Thursday, 5 July 2018

TIME OUT#113 - Inspired By Words

The challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT is to be inspired by the following words:

There are a lot of ways to be inspired by these words but I chose to focus on the first one: smile:

To make this card, I used one of my favourite techniques - adhering die cuts to the card base to create a background. I usually do this tone on tone - but I decided to change it up this time by using four different colours of cardstock to create an ombre effect. I think that I may have seen this done before by someone with this die but I couldn't find where - so I couldn`t reference it. The die is from Simon Says Stamp.

The greeting is from MFT - white embossed on a black die cut (also MFT) and popped up with some foam. I found a few different shades of pink sequins in my stash and added them to the card front to finish it off.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Funky Fossil Designs - Sarah is a former TO DT and she has started designing some amazing stencils - check them out here. She is offering the winner 3 stencils from her store. She is also going to be joining us as a special guest designer - so make sure to check out her inspiring designs here.

Our Guest designer for this challenge is Amanda from Diamond Lane Designs - so make sure you take a few minutes to check out her work.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The ombre-effect gives this card a great warm feel! Love the graphic effect of the repeated die cuts! Hugs, Gerrina

  2. The ombre effect really works and I love the colour you went for! Good idea to pop up the sentiment like this, really works. And your placement of sequins is perfect x

  3. Absolutely stunning, Jill! I love the ombre look of the die cuts and it was a super choice to cover a whole background with them. I have a flower die that has a very odd shape and this has given me ideas how to use it... Thanks for the inspiration! xxx

  4. Wow Jill, what a masterpiece I have always thought to do something like this with my Smile die but I am terrible with glue and dies ending up with dots of glue everywhere. Your card looks amazing, totally love it.

  5. This is awesome, Jill. What a great idea to repeat the die cut with an ombre affect. I just love it! And the black banner for the sentiment is the perfect finish. I'm saving this one for duture reference! xx

  6. I love this design Jill, especially done in the different color cardstocks! So pretty!

  7. Absolutely adore your ombre line up of die cuts. I just keep thinking that is a lot of hand cranking and lining up, but it is sure worth it.

  8. I'm smiling, Jill ... first because this is such a brilliant design ... love the ombré in those happy die cuts ... and second because I almost used this die on my card too, before little chick jumped out at me! Hugs, Anita :)