Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Sorbet... Again!

Yes... I still have Sweet Sorbet cards I didn't show you!  Take a look...

 This was a CASE from Erica Cerwin... I think!

CASEd from Julie Davidse.

I showed you one like this a few days ago, in a horizontal format.  Not sure who I was inspired by.

Not sure about the two cards above either... sorry!

This was Cindy Schuster again.

Not sure about this one either... maybe Ilina Crouse?

I know I should probably keep track of who inspires me, but sometimes it's a few weeks between when I make it and when I show it.  I try to give credit where credit is due, so if you recognize those for which I've forgotten, please let me know!

See you tomorrow!

xo Anita

Friday, March 28, 2014

More Sweet Sorbet!

I'm going to show you a few more of my Sweet Sorbet cards today.  This isn't even the last of them!  Sorry!  

Let's get to it!

Feel free to shout it out if you know by whom my cards were inspired or outright copied!  I cannot remember them all as it is a few weeks since I made these!  Above is a CASE from Dawn Olchefske I believe! 

Not too sure about this one!  Oops!  But isn't it pretty?

No idea who inspired me for the third and fourth cards, but I am thinking the last one is one I CASED from Ilina Crouse.

OK, that's it for me... come back next week for our new Stampin' Celebration post.... and an exciting announcement from me! 

xo Anita

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another CASE of Sweet Sorbet

I have a few more cards to show you along the same lines as those of yesterday!  I love these cards... and this paper is just beautiful.  I'm glad I have a couple packs of it!

All of today's cards were copied or inspired by someone to some degree or another.  I don't remember who exactly, but if I do, I will say so.  If you recognize one, feel free to shout it out! 

The little grouping of elements on the front of this card was inspired by Erica Cerwin.

I don't remember who for this one.

Pretty sure this one was Cindy Schuster.

And, sadly, for this last one I don't know who inspired me either!  I just love all these cards.

I gave a pack of them to my secret sister a couple weeks ago, as a last gift for the year before I started surprising someone different, and she just loved them!  Packaged all together, they sure looked pretty!  So spring-y and fresh!

xo Anita

The CASE of Sweet Sorbet

I can't believe my Spring Break will be over this week... it goes by WAY TOO FAST!  But, so it is... 

I haven't had a chance to get crafty for a few days, but I wanted to show you some cards that I had made in the last few weeks!  I did a lot of CASEing, which I like to do sometimes.  There are so many beautiful cards out there that so many talented people create, and sometimes instead of doing all the work and dreaming up my own, I like to just go ahead and outright copy a card that I already know I love!  

I used alot of Sweet Sorbet DSP and the coordinating stamp set as well.  I sure got a lot of cards made by just using the same paper and stamps  so I didn't always have to clean up my workspace!  Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency!


I honestly don't know anymore who I was inspired by with this first card.  I like to give credit where credit is due, but it's been a few weeks since I made this, and I have since deleted the photo.  If you recognize it as yours, please say so.  I didn't copy it exactly, but pretty closely!

This one I was inspired by Cindy Schuster.  I changed a few things to make it mine, but it was largely inspired by one of her Artisan Wednesday Wow cards.

Pretty sure this one was based on one of Dawn Olchefske's  cards.

I really don't know about this one anymore.  Sorry!

Same story with this last card too!  None of these are out and out copies though, but I want no hard feelings, so if you recognize anything, feel free to shout it out, and I'll gladly give credit where credit is due!

Take care!  I'll hopefully be back with some more of my CASEd cards tomorrow!

xo Anita

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Peace-Hope-Joy - Merry Monday #100, The Challenge #2

Happy Tuesday afternoon!  I had a wee bit of time today to play with my 'rubber toys' today.  Not nearly as much time as yesterday unfortunately, but so it goes!  I played along at Merry Monday and with Lesley Croghan's 'The Challenge', which you can find on her blog, Always Playing With Paper.  I like the idea of making Christmas cards all year long, and haven't used the Merry Minis set nearly like I should have!  It was perfect for The Challenge!  That's the main reason I didn't use the sketch from Merry Monday, although I did love it!

I used Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Naturals White for my card.  I dug out a VERY ANCIENT sentiment from a set called So Many Sayings.  It went perfectly with my images.  Using various punches helped speed up this card even more... really love that!

Seeyou tomorrow hopefully!  Thanks for visiting!

xo Anita

Monday, March 17, 2014

Viva La Verve Sketch-Week #2

I also played along with the sketch for week 2 over at Viva La Verve.  Loved it!  It was so easy to put this card together, and I even pulled out some stuff that I hadn't played with in a loooong time! (If ever!)

OK, there's the sketch... and here's what I created!

My colour combo of Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay and Pink Pirouette is just lovely.  Sort of a feminine, burlap, vintage-y vibe... at least I think so anyway!  I stamped my Hardwood on Whisper White in Crumb Cake ink.  The white doily received a sponging of Bermuda Bay ink. I used my Little Leaves die, and when I was getting that out, I found these flower dies... who knew?  They are from the Birds & Blooms Sizzlits set of dies.  I finished them off with some sponging for depth, added a few pearls, and called it done!

Thanks for looking! 

 xo Anita

Gift For Baby - VLVMAR2014

I decided to play along with the Viva La Verve challenges.  I actually don't have any Verve stamps, but they're not snobby about that, so... I had some fun!  And who knows, I could be the winner of the $100 Verve voucher!  I love their sentiment stamps so much!  And  I love a challenge to get the creative ideas flowing too.  The first week of March has a sketch and colour challenge, and although it isn't necessary to combine them, I did.

Here's my card for week #1.

My Labels Framelits unfortunately don't nest that closely together, so I just cut around my white one by hand!  It turned out pretty good though.  The colour combo of Pool Party, Gumball Green and Baked Brown Sugar was perfect for a baby boy card, and there are a few ladies on our church who are expecting babies in the next couple months, so I'm sure to need one soon!

Thanks for looking!

xo Anita

Oh, Hello - DD#94

For this card I chose to play along with the Dynamic Duos.  They always seem to come up with awesome colour combos over there!

I wasn't too sure where to go with this one at first.  I wanted to go elegant (but not too!) and use the Lacy Brocade Folder for the dessert option, so this is what I came up with!

I started with Naturals White CS, layered with Black, then another Naturals CS run through the Big Shot with my favourite embossing folder.  I sponged More Mustard lightly over the embossing to give it a little more definition.  A simple fishtail banner, one of my Labels Framelits, my sentiment punched out with an oval punch, and I was done!  Let me know what you think!

xo Anita

Pssst... CCMC294, RS#106

So far... so good!  It's the first day of my spring break... and I am on a card making spree!  Our two oldest daughters are on a 'mystery vacation' with my in-laws for a couple days and our youngest is currently napping (knock on wood!).  Love it!  Although I know it can't be like this every day, I do have to do some catch up work in this house sometime!  But for now... I played along with a couple more challenges!  RetroSketches and Create With Connie and Mary.  I haven't had a chance to really play along with many challenges in the last couple months at all, so I am really loving these opportunities!



I turned this sketch on it's side and substituted banner shapes instead of the square shape!  I used one of the images from Summer Afternoon and coloured it in using my markers and a blender pen... and I must say... I love the result.  You may be wondering where the colour black is, well, sometimes when I am at a loss for how to add that in, I use it on the sentiment!  And in this case I also coloured the cart wheels with it.  The whole card is so spring-y looking and fresh.  I used the Pssst... sentiment on the outside and when you open it, it says... 'you make me HAPPY... thank you.'  Don't you think it sort of looks like the little dog has been hiding under the flowers and now is peeking out to say... pssst...  I think so!

Here... take a look...

Thanks for looking!  Hope you enjoyed!

xo Anita

To My Friend - PPA195

I finally played with my Hexagon Hive Framelit for the very first time!  I love that thing!  Now I just have to search around and see if there is a better way to get the paper to release from it!  Pretty finicky I tell ya!  Here's the challenge from the Pals Paper Arts I wanted to play along with this time!  I love the colours... they were perfect for my card!


Using my Big Shot and various punches, this card came together in almost no time at all!

I first stamped my Hardwood stamp on my So Saffron card base and another piece of cardstock that I then ran through my Big Shot with the Hexagon Hive!  I aligned it on my card base to match up the stamp, and adhered it with dimensionals.  I used my Little Leaves Sizzlits to cut a few little branches, stamped my Flower Shop flowers and punched them out with my Pansy Punch.  To finish it off I stamped my sentiment on a white banner.  Wah la...such a pretty card!

That's it for me!  xo Anita

Many Thanks! CQC#232, FabFri37

I played along with the challenges at ColourQ and FabFriday today!  I loved the sketch at FabFriday, it was different... and different is good!  And the colours at Colour Q were a challenge to say the least.... not because of the combo, but rather because I had about 6 square inches of Lucky Limeade left!  I very carefully fit my Word Bubbles Framelits on it, and then used my SAMJ to stamp on them!  Perfect!

You may be wondering where I got that small framelit on the bottom right, well, it's really the same as the one above it, I just ran it through twice to make it a bit shorter!  Finicky... but it worked!

Well... I would say that was a great use of the very last little bit of my Lucky Limeade.... lucky indeed, wouldn't you say!

See you soon for another card!

xo Anita

Off the Grid Notecard! CMCC#11

It's the start of a new week, and to kick it (and my Spring Break!) off, I've got a great little notecard for you today!  I've wanted to try stamping on Crumb Cake cardstock for something different, so I finally did it on here!

I also used the great colour combo over on Colour Me...! as inspiration.  

I love the finished result.  I didn't add a sentiment as I want this to just be a card that I can use for ANY occasion.  I stamped my Flower Shop flowers in VersaMark, then heat embossed for a little shine and pop using my Tangerine Tango embossing powder!  My husband saw all my embossing powders the other day, and asked what they were, and then asked why I never use them!  Uh.... no reason really, I usually just forget... so here's to using them more often!  I finished it off with a few Candy Dots here and there to mimic the splatter stamp I used as well.

Hope you enjoyed my card!

xo Anita

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thoughts of You - JUGS232, PP187

Today I played along with the gals over at Just Us Girls and also The Paper Players!  JUGS had an awesome colour challenge perfect for spring, and to combine with the clean and simple challenge from the Paper Players!  

I love my finished card.  The colour combo I used of Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party was just beautiful!  So fresh and fun!  I made my own background paper by randomly stamping stamps from the Petal Parade stamp set.  I had a card saved in my files where someone did that, and I loved the idea.  I am trying to get more mileage out of the (many) stamp sets I have!  I have no idea who to credit though, as the picture wasn't watermarked.

I finished off with a sentiment from Loving Thoughts on a white banner, and anchored that down with the mosaic punch, a linen thread bow, and a couple butterfly punches.  I topped those butterflies with a little 'bling for spring' and called it a card!

Seeya later!  xo Anita

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thanks So Much Rainbow! FM151

Hello again!  Seriously?  This is my third post today... do not keel over in shock!  Keep reading!

I have a fun thank you card I want to show off to you!  I stamped the Positively Chevron stamp on watercolour paper, heat embossed it using white embossing powder, and then using distress markers I coloured across it in a rainbow, spritzed it with water and let it do it's thing!  After it got all blend-y and watercolour-y, I used my heat tool to dry it up, wiped some colour off the white embossed part to make it pop a little more, and finished off with my sentiment banner.  I also punched some hearts and out of balck cardstock, and used glossy accents on them for a little shine!  I mounted the whole she-bang on Crumb Cake cardstock and called it done!

 I am linking up with the Friday Mashup today!  I loved their challenge as I LOVE rainbows!  The sketch worked perfectly turned on it's side as well!

 This was their challenge... use this sketch, or use rainbows or rainbow colours, or MASH IT UP and do both!  I chose to mash it up!  Nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon!

Here's another I did,  but for this one after stamping and heat embossing I pressed it down onto my craft sheet where I had already coloured with my distress markers and spritzed some water.  I sort of smooshed it around a little, dried it with my heat gun and finished it off the same as my first card.  The whole effect was much lighter and softer than when I coloured directly on the paper.  I like it this way too, but I think the first card is my favourite of the two.  What's yours?

OK, suppertime here.... seeya next week!

xo Anita

You're How Old? FMS127

Hi again!  This is my second post today, so I'll be quick!  I wanted to show a quick and easy card I made using the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  I used washi tape for the horizontal panel, and a stamp and matching die cut for the vertical one!  Lots of white space is certainly out of my comfort zone, but I LOVE the finished result so much, I made three of 'em using other washi tape I had.  Take a quick peek!

I think this one using the brushed gold cardstock and gold ink is my favourite!  So simple and easy, but so beautiful!

Here's the sketch I used!

And here's the other two cards I made using the same sketch... now I have a few on hand!

Just by changing the colour combo it is so easy to change the entire look, making it perfect for an adult, a little girl, or whoever you please!

OK, seeya later!  My in-laws are taking our two oldest girls and two other cousins to Vancouver Island next week for a couple days, so hopefully I'll be able to get in my stamp room while it's a little quieter around here!  We'll see!

xo Anita