A New Challenge At Time Out – #125 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely … or are even complete … for those well organised souls among us!  Over at Time Out we’re starting a fresh new challenge today … this fortnight we’re Inspired By Words … Celebrate…Friends…Family…Life!   Here’s where I went with our words … celebrating the Greatest Gift of All …


A one layer card … with the bottom third masked off, I stamped the starry background in Delicata silver and gold, courtesy of two turns of the Concord & 9th Bitty Burst Turnabout.  The Holy Family in the stable and the sentiment come from Hero Arts … and were stamped using Tsukineko Brilliance Black … the stable into the space between the ‘stars’ … and the sentiment grounding the scene.  It’s deliciously shimmery IRL … though of course I couldn’t capture that with my photo!

Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love if it you joined us in the gallery.  We’re sponsored by STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will win a $15GC … and there’ll be a random draw from all the entries for a goodie bag of stamps or dies.  As usual, our winner will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with heaps of scrumptious inspiration from our wonderful DT … and from our uber talented Guest Designer, my lovely friend, Michele from I Card Everyone.  Pretty sure you’ll know Michele and her always amazing cards … if not, you need to!  Either way, do pop over for a visit … enjoy a gentle wander through all the gorgeousness on offer … and say hello while you’re there … you’ll love it!

My Christmas card is joining in at …

A Blog Named Hero – Winter … Christmas is a winter celebration … at least in France!

Clean And Simple On Friday – Make A Christmas Card #2

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Optional Snow Twist)

Simon Says Stamp – Christmas Card Day

Uniko – Celebrate (With Optional Gold Twist)

Finally, I’d like to wish you and all those you love … a truly Blessed and Happy Christmas, filled with peace, hope and joy … and comfort for those of you who are missing someone dear at this special time of year.  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

         For your blog             

Christmas Card Day        


29 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #125 – Inspired By Words

  1. Sandie

    Oh and this wonder is on my mantle piece, shining brightly. I adore how you grounded it with the sentiment and all that shiny gold and silver starts-a delight. And you still haven’t told me the secret of stamping so well on this card? x

  2. Clelie

    WHAT a BEAUTIFUL card!…I LOVE IT! ♥♥♥ I am surprised how beautifully the Graphite Black worked…reminding me that I have neglected it of late. It ‘married’ perfectly with the Delicatas. Thank you, Anita, for the Gift of Joy, Inspiration and the warm ‘Hug’! Merry Christmas to you, in all its Fullness, from the bottom of my heart! ♥

  3. Michele F

    Good day, my sweet friend! Goodness, you’ve given me such a wonderful introduction, I’m bound to be a disappointment!!! lol So fun hanging out with your awesome team again, Anita!
    I adore this glorious Scene … your stars, in silver and gold, are so brightly shining! We are all so blessed by His birth, and your friendship…
    Merry Christmas, and all the best in the New Year, my friend! xxoo

  4. Bobby

    I’m honored to have this card in my possession, with the nativity also in silver. It all does indeed shine on your glorious linen cardstock, Anita. Christmas blessings to you, my friend, and may the new year bring you only the best.

  5. Lisa Elton

    All of those silver and gold stars shining upon the manger certainly do capture the wonder of that moment in time. Beautiful card Anita! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that’s filled with Blessings!

  6. Rosemary D

    Adding my voice to the chorus of those fortunate enough to receive this beauty in the mail! It is definitely shimmery in person! Merry Christmas, Anita!

  7. Marcia Hill

    I’m also honored to have one of these beautiful cards up on our entertainment center and I just LOVE the shimmer and shine of the Delicata silver and gold stars Anita! CAS perfection and it truly says it all! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! Just sent out the last of my cards on Monday, so not sure it will be there before Christmas, but keep an eye out! :0)

  8. cmayne

    The essence of Christmas, conveyed most beautifully, Anita! The stars truly are shining brightly over the miracle of Jesus’ birth! It is because of His gift to us that we also receive the gift of ‘you’…a talented, sweet, wonderful person, so willing to share your creativity and, especially, your friendship with us! Thank you for being simply amazing and generous!
    My Christmas cards will ‘finally’ be sent tomorrow; our recent trip to Edmonton saw mom and sister-in-law taking all my cards, leaving me rather empty-handed but bursting with joy that those selected will be finding ‘good’ homes! We returned late last week and straight to my crafting room! A bit frantic but ‘stretching’ the season a bit longer does make me merry! Keep an eye on the mail, sweet friend!
    Wishing you a most blessed Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with all things great and wonderful!
    hugs and love~c

    1. cmayne

      Popping in quickly to say your gorgeous card arrived yesterday! Thank you sooooo much! I LOVE x ADORE it (and you, too, of course), my sweet friend!

  9. Jane Taylor

    Totally smitten by this card, so so beautiful, adorable and understated. Thanks for playing along with the Uniko challenge.

  10. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Your OLC is bringing joy to mailboxes around the world, Anita! It is a most peaceful and beautiful design to batch-make and in person it is as schparkly as the night sky itself! Sending Happy Christmas wishes and cheers for all good things in the new year! LYAMYEMA!! LFTTS! 🎄Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell

  11. susannev2014

    What a wonderful idea to surround the stable with gold and silver dots! It looks magical! Love it!
    Merry Christmas, my friend!

  12. Nonni

    This is beautiful, Anita! Great way to use the turnabout stamp and I really love the one layer CAS look. Thank you so much Anita for writing such lovely cards for me, they are so beautiful and mean a lot. I think you are truly so wonderful. Enjoy your Christmas! xxx

  13. BarbGhig

    I wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy New Year, and noticed that I never received notice of this post (sad face) ~ I love how you played with your Turnabout stamp, Anita…it works perfectly with your masking around your lovely Manger scene! I love my stunning Christmas card, and I am certain that the recipients of this beauty will be delighted as well!
    I hope you had a fabulous Christmas holiday, and I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, my friend!!!

  14. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    I am so late to the commenting party this time around, Anita. This card is so beautiful – capturing the beautiy and the essence of Christmas. I hope your was lovely. Thank you for your wonderful card. Once again, I was so overwhelmed with things in my own world, I did not get cards out in the mail as I had planned. I love the one you sent to me. You are such a dear person. May you have a happy and healthy 2019. Hugs, Stephanie.

  15. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Such a pretty nativity scene! Love the silver and golden stars – I am sure it shimmers quite wonderfully in real life!

  16. Barbara Roe

    Dear Anita you are the queen of elegant CAS. I commented last week I my smart phone but it did not go through so now I am at the computer. I hope Christmas was magnificent in your charming French village. Wish you and Dominic the happiest and healthiest of New Years. Barb

  17. Betty

    truly a classy CAS card, Anita – that nativity and sentiment are favorite HA stamps of mine – wish we could get “shine” to show up better in photos ’cause i’lm sure it truly makes your card! thanks for joining us at A Blog Named Hero challenge this month.

  18. Claire A

    Again, you are a terrible enabler Anita – I’ve never even seen those Turnabout thingies! I wondered how you’d managed to stamp the background in different colours. What a great CAS Christmas card!


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