I missed last week's CASEing Genius because I was flying home from CHA and there just wasn't enough time to get it together before I left. I packed the morning I left for God's sake. Time manager of the year I am not.
However, this week I've got it together (just a little bit) and I'm ready to introduce ou to another lovely Genius
It's Anita in France!
Anita has such a fun style. Most of her cards tend to be clean and simple or clean and layered but what I love about her is the variety. Sometimes she's watercoloring, other times, die cutting, throw in a bit of ink blending. . .I just love that she's not afraid to spread her wings. Often crafters (myself included) allow ourselves to pigeon hole our style and we never break out. Anita breaks out with every card and I adore that. You can see the veritable cornucopia of gorgeousness on her blog, My Papercraft world.
1. Who are you and where do you live?
Bonjour … I’m Anita, blessed to live in beautiful south west France … hence I’m known in blogland as ‘Anita in France’.
2. How would you describe your style?
Mostly clean and simple … sometimes graphic, sometimes quirky, occasionally whimsical … and at times, I’ll throw a technique or two into the mix.
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Wink of Stella … a crush that’s gone on for the last goodness knows how long! I just got a set of Zig Clean Colour Markers and have a sneaking suspicion they’re going to be vying for the crush spot!
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
I’ve almost always crafted in one way or another (a bit like walking!) and one of my first pocket money purchases was felt to clothe nativity figures I’d made for a crèche. When I got into card making seriously, about three years ago, my first purchase was a black ink pad and a couple of Penny Black floral stamps. Yes, I’d buy both again … don’t have the felt any more, but do have the PB stamps.
5. What is your current favorite song?
For their ability to get me dancing and singing along … even in the car …Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqXSBe-qMGo)
Sit Down by James (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBQ5NzFrqPs)
For something rather more gentle and meaningful …
Bright Blue Rose by Donna Taggart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6cvkheImM4)
6. Who would play you in a movie?
I love old movies and would be very happy to go back in time and play anyone opposite Cary Grant or Gregory Peck in their dishiest days!
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I’m qualified as an Advanced Open Water Diver … those wet suits make such a fashion statement!
Loves Wink of Stella and Van Morrison. Oh yeah, we can be friends.
Time for the goods.
I just love this card. It makes my little heart go pitter patter. Bold florals with a pop of black and white heat embossing. Swoon.
Those bright ballons are the star of this show but I adore how Anita balances the card with a strip of gray down the side and a large black sentiment. Who said neutrals were over rated?
That shadow! You know I love a good shadow and the die cut shadow is gorgeous. I love how she created her own pattern paper by stamping multiple flowers. So beautiful!
As you can see I was heavily influenced by Anita's first card. Please, it had everything I love. I did try the "Black Magic" technique for the first time and while it was time consuming the results were very bright. You can see it all in the video below!
You can see the blending (and my coloring outside the lines) a little better in the close up
Thank you so much for stopping in!
Don't forget to visit Anita and leave her some love too :)