Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tis the Season

This is Cupcake Inspirations CIC138 challenge.  Have you ever made a gingerbread house?  I've never made a real one but I did make something like it.  If you tape a couple small milk cartons (or whatever boxes you've got) together they make the base for the house.  Instead of gingerbread you use graham crackers with canned vanilla icing to glue the pieces to the box. Decorate with whatever candy you like.   I did this with my Girl Scout buddies.  The kids and the adults had a great time.  

It'll be a lot easier to make a card using the photo for your inspiration.  Stop over to the Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog to see how the other sweeties were inspired.  You'll also find the rules, the sponsor info and the linkey thingy.

the sentiment is "Do I Smell Candy?"
It's hard to realize that Christmas is just around the corner when the temperature is in the balmy 80's and there are flowers blooming anywhere you look.  I lived most of my life in New Jersey where the temps drop considerably lower, the leaves have fallen from the trees and children are hoping for a snow day for Christmas.  I don't miss the cold, or the colors of fall, I just miss those cues that the holidays are coming.  At least I've got blogland to remind me Christmas is almost here.  I took advantage of the challenge to make another Christmas card.  This one uses a Cat's Pajama's stamp  and sentiment, the inspiration is pretty obvious for that. 

Did you know that my fellow sweetie Nina Dee runs I {Heart} Ribbon challenge on her blog?  The current challenge is "Polka Dots" so this week my ribbon choice was picked with that in mind.  The big pink button and my color choices were inspired by the photo.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Candyland Christmas"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Shabby Shutters"
paper - Paper Cuts "Bubblegum" and "Sno-cone" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up corner punch and ribbon; burlap twine; button, charm

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC138 - photo
I {Heart} Ribbon #11 - polka dots
The Sweet Stop SSS136 - sketch
Our Creative Corner - O Christmas Tree (the dp)
Craft Your Days Away #34 - Buttons or Bows
2 Sisters #67 - Holiday
Totally Papercrafts #94 - Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - Metal
L'il Red Wagon - #108 Christmas
Friday Mash Up #34 - Christmas and/or Aqua, chocolate and white
Moving Along with the Times - Ribbons and Bows
Fairy Tale #29 - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and that you'll join us in the Cupcake Inspirations challenge using the photo of the gingerbread house as your inspiration.


  1. what a cute card. thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. hugs, becky

  2. Oh my gosh, this is a knockout. What a terrific mix of colors and patterns. Love that image and wonderful design.

  3. Wow! This is gorgeous Chris! Love the image and colouring is perfection - beautiful papers and the ribbon and embellishments are stunning! really sweet card!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  4. Super sweet! Love how you've hung the candy cane from the bow/button and what perfect paper for our tree challenge. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner!

  5. Gorgeous card! I love the fun colours! Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck and hope to see you again soon! Pami x

  6. Gorgeous card Chris - fab fun colours and lush spotty ribbon.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  7. Lovely card, thanx for joining us at Crafty Sentiments, and good luck.

    Caz xx Crafty Sentiments GDT

  8. What an adorable card ... I love the bright fresh colours you have used and your ribbon, button treatment with the candy cane is gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Our Creative Corner!!!

  9. So sweet,bright and cheery, thanks for linking it up to Little Red Wagon!

  10. Absolutely adorable!!!! I love that paper!
    Rene :D

  11. What a cheerful and festive Christmas card...sweet image, papers, and charm! Thanks for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week!

  12. Your card is so very lovely and cute! I love the image and the colours you have used! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  13. Oooohhhh yummy, a very nice christmas card.
    Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  14. So adorable! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative corner in the Christmas tree challenge.

  15. Lovely card Christine. I just love the fun colors and papers. That image is perfect. Great take on the challenges! Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week. :o)

  16. Fab card, love the gingerbread house and the colours are great
    Lindsay xx

  17. This is so gorgeous and looks very yummy. Thank you for joining us at CYDA this week and good luck.


  18. Wow, beautiful Chris! That paper has a fun, vintage feel. Thanks for playing with us at the Friday Mashup.

  19. Very festive card. Love the candy cane charm. Thanks
    for playing the Friday Mashup!

  20. Such a cute gingerbread house & I love the polka dot ribbon too!

  21. Fabulous card Chris, I love the colours & the ribbon with the button finishes it off perfectly :)
    I hope you're having a great week.

  22. Fabulous fabulous bright and cheery card and OMG how delicious is that gingerbread house!!

    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for Debs 'Ribbons & Bows' and good luck with the challenge
    Laurie x

  23. What a sweet card! I love the DSP and the sweet little gingerbread house.

  24. Cute! Cute! Cute! Thanks for playing along with my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge! :)


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