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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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CASEplorations With The STAMPlorations Girls – February Guest Designer, AAA Cards #57, SSS Wednesday – 27 January, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, TE Share Joy #20, Uniko #28

Hello … bonjour … happy Monday to you!  I’m thrilled and delighted today to be joining the STAMPlorations Girls as their CASEplorations Guest Designer for February … what an honour to be CASEd by such a talented group of designers!  One of my previous cards was chosen as the CASE-ee … this one from January last year …

CASEplorationsFebruary2016… and here’s my CASE …

CASEplorations GD1 - February 16 I focused on the colour scheme, heart shaped images, some negative die cut space and platinum (or should that be platin-yum!) embossing powder.  The changes were the layout, the popped up and interlocking die cut shapes and the heat embossed trim top and bottom.   The larger hearts are from SSS … they were ombré stamped, die cut and had the little hearts (also SSS) cut into them.  Once I’d decided on the dancing line layout, I used the large die again to cut spaces into each heart (except the last), so that they ended up interlocked, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.  I masked, Versamarked and heat embossed the strips top and bottom of the card base, and stamped and embossed the STAMPlorations sentiment.  The dancing hearts were popped up on foam tape on the card base and I finished off with a coat or three of Wink of Stella to make them all shimmery … you can see it best on the first one.

So … feel like doing a little CASE-ing?  I’d love to see your take on my card!  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for all the details (including prizes!) … and for a heap of inspiration from the Design Team’s CASEs.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

AAA Cards – Love Me Like You Do

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New … my STAMPlorations sentiment

TE Share Joy – Keep It Clean And Simple

Uniko – Anything Goes … with 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 #20 (Designer To Case), Just Us Girls #269 (Anything Goes), Stamplorations Sketch #24, Simply Create Too #75 (Snow, Snow, Snow), SSS WIW #11 (Holiday Anything Goes), SSS Monday 1/12(Holiday Cards), Uniko Studio #16 (Christmas Anything Goes), SSS Wednesday 3/12 (Christmas/Holidays)

Another fortnight’s rolled round and today sees the start of another wonderful challenge at Time Out.  This time our theme is CASE With Your Own Twist … and our designer to CASE is the super talented Aimes at Crafting Confessions.  Here’s my take …

Time Out 20 DTbased on Aimes’ light, airy, snowflake and hearts card …

Let it Snow

I focussed on the blue snowflakes for my card, with my twist being the change from Aimes‘ touch of pink in the hearts, to a touch of red … it makes the Christmas sentiment pop!  I die cut a Uniko Studio snowflake in blue vellum, coated it with Wink of Stella and set it aside to dry.  The medium and small snowflakes (from Uniko Studio and Hero Arts respectively) were stamped in different blues and the sentiment (a blend of SSS and Hero Arts) was added below.  They were all shimmered up with Wink of Stella.  I attached the vellum snowflake, only adhering it in the middle to allow the delicate edges to curve up off the card.  A pearly blue mat was adhered flat to the card base and the panel was popped up onto it.  I finished by adding a clear gem to the centre of each snowflake … here’s a close up of the sparkle …

Time Out 20 DT Close UpSo, how will you CASE Aimes‘ card … and what will be your twist?  There’s inspiration galore from our fabulous Guest Designer, Milla and our wonderful Design Team over at Time Out … have a meander over and enjoy exploring!  I do hope you’ll find some time to have fun and play along … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m also linking up with …

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Stamplorations – Sketch

Simply Create Too – Snow, Snow, Snow

SSS Work It Wednesday – Holiday Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Holiday

ETA … also adding my card to …

Uniko Studio – Christmas Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Christmas/Holidays

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

Happy Birthday, Shirley! Stamplorations – October (Stamps & Embossing), SSS Monday 20/10 (Anything Goes)

We’re celebrating the birthday of stamp designing, super sloshing, splendid splattering, design team membering, card maker and artist extra-ordinaire, Shirley (of Shirley Bee) today … the party’s going on over at Maria’s blog (Riesling Mama) … and we’re all invited … for two weeks!  Wishing you a Happy, Happy Birthday, Shirley … here’s to a wonderful day and a year ahead filled with health, happiness and success!  I made you this …

Happy Birthday Shirley, SSSM 20-1, Stamplorations OctoberI had the joy of making Shirley‘s card in the company of some delightful and wonderful friends … and using one of their Papertrey Ink images.  I stamped the sentiment, heat embossed it in white and in Shirley‘s honour, got about as sloshy and loose with Distress Inks and a water brush as I ever get!  Once the panel was dry (and had been pressed in a heavy book for a while), the scattering of sequins and gems was added … and I was done!   Here’s a group photo … six friends, six cards, six glasses and one bottle of bubbly …

Group Photo - Happy Birthday, Shirley… and there’ll be more details to follow on Wednesday!  As well as Shirley‘s card winging it’s way to her at this very moment, it’s also on it’s way to …

Stamplorations – Stamps and Embossing

SSS Monday – Anything Goes

Looking forward to meandering around blogland this week, being inspired and catching up with everyone.  In the meantime, though, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy (especially so when I’ve not been around much to return the compliment!).  Anita 🙂

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Time Out #16 (CASE With Your Own Twist), Less is More #192 (Autumn’s Bounty), Waltzing Mouse Fanatics #28 (Anything Goes), Stamplorations – October (Stamps & Embossing), SSS Monday 6/10 (Falling in Love With …)

It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Time Out … our theme this fortnight is CASE with your own twist.  Our designer to CASE is the amazing Heather Telford, who has given us this wonderful, glowing, autumnal, leafy scene as our inspiration …

and here’s my take on it …

Time Out 16 DT, LIM 192, WMF 28, Stamplorations October, SSS 6-10I love Heather‘s use of the the leaves and colour to create that fabulous warm glow, so focussed on those elements for my card, with an embossed twist.  On a white panel, I stamped and white heat embossed the leaves from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, and sponged over five colours of ink (the changing shades of autumn).  The Waltzing Mouse Stamps ‘Warmed by your friendship’ sentiment was stamped onto vellum and heat embossed.  I coloured the vellum on the back, cut it into a banner and wrapped it round one side of the panel.  The base card was masked and sponged with olive green, and the leaf panel was popped up on foam dots over it.

So, wouldn’t you just love to CASE Heather‘s card … and add your own twist?  To get those creative juices flowing, there’s a whole raft of gorgeous inspiration over at Time Out, from our amazingly talented and delightful Guest Designer, Carol (Just Me:C) and the fabulous Design Team … go for a visit and you’ll see what I mean!  I do hope you’ll find some time to have fun and play along … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m also linking up with …

Less is More – Autumn’s Bounty

Waltzingmouse Fanatics – Anything Goes

Stamplorations – Stamps and Embossing

SSS Monday – Falling In Love With … (those gorgeous autumnal colours!)

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

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Stamplorations #20 (Sketch), Addicted To Stamps And More #114 (CAS), AAA Cards #21 (Fussy Cuts), SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils and/or Stamps), SSS Wednsday 24/9 (Anything Goes)

Remember the marginal moments card that was going on?  Well, after only (!) four days, it’s finished, it’s photographed, it’s being posted (quickly before various doors clang shut!) …

Stamplorations 20, ATSM 114, AAA 21, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9The Papertrey Ink Merry & Bright Additions tree was stamped in various shades of green, the resulting little copse was trimmed out and a lick of Wink of Stella went over the lot.  I placed the trimmed out trees onto a white panel so I could draw in the trunks and add the sentiment (also Papertrey), then I took them away, embossed the panel with the SSS Falling Snow stencil, and added more Wink of Stella … this time to the snowflakes.   The copse was popped up with foam tape on the panel, a little gem was added to the top of each tree, and the panel was popped up on the card base.  I know you can’t see the shimmer too well, so I took a closer picture …

Stamplorations 20, ATSM 114, AAA 21, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9 Close UpRushing headlong into …

Stamplorations – first time playing with their Sketch Challenge.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw this card in my mind’s eye (even though it’s far too early for me to start making Christmas cards) … and as the delightful and amazingly talented Darnell is GD, how could I not join in!

Addicted To Stamps And More – CAS … yummy, how could I not play along here also (again).

AAA Cards – Fussy Cutting … OK, not sure that all those straight cuts could be called fussy but they were trimmed by hand!

SSS Monday – Stencils and/or Stamps … yep, both this time.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Off for a gentle meander around blogland to see what everyone’s been up to!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out #15 (Stamping), Stamplorations – September (Stamping & Markers), Addicted To Stamps And More #114 (CAS), SSS Monday 22/9 (Stencils and/or Stamps), SSS Wednesday 24/9 (Anything Goes)

Goodness, that came round quickly … it’s time for another challenge at Time Out!  Our theme this fortnight is … stamping with the optional twist of apple … here’s my card, complete with apple twist …

Time Out 15 DT, Stamplorations - September, ATSM 114, SSSM 22-9, SSSW 24-9I stamped the Waltzlingmouse apple, coloured and shaded it with alcohol markers, trimmed it out and added copious quantities of Glossy Accents.  The Clearly Besotted gingham table cloth block was stamped onto the card base, I added the Stampendous sentiment and popped the shiny (and by now, dry and really rather round!) apple up on foam tape.  Voilà … très QACAS (Quick and CAS in Darnellese)!

So, will you add the optional apple twist or go your own stamping way?  As usual, our overall winner will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge and in addition, if you use the twist, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts!  I do hope you’ll be able to find time to have some fun and play along … all the details, together with a ton of inspiration from our awesome Guest Designer Loll and the Design Team, are over at Time Out.  See you in the gallery!

Oh, and a reminder also that we have a special extra challenge running alongside our usual ones … Double The Joy … use two of something on your card … it’s to celebrate the birth of sweet twin boys, Josh and Ben, to our teamie Bev and DH Karl.  Mr Linky is open until 5.00pm BST on Monday 29 September, so there’s still plenty of time to play along!

I’m also linking up with …

Stamplorations (Stamps and Markers)

Addicted To Stamps And More (CAS)

SSS Monday (Stencils and/or Stamps)

SSS Wednesday (Anything Goes)

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

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