Hello Fall

Good morning!! Back to work today after the long weekend….but it was a great break, visiting with friends, baking, and lots of time to craft!  I was browsing through my digi files….I may have a bit of an addiction….and found this image by Holly Durr (in the file titled “Holly Durr”  – go figure).  Sadly, Holly has closed her digi shop down, so she can concentrate on other areas of her art….I’m so thankful that I found her before it closed, and was able to scoop up a few of her images!!! I think I may have mentioned on a previous post that I was done with fall/autumn cards….well, here’s one more….I could’t resist printing this beauty on Kraft and coloring her up with my Prismacolor pencils 🙂  I cut the image out with a Nellie Snellen nesting die, then inked the edges with Distress Ink.  I found this fab sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and decided to use it for the layout 🙂

I embossed a piece of brown CS for the background, then started messing about, trying to figure out the other elements.  The scribbly circles are cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the “hello” was cut twice, to make a shadow,  I also heat embossed the top “hello” with gold.  I played around with so many embellies and die cuts, but couldn’t find anything else that looked right….Off to the dark corners of the craft room, to find something that I forgot I had….and it worked!!! I found a package of these vellum fall leaves….fit the bill perfectly 🙂  This is seriously my last fall card for the year….maybe 😀

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch 125 pictured above

Mod Squad Challenge – It’s All In the Color!! (no white or ivory on front of card)

Let’s Craft and Create – #131 ATG/option of Fall

Allsorts Challenge – Week 441 Colors of Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – November Challenge – Autumn Colors

 

Autumn Smile

Good morning all 🙂  I think that this card will be one of the last fall-ish ones that I make for awhile, as we have piles of snow here, and the temperatures are quite chill- and I seem to match my cardmaking with the seasons, for the most part….

This image is from a relatively new shop – Silly Shells, and wow! does she have some fabulous images!!  I colored up Bounty Full of Flowers with my SN colors….I stuck with fall colors, since they are fall blooms. lol.  I tried a number of things with arrangements and papers…but everything just seemed to detract from the gorgeous image.  CAS it is 🙂  I die cut “smile” from the main piece, then cut it 3 more times from some scrap, and stacked it to give it some dimension.  Love this die, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I got it from 🙁  A friend of mine and I recently went on a girls spa weekend, and both of us being crafty, naturally found every craft store in the city 🙂  I got a *few* packs of sequins in some fabulous colors…a whole 3 of which I’ve used here to finish the card off!

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #441 Colors of Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – November Challenge; Colors of Autumn

Let’s Craft and Create Challenge – #131 ATG/option of Fall Colors/Thankful

Dies R Us – #84 Anything Fall

 Aud Sentiments Challenge – #192 Bingo plus a Sentiment,  I used the left vertical line….Flowers, Yellow, Die Cuts

 

 

Fall Shaker

Hi there!! Even though there’s snow on the ground now, I have a few more autumn themed cards to share 🙂  This one features a beautiful Faery Ink image, called Aja Autumn Leaves Fae.  I colored this beauty up with my Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut her out.  I haven’t made a shaker card for quite some time, and I had these leaf confetti sequins that worked perfectly here!!  I die cut a frame with 2 nesting dies by Sizzix Framelits  to go around the shaker part, then attached Aja on top.  It needed just a bit more, so I added a corner that had been cut with my Cricut.  There’s nothing like the warm, vibrant colors of autumn (except maybe the cool, frosty colors of winter…lol).

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Double D Challenges – “Leave” it to me

Crafty Gals Corner – #146 ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #83 Fantasy

Dies R Us – #83 Leaves

Cut It Up – #133 Shaker Cards

 

Thumbelina

Good morning everyone 🙂  Well, it’s back to work for me today, after a very nice week off 🙂  I made this card, after being inpsired by the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group‘s challenge, of Once Upon A Time.  I thought “Thumbelina”, as soon as I looked at this sweet image, Garden Daisy Fairy, by Ching-Chou Kuik. I colored her up with my SN markers, keeping to an autumnal color scheme, then cut the image out with a stiched die (unbranded).  I searched through my papers, to find a pattern that was a bit reminiscent of an old book, and found this one….I don’t know why it reminded me of a book, but it works 🙂  Then I got the brilliant idea (yes, that was sarcastic) to do some inlaid die cut corners (Cheery Lynn corner die) out of some metallic CS.  Ugh!!! Those pieces are so so so tiny, I was really giving myself heck for that bright idea by the end of it!!  The flowers are from my “scavenged” bin….ones that I’ve picked off of other items or silk flowers that I’ve dismantled.  I stacked the fluffy one, and gave it a brown brad centre, then stacked the other ones….and couldn’t find an appropriate centre.  I have some old brads, they are white fabric, with black letters on them….of course there are no “good” letters left, so I grabbed some of them, and colored some of them with a dark brown marker.  The letter still showed through, though, so I dabbed them in embossing ink, then dipped them in some Distress embossing powder, and TaDa….they even have some texture 🙂  I die cut some leaves (unbranded die) and tucked a few blue sprigs around the flowers, to finish the front of the card.  This card seemed to be the perfect opportunity to try a fold that I’ve never done before, but have been eyeing up.

This book fold 🙂  It was a bit “math-y” for me, but not so much so that it will put me off doing it again.  I printed off the once upon a time, and a fairytale birthday sentiment on some parchment printed paper, and cut them out with some of the stitched dies….for the “pages”, then added the last few flowers and leaves I had…..these flower centers are flat, but I did the same thing with the embossing 🙂  I was very happy with the result of this card 🙂  Hope you like!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Get Creative Challenge – #62 Autumn/Fall

Crafty Gals Corner – #141 Fancy Fold

Classic DT Open Challenge – September ATG

Delicious Doodles Challenge – September – Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Pop It Up

Autumn Dreamer

Hi there 🙂  I’m really on a fall roll, card wise, here.  Must be the weather outside 😉  I’ve used the image Golden Fall, by Ching-Chou Kuik, for this card.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then did the background sky with my Prismacolor pencils.  I dug through A LOT of paper, before I found the subtle orange print for the background, and then…lo and behold, some lace paper, that I just HAD to have….about 4 years ago, lol.  A bit of green CS was also tucked in.  I wrapped a circle die cut with some eyelash yarn, then took the same yarn to make a strip along the bottom, and under the wooden pumpkin embellishment, that’s been floating around in my craft room for an infinity or two.

I’d like to enter this in:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – Fall/Fall Colors/Pumpkins

Creative Inspirations – #280 Seasonal!

Morgan’s ArtWorld – #19 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of Sept. 19 – 26th

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 38 ATG

 

Hedgehog Thanks

Good morning 🙂  It’s the first day of fall here, and also the first day of a new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. We have the fabulous Lemon Shortbread as a sponsor this time 🙂

There are so many adorable images in the shop, but I decided to go seasonal, and use an image that I’d won a while back, called Hedgehog Leaves. I colored this cutie up with my SN and Copic markers.  I forgot how much fun fall leaves are to color!!  After cutting the image out, I began assembling the card, following this sketch, from Creative Sketchy Girls:

What a fabulous sketch, with so many possibilities!!  My leaf print background paper is a scrap that I’ve had for a very long time, and was just the right size for this card, I dug in the scrap bin for a dark brown piece, and inked the edges with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  A small piece of burlap finished off the layers.  I cut the “thanks” with an unbranded die, from another scrap of brown paper.  A few leaf brads were added, just because they looked good, and were feeling neglected lol.

I’d also like to enter this into the following challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge – Leaves

Creatalicious Challenges – #123 ATG with optional twist of Leaves

Lemon Shortbread Challenges – #50 ATG

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 299 & 300 ATG with snippets

The Crafty Addicts – #40 ATG/use a brad or button