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!
Jill

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!

Jill  

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!
Jill



Thursday, 14 September 2017

TIME OUT #92 - Inspired By Words

Our "Inspired By Words" challenge this fortnight at TIME OUT is all about creativity :)  Today is International Dot Day which is all about celebrating the power and potential of creativity , and our quote is one that reflects that sentiment:

“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”~Robert Henri.

Here is how I was inspired by these words:



`I love these MFT flamingo dies :) I coloured mine with Distress Inks, and framed him up with a glittery silver frame, some pretty pink sequins, and background created with texture paste and glitter. The sentiment is from the MFT companion set - I thought it was a great take on the inspirational words.

I did another one where I used some light blue Nuvo paste on the background instead of the texture paste:


I like the way it looks in real life but it is very busy looking in the picture...

Our guest designer this week is the always inspiring Carol from Just Me: C - it is so fitting to have her guest designing on International Dot Day since her designs are so creative

Our sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers - they have generously offered a gift voucher to the top pick :)   - so it is definitely worth taking some TIME OUT to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill

Thursday, 31 August 2017

TIME OUT#91 - CASE-ing Beverly Brown

CASE challenges are always so much fun - I just love being inspired by other card designers - especially when they challenge me to look at things differently. The CASE card this week at TIME OUT is from Beverly Brown of Uniko Studios - our generous sponsor for this challenge, and it was such a fun challenge. Here it is:


I played around with a few different designs focusing on the rainbow stripes - but I eventually ended up with a "looser" CASE - here it is:


This card is a true one-layer card - something I don't make that often :) I started by stamping the beautiful flower from Indigo Blu (Colour Me Dahlia) onto the card front. I then masked around the stamped area and blended in some Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed Distress inks to create "stripes". I then re-stamped the flower in Versafine Onyx Black to make sure it popped against the background (I love my MISTI!!!). The greeting is from one of my favourite sentiment sets - Altenew Many Thanks stamp set.

Our wonderful guest designer this week is Lucie from LucieG Cards whose designs are truly inspiring - so make sure you check out her blog along with the rest of the DT to amp up your inspiration and play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by!
Jill 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

TIME OUT #90 - Autumn Theme

We have a new TIME OUT challenge for you - this fortnight we are looking for Autumn themed cards - it's getting to that time of year already :)

There is a really fun optional twist for the challenge as well - speed stamping. We are challenging you to stamp your card in 10 minutes or less (not including time to gather supplies). If you need some incentive to give speed stamping a go, our fabulous sponsor, Happy Little Stampers is offering a  gift voucher to a random entry that does the optional twist!

Our guest designer for this challenge is Elaine from Craft-E Place - her designs are fabulous so make sure you check out her blog.

So here is my Autumn themed card:


No twisting for me this week - I am just not a very fast stamper :(  For this card, I stamped and clear embossed the Neat & Tangled leaves on some Distress Watercolour paper. I then used some Brushos to colour the leaves in different Autumn colours. I added some splatters to the panel - black and copper to stay with the Autumn theme. The greeting from W Plus9 was white embossed on a black MFT die cut banner and popped up on the card base.

We can't wait to see your Autumn themed cards - so make sure take some TIME OUT to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Jill

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

We're Gonna Need A Bigger... Cake!


Just a quick share today inspired by a couple of challenges. This is actually a re-make of a card that I made a while back but never shared on my blog - it is a great masculine Birthday card - and I can never have too many of those!



The wave was created by smooshing some Tumbled Glass and Broken China onto a piece of Distress watercolour paper - drying between the layers. I added some white splatters as well with Studio Calico white mist. The shark (from Avery Elle) was coloured with Copics, coated with Wink of Stella, and popped up with a mini action wobbler. The greeting is from the same Avery Elle stamp set - here is how it is completed on the inside of the card:


I will link up to the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jill