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The Challenge #63 – Featured Designer, Darnell’s NBUS #6, Seize The Birthday – 25 February, SSS Wednesday 2 March

Hello …. bonjour!  I’m thrilled and delighted to be guest designing alongside the amazing Design Team at The Challenge … every week for the whole month as the Featured Designer … how exciting!  We have a fun and versatile sketch to tempt you this time around (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 1and here’s the sketch …

The Challenge #63 - March Week 1- SketchYep, I switched the background panel to the right rather than the left … those tropical cuties needed to be looking in the right direction!  I masked the card base, sponged on some ombré blue hued Distress Inks and spritzed over it with Shimmer Spray.  The MFT birds were die cut, stamped and coloured with Promarkers … and I cut the MFT palm leaves in green and sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  The birds were arranged against the tropical sky (popped up on die cut fun foam) in the upper most branches of their trees, nestled cosily among all the leaves.  The Avery Elle sentiment was the final touch.

There are so many ways to interpret this fabulous sketch … where will your creativity take you with it?  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with inspiration galore from the Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along with us!

My tropical birds are flying off to …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … my second entry for the lovely Darnell’s sixth challenge … the two birds on the right are both NBUS.

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Touchy Feely … those popped up birds amid all the texture-y leaves.

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

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Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Guest Designer – March, Darnell’s NBUS #6, SSS Monday – 29 February, SSS Wednesday – 2 March, SSS Work It Wednesday – February

Hello …. bonjour!  I’m honoured and delighted to be guest designing with the awesome CAS team at Happy Little Stampers for the March challenge.  The theme this month is Faux Mother of Pearl … a lovely, soft technique that I’d never explored … now that I have, I can understand how much depth and shimmer it creates!  Here’s my take on it …

HLS CAS GD - MarchGuest Designer Badge - HLS         HLS CAS - March

Thanks to Loll (her video is fabulous!) and Toni (for Loll’s link and another), I had a heap of fun creating the panel above … and it’s so easy!  I used a squidge of Liquid Pearls, scrunched up a piece of cling film, dibbled it into the PP and pounced to my heart’s content onto a white card panel.  Once the panel was dry, I sponged over a bunch of green and blue hued Distress Inks … the pounced Liquid Pearls resisted the DI, so all that was needed to finish off the panel was a gentle polish with a paper towel.  I trimmed the panel to fit my card front, adhered the SSS floral stem die cut to it (NBUS … from my lovely friend, Michele) and mounted the whole thing up on fun foam onto the base.   The SSS sentiment was stamped in Memento Paris Dusk and covered with Wink of Stella … and was surrounded by  a scattering of die cut hearts (from the panel offcuts), which had been coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents before being adhered to the card base.  Like to see a detail shot of that faux mother of pearl shimmer …

HLS CAS GD Detail - MarchSo … have you tried the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique?  It’s fun … why not give it a go … we’d love to see your CAS creation in the gallery!  All the details are over on the Happy Little Stampers – CAS blog … along with a heap of inspiration from the Design Team!  Do hope you’ll play along!

I’m joining in with …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … yep, she’s back for #6!  The sweet flower stems are my NBUS

SSS Monday – Leap Into The Unknown … the faux mother of pearl technique was unknown

SSS Wednesday – Touchy Feely … bobbly mother of pearl, die cut, popped up panel, GA’d hearts

SSS Work It Wednesday – Florals

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

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Time Out DT #40, NBUS #5, SSS Monday 14/9

Hello!  This next fortnight at Time Out, we have a fantastic ‘CASE … With Your Own Twist’ challenge … our designer is the supremely talented, delightful, one and only Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion …. yep, really!  Tracey has given us the most delicious card to CASE … it’s below … you can see how much I loved it by how I’ve shamelessly copied CASEd it!

Time Out DT 40Time Out… and here’s Tracey’s glorious card … see what I mean about *ahem* CASEing?

See the similarities??  Well, there were a few twists in my version … trimmed out and layered up  Papertrey‘s Circle Scribbles for my flower … embossed in WOW Silver Pearl EP rather than white (my NBUS … a recent win!) … blinged with tiny pearls … sentiment also blinged (with black pearls) … and the panel popped up onto the card base.

How will Tracey‘s card inspire you … the soft colours, vellum, heat embossing … and what will be your twist?  Where ever your CASE-ing creativity takes you, we’d love it if you played along!  There’s inspiration galore over on the Time Out blog … from our talented Guest Designer Stempelfrida and from our own wonderful DT … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m linking my card up with a couple of challenges …

NBUS – Anything Goes … lovely Darnell’s awesome challenge … if you haven’t checked it out and played along … GO … you really need to see djkardkreations … your world will not be complete without a visit!  Oh, my NBUS was the Silver Pearl EP from WOW.

SSS Monday – Love This Technique … my second entry … again using heat embossing … I never tire of the magic!

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

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Happy Birthday, Bev! NBUS #5, WPlus9 Get Sketchy #3, Seize The Birthday 10/9, SSS Wednesday 9/9, SSS Monday 14/9

Hello!  I’m sure you already know Bev (one of my fellow BABES) … she’s generous, sweet, caring, fun, enthusiastic and uber talented … and she lives at Happy Dance.  Yep, that Bev … she has a birthday today, and the card I’m sharing here is to celebrate her special day!  Wishing you the happiest, happiest birthday, ma chère amie … may you be blessed with a wonderful, happy dancing day full of love and laughter … and a year to come filled with joy!  Your card has caught it’s flight and may even be on your side of the pond already (but probably not in your mail box yet!) … oh, and there’s a party … keep reading …

Happy Birthday Bev, NBUS 5, WP9 Sketch 3, STB 10-9, SSSW 9-9I stamped the happy banner from WPlus9 (Happy Mail) repeatedly across a white card panel and heat embossed it.  Blue and yellow are colours that Bev loves, so the individual flags were watercoloured with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed … I wanted the transition between them to be ombré-ish, so where the colours mingled there are various shades of yellow/green and blue/green.  I masked the panel along the bottom and used the same two Distress Inks to sponge more ombré colour to mimic the banners.  The rest of the sentiment (also Wplus9) was white heat embossed onto a strip of black card, which was cut into a banner and popped up on the panel with foam tape.  I mounted the panel onto the card base using fun foam, scattered some clear gems across the sponged colour and heavily Wink of Stella’d the flags.  You might just be able to make out the shimmer if you look carefully above … or it might be easier to see it here …

Happy Birthday Bev, NBUS 5, WP9 Sketch 3, STB 10-9, SSSW 9-9 DetailInspiration for Bev‘s card came from …

Darnell’s NBUS #5 – Anything Goes … my NBUS is the WPlus9 Happy Mail set

WPlus9 Get Sketchy #3 – See below for Joni’s fabulous sketch

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Use a Stamp

SSS Monday – Love This Technique … heat embossing … it never loses it’s magic!

… the badges/links are all at the end of this post.

If you’ve met Bev already, you’ll know that she throws the most amazing virtual parties … but she couldn’t do her own now could she?  So rather in the role of apprentice party thrower, I thought it might be fun to return the compliment.  Bev … this is for you, my friend … just follow the driveway …

buntings... entrance to the party or on the back deck if weather permits. Love this!:

… come right in, there”s room for everyone …

Pour un mariage tout en couleurs ! Cela augure de nombreuses idées de faire-part, animations etc... Que d'inspirations ! #wedding #mariage #b4wedding

… and plenty of champagne …

Too much of anything is bad But Too Much CHAMPAGNE Is Just Right. -Mark Twain: … a selection of aperos …

Petites brochettes de saumon fumé, pomme et chèvre. Des amuses bouches rapides à présenter en apéritif ou pour décorer une salade. Pour 18 piques : 2 belles tranches de saumon fumé, 1 pomme , 150 g de fromage de chèvre mi-frais, 1 c.à soupe d'huile d'olive,...:           #4. Un carré de melon entouré d'un simple bout de jambon ! - 8 idées simples et originales pour faire sensation à l'apéro !:          sucettes au chèvre pour l'apéro J'ai réalisé cette recette récemment et mes invités ont adoré!

Blog de petitetgrandgourmand :Petit et Grand Gourmand , WRAP POULET:                   Gourmande jusqu'au bout, en voici pour tous les goûts ! A real gourmet, here’s something for every taste !:                    Petits champignons farçis pour l'apéritif ... trop facile ! - La popotte de Manue:

Bestrijk parmaham met roomkaas. Strooi daarover heen geroosterde pijnboompitten en rucolasla. Oprollen, doormidden snijden en je hebt een lekker borrelhapje.:                  Disposer les tomates piquées d'un cure-dent.Mettre le sucre (150g) et 2 cuillères à soupe d'eau (ou éventuellement de vinaigre balsamique!) dans une casserole. Faire chauffer jusqu'à ce que le sucre fonde et prenne une jolie couleur brune, dès que le caramel est prêt, le retirer du feu.Tremper chaque tomate dans le caramel jusqu'a mi-hauteur puis dans les graines de sésame.:

… a little something sweet …

Strawberry Brownie Kebabs | 31 Foods On A Stick That Are Borderline Genius       Original Pinner Said: These were a big hit at our party. So yummy and super easy to make.ME: maybe try it out when those huge green grapes are in the market:       Party Fruit Kabobs! What a perfect appetizer or bridal party finger food!!:

… maybe a little ice cream-y …

My mom made this for pinterest party! She added the fruit dip bowl to the fruit cone recipe she found!:

… ok, p’raps a lot ice cream-y …

Sucré - Cubes After Eight à la glace vanille et fraises. Ingrédients pour 6 pers. : 30 chocolats After Eight-1/2 l de glace à la vanille-6 belles fraises. Recette : laver et sécher les fraises. Disposer 1 After Eight dans chaque assiette à dessert. Poser une boule de glace vanille sur les After Eight. Coller rapidement le reste des After Eight sur les quatre côtés de la glace de façon à obtenir des petites caissettes. Disposer une fraise sur chaque cube.:         Le 14 avril 2015 sera givré ou ne sera pas !         Get creative with your ice cream sundaes! I miss my days of creating concoctions just like this at an ice cream restaurant.:

… and of course some birthday cake …

Slice of paradise...:

… which should give you a hint about your birthday gift …

Believe it or not, this is not a resort... but it's a $29,000,000 Mega mansion on a private tropical island.:

… yep, it’s THE island … complete with circular craft room at the top there … thought it’d do rather nicely … now, when to go ….!!  Blessings always, Bev … blogland is a better place because you’re in it!

It’s lovely of each of you to come along and celebrate with Bev … and make her party such fun … now, why not pop over and see her at Happy Dance … and wish her a happy day too!

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


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NBUS #4, Less Is More #217, Uniko #19, SSS Wednesday 25/3, SSS Monday 31/3

There’s not been a lot of crafting time over the past week … so I needed to get a wriggle on to make a card before Hammy pushes the Playhouse door shut on Darnell’s latest NBUS challenge (celebrating 800+ followers!!!).  Here’s a QACAS card that practically made itself …

NBUS 4, LIM 217, Uniko 19, SSSW 25-3, SSSM 31-3… with a little help from my lovely friend, Michele (I Card Everyone), who sent me this rather splendid (NBUS to me) SSS Fresh Daisies paint chip die cut (among a host of other gorgeous goodies) … thanks again, my friend!  I cut the SSS grid border into a white card panel, mounted the daisies onto it and stamped the Papertrey sentiment in grey.  A piece of grey striped DP was adhered onto the card base under the grid and I popped the panel up over it on foam tape.  A scattering of blingy dew was the finishing touch.

I’m playing along with …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … félicitations, mon amie … what a difference you make in blogland … so many people delighting in sharing the joys of life in and around the Playhouse!

Less Is More – Combine Any Three Previous LIM Challenges … mine are #2 (Flower or Tree), #146 (Use DP in a CAS way) and #213 (This Makes Me Happy) … CAS is my happy!

Uniko – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Pastels (those yummy ombré yellows)

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NBUS #3, Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash/JITW, Simply Create Too #76, SSS Monday 5/1, SSS Wednesday 7/1

I’ve been waiting for some cards to be received before I posted them here … now they’re in the hands of the people they were sent to, I can show you without spoiling any surprises!  I don’t often do a multiple card post, so please bear with me as I figure out how to do it without being too repetitive!  There are three cards … these first two will be heading for the same linkies …

NBUS 3, W&W Birthday, SSSM 5-1, SSSW 7-1 On a white panel, I stamped the ‘fireworks’ in Delicata Gold, Brilliance Platinum and Brilliance Silver (they’re NBUS flower centres from Papertrey‘s Friendly Flowers).  The sentiment’s from Winnie & Walter (Big, Bold, Happy), stamped in Versamark and embossed with Liquid Platinum EP.  The top and bottom strips are also embossed with Liquid Platinum.  I attached the panel and strips to the card base and added a scattering of sequins.

W&W Birthday, NBUS 3, SSSM 5-1, SSSW 7-1Another white panel, this time masked, stamped and silver embossed with Winnie & Walter‘s Big Bang Confetti stars, then sponged with Distress Inks to create a gradient.  I cut the Avery Elle happy (NBUS) out of the panel, and another five times out of white cardstock, and stacked them up, finishing with the sponged/stamped layer.   The ‘New Year’ is Lawn Fawn‘s Milo’s ABCs (NBUS), stamped and embossed in silver.  I adhered a piece of printer paper behind the die cut so the happy could he slotted into place on the panel, then the panel was popped up on foam tape on the base card.

These two are destined for …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (isn’t the lovely Darnell amazing … not only a fabulous challenge for reaching 700+ followers, which is so wonderful in itself, but as there have been so many entries, she’s upped the prizes from five to 10 US$25 gift vouchers … how generous is that!  These are my second and third entries)

Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash – Gayatri’s CAS and Freestyle Collage challenge and Vanessa’s Gradient challenge (Congratulations on W&W’s first birthday, Julie and Shay … such fantastic and fun celebration challenges, thank you!)

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – January (an ongoing challenge to use W&W’s fabulous goodies!)

SSS Monday – Old and New (First card – old: W&W sentiment, new: ‘fireworks’, second card – old:  W&W stars/Distress Inks, new:  die cut/sentiment)

SSS Wednesday – Something New (First card – ‘fireworks’, second card – die cut/sentiment)

Here’s my final card …

SCT 76, SSSM 5-1, SSSW 7-1I used a Papertrey Happy Phrase Play die cut, selectively Versamarked it, and did some double embossing, first with silver EP, then with gold.  I sponged the circle on the base card with Distress Inks, covered it with Wink of Stella and popped the Phrase Play up on foam tape over it.  A scattering of sequins and gems were added and I cut a little tag with MFT‘s circle stax, stamped and silver embossed the W&W sentiment, added a few stars and left it to hang free from the ‘y’ with silver thread (courtesy of my lovely friend, Bev).

I’m playing along with …

Simply Create Too – Celebrate (New Year – in this part of France the opportunity to exchange good wishes for new year runs until the end of January … by that time most people have seen or spoken with everyone they needed to!)

Winnie & Walter Join in to Win – January (that little tag)

SSS Monday – Old and New (new:  Phrase Play Happy, old:  everything else)

SSS Wednesday – Something New (Phrase Play Happy)

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Darnell’s NBUS #3, Showcase Your Style #5, AAA Cards #31, SSS Wednesday 24/12

I wasn’t expecting to be here today, but as the card that’s about to be revealed has flown across the pond in lickety split quick time, I can show it to you without ruining the surprise for the recipient!  Here it is …

NBUS 3, SYS 5, AAA 31, SSSW 24-12The Papertrey chevron die cuts are my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff in Darnellese) … I cut lots of them, heat embossed the top layers with gold and silver, stacked them all up and adhered them in place.  The Mama Elephant sentiment (masked from a larger one) was also heat embossed in gold and silver to match the chevrons.  The tiny stars are actually rather unique champagne bubbles … … after all, it’s a new year celebration card, so there has to be a little bubbly … bet you’ve never seen star shaped bubbles before!

I’m playing along with …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (as long as there’s Never Before Used Schtuff involved)

ShowCASe Your Style – At Least One Die Cut (loads here … my first time joining in)

AAA Cards – Use A Little Gold

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

It’s just about the end of the weekend in this part of the world … and the end of our mini break from the renovation … back to work tomorrow, all bright eyed and bushy tailed!  Hope your week’s a good one!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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