Tuesday, 17 March 2015


I have to confess that I am a Clearly Besotted superfan - and I am really loving their latest release - especially the Sunburst stamp set. I immediately saw endless possibilities with these stamps but I started with just a few cards.

For the first card, I took my inspiration from the current TIME OUT Challenge - it is their first anniversary and a picture challenge (my favourite!) so I just had to play along. Here is their picture:

Frame Collage Funky Bright Home Decor Upcycled Vintage Frames Hollywood Regency Apartment Decor Quirky Decor

And here is my "Happy Birthday TIME OUT" card:

I stamped the sunbursts in different shades of Pigment Ink onto a panel die cut using a MFT die. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of vellum and heat embossed it with some Black Sparkle powder. Finally, I adhered the panel using some foam tape to the card base and I added a few clear sequins to finish it off.

I also wanted to participate in the latest Virginia's View challenge that focuses on embossing so I decided to do another version of the same card:

This card is (almost) exactly the same as the first card but this time, I coated the pigment ink with some Silver Pearl embossing powder and heat set it. The result is that the colours became less vibrant and much more metallic. I thought that a silver greeting would work better on this card so I used some Detail Silver powder for that.

Here is a side by side of the two cards to show the differences:

Finally, I wanted to make a card featuring the sunbursts as fireworks using bright coloured embossing powder, Here it is:

I like the shape of the fireworks but I'm not so sure about the colours I chose... The city is a Memory Box die cut coated in Versamark and heat embossed using some Stampendous marcasite powder.

I will link up with a few challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. These cards are so inspiring Jill. The colours of your first 2 cards are so uplifting and such a cool way to show how to adapt one card with just a few changes. I think you chose the right colours for the fireworks card-they fit in with the card base and explode off the card! So pleased you joined us at TIME OUT x

  2. Love the embossing goodness! The bright and slightly muted versions are equally beautiful! I absolutely adore the firework card ! Well done on this challenge, Jill! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “All Things Embossed” Challenge! Thank you also for stopping by my blog today!

  3. These stamps look great and I love the different designs you have created with them, Jill! Love the different effect that the embossing gives and the vibrant fireworks. The colours are just perfect for the inspiration photo at Time Out! Thanks so much for playing along.

    Ps if you are a CBS fan pop over to my blog as I am giving a few sets away as a celebration of my first blogaversary this week :)

  4. What a trio of terrific cards, Jill ... the first two are such fabulous takes on our frames inspiration photo (both versions) ... and those fireworks really do look as though they're exploding with colour! Thanks so much for playing along with our birthday celebrations at Time Out! Anita :)

  5. So gorgeous - especially the last card! You really should link it up with Retro Rubber http://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2015/03/challenge-10-emboss-it.html

  6. What a difference colours make! Great cards! And glad that you took some TIME OUT and join us!

  7. Love this Jill! Great use of this super stamp set - a current fav of mine.

  8. Hi Jill, just wanted to thank you so much for your comments about my card (twinearound.blogspot.co.nz) and how you hadn't thought of using paint sample cards. I got the idea from another blogger friend and I now have a box filled with quite a few of them. I'm in New Zealand and don't have access to any good card stock here, so I find these so good and the range of colours is fantastic. Also some of the sample chips are quite big (4 inches x 4 inches) so I can fit most of my dies on to them. I try not to make it obvious but everytime I'm at the hardware store I grab a handful. I totally recommend it!! I love these cards of yours by the way. I'm on the Time Out DT so I don't know how I missed these. The colours are fantastic and love the stamps you used. Especially like the last one. Have never thought of embossing die-cuts, its a really good idea. How handy to get an idea from each other today!!!

  9. Such gorgeous cards, Jill! Love the bold colors!

  10. You did it again! Congrats on getting HM at TO xx