Time Out DT #77, Happy Little Stampers Dies – February, SSS Monday – 13 February, SSS Wednesday 15 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

Hello … bonjour … it’s been a while!  I’ve not been around in blogland for most of this month as the vast majority of my time and energy has been taken up with all things restoration related.  So, no card making and, I’m really sorry to say, no commenting either … though I have been popping in for quick views of your creations when it’s been possible.  There was a plan to catch up … though as each day passed, still with only 24 hours in it, it became clear it wasn’t going to work!  My apologies 😦   Life has started to calm down a little now … and I’m looking forward to a return to normal service!  What better way to start then than with our next fabulous challenge at Time Out?  This fortnight, we have a fun and cute ‘Home Sweet Home’ inspiration picture to inspire you (below) … here’s where I went with it …

time-out-dt-77Time Out… and here’s the sweet inspiration …

I was taken with the field of flowers at the bottom right (above the waves) on this amazing wall mural … and by the whimsical style.  On a white card panel, I stamped and heat embossed the blooms from Stamplorations’ Bees’ Knees Folk Flowers set (thanks so much Shery!) … and set about colouring them with crayons.  I’ve not been sure about diving into the crayons trend at all, so got some local supermarket ones to try out and see if they’re my thing … the jury’s still out on that for now!  Anyway, when the colouring was done, I cut a ‘hill’ with a SSS die, stamped an Avery Elle sentiment onto it, and ran it and the coloured panel through my Cuttlebug with a Winnie & Walter stitched scalloped frame die.  The curved sentiment strip was popped up on craft foam onto the flower panel, which was in turn adhered flat to an inked edged card base.  I finished with a little doodling to add to the whimsical style of these fun blooms.

There’s so much to be inspired by in this photo … houses, trees, flowers, rainbows, birds, sea life … the world’s your oyster (tee hee … pun intended!) … where does your imagination take you?  We’d love to see!  This time round we’re sponsored by Stamplorations … our winner will receive a $10 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole raft of delicious card ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Andrea from KandA Creative Moments  (do go along for a visit with Andrea, there’s heaps to see and enjoy over there!).

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Favourite Tool (Misti and Cuttlebug)

SSS Wednesday – Fantastic Florals

SSS Work It Wednesday – New (stamp set)

Thanks so much for coming by (even when I’ve been neglecting you!), your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂










43 thoughts on “Time Out DT #77, Happy Little Stampers Dies – February, SSS Monday – 13 February, SSS Wednesday 15 February, SSS Work It Wednesday – January

  1. Sandie

    Goodness I missed the line of flowers, yet again, what we all see in one photo astounds me! Love the whimsical look and your colouring with crayons look really good, not sure it would be my thing (well sure, really!). Great take in the photo x

  2. Gerrina

    Beautiful that a little lighter but still so interesting blue background! And fun flowers; they make it a sunny card!
    Good luck with the renovation! It takes time, sweat and maybe tears, but you will enjoy it afterwards for so long… Hugs, Gerrina

  3. born57

    Hope the renovations are going smoothly! I say, just start today and try not to worry about looking back with comments . ( I try to catch up and can’t seem to do it)
    Love your take on the inspiration photo with your beautiful flowersand scalloped panel. Hugs for a wonderful weekend ,Anita!!!

  4. Michele F

    Anita, please never apologize – we all know the really hard work you’re doing to renovate your home – I have the photos to prove it, remember?! I personally feel you peering over my shoulder quite often =] Now! your card! it is darling, and your coloring is fabulous, so keep using those pencils! LOve the folksy-ness of the dots … I have a wonderful collection of houses! Hope to play along! xx

  5. Bobby

    I’m glad you spied those flowers, Anita, because your card is so colorful and whimsical. That must be some renovation you’re doing. I know how long those things take and never worry about comments as long as I know the lapse isn’t because of some terrible happening.

  6. kimheggins

    Wow….this is just beautiful. Love your take on the inspiration photo, your flowers are just as gorgeous! Wishing you all the best on your renovations, can’t wait to see photos of what you have been up to.

  7. Darnell J Knauss

    What a cool photo inspiration for this challenge and what a great inspiration card you have created as your take on it, Anita! It’s a card oozing with color and whimsy that is sure to make someone’s birthday uberly fabulous!! No worries about the commenting, my friend! We all understand how life gets in the way – how dare it?! – and we are happy to know you are well and working away on the reno! Sending my best wishes and love that the repairs go smoothly and you are soon back to where you were! LYAMYAWIWTTH!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  8. Geri G

    Fabulous inspiration photo = fabulous creation! I love the subtle ‘blue linen’ backdrop – perfect for the beautiful colored flowers! Hope all the clean-up is going well! We are off to Calgary to visit Brady (and Carol) so will be MIA for a bit. Will stop by for a visit when we get back. Wishing you a very happy birthday today cuz I’m quite sure there won’t be time for blog visits while we’re away!

  9. Brenda Lawrence

    Had to run to the phone and not sure if I commented or not, yes I’ve only half a brain!!! lol So in case I didn’t here goes! Life has a way of getting in the way! It happens, no biggie and no way to catch up either-ask me how I know! Now what a cool looking mural photo inspiration! Love all the bright happy colors. Your take on it Anita, is fabulous! I love your whimsical flowers in their bright colors. Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

  10. BarbGhig

    Such a lovely take on the inspiration photo, Anita! I love how you colored the blooms, too…maybe your new crayons worked out well for you after all! I also love the texture on the background, too…it pairs perfectly with the scalloped border! Great job combining challenges, my friend…WOW!
    No need to apologize for your absence…I hope all is going well with your ‘Reno’, and that you’ll share some pics with us when it’s finished? Sending hugs to you, Barb xo

  11. Conil

    You’re amaze me…those crayon colored flower are bold and beautiful and the perfect CASE of the inspiration photo. Love thw way you brought out the texture of that amazing cardstock. The card really epitomizes the folk art genre perfectly. Think the way you pulled out that meadow of flowers is ingenius and clever.
    Know you’ve been hanging by your fingernails trying to balance renovation with cardmaking…I’d say you have conquered both of them, my friend. Hugs across my country and the Atlantic.
    Still smelling my lavande, thanks to you.

  12. izzyscrap

    Quelle superbe carte Anita ! Ces petites fleurs sont si jolies et donnent un design très naïf à cette carte. Très beau coloriage aussi ! Je vois que les travaux prennent énormément de ton temps mais le résultat n’en sera que plus beau ! Bien contente de te revoir parmi nous !

  13. lollthompson

    Such a fun, happy card Anita. And a great inspiration photo with lots of different possibilities. 🙂 Hope the reno is going well … it’s a long road, isn’t it??!! Happy to see you back creating. xx

  14. Barbara Roe

    Oh Anita what a fun card. You used crayons and a fun die. So good to hear from you and that you could find some time to play albeit not as much as you would like. I hope all the engineering problems have been corrected. Big hug, Barb

  15. Lisa Elton

    No poplogies needed Anita. There’s more to life than card making and commenting. Trying to catch up can be a daunting task. Start fresh when you’re ready, don’t stress yourself with our past posts. Your card is extra pretty! I like the folk art look of it!

  16. Sarah Gray

    Love your fabulous and folky card, Anita! The flowers are so vibrant – the crayons give a great pop of colour. You have picked out a great detail from the photo…..there is so much to see! I hope all is well with you and the renovation work is going to plan 🙂

  17. baileyrosy

    So happy to see you back posting Anita you have been missed ! A fantastic card for your return it’s so pretty and fills me with joy. The colouring is beautiful and a great take on th inspiration photo.


  18. Petra Swart

    How lovely to have a post from you again, Anita!!!!! Hope everything went well with the renovations!!!! No worries about not commenting, my friend – we all have those times when there are other things taking up our time!!!!! Very often I wish we could go without sleep!!!!!
    What a darling card you have made with such cute little flowers!!!! I think your crayon colouring looks great and the soft bg is so perfect for the flowers!!!! So pretty!!!!
    Have a great weekend!!!!

  19. cmayne

    Renovations…yes, they certainly keep on going and going and going! We have our place ‘this close’ to adding For Sale sign (Mr. Real Estate Guy came in yesterday) and once work settles down for my husband (he’s just back from a week in Austria, here a week, then two weeks into northern BC…I’m heading to my mom’s..yayyy!) we’ll get the move accomplished. Excited! Hopefully no more interruptions. Anyway, your crayon-colored little meadow of flowers are wonderfully charming, so reflective of those on the pretty piece of folk art (which I’d love to have as a miniaturized version to frame as wall art). The textured cardstock, the scalloped panel (one of my W&W favourites) and the sentiment are perfect pairings for your sweet posies! I say carry on with the crayons; you obviously have a flair for them! As for catching up with comments: no need to do so at my place. All your ‘thought bubble’ comments have been received and treasured *grin*
    Hugs and love~c

  20. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    Hi Anita! Hoping things do calm own for you soon and that you are pleased with your remnovations! I just love that you focused on those flowers in the inspiration piece. You chose wonderful images to work with and I love the way your coloring turned out. I have been on the verge of buying the crayons and have resisted… I have some watercolor crayons from Stampin Up from years and years ago. They are nowhere near as vibrant as those on the market today, but I am not convinced that I need them… lol. I will be curious to know how you feel about them as you use them more. Anyway, I love your creation. It’s a harbinger of Spring, and I am so looking forward to that. Hugs, S.

  21. susannev2014

    I hope your life gets back to normal soon (although, what is normal, right?)! Your card is bright and cheerful and will surely make the recipient happy!

  22. Andrea Ockey Parr

    I absolutely love the way this turned out! I am amazed at how the flowers blend with the background, yet still stand out so perfectly! Their white outlines look amazing! And I could really relate to your crayon feelings, too. I’m still trying to decide if that is a route for me or not. But this card is incredible and was totally inspiring! Thank you for sharing your many talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  23. Shirley-bee

    There’s such a lot to inspire in that mural, and I love how you picked out the field of flowers, and even more that you used my stamps to such fabulous effect! Glad that you managed to squeeze in a glass of the bubbly stuff 🍾 on your birthday 🎉

  24. hobbitnoll

    Oh what wonderful inspiration that mural is. I LOVE the whimsical flowers you created and the bright colors you chose. So lovely!!! As for crayons-I like coloring with them but NOT on cards. I bought the TH ones and have only used them once. I put them away in disgust!!

  25. mkskinkare

    Beautiful whimsical card! Love the flowers. Great inspiration as well! Hope your renovations are going well! Thanks for playing with us at HLS Anything Goes with Dies!

  26. Jen W.

    This is gorgeous, Anita! I love the doodley look of the flowers and that yummy textured background! And the bright colours pop beautifully!
    Renovations do see to take over one’s life but I hope it’s all going well and that the end is in sight! 🙂

  27. Jill Vickers

    I didn’t even realize there was a crayon trend happening – but I think they were a brilliant choice for this card – the bright bold colours are the perfect complement for the simple design of the flowers – brilliant combination! Good luck with all the renovations – I know they can be exhausting but always worth it in the end 🙂 Hugs, Jill

  28. Susi

    Beautiful flowers, flowers, everywhere! So refreshing, so pretty, so SPRING-like, Anita. Love the textured BG you chose for your flower garden card 🙂

  29. Lindsey

    This is brilliant! And you colored it with crayons? I’m so impressed. Love your interpretation of the photo. So excited that so much work is being done renovating, but having redone even just our tiny kitchen last year, I hope for your sake that things wrap up soon! I craved some normalcy by the time it was all over…even before it was over. 😉

  30. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Amazing – so totally captured the whimsical nature of the inspiration photo! Crayons – really??? Which ones? Or no, don’t tell me, otherwise I may think I need them, too…..Renovations – that sounds like an awful lot of work. But usually worth it in the end. We are going to have some ourselves this year – finally tackling our downstairs bathroom and later the kitchen. Unless we can’t take it after the bathroom anymore…..

  31. caryndavies

    This is gorgeous, hard to believe you can make something this beautiful using crayons, lol!
    Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  32. Nonni

    I think your crayon coloring looks great, I love the happy color palette and the whimsical look of this card! The sentiment “on the ground” was a fab idea!


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