Pumpkin Harvest

Hi there, one more for me today 🙂  When I think of fall, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins, quickly followed by Halloween and colorful leaves.  This image from Ching-Chou Kuik, called Pick a Pumpkin, perfectly showcases two of these themes 🙂  I colored this beauty up with my Prismacolor pencils, then sat wondering about the layout….  I came across this sketch

at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2, and was immediately inspired.  I embossed some yellow core Black Magic paper with a Sizzix folder, then sanded it to bring out the design.  The fence was cut with a die (I can’t remember who made it) from a scrap of black CS.  I cut 2 pieces of burlap for the elements tucked behind the image.  I knew I wanted some pumpkins to finish off this card, but I don’t have a pumpkin die, and when I went to Michael’s, I just couldn’t find the right thing!! I was feeling rather discouraged, until I went through one of my sticker folders and found a sheet of pumpkin stickers!! They had the ugly white edges on them, though, so I stuck them to a piece of CS and carefully cut around them to get the effect I wanted.  I’m so happy with the finished product, and glad that I didn’t let a few stumbling blocks along the way discourage me completely!

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

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – Halloween/Fright Night

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch 123, pictured above

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Fall Fest

The Sketchy Challenges – #128 Halloween Theme

CCC Digi Creations – #83 Fantasy

Fall Friends

Good morning 🙂   Yesterday was so cold and windy here, but I guess I shouldn’t complain, as some communities to the west of us got snow….and lots of it!!  I guess winter comes, but the drivers – that’s what I dread the most 🙁  But for now, I’m going to enjoy fall, and the beautiful colors, like I have here on this card.  I used Autumn Joy from The Paper Shelter for it.  I just love the look on the boy’s face 🙂  I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, then cut it out with an unbranded stitched rectangle die.  I had just the scrap of paper for the background, as the leaves in the DP and the leaves in the picture coordinated perfectly.  I cut a few strips for the top layer, and then die cut the 3 layered banners with a die (from – I can’t remember).  To add just a bit more Fall fun to the card, I punched out some colorful leaves with a Fiskars corner punch 🙂

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

Creative Inspirations – #281 ATG

Fab n’ Funky Challenge – #364 Fall Colors

The Paper Shelter Challenge – #311 – Colours of Autumn/Fall

Crafty Catz – #386 ATG with an optional twist, use blue green and brown…guess there’s a bit of all of those colors in this card…

Jo’s Scrap Shack Fun-day Friday – #208 ATG

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

Sunflower Celebration

Good morning 🙂  Even the calendar is now saying that fall is soon settling in, so I guess instead of grumbling about the colder weather, I should be looking forward to all the great things that this time of year has to bring.  Pumpkin…everything!! Yum 🙂  And cozy sweaters, pretty leaves, no more bugs!!

I’ve always thought that sunflowers were one of the first indicators of fall.  Even though they bloom much sooner in the year, they really seem to shine when the colder weather comes around.  I’ve made this sunny fall card as my inspiration piece for the new challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group.  Of course, the beautiful image is from the Sheepski Designs shop, and is aptly named Sunflowers 🙂  If you wish to purchase this image, or any of the other beautiful ones at Andrea’s shop, please feel free to use this discount code:

SKISUSAN10

I colored the flowers up with my SN markers, and lightly inked the edges with Distress Inks.  With such a bold image, I wanted to keep the embellishments and design to a minimum, so used a simple wood patterned background paper (yay Dollar Store!), some burlap ribbon (yay again Dollar Store!!), and a CTMH stamped sentiment.

I’d like to enter this card in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 433 – Feels Like Autumn

Hiding In My Craft Room – #318 It’s Fall Y’all!

As You Like It Challenge – Flora or Fauna – Flora, for cards, and apparently, this year its Sunflowers in particular!!

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 38 ATG

The Ribbon Girl – September, Use Any Image Challenge

 

Sunflower Splendor

Hello 🙂  The weather is getting cooler here, and it’s really starting to feel like fall.  When I was a child, I can remember waiting for the sunflowers to be ready to pick, and when they were, I would grab the big flower, twisting them, as I pretended they were a steering wheel that I was driving 🙂 Then, it would be a feast, straight from the plant.

The card I have today is featuring a beautiful sunflower image from Power Poppy.  It’s a digital stamp, called Sunflower Power.  I printed it very light, so I could color it with my Prismacolor pencils on kraft paper in the “no line” method.  I added a faint script stamp accent in the inked background and distressed the edges before layering it with a piece of brown CS, some cheesecloth (I love that stuff!), and a background that I made by stamping a large flourish corner, and heat embossing with a pearl powder for a subtle effect.  I added a few die cut branches and some brown pearls to balance the design.

I’d like to enter this into:

Mod Squad Challenge – The Heat is On!

Power and Spark Challenge – Get Krafty!

As You Like It Challenge – Flora or Fauna…..why?  although I love both, I’m way more drawn to flora for cardmaking, I love the range of colors and the beautiful imperfections of nature 🙂

Creative Knockouts – #211 ATG

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 37 ATG