Category Archives: Make It Monday

A Little Monochrome … And Some Watercolouring

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your weekend has been a great one … and that you’ve had chance to spend some of it creating.  I had a bit of time to play … and have four cards to share … first up, something rather crisp and clean …

A panel stamped with Papertrey‘s Doodlie-Do flowers and leaves and coloured with Promarkers … all in various grey tones.  The sentiment is also from Papertrey, the happy was embossed, the birthday was die cut twice and stacked.  I might add some bling or shine to the panel … it seems a little naked as is!

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

Papertrey Make It Monday – Monochrome Colour Pop

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday … congratulations to the SSSM team on seven fabulous years!

The Flower Challenge – Focus on Background Stamping

Next, something with a little more colour …

This is a panel from my Lake House stash (thanks to Ardyth I think) … masked/stamped with the Mondo Peony from Essentials By Ellen.  I watercoloured it with my Zigs, stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle, did a little Black Soot DI splattering, scattered on some Lucy’s Little Jewels and adhered it flat to a card base.

This is heading to (all the badges are at the bottom) …

Essentials By Ellen Mix It Up Challenge – Avery Elle

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Bloom Optional Twist

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday

ETA:  Thanks to a prompt from my lovely friend Barb, I’m also linking the above card up at

Addicted to CAS – One Layer

Here’s something else flowery and watercolour-y …

Concord & 9th blooms, white heat embossed and watercoloured with Zigs, in soft summery shades, with a sentiment from Recollections (a gift from the lovely Barb when we met last year during her visit to France).

This is going over to (all the badges are at the bottom) …

Carte Maniak –  Embossage Blanc et Aquarelles/White Embossing with Watercolours

Fusion – Inspiration (below) … I used the soft colours of the markers

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Bloom Optional Twist

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Anything Goes (celebrating two awesome years of Concord & 9th)

Finally this evening, you’ve probably seen the Simply Graphic die delights that Maria has been showcasing … if not, go, right now … I’ll wait till you get back … they’re here, here and here.  Told ya … now, wasn’t that worth the detour?  So, I happened to mention in a comment that I share Maria’s love of this stylish company … and how the SG page in my wish book includes practically the whole line … and she promptly sent me a whole selection of delicious cuts.  Merci mille fois, encore, Maria!  This is the second card I’ve made with them (you’ll notice it has some similarities to one of those you’ve just seen over at Maria’s place) … not posted the first yet …

A panel of smooshed-with-Zigs watercolour paper, trimmed to size, acting as a bright backdrop for those swoonable SG abstract flowers.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter (I used a white gel pen for the ‘i’ as it fell perfectly over the stem) … and the frame is another of the goodies from my SG envelope (slightly reduced in size).

This little pretty is joining in the fun at (all the badges are at the bottom)  …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS on Friday – Birthday

Muse – Anita’s Inspiration … below, I reversed the bloom/background

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday

That’s it from me for the weekend … might be back in a couple of days … if not, I’ll see you on Thursday for a new and fun challenge at Time Out!  Anita 🙂


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Challenge 12
NB:  Where Creativity Meets C9 … badge shows in draft, but no matter what I do, it doesn’t show up in the post!  If you can shed any light, I’d be grateful!  Anita:)



Papertrey Make It Monday – 20 March, CAS(E) This Sketch #214, Addicted to Stamps & More #234, AAA Cards #86, SSS Monday – 20 March

Hello … bonjour!  It’s been a weekend of I’ve-not-played-there-for-a-while … yesterday was the Papertrey Blog Hop, today it’s Papertrey’s Make It Monday (among others).  Stephanie’s first MIM video showed a great technique for making window chipboard sentiments … don’t remember seeing that done before, so thought I’d give it a try …

I used the stamp set One Big Happy for all the flowers, leaves and supplementary sentiment … and the accompanying die, stacked up, for the window sentiment.  The images didn’t pop enough when stamped to make the white die cut stand out, so I added some highlights with coloured crayons and a white gel pen … and Wink of Stella’d the happy … much better!  This is what it looks like inside …

… plenty of space to write a message and finish off with ‘happy birthday’!  Thanks for a fun technique, Stephanie … and a great video!

I’m playing along with

Papertrey Make it Monday – Window Chipboard Sentiments

CAS(E) This Sketch – See Below … turned upside down (hope that’s ok, if not please delete!)

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

AAA Cards – Die Cuts

SSS Monday – Layer It Up … the stacked up happy

Hope you had chance to get crafty this weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂





Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #235, TE Share Joy Challenge #16, SSSW – 30 December

Hello … bonjour!  Hope you had a magical new year celebration … and that 2016 has started wonderfully!  I have a little floral number to share with you this evening …

PTI MIM 235, Share Joy 16, SSSW 30-12Some cards are shy … they’re reluctant to be made … they need encouragement to come out of their shell … even when they’re CAS … this is one of those cards!  The first version hit the paper bin after my ‘invisible join’ in the stem (to make it a long one) turned out to be eyecatchingly not invisible.  The second version was finished and ready for it’s photo shoot when a fully loaded, wandering watercolour brush danced rather energetically across it … ooops (that wasn’t my exact word, but I’ll leave that to your imagination!).  So, here’s my third attempt … a Papertrey bloom stamped onto a white card panel, with colour detail on the flower head, leaves and stem added with Promarkers … and a little delicate Wink of Stella pollen-like splatter sprinkled over the top.  The sentiment is from SSS.  The panel was trimmed and popped up onto the card base over a slender strip of striped DP.   Phew … voilà … made it!

I’m playing along with …

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday – Adding Colour To Stamped Images (great video from Laurie)

TE Share Joy Challenge – Keep It CAS (sorry, no TE goodies … mine are Christmassy ones!)

SSS Wednesday – Party (a birthday’s a great excuse to party!)

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

          TE Share Joy Challenge          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Make It Monday #189 (Impression Line Watercolouring), AAA Cards #28 (Thanks/Thanksgiving), SSS Wednesday 19/11 (Thanks/Thanksgiving)

I haven’t played along with PTI’s Make It Monday for ages … I’ve wanted and planned to … then suddenly the deadline’s passed.  Tonight, I’m squeezing in with this card …

MIM 189, AAA 28, SSSW 19-11Erin‘s video (here) explains the technique of impression line watercolouring … instead of using an impression plate (IP) to cut a shape/shapes out, it’s used to impress the image/images on the cardstock.  I’m the proud owner of just the one, very recently acquired, PTI IP, and tonight I used it for the first time.  I ran a piece of watercolour card and the IP through my Cuttlebug using the embossing plates, and used Distress Inks and a refilled Wink Of Stella brush to do the ombré colouring, using the impressed lines as my guide.  Once it was dry, I die cut a Studio Calico thanks out of the panel, cut another five out of spare cardstock, and stacked them together.  A piece of printer paper was adhered behind the negative space on the coloured panel, the stacked word was popped into place and I scattered a sequin or three over it.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the card base.  Here’s a close up so you can see the shimmer (which is much more so IRL).

MIM 189, AAA 28, SSSW 19-11 Detail Those of you who know me will understand that I had a serious discussion with myself about whether to post this card … I like crisp lines and tidy edges … and this technique doesn’t fit too well at all with my neat freak tendencies!  The watercolouring’s not supposed to stay inside those lovely straight impressed lines … I know, I tried valiantly!  However, the card’s made, I used a new technique … and sometimes it’s A Good Thing to step outside that neat little box and be a smidge uncomfortable!

Here’s where I’m playing along …

Make It Monday – Impression Line Watercolouring

AAA Cards – Thanks/Thanksgiving

SSS Wednesday – Thanks/Thanksgiving

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

                     Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Make It Monday #172 (Rainbow Medallions), A Blog Named Hero #48 (Sheet Cake), Addicted to CAS #43 (Celebrate), Hero Arts #Summer (One Layer Card), SSS Wednesday 16/7 (Spots and Dots)

The renovation’s taken up most waking hours this week (and some that should’ve been sleeping hours!), and this afternoon was the first time for a while I’ve had chance to get near my craft desk.  So I had a happy play for a while and came up with a few cards … this is the first …

MIM172, ABNH 48, ATCAS 43, HA Summer 2014, SSSW 16-7I made a top fold base card and die cut a circle out of it.  Using one end of Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes banner, I stamped the rainbow colours around the circle, having already marked up in pencil 16 ‘spokes’ and a larger circle (thanks for the tip, Bobby!), so that the medallion would end up evenly spaced.  A circle of card was covered with adhesive and fixed to the inside of the card, and I slotted the circular sentiment panel into the space on the front.  All the pencil was rubbed out, the edges of the card were sponged with black ink (I masked it first!) and the Hero Arts sentiment  was stamped below the medallion.  As this card could work for a guy or girl, it’s left without bling for now … it may or may not be added later.  I rather like it as is … and there seems to be a touch of dimension even though it’s a flat one layer card!

I’m playing along with these challenges …

Make It Monday – Rainbow Medallions (great video from Dawn)

A Blog Named Hero – Sheet Cake (a one layer card)

Addicted to CAS  – Celebrate (Congratulations to Kylie and the team, celebrating 600+ followers!)

Hero Arts – One Layer Challenge (yep!)

SSS Wednesday – Spots and Dots (big spot sentiment panel and little dots around the edge!)

I’ll be back in a short while with the next card … there are a few challenges closing their doors shortly that I’d like to join in with, so need to get a move on!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                  Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Make It Monday #169 (Vellum Overlays), CASE Study #197 (Pamelo Ho), Color Throwdown #298 (Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder), SSS Monday 23/6 (Use This More), SSS Wednesday 25/6 (Anything Goes)

Well that wasn’t too long a wait for a one handed post … here’s my second card …

MIM 169, CASE Study 197, CT 298, SSSM 23-6, SSSW 25-6I used PTI’s Sketched Shapes to make the circle grid … each circle double stamped to make the criss cross pattern … and a gap was left for the sentiment.  I stamped and heat embossed the the vellum overlay with a PTI sentiment and wrapped it round the stamped panel, adhering it to the back.  The stamped panel was mounted on vellum, which had already been edged with a Promarker, and the whole thing was popped up on foam dots on the card base.  The tiny gems were the finishing touch.

I’m joining in with these challenges …

Make It Monday – Vellum Overlays (great video from Danielle)

CASE Study – Pamelo Ho’s circles/vellum overlay card

Color Throwdown – Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder (my closest colours to them)

SSS Monday – I Ought To Use This More (Vellum)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Off for a short meander around the blogosphere before bed … may well see you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Simon Monday Challenge Blog          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog



PTI Make It Monday #154 (Adding Texture on a OLC), Moxie Fab World 12/2 (Happy For Hexagons), One Layer Simplicity #3 (Just Add Water)

Using angular shapes in an ordered way has me feeling happy … and pampers to my neat freak tendencies.  However, I also have a bit of a maverick streak, so using such shapes in an unstrucured way also has me feeling happy (if a little untidy) … and that’s what I did with this card …

PTI MIM 154, MFW 12-2, OLS 3

I’m joining in at Papertrey’s Make It Monday, where Erin has done a great video giving tips on adding texture to one layer cards without adding bulk.  I’m also playing at One Layer Simplicity, where Karen’s the host and has challenged us to just add water, and my inspiration for the images came from Moxie Fab World‘s Hexagons: Happy for Hexagons Challenge.

I did the background first, using diluted distress ink and a water brush to add splatter to the card base.  I then stamped the Papertrey Sketched Shapes hexagons in unruly lines, aiming to create a sense of movement, almost as though they were in danger of toppling over.  The solid parts of the darkest hexagons were treated with Wink of Stella and covered with Glossy Accents, and the Papertrey sentiment was stamped and clear heat embossed.  Yes, I know … the photo doesn’t show all the glisten and shine … if you click on it, there’s more!

I’m off to wander in an inspiration-seeking-manner through the blogosphere.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Moxie Fab World

Make It Monday #148 (Generation Stamping), Colour Me! #3 (Pink, Saffron, Slate), SSSW 15/1 (Emboss It)

So, here’s my second card of the night … the opposite of the earlier one … soft, feminine and rather girlie …

MIM 148, Colour Me! 3, SSSM 13-1

At Papertrey’s Make It Monday, Dawn has challenged us to use a new technique … generation stamping line images.  I took the colours from the subtle palette at Colour Me! and I’m playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where there’s an Emboss It theme.

The single bloom image is from Technique Tuesday … I’d have used a Papertrey one but I only have solid images, and the technique doesn’t work as well with them.  I randomly stamped the flower using the grey, pink and saffron, and each flower image was offset slightly three times to get the effect of generational stamping.  The Papertrey sentiment was stamped in grey, I used a positioner to overstamp it in Versamark and then clear embossed it so it’d be a little more bold among the flowers.  The final touch was the bling in the middle of each bloom.

Time for me to be in bed … I’ll be enjoying some quiet time in blogland tomorrow, so may see you there.  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                    Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Make It Monday #146 (Angled Backgrounds), Color Throwdown #273 (Turquoise, Slate, White, Grey), SSS Wednesday 1/1(Something New)

I might as well admit it now … I’m waaaaaaayyyyy out of my comfort zone.  I’ve used DP again (yes, I know … do something challenging every day) … there’s more on this one card than I probably used in the whole of 2013.  You have no idea how much admiration I have for those of you who regularly do this to wonderful effect … bowing … very low.  Anyway, my card …

MIM 146, CT 273, SSSW 1-1

Why did I put myself through this?  It’s for a challenge (really?) … specifically Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday … well that’s what challenges are for isn’t it … stretching us?  The colour palette’s from Color Throwdown … it’s my first time playing along (although I’ve been Feedly following for a while), and because it’s a new thing for me, I can also join in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday again for their Something New week.

I mostly followed Ashley’s video at Make It Monday to put my card together … except I allowed my neat freak tendancies to make an appearance and cut the DP precisely, so each piece could be underlined with fine black liner as it was adhered, to define the edges.  I was inspired to do the edging after seeing my super talented friend Kim’s card for the same challenge a few days ago … she edged each piece of DP with the same polka dot paper and it looked fantastic … thanks Kim for the inspiration!  Once the DP panel was done, I trimmed it, cut a flag to fit inside one of the slices, stamped it with a Papertrey Ink sentiment (Sketched Shapes) and popped it up on foam dots.  The panel was adhered to the card base and I edged it with black fine liner.   Oh, and just so as you know, the photo shows the turquoise as a bit blue … I’d fix it if I knew how …

I’d like to say a very warm welcome to a couple of new followers … Therese from Lost in Paper and Carina from Carina’s Crafts.  You know Therese (unless you’ve been wandering round a different universe) … she’s awesome … videos, tutorials, expertise galore … if you haven’t been for a visit … GO!  Carina’s blog is completely chock-a-block full of inspiration … cards, tasty treats, gorgeous stitched goodies … have a wander, you’ll see what I mean … mouthwatering!  Welcome, ladies, I’m delighted you’re here 🙂

That’s it from me for the weekend … I do hope your’s was a wonderful one.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                    Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Make It Monday #145 (A La Carte)

This week’s Make It Monday theme is ‘A La Carte’ … meaning we get to choose a technique from any of the forty seven video’s this year.  As I’ve only joined in with two so far, I had fun reviewing all the mouthwatering ideas … and finally settled on Week #120 … Overlapping Ombré.

MIM 145

I used one of Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes banners to create my ombré banner, stamping each colour twice … dandelion to canteloupe to tangelo … and then overstamped it with the chevrons (extended a little) and sentiment from the same set.  The banner was trimmed out, mounted on black and adhered to a linen textured card base.  It was tempting to add something, but as I couldn’t find the ‘something’ it needed, restraint prevailed and I left it unadorned!

I do hope you enjoyed a truly blessed Christmas, full of joy and wonder … and are happily preparing to welcome 2014 in just a few days … exciting isn’t it?  I’m hoping to fit in a card or two before the year end, so should be back soon.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂