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Time Out DT #42, Virginia’s View #19, SSS Monday 12/10, SSS Wednesday 14/10

Hello!  Today sees the start of another fabulous challenge at Time Out … this fortnight our theme is Home Sweet Home … with a wonderful inspiration photo (see a little further down) … here’s my take …

Time Out DT 42Time Out… and here’s the cool, spooky and halloweeny inspiration …

Spray paint dollar store glass candle sticks black and add pumpkins for Halloween decoration

I went with the colours, patterns and shapes of these amazing decorated pumpkins, using SSS One With Nature trees, stamped in black Versafine, watercoloured with Distress Inks and gently spritzed with water to give the effect of texture.  The stamped panel was trimmed down, I added a slender strip of DP top and bottom and popped the whole thing up on foam tape onto the base.  The sentiment (from the same set) finished it off.  No shine, no bling … just QACAS!

Where does your imagination take you when you look at this picture … there’s so much to see … shapes, patterns, colours, shine, pumpkins, bird … just let your mind wander!  We’d love it if you played along with us … there’s plenty of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer TaeEun (Rainbow In November) and from our wonderful DT.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in the fun at …

Virginia’s View – All Things Coloured … second entry

SSS Monday – Wonderful Watercolour … the trees

SSS Wednesday – Inspiration Board (below) … the photo of that amazing tree lined road

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

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Seize The Birthday 8/10 – Surprise Party Guest, Virginia’s View #19, SSS – WCMD, SSS Work It Wednesday – September

Hello again … if you’re looking for my Time Out DT post, it’s here …. otherwise, I’m back with the secret I mentioned earlier … today I get to be the inaugural Surprise Party Guest over at Seize The Birthday!  Thanks so much, Nancy, for the invitation and for your wonderful welcome … I’m thrilled and delighted to be joining you and the DT during October!  The theme for my first party challenge is ‘Splatter’ … those of you who have visited before will know there’s rarely even a smidge of splatter on my cards … but I threw caution (and Distress Ink) to the wind (in a rather delicate manner) and came up with this …

STB GD 8 OctI stamped Neat and Tangled‘s Scandinavian Flowers randomly across a white card panel, wiping ink off some before stamping them, to make the tiny flower heads and single sprigs.  The flower heads were masked off and I gently splattered the panel with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  The flowers were coloured with Promarkers, had lots of Wink of Stella added and were treated to a couple of coats of Glossy Accents.  The ‘smile’ die cut is from SSS (with the surrounding circle trimmed off) … and the supplementary birthday greeting (also SSS) is nestled in just underneath it.  I added slender strips of black to the top and bottom of my base card and popped the panel up over them on foam tape.  Seems those flowers are happy dancing with such enthusiasm, they’re sending their pollen flying everywhere!  How about a close up of all that shimmer and shine …

STB GD 8 Oct DetailIf you’ve played along at Seize The Birthday before, you’ll know that the theme … or ‘Toppings’ … are optional.  So for this challenge, you don’t have to ‘Splatter’ … you can make any birthday card and join in with us … hope you will!  Looking forward to finding out where your creativity takes you … see you in the gallery!

My happy flowers are also dancing over to …

Virginia’s View – All Things Coloured

SSS – WCMD

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use A Stamp

Once again, thanks so much, Nancy, for inviting me to your party … and 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 #39 Mid Challenge Reminder, Make The Day Special – September, Virginia’s View #18, SSS Wednesday 9/9, Word Art Wednesday #200

Our ‘Make Your Mark’ challenge over at Time Out is just about half way through … and I’m popping in with a card as a gentle reminder that you still have almost a week to play along with us … if you haven’t already (or even if you have … you can come back for more!).  This graphic little number is what I came up with …

Time Out DT 39R, VV 18, MTDS September, HLS CAS SeptemberTime OutI repeatedly stamped an image from Avery Elle‘s Modern Leaves onto a white card panel, trimmed it to size and coloured the leaves with Promarkers.  A black panel was white heat embossed with the Avery Elle Brushed sentiment, trimmed to match the white, and attached to the leaf panel.  I covered the join with a slender strip of grey and popped the whole thing up onto fun foam on the card base.  I tried valiantly to add bling … but there wasn’t a sequin, gem, pearl or dot that felt needed by the cool graphic style … so I just let them be!

How about showing us where your creativity takes you with this theme … you can use any type of marker or crayon … and there’s an optional monochrome colour palette twist.  Colouring can be as intricate or as simple as you want to make it … as you can see from my card, I went very simple!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Uniko … our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will win a £15 evoucher … that’s in addition to being invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge!  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Marika from Me and Minime Crafting, from some of the Design Team at Uniko, and from our own amazing DT.  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My card comes to you courtesy of …

Make The Day Special – Colour Palette … see options below

Virginia’s View – Geometric Patterns … my second entry

SSS Wednesday – Use a Stamp … leaf and sentiment

ETA – Thanks to Karen who is on the DT (thanks for the invitation, Karen!), I’m also playing along at Word Art Wednesday, where there’s a celebration going on for the 200th challenge … congratulations!   The team are hoping for 200+ entries this time, so if you have chance to link up a card to help achieve this aim, that would be wonderful!  Oh, and there are prizes to be won too, if you need any more incentive to get creative!  (Karen, I’ve tried to leave a comment on the blog, but it keeps being rejected for some reason!)

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

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Runway Inspired Challenge #91, Virginia’s View #18, Freshly Made Sketches #202, SSS Monday 31/8

Hello again!  I’m back with my second card from the weekend … rather more bold and graphic than the last … look …

RIC 91, VV 18, FMS 202, SSSM 31-8I sliced up some black and white card, put it together again over an adhesive covered piece of spare card, and trimmed it to size.  The banner is a die cut from SSS (now retired), also cut to size … in length and width.  I used some removable tape to take the little squares from the grid, coloured them randomly with Promarkers, adhered the grid to another strip of card and nestled the the squares cosily into their places.   A loosey goosey (Laura speak!) nest of thread was twirled behind the banner, which was then adhered across the black and white panel.  I stamped the sentiment (Annabelle Stamps, sadly now not operating), the panel was popped up on fun foam and I added a  black sequin and white dot over the nest.

My inspiration for this card came from …

Runway Inspired Challenge – Michael Kors … check out that cool, graphic ensemble below!  I picked out the black and white from the jacket, trousers and walls, my banner mimics the blouse, the thread nest is a nod to the handbag strap, and the sequin/dot combo reflects the belt buckle!

Virginia’s View – Geometric Patterns … both the panel and the banner.

Freshly Made Sketches – Sketch below… it’s fabulous!

SSS Monday – Trio of Colours …  mine were the aqua, lime and black … the black was so key to the design, I counted that as a colour rather than a neutral … hope that’s ok!

That’s it from me for now … time for bed … I’ll be back tomorrow with my final make of the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

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Winnie & Walter Just For Julie, Winnie & Walter JITW, Virginia’s View #17, Seize The Birthday 13/8

Hello!  I’m sharing a card tonight that I made well over a week ago and hadn’t had chance to post.  Monsieur Linky will be closing his door very shortly over at Winnie & Walter, where we’re celebrating Just For Julie (delightful co-owner and recent birthday girl!) and I really wanted to squeeze in.  This is for you Julie, to wish you a (belated) Happy Birthday and a year of joy, fun and continued success …

Just For Julie, W&W JITW, VV 17, STB 13-8

I sliced up a panel of white card stock into various widths, and split the resulting strips into different lengths, making sure the matching pairs were kept together.  Using Promarkers, I coloured each strip and adhered them back together on some spare card.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter … the ‘birthday’ was stamped on the panel and heat embossed, and the ‘happy’ was die cut once in black and twice in white, stacked together and clear embossed.  I adhered the happy to the panel, popped the panel up on fun foam onto the card base and added a scattering of black gems to finish off.

I’m linking Julie’s card up to …

Winnie & Walter – Just For Julie

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win

Virginia’s View – All Things Embellished

Seize The Birthday – No Toppings Option

I spent today wandering through blogland, visiting and enjoying all the creativity that’s been going on over the last week or so … it was lovely!  Hope you’ve had a splendid Saturday too!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #35 Mid Challenge Reminder, Virginia’s View #16, Happy Little Stampers – July, SSS Monday 13/7

Our latest challenge at Time Out still has almost a week to run, so if you’ve not played along yet, there’s plenty of time to get creative!  Our theme is ‘Nature’ with the optional twist of animals (including insects) … here’s where my creativity took me this week …

Time Out DT 35RTime OutI masked a card panel and stamped images from Papertrey‘s Filled With Joy set, using the bigger images first and then filling in with the leaves and smaller ones afterwards.  The flower centres were coated with Wink of Stella and dotted with a white gel pen … makes them look a little dimensional IRL.   I stamped part of the sentiment (also from Filled With Joy) and added the ellipsis to draw the eye to the inside … where a large scripty ‘joy’ from the same set was stamped.  The finished panel was popped up on fun foam on the base.

How would you like to play along?  We’d love to have you join in … and show us where ‘Nature’ took you!  This fortnight we have a fabulous sponsor … if you use the optional twist on your card, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a $25 gift card from CAS-ual Fridays.  In addition, and as usual, our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge.  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with a ton of inspiration from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Barb from Barb’s Studio Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Virginia’s View – Stamping

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Stamping

SSS Monday – Anything Goes

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

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Time Out DT #35, AEI♥U #26, Virginia’s View #16, Happy Little Stampers CAS – July, Seize The Birthday 2/7

We have a lovely theme for our new challenge this fortnight at Time Out … ‘Nature’ with the optional twist of animals … so many possibilities!  Here’s my non twist card …

Time Out DT 35Time OutI stamped the Uniko butterfly and Avery Elle sentiment onto a white card panel in Versamark and heat embossed both with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.  The butterfly was watercoloured with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and had shimmer added with Wink of Stella (because what well dressed butterfly goes anywhere without a hint of sparkle?).  After masking the butterfly, I spritzed the ink that was left on my craft mat with a little water, picked up each colour with a paint brush and delicately splattered the panel.  Strips of raspberry cardstock were adhered to each side of my card base and I popped the panel up over them on fun foam (a la Jennifer McGuire!).  Want to get a closer look at that subtle sparkle?

Time Out DT 35 Detail Feel like giving your creative muscles a work out?  We’d love to have you join us!  How about letting your imagination roam … and seeing where ‘Nature’ takes you?  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays … if you use the optional twist of animals on your card, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a $25 gift card … and as usual, our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge.  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Barb Ghig from Barb’s Studio Creations and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My butterfly is fluttering off to …

AEI♥U – Sparkle

Virginia’s View – Stamping

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Stamping

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Toppings)

I’m delighted to welcome a few more new friends and followers today … non bloggers Karen G (with a Stamp TV Gallery I’m on the hunt for … I’ll do a link when I find it, Karen!) and Kerstin M, … and blogger Nicole from The Paper Baker, who has a fun blog with heaps of detailed tutorials and reviews … I’m sure she’d love a visit … and so would you!  Whether you’re blogging or non blogging, ladies … you’re all very welcome, I’m honoured … thank you for joining me 🙂

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

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