Time Out #88 – Inspired By Words – And Some Sunflowers

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fun and delightful new challenge starting at Time Out today.  This fortnight, we’re Inspired By Words … these from Roald Dahl … ‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’  I have two takes on it … here’s the first …

Time Out DT 88

Time OutWe’re surrounded by sunflowers as well as vines at the moment … the blooms always seem to shine like sunbeams … and they do look so lovely.  Our Inspired By Words quote put me in mind of them.  The sunshine-y flower head is made up of one stem and four flower cuts of a Ragged Daisy die from Poppy Stamps (thanks to my lovely friend, Judith, who brought it along for a play date!), adhered on foam tape to a piece of textured vellum and surrounded by a popped up frame.  The sentiment is from SSS, stacked on craft foam and adhered to the vellum.  I finished with a coat of Spectrum Noir shimmer on the leaves and flower.

I subsequently saw Loll’s video on watercolouring tissue paper (here … if you haven’t seen it, you really, really should … thanks Loll!), and was inspired to make a second sunflower card …

Time Out DT 88A

This time, I used artistic licence as the sunflower is white and it’s the background that’s full of glimmery sunbeams!  Do check out the video for details of how to create this amazing tissue paper effect … I just followed Loll’s clear guidance, trimmed the finished panel, attached the die cut bloom and added a few coats of Wink of Stella to the petals.  The WPlus9 sentiment was embossed onto a strip of white card, which was adhered to the panel.   A close up shows the texture and glimmer much better …

Time out DT 88A Detail

What will our wonderful quote inspire you to create?  You can use all or any of the words to get your imagination going … we’d love to see what you come up with!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of ideas from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Toni from Frankie Helps Craft (who you don’t want to miss visiting … so much yumminess to see!).  Hope to see you in our gallery!

My first card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Add Some Sparkle

Virginia’s Summer Blog Party – Summer Creations

The second one is joining in at …

Addicted to CAS – Summer

CAS Mix-Up – Stamping, Tissue Paper, Plus One (mine are die cutting and embossing)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

The Flower Challenge – Embossing Heat/Dry

Hope you’ve been having a splendid week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Card 1 …

Card 2 …




47 thoughts on “Time Out #88 – Inspired By Words – And Some Sunflowers

  1. Sandie

    Wow Anita you rocked this challenge and way to go getting it into all these others! I adore the second card with that shimmering gold look, what a fab way to get the sunbeam look, I have to look at this video, and in card land we can have white sunflowers!

  2. Nonni

    Both your sunny cards are just perfect! Great use of dies and I love the clean look combined with more artsy details in both cards. Very beautiful.

  3. Shirley-bee

    These cards instantly brought back memories of driving in France past fields full of sunflowers, and there is no happier sight! Great way to use the daisy die, and I love how the gold sentiment picks up on the gold in the background.

  4. Viv ( Daizy-Mae)

    Two beautiful cards here Anita! just love that gold embossing, the yellow background and the pretty flower on the second one esp. Thank you for sharing with us over at ‘The Flower Challenge’ and hope to see you again soon 😉 Viv DT xx

  5. born57

    I love the way you used this Poppystamps die Anita! It’s such a versatile die and you definitely showed that in these two beautiful cards with the full watercolored bloom and the beautiful white bloom ! My goodness that golden background is absolutely stunning!

  6. Jeanne

    Oh my! First of all, that quote…bestill my heart! What an encouraging thought! Thank you for sharing that. Second, your cards are lovely! Sunflowers bring on the happy, that is for sure! Great idea to use them on your cards and so wonderfully! The first one pulled me with the lovely flower and the textured vellum. The second one is just stunning! What a wonderful result from Loll’s guidance. Extremely well done! Thanks so much for sharing, Anita! 🙂

  7. Bev

    Wonderful take on Time Out’s theme; those flowers are just the right elements on both cards. The yellow petals on that textured vellum all framed and surrounded by white make me smile. And the tissue paper technique…fabulous!! Loll’s video wowed me, and I’ve thoughts of giving it a try. Yours turned out so beautifully. Simply a happy and pretty card. Thinking of you often, and miss you every day. xoxo

  8. macimbalo

    Oh my, Anita, your cards are stunning! Don’t you just love that tissue paper technique – your layouts are so beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us over at HLS ATG w/ Dies for July!

  9. Darnell J Knauss

    I’m sure I say this every time, but every time you wow me more than you did the post before, Anita! HOW do you do that?!! These cards are both jaw-drop gorgeous! I especially love your tissue background w/ the white flower! Those warm colors shot through with gold are so rich looking! I would keep this one in my jewelry drawer, lol! Love, love, love! ALYAMYMA~WYCCTC!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. conil

    OMG! OMG! OMG! Got an elegant twofer to view this time. Love this quote, so many possibilities…but, in my eyes, you’ve chosen the best ones. Simple, glorious sunflowers taken to another level by mounting them on beautiful, textural backdrops (loved Loll’s technique, too). Nothing could be better. Both these cards are exquisite.

  11. nancy littrell

    Anita, all 3 of your CAS cards are so beautiful. I LOVE your tissue heat embossed background for your 2nd card . Perfect for your die cut daisy. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs..

  12. Gerrina

    Ot is a great technique and I think you used it in perfection! Love the sunny colours and the gold tuch; tjose really are the summercolours! Great sunflower! Enjoy the beautiful sights! Hugs, Gerrina

  13. lollthompson

    What a beautiful quote … and you have done it justice with these two gorgeous cards, Anita. Love your layered sunflower. The yellow just pops off the white textured background. And the second card is amazing with the watercoloured tissue paper and gold heat embossing. The white die-cut is a perfect match. Thanks for sharing the second card with us at CAS Mix Up! And thanks for the shout out about my video … much appreciated!! xx

  14. BarbGhig

    Two gorgeous sunflower cards, Anita! I love how you framed out the first one and that you used textured vellum behind your bloom really makes it pop! Also, you did an amazing job on the Tissue Paper technique! Your touches of gold embossing is just beautiful and your watercoloring is stunning! Great job combining all these challenges too, my friend!!!

  15. susannev2014

    Both of your sunny cards are spectacular! Please don’t make me pick a favorite! Love the first flower in yellow with the vellum background as much as the white one with that breathtaking tissue paper background! Looks like a winner to me!

  16. Lisa Elton

    Oh gosh, I love them BOTH! The way you’ve framed the first one and given the petals dimension is wonderful. The second is exceptionally pretty with the fancy gold you added. Beautiful work Anita!

  17. Rosemary D

    wowie!!! both cards are absolutely amazing, anita!! the bloom on the first card is just stunning… love the warm glow you achieved in the second one!

  18. icardeveryone01

    I couldn’t begin to choose a favorite, Anita! Both gaspingly gorgeous! My first glance of that darling little bloom, and I’m already thinking it needs to live with me! I do have a play day planned with Loll’s fabulous video … yours is stunning – not sure I have a gold embossing powder that could ever look this beautiful!
    Wonderful cards, my friend – and thank you for that visual of your world… xx

  19. susanbri

    Two gorgeous sunflower cards – they just sing “sunshine”! Love your tissue paper one! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  20. BarbGhig

    Shame on me…I completely forgot to say ~ Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS! We always love to see your beautiful creations in the gallery, Anita!

  21. catcraig

    Anita….I am bowled over by these fabulous cards. Even against your always fab cards these two are spectacular standouts.

  22. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    I love sunflowers – both of these cards are so lovely. I love the embossed background on the first, and the way that gorgeous sunflower goes over the edge of the frame. The gold detail on the second is really gorgeous, and I love that the die cut flower is white. Absolutely wonderful cards Anita!!

  23. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Two stunning cards! You made that sunflower/daisy shine on the first card. The second card just gets me with your incredible background! I have to check out Loll’s post now. Definitely need to file this away for future use… Also love that you kept the flower white on the second card. Swoon……….:)

  24. Bonnie

    I love, love, love both of your sunflowers, Anita! Sunflowers go perfectly with that fantastic quote! The yellow tissue with the gold embossing is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  25. BożenA

    Beautiful design. Great CAS! I love the extra dimensions of the card. The frame is a great idea to expose this beautiful flower. Great inspiration, Anita.
    Thank you for joining us at HLS CAS.
    BożenA DT HLS

  26. Brenda in IN

    Wow, Anita, these are beautiful. The sunflower is just gorgeous and I love how you layered the ragged daisy to make it. The tissue paper card is so elegant. You nailed the challenge.

  27. hobbitnoll

    These are STUNNING!!! I love the sunflower and that tissue paper background is divine. Going to have to try!!!

  28. Lisa Kind

    Anita, your cards are so beautiful! I love them both, but the second one really caught my eye. I’ll have to check out that technique. It looks so cool! Beautiful!

  29. Sharron Gregory

    These are gorgeous, Anita! Love your wonderful layered flower. And the white version with that awesome tissue background really stands out. Brilliant job with the technique!

  30. Bobby

    Layering that flower die really changed it, Anita, and it looks so lovely with the embossed vellum and frame. I love Loll’s video and it’s such a fun technique. Your panel is so sunny and perfect with that flower.

  31. Lindsey

    Anita, I am absolutely positively inspired by these cards! I believe the daisy is a case of the Ugly Duckling as clearly it was meant to be a sunflower. And your background on the second is incredible! I definitely need to check that video out. Thanks for the tip about the challenge. I made a card to link-up! 🙂 I just have to get the post ready to go. Thanks for being such an inspiration, friend!

  32. Anne Ray

    These are both fab Anita – I LOVE the vibrant background for the diecut, makes an awesome card
    Thanks for sharing your card with us at HLS CAS challenge this month
    HLS DT

  33. Jill Vickers

    OMG Anita – both cards are beyond stunning! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your second card – that background with the tissue paper and gold is SOOOO beautiful – I have already bookmarked Loll’s video to give it a try. So beautiful!


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