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Time Out DT #56, The Card Concept #54, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your week has been going along wonderfully!  We have a delicious new challenge for you today at Time Out … there’s a ‘Designer to CASE’ theme for the next fortnight.  Our designer is the uber talented Kay Miller (yes, she of My Joyful Moments fame!) … who has given us the most stunning card to be inspired by (a little further down).  Today is also the birthday of a lovely, generous and amazingly talented friend, who just happens to be one of our teamies at Time Out … so Joyce … Happy, Happy Birthday … hope your day is filled with joy and laughter … and that the year ahead is blessed with dreams come true!  Here’s Joyce‘s card (which I hope has made it safely across oceans and continents!) … Time Out DT 56Time Out  and here’s Kay‘s gorgeous inspiration …

See the resemblance?  Yep, I picked out Kay‘s colour palette, floral images and dimension … and twisted with rather more extensive splattering, a panel rather than a frame, and a different layout.  My bouquet is from WPlus9‘s Fresh Cut Florals, adhered at different levels onto a pierced rectangle from MFT (Lake House stash).  The panel was stamped with an Avery Elle sentiment, popped up on foam tape onto the shimmery silver splattered base … and I added a touch of Stickles to all the flower centres.

How can you not CASE Kay‘s delicious card … it’s just impossible to resist isn’t it?  You can use any or all of the elements in this beauty to inspire you … and when you’ve finished creating, we’d love to see the results in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our wonderful DT, and from our delightful and talented Guest Designer, Marlena from Marlena is Faithfully Crafting.  Hope to see you there!

I’m playing along at …

The Card Concept – Flowers or Spring (inspiration photo below)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Florals

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

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AEI♥U #9 (DIY Stamped DP), The Card Concept #12 (Nautical), SSS Monday 16-6 (Anything Goes), SSS Wednesday 18-6 (You Gotta Have Friends)

Back with my second card for the day …

AEI♥U 9,  TCC 12, SSSM 16-6, SSSW 19-6I made a DP panel by repeatedly stamping one of the images from Avery Elle’s Bright Days with inks from Versamagic’s Seashore set.  The panel was split and popped up on foam dots, I stamped the AE sentiments in the gap and added a little sea spray (bling!) around it.

I’m playing along with these challenges …

AEI♥U – DIY Stamped DP

The Card Concept – Nautical (Pennants and Seashore Ink Colours – Clean and Graphic)

SSS Monday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – You Gotta Have Friends

ETA:  Seems my timing was out for AEI♥U, Mr Linky had closed the door … oops!

That’s it from me for the weekend … after a card making drought last week (playing catch up in a BIG way!), I’m hoping to have a few more creative evenings this coming one … if I stay on top of Feedly that is!    Wishing you all a wonderful week … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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One Layer Simplicity #4 (Road Trip), The Card Concept #8 (Use An Umbrella), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

Most unexpectedly, Monsieur Mojo made another appearance tonight … look …

OLS 4, TCC 8, SSSW 23-4I’m squeezing in almost at the last minute at One Layer Simplicity, where the always awesome Ardyth is the host and we’re taking a road trip … either destination based or journey-based.  I went with both … really!  The Alley Way Stamps had a fabulous inspiration picture for their Be Inspired challenge in March … I didn’t get to play along and can’t say where the photo was taken, but it reminded me of oriental lanterns …

Umbrellas… so I used this picture as the inspiration for my destination … Hong Kong.  Now, I know you’re wondering about the journey bit … ’cause you’ve already guessed I didn’t travel by umbrella.  However … I’m thinking you’ve heard of Mary Poppins … practically perfect in every way?  Her preferred mode of transport was the umbrella … and if she happened to being going on a trip, she’d go by brolly!  Stretching the point just a smidge, perhaps?  Mmmm, thought so.  The link for the next challenge isn’t tenuous at all … at The Card Concept, we’ve to use an umbrella … I used five (they’re moustaches, actually, but I’ll come to that later) for this Clean and Simple card.  Finally, I’m joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s theme this week, Keep It Clean & Simple.

I don’t have any brolly images, but as I was seeking inspiration this evening, Monsieur Mojo directed me to a stamp set I won a few months ago … TAWS’ Moustache Mania.  Seems one of the moustaches (with a few doodly additions) would make a perfect brolly!  So I chose a few jolly colours, stamped them across the card, doodled in the ribs, handles and finials, and added some Wink of Stella (to give the sheen of tropical rain!).  The PTI ‘Smile’ was stamped in the same colours as the brollies, and I added the byline and stripes (also PTI) in grey.  It was finished off with a scattering of bling (for raindrops).  Why that sentiment?  Well first, I’d be smiling if I was exploring the world (even if it was raining) … and second, have you ever watched a little child playing in the rain?  ‘Nuff said then!

I’m delighted to say hello to some more following friends this week … non blogging card makers Isla, Marylou and Bahb … and Margaret from Island Scraps.  Margaret’s new to our lovely blogging world although there’s already deliciousness on her blog to wander through … have a visit and you’ll see what I mean!  You’re all very welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a very quick meander round the blogosphere before bed (it’s a bit late … actually, it’s already Thursday!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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CAS(E) this Sketch #65, The Card Concept #4 (Floral), Cure For The Monday Blues #6

I experimented last night … and have an all-over-the-floor paper bin to show for it … and this card …

CTS 65, TCC 4, CFTMB 6

I’ve used Sam’s sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch (where I haven’t played for such a long time), I’m joining in with the floral theme at The Card Concept (Clean and Simple style), and for the first time, linking up with Taheera’s Cure For The Monday Blues.

This resist technique is a new one for me, hence the experimenting.  The Stampendous ranunculus were stamped on a watercolour card panel with Versamark ink, clear embossed and then coloured (inspired by Therese‘s Muse card here).  I used a couple of pinks and tried different amounts of water with them, to see if I could create some depth and shading on the blooms, and a kind of halo effect around them to go with the sketchy look.  Once the card was dry, I went over it all with a wash of Memento Galaxy Gold and added a little gold embossing to the flower centres.  The sentiment’s from Clearly Besotted, again stamped in Versamark and then embossed in gold.  I swiped the edges of a card base with Versamark and gold embossed them before adhering the flower panel flat to it.  It was going to be popped up, but the bit of warping did away with that idea … it’s going to live under a heavy book till I send it out!

The door will soon be closing at CTS, so I’m off to link.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 10 (Card & Envelope), CASology #82 (Bold), The Card Concept #3 (Monochromatic Pink), SSS Monday 10/2 (We Love Stamps)

Pink’s been growing on me … a lot.  P’raps as well really, bearing in mind this card and envelope …

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I’m playing at the final day of Papertrey‘s 7th birthday celebrations … this time we’ve been asked to make an envelope to go along with our card.  My colour inspiration came from The Card Concept, where we’re using monochromatic pink (I think it’s a Clean and Layered style) … my offering is really really pink, so I’m also joining in with CASology‘s Bold week.  As I’ve used stamps, and We Love Stamps at Simon Says Stamp Monday, I’m linking up there too.

ETA:  I’m also linking up at Winnie & Walter’s Join In To Win, where we’re sharing cards we’ve made with their fabulous first release!

The banners and top band are from Papertrey’s Sketched Shapes, trimmed out and hung on an angled white panel.  I stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment, lavished lots of Wink of Stella on the ‘hello’ and added some sequins.  The panel and the top band of the banner were adhered together, then I popped up the panel onto foam dots, leaving the banners to flutter freely.

I need to get a move on to get this submitted to PTI before deadline in just a few minutes … be back later!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Muse #52 (Marion Vagg), The Card Concept #2 (Texture), Color Throwdown #277 (Baked Brown Sugar, Regal Rose, Soft Sky)

Continuing the theme of experimentation from this afternoon, tonight I have a card to share that seems to me to be a departure from my usual style.  Look …

Muse 52, TCC 2, CT 277

See what I mean?   It came about because of the combination of challenges I’m playing along with.  At Muse, Marion has made a lovely dimensional floral card to inspire us (below), at The Card Concept (where I’ve tried out a Clean and Layered style), we’ve to include texture, and both of these fitted beautifully with Color Throwdown, where the soft and feminine shades are baked brown sugar, regal rose and soft sky.

ETA:  I’m also linking up at Winnie & Walter’s Join In To Win, where we’re sharing cards we’ve made with their fabulous first release!

The grid border is self adhesive plasterboard tape, coloured with a Promarker … the idea came from my sweet and awesomely talented friends Bev (at Happy Dance) and Geri (at Manitoba Stamper), who have both used it to brilliant effect.  As we have rolls of the stuff around, I thought I’d do something rather more artistic with it than jointing walls!  I stamped and white embossed the Technique Tuesday flower three times on vellum and coloured the reverse.  The flowers were trimmed out, rolled at the edges and layered together with a brad.  I cut out the frame, ran it through my Cuttlebug and attached a ‘nest’ of crochet cotton for the flower to sit on … the cotton seems to mimic the flowers’ soft edges.  The flowers were popped up on the nest, the frame was popped up on the card base, I stamped the Winnie and Walter sentiment and added a few sequins.   Rather more involved than usual!

I’m delighted to say a warm hello to a new friend and follower, Sharyn from My Crafty Place … when you go for a visit, you’ll find not just amazing cards, but wonderful quilts and yummy recipes … and a fabulous craft room!  Welcome, Sharyn, and thank you  🙂

I do hope you’ve all had a splendid weekend … in this part of the world it’s almost over, so I’ll bid you a very good night!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a delight!  Anita 🙂

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Marion’s Lovely Muse Card

Less is More #154 (Hearts OLC), The Card Concept #1 (Kraft, Pink, Vanilla, Espresso), CAS(E) This Sketch #60

Rushing in with a card to share for three challenges, one of which is open for just a short while more … hence the dash!

LIM 154, CC 1, CTS60

So, my sqeaking-in-at-the-last-minute stop is Less is More … it’s One Layer Week and this time we’re playing with Hearts.  I’m also joining in at the shiny new Card Concept … another fabulous challenge from Lesley Croghan, who’s put together an awesome team of 12 designers to inspire (and guide) us with six different card making styles (two per style).  The colours for this (rapidly disappearing) first fortnight are luscious … kraft, pink, vanilla, espresso … I’ve used them in a Clean and Simple style (I think!).  Finally my layout’s inspired by the most recent sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch (where there’s plenty of time left if you’d like to play along!)

The feather image is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, masked to get the two intertwined and the hearts in the right spots.  The feathers were then masked again, along with a space for the sentiment, and the Annabelle Stamps fine lines border was stamped over the top.  I finished with the ‘Thanks Chickie’ and hand dotted a couple of lines underneath.

I’d like to say a warm hello this evening to new follower Kate, who lives at Pinned & Penned.  Kate has a wonderful CAS style you can check out for yourself with a visit to her blog … she’s also a published poet and sews … an all round creative soul!  You’re very welcome Kate, and thank you!  🙂

OK, I need to go and see Mr Linky.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂