A New Challenge At Time Out – #148 – Home Sweet Home

Hello … bonjour … and thanks so much for all your lovely comments during my absence from blogland!  I should be back with you on a more regular basis from this coming weekend … and am so looking forward to seeing what you’ve got going on 🙂  In the meantime, welcome to our new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight, we have a Christmas Home Sweet Home image to inspire you (a little further down), that’s warm, cosy and wonderfully festive.  Here’s my first take on it (there’s another a little later) …

… and here’s that inviting inspiration picture …

Plaid Christmas Bedroom / Featuring white walls, Red Plaid Bedding from HomeGoods (sponsored) and a full spruce Christmas tree. How to decorate a white and red Christmas bedroom.

For this first card, my attention was drawn to the wreath on the wall … and that fabulous scripty sentiment pillow.  I made my wreath using die cuts from Winnie & Walter‘s In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery, layered and inter-twined to make it dimensional … and attached it to the base card.  The main sentiment is from Simon, layered on craft foam, covered in shimmer spray and Glossy Accents … and strung across the wreath.  The tiny stamped ‘happy’ is from Winnie & Walter.  I finished the card with berry red gems in different sizes.  Want a closer look at all the sparkle and shine?  Here’s that second card I mentioned earlier, inspired again by the scripty pillow … and by all the white space and texture (the latter will be visible shortly) …

The shimmery die cut sentiment is from MFT, adhered flat to the base card … and that snuggled up little penguin and the stars are from Winnie & Walter.  The penguin is coloured with Zigs, has his Santa hat and scarf all shimmered up … and has a shiny beak and eyes.  He was originally hatless but was a smidge chilly, so with a little masking, I gave him that Santa hat … you can make out the furry trim and bobble a little better below … they’re embossed with Hero Arts White Puff EP to mimic the texture of those white cushions in the inspiration picture.

What draws your eye in our Home Sweet Home photo … those yummy colours, the plaid, the texture, that bold sign … or something else?  Wherever your creative imagination takes you, we’d love to see your card in our gallery!  You could be our next winner and be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog, along with plenty of ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re also delighted to welcome our talented Guest Designer, Angie from Cimbacreativefun … you’ll know her super art work already, I’m sure … though do go over and say hello … you’ll find so much to see and enjoy while you’re there!

My wreath is joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Tis The Season

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Bah Humbug Option)

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Holiday

and that cosy penguin is playing over at …

AAA Cards – Maxi White Space (No Geometric Twist)

CAS Christmas – Warm And Cosy

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No Bah Humbug Option)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes (With Animal Option)

The Cat’s Pajama’s – Holiday

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



37 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #148 – Home Sweet Home

  1. Gerrina

    I think bothcards are beautiful, but the wreathcard is my favorite; your wreath looks super; there are so many leaves in it and the berries fit perfectly. What a spectacular effect gives those foam-gloss sentiment! (Have to give that a try once) Hugs, Gerrina

  2. sandie

    well 2 cards-you are rocking it! Oh I love how you constructed the wreath and love the placement of the glossy sentiment. And well you know I love card 2-all that yummy white space and this furry hat-a joy x

  3. Jeanne

    So nice to see you again, Anita! I hope all is well. I know about life keeping you from doing what you love and so I hope life is settling down for you! Your cards are wonderful. The wreath is lovely. I like how you layered the die cuts and added the wonderfully shiny and sparkly sentiment. The gems make fabulous berries! And your penguin is beyond cute! Love that you added a fun hat with the texture. Great attention to detail. Thank you SO much for sharing! Crafty hugs!

  4. macimbalo

    Beautiful cards! I really love how you layered that wreath and intertwined it – so gorgeous and the sentiment just pops of the card perfectly! Thanks for the guest design spot, so happy to join Time Out for this challenge!

  5. Michele F

    I’ll give you two guesses… though I’m thinking you’ll easily guess the first time what has drawn my attention? Enough about me… you have truly drawn on the best from this photo inspiration, Anita! I love the glossy greeting you’ve added to your merry, and bright Christmas wreath. Who would not want this little guy to snuggle up in that cosy bed? So absolutely adorable!

  6. Kara

    Two very different, but equally as fabulous cards, Anita! The three-tone wreath is gorgeous and I love the scripty, shiny red sentiment. Those gems really compliment the sentiment beautifully! Your hat wearing penguin just makes me smile with his extra large scarf and his fuzzy hat trim! Glad to hear things are easing up a bit for you.

  7. Sharron Gregory

    Wow, there is so much to be inspired by in that gorgeous photo! And I love that you made two designs. The wreath is beautiful and the glossy sentiment is a perfect addition. But your CAS design with all the white and that adorable penguin won my heart! Those little critters by W&W are always so special!

  8. Darnell Jean Knauss

    A delightful Twofer to inspire us, Anita! I love them both! Your wreath is a textural delight in lush shades of green and I love the plump glossified sediment! Your second design is sweetly adorable and you did a great job of masking his fur-lined hat!! Good luck in all the challenges!! LYAMYMA! HTCS! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Lisa Elton

    The gloss on your Christmas sentiment is fantastic Anita and the little penguin is adorable! Two delightful cards!

  10. catcraig

    Anita, so great to see your fabulous creations again. Your layered wreath is wonderful and the depth is amazing. Your CAS penguin is adorable and looks like he’s ready for winter.

  11. Marcia Hill

    Two FABULOUS cards Anita!! I love all the layers to your lovely wreath and those red gems and the scripty die cut Christmas make this CAS card just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! And your sweet little penguin card is well…well, just totally SWEET!! Hugs. :0)

  12. Bonnie

    Two fantastic cards, Anita! Love that pretty wreath with the beautiful scripted Merry Christmas! And your penguin is delightful with his warm scarf and the fluffy parts of his cap! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

  13. Nonni

    Two amazing cards, Anita! I love all the detail and dimension in your wreath card -that die cut glossy sentiment is super festive! And who could not adore that cute penquin… I absolutely love him and your coloring looks great as well! xx

  14. aimeslee

    Hello Anita and welcome back! Both of your cards are brilliantly spot-on to the inspiration photo. I always enjoy seeing what you come up with. I find these difficult although I think I sometimes get too literal when I don’t have to be. Thanks for the samples! xoxo

  15. lostinpaper

    I’ve been away too for a friends birthday weekend as well as a crashed computer….. eeek! So I’m catching up now too. Love your fab designs, how cute is that sweet little penguin and that glossy sentiment is a ‘must try’ idea, I think it’s been an age since I had the glossy accents out, so it could be a fun challenge lol!

  16. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    Two wonderful card, Anita. I just love the thick and shiny die cut lying across that fabulous wreath! It is so wonderful. Love the different shades of green and that wonderful red bling. Love your little penguin in card #2… wonderful takes on the inspiration. xx

  17. Bobby Hagen

    I love everything about that photo, Anita, and am bummed that due to thumb surgery I can’t make a card for the challenge. I have so many ideas running around in my head. Your perfectly blinged wreath is beautiful and that Santa penguin is as cute as he can be.

  18. Trina P.

    Two beautiful Christmas cards. Adding the hat on the bundled up penguin will definitely keep him warm and cosy, Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas.

  19. lollthompson

    Your cards are spectacular (as always), Anita! LOVE the layered wreath with the bright red accents. Your penguin made me smile. Adorable keeping warm with his hat and scarf. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! xx

  20. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Two fabulous Christmas cards! Smart to focus on the wreath! And those penguins are just darling! I also was absent from blogland, although I had some scheduled posts….trying as usual to catch up and as usual I am hopelessly behind and will never make it….

  21. Claire A

    Your first card looks like a fab, easy design for lots of Christmas cards – it makes me want to buy that die for next year’s cards. (Can you believe I did most of mine before I went to the UK?!) I love the shiny, glossy sentiment running through it. And what a cute penguin – there’s so many penguin stamps out there I’m amazed I’ve not seen it before!

  22. Julie B

    Love that lucious die cut, layered wreath, I always want to put a wreath on our front door but the OH always says no! Your penguin card is too cute! Look at him all muffled up against the cold.
    Thanks for sharing both with us at HLS CAS. 🙂

  23. chrissieann

    Simple and stunning Anita, I love this clean cut card!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge!


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