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Time Out DT #80, Little Tangles #78, CAS-ual Fridays #170, CAS on Sunday #104, SSS Wednesday – 29 March

Hello … bonjour!  Our latest challenge at Time Out starts today … this fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … ‘when it rains, look for rainbows, when it’s dark, look for stars’.  So, who can resist a rainbow … here’s where I went with it …

Time OutAn almost one layer card, sponged in practically every Distress Ink in my stash through a MFT stencil … bold at the bottom, fading out to nothing toward the top.  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled, heat embossed in platinum.  The sentiment itself didn’t emboss well over the rainbow stripes, so I did it separately, trimmed it out and adhered it over the oops … that’s better!  Crisp and fresh and good for anyone’s birthday!

How will our words inspire you this time around?  You can use all or any of them to light up your creative imagination … we’d love to see you in our gallery!   We’re sponsored for this challenge by Uniko, thanks to the lovely Bev … 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.  Hope you’ll find time to join us!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with a heap of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Marilyn from Marilyns Card Spot.  Do go and explore over at Marilyn’s blog if you haven’t already … there’s such loveliness to see!

I’m playing along at …

Little Tangles – Rainbow

CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies Allowed

CAS on Sunday – Sentiment (no image)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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


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Time Out DT #55 Mid Challenge Reminder, MFT Sketch #278, Little Tangles #67, SSS Wednesday – 27 April, Virginia’s View – Link Up Party

Hello … bonjour … hope you’ve been enjoying your week!  I’m popping in with another card for our latest challenge at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run … so there’s plenty of time to play along if you haven’t already!  Even if you have, we’d be happy to see you coming back with more!  Our theme is Celebrations …with the Optional Technique Twist of Die Cutting /Fussy Cutting … here’s my second take on it …

Time Out DT 55RTime OutNothing like celebrating a friendship … in full colour!  These rainbow strips evolved … I heat embossed the ‘fabulous amazing terrific awesome fantastic’ from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Truth Is set repeatedly down a piece of watercolour card stock … brushed a thin stroke of Zig marker through the middle of each one … and ran a wet brush over them, line by line, allowing the colour to merge and flow.  After some discussion with myself about how to use the piece, I trimmed it into strips, popped three up on foam tape on the card base … and adhered a Studio Calico die cut over the top … covered liberally with Wink of Stella, of course.  Want to see?

Time Out DT 55R DetailSo … will you play along?  You can celebrate anything you wish on your card … and we’d love it if you joined us in the gallery! This fortnight we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps … not only did owner Michele provide the DT with yummy goodies to play with (thanks so much, Michele!) … she’s also giving away a US$25 gift voucher to a randomly drawn participant who uses the Die Cutting/Fussy Cutting twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our amazing DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Elizabeth Stewart from Paper Sweetness.   Hope to see you there!

My card will be celebrating over at …

MFT Sketch – see below … with a small gap or two!

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … sorry,  I have no N&T die cuts … yet!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Virginia’s View – Surprise Link Up Party … lovely to see your challenge back for a visit, Virginia!

Thanks so much 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 🙂



Time Out DT #49 Mid Challenge Reminder, Little Tangles #65, AAA Cards #57, Tic-Tac-Toe #3, Addicted to CAS #81

Hello … bonjour!  We’re just about half way through our lovely ‘Inspired By Words’ challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we’re using this song line … ‘Love Is The Flower You’ve Got To Let Grow’.  I went whimsical …

Time Out DT 49RTime Out… and almost one layer.  The stems and leaves are from Neat & Tangled‘s Scandinavian Flowers and were stamped randomly over the card base.  I stamped two sizes of Winnie & Walter outline hearts in place of the flower heads and scattered a third tiny size (also W&W) around them.  The hearts and little leaves were watercoloured and I added a couple of coats of Wink of Stella over the top.  The sentiment’s from SSS … a die cut ‘hello’ over the top of a white embossed slender strip of black … both adhered flat to the card.    How about a close up of all that shimmer …

Time Out DT 49R DetailWe’d love it if you played along … you can use all or any of the words them to spark your ideas.  You’d be in with a chance to be a Guest Designer with us for a future challenge … and there’s a £15 prize up for grabs for the winner, thanks to Stephanie at Clearly Besotted  Stamps.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with lots of inspiration from our fabulous DT and our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Valentyna from Flourishtina … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Little Tangles – Watercolour

AAA Cards – Love Me Like You Do

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

Addicted to CAS – Bloom … flowers and love here!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend when it arrives!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



Time Out DT #44, Little Tangles #62, One Layer Simplicity #22, Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade 2015, SSS Work It Wednesday – November, SSS Monday 9/11

Hello!  This next fortnight at Time Out, we have a fabulous ‘CASE … With Your Own Twist’ challenge for you … our designer to CASE is the wonderfully talented and delightful Karen Dunbrook from Snippets … her gorgeous card is a little further down.  Here’s my take …

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and here’s Karen‘s amazing inspiration …

You can see where my focus was … stencilled panel, splatters and a sentiment with different fonts … my twist was making a one layer card and the graduated colour combo.  I masked off a panel on my card base, die cut a few Poppystamps‘ Lorelei Leaf sprigs out of post it tape, arranged the leaves on the panel and sponged/blended four colours of Distress Ink over it.  A little water was splattered over the panel and once it was dry, I stamped the Neat & Tangled sentiment (made up of two stamps), coloured the little heart with Distress Ink and added a coat of Glossy Accents to it.

Where does your creative imagination take you when you see Karen‘s lovely card?  If you’d like a few ideas, there are plenty on offer over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer, Jen from I Create and from our own wonderful DT!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

As well as being inspired by Karen‘s card, I was also inspired by …

Little Tangles – Thankful

One Layer Simplicity – A Multitude of Gratitude

Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade – Giving Thanks/Gratitude

SSS Work It Wednesday – Thank You

SSS Monday – Something Beginning With N … mine is nature

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


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A Blog Named Hero 20/8, Freshly Made Sketches #200, Hero Arts 17/8, Little Tangles #59, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello again … hope your Sunday has been (or is turning out to be) simply splendid!  As mentioned earlier, I’m popping back with this evening (quickly … it’s late!) to share the second card I made yesterday …

ABNH 20-8, FMS 200, HA 17-8, Little Tangles 59, W&W JITWI sponged Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire) over a white card panel, used Jennifer McGuire‘s tip of brushing over the still damp ink with Perfect Pearls to create a faux metallic look, and then did some double partial die cutting.  First came the Winnie & Walter ‘Happy’, where I left the ‘p’ and ‘y’ attached to the panel, and second was the Hero Arts Triangle Background.  Neat & Tangled‘s Across The Card sentiment was stamped onto a slip of  spare card, clear embossed and then trimmed down to fit into the top row of triangles.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the base … and I was done!

My card was inspired by these challenges …

A Blog Named Hero – As Clean And Simple As Can Be … I’m thinking it’s crisp and clean … and that there’s lots of ‘white’ (or metallic) space.  If it isn’t CAS enough though, ladies, please feel free to delete!

Freshly Made Sketches – see below for the sketch … this is my first time playing … and they’re celebrating their 200th challenge … where have I been??

Hero Arts – Makeover (give a past project a new look) … I CASEd a set of cards made during one of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady weeks in May (see below), changing the white space for ink sponged space, adding the metallic sheen, die cutting the lower section of the card panel and making the sentiment into a banner.

Little Tangles – Happy Birthday … to celebrate Neat and Tangled’s birthday last week … congratulations on three fabulous years, Danielle!

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … Julie and Shay’s ongoing challenge using their wonderful goodies.

That’s it for my weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

My original card set …

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Happy Birthday, Bobby! Time Out DT #36 Mid Challenge Reminder, Little Tangles #58, SSS Monday 27/7, SSS Wednesday 29/7, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

One of my delightful and super talented blogging buddies has a birthday today … and I’m celebrating with her … wishing you a Happy, Happy Birthday, Bobby!  Hope you have a splendid day full of cake, ice cream and all yummy things … and a year ahead filled with joy and happiness!  If you haven’t enjoyed a visit with Bobby yet, you’ll want to go over to Bits and Pieces and enjoy a gentle meander around to absorb all the fantastic inspiration on offer!  I made you this card, Bobby, which is currently somewhere between here and there (actually closer to here than there!!) …

Happy Birthday Bobby, Time Out DT 36R, SSSM 27-7, SSSW 29-7, SSSWIW JulyTime OutThese Doodle Buds are from WPlus9 … and they’re on their first outing here especially … because it’s thanks to Bobby that I have them, after she gifted me a GC from a this-side-of-the-pond store … thanks so much, my friend … don’t you just love this gorgeous set!

I took our Time Out Designer to CASE (with your own twist) card as my inspiration here (it’s below) … our designer is the amazing Alice from Alice’s Little Wonderland.  I kept the whimsical feel and the layout (albeit turned 180 degrees) and twisted with the black background and white embossing.  My blooms were stamped and heat embossed on textured watercolour paper, coloured with Distress Inks, and die cut.  There isn’t a die for the leaf clusters, so I trimmed them out by hand.  The stems were drawn onto a black panel with a Versamark pen and white heat embossed, and the leaves and flowers were adhered over them, with the two front flowers popped up on foam dots.   Here’s Alice‘s cutie patootie …

There’s still almost a week to play along with us at Time Out … and we’d love to see where Alice‘s inspiration takes you!  You can use any (or all!) of the elements in her cute card to spark your creativity … and if you need a kick start, there’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our talented GD, Rema from RT Impressions!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Bobby‘s birthday card will be blooming at …

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … second entry … sorry, no N&T this time

SSS Monday – No Ordinary Paper … I used textured watercolour paper for the Doodle Buds

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … first entry

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cutting … second entry

Hope your week’s turning out to be fabulous!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Geri! Color Throwdown #352, Little Tangles #58, CAS-ual Fridays #141, SSS Wednesday 22/7, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

Today, I’m wishing my lovely, fun, enthusiastic, generous and super talented friend and fellow BABE, Geri, the happiest of birthdays!  We met … yes, in real life … and she’s just as wonderful, sweet and creative in person as she is in blogland!  Just check out her blog, Manitoba Stamper and you’ll see exactly what I mean!  So, for you, Geri, my dear friend … Happy, Happy Birthday … may you have the most splendid and fun filled day … and may your year be brim full of love, joy and laughter!  I made you this card (which is on it’s way!) …

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW JulyI die some partial die cutting with the Winnie & Walter ‘happy’ … and white embossed the Neat & Tangled sentiment onto the attached remaining border panel.  The die cut then acted as a guide for the circle design.  I drew a pencil line round an MFT circle die, stamped the SSS Lots of Dots around the edge of it, and double embossed over the top of each … once in shimmery EP, once in clear.  The die cut panel was popped up on foam tape … and I was done!  There’s lots of sparkle on those dots … want to see?

Happy Birthday Geri, CT 352, N&T 58, CFC 141, SSSW 22-7, SSSWIW July, DetailThe design for this card came from an insurance company advert … there were five (unshimmery) circles looped over the name … figured you’d love that graphic look, Geri!  Now I look at it, though, I feel sure I’ve seen something similar in blogland somewhere … if anyone can enlighten me, I’ll edit to add a link and credit!

As well as it flitting across oceans and land masses, Geri’s card is heading to …

Color Throwdown – Lime, Aqua, Light Grey, Dark Grey … I know the aqua looks a smidge blue in the photo … it’s much more turquoise-y than it looks!

Little Tangles – Die Cutting … I used the Neat & Tangled birthday sentiment.

CAS-ual Fridays – Embossing … my second entry

SSS Wednesday – Sparkle and Shine … all those shimmery dots

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cutting … first entry

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!


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Little Tangles #57/The Crooked Stamper, Colour Q #293, SSS Wednesday 3/6, Simply Create Too #87, Seize The Birthday 4/6 … and a Winner!

As promised following my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Finale, I’m back today to announce the winner of the US$30 Gift Card that Julie and Shay generously gave me.  Thank you so much to everyone who left me such lovely comments after each performance, I appreciate you all!  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer … the randomly drawn lucky winner, who can now go on a Winnie & Walter spree, is Claire A … congratulations, Claire … I’ve emailed you!

While you’re here, how about a card … my first ‘just because I can’ one for a looooooong time … it was good just to play … and make this …

N&T 57, CQ 293, SSSW 3-6I was inspired here by the sketch at Little Tangles (which is a joint challenge with Leslie at The Crooked Stamper) and the colours from Colour Q.  The Neat & Tangled ‘Happies’ were stamped onto white card, cut with a Papertrey circle die, edged with a black Promarker and clear embossed to add some shine.  I cut a chevron border into a white panel using a little diagonal die from Papertrey, and stamped/heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ (from Technique Tuesday, thanks to my lovely friend, Darnell).  The base card was covered with black card, the ‘Happies’ were popped up on foam tape over the chevrons, and the finished panel was popped up onto the black.  I pondered over dots/gems … but as this will eventually be heading to a teenage boy, I thought better of it … don’t think bling would go down too well!

I’m playing along with …

Little Tangles & The Crooker Stamper – Sketch (see below)

Colour Q – my closest colours to Basic Black, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, White

SSS Wednesday – Masculine

Simply Create Too – Masculine

Seize The Birthday – Without the ‘Animal’ Toppings

Thanks for all your warm wishes following the attack of the Heavy-Head-Cold Monster here … I’m more or less back to normal now (hahaha!), and have been enjoying lots and lots of visits across the blogosphere over the weekend … it’s been wonderful!  There’s still more to see, but I’m getting there … and then it’s next stop, my bottomless email inbox!  Thanks so much for your patience … and for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT#32, Neat & Tangled #56, Uniko Studio #21, Simply Create Too #86, Just Us Girls #294, SSS Wednesday 27/5

We have a wonderful theme for you this fortnight at Time Out … it’s our ‘Designer to CASE’ challenge … and we have a card from the super talented Deepti from Dee’s Art Utopia to inspire us … it’s pretty, whimsical and dramatic all at the same time (see a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 32Time Outand here’s Deepti‘s inspiration …

The design elements I picked out were the flowers (randomly stamped Neat and Tangled whimsical Scandinavian Flowers) and the white embossing on a black angled panel … my twist was going with all that white space!  I added a little colour to the embossed blossoms using Promarkers, adhered the panel flat to the card base, stamped the sentiment (from the same N&T set as the flowers) onto a strip of matching card and added it above the black panel.

What’s going through your creative mind when you see Deepti’s card … flowers, DP, angled panels, bold black, embossing … wherever it settles, I hope you’ll find time to play along with us!  Deepti has recently illustrated her first stamps (Blooming Buds), which have been released through Stamplorations … and is going to be giving away a set to the winner of this challenge (as chosen by the DT)!  In addition, and as usual, the winner will get the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … so what’s not to love?  There’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Maura whose Splitcoast Gallery is chock full of fabulous cards … definitely worth meandering gently through!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Neat & Tangled – CAS

Uniko Studio – Flowers

Just Us Girls – Inspiration Photo (see below … rug colours in the rug for my blooms, door colour for the sentiment strip … and all that glorious white space!)

Simply Create Too – Keep It Simple

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

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