Friday, October 9, 2015

Leaves and a Bear...Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #330, TIME OUT Challenge #41~Inspired by Words

Hello!

TGIF...with the added bonus of  Thanksgiving Monday, here in Canada.  We've decided on a 'stay-put' weekend, as we have travel plans in some form or another for the rest of October and well into November. Even though turkey and all the trimmings won't be on our agenda, some hiking, crafting time and home-made pizza are...and for that I'm so grateful.  Looking forward to what I hope will be a weekend to do as we please...with maybe a decadent dessert tossed in, just because...

Speaking of desserts...did you see the gorgeous cupcakes served at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #330~Peach, Cherry, Mousse?  Needless to say, I was tempted...not once but three times!


Yes, I found the colours challenging, as I don't have inks, markers or papers those lovely colours, so...I adapted as best I could.

Autumn theme was my first direction, with this one featuring stenciling using my closest-to-mousse-peach-and-berry distress inks I had: tea, picked raspberry and spiced marmalade....


Given the leaf dies and inks were out, I went for a second card, using the tea dye in the leaves and a light dusting of mowed lawn for the background.


While those are 'okay,' I felt I wasn't doing the colours justice so...one more for the road.  This time, I used some 'berry' cardstock, light orange ink for the stenciled hearts (even though they look pink, they aren't) and my teddy is a blend of mousse and brown.  Tombow markers...yet another story...yet another colouring-medium experiment...


Anyway, here's my Cupcake inspired trio....Kind of reminds me of the forests around here...trees, leaves and the occasion bear *grin*...


NOTE:  Honoured and thrilled to be selected as one of the Cupcake Inspiration's Top Six. THANK YOU!!

I'm also sharing my autumn cards at TIME OUT Challenge #41~Inspired by Words:    'Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile'.  


Wishing you a wonderful start to your weekend and to all my Canadian friends: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Hugs,



23 comments:

Joyce said...

All three are wonderful. And, how versatile those colors are, that the first two and the third use the very same colors. I'm really loving your dreamy soft stenciled backgrounds and those beautiful colored leaves especially.

sandie said...

Your weekend sounds perfect and happy thanksgiving. I think you have done an excellent job with these colours. Adore the backgrounds and the gorgeous inked leaves. What a cutie image too. We always love to see you at TO x

Jeanne said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Carol. I know you will enjoy every last second of the holiday. I am grateful for the loveliness of your blog. What beautiful cards you create. I think you did an amazing job for not having the actual colors for the challenge. It's the spirit of the thing, right? You definitely rose to the challenge!! The colors you used are glorious in their own right. Well done on this lovely trio! Hugs!

Susanne Vargas said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Carol! I love weekends with no plans! Hope you get lots of crafty time to make more fabulous cards like this trio! You did a great job matching those colors! Love your subtle backgrounds, the beautiful leaves, and the cute bear!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Happy T Day -- your week end sounds enjoyable! Fun cards, and don't over eat pizza :)

~amy~ said...

How beautiful!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sandy said...

Beautiful fall cards! Thank you for joining us this week at Cupcake Inspirations.
-Sandy, DT Sweetie

Carole said...

Oh these are so lovely...saw some trees in these colors today...Autumn has arrived with a splendour of colour here in the UK...OK so it's better where you are but who cares!! lol I still don't know how you find the time to fit everything in...can I have some of your energy please...very lacking at present...... have a wonderful weekend and a rest! Hugs xx

Greta said...

I do love leaves & yours are just gorgeous, Carol!

Asha said...

So so so pretty, Carol. The colours of your leaves are stunning.
hugs, Asha

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Happy Thanksgiving Carol. It is by far my favorite holiday here in the US. I have Monday off as well for Columbus Day. I love the leaf cards, and you made great choices for the colors. The leaves are colored beautifully and I love the stenciled backgrounds. Also love the little bear hug card. Such a different card with the same colors.

Anita in France said...

Such lovely cards, Carol ... you've used those gorgeous colours to perfection! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

Rose said...

Love the softly stenciled background with those gorgeous leaves. The blended colours are so pretty.

Shona Chambers said...

I hope you were able to stay put all weekend and relax or craft your heart out!! Sounds like you have a very busy travel schedule all the way up to Xmas. Hope you get a chance to do your Xmas shopping!!! Just love all of your Cupcake trio. You always stencil so beautifully and love how you coloured those leaves. Even though you said you didn't have the right papers/inks etc you totally rocked those colours. And your last card is an absolutely sweetheart, no wonder you were in the Top Six....yay!!!!

Taunya Butler said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! Love and hugs to you - these cards are unbe"leaf"ably cute and so "very" well done!!! Major big hugs to you!!!!

My Paper Cat said...

What a great background you did for your leaves. Thanks for sharing at Time Out

Nonni said...

3 very cute cards Carol, I love the way you used those colors and leave dies! Such a cute bear too. :) Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

Marybeth said...

You sure find a lot of fun challenges to play in! Love these wonderful card too!

Geri said...

Trying to get caught up after a week away (Elkhorn...ah....loved it). Your leaves reminded me of the trees in the park - oh so pretty! Sweet bear - AWESOME coloring :)

Kylie said...

I really love how you create such soft and sweet backgrounds. They are the perfect setting for your lovely images. Congratulations again on having your skills recognised! :)

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous blending on your leaves, Carol...the colors are yummy! Loving this cute little bear, too!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

My turn now Carol ;) Your colour blending on the leaves is fabulous such a pretty cards!

Bobby said...

Don't you just love it when one card inspires the next, inspires the next. You were truly inspired, Carol, with those lovely leaves and darling little bear.