Thursday, December 1, 2016

Snowflakes and Reindeer....FUSION


No, I have NOT finished creating my Christmas cards! Still a few (dozen!) more to go and yes, panic is on the horizon.  Fortunately, our new Fusion~It's Christmas Challenge, with the gorgeous image and friendly sketch, sparked ideas for a couple more cards:

My first card drew inspiration from the patterns on the pretty, pretty, pretty background pillows: snowflakes on the one; the grey of the second.  Fusing them resulted in this card...grey snowflakes using Uniko's Stunning Snowflakes and Altenew grey ink), with pops of Nuvo White Blizzard Drops in their centers. I  need a darker grey cardstock in my collection, because wouldn't this be pretty with white embossed snowflakes?  I digress....

My second card draws from the beautiful arrangement in the foreground: the woodgrain of the container, reflected in my birch embossed background; the deer; the round ornaments, translated into a snowflake; and a bit of 'shimmer', created by a trio of Nuvo droplets.

Joy...absolute joy in seeing this stunning home decor.  Oh, to have this replicated in my own home...

For outstanding inspiration, please visit my amazing team-mates. Gorgeous designs...

Becca Cruger

Betty J

Jeanne Jachna
Karren Johnson

Linda Callahan
Lyndal Higgins


For those of you new to FUSION challenges, and for those good friends returning: a quick outline/reminder of how things work: 

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.

Your turn!
What sparks your creativity? Sketch? Photo? Both?
Looking forward to seeing how this FUSION challenge will inspire you!

Just a note: this is our last challenge of 2016.  We'll be back in January with an exciting challenge to kick off the New Year!

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Jeanne said...

Gorgeous cards, Carol! I love the colors. I imagine the snowflakes would look lovely on the darker gray, but they look amazing on this lighter one, too. Those Nuvo drops are a great addition. The second card makes me smile imagining a deer cavorting in the trees! I'm totally impressed that you are making cards for Christmas. I don't know how you do it, working all day and still having energy to create cards after! I bow to your stamina! Lucky recipients of your cards, too! Big hugs!! :)

Carole said...

Two stunning creations Carol...I love them both...but maybe the snowflakes just a little tad more!! xx

Michele K. Henderson said...

Beautiful cards, carol! I love all the gorgeous details!
Take care!

PaperDaisies said...

Such a sweet selection of cards. Love the design. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Creatalicious. Hugs Nina

Geri said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! Your first card had me saying "wow, wow, wow" out work! SPOT-ON perfect placement of the images!

2nd card - a dazzler as well! GREAT, GREAT take on the inspiration photo and soooooo he-man/guy-ish!

*Vicki* said...

These are both really stunning Carol!! I love your take on the photo and of course I can't choose which one I like more because there is something amazing about each!! :) Thanks for your great inspiration my friend! HUGS

Brenda said...

Oh my, both of these cards are stunning Carol! I love the color combos and I am totally crushing on those snowflake stamps. lol You are making me "want" when I don't "need". lol Hugs, Brenda

Karren said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards! I love how you were inspired by the inspiration photos.

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Wow this is pretty, I love the combination of dies here against your embossed background. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper. Carolyn xx

Marisa said...

Love both of these fabulous creations!! Sure you have been hit with the white stuff by now as the temps are much cooler and no shortage of precipitation! Squeezing in a comment here, but did enjoy looking at all of the last 8 posts :)

Bobby said...

Love the light gray backgrounds on your cards, Carol. With gray snowflakes the card is so elegant and the deer makes the second one a great masculine card.

Anita in France said...

These are both stylish and so gorgeous, Carol ... with the perfect touch of elegance! I do love a 'joy' filled card! Hugs, Anita :)

Melanie said...

Wonderful CAS cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional traditional Christmas Colours” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

Greta said...

I'm always drawn to snowflakes & your card is an elegant beauty! Very pretty second card, too!