Friday, 5 September 2014

Time Out Challenge - Design Team Member

Talk about finding it hard to keep a secret, I've been dying to tell someone (apart from my family) about this for weeks. I'm now part of the Design Team for Time Out Challenges!!!!

Crazy I know and I'm so very, very excited. Thank you so much Sandie for the invitation to join such incredible designers. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. 

And there is also more good news....there are three other new designers to join too! I don't want to spoil their surprise, if you pop over to the Time Out blog there is a lovely post from Sandie introducing them all. 

I've always really enjoyed playing in this challenge and can't wait to visit new blogs, be inspired and leave some comments. This is my first ever Design Team role, which makes it even more special to me and I just know its going to be the best fun ever!!

My first challenge as part of the DT is next week (11th September - Challenge #14), so better get myself organised and really hope you play along too, would love to see you there!!

Challenge #13 at Time Out Challenges is running at the moment, so thought I would join in as a 'player' one last time. The theme for this one is:

                         'If music be the food of love, play on'

Its a quote from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' and you can let the words inspire you anyway you like. For some reason I immediately thought of this pattern paper that had music printed on it. It took a bit of finding (as I had no idea who made it) but finally got my hands on it.

Is it weird that I've put the same paper on top of itself?? Not something I've seen done before and probably is a bit silly but I really loved the monochromatic look, especially with the bubble die-cut on a slight angle. 

I die-cut the word 'love' three times from gold cardstock and stuck together, to give some height. This was glued to the speech bubble, which was then popped up on foam squares. I then glued on my favourite gold metal hearts for even more gold shine.

The paper is from Echo Park 'Everyday Eclectic', the metal die speech bubble from Die-namics MFT and the 'love' metal die from Paper Smooches. 

Because I've used some patterned paper (which I seem to be doing a lot of lately....strange I know...where are the stamps??) I will enter this into the challenge at Virginia's View #7 where their theme is:

This is my second entry and I can imagine there will be a few more to come over the next few weeks......

Its Friday, my secret is out and I've already got ideas for my next two cards. Life is so good!!!

Take care



  1. We are over the moon you are joining our Dt and what a fabulous card you have made this week. I really like the same paper on the speech bubble as the background, and the gold die cuts are just perfect x

  2. Your card is fabulous :) congrats on ur TOC DT gig! Look forward to more of ur beauties

  3. Yay! congrats!!!!
    What a gorgeous card...I LOVE the paper!
    Thanks for joining us at Virginia's View Challenge!

  4. First and fore most CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it. Next: your card is an absolute joy and you captured the challenge in spectacular fashion. It is simple, direct and captivating. That is what makes it spectacular. It is a true work of art and tribute to an artists eye. - Jim

  5. Yay, Shona!!! Congratulations on your first-ever design team appointment!! I don't understand why you haven't served on a challenge DT before, but good for Sandie and Nonni to have the smarts to ask you! You will be a definite asset on the team!!

    Your card is marvelous!! I actually adore how you've layered the pp on top of itself! It gives it loads of dimension!! Hugs, Darnell

  6. Big Congrats on your design team spot Shona- so happy for you! And I love your card - that paper is gorgeous - hugs xx

  7. LOVE this, Shona - the layering of the music paper looks fab as does the sentiment die cut in gold. Great take on the TO challenge and for Virgina's View. I am so pleased to be on the DT with you - I'm a big fan of your CAS style so look forward to being inspired by your creativity :)

  8. This is so very beautiful Shona... What a pity I can't vote for this now! On the other hand, super fun to have you in the team! :) xxx

  9. So glad you come join us! This is again a sample of a beautiful make by you! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

  10. Love the layers, Shona ... and no, it doesn't look weird at all ... more like fabulous! Such a great background for that gorgeous gold sentiment! Anita :)

  11. Gorgeous card - love the pop of gold with the sentiment. Congrats on the new DT gig.

  12. I love this pattern paper and how you used it!!! Simply lovely in every day, Shona! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View Pattern Paper Challenge!