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A New Challenge At Time Out – #119 – Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship

Hello … bonjour!  We have a special challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme this time round is Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  Here’s where I went with it …

Time OutI chose not to twist this time round.  My scribbly blooms and leaves are from CAS-ual Fridays Peaceful Garden and are stamped directly onto the card base.  I added some doodlie dots with a black pen to add to the whimsical nature of the images.  The sentiment is also from CAS-ual Fridays (Mon Ami) and is white heat embossed onto a black strip.  The strip was adhered flat to the base … and I was done.  Except … I wondered what it would look like if the monochrome was reversed … so made this to find out …White heat embossing onto a black panel … with a black on white sentiment strip.  I’m finding it hard to choose which I prefer … it changes from moment to moment … how about you?

How will you interpret our Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays.  You may know that owner Michele is a breast cancer survivor and a huge champion of Breast Cancer Awareness, not only financially through her company but also through the Calling All Sistahs Blog, Encouragement Squad and Challenge, here.  Do go and check it out if you’re not aware of it … so worth it … and not to be too dramatic about it, it may just save your life.

Our  challenge winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $25 GC for the CAS-ual Fridays 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 plenty of fabulous inspiration from our splendid DT … and from our talented and returning Guest Designer, Marieke.  There’s so much to enjoy at Marieke’s blog … go have a meander, you’ll love it!

         

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Calling All Sistahs – Black and White

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Wild (flowers)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Monochrome

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

         

 

                

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Twofer Card Challenge #9 – Leaves

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to another Twofer Card Challenge … this month, we have a prompt that’s perfectly appropriate for this time of year, whether you’re looking forward to the richness of autumn or the freshness of spring where you are in the world.  It’s …

Here’s how mine tumbled …

My common stamp here is a small leafy sprig from Concord & 9th‘s Wildflower stamp set … here’s a closer look at each card …

Some judicious masking and lots of different colours of greens, rusts, yellows and browns stamped into a leafy autumn wreath … the small sprig was joined by a bigger leaf image from the same Concord & 9th set.  I gold heat embossed the Avery Elle sentiment, trimmed it out, edged it with more gold heat embossing … and popped the panel up on foam tape across the outline stamping.  There’s no added bling as this is for a man’s birthday … though it could easily be dressed up with some shimmer and shine for a girl!

My Twofer …

Here the leafy sprig was turned into mistletoe for a Christmas card.   I die cut the peek a boo window (MFT) first, then did some selective stamping of the image to create a nice full bunch of mistletoe.  The leaves were coloured with Zigs, I made berries with dots of black fine liner and some Nuvo Jewel Drops … and added a shadow with a light grey-green alcohol marker.  The Uniko sentiment was stamped in Delicata Gold and I added a tiny gold thread bow to finish off.  How about a closer look at those berries …

In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that this is the third version of this design.  The first had red berries … hmmm … it was jolly enough but didn’t look right.  I could have claimed artistic licence and left it like that, but has anyone ever seen mistletoe with red berries??  So, the second version got white berries … Nuvo drops first, black fine liner dots second.  Did you know (I didn’t) that black liner on a slick surface can smudge horribly, even days later?  I know now … and nasty smudges aren’t a Good Thing when the photographs have yet to be taken!  Onto attempt three … black pen dots first, Nuvo drops over the top.  The drops magnified the tiny dots rather a lot and to my eyes the berries now look a little frogs’ spawn-y.  However, my creative energy was all but gone by this time, so you’re seeing the best version I could muster!

Where will our ‘Leaves’ prompt take you this month?  We’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this time round, winners of our July challenge … Linda fromScrappin’ Stampin’ and Singin’ and Susan from Cat’s Ink.Corporated.  Do go and have a visit with Linda and Susan … apart from their delicious Twofer cards, you’ll find a whole heap of wonderful projects to meander through and enjoy!

My autumn birthday wreath is joining in the fun at …

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Stamp It On

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember – Concord & 9th

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp On It

The Birthday Project – Clean and Simple

The Cat’s Pyjamas – Fall

… and my Christmas card will be celebrating at …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Holiday

MFT Sketch – See Below

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Stamp It On

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember – Concord & 9th

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp On It

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

           Concord & 9th STAMPtember          

         

       

Twofer Card Challenge #8 – Geometric

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our latest Twofer Card Challenge!  This month, we have a cool, stylish and fun prompt … it’s …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is the small triangle from Papertrey‘s Sketched Shapes … I love the interest that the scribbly pattern adds … and triangles are so versatile!  How about a closer look at each card?

         

Here I created a random pattern of overlapping triangles on my one layer card, using four different blue hues, pointing down and up towards the oversized Simon Says Stamp greeting, which was nestled into them.  The birthday sentiment and the random dots on the triangles (Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots) were silver heat embossed … adds a bit of shine without being too much for a masculine card.

My Twofer …

Doesn’t that single triangle stamp make a cute cluster of Christmas trees?  The bottom layer on each tree is the same triangle as on my first card.  Thanks to a negative mask that I hand cut in the shape of the tree, I could stamp the layers (which diminish in size as the trees get taller) and the trunks … with the same triangle stamp.  I used the positive part of the mask to protect the two front trees while the background one was stamped through the mask.  The sentiment is from WPlus9, heat embossed in gold and the trees are dressed in gold foil stars and Santa red bling. There’s a smidge of shading under the trees, though it’s hard to see here.  The finished panel was adhered to a card base that had been trimmed top and bottom with gold washi tape.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

How will your imagination use our ‘Geometric’ prompt this month?  Will you go conventional or unconventional … or both, as I did?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   All the details you need to play along are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious ideas from the DT to get those artistic juices flowing.   We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this time round … welcome to Cheryl from Paper Panacea and Brenda from Inkspired to Stamp, who also have some wonderful inspiration for you.  Do pop over and see both Cheryl and Brenda … there’s so much to see and enjoy over on their blogs … and they’ll be delighted you called!

My graphic masculine card is heading to …

Addicted to CAS – Masculine

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean And Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – Stamp A Pattern

Seize The Birthday – No Water Option

Watercoolor Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my Christmas tree cluster is cavorting over with …

CAS Christmas – Tree

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – No Sequins Option

SSS Monday – Add Some Tape

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

               

            

          

A New Challenge At Time Out – #114 – Home Sweet Home (At The Beach!)

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge at Time Out has just gone live … we have a Home Sweet Home picture to spark your imagination … and it’s delicious (a little further down).  Here’s my take on it …

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… and here’s the fresh, relaxing, easy-going inspiration …

My attention was taken by that dreamy picture on the wall … and by the display on the table in the foreground.  I sponged a white card panel with Distress Inks (antique linen, tumbled glass, salty ocean) and spritzed/splattered it with water.  The Concord & 9th die cut leaves mimic the candle and storm lamp … and I stamped/heat embossed the vellum banner to make it seem as though the sentiment (from Simply Graphic) was written in the sand.  My ‘beach pebbles’ on the banner were created with Nuvo Glitter Drops.  The finished panel was popped up on craft foam onto the card base.  Voilà … fresh and airy with just a hint of sparkle!

What sets your imagination in motion in our Home Sweet Home photo … the crisp colours, the stripes, the textured furniture, the picture … or something else completely?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $15 gc from our terrific sponsor, STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, a randomly drawn player will win a goodie bag of stamps and dies from the store.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Heather from Wire Wrapture.  Do pop over for a visit with Heather … you’ll find all kinds of fun and delicious cards and projects to explore!

I’m playing along at …

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Add Some Sparkle

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Use A Die And/Or Punch

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Great Outdoors

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Mixed Media … sponging, die cutting, stamping, heat embossing

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

                   

Twofer Card Challenge #7 – Beverage

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our July Twofer Card Challenge … where our theme this month will have your taste buds tingling … it’s …

and here’s where my creativity took me …

My stamp in common here is a glass of wine from a set by Stampendous called Wine Buff (no longer available, I believe) … a conventional use on the first card … and something rather unconventional on the second.  Here’s a closer look at each.

For my anniversary card, the glasses and the sentiment (SSS) were heat embossed in liquid platinum onto the card base.  I coloured the images with alcohol markers, making the wine into ceIebratory pink champagne (fit for the occasion!), which was covered with shimmer and had a layer of glossy accents added over the top.  The bubbles are jewel drops.  To finish, I craft foam mounted a card panel over the image, that had been die cut with a peek a boo window (MFT).

My Twofer …

For my hello card, with a little careful masking and doodling, I turned the wine glasses into a couple of cute monsters.  They were coloured with alcohol markers, trimmed out, shimmered, covered with glossy accents … and have enamel accent eyes.  They were popped up on craft foam on a Mama Elephant heat embossed pathway … and as you can see, they were so pleased to see each other that shimmery, glossy accented hearts appeared between them.  It’s how they express themselves … after all they have no arms to hug with!  I adhered the monster panel to a card base that had been washi-ed round the edges.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

How might you interpret ‘Beverage’?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two takes on it!  All the details you need are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of thirst quenching ideas from the DT to spark your imagination.  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this month … welcome to Bonnie from Stamping With Klass and Marianne from Marianne’s Cards ‘n Stuff.  Do go and have a visit with both Bonnie and Marianne … you’ll find so much glorious inspiration to get those creative juices flowing … and you can always leave them some love while you’re there!

My champagne is going to be bubbling over at …

CAS-ual Fridays – Heat Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Summer Fun … pink champagne at a summer picnic … yum!

… and my monsters are heading to …

CAS(E) This Sketch – Below … turned landscape and with a little stretch!

CAS-ual Fridays – Heat Embossing

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Summer Fun … the chance to spend time with friends!

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

        

         

Twofer Card Challenge #6 – Trees

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to June’s Twofer Card Challenge … this month, our theme will open up all kinds of possibilities for your cards … it’s …

… and here’s where my imagination took me …

The stamp that appears on both cards here is the tall tree from Simon Says Stamp’s One With Nature set … used conventionally on the first and unconventionally on the second.  Let’s start with a closer look at how it’s expected to be seen …

… yep, as a tree … or rather a trio of trees.  A one layer Christmas card with the trees heat embossed in silver and the backgrounds offset stamped in a contemporary colour palette.  The miniscule stars were cut from silver foil card with a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered to the branches … they almost twinkle like Christmas lights!  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled, also embossed in silver … and I added some cross stitch detailing each side with a Lawn Fawn border die.

My twofer …

… spot the tree?  This time, for my fun birthday card, I turned the tree (and it’s accompanying images in the set) into a school of tropical fish.  The images were white heat embossed … and I added the tails using a versamark pen so they could also be white embossed.  Everything was coloured with Zigs, I stamped a sentiment from Simply Graphic (‘it’s your day’), added googly eyes/an enamel accent eye to the fish … and finished off with some Glossy Accent bubbles.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

Where will our ‘Tree’ prompt take you this time around?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies!  All the details you need are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious ideas from the DT to spark your imagination.  We’re delighted to have the winner of our April challenge with us this month … welcome to Maria from Swim, Bike, Run and Stamp!  Do go and have a visit with Maria … not only will you find her fabulous Twofer cards, you’ll also enjoy a whole heap of wonderful inspiration to meander through and enjoy!

My Christmas card is getting festive at …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … no joy option

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

ETACAS Christmas – Masculine … thanks to Loll for the prompt 🙂

… and my birthday card will be celebrating with …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … no smile option (unless it’s your own!)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Sunshine and Summer (how summery are those fish!)

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 – #111 – Holidays!

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our first Time Out Challenge of June, where we have a theme for you to play with … it’s Holidays … with the optional twist of making a one layer card. I didn’t twist this time around … Time Out

I was going to make a card about holidays (as in vacations) … couldn’t find the right combination of stamps in my stash … so adapted … and made a Christmas card.  I don’t use the term holiday for Christmas, although many of my US friends do, so I felt most everyone would understand the adaptation!  I gold heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp sentiment onto a white card panel, sponged on some Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch and splattered/spritzed Shimmer Spray over it.  The dove was cut with a Poppy Stamps die in gold foil card and white … I adhered the gold outline flat to the card, added glue to the spaces, used Press N Seal to pick up all the white inner pieces (it worked a treat!) and pressed them all into place at the same time.  The finished panel was attached flat to a card base …. and I was done.  My inspiration for the background colours, gold and dove came from Pam A who is Guest Designer at Muse Christmas Visions … thanks, Pam!

How will you interpret our Holidays theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Seven Hills Crafts (thanks, Tara!) … there’ll be a random winner, drawn from those who use the optional twist, of a goodie bag of stamps and dies from the store.  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, Ishani from Quillish.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Ishani … you’ll have a splendid time exploring all the inspiring and fabulous cards on display … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Muse Christmas Visions – Inspiration below

Clean and Simple on Friday – Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … No Joy Option

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful (how bright is that gold!)

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

         

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