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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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Muse #52 (Marion Vagg), The Card Concept #2 (Texture), Color Throwdown #277 (Baked Brown Sugar, Regal Rose, Soft Sky)

Continuing the theme of experimentation from this afternoon, tonight I have a card to share that seems to me to be a departure from my usual style.  Look …

Muse 52, TCC 2, CT 277

See what I mean?   It came about because of the combination of challenges I’m playing along with.  At Muse, Marion has made a lovely dimensional floral card to inspire us (below), at The Card Concept (where I’ve tried out a Clean and Layered style), we’ve to include texture, and both of these fitted beautifully with Color Throwdown, where the soft and feminine shades are baked brown sugar, regal rose and soft sky.

ETA:  I’m also linking up at Winnie & Walter’s Join In To Win, where we’re sharing cards we’ve made with their fabulous first release!

The grid border is self adhesive plasterboard tape, coloured with a Promarker … the idea came from my sweet and awesomely talented friends Bev (at Happy Dance) and Geri (at Manitoba Stamper), who have both used it to brilliant effect.  As we have rolls of the stuff around, I thought I’d do something rather more artistic with it than jointing walls!  I stamped and white embossed the Technique Tuesday flower three times on vellum and coloured the reverse.  The flowers were trimmed out, rolled at the edges and layered together with a brad.  I cut out the frame, ran it through my Cuttlebug and attached a ‘nest’ of crochet cotton for the flower to sit on … the cotton seems to mimic the flowers’ soft edges.  The flowers were popped up on the nest, the frame was popped up on the card base, I stamped the Winnie and Walter sentiment and added a few sequins.   Rather more involved than usual!

I’m delighted to say a warm hello to a new friend and follower, Sharyn from My Crafty Place … when you go for a visit, you’ll find not just amazing cards, but wonderful quilts and yummy recipes … and a fabulous craft room!  Welcome, Sharyn, and thank you  🙂

I do hope you’ve all had a splendid weekend … in this part of the world it’s almost over, so I’ll bid you a very good night!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂


Marion’s Lovely Muse Card

One Layer Wednesday #162 (Leaves)

Squeezing in with a card for One Layer Wednesday tonight … Heather is the host this week and the theme is leaves …

OLW  162

I was inspired firstly by this glorious leaf card by Anya Schrier (it’s one of my pins on Pinterest … I’m up to a whole five!) and then by a card I made way back in February, also for OLW, here.   I used similar colours and layout to those Anya used, only in a mini format … my leaf stamp is a small one from the Awesome Blossom set by The Alley Way Stamps, so wasn’t big enough to work well for a whole card.  I marked out a simple grid, masked the card base, stamped the leaf mostly in different greens, added a PTI sentiment, drew in black lines top and bottom and finished with a couple of gems to tie in with the pink leaf.  Done … um … not.

I’d like to say that the aperture showing the pink leaf on the inside was an intentional design feature … but if I did, horrid things would happen to me because it’d be a BIG fib.  It was more like a rescue mission after a ‘why-didn’t-you-leave-well-alone-it-was-fine-as-it-was’ moment.  The original pink leaf on the front of the card was ever so slightly indistinct … so dipping into my slight (!) perfectionist tendencies I tried restamping it.  REALLY bad move … it turned into a splodgy mess.  What to do … can’t cover it up (it’s for OLW), can’t undo it (trying would make the splodge even more messy), maybe the paper bin (shame, I liked it).  Then it came to me, direct from my recent Insider Class … cut out the splodge and take the design to the inside … eureka!  So that’s what I very carefully did … and will add a fun sentiment inside when I’m ready to use it … hopefully it will make the recipient smile!

Before I go, I have some new followers to say hello to … Kate from katescardcorner (a long time blogger with lots to explore), Betty K in Australia, an enthusiastic non-blogging card maker, and jkrohyo (a non-card making blogger) … welcome to you all and thank you 🙂

That’s it from me for now … just time to link before bed … I’ll be back in blogland tomorrow for a good dose of inspiration.  In the meatime, thanks so much for popping in, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #47, Runway Inspired Challenge #45, Simon Says Stamp Monday 30/9 (Say it with Stamps), Insider Online Card Class Day 2

I haven’t played along at CAS(E) this Sketch for a while so I’m really pleased to be squeaking in at the last minute today using Chrissy Larsson’s fun sketch (turned landscape).  The Runway Inspired Challenge is one I’ve followed for some time, although until now hadn’t joined in with … but as this week’s catwalk photograph gave me one of those oh-my-goodness-not-if-but-when card making moments … I used it as my inspiration.  The ‘Say it with Stamps’ challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday fits in happily alongside the other two, and I’m also adding my card to the Insider Online Card Class Day 2 Gallery … taking the outside of your card to the inside …

CTS 47, RIC 45, SSSM 30-9, OCCI 2

          Simon Monday Challenge Blog

This is a new technique for me … it’s one Laura Bassen showed us in the Insider Online Card Class, and uses a clear panel to allow the inside of a card to feature as much as the outside.  I made the inside first, using markers and a ruler (!) to draw the coloured stripes (to match those on the dress), and then added the PTI ‘thank you’.    For the card front, I stamped the black stripes onto a white card panel, cut a clear panel to size and adhered one to the other.  The front and back of the card were then adhered together along the top, just behind the fold line.  My finishing touch was to add a curved panel of pearlised silver card to pick up the style of that oh so cool purse/handbag in the photo.

I’m delighted to say hello to new follower, Nicky …. a white-space-loving CAS card maker and stamper, who’s been pulled away from her blog for a while by other commitments.  She’ll be joining us in blogland again before too long and when that happens, I’ll add a link so you can go for a visit and explore.  Welcome Nicky, and thank you!

Busy day ahead … I’ve been fending it off to get this post done … can’t keep it at bay any longer!  Thanks so much for coming by, as ever, your visits and comments are a joy!  Anita 🙂

Muse #35 (Marion Vagg), CASE Study #158, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 18/9 (STAMPtember), CAS-ual Fridays #115 (Fall Colours and a Leaf)

I misplaced a memory yesterday … I’d had it all week, but on the one day when I planned to use it, it did a disappearing act.  Was my brain too full of other stuff to recall it?  Mmm, nothing new there then.  Was I distracted by the sight of the blue sky and sunshine for the first time in a week?  Perhaps, but probably not.  Maybe it was the excitement of getting the housework done?  Huh, as if.  Anyway, misplaced it was until today when it reappeared … so I thought I’d share it with you, a day late … My Papercraft World is a year old!

In the last twelve months, I’ve been so fortunate to ‘meet’ such a worldwide group of lovely crafters … talented, inspiring, supportive and generous people who make up our crafty community.  And that’s not all … within that group of lovely crafters, I’ve also had the chance to become friends with some of the sweetest, most encouraging and loving people you could hope to meet … I consider myself truly blessed to be in such company.  So to everyone, for everything, thank you from the bottom of my heart :).  Here’s a card to say so …

Muse 35, CASE Study 158, CFC 115, SSSW 18-9

I was inspired here by a number of challenges.   At Muse, Marion Vagg has given us a richly coloured floral card, and at CASE Study, where it’s my first time playing along, Kathy Racoosin is the muse.  I’ve not played along at CAS-ual Fridays since having my time away on the renovation, so it’s good to be back with the theme of ‘Fall Colours and a Leaf’, and finally, I’m submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where we’ve to use something from the store … I used The Alley Way Stamps‘ Petal Pushers and Awesome Blossom.


          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The flowers and leaves were stamped, coloured with Promarkers, trimmed out and mounted on a polka dot embossed panel using different depths of foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment, added the gingham bow, fixed the panel to some orange/gold DP and adhered it all to a textured card base with rounded bottom corners.  I’d really appreciate some advice about embossed backgrounds and stamping … is it better to stamp then emboss or to emboss then stamp?  I did the latter, but flattened the dots beforehand and ‘refilled’ them afterwards to get a crisp finish … p’raps it would’ve been better to do the former in the first place!  What do you do?

I’d like to say hello this evening to Tonilea .. a new non-blogging but Pinterest-ing friend … you’re very welcome along … and thank you 🙂  I’d also like to say thank you so much to my fellow players at Muse last week, for the Honourable Mention for my rainbow roofed house card!

I’ll be back shortly with my last card of the weekend … thanks so much for coming by, as ever, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #156 (Paintchip)

Ardyth is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and she’s set us a ‘Paintchip’ challenge … use one colour in as many shades as you can on your card.  Bliss … I simply had to play along, couldn’t help myself … who wouldn’t want to play with a theme like that … it’s just heavenly!  Doesn’t mean to say I knew what I was going to do … just that I HAD to do it.  So I’ve been cogitating for days … and then I got a germ of an idea … it grew … it developed … it matured … and it turned into this …

OLW 156

Blue hues … sigh!  The image is from The Alley Way Stamps … it’s one of overlapping blocks and I stamped it three times to create a panel.  It’s coloured with Promarkers with the overlaps left white.  The design called out for a sentiment with a really simple font and this Annabelle Stamps one seemed to fit the bill … I split it by masking so it would sort of fit into the panel.  The ‘happy’ found itself a great place to sit … the ‘birthday’ isn’t quite so comfortable … if I’d have included the sentiment in my overall plan, before stamping the panel, it would’ve had it’s own little home.  Next time it will have … and there’ll be a next time ’cause it’s a masculine style I can come back to, with different colours to match different moods (and men!).

I’m delighted to have three new friends to welcome tonight … two non blogging ones … Linda, a new stamper, and Paula, a seasoned card maker … and Shery from One Layer Cards (guess what sort of cards Shery makes … if you get the chance do go for a meander around … there’s lots to see and links to explore).  Welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

That’s it from me for tonight … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #15

Here’s another card (yep, two in one day) … it’s for WPlus9’s Monday Mood Board.  I wouldn’t usually gravitate towards the selection of elements in the inspiration photo, but was feeling a bit reckless so thought I’d throw myself into it with abandon … look …

WP9 15         

… see what I mean?  The background panel was made with an Annabelle Stamps border stamp, with the large dots highlighted in gold glitter, and the tag was stamped with a WPlus9 sentiment, masked to make it into a block (it comes as a long line).  I made the twine tassel, tied it onto the tag, tied the tag to the base panel and attached the base panel to a kraft card.  The little gems added just a smidge more colour.  It doesn’t feel much like me, p’raps ’cause it’s a bit busier than my usual style, but I don’t dislike it.  Fun to push the boundaries every so often.

I’m delighted to welcome a couple of new friends this week … Linda, who’s new to stamping and doesn’t have a blog or gallery, and Lindsey from Doodlings, a seasoned and talented cardmaker (check out her blog for some delicious inspiration, if you haven’t done already).  Thank you so much ladies 🙂

That’s it from me for the weekend … if you’re in heat (like us), stay cool, if you’re in cold, stay cosy and warm!  Thanks so much for coming by, I love your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂