Thursday 31 August 2023

Beautiful Bonsai


Challenge #246 at Time Out has just gone live and this fortnight it's an Inspired By Words Challenge with this Chinese Proverb

 “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

An Inspired By Words challenge works exactly as you would expect - you take the words from the featured quote and use them to inspire your creation!   You can use one word, multiple words or just the general idea of the quote and if it's not immediately obvious, please explain how you were inspired!  

We're joined this challenge by the very talented Jennifer Elliot as our guest!  Be sure to check out what she and the rest of my talented team members have made to inspire you.  

Obviously the word "tree" was what grabbed my attention, and I have a few trees in my stash, but decided on this very old Bonsai Tree (Spellbinder D-Lites) it's not NBUS but has only been used once prior so thought it could do with some love!  I cut it from a snippet of DP left over from a previous project and stacked it for dimension.   I was at a loss for what else to add to the card as my mojo is nowhere to be found at the moment!  After staring at it for waaaay too long, this was the best I could come up with - a simple "Hello Beautiful" sentiment (WMS Hello Happy Thanks).  With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight vision, it occurred to me a "HUGS" sentiment would have been a better alternative as this tree just looks like it wants to hug someone don't you think?

I used an NBUS detail plate (Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Ovals) to add a little background interest.  I think it's rather lovely - the stamped sentiment was unaffected by the detail plate and I love the subtle tint of green from the card base peeking through! 

Challenge 246 is being sponsored by Varada Sharma  who has very generously donated two $15 store credits - one voucher will go to a randomly selected winner and the other will be go to our Top Pick as voted by the Design Team!   And as always, our Top Pick will be invited to join us as a guest design in a future challenge.  I hope you'll take some Time Out and join us!

I'd like to enter the following challenges

NBUS Challenge #53 - NBUS Sttiched Ovals Detail plate;
Snippets Playground Challenge#461 - Snippet of DP used for the tree;

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. Lovely tree snippet and I think the sentiment is just fine!

    Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground.
    Psst: meet me at the back of the bike sheds so I can share the illicit contents of my satchel with you!!!!! X

  2. Kate, this is lovely! I really like the bonsai tree and that pretty cover die and the monochrome look. Vicky x

  3. A lovely card and like Sarn, I think the sentiment is perfect!


    Di xx

  4. I think your mojo found you and took you by surprise, Kate. I love this card. That bonsai is so lovely and looks great on that PFS background. I also love the monocchromatic color scheme. It's just lovely, and perfect for our challenge.

  5. Sometimes things just have to sit a while before they come together and your tree found the perfect background die and sentiment, Kate.

  6. Aww.. this is so beautiful Kate... I really love the background for this cute Bonsai tree. Hugsxx


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