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A Flower Filled Vase … and a Birthday Package

Hello … bonjour!  I had some crafty time yesterday afternoon … and have a couple of cards to share as a result.  Can’t say the stamps I used to make them are NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) … though they hadn’t been played with a great deal and were in need of some TLC, so p’raps they could be called BUGs … Barely Used Goodies!   Here’s the first …

A white panel, masked off along the side and lightly sponged/faded out with Distress Ink.  A vase mask acted a guide as to where to stamp (and secondary stamp) the floral arrangement, I die cut a new white vase and adhered it flat when the stamping was done, and then added the sentiment.  All the goodies are from MFT‘s Beautiful Blooms.  The panel was popped up on craft foam onto the card base and I added a scattering of Lucy’s Rainbow Jewels to finish off.

This is heading to (badges at the bottom) …

AAA Cards – Masking

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

MFT Color – Coral Crush, Spearmint, Green Eyed Monster, Blueberry (my closest colours)

MFT Wednesday Sketch – See Below

SSS Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

My second card is a very CAS twist on brown paper packages tied up with string (did that have you breaking into song?) …

Another white panel, this time stamped and clear heat embossed with Papertrey‘s No Strings Attached … and then run through my Cuttlebug with a polka dot embossing folder.  The tag was done separately.  I heat embossed the sentiment (also Papertrey) so the colour would resist the yellow, stamped the tag over it and trimmed it out, and thanks to the magic of MISTI, was able to add the right bit of the bow to the top.  The finished tag was adhered onto the polka dots, so it has a little dimension.

My gift is going to be opened over at (badges at the bottom) …

CAS(E) This Sketch – See below for Chrissie’s sketch … mine’s a minimalist interpretation!

Color Throwdown – Hot Pink, Lime Green, Yellow

Create Along With Us – Release Week Challenge … Inspired by Keeway’s cool, crisp, graphic inspiration using the new Hey Stacks stamps, on Day 5 of the August Release (it’s below).

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

That’s it from me for now … wishing you a wonderful week ahead!  I have a little (well more than a little really) catching up to do … so will see you over the next couple of days!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016, SSS Monday – 19 September

Hello … bonjour!  Bet that surprised you … two posts in two days!  I’m back with another card tonight which is in complete contrast to yesterday’s cool, dapper, monochrome chap … this one’s full of colour …

mft-card-making-superstar-contest-sssm-19-9I white embossed an MFT leaf sprig from Fall Florals repeatedly across a watercolour card panel, and washed distress inks across each sprig, allowing the rainbow colours to merge and blend.  Once the panel was dry, I clear heat embossed the second leaf layer over the first, brushed clean water over the panel and blotted some of the background colour off with a paper towel.  The embossed area resisted the water and retained the original intensity of the wash in the halo’s of colour around the sprigs.   The sentiment is made up from a couple of different ones in the Birds of Paradise set (I’m MFT sentiment challenged!) … white embossed on a snippet of black card and popped up on the rainbow panel with foam tape.  I sponged a black frame onto the card base, adhered the finished panel onto it with craft foam, did a little dotty doodling … and voila, I was done!

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – 2016

SSS Monday – Inspired By Music … how about Somewhere Over The Rainbow!

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

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest 2016, Happy Little Stamper Dies – September, SSS Monday – 19 September, SSS Wednesday – 14 September

Hello … bonjour!  Popping in to share a card tonight (or p’raps more accurately this morning!) … a rather stylish, dapper and whimsical little number …

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I white heat embossed one of the fabulous characters from the Birds of Paradise set onto a black card panel … and black heat embossed him onto a white card panel that had already been cut with the Accent It: Celebrate die-namics (thanks to the Lake House stash!).  A slice of striped DP was fixed behind the negative die cut space and the white panel was adhered over the black.  This chap wanted to look his best for the MFT Superstar contest, so insisted I doodle him a bow tie … and add the tiniest little gem to the knot … he thinks it looks cool … with just the right amount of pizazz … and who am I to argue with his dress sense?  Think he’s going for an avian 007-at-the-casino look here!

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MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – 2016

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Inspired by Music … I’m thinking ‘Putting on The Ritz’ (Irving Berlin)!

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

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

        

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Time Out DT #59 – Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #199, MFT Sketch #286, SSS Wednesday – 22 June, The Paper Players #300

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in with another card for our current challenge at Time Out … our theme is Masculine … with an optional technique twist of using mixed media.  Our definition of mixed media is an easy one … use stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.  The twist is optional, so you can go without if you prefer … I did (again!) …

Time Out DT 59RTime OutI used STAMPlorations images to stamp out a pattern across my one layer card, having drawn a couple of pencil lines as a guide for fitting all the retro shapes into the space.  The colours came from an interiors image found on Pinterest when I searched for retro colour palettes (not my fave combo but it goes with the stamps!) … and the font of the Papertrey sentiment seemed to fit pretty well with the retro style.  I Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented the squares in the open shapes to add some dimension, shimmer and shine.  The ‘Birthday’ was also Wink of Stella’d … but try as I might I couldn’t capture it on camera.  Here’s what I did manage to get …

Time Out DT 59R DetailHave you played along with us yet?  We’d love it if you did!  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations this fortnight … the winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a US$10 gift voucher … and there’ll be an ARTplorations stencil for a randomly drawn participant who uses the Mixed Media twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Patti at Stationery Styles (who you really need to visit if you haven’t already … so much loveliness to enjoy!)

I’m playing along with these four challenges …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

MFT Sketch – See Below … inspired by the DT, I stretched it a little and used the large ‘Birthday’ for my circular element

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Shimmer … sentiment and inner WoS’d/GA’d squares

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … a birthday’s a celebration!

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

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More MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun Stuff

Hello … bonjour!  I’m back with the remaining two cards I made over the weekend … still keeping it short and sweet.  First up, a gentle breath of nature …

MFT Summer Camp - Watercolour, MFT Sketch 285, TESJ 40A masked and splattered-with-three-greens panel, divided with slender strips of black, topped with a watercoloured palm leaf from MFT and an embossed sentiment from SSS.  Some black enamel dots finished it off.

In contrast, here’s my fun and bright second offering …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 1, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6         

A pair of tropical love birds (MFT), coloured with Promarkers and Wink of Stella’d, their eyes meeting as they walk toward one another along the ‘pebble’ scattered rainbow shaker beach (it’s the tropics, there’s bound to be a rainbow beach!).  You can see how taken they are with each other from the Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented hearts floating up between them.   Madame Love Bird certainly seems to be giving Monsieur Love Bird the eye!  It doesn’t stop there … I caught them leaning forward to steal a kiss …

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider 2, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6Ahhh … true love … yep, birds of a feather (MFT).  They do seem to be a little reserved as they’re looking down rather than gazing into one another’s eyes.  Could be it’s because they’re in public (would you smooch in front of all these people?) … or maybe they’re just watching where they put their feet with all those pebbles around … they don’t want to twist a claw!

MFT Summer Camp - Shaker & Slider Detail, AAA 67, HLS Dies - June, VV 22, SSSW 15-6My leafy green number is destined for …

MFT Summer Camp – Wonderful Watercolour … Day 3 of 5 … my third badge

MFT Sketch #285 – See Below

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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Monsieur & Madame Love Bird are canoodling over to …

MFT Summer CampSensational Sliders & Spectacular Shakers … Day 2 and Day 5 of 5 … my fourth and fifth badges … I made it through my first summer camp … ever!

AAA Cards #67 – Googly Eyes … she even has eyelashes … hope CAS can also include interactive!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

Virginia’s View – #22 – All About Colours … the lovely Virginia’s back for the summer!

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I’ll be back Thursday with another card for our current Time Out challenge (masculine).  Till then, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun!

Hello … bonjour … hope your weekend was a fabulous one!  I had some playtime, got creative and made a few cards … two to share here and two for later (maybe tomorrow, depending on the Time Eating Monster) … I’ll keep it short and sweet!  Here’s the first … a sweet little pretty …

MFT Summer Camp - Glitter, MFT Colour 47, CAS Mix Up - June, TESJ 40Randomly stamped leaves and blooms (MFT), with the flower heads coated with sugary clear glitter (seen better zoomed in!), a little fine black pen doodling, a die cut hello (SSS) stacked on fun foam, and a stamped supplementary sentiment (WPlus9).   I was inspired by this card from Mayuri … it’s bolder, more dramatic and she used a different technique, but you can see how it prompted me.

Here’s the second … a rather dapper chap …

MFT Summer Camp - Die Cutting, HLS Dies - June, PP 300, SSSW 15-6A lightly sponged card panel mounted over black, a bird of paradise (MFT) coloured with Promarkers and perched atop a Winnie & Walter die cut (both on foam), and some tiny supplementary sentiments (SSS) nestled into the word.

My floral number is heading to …

MFT Summer Camp – Glitzy Glitter … Day 1 of 5 … first badge!

MFT Color Challenge – In The Buff, Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, Blueberry … my closest

CAS Mix Up – June – Stamping, Die Cuts + Choice …. mine’s the texture-y glitter and doodling

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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The dashing dude is flying off to …

MFT Summer Camp – Delightful Die Cutting … Day 4 of 5 … second badge!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … congratulations on an amazing 300 challenges!

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

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See you soon!  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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