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STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

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Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted to be representing Time Out today … at a special blog hop being held over at STAMPlorations. The STAMPlorations girls and a whole heap of amazing designers from all over the blogosphere have come together for the second Stamplorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop .  If you’ve arrived from the lovely Maria’s blog (Riesling Mama), you’re right on track … if not, you can always leap (tee hee) to the little blue frog at the bottom for details of all the participants.  I have four cards for you today, all made using the Many Blessing Bundle … starting with a scattering of autumn leaves …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-1This was created using the Autumn Falling ARTplorations Stencil, sponged and subsequently splattered with various Distress Inks and a touch of gold.  I die cut the CUTplorations Blessings Word Die in gold foil and brown card, stacked them slightly offset, adhered them over the sponged/splattered panel and added the supplementary sentiment from the Many Blessings stamp set.  The panel was adhered to a card base that’d been sponged at the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink … and I was done!  How about a detail shot of the shimmery gold …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-1-detailNext up is a harvest basket, also from the Many Blessings set, stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and cut with the matching die.  I added glossy accents to those rosy apples, heat embossed the ‘sweet’ onto the basket in gold and popped the whole lot onto a woodgrain panel.  The ‘blessings’ was cut twice … once out of white card, which was swiped with Versamark and heat embossed in gold … and once out of craft foam.  The two were stacked together and adhered over the basket and woodgrain.

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-2You can’t really see the shine on those luscious apples from here … so here’s a close up …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-2-detailMy last two cards are more or less mirror images of one another.  I sponged a card panel with Distress Inks and cut the Blessings die repeatedly from it … then did the same cuts with an ordinary white card panel.  This one has the white sentiments inlaid into the sponged base …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-3… dressed up with shimmer spray to make it glisten …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-3-detail… and this one has the sponged sentiments adhered to a white card base, trimmed top and bottom with some shimmery brown card strips (thanks, Barb!).  I used the same brown card stock to make dots for the i’s … topped them with Glossy Accents … and covered the words with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle.

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-4 Here’s a better view of the shimmer and shine …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-4-detailNow what would a blog hop be without a giveaway or two … or more?  There are plenty of gorgeous goodies up for grabs … all the details are over at the STAMPlorations blog, so do check it out if you didn’t start there!  If you’re already hopping, your next stop is with the amazing Shirley (Shirley Bee’s Stamping Stuff).

Just below is the little blue frog I mentioned earlier … if you need to go back to the start or would like to check out the full list of designers taking part, just click on him and he’ll whisk you off to a wonderful journey of gratitude and inspiration … enjoy!

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

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Time Out DT #66 … Some Autumn Leaves

Hello … bonjour!  We have a lovely new challenge starting today at Time Out … based around an autumnal Home Sweet Home inspiration photo (it’s a little further down) … here’s my CAS take on it …

time-out-dt-66Time Out… and here’s the amazing inspiration …

A one layer QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnellese) card … using one of the leaf images from STAMPlorations’ new Trendy Leaves 2 set (courtesy of team mate and owner of STAMPlorations, Shery … thanks so much, Shery!).   I wanted to create a sense of depth on the leaves, so did some colour layering (yay MISTI!).  Each leaf was stamped three times and on each pass, I dabbed off ink from the centre of the image before stamping, so that the outer edges turned out more strongly coloured.  My photo doesn’t pick it up as well as it looks IRL … the effect appears more obvious above on the final leaf, although looking at it in front of me, all the leaf edges are bold!   I did a little surgery on the sentiment (also STAMPlorations) so that it was in one straight line, which allowed me ‘ground’ the leaves.

What does your creative eye see in our picture … neutral stonework, glowing autumn colours, trees, grass, leaves, the arched window … or something else?  Whatever it is, why not let your fingers get to work and play along with us … we’d love to see you in the gallery!  We’re sponsored this time round by STAMPlorations … the winner (chosen by the DT) will receive a $10 GC, plus there will be two random draws … one for the Holiday Expressions: Thankful stamp set and one for the Trendy Leaves 2 set.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a ton of inspiration from our wonderful DT and from our lovely and super talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (you really need to visit … there’s so much deliciousness to meander through!).

I’m playing along with …

SSS Monday – At The Movies … Autumn Leaves (an oldie from 1956 with Joan Crawford)

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

STAMPlorations – Anything CAS Goes … without the optional pink

The Paper Players – Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizazz … my closest colours

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

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Time Out DT #63 Mid Challenge Reminder, Uniko #34, SSS Wednesday – 10 August, STAMPlorations CASEplorations – August

Hello … bonjour!  I made this really, really QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnellese) card to remind you there’s still almost a week to go to play along with our latest challenge at Time Out!  Our theme this fortnight is ‘Holidays’ with the option of using no stamping … once again, I went with the vacation take on the word, rather than the Christmas one …

Time Out DT 63RTime OutYep, you’re wondering aren’t you … what’s holiday-ish about this card.  Well, here’s a story that explains it.  Some years ago I was away in a tropical paradise-y type place … the beach side cafés had pastel striped canopies … there were tropical flowers blooming wild everywhere … there was me, in a little itsy bitsy teeny weeny polka dot bikini.  OK, that last bit’s a bit of an exaggeration … it wasn’t polka dot!!  When my sweet friend Rosemary sent me this pre-printed card front, it put me in mind of that holiday (thanks so much Rosemary!) … and I was just waiting for the right moment to use it!  All I did was adhere it to the card base, stamp a Papertrey sentiment, and add some stickles to the flowers.  See, QACAS … and holiday-y … here’s the sparkle …

Time out DT 63R DetailHave you played along … will you have time … where does your creative imagination take you?  If you do get chance to join us, we’d love to see your card in the gallery … all the details are over at Time Out, along with a heap of inspiration from the DT, and from our lovely, super-talented Guest Designer, Aileen from Colour and Sparkle.  If you didn’t get over to see Aileen last week … for a delicious meander round all her amazing cards … you really need to go … now!

Here’s where a tropical floral paradise is just right …

Uniko – Flowers

SSS Wednesday – Wild … my flowers

ETA:  At the suggestion of the lovely Shirley (thanks, my friend!), I’m also submitting this to …

STAMPlorations CASEplorations – Shalu’s gorgeous card below … stripes, flowers, bling, black!

As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a catch up marathon after almost three weeks of being MIA in blogland … viewing each entry in my Feedly list (300+) and making visits to everywhere  … I think!  Have to say what an amazing thing it is to see so much inspiration all at once … I only wish I had a nine day week … that way I could create all the cards you inspire me to make!  Next, my email inbox will be getting attention … sorry if you’ve been waiting … I’ll get there!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy … and keep me going when life is especially frantic!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #58 Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #197, SSS Wednesday – 7 June, Uniko #32, Stamplorations CAS – June

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your week has been going along smoothly and happily!  I’m popping in with a reminder about the current challenge we having running at Time Out.  There’s still plenty of time (almost a week) to play along with our Home Sweet Home inspiration (it’s a little further down) … here’s what I came up with for my second take …

Time Out DT 58RTime OutOk, so when I look at my card I’m thinking dashing chap in crisp pastel linen shirt with black jeans … or is that just a leap too far?  If you look at the pavers in front of that fab window (above), you’ll see the colours I’ve picked up for my border (The Alley Way Stamps, sadly no longer with us) … shaded with Promarkers in a brick style pattern.  I added the Papertrey die cut in white, popped up over black, and stamped the supplementary sentiment (also Papertrey) above and below.  It’s finished off with some Ranger enamel accents in black.  It struck me as fresh, dishy and masculine (even though the colours are pastel) … what d’you think?

Where does your imagination take you when you gaze at this photo … stained glass, brickwork, block steps, pavers … where ever it lingers, we’d be delighted if you got creative and linked up a card at our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with two weeks of inspiration from our awesome DT and from our wonderful, talented Guest Designer, Karren J at Stamping Stuff (you’ll really want to visit if you haven’t been visiting already!).  Hope to see you over at Time Out!

Finally, I’m delighted to say a wonderful warm hello to some more card making friends and followers … Isabelle at Izzyscrap (such deeeeelicious CAS designs … and Isabelle is in France too!), Mary at Carolina Cards (so many of you will know Mary’s awesome range already!) and Regina at Catchy Sketch (such lovely, soft floral creations!).   You’re so welcome, ladies … and thank you so much!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

SSS Wednesday – Father’s Day/For a Guy

Stamplorations CAS – Optional Blue … there’s a touch of it!

Uniko – Masculine

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

         

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Muse #164, TE Share Joy #34, Winnie & Walter Rerun #10, Winnie & Walter JITW, STAMPlorations CAS – May

Hello … bonjour!  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone celebrating in the USA and Australia!  I’m popping in with a card that feels a bit different for me … not sure how it came from my fingers, but it was fun making it happen …

Muse 164, TE Share Joy 34, W&W Rerun 10, W&W JITW, STAMPlorations CAS - MaynullI started with a panel of watercolour card, made a paper mask to place where the vase was going to be, and stamped the blossom-y leafy sprigs three times, using a Molotow pen to mask them where needed.  First time with the Molotow … needed to be really gentle taking it off … there were one or two spots that ended up a smidge raw!  The paper mask was removed, the vase was stamped, I used Zigs to do some loose layered watercolouring and topped off the sprigs with some Wink of Stella.  All the stamps are courtesy of Winnie & Walter.  The panel was adhered to a card base, I added a slender strip of colour along the edge and finished off with a STAMPlorations sentiment.

I’m playing along with …

Muse – Michele’s gorgeous card is below (voila, Michele, see you in the gallery!!)

TE Share Joy – Sketch/Inspiration … I went with the photo

Winnie & Walter Rerun – In Bloom: Addie’s Garden … blossoms/leaves

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win

STAMPlorations CAS – Anything Goes … without the option of Magenta

That’s it from me for now … see you Thursday for a top up over at Time Out … have a great week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Time Out DT #50 Mid Challenge Reminder, SSS Monday – 22 February, SSS Wednesday – 24 February, STAMPlorations CAS – February, The Friday Mashup #243, The Male Room #29, Addicted to CAS #82

Hello … bonjour!  I’m hoping to tempt you to play along with us at Time Out with my card today … in our latest challenge which has a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration theme (further down).  Last week I went soft and feminine … this time, I’ve gone graphic and masculine …

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and here’s our cool Home Sweet Home picture …

I went with the monochrome colour scheme and picked out the city scape pillows at the back of the bed as the focus for my crisp scene.  A DP background (yep, really!), a white skyline adhered over a black one to create depth (cut at the Lake House … don’t know whose or the maker, sorry!) and a ticker tape style black sentiment strip embossed in white (Annabelle Stamps, now not operating).

ETA:  Thanks to the delightful Darnell and splendid Susanne, I now know the die cut is called Cityscape Nightline and it’s from Memory Box!

How might you be inspired by our photo … colour palette, icons, buildings, travel … the world’s your oyster!  There’s still plenty of time to join in and we’d love to see you in the gallery.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with plenty of creative ideas from our uber talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass (a must visit blog!) and from our own fabulous Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to make it to the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

SSS Monday – Inspired By A Song … mine’s Dancing In The City by Marshall Hain

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS – Anything Goes (no red option … and my white space isn’t white!)

The Friday Mashup – Birthday (first time playing along!)

ETA … thanks to my lovely friends Susanne and Barb, I’m also joining in at …

The Male Room – Monochrome (first time playing along!)

Addicted to CAS – Home

Thanks so much for all your lovely birthday wishes last week … my heart was warmed enough to last the whole year!  Thanks too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #50, One Layer Simplicity #24, Addicted to Stamps & More #181, STAMPlorations CAS – February, SSS Wednesday 17 February

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fabulous Home Sweet Home inspiration picture to inspire you to play along with us at Time Out this fortnight (further down) … here’s my take on it …

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and here’s our cool Home Sweet Home picture …

I was inspired by the mostly monochrome colour palette.  My card was masked and randomly stamped with Uniko butterflies … and then I masked the butterflies and sponged over some Distress Ink.  One butterfly fluttered into the spotlight and was promptly watercoloured using colours taken from those on the globe sitting on the table to the left in the picture.  I spritzed over some shimmer spray and stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiments to finish off.  Here’s a closer look at the sparkle … it was hard to capture as you can tell from the lack of sharp focus … but at least you can see all those yummy glimmery bits!

Time Out DT 50 DetailWill our inspiration photo tempt you to play along with us?  We’d love it if it did!  There are lots of gorgeous ideas over at the Time Out blog … from our awesomely talented Guest Designer, Cornelia from Stempel Spass and from our own wonderful Design Team … so why not pop over and be inspired?  Do hope you’ll have chance to make it to the gallery!  BTW, if by some remote chance you haven’t met Cornelia before, pack a picnic, head on over to her blog and be prepared to be blown away by her amazing talent!

I’m playing along at (badges are at the end) …

One Layer Simplicity – Friends

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Stamplorations CAS – Anything CAS Goes … without the option

SSS Wednesday – Shake It Up … I shook up the shimmer spritz!

I’m finishing today with a few words for my wonderful followers.  Whenever I get a new follower, it has always been my practice to contact them … firstly to say thank you for following and secondly to find out if they have a blog or gallery that I could visit and do a shout out for (and spread the love).  However, some months ago, life got even more crazy than it already was … and that meant I wasn’t able to send the emails I usually would.  Fast forward to today … and there are lots and lots of lovely new followers who haven’t heard from me.  So, lovely followers … if you’ve signed up to follow and haven’t heard from me … and have a blog or gallery I can visit and/or give a shout out to … would you let me know your details by using the ‘Contact Me’ tab at the top of the page?  Please don’t feel obliged to do it … if you’d rather not, that’s absolutely fine!  Either way, whichever type of follower you are … active or silent … and however you follow … I appreciate every one of you … thank you for being there!

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

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