A New Challenge At Time Out – #159 – Inspired By Words

Hello … bonjour!  Our wonderful new challenge has just started over at Time Out … for the next fortnight, we’d like you to be Inspired By Words … if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.  Those who are regular visitors here will know of my love of flowers … and will understand what I was drawn to in Cicero’s words … a garden …


On the base card, I used a mask and blended a circle of soft Distress Ink colours, reminiscent of a warm gentle sunrise.  The die cuts are all from Simply Graphic (a gift from Judith, thanks, my friend!) … the flowery edged circle was cut into a panel that matches the card base … and the leafy additions were arranged along the right side of it.  Everything was adhered flat to the base … with the leaves left free at the top to wave gently in the breeze!  The sentiment (a little hello) is also from Simply Graphic.

Most of the time, I only share one card for Time Out … but today is a little different, as this will be my last post as a member of the Design Team.  After close to six years of being part of this warm, encouraging and artistic team, stepping down wasn’t an easy decision to make … and I will miss being closely involved with such a fabulous challenge and such a talented group of card makers.  I would like to say an enormous thank you to my lovely friend … our wonderful and inspirational leader, Sandie, for her confidence and faith in me as a new designer … and to all my teamies, past and present, for sharing freely their support, kindness and talent over the years.  Thanks to all of you too, friends and players … it’s been a delight to see so many fantastic cards in our gallery week after week.  My final Time Out DT card is a bit of fun … and I hope it might bring you a smile.  Here, there’s a little guy happily living in the ‘garden’ …

The greenery is from Concord & 9th, cut from Distress Ink smooshed card stock, which is growing right alongside the stamped gravel path (Annabelle Stamps – NLIB).  The friendly escargot came ready stamped from Michele (merci, my friend) … and is popping out from the greenery to wish the recipient a happy birthday (in French as he’s multi-lingual … he also speaks English … and Snail, of course).  As it’s spring, he’s developed a lovely shimmer … and shine (a description he much prefers, rather than the s**** word more commonly associated with snails) .  You can tell from the look on his face he’s quite rightly proud of it … take a peek …


Where will Cicero’s wise words take your creativity?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love it if you played along with us.  We’re sponsored this fortnight by Newton’s Nook … our winner, as voted for by the DT, will be offered a $25 store credit … and as usual, will be invited to Guest Design with the team in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with heaps of lovely inspiration from our splendid DT!

My first card will be joining in the fun at …

Inkspirational – Spring

Papercraft Challenges – Pastel Colours

Perfectly CAS – Die Cuts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Mood Board … bottom left (below)

The Flower Challenge – Spring/Autumn

… and Monsieur Escargot will be shining at …

AAA Cards – Made in Minutes (just under 15 … ultra quick for me!)

AAA Birthday – Dots and/or Stripes (that dotty gravel!)

Addicted to Stamps And More – Clean And Simple

CAS on Friday – Black, White And One Colour

The Male Room – Make Me Laugh

I hope and pray that you’re all continuing to stay safe and well out there … keep crafting and keep smiling 🙂 .  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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46 thoughts on “A New Challenge At Time Out – #159 – Inspired By Words

  1. Judith Jarvis

    Oh Anita they are both lovely. The first very elegant and the second did make me smile…the only time a snail will make me smile x

  2. papierelle Blog

    It’s a great topic and I hope I find the time to play along. Because in this nice weather I’m more in the garden than at the craft table. Your card is beautiful, so delicate and light.

  3. Jane Taylor

    Sweet cards. Love the snail looking so smug by the leafy plant! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, AAA Birthday and The Male Room, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Keep safe, stay home and craft instead!

  4. sandie

    oh Anita, thank you for your kind words and you will be so surely missed by us all. And what a way to finish with these two stunning cards. I love the soft sunrise background of the first and how wonderfully you have arranged the leaves and what a fun card to end with-that snail is a delight-thank you for all you have done at Time Out-for your hard work and inspiration…..and I sure hope we see you in our gallery!

  5. Jeanne

    That first card is gorgeous, Anita! Love the blend of colors. Your second card is so whimsical and fun. Congratulations on a wonderful run as a designer and best of luck in your future endeavors. Hope to see you still creating! I promise, I still do, but post much more on Instagram than my blog these days. Hugs!

  6. kimheggins

    Wow…two simply wonderful cards! Love your the elegance of the first card, so soft and sweet and those white die cut images. And that sweet snail is as cute as can be, just love it. You will be missed Miss Anita, but I know I will see you around blogland. Take care and be safe!

  7. Michele F

    Anita, this post makes me happy, and sad at once!
    Thanks for all these years you’ve provided such beautiful inspiration to play at Time Out! You’re going out with a beautiful bang, my friend! Hope you aren’t escargot-ing too far!
    Take care, and be blessed, and safe xxoo

  8. Marcia Hill

    Two FABULOUS cards Anita! Your first one with the soft colors of the sunrise is absolutely beautiful paired with the white die cut flowers…lovely, lovely card!! And your snail card is a delight too and loved your write up about him too! I can definitely see Michele rubbing off on you! (Or is it the other way around??) But anyway, two wonderful cards and I can see that you will definitely be missed by the Time Out team…thank goodness we all still know where to find you!! Take care my friend! Hugs. :0)

  9. Bobby Hagen

    I’m so sorry to see you go, Anita. I hope this doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing you around as much. Your comments on my blog are always sweet and wonderful. Your ink blended circle is so serene and beautiful surrounded by the white leaves/flowers. Mr. Snail and his googly eyes made me smile. I will miss seeing you here, my friend. Stay safe and stay in touch.

  10. Lisa Elton

    Your spring cards are simply lovely Anita! If snails can be cute, well then this little fella is! So sorry to see you’re leaving them team. I hope that doesn’t mean you’re leaving blog land too!

  11. conil

    How am I to continue to exist without your gorgeous creations each fortnight. I am bereft that your stepping down but understand about priorities. Just hope this doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing you lovely cards any more. You’ve done this challenge proud with both the swan song card and that adorable snail (isn’t Michele the most generous friend?). LOVE the diecuts wafting above the blended circle. And, the shiny critter looks so at home on the clever gravel path.
    Stay well and safe, mon amie. I’ll miss your Time Out visits terribly.

  12. catcraig

    Anita, your first card is so perfectly composed. the colors with the white die cuts is stunning. your second card, is absolutely perfection as well as being completely adorable. Stay safe my friend.

  13. Hilary Wright

    I love both cards but the first one is just perfect, those lovely soft colours behind the white foliage is just gorgeous. The snail card is lovely too but in a different way xx

  14. Mac Mable

    So very sorry to hear you are stepping down form the team Anita but you have done them proud my friend x.
    The layering of the die cuts and the delicate shading on your first card is fabulous and absolutely amazing x. What a fun second card Anita and a fun story too….love that adorable snail (now I never thought I would say that about a snail!) …..Wonderful inspiration and two fabulous cards and I love them both x.

  15. lollthompson

    Two beautiful garden cards Anita! LOVE the soft sponged sky with your garden inside the circle … it’s lovely! And your second card is so cute. That snail looks happy … love the expression on his face.

    You will be missed from the Time Out team, Anita! Six years is a long time and it’s always good to try something new. Wish you the very best and looking forward to seeing what is new for you in the future. Take care. Love, Loll

  16. chrissieann

    Such a delicate background, beautiful die cuts and SO CAS! Fabulous Anita!
    Thanks so much for sharing with Perfectly CAS!

  17. Linda Walmsley

    Beautiful card. I love the delicate pastel shades of the background and such a pretty die cut. Thank you for playing along with the Perfectly CAS Challenge xx

  18. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Two superb makes, Anita! The first is elegant and that almost-rainbow colored sunset is magnificent with the spray of leaves in the foreground, some of which are spilling out onto the card. Delicious! And speaking of delicious, your little snail is adorable shimmering out from beneath your gorgeous garden! Love the border of snail tracks, too! Winners, both of them!! LYAMYHAHMA! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  19. BarbGhig

    Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Anita! I love your soft color palette on the background and how perfectly the flowers pop with your design! Your cute little snail is so adorable and I love how you placed him crawling out from behind your beautiful greenery! Great job, my friend…I’m sure you will be missed on the Time Out team 🙂 Barb xx

  20. Shauna

    Two beautiful cards and such kind words about your time at Time Out! Your creativity and kind spirit will certainly be missed on the team, but we will all see you around blog land still!
    Love your cute snail and the color grading on the first card is so nice. Two great designs!
    Also, great to see you link up with us at Inkspirational!

  21. Rosemary D

    The first card is the perfect example of CAS: Clean and stunning! Something you excell at, Anita! The second just makes me smile! Sad to learn that you will no longer be sharing your talent as a design team member!

  22. Barbara Roe

    Anita you are going out with a bang – two great cards. As usual your card is soft and delicate and the second one just dog-gone cute, love the snail. I hope that being less busy with your cards will allow you to finish projects around the manor house. A blessed Easter to you and Dominic. Stay safe and healthy. Hugs Barb

  23. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    Dear Anita, your cards are wonderful, as always. I so love the first – beautiful, soft, elegant and such a wonderful CAS design. The second put such a smile on my face. I will really miss you here. You were so kind and welcoming when I first joined the team, and your kindness and encouragement all throughout… You are a dear person, and an awesome artist. I look forward to seeing you and your wonderful creations. I hope you stay well and safe. Sending many hugs your way. xx

  24. Tracey McNeely

    Anita, what beautiful cards and you are going to be missed so very much. You were such a big part of the Time Out Challenges team. So glad I know where to find you my friend! xoxo

  25. Ishani S

    Anita, I love your cards! I remember when Anita in France would leave me comments and I would see your picture, I always thought you looked like a Hollywood actress. I don’t know whom, but that pixie
    cut looks so famous. Your cards for the last challenge are exceptional. The softness of the first card and oooohh.. I love the cute Snail peeping out! I am so sorry to see you go, but wishing you the best for future. Sending you love and Easter wishes, huge hugs Ishani.

  26. noraln44

    I LOVE both of your cards!! The first one with the white leaves and pretty rainbow effect is gorgeous. I think my favorite, though is the second one. I LOVE the black snail peeking out of those green leaves.

  27. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    😦 stepping down from the DT – too bad! But it doesn’t really matter, since I will still see and admire all your cards. That feisty black snail I am sure will devour all the greenery in no time, once nobody is looking, LOL! The first card is wonderfully delicate. A real beauty!

  28. katelesh

    Hi Anita, I just love your garden bursting through that aperture and your pretty sunrise. Gosh we’ve had some absolutely glorious sunsets here since this lockdown started and you’ve captured some of that magic with your blending. Your escargot is soooo cute – you have to admire his bravado! I will miss your Time Out posts, but continue to look forward to your lovely cards and brilliant prose for a long time to come!

  29. Aileen Ryan

    Ohhh Anita such a beautiful softly coloured card just perfect for Spring. So glad you joined us for this challenge. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam

  30. Jeanne HJ

    Love your pastel card with so much white. And your snail card is adorable. I have a die of a snail that I just used on my granddaughter’s b-day card. Take good care. Hugs.

  31. Claire A

    As usual I’m a week behind everyone else and only just seen this, Anita – I can’t believe you’ve been with TO for 6 years! You will be sorely missed on the DT I’m sure but I’m looking forward to seeing lots more of your fab designs. These two are no exception – the soft sponging is so pretty…is it me or do French sentiments look more elegant than English ones?!

  32. Gerrina

    I cann’t believe I didn’t comment on this one before…missed it completely…and it are such beauties! The first blew me away with the contrast between the soft colours and diecut and the 2nd one is one that made me smile!
    So sorry that you are leaving the team! We started together and have grown with the years both in the team and as designers. I will miss you in all the little and big things that happen in a team like the warm and friendly team at TIME OUT… But I’ll keep following your yourney with stamps and colour here… Thanks for all the inspiration you gave everyone at TIME OUT, teamie or player! Big hugs, Gerrina

  33. Wei

    Lovely cards! Love the cute snail! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.


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