Friday 13 January 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 74

Hi everybody!! Sorry its been so quiet on my blog this week. I was 'surfing the web' earlier in the week looking for an old movie I could watch online. Totally naughty and I certainly suffered the consequences because I didn't find the movie and ended up with a virus!! I couldn't email, download photos or anything. Thank goodness for a clever husband who has fixed it all for me and I am now back in 'blog business'!

A huge apology to my TIME OUT team-mates as I was supposed to have linked my photo and published a blog post on Thursday to remind you all about my current challenge. Better late than never I suppose..... The theme for our challenge is:

                      WINTER with optional twist of 'white on white'

You can use black/white and other neutral colours for the sentiment. With half of the world in the middle of Winter at the moment, I bet they will have lots of inspiration in their own backyard!!

We are very lucky to have Uniko as the Sponsor for this challenge and they are giving a prize to one randomly picked entrant. So jealous!!


For my card this week I was tempted to do an 'all white' design but couldn't get the idea of mixing a teal blue with it, so just went with the flow:

I was excited to use a new die (from Poppystamps 'Narrow Tree Triptych') that I had borrowed from my friend Lowri. She had purchased it to make Christmas cards herself and I thought that was a great idea!

I started off my die-cutting the squares from white CS and putting all the pieces to one side. I then grabbed another piece of white CS and used my mini-blending tool with Distress Inks 'Peacock Feathers' and 'Mermaid Lagoon', blending them together. I die-cut the squares from this and kept all the pieces in place.

On another piece of white CS I glued down the white squares and covered the tree parts with Wink of Stella. I then glued in all the blue pieces. I was then able to cut the squares out and pop them all up on foam tape on the card front. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment (from Uniko 'Rustic Christmas') in silver and added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

This was a bit fiddly but loved how it turned out and was able to make another card with the colours the other way around from all the leftovers. Win win!!

I'm going to link this to The Heart Desires Challenge #8 as it fits in with their gorgeous theme board:

Will also link to the Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge #76 where the inspiration is this fabulous card by Kimberly Wiener, which inspired by card colours:

And I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday Challenge - December 2016 where they ask you to 'Make something new with something new'.


You have one more week to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And if you need any help with inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Claire have designed for you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!

Take care


  1. What a gorgeous design and the teal looks so crisp with the white, such a feeling of movement with this card Shona x

  2. Shona, your card is DIVINE! I ADORE the colors and the die, wow! Your cards are always such a statement! Thanks for joining us at The Hearts Desire and MUSE Christmas Visions!!!

  3. Beautiful colour choice and awesome inlayed die cut technique. The die you have used really suits the layout and colours. Beautifully CAS. I am also so very sorry to read about your cat Spilly, sending thoughts and hugs your way. Bev (Uniko) x

  4. Fantastic card--that is a really amazing die--I was wondering how you did this one. Love the beautiful teal color you featured on this card.

  5. THUD!!! (The sound of my jaw hitting the floor...AGAIN!!!) Honestly girl, aren't you tired of being spectacular?

  6. Gorgeous card, Shona! I love how you blended your inks in the really makes the die cut pop! A truly striking card!!!

  7. Simple, stylish, gorgeous, Shona ... you know I'm going to love the teal on white ... yum! Hugs, Anita :)

  8. Oh that is no fun at all! I hate computer viruses. Your card is stunning. Love those inlaid dies!

  9. Glad that the virus could be sorted out, Shona ...what would we do without our hubbies, hey!!!!!
    Your card is so beautiful ...must have taken some time to do it all, but it was definitely worth all the effort!!!! That is such a lovely die!!!!

  10. Oh my, this is sooo beautiful! I'm totally in love with this inlayed look and the teal sky. So sorry to read about your virus adventure. But lucky you to have such a great husband!

  11. Very pretty Shoona! Great to have you playing with us at MCV!

  12. I love those blended shade of blue in the background of the die cut trees. Looks gorgeous, and makes much more of a statement than I would think it would have made in all white. Love the sequins, especially that lone blue one, and the sentiment font is so pretty too. Soft and cool and wintery.