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A New Challenge At Time Out – #115 – Food And Drink

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our first Time Out Challenge of August, where we have a theme for you to play with … it’s Food And Drink … with the optional twist of making a one layer card. I went for an almost-twist this time around …

Time OutIt’s been wonderfully and deliciously hot with us for weeks and weeks … so we’ve been keeping hydrated with plenty of fresh, chilled drinks.  That’s what prompted me to go all zesty and lemonade-y with my card.  I did some Distress Ink splashing onto a base card created with watercolour paper from Ranger … Squeezed Lemonade as the first and second layer … and a touch of Mustard Seed over the top.  The lemonade glass (TAWS, no longer operating) and the sentiment (Simply Graphic … ‘a sunny thought’) were stamped and heat embossed onto the patch of zingy colour, I coloured the straw and lemon seeds with Sakura gel pens, went round the rind with a Zig marker to make the colour deeper … and added Spectrum Noir Shimmer and Glossy Accents to the lemonade.  The effect puts me in mind of condensation on the outside of the glass … mmm … doesn’t that look mouthwatering!  The strip of washi along the edge of the card ties in with the straw … and that’s what makes this card an almost one layer!  Here’s a closer view of that condensation …

How will you interpret our Food And Drink 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 Birch Press Design … there’ll be a random winner of a $20 gift certificate for the store, drawn from those who use the optional twist.  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, Susie from Created 4 Creativity.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Susie … you’ll have a splendid time exploring all the inspiration on display … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted To CAS – Summertime

SSS Work It Wednesday – Watercolour

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

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 – #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 …

Time Out          

… 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 #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 Trio Of Cards!

Hello … bonjour!  Surprise … a non DT post … my first since January!  Each week I believe there’ll be a little spare time to just play with paper, ink and challenges … then it gets to Sunday night and there’s not.  Pretty much where we’ve all been at one time or another, I guess!  Today, though, at last, I have a trio of cards to share, inspired by a plenty of different challenges.  Here’s the first …

         

My primary inspiration here came from my lovely friend Chriss‘s card for Muse Christmas Visions, 100th challenge party (many congratulations, ladies!) …I picked up on the colours, the gold and the layout … and stamped my festive spray using images from Concord & 9th‘s Flourish.  This isn’t an outline stamp, so I did some of the layering in gold, to mimic Chriss’s embossing.  For the main flower, I also used a water brush to blend the gold and white to create cream … and added some white gel pen highlights to the berries.  The sentiment is from WPlus9 (inspired by SSS Monday).

I’m playing along at (badges at the bottom) …

Muse Christmas Visions – As above

Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Joy To The World

SSS Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … Two sets, lots of stamps

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Christmas

The next card is a bright, sunny little number …

This lovely MFT sunflower was gifted to me by my sweet friend Bev (thanks, Bev!) … it puts me in mind of the  fields of them that will be in bloom around us by the summer.  I did some ink layering (with MISTI) to get the graduated colour on the petals and leaves, die cut everything and adhered the flower and leaves onto my linen card base.  The Papertrey sentiment (thanks, Judith!) was stacked three times and adhered over the sunflower … and I scattered some Lucy’s Little Gems around it.

This bright bloom is heading to (badges below)…

Just Us Girls – Inspiration Picture (below)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Sunflower by Glen Campbell

SSS Work it Wednesday – Sunshine and Summer Time

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Die Cutting

This last card may just have a familiar feel about it …

Yep, the same main image as the first card … though doesn’t it look different here in these summery shades (or at least it does to my eyes!).   My colour palette came from a home decor piece I saw on Pinterest … I wanted something rather bold … and a bit different from my usual choices.  The Concord & 9th Flourish images are simply stamp layered direct onto the card base … and I added a sentiment from Beautiful Branches, also from Concord & 9th.  Voilà … it didn’t seem to need anything else!

I’m joining in with (badges below) …

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Floral

Less Is More – One Layer Card – Thinking of You

SSS Monday – Inspired by a Song … Wildflowers by Tom Petty

SSS Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … Two sets here

Hope your weekend has been a wonderful one … have a happy week!  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 – #110 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge has just started at Time Out … this time round, we have a vibrant, funky, retro style Home Sweet Home photograph to inspire you to join us … it’s a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s that bright, colourful inspiration …

I focussed on the florals in the wallpaper … selected the yellows, oranges, pinks and greens for my stamped and masked Essentials By Ellen bouquet … and chose the white lampshade as the base for my colours, rather than the taupe on the walls.  My Winnie & Walter die cut and ombré sponged sentiment mimics that vivid pink chair, with the supplementary Essentials by Ellen ‘birthday’ picking up the frame underneath it.  I finished off with some white gel pen doodling on the light pink and orange flowers … and a scattering of Lucy’s Little Gems.  Voilà … fresh and clean with just a smidge of sparkle!

What sets your imagination in motion in our Home Sweet Home photo … the bold colours, those cool shapes, maybe that framed picture or the wooden floor … 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 $20 gc from our fabulous sponsor, Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie!) and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of brilliant ideas from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin.  Ksenija’s blog is chock full of the most delicious cards … you probably know that already (and if you don’t, what a wonderful discovery you’ve made!) … why not pop over and see her, explore and say hello while you’re there … you’ll have a fantastic time!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Inspired By Nature

CAS On Friday – Birthday

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Inspired By A Song … She’s a Wildflower by Lauren Alaina

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … there are six here (two sets)

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Sunshine & Summertime … sunny summer blooms

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

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Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous third Twofer Card Challenge starts today … well, right this moment actually!  You all pushed the boundaries again with your cards last month, thank you … we had a gallery full of hearts in all their various (and sometimes most unexpected) guises … what inventive players you are!  So, March has arrived … and in less than two weeks, we’ll be into spring here in the northern hemisphere … how about a word prompt that fits nicely into the season …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Mon Ami set … to my eyes, it looks like a lotus blossom … how could I not use it?  How about a closer look at each card …

Here, I used the stamp more or less as it was intended … though with a little artistic licence … bet this is the first time you’ve seen lotus blossom on long stems (taken from a Concord & 9th set) … unless they’re stylised tulips that is!  One layer, heaps of crisp white space, some no line ombré watercolouring, a birthday sentiment from MFT nestled into the curve of one of the blossoms, and a sprinkling of sequins … a joy to my CAS loving heart!

My Twofer …

A little busier … and a smidge outside my comfort zone!  Coloured card stock (eek!), a white heat embossed pattern against the minty green (recognise the lotus?), some perfect pearl painting inside the petals, a black heat embossed thank you sentiment (from Concord & 9th) and a scattering of gems.  The pattern was straightforward to create … I marked the centre of the panel, made sure the central dot of one of the blossoms was over it, and worked outwards from there, stamping and heat embossing as I went.  I used an acrylic block rather than MISTI … it was easier to look through it to line up the overlapping central dots and ensure the petal edges were touching.  Seems to me there’s something a little groovy and/or 60s retro about it … may try something similar again!

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

So … what will your creative imagination do with ‘Blossoms’ this month?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted too that we have a Guest Designer with us this time round … welcome to Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter, who was the winner of our inaugural Twofer Card Challenge!  Do go and have a visit with Verna … apart from her brilliant Twofer there, you’ll find loads of delicious cards to meander through and be inspired by!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

AAA Cards – Ombré

Clean And Simple On Friday – Celebration With Sequins

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

… and my funky thank you card is heading to …

The Card Concept – Photo Below (Inspired by the minty greens – Clean & Graphic/Mixed Media)

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

ETA:  SSS Work It Wednesday – Green

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

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Happy National Craft Month!               

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A New Challenge at Time Out – #102 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration!

Hello … bonjour!  We have a delicious Home Sweet Home photograph to inspire you to join us at Time Out this fortnight … it’s a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s the dramatic, glitzy inspiration photo …

There wasn’t one single element that pulled me in this time … I was taken with the whole picture … colours, shimmer, hearts, stripes … only the wooden floor didn’t make it into the design!  My almost one layer card was stamped and heat embossed with an oversized you and additional sentiment from SSS (You Matter), which was underlined with a couple of strips of washi tape.  The heart (SSS) was die cut out of the card front and splattered with Delicata Gold ink … I cut another heart from fun foam, edged it with the same ink … and left everything to dry (it took a while!).  The parts of the embossed sentiment on the die cut resisted the splatters and they were wiped off with a damp paint brush when it was all dry.  The two hearts were adhered together, popped back into the card (which had been lined) … and I finished with a scattering of sequins accented with Enamel Accents.  Here’s a closer look at that gold edging …

What grabs your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … one particular element … the sparkle … the colours … the overall grouping … or something else?  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 gift voucher from our fabulous sponsor, STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, a random winner will win a prize pack of either stamps or dies from STAMPlorations!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of brilliant ideas from our fabulous DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Trina from My Crafting Closet.  If you haven’t come across Trina (what?!), do go over for a visit and enjoy a meader around all the deliciousness there … and even if you have, why not pop over and say hello!

I’m playing along at …

SSS Monday – Resist It

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Love

Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

                   

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