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Runway Inspired Challenge #91, Virginia’s View #18, Freshly Made Sketches #202, SSS Monday 31/8

Hello again!  I’m back with my second card from the weekend … rather more bold and graphic than the last … look …

RIC 91, VV 18, FMS 202, SSSM 31-8I sliced up some black and white card, put it together again over an adhesive covered piece of spare card, and trimmed it to size.  The banner is a die cut from SSS (now retired), also cut to size … in length and width.  I used some removable tape to take the little squares from the grid, coloured them randomly with Promarkers, adhered the grid to another strip of card and nestled the the squares cosily into their places.   A loosey goosey (Laura speak!) nest of thread was twirled behind the banner, which was then adhered across the black and white panel.  I stamped the sentiment (Annabelle Stamps, sadly now not operating), the panel was popped up on fun foam and I added a  black sequin and white dot over the nest.

My inspiration for this card came from …

Runway Inspired Challenge – Michael Kors … check out that cool, graphic ensemble below!  I picked out the black and white from the jacket, trousers and walls, my banner mimics the blouse, the thread nest is a nod to the handbag strap, and the sequin/dot combo reflects the belt buckle!

Virginia’s View – Geometric Patterns … both the panel and the banner.

Freshly Made Sketches – Sketch below… it’s fabulous!

SSS Monday – Trio of Colours …  mine were the aqua, lime and black … the black was so key to the design, I counted that as a colour rather than a neutral … hope that’s ok!

That’s it from me for now … time for bed … I’ll be back tomorrow with my final make of the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #29, Runway Inspired Challenge #81, Make The Day Special – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March, SSS Monday 13/4

Our bright and colourful new challenge starts today at Time Out … this fortnight we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … and our words are ‘You Can’t Make A Rainbow Without a Little Rain’ … sigh … how blissful!  You wouldn’t have thought I’d focus on the ‘rainbow’ now would you (tee hee) …

Time Out DT 29, RIC 81, MTDS April, SSSWIW March, SSSM 13-4Time OutA white card panel, stamped with a little WPlus9 diamond (from Quilt Prints) in rainbow colours, each overlapping the previous one and each topped with a few coats of Wink of Stella for some shimmer (of course!).    I split the panel down the middle of the diamonds, added a strip of glittery silver washi top and bottom, stamped the WPlus9 sentiment in the gap on the base card and popped the panels up on foam tape over it.  Would you like to see what’s inside …

Time Out DT 29, RIC 81, MTDS April, SSSWIW March, SSSM 13-4 Inside… a WPlus9 hello, stamped in most of the rainbow colours used on the front … and yes, coated in Wink of Stella!

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘You Can’t Make a Rainbow Without a Little Rain’?  Let your imagination wander … and when you’ve settled on an idea (or two!), why not get creative and play along with us at Time Out … we’d love to have you!   All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with a ton of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Michele H from Crimson Owl Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with these four challenges …

Runway Inspired – check out the inspiration photo below … I focussed on the rainbow diamonds, white walls in the background and those shiny shoes … a CAS and graphic version!

Make The Day Special – Tic Tac Toe (I chose Metallics, Bling and Feminine)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamp

SSS Monday – In The Middle (the diamond stamp is meant for the middle of the ‘quilts’ stamped with Quilt Prints!)

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

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Papertrey 8th Birthday – Days 1-3, Runway Inspired #77, Seize The Birthday 12 Feb

I’ve been squeezing in a few ‘rushing-by-my-craft-desk’ evening marginal moments over the past week or so … very gradually putting together some cards for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday celebration (and other challenges that fit well).   Here are the ones that are ready for showing!  Day 1 … a colour and sketch recipe from a choice of eight of each …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 1, RIC 77  PTI8-color-inspiration-4         PTI8-sketch-inspiration-7

I stamped a card panel in four of the colours with PTI Ombré Builders and white heat embossed the sentiment from Filled With Joy.  The Tilth Flower is from Memory Box, cut at the Lake House … a number of the BABES have it, so don’t know whose I borrowed!  It was heat embossed in white before the petals were adhered flat to the card panel and the outline was fixed just in the middle so I could lift the edges to add some dimension.  I added a gem to the middle in the lightest yellow and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.

As well as linking this up to Day 1 at PTI, I’m also joining in with the Runway Inspired Challenge, where this amazing lined and floral confection is our inspiration.


Day 2’s challenge at Papertrey is to make a card inspired by Maile Belles.  I’m always blown away by Maile’s work … and love how she uses sentiments as a design element, slicing and splitting them to perfection!  Here’s my take, followed by a few of Maile’s beauties …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 2, STB 12-2              

I stamped the banner from PTI‘s Sketched Shapes in blue hues across a white card panel, silver embossed the happy over the top and sliced through it.  I added a black strip to the card base and popped the split panel up on foam tape over it.  The PTI Birthday die (again from the Lake House stash … thanks, BABES) was double silver embossed to give it a metallic look and was adhered in place over the split.  I added some black bling to finish off.  Looking at it now, it would’ve been better to have had the ‘happy’ either above or below the line … or have a very small one inside the slice (as Maile did) … oh well, isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?   Rather like the masculine feel, though … hmmm?

As well as playing at PTI Day 2, I’m linking this card up at Seize The Birthday …  without the hearts/arrows optional topping.


Onto Day 3 at PTI, which is a matching gift bag and tag challenge … here’s my spring green and fresh white dinky (8cm x 5cm) little offering …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 3I don’t have a gift bag die (yet!) … so made this the old fashioned way … with a ruler, pencil and craft knife.  Once it was cut out, I white heat embossed the bottom edge of the front using PTI Ombré Builders, added a reinforcer to the top and adhered it together.  The tag (more Lake House stash, a Lawn Fawn one from Bev I think) was also stamped with Ombré Builders (look, it matches!) and I used a sentiment from PTI Sketched Shapes, masked off so I could do the two colour happies and the shadow stamped birthday.  The reinforcer isn’t a reinforcer … it’s a dot stamped over the hole!  A smidge of twine attaches the tag to the bag and ties the bag shut to keep the little goodies inside it out of sight of curious eyes!

8th-Anniversary-LogoIf you’ve made it this far … thank you … I know it was a bit of a marathon!  The time-eating monster that’s been in residence here is beginning to loosen his grip (at last!) … and that means I’ve been able to spend some nights catching up with and commenting on your fabulous creations … there’s still a little more gorgeousness to see!  Can’t say I’m quite there with emails yet, although I am trying (some would say very trying … ahem!) … and will be with you as soon as I can!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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

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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 🙂