Thursday 1 October 2009

Serendipity Christmas

This card is for the sketch on If the shoe fits ... Fashionista Friday 2 (the one that I wanted to do a few days ago and followed a wrong card instead!):

This week on Fab's Big Christmas Cards challenge the topic is 'green and more green' (I think there's enough on this card to qualify).

It's also another one for Simon Says: red and green - and this time there is some stamping - the two squares of Christmas greetings (btw why do colours sometimes show differently in scans?)

The theme on Rainbow Lady atm is 'Christmas with the stars' - there are quite a few on these serendipity squares.

There are stripes as well as stars on those red, green and white squares, so I'm also linking for one of the Rosie-Dee challenges that I missed: week 53 'stars and stripes'.

Stars are also featured on GC24 Gingersnap Random Redhead challenge, so it's good for that.

Lastly, this is for challenge 71 on A spoon full of sugar: 'Christmas'.

Kewl colours for autumn

This card follows te Friday Sketchers 71 sketch:

And the colours used are for Easy Breezy Kewl Colours challenge: more fall colours:

I think these are unusual colours to have together and I found just the right papers - they are by imaginisce (some sent to me by Annmarie) and the autumn tree stamp is one of a set of seasons by Whispers. TGIF has the topic this week of 'wonderful trees', so I'm linking there, although I've just noticed that they already have their new challenge up and it's still Thursday evening. Tuesday Taggers this week also has the theme of 'trees' - there is a voucher to be won there to spend at The Craft Barn.

I'm editing this because I've just found the new monthly challenge blog 'By the cute and girly' with 'autumn glory' as the first topic, so I'm linking this card there as it was made after the challenge was launched.

Tartan it up

The challenge this week on DCM is 'tartin it up' - Sue said, 'I would like you to use some sort of tartan on your cards, fabric, ribbon, paper, even a piece of an old tartan rug(!)etc.'

I've used Kathy's sketch 11 from her sketch file. Kathy's sketch is called 'Simple eliptical' - she called it this because of the shape of the prominent sentiment on the sketch. I actually used a rectangular sentiment, but kept it quite large so that it is a central focus of the card.

Having said earlier in the week that I had some ribbon suitable for this challenge, in the end I didn't use it, but used a tartan paper from BG June bug. The green paper is also from that range.

This card also fits the challenge on 365 for day 156 which had an ad-inspired picture with green and red quite prominent.

Simon Says this week asks us to use red and green for a colour combo challenge.

Pumpkin time?

Day 213 on 365 cards on Tuesday was 'In Pieces': 'We have done a paper piecing challenge before, but this one is specific. If you complete this challenge, you must use this image:

It seemed at first as if we were being asked to make a halloween card - and I don't hold with halloween, so I thought I couldn't take part. However, when I asked I was kindly told: 'If you wish to use only part of the image - for example, just the pumpkin body, that's just fine :) If you don't celebrate Halloween, it's not a requirement, just an idea for those who do.'

So I incorporated the image into a card, together with my autumn ATC that I did for the 'ribbon' swap on BF.

I'm editing this because I've just found the new monthly challenge blog 'By the cute and girly' with 'autumn glory' as the first topic, so I'm linking this card there as it was made after the challenge was launched.

You can see here how I put the ATC together. The background of this card is K & Co Brookfield paper. The pumpkin was coloured with various shades on copics orange - which is just right for today's challenge 13 on Copic Creations: colouring a pumpkin.

This is another entry for 'shades of autumn' on Ooh-la-la 37, also for challenge 35 on Crafty Creations: leaves/autumn theme, another one for Allsorts 20: autumn days, another one for If the Shoe Fits ... Fashionista challenge 4: fall themed - it must contain leaves.

Salt: Growth

It's Salt challenge day - and I'm afraid that I'm a little late with posting my LO today, but here I am at last.

It was Esther's turn to choose the topic - and Mona last Thursday chose a meditation on growth for her 'in between' slot - neither Esther nor Mona knew what the other was choosing, so it's quite clear that they were both led in the same direction.

You can read what Esther said here and if you didn't manage to stop by Salt last Thursday you can read what Mona wrote in her meditation here.

When reflecting upon this topic to seek to decide what I should craft, it struck me that physically our growth is dependent on many things, but primarily on food for our bodies; so it is in our spiritual life, we need food to sustain our souls and for us to grow in maturity in the faith. Jesus said, 'I am the Bread of Life' - we need Him in our lives and to regularly seek His plan and purpose for us to grow spiritually.

So my LO meditates upon the passage from John 6 where Jesus talked about Himself as the Bread of Life - well worth looking up that chapter and reflecting on it.

The photos of bread were royalty-free ones found on the internet. The textured card is DCWV, the background paper is K & Co McKenna and the patterned strip of paper is K & Co Brookfield.

As always, if you click on the picture you can more easily read what I've written.

If you get time, why not pop along to Salt and read what Esther has to say and see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - we would appreciate any comments you wish to leave us.

Just for Karen

Karen left a comment on my WOYWW picture from last night, asking if I'd show more of the stamps that were at the top of the picture.

So here they are - difficult to see what's there really because they are squeezed behind and on top of one another to use the available space. Once upon a time I said that I wouldn't buy any more wood mounted stamps because they take up too much room, but I seem to have forgotten that I ever said that. And I do happen to have a few (!) acrylic and unmounted rubber ones too.

A better view if you click on the pictures - oh, and please excuse the teddy's paw on the top right of the second picture - all teddies etc live up on the top shelf.

BF September ATCs swap

Postie's brought me my BF ATC swaps for September this morning - they are all so lovely. The theme was 'ribbon' - and it's amazing how different each one is and yet they all stick to the theme.

Thanks, girls - and thanks to Ali for once again organising.