Thursday, 30 March 2017

TIME OUT#80 - Inspired By Words

We have some great inspirational words this fortnight for the TIME OUT challenge:

'When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars'

We have a great sponsor for this challenge - Uniko Studio is offering a £15 gift voucher to the winner.

Marilyn from Marilyn's Card Spot is our wonderful guest designer this week - make sure you stop by her blog to check how she is inspiring us.

Here is my take on the words:

This card came about as a  result of me playing around with my new Distress Oxide Inks- I was playing around with smooshing and layering contrasting colours (hence the orange and blue). When I was done, I had a bunch of panels so I used some MFT star dies to cut them out to make them into cards. On this one, I stamped a Simon Says birthday greeting in the middle and adhered the stars around it. I am really happy with how it came together - it makes a good masculine Birthday card - something that I always seem to be in need of....

I was inspired by the "stars" in the quote but I can wait to see how you are inspired when you take some TIME OUT to play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Majestic Bloom

Happy Sunday :)

Sharing a card that I made for my MIL's upcoming birthday using Altenew's Majestic Blooms layering stamp set:

I used pinks for the flower and greens for the leaves - a played around with some combinations of Simon Says and Hero Arts inks until I found a combination that I liked. For the card, I used a Simon Says Fog card base and layered a panel of white card stock that I embossed using a Taylored Expression embossing folder. I embellished with a lot of gold - the sentiment was stamped in gold pigment ink, then layered with gold perfect pearls, some gold perfect pearls in the centre of the flowers, and a splatter of gold sequins. Because the gold was so shiny, it was hard to capture on film but I love how it looks in real life. The flowers and the Altenew Label Love greeting were popped up with foam tape.

I will link up to the following challenges:

  • The Card Concept - I was heavily inspired by the inspiration photo this week - the flowers and the distressed background... I think that my take would be clean and layered
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- I used the dies for the flower, the leaves, and panel
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

TIME OUT #79 - CASE-ing Jenny M

For our challenge this week at TIME OUT, we are CASE-ing the amazing Jenny M from Crafting in the Country who shared this pretty cards with us:

We also have a great Guest Designer joining us - Izzy from IzzyScrap is a regular TIME OUT player and her cards are always amazing so make sure you check out her blog.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Verve Stamps - not only have they offered up a great prize  for the winning card but they also supplied us with some stamps to use in our cards this week. I received the Hip Hop Bunnies set (so cute) - and this is how I used it in the CASE:

I decided to CASE the layout but I flipped it upside down. The background was sponged with Distress Inks, and the bunnies and carrots were coloured with Copics. I love the greeting (also from the set) and I thought that it would be fun make it an interactive card so I added Action Wobblers behind the two bunnies.

How will you CASE Jenny's card? We can't wait to see so make sure you take some TIME OUT and join us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

TIME OUT#78 - 3rd Birthday Friendship/Love Challenge

This week's Time Out Challenge is a really special one - it is our third birthday!!!! I have always loved Time Out - I played along almost every fortnight until I joined the DT a year and a half ago - and I want to thank Sandie and Nonni for all their hard work in brining this wonderful challenge to life, and keeping it so inspiring with all their wonderful ideas!!!!

Our challenge this week is really appropriate for our celebration - we want to see your cards focused on Love and Friendship - with an optional twist of spotlight stamping where you add color only to one raised spot of your image.

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful sponsors for our Birthday - there are so many prizes up for grabs - some for the top picks and also for a random entry that includes the optional twist of spotlight stamping.

We are also so lucky to have Ardyth join us as our guest designer - I am in constant awe of her gorgeous cards, and I love her amazing CAS style.

Here is what I came up with for the challenge:

I used the MFT Bundles of Blossoms background stamp - stamped in HA Soft Granite on the card base and in black on another panel. I used Copics to colour the panel and then die cut it with a Winnie & Walter "Hi" die. I popped the Hi up over the corresponding pattern on the base card and finished off with a few dew drops.

We can't wait to see your creations as you join us for this Birthday party!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

TIME OUT#77- Home Sweet Home Picture Inspiration

This fortnight we have a Time Out Home Sweet Home picture inspiration challenge for you - and what a fun picture it is:

I just love these challenges - Sandie always chooses such amazing inspiration photos that can take your creativity in so many directions. We are doubly lucky this week because we also have a great sponsor: Stamplorations is offering two prizes - a $10 gift voucher for the winner and a stamp set for a random entry.

We also have a great guest designer with us - KandA from KandA Creative Moments is inspiring us with some great design so make to check it out.

Here is my card:

I was inspired by the sketchy houses and trees so I immediately thought of the Houses stamp set from Stamplorations. I kept it very simple with a one layer smooth bristol card - stamped and coloured with my Zigs. The greeting is from an old Studio Calico kit - it seemed to work perfectly with this card.

So make sure you take some Time Out and join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

TIME OUT #76 - Inspired By Words

We have a great TIME OUT challenge for you this week - we are asking you to create a project based on the following words:

'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart'

Wonderful words and so many ways they can be interpreted - I can't wait to the wonderful creations in the gallery... and speaking of wonderful creations, make your you check out the great designs of Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts - we are very lucky to have her Guest Designing with us this week.

We have an incredible sponsor this week too - CAS-ual Fridays is offering a $25 gift voucher to the challenge winner...

 Image result for cas ual fridays

In addition to giving the winner a prize, they also supplied the DT with products to use for this challenge - I chose the Heart Board Fri-dies and I absolutely loved playing with it. I ended up creating 3 different cards with it - and I still have a ton of ideas on more ways to use it. Definitely a new fave :)

Here is card #1:

(I usually don't make them so big but it was hard to capture the foil and the sentiment)

This card was fairly straightforward - I die cut the heart from some red and silver foil card stock - which I inlaid into the card panel. I also cut the arrow from some black card stock and inlaid that as well. The greeting is from an old Studio Calico card kit - but it worked perfectly in the arrow so I went with it in white heat embossing (don't you love it when that happens!). I did pop up the panel with some fun foam to add a little bit of dimension..... V-Day card for Michael is done :)

Card #2:

I was inspired by another greeting in that Studio Calico kit to make a multi-coloured inlaid heart. I watercoloured the die cuts with Distress inks. I also inlaid the arrows and stamped the greeting in the bottom corner.

Card #3:

This card probably reflects the inspirational words the best - especially since I made it for a good friend in Montreal to wish her well in an upcoming surgery. I used a Stamplorations stencil and some embossing paste an the card base to add a little bit of texture and then I added the leftover watercoloured hearts popped up with some foam squares. The stamped greeting is also from CAS-ual Fridays.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

TIME OUT #75 - CASE-ing Ksenija

Our new challenge this fortnight at Time Out is all bout CASE-ing this very pretty card from Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin - a wonderful designer with whom I am sure you are already familiar.

We have a great guest designer with us this week as well - M@rjan is joining us to inspire you with her gorgeous creativity - so make sure you check out her CASE in this challenge as well as her other wonderful designs.

Here is my card:

This is one of the card designs that I mass produced for the holidays - the greeting was printed with my laser printer and then foiled in red - hard to capture in the main photo so I took another one to show it:

The frame was die cut with a Winnie and Walter die, the tree with a Clearly Besotted die, and the star with a MFT die. When I was mass producing, I taped them all together so I didn't have to line them up on each card. I backed the open space from the die cuts with Scor Tape and added some glitter. The SSS Fog card base was stamped tone on tone with an MFT background stamp.

The elements that I CASE-d are the colour scheme, the design, and the tone-on-tone background. I can't wait to see what elements you CASE into your design.

Thanks for stopping by!