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A New Challenge At Time Out – #105 – It’s Our Birthday!

Hello … bonjour!  It’s a very special day for us today at Time Out … it’s our 4th birthday!  Huge congratulations to Sandie and the whole Design Team … may there be many more happy years of being inspired together ahead!  We’re celebrating with a most appropriate and fun ‘Inspired By Words’ challenge … birthdays are full of sunshine, love and laughter … here’s my take on it … Time OutOver the last week or so, all the blossom trees round about us have suddenly come into flower … and they provided the inspiration for my almost one layer card.  It’s stamped with images from Concord & 9th’s Beautiful Branches … I double stamped the blossoms … in light pink all over and in dark pink around the centres, not being too precise so as to mimic the style of the image.  The ‘because’ sentiment (Concord & 9th’s Just Because) was die cut, coloured to match the branches and triple stacked before being adhered to the card … and I stamped the tiny secondary sentiments (from SSS) around it in the same dark pink as the blossom centres.  I finished off with some dots of white gel pen on the stamens and a scattering of Lucy’s Little Gems around the sentiment.

Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love if it you joined in our celebration!  We’re sponsored by Concord & 9th this time round, thanks to Angie and Greg  … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $25 GC … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … as well as from our super talented and returning Guest Designer, the lovely Claire from Life On The Scrap Heap.   You probably know Claire already … if not, you should!  Why not pop over for a visit and enjoy a wonderful meander through all the deliciousness on offer over at her blog … you could say hello while you’re there too!  Oh, and one final thing … if you head over to the Concord & 9th blog, you’ll find that they’re also sharing about our birthday celebration!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Easter/Spring Inspiration (Mood Board below – blossoms picture on left)

SSS National Craft Month – Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Easter Inspired (Mood Board below – top right blossom tree)

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes (hope blossoms on trees count!)

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

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Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous third Twofer Card Challenge starts today … well, right this moment actually!  You all pushed the boundaries again with your cards last month, thank you … we had a gallery full of hearts in all their various (and sometimes most unexpected) guises … what inventive players you are!  So, March has arrived … and in less than two weeks, we’ll be into spring here in the northern hemisphere … how about a word prompt that fits nicely into the season …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Mon Ami set … to my eyes, it looks like a lotus blossom … how could I not use it?  How about a closer look at each card …

Here, I used the stamp more or less as it was intended … though with a little artistic licence … bet this is the first time you’ve seen lotus blossom on long stems (taken from a Concord & 9th set) … unless they’re stylised tulips that is!  One layer, heaps of crisp white space, some no line ombré watercolouring, a birthday sentiment from MFT nestled into the curve of one of the blossoms, and a sprinkling of sequins … a joy to my CAS loving heart!

My Twofer …

A little busier … and a smidge outside my comfort zone!  Coloured card stock (eek!), a white heat embossed pattern against the minty green (recognise the lotus?), some perfect pearl painting inside the petals, a black heat embossed thank you sentiment (from Concord & 9th) and a scattering of gems.  The pattern was straightforward to create … I marked the centre of the panel, made sure the central dot of one of the blossoms was over it, and worked outwards from there, stamping and heat embossing as I went.  I used an acrylic block rather than MISTI … it was easier to look through it to line up the overlapping central dots and ensure the petal edges were touching.  Seems to me there’s something a little groovy and/or 60s retro about it … may try something similar again!

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

So … what will your creative imagination do with ‘Blossoms’ this month?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted too that we have a Guest Designer with us this time round … welcome to Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter, who was the winner of our inaugural Twofer Card Challenge!  Do go and have a visit with Verna … apart from her brilliant Twofer there, you’ll find loads of delicious cards to meander through and be inspired by!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

AAA Cards – Ombré

Clean And Simple On Friday – Celebration With Sequins

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

… and my funky thank you card is heading to …

The Card Concept – Photo Below (Inspired by the minty greens – Clean & Graphic/Mixed Media)

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

ETA:  SSS Work It Wednesday – Green

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

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Happy National Craft Month!               

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Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello … bonjour!  It’s time to get excited all over again … our next Twofer Card Challenge starts right now!  Thanks to your ingenuity and creativity, our first gallery was chock full of fabulous cards showcasing two different designs … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies.  How about stretching those creative muscles again this month?  This time round, our word prompt is …       Here’s where I went with my Twofer …

The thing that these two CAS cards have in common is the Concord & 9th die cut heart … all the other elements are distinctly different.  Here’s a closer look at each one …

         

Here, I made the hearts into delicate flowers … using just the outline cuts turned upside down and adhered along the centre line to a kraft card base.  They’re folded up a little to add interest and dimension.  The stems are made from very slender strips of cardstock, attached flat to the base.  I white heat embossed a birthday sentiment from Winnie & Walter … and added a drift of enamel accent dots to mimic seed heads floating in a summer breeze.

My Twofer …

This time I used a series of whole hearts in my design.  They were cut from a piece of card that had been rainbow watercoloured with Distress Inks … and were adhered flat to a panel of black cardstock in a graphic pattern.  The Sending Hugs sentiment was made up of two dies from SSS and I added a Lucy’s Little Gem to each heart (to match the background colour).  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on craft foam onto a white card base … the white border ties the white sentiment into the design.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same die!

So … will you let your creative imagination run wild with ‘Hearts’?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps/dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with loads of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Hope you can join us!

My birthday card is celebrating at …

CAS on Friday – Use a Die

CAS-ual Fridays – Hearts, Hearts and More Hearts

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Candle Topping

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my watercolour hearts are hugging at …

CAS Watercolour – Heart

Fusion – Stained Glass Hearts Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Optional Twist Hearts

SSS Monday – Love Is In The Air

SSS Wednesday – It Must Be Love

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

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Bonne Année 2018!

Hello … bonjour!  There are just a few hours left of the old year … and so many to look forward to and make the most of in the coming one!  Très Bonne Année … A Very Happy New Year … may God bless you with health, joy, love and creativity throughout 2018 … and beyond!  I’m back today with some more of my Christmas designs for this season … first up, some silvery white on white snowflakes …

I believe the embossed snowflakes on the white panel are from SU … not sure as they were part of my Lake House stash.  They’re embellished with dots of silver and a stamped sentiment in silver from Concord & 9th (Silent Night) … and are mounted on a base that was swiped with Delicata silver around the edges.

I apologise in advance for the photo on this next snowflake one … don’t know what I did with the lighting here … and this was the best I could do with Picasa!

A one layer card with the sentiment (SSS) silver heat embossed and coloured with Zig brush markers … and the snowflakes (Hero Arts) stamped in Delicata silver.

More snowflakes on this next one …

This is one of those QACAS cards (quick and easy CAS in Darnellese).  A panel of designer cardstock,  already foiled with snowflakes … with a silver foil die cut sentiment (MFT) inlaid into it … all attached to a card base.  The shimmer and shine is fabulous IRL … you can see just a little of it in the reflection on the desk top.

Here’s another similar one …

Different designer cardstock, foiled in gold, with the MFT inlaid sentiment in festive red.  Again, you can see the shine of the foil in the desk top … seems those stars are slipping off the card!

Finally, a cute little tag …

These happy little birds are from Lawn Fawn … they’re frolicking against an ombré sponged Papertrey tag and are topped with a heat embossed sentiment from Uniko/SSS.  You might be able to see that their warm winter woolies are coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

I’m sending all these projects to SSS Wednesday where Anything Goes this week … and the sweet tag to Lawn Fawnatics, where we’re using a favourite Lawn Fawn set (Winter Sparrows).

I’m off to celebrate shortly … hope you’ll be seeing in the new year in style!  Thanks so much for coming by … today and all through 2017.  I always say it and I always mean it … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         

Joyeux Noël!

Hello … bonjour!  I’m popping in this morning to wish you a Très Joyeux Noël … a Very Happy Christmas … may the miracle of Our Lord’s birth bring you great joy and every blessing on this truly special day … and always!  I haven’t had chance to post all of the Christmas cards I made this year, so am taking a moment to share a few of them here.  Most years, I make lots of one single design … this time, for a change, I made small batches of different designs.  The first of today’s quintet …

A simple, die cut 3D Christmas scene using the Concord & 9th Holy Night dies … against a blue foil background.  Isn’t that reflection amazing … and I didn’t even see it till after the picture was taken … a happy accident!  This was the only one like this … there were other cards made with glitter card and pearl card backgrounds, but there’s no mirror quality to them, so no reflection.  The Silent Night, Holy Night sentiment (from the same C9 bundle) is on the back.  I’m sending this card to …

CAS-ual Fridays – White Christmas

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Anything Goes

                   
Next, another mostly die cut Madonna and Child …

The die is from Tutti Designs … a gift from the lovely Michele (thank you so much, my friend!), cut from pearl card and adhered over a Distress Ink sponged background, spritzed with Shimmer Spray.  The sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Holy Night.  I’m joining in at …

Clean & Simple on Friday – Christmas

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Uniko – Christmas

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Third up, Bethlehem …

A Taylored Expressions border die (Lake House stash!) adhered over a Distress Ink sponged and splattered sky, with a white heat embossed sentiment from WPlus9.  The glow from the town silhouette is so much more glow-y IRL … couldn’t capture it on camera!  This one’s going to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No option)

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

                   

Next on stage … a snow covered village on Christmas Eve …

Don’t know where the village landscape die is from … it was from my Lake House stash.  It’s adhered over a Distress Ink sponged and shimmer sprayed background … and stamped with a Concord & 9th sentiment.  I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

Uniko – Christmas

                   

Finally for now, a simple, rustic creche …

Don’t use a lot of kraft at all … though I do love the look of white embossing on it.  This lovely image seemed a perfect way to combine the two … it’s part of a Hero Arts full nativity scene (Greatest Gift) that I very carefully trimmed out so that I could use just the creche.  The sentiment is from Concord & 9th.  I love the simplicity!  This is heading to …

A Blog Named Hero – Winter Holiday

Inkspirational – Gift … the Greatest One of all

SSS – National Christmas Card Day

                   

I’m planning on coming back over the next couple of days with a few more of this year’s Christmas card designs … hope to see you then!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Guest Designing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – November 2017 – Week 5

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Hello … bonjour!  My excitement at being here today, Guest Designing again with the talented Simon Says Stamp Wednesday team, is tinged with just a hint of sadness that this is my final week.  It’s been an absolute delight to work with the lovely Lols and Jo (as well as the rest of the DT) this month … thank you so much, ladies, for the opportunity and for the warm welcome … it’s been an honour and a privilege!  Thanks also to all of you … friends, commenters, visitors and readers … your support and encouragement has been fabulous … I’m grateful for every single one of you!

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So, onto our new challenge, which this week is ‘Anything Goes‘ … and we’re showcasing products from Tim Holtz.  You don’t need to use Tim Holtz goodies to join in … but we’d love to see them if you have some!  As always, if you play along, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a $50 GV to spend at the wonderful Simon Says Stamp store … and it’s nearly Die-cember … how’s that for an incentive to join us!

Up until a while ago, the only Tim Holtz products I had in my stash were Distress Inks (were there some incredulous sharp intakes of breath there??), which I love.  Then I was given some mini stencils (thanks, Darnell!) … and though they’ve been played with, this is the first time they’ve made an appearance on any cards.  The first is an almost one layer floral number …

I masked a linen card base and sponged Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin and Seedless Preserves through the Tim Holtz Scribble Mini Stencil  … and then spritzed it all lightly with water.  The stencil was removed and when the ink was dry, I added a touch of Delicata Gold to the rose centres (at least that’s what they look like to me!) and did some splattering (Delicata Gold and Seedless Preserves).  The die cut happy is from Winnie & Walter (covered with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle) and the secondary stamped and heat embossed sentiment is from Simon’s Happy & Smile set.   I finished with a scattering of black Enamel Accents.  Here’s a look at the shimmer …  I went all rustic and neutral with my second card … and added a pop of bright colour …

This time I used a panel of mixed media paper and sponged Ground Espresso Distress Ink through the Tim Holtz Woodgrain Mini Stencil.  When the panel was dry, I sponged over it with Antique Linen Distress Ink, which softened the woodgrain pattern.  The pine branches (Gina K Designs Festive Foliage) were stamped and heat embossed in white and the fir cones were treated to a touch of the Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  The die cut sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Holy Night (except the tréma, which is from Simon’s Joyeux Noël) … it was sponged with Candied Apple Distress Ink and clear heat embossed before being adhered flat to the panel.  The panel was added to a card base of mixed media paper … and I was done.  The shine isn’t too obvious here … here’s close up so you can see it better …

If you haven’t been there already, do pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog to check out all the fantastic Tim Holtz creations from the Design Team … you’ll love them!   Hope you’ll be inspired to play along with us this week … maybe a Christmas card or two to add to your collection?

So, this last card brings me to the end of my month in the Designer Spotlight … and I’ve loved it! Again, thanks so much to Lols, Jo and the DT … and to all of you for cheering me on here for the last five weeks.  I think you already know it, but I love to tell you … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A New Challenge At Time Out – #97 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!   To those who are celebrating today … Happy, Happy Thanksgiving … wishing you a day blessed with all good things!  Appropriately enough, we have a lovely new challenge starting today at Time Out, where we’re Inspired By Words … live with gratitude and celebrate all that is good, today and every day … how wise.  Here’s my take on it …

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A gold heat embossed leaf (Concord & 9th Lacy Leaf),  watercoloured with Zig Brush Markers and a water brush, die cut and popped up on craft foam on a Delicata gold ink splattered base.   The sentiment (from the same set) was also gold heat embossed.  How about a look at the shimmer and shine in a bit more detail …Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love to see what you make!  This time, we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations (thanks so much, Shery) … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $15 GC … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a whole heap of delicious ideas from our fabulous DT … as well as from our Guest Designer, my delightful and wonderfully talented friend, Isabelle from Izzy Scrap.  Given that Isabelle is on both the Less is More and Uniko Design Teams, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll have seen her gorgeous work.  If not (or even if you have), do go over and enjoy a gentle meander through all that inspiration … and drink in every last drop … you’ll love it!

I’m playing along at …

Auberge des Loisirs – Tableau d’Inspiration (Mood Board)

CAS-ual Fridays – Gratitude With Attitude

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … No Tag Option

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Thanks so much for coming by, especially during this Thanksgiving season, your visits and comments truly are always a joy!  Anita 🙂