Thursday 7 January 2016

Time Out Challenge # 47

Happy New Year everybody and welcome to the first Time Out Challenge  for 2016!! We have so many amazing challenge themes for you over the next 12 months, I hope you can play along with us. Our theme for this challenge is:

                          BIRTHDAYS: with optional twist of 'sponging'

This gives you so many options on what to make for someone's birthday. And there is even an extra incentive for using the 'twist'. Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko. They will be giving a gift voucher to the random picked winner from the entries that use the 'twist'. So exciting, grab your sponges everyone!!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the fabulous Rema of Paper Panache. I see her gorgeous cards around blogland often and her designs are always so clean and modern. I really recommend taking a spin around her blog!!

Sponging isn't something I do very often on my cards. However I saw a card the other day that was so amazing with the design, I just had to give it a go:

A few months ago I discovered Amy of The Craft Bunny. Her cards are so incredible and she has the most amazing ideas. One of her cards here had a die-cut word that was rainbow water-coloured and inlaid back into the card. I thought is was stunning and wondered if I could still get the same look with my mini-blending tool.

I cut a panel of white CS and used Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio, adding them in a square-ish pattern so there was a colour in each corner but overlapping where they meet. I die-cut the 'hi' from the coloured panel and also from the card front. A piece of white CS was glued to the inside front of the card (to give the die-cut something to sit on) and glued the 'hi' in place. This way it also keeps it a one-layer design. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in black and added some co-ordinating sequins.

Its not as spectacular as Amy's card but love how the colours pop against the white. Thank you so much Amy for your inspiration!!

The 'hi' die-cut is from Winnie and Walter, as well as the sentiment stamps from the set 'The Big, the Bold and the Happy'. The pink sequin is from Pretty Pink Posh, the blue from Avery Elle and the orange from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter this card:

CASology Challenge # 179 

Seize the Birthday Challenge 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Something New - the design)

You have two weeks to enter the Time Out Challenge, so hopefully that gives you plenty of time to join us once, maybe even twice! In fact, you can join as many times as you like!! And if your struggling for ideas, the rest of the Design Team have some beautiful projects on the blog for you. Look forward to seeing your creations in the Gallery!!

Take care


  1. I really like this ide too Shona (Happy New Year!). What a great look, CAS but with these stunning colours. I think this would look good with watercolours too, I will give this a go x

  2. Your ink blending is absolutely stunning Shona!

  3. What a fantastic card! Love the big "hi" and your beautiful sponging. The colors are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  4. Love how you have inlayed the sponged die cut 'Hi', beautiful rainbow of colours too. Hugs Bev x

  5. Shona, your lovely, rainbow sponged Hi is every bit as spectacular as Amy's, PLUS, it has the added bonus of being infused with your special touch! Gorgeous! This birthday card is a smile-maker in every way!

  6. Hi there, Shona! What a super cute card. I just wanted to let you know about our Anything Goes challenges at Word Art Wednesday. Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp $25. I hope you will stop by to play along with us!
    Karen Letchworth, Owner
    Word Art Wednesday

  7. This is gorgeous. I love your big and bold word and how the blended colors move across the letters. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  8. I love this! What a fabulous card. Of course, I had to click on your inspiration and follow her, too. I just love the colors you chose used that way. I have to try this! Beautiful, my friend!

  9. Gorgeous card those giant letters, really makes a fabulous birthday card!

  10. Great sponging (love the rainbowcolours) and an effecive simple design! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. LOVE this Sho! Such an effective and cheery technique! Like you, we are dealing with the hot weather...OVER it, but probably won't be too bad next week for swimming lessons! Have a great weekend and thanks for joining us at CASology this week! ;)

  12. Such a great card, love your huge "Hi" !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  13. How glorious, Shona ... yummy vibrant colour, fabulous blending, crisp die cut and all that wonderful white space ... delicious! Hugs, Anita :)

  14. OOH! Awesome Shona!
    Thanks for joining Casology and Seize the birthday!

  15. So very pretty, Shona! The blended vibrant colors are perfect!

  16. Shona your rainbow hi is so fantastic!! Thank you for sharing with us at CASology this week!

  17. Beautiful, love your colours and the blending.

  18. This is fabulous, Shona! I love the ombré/rainbow/inlaid/diecut effect :) Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  19. What a stunning card! I love your colour blending Shona!