Thursday, 22 December 2016

TIME OUT #73 - Inspired By Words

We have the last challenge of 2016 at Time Out now - the year has just flown by! This week we are inspired by the following words:

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

This is the perfect quote as we are coming up to a new year and new beginnings...

Our wonderful Guest Designer this week is Marina from My Perfect Life  so make you check out how she was inspired by these words...

We are very lucky to have Stamplorations sponsoring us for this challenge - they have generously agreed to give a gift voucher to the winner and to the honourable mentions!

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Here is my card:


For my card, I decided to embrace one of my crafty New Year's resolutions (it seemed fitting for the quote!) which is to use my stash. The tree picture was a vellum journal card that I have had in my stash forever... I thought that it would look pretty with a sunrise behind it. I used some alcohol inks on glossy card stock to create the vibrant sunrise - and then layered the vellum on top.

How will you be inspired? Take some Time Out to join us....

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

TIME OUT #72 - CASEing Kim

I can't believe this is the second last TIME OUT CASE challenge of the year - 2016 has just flown by! This week, we are CASE-ing Kim from Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim - I am sure that you are already familiar with her gorgeous cards but if not, make sure you stop by her blog for some wonderful inspiration.

Here is the card she gave us to CASE - so pretty!!!




We also have a great Guest Designer - Deepti from Handmade by Deepti - she is a regular TIME OUT player who always has great cards so we are thrilled to have her join us this week!

Here is my take on the challenge:



I loved the tangle of flowers on Kim's card - it brought to mid a tangle of Christmas lights so that is what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I did not have a tangle of lights stamp though so I used a string of lights stamp from Your Next Stamp, and stamped them repeatedly across the card front - shifting them on each row to make it appear as though they were different strings. I coloured the lights with Copics - using the same colours that Kim chose for her card - and I coated each bulb with a generous layer of clear Spectrum Noir shimmer. I added a white embossed Mama Elephant greeting on a black circle - I thought the scripty style of the greeting mirrored the CASE card too.

I can't wait to see how Kim's card inspires you - so take some TIME OUT and join us!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Congrats!

I had a little bit of time for crafting today and it was really nice to make a non-holiday card for a change! This stamp set from Lil Inkers has been asking to be inked up for quite a while and I finally go around to it :) I stamped the circles in SSS Intense Black Ink and coloured with my W&N ProMarkers. I did cover the finished colouring with Spectrum Noir shimmer but it doesn't really show up in the picture. The greeting is from Altenew - one of my favourite greeting sets - Label Love.


I will link up to a couple of challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 24 November 2016

TIME OUT#71 - Christmas

The TIME OUT Challenge this fortnight is all about Christmas cards - with the optional twist of including shimmer and/or glitter. This is a pretty easy twist for me since I include glitter on almost all my Christmas cards :)

We have a great sponsor for this challenge, Uniko Stamps is offering a prize for the winner and also a random draw amongst those entries who include the twist.

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We have a great Guest Designer with us this week too - I am sure that you are already familiar with Valentyna and her amazing work - but if not, make sure you check her cards out at Flourishtina - you will definitely be impressed!

Here is what I came up with:


This card is one that I mass produced on the weekend. I used the Memory Box die on some white cardstock. I then backed the cardstock with Be Creative tape and added different colours of microfine glitter. I just love the effect!

So join us in Christmas card fun and make to link up at TIME OUT!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Thursday, 10 November 2016

TIME OUT#70 - Photo Inspiration

This week at TIME OUT, we have a photo inspiration challenge for you - another beautiful Home Sweet Home photo chosen by Sandie.


Lots of pretty elements in this card to focus on - the wings, the flowers, the colours... what inspires you? You might want to check out how the rest of the DT was inspired, along with our fabulous GD this week, Hazel from Hazel's Paper Designs has a wonderful card to share.

Here is what I did:



I took my inspiration from the mirror in the picture - I loved the geometric style of it. I am on a little bit of a Christmas card streak right now - so I immediately thought of this new Memory Box tree die. I die cut it 4 times from some grey-brown cardstock and then glued them together. I then die cut it again from some silver foil cardstock and inlaid the circles inside the tree - a little bit hard to see in the picture because they are so reflective. The stamped greeting is from MFT (one of my favourite sets for holiday greetings), and the card panel was mounted on a piece of pink cardstock to match the colour scheme in the inspiration photo. So it may not be the most traditional holiday card but it works for me :)

So now it's your turn to take some TIME OUT and play with us!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jill



Sunday, 30 October 2016

Hero Arts - Artistic Circles

The only thing better than getting new stamps in the mail is finding some old treasures in your stash - and that is what I did this weekend. I looked through my shoebox of wood-mounted stamps and found Artistic Circles from Hero Arts. I am pretty sure that this was the first background stamp I ever bought - and I bought it to make Christmas cards even though it isn't expressly a Christmas stamp.

I gently removed the stamp from it's wood mount and temporarily adhered in my Misti to play with it. The first card I made, I stamped in Versamark onto vellum and heat embossed in white. I then coloured the back side of the vellum with Copics in pink, red, yellow and orange to add some soft colours from the front. 
I created an open frame card using a SSS rectangle die, and sandwiched the vellum piece (with another one behind it) between the pieces. I finished the card with a silver glitter W&W die cut and a red strip of cardstock white embossed with a SSS greeting. It is hard to see in the picture - but I love the semi transparency of the vellum to see through to the inside of the card.



For the second card, I stamped the image in SSS Intense Black ink and then coloured the image selectively using a few shades of Copic pink. I then used the rectangles die from the SSS Frames set to inlay the panel with a black border into the card front. I love this die and technique because it creates the look of layers with a flat card front. I die cut the W&W thanks (one of my faves) several times from textures black cardstock and glued them together to create a dimensional greeting across the middle of the card. I finished off with some Wink of Stella on the pink parts and the greeting for a little bit of shimmer. I went back and forth over whether I should also add a few sparkling clear PPP sequins - but eventually decided that the image should take centre stage and left them off,


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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 27 October 2016

TIME OUT#69 - Inspired By Words

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

'Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart'

A very seasonally appropriate quote as we are coming up to American Thanksgiving - and lots of different ways to interpret the words. Make sure you check out how our wonderful guest designer, Karren J of Stamping Stuff interpreted these words....

Here is what I did did with the quote:


I was originally going to make something more Autumn-inspired but then I thought about focusing on the heart part of the quote and I remembered this fabulous Winnie and Walter faceted heart from the True stamp set. I stamped it three times across the front of the panel using SSS Intense Black ink. I coloured it using 5 different colours of Winsor and Newton ProMarkers with a blender pen to create a rainbow. I also added some clear Wink of Stella over the colouring to give the hearts some shimmer. I finished the card with a simple strip of silver glitter across the bottom of the panel, and an Altenew sentiment.  This is one of my favourite cards of late - I am really happy with how it came together :) I will link it up to:




Thanks for stopping by!
Jill 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sunday Cards

It has been a long time since I have shared any cards outside my DT ones but I do have a few to share today. First up, I finally got a start on some Christmas cards :)




I am not a coffee drinker but so many of my friends are that I couldn't resist the new Hero Arts Coffee Cut Stamp and Die combo to make some cards. I stamped, die cut and assembled the elements to make the coffee cups, and then I embellished the whipped cream and holly with some glitter (applied with multi medium) and sparkly gems. For the background, I die cut a stitched rectangle and used the "Peace Love Joy" from the HA Christmas Crystals set. On the vertical card, I stamped them lined up, and on the horizontal card, I stamped them in a more random and overlapped manner. I used matching cardstock for the card base.

I will link these cards up to a few places:

The other card I am sharing is one that I made for my nephew's birthday. I used the  Your Next Stamp Happy Dance lizards - coloured with Copics and fussy cut  as the main image. I added in the Lil Inkers Happy Birthday die cut in black  and white embossed the greeting on top. The background was created with Wilted Violet Distress Ink and a stencil - with a few water splashes for fun.



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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 13 October 2016

TIME OUT#68 - CASE-ing Ardyth

We have another fabulous TIME OUT challenge - this week we are CASE-ing a really pretty card from Ardtyh. Her blog is Maskerade and she is always sharing amazing cards there. Here is the card she gave us to CASE:


We also have a great guest designer with us this week - Marina from My Perfect Life is sharing her inspiration so please stop by her blog.

Finally, if you didn't see the news last week, we have two new DT members - Stephanie and Jenny will be joining us! I am so happy that they have decided to join us!

My card for this CASE - and I have to apologize for the poor photo quality - we are moving into that time of year when I really struggle with the light.




There are so many great elements to CASE in Ardyth's card that I incorporated almost all of them into this card - it is shamelessly more of a copy than a CASE!!! I used Clearly Besotted's Brushed Poppies for the image. I love this stamp set - I think it was the first layering set I ever bought but I am still amazed at the results. I loved the glitter on Ardyth's card - so I added some to mine as well - applied to a strip of Be Creative across the bottom and also to some drops of Glossy Accents. The greeting is from W+9.

So please join us at TIME OUT for this wonderful CASE Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

TIME OUT#68 - CASE-ing Ardyth

We have another fabulous TIME OUT challenge - this week we are CASE-ing a really pretty card from Ardtyh. Her blog is Maskerade and she is always sharing amazing cards there. Here is the card she gave us to CASE:


We also have a great guest designer with us this week - Marina from My Perfect Life is sharing her inspiration so please stop by her blog.

Finally, if you didn't see the news last week, we have two new DT members - Stephanie and Jenny will be joining us! I am so happy that they have decided to join us!

My card for this CASE - and I have to apologize for the poor photo quality - we are moving into that time of year when I really struggle with the light.




There are so many great elements to CASE in Ardyth's card that I incorporated almost all of them into this card - it is shamelessly more of a copy than a CASE!!! I used Clearly Besotted's Brushed Poppies for the image. I love this stamp set - I think it was the first layering set I ever bought but I am still amazed at the results. I loved the glitter on Ardyth's card - so I added some to mine as well - applied to a strip of Be Creative across the bottom and also to some drops of Glossy Accents. The greeting is from W+9.

So please join us at TIME OUT for this wonderful CASE Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Thursday, 29 September 2016

TIME OUT #67 - Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

We have a special challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month - we are looking for cards that celebrate friendship and/or breast cancer awareness - with the optional twist of including some pink.

This challenge is sponsored by Special CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-prize for the winner of the challenge-$25 gift voucher plus a prize for those doing the optional twist of including pink.The prize will be a special package from their Calling All Sistahs collection. This collection of stamps were designed to promote breast cancer awareness and to help us encourage our friends (sistahs) to do their monthly self check. What an amazing prize for this special challenge!!!


We also have a great guest designer with us this week - Conil from Which Craft? joins the TIME OUT challenges regularly, and we always look forward to her creations - so happy to have her as our GD this week!

Here is my card:

I was lucky enough to receive the Mon Ami stamp set from our wonderful challenge sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays so that is what I used for my card. I kept the card very simple - because when stamps are this pretty, they need to be the star of the show :) 

I stamped the flower onto the card base using SSS Intense Black ink, and then I coloured it using three shades of pink Copics. I also used the same Copics to colour the edges of the card base in an ombre effect. I die cut a rectangle piece of white card stock with the matching flower die, and stamped the My Friend greeting below the opening. I then used a PTI texture plate to add a little bit of texture to the panel before using some foam to pop it up on the card base. Everything pink was coated generously with Wink of Stella for some added sparkle :)

Make sure you find some time to join us in this special challenge - we can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Thursday, 22 September 2016

TIME OUT #66 - Photo Inspiration Reminder


We are one week into our current photo inspiration challenge at Time Out but there is still lots of time to play along and possibly win one of the prizes offered by our generous sponsor, Stamplorations. Sheri, the Stamplorations owner and Time Out DT has offered: a $10 gift voucher to their store for the winner AND there be two random draws for stamp sets Trendy Leaves 2 and Holiday Expressions: Thankful.

Here is the photo to inspire you:



We are also lucky enough to have Claire from Life on the Scrap Heap with us as a guest designer this week - her cards are beautiful so please check them out!

Here is what I cam up with this week:


For my card this week, I took my inspiration from the brick wall and the Atumn colours of the leaves. I started out by painting a blank piece of card stock with some Silks acrylic glazes in some yellow, orange, and red colours - hard to see in the photo but these glazes have some gorgeous shimmer. Once they were dry, I stamped Stamplorations Trendy Flowers in Archival Black on the card stock, and fussy cut around the edges to create the flowers. I used a brick stencil to add some embossing paste to the card base, and then added the flowers. I finished off the card with a CAS-ual Fridays sentiment white embossed on a black banner, and a few sparkling clear sequins.

We can't wait to see how you will be inspired by our current Time Out challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill




Thursday, 15 September 2016

TIME OUT #66 - Photo Inspiration

It is time for a new Time Out Challenge, and this week we are being inspired by this pretty picture:


We have a great sponsor this month - STAMPlorations is sponsoring the challenge - the winner will receive a $10 gift voucher to their store AND there will be two random draws for stamp sets Trendy Leaves 2 and Holiday Expressions: Thankful.

We are also lucky enough to have Claire from Life on the Scrap Heap with us as a guest designer this week - her cards are beautiful so please check them out!

Here is how I was inspired - using STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves set:



I was really inspired by the couple of coloured leaves against the black and white leaves so that is what I wanted to do in my card. I masked a circle on the card front, and stamped the leaf from Trendy  Leaves in some yellow, orange and yellow inks. I then stamped the same leaf repeatedly in SSS Fog and Smoke inks - masking the leaves as I went along. I traced the leaves with a black Copic multiliner to make them pop a little bit more before colouring the background with Copics. To make the coloured leaf pop even more, I coloured over it with a Versamark pen, and heat embossed some Enchanted Gold EP over it - it adds the perfect amount of golden shimmer! I used some MFT dies to create the stitched circle frame, and a Your Next Stamp die to add the stitching line across the bottom of the card. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted.

Because I can never decide on colours, I also did the same card but created a darker background by using darker shades of Copics - small change but big difference in the overall feel of the card....



So how will you be inspired? We can't wait to see at Time Out!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 8 September 2016

TIME OUT #65 - Inspired By Words Reminder

Our TIME OUT Challenge this week wants you to be inspired by these words:

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 
Chad Sugg

And we are lucky enough to have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge: CAS-ual Fridays has very generously offered the challenge winner a $25 gift voucher!!!!

 Rema from Paper Panache has joined us again as a Guest Designer so make sure you check out how she was inspired.

Here is my card:




I dug deep into my stash to find some fun supplies for this card - an old Tattered Angels super-sized stamp and matching mask. I laid the mask on a piece of white cardstock and sprayed some Copper Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Once it was dry, I stamped the matching stamp in the void with some SSS Slate ink. I trimmed the panel with an MFT die and matted it with some SSS Slate cardstock before adding it to the card front. The greeting is from Simon Says and was white embossed on Slate cardstock as well. This is one of those cards that looks so much better in real life with the shimmer of the spray showing through. I love the effect so much that I kept playing and created this card:



I also die  cut some tags from similar panels that I made that will find homes on cards at some point :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 1 September 2016

TIME OT #65 - Inspired By Words

We are starting September at TIME OUT with a very seasonally-appropriate Inspired By Words Challenge:

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 
Chad Sugg

And we are lucky enough to have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge: CAS-ual Fridays has very generously offered the challenge winner a $25 gift voucher!!!!

As always, we are equally lucky to be joined by a wonderful guest designer, Rema from Paper Panache is so creative and always has gorgeous cards.

Here is my card:



I thought of leaves changing colours - and my MFT Out On A Limb die set. I started out by applying some orange, red and yellow alcohol inks to a sheet of glossy cardstock to make my own patterned paper for the leaves. I then used my Minc machine to add some platinum foil to a piece of Heidi Swapp paper and a greeting that I printed onto my card base. I then die cut the leaves and the tree trunk from these papers and used a template to glue the the pieces onto the card front. 




The design was pretty simple but I liked it so much that I decided to make 3 more, and some matching envelopes to create a card gift set.


Finally, I really liked the look of the die cut alcohol inked cardstock so I added some Be Creative adhesive behind it and applied some iridescent glitter to the openings. I used the same foil to cover a W&W die cut greeting and on a piece of vellum. 


So you can see how inspired I was by these words - I can't wait to see where they take you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jill


Thursday, 25 August 2016

TIME OUT #64 - CASEing Julia Reminder

There is another week at TIME OUT  for our current challenge - CASE-ing the wonderful Julia Alterman from Just One More Card. Here is her very fun CASE card:



Our great Guest Designer is with us again this week - Jenny from Craftmosh is sharing another one of her gorgeous designs!

So here is how I was inspired by Julia's card:

I think that it is pretty obvious what I CASE-d on this card :) 

The airplane and banner are from Avery Elle and were coloured with Copics and highlighted with Wink of Stella. I then masked the images and the borders and sponged the sky background using some hand made cloud masks. The 75 was die cut using Lawn Fawn number dies - then backed with adhesive and filled with microbeads (I love the texture of microbeads!) The rectangle die is from 'lil Inkers - inlaid with teal cardstock - to mimic the hatched border on Julia's card.

The 75 was not chosen at random - I made this card for my Father-In-Law's 75th birthday that is coming up.

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Thursday, 18 August 2016

TIME OUT #64 - CASEing Julia

We have a new challenge this week at TIME OUT - and it is a great one - we are CASE-ing the incredible Julia Alterman from Just One More Card. I am big fan of Julia's work and her excellent YouTube videos and am just thrilled to be CASE-ing her this week. Here is here creation:


What a fun and vibrant card! There are so many great elements that could be CASE-d......

We also have a talented guest designer with us this week - Jenny from Craftmosh is a good crafty friend and very talented card maker so make sure you stop by her blog to check out her creations - you will definitely be inspired!

So here is how I was inspired by Julia's card:



I absolutely fell in love with the diagonal striped frame around the main image so that was my starting point. I went through my (masses of!) patterned paper looking for diagonal stripes and came across this rainbow one which caught my eye. I die cut the frame from this paper using two Walter and Winnie dies. I die cut the MFT soda bottles from some Tim Holtz watercolour paper and then coloured them with different colours of Distress Inks (I tried to match the colours on the bottles to the stripes they were next to) - I added water splatters and ink splatters to the bottles to create the illusion of fizzy drinks. I used some Hickory Smoke ink to watercolour the background onto another piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and then stamped the MFT greeting. The bottles were adhered directly to the background but the frame was popped up with foam tape.

I did another card using the same supplies - actually, this was my first card but as I was making it, I kept thinking of things that I should have done differently so I made it again! Lucky that I had another piece of patterned paper!



Be sure to join us for this challenge - there are so many great elements in Julia's card to CASE - I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

I will link up to a few challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Jill