Category Archives: One Layer Wednesday

Muse #7, OLW #130 (Centred Sentiment), Less is More #110 (OLC – Spots and Stripes)

I was very honoured last week to have this card chosen as one of the Featured Members’ Cards by fellow members at Muse Card Club … I know I’ve already said it in a previous post, but wanted to do so again as this is my first Muse post since… a huge thank you … it really made my day (and week!) 🙂

Sometimes, a set of challenges arrive together at just the right time … and in my brain, that’s what happened today.  On Laurie Willison‘s inspiration card for Muse, I love the emphasis on the big bold sentiment, although I struggled to get further with it (I have a very full paper bin to prove it!).  That was until I checked out One Layer Wednesday for this week, where the uber talented Susan at Simplicity is the host and has chosen ‘Centred Sentiment’ as the theme … and then I found that the lovely ladies at Less is More have set ‘Spots and Stripes’ for the One Layer Card for March.  So, here’s my ultra CAS card for all three …Muse 7, OLW 130, LIM 110

The big sentiment is computer generated using mainly Century Gothic font with Chaparral Pro Light on the two key words highlighted in bright and mid orange.  I scored horizontal lines above and below the sentiment, a row of double vertical lines in the space underneath (stripes) and embossed the space above with Cuttlebug’s Swiss Dots EF (spots).  That was it … done!

Hope you’re having a Happy Saturday … thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments.  Anita 🙂

muse      "Less is More"

One Layer Wednesday #129 (All in a Row)

The super talented Karen at Snippets is the host for this week’s One Layer Wednesday, and has chosen the theme ‘All in a Row’ … oh good … I love ‘row’ layouts, so had fun with this …OLW 129

The flamingo is from Paper Smooches … coloured in lots of different Promarker pinks.  I doodled the marsh grass, used a mask for the sun and added a very light touch of sunshine yellow to the background to give it a hint of heat haze!  It’s left without a sentiment for now … still to choose one … I mean, what could possibly go with a flamboyance of flamingo?

That’s it from me for tonight … off for a blogwander before bed!  Thanks so much for dropping in, I so appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #128 (Feminine Birthday Card), Less is More #108 (Paper Piercing)

The host at One Layer Wednesday this week is Heather at Bits & Pieces, and she’s set a lovely wide ranging challenge … a feminine birthday card … where we’ve to use some of our favorite things (anyone getting the urge to break into song?).  I’m enjoying playing with colours at the moment and I’ve used one of my most favorite layouts.  At Less is More, Chrissie and Jen have set Paper Piercing as the theme, and there are some stunning examples to inspire us.  Here’s my offering …

OLW 128, LIM 108                    We'd love you to display our banner

The image is a freebie that I stamped several times with London Fog Memento ink to create soft outlines.  The flowers and leaves were coloured with watercolour pens and a water brush and after they were all done, the panel was masked off and I ran a broad water brush back and forth over it, trying to get the effect of a gentle, hazy feeling of spring and summer.  I scored lines top and bottom, and then pierced along the scoring to give more definition. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I’m delighted that another new friend has joined the Froggers this week … a very warm welcome to  Jenny from craftinginthecountry 🙂  You should go and check out Jenny’s blog if you don’t know her already … she does amazing work … you’ll be inspired!

Looking forward to a wander around the other entries a little later, but for now I’m off to make dinner.  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate your visits and comments … Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #127 (Pinterest Inspiration), CAS-ual Fridays #90 (Black & White Plus 1) … Again

Cheryl is the host at One Layer Wednesday this week and has chosen ‘Pinterest Inspiration’ as the theme.  At CAS-ual Fridays, the theme is ‘Black and White Plus 1’ … my Plus 1 is green this time … and I’m submitting this as my second entry there.

I’m probably one of the very few who don’t have a Pinterest account yet, even though it’s tempting. I’ve heard, however, that after joining, most people a few individuals spend a looooong time there … and I know deep down that would be hazardous to my health, or at least my sleep patterns (such as they are).  So  I took as my inspiration a card by the awesomely talented and skilled Susan at Simplicity (who just happens to be one of the other hosts of OLW) … it’s here.  If there’s anyone in the universe who hasn’t visited Susan’s blog … GO … stop everything and GO NOW … you’ll know why when you’ve been and come back (eventually).  At least I hope you’ll be back!  This is my interpretation …

OLW 127, CFC 90

Susan used a technique called Masterboarding, where a collage sheet is created and cut up to make lots of cards.  As this is a one layer card, I couldn’t exactly do that and still meet the challenge, so instead I masked the card and used the same principle, using leaf stamps from Lawn Fawn.  The first layer was stamped and coloured with Promarkers.  For the second layer, I coloured the stamps with watercolour pens, stamped them over the top of the others and pulled the colour from the outlines with a waterbrush. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

I made a discovery about using Promarkers with masking … it doesn’t work … the ink bleeds under the masking tape, even if it’s well stuck down.   I was a tad piqued to find out after the card was almost finished … so I did a bit of rescuing and drew a black line top and bottom … ha, no more bleeding Promarkers!

That’s it for tonight … off to enjoy a short meander around the other entries before bed.  Thanks so much for coming by and for letting me know what you think, I really appreciate it.  Anita 🙂

Liebster Award, One Layer Wednesday #126 (Neglected Inks), CAS-ual Fridays #89 (Love Songs), Less is More #106 (Music OLC), Unscripted Sketches #197

First, I have a big huge thank you to say … it’s for my friend Bev at gottadothehappydance who last night (in this time zone) sent me this:

THANK YOU Bev, I am so touched and honoured to receive it 🙂  in fact I’m so delighted I had to do a happy dance last night to celebrate and still have twitchy feet!  Truly, it’s so sweet of you.  If there is anyone out there who doesn’t already know Bev, don’t delay going for a visit … her cards are always so creative and inspiring … and utterly and beautifully CAS.  On top of that, it’s impossible to leave ‘Happy Dance’ without a smile on your face!

So, about the Liebster Award … it’s for inspirational bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and is designed to be passed on to others. These are the guidelines for recipients:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Pass the award on to five bloggers who inspire you and have fewer than 200 followers.
  • Leave a comment on their blog so they know they are the recipient of such an amazing award.

Since I joined blogworld, I’ve met so many super talented, creative, inspiring, supportive, sharing  and encouraging people (actually I much prefer the term friends if that’s ok with you guys!) … some of whom I know have already become proud recipients of this award … here are five more inspiring bloggers:

If you get the chance, pop in and visit, have a meander around their blogs and let them know you’ve been!

Now, onto cards … I have two to post today … and two challenges that finish in a few hours (one of them in this post), so I’m a bit squashed getting them in before the gate closes!  This offering is a bit of an experiment … for One Layer Wednesday, Susan at Simplicity is the host and has set us the challenge of using ‘Neglected Inks’.  I don’t have enough inks yet for any of them to be neglected (although I will have!), but there is one I haven’t had a lot of practice with (love the impact it has though), so I used it here, hence the experiment.

During experimentation the creative process, I drew ideas from some of the other challenges I love:  CAS-ual Fridays  –  Love Song (a card inspired by a song you love), Less is More  –  Music One Layer Card (yes, OLC!  Also at LIM, following Mandi’s departure, there is some good news … rather then being a ‘stand in’, Jen has become a regular designer … so more wonderfully inspiring cards from her are in the offing!), Unscripted Sketches  –  A super simple sketch (they’re often the most challenging!) slightly adapted!  Here’s my card …

OLW 126, CFC 89, LIM 106, US 197

          We'd love you to display our banner          SK 166 US 197

The song I chose for CFC was ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’, the lyrics say so much (check them out here)  … and we probably all have someone in our lives who we think of in this way, as a hero.

The ‘neglected ink’ is white, which has turned out better than expected, especially after it was embossed with white (and I remembered to anti-static the card beforehand!).  I’d never coloured on kraft before, but saw it last week on quite a few cards during my travels in blogland and liked the effect a lot, so a little Promarker was added here and there.  The finishing touches were the little heart gems to highlight the notes (which were already heart shaped!), scoring either side of the image  and dry embossing the rest.   The stamps are from Lawn Fawn (bird) and WPlus9.

That’s it for this post … hope you’re having a great day … I’ll catch up with you later during my meanderings.  Thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

One Layer Wednesday #125 (Your Perfect Day)

Ardyth‘s inspiration card as host of One Layer Wednesday this week is a perfect summary of the theme ‘Your Perfect Day’ … and really got those little grey cells going.  Naturally, all the wonderful events of life came tumbling to mind … special people, special occasions, special experiences … thanks Ardyth for the journey around so many of my perfect days!

I settled on one particular day where we had friends over for a Courtyard Warming Party … it was a beautiful sunny day, we enjoyed a very long, lingering lunch outdoors and ended up with a few games of boules as twilight appeared.  OK … how to represent it?  There was my uphill struggle!  I tried everything … recycling bag full to overflowing … even went as far as just some simple stamped circles (the sun, plates from lunch, boules … getting desperate!), it just wouldn’t translate from brain to card.  So I stopped … and instead of using an event/person/experience that’d already happened, I went for a future event … here’s the card …

OLW 125

I bet you’re wondering how could a ‘Miss You’ card represent a perfect day … stay tuned … it’s coming!  The ‘miss you’ refers to the sofa, cushion, table, lamp, rug … and all those other things that go in a sitting room … that we currently don’t have … but that we will have when the renovation is eventually finished!  That will definitely be a PERFECT day!

I’m off for a trip round blogworld … hope you’re having a week full of perfect days!  Thanks so much for coming by, I really appreciate it … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamps:  Paper Smooches,  Ink:  Hobbycraft,  Colours: Promarkers.

One Layer Wednesday #124 (Doodled Up), CAS(E) This Sketch #12, Play Date Cafe #166 (Black, White, Emerald), CAS-ual Fridays #87 (Make Your Mark)

I’ve been inspired this week to look for ways of combining challenges (thanks Shirley!) and after days and days a little time came up with a four way combo …One Layer Wednesday with doodling, where Karen at Snippets is the host, CAS(E) this Sketch where there’s a fabulous sketch by Lisa,  Play Date Cafe, where the colours are black, white and just a splash of emerald and finally, CAS-ual Fridays where we’ve to use markers (and a little can go a looong way!) …

OLW124, CTS12, PDC166, CFC87


So, I masked off and used a water colour marker to sponge the green panel, stamped the sentiment and tree, and then masked off and doodled the side panel to reflect the curvy branches from the tree.  Finally, I added a smidge of Promarker in green to the tree and to the doodled border (IRL it’s a bright green … .yet even with a daylight lamp it looks grey-green in the photo .. ).

Looking forward to visiting everywhere later … hope you’re having a simply splendid week … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Markers:  Marvy Le Plume, Promarkers,  Stamps:  Imaginisce (Image), Woodware (Sentiment),  Ink:  Stazon,  Fine Liner: American Crafts

One Layer Wednesday #123 (Keep Warm)

Heather is the host of One Layer Wednesday over at Bits and Pieces this week and she’s set us the challenge to ‘Keep Warm’.  Good, I do warm, or even better, hot … I don’t do cold and damp … yuk!  Given the theme, I thought it’d be lemon squeezy to create something appropriate … ha … nope!  I scouted around for all things warm … fleeces, hats, gloves and scarves, thermals, rugs, kettle … the list went on.  However, the stash was not so wide-ranging … having gone through it twice (it’s small!), I found nothing that could remotely be pressed into use for something warm.  What to do, what to do?  Well … nothing else for it, I took up my trusty fineliner … and this is what I came up with …


… snuggly hot water bottles on a quilted, ribbon-bound blanket!  The hot water bottles and edging were doodled and coloured with promarkers, then I scored the quilting, ran ivory down the scoring to give it dimension and rounded the corners … jolly but still plenty of soft white space!

Hope you’re keeping warm (not too warm if you’re in the southern hemisphere) … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Docrafts,  Fineliner: American Crafts,  Colours: Promarkers,  Corner Rounder: X-cut

One Layer Wednesday #122 (Hearts)

One Layer Wednesday is hosted by Cheryl this week at Paperie Journey, and she’s chosen ‘Hearts’ as the theme … hearts, a heart or whatever your heart desires!  She also asked about crafty new year resolutions … more of that later … first, my card story …

I have one single stamp that has hearts on it, so I used it … three times!  This could’ve been one of those oh-so-simple creations but between start and finish, I managed to complicate it.  The first card, with image stamped and coloured, looked too bare, so in my foolishness wisdom, I experimented with an embossing folder, wondering if I could ‘mask’ the image each side with heavy card to prevent it being embossed.  Don’t try this at home because guess what … it doesn’t work!    The second offering, again stamped and coloured, was still too bare so I tried sponging the edges to make the image pop out … mmm p’raps a bit more practice with this new skill before doing that again!  So, with two down (and in the poubelle!) this is third …


By this time, I could stamp and colour it, especially those stripes, with my eyes half shut (ha ha like that could ever be possible!) … but it still looked bare, so I stamped the sentiment and added a ribbon … which IRL is close to the colours of the hearts … I just can’t get the camera to capture that!  Finally, I added liquid pearls to the two flowers and in the middle of the bow.  Phew … what a marathon … and now I look at it, I’m not sure if it wouldn’t have been better without the ribbon!

Based on this experience, I have just one crafty new year resolution … if in doubt … stop!

Hope you’re having a good Monday … thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamps: Stampendous (Image), Woodware (Sentiment),  Ink/Colours: Memento, Promarkers,  Accessories: Ribbon from Stash, Liquid Pearls

One Layer Wednesday #121 (Snowy Day) Again

This is the second idea I had for Susan’s One Layer Wednesday at Simplicity … this time I answered Susan’s question (sort of) … what do you like to do on a snowy day.  Remember the bit in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (James Stewart, Donna Reed, 1946) when George has been rescued by Clarence and he’s running down the Main Street in Bedford Falls and sliding along the snow (cause he’s so happy!) … here’s my interpretation!  You have seen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ haven’t you?  I’ve seen it lots just the once!  I took the jolly colours for the scarves from the Cake Wrecks Sweet Sundays pictures Susan highlighted.


This little robin (snow sliding and spraying flakes of snow and ice behind him of course!) came as a freebie stamp sometime in the dim and distant past and this is the first time I’ve used it.  I stamped it a lot, watercoloured the fun loving flock (is that the collective noun for a group of robins?) and gave them each a different coloured scarf, as inspired by the stockings on the cake.  There’s a hint of icy blue under their feet for the snow and lots of snowy white space!

I’m off for a browse around blogworld … thanks so much for popping in, especially so if you’ve had chance to leave a comment below … Anita 🙂

Supplies:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamp: Freebie,  Ink: Stazon,  Colours: Marvy le Plume