Give Thanks

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hello everyone! I've missed you the past few days. I've been busy behind the scenes on a couple of things, but I'm hoping to get things caught up around here soon so life can get back to normal.

My card today is in shades of fall again. It's not hard to find a challenge incorporating this beautiful season in it in some way right now, and I'm glad, because all those warm autumn colors are spectacular. But, do you see that pink twine and the pink rose? Pink...for fall? Keep reading to see what's up with that. ;)

The sketch today is the Tuesday Morning Sketch #114, and the challenge is dedicated to my sweet friend, Theresa, at My Sassy Cards. Tomorrow is her birthday! Happy Birthday, Theresa!!!

But, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Theresa is a four-year breast cancer survivor, so Melissa (Theresa's sister), at TMS, is dedicating all the challenges in the month of October to Theresa. To participate this month, you must play every week, your creation must have pink added to it, and it can be linked to no more than two other challenges. This is definitely a fall-colored card, but I added Petal Pink Liquid Pearls to the Beaded Circles Spellbinders die cut, a pink paper rose, and pink and white twine.

You might think that pink is out of place on a fall card, but this card is also for two Flourishes challenges: Bring Back Beautiful: Beauty of a Technique Challenge #15 (I'll get to that in a minute), and Timeless Tuesday #138. Here's the inspiration photo for the Timeless Tuesday challenge:

Just look at that gorgeous photo, and low and behold, I see pink! Perfect! For the technique challenge, I used the faux silk technique that Beate Johns demonstrated at SCS. I used white tissue paper, stamped a background text image, then adhered it to cardstock that is orange with brown leaves on it. I sponged Vintage Photo around the edges before removing the Spellbinders die. What a great look--and so easy!

The inside of the card is a simple "Happy Thanksgiving," with a Flourishes leaf as an accent.

So, have you played in any of these challenges yet? If not, there's still time. Just click on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches or Flourishes (or both) to charge up your creative self with some fab inspiration by their respective Design Teams. And, be sure to stop by My Sassy Cards with Happy Birthday wishes for Theresa! She is one special lady.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!!!
Stamps: Sweet Nature, Falling Leaves (Flourishes); Fall Mini Assortment (Studio 112)
Paper: Forever Fall Collection (Bo Bunny); Que Sera Sera (K&Co); tissue paper
Ink: Memento; Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dies: Classic Scalloped Circles Lg, Std Circles Lg, Beaded Circles (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Twine (The Twinery); Liquid Pearls; flowers (Recollections); glitter; foam dots
Size: 4.25" diameter
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Rosemary said...!! picking my jaw up off the floor... your card is STUNNING!! thanks for playing in this week's timeless tuesday!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Cheryl! Love the beautiful shimmery flowers and all the layers! Thanks for joining along with Flourishes :)

Cindy Haffner said...

Cheryl I love your colors and design!!

Kathy said...

So elegant, just a gorgeous creation. Love the glitter on the flowers and the liquid pearls. LOVE it all!

Heather Jensen said...

This is so pretty Cheryl. I love that idea. Thanks so much for playing at FTTC. :)

Kathy Jones said...

This is BEAUTIFUL and what a spectacular job with all those challenges!! Love how you used the technique too!! Thanks for playing the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!!

Maria said...

Gorgeous Thanksgiving Day card! So many pretty details...LOVE IT!!! Have a great weekend!!:-))

Melissa Craig said...

This is gorgeous! OMG, those flowers are absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Theresa said...

Cheryl, this is beyond amazing. Everything about it is just stunning. WOW!! What I wouldn't give to sit next to you and watch you create. Those flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for helping celebrate ME!!

Shannon White said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Miss Cheryl! Wow! love every last detail! 8-)

Happy Sunday to you!


Jackie Randolph said...

Oh goodness, absolutely Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Silke Ledlow said...

PURE GORGEOUSNESS Cheryl! Love the in and outside! Thank you for playing the inspiration challenge with us...hugs ~S~

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Absolutely striking!! Thanks for joining us for the Bring Back Beautiful challenge!