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Time Out DT #66 Mid Challenge Reminder, Happy Little Stampers CAS – September, SSS Work It Wednesday – August, The Paper Players #313, Uniko #36

Hello … bonjour!  We’re about half way through our delicious Home Sweet Home challenge at Time Out, where we have the most amazing photo to inspire you (below) … here’s my second take on it …

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I masked off the lower part of a panel of watercolour card stock, and repeatedly inked up, spritzed and randomly stamped a leaf from the new Trendy Leaves 2 set (from STAMPlorations (courtesy of teamie and generous owner of STAMPlorations, Shery … thanks so much, Shery!).  This was a new to me technique and immediately after spritzing and stamping, all I saw was a sorry mess!  However, I was really surprised at how clear the detail on the leaves became as the water moved the colour around and the ink dried … so I adhered the panel to a card base that had had the edges sponged black, ruled in a line to define the stamped/unstamped area, and added a STAMPlorations sentiment (that had gone through surgery) .   Voila!

Where does your imagination take you when looking at our photo?  There are so many different elements to use!  However you’re inspired, why not make a card and link it up to our gallery … we’d love to see you there!  We’re sponsored this time round by STAMPlorations … the winner (as 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 heaps of inspiration from our amazing DT and from our delightful and super talented returning Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (who you really need to visit if you haven’t already … so much loveliness!).

I’m playing along with …

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Watercolour Spritz

SSS Work it Wednesday – Use Stamps

The Paper Players – CAS Taste of Fall

Uniko – Autumn (Optional Twist of Thanks)

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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Uniko #33 – Guest Designer – Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #199, Seize the Birthday – 16 June, SSS Wednesday – 22 June, The Paper Players #300

Hello … bonjour!   Lots of activity on the old blog this week … what fun!  We’re half way through the delicious June challenge over at Uniko, where I’m delighted to be Guest Designing with Bev and the DT … thanks so much for the invitation and warm welcome, ladies!  Did you see the inspiration photo last week?  It’s a colourful, whimsical one with so many possibilities (it’s just below my card) … here’s my second take on it …

Uniko 33R GD, ATSM 199, STB 16 June, SSSW 22 June, TPP 300and here’s that fabulous photo …

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See what I mean about the possibilities?  This time round, I went a little more doodlie!  The top of the card was masked and I stamped a random pattern of leaves and dots (Uniko Nature’s Treasures 1, Background Builders – Vines) using similar colours to those in the inspiration.  Once it was all dry, my white gel pen came out to play … and wandered about doodling highlights over all the leaf sprigs!  I stamped the Uniko ‘smile’ into the now unmasked space, white heat embossed a supplementary sentiment from SSS onto a slender strip of grey and attached the strip over the ‘join’.  I added a healthy coating of Wink of Stella to the sentiment and some sugary glitter to the tiny dots (although the WoS still isn’t playing nicely with the camera) … would you like a closer look …

Uniko 33R GD, ATSM 199, STB 16 June, SSSW 22 June, TPP 300 Detail

Have you joined us already?  Would you like to?  There’s so much to play with in this picture … style, doodles, colours, shapes, flowers, lines … let your imagination roam … let your fingers create … and link up to the gallery, we’d love to see you there!  All the details are over at the Uniko blog, together with all kinds of fabulous inspiration from the amazingly talented Design Team … do go and meander … and enjoy!

My doodlie leaves are off to a quartet of challenges …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Shimmer

The Paper Players – Celebration

A big thank you, once again, to Bev and the DT at Uniko … it’s been so much fun playing cards with you this month!  Thanks so much to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #59 – Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted to Stamps & More #199, MFT Sketch #286, SSS Wednesday – 22 June, The Paper Players #300

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in with another card for our current challenge at Time Out … our theme is Masculine … with an optional technique twist of using mixed media.  Our definition of mixed media is an easy one … use stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.  The twist is optional, so you can go without if you prefer … I did (again!) …

Time Out DT 59RTime OutI used STAMPlorations images to stamp out a pattern across my one layer card, having drawn a couple of pencil lines as a guide for fitting all the retro shapes into the space.  The colours came from an interiors image found on Pinterest when I searched for retro colour palettes (not my fave combo but it goes with the stamps!) … and the font of the Papertrey sentiment seemed to fit pretty well with the retro style.  I Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented the squares in the open shapes to add some dimension, shimmer and shine.  The ‘Birthday’ was also Wink of Stella’d … but try as I might I couldn’t capture it on camera.  Here’s what I did manage to get …

Time Out DT 59R DetailHave you played along with us yet?  We’d love it if you did!  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations this fortnight … the winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a US$10 gift voucher … and there’ll be an ARTplorations stencil for a randomly drawn participant who uses the Mixed Media twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Patti at Stationery Styles (who you really need to visit if you haven’t already … so much loveliness to enjoy!)

I’m playing along with these four challenges …

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

MFT Sketch – See Below … inspired by the DT, I stretched it a little and used the large ‘Birthday’ for my circular element

SSS Wednesday – Add Some Shimmer … sentiment and inner WoS’d/GA’d squares

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … a birthday’s a celebration!

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

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MFT Summer Camp … and Other Fun!

Hello … bonjour … hope your weekend was a fabulous one!  I had some playtime, got creative and made a few cards … two to share here and two for later (maybe tomorrow, depending on the Time Eating Monster) … I’ll keep it short and sweet!  Here’s the first … a sweet little pretty …

MFT Summer Camp - Glitter, MFT Colour 47, CAS Mix Up - June, TESJ 40Randomly stamped leaves and blooms (MFT), with the flower heads coated with sugary clear glitter (seen better zoomed in!), a little fine black pen doodling, a die cut hello (SSS) stacked on fun foam, and a stamped supplementary sentiment (WPlus9).   I was inspired by this card from Mayuri … it’s bolder, more dramatic and she used a different technique, but you can see how it prompted me.

Here’s the second … a rather dapper chap …

MFT Summer Camp - Die Cutting, HLS Dies - June, PP 300, SSSW 15-6A lightly sponged card panel mounted over black, a bird of paradise (MFT) coloured with Promarkers and perched atop a Winnie & Walter die cut (both on foam), and some tiny supplementary sentiments (SSS) nestled into the word.

My floral number is heading to …

MFT Summer Camp – Glitzy Glitter … Day 1 of 5 … first badge!

MFT Color Challenge – In The Buff, Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, Blueberry … my closest

CAS Mix Up – June – Stamping, Die Cuts + Choice …. mine’s the texture-y glitter and doodling

TE Share Joy #40 – Keep It Clean and Simple

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MFT Summer Camp – Delightful Die Cutting … Day 4 of 5 … second badge!

Happy Little Stampers Dies – June – Anything Goes

The Paper Players #300 – A CAS Celebration … congratulations on an amazing 300 challenges!

SSS Wednesday – 15 June – Animal Magic

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

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Time Out DT #59, CASology #202, SSS Monday – 13 June, The Paper Players #299

Hello … bonjour! Today sees the start of a fabulous new  challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a Masculine theme … with an optional technique twist of using mixed media.  Our definition of mixed media is a simple one … use stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.  It can still be CAS if that’s your style … and the twist is optional … so you can go without if you prefer … which is what I did …

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I stamped the ‘celebrate’ (STAMPlorations) onto a card panel and coloured the letters with Zigs and a white gel pen in the style of the French flag.  The word was masked, I stamped the top part of  the Eiffel Tower cake (Shirley B’s World Cakes by STAMPlorations), and added Stickles to the candle flame.  The tiny SSS supplementary  sentiment finished it off.  The panel was popped up onto the base card on craft foam … the base had been stamped with Papertrey stripes some time ago for a project that didn’t work quite as I’d hoped … seemed to go rather well here!

Feel like giving your fingers some creative exercise?  We’d love for you to join us!  This fortnight we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … not only did the very generous Shery provide the DT with lovely goodies to play with (thanks so much, Shery!) … she’s also giving away a US$10 gift voucher to our winner (as voted for by the DT) … and an ARTplorations stencil to a randomly drawn participant who uses the Mixed Media twist!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of fabulous inspiration from our amazing DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Patti at Stationery Styles (if you don’t know Patti, do go for a visit … her blog is filled with delicious cards for you to meander around!)

My French celebration is heading over to …

CASology – Masculine

The Paper Players – Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim, Whisper White (my closest colours!)

SSS Monday – World Traveller

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

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Time Out DT #52 Mid Challenge Reminder, Seven Hills Crafts – March, The Paper Players #287

Hello … bonjour!  Have you played along with our latest challenge at Time Out yet?  We have a ‘Designer to CASE’ theme this time round … our designer is the talented Marjan Kuppers from M@rjan’s Blog … and her gorgeous card is a little further down.  Here’s where I went with it this week …

Time Out DT 52RTime Outand here’s Marjan‘s lovely card …

My card features the same fabulous colours and floral theme as Marjan‘s … with added dimension from the die cuts and a touch of whimsical style.  I stamped and die cut some blooms and leaves from WPlus9‘s Doodle Buds, coloured them with Promarkers and added some white gel pen accents.  The stems and middle leaves were stamped direct to the card base and were coloured with Zigs.  The scalloped frame started out as a full panel (Winnie & Walter) … I just used a craft knife and ruler to cut out the middle to create the frame.  I popped up the frame, flowers and single leaves on foam tape over the stamping, white heat embossed the sentiment (from the same WPlus9 set) onto a black snippet of card and adhered it to the edge of the frame.

If you haven’t played along with us yet, how about giving it a go … or if you already have, how about second helpings?  You can use any or all of the elements in Marjan‘s card to inspire you … and we’d love to see what you create!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with loads of fabulous ideas from our wonderful DT.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

My card was also inpired by …

Seven Hills Crafts – Sketch … it’s below

The Paper Players – Clean and Simple: Celebrate Spring

I’m still not getting as much time as I’d like in blogland, so continue to be way behind on my visits and commenting.  I’m making progress (only a week behind now!) … and will get there … thanks for your patience as I do!   Thanks so much also for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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