Thursday, 25 February 2021

TIME OUT #182 - 7th Birthday Celebration

 It's our TIME OUT Birthday and we have a challenge to celebrate it!

Our sponsor for this challenge has been with us since the beginning so we are thrilled that they are sponsoring this challenge - Stamplorations is offering the winner a $40 gift voucher to their shop!!!!! SO generous!

I kept my card sweet and simple - I used a combination of two stamp sets for the images and sentiment - WPlus9 And Many More and Ellen Hutson/Conconrd & 9th Sweet Sprinkles. The die cut frame is from Avery Elle. I did add some detail to the frosting using a coloured pencil as well as a few hearts die cut from glitter paper.

Our guest designer for this challenge is Karen from Random Reflections - her designs are so inspiring so make sur you stop by her blog to check them out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 11 February 2021

TIME OUT #181 - Photo Inspiration

This fortnight, we have a TIME OUT photo inspiration perfect for Valentine's Day - filled with hearts, sweets, and flowers :)

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Friday Stamps - they are offering the winner a $25 gift voucher :)

My card is a fairly litteral take on the inspiration photo - the die cut flowers are from our sponsor CAS-ual Friday Stampss - a set called Peaceful Garden that has unfortunately been retired. The large sentiment is from Concord & 9th and the small sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Nancy from My Creative Mess - we are thrilled to have her join us :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Inspired By & Inkspirational Hearts

A really quick share today - a card that I made for the Inspired By Challenge:

I took my inspiration from a few different elements in the photo:

  • The background - I used a Taylored Expressions embossing folder to mimic the stripes
  • The colour scheme - the small floral and kraft colours 
  • Hearts
  • The lace - I added some gold stitching across the hearts insted of lace
I added a gold embossed sentiment from Neat & Tangled to complete the design.

I am also linking up to the current Inkspirational cahllenge of "Hearts"

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 28 January 2021

TIME OUT #180 - Inspired By Words

 Our TIME OUT challenge this fortnight is a very seasonally-appropriate one (it was -13 here today!) - we are asking you to create a project inspired by these words:

For my card, I focused on "winter" and "book" - and created a window scene using my Spelbinders December small die kit. The card base was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks and then I white heat embossed a few Simon Says snowflakes to create the winter feel.I die cut and coloured the cat and the plants - and I created my own books using some scrap strips. I originally had the "wall" part of the panel in plain white but I decided that it looked too stark so I used a Simon Says background stamp and some pale yellow paint to create some "wallpaper" and make it feel a little bit more cozy. The greeting is from Winnie & Walter.

I love a cute cat sitting on a window sill - this is a common scene at our house - and one of the cutest cats in the crating world is Newton who  is our sponsor for this challenge. Newton's Nook is offering the winner of the challenge a $25 gist voucher to their store :)

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Bobby from Bits and Pieces - she is a regular TIME OUT player and we are so happy to have her join us. Make sure you check out her fun and creative take on the challenge quote.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, 24 January 2021

My Monthly Hero Jan 2021

I was so happy to receive the Janury Hero Arts kit this month - it might just be my favourite one ever :)

I thought the flowers in the set would be great to use for the Twofer Challenge this month:

I wanted to create two very different cards - for the first one, I stamped the image in black on the card panel (masking the edges). I coloured the flowers in Copics using single, vibrant colours to create a graphic look. I added a black striped border around the panel before adhering it to the card base. I used the honeycomb die to create an aperture in the top panel which was adhered with foam tape to the coloured panel. The sentiment is gold foil press (Spellbinders) and I finished it off with a few black gems.


Here is a closer look at the first card:

For the sceond card, I started with Lawn Fawn Speckled Egg card stock (a rustic ivory colour) and I stamped the flowers a couple of times along the edge of the slimline panel (masking where necessary). I coloured the blooms using my prismacolour pencil crayons and finished off the card with a Hero Arts sentiment die cut from some of the gold paper from the kit.

Here is a closer look at the card:

For my next card, I decided to use the bees and play along with CAS(E) this sketch:

The bees were coloured with Copics and die cut. I stamped the hexagon pattern from the kit repeatedly on one side of the card base, and I also stamped the sentiment. I used Delicata pigment ink so that I could add some mica powder to it to give that foiled look when the light catches the stamping. I love the way it looks in real life (hard to capture in a photo). The bees were popped up with foam tape.

For my last card (for now - this kit is sure to get much more use!), I decided to play along with the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge:

I ised the negative die cuts from the hexagon aperture die to create a tone-on-tone honeycomb background. I then cut some more hexagons from the gold paper from the kit and adhered them to some of the white hexagons to create a heart. I added two Copic coloured bees, a white embossed sentiment from the kit and a few little hearts as embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 14 January 2021

TIME OUT #179 - You!

Our first TIME OUT challenge for 2021 is all about you - we want you to create a project that says something about yourself. What a fun way to start the new year!!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they are offering th echallenge winner a generous $25 gift voucher to their store :)

One of the things that makes this challenge so great is that we tend to buy products that we like - I had purchased the Stamplorations A Girl and her Shoes stamp set a while back because I love nice shoes and I have accumulated quite the collection (Carrie Bradshaw might be jealous!). I also love the sentiment that is a Marilyn Monroe quote - so perfect! I did add some gem stones in matching colours to each pair of shoes because I also love adding sparkle to my cards :)

Our guest designer for this challenge is Anila from Novel- ideas - we are so happy to have her join us.

We can't wait to see your projects and learn a bit more about YOU!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 31 December 2020

TIME OUT #178 - Life in the CIty

Our final TIME OUT challenge for 2020 is a fun one - we want to see projects focused on Life in the City using an optional twist of blending or sponging.

Our sponor for this challenge is Birch Press Designs - they are offering the winner of a random draw a $20 gift voucher to their store :)

We have gone into another lockdown so we definitely won't be ringing in the new year in the city - it will be sushi and champagne at home to celebrate leaving 2020 behind us :)

For my card, I decided to use the (older) Mama Elephant Sightseeing stamp set since it makes me think of the city. I also decided to make it into a slider card - I think this might be the first slider card that I have made so it took some time to figure it all out. I did do the optional twist of sponging a cloudy background behind the bridge (hard to see in the light of the photo) using the MFT mini cloud stencil and some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The road was created using some border stamps from my stash.

And the slider reveal....

Our guest designer for this challenge is the fabulous Joy from Handcrafted By Joy - we are thrilled to have her join us :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy new year!