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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 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #146 (Splats and Splatters), Simon Says Stamp 26/6 (Anything Goes)

Life has been a bit crazy round here for the last week, so whilst I’ve kept up with events in the blogosphere, card making has taken a bit of a back seat.  Tonight, however, it decided it was fed up with playing second fiddle and moved into the front seat next to me … so I’m taking advantage of it’s proximity and playing along at One Layer Wednesday, where Karen‘s the host and has set us a ‘Splats and Splatters’ challenge, and at Simon Says Stamp, where the theme is ‘Anything Goes’.  This is what I came up with …

OLW 146, SSS 26-6

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

I guess just about now you’re thinking to yourself … ‘now where are the splats and splatters then?’  Well … they’re there, they’re just really, really tiny (you can just about see them if you click on the photo) … and there’s an explanation.  I don’t have any splat stamps.

At first, I tried sploshing some colour from a water brush onto some card, thinking I may be able to get a similar look to a stamp.  Nope … soggy mess.  Next I tried a PS splodgy bug stamp with a smiley face … wasn’t going for a similar look at all this time, but I thought it might do.  Nope … too silly (even for me).  Then it hit me … wonder if watercolour pens would splatter?  Well, they didn’t at first, but by flicking the tip of the pen against the inside edge of the cap whilst pointing said cap where I wanted the splatter to go, I got a result … yay!

So, eighteen colours, one TAWS sentiment (which seemed appropriate) and three AnnaBelle Stamps ‘icicles’ later, this was the outcome … splatter in miniature … and I’m happy!

I’m also very happy that I have two new friends to welcome tonight … Kelly from Kelly’s Papercrafting (who I think you’ll know for her deliciously CAS style … if you don’t have a meander over there and enjoy) and Charlotte, who doesn’t have a blog or gallery to visit … welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a quick tour around blogland to see who’s been inspired to do what today.  Thanks so much, as ever, for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #123 (Need for Speed), Simon Says Stamp – 12 June (Transport)

Earlier on in the week, there I was in a brief moment of quiet, craft desk in front of me, black fine liner in hand, trying to figure out some ideas for this week’s Less is More One Layer Card challenge ‘Need for Speed’.   I was stuck in the ‘trains, planes, automobiles’ rut and couldn’t think any further … so, I started doodling and eventually, this is what happened …

LIM 123

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… a two way traffic jam … (they need speed right?).  The colours in the traffic, exhaust clouds and on the scored asphalt road came from Promarkers and for the sentiment … well I was going to use a ‘toot toot beep beep’ Paper Smooches one but it was just too big, so I doodled a smaller one.

After being stumped on this challenge, I now find I have a second entry at LIM … last night’s one layer sparkley dragonfly leap-frogged (can dragonflies do that?) into the first entry slot … and these guys were kept hanging around in roadworks for days, finally tootling home (late) this evening.  Traffic jams can have that effect.

Sometimes though, there are unexpected bonuses from traffic jams … there’s one here because the new Simon Says Stamp challenge today has a theme of ‘Transport’ … good timing … love it when that happens.

Moving along … a warm hello to Katie Steiger, the latest Frogger … welcome Katie and thank you for following along :).  I only have your email so can’t put a link on, but if you have a blog or gallery, and you’d like me put one on, please do let me know.

I’m off for a lingering wander through blogland … thanks so much for coming by and letting me know what you think … I really appreciate it!  Anita 🙂

Muse #19, Simon Says Stamp 29-5

Thank you so much to everyone who voted my flower border card into a Muse Top 3 Spot last week … I was so delighted … and smiled all day long … like this  :).  Special thanks also to my friend (and challenge combining expert) Shirley, who prompted me to enter it … otherwise it wouldn’t have been there at all!

This week at Muse, Guest Designer and amazingly talented Michelle Williams has provided the inspiration card … one layer, soft, subtle colours, a central sentiment and a gorgeous folk art style frame … yummy!  Here’s my take on it …

Muse 19, SSS 29-5 … and here’s Michelle’s inspiration …

My version uses the central sentiment and a frame of overlapping softly coloured funky flowers, so it has a bolder look than Michelle’s.  The blooms are cut with Cricut Accent Essentials, coloured with Promarkers and dotted with Perfect Pearls centres … and they ‘tumble’ around the Paper Smooches sentiment.  The panel’s popped up on dimensionals.

I’m also entering it to this week’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp, ‘Anything Goes’.

Onto other news … I’m delighted to welcome Agnes as a new friend and Frogger … thank you!  I only have an email address (aguyshou) for you, so if you have a blog or gallery and would like me to add a link, please let me know 🙂

That’s it from me for now, I’ll be along later to admire all the wonderful entries everyone’s created this week.  Thanks so much for calling in, I love your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂


CAS(E) this Sketch #29

First off today, a big thank you to the DT at Cas(e) this Sketch for choosing my sunburst card as a CTS Favorite last week … I was so delighted and am honoured to add the badge to my sidebar 🙂  This week’s sketch is by the ever creative Jackie Rockwell and here’s my interpretation …

CTS 29

The birds are from Lawn Fawn, stamped and paper pieced, and with a little pearl each to dress up their tail feathers.  I doodled the wires they’re perched on, embossed the space underneath and added a Paper Smooches sentiment … and I was done!

Moving along, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Harriet from Ally Cat Cards who joined the ranks of the Froggers this week … thank you!  I’m certain the majority of you will already have discovered Harriet’s blog … it’s full of amazing cards and wonderful inspiration, but just in case you haven’t, do go and have a lovely wander around all that deliciousness!

I’ll be wandering around in blogland a little later myself, to check out how everyone else has been inspired with the sketch this week.  In the meantime, though, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #140 (Borders), Simon Says Stamp (Flower Power), Addicted to CAS #13 (Birthday), Muse #18

Heather is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week, and has set us the challenge of creating a card with a border … made with a border stamp or by repeatedly stamping another image.  At Addicted to CAS, Kylie has chosen the code word ‘Birthday’, and at Simon Says Stamp, the theme is ‘Flower Power’ …  so I’m playing along with all three challenges with this card …

ETA:  My friend and challenge combiner extraordinaire, Shirley has suggested that I link this up to Muse this week also, so I am (thanks, Shirley … only my second quadruple! :))  Our inspiration there is a beautifully blooming card from the awesome Marion Vagg (below)

1-OLW 40, SSS 15-5, ATCAS 13



I chose to do a repeated pattern with a little freebie stamp that came with a magazine … I did a similar card a while ago with soft stamping and gentle watercolours (here) and thought I’d CASE it, but try a different look.  This one is stamped in Stazon black and coloured with Sakura Glaze Pens and I went over it a couple of times to add dimension.  I’d love to show you the effect … IRL there’s so much relief and shine in all the petals and leaves … but I couldn’t get the camera to focus.  Sorry.   The sentiment’s from Paper Smooches.

I’m so pleased to welcome Barbara from love2colour as a new friend and Frogger … thank you!  Barbara’s a recent blogger with awsome colouring skills … check out her blog and simply admire!

That’s lunchtime gone in a jiffy … back to ceiling plasterboard joints!  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

CAS(E) this Sketch #28

I’m playing along at Cas(e) this Sketch today, where the sketch has been provided by the talented N@Ali.  This week sees Ardyth‘s last DT card for us at CTS … she’s been an amazing inspiration to so many of us and I know we’ll miss seeing her deliciously clean, graphic and  uniquely ‘Ardyth-esque’ interpretation of the sketch each Thursday.  Thank you so much, Ardyth 🙂

Onto my card …

1-CTS 28and here’s the sketch …

I cut all the elements with Cricut Accent Essentials and coloured the sunburst and all the little rays with Promarkers.  The panel had a circle cut out and the sunburst was popped up on dimensionals on the base in the gap.  The cascading sun rays and rhinestones were fixed in place, the sentiment (WPlus9) was curved round the sunburst, and the panel was popped up on deeper dimensionals.    Voila!

On a separate note, I’m delighted to welcome Lucy from lucyscraftycards as a new friend and Frogger … thank you Lucy :).  You may already have come across Lucy’s blog … if not, do go and have a wander round her fabulous CAS creations … and enjoy!

As for me, I’m going for a meander around the other entries at CTS … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂