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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

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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 🙂

One Layer Wednesday 145 (Spice Girls), AnnaBelle Stamps #165 (Colour – Cocoa, Waterfall, Pumpkin)


At One Layer Wednesday this week, Ardyth‘s set us a ‘Spice Girls’ challenge … no not the girl group, but a feminine OLC inspired by a spice, condiment or flavouring.  This theme seemed to fit rather well with AnnaBelle Stamps‘ colour challenge to use Cocoa, Waterfall and Pumpkin … so I combined them …

OLW 145, AS 165

For me, these colours are strong and spicy … and with a little artistic license, they could be saffron, thyme and cinnamon.  I love the colour block look on the AS inspiration picture … although achieving that on a one layer card is pretty challenging at the best of times … without the right colour inks for spongeing, it nigh on impossible.

But I really wanted to do some colour blocking (d’you hear the pitter patter of a little foot stamping?) … and after some pondering and a quick Promarker check, I found some perfect colour matches.  So the background panel was Promarkered, then overstamped with the flower branch (from AS Garden Silhouettes), which was embossed in white.  The sentiment came from the same AS set and was embossed in cocoa/cinnamon.  I wonder what the odds are of having that exact colour embossing powder in a supply that only includes four colours??

I’m off for a happy tour around the blogosphere to see what creative delights I can find.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always such a joy!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #144 (Red, White, Blue)

Cheryl is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and as it’s coming up to the 4th July celebrations in the USA, she’s chosen red, white and blue as the theme.  Whilst I haven’t used the traditional patriotic stars and stripes images for my card, I have followed (sort of) the colour scheme  …

OLW  144

I was inspired by a swathe of self seeded red poppies growing in a still wild and untouched part of the ‘garden’ … the weather had been glorious with soft, wide, blue skies and bright sunshine … and these delicate, almost papery flowers were fluttering gently in the breeze.  It merited a photo, but for one reason or another (probably involving stone and mortar) I didn’t get to it … and overnight and all today we had storms and torrential rain … so there’s not a lot left of the poppies, and that lovely blue sky is well hidden under a blanket of grey.  I didn’t bother with a rainy-green-stalks-and-dull-grey-sky photo … not really too … umm … inspiring.

The image is a Craftwork Cards one, stamped repeatedly on a sky blue base and embossed in white.  I coloured the flower heads with a red glaze pen and added the Stampendous sentiment, also embossed in white.  Done … a swathe of stylised poppies.

Moving along … a warm hello and welcome to ‘sedurrant’, who joined the ranks of the Froggers this week … thank you 🙂  Please let me know if you’d like me to add a link to your blog or gallery, if you have one … for now I only have your email.

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

One Layer Wednesday #143 (Bugaloos), Addicted to Stamps and More #49 (Addicted to CAS), Less is More #123 (Need for Speed)


I made most of this card last night, knowing that there would be just a little time tonight to finish and share it.  We were out at a party tonight that went on longer than expected (always good!), so here I am in the early hours, with a bug card … it’s for One Layer Wednesday,  hosted this week by the awesome Susan at Simplicity

OLW 143

ETA:  The lovely Loll (of gorgeous flower fame) has suggested that I enter this card in the lastest Addicted to Stamps & More challenge, ‘Addicted to CAS’, so I am … thanks Loll!   It also occurred to me that when you think about how fast a dragonfly’s wings move and that it flies at between 30 and 60 kph, it would fit nicely into Chrissie and Jen’s challenge at Less is More, for a one layer card with the theme ‘Need for Speed’, so I’m adding it there too (and there’ll be another one along later for LIM)!

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The dragonfly image is from Stampendous, watercoloured, and highlighted with Stickles and  a couple of gems on the antennae.  The sentiment is from Woodware.  That’s it … a quick and simple card!

I’ll be doing some catching up tomorrow, but for now I’m feeling the overwhelming urge to get some sleep!  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #142 (Ardyth-Style)

I have a card to share tonight for One Layer Wednesday where Ardyth is the host (yes, she of birthday bash fame last week!)  … and her challenge is to make a card in her style.  Yes, you may be experiencing that deja vu feeling … however, as my birthday card for Ardyth wasn’t one layer, I get another opportunity to do Ardyth style … yay!  Here it is …


OLW 142I used a Paper Smooches image, coloured with watercolour pens in blue hues and stamped, overlapping, across the card.  Mmm, I thought, it lacks something.  Of course … glitter.  So, I took some Stickles and started dotting … originally intending to highlight just the one circle … but I liked the effect so much, I just got carried away and did the lot.  Then I went out.

You’d think that after three hours, the Stickles would be completely and crunchilly dry … at least I did.  So, took the picture, loaded it up, looked at it … and now know that it wasn’t dry … can’t really miss the smudges where the first circle meets the second.    I also now know that it wasn’t dry as I’ve looked down at my fingers … anyone ever had a particularly glittery keyboard?  Anyone tried to clean it off?  I haven’t dared look at the camera yet.

So, I apologise … it was a ‘perfect circles within circles’ graphic card, with glittered dots and including aqua as a colour choice (all so Ardyth).  Now it’s not.  I would have done it again if I’d been ahead of myself and made it days ago, but I wasn’t … and now it’s late, the deadline will be reached whilst I’m sleeping (which I hope will be shortly … cleanup permitting), and this is all I’ve got!

I was planning on having a quiet wander around blogland before bed … instead I’m off to explore the cleaning cupboard and see if there’s a hidden packet of ‘This’ll-Get-Glitter-Glue-Off-Anything’ that I can use to good effect.  I’ll be back tomorrow.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments really are a delight!  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 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #138 (Spring has Sprung), Less is More 118 (Colour)

The uber talented Susan is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has set us the challenge of celebrating spring on a card (Spring has Sprung) … and at Less is More, Chrissy and Jen have a colour challenge, we get to showcase two colours opposite one another on the colour wheel.  I started out with the ‘Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is’ ditty, but couldn’t come up with anything bird-like that I cared for, so went instead for simple spring flowers using yellow-green and violet-red …

OLW 138, LIM 118

The image is from Penny Black, stamped twice in Stazon Black.  I watercoloured it once, spritzed it, allowed the colour to spread (there’s a hint of the violet red in the space above the blooms and of the yellow-green around the stems), and then before it was quite dry, I re-watercoloured it.  The double embossed line kept the colour from running into the sentiment panel (sentiment from Kaisercraft).

I’m off to do some visiting around the blogosphere, so might see you there … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments make my day!  Anita 🙂

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One Layer Wednesday #135 (Tall and Thin)

Our challenge from Heather for One Layer Wednesday this week is to create a tall and thin card … mine’s 7.5cm x 20.5cm (3″ x 8″) …

OLW 135

This little three line stamp is part of a Paper Smooches set (Spiffy Scooters) and I’ve wanted to play with it for a while to see what I could do with it … this is the result.  I drew a pencil line 2.5cm in from the fold to act as a guide and then stamped across it, using a different colour watercolour pen to swipe across the stamp each time, finishing with the PS sentiment (because it’s an outline and a bit punny … tall … high?)   Oh, and I rubbed the pencil line out.  I rather like the effect … I may have to play about a bit more with it.

Now I have a question … is it just happening to me (which is possible given last week’s computer antics) or has blogspot changed the way it displays pop up comment boxes?  This week, all the pop up boxes are coming up as a full page and obscuring the card I’m commenting on.  It’s a nuisance more than anything … I like to look at the card I’m talking about … anyone shed any light?

Finally tonight, I’d like to join with so many others in thoughts and prayers for those killed, injured and touched by the bombing in Boston … may the Lord lay His hands gently upon them and keep them and their families in His loving care.

As ever, thanks so much for your visits and comments, they’re so appreciated.  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #133 (Shapes Galore) and CASology #38 (Up)

The beyond talented Susan is the host at One Layer Wedneday this week and has set us the challenge of using any geometric shape repeatedly on a card.  Not being well endowed with geometric shaped stamps, I chose an arrow … cause then it would be easy to do by hand!

Later edit:  In their comments, my friends Hannelie and Bev prompted me to submit this card to CASology‘s ‘Up’ challenge this week too … thank you ladies, I hadn’t even checked out the cue card!   Three things occur to me … first, can I do that (add it on)?  Second, this’ll be the first time I’ve entered a card for CASology so early in the week … I’m almost giddy it’s so soon!  Finally, my ‘Way to Go’ is pointing down rather than up … important??

OLW 133, CASology 38

I used a ruler and pencil to mark where the arrows were to go across the card, joined the dots with a black fineliner and coloured the resulting pattern with Promarkers.  The colours (sort of masculine) seem to suit the angular arrows, although it would be equally fun in jewel or pastel shades … just different.  I added a gem on one arrow to point to the Paper Smooches sentiment stamped below it in Stazon Black … it’s such a black black and it goes well with the black arrow lines.  Arrows … way to go … too much of a groan?

Another couple of friends have joined the Froggers this week … a very warm welcome to batuck and Karen … and thank you!  I can only find an email address for you both, ladies, so if you have a blog or gallery and you’d like me to add a link, please let me know 🙂

That’s it from me for now, I’ll be meandering through our delightful bloggy world a little later.  Thanks so much for popping in, I really appreciate your visits and comments!  Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #131 (Green, White, Orange), Less is More #111 (Frame It)

Ardyth is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week, where there’s a colour theme … Green, White and Orange, the colours of the Irish flag, in honour of St Patrick’s Day.   Over at Less is More, there’s a ‘Frame It’ challenge, where there needs to be a frame of some sort on our designs … stamped, drawn, doodled, die cut, or whatever our imagination dictates!  Here’s  where my imagination took me …

OLW 131, LIM 111

Yep, the urge to experiment and try a little spongeing again came upon me.  I cut a framed flower using Cricut Lyrical Letters … it’s a reasonably simple one, so it could be used as a mask.  I taped the (very narrow) frame edges of it to the card and then …

  • Took out the stamens and sponged in butterscotch
  • Replaced the stamens, took out the four corners and sponged in green
  • Took off the mask, taped out just the frame and sponged the whole image with orange
  • Removed the tape, put the full mask back in place and sponged the card in green
  • Took off the mask, used a glue pen to highlight the stamens and added glitter

Voila … a one layer card with a frame.  After my last attempt at spongeing, I was prepared for this to take an age, but it didn’t … the most time consuming thing was clearing up inky fingers, sponges and ink mat afterwards!

Hope you’re having a Happy Sunday … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments really do mean a lot!  Anita 🙂