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A New Challenge at Time Out – #92 – Inspired By Words – And Some Feathers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delicious new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … and our quote has been specially chosen to celebrate International Dot Day … a day that celebrates creativity and the potential it has for us all.  Our words are from Robert Henri … ‘paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than it’s feathers’.  Here’s where I went with them …

Time OutA tumbling feathers card panel (thanks to the lovely Rosemary … not sure where it’s from … Papertrey, perhaps?), with some Spectrum Noir shimmer added (you can just see some top left), trimmed and adhered flat to the base card.  The sentiment is from SSS … a stacked and black heat embossed die cut … and a stamped and white heat embossed supplementary sentiment.  The only additions were the dots on the i’s, done with enamel accents (ever tried heat embossing a tiny dot … don’t!!).  QACAS as the delightful Darnell would say!

How will our quote inspire you?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie) and our winner, as voted for by the DT, will receive a $15 GV.  All the details (including a little more about International Dot Day) are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our Guest Designer, the sweet and super talented Carol from Just Me: C.  I’m pretty sure you’ll know Carol … do pop over and enjoy a happy time browsing round her scrumptious cards … and why not say hello while you’re there … she’ll be delighted to see you!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Clean and Simple

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 – #91 – CASEing Bev Brown of Uniko

Hello … bonjour!   Hope you’ve had chance to get crafty this week … me, not so much … though I am here with a card for our fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out.  Our theme this time around is CASE The Designer … and our designer is the wonderfully talented and sweet owner of Uniko … Bev Brown.  Bev‘s gorgeous card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …

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Yummy huh?  I was taken with the outline bloom against the striped colours and the scripty primary sentiment, so focused my attention on them.  Started with a linen card panel which I washed with soft colour using a broad brush, well diluted Distress Inks and lots of water … the latter so that the different shades would blend gently.  Once dry, the panel was trimmed to size, stamped with this delicious flourish-y almost tropical floral sprig from Uniko (Originally Organic) and edged with slender strips of black each side.  It was adhered flat to the base, I stamped the SSS sentiment next to it and added a single tiny bling to the dot on one of the i’s … didn’t seem to need anything else!

Where will Bev‘s card take your creative imagination … to the colours, stripes, line art, florals, layout … or something else?  Whatever takes your eye, we’d love for you to play along!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Uniko (thanks so much, Bev) … 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 wonderful ideas from our fabulous DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Lucie (who you need to visit if you don’t already know her work … so much splendid CASness to enjoy!).

I’m playing along at …

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Favourite Stamps … both the image and sentiment are among mine

The Heart Desires – Inspiration Board below … those luscious sorbet colours

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 – #90 – Autumn Theme – With A Twist!

Hello … bonjour … hope your week has been going well!  We start a wonderful new challenge at  Time Out this morning … this fortnight we have a theme for you … Autumn, with an optional twist of speed stamping!  If you’d like to twist, gather up your supplies, make your card in 10 minutes time or less and let us know how long it took.  That’s what I did …

This one layer card, featuring leaves from Concord & 9th, took 8 minutes and 5 seconds to make … with the help of MISTI.  There are two colours on each leaf (one light along one edge, one medium along the other … they blend in the middle) and the veins were added with a darker shade from the same colour family.  To add a little autumnal glow, I overstamped the veins in Delicata gold as I went … and did the same with the sentiment.  Want to see the glimmery detail (you can see the variations in the colours better here too) …

Where will our theme take you?  Will you go with our speed stamping twist for your autumnal card … or would you like to take your time … it’s up to you.  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Happy Little Stampers (thanks, Kylie!), who are offering a $15 GC to a random twister … a great reason to give speed stamping a try!  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 delicious inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our fabulously talented Guest Designer, Elaine, from Craft-E-Place.  If you haven’t seen Elaine’s lovely work before, do pay her a visit … her blog is chock full of yummy CAS creations!

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Time Out #89 – Home Sweet Home – Something Graphic

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge starts at Time Out this morning … this fortnight, we have a cool, understated, masculine style Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you (below).  Here’s where I went with it …

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… and here’s the inspiration picture …

21 Ways to Make the Industrial Look Work for You including brick veneer, pallet coffee tables and map walls:
My eye went to the colours (of the ocean, sofa, cushions, trunk) and the straight lines of some of the furniture, lamp and books.  I used an image from Avery Elle‘s Brushed to stamp the brushstrokes, adhered a die cut sentiment (Papertrey I think, it came from my Lake House box) and added the SSS secondary sentiments above and below it.  As a nod to the metallic trimming on the trunk, the edges of the card base were embossed in platinum, before the stamped panel was attached flat to it.

What grabs your attention in this photo … the colours and lines, as it did mine … maybe the curves of the sofa … p’raps the camera … or that huge map?  However you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $15 GC … as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our brilliant DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Trina from My Crafting Closet (who has a fabulous selection of wonderful cards to meander through, do go for a visit!).

I’m playing along at …

Just Us Girls – Use Something Old and/or New … my old is the AE brush stroke, my new is the SSS stamped sentiment top and bottom of the die cut (my recent first crafty order of the year!!)

Muse – Anything Goes … a fun change this week … no muse to CASE!

Hope your week has been going along splendidly!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂
         

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Time Out #88 – Inspired By Words – And Some Sunflowers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delightful new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … these from Roald Dahl … ‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’  I have two takes on it … here’s the first …

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Time OutWe’re surrounded by sunflowers as well as vines at the moment … the blooms always seem to shine like sunbeams … and they do look so lovely.  Our Inspired By Words quote put me in mind of them.  The sunshine-y flower head is made up of one stem and four flower cuts of a Ragged Daisy die from Poppy Stamps (thanks to my lovely friend, Judith, who brought it along for a play date!), adhered on foam tape to a piece of textured vellum and surrounded by a popped up frame.  The sentiment is from SSS, stacked on craft foam and adhered to the vellum.  I finished with a coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer on the leaves and flower.

I subsequently saw Loll’s video on watercolouring tissue paper (here … if you haven’t seen it, you really, really should … thanks Loll!), and was inspired to make a second sunflower card …

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This time, I used artistic licence as the sunflower is white and it’s the background that’s full of glimmery sunbeams!  Do check out the video for details of how to create this amazing tissue paper effect … I just followed Loll’s clear guidance, trimmed the finished panel, attached the die cut bloom and added a few coats of Wink of Stella to the petals.  The WPlus9 sentiment was embossed onto a strip of white card, which was adhered to the panel.   A close up shows the texture and glimmer much better …

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What will our wonderful quote inspire you to create?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Toni from Frankie Helps Craft (who you don’t want to miss visiting … so much yumminess to see!).  Hope to see you in our gallery!

My first card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations

The second one is joining in at …

Addicted to CAS – Summer

CAS Mix-Up – Stamping, Tissue Paper, Plus One (mine are die cutting and embossing)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry

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

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Time Out DT #87, Addicted to Stamps & More #249, Happy Little Stampers CAS – July, Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Hello … bonjour!  We have a delicious new challenge for you at Time Out this fortnight … our theme is CASE the Designer … and we get to CASE one of the amazing and super creative talents in this wonderful community … my lovely friend, Cornelia from Stempel Spass.  Cornelia’s fun, fabulous card is a little further down … here’s my take on it …  Time Out          

and here’s Cornelia’s creative cutie …

I didn’t stray too far from the original … a couple of Technique Tuesday Chickadees standing on an SSS sentiment … a stamped line from Papertrey and some die cut hugs and kisses from Winnie & Walter.  The chickadees were coloured with Zigs, coated with copious amounts of Wink of Stella and topped off with a layer of Glossy Accents each.  They’re positioned so that one can give the other a great big birthday mwah … or maybe whisper something about a surprise party!  Want to see a close up …

What will your creative imagination make of Cornelia’s card?  There’s so much to play with … the fun image, those vibrant greens, the wood slice background, that encouraging sentiment, the layout … what do you see?  Whatever it is, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Happy Little Stampers who are offering a $15 GC to our winner (voted for by the DT) … and as usual, our winner will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with lots of delicious inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Pooja from Reusing Cards & Quilling.  I’m pretty certain you’ll have come across and enjoyed visits with Cornelia and Pooja in blogland … if your haven’t (or even if you have), do go over and explore, say hello while you’re there … and enjoy every wonderful moment!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations (my second entry)

Hope all of you across the pond enjoyed a Happy Canada Day and/or Happy 4th of July … our big day here in France is on the 14th … la fête nationale (or as it is often known in other countries, Bastille Day!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          

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Time Out DT #86, SSS Work It Wednesday – June, The Flower Challenge #9, Virginia’s Summer Blog Party

Hello … bonjour!   We’re starting a fabulous new challenge at Time Out this morning … this time round our theme is Celebrations … with the optional twist of making a one layer card. Here’s where I went with it …

Time OutI went with the one layer twist and was inspired by my lovely friend, Lindsey at Occasional Crafting, who makes gorgeous cards using outline stamps and coloured ink.  Actually she makes gorgeous cards using anything … if you haven’t visited Lindsey, you need to, really, your creative brain will thank you for it!   I stamped my blooms (CAS-ual Fridays Pretty Posies, thanks to owner, Michele) using a colour palette I’d saved on Pinterest (I like the unexpected touch of blue), masking as I went to create the corner cluster.  Both parts of the sentiment are from Papertrey and just because the card looked as though it needed them, I scattered some co-ordinating sequins across the white space.  They looked a touch heavy in comparison with the light airiness of the outline stamping, so I lightened them up by adding dots of white Enamel Accents to the centres.   Voilà!

Where will our theme take you?  Will you go with our one layer twist for your celebration card … or do you prefer a layer or two … it’s up to you.  Whichever way you choose, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $20 GC to a randomly drawn twister … a great reason to give one layer a go!  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 delicious inspiration from our fabulous DT … and from our amazingly talented Guest Designer, TaeEun.  You’ll have seen TaeEun’s beautiful work all over blogland … if you haven’t been over to her blog Rainbow in November before, do pay her a visit, you’ll love it … and will come away full of ideas!

I’m joining in at …

SSS Work It Wednesday – Summer Icons (flowers in full bloom!)

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations (yep, she’s back!)

Hope you’ve been having a wonderfully crafty week … mine’s been filled with non-card and non-blogland stuff, and I’m looking forward to meandering around during the weekend and seeing what everyone’s been up to!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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