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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Challenge #118. Thanks for being YOU

I hope you will see this challenge as fun and freeform - interpret this theme

as it strikes you. 

Perhaps you want to focus on Thanks and make something with that in mind, or Thanksgiving
 or make a project that is so you, just your style as it is all good!

Celebrate what makes you and your work special and oh, so you!

Here at Opus Gluei we are thankful you like our challenges enough to play with us
and we love love love to see your creativity shine through!

Rosemary here - the inspiration for this challenge came from a sweet Thanksgiving card I received last year from Jana that said just that - Thanks for being you.  I thought it was so kind of her (she's so sweet like that!)

I made a Thanksgiving banner last year that I liked but didn't LOVE, wasn't feeling it for the item. 
So, I decided it was time for a DO-OVER!
I like it even better this time.  This was created with my Cricut, Plantin and Celebrations cartridges, and the most wonderful, colorful, fun paper pad from DCWV - Harvest Gathering

You might say - oh my, that's a craptacular amount of pattern and stuff, Rosemary. 
Yep, and that's okay - because you have to make something YOU like
This is the kind of fun project that lets you pull out your buttons, bling, just about anything your heart desires

Let's see what all the poobahs have come up with for this challenge!

 Deena here - we have finished all of our Thanksgiving stuff here in my neck of the woods (I like that we do it early and space out the turkey and visits a little)...but there is always a need for a thank you card somewhere, so I whipped this one up just in case...I love these little felt trees, I think they are just darling (and I waited ever so patiently to be able to pick them up on clearance...the best part of all)...the picture is a little dark, but winter has arrived as of this weekend (big time)...something I really am not thankful for...and it just seems that it finally gets light out and an hour later it is dark and cold and snowy...probably a bit of an exaggeration, but brrr...and it is not even close to the shortest day of the year...

Electra here -  Tis the season to be thankful.  If I had to make a list, it would go on forever.  (My fellow Poobahs would be at the top, but don't tell them.)
I made a simple card.  Simple because my mojo seems to have gone out for Thanksgiving dinner and not returned, and simple because, well,  that's how it turned out.

I live in the same neck of the woods as Deena, so I too have eaten my turkey and put all the good china away. Having said that, any day is a good day for gratitutde, don't you agree?

Gini here -  
Flowers are so often given as a thank you gift so I made a card using the fabulous Paper Artsy stamps Hot Picks 1004 and their set of steampunk moth stamps.
I used the wrinkle free technique using Inkadinks from the bright range and over-sprayed with a silver shimmer spray for the flower, stem and leaves, and Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints for the moth.

Jana here: There is so very much in my life for which I am grateful. Mostly I am thankful that the people I know and love are who they are. To honor that feeling I present this little card:

Here's hoping you enjoy our little challenge and decide to play
along - Thanks for being YOU!

You have until the end of Saturday 3 December to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating showing gratitude. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Challenge #117. What's on your head?

Gini here -

Helloooooo this fortnight's challenge is mine, all mine mwha-ha-ha.

So tell us then, what's on your head?

It can be any kind of project you like as long as it's got someone or an animal with something on it's head, or even a shelf or a display of hats, something along those lines.

You might fancy going the traditional route and use a hat of some kind, a headress, a crown, or exotic feathers on a glamorous lady.
You might feel inclined to go a bit wackier and put a fried egg on a dog's head, or a Santa's hat on a chicken, your imagination is your only limitation, anything goes.
Marie Antoinette had a galleon sailing in her wig once I believe.
If you feel like writing a little story to go with your creation I would love that too.
Just a few lines of nonsense, I am easily pleased  (no don't listen to my husband laughing at that, he knows nothing).

I myself have a bit of a passion for making headresses.

So this is Stampotique's Clover ready for an evening out.
She is planning on dazzling her beau, her hope is that the candle light glinting off her head dress will hypnotise him and make him amenable to her every wish and whim.
Now if you click on her to make her bigger and look at her dear little face, you will see a lady who is prepared to suffer for her ART and her cutting edge fashionability.
Bless her.
Where would we be without style icons like Clover eh?

C'mon get your thinking cap on!

Let's see what all the other wonderful poobahs have come up with for this challenge.

Rosemary hereWell, I had to go literal for this challenge theme, it simply had to be.  About 5 years ago I discovered those wonderful knitting looms and went a wee bit crazy with them, made everyone I knew and loved a hat (and sometimes a scarf).  I'm including a photo of my latest one, a baby sized pink hat to show what I am talking about.  Sure, some may call it cheating knitting, but not me!  Until I can learn how to knit on knitting needles, I'm going to rely on my knitting looms.

This is me modeling a hat (switch them around enough and the static electricity starts making your hair look like fright night)

Emma posing with part of the stash (it is wrong how elegant she looks compared to me)

and the pile from that first go-round. 

So, I've been doing it again on a grand scale, trying to once again make one for everyone in the family and select friends. 

This is the sad little pile I have right now (only 7 completed) - But these are amazing quick (even the adult sizes) to start and finish in an evening.  Makes watch television fun and productive!  I will make my goal, I always do!  (I highly recommend trying these looms out)

Deena here - my little guy is not as fancy or elaborate as Gini's is, but he is a bit of a cutie in my opinon...I used liquid applique on his hat...that stuff is soooo much fun...I have had it in my craft area for about 10 years now and never used it...but why, I will never know cuz that stuff is amazing!

Electra here -  Trust Gini to come up with something so creative!  I did a "doorway" into, oh, I don't know, let's say a popular nightclub. Has this ever happened to you?

Jana here - I am a bit late to the party, but here none the less. I have a lot on my mind lately (don't we all) and the thought of hosting Thanksgiving Dinner here in America has almost sent me to the bottle. (And it may just happen...) Thus the inspiration for this ATC.

Nothing like a little bit of liquid courage to get you through.....

You have until the end of Saturday 19 November to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating things you could wear on your head. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!