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Twofer Card Challenge #12 – Birds

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our first Twofer Card Challenge of 2019!  This month, we have a fabulous prompt that will have ideas popping all over your creative brain … it’s …

… it might even be happening already!  Here are my feathered friends …

My common image here is that happy little waving penguin, from Arctic Pals by Essentials By Ellen, used conventionally on both cards … isn’t he a cutie?  Actually, all the stamps I used are from the same set, designed by Julie Ebersole … I love it!  Here’s a closer look at the first …

Here, my penguin is saying a heap of hello’s to his pal just across the ice.  They were stamped onto a white card panel, coloured with alcohol markers and grounded with a touch of grey pencil. The eyes on both were altered using white and black gel pens so that they look as though they’re glancing at one another … and  I added Glossy Accents (carefully!) to the eyes and the beaks.  The cracked ice background (that’s how I see it!) is from Winnie and Walter (Multifaceted Cutaway) … cut from grey card and adhered flat to the base.  I doodled a dotted frame around the penguin panel … and popped the panel up on craft foam over the ice.

My twofer penguin …


… sending Happy Brrrthday wishes from behind his iceberg.  This little scene was built up on a white card panel using stamping and masking … I added a touch of colour to the penguin’s beak … and some shading and frosting to the icebergs (you can see the shimmer better in the first photo if you go in close).  The finished panel was adhered flat to a card base that had been sponged along the edges to match the icebergs.

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

How might you interpret ‘Birds’?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two takes on it!  All the details you need are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of fine, feathery ideas from the the DT to spark your imagination.  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this month … a warm welcome to Izzy from Izzyscrap and Sonja from Old Punca.  Do go and have a visit with both Izzy and Sonja … not only will you find their brilliant Twofer cards, you’ll also enjoy a whole heap of wonderful inspiration to meander through … and you can always leave them some love while you’re there!

My happy pals are wandering off to …

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes With Dies

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Something New … my penguins

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Try Something New … my penguins

… and my surprise birthday friend is celebrating at …

CASology – Frozen

Less Is More – Water … icebergs are frozen water!

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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


A New Challenge At Time Out – #123 – Black, White Plus One Colour

Hello … bonjour … and a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my American friends!   We have a theme for you to play along with at Time Out this fortnight … it’s a colour one … black, white and a spot of colour … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  Here’s where I went with it …

This is an almost one layer card … stamped with an EbyE background in Memento Tuxedo Black … pounced with white to create a sense of lit snowfall … and generously spitzed with Shimmer Spray (which you can’t see!).  The little fox, which is also EbyE, was stamped, trimmed out, popped up on foam tape onto the snowy background … and had his glinting eyes dotted with Enamel Accents and his nose coloured red and coated with Glossy Accents.  He’s related to Rudolph don’cha know … and aspires to emulate him … though I’m not sure what the other reindeers would say if a fox were to head up the pulling team on Christmas Eve.  Guess it’s only Santa knows the answer to that one.  The sentiment was typed on a 1960s typewriter (as you can see it has a dual black/red ribbon!) … between the background stamping stage and the attaching of the Rudolph-emulating little fox.      How will you interpret our Black, White, Plus One Colour theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers … there’ll be a random winner of a $20 gift certificate for the store, drawn from those who use the optional twist.  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Joanna from Jo-Jo’s Spot.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Joanna … there’s so much fantastic and varied inspiration on display … you’ll have a splendid time … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

SSS Monday – Let It Snow

SSS Wednesday – Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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


Twofer Card Challenge #11 – Wreath

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our November Twofer Card Challenge!  If you look closely at our challenge badge above, you’ll notice there’s a change … yep, from now on, we will be accepting the use of stencils for the prompt element on your cards.  Yay for all you stencil aficionado’s out there!  Our prompt this month lends itself to lots of year round designs … though as Christmas is galloping up on us at a pace, it may just have you thinking of something festive for one of your cards … it’s …

My creative mind certainly took me to Christmas for one of mine …

My common stamp here is the Wreath Turnabout from Concord & 9th … let’s take a closer look at each design.

Isn’t that such a delicious colour palette for this autumn wreath one layer card … I was inspired to use it by the lovely Bev (thanks, sweet friend!), who gathered together inks of similar colours for a play session we had at the Lake House.   After turnabout-ing, I added the sentiment to the centre (from the same C9 set), covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle … and stamped the side borders (Essentials By Ellen Winterscapes).  They were all done in espresso ink (to tie in with the autumn feel), though it does look decidedly black in the photo.  I finished off with lots of tiny copper Nuvo Drop berries … holding my breath as I went!  Here’s a closer look at them … and the shimmer …

My Twofer …

For my Christmas card, the vellum panel was offset on my turnabout ‘turntable’ so that the wreath could be stamped off the edge.  I heat embossed each of the four turns in different metallic embossing powders, plus white … and then added in some extra elements on the inner part of the wreath, using smaller stamps from the same C9 set, along with one from Pink Fresh Studio‘s Bird With Flowers.  The WPlus9 sentiment was heat embossed under the wreath, I added a Lawn Fawn stitched border and adhered the panel to a dark grey base.  A scattering of stars was added around the sentiment and wreath … and I topped each star with a dot of white Enamel Accents to make it shine.

Where will our ‘Wreath’ prompt take you this month?  We’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … it’s just a click away!  Our talented Guest Designers this time round are Carol from Our Little Inspirations and Sybrina from Chapter Three. Do go and have a visit with them both … you’ll find their terrific Twofer cards, plus plenty of other delicious projects to enjoy and be inspired by!

My autumn wreath is joining in at  …

CAS On Friday – Brighten Someone’s Day

CASology – Compliment

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my Christmas card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No CAS Option)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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 – #110 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge has just started at Time Out … this time round, we have a vibrant, funky, retro style Home Sweet Home photograph to inspire you to join us … it’s a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s that bright, colourful inspiration …

I focussed on the florals in the wallpaper … selected the yellows, oranges, pinks and greens for my stamped and masked Essentials By Ellen bouquet … and chose the white lampshade as the base for my colours, rather than the taupe on the walls.  My Winnie & Walter die cut and ombré sponged sentiment mimics that vivid pink chair, with the supplementary Essentials by Ellen ‘birthday’ picking up the frame underneath it.  I finished off with some white gel pen doodling on the light pink and orange flowers … and a scattering of Lucy’s Little Gems.  Voilà … fresh and clean with just a smidge of sparkle!

What sets your imagination in motion in our Home Sweet Home photo … the bold colours, those cool shapes, maybe that framed picture or the wooden floor … or something else completely?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $20 gc from our fabulous sponsor, Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie!) and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of brilliant ideas from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin.  Ksenija’s blog is chock full of the most delicious cards … you probably know that already (and if you don’t, what a wonderful discovery you’ve made!) … why not pop over and see her, explore and say hello while you’re there … you’ll have a fantastic time!

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Inspired By Nature

CAS On Friday – Birthday

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Inspired By A Song … She’s a Wildflower by Lauren Alaina

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Use More Than One Stamp … there are six here (two sets)

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Sunshine & Summertime … sunny summer blooms

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 – #96 – CASEing Michele Ferguson!

Hello … bonjour!  Another fabulous new challenge starts today at Time Out … this fortnight, our theme is CASE The Designer … and our designer is my lovely friend, the ultra talented and delightful Michele Ferguson of I Card Everyone. Michele’s deliciously CAS card is below … here’s my take on it …

Time Outand here’s Michele‘s crisp, gorgeous original …

I was taken with the yummy greens, the camouflaged die cut sentiment and all that glorious white space, so focused on those.  My Christmas trees are from Essentials by Ellen (Rustic Botanicals)  and were stamped in three shades of green across the card front.  The sentiment, MFT’s Merry Christmas, was cut into them and into craft foam … they were adhered together and pieced back into place after the inside of the card front had been lined.  I finished off with some Spectrum Noir Shimmer on the sentiment … and a single teeny red star gem on the top of just one tree, as a nod to Michele’s yellow enamel dots.  The shimmer on the sentiment is a little more visible here …

Voilà … quick, clean, simple.  It’s a good design for multiples (especially with a MISTI!) … I may make more in different shades … those funky trees could take some contemporary Christmas colours I think!

Where will Michele‘s card take your creative imagination … to the CASness, colours and die cut, as it did me … to the stencilling, florals, ombré background … or to something else?  Whatever takes your eye, we’d love for you to play along!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers (thanks so much, Kylie) … 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 splendid ideas from our wonderful DT … and from our Guest Designer, another lovely friend, the super talented and fabulous Bobby from Bits & Pieces.  I’m certain you’ve already met and visited both Bobby and Michele … and have enjoyed numerous meanderings around all the gorgeousness on offer at their blogs.  Why not pop over to see them and enjoy another one … and leave them some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up – With My Favorite Things

CASology – Tiny (that star couldn’t get much tinier!)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Christmas

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Hope you’ve been having a happy, crafty week … thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂






A Little Monochrome … And Some Watercolouring

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your weekend has been a great one … and that you’ve had chance to spend some of it creating.  I had a bit of time to play … and have four cards to share … first up, something rather crisp and clean …

A panel stamped with Papertrey‘s Doodlie-Do flowers and leaves and coloured with Promarkers … all in various grey tones.  The sentiment is also from Papertrey, the happy was embossed, the birthday was die cut twice and stacked.  I might add some bling or shine to the panel … it seems a little naked as is!

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

Papertrey Make It Monday – Monochrome Colour Pop

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday … congratulations to the SSSM team on seven fabulous years!

The Flower Challenge – Focus on Background Stamping

Next, something with a little more colour …

This is a panel from my Lake House stash (thanks to Ardyth I think) … masked/stamped with the Mondo Peony from Essentials By Ellen.  I watercoloured it with my Zigs, stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle, did a little Black Soot DI splattering, scattered on some Lucy’s Little Jewels and adhered it flat to a card base.

This is heading to (all the badges are at the bottom) …

Essentials By Ellen Mix It Up Challenge – Avery Elle

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Bloom Optional Twist

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday

ETA:  Thanks to a prompt from my lovely friend Barb, I’m also linking the above card up at

Addicted to CAS – One Layer

Here’s something else flowery and watercolour-y …

Concord & 9th blooms, white heat embossed and watercoloured with Zigs, in soft summery shades, with a sentiment from Recollections (a gift from the lovely Barb when we met last year during her visit to France).

This is going over to (all the badges are at the bottom) …

Carte Maniak –  Embossage Blanc et Aquarelles/White Embossing with Watercolours

Fusion – Inspiration (below) … I used the soft colours of the markers

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Bloom Optional Twist

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Anything Goes (celebrating two awesome years of Concord & 9th)

Finally this evening, you’ve probably seen the Simply Graphic die delights that Maria has been showcasing … if not, go, right now … I’ll wait till you get back … they’re here, here and here.  Told ya … now, wasn’t that worth the detour?  So, I happened to mention in a comment that I share Maria’s love of this stylish company … and how the SG page in my wish book includes practically the whole line … and she promptly sent me a whole selection of delicious cuts.  Merci mille fois, encore, Maria!  This is the second card I’ve made with them (you’ll notice it has some similarities to one of those you’ve just seen over at Maria’s place) … not posted the first yet …

A panel of smooshed-with-Zigs watercolour paper, trimmed to size, acting as a bright backdrop for those swoonable SG abstract flowers.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter (I used a white gel pen for the ‘i’ as it fell perfectly over the stem) … and the frame is another of the goodies from my SG envelope (slightly reduced in size).

This little pretty is joining in the fun at (all the badges are at the bottom)  …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS on Friday – Birthday

Muse – Anita’s Inspiration … below, I reversed the bloom/background

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Happy Birthday

That’s it from me for the weekend … might be back in a couple of days … if not, I’ll see you on Thursday for a new and fun challenge at Time Out!  Anita 🙂


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Challenge 12
NB:  Where Creativity Meets C9 … badge shows in draft, but no matter what I do, it doesn’t show up in the post!  If you can shed any light, I’d be grateful!  Anita:)



A French Hen, Two Happy Bears And A Rainbow Village

Hello … bonjour!  I’m finishing the weekend with a trio of cards that are bright, colourful, happy and fun … here’s the first …

A little French hen from Essentials by Ellen, who came to roost at my house after a long trip across the pond (thanks Michele!) … coloured with Promarkers … perched on a rainbow backed Studio Calico die cut with a Waltzingmouse stamped sentiment … and carrying a trio of W&W shimmery balloons.

She’s off to play at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

CASology – Balloon … congratulations to Melissa and the past/present DT on five fantastic years!  Haven’t had chance to do the wonderful blog hop (sorry!), but am linking up anyway!

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – Mood Board … inspired by the summery stripes/dots/colours

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Please note that all the badges are added at the bottom of this post.

Next up …

A couple of cute Essentials by Ellen bears (thanks, Judith!) … coloured with Promarkers …  clutching a Lawn Fawn die cut (again thanks, Judith!) over a white embossed SSS sentiment.  They’re set against a W&W confetti background, also coloured in with Promarkers.  These guys are heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – Mood Board … background inspired by the dotty cups.

Seize The Birthday – No Topping

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Think I was channelling my inner Laura Bassen on this last card …

A sponged rainbow sky, spritzed with shimmer spray … topped with a crisp white village die cut (don’t know the make, it came from my Lake House stash) … stamped repeatedly along the edge with a Clearly Besotted sentiment.  I’m joining in at …

AAA Cards – Rainbow … hope this is CAS enough ladies, if not, please disregard!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work it Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fresh Time Out challenge … it’s a cool one!  In the meantime, have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂