Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time Out #228...Winter/Holiday Season







On a personal note, this will be my last post as a member of the Design Team at Time Out.  I have been on the team since 2015--I started on Challenge #58, and am ending on Challenge #228.  I cannot believe it has been 8 years.  I would like to say a big thank you to Sandie and Nonni for bringing me on to the team all those years ago.  I am grateful to my teammates at Time Out, our sponsors, as well as all the talented card makers that have played with us over the years.  You are all a constant source of inspiration.  I'll see you all around blogland (and perhaps even Instagram), and hope to become a regular participant here at Time Out, my favorite challenge.


It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  This time it is a theme challenge, and our theme is:

Winter/Holiday Season

I used this very fun Main Street Christmas stamp set from our sponsor, Newton's Nook.  





Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see you make a card inspired by our theme.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, Sue Symens and the Time Out Design Team.  Newton's Nook is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Time Out #227...Running Stitch Design

 








It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  This may be my most favorite challenge of the year because take a look at our inspiration!  This adorable bag is both our inspiration and our prize, and it is hand made by our own Time Out DT member, Kim Heggins.  Check out Kim's Etsy Shop, RunningStitchDesign.  It is full of beautiful, hand made gift items.





The inspiration for my card came from those adorable dogs in their fall sweaters.  It doesn't get any cuter than dogs in sweaters.  Take a look at my dog in his sweater.







Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see how you are inspired by Kim's adorable prize.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer and the Time Out Design Team.  RunningStitchDesign is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Time Out #226...A Good Head

 






It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.   We have a quote to inspire you today:


"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." by Nelson Mandela



I was inspired by the word 'heart' in our quote, and decided to make an encouragement card.  I just love this sentiment, and find it is so very wise.  I used stamps and a stencil from our sponsor, Stamplorations, called All Your Heart and Old Rose Prints.

After doing my stenciling and then stamping, I decided my card needed a bit more interest.  I die cut a square from the center of the front panel, layered it up, and then inlaid it back into the card front.






Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see how you are inspired by Nelson Mandela's inspiring words.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, and the Time Out Design Team.  Stamplorations is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time Out #225...Thankful

 





It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  This is a theme challenge, and our theme is:


THANKFUL



I used a stamp set from our sponsor, Lawn Fawn called Simply Celebrate Critters, and created this row of bunnies looking over a brick wall.  They are all saying thank you in some form, and all the little sentiments fit perfectly into the speech bubbles.

I added a bit of grass in front of the brick wall to add some color and interest.




Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see how you interpret the word 'thankful'.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, Deepti Aggarwal, and the Time Out Design Team. Lawn Fawn is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Retro Rubber #193...Guest Designer...Happy Birthday

 






Today I am so happy to be playing along with one of my favorite challenges, Retro Rubber, as their Guest Designer.  I love this challenge because it reminds me to look through my stash for some older stamps I may have forgotten about.

Because I am guest designer, I decided to pick one of the oldest of my oldies....PTI Dot Spot.  This set is so old that it is in a CD case.  I'm thinking more than 10 years.  I pulled out out and was reminded all over again about why I love this stamp set so much.  I did a bit of inlaid die cutting, an old technique that I haven't used in quite a while.



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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time Out #224...Cancer Awareness/Encouragement/Friendship








It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  This time it is a theme challenge:


Cancer Awareness/Encouragement/Friendship


We challenge you to create an encouragement and/or friendship card! This is our cancer awareness challenge and we want to recognize all those who have struggled and fought through a cancer battle, and to pay homage to those whose journey has led them out of this world. 
 
We want to give a special shout out to our friend Shery at STAMPlorations. She has been fighting a cancer battle this year and she has been heavy on our hearts here at Time Out. Thank you Shery for all the years of support and creativity.  We stand with you as you walk through this journey.

Unfortunately, the CAS-ual Fridays online store has closed down. However, we still have a prize package from CAS-ual Fridays that will be sent to the winner of this challenge!
 
We want to take a moment and thank Michele, owner and designer of CAS-ual Fridays, for all of the creativity that she has brought to so many over the years. We also want to thank her for the strong support of Time Out. Your shop and journey has been an inspiration to us!

Now, on to my card:

I decided to focus on the Encouragement/Friendship portion of the challenge.  I pulled out the Cup Refills set from our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays stamp to create this clean and simple card.   It is almost completely one layered, as the only thing I did to the card front was cut out and pop up the lid on the coffee cup.






Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see how you are inspired by this challenge.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, Elizabeth Stewart , and the Time Out Design Team.  CAS-ual Fridays is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Friday, September 30, 2022

Guest Designer...CAS on Friday #241

 







Hello and happy Friday.  I am so pleased to be playing along with CAS on Friday as Guest Designer when this card of mine was chosen as the winner of a recent challenge.  The theme of this challenge is 'STARS', so I went with an older PTI cover plate called Night Sky.  Lots of stars in this sky.  I paired it with some really sweet Mama Elephant images I stamped using Kim's stamps when she recently visited me.





I hope you will play along with CAS on Friday this week.  My biggest challenge was to decide which stars in my stash I should use.  I bet you will have the same issue.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time Out #223...A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year








It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  We challenge you to make a card inspired by the photo on our badge.  Here is a larger version of the photo:





I think it is pretty easy to see how I was inspired by this photo.  I was inspired by that beautiful green Christmas tree.  I colored the star on top in silver, inspired by the silver star in the photo. 






Where will this challenge take you?  We would love to see you make your own card inspired by this photo.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from  the Time Out Design Team.  Newton's Nook is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Time Out #222...Rainbow






It is time for a new challenge at Time Out.  We challenge you to make a card inspired by this quote:

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud"

--Maya Angelou



I was inspired by the 'rainbow' in this quote.  I wanted to combine the rainbow with some adorable dogs I recently bought from Lawn Fawn.  I used Simply Celebrate Critters to create this card, and a Mama Elephant rainbow die as the backdrop.








Where will this quote take you?  Will you think of rainbows, clouds, a general encouragement card, or something else.  We'd love to see your interpretation.


Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, Fran Wing, and the Time Out Design Team.  Lawn Fawn is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.  



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Monday, September 5, 2022

Lots of Crafty Fun




As Labor Day weekend ends, I am pausing to post a bunch of cards I've made over the past several days.  First up is this action packed doggie card I made using the sketch at MFT #609.  I used some images I had previously stamped using borrowed stamps.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Shopping Our Stash #478: Animal Antics.








Next up is a card I CASed from my BFF Kim, using these really cut foxes from Avery Elle Party Fox.  I was inspired by the collaboration challenges at Color Hue #48: Navy & Lime Green and Seize the Birthday #246.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Shopping Our Stash #478: Animal Antics.










Continuing on with the theme of using images I stamped a while back, I have this little cutie floating on a striped raft, inspired by the challenge at CAS on Friday #239: Stripes.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.






The next two cards were inspired by a technique I saw in a recent video by Jennifer McGuire.  I like how they came out, but they were more time consuming than I had expected.  Each die cut required 3 white layers and a colored layer.  When the entire card was done, I used Versa Mark ink to stamp a screen grid pattern on all of the dogs.  I am entering both of these cards at Inkspirational #273: Repetition (dogs/horses), Just Add Ink #691: Masculine, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Shopping Our Stash #478: Animal Antics.


















Last up is a holiday card using these wonderful penguins from MFT Tweet Holidays.  I was inspired by the colors at MFT Color Challenge #195, Addicted to CAS #228: Birds, Addicted to Stamps and More #437: Christmas, CAS Christmas: Sparkle and Shine (the pom poms on the hats are all glittered up), Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.












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