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One Layer Wednesday #168 (Sparkle and Shine), Dynamic Duo’s #81 (Midnight Muse Plus One Other Colour), SSS Wednesday 27/11 (Anything Goes))

Monsieur Mojo’s been doing his Christmas shopping over the last few days … must’ve been ’cause I’ve not seen hide nor hair of him since Thursday last week, despite turning the house upside down over the weekend.  Tonight he came back and gave me a helping hand with this …

OLW 168, DD 81, SSSW 27-11

I’m playing along at One Layer Wednesday, where Karen‘s the host and has challenged us to create a card with something shiny or a bit of bling on it.  Joining in also at Dynamic Duo’s … the colours are Midnight Muse plus one other choice (perfect for this image), and as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is having an Anything Goes week, I’m playing there too.

I love this stamp and the sentiment … they’re from Hero Arts … and were stamped with Memento Paris Dusk (the closest colour I have to Midnight Muse).  The central panel was masked and inked in bright pink, and as I wanted to create ‘starlight’ in the stable, the area around it and the star and were more lightly sponged than their surroundings.  My bit of bling is on the star … it hasn’t caught the light on the photo, but it’s there, shining brightly (of course … that’s where the starlight came from!).  There’s also a touch of Wink of Stellar around baby Jesus’ halo, that’s always there, but you probably can’t see that on this picture either.

Hoping that Monsieur M has finished chasing around all over the place and will be home for a while … I’ve lots to do!  Thanks so much, as ever, for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #163 (Orange You Glad You Played Along), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 23/10 (Halloween Colours), Simon Says Stamp Monday 28/10 (Anything Goes)

Karen is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has chosen ‘Orange You Glad You Played Along’ as the theme … use orange on your card.  As Simon Says Stamp Monday has an Anything Goes week, I’m submitting there too … and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where Halloween or Halloween colours are de riguer (orange, green and black are good Halloween colours, even if the image isn’t even remotely spooky!).

OLW 163, SSSM 28-10, SSSW 23-10

 Simon Monday Challenge Blog         Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I stamped the Avery Elle flower, centre and leaves, added some shading to the flower with Promarkers, stamped the sentiment and finished off with some tiny gems.  That was it …easy peasy.  Well, it would’ve been if it wasn’t for the numerous times over the last few days I messed up experimented to see how full I could make the paper bin under my desk.  That worked well, the floor’s taking up the slack.  Time for bed I think.

I’ll be back tomorrow, meandering and visiting.  Thanks so much for calling in, your visits and comments are, as ever, a delight!  Anita 🙂

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 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #161 (Fall Colours), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 9/10 (Use a Stamp)

Tonight I gave myself a choice … make a card for One Layer Wednesday (deadline looming) or get some beauty sleep … doesn’t take much to guess which I chose … after all, I can sleep when I’m really, really, really old!  Cheryl‘s the host this week and she’s asked us to use any theme to show our fall colours.  As I used a stamp, I’m also popping this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (deadline also looming).

OLW 161, SSSW 9-10

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The image is from The Alley Way Stamps and it was inked in plenty of different autumn colours before being stamped on watercolour card.  The coloured sections were done with the same Memento inks and a watercolour brush.  I used a Woodware sentiment (well, two really, the ‘a big’ is from one, the ‘thank you’ is from another) … and as soon as I’d done it, I realised it should’ve been stamped with Espresso Truffle and not Tuxedo Black … to my eye, the black’s a touch too bold against the border.   It isn’t so bold that I need to redo it, though!

I’d like to say hello tonight to a new following non blogging friend, Debbie, who’s a scrapbooker as well as a card maker … welcome Debbie and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a tour of blogland before beauty sleep decides it’s had enough of waiting around and starts getting pushy.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

Less is More #139 (Sketch 10), CASology #64 (Harvest), One Layer Wednesday #160 (Use Your Pins), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 2/10 (We’re Going Dotty), Moxie Fab World (All That Glitters is Gold)

D’you wonder sometimes how things come together … how our minds make links that aren’t immediately obvious … and then they make their appearance in unexpected ways?  I do.  At Less is More, we have a circle based sketch … my new PTI Dot Spot stamp set called to me, longing to be used.  Mmm … colours?  At CASology the cue card is ‘Harvest’ … traditional harvest image or p’raps changing autumnal hues?  Yes, that works.  I played, I stopped, I meandered round blogland and found that Susan at Simplicity is the awesome host at One Layer Wednesday.  She’s challenging us to use our Pins … I didn’t have any, so that prompted me to go hunting for some.  I fell in love with one somebody else had pinned also using Dot Spot … one done by Susan herself way back in 2011 … good, lovely to CASE.  Card done … but those are dots (duh) and at Simon Say Stamp Wednesday, ‘We’re Going Dotty’.  Oh, and there’s some gold there … that fits at Moxie Fab World’s All That Glitters is Gold then.  See what I mean?

LIM 139, CASology 64, OLW 160, SSSW 2-10, MFW Gold


Susan at Simplicity - Spot Dots:  Happiness!          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Moxie Fab World

I made the card rectangular rather than square (in the sketch) and the layout is slightly different from Susan’s.  The circle and the sentiment lie along ‘third’ lines and I added some gold bling to the end of the sentiment as well as to the middle of the circle … my hope is that the gems make a visual triangle and draw the eye to the sentiment.  It’s not really me saying that by the way, it’s me listening to Susan and learning.  I don’t know technically if that works, but I find it looking at the card very pleasing, so maybe it does.  I used Memento inks on the stamp, graduating the colour from the inside to the outside then back again.  The sentiment is from PTI … a combination of two because I wanted a very plain and clear font and their original respective partners were script-ish.

I mentioned yesterday I’d put a link on to new friend Nicky’s blog when she was back in blogland … she now is, and can be found at Stamping Creations By Nicky … she’s been cardmaking a long time, so there’s plenty for your perusal.

That’s it for me for now … stonework’s calling  for attention.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Muse #36 (Karen M), One Layer Wednesday #159 (Free For All), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 25/9 (Anything Goes), Simon Says Stamp (Stamptember), Online Card Class (Insider)

Made it … phew … back for another post with my second card of the day.  The lovely and talented Karen from Made by Meadie is the Guest Designer at Muse this week and has given us the most gorgeous inspiration card (a bit like all her cards really) … if you haven’t wandered round Karen’s blog, go have a visit, there’s a generous helping of splendid deliciousness waiting for you.  At One Layer Wednesday, Karen from Snippets is the host and has set us a wide open challenge … Free For All … very cool.  I’m also entering Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s Anything Goes challenge and Simon Says Stamp’s Stamptember Event.  Finally, as I’ve used a little of my learning from Day 1 of the Insider Online Card Class, this is going in the Gallery there too …

Muse 36, OLW 159, SSSW 25-9, SSS, OCC

and the inside …

Muse 36, OLW 159, SSSW 25-9, SSS, OCC Open


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog          Simon Says Stamp Blog

I followed Karen’s muse quite faithfully … I haven’t done very much spongeing or stamping like this, so it was really good to play.  I masked off the centre of the card, sponged it with blue and aqua and then stamped the Annabelle Stamps flower clusters … some in lavender to give a very slight shadow and some in a darker blue for a more pronounced one.  The nearest clusters were stamped with white versamark, embossed in white (with shimmery bits in).  I used a ruler to draw the lines top and bottom and finally added the sentiment.

As with my last card, I did a little something on the inside … sponged a scrap of card, stamped the flower cluster, nestled the second part of the sentiment close to the blooms, trimmed it and edged it in black before popping it up on dimensionals.

One last thing … I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to my fellow Muse players for the Honorable Mention for my flower card last week … I so appreciate it 🙂

That’s my card making weekend complete … I’m off for a meander around blogland.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #157 (It’s All About The Sentiment)

Cheryl at A Paperie Journey is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has set us the challenge of making the sentiment the focal point on a card … so I did … look …

OLW 157

This is a thank you card destined for a couple, so I didn’t want it to be too girly … and it was really quick to make … well you’d expect it to be wouldn’t you?  The bit that wasn’t quick at all was all the practice I needed to get the Annabelle Stamps borders stamped without either big white gaps or big inky overlaps … I’d show you a photo of my scrap-mountain of attempts but there isn’t a lens wide enough on the camera to take it.  I need one of those stamp positioner thingies … any advice would be gratefully accepted.  The sentiment’s from PTI (my happy package finally made it here by way of Melbourne, Australia … such a direct route for the USPS to take to France … non?) and it’s been blinged with a few gems.

That’s it from me for the weekend … hope your’s has been a good one.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  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 🙂

Happy Birthday Hannelie!

I’ve not been around in blogland for ages (close to two months … yikes!) … the creativeness of the renovation has been taking centre stage to the exclusion of ALL else (apart from eating and sleeping)!  I have, however, so appreciated everyone who’s been in touch whilst I’ve been MIA (you know who you are 🙂 ) … my brief and very infrequent visits into the blogosphere and emailonia have been made a delight because you were there … thank you so much 🙂   I’ve so missed being around and it feels really, really good to be back … even though I must admit to feeling completely out of the loop and more than a bit rusty on the cardmaking front.

It seems though that today is a really good day to be back … my lovely friend Bev at Happy Dance let me know that it’s our sweet friend Hannelie‘s birthday today … so what better excuse to take the plunge into getting cardively creative again, than to make a birthday card to virtually send.  So, Hannelie, this is my first card in a long, long, long, long, loooong time … it’s to wish you the happiest of birthdays and a wonderful year ahead … and to say a big THANKYOU for all your inspiration, encouragement and generosity … our crafty community is a better place because you’re in it!

SSSWed 86On a linen card base, I stamped the Annabelle Stamps image in different hues using Memento and Studio G inks, used a waterbrush to colour in the ‘flower heads’ and finished with the Annabelle Stamps sentiment across the flower stems.  A gentle start after such a long absence!  I hadn’t intented to enter a challenge, but as Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is an ‘Anything Goes’ one, it’ll fit right in there.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge BlogETA:  Thanks to my friend Ardyth, I’m also submitting this to this week’s One Layer WednesdayKaren‘s the host and has set us a ‘silhouette’ challenge.  Have to admit, I hadn’t seen the connection, but there it is, just the same … see, told you I was feeling rusty 🙂 !!

Looking forward to playing along again in all my favorite challenges over the coming weeks … and to catching up with all you wonderfully inspiring crafters.  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #147 (Christmas Sparklers)

I have a card to share for One Layer Wednesday where Susan is the host this week.  She’s set a ‘Christmas Sparklers’ theme … use glitter or shimmer on a one layer Christmas/holiday card.  Nothing like being prepared well in advance of the event!

OLW 147

I have four Christmas themed stamps (one image, two sentiments, one freebie), none of which I could make work here … so I went on the hunt for something suitably festive … or something that could be turned into something suitably festive.  I found these circles on the Avery Elle Blog free digital stamps page … seemed they could very well be Christmas baubles … at least that’s how my eyes saw them.

The stripes are coloured with Promarkers and have holographic glitter layered over the top.  I made the sentiment using an old peel-off negative and a black fine liner, and topped it with glitter, courtesy of my trusty glue pen.  A couple of miniscule gems (coloured to match the baubles) act as the trema over the ‘e’ (French spelling of course!).

The last touch was to round the bottom corners … having them rounded seemed to balance the card better … maybe because it reflects the rounded baubles?  Looking at it now, though I’m still not certain that the balance is right … could the baubles be lower … should the bottom 5cm have been sliced off to make it into a square card … is it just me?  P’raps you could let me know!

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