A New Challenge At Time Out – #136 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour!  Thanks so much for all your lovely comments following my last post … reading them all was like having a great big group hug … and they gave me a smile to wear all over my face and heart!  It’s been a delight to be back in blogland this last few days and to be be inspired by all you’ve been creating … what talent there is to enjoy in this wonderful community of ours!  I’m popping in today to tell you about our new challenge that’s just gone live at Time Out … for the next two weeks, we have a Home Sweet Home photograph to inspire you (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

… and here’s the bold, floral inspiration …

Guess you can see what I was drawn to!  Isn’t my poppy die gorgeous?  It’s from Penny Black and was a gift from the lovely Loll (thanks so much, my friend!) … and it’s making it’s debut.  It’s cut from mixed media card and coloured with Zigs … with some Distress Ink sponging on the edges of the flowers.  The base card background was masked and sponged with Distress Ink … and then stencilled over using the same colour ink to give it a tone on tone look.  I wanted the blooms to be dimensional but curling the petals up meant that the background could be seen beneath them when they were adhered in place.  See through flowers … hmmm!  I took care of that by cutting duplicates of each flower head, colouring them, trimming off the edges so they’d fit inside the originals and slotting them into place inside each poppy.  The sentiment is from Simply Graphic and I finished with a scattering of sequins.  Here’s a closer look at the dimension of those now non-see-through flowers …


What grabs your imagination in our photo?  There are so many ways you could be inspired … and we’d be delighted to see what you make in our gallery!  This time around, we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations, who are offering a $25 GC to our winner (thanks, Shery!).  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, where there’s a whole heap of ideas to spark your creativity … from our fabulous DT and from our super talented Guest Designer, Greta from GG Creations.  Do go and have a visit with Greta … there are so many gorgeous ideas to meander through and enjoy … you won’t want to miss it!

I’m playing along at …

CAS Stencil – Stencilling Over A Coloured Background

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Bright Colours Inspiration Board (Below … Top Right Picture)

The Paper Players – Clean And Simple Plants

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



32 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #136 – Home Sweet Home

  1. Clelie

    What a beautiful card!!! I love the tone on tone background and what you did to problem solve the poppy dilemma brought it to LIFE! It is absolutely GORGEOUS!♥♥♥

  2. Jeanne

    Beautiful card, Anita! I really like the poppy die you used. It has some wonderful dimension. thanks to your wonderful solution. The background strip is very pretty, too and sure helps the poppies…well…pop! Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day. Hugs!

  3. Bobby

    I have that stamp and stencil but no die, Anita. Being able to use the die to pop up the petals made your poppy come to life, especially with the inked edges. The soft tweedy background was a great way to show the flower off.

  4. Sandie

    Oh this is beautiful and captures lots of the different elements from the photo and I adore that soft background, with the feel of the textured wall, then the pop of colour from the bloom. A delight! Just read your last post after reading the beginning of this one-you are so right we have to sometimes step back and press delete…..hard for us! Hugs xx

  5. conil

    You have the nicest friends…such a lovely poppy and that stenciling emulates the texture shown in the photo so well. But I didn’t expect anything less from my card making guru…you. The way you make it look so effortless and still get fabulous results. i, once again, bow to the master.

  6. BarbGhig

    Your vibrant poppies are absolutely gorgeous, Anita! I love how you added shading to the edges of the blooms and your stenciled background is just perfect! I’m so glad you’re playing along with us at the CAS Stencil Challenge…it’s always wonderful to see your creations in the gallery ~ Barb xx

  7. Mac Mable

    Your attention to detail is always staggering Anita x. Your card is so beautiful with vibrant and fabulous flowers. Love the subtle stencil work on the background too. Great take on the striking photo inspiration and loving this card Anita x

  8. Cathy R

    Stunning card Anita, love the delicate look of the stencilled background and those blooms look amazing, love the dimension. Thankyou for playing along at CAS STencil too! Cathy x

  9. Patt H.

    A gorgeous creation, Anita! I love poppies & yours are delightful! Love how you solved the “see through” problem. It worked beautifully!

  10. Rosemary D

    Gorgeous design, Anita! I love the clever way you solved the “see through” flowers problem!

  11. izzyscrap

    WOW ! Ces coquelicots sont magnifiques, Anita ! Ce rouge est si intense et tu as tellement bien réussi à donner de la dimension avec l’encre Distress sur les bords et les découpes. On dirait de vrais coquelicots ! Très joli fond au pochoir aussi ce qui donne une très belle carte CAS comme tu sais si bien les faire. Je reconnais aussi ce sentiment stylé…(à découvrir demain…). Magnifique interprétation de cette superbe photo… je crois que je vais me laisser séduire jusqu’au bout ! Bises et très bon WE

  12. Marianne

    A beautiful card, Anita. Your poppies are so bold and vibrant, and the soft blended background really makes them pop. Also love the added dimension.
    Marianne x

  13. lollthompson

    Gorgeous card Anita! LOVE the masked strip with chevron stenciling. The soft blue is a wonderful background to show off those vibrant poppies. Great idea to add a second layer to the blooms and then curl up the edges of the petals. Adds lots of dimension. Amazing creation, Anita! xx

  14. Marcia Hill

    Your poppies are absolutely GORGEOUS Anita!! I love the shading and depth and dimension you achieved with both layers, and how beautifully they pop against the soft blue background! Your attention to detail is always spot on my friend and this card is absolutely LOVELY!! :0)

  15. Stephanie L

    What a gorgeous card, Anita. That poppy is spectacular. I love the way you applied color to it, solved the see-through problem, and the way the die cut is placed over the edge of that wonderful stencilled strip. I love everything about it!

  16. Greta H

    So creative & gorgeous, Anita! Love the way you did the stenciling for a take on the wall in the photo! Thank you for the sweet words–loved designing with you for this challenge!

  17. Sharron Gregory

    So gorgeous, Anita! The poppies look amazing against that soft background. And what a clever and creative way to add dimension. They turned out beautiful!!

  18. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Looks like you captured the essence of the inspiration picture perfectly but managed to keep it CAS! I love Poppies! Too bad they don’t really grow here. Too urban, I guess….


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