A New Challenge At Time Out – #131 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to a very special Time Out … it’s our 5th birthday!  Congratulations to Sandie and to the whole Design Team … it’s an honour and a joy to have been on this wonderful journey with such a committed, talented and delightful group of crafters!  We have an ‘Inspired By Words’ theme for you this fortnight … hugs, kisses and a lot of birthday wishes.  Here’s where I went with it …

As you can tell from the Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday) sentiment, my focus was on the lots of birthday wishes part of our Inspired By Words phrase.  Those charming wildflowers are from Pink Fresh Studio, simply stamped into the corner of my card and loosely watercoloured with Zigs.  I did some splattering to create the sense of pollen drifting on the breeze over a summer meadow … and embossed the Simply Graphic sentiment onto a snippet of black card, which was popped up on foam tape.


Where will our words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love it if you played along and celebrated with us in the gallery.  We’re sponsored for our 5th birthday by STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!)  … for this very special occasion, there’ll be a $50 GC for our winner … who, as usual, will also be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT, and from our uber talented, colourist extra-ordinaire Guest Designer, Kara from Bright Hope Creations.  Do go and enjoy a mesmerising visit with the lovely Kara … you’ll find so much amazing creativity and wonderful videos to explore … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted To Stamps And More – Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – No Optional Mist … though there are spatters!

Papercraft Challenges – Clean And Simple

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Feminine/Girlie

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

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


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43 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #131 – Inspired By Words

  1. Michele F

    That stamp set has been on my wish list for far too long, Anita… you may have pushed me off the ledge with this beauty! What a Springtime delight your coloring is – thank you, Anita!

  2. Gerrina

    Your card looks so fresh (as the spring we are longing for on a wet and gray day like today) and elegant aswell! Congrats to you to for being one of those great teammates all 5 years long!
    (i got your BD-card back from the postal company…don’t know what went wrong there) so will give it a new envelope and sent it again…sorry that you have to wait so long… Hugs, Gerrina

  3. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Achoo! A bit of pollen in my nose is not going to stop me for loving this beautiful wildflower birthday card, Anita! You truly brought summer into Blogland today and I thank you! Your coloring is perfect! Happy 5th Birthday to Sandie, to you, and to the rest of the Team!! LYAMYEDMA! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Brenda Lawrence

    This is just stunning Anita! I love those wildflowers and it indeed looks like pollen floating along in the breeze. I can actually feel the sun shining on my face and the warm breeze caressing my skin! Wishing for spring to hurry up and get here and your cards helps me to have a little patients. Besides, it’s not like I can make spring come any faster. lol Hugs, Brenda

  5. conil

    Oh so Spring-y (which we all could use right now) and fresh. Another perfectly lovely card showing your brilliant skills with color and design. I can almost feel the pollen finding it’s way into my nose. Seriously, a gorgeous birthday cars.

  6. izzyscrap

    En ce jour très pluvieux et venteux, ces jolies petites fleurs mettent du baume au coeur ! J’adore ces jolies fleurs sauvages et j’ai presque envie de les cueillir pour en faire un joli bouquet ! Les éclaboussures sont juste magnifiques et laissent imaginer qu’il y tout un champ de ces petites fleurs. Magnifique, comme toujours ! Bises
    Et merci de partager et de jouer avec Addicted to Stamps and More.

  7. Sandie

    oh just beautiful-I love the idea of the pollen as your splashes-it really gave me a relaxed feeling when I read this and then re-looked at the card-you have that spot on! So wonderful to have you as one of our amamzing DT-you are an inspiration x

  8. Bobby

    I predict a ton of cards for this celebration challenge, Anita. Your lovely spring garden is plenty of inspiration to get me crafting.

  9. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Definitely a reason to celebrate and your elegant card is perfect for this joyous occasion! I can feel spring coming!

  10. Sharron Gregory

    Ah, Sunshine! Adore how your pretty blooms captured some sun and made such a happy card! Love the fun pollen!

  11. Jeanne

    Such a beautiful card, Anita! I love the colors in the floral image. So bright and cheerful. The font in your sentiment is lovely, too. Wonderful work, my friend!

  12. Marcia Hill

    Oh my…this card is making me want Spring and Summer to come even more now Anita! It is so gray and dreary here in Michigan right now and I’m afraid I’m fresh out of patience waiting for color to arrive back in my world! But your card definitely makes me smile with all those colorful and gorgeous blooms…a perfect way to wish someone a very happy birthday!! Hugs my friend!! :0)

  13. BarbGhig

    Oh my, what a gorgeous card, Anita! Your flawless coloring has brought these lovely blooms and leaves to life, and I love how you stamped them on an angle…so natural looking! Thank you so much for inspiring us in such a beautiful way!!! Barb xx

  14. Mac Mable

    Such a pretty card and love the loose looking flower stamping. The pollen is so creative and your CAS card is absolutely beautiful x

  15. Kara Lynne

    I want to walk through a valley of those wild flowers, Anita! They are so beautiful and I love the arrangement in the lower corner! The speckles and that gorgeous sentiment on black just balance the flowers so perfectly! Happy Birthday to TO, and thank you for your very kind welcome!

  16. Monika Reeck

    Wow Anita this much job to coloring and the result is so feminin and adorable
    love your beautiful card
    Many thanks for joining us at ATSM this time
    Monika (DT)
    PS: I wish one day to visiting France…its not far from Germany…maybe we can meet? Just a question 🙂

  17. lostinpaper

    I can’t believe it’s been 5 years and the inspiration just keeps rolling in! Love love your beautiful floral garden and the spattering is still one of my fave effects, it takes it to the next level Anita!

  18. maria f.

    And “charming” is the perfect word to describe everything about your creation! First, congrats to Time Out. And to you for creating such a beautiful and lively card. I can almost feel the breeze swaying the delicate flowers. I bet Spring is beginning to show itself in your area. We came back from South Tyrol snow to daffodils blooming here! And to a yummy birthday card in my mailbox 😉 Merci beaucoup my friend ♥

  19. momentsofcrafting

    So pretty, Anita! I love that you have created a wonderfully wild garden with it’s tangle of flowers and colours! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Watercolour Challenge this month!

  20. desperatehousewifecraft

    C’est drole mais j’ai éternué aussi tôt que j’ai vu ta tres jolie carte de fleurs, tellement ca m’a fait pensé de printemps! Merci de l’avoir partager avec nous chez Addicted to Stamps and More. Bises, Gwendolyn

  21. Nonni

    Beautiful, Anita! I love the whimsical style of the flowers and your watercoloring looks great -adding the splatters adds a lot of detail! My favorite type of sentiment too… I always adore white embossing on black card! 🙂 xxx

  22. Shona Chambers

    Do you know that in September it will be five years since you and I joined the team together?? Isn’t it amazing how quickly times goes by and I can still remember us emailing each other being so excited about joining a DT!! How far we have come since then, your cards just get better and better and this one is exquisite!! So perfect for our birthday and I’m so glad you shared it with us too at The Flower Challenge. You’ve turned into the Queen of Splatter and have encouraged me to try it more often too. Sending you lots of hugs team-mate!! xxxx

  23. BożenA

    Your beautiful splashing looks perfect for these stunned flowers. A black banner with sentiment completes the project perfectly
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful card in our gallery HLS Watercolor.
    Bożena DT HLS

  24. lollthompson

    Happy 5th Birthday! Congrats on this wonderful milestone! Your card is so bright and pretty, Anita. Lovely watercolouring and wonderful design with your off the edge garden. xx

  25. Jill V

    I love this – the colour combo is definitely giving me Spring vibes (really needed right now!) and the spatters across the panel are the perfect finishing touch. Hugs, Jill

  26. Claire A

    This is so arty – it really should be framed. And the splatters are the perfect detail…if I’d done that, they’d have ended up splodged all over the image!


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