Thursday 21 April 2016

Time Out Challenge # 55

I can't believe that another two weeks have whizzed by and its time for another challenge at TIME OUT.The theme for this challenge is:

            CELEBRATIONS with optional twist of fussy/die cutting  

So this means any type of celebration you like i.e. birthdays, new baby, new house etc. And you can also use the optional twist of having something die-cut or fussy cut on your card.

The Sponsor for this challenge is  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. They have a $25 gift voucher for the winner of a random draw of those you decide to use the optional twist!!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the fabulous Elizabeth Stewart of Paper Sweetness. Elizabeth has a wonderful clean, modern style and seems to be able to design for any occasion. I really encourage you to pop over to her blog to have a look!!

If you've followed me for a while, you will know how much I LOVE die-cutting. My skills with a pair of scissors is nothing to write home about and the fact that I'm desperately needing my eyesight checked certainly doesn't help. So my Cuttlebug get's used everyday and I couldn't not use some dies for my design:

I never have enough birthday cards, so wanted to add to my stash!! For this I started off by die-cutting the criss-cross pattern from the card front and also from a dark pink paint chip. A panel was adhered behind so I had something to inlay the criss-cross part on to. I used a paint chip in a lighter shade of pink to die-cut the hearts and X's. The X's were glued directly to the card front and the hearts popped up on foam tape.

I needed a birthday sentiment small enough to fit in the middle square, so I stamped and heat embossed it in gold and cut away the words I didn't need. This was then put on foam tape as well. 

The products I used are all from CAS-ual Fridays. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Bold Wishes' stamp set and the heart, X and criss-cross dies are from the 'Tic Tac Toe' Fri Dies set.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Make it Girly'. I can't imagine giving this card to a man for his birthday......


You have two weeks to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And the rest of the Design Team have prepared some cards on the blog to give your imagination a boost!! I can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!!

Take care


  1. Crisp and graphic with a lovely touch of prettiness alongside, Shona ... the gold sentiment is fabulous with the pink! Hugs, Anita :)

  2. What a great design and beautiful color palette! Good idea to use the gold embossing. Fun card! xxx

  3. Oh, this is just wonderful, Shona!!!!! Love your tic-tac-toe with the hearts and crosses - such a great idea!!!! Beautifully done!!!!

  4. ahhh! I absolutely love this design. So perfect Shona!

  5. Gorgeous CAS design, Shona! Love everything about it! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Make It Girlie” Challenge!

  6. what a joy Shona, love the colours and the design, especially how you added the dimension-great to see you use the sponsor stamps and dies x

  7. I'm convinced you just can't make a bad card. All of them have such dimension, symetry and lovely color. Think I'm going to have to become a bit envious. looking at them too much.

  8. LOve your paint-chip color, and the way you always come up with the sweetest, cleanest designs EVER!

  9. Such a fun idea! A so simple but so effective design! Enjoy the weekend!

  10. WOW!!! LOVE this one!!! The design is so clever! Åsa xx

  11. I love this design - genius idea! The colours are gorgeous too - love everything about this card!

  12. Wonderful card your incredible design.

  13. A fabulous CAS creation love this sleek design such a gorgeous card with the touch of gold.