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Time Out DT #43 Mid Challenge Reminder, Hero Arts Holiday Challenge, WOW! – November, SSS Monday 2/11

We’re mid way through our lovely Christmas themed challenge at Time Out … with the optional twist of using pink or purple … and after last week’s pink extravaganza, this time I went with a little understated purple …

Time Out DT 43RTime OutI ombré sponged Chipped Sapphire and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over a white card panel (Seedless Preserves isn’t in my stash … yet!) and added some Perfect Pearls splatters over it.  The nativity image is from Hero Arts Greatest Gift (partly masked off), double heat embossed in white to give it some glossy dimension.  I trimmed the panel to size, popped it up on the cardbase on craft foam, added a single gem to the star and stamped the Uniko sentiment in Brilliance Starlight Black.    Voilà … the reason for the season …

Time Out DT 43R DetailWe’d love for you to play along with us at Time Out … you can use any colours in your Christmas card … but if you do use the pink or purple twist, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a self selected stamp set from our sponsor, Uniko … and there are such yummy ones to choose from!  As usual, our overall winner, as chosen by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge!  There’s plenty of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer Suchi from Suchi’s Cardstock … from our own fabulous Design Team … and from some of the Design Team over at Uniko … so you’re in for a treat!   Also, if you comment on the Uniko blog here and on the blogs of the Uniko DT who have played along with us, you could win their stamp of the week … Label Love!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge – Christmas

WOW! Embossing Powder – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – So Glossy

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

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Colour Q #313, Make The Day Special – October, WOW! Embossing Powder – October, SSS Wednesday 21/10

Hello!  For the first time in a while, I had a little time to be creative just for fun today … and made this sweet little gift bag and tag …

CQ 313, MTDS October, WOW October, SSSW 21-10It’s only 7.5cm by 10cm (3 by 4 inches) … isn’t it dinky?  I cut it with the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die (twice), folded along the crease lines and adhered everything together with double sided tape.  A piece of white card was heat embossed with iridescent EP and cut with a Uniko snowflake die.  The snowflake was attached to a couple of WPlus9 die cut tags and a legless brad was adhered in the middle and coated with Stickles.  I tied some twine onto the tag and wrapped it round the gift bag handle … with a yummy little something inside, of course!

My dinky bag was inspired by …

Colour Q – Going Grey, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, White (my equivalent)

Make The Day Special – Anything But a Card

Wow! Embossing Powder – Anything But a Card

SSS Wednesday – Wrap It Up

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend … with a bit of space in it to get crafty!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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My Favorite Things Summer School #2, #3, #4, #5, Wow! – June, SSS Wednesday 24/6

Marginal moment crafting can be very satisfying … particularly when life is crazy and there’s not a lot of real creative time available!  That’s what I’ve been doing of late … and tonight I have four cards to share … all made over a few days in those small moments of time between a whole heap of other rush rush, busy busy, must get done things!   Here’s where I started …

MFT SS 2, WOW June, SSSW 24-6… with a pretty little MFT speech bubble (cut at the Lake House) and some randomly stamped and white heat embossed Neat & Tangled blooms.  I did some watercolouring with Distress Inks, added some Wink of Stella (of course!), doodled in those trio clusters of little dots with a white gel pen and layered the whole thing onto a slip of matching-the-background vellum.  I heat embossed the Neat & Tangled sentiment, popped the speech bubble up on foam tape on the card base, and added a scattering of tiny seed beads, coloured with Promarkers to match the flowers.  This card is destined for …

My Favorite Things Summer School – Focal Point – instead of the speech bubble holding the sentiment, I used it as my focal point … if pretty mail could talk, this is what it would say!

Wow! – Summer – what says it better than a drift of sweet summer blooms!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes – my second entry

Next up, a kaleidoscope of butterflies …

MFT SS 3, SSSW 24-6 Here, I popped up MFT pierced rectangles (Lake House stash again!) onto the card base, to act as stepping points for those well drilled and choreographed fluttery vellum butterflies (PTI, thanks to my sweet friend, Chriss).  They were adhered just in the middle so that the wings could be folded upward to add to the sense of movement, and were dressed with a single gem each.  The placement of the Clearly Besotted sentiment running up the side of the popped up rectangles draws the eye along that sweet papillon swoosh!  They’re flying off to …

My Favorite Things Summer School – Movement/Flow – the stepping points going up the card, the swoosh of butterflies, their fluttery wings, the verticle sentiment.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes – my third entry.

A rather soft and subtle little number is next …

MFT SS 4, SSSW 24-6I cut an MFT Stax circle into a white card panel, sliced up some striped DP and adhered it down the two thirds line.  The leaf sprigs are from Poppy Stamps … I cut a couple of them, coloured one grey with a Promarker and arranged them in the circle, adhering the stems on the back and the leaves round the edge.  A larger MFT Stax circle was cut in black and adhered to the card base, and I popped the panel up on foam dots over it.  You’ll notice there’s no sentiment … the one I was going to use was a smidge too big for the space when I came to stamp it … hadn’t taken account of the leaves round the edge of the circle!  So rather than make do, I’ll add a sentiment to the inside … a ‘just because’, ‘thinking of you’ or ‘sending prayers’, I think.  Linking this card up to …

My Favorite Things Summer School – Line – my DP, drawing the eye to the focal point.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes – my fourth entry.

My final card, in contrast, is bold and graphic …

MFT SS 5, SSSW 25-6I sponged and blended Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks onto an MFT on-the-line sentiment panel (once more, a Lake House find!), and popped the panel up onto the card base, positioned so that a narrow white strip was visible along the bottom.  To create the look of celebratory ‘champagne bubbles’, I mixed up some perfect pearls and splattered them gingerly (it’s splatter after all!) over the card.  The splatter looks a little grey in the photo … IRL it’s pearly and shiny and shimmery!  I’m playing along with …

My Favorite Things Summer School – Quiet Space/White Space – the bold sentiment panel pops against all that glorious white!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes – my final entry.

I’d like to thank my fellow Babes (Ardyth, Bev, Darnell, Geri, Kim), whose stashes I shamelessly raided at the Lake House, as well as my friend Chriss who sent me those wonderful butterflies … without all of whom, these marginal moment cards could never have been made!  Thanks so much, ladies!  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 #34, My Favorite Things Summer School #1, SSS Wednesday 24/6, WOW! – June

It’s time for another Home Sweet Home challenge at Time Out … this fortnight we have an amazing picture to inspire you … it’s a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 34Time OutHere’s the inspiration photo …

I’m guessing you can see what was in my line of sight this week … those chevron patterns in vibrant colours in the foreground … and all that white wall space!   I sponged some chevron die cuts (My Favorite Things … from the Lake House stash … thanks, BABES!) with Distress Inks and adhered them to a piece of printer paper to make a panel.  The WPlus9 ‘Hello’ was double heat embossed in clear to give it some shine (there’s polish on that floor!), it was fixed flat to the chevron panel and I stamped and embossed the remainder of the sentiment underneath (also WPlus9), before popping the finished panel up on foam tape on the card base.  Voila!

Where will this photo take your creative mind …the riot of colour, maybe the graphic shapes, p’raps all that white space?  Why not let your ideas blossom and play along with us?   There’s inspiration galore over at Time Out, from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Sue from Foleys Friend.  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!  I do hope you’ll find time to have some fun with this picture … we’d love to have you join us … look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

My Favorite Things Summer School – Rule of Thirds – The chevrons are two thirds down and the sentiment is in the sweet spot … where the horizontal and vertical two thirds lines intersect.

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

WOW! – Summer – Those sizzling hot summer colours … and my clear embossed hello!  (I’m a Feedly Follower … hope that counts!)

I’ll be back later with a little something else … yes, really … I’ve been marginal moment creating!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!   Anita 🙂

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