Thursday, 7 December 2017

TIME OUT #98 - Photo Inspiration

We are back at TIME OUT with a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration challenge this fortnight - and it is seasonally appropriate :)

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace!

If you are like me - still scrambling with holiday cards - this photo is fabulous inspiration. Here is my take:

I used the stag head and the woodgrain as a jumping off point. Starting with the card panel, I troweled some white texture paste through a Tim Holtz wood grain stencil using a circle mask - and covered it with Distress Glitter while it was still wet. I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp stag head in gold, and cut it out using my scan n cut. The greeting, from Clearly Besotted, was white heat embossed onto a strip of SSS Schoolhouse Red card stock (my favourite red card stock!). The sentiment and the stag were mounted with foam tape and the panel was stuck to a SSS Slate card base- with a few sparkling clear sequins added for (even more) sparkle.

I really like this card - but if I were to make it again, I would probably shift everything down to the bottom half of the card.

Our guest designer this week is former TO DT member and amazing card maker - Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs. So happy to have her with us - her designs are always so inspiring.

We are being sponsored by Uniko, who are offering a gift voucher to the winner - so it is definitely worth taking some TIME OUT to play along with us!


Thursday, 23 November 2017

TIME OUT #97 - Inspired By Words

The challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT is to create a project inspired by these words:

We have a wonderful guest designer with us this week too - Izzy from Izzyscrap has a wonderful CAS style always brings gorgeous inspiration.

I was inspired by the "celebrate all that is good today and everyday", and created a New Year's card:

I love this card in real life but it was really hard to capture in the photo. 

To make it, I started by applying Deco Foil transfer gel through the Tim Holtz stencil. I let it dry and then ran it through my Minc to apply the pink to yellow foil. I also foiled a piece of toner coated card stock with the same foil, and then die cut the WPlus9 "happy" from it. I white heat embossed 2018 on a smaller piece of the foiled card stock. The die cut, 2018, and the Taylored Expressions frame were all popped up with foam tape for dimension.

So now it's your turn to play along with our inspired by words challenge - with a chance to win a $10 gift voucher from Stamplorations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

TIME OUT #96 - CASE-ing Michele

This week at TIME OUT, we are so lucky to be CASE-ing the incredible Michele from I Card Everyone. Michele has such an amazing CAS style and always uses her stamps in the most creative ways - she is a constant source of inspiration :)

The card Michele has made for us to CASE is gorgeous - check it out:

There are so many different elements of this design that can be CASE-d: the colour scheme, the die cutting, the masking and sponging.... I was inspired by the layout and that's what I went with:

My card is a one-layer design. I used the SSS Holiday Borders to stamp the three borders in three different colours of dye ink. I then stamped over the borders with VersaMark and brushed on some Perfect Pearls. I love the metallic effect that technique creates - it adds the perfect amount of shimmer for a simple design. The greeting is from MFT - stamped in silver pigment ink and brushed with Perfect Pearls as well.

So that was my take but make sure you check out the rest of the design team and our fabulous guest designer, Bobby from Bits and Pieces for more inspiration - we can't wait to see how Michele's card inspires you - so take some TIME OUT to join us :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

TIME OUT#95 - Sympathy Cards

Our TIME OUT challenge this week is to make a sympathy card. We know that these cards are hard to make when they are needed so it is always a good idea to have a few on hand.

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Happy Little Stampers who are offering a $15 gift voucher to a random entry who includes the optional twist in their entry; the optional twist this fortnight is including a distressing technique in your card.

Our Guest Designer this week is Sue from Sue's Card Craft - she has gorgeous cards so make sure you stop by her blog to check them out.

 Here is my take on the challenge:

I created a one layer card for this challenge. I used some torn paper to create a mask on the card and then I used some Distress Inks to add some blended colour. I then splattered some water over the panel to create the water spots and stamped some Hero Arts wild flower silhouettes over the blended area. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted.

Here is another card that I made with the same technique - but I made it into a panel instead and popped it up (because I got some inky fingerprints on my card ;) )

We can't wait to see your cards - so make sure you take some TIME OUT to play along :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

TIME OUT #94 - Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration

We have a fabulous Home Sweet Home photo to inspire you this week at TIME OUT - check it out:

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - the winner will get a $10 gift voucher :) and our guest designer is Janet from Swan Lady Impressions - I'm sure you're already familiar with her fabulous cards so make sure you stop by for a visit.

When I first looked at this picture, I was completely taken with the seahorse - I even bought some dies but then I got distracted by the branches and pumpkins and came up with this card:

I used a combination of Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson dies - and inked up the die cuts with Distress Oxide inks. I used a woodgrain texture plate, some Nuvo Drops, a Clearly Besotted greeting and some twine to dress them up a bit.

We can't wait to see which direction this fabulous inspiration photo takes you - so make sure that you take some TIME OUT to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

TIME OUT #93 - Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship with CAS-ual Fridays

This fortnight is a special challenge at TIME OUT - it is a theme challenge focused on Breast Cancer Awareness and/or friendship cards. Our fabulous sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays, who have an incredible selection of encouragement and breast cancer awareness stamps, and they are offering a prize to the top pick and to a random entry that features PINK on their card.

Our talented guest designer this week is Yulia who has a wonderful blog about cards and Project Life pages - great inspiration so make sure you check it out :)

Here is my card:

I went with a pink, white and gold colour combo and just had fun playing with the fabulous "Be" stamp set from Cas-ual Fridays  - the butterflies and the wonderful quote (You are capable of more than you know - Glinda) - which is little blurry from my less than stellar embossing -are from the set. I used an MFT paint swipe stamp for the sentiment background and I just swiped the ink pad around the edges. I added a little bit of gold embossing around the edges as well. I stitched some die cut vellum butterflies over the smaller stamped butterflies with some gold thread and added some gold Nuvo drops to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hello There - MFT

Today, I am sharing a card that I created for the MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge

I am entering the Coloring Virtuosu category with this card:

I started out by stamping the Bundles of Blossoms background in black, and then I spent hours (yes - hours!) colouring it with my Copics. I kept the background in neutral grays (N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7) and I didn't go too dark with the contrast because I really wanted the focus to stay on the three pink blooms (R81, R83, R85, R89). I absolutely loved the way it turned out :)  I trimmed down the panel so that it would have a border around it - but instead of matting it with a solid coloured card stock, I decided to add some bold Sephora stripes with my N7 Copic. I used the MFT All Lined Up stencil as a guide to add my lines before colouring them in.The greeting is from the Polar Bear Pals stamp set and white embossed on a piece of card stock coloured with N7 as well. The strip was die cut with a Blueprints 29 die and popped up with some foam squares. I kept the embellishments very minimal but did add a few Ice Cube jewels (Little Things) around the sentiment. You can really only see them when the light hits them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!