Category Archives: The Card Concept

Some Spring Flowers

Hello … bonjour!  First today, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments following my final Time Out Design Team cards/post … they were soooo appreciated … you warmed my heart and had me smiling all over my face … merci mille fois 🙂 .  In answer to a question that came up a few times … yes, I’ll definitely still be making cards … and will still be around in blogland … just not at Time Out (except as a player that is!).  So, onto a couple of cards (which is why you’re here!) … they both feature sunny spring flowers … and will be going into the galleries of various fun challenges that are going on at the moment.  Here’s the first …

… a simple stamp-layered, colourful, one layer card using an older image from Concord & 9th (Flourish) … and a sentiment from Simon.  This clean, whimsical, bright card is heading to …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks – All Occasions … where the lovely Bobby is GD this month

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes … no Food/Drink option

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Flower Power

The Card Concept – Hello Spring Inspiration (below) … style is CAS/One Layer

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My second card is more layered … though it is still clean …

All the images and the sentiment here are from Papertrey (One Big Happy and Birthday Cheer).  The Happy Birthday was heat embossed in platinum onto a panel of white card … and popped up onto the base.  The stamped and die cut flowers and leaves were then arranged above and below the edges of the panel, some flat to the base, others popped up on different layers of foam tape.  This card is going to be playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Ink To Paper Project Reach Out – Flower Cards

Just Us Girls – Photo Inspiration (below)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Flower Power



I hope and pray that you’re all continuing to stay safe and well out there … keep crafting and keep smiling!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!   Anita 🙂

Twofer Card Challenge #23 – Hearts

Hello … bonjour!  If this is your first visit here for 2020 … Bonne Année/Happy New Year … may it be blessed with good health, joy and creativity for us all!  Talking of creativity, our first Twofer challenge of the year has just started and this month it’s a particularly special one.  It’s our 2nd Blogaversary … and we’re celebrating with some amazing prizes!  Do go over to Twofer for all the details … you really don’t want to miss out on what Darnell has in store for our winners!  So what are we inviting you to showcase this time around?  Take a look at our prompt badge …

My common element is Poppy Stamps‘ Heart Screen (now retired) … with the inside hearts used unconventionally for my Christmas card … and the outline screen used conventionally for my Anniversary card.  Here’s a closer look at each one …

Three lots of hearts were cut from a piece of cardstock I’d smooched and splattered some time ago.  I arranged them into a Christmas tree shape right down the centre of the card and popped them up on different depths of foam dots onto a white panel cut with a die from The Greetery.  I stamped the stand (Papertrey) and popped up the gold foil star (Concord & 9th) … decorated the tree with red gem ornaments … and added shimmer spritz (after masking all but the tree).  The panel was matted onto some co-ordinating DP, which was then adhered to the card base.  A sentiment didn’t fit anywhere very well, so I’ll add a Christmas greeting inside when the time comes.  How about a closer look at all the shooshy colour, dimension and shimmer/shine …

In contrast, my conventional card is subtle and understated …

Here I used a fog grey panel for my ‘thirds’ design.  I white heat embossed the soft, splattery background (Concord & 9th) vertically onto the lower right two thirds of the card and the primary sentiment (Simon) horizontally along the top left two thirds.  The heart screen was cut once in gold foil and twice in white … they were stacked together and adhered over the white background.  The tiny supplementary sentiment (also Simon) was white heat embossed onto a sliver of gold foil card and popped up on foam tape … and I added a scattering of gold hearts (from the inside of the screen).  The panel was trimmed to size and adhered to the card base.

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on hearts … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs (and don’t forget those prizes!) are at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of brilliant ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers joining us this month, both talented winners of our October challenge …. welcome to Jane from Onions and Paper and to Jacquie from What Did I Do Today?.  If you haven’t met Jane and Jacquie yet, do go over and enjoy a wander through their blogs … you’ll have a splendid time!  Even if you are familiar with their work, why not pop along anyway … you can always say hello while you’re there!

My Christmas tree is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (With Option Trim The Tree)

Poppy Stamps – From The Heart

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Something New (Greetery Frame Die)

The Paper Players – Something New (Greetery Frame Die)

… and my Anniversary card is joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Poppy Stamps – From The Heart

The Card Concept – Time To Celebrate Inspiration (my eye was taken with the cluster of golden ornaments and the waxy white candles – Clean and Classy – CAS/Classy & Elegant Style)

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



Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous third Twofer Card Challenge starts today … well, right this moment actually!  You all pushed the boundaries again with your cards last month, thank you … we had a gallery full of hearts in all their various (and sometimes most unexpected) guises … what inventive players you are!  So, March has arrived … and in less than two weeks, we’ll be into spring here in the northern hemisphere … how about a word prompt that fits nicely into the season …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Mon Ami set … to my eyes, it looks like a lotus blossom … how could I not use it?  How about a closer look at each card …

Here, I used the stamp more or less as it was intended … though with a little artistic licence … bet this is the first time you’ve seen lotus blossom on long stems (taken from a Concord & 9th set) … unless they’re stylised tulips that is!  One layer, heaps of crisp white space, some no line ombré watercolouring, a birthday sentiment from MFT nestled into the curve of one of the blossoms, and a sprinkling of sequins … a joy to my CAS loving heart!

My Twofer …

A little busier … and a smidge outside my comfort zone!  Coloured card stock (eek!), a white heat embossed pattern against the minty green (recognise the lotus?), some perfect pearl painting inside the petals, a black heat embossed thank you sentiment (from Concord & 9th) and a scattering of gems.  The pattern was straightforward to create … I marked the centre of the panel, made sure the central dot of one of the blossoms was over it, and worked outwards from there, stamping and heat embossing as I went.  I used an acrylic block rather than MISTI … it was easier to look through it to line up the overlapping central dots and ensure the petal edges were touching.  Seems to me there’s something a little groovy and/or 60s retro about it … may try something similar again!

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

So … what will your creative imagination do with ‘Blossoms’ this month?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted too that we have a Guest Designer with us this time round … welcome to Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter, who was the winner of our inaugural Twofer Card Challenge!  Do go and have a visit with Verna … apart from her brilliant Twofer there, you’ll find loads of delicious cards to meander through and be inspired by!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

AAA Cards – Ombré

Clean And Simple On Friday – Celebration With Sequins

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

… and my funky thank you card is heading to …

The Card Concept – Photo Below (Inspired by the minty greens – Clean & Graphic/Mixed Media)

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

ETA:  SSS Work It Wednesday – Green

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

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Happy National Craft Month!               


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 🙂


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 🙂

Challenge 9         

Simon Monday Challenge Blog          Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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 🙂

OLS                    Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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 …


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 🙂


           Simon Monday Challenge Blog          w&w_blogblinkie

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 🙂


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 🙂