & 9th.  Voilà … it didn’t seem to need anything else!

I’m joining in with (badges below) …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Floral

Less Is More – One Layer Card – Thinking of You

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Wildflowers by Tom Petty

SSS Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … Two sets here

Hope your weekend has been a wonderful one … have a happy week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita:)

         

                   

          

         

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Twofer Card Challenge #1

Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted, excited and thrilled to be here today … extending to you a very warm welcome to the launch of the brand new, spick and span, unique Twofer Card Challenge, conceived by the lovely Darnell!  You may already have seen the announcement post a few weeks ago, though for those who haven’t … the idea of the challenge is to make two different cards … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies … based on a word prompt.  This month’s prompt is …

… and here’s where I went with my Twofer …

Both my cards are CAS in style … the main image on them is the feather (from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sadly no longer operating) … and that’s where the similarity ends!   Here’s a closer look at each one, showing how they’re different …

For this first one, I used a wonky stitched panel (MFT), masked and stamped the images so they snuggle together, added a heart to the centre of each one and stamped the sentiment (from Avery Elle).  To finish off, I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle to the hearts, coated them with Glossy Accents … and popped the panel up on craft foam on the card base.  Not too girlie, not too manly … fine for an anniversary card!  Shimmer and shine anyone?

My Twofer …

Here, I made the feather images into ornaments for a Christmas card.  They and their strings were heat embossed in silver, with the centres and little hangers heat embossed in blue.  The sentiment (SSS) was die cut from silver foil paper and adhered flat to the card base … and I added a strip of silver sparkle washi and one of heat embossed blue to the edge.

Voilà … two distinctly different cards for two distinctly different occasions with the same stamp!

So … how would you like to play along with us in our inaugural challenge … we’d love it if you did!  Why not let your imagination go to work with ‘Feathers’ … stretch those creative muscles … and make two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … with the same stamps/dies?   All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs … along with a whole heap of glorious inspiration from the fantastic DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery!

My anniversary card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – All That Glitters … just check out those hearts!

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

and my Christmas ornaments are joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with the optional CAS Twist

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Winter Blues

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

         

                              

A Shower of Love … Over Scribbled Blooms

Hello … bonjour!  A mid week post that isn’t for Time Out (though some of my talented team mates have cards to show you today, so why not pop over!) … yep, it’s unusual.  I wanted to play along with the delightful and lovely Darnell‘s GD spot at Just Us Girls (among others), and Mr Linky will be closing his doors today.  So, here’s my card …

A stitched rectangle (thanks to Claire who sent me a yummy heap), sponged with a delicate meadow of gently splattered soft green, and stamped with a little cloud, heart drops and a sentiment from WPlus9 (I think now retired).  Just look at the way those little drops fell on the meadow … right into the form of a Winnie & Walter love die!  The hearts and die were coated with lashings of Spectrum Noir sparkle and a layer of Glossy Accents … here’s a closer shot so you can see it better …

I’m playing along at (badges at the bottom) …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Just Us Girls – Shower

Winnie & Walter Colour Combo – See Below

While I’m here, here’s another CAS little pretty …

A white card panel, stamped with a row of WPlus9 leaves and stems, flower heads (masked off where it was needed) made with Circle Scribbles from Papertrey, and a sweet sentiment from Avery Elle.  A scattering of clear drops act as dew, as does Glossy Accents in the centre of each bloom.  The panel is popped up on craft foam on the card base.

This is heading over to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Flower

Less Is More – Tropical Fruit Colours

Uniko – Flowers

Hope you’ve been having a happy week … and have had chance to get crafty!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Time Out #89 – Home Sweet Home – Something Graphic

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a cool, understated, masculine style Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you (below).  Here’s where I went with it …

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… and here’s the inspiration picture …

21 Ways to Make the Industrial Look Work for You including brick veneer, pallet coffee tables and map walls:
My eye went to the colours (of the ocean, sofa, cushions, trunk) and the straight lines of some of the furniture, lamp and books.  I used an image from Avery Elle‘s Brushed to stamp the brushstrokes, adhered a die cut sentiment (Papertrey I think, it came from my Lake House box) and added the SSS secondary sentiments above and below it.  As a nod to the metallic trimming on the trunk, the edges of the card base were embossed in platinum, before the stamped panel was attached flat to it.

What grabs your attention in this photo … the colours and lines, as it did mine … maybe the curves of the sofa … p’raps the camera … or that huge map?  However you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $15 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 host of delicious ideas from our brilliant DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Trina from My Crafting Closet (who has a fabulous selection of wonderful cards to meander through, do go for a visit!).

I’m playing along at …

Just Us Girls – Use Something Old and/or New … my old is the AE brush stroke, my new is the SSS stamped sentiment top and bottom of the die cut (my recent first crafty order of the year!!)

Muse – Anything Goes … a fun change this week … no muse to CASE!

Hope your week has been going along splendidly!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂
         

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Time Out DT #85, CAS on Sunday #109, Just Us Girls #396, SSS Monday – 5 June, SSS Wednesday – 7 June, Uniko #41

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a relaxing, easy like Sunday morning Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you (below).  I had a bit of fun with it …

Here’s the inspiration picture …

Laura Ashley Blog | SPRING / SUMMER 2015 INTERIOR TRENDS | http://blog.lauraashley.com:
I was taken by the colours of those squashy cushions and by the hummingbird on one of them … and given the all those palm leaves and gorgeous shutters, this scene struck me as deliciously tropical.  I have no hummingbird images though do have MFT’s Birds of Paradise and some of those guys were happy to be the understudies on my card.  The design is a total CASE of the uber talented Therese’s owl card (here at Lost in Paper) … I loved the line art stamping and and retro colour palette, so played with some of my own!  Thanks for your unending inspiration, Therese!  My birds have Glossy Accented eyes, the bubbles of colour over them are SSS (Lots of Dots) and the sentiment is WPlus9 (white embossed) and SSS (die cut and Glossy Accented).
The birds of paradise were having such fun that they didn’t want to go back into their storage pocket and pleaded for more time to play with ink.  I indulged them … and they came up with a masculine version …
On this one, I randomly overstamped the main bubbles of colour with smaller ones in the same colour ink and covered them with Glossy Accents.  The embossed sentiment panel is from WPlus9 and the die cut is Papertrey, both popped up on craft foam.
What will inspire you in our picture … the colours, that wicker hammock, the different patterns on the cushions, the palms … or something else?  Whatever you come up with, we’d love to see you in our gallery.  This fortnight we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who are offering our winner, as voted for by the DT, a $15 GC … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer Ashwini from Experiments With Cardmaking etc.  Ashwini always makes fantastic use of colour on her gorgeous cards … do check out her blog if you haven’t been, there’s so much yumminess to take in!
With the first card, I’m playing along at …
CAS on Sunday – Use a Repetition Image (hope it’s CAS enough!)
Just Us Girls – Die Cuts
and with the second, I’m joining in over at …
SSS Monday – Masculine
SSS Wednesday – Make It Masculine
Uniko – Masculine
Hope your week is going wonderfully … and that you’ve had some space to craft!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂
PS … I apologise for the formatting here … WordPress has decided to go it’s own way for now, and has obstinately resisted all attempts by me to add paragraphs or even line spacing.  If it can be fixed, it will be!  A 🙂
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Time Out DT #61 Mid Challenge Reminder, Happy Little Stampers Dies – July, Just Us Girls #351, SSS Work it Wednesday – June, Winnie & Walter – Join in to Win

Hello …. bonjour!  Hope your week’s been a sunshiny one!  We’re about half way through our ‘Inspired by Words’ challenge at Time Out … ‘Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine’, and I’m popping in with another sun filled card.  If your week’s been lacking in enough warm yellow rays (of all kinds), help yourself to some here …

Time Out DT 61RTime Out

A white card panel, sponged with a sunny halo of Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks, cut with a Winnie & Walter die, and stamped with a supplementary sentiment from Avery Elle.  It was  sprinkled with water and blotted, I added white, platinum and silver splatters, and sprayed the whole thing with a drift of shimmer spray.  The inner portions of the letters were adhered flat to the card base and the panel was popped up on foam tape.  How would you like a glance at all that gentle shimmer …

Time Out DT 61R DetailHave you been inspired by this delicious phrase yet?  You can use any or all of the words as a jumping off point for your creativity … and we’d love to see you in the gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with creative cards galore from our fabulous DT and our super talented Guest Designer, Sue from Foleys Friend … hope to see you there!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Just Us Girls – Spongeing

SSS Work It Wednesday – Dies or Stencils

Winnie & Walter – Join in to Win

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

                  

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Time Out DT #56 Mid Challenge Reminder, Uniko #31, Just Us Girls #342, CAS Mix Up – May, HLS Mixed Media – May, SSS Monday – 9 May

Hello … bonjour!  Have you seen Kay Miller‘s gorgeous card that we’re CASEing at Time Out at the moment … it’s a stunner (a little further down).  Here’s my second take on it …

Time Out DT 56RTime Out

                 

… here’s Kay‘s beauty …

This time, I tried to capture the essence of Kay‘s card with some different images … stayed faithful to the CAS look, general layout and those gorgeous colours … and twisted with some stencilling, heat embossing and dry embossing/die cutting.  I partially sponged a white card panel with Distress Ink over a Hero Arts stencil, stamped the SSS sentiment in the same colour, silver heat embossed a Mama Elephant flourish to act as the butterfly trail (it’s part of a big word!) and die cut the panel with a Winnie & Walter pierced/scalloped rectangle.  The Uniko butterfly was silver heat embossed onto vellum, I coloured it on both sides with Promarkers so the pinks were good and bright, trimmed it out (including those delicate antennae!) and adhered it over the stencilling, allowing the antennae and wings to fly free.  The finished panel was popped up on craft foam onto the card base.  How about a detail shot of all the shine …

Time Out DT 56R DetailIt’s going to be difficult to resist CASEing Kay‘s card isn’t it … first off, it’s gorgeous … and second, there are so many wonderful elements to it that you can use to inspire you.  We’d love to see you link up what you create to our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious ideas from our fabulous DT, and from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Marlena from Marlena is Faithfully Crafting.  Hope to see you there!

I’m playing along with …

Uniko – Metallics

Just Us Girls – Butterfly

CAS Mix Up – Heat Embossing … plus die cutting, fussy cutting and stencilling

HLS Mixed Media – Shine … plus die cutting, fussy cutting and stencilling

SSS Monday – Emboss It

Have a Happy Thursday … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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