Friday, November 6, 2015

Candy Canes and Birch Trees...Inkspirational Challenge #95~Anything Goes with Silver, TIME OUT Challenge #43~Christmas, In My Creative Opinion~12 Days of Christmas Tags

Hello!

A huge, heart-felt Thank You to everyone who played in the Cute Halloween challenge last week! We had a fabulous number of entries, each one charming and delightful in its own wonderful way.

Now, with Halloween come and gone (are we in some kind of excessively speedy time warp?), our thoughts turn to Inkspirational Challenge #95



Does anyone else have "Silver Bells" running through their head at this moment, or the "Silver and Gold" song sung by Burl Ives, from  my favourite Christmas show of all time, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Yukon Cornelius and the 'Bumble'...hahahahahha)  Maybe you're thinking about tinsel?  Perhaps shimmery stars?  Wherever *silver* takes you, we want to know!

For this challenge, my fabulous team - SandieMarina ShaunaPiaNonniKimYvonne, and I are joined by wondrously talented  Kathi Silvia from the blogs My Creative Therapy and 613 Avenue Create.  Please be sure to stop by, leave them some love, and then...come play!

My inspiration for you begins with this card, using my new Stampendous Candy Canes stamp. The silver appears in the dots surrounded the image, as well as in the little merry die cut. I decided that blue, green and purple went quite well with silver...


My second card was inspired by Tracey's tag on  Day 2 of her amazing 12 Days of Christmas series, so I went with a tag and card combination, using my Winnie and Walter mini birch trees stamp (I inked it up sort of 'graident-ish' style with three shades of blue) and Peace die, cut from sparkly silver paper. In real life, this paper is 'brillliant'...


I'll be sharing over at
In My Creative Opinion~12 Days of Christmas Tags

TIME OUT Challenge #43~Christmas, with optional twist of pink/purple

Remember: we want to see your Anything Goes with Silver in the gallery; the winner/s will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer in a future challenge.

Wishing you a wonderful Saturday; your visit and comments have brightened my day! Thank you!
Hugs,


35 comments:

Tanja said...

love the color combo on both cards - I am just not the red and green type - beautiful

Kim S said...

I love how well your words match your images - "merry" with the cheerful candy canes - and the "peace" with the soft blue images is truly love!

sandie said...

Gosh your colouring is so good, I adore those candy canes and the little silver dots look fab. The sentiments in silver are just perfect x

Jeanne said...

Oh my, Carol, both these cards are stunning. I absolutely adore the colors! The first one the blues are unexpected, but oh so beautiful! I also really like the use of the silver. Just so pretty. On the second card, the use of the blue and silver is used to their full advantage with the ombre in the background and the sparkly silver sentiment. Absolutely fantastic work! :)

~amy~ said...

Those candy canes look delish! such pretty colors and your peace card and tag are gorgeous...there's something about blue for winter cards...love it.

Jinny Newlin said...

I adore the non-traditional palette of that first one! What a festive image, and the silver and blue palette of the second is timeless! Absolutely beautiful!

Marlena M. said...

Hey neighbor, I spotted your gorgeous creation at Time Out and had to come by for a closer look. I adore this card and your birch creations are amazing, Carol~

Bobby said...

I love that candy cane stamp, Carol, and it's so wondrfully colored. I think 'peace' is the perfect sentiment for those birch trees against the beautiful blue background.

Susanne Vargas said...

Beautiful cards and tag! I especially love the birch background in the gradient blue with the sparkly die cut!

Marina said...

Christmas has arrived on Carol's blog! Such fabulous Christmas cards. The top one so beautifully stamped and coloured. The second, such a peaceful scene.

Marisa said...

Wonderfully coloured first image and adore that birch tree image with the blue and sparkle added in.

Geri said...

My dear and awesomely talented dear friend....your candy cane card is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing! Honestly, truly fan-tab-u-lous coloring! "Wicked" in fact (channeling my inner skateboarder self).

The tag/card combo is stunning as well. So elegant with a simple color combo that doesn't detract from the peacefulness of the image!

You've crafted up some mighty fine eye candy girl!

Pia Larsen said...

Me too is a huge fan of all Rudolph songs....especially the one where Grandma is run over by him....Can't remember the title of it, but I have always found it hilarous to hear at Christmas. Humour is always a fabulous thing....no matter the time at year :)
Love your HUGE candy canes, Carol :) I might have to check out Stampendous!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love that beautiful first card, Carol!!! The candy cane stamp is gorgeous and I really like the silver dots surrounding it - it looks great!!! Your peace card and tag are so striking - love the blue and silver!!!!!
Keep well!!!

I Card Everyone said...

Right now? I'm thinking those silver-embossed candy canes would be fabulous for reals! Lovely cards/tag, c... I just received my W&W birch tree stencil!
=]

Asha said...

Flawless colouring, my friend! The little silver dots add a magical feel to the card. Your second card and tag set looks peaceful. Fabulously festive!
hugs Asha

Happy Dance said...

Very cool candy cane card! Love the non-traditional colors and how you've tucked your silver behind them, as well as in the sentiment. And I do love those birch trees....I can just hear my credit card groaning.... But your cards/tag = fantastic. Miss you. Bev

*Vicki* said...

Oh my word that top card is just GORGEOUS!! Love that image and your coloring!! The second card really catches my attention as I just love those trees!! So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Jen Mitchell said...

You are right blue, green and purple go so well with silver! (And if I can ask, what is that dotted stamp you used around the Candy Canes stamp)?

Greta said...

Love the first card--just gorgeous! I love that tag of Tracey's, too, but haven't cased it as of yet. Your version is wonderful, Carol!

Shelly said...

Oh my! These are stunning, Carol!! Love!

KayM said...

Wow!! Your first card is so pretty! I love the sliver and your coloring is gorgeous! The second card, be still my heart!! I do love the birch trees!! They look so beautiful with the blended blue background!! Beautiful work my friend! (Hugs)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful blue candy cane card -- love that forest one too

Shauna said...

Great cards Carol! So festive! Your silver die sentiments look wonderful and I have to admit that I am a little partial to the second card because I have a serious love of trees! Those birch trees are just fantastic!
- Shauna

Kim Heggins said...

Amazing pair of cards Carol. what a fabulous candy cane card!

Lisa Kind said...

Beautiful candy cane card! I love the soft colors! Your other card and matching tag are equally pretty! Thanks for taking the Time Out to play with us!

Tracey McNeely said...

Carol your candy cane card is so fun and the colours are fantastic! Now your card/tag combo is gorgeous in blue! I bet the sparkle is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with me at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Teresa Doyle said...

Beautiful cards and the tag is adorable. Great work!

Jeanne J said...

OMG The silver branches and candy cane? To die for! GORGEOUS! Love the ombre blue inking on the second too but that first one just takes my breath away!

Anita in France said...

You've given those lovely candy canes such a wonderful, nostalgic look, Carol ... they're gorgeous ... and so beautifully coloured! Love the ombre stamped birch trees card and tag with the shimmery silver sentiments ... delicious! Hugs, Anita :)

Anita in France said...

Oops ... hit publish too soon ... it's that excessively speedy timewarp! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out, my friend! Hugs, Anita :)

Kim M said...

I've been wanting to come by sooner to tell how awesome this card is!! Love those candy canes! Great colours too. I love the Rudolph movie as well. We have it on DVD and watch it every year. Donovan likes it too. :-)

Jill Vickers said...

Fabulous blue candy canes - you're so right about that colour combination going perfectly with silver! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

Joyce said...

Love all the silver and winter beauty on your post today. Yes, I am very behind. Especially those trees--so very peaceful and stunning.

Barb Ghig said...

Your candy cane card is OVER THE TOP, Carol! Love all the silver with your gorgeous coloring! Love how you created your matching card and tag, too!