Thursday, 25 June 2015

TIME OUT Challenges #34

Someone pinch me. I mean really. Can this really be happening to me? Did TIME OUT Challenges really ask me to be a Guest Designer this challenge? I had a difficult time believing it and then the self-doubt - what if I'm not good enough, what if I can't think of a card based on the inspiration .... YIKES - what did I get myself into?

Fortunately, I had a couple of weeks to figure it out. I think that I did. Here's my card

Here's the inspiration photo

I tried to incorporate pink/orange/red in my card. I even purchased a new "red" ink pad - sadly, it was dried out and I returned it. 

Using these stamp sets and Hero Arts Orange Soda and Pale Tomato and Stampin Up Melon Mambo, I made my own plaid background.

I die cut the word happy from the plaid panel and also with white fun foam. I adhered the cut out letters onto the fun foam with multi matte medium. I adhered the panel to the card base, making sure to put down some adhesive where the letters go. I then placed the letters and the centres of the letters, making sure the lines lined up (LOL!) The foam gives the word "happy" dimension.

Here's a close-up. I added thin orange strips above and below the panel and stamped the word "birthday".

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  1. we are so pleased you joined us at Time Out as our GD and you really have worked wonders with this card. Love you created the plaid look and the added dimension works a treat. Must remember that idea of using foam x

  2. Of course they spotted your talent and asked you to guest design! You rocked this challenge!!! I thought you used pattern paper. I'm so impressed that you stamped out your own plaid!

  3. Brilliant, Sue, what a delicious card ... crisp, precise, clean ... and I love that camoflaged dimensional happy! Delighted to have you guest designing with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  4. Super happy to have you guest designing with us at TIME OUT. You have done a fabulous job and I love how you were inspired. I really like this stamping and die cutting technique and I really should use it more often. Thank you for the inspiration and lovely comment on my blog. Hugs Bev x

  5. Brilliant design Sue. Love how you've created your own plaid! And love the idea of using the fun foam for popping up your die-cut sentiment. Great idea! xx

  6. Hi Sue, its just lovely to have you part of the team for this challenge. What a shame about the ink pad, thats so frustrating!! However, I think your challenge card is brilliant and such a fantastic take on the photo. Can't wait to see what you do for your reminder card now!!!

  7. Your card is inspired, Sue! That plaid background is perfect and I love the popped up die cut sentiment - a technique that I have never mastered :) Great to have you as our GD at TO!

  8. You did a fabulous job Sue! Your plaid bg is so pretty and I love the colors you chose! Beautiful card!

  9. This is so cool!! You did a fabulous job on the plaid. I love the colors that you used. Great design!!


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