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1st Thursday of the month - A review of a craft product
2nd Thursday of the month - Craft room inspiration
3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
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Friday, 28 March 2014

Time Out Challenge 2

Morning all,

Today I'm here with a card that is so very CAS, but took me forever to create!!! I had couple of hours of free time last night once the kids were in bed and my husband was out to begin my card for the new Time Out challenge. I had a possible three ideas of what I wanted to do. I tried all three - and none of them worked. I was so annoyed - It just seems like such a waste of time and above all, resources. I wish I somehow just knew if an idea would work or not before actually trying!! Maybe I will get better at this over time, or perhaps not. I wondered if sketching an idea might be more helpful….but again, I don't think I will really know until I actually try and have the finished piece in front of me.

Anyway…..enough moaning!!! I loved the new inspiration photo from Time Out - so very CAS and I knew straight away that my card just HAD to have loads of white space.

The caption along with it, 'Home Sweet Home' worked perfectly for me, as I was needing to make a New Home card for one of my friends anyway (I love when a challenge matches a card you need to make anyway!!). As I said, I knew I needed white space, there just HAD to be a butterfly and when I thought of the phrase 'Home Sweet Home' I was thinking of the tapestries you get with that same phrase on. I decided to base my card on that. I had the genius idea (maybe not so genius to others!!!!) of getting out the 'X' from one of my alphabet stamp sets and using this to make letters in order that it would look like a tapestry!!

I won't bore you too much with all the mistakes I was making last night - all I'll say is, card too small, ink smudges, embossing powder not sticking…….aaahhhh!! I stopped at 8.30pm after two hours and nothing to show for it!! I could't stop thinking about it last night then I had another genius idea of making the butterfly a substitute for the 'O' in home……

I was so delighted that my toddler was desperate to watch Bob the Builder this morning, which gave me a 30 minute window to get my card completed& photographed….phew, I did it!!!

So, without any more rambling on, here is my 'Home Sweet Home' card….

Now, I do love the concept of this card, but I;m not completely happy with the lettering of the 'sweet home.' This was done using alphabet stamps - one at a time. This is something I definitely need to work on. I'm thinking a stamp-a-majig may be in order as a next purchase.

I do adore this DP from Papermania Capsule collection. I decided to draw a metallic copper fine line around the die cut of the butterfly and some of the butterflies in the photo had a golden edge. I think this adds just a it of interest. I have had to restrain myself from pulling out the pearls to add some embellishments….I think this is a card that has to be left as just plain and simple.

I hope you like this card anyway, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve on using alphabet stampers and also on how to stop so much wastage when planning a card, then do let me know!!

Any comments very much appreciated. 

Laura xx

Resources used
Cardstock - white and nave from Papermill Direct. DP from Papermania Capsule Collections
Ink - Memento Paris Dusk & Summer Sky. Papermania metallic pen
Die - Bright Butterflies by Uniko Studio


  1. Hi Laura, wow, what a very creative take on our challenge! Brilliant idea. I'm exactly like you -I end up wasting a lot of material if I don't practice first... Maybe we should be a bit more forgiving to ourselves? ;) Anyways, I tend to practice stamping and design on cheap copy paper and only use card when I feel I'm ready for it... That has saved me some card. But you should be very happy with this card as it is lovely as it is! Great layout too. Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining us at TO Challenges!

  2. Love how you have described your creative process. And this is a great take on the photo. The little copper outline was a genius step, it really defines the butterfly. Thanks for joining is at TIME OUT

  3. Haha! If you read my post, I had similar problems with my CAS card! Such a simple card and it took 3 tries to get it right! Glad you stuck with this because it is very unique and lovely. Thanks for taking the Time Out to play with us!

  4. Wow Laura, this is so clever! You always seem to be able to interpret a challenge with a unique twist. The background to your photo goes perfectly as well! I have just got back from a lovely holiday and am off to try my hand at this challenge too... Cx

  5. Love the design and colours of your card! The stamping in the butterfly is so beautiful! And the crossstiches remind me of the sheets I crosstiched myself... Thank you for taking the Time Out to join us.

  6. CAS perfection. Love the patterned butterfly and the gold edging finishes it off perfectly. Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge :) Hugs Bev x

  7. This is so pretty, love the idea to use the 'x' for stitching. On a separate not will blogger let you add the 'followers' widget or can you only use the google + one. You will find you will get more followers with the blogger one

  8. Laura, your card is absolutely amazing! What a clever way to create the home sentiment! I love the softer purples and the butterfly. So glad you could play with us at Time Out!