A New Challenge At Time Out – #122 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Our new challenge at Time Out has just gone live … and you might notice something a little different about it.  We have a wonderful, sparkly, shiny new look!  Do pop over to the Time Out blog and check it out … we love it … and think you’re going to love it too!   We have a Home Sweet Home picture to inspire you this fortnight (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it … and here’s our wonderfully festive inspiration …

My attention was taken by the non traditional Christmas colour palette of bright red, grey and white … and the pattern on the bedding … yum!  I stamped and white heat embossed the Simon Kaleidoscope Centre Cut Background onto an Ellen Hutson Oyster Grey card base … then started colouring with coloured pencils.  While the pencils are from a very ordinary generic set, I did have the chance to play with Kara‘s Prismacolors at the Lake House … and get a heap of guidance from the expert herself … so I put all I learned to work here.  You might have noticed that the die cut sentiment (also from Simon)  is adhered over an uncoloured, adhered-over-the-top circle of heat embossed card.  That’s because my colouring skills didn’t extend to the centre cut part of the pattern … that is, I messed up!  I kept the cover up without any colour so that the Glossy Accented sentiment would pop against it … here it is in a little more detail so you can see all that shine …

What is it that gets your imagination going in our photo … the colour combo, the texture, those Christmassy images, that snow white cat … or something else completely?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a $20 gc from our wonderful sponsor, Altenew and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of gorgeous cards from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Mugdha from Craftomania.  Do pop over for a visit with Mugdha … and enjoy the wonderful selection of delicious cards on display over there!


I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps and More – Mark Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … No CAS Option

SSS Monday – Make Your Own Background

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

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




25 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #122 – Home Sweet Home

  1. Sandie

    wow I thought this was designer paper. What amazing colouring and must have taken hours. It is perfection and I love all the gloss in the centre. A wonderful card to start our new look!

  2. Gerrina

    So good to see that we all took something different from the photo…Great pattern and super that you learnt new things for colouring…we never stop learning 🙂 If you didn’t tell I would have thought the centerpiece had to be like this….It looks so good! Hugs, Gerrina

  3. Jeanne

    Oh my goodness, Anita, this is gorgeous! And if you don’t mind, I would love to copy this idea. I just love how striking and beautiful this is. And as they say, there are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities to embellish. And you did so absolutely beautifully. Thank you SO much for sharing. Hugs!

  4. cmayne

    The inspiration photo is sooo pretty and your card is a GORGEOUS translation! From the choice of stamp (now officially added to my wish list), to your impressive colouring, to the shimmery sentiment (no mistakes made…design innovation that was obviously ‘meant to be’)…positively swoon-inducing! Love this! A stunning card and a wonderful new look at the TO blog…double delight this frosty morning!

  5. Michele F

    This fabulous grey and red combo is very Christmas-traditional around here, Anita!! I’m chomping at the bit to get out my Christmas cushions … I may just add one to our bed!
    Your card is outstanding!!! LOve the stamp, and your Kara-guided coloring! xx

  6. Maura

    Beautiful bold background, and I like your color palette here, very striking! Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. hugs, Maura

  7. Marcia Hill

    I love red, gray, & white for Christmas, so your card is quite festive looking to me Anita, and what a labor of love coloring in all those little spaces!! Kara taught you well!! Beautiful design and lovely, lovely card! And so glad to hear you’re feeling better now too!! :0)

  8. catcraig

    Anita, what a fabulous take on the inspiration photo. That color combination is so festive and your card is a wonderful place for the eyes to land.

  9. Lisa Kind

    Stunning card Anita! I love the design and your clever way to clean up a “mishap”! LOL! You really took a lot of great inspiration from the photo!

  10. BarbGhig

    Oh my goodness, Anita, this is absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is amazing and the pattern is so striking…I just love it! I also love your sentiment with all that lovely shine! You really knocked it out of the park, my friend!!!

  11. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    You nailed that inspiration picture! So pretty! I like that you toned down this busy stamp with the subtle grey background color! I would think its quite difficult to use.

  12. noraln44

    This is BREATHTAKING!!! I LOVE your background. I cannot believe how beautiful it looks!! You totally NAILED this challenge!!

  13. Izzy Scrap

    C’est magnifique Anita ! Quel joli motif et ton coloriage est superbe. C’est très interessant de voir les différentes interprétations que chacun a fait de cette superbe photo. J’adore ! Bises

  14. Zeljka Jurkovic-Grizic

    Fantastic Christmas card,love the gorgeous background design and colors…thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge this week,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  15. susannev2014

    Really stunning your coloring on grey cardstock! Maybe it was a blessing that the coloring on the inside circle didn’t come out because the sentiment pops much more on the uncolored background! Fabulous card!
    Have a great weekend,

  16. Bobby

    Your wonderful pencil coloring really makes the design pop, Anita, and what a great job on adding the GA to the skinny sentiment lines. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas.

  17. maria f.

    Wow. What an eyecatcher! And I’m glad the center didn’t cooperate – I think your muted solution topped with that glossy sentiment is fabulous.


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