Thursday 25 April 2024

Hogs and Kisses

Challenge #262 has just gone live at Time Out Challenges and this fortnight we have an Inspiration Photo Challenge for you!

Here's a closer look!

This challenge is being generously being sponsored by Kim Heggins of Running Stitch Design.  Kim is offering this cute bag to our Top Pick as chosen by the Design Team (inside USA only - thank you for understanding).   Many of you will remember Kim as a former Design Team member at Time Out!  

The Top Pick will also be invited to join Time Out as a guest designer in a future challenge!  Speaking of guest designers, we are joined this challenge by Cornelia Wenokor of Stempel Spass, our winner of Challenge 258!   Cornelia and the rest of the team have plenty of inspiration for you over on the Challenge Blog!

Three things immediately caught my eye - the gingham lower third, the spots and the dogs.  While wrestling with how to use one of the two dog dies I own, my eye fell upon this NBUS pig (Poppy Stamps Whittle Pig) and I then remembered I have the Whittle Wild Animals Sentiment set and gradually, the design began to take shape - replacing dogs with hogs and spots with hearts, three whittle pigs seemed like a good number to have with a fourth heart space for the sentiment.   I don't usually make slimline cards because the envelopes are tricky to find, but this card will fit in a DL envelope!

I couldn't find any black gingham (at least not large enough for a slimline card front) but I did find this rather lovely plaid which I cut with a slimline die (Creative Craft Products Slimline Sewing Edge Nesting Set) and then used a suitable heart die to make the four windows for my whittle Pigs to pop their heads through!  There was a hint of green in the plaid, so I used this olive green card base rather than the teal used in the bag.  The pigs were cut from pink pearlescent card stock (because I had a snippet of that lying around on my desk) that I distressed with Worn Lipstick DI.  I cut extra snouts for dimension and gave them a string of pearls each (how could I not??) and added some glossy accents to the stacked snouts!

So that's how I was inspired by this cute little bag, where will it lead you - looking forward to seeing your projects in the Time Out Gallery!

I'd like to enter the following Challenges
NBUS Challenge #61 -  NBUS Whittle Pig and Slimline set;
Crafty animals Challenge #82 - Anything Goes with an animal;
Snippets Challenge #478 - Snippets of pink pearlescent card from a previous project;
Challenge #62 Day of the Month Club - National Look Alike Day;

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. Oh my goodness, this is so cute and I love the little piggies and especially her pretty pearl necklaces. Your card would be a perfect fit for the current challenge at DotMCC, because we're looking for lookalikes this month. Gundi

    1. Thanks for linking up at DotMCC and good luck!! Gundi

  2. Oh Kate - what a delightful card - such fun! I loved reading how you decided on the design and the result is great!

    Di xx

  3. Oh your card is just too cute, Kate! Love how Kim's bag inspired you!

  4. Pigs with pearls - hilarious! Thanks for having me as GDT!

  5. This is a really fun card.
    Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground. See you up in the treehouse for hot chocolate later. xxx

  6. I love how you let your creative flow with the whole of the image, not the bigger parts! Well done!

  7. Fantastic take on the inspiration Kate! I'm a big fan of the whittle dies and this is so very cute and fun!

  8. What a super fun and clever take on the challenge Kate!! I just love those little pigs with their pearls!! Soo cute! I hope you have a lovely week! :)

  9. Aww this is such a cute card, Kate!! Love these cuties so much. Love how beautifully you have used the plaid background. Hugsxx Deepti

  10. Pigs in pearls. How fun, Kate! I love how you were inspired.


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