Saturday, 12 November 2016

A quick make and take with a weekend visitor

Hi all

I hope this blog post finds you well and happy and keeping warm now that the weather has definitely turned to a more wintery feel .... brrrr! To keep you warm in your craft spaces this weekend I have a visitor for you, the lovely Anita Hitchmough, and she has kindly given me a lovely little project to share with you all too which I think is perfect for gifting filled with goodies, especially with Christmas coming!

I asked Anita to say a few words to introduce herself:

 Hi I'm Anita ('Nita) a wife, Mum to one daughter, and Oma ((Dutch for Nana) to 4 year old George. I am also a CAP addict. This was all Michelle's fault!! after finding her demoing on Create and Craft over 4 years ago, I bought it, recorded every programme she did, joined a Facebook group and bought a note book to jot down tips, and then started to play. Lots were binned! but I loved trying and learning. The group ethos was to encourage each other and learn. I eventually gained confidence and started to post my scrap pages and cards in there. So here I am all those years later still loving it and learning. Then whilst on holiday in Devon I got a PM from Michelle asking me if I would like to do some samples for her new kits she had designed. Well to say my gast was flabbered would be an understatement and I said yes please. I arrived home and the 4 vibrant, different and luscious  packs inspired by artists, were waiting for me, oh my what fun I had and some 18 projects later the ideas are still flowing. I have tried to do some simple ones and some a little more involved, trying to reach out to as many as possible, at whatever stage you are with your Capping, these are such versatile kits that you are sure to love them too 
When I have a new kit, like a lot of us the temptation is to delve straight in - after watching and listening to Michelle whilst she was demoing ,she always advised check those kits out first, so that is how I work, patience is a virtue ! I drag all the backgrounds onto my page first, then embellies - that's how I see whats there and where ideas spring from. Next check out brushes, layouts alphas etc. I love to make scrap pages, cards and gifts so my samples are a mix of all, make the most of your kits ! and these are soooooo versatile, and inspiring, you will be returning to them time and time again x

And here's some of her lovely work!

Some great projects created with the Lilies and Light digi kit, the Wysteria on the purple background looks yummy!

... this wall hanging makes a fabulous piece of home décor
and I love this layout using one of my favourite backgrounds from Lilies and Light, that photo blend is superb!

These projects are created with the Bizarre and Fantastic digi kit. The circle topper on the Jazz card is really clever, matching the patterns to continue them from the topper to the background and I really like the colour change on the new home card, it really works and looks very Art Deco!

Next we have some lovely projects from the Sunflowers and Stars digi kit. Nita has used the door embellishments to great effect on the left layout and the shadows on the chairs are fab! I want to go and sit there and look at that view! And the photo in the envelope frame is just perfect!

The door hanger looks fantastic, what a great gift! and the pop up box of sunflowers just makes me smile.

And this glorious layout .... I could look at this all day!

And finally some gorgeous projects created with the La Senora Mexicana digi kit. I love the shaped mat Nita has created for the layout.

and then there is this! How effective and what a great gift filled with goodies. Nita has put choccies in her basket but it could be smellies, make up, miniatures of whiskey anything that fits really! And it could be made in any colour with any kit and with any decorations you fancy especially if you have the instructions, which Nita has kindly shared with us, and you can download them here (click on the link, click on the download arrow and in the pop up box at the bottom of your screen click the black arrow next to save then in the pop out box click 'save as' to save where you want to on your computer!)

I've enjoyed sharing Anita's work with you all and hope you've enjoyed seeing it, I hope you have fun crafting up that little gift basket make and take too!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Until soon, as ever,
Happy Crafting!


  1. These are brilliant Anita & Michelle. I adore that wisteria especially and would dot these little baskets around the house at Christmas with little treats in or on the Christmas table to hold favours. thank you for the tut x

  2. A wonderful blog page and such fabulous inspiration, thank you Michelle and Anita x

  3. These are beautiful thank you for sharing Michelle and Anita and what a great idea Ann about the little baskets thank you xx

  4. Thank you Jenny you are welcome x

  5. Love your blog page Michelle, it is nice to see what people create with your artwork

  6. I love Anita's work and that little basket is just fab! Thank you so much for sharing ladies x

  7. Some stunning inspiration , thanks for sharing