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Twofer Card Challenge #14 – Balloons

Hello … bonjour!  We’ve rattled round so quickly into March … and today we have another Twofer challenge for you … this month we’re playing with …

… and here’s how my imagination floated off …

A happy hello card and a happy birthday card, both featuring a richly plump, round balloon image from Winnie & Walter … let’s take a closer look at each one …

I rock and roll stamped/masked the Winnie & Walter balloons and bows onto an A2 card panel, added the fun sentiment (from Essentials by Ellen) and drew in the drifting-in-the-breeze strings.  The balloons were layered with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and I added some colour and shimmer to the three o’s in the sentiment with a tiny dot from Simon Says Stamp.  The liquid sparkle took out some of the shaded dimensional effect of the rock and roll stamping … though it’s there if you look closely … and those balloons are deliciously shimmery!   The lovely (and uber talented) Therese at Lost In Paper made a set of splendid ‘over the top‘ designs recently where an element of each card stood out above it’s top fold … and it struck me that my balloon bouquet was made for such a technique (thanks for the inspiration, Therese!).  So … I trimmed out the finished balloon panel and adhered it to a base card cut especially to size … and the card still fits into a standard size envelope … perfect!

My twofer design is rather more unconventional …

… I turned my balloon image into pistacchio ice cream!  The sugar cone was created on an MFT Wonky Stitched panel (from my Lake House stash), using masking and a single line stamp from Winnie & Walter … and it was Copic coloured and shaded (thanks, Kara!).  After masking the top edge of the cone, I scooped the balloon into it and added some alcohol marker shading around the ice cream edges to give it a little dimension.  The image was overstamped with a sentiment from MFT … and real sprinkles (a freebie from our local supermarket in just the perfect colours!) finished it off … yum!  I sponged the edges of a base card to match the ice cream and popped the stitched panel up onto it on craft foam.

How about playing along with some of your own balloon images … we’d love to see your cards in our gallery!  You can find out everything you need to know in the rules and FAQs over at the Twofer blog.  There’s a whole heap of scrumptious inspiration to enjoy while you’re there too … from our talented Guest Designers, Julie from Handcrafted By Jules and Lucy from Little Scraps Of Lucy …….  and from our brilliant DT.  BTW, do go over for a visit with both Julie and Lucy … you won’t want to miss all the loveliness they have on offer!

My balloon bouquet is drifting off to …

CAS(E) This Sketch – See Below … turned upside down!

Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … a new, fresh and fun blog on the block from Cornelia, Gundi and Rosi … what a brilliant idea for a challenge!  Do check it out if you haven’t already!  As Winnie The Pooh said ‘ no-one can be uncheered with a balloon’!

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Special Day … any day with joy in it is special!

Papercraft Challenges – Clean And Simple

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Whatever The Weather … my balloons are floating off on a breeze!

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes … to me, those soft colours and shimmer make this a feminine card … and it is a bouquet of balloons!

… and there’ll be a tasting of my ice cream at …

AAA Cards – One Plus Three (no optional friends twist) … one sentiment plus stamped scoop of ‘pistacchio ice cream’, Copic coloured cone, matted stitched panel.

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … ice cream and sprinkles … who wouldn’t be happy!

Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady Challenge #4 – Altering Stamped Images With Masking

You may know we’ve had internet/phone issues for a while … heaps upon heaps of intermittent outages culminating in almost a week with no access at all … it’s been just a smidge wearing!   Orange (our service providers) lent us an Airbox on Thursday afternoon to get us online again till it’s all fixed … and I’ve been having fun and being inspired since, catching up with everyone.  So for now,  I’m around and about … if it goes quiet again, you’ll know there’s a technician up a telephone pole somewhere in rural France!  As ever, 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 – #108 – We Challenge You To Be: Wild!

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts this morning at Time Out … this fortnight … We Challenge You To Be … Wild!   Here’s where I went with the theme …

Time OutYep, wild flowers … in luscious blue and teal hues with a touch of minty green.  Winnie & Walter provided all the elements of this design … the blooms (In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers), the dotty grey background (Mini Scenery: Spotty) and the sentiment (Sentimental: Birthday) … and I added a scattering of Nuvo Grey Mist Jewel Drops.Where will our challenge take your creative imagination … to wild things, as mine did … to a wild colour palette … to a wild design … or somewhere else?  Wherever it takes you, we’d love to see what you create!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Winnie & Walter (thanks, Shay!) … our  winner, as voted for by the DT will receive a $25 GC from the store … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with plenty of fabulous inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our uber talented Guest Designer, my delightful friend (and probably yours too!), Darnell.  You already know and love her … why not pop over to see her and let her know that!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple (If it’s not CAS enough, ladies, please delete!)

SSS Monday – Flower Power

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Winnie & Walter Rerun – Big, Bold & Baby … don’t own this set, inspired by Gayatri (below)

Winnie & Walter April Colour Combo – Grey, Teals, Blue, Green (below)

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

                   

         

A Shower of Love … Over Scribbled Blooms

Hello … bonjour!  A mid week post that isn’t for Time Out (though some of my talented team mates have cards to show you today, so why not pop over!) … yep, it’s unusual.  I wanted to play along with the delightful and lovely Darnell‘s GD spot at Just Us Girls (among others), and Mr Linky will be closing his doors today.  So, here’s my card …

A stitched rectangle (thanks to Claire who sent me a yummy heap), sponged with a delicate meadow of gently splattered soft green, and stamped with a little cloud, heart drops and a sentiment from WPlus9 (I think now retired).  Just look at the way those little drops fell on the meadow … right into the form of a Winnie & Walter love die!  The hearts and die were coated with lashings of Spectrum Noir sparkle and a layer of Glossy Accents … here’s a closer shot so you can see it better …

I’m playing along at (badges at the bottom) …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Just Us Girls – Shower

Winnie & Walter Colour Combo – See Below

While I’m here, here’s another CAS little pretty …

A white card panel, stamped with a row of WPlus9 leaves and stems, flower heads (masked off where it was needed) made with Circle Scribbles from Papertrey, and a sweet sentiment from Avery Elle.  A scattering of clear drops act as dew, as does Glossy Accents in the centre of each bloom.  The panel is popped up on craft foam on the card base.

This is heading over to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Flower

Less Is More – Tropical Fruit Colours

Uniko – Flowers

Hope you’ve been having a happy week … and have had chance to get crafty!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash … Take 2

Hello … bonsoir encore!  I’m back with the second instalment of my Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash cards.  First in the spotlight …

A white card panel, smooshed with three Distress Inks, masked/stamped off the page with three daisies from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden … and a sentiment from Wishing You with Evelyn T Designs … the supplementary sentiment is stamped inside.  I’m playing along with …

Shay’s Three Challenge … three colours, three daisies!

Keren’s Off The Page Challenge

Heather H’s Ink Smooshing Challenge

Heather P’s Mood Board Challenge

Last and by no means least …

Here’s a Distress Ink blended background, splattered and spritzed with Shimmer Spray … and white heat embossed with the little snail from You’ve Got Love Mail  I die cut the In A Word: Hugs four times in white, stacked them together and adhered the word under the snail.  As you know, snails leave a trail when they wander … and this one is wandering over the hugs.  You’ll notice that he has a heart in his shell … so his trail is (of course!) made up of tiny hearts cut from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, shimmered up with Spectrum Noir.  My little snail is going to …

Lydia’s Bright Colours Challenge

Vanessa’s Ink Blending Challenge

Gayatri’s Cute Critter Challenge (this little snail is a cutie isn’t he??)

ETA:  SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

I’m off to do lots of linking up before the closing bell!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash … Take 1

Hello … bonsoir!  I’ve loved Winnie & Walter since I first saw the sneak peeks of their stamps three years ago … and was excited to order three of their first four sets during the early hours (in this part of the world) when they released … and then won the fourth!  More acquisitions followed as more delicious releases continued … and in time, I was invited to Guest Design with them … and to be one of their Leading Ladies … such an honour!  So, it’s fair to say I have a soft spot for this fabulous company!  Congratulations, Shay, on three fantastic years … here’s to many more happy and successful years to come!  There’s a big W&W 3rd Birthday Bash that’s been going on for the last four weeks … it’s about to come to a close … and I’m just squeezing in at the last minute (or at least the final hours) with a few cards to share.  I’m splitting them into two posts … not because there are lots of them … it’s just that I don’t know how to link more than one card from the same post to the same challenge!  Here goes …

I blended a rainbow of Distress Ink colours through a stencil (cut from the Multifaceted Cutaway die) onto a white card panel, and cut and triple clear embossed the In A Word:Happy Cutaway in black.  The ‘happy’ was adhered flat to the panel and a supplementary birthday sentiment was nestled in underneath it.  The finished panel was popped up on craft foam on the card base.  My first card is going to …

Kelly’s Stencil Challenge

Lydia’s Bright Colours Challenge

Vanessa’s Ink Blending Challenge

ETA:  SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

Next up …

A white card base was embossed with a scalloped/stitched panel die from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.  I cut gold, coral and pink hearts (from the same set) and popped them up on foam tape inside the framed panel.  The sentiment is from You’ve Got Love Mail, heat embossed onto a vellum strip.  A coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer was added to the coral and pink hearts … and a scattering a sequins finished it off.  This second card is going off to …

Mayuri’s Pattern Making Challenge

Kate’s Sequin Challenge

Shay’s Three Challenge … three colours, three sequins!

I’ll be back in just a few moments with the second installment … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #61 Mid Challenge Reminder, Happy Little Stampers Dies – July, Just Us Girls #351, SSS Work it Wednesday – June, Winnie & Walter – Join in to Win

Hello …. bonjour!  Hope your week’s been a sunshiny one!  We’re about half way through our ‘Inspired by Words’ challenge at Time Out … ‘Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine’, and I’m popping in with another sun filled card.  If your week’s been lacking in enough warm yellow rays (of all kinds), help yourself to some here …

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A white card panel, sponged with a sunny halo of Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks, cut with a Winnie & Walter die, and stamped with a supplementary sentiment from Avery Elle.  It was  sprinkled with water and blotted, I added white, platinum and silver splatters, and sprayed the whole thing with a drift of shimmer spray.  The inner portions of the letters were adhered flat to the card base and the panel was popped up on foam tape.  How would you like a glance at all that gentle shimmer …

Time Out DT 61R DetailHave you been inspired by this delicious phrase yet?  You can use any or all of the words as a jumping off point for your creativity … and we’d love to see you in the gallery!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with creative cards galore from our fabulous DT and our super talented Guest Designer, Sue from Foleys Friend … hope to see you there!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Just Us Girls – Spongeing

SSS Work It Wednesday – Dies or Stencils

Winnie & Walter – Join in to Win

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

                  

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Muse #164, TE Share Joy #34, Winnie & Walter Rerun #10, Winnie & Walter JITW, STAMPlorations CAS – May

Hello … bonjour!  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone celebrating in the USA and Australia!  I’m popping in with a card that feels a bit different for me … not sure how it came from my fingers, but it was fun making it happen …

Muse 164, TE Share Joy 34, W&W Rerun 10, W&W JITW, STAMPlorations CAS - MaynullI started with a panel of watercolour card, made a paper mask to place where the vase was going to be, and stamped the blossom-y leafy sprigs three times, using a Molotow pen to mask them where needed.  First time with the Molotow … needed to be really gentle taking it off … there were one or two spots that ended up a smidge raw!  The paper mask was removed, the vase was stamped, I used Zigs to do some loose layered watercolouring and topped off the sprigs with some Wink of Stella.  All the stamps are courtesy of Winnie & Walter.  The panel was adhered to a card base, I added a slender strip of colour along the edge and finished off with a STAMPlorations sentiment.

I’m playing along with …

Muse – Michele’s gorgeous card is below (voila, Michele, see you in the gallery!!)

TE Share Joy – Sketch/Inspiration … I went with the photo

Winnie & Walter Rerun – In Bloom: Addie’s Garden … blossoms/leaves

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win

STAMPlorations CAS – Anything Goes … without the option of Magenta

That’s it from me for now … see you Thursday for a top up over at Time Out … have a great week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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Seize The Birthday 5/11- Surprise Party Guest, Virginia’s View #20, Winnie & Walter JITW, SSS Monday 2/11

If you’re looking for my Time Out DT post from earlier today, it’s here … otherwise, stay tuned!  I was honoured and excited to be the inaugural Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday during October … and I’m equally thrilled to have been asked by the lovely Nancy to stay on for the November party too … way to celebrate!  This fortnight we have no toppings at all … in other words,  you can play along with any birthday card you create … I went for typical party decorations on mine … shiny balloons and shimmery confetti …

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An almost one layer card, stamped with a sentiment from SSS and balloons from Winnie & Walter.  The balloons were masked and each triple/partially stamped with various shades of the same colour to give them a sense of dimension … and of course they were treated to lashings of Wink of Stella and a generous helping of Glossy Accents, as befits a birthday party!  This was one of those moments where a MISTI would’ve been handy … without one, though, I went all old fashioned and eyeballed it … it seems to have worked out ok!  The strings and little bow were hand drawn, I added the strip of DP down the side and scattered some confetti stars around the sentiment.

We’d be delighted to have you playing along with us at Seize the Birthday … there’s a heap of inspiration from the DT over at the blog … and for those of you in the throes of Christmas card making, just think what a lovely change it would be do make something completely different!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

My celebratory card is heading off to …

Virginia’s View – All About Texture … mine is subtle … the linen effect card base, the stars and the shiny and dimensional Glossy Accents

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … my balloons are from W&W

SSS Monday – So Glossy

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

        

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Happy Birthday, Hannelie! Uniko #24, SSSW 26/8, Seize The Birthday 27/8, Simply Create Too #93, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello!  Today one of my sweet friends is celebrating a birthday … so I’m here to share her card with you … Happy, Happy Birthday, Hannelie!  If you don’t already know Hannelie from Desert Diva, you really do need to pay her a visit … she’s amazingly talented, is on Design Teams galore and is just the loveliest soul!  You’ll be there a while, so take a little something to eat and drink … like breakfast, lunch and dinner!  May you be blessed with joy and laughter on your special day, mon amie … and all through the year to come!  Your card should be in your mailbox by now …

Happy Birthday Hannelie, Uniko 24, SSSW 26-8, STB 27-8, SCT 93, W&W JITWI used a hand made stencil (based on one from SSS) to create the ombré yellow background,  stamped the dandelions from Clearly Besotted over it, added the Winnie & Walter sentiment and topped it off with a scattering of sequins and gems.  Voilà … a crisp, fresh, one layer card in a Hannelie-esque colour combo!

Hannelie‘s card is also heading to …

Uniko – Summer … where the delightful Darnell is GD!  No inspiration picture twist this time.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … second entry

Seize The Birthday – No ‘Weather’ topping … unless we count the sunshine yellow!

Simply Create Too – It’s a Special Occasion … celebrating a birthday definitely counts as special!

Winnie & Walter – JITW … my sentiment

Yesterday I set aside some time to join in the Papertrey SAF … whilst it didn’t go quite as planned, there are some cards to share … and there may be more today … if Monsieur Mojo makes a reappearance.  Even if he doesn’t, I’ll be back later with what’s done so far … look forward to seeing you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Blog Named Hero 20/8, Freshly Made Sketches #200, Hero Arts 17/8, Little Tangles #59, Winnie & Walter JITW

Hello again … hope your Sunday has been (or is turning out to be) simply splendid!  As mentioned earlier, I’m popping back with this evening (quickly … it’s late!) to share the second card I made yesterday …

ABNH 20-8, FMS 200, HA 17-8, Little Tangles 59, W&W JITWI sponged Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire) over a white card panel, used Jennifer McGuire‘s tip of brushing over the still damp ink with Perfect Pearls to create a faux metallic look, and then did some double partial die cutting.  First came the Winnie & Walter ‘Happy’, where I left the ‘p’ and ‘y’ attached to the panel, and second was the Hero Arts Triangle Background.  Neat & Tangled‘s Across The Card sentiment was stamped onto a slip of  spare card, clear embossed and then trimmed down to fit into the top row of triangles.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the base … and I was done!

My card was inspired by these challenges …

A Blog Named Hero – As Clean And Simple As Can Be … I’m thinking it’s crisp and clean … and that there’s lots of ‘white’ (or metallic) space.  If it isn’t CAS enough though, ladies, please feel free to delete!

Freshly Made Sketches – see below for the sketch … this is my first time playing … and they’re celebrating their 200th challenge … where have I been??

Hero Arts – Makeover (give a past project a new look) … I CASEd a set of cards made during one of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady weeks in May (see below), changing the white space for ink sponged space, adding the metallic sheen, die cutting the lower section of the card panel and making the sentiment into a banner.

Little Tangles – Happy Birthday … to celebrate Neat and Tangled’s birthday last week … congratulations on three fabulous years, Danielle!

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … Julie and Shay’s ongoing challenge using their wonderful goodies.

That’s it for my weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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