Monday 22 September 2014

Guest Designer - Muse Challenge #86

Hi there

I have some exciting news to share today.  I was recently contacted by the super talented Ardyth Percy-Robb to invite me to Guest Design at Muse.  I'm always so inspired by Ardyth's clean, simple, graphic and bold designs so to say I was completely stunned would be a massive understatement so once I'd stopped leaping around I calmed myself down and replied with a massive 'YES PLEASE'!

I love the Muse challenge and play along as often as I can so this is a complete honour to be able to enjoy the role of Guest Designer.  I could create any card I wanted.....oh, the pressure!  So, here is what I came up with and I hope this provides some inspiration for the challenge :)

For the challenge the rules are to:

  • Use the Muse card as inspiration, explain your interpretation and link back to Muse.
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow members' submissions.
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow members' submissions that you find inspiring.

I started by die cutting a circle to create a mask and then stamped the rose design through the aperture onto a white cardstock panel slightly smaller than my card base.  Once complete I placed the positive die cut circle over the stamped area so I could find the correct placement for the die and then I embossed the impression with the die using my rubber mats through my Big Shot.  Next I cut a strip of blue vellum and stamped the 'birthday' sentiment in VersaMark ink before heat embossing with white powder.  This was then wrapped around the panel and secured at the back.  I then cut the 'happy' from green cardstock using a word die which was adhered above the vellum.  The panel was adhered to the card base using 3D foam strips before adding a few Doodlebug Sprinkles to finish.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko Studio - Flower Power #6; Clearly Besotted - Say It In Style
  • Ink: Versa Color - Baby Blue, Atlantic and Sage; VersaMark
  • Dies: Xcut - Nested Circles; Clearly Besotted - Happy Word Die
  • Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up - White
  • Doodlebug - Sprinkles from Limeade, Blue Jean and Lily White collections
  • Vellum and cardstock from stash

I'd love it if you could join in with the Muse challenge this week, it will be great to see what elements of my card you take as inspiration.  I tried to include a few different techniques to provide lots of scope :)

I'd also like to enter this card at the following challenge blogs:

Let's Craft and Create - Challenge #96 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #90 - Anything Goes

Thank you as always for popping by and please leave a comment to let me know you've visited and to let me know what you think.  I'm on holiday from work this week so between popping out here and there, having lunches out, etc. I hope to find lots of crafty time :)


  1. Love, love, love the soft colors and design!!! Can't wait to CASe YOUR card!!! Congrats on your MUSE Guest this week, exciting, YAY!!!

  2. What a great accolade Anita and a fab card for your Muse inspiration, so soft and feminine. Congratulations!! x

  3. Congratulations on your GD spot at Muse. What a beautiful card you created, too. I am going to try to play along with you this week. You have given me so many inspirational ideas.

  4. Congrats on your well deserved Guest DT spot at Muse, Anita! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the color combo, and the unique way your designed the aperture....just beautiful, and I can't wait to play along!!!

  5. What a beautiful card for your Guest Designer week at the Muse! Love the color palette :)

  6. Hi Anita your card is beautiful I can see why you are guest designer. Hugs Jackie

  7. Hi Anita, this is gorgeous, love the beautiful design. Congratulations on your GDT at the Muse.
    Linda xxx

  8. So, so happy to have you as Guest Muse this week, Anita - this is a beautiful inspiration in colours we don't see a lot of - I can't wait to see how everyone will be inspired!

  9. Stunning card, Anita, love everything about it! Congrats on your GD spot.

  10. An absolutely stunning card. Gorgeous colours. Congrats on GDT x

  11. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. PennyRae DT

  12. Hey Anita!! Congrats on your Guest Muse spot! Your card is so pretty. I hope mines will come out just as nice. I can't wait to play along.

  13. I came here through the Muse challenge. Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Anita! I am definitely inspired!

  14. Congrats on your guest designer spot Anita - your card is gorgeous and I can't wait to play along with you this week - hugs xx

  15. Gorgeous design Anita ... love the layout, design, colors ... love everything!!! :) Congrats on being Guest Designer at Muse!! Loll xx

  16. I love what you've done here, and that blue is my favourite shade. Thanks for explaining so well, hope to CASE this one day

  17. Love this card! That blue vellum is gorgeous... brand please?
    =] Michele

    1. Hi Michele. I've had this selection of vellum in my stash for years, I think it was from a floral kit I bought from QVC so absolutely no idea what brand it is I'm afraid :( x

  18. I'm seriously checking out my stash for that blue, what a fabulous card and I can't wait to see how it inspires!


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