Sunday, 7 October 2012

Autumn's Mellow Fruitfulness

Hello folks, hope you're all having a good weekend with some time for crafting. I'm wading through a pile of DT creations to get ahead and I'm here today with news of the latest challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is something dear to my heart - Shades of Autumn.
I absolutely love these colours which you can probably tell as I've made several things in those lovely warm shades lately. It's a bit strange actually as I love looking at them but can't wear them with my blonde hair as they make me look ill lol.
Here's my creation for your inspiration which is all about the fruits of Autumn.

I stamped the beautiful bird and berries image (Joanna Sheen Giordano) with Archival coffee ink on cream card and coloured it with watercolour pencils. I die cut it into an oval panel and then inked round the edges with beige, pale pink and cinnamon. I made an offset mat for the panel by stamping a larger oval on one side with a Rubber Stampede maple leaf and Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany Distress inks.
I then made a background paper by sponging a square of parchment card with Mustard Seed DI and stamping on the maple leaf with Dried Marigold. I added faux stitching around the edges with a fine brown pen.
I made 2 embossed panels for contrast. The first is embossed with the Papermania Triboss gingko leaf folder and inked with Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge DIs. The second was embossed with the Craft Concepts stitches folder and inked with Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany DIs.
I then made the leaf embellishment by stamping the maple leaf several times, inked up with Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany DIs. When dry, I cut them out and sponged on various Distress inks to give variation in hue, dipped each one in clear embossing powder and heat embossed.
I assembled the card as you see, adding pearls to the leaf spray to look like berries and the text was stamped with Hero Arts Pixie Letters upper and lower case with the coffee ink, inked with Mustard Seed DI and cut out.

We all look forward to seeing your beautiful creations and if you need some inspiration, the DT has some gorgeous artwork which you'll find HERE. Please also don't forget that we're a stamping challenge and no digis are allowed. To be eligible for the prize from Marina of Cottage Crafts or the top 3, we must see stamping on your project.

Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Card Crafters Circle - Autumn Colours
Card Makin' Mamas - Fall
Crafts 4 Eternity - Lots of Leaves
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Autumn
Stempelsonne Challenge - Autumn


Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss, you work these colours so beautifully! I love all the leafy layers, all of them so different from each other. A gorgeous piece Fliss...I keep wanting to look closer at it lol
Dot x

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful autumnal hues and great layers on this card Fliss. I know what you mean about wearing colours, I am darker and still cant wear them either.
Happy Sunday.
Hugs Brenda xox

craftattack said...

Gorgeous piece, and they are some of my fave colours for wearing, too! Hugs, Valerie

Buttons said...

The work by the FSC team has been outstanding for this challenge (inspired no doubt by a cracking theme) and yours is no exception. Love the softness and the inclusion of berries. The local birds are having a field day with the remaining blackberries in the bushes.
Glad you liked the bargello.
Good luck on the washing machine front! We got an LG this year that holds loads, works differently to others (don't fully understand the mechanics but OH was impressed!) and is dead efficient. Hope the rest of the weekend goes better:) Hugs, Buttons x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Lovely piece Fliss! Gorgeous fruits of the Autumn, love the colouring and the layers - very yummy! xx

Martina said...

Eine wunderschöne Herbstkarte.
Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.
LG Tina

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous card Fliss, and such a beautiful image. Love your colours.
Avril x

Dreja said...

Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme mit dieser wundervollen Karte an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

LG Dreja

Anonymous said...

Fliss this is gorgeous, I love those leaves.
Autumn colours are what I should wear as I have auburn hair and very pale skin (I am not under-estimating, I am so pale my Dr once joked that I was whiter than a Vampire!!!!)
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

Ephemera said...

Hi Fliss, what a beauty, those colours are stunning and such a beautiful stamped and coloured image, mmm I'm thinking blackberry and apple crumble now. Another who can't wear autumnal colours I am dark but with pale skin and it just makes me look ill LOL! Have a lovely evening. xx

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card Fliss, the colours lok fantastic.
Yvonne x

Yvonne Garner said...

This is lovely Fliss! Your faux stitching is impeccable too! Such a steady hand you must have. Best, Yvonne

Beth M said...

Beautiful card, love the colours - perfect for autumn! :) Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week!
Beth x

sassy said...

wow what a fab card colours are superb too..thanks for joning in with the challenge at CARTFY CATZ hugs sassyxxxxxxx

Stine said...

Beautiful card.
Thanks for joining us at the stempelsonnenchallenge.
Hugs stine

butterfly said...

Gorgeous layers of autumn colours! I so love crafting with them too... going to miss them when we have to move on to winter!
Alison x

Esther said...

Hi Fliss - gorgeous card, love that image and your colouring is the little beads on your leaves to..Esther xx

Terry said...

Stunning card, Fliss! Love those leaves and shades of Autumn colors!

michele said...

Fabulous card! thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Pauline said...

This is beautiful,Fliss! I love all the yellow in your palette.. reminds me of the yellow we see in autumn here in Australia (and all those beautiful Canadian Maples! Thanks for sharing at the Card Crafter's Circle!