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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)

Phew, if you’re still here, thanks for sticking with me!  Thanks too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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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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One Layer Simplicity #9 (Hip To Be Square), NBUS #2, Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday 12/9 (Getting Fancy), Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – September, SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils/Stamps)

My card tonight is one I made a little while ago … I took photo’s of a whole load of cards I made and sent out to sweet friends, some of which have already been shared here … others, I thought, I’d show later.  Well, later’s arrived!  My crafting-in-marginal-moments phase is still going on at the moment, so whilst there’s a scheduled Time Out DT post due, the only other card in (very slow!) progress isn’t finished yet.  Here’s today’s little checkered number (which one of you will recognise!) …

OLS 9, NBUS 2, MFWFF 12-9, W&W JITW, SSSM 22-9The background was built up using a TAWS stamp … it has with two rows of five small squares, so I inked it up in sets of colours and stamped it repeatedly across the card to create a rainbow/ombré checkerboard.  The Winnie & Walter sentiment was stamped and heat embossed, and I added a little subtle bling.  Voila!

Popping along to  …

One Layer Simplicity (Hip to Be Square) – the fabulous Ardyth is the host this month … love the theme and planned out quite a few ideas in my head … unfortunately, that’s where they stayed!  Squeezing in here during the closing moments!

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – you all know about this already!  The checkerboard stamp is my NBUS and this is my third and final entry … which is p’raps as well seeing as Mr Linky will be on door duty tomorrow!

Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday (Getting Fancy) – have a look at the amazing inspiration photo below … I thought all my colours and the shiny black sentiment were a pretty good match to all those cool bottles of nail polish!

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – love using these W&W big sentiments!

SSS Monday (Stencils and/or Stamps) – I went with stamps … after all it is Stamptember!

I have a couple of hello’s to say to two new followers tonight … non-blogging card maker Karen … and Rachel, who has just posted her first lovely card over at inkyfingersareme … and is in the process of setting up a craft room.  You can check out the ‘before’ photo’s on Rachels blog … and then pop back for the ‘afters’ when it’s done … I know she’ll appreciate the visit!  You’re both very welcome, ladies … and thank you 🙂

Back tomorrow with the new Time Out Challenge … and hope to get my on-the-way card done before the weekend … see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Bev! NBUS 2, SSS Wednesday 11/9 (Make Your Own Background)

Have you ever met someone that you liked immediately … and then the more you got to know them the more you realised what an amazing, caring, thoughtful, talented and delightful person they were?  I’m fortunate to say that I have … that someone is Bev at Happy Dance … and today we’re celebrating her birthday with a surprise party!  It’s usually Bev that throws the most amazing parties for everyone … this time she’s the surprisee!  The celebrations are going on over at Darnell‘s blog, and Ardyth is hosting the Linky party for all Bev’s cards.  If you know Bev already, you’ll want to head over to see her on her special day, and join in the fun at Darnell‘s and Ardyth‘s.  If you don’t know her, you’ll want to … so why not do the same thing … you really don’t want to miss out!   So, sweet Bev, I’m wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays … may your day be as special as you are … and may your year ahead be filled with joy, laughter and blessings galore!  We’re truly blessed to have you in our world, and I’m honoured and proud to call you my friend!    I made you this …

Happy Birthday Bev, NBUS 2, SSSW 11-9… which is currently winging it’s way to you across the miles … oh and there’s a little cake later!

I cut a spare Avery Elle ‘happy’ and used it as a guide to mark up where to slice a white card panel so that each letter would have a narrow stripe running through it.  Once the panel was sliced, the narrow strips were coloured with Promarkers, I covered a piece of copy paper with glue gun sticky and pieced the panel back together again.  I die cut the ‘happy’ out of colours to match the stripes, and out of the panel, stacked them all together with Glossy Accents and added a liberal coat of Wink of Stella.  The edges of a white card base were sponged with navy, the striped panel was adhered flat to the base and the stacked ‘happy’ was slotted into place.  I stamped the WPlus9 sentiment onto white card, cut it into a banner and nestled it under the ‘happy’.  A scattering of sequins with offset gems was the finishing touch.

Bev’s card is going to be joining in at …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – my second entry.  Just in case you’ve spent the last few years touring the universe, and don’t know about these things, NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff.  It’s an acromym coined by the delightful Darnell, who is running her second NBUS challenge … this time to celebrate 600+ followers!  Can I also mention that as well as being delightful, Darnell is also amazingly generous … she’s offering ten (yes, 10!) US$25 prizes to randomly drawn winners!  See, told you, delightful and generous!  The die cut and sentiment were my NBUS … they came from the same happy package as yesterday’s NBUS.

SSS Wednesday – Make Your Own Background.   Yep, sliced, coloured, stuck and cut!

It’ll be really fun to come back a little later, see all Bev’s cards together at Ardyth’s and nibble on a little cake (see below) … so looking forward to it!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A little Piece of Heaven - This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe that is in her Feast cookbook.  The cake is so beautiful and moist, and it lasts for ages. It has a fairly strong smell of Guinness, which to a non-Guinness drinking person may be off putting, but take one bite and you'll surely change your mind, well I certainly did.

Time Out Special (Double The Joy), NBUS 2, Winnie & Walter Join In To Win (September), Color Throwdown #309 (Blue, Light Blue, Citrus Green, Grey), SSS Work It Wednesday #8 (Stamping)

We’re having a special and additional Time Out challenge for the next fortnight … especially to celebrate the very recent arrival of twin boys for our teamie, Bev and her husband!  Many congratulations again to you both, Bev!  The theme has been devised especially for the occasion … it’s ‘Double The Joy’ … so, why not join in the celebration and make a card with two of something on it … you could win a prize!  Sandie and Nonni, co-owners of Time Out are sponsoring this special challenge and are offering the winner a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studio.  Here’s my two of something, inspired by the sweet second photo in this post about the twins …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8I stamped the Mama Elephant sentiment and birds on a white card panel … and did a little masking to make sure each bird had it’s own star (it belongs to the left hand one!)  The cascading stars (from Winnie & Walter) were added at the side and all the grey was treated to a coat of Wink of Stella.  I coloured the birds with Promarkers, added a liberal layer of Glossy Accents and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.  Here’s a close-up of all the shimmer and shine …

Time Out Extra DT, NBUS 2, W&WJITW, CT 309, SSSWIW 8 Close UpThe eagle eyed among you may notice there’s a blob appeared by one of the birds … it’s not on the card above, so who knows where it came from … maybe a quick flutter of the wings did it!

As well as celebrating at Time Out, I’m also joining in with …

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge – Another celebration … the delightful Darnell has arrived at 600+ followers (congratulations, my friend!) … and that means we get to play with our Never Before Used Schtuff for a second time at the Playhouse.  My NBUS is the Mama Elephant stamp … recently acquired and on it’s first outing … I went for side option 4!

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – My cascading stars were done with one of the stamps from Big Bang Confetti, selectively inked.

Color Throwdown – Blue, light blue, citrus green and grey … just great colours for the twins!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamptember is in full flow, so this month the theme’s Stamping.

Badges are displayed at the bottom … just scroll down.

All the details for Bev’s special challenge are over at the Time Out blog (it’ll run alongside our usual fortnightly challenges) … along with a fabulous collection of inspiring cards from the Design Team … hope you’ll be able to find some time to join us in the gallery!

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

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NBUS #1 (Friendship), Cure For The Monday Blues #22 (Geometric Generation), SSS Wednesday 18/6 (You Gotta Have Friends), SSS Monday 23/6 (I Ought To Use This More!)

Here’s a little card that came together over the last two evenings … yep, had a sleep break in between times!

NBUS 1, Monday Blues 22, SSSW 18-6, SSSM 23-6I started by embossing a card panel using my only NBUS EF (there are five BUS ones in my extensive collection!).  I really liked the white on white so limited additions to a touch of this and that … Wink of Stella and gems on the blooms, Tumbled Glass DI and Wink of Stella on the hearts, and some PTI stripes along the bottom to ground the image.   The sentiment’s from Annabelle Stamps (hello) and Avery Elle (my friend).    The panel’s mounted flat on the card base.  You can see some of the shimmer if you look closely … here it’s glistening it’s socks off!

I was inspired by these challenges …

Darnell’s 500+ followers NBUS Challenge (Friendship) … my third time joining in … if you haven’t played along yet there are still a couple of days left … you REALLY don’t want to miss out!  (My NBUS was the EF)

Taheerah’s Cure For The Monday Blues (Geometric Generation) … see below for the amazing inspiration picture.  This is only the second time I’ve played along … and this is challenge 22!   I focused on the two suitcases under the table for my colours and for the stripes … and kept the open, uncluttered look using the white on white embossing.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday (You Gotta Have Friends) … the sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Monday (I Ought To use This More) … the EF … there are so many possibilities … if only I had the free time!

I’m taking a trip round the blogsphere next, so may see you there!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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AAA Cards #6 (Sketch/Colours), NBUS #1 (Friendship), One Layer Simplicity #6 (I’ve Been Framed), Stamplorations June (Stamps and Borders), SSS Work It Wednesday #5 (SSS Exclusives)

A very quick post tonight … it’s very late (actually it’s already the morning it’s so late!) and I should be slumbering soundly!  However, I was out all day today … much, much longer than expected and so couldn’t get this done earlier … and if I leave this post till tomorrow, it’ll miss the deadline on AAA Cards, a new challenge, where my sweet and ultra talented friend, Hannelie is on the Design Team, and I really wanted to play along …

AAA Cards 6, NBUS 1, OLS 6, Stamplorations June, SSSWIW 5Our Winner Badge         

These NBUS wee birds from Technique Tuesday were stamped and black embossed, I coloured them with Promarkers and added Wink of Stella for sparkle and Glossy Accents for dimension.  The sentiment was also black embossed, I doodled a frame round it with a Glaze pen and finished with a doodled Glaze pen border along the top.

I’m playing along with these challenges …

AAA Cards – Sketch and Colours (see below – I turned the sketch upside down)

NBUS -Friendship (a second entry for this fun challenge, hosted by my lovely friend, the delectable Darnell … who is celebrating 500 followers this month … have you joined in yet?)

One Layer Simplicity – I’ve Been Framed (include a border or frame)

Stamplorations – Stamps and Borders (sorry, Shery, no Stamplorations stamps yet!)

SSS Work It Wednesday – SSS Exclusives (included in the sentiment)

I’ll be back to do some visiting in the morning (still catching up from Feedly’s blip earlier in the week) … look forward to seeing you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂