Category Archives: The Cat’s Pajamas

Twofer Card Challenge #26 – Rain/Umbrella

Hello … bonjour!  It’s the 10th of the month … and that means we have a fun and fabulous new challenge for you at Twofer!  This month we’re inviting you to join us with your takes on …

I went with rain … though there is an umbrella on one of my cards …My common image is a stencil from MFT (Mini Staggered Raindrops), a sweet gift from Barb G … thanks, my friend!  It’s used conventionally with these cute critters on the I’m Here For You card and unconventionally on the vibrant, graphic Hugs card.    Here’s a closer look at each one …

My design here is based on a central panel with a wide border all around it.  I coloured the die cut critters and brolly (Lawn Fawn, from my Lake House stash) with coloured pencils and set them aside.  Their background was created using hand cut masks and blended Distress Inks … and was finished with the stencilled raindrops.  The critters were adhered into place … with both of them holding tightly onto that brolly.  You’ll notice that this is no ordinary umbrella … it’s one that when opened, shines bright, warm sunshine on those under it.  So not only are these cuties being sheltered from the rain … they’re also basking in the gentle, comforting glow around them.  The sentiment from Simon provided just the words I was looking for.  I trimmed the finished panel, matted it onto grey card and adhered it to a top folding base card.

My unconventional design uses a panel that fills the central third of my card …

I masked a single line of raindrops on the stencil and went to work with a host of Distress Ink colours, sponging one line at a time and shifting the stencil over to fill in the gaps between the rain drops that you see on my first card.  As each line was completed, the stencil was cleaned off, moved down a quarter of an inch … and I started again with the next colour.  When the panel was finished, it was trimmed and popped up on craft foam over some washi edging, on a side folding landscape card.  The black sentiment (Papertrey … also a gift from Barb G 🙂 ) was triple stacked onto white and adhered over the rainbow panel.

How would you like to join us with some rain/umbrella cards of your own … we’d love to see you (and them) in our gallery!  Whether you choose rain or umbrella or both of them for your two distinctly different cards, please remember to use the same common image(s) for each of your designs.  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of delicious and fun inspiration from the DT.  We’re joined this month by two talented Guest Designers … TK from Time 4 Kards and Rosi from Let’s Take Time … welcome ladies!  If you haven’t met these talented card artists yet, do go over and enjoy a wander through their blogs … you’ll have a splendid time finding inspiration in bucket loads!  Even if you are familiar with their work, why not pop along anyway … you can always say hello while you’re there!

My sunny critters are joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Spring … that spring shower!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Spring Mood Board … also spring shower!

The Cat’s Pajamas – Share Hope

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my rainbow hugs are heading to …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

Ink to Paper Project Reach Out – Sending Hugs And Rainbow Cheer

Perfectly CAS – Die Cuts

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Add Texture … that yummy pierced, stacked die cut

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

          

             

           

    

A New Challenge At Time Out – #153 – A Wardrobe Item!

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge has just started at Time Out … and this fortnight we have a really fun theme for you to play with.  We’d like you to draw inspiration from an item in your wardrobe, past or present … with optional twist of adding embossing (heat or dry) or texture.  I chose to twist … here’s what happened …

        

The main sentiment is from Poppy Stamps … stacked three times and ombré sponged to mimic the fading out stencilled stripes (MFT).  The supplementary sentiment from WPlus9 was white heat embossed onto a strip that had been sponged to match the stripes.  The florals and leaves are from the same WP9 set … double stamped in various shades of yellows and greens to give them some depth … and adhered onto the card using different heights of foam tape.  I finished off by scattering on some blue pearls and adding Glossy Accents to the flower centres.  A sleeveless summer dress from when I was very young provided the inspiration … it had a white bodice strewn with yellow flowers and a navy and white striped skirt … joined with a navy band at the waist … so pretty.  No actual dress any more … nor a photograph to show you … though I’m sure you get the picture!

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How will you interpret our theme … can you find or remember something in your wardrobe to inspire you … and will you use our optional embossing/texture twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This time around, we’re sponsored by Poppy Stamps who are offering a US$20 GC to a randomly drawn player who uses the optional twist.  As usual, our overall winner will be chosen by the DT … and will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  Details are over at Time Out … along with inspiration galore from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Lise at Lise Mariann.  Why not pop over for a visit with Lise … you can enjoy a wander through all the loveliness on offer at her blog … and say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along with …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Just Us Girls – Create Dimension

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Use A Stencil

The Cat’s Pyjamas – Spring Forward

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

           

     

Twofer Card Challenge #22 – Holiday Foliage – With A Twist

Hello … bonjour!  Our last challenge of the year has just launched at Twofer … and we’re inviting you to a rather festive celebration this month … and there’s a fun twist that you can use too, if you’d like to (see below).

Holiday means any holiday … and the greenery can be any foliage, plants and vegetation.  The greenery doesn’t have to be green … it can be any colour as long as you use the same stamp, die and/or stencil for your two different designs.

Now … what’s the twist?  Usually at Twofer, your two different designs need to be for two different occasions.  However, because so many of us are working hard to get our Christmas cards made, for this month only, you have the option of foregoing the two different occasions element of our challenge.  So, you may enter two Christmas or other holiday occasion cards, just as long as your two designs are distinctly different … or you can carry on as usual with two different occasions … it’s up to you!

My twofer features greenery that isn’t green at all … and I chose not to use the twist …

        

My common elements here are three die cut mistletoe and pine sprigs (from Simply Graphic).  They make up a lush foliage display on my thinking of you card … and a hanging mistletoe bundle on my Christmas design.  Here’s a closer look at each one.

The pink, grey and gold foliage was layered and adhered to a pierced white panel (Winnie & Walter) in the centre third of the card, offset to the right.  The sentiment (Clearly Besotted) was heat embossed onto mid grey card, I trimmed it into a banner and added a gold trim along the lower edge.  The banner was popped up on craft foam under the foliage and acts to ground it.  I used Nuvo Drops and Enamel Accents to add gold and white berries to the mistletoe sprigs … and scattered a few gold sequins to finish off.  The whole panel was adhered flat to an oyster grey card base.

My second design has a more simple look to it …

Here, I went with a central cluster of foliage hanging off a frame (Simply Graphic), to mimic the bundles of mistletoe hung over doorways at Christmas.  The kraft and white colour palette, with the tiny pops of red in the heart, berries and sentiment (Papertrey) has a clean, rustic feel … it puts me in mind of a cabin in snow covered woods.  Yep, I know mistletoe is green with white berries … but we’re card makers … and that means we can use artistic licence if we wish!

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on Holiday Greenery?  We would love to see what you create in our gallery, whether you use our Christmas time twist or not!  Details of how to play along, including rules and FAQs are at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of wonderful ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re delighted to have the lovely Nancy from Scrapper At Heart as our talented Guest Designer this month … welcome Nancy!  I’m sure you’ll have met Nancy already … but do go and enjoy her fabulous Twofer cards … and take the opportunity to have a meander round all the deliciousness on her blog while you’re there.  You can always say hello too!

My foliage display is heading to …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Thinking of You

Watercooler Wednesday – Tristan’s Feminine Anything Goes

… and my mistletoe bundle in joining in at …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Tis The Season

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Bah Humbug Option)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Holiday

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

        

                

        

A New Challenge At Time Out – #148 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour … and thanks so much for all your lovely comments during my absence from blogland!  I should be back with you on a more regular basis from this coming weekend … and am so looking forward to seeing what you’ve got going on 🙂  In the meantime, welcome to our new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a Christmas Home Sweet Home image to inspire you (a little further down), that’s warm, cosy and wonderfully festive.  Here’s my first take on it (there’s another a little later) …

… and here’s that inviting inspiration picture …

Plaid Christmas Bedroom / Featuring white walls, Red Plaid Bedding from HomeGoods (sponsored) and a full spruce Christmas tree. How to decorate a white and red Christmas bedroom.

For this first card, my attention was drawn to the wreath on the wall … and that fabulous scripty sentiment pillow.  I made my wreath using die cuts from Winnie & Walter‘s In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery, layered and inter-twined to make it dimensional … and attached it to the base card.  The main sentiment is from Simon, layered on craft foam, covered in shimmer spray and Glossy Accents … and strung across the wreath.  The tiny stamped ‘happy’ is from Winnie & Walter.  I finished the card with berry red gems in different sizes.  Want a closer look at all the sparkle and shine?  Here’s that second card I mentioned earlier, inspired again by the scripty pillow … and by all the white space and texture (the latter will be visible shortly) …

The shimmery die cut sentiment is from MFT, adhered flat to the base card … and that snuggled up little penguin and the stars are from Winnie & Walter.  The penguin is coloured with Zigs, has his Santa hat and scarf all shimmered up … and has a shiny beak and eyes.  He was originally hatless but was a smidge chilly, so with a little masking, I gave him that Santa hat … you can make out the furry trim and bobble a little better below … they’re embossed with Hero Arts White Puff EP to mimic the texture of those white cushions in the inspiration picture.

What draws your eye in our Home Sweet Home photo … those yummy colours, the plaid, the texture, that bold sign … or something else?  Wherever your creative imagination takes you, we’d love to see your card in our gallery!  You could be our next winner and be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re also delighted to welcome our talented Guest Designer, Angie from Cimbacreativefun … you’ll know her super art work already, I’m sure … though do go over and say hello … you’ll find so much to see and enjoy while you’re there!

My wreath is joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Tis The Season

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Bah Humbug Option)

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Holiday

and that cosy penguin is playing over at …

AAA Cards – Maxi White Space (No Geometric Twist)

CAS Christmas – Warm And Cosy

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Bah Humbug Option)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (With Animal Option)

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Holiday

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

                 

                 

A New Challenge At Time Out – #144 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a cool, contemporary, almost monochrome Home Sweet Home image to inspire you (a little further down).  Here’s my take on it …  … and here’s the stylish inspiration picture …

Bet you can see what my attention was drawn to!  Yep, the striped rug, the white table and that verdant green leafy plant!  The stripes were cut with Essentials By Ellen Skinny Stripes die and backed with black, the ‘planted’ and layered leaves are from Poppy Stamps (Lorelei Leaf – now retired I think, though there are other similar ones) and are cut from a Lindy’s Magicals panel made (I believe) at the Lake House … and the sentiment is from Simply Graphic.  I finished it off with a scattering of iridescent sequins.  You can see some of the leafy shimmer here …

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What draws your eye in our Home Sweet Home photo … the graphic patterns, something on the picture shelf, that stylised white animal, the pops of colour … or something else?  Wherever your creative imagination takes you, we’d love to see your card in our gallery!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Poppy Stamps … our winner, as chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $20 GC to the store, as well as being invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re also delighted to welcome our uber talented Guest Designer, Hannelie from Desert Diva.  I’m pretty sure you’ll know Hannelie’s amazing work … though do go over and say hello, you’ll be so pleased you did … and so will she!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Crop … don’t those luscious leafs make a wonderful crop!

Poppy Stamps – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Stamp It

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Bling It On

The Cat’s Pajamas – Layer Up … all those layered leaves

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

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A New Challenge At Time Out #142 – We Challenge You To Be … Fashionable!

Hello … bonjour … and a Happy and Blessed Feast of The Assumption!  Our new challenge has just started at Time Out … and this fortnight We Challenge You To Be … Fashionable!  Here are a couple of cute QACAS takes …

        

These two fashion icons are Penny Black Stickeroos, long term residents in my stash.  The laid back casual one is standing on some bright rainbow striped washi … while party girl is dressed up to the nines for her silver shimmer, ‘red carpet’ style entrance!  The fun sentiments are from Picket Fence‘s Sweet Dear Friend (a gift from a lovely friend … thanks, Judith!).   Voilà … that’s it … I did say they were QACAS (Darnell-ese for Quick And Clean And Simple) … made in minutes!

        

How will you interpret ‘fashionable’?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  This time round, we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery) … our winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $20 GC … and will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out … where you’ll find heaps of inspiring ideas from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Jenny from My Paper Epiphany.  Why not pop over for a visit with Jenny … you’ll find tons of fantastic inspiration over there,  just waiting to be explored and enjoyed!

Casual Girl is sauntering over to …

AAA Cards – Made In Minutes

Addicted To Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes (No Water/Watercolour Option)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Midsummer Blues (add some blue) … those jeans!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Midsummer Blues (add some blue) … also those jeans!

The Cat’s Pajamas – Clean And Simple … sorry, no TCP goodies, they’re all out on loan!

And Party Girl is going to be dancing at …

AAA Cards – Made In Minutes

Addicted To Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes (No Water/Watercolour Option)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Clean And Simple … sorry, no TCP goodies, they’re still all out on loan!

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

                                   

A New Challenge At Time Out – #128 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration

Hello … bonjour!  Over at Time Out today we’re starting a fresh new challenge … this fortnight we have a Home Sweet Home picture to inspire you (it’s a little further down) … here’s where I went with it …

… and here’s our sweet, heart filled inspiration …

valentines

Even though the sign here highlights Saint Valentine’s Day, I was inspired to use all the hearts strung around the cake and those arranged on the square plate for another loving occasion … a wedding anniversary.  The Avery Elle sentiment was stamped direct onto the base card and I cut the Poppy Stamps heart cluster into it.  The white die cuts were coloured with alcohol markers, I lined the inside of the card and adhered the coloured pieces back into their places.  The inner hearts were treated to plenty of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and a coating of Glossy Accents.   I finished off with a few Jewel Drops and a couple of strips of DP to mimic those striped hearts on the plate.  To my eyes, the stripes add a touch of graphic fun … and balance all those hearts … just the right blend of girlie and manly for an anniversary!

What is it that gets your imagination going in our photo … the hearts, those cool background envelopes, the sweet treats … or something else? Whichever way you’re  inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $25 GC from our fabulous sponsor, STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) … and as usual, will be invited to be our Guest Designer in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, the lovely Coni from Which Craft?  Do go and have a meander through all the delicious cards over at Coni’s … there’s a veritable cornucopia of delights to enjoy!

            

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Up To One Third … without masking option

Addicted To Stamps And More – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Love Is In The Air

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

The Cat’s Pajamas – Love

Uniko – Anything Goes … with love option

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

         

                 

A New Challenge At Time Out – #123 – Black, White Plus One Colour

Hello … bonjour … and a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my American friends!   We have a theme for you to play along with at Time Out this fortnight … it’s a colour one … black, white and a spot of colour … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  Here’s where I went with it …

This is an almost one layer card … stamped with an EbyE background in Memento Tuxedo Black … pounced with white to create a sense of lit snowfall … and generously spitzed with Shimmer Spray (which you can’t see!).  The little fox, which is also EbyE, was stamped, trimmed out, popped up on foam tape onto the snowy background … and had his glinting eyes dotted with Enamel Accents and his nose coloured red and coated with Glossy Accents.  He’s related to Rudolph don’cha know … and aspires to emulate him … though I’m not sure what the other reindeers would say if a fox were to head up the pulling team on Christmas Eve.  Guess it’s only Santa knows the answer to that one.  The sentiment was typed on a 1960s typewriter (as you can see it has a dual black/red ribbon!) … between the background stamping stage and the attaching of the Rudolph-emulating little fox.      How will you interpret our Black, White, Plus One Colour theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers … there’ll be a random winner of a $20 gift certificate for the store, drawn from those who use the optional twist.  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Joanna from Jo-Jo’s Spot.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Joanna … there’s so much fantastic and varied inspiration on display … you’ll have a splendid time … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

SSS Monday – Let It Snow

SSS Wednesday – Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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

            
        

Twofer Card Challenge #11 – Wreath

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our November Twofer Card Challenge!  If you look closely at our challenge badge above, you’ll notice there’s a change … yep, from now on, we will be accepting the use of stencils for the prompt element on your cards.  Yay for all you stencil aficionado’s out there!  Our prompt this month lends itself to lots of year round designs … though as Christmas is galloping up on us at a pace, it may just have you thinking of something festive for one of your cards … it’s …

My creative mind certainly took me to Christmas for one of mine …

My common stamp here is the Wreath Turnabout from Concord & 9th … let’s take a closer look at each design.

Isn’t that such a delicious colour palette for this autumn wreath one layer card … I was inspired to use it by the lovely Bev (thanks, sweet friend!), who gathered together inks of similar colours for a play session we had at the Lake House.   After turnabout-ing, I added the sentiment to the centre (from the same C9 set), covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle … and stamped the side borders (Essentials By Ellen Winterscapes).  They were all done in espresso ink (to tie in with the autumn feel), though it does look decidedly black in the photo.  I finished off with lots of tiny copper Nuvo Drop berries … holding my breath as I went!  Here’s a closer look at them … and the shimmer …

My Twofer …

For my Christmas card, the vellum panel was offset on my turnabout ‘turntable’ so that the wreath could be stamped off the edge.  I heat embossed each of the four turns in different metallic embossing powders, plus white … and then added in some extra elements on the inner part of the wreath, using smaller stamps from the same C9 set, along with one from Pink Fresh Studio‘s Bird With Flowers.  The WPlus9 sentiment was heat embossed under the wreath, I added a Lawn Fawn stitched border and adhered the panel to a dark grey base.  A scattering of stars was added around the sentiment and wreath … and I topped each star with a dot of white Enamel Accents to make it shine.

Where will our ‘Wreath’ prompt take you this month?  We’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … it’s just a click away!  Our talented Guest Designers this time round are Carol from Our Little Inspirations and Sybrina from Chapter Three. Do go and have a visit with them both … you’ll find their terrific Twofer cards, plus plenty of other delicious projects to enjoy and be inspired by!

My autumn wreath is joining in at  …

CAS On Friday – Brighten Someone’s Day

CASology – Compliment

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my Christmas card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No CAS Option)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #122 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge at Time Out has just gone live … and you might notice something a little different about it.  We have a wonderful, sparkly, shiny new look!  Do pop over to the Time Out blog and check it out … we love it … and think you’re going to love it too!   We have a Home Sweet Home picture to inspire you this fortnight (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it … and here’s our wonderfully festive inspiration …

My attention was taken by the non traditional Christmas colour palette of bright red, grey and white … and the pattern on the bedding … yum!  I stamped and white heat embossed the Simon Kaleidoscope Centre Cut Background onto an Ellen Hutson Oyster Grey card base … then started colouring with coloured pencils.  While the pencils are from a very ordinary generic set, I did have the chance to play with Kara‘s Prismacolors at the Lake House … and get a heap of guidance from the expert herself … so I put all I learned to work here.  You might have noticed that the die cut sentiment (also from Simon)  is adhered over an uncoloured, adhered-over-the-top circle of heat embossed card.  That’s because my colouring skills didn’t extend to the centre cut part of the pattern … that is, I messed up!  I kept the cover up without any colour so that the Glossy Accented sentiment would pop against it … here it is in a little more detail so you can see all that shine …

What is it that gets your imagination going in our photo … the colour combo, the texture, those Christmassy images, that snow white cat … or something else completely?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $20 gc from our wonderful sponsor, Altenew and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Mugdha from Craftomania.  Do pop over for a visit with Mugdha … and enjoy the wonderful selection of delicious cards on display over there!

         Altenew

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Mark Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … No CAS Option

SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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