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A New Challenge At Time Out – #105 – It’s Our Birthday!

Hello … bonjour!  It’s a very special day for us today at Time Out … it’s our 4th birthday!  Huge congratulations to Sandie and the whole Design Team … may there be many more happy years of being inspired together ahead!  We’re celebrating with a most appropriate and fun ‘Inspired By Words’ challenge … birthdays are full of sunshine, love and laughter … here’s my take on it … Time OutOver the last week or so, all the blossom trees round about us have suddenly come into flower … and they provided the inspiration for my almost one layer card.  It’s stamped with images from Concord & 9th’s Beautiful Branches … I double stamped the blossoms … in light pink all over and in dark pink around the centres, not being too precise so as to mimic the style of the image.  The ‘because’ sentiment (Concord & 9th’s Just Because) was die cut, coloured to match the branches and triple stacked before being adhered to the card … and I stamped the tiny secondary sentiments (from SSS) around it in the same dark pink as the blossom centres.  I finished off with some dots of white gel pen on the stamens and a scattering of Lucy’s Little Gems around the sentiment.

Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love if it you joined in our celebration!  We’re sponsored by Concord & 9th this time round, thanks to Angie and Greg  … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $25 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 heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … as well as from our super talented and returning Guest Designer, the lovely Claire from Life On The Scrap Heap.   You probably know Claire already … if not, you should!  Why not pop over for a visit and enjoy a wonderful meander through all the deliciousness on offer over at her blog … you could say hello while you’re there too!  Oh, and one final thing … if you head over to the Concord & 9th blog, you’ll find that they’re also sharing about our birthday celebration!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Easter/Spring Inspiration (Mood Board below – blossoms picture on left)

SSS National Craft Month – Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Easter Inspired (Mood Board below – top right blossom tree)

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes (hope blossoms on trees count!)

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

          Happy National Craft Month!         





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!               


A New Challenge at Time Out – #103 – Hobbies!

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme … Hobbies … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  I chose not to twist this time around … and made this delicate little number …

Time OutAre you wondering what hobby my card illustrates?  Have a guess … got it yet?  If you came up with lace making you’re spot on … or even crochet would do it.  I don’t do either, though did dabble in the latter many years ago!  I sponged a panel of Bristol card stock with three different distress inks, did a little splattering over the top and left it to dry.  My doily die cut is from Waffle Flower … one of a number given to me by my lovely, non blogging, card making friend Judith last summer (she comes for a playdate every year while visiting family in the area) … isn’t it pretty?  I trimmed off the edge and adhered it over the blended area of my panel, leaving the outer couple of centimetres free to turn up a little.  The ‘Thanks’ is from SSS … die cut from vellum and black … hung slightly over the edge of the doily, with the supplementary sentiment embossed in white on a slender black strip.  I added a single ink-sponged heart (from Winnie & Walter), covered it with Spectrum Noir sparkle … and topped it and the die cut ‘Thanks’ with Glossy Accents, before attaching the panel to my card base.

How creative will you be with our Hobbies theme … and will you use our optional twist?  It was only when I started looking through my stash that the idea of lace making came to me … till then the ideas well was dry!  Why not check out your stamps and dies and see if they prompt an idea or two … we’d love to see what you make in our gallery!   This fortnight, we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $20 GC to a random twister … and 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, Ashwini from Experiments With Card Making Etc.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Ashwini … you’ll have a fabulous time exploring all the wonderful, fun, bright, happy cards on display … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to CAS – Teal

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Send A Card To A Friend Day

SSS Wednesday – Add A Die Cut

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



Joyeux Noël!

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in this morning to wish you a Très Joyeux Noël … a Very Happy Christmas … may the miracle of Our Lord’s birth bring you great joy and every blessing on this truly special day … and always!  I haven’t had chance to post all of the Christmas cards I made this year, so am taking a moment to share a few of them here.  Most years, I make lots of one single design … this time, for a change, I made small batches of different designs.  The first of today’s quintet …

A simple, die cut 3D Christmas scene using the Concord & 9th Holy Night dies … against a blue foil background.  Isn’t that reflection amazing … and I didn’t even see it till after the picture was taken … a happy accident!  This was the only one like this … there were other cards made with glitter card and pearl card backgrounds, but there’s no mirror quality to them, so no reflection.  The Silent Night, Holy Night sentiment (from the same C9 bundle) is on the back.  I’m sending this card to …

CAS-ual Fridays – White Christmas

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Anything Goes

Next, another mostly die cut Madonna and Child …

The die is from Tutti Designs … a gift from the lovely Michele (thank you so much, my friend!), cut from pearl card and adhered over a Distress Ink sponged background, spritzed with Shimmer Spray.  The sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Holy Night.  I’m joining in at …

Clean & Simple on Friday – Christmas

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Uniko – Christmas

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Third up, Bethlehem …

A Taylored Expressions border die (Lake House stash!) adhered over a Distress Ink sponged and splattered sky, with a white heat embossed sentiment from WPlus9.  The glow from the town silhouette is so much more glow-y IRL … couldn’t capture it on camera!  This one’s going to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No option)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS – National Christmas Card Day


Next on stage … a snow covered village on Christmas Eve …

Don’t know where the village landscape die is from … it was from my Lake House stash.  It’s adhered over a Distress Ink sponged and shimmer sprayed background … and stamped with a Concord & 9th sentiment.  I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Uniko – Christmas


Finally for now, a simple, rustic creche …

Don’t use a lot of kraft at all … though I do love the look of white embossing on it.  This lovely image seemed a perfect way to combine the two … it’s part of a Hero Arts full nativity scene (Greatest Gift) that I very carefully trimmed out so that I could use just the creche.  The sentiment is from Concord & 9th.  I love the simplicity!  This is heading to …

A Blog Named Hero – Winter Holiday

Inkspirational – Gift … the Greatest One of all

SSS – National Christmas Card Day


I’m planning on coming back over the next couple of days with a few more of this year’s Christmas card designs … hope to see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

A New Challenge At Time Out – #94 – Home Sweet Home – A Shaker Leaf

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you that’s eclectic and coastal-halloween in style (below).  Here’s where I went with it …

Time Out         

… and here’s our delicious inspiration picture …

I focused on the clear vase and the rich tones of orange and brown against all that white … and came up with a shaker.  The background is a smooshed and splattered piece of watercolour paper, the window was cut with an MFT peek a boo die, extended so that the Concord & 9th leaf would sit nicely on it, and the sentiment is from Uniko.  How about a detail view of all that shaker goodness …

What grabs your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … the colours and balance, as it did mine … those shimmery pumpkins … the ocean life … or something else?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $10 GC … as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our brilliant DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Janet from Swanlady Impressions (who has a fantastic collection of delicious CAS cards on her blog to enjoy … do go and visit … and say hello while you’re there!).

I’m playing along at ….

CAS Watercolour – Fall Leaves … Happy 1st Birthday, Loll, Bonnie and the DT … and many more!

Calling All Sisters – Colour Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … with the option of Gold (in the sequins).

SSS Wednesday – Thinking of You

SSS – World Card Making Day

Uniko – Autumn

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


         Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017     





Seize The Birthday 8/10 – Surprise Party Guest, Virginia’s View #19, SSS – WCMD, SSS Work It Wednesday – September

Hello again … if you’re looking for my Time Out DT post, it’s here …. otherwise, I’m back with the secret I mentioned earlier … today I get to be the inaugural Surprise Party Guest over at Seize The Birthday!  Thanks so much, Nancy, for the invitation and for your wonderful welcome … I’m thrilled and delighted to be joining you and the DT during October!  The theme for my first party challenge is ‘Splatter’ … those of you who have visited before will know there’s rarely even a smidge of splatter on my cards … but I threw caution (and Distress Ink) to the wind (in a rather delicate manner) and came up with this …

STB GD 8 OctI stamped Neat and Tangled‘s Scandinavian Flowers randomly across a white card panel, wiping ink off some before stamping them, to make the tiny flower heads and single sprigs.  The flower heads were masked off and I gently splattered the panel with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  The flowers were coloured with Promarkers, had lots of Wink of Stella added and were treated to a couple of coats of Glossy Accents.  The ‘smile’ die cut is from SSS (with the surrounding circle trimmed off) … and the supplementary birthday greeting (also SSS) is nestled in just underneath it.  I added slender strips of black to the top and bottom of my base card and popped the panel up over them on foam tape.  Seems those flowers are happy dancing with such enthusiasm, they’re sending their pollen flying everywhere!  How about a close up of all that shimmer and shine …

STB GD 8 Oct DetailIf you’ve played along at Seize The Birthday before, you’ll know that the theme … or ‘Toppings’ … are optional.  So for this challenge, you don’t have to ‘Splatter’ … you can make any birthday card and join in with us … hope you will!  Looking forward to finding out where your creativity takes you … see you in the gallery!

My happy flowers are also dancing over to …

Virginia’s View – All Things Coloured


SSS Work It Wednesday – Use A Stamp

Once again, thanks so much, Nancy, for inviting me to your party … and thanks so much to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂




Time Out DT #41 Mid Challenge Reminder, Simply Create Too #95, SSS Work It Wednesday – September, SSS Monday – 5/10, SSS – WCMD

Hello!  Popping in with a quick post for our in between week at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run … this fortnight we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ from American poet William Callum Bryant … ‘Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile’.  This is my graphic, watercolour-y take …

Time Out DT 41RTime OutA watercolour card panel was stamped and heat embossed with the Uniko ‘thanks’ and I coloured the letters in an ombré fashion in autumn colours.  It looked a bit stark as it was, so I spritzed it with water (lots of it!) … the panel curved itself into a rolling pin shape and the colours ran gently around it.  By the time they’d done all that running, there wasn’t a lot of colour left in the letters, so I redid them .. and because the card was still damp, each letter developed a little halo of colour around it.  It’s much prettier IRL than it looks here … especially after I’d added Glossy Accents and a sprinkling of sequins … and popped it up onto a masked/sponged (to create the border) base card.  It did need to sit under an enormous dictionery overnight to flatten though!

What goes through your mind when you read our quote?  Whichever direction your imagination takes you, we’d love it if you’d make a card inspired by any or all of our words … and play along with us!  There are ideas galore over on the Time Out blog … from our talented Guest Designer, Glenda from My Paper Cat … and from our wonderful DT … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m linking up with …

Simply Create Too – Autumn Splendour

SSS Monday – Autumn is in the Air

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use a Stamp

SSS – World Card  Making Day

Still not around so much in blogland (or emailonia) at the moment … although I will be back later today with a little something … it’s a secret for now!  Looking forward to catching up over the next few days with what everyone’s been doing this week … what a lovely helping of inspiration that’ll be!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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