Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Challenges...


I absolutely LOVE fall!! Ours here in Nova Scotia has been spectacular, with unseasonably warm temperatures, and a prolonged extravaganza of our leaves changing colours. Another reason I love fall is that I begin to "nest" for the winter, getting back into stamping and playing with papers, doing indoor things, and I've really enjoyed a delightful few days in my hobby room.

The Impression Obsession designers are playing with the theme of "no patterned papers." If you're interested in playing along for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate for the IO shop, just check all the rules right here. Here are some of the Christmas cards I've done for friends. I enjoy repeating patterns/stamps in trios, which is what I've done for these two cards. The sentiments I used are new released IO stamps CL347 Christmas in the Heart and CL304 All I Want for Christmas). The tree (D8136 Curvy Tree) and the ornament (C 4600 Oblong Ornament) are older, favourite Christmas stamps. The Pile it On challenge # 46 is to do traditional Christmas cards, and the Fab 'n' Funky challenge is "Baby it's cold outside."


I really like this ornament...so many possibilities for colouring, glittering and embellishing!


I did this one for an American friend for Thanksgiving next week, and, of course, to meet some challenges: Our Creative Corner wants us to use the colours of pumpkin pie, Play Date Cafe has a fun colour challenge, and I used this fun sketch from Stampin' for the Weekend. The cupcakes stamp is another old favourite (MC181 Cupcakes Clear Set), paired with one of the new sentiments from the clear set CL331 Gratitude.


Here'a another card using a sentiment stamp from the same set, stamped on Jillybean Soup brown Kraft cardstock. The Simon Says challenge is thankful, as is the Sisterhood challenge. For this one, I used squares of watercolour paper prepared with spritzed Ecoline Watercolour Inks, and bordered with Krylon 18 Kt Gold Leafing Ink. The Impression Obsession stamps I used are CC029 Cover a Card Music and the F5549 Flourish, both embossed with Ranger Seafoam White EP, and the sentiment is from a newly released set called CL331 Gratitude. I used crystals from Duncan/I Love to Create.

This card was also created for an American friend who celebrates Thanksgiving, and to meet the Postcard Art challenge, which was to use poppies, in remembrance, and for the Creative Card Crew Thankful challenge. The card uses another sentiment stamp from CL 331 Gratitude Clear Set, and a poppy stamp from Hero Arts.


The current Wee Memories challenge is to create a birthday card. This is what I did, using the Cover a Card Music stamp CC029, along with a sentiment stamp from the Impression Obsession clear set CL39 Birthday Sentiments :

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to stop by today. Please take some time to stop by the other IO designers' blogs for some eye catching inspiration; you can find direct links on my sidebar.

I wish you a week of delight...do what you love, love what you do.

19 comments:

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW you've been busy!! ALL your creations are fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood 'Give Thanks' challenge and please come back again soon!

Darlene
one of the 'Sistahs'
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Debgem said...

What a fabulous selection of cards - all so different, all just beautiful.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Wow, girl you're on a roll. These cards are gorgeous. Love the music background & the design of your last card. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Wee Memories. :)

Donna Ellis said...

Your cards are incredible - each one is so unique and artfully colored! Thank you for sharing so many ideas.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

These are all beautiful!!!!!Thanks for playing along with Wee memories!!

Elizabeth Hart said...

I love your traditional Christmas cards. They are really lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Pile it On this week.

Shirley said...

Great cards, Deb!! Love the choices of IO stamps and designs.

Inspire Me Heather said...

They are all so pretty - you sure make beautiful cards!

Alexis said...

All of them are wonderful. Great wintery, cilly card. Thanks for joining us this week at fab 'n funky. Good Luck and we hope you will join us Wednesday for our BIRTHDAY BASH!!

Hugs, Alexis
Fab n Funky DT member

Sharon said...

Great cards - you have been busy.
Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this week, hope to see you again soon.
Sharon x

Shar said...

Great group of cards! Each one is fabulous!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Hello! What a wonderful cards! Great designing. Thanks for joining us this week at the Creative Card Crew.
Denise
CCC-DT

Yolanda said...

All great cards. I love the cherries on the cupcakes.

Wendy J. said...

Deborah, these are some beautiful cards! Thanks for playing along with the pumpkin/pumpkin pie challenge at OCC! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anne Marie said...

All of your cards are fantastic! WOW! You are on a creative roll! Love that cupcake card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner! :)

Shannon White said...

Wowzers These are all FABULOUS! 8-) So much Wonderful inspiration all in one blog post! They are all Just Beautiful! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, I LOVE fall, too! And what a fabulous line-up of creations, Deborah! LOVE that sweet, little tower of cupcakes, with those embossed polka dots, on our take! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Ruby said...

What a beautiful selection of cards! All loovely in their own way, I want to eat the cupcake one! Love the different colours you've used and your Play Date Cafe card is fabulous! So glad you could join in the fun with us!

Denise said...

Goodness - a LOT of beauty in one post! Your card for the Play Date Cafe is so cute - love the cupcakes! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful... thanks so much for joining us at the Play Date Cafe!