This category includes autumn events – Halloween and Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely American friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

We don’t have a thanksgiving celebration here in the UK, so I rarely use thanksgiving sentiment stamps  – it seemed appropriate to do so today!

I paired an older Hero Arts sentiment with a Concord & 9th die for this card which is NOTHING like the design I had originally thought of! For one thing, that original design had yellow texture paste on a white background!! But when I accidently dropped my die cuts on some brown card stock, I love how it made the colour pop so I rethought my whole design! This card came together so quickly after that!

I’m going to enter this into the current Color Throwdown challenge which has a wonderful autumnal palette this week – yellow, orange, red and brow.

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Falling leaves

Hi everyone!

A lot of the leaves have already fallen in my part of the world, but I’m not ready to put away my autumn card supplies!

This card was super simple to make! I used a Jennifer McGuire technique that I’ve tried a year ago – I prefer this version!

I masked off my card to create a rectangle and then blended some Twisted Citron and Fossilised Amber distress ink before covering it with Perfect Pearls.

I removed the mask and then ran the whole card through my Big Shot using a Sizzix deep embossing folder.

To finish off the card, I added a few die cut hearts and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Thanks/Thanksgiving), Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (‘Thankful’) and also the Addicted to CAS challenge (‘Leaves’).

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Favourite pumpkin

Happy Friyay!

This week’s Less is More challenge is ‘stamp layering’! I have quite a few layering sets – animals, trees, flowers, Christmas-themed…. but I decided to go with a Hampton Art autumn set I got a few weeks ago.

The pumpkin image only has 2 layers, so to add depth, I inked up the solid/base stamp with two shades of ink and then used a third shade for the second/detailed stamp. I masked off my orange pumpkin and stamped the detailed stamp a few times in grey. Love how nicely it turned out!

I added some colour to the scene using my Twinkling H2Os an stuck it behind a frame I cut from a base card.

To finish off the card, I added an embossed sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp set.

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Autumn Thanks

Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s November already! Seriously! Where is this year going?

Anyway, there’s a great colour combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge blog this week – red, teal and green!

I inked up my favourite Simon Says Stamp Fractile Leaves, embossed and masked them before doing some simple ink blending with distress oxide inks and regular distress ink. I added some water droplets and then coloured each of the leaves using the same inks.

After cutting out each of the images, I used some of the left over Broken China background to cut out the base of the sentiment. Finally I added a few Nuvo Jewel drops to finish off the card.

I’m also entering this into the current Case This Sketch challenge and also the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge – Thankful.

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Feline Spooky!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I just had to create a Halloween card today – I have so many cute stamps I still haven’t used!

For this card, I stamped and then masked the cute Poppy Stamps ghost cat from the Feline Spooky set. I then created a blended background using regular distress inks and oxide distress inks. Once I finished blending, I lightly stamped a Hero Arts background stamp in white ink. It looks more bluey/grey than white – which I like as I didn’t want the background to detract from my ghost scene!

I’ve been waiting for a new background tree die to arrive so I could use it for this card. Unfortunately it hasn’t come yet, but I decided that the Memory Box Forest Archway worked pretty well with this design. I stuck it on top of the base, removed the mask from the kitty and coloured his tail and cheeks! Don’t you just love that shadow underneath him? So cute!

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from the Poppy Stamps set and a few ghosts that I had cut from the Poppy Stamps Ghost Collage die!

Have a spooky evening!

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Autumn greetings

Happy Friyay everyone!

I pulled out a rather neglected Penny Black background stamp today and coloured it with some distress inks. The Crushed Olive turned out a little lighter than I originally intended, but I decided to stick with it, rather than try to darken it!

It was quite nerve-racking to cut into the painted background once I had finished it, but I do love the hidden greeting technique and I am glad that I did it!

I’m entering this card into the current Color Throwdown Challenge – plum, rust and olive.

Have a great weekend!

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