Thursday, 7 October 2021

TIME OUT #198 - Breast Cancer Awareness

Is it October already???!!! I can't believe how quickly this year is rolling by - it is already time for our annual TIME OUT Breast Cancer Awareness challenge.

We are very lucky to have CAS-ual Fridays sponsoring this challenge once again - they have been sponsoring this challenge every year. CAS-ual Fridays have so many friendship and encouragement products that are perfect for this challenge - and they are generously offering a randomly drawn entry a $25 gift voucher to purchase some :)

I used a retired CAS-ual Friday stamp set for my project called Butterbows - I just love the sentiments in this set as well as the butterfly rainbow. 

Our talented guest designer for this challenge is Natasa of Nat's Paper World - we are thrilled to have her join us :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Waffle Flower September 2021Challenge

My friend and TIME OUT teamie, Nonni, is guest designing for the Waffle Flower September 2021 Challenge - so of course I had to play along :) 

I decided to highlight the Waffle Flower Bear Hugs stamp in my design - I thought it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving card. I started by creating a custom leaf frame for the design - I used a leaf from an older Winnie & Walter set - and stamped and masked and stamped and masked and stamped and.... you get the picture. I coloured the leaves with Copics and fussy cut the centre of the frame.

I stamped the Bear Hugs image onto a separate card panel and Copic coloured it. I then foam mounted the leaf frame on top. The greeting is also from Waffle Flower - I used the negative letters from Year Round Word Dies "Happy" and "Thanksgiving" and adhered them to a Copic coloured Cardstock strip - I love the effect this created - a little bit like a Dymo label with the raised letters.

My card fits the following categories in the challenge: leaves, critters, using an iconic Fall image 3 times (red maple leaf).

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

TIME OUT #196 - Brave

 We have a great TIME OUT challenge for you this fortnight - we are challenging you to be brave.

We are lucky to have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge - Funky Fossil Designs is offering the challenge winner a £15 gift voucher to their store :)

There are lots of different ways to interpret this challenge - you can create an encouragement card, focus on some brave imagery (like lions or warriors) or do what I did and create a project focused on the spookiest day of the year - Halloween! Make sue you check out all the different types of inspiration from our design team and our incredible GD - Rhamat from Cards and Cooking Corner.

My card is very simple this week - I used an older Clearly Besotted set and stamped the bat repeatedly in the background with Versamark before heat embossing with some black sparkle embossing powder. The greeting was heat embossed in lime green on a small strip and foam mounted.

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Thursday, 26 August 2021

TIME OUT #195 - Use a Coloured Card Base

This fortnight at TIME OUT, we have a theme challenge - we want to see your projects using a coloured card base

Our sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook Designs - they are generously offering the challenge winner a $25 gift voucher to their store :)

I went for an Autumn inspired card design - featuring white embossed Winnie & Walter leaves on a kraft card stock and a few gold splatters. I brought the Autumn colours into the design using a Spellbinders sentiment which is foiled in gold. These foil plates were from a monthly Spellbinders Glimmer - I love the way you can build the sentiments in this set.

We are lucky to be joined for this challenge by Toni from Frankie Helps Craft :)

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Thursday, 12 August 2021

TIME OUT #194 - Photo Inspiration

We have a very special TIME OUT challenge for you this fortnight as both the inspiration photo and the prize are provided by our very own DT member, Kim from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim. She is the owner-operator of our sponsor, Running Stitch Design.

For the challenge, we are looking for projects inspired by this photo - but here is the fun part - the winner of the challenge will receive the actual tote in the photo :) The tote is fully lined and It has a zipper pocket on front, inside pockets and webbing for the handles.  Tote measures 16.5x10.5x6. If you are interested in checking out any of the other fabulous products available from Running Stitch Design, please  check here.

Here is how I was inspired by the photo:

I thought that the tote would make a great knitting bag so I used some products from an older Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. I die cut the heart from felt to mimic the look of wool and the knitting needles from metallic cardstock for a little bit of shine.

We are also very lucky to have two Guest Designers join us for this challenge :)

Sandie from London Days co-founded Time Out and ran it for eight years until taking a step back a couple of moths ago - but we are so happy that she is back with us for this special challenge :)

We are also thrilled to have Nathalie from wonderingwabbit join us for this challenge. Her colouring is absolutely amazing so make sure you take a minute to check out her Instgram>

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 29 July 2021

TIME OUT =#193 - Inspired By Words

Our challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT is all about being inspired by the following words: 

Our sponsor for the challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps who are generously offering the challenge winner a $25 gift voucher :)

You might notice from the challenge blog that Nonni (Nonni's Handmade Cards) and I used the same stamp set for our cards - that is because we created these cards together over Zoom. We used the same stamp set but we used different colouring techniques and designs for our cards. It was a lot of fun and I really appreciate the creative inspiration from our crafty session :) It also works well for the "friend" part of the inspiring words! The stamp set we used is an older one from Concord & 9th that we both had,

Our fabulous guest designer for this challenge is Jen from JENerally Speaking - her CAS designs are always so inspiring that we are thrilled to have her join us :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, 24 July 2021

Twofer - PB Birds on a Wire DIe

 Just popping in to share a couple of cards I was inspired to create for the (almost not!) current Twofer Challenge - the theme is birds and both cards use the Penny Black Birds on a Wire die - an old favourite from my stash :) 

The first card uses the die intact inlaid on an ink blended background and framed with a Hero Arts Infinity frame. The birds are cut from a charcoal glitter paper (I know it looks strange in the photo) and the sentiment is from a Gina K set.

For the second card, I die cut the same birds from a satiny red cardstock but I cut them off their wire. More ink blending for the background, topped with this fabulous Memory Box die - and then the birds and a few clear gems. I was actually inspired to add a thread nest behind the sentiment with some silver thread (I haven't done that in a hot minute!) for an additional finishing touch.

I had a really hard time capturing the red in the photos - so here is a close up....

I will be linking up to the following challenges:

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