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A New Challenge At Time Out – #101 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  We have a lovely new challenge starting today at Time Out, where we’re Inspired By Words … Each day is a gift.  Open it.  Celebrate it.  Enjoy It.  It is indeed!  Here’s my take on it …

Time OutA one layer card, stamped and heat embossed with this gift bearing chickie (from SSS) and coloured with Zigs.  The Winnie & Walter happy sentiment was cut, ombré sponged with Distress Ink and set back into the card (the inside was lined) … and the birthday (from the same Birthday Farm Animals set as the chickie) was nestled in underneath it.  I finished off with some Lucy’s Little Gems … and added Glossy Accents and Enamel Accents to the eyes.  If you go in for a closer look you’ll see the shiny excitement in them … seems he’s all ready to start opening, celebrating and enjoying!

Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love to see what you make!  This time, we’re sponsored by Birch Press Design … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $20 GC … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a plenty of inspiration from our fabulous DT … as well as from our Guest Designer, my super talented and lovely friend, Michele from I Card Everyone.  You probably know Michele already … if not, you really need to!  There’s so much deliciousness to take in over at her blog, you really don’t want to miss out on a visit!  Enjoy!

I’m playing along at …

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Birds of a Feather

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

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

         
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Twofer Card Challenge #1

Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted, excited and thrilled to be here today … extending to you a very warm welcome to the launch of the brand new, spick and span, unique Twofer Card Challenge, conceived by the lovely Darnell!  You may already have seen the announcement post a few weeks ago, though for those who haven’t … the idea of the challenge is to make two different cards … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies … based on a word prompt.  This month’s prompt is …

… and here’s where I went with my Twofer …

Both my cards are CAS in style … the main image on them is the feather (from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sadly no longer operating) … and that’s where the similarity ends!   Here’s a closer look at each one, showing how they’re different …

For this first one, I used a wonky stitched panel (MFT), masked and stamped the images so they snuggle together, added a heart to the centre of each one and stamped the sentiment (from Avery Elle).  To finish off, I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle to the hearts, coated them with Glossy Accents … and popped the panel up on craft foam on the card base.  Not too girlie, not too manly … fine for an anniversary card!  Shimmer and shine anyone?

My Twofer …

Here, I made the feather images into ornaments for a Christmas card.  They and their strings were heat embossed in silver, with the centres and little hangers heat embossed in blue.  The sentiment (SSS) was die cut from silver foil paper and adhered flat to the card base … and I added a strip of silver sparkle washi and one of heat embossed blue to the edge.

Voilà … two distinctly different cards for two distinctly different occasions with the same stamp!

So … how would you like to play along with us in our inaugural challenge … we’d love it if you did!  Why not let your imagination go to work with ‘Feathers’ … stretch those creative muscles … and make two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … with the same stamps/dies?   All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs … along with a whole heap of glorious inspiration from the fantastic DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery!

My anniversary card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – All That Glitters … just check out those hearts!

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

and my Christmas ornaments are joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with the optional CAS Twist

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Winter Blues

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

         

                              

Time Out DT #100 – We Challenge You To Be Thankful!

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to the first challenge of 2018 at Time Out … and our 100th!  We’re introducing a couple of changes to our monthly schedule this year … one of which makes it’s first appearance here today, with our new ‘We Challenge You To Be …’ theme.  So, for this challenge … ‘We Challenge You To Be … Thankful’.  This is my take on it …

Time OutA simple, fresh, one layer card, masked and stamped with flowers and leaves from Verve’s Bloom Brighter … and overstamped with a sentiment from the same set.  Some enamel accent dots in the centre of the flowers … and a sprinkling of sequins … finishes it off.

Where will our challenge take your creative imagination … being thankful for a friend … being thankful for some kindness or special event … Christmas thank you’s … or somewhere else?  Where ever it takes you, we’d love to see what you create!  This time, we’re sponsored by Verve Stamps … the winner, as voted for by the DT will receive a stamp set of their choice from the store … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a plethora of wonderful inspiration from our fabulous DT … as well as from our delightful Guest Designers.  Yep, plural … this fortnight, we’re fortunate to have two lovely Guest Designers … Bobby from Bits and Pieces and Julee, owner of Verve Stamps, from Poetic Artistry.  They are both super talented card makers and have oodles of fantastic cards to enjoy on their blogs … do go and have a delightful meander through them … and why not say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Friendship

Inkspirational – Stamping Only

SSS Monday – Something New … my Verve Stamps

SSS Wednesday – Something New … my Verve Stamps

SSS Work It Wednesday – New To You … my Verve Stamps

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

                   
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A Birthday Bouquet … and an Exciting Reminder!

Hello … bonjour!  Happy New Year … Bonne Année 2018!  In just a week’s time, a deliciously pristine, shiny new challenge starts … I’m pretty certain you’ll have heard about it as the first announcement was made before Christmas … it’s the lovely Darnell‘s Twofer Card Challenge!  That’s exciting enough, really … though for me it’s beyond that … I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be part of the Twofer Design Team.  Goodness … so thrilled!  Do check out the Twofer blog for all the details of this unique challenge … it’s going to be so much fun … and so inspiring … wait till you see all the talent on the DT (if you haven’t already) … and come back in a week to find out what all the excitement is about!  So, I do have a card to share today (which is why you’re here) … a fresh, pretty little number made with some NBUS … A bouquet of blooms from WPlus9, stamped and white heat embossed onto a panel of Canson Mixed Media cardstock.  I coloured it with Zigs and a water brush, stamped the sentiment (SSS), added a little sprinkle of Lucy’s gems and popped the panel up on craft foam onto a base of the same card (I like my panels to match!).

I’m playing along at …

CAS Watercolour – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … no sequin option

SSS Monday – Something New … WPlus9 Botanical Bunch

SSS Work It Wednesday – New To You … WPlus9 Botanical Bunch

I’ll be back tomorrow with Time Out‘s first challenge of the year … and in a week for Twofer‘s debut … do hope you’ll have chance to join us for both!    Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

       
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A New Challenge at Time Out – #99 New Beginnings

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely.  Before all the joyful excitement begins, we have a fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme for you … New Beginnings … with the optional twist of using your Christmas goodies for this non Christmas theme.  I chose to twist this time around (with the joyeux part of my sentiment) … and made this pretty little number …

  Time OutThe wonky stitched panel is from MFT (Lake House stash) … it’s heat embossed in silver with a floral spray from Reverse Confetti … and is coloured with Zigs and a water brush.  The first part of the sentiment is from a Christmas SSS die (it also has Noël), cut from silver card … and the stamped element is from Papertrey and is heat embossed in silver.  I scattered a few sequins (filled with Stickles) and mounted the panel on craft foam on the card base.  There’s a party surprise on the inside … it’s my version of Ellen Hutson’s Confetti Flinger!  I loved the idea after seeing the amazing Jennifer McGuire showcase it not long ago, so made my own.  It was so much fun on Tuesday evening, watching the surprise on the recipient’s face when all the starry confetti came flying out!   I’m really sorry there’s no photo … try as I might, capturing that flying confetti was beyond the camera’s capacity … and my skills!  Do check out Jennifer’s video, though, it’ll give you the idea … the impact is fantastic!

Where will our theme take you … and will you go with our distressing twist?  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie), who are offering a $15 GC to a random twister.  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Patty from PJ’s Projects. Why not pop over and have a visit with Patty … you’ll find heaps of fabulous, fun, bright, happy cards to enjoy … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

CAS Mix Up – Stamping plus two … die cutting, heat embossing, watercolouring

CAS Watercolour – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Party … a birthday’s a good enough reason … the added confetti is celebratory!

SSS Wednesday – Party … as above

Are you almost ready?  I’m getting there and should have a little time to just breathe before The Big Day … hope that’s the case for you too!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

     

         

Guest Designing At Inspired By All The Little Things

Hello … bonjour!  It was a wonderful surprise to get an email from my sweet friend, the lovely Tracey McNeely recently, asking if I’d like to be her Creative Guest at Inspired By All The Little Things.  Erm … well, that response took less than a nano second … YES!  So, here I am this afternoon, thrilled, honoured and excited to share with you a couple of cards I made based on this beautiful inspiration photo … isn’t it a stunner?

         

Here’s the first, a kind of in-reverse take on it …

A popped up white card panel, sponged in the centre with three Distress Inks (in order, from the outside going in … Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry), lightly splattered with water droplets.  The die cut white frame and bloom are from Simply Graphic (courtesy of the lovely Maria) and were adhered flat over the ink, with the petals left free to be all drifty and dimensional.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and there’s some Lawn Fawn pierced detailing along the panel edges.  In my photo here, the variations in background colour didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped (though IRL they’re rather delicious!) … so I made another card to show you all those splendid shades …

A watercolour card panel stamped with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea (from my Lake House stash), wet on wet watercoloured with Distress Inks (same shades as above, plus Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn for the stems), with the centres done in pearly silver drops.  The sentiment is from SSS, white embossed on a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the card base and the watercolour panel was split and popped up over it.

How would you like to play along and be inspired by that spectacular bloom?  I’d love it if you had time to join in!  All the details, plus an abundance of amazing cards from the Design Team, (and a short interview with little old me!) are over at the Inspired By blog  … do go and enjoy a browse … and maybe get those crafty fingers walking!

My florals are also heading to (badges below) …

Card 1

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Card 2

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Less is More – Watercolour

Seize The Birthday – No Option

SSS Monday – Heavy Metal (just a touch in the flower centres!)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Hope your weekend is either starting, or turning out to be, wonderful!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

         

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Some Flowers, A Rose And Two Love Birds!

Hello … bonjour!  The weekend here seems to have fairly rattled along … guess it’s the same for you too … suddenly Sunday evening has arrived!   I have a trio of cards to share … first up, some delicate blooms …

     

A gold and pink smooshed and splattered panel, a couple of blooms and a leafy sprig set into a gold frame (Simply Graphic … courtesy of the lovely Maria), and a sentiment (stamp and die cut) from SSS.  The finished panel was popped up on the base … and this was mailed to a sweet and wonderful friend to celebrate a special birthday.

This is heading to …

Addicted to CAS – Florals

Auberge des Loisirs – Inspiration/Mood Board (en dessous/below)

Carte Maniak – Tâches/Splatters

SSS Monday – Shimmer and Shine

The Flower Challenge – Tic Tac Toe (Distress Ink, Watercolour, Die Cuts)

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Next, an equally delicate rose …

 

A white card panel cut with an NBUS MFT Peek a Boo die, with acetate added to the back of the space and the Roses in Bloom die (also MFT, also NBUS) adhered to the acetate.  Distress Inks sponged onto the base card, the panel popped up on craft foam over the top and a banner with the stamped sentiment (SSS) adhered with foam tape over the window.  If you look carefully, you can see the shadow of the rose on the DI background … looks quite cool IRL!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to CAS – Florals

CAS on Friday – Dies

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes (NBUS: MFT Peek a Boo Window and Roses In Bloom Dies)

Happy Litle Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Pop It Up

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Lastly, a couple of tropical love birds  (the picture has lost it’s crispness … don’t know why … did what I could to freshen it up!) …

A white card panel, masked with a swoosh shaped mask and delicately sponged with Distress Ink, and stamped with some tropical flower/leaf clusters between two popped up, sparkly, shimmery tropical birds (all MFT).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and some enamel accents in the flower centres and on the birds’ eyes finished it off.    How about a close up of the shimmer and shine …

These two are flying off to …

MFT Wednesday Sketch – see below

MFT Colour Challenge – Stone Grey, Blueberry, Berrylicious, Bubblegum (my closest colours)

SSS Monday – Shimmer & Shine

SSS Wednesday – Pop It Up

      

         

That’s it from me for now … hope you’ve had chance to relax with some card making this weekend … see you Thursday for a new challenge at Time Out.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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