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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer – Mid Challenge Reminder, CASology #184, Tic-Tac-Toe #3, Simply Create Too #102

Hello … bonjour!   There’s still plenty of time left to play along with CASEplorations with the STAMPlorations Girls, where I’m still excited and honoured to be the CASE-ee this month … with this card from January 2015 …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016and this is my second CASE, born from the first (here) …

CASEplorations GD2 - February 16Guess where all those luscious shimmery hearts came from … yep, they were the positives from the die cut space … and they were just too sweet not to use up.  So I die cut the SSS grid (ETA now discontinued) into a white card panel and allowed the little hearts to arrange themselves on it, adhered them and covered them in copious quantities of Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents.  Some Distress Inks were blended onto another piece of card (same colour combo as the hearts), and the piece was trimmed and adhered to the base so that the colours would show through the grid and down the edge.  The grid/heart panel was stamped with a STAMPlorations sentiment, I added a little bling, popped the panel up over the card base … and I was done.

So … if you haven’t already, how d’you feel about doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  All the details (including prizes!) are over on the STAMPlorations blog, along with loads of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs … that you really don’t want to miss!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

CASology – Valentine

Tic -Tac-Toe – Top Row … Love, Shimmer, Hearts

Simply Create Too – Love or Valentine’s

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

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Time Out DT #49, Addicted To CAS #80, Just Us Girls #328, SSS Wednesday – 3 February, Simply Create Too #101

Hello … bonjour!  Happy Thursday!  It’s time for a fresh new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we have an ‘Inspired By Words’ theme … ‘Love Is The Flower You’ve Got To Let Grow’.  Here’s my take …

Time Out DT 49Time OutMy flower took the leading role on stage while those tiny love hearts are there in support!  This is almost one layer … a masked, Distress Ink sponged panel, splattered with shimmery white, with a die cut paint chip bloom adhered over it (SSS maybe … thanks to my lovely friend, Michele).  I used Promarkers to add some more colour to the die cut so that the ombré red had a more blended look … and so that the white gaps between the colours were less obvious.  I stamped the NBUS SSS sentiment and added a trio of Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented hearts … and I was done!

How might our words inspire you … you can use all or any of them to spark your ideas … and then play along!  There’s a prize this time round as we’re sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps (who just happen to be sneak peeking their new release right now!) … the overall winner, as voted for by the DT will win a £15 gift card!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with creative cards galore from our fabulous DT and our amazingly talented Guest Designer, Valentyna from Flourishtina … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Addicted To CAS – Red

Just Us Girls – Tic, Tac, Toe … Middle Vertical Row – Die Cuts, Stamps, Flowers

SSS Wednesday – Have a Heart

Simply Create Too – Something New … my sentiment … and that sweet bloom!

Enjoy the rest of your week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #48R, Simply Create Too #101, SSS Wednesday – 27 January, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, Uniko #28

Hello … bonjour … hope you’re having a wonderful week!  We’re half way through our latest ‘CASE … With Your Own Twist’ challenge over at Time Out, where our CASE designer, the amazingly talented Marika has given us a beautifully coloured, delicate and delightful floral card as our inspiration (a little further down).  This week, I’m tempting you to play along with a seriously CAS twist on the original …

Time out DT 48RTime OutHere’s Marika‘s stunner …

I stamped the two step Papertrey roses onto a trimmed down white panel, double stamping the leaves just round the edges to add depth, added a few coats of Wink of Stella to the blooms, and nestled the sentiment (also Papertrey) in close to the image.  The panel was popped up on craft foam onto a base that’d been dressed on two sides with some slender strips of striped DP.  I was inspired this time by Marika’s floral image, the colours and the placement of the sentiment … my twists were the inverted layout, the popped up panel and the ultra CAS style (which was positively QACAS … Quick and Clean and Simple, to quote the lovely Darnell!).

So … are you tempted to play along and make Marika‘s card your own?  I do hope so … there’s still plenty of time to join in!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with a heap of inspiration from our fabulous DT … see you in the gallery!

My QACAS card is heading over to …

Simply Create Too – Something New (the roses)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New (the roses)

Uniko – Anything Goes (without the Love option)

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

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Time Out DT #45 Mid Challenge Reminder, AAA Cards #53, Addicted to CAS #77, SSS Wednesday 2/12, Simply Create Too #99, Uniko #27

Hello … bonjour!  We’re mid way through our delicious challenge over at Time Out, where this fortnight we’re ‘Inspired By Words’ … our words are ‘snowflakes are winter’s butterflies’.  This week I’ve gone all cool and frosty …

Time Out DT 45R,Time OutThe snowflake panel is one I embossed at the Lake House last year … think it’s Bev‘s (thanks my friend!) … maybe it’s from Stampin Up … not sure of either!   It’s trimmed down, stamped with a sentiment from Penny Black and a SSS Christmas star, I added some gems to the centres and adhered the panel to the card base that’d been sponged with silver ink round the edges … it’s rather shimmery and sparkly IRL!

How would you like to play along with us?  You can use any or all of the words in our phrase … just let your imagination wander.  There’s plenty of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our talented Guest Designer, Ashwini, and from our own wonderful Design Team … definitely worth checking out!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

AAA Cards – Anything Goes

Addicted to CAS – Dimension

SSS Wednesday – Let It Snow

Simply Create Too – Snow/Mostly White

Uniko – CAS Christmas

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy, especially when I’m guessing you’re so taken with Christmas preparations (’cause I know I can’t be the only one!!).  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #43, CAS-ual Fridays #144, Simply Create Too #97, SSS Monday 26/10, SSS Wednesday 28/10

Hello!  We have a lovely theme for you at Time Out this fortnight … it’s Christmas … with the optional twist of using pink or purple.  I went with the pink (a very vibrant one!) … and a little added gold …

Time Out DT 43Time OutI inked my craft mat with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and a little Delicata Gold ink, spritzed it with water and started smooshing a white card panel, doing a little, drying it, doing some more, drying it … and so on till I was happy with the result.  The panel was trimmed to size, a snowflake from Uniko was cut from the middle of it and the sentiment was white embossed … it’s made up with stamps from Uniko and SSS.  I adhered the die cut smooshed panel to a white card base, cut another snowflake from a spare piece of white card, coated it with Wink of Stella and pieced it and the loose smooshed pieces back into the die cut space.  Voilà!  Here’s a look at all the shimmer and shine …

Time Out DT 43 DetailThis is my first Christmas card of the year … how are you doing with yours?  How about making one including pink or purple (or any other colours if you don’t want to twist) and playing along with us at Time Out?    We have a sponsor for those who do use the twist … a random winner will be able to choose any stamp set from Uniko … and there are such yummy ones to choose from!  As usual, our overall winner, as chosen by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge … it could be you!  There’s lots of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer Suchi from Suchi’s Cardstock … from our own fabulous Design Team … and from some of the Design Team over at Uniko … what a treat!   If you comment on the Uniko blog here and on the blogs of the Uniko DT who have played along with us, you could win their stamp of the week … Label Love … oooh, yes please!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in the fun at …

CAS-ual Fridays – Tic Tac Toe … Distressing, Sparkling, Embossing

Simply Create Too – Baby It’s Cold Outside … snow’s a smidge chilly!

SSS Monday – Throwback … I chose January 2015 Inky Backgrounds

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

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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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Welcome Baby Russ! MFT Wednesday Sketch #244, Simply Create Too #93, SSS Wednesday 2/9

Hello!  I’m sharing a card this evening to welcome a new little soul into the world … you may already have heard about her arrival around blogland.  Our teamie at Time Out, Shery and her husband (of STAMPlorations fame!) have a sweet new addition to their family … baby Kathryn has made her appearance!  The girls on the DT are celebrating with cards (of course!) over on the Time Out blog … why not pop over and enjoy all the gorgeousness … we’d be delighted to have you visit!  Many congratulations, Shery … wishing you all many blessings, joy and happiness as you start this new adventure together!

Baby Russ, MFT Sketch 244, SCT 93, SSSW 2-9I cut the tag (WPlus9) once in yellow and once in white, masked, stamped and coloured the cutie pie chickadees from Technique Tuesday, adhered the two tags together, slightly offset, and added a twizzle of twine.  The French sentiment (Papertrey) was stamped onto a hand cut banner and popped up on the tag … it means ‘little sweetie’ or ‘little darling’ … definitely not ‘little cabbage’ … which is what you get from a translation programme!!  The tag was popped up on a panel of embossed card … which was popped up on the card base.  I added a generous coating of Wink of Stella to the chickadees to finish … after all, what’s a celebration without sparkle?  Want to see …

Baby Russ, MFT Sketch 244, SCT 93, SSSW 2-9 Detail

Baby Kathryn’s card was inspired by …

MFT Wednesday Sketch – see below

Simply Create Too – It’s a Special Occasion

SSS Wednesday – Make It Colourful

Hope your week has started off splendidly!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Papertrey Stamp-a-Faire 2015, SSS Wednesday 26/8, Simply Create Too #93, AAA Cards #47

Hello!  As mentioned earlier, I’m back with the first of my cards for Papertrey’s Stamp-a-Faire …. this one’s for the bridal challenge … we’ve to create a wedding card using nothing but white supplies.  Here’s what I came up with …

PTI SAF 2015, SSSW 26-8, SCT 93, AAA 47I embossed a panel of white card with stripes (Darice EF), trimmed it to size and adhered it to the card base.  The sentiment, from Papertrey‘s Doodlie Do, was silver embossed (my neutral colour) on a slender strip of card, which was fixed over the join.  I cut Papertrey‘s Circle Scribbles from vellum in three sizes.  The largest one was trimmed down a little and it, plus the smallest one, were covered in Versamark and brushed with white Perfect Pearls … the middle was left plain.  The scribbles were then used as a guide for stamping the leaves (also Doodlie Do), which were embossed in white pearl.  I adhered the scribble layers to the sentiment strip, allowing the edges to float free, and finished off with some pearls on the bloom and leaves.    How about a look at the layers …

PTI SAF 2015, SSSW 26-8, SCT 93, AAA 47 DetailHere’s where my card is heading …

Papertrey SAF – Bridal Challenge … all white wedding card

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … my third entry

Simply Create Too – It’s a Special Occasion … a wedding … yep!

AAA Cards – Spectacular Embossing … of both the heat and dry variety!

There’s more SAF to come, but that’s it for now … I’ll be back tomorrow with another little something.  Hope your weekend’s been wonderful … and that you had some time to be creative.    Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Hannelie! Uniko #24, SSSW 26/8, Seize The Birthday 27/8, Simply Create Too #93, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello!  Today one of my sweet friends is celebrating a birthday … so I’m here to share her card with you … Happy, Happy Birthday, Hannelie!  If you don’t already know Hannelie from Desert Diva, you really do need to pay her a visit … she’s amazingly talented, is on Design Teams galore and is just the loveliest soul!  You’ll be there a while, so take a little something to eat and drink … like breakfast, lunch and dinner!  May you be blessed with joy and laughter on your special day, mon amie … and all through the year to come!  Your card should be in your mailbox by now …

Happy Birthday Hannelie, Uniko 24, SSSW 26-8, STB 27-8, SCT 93, W&W JITWI used a hand made stencil (based on one from SSS) to create the ombré yellow background,  stamped the dandelions from Clearly Besotted over it, added the Winnie & Walter sentiment and topped it off with a scattering of sequins and gems.  Voilà … a crisp, fresh, one layer card in a Hannelie-esque colour combo!

Hannelie‘s card is also heading to …

Uniko – Summer … where the delightful Darnell is GD!  No inspiration picture twist this time.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … second entry

Seize The Birthday – No ‘Weather’ topping … unless we count the sunshine yellow!

Simply Create Too – It’s a Special Occasion … celebrating a birthday definitely counts as special!

Winnie & Walter – JITW … my sentiment

Yesterday I set aside some time to join in the Papertrey SAF … whilst it didn’t go quite as planned, there are some cards to share … and there may be more today … if Monsieur Mojo makes a reappearance.  Even if he doesn’t, I’ll be back later with what’s done so far … look forward to seeing you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #38 Mid Challenge Reminder, AAA Cards #46, Happy Little Stampers – August, Simply Create Too #92, SSS Wednesday 26/8

Hello!  I’m here to share another card for our latest challenge at Time Out, which still has almost a week to run … so plenty of time to play along!  We have a Home Sweet Home theme at the moment … with a gorgeous inspiration photo (below) … here’s my second take …

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Time Outand here’s that gorgeous inspiration photo …

After discovering the fun of die cutting fun foam for last week’s card, I did it again!  This time, my blue fun foam ‘hugs’ (from Papertrey) acts as the base for the top layer of white card, which is highlighted by those tiny red floral accents (picking up the smidge of red from the life savers).  The base card was masked, I stamped an image from Papertrey‘s Ombre Builder repeatedly along it, silver embossed the sentiment underneath, and adhered the stacked word into place.

I focused on the clean look, colours and stripes in that amazing picture … you could chose any single element or a collection of them … stripes, colours, wood, twine … a nautical theme … a tall slender card … whatever you see there.  I do hope you’ll find some time to have some fun with it.  There are heaps of ideas over at the Time Out blog if you need a bit of creative juice … from our fantastic DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Anni from Annikarten  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Maskerade

Happy Little Stampers – Masking

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

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