Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Ensemble!!

Hello, Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog, to share a bit about one of my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving!! 

It's the time of the year where you can sit down with family and friends, count your blessings, be thankful for what you have before you, and let your creativeness flow.

I love to make most of my holiday decorations and with all the wonderful Die Cuts and beautiful Papers available to us, it is an easy task!!

We have good friends coming to stay with us over the holiday, so I decided to make a group of Thanksgiving decor.

First is the invite itself. If you know me, you know I love to think of ways to use my dies for other ways than they were intended for.

I started with the gorgeous Champaign Neenah Pearlized Metallic paper Beverly stocks in her store.

I love this paper. It is a nice weight and  quality that has metallic shimmer for making classy and elegant cards.  I embossed it first, then added a Fanciful Flourish from
Cheery Lynn Designs.

My turkey was made with one of the leaves/petals from the Build A Flower #2. I used twelve of the larger leaves, and two of the smaller just building the turkey as I went...easy...easy!! ( I have a little pattern at the end of the post so you can see what the body looks like).

The sentiment is from the set Autumn Blessings from

Adding a couple stick pins and a snippet of a bow and my invite was finished.

Next is a candle ring made with 12 Days of Christmas 6" x 6" by Graphic 45  and Authentique Tradition 6" x 6" paper pad. In fact, all the designer papers used in all the projects are from these two collections.  I cut out numerous fall leaves from the Impression Obsession Leaves

It might look like it took a long time, but in reality it was only about 10 minutes or less of cutting. I traced a small plate for my base and just started adding flowers around it, leaving room for the candle.  When I had all the leaves I wanted, I just cut an X in the center, big enough to slide the candle in.  This could be decorated more if you wanted, with berries and such.

Using some of the left over leaves, I made my napkin ring by cutting a strip of paper and gluing a few leaves around it..very quick and easy.

Last are just simple little candy cups to set at each place setting...a few left over leaves glued on as well.  I will use these items for my dinner with friends.

Here is the turkey body pattern.

I hope you enjoyed my post and it has inspired you to get 
creative for the holidays yourself! 

A great ensemble for the holidays! Thanks Diane! 

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Thanks for stopping by!!! Until next time...

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Lisa said...

What gorgeous decorations, Diane!! They all look amazing!! I love the leaves and the adorable turkey!! You did a fabulous job with everything!!

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Darlene said...

WOW what a beautiful collection of holiday projects! LOVE the card ... so creative! And that candle ring ... amazing ... I would not have thought to do this ... thanks for so much wonderful inspiration!