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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

Unscripted Sketches #192, Play Date Café #163 (Champagne, Sky Blue, Tangerine)

Oops … nearly missed the deadline for Play Date Café … it’s at 6.00am tomorrow our time and as I need to sleep before then, this is a very quick post!  So, the colours at PDC are Champagne, Sky Blue and Tangerine and I combined it with Unscripted Sketches.  BTW, I’d like to say a very BIG thank you to the lovely DT at US for choosing my card (here) last week as a Top 3 … I’m so delighted and I’m proudly displaying the blinkie!  Here’s this week’s offering:

US192, PDC163

SK 160 US 192         

It’s mostly sky blue and champage, with just a touch of tangerine in the flower.  It’s done with die cuts … one of each colour in diminishing sizes.  I rolled the petals to add dimension and the centre is a blingy brad in tangerine.

It’s nearly midnight so I’m off to bed … thank you so much for coming for a visit and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment below … Anita 🙂

Less is More #99-100, Casual Fridays #83/10 Minute Craft Dash #9 (Holiday), Play Date Café #162 (Mint, Lavender, Teal, Gold)

It seems such a long time since I did my last post (it is, it’s a week!) … I do hope you’ve been blessed with a Christmas full of joy, including lots of fun and laughter and perhaps just a moment or two of repose (not too likely?!).  Anyone eaten and drank too much?  Have the past few days been a delectable round of yummyness and deliciousness?  Is your body beginning to say STOP?  Mmmm?  Well mine is … and here’s an image (from Docrafts) I came across in my stash which just about sums up the state of my being …

Skinny Dip Chunky Dunk

So, nothing skinny around here at the moment (not even the fridge yet) … much more like a definite case of chunky dunk!  How about you?

Anyway, on with the challenges.  I’ve done some combining … at Less is More, the theme is ‘Drinks’ (do go have a look at the gorgeousness that is Mandi’s newly decorated shop), Casual Fridays have teamed up with Paulina’s 10 Minute Craft Dash this time to do a joint ‘Holiday’ card so I’ve counted them as one challenge, hope that’s alright (BTW have a visit to Paulina‘s wonderful blog … I’m sure you’ll be inspired!), and I used the colours from Play Date Café (Teal, Mint, Lavender, Gold), although in the photo the gold has gone a bit orange, it’s not like that IRL.

  LIM99-100, CFC83&10MCD9, PDC162

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 This is the first time I’ve played along with 10 Minute Craft Dash and I don’t know that I’ve ever made a card in such a tight timescale … but what a fabulous idea!  I have to admit to having been a smidgy bit sqeaky about it, wondering if I was going to be able to stay within time … so, concentrate Anita, deep breath … go!  After 9 minutes and 13 seconds of dashing, I was still using the same deep breath (and turning a rather delightful shade of blue), my heart was threatening to leave home, there was debris everywhere … and my card was done!  I could breathe again … in… out … in … out …

This is what I managed to fit into the 9 minutes and 13 seconds:  Die cut ‘Enjoy’, cut off the ‘y’ and replaced it with a martini/cocktail glass.  Coloured the horizontal stripes and the olive with alcohol markers (the effect put me in mind of a tequila sunrise I once had saw someone else drinking … albeit the colours are different).  Quickie-glue-penned it all to the card base, added a gem for the dot above the ‘j’, rubbed on a 2013 inside the ‘o’, tied some twine around the top and rounded just one corner.  Phew … I’m breathless just writing about it!  It’s not perfect … the colouring’s a bit unlined-up, the 2013 is a tad low and the glass could probably do with a swizzle stick and some glossy accents … but hey, it’s my first under-10-minute card so I’m not too unhappy!

Hope you’re having a simply splendid day … I do appreciate you coming by … thank you so much!  Till next time … Anita 🙂

Recipe:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Die Cut: Cricut, Jubilee Cartridge,  Colours: Promarkers,  Gem: Papermania,  Rub-on: Karen Foster,  Twine: Stash.

CASology #23 (Gift) Again & Play Date Café #161

CASology23a & PDC161a 

The cue card (Gift) at CASology this week is a really fabulous one, which is why I did a second card … this time combined with the striking colours at Play Date Café.  They’re not colours I would usually put together so it was good to be stretched a bit to come up with something I liked!

The gifts here are die cuts with ‘ribbons and bows’, topped with liquid pearls and mounted either flat (the tall one) or on different depths of foam dots (square ones).  The panel is embossed with swiss dots and tied with bakers’ twine.  For those of you who have meandered around my blog before, you may well be thinking ‘is this the only embossing folder this girl has?’ as it seems to make so many appearances.  Well, not quite … and I did try divine swirls (to go with the bows) but the scale just wasn’t right … the swiss dots went with the wrapping paper!

Ingredients:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Embossing: Cricut, Swiss Dots Folder,  Die Cuts: Cricut, Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge,  Bakers Twine: Stash.

That’s it for tonight, except to say that I add my thoughts and prayers to those of so many others, for those touched by the dreadful events at Sandy Nook School in the USA.

Thanks so much for your visit … Anita 🙂

CAS(E) This Sketch #8 & Play Date Café #160 (Mountaintop, Icy Blue, Snowflake)

CTS8 & PDC160  

A sort of ‘groovy’ card for Cas(e) This Sketch (where the super talented Ardyth has joined the Design Team … do go and see the examples from the whole DT, they’re so impressive!) and for The Play Date Café, where the luscious colours this week are mountaintop (dark cream), Icy Blue and Snowflake (mid-dark blue).

The inspiration for this card came from the top left picture in the PDC badge above .. isn’t it fab?  All the elements were die cut … I started with the ‘stems/leaves’ which was very straightforward and once they were done, it was just a matter of choosing the ‘flower heads’ … it was fun thinking of and playing with all the different ways they could be represented as I didn’t want anything too … er … flowery!  In the end, I went simple … circles within circles.  I rather like it!

Recipe:  Cardstock: American Crafts, Crafter’s Companion,  Stamp: Kaisercraft,  Ink: Memento, Die Cuts: Cricut, Accent Essentials Cartridge.

Back to a door frame … I’ll be back later to check out all the latest blogworld creativity … thanks for dropping by … Anita 🙂

Less is More #95 (Glamour and Glitz) & Addicted to CAS #1 (Snow) & Playdate Café #158 (Rose, Eucalyptus, Slate) … Again

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OK, here’s the second trio challenge card, which has tons of white space and is very CAS!  It’s glitzy and snowy with the glittered swiss dot (snow-like) embossing and the snowflake (for Less is More‘s Glitz and Glamour, and for Addicted to CAS‘ Snow), and for The Playdate Café‘s colours, the ‘ribbon’ is rose on slate, the snowflake is eucalyptus and the sentiment is slate.  Voila!

Ingredients:  Cardstock: Bazzill, Docrafts,  Snowflake Brad: Lakeland,  Sentiment: Stampendous, Glitter:  Stickles.

I do have a tag to upload for OLW but as it’s getting on, I’m going to do dinner first … and I may get to it later … or tomorrow!  Thanks for popping by … Anita 🙂

Less is More #95 (Glamour and Glitz) & Addicted to CAS #1 (Snow) & Playdate Café #158 (Rose, Eucalyptus, Slate)

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Today I’ve done some combining … not that it started off that way, just that as things evolved (as they do in the craftosphere) I came to realise that two of my three creations fitted three challenges (yay, first time for a trio!) … twice over!

Over at Less is More, Chrissie and Jen have created some wonderfully inspiring ‘Glitz and Glamour’ cards … even the photo’s of Mandi’s shop are amazingly inspiring … what an elegant place!  It’s the very first challenge at Kylie’s Addicted to CAS, where the code word is ‘Snow’, so it’s really good to have a go at a squeaky new challenge 🙂  Finally, I used the lovely colour combination from The Playdate Café … Rose, Eucalyptus and Slate.

So, here’s my CAS Christmas tree … pearl base card, glitter card tree and sentiment panel, and bling to meet LIM, the tree is covered in snow (it’s white and glisteny!) for ATCAS, and for PDC, the gems are rose and eucalyptus (they don’t look it in the photo but in real life they are), the tree trunk is eucalyptus, the tree base is slate and the base card is a blue-y slate-y pearl-y colour.

I die cut the tree, added the gems and coloured the back of the white glitter card for the star, trunk and base, and then used foam dots to give it all some dimension (I’ve a penchant for foam dots at the moment … they’re coming up (!) again and again).  For the sentiment I did some jiggery-pokery.  The full stamp was just too big for this card, so I masked the middle bits and stamped direct to the card in two stages.  Mmm … catastrophe … I skewed the stamp at the last moment and it ended up a bit of a splodge (not CAS at all!).  So the big question was do I start again or try a tweak … I went and did the dishes to reflect!  As you can see, I tweaked it, and stamped a glitter card panel with Stazon (didn’t know if it would work but it did … first time!) and inked the edges.  Done.

Ingredients:  Cardstock: Southfield Stationers and Stash,  Colour: Promarkers,  Bling: Papermania,  Stamp:  Penny Black,  Ink: Stazon.

Shortly there’ll be another very quick post with the second card for the same challenges!  Thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂

Less is More Week 93 – Houses & Play Date Café 157

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Since I joined blogworld, I’ve been making individual cards for individual challenges … just to get my little grey cells going (I prefer to think of them as not grey at all when I’m creating, but rather every hue and tone and colour there could possibly be pinging all over the place … what a thought!).  This week though, I’ve tried a combined card … LIM, where the OLC theme is ‘Houses’ and The Play Date Café (which is new to me), where the colours are plum, fuchsia and wisteria.

So, my houses are bird cages in the PDC colours, along with musical notes … and the birds are singing because their cages match their plumage!  I played a bit with the ‘chains’ because on the stamps, they’re all the same size and I wanted to add some variety … I had three attempts before getting it right so the bin’s had plenty to eat tonight.  I must also admit to having to do a bit of a repair on the birds on this version too … I tried stamping them in Memento London Fog … twice over (yes, very tricky) … but it just didn’t do it, so rather than start all over again, I got pens out and went over them.  I didn’t care for it at first but I left it a while (always a good idea after a disaster) and when I got back to it, it looked fine … so here it is.

Here’s what I used:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion,  Stamps: Craftwork Cards (Images), Woodware (Sentiment),  Colours: Marvy le Plume Watercolour Markers.

Disasters were a bit on the menu today (it happens some days!) … I did another card earlier, it was on the theme of houses again.  If you’ve seen my last post for CAS-ual Fridays, you’ll know I did a gingerbread man … well, he had to have somewhere to live (naturally!) so I made him a gingerbread house, suitably garnished with plenty of sugar (Stickles), gum drops (Glaze Pen Blobs) and candy canes … looked good enough to eat!  It was only intended as a bit of fun and I thought it might give you a smile (it did me) … but disaster struck and it ended up liquified (I spilt coffee over it), so it became yet another (rather soggy) meal for the bin.  I’m planning a non disaster day tomorrow!

Well, I’m done for the weekend … have a great week and thanks so much for coming by … Anita 🙂