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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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Muse #128, AEI♥U #27, Simply Create Too #92

Hello!  I got some crafting time this afternoon … yay!  So, I made a card … actually I made a few … yep, really … and not in marginal moments!  You’ll get to see the others over time … for now, though, here’s today’s little number …

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I cut the Avery Elle ‘hello’ into a panel of woodgrain embossed card and used it as a guide to show me where to mask and sponge my ombré Distress Inking on the the base card, then where to adhere the little letter fillers once the inking was done.  The ‘gorgeous’ (also Avery Elle) was heat embossed onto vellum in Platinum EP,  the vellum was cut into a banner, wrapped over the edge of the card and attached to the woodgrain panel.  I popped the panel up on foam tape onto the base card and while wondering what else was needed to add that certain je ne sais quoi to this card, this delicate dragonfly flew in the open window (having flown from Clearly Besotted in the UK) and landed right in the top corner.  Voilà … I wondered no more!  Funny how that happens sometimes!!

My card was inspired by …

Muse – The delightful and uber talented Michele is our inspiration this week … her crisp, fresh, gorgeous card is below.

AEI♥U – Embossing … the woodgrain panel and the ‘gorgeous’

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

Do hope you’ve had some time to get crafty this weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #37, Muse #127, CASology #158, Simply Create Too #91, House of Cards – August

Hello!  We have a yummy new ‘Inspired By Words’ theme for this fortnight’s challenge at Time Out … this time round, our words are ‘ Friendship is Golden’ … how gorgeous is that!  Here’s what I was inspired to create …

Time Out DT 37On a white card panel, I stamped and gold heat embossed the Technique Tuesday sentiment and image.  The slivers of stripes were added down each side of the card base and the panel was popped up over them on fun foam.  I coloured the hearts with Promarkers, picking out colours from the stripes, coated them with clear glitter and topped off with a layer of Glossy Accents.  Voilà … in the words of the lovely Darnell … QACAS (Quick and Clean and Simple!).

How will you be inspired by our words this fortnight?  I used the whole phrase, but you can go anywhere your imagination takes you … we’d love to have you link up what you create!  There’s inspiration galore over on the Time Out blog, from our lovely and super talented (go see, you’ll understand!) Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass (Fun Stamping) and wonderful Design Team.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

CASology – Precious … there aren’t many things as precious as friends … golden ones!

Muse – Joan is our fabulous muse this week … my take uses a simple sentiment  as focal point, a cluster of hearts and a popped up panel … and I swapped Joan’s embossed white stripes at the sides for my coloured ones (her delicious CAS card is below).

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes

House of Cards – Metallic … a new to me challenge, discovered via Cornelia who is on the DT (among … thanks, my friend!

Hope you’re having a splendid week … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Little Tangles #57/The Crooked Stamper, Colour Q #293, SSS Wednesday 3/6, Simply Create Too #87, Seize The Birthday 4/6 … and a Winner!

As promised following my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Finale, I’m back today to announce the winner of the US$30 Gift Card that Julie and Shay generously gave me.  Thank you so much to everyone who left me such lovely comments after each performance, I appreciate you all!  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer … the randomly drawn lucky winner, who can now go on a Winnie & Walter spree, is Claire A … congratulations, Claire … I’ve emailed you!

While you’re here, how about a card … my first ‘just because I can’ one for a looooooong time … it was good just to play … and make this …

N&T 57, CQ 293, SSSW 3-6I was inspired here by the sketch at Little Tangles (which is a joint challenge with Leslie at The Crooked Stamper) and the colours from Colour Q.  The Neat & Tangled ‘Happies’ were stamped onto white card, cut with a Papertrey circle die, edged with a black Promarker and clear embossed to add some shine.  I cut a chevron border into a white panel using a little diagonal die from Papertrey, and stamped/heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ (from Technique Tuesday, thanks to my lovely friend, Darnell).  The base card was covered with black card, the ‘Happies’ were popped up on foam tape over the chevrons, and the finished panel was popped up onto the black.  I pondered over dots/gems … but as this will eventually be heading to a teenage boy, I thought better of it … don’t think bling would go down too well!

I’m playing along with …

Little Tangles & The Crooker Stamper – Sketch (see below)

Colour Q – my closest colours to Basic Black, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, White

SSS Wednesday – Masculine

Simply Create Too – Masculine

Seize The Birthday – Without the ‘Animal’ Toppings

Thanks for all your warm wishes following the attack of the Heavy-Head-Cold Monster here … I’m more or less back to normal now (hahaha!), and have been enjoying lots and lots of visits across the blogosphere over the weekend … it’s been wonderful!  There’s still more to see, but I’m getting there … and then it’s next stop, my bottomless email inbox!  Thanks so much for your patience … and for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #32 Mid-Challenge Reminder, Simply Create Too #86, SSS Monday 1/6

We’re mid way through our Designer to CASE challenge at Time Out, where we’re CASE-ing the amazing Deepti from Dee’s Art Utopia … with our own twist.  Deepti inspiration card is a little lower down … here’s my take on it …

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and here’s Deepti‘s original …

With this week’s card, I strayed from Deepti’s overall look, while still keeping similar design elements.  I chose to go clean and layered … and used the idea of the angle and the DP in my striped strip, picked the purple/plum/lavender colours from the flowers (mine are from Avery Elle) and kept the placement of the sentiment (from PTI) in the lower half of the card.  There’s even a nod to the black in the DP and bling!  My twist (again!) was all that yummy white space.

Where does Deepti’s card take your imagination … flowers, DP, angled panels, bold black, embossing … just let it meander!  Deepti has recently illustrated her first stamps (Blooming Buds), which have been released through Stamplorations … and is going to be giving away a set to the winner of this challenge (as chosen by the DT) … how generous!  In addition, and as usual, the winner will get the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … so will you play along?  We’d love to have you!  There’s inspiration galore over at the Time Out blog … from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Maura whose Splitcoast Gallery is chock full of fabulous cards … definitely worth a slow wander to drink in all the loveliness!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

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Simply Create Too – Keep It Simple

SSS Monday – Royal (those luscious purples … colours of royalty)

My good intentions about dealing with the Time Eating Monster were thwarted this week … by the Heavy Cold Monster that took a strong grip and wouldn’t let go!  Yesterday, though I started catching up with my catching up … it’ll take a while, but I will see you before too long!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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