Category Archives: Virginia’s View

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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Time Out DT #33, Just Us Girls #296, Virginia’s View #15, SSS Wednesday 10/6, Less Is More #227

It’s time for our sparkling new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and the words are ‘happy is the bride that the sun shines on’.  Here’s my take …

Time Out DT 33Time OutI took a couple of the words, ‘sun shines’, and made a sunny card using a long triangle stamp Avery Elle‘s Bright Days in two different yellows.  The AE hello was cut three times, stacked up, and was mounted overlapping a narrow card panel.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the panel and applied plenty of Wink of Stella to it, as well as to the hello and the sun, before adhering the sun flat to the card base and popping the sentiment panel up over it.  Would you like to see some of the shimmer …

Time Out DT 33 DetailWhere does your imagination take you when you hear the words ‘happy is the bride the sun shines on’?  You can use a single word, a selection or even the whole phrase as the inspiration for your card … however the mood takes you!  All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with a ton of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, the lovely Sue from Sue’s Card Craft and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Just Us Girls – Summer

Virginia’s View – Ombre/Monochromatic

SSS Wednesday – Friend/Superhero

ETA:  Thanks to Sarah, who is on the Design Team, I’m also joining in with…

Less is More – Sunset Colours

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

         

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Time Out DT #30 Mid Challenge Reminder, Virginia’s View #14, SSS Monday 4/5, SSS Wednesday 6/5, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

Our Home Sweet Home challenge at Time Out is still going on … and you have almost a week to play along if you haven’t already … or if you’d like to play again!  Here’s my card …

Time Out DT 30RTime OutThis time I made a little floral posy, inspired by the middle cushion on the bed in our inspiration picture … picking out the black from the furniture and all the white from the ceiling and RHS wall …

The blooms are from Papertrey‘s Friendly Flowers, die cut, stamped and mounted on different depths of foam dots.  The sentiment is a blend of Winnie & Walter‘s In A Word: Happy Cutaway (die), double clear embossed to make it shine … and an Annabelle Stamps’ birthday (sadly no longer operating).  I stamped the stripes (Papertrey) onto the base before adhering the finished card panel flat onto it.  Some black gems in the flower centres finished it off.

Would you like to join in?  All the details are over at Time Out … together with a heap of inspiration from the amazing DT and from our super talented and lovely Guest Designer, Joyce from Cards By The Sea (go for a visit … take supplies … there’s always so much to inspire there!)   As usual, our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … it could be you!  Hope you’ll be able to take time out and have some fun with this picture … we’d love to have you … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension

SSS Monday – Use Coral (one of those sweet blooms!)

SSS Wednesday – Let’s Get Sentimental

SSS Work It Wednesday – Use Yellow (another of those sweet blooms!)

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

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Time Out DT #28 Mid Challenge Reminder, Less Is More #218, Virginia’s View #14, SSS Monday 6/4, SSS Work It Wednesday – March

We’ve arrived at the half way point in our latest fabulous challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we’re CASEing the wonderfully talented Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane.  Kim’s inspiration is bold and dramatic, with the softness of a floral cascade (see below) … here’s my latest take …Time Out DT 28R, LIM 218, VV 14, SSSM 6-4, SSSWIW MarchTime Outand here’s Kim‘s lovely inspiration …

This week, I went with the black base (generously spritzed with Shimmer Spray), white embossed sentiment (Papertrey) and a trimmed out panel of watercoloured white embossed Doodlie-Doo blooms (also Papertrey), which were popped up over the black.

Have you joined in already?  If so, feel free to come back again for seconds (a Michele-ism!) … if not, I do hope you’ll be able to find some time to play along with us!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Clearly Besotted Stamps and our overall winner (as voted by the DT) will receive a £20 gift voucher, as well as the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … what’s not to love?  There’s inspiration galore over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our delightful and talented Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (go check out her blog and drink in all the deliciousness you find there!).  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Less Is More – Predominantly Black

Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension

SSS Monday – A is for … in my case, April Flowers!

SSS Work It Wednesday – Stamp

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

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Time Out DT #28, CASology #140, Less Is More #217, Virginia’s View #14, WPlus9 Throwback Thursday #2

We have a wonderful theme for you this fortnight at Time Out … it’s our ‘Designer to CASE’ challenge … and we have a card from the fabulously talented Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane to inspire you … it’s a dramatic, bold, floral beauty (see below) … here’s my take …

Time Out DT 28, CASology 140, LIM 217, VV 14 WP9 TT 2Time Outand here’s Kim‘s striking inspiration …

The design elements I picked out were the floral arrangement (using WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals) and the white embossed sentiment (SU … courtesy of the lovely Ardyth … thanks, my friend!) against a black panel (MFT Pierced Rectangles … cut at the Lake House … I think from sweet Bev‘s stash … thanks, mon amie!).  I added some little hearts (Papertrey and some white gel pen doodling) and popped the whole thing up onto a white card base.

What’s going through your creative mind when you see Kim‘s card … flowers, softly shaded colours, bold black, embossing … wherever it settles, I hope you’ll find time to play along with us!  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Clearly Besotted Stamps and our overall winner (as voted by the DT) will receive a £20 gift voucher, as well as the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … what’s not to love?  There’s inspiration galore over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our delightful and talented Guest Designer, Claire from Life On The Scrapheap (go check out her blog and drink in all the deliciousness you find there!).  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with four challenges …

CASology – Spring

Less is More – Combine Any Three Previous LIM Challenges … mine are #55 (Punches or Die Cuts), #154 (Hearts) and #172 (Flowers)

Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension

WPlus9 – Oldies But Goodies

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

         

         

Time Out DT #26 Mid Challenge Reminder, Addicted To CAS #13, Virginia’s View #13, Winnie & Walter JITW – March

We’re only half way through our first birthday celebration at Time Out … and there’s still a whole week left to join us and be in with a chance of winning some fabulous goodies!  I’m popping in with another card based on our Home Sweet Home inspiration photo …

Time Out DT 26R, ATCAS 58, VV 13, W&W JITW MarchTime Outhere’s our fabulous inspiration …

Frame Collage Funky Bright Home Decor Upcycled Vintage Frames Hollywood Regency Apartment Decor Quirky Decor

If you were here last week, you’ll notice some similarities to my first card … I picked up the colours again … and a swirly sentiment to mimic the branches … but then went with a whimsical rather than graphic look.  I stamped and white heat embossed some Winnie & Walter envelopes, sponged them with Distress Inks, stamped the ‘lining’ of the open one with some Clearly Besotted stripes … and added some tiny white sticker hearts to the closed flaps.   The envelopes were clustered together on a white card panel, with the open one ready to ‘pour’ the sentiment out … the die cut ‘sending’ is from SSS (courtesy of and thanks to my lovely friend and fellow BABE, Geri) … and the ‘hugs & kisses’ is from Winnie & Walter.  They were both heat embossed to give them a little shine.  The finished panel was popped up on foam tape on the card base … and I added a coat of Wink of Stella to shimmer up the envelopes.

You may be wondering what goodies are up for grabs for our birthday challenge … the winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a £15 Uniko Gift Voucher and a $15 STAMPlorations Gift Voucher!  There will also be a random draw … with a celebration/birthday stencil pack from STAMPlorations going to the winner!  So how about taking a closer peek at the Home Sweet Home photo, see how you’re inspired … and then come play along with us at Time Out, we’d love to have you!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … where there’s a ton of wonderful inspiration from our fantastic DT and our fabulous Guest Designer, Mandi … see you in the gallery!

I’m linking up with …

Addicted to CAS – Distress (those DI sponged envelopes)

Virginia’s View – All Things Embossed (envelopes and sentiment)

Winnie & Walter Join In To Win – (envelopes and part sentiment)

Finally today, I’m delighted to say a warm hello to a some new followers … and friends …

non blogging/non gallery card makers … Mary L, Barbara H, Mary H and TK

and bloggers … Pam S (Expressions With Heart), Vinita (Made With Love n Care), Pam (Pam’s Paper and Ink), Cornelia (Fun Stamping), Michele F (I Card Everyone) …

If you haven’t explored these fun and inspiring blogs already (or even if you have!), do pop over for a meander …  you’re in for such a treat … oh, and take plenty of supplies … you’ll be a while!  Whether you’re blogging or non blogging, ladies … you’re all very welcome, and thank you for joining me 🙂

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

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Time Out DT #26, Less Is More #213, Addicted To CAS #58, Virginia’s View #13, Winnie & Walter JITW – March

How would you like to join in a celebration?  Yes?  Oh good … we’re celebrating our First Birthday at Time Out this fortnight … yay … Happy Birthday, Time Out!  Congratulations to Sandie and Nonni on such a brilliant challenge and a fantastic year … and thanks so much for the chance to design with such an awesome team!  May there be many more successful years ahead!  There’s more about the celebration further down (there are prizes!) … but before you rush off to check it out, let me tell you about our latest challenge … it’s a Home Sweet Home (photo) one … here’s my card …

Time Out DT 26, LIM 213, ATCAS 58, VV 13, W&W JITWTime Outand here’s our cool inspiration …

Frame Collage Funky Bright Home Decor Upcycled Vintage Frames Hollywood Regency Apartment Decor Quirky DecorI was inspired by the angular shapes and bright colours, so sponged similar shades of Distress Inks through a Crafter’s Workshop stencil onto a masked white card panel … aiming to mimic (sort of) those vibrant frames.  I chose the Winnie & Walter ‘happy’ Cutaway because of the tail on the ‘y’ … it put me in mind of the overhanging branches in the photo.  It was cut into the stencilled panel, the ‘happy’ was coloured with an alcohol marker, coated with Wink of Stella and clear embossed to give it some shimmery shine … and was then adhered back into place (with a card backing).  I stamped and embossed the WPlus9 ‘birthday’, added some shiny black dots and popped the finished panel up on foam tape on the base card.

As I mentioned earlier, to celebrate our First Birthday at Time Out, we have prizes up for grabs for this fortnight’s challenge … the winner, as chosen by the DT will receive a £15 Uniko Gift Voucher and a $15 STAMPlorations Gift Voucher!  In addition, there will be a random draw and the winner will receive a celebration/birthday stencil pack from STAMPlorations!   So why not let our Home Sweet Home photo inspire you … choose all or any of it to focus on, let those creative juices flow … and come play along with us at Time Out, we’d love to have you!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of delicious inspiration from our amazing DT and our fabulous Guest Designer, Mandi … see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Less Is More – This Makes Me Happy (rainbow colours and all that white space … blissful!)

Addicted To CAS – Distress (sponged Distress Inks)

Virginia’s View – All Things Embossed (die cut and stamped sentiments.  It’s also the first anniversary of Virginia’s View … Happy Birthday, Virginia … congratulations on a great year!)

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win (that yummy happy)

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

         

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