Time Out DT #81, AAA Cards #87, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March

Hello … bonjour!  Our next fabulous challenge at Time Out starts today … this fortnight, we have a wonderfully light and airy, almost graphic ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo to inspire you (below) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s the glorious inspiration …

I stamped some of the delightful butterflies from Stamplorations’ Winged Things – The Bee’s Knees in a swoosh shape onto a watercolour card panel.  They were watercoloured with Distress Inks and I added in some doodling with a black fineliner.  The sentiment is also from Stamplorations (Fond Expressions), selectively inked to leave off the flourishes each side of the prayers … they didn’t seem to fit with the design/feel of the card.  I finished off with some tiny dots of Enamel Accents to accentuate the swoosh … picked out from the dots on the clock face in the inspiration picture.

There’s so much to see in this photo … the graphic grey background, the cool round clock, the kaleidoscope of butterflies (in a heart shape?), all those bright reds and pinks, the touch of silver and black … where will your creative imagination go with it?  We’d love to see!   This time round we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our winner will receive a $15 GC, as well as the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, there’ll be a random draw for a stamp set, die or stencil from STAMPlorations that the DT used (we each had one to play with, thanks to our team mate and owner of STAMPlorations, Shery).  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a whole host of delicious ideas from our wonderful DT and from our talented Guest Designer Michelle from The Craft Cradle.  Do check out Michelle’s blog … there are so many wonderful things to see … and there’s a tutorial for her Time Out card !

I’m playing along at …

AAA Cards – Spring (with no shine option)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (with no rainbow option)

SSS Work It Wednesday – Spring Has Sprung

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂









44 thoughts on “Time Out DT #81, AAA Cards #87, Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – April, SSS Work It Wednesday – March

  1. Nonni

    Wonderful card, Anita! The way you stamped the butterflies is so pleasing for eye and your watercoloring looks great, I can really see the inspiration photo here!

  2. Clelie

    Hi Anita…seeing your wonderful card is like getting a ‘warm hug’! ♥♥♥=a warm hug back to you!

  3. Sue

    This is gorgeous, Anita. Your butterfly images are so pretty and I just love red and white. A beautiful take on the inspiration. Am hoping to have time to join in too, you have inspired me.

  4. Jeanne

    Pretty, pretty butterflies, Anita. You’ve colored them beautifully. I like how you have them flying on the card. Lovely work!

  5. Susi

    The butterflies are such a lovely choice for this sympathy/thinking of you card, Anita – love how they float off the edge of the card!

  6. Barbara Roe

    Anita this is absolutely delightful. I love everything about the card which is a great rendition of the photo. This card design is versatile and I think it will be cased by many. Have a wondrous Easter. Thanks for your note. Hugs Barb

  7. conil

    Fabulous flurry of fantastic fun. (Today, I’m into alliteration & can’t seem to help myself.) Seriously, though, that sweet swoosh if these glorious critters just makes my heart happy. And those precious little dots are like other teensy escorts showing the butterflies the way. Truly beautifully done and so indicative of your inventive, fertile imagination.

  8. BarbGhig

    Gorgeous take on the inspiration photo, Anita! I love how you watercolored your butterflies, and how you created movement with your design…such a lovely sympathy card!

  9. Darnell J Knauss

    Light and airy and perfectly colored, Anita! You have really captured the inspiration photo in your stunning inspiration card!! I do hope you made a few dozen of this design to use with different sediments! It’s a classic and I’m pinning it to add to my favorite layouts!! LYAMYAWYAHEW!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Petra Swart

    WOW, Anita, your butterflies look stunning!!!!! Love the beautiful colours and the very fine doodling is simply great!!!! And the tiny black enamel accent dots …perfection!!!! This is such a gorgeous card and you’ve chosen a lovely sentiment for it!!!! Simply beautiful, my friend!!!!
    Have a blessed Easter weekend!!!!!

  11. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    This is wonderful Anita. I love the gradations of color, and the way the butterflies seem to move off into the distance. Fantastic coloring and take on the inspiration. Wishing you a beautiful Easter. xx

  12. Sarah

    Anita, this card has the WOW! factor! Love everything about it! CAS perfect, dramatic, delicate, gorgeous use of colour and a fabulous design. thanks for playing along at AAA Cards this week. x

  13. kimheggins

    Just stunning Anita…so beautiful with all those pretty pink butterflies! I love your incredible design.

  14. susannev2014

    Your pretty butterflies fluttering across your card look really uplifting! Adore the colors you chose!
    Happy Easter, my friend!

  15. Jill V

    This is so pretty Anita – I love the swoosh of butterflies you created – the water colouring and doodling are so perfect – absolutely brilliant use of this stamp set! Love it!

  16. born57

    Good Morning and Happy Easter to you Anita! What a beautifully stamped butterfly in flight card you stamped and so beautifully colored! Love this take on the inspiration photo!

  17. JennyC

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about this card and your attention to detail on the sentiment inking speaks volumes about how wonderful a crafter you are. Stunning. Thank you for sharing at AAA and HLS too!! Jenny x

  18. Michele F

    These Shirley B. butterflies are among my favorite in our stamp world, Anita … you’ve created the most wonderful display with them, in such gorgeous flutter-by colors! BEautiful card, mon amie!!

  19. jmhave44

    What a lovely pink flight of airy butterflies. Love the shading you’ve created with the DI’s, and what a perfect take on the inspiration picture too. Your doodling always looks so well done. (my doodling just looks like doodling!) TFS & Hugs

  20. izzyscrap

    C’est superbe Anita ! J’adore cet envol de papillon, cela donne vraiment du mouvement à ta carte ! La coloration est superbe et ce rouge sur le fond blanc est vraiment captivant ! Encore une carte admirablement CAS et magnifique ! Une superbe interprétation de la photo. Hummm, difficile maintenant de trouver une autre idée ! Merci infiniment de partager et pour l’inspiration.

  21. Brenda Lawrence

    I love your take on that fabulous inspirational photo Anita! Your butterflies are so cool looking and look like they are flying right off the paper! Very cool card indeed! Hugs, Brenda

  22. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Such an awesome card – I love how you captured the motion of the butterflies! Still have not managed to make a card for this challenge – I might be running out of time….

  23. Joyce M.

    Stunning array of butterflies. Love how you have arranged and colored them. Wonderful doodles, too. Will try to CASE this one and see if I can do it justice. Probably not, but worth a try!

  24. hobbitnoll

    I adore your flock of butterflies!! Such a stunning color!! I love that these are in different sizes ready to fly off the card. Great design!

  25. cmayne

    Oh, how lovely your butterflies, carrying prayers on their wings! I have this set but my issues with water-colouring (yes…still unresolved…still practicing *grin*) see them not receiving as much attention as they deserve. Having the accompanying dies heading my way, however, will make a difference (I hope!). After seeing your card, I’m placing my set at arm’s reach on my crafting table…perhaps your inspiration will spark a *ping*….


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