Thursday, 27 April 2017

TIME OUT#82 - Flowers

The Challenge this week at TIME OUT is a very seasonally appropriate theme challenge - Flowers!!! We are also looking for cards that use an optional twist of "kissing" stamps together - and there will be a prize from our wonderful sponsor, Happy Little Stampers, to a random entry that uses the kissing technique.

Here is my take on the theme:

For my card, I used Simon Says Scribble Flowers stamps and dies - in a few bright colours - I did use the optional technique of "kissing" the flowers with a Tim Holtz rubber stamp to add some texture. Here is a close up of the texture:

For the background, I used some Peerless watercolours to create a soft wash, and a simple W+9 greeting.

We can't wait to se how you will be inspired by our flower theme and the kissing technique so make sure you take some TIME OUT to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Butterflies and Tulips

A couple of cards that I made this weekend as I stayed indoors to recover from this cold that has been plaguing me since we returned from vacation on Monday.

First up is this butterfly card that I made for the current Card Concept challenge:

This card started as a piece of SSS Fog cardstock - I cut the panel from one piece and the card base from another piece. I embossed the panel using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then painted the embossed area with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water to give the raised areas some white shimmer. The butterflies were die cut from vellum and then coloured with some Big Brush markers before adhering them by their centres. The Altenew sentiment was stamped in some Stone ink and the card panel was mounted with fun foam to the base for even more dimension.

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And here is the second card:

This one is all about tulips - I started by white heat embossing a Darkroom Door stamp onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper and colouring with my Peerless paints. Once dry, I flicked the panel with some Studio Calico white mist and spritzed with some shimmer mist. I then adhered the panel to a card base. I partially die cut the front panel with a SSS circle die and added the MFT sentiment across the bottom. I will link this card to the following challenges:
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

TIME OUT #81 - Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration

This week at TIME OUT, we have a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration challenge - and here is the pretty picture that inspires us:

Lots of really great elements in this photo to play with - the butterflies, the clock, the text in the background....

We have a great guest designer with us - make sure you check out Michelle's Instagram for lots of inspiration.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they have a prize for the winner and also a random enrty - I used their Flutterby stencil for my card:

I started off by spreading some Viva Decor Blackberry Ferro paste through the stencil to create the butterfly outlines. If you have not seen this paste, it has a little bit of grit in it which gives some great texture along with the dimension - though I find it to be quite flat and not as metallic as I thought it would be. I then used some pencil crayons to colour in the butterflies - I used about four different colours and flicked the colour from the outside in to create some shading.

I finished the card with and Avery Elle die cut greeting (layered on vellum) - and mounted the panel on a purple metallic card base. This is one of my favourite cards this year so I mailed it right away to someone that makes me think of purple butterflies :)

We can't wait to see how the photo inspires you - so make sure you take some TIME OUT to join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

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!