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Colour Q #313, Make The Day Special – October, WOW! Embossing Powder – October, SSS Wednesday 21/10

Hello!  For the first time in a while, I had a little time to be creative just for fun today … and made this sweet little gift bag and tag …

CQ 313, MTDS October, WOW October, SSSW 21-10It’s only 7.5cm by 10cm (3 by 4 inches) … isn’t it dinky?  I cut it with the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die (twice), folded along the crease lines and adhered everything together with double sided tape.  A piece of white card was heat embossed with iridescent EP and cut with a Uniko snowflake die.  The snowflake was attached to a couple of WPlus9 die cut tags and a legless brad was adhered in the middle and coated with Stickles.  I tied some twine onto the tag and wrapped it round the gift bag handle … with a yummy little something inside, of course!

My dinky bag was inspired by …

Colour Q – Going Grey, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, White (my equivalent)

Make The Day Special – Anything But a Card

Wow! Embossing Powder – Anything But a Card

SSS Wednesday – Wrap It Up

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend … with a bit of space in it to get crafty!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #39 Mid Challenge Reminder, Make The Day Special – September, Virginia’s View #18, SSS Wednesday 9/9, Word Art Wednesday #200

Our ‘Make Your Mark’ challenge over at Time Out is just about half way through … and I’m popping in with a card as a gentle reminder that you still have almost a week to play along with us … if you haven’t already (or even if you have … you can come back for more!).  This graphic little number is what I came up with …

Time Out DT 39R, VV 18, MTDS September, HLS CAS SeptemberTime OutI repeatedly stamped an image from Avery Elle‘s Modern Leaves onto a white card panel, trimmed it to size and coloured the leaves with Promarkers.  A black panel was white heat embossed with the Avery Elle Brushed sentiment, trimmed to match the white, and attached to the leaf panel.  I covered the join with a slender strip of grey and popped the whole thing up onto fun foam on the card base.  I tried valiantly to add bling … but there wasn’t a sequin, gem, pearl or dot that felt needed by the cool graphic style … so I just let them be!

How about showing us where your creativity takes you with this theme … you can use any type of marker or crayon … and there’s an optional monochrome colour palette twist.  Colouring can be as intricate or as simple as you want to make it … as you can see from my card, I went very simple!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Uniko … our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will win a £15 evoucher … that’s in addition to being invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge!  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Marika from Me and Minime Crafting, from some of the Design Team at Uniko, and from our own amazing DT.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My card comes to you courtesy of …

Make The Day Special – Colour Palette … see options below

Virginia’s View – Geometric Patterns … my second entry

SSS Wednesday – Use a Stamp … leaf and sentiment

ETA – Thanks to Karen who is on the DT (thanks for the invitation, Karen!), I’m also playing along at Word Art Wednesday, where there’s a celebration going on for the 200th challenge … congratulations!   The team are hoping for 200+ entries this time, so if you have chance to link up a card to help achieve this aim, that would be wonderful!  Oh, and there are prizes to be won too, if you need any more incentive to get creative!  (Karen, I’ve tried to leave a comment on the blog, but it keeps being rejected for some reason!)

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

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Time Out DT#37 Mid Challenge Reminder, A Blog Named Hero 10/8, A2Z Scrapbooking – August, Make The Day Special – August, SSS Work It Wednesday – July

Hello!  I’m here to share a card for our latest challenge at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run.  We’re ‘Inspired by Words’ this time around … with our words being ‘Friendship is Golden’ … how true!  Here’s where my imagination took me this week …

Time Out DT 37RTime OutA2Z HM BadgeI stamped and white heat embossed a Hero Arts background onto a white card panel, split it into three and sponged Distress Ink/Memento Ink over them.  Jennifer McGuire‘s recent video on faux metallics gave me the idea to brush Perfect Pearls over the sponged panels … it gave both the ink and embossing a soft metallic shimmer … there’s a hint of it on the top section where I managed to get the light to hit it!  Slender strips of black card were cut to go in between the pink sections and I embossed the WPlus9 ‘sweet friend’ onto one.  The full panel was reconstructed onto spare cardstock and fun foam, and was mounted onto the card base.  I die cut the WPlus9 ‘hello’ in gold foil card and adhered it to the panel over a little nest of gold thread … and finished off with a scattering of gold sequins.

Have you played along with us yet?  If not, we’d love to have you join us … and even if you have, you can be re-inspired!  There’s plenty of inspiration over on the Time Out blog, from our lovely and super talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass (Fun Stamping) (you really, really need to visit Cornelia if you don’t know her … and take a picnic, you’ll be there a while!) and from our wonderful Design Team.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m linking up with …

A Blog Named Hero – Metallics … die cut, thread nest, sequins

A2Z Scrapbooking  – Texture … embossing, thread nest

Make The Day Special – Sketch (see below .. with a smidge of liberty taken … hope that’s ok!) … WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello from the store

SSS Work It Wednesday – Die Cuts … hello!

I’m horribly behind with my visits and comments … plans are in hand to catch up over the weekend … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #29, Runway Inspired Challenge #81, Make The Day Special – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March, SSS Monday 13/4

Our bright and colourful new challenge starts today at Time Out … this fortnight we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … and our words are ‘You Can’t Make A Rainbow Without a Little Rain’ … sigh … how blissful!  You wouldn’t have thought I’d focus on the ‘rainbow’ now would you (tee hee) …

Time Out DT 29, RIC 81, MTDS April, SSSWIW March, SSSM 13-4Time OutA white card panel, stamped with a little WPlus9 diamond (from Quilt Prints) in rainbow colours, each overlapping the previous one and each topped with a few coats of Wink of Stella for some shimmer (of course!).    I split the panel down the middle of the diamonds, added a strip of glittery silver washi top and bottom, stamped the WPlus9 sentiment in the gap on the base card and popped the panels up on foam tape over it.  Would you like to see what’s inside …

Time Out DT 29, RIC 81, MTDS April, SSSWIW March, SSSM 13-4 Inside… a WPlus9 hello, stamped in most of the rainbow colours used on the front … and yes, coated in Wink of Stella!

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘You Can’t Make a Rainbow Without a Little Rain’?  Let your imagination wander … and when you’ve settled on an idea (or two!), why not get creative and play along with us at Time Out … we’d love to have you!   All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with a ton of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Michele H from Crimson Owl Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with these four challenges …

Runway Inspired – check out the inspiration photo below … I focussed on the rainbow diamonds, white walls in the background and those shiny shoes … a CAS and graphic version!

Make The Day Special – Tic Tac Toe (I chose Metallics, Bling and Feminine)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamp

SSS Monday – In The Middle (the diamond stamp is meant for the middle of the ‘quilts’ stamped with Quilt Prints!)

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

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Time Out #18 Reminder (Home Sweet Home), AEI♥U #18 (Holiday), Virginia’s View #9 (All Things Metallic), Make The Day Special – November (Colour Inspiration), Moxie Fab World – November (Tree-mendous Trees), Loll’s Twelve Tags of Christmas

I’m popping in with a quick reminder … there’s still a week to go in the latest Time Out challenge!  We (the Design Team) have plenty of mid challenge inspiration for you over at the Time Out blog, so why not have a meander over there and see how the Home Sweet Home photograph sparks your creativity?  Here’s the wonderful inspiration photo …

and here’s my latest take on it …

Time Out 18 DT Mid Challenge, AEI♥U 18, VV 9, MTDS November, MFW NovemberThis is a little different from the norm for me … it’s either a very slim card or a very long tag (it’s the latter … there’s twine on it)!   I saw the planted pine cones and the tall, slender candle sticks in the picture … and thought graphic Christmas trees!  A snow bank was sponged at the bottom of the kraft scrapling, it was embossed in white and was dabbed over with Espresso ink to emphasise the texture.  I used an SSS stencil for the snow, again white embossed.  A tall triangle (from Avery Elle‘s Bright Days) was stamped three times onto spare card and double embossed, two in silver (Hero Arts) and one in platinum (Ranger).  They were trimmed out, covered with Versamark, embossed again and popped up onto the snow bank with foam dots.  I finished with a Papertrey sentiment, a red gem atop each of the trees and a little twine.

I’m joining in with …

AEI♥U – Holidays

Virginia’s View – All Things Metallic

Make The Day Special – Colour Inspiration (Option 3) – Avery Elle from the store!

Moxie Fab World – Treemendous Trees

ETA:  Loll’s Twelve Tags of Christmas – Thanks, Loll, for the prompt … wasn’t sure it was mixed media enough!

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

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Happy Birthday, Nonni! Addicted to CAS #45 (Geometric), Make The Day Special – August (Colour Palettes), SSS Monday 18/8 (Anything Goes), Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop

Surprise Nonni … Happy Birthday!  There’s a party going on over at Sandie’s blog, London Days, to celebrate this sweet friend’s special day.  For those of you who don’t know Nonni, she’s on the Design Team with Inkspirational and with STAMPlorations, and is also the co-owner of Time Out.  In addition, she’s an energetic, enthusiastic and sweet commenter … and makes the most wonderful cards across the whole range of styles … multi-talented indeed!  If you get chance, do drop in for an inspiring meander around Nonni’s blog, Korttikarkuri – Runaway Cards, and also pop over to see what I know will be a fantastic Mr Linky gallery of cards over at Sandie’s London Days.  Wishing you a very special day, Nonni, full of fun and laughter … and a year ahead filled with all good things!  Your card is winging it’s way to you across land and sea … here’s a sneak peek …

Happy Birthday Nonni, ATCAS 45, MTDS August, SSSM 18-8My inspiration for the design came from this awesome rainbow card by the amazing Laura Bassen.  I stamped the Avery Elle leaf in ombré colours across a panel of watercolour card, and then added a light wash of matching colour over each.  The Studio Calico ‘happy’ was die cut in the ombré colours and white, and they were adhered together, marginally offset.  I stamped the WPlus9 ‘birthday’ and added lashings of Wink of Stella over the leaves and the stacked die cut.  The base card edges were sponged with black and the finished panel was adhered flat to it.   Like a close look at the stacked ombré colours?  They’re here … and you may just be able to see the merest hint of all the WoS shimmer …

Happy Birthday Nonni, ATCAS 45, MTDS August, SSSM 18-8 Close UpAs well as flying across the miles and partying along over at Sandie’s blog, Nonni’s card happens to be suitably dressed to play along with …

Addicted To CAS – Geometric (second entry)

Make The Day Special – Colour Palettes (I used the first one … colours in the ombré jar)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Anything Goes (second entry)

ETA:  Thanks to my friend Chriss, who suggested it, I’m also joining in at Paulina’s Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop, running from today, Friday till Monday.  Lots of inspiration in the gallery already … and fun prizes on offer too!

I’ve LOTS of lovely visiting to enjoy across blogland during the next couple of days … will see you there over the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CASology #104 (Pet), Make The Day Special #4 (CASE Histories), Colour Q #250, Addicted to Stamps & More #104 (CAS) Paper Smooches 20-26/7 (Anything Goes), SSS Wednesday 16/7 (Spots and Dots)

As some of you know, I always have a lot of fun with cute bird images … I have a menagerie of them one or two of them … here’s a colourful type …

CASology 104, MTDS 4, CQ 250, ATSM 104, PS 20-7, SSSW 16-7                                                    

I have no idea how long it is since I used a piece of DP … a very, very, very long time … but this little chap merited it.  I trimmed a centimetre off one edge of a white card panel, added a strip of dotty DP in it’s place and die cut a circle in a ‘sweet spot’.  Another (bigger) circle of card was die cut, coloured with a black Promarker, clear embossed to give it shine and adhered to the card base to fit under the space.  The Papertrey sentiment was stamped to match the curve of the circle and I added the halo of lights dots with a black fine liner and clear glaze pen before popping up the panel on the card base with foam tape.  I stamped the Paper Smooches toucan (at least I think he’s a toucan), coloured him with Promarkers, added Glossy Accents for his eyes and some Wink of Stella shimmer for his beak and feathers.  I trimmed him out and popped him up on foam dots on his ‘stage’ … he looks as though he’s gazing out at his adoring fans!  Here’s a close up so you can gaze back …

CASology 104, MTDS 4, CQ 250, ATSM 104, PS 20-7, SSSW 16-7 Close Up Check out the reflection from the black mirror shiny embossing behind him … a happy accident!

He’s flying off to these challenges …

CASology – Pet (he’s not a real pet … there’s no feeding, grooming or cleaning up of doo-doo!)

Make The Day Special – CASE History (CASE a card from your first year of blogging/crafting … mine’s from February 2013 (here and below) … I used the layout and image to inspire me!)

CTS 15, LIM 107          CTS 15, LIM 107 Close up

Colour Q – Use One Spot Colour or All Five (I used all five plus the black and white)

Paper Smooches – Anything Goes (the toucan’s from PS My Peeps)

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS (one image, white space, limited layers, quick to recreate)

SSS Wednesday – Spots and Dots (DP strip, halo of dots)

Off to link … back in a little while with the last card of the day.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Make The Day Special #3 (Sketch), Catered Crop 8/6 (Manly Men), SSS Monday 9/6 (Paint), Moxie Fab World 3/7 (Wonderful Words)

When I made my first panel-on-an-angle card last week,  with all the embossed lines and watercolouring, there was a piece of the panel left over, that I carefully cocooned so I could use it in future!  Well, the future arrived a bit quicker than I expected … here …

MTDS 3, Catered Crop 8-6, SSSM 9-6

Those who saw the earlier card will know that the stripes are an Annabelle Stamps border, stamped a few times, heat embossed in white and watercoloured.  I adhered black strips to the angled part and mounted the panel on the card base.  The hello is from Avery Elle, cut four times in white and once in black, stacked and clear embossed.  What look like trendy enamel dots are brads with their legs cut off!  This is not a colour combo I’m that comfortable with … and card puts me in mind of mens’ striped shirts … but it’s a Good Thing every so often to get a bit uncomfortable … you never know where it will lead!

I’m playing along with …

Make The Day Special – Sketch (I flipped it)

Catered Crop – Manly Man (for the first time)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Paint (watercoloured stripes)

ETA:  Moxie Fab World – Wonderful Words Challenge (word dies)

I was also planning on joining in with The Card Concept (colours) … oops, got the timing on that one soooo wrong!

Thanks so much to everyone who took the trouble to tell me about using Versamark ink (for embossing) with dye ink, after my last post.  Being able to double ink instead of having to double stamp with a stampamajig is going to be so much easier!

As some of you will know, Feedly is offline at the moment due to a Denial Of Service Attack … I have all my follows and updates delivered by Feedly so I’m a bit lost this evening without you all.  I’m guessing some of you won’t be reading this because of it!  I’ll be round to visit as soon as I can (roughly translated as when Feedly is back up again) … in the meantime, I’ll just do some wandering … and may see you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out #3 (Happy Birthday), Cure For The Monday Blues #14 (Neutral’s Nook), A Blog Named Hero #42 (Layer Cake), Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge, Make The Day Special #1 (Anything Goes)

Finally, I tied Monsieur Mojo down for a short while so he could help me with this …

Time Out 3, CFTMB 14, ABNH 42, HA Spring Sketch, MTDS 1

… and I’m hoping he’ll be less flighty in future!  I was also inspired by a number of challenges that just happened to slot together well.  At Time Out, it’s theme week and we’re using Happy Birthday with an optional twist of masculine.  Taheerah’s Cure For The Monday Blues inspiration picture is, as usual, stunning (check it out at the bottom) … I was struck by the striped mug, the triangle patterned napkin (?) and the doughnuts … and I also picked out the black frames.  We’re using layers or dimension at A Blog Named Hero‘s Layer Cake and my layout comes from Hero Arts’ Spring Sketch … I used Sketch 3.  Finally, I’m joining in with the first challenge at Make The Day Special, where Anything Goes, using at least one product from the store.

I stamped Hero Art’s Zig Zag background in black onto white card, sliced off a 3cm strip to use as the border panel and added a thin black border to the right side of it.  The strip was popped up on foam dots onto a white panel and the Avery Elle sentiment (Handwritten Notes, from MTDS) was stamped in black.  I added the wooden star embellishment to the side of the sentiment … it’s about the same colour as those yummy looking doughnuts … and popped a pewter-ish coloured brad (legs cut off) into the middle of it.  The white panel was mounted onto a slightly larger black panel and the whole thing was adhered to the base card.

I’m delighted to say a warm hello (albeit rather late as I’ve not been posting) to a few new friends and followers …non blogging card makers Sally and Denise, and bloggers, Deborah from Deborah’s Gems, Brenda from Friends Craftin With Friends and Christine from Poppaea Cards.  If you haven’t explored these fun, fabulous and inspiring blogs already, do pop over for a meander … and take a drink along … you may be a while!  You may also want to check out  Waltzingmouse Fanatics … Deborah is co-owner of this new-ish fortnightly challenge dedicated to Waltzingmouse Stamps (I know, you guessed that from the name, didn’t you?).  You’re all very welcome, ladies, and thank you 🙂

You may recall I’m Guest Designing with the awesome team at Addicted to CAS this month … so here’s a little reminder if you’re thinking of playing along with the latest challenge.  The Code Word is Far Away (so many possibilities), there’s lots of amazing inspiration from the DT and in the gallery … and more importantly, there are still days to go before Mr Linky closes the door!

Assuming Monsieur Mojo decides to be less capricious over the coming days, I should be back later in the week with a little something … it’s been waaaayyy too long … and I’ve missed you!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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