Thursday, November 15, 2012

Starflowers & Leaves for Fall

Hello everyone, I'm back again today with another card.

I haven't had a chance to participate in the Impression Obsession Challenges for a little while, but today I'm entering into their 'Happy Fall Y'all' challenge.   This card is a little different than my previous Fall themed designs that had a lot of orange, red & browns.  October in Ontario was so beautiful this year, the colours were especially gorgeous.    Sadly our leaves are all down but we've enjoyed time raking in the cool Fall air.     

The folded card stock is purple not black, and the right hand flower is purple not blue.  I have trouble capturing purples, it's my ongoing frustration.  

Impression Obsession Stamps:   Cover a Card Flourishes CC027, Starflowers 3066-LG, Hydrangea Leaf H8466, All Seasons C3534 (quote)

Dies:  Crealies CL CS 02 (flourishes)

I started with adding Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw Distress Ink using the Acrylic Block technique on the background.     Next I  inked up the Hydrangea Leaf with Boysenberry Colorbox pigment ink and 'stamp-kissed' the leaf with the Flourish CAC and then again several times using Colorbox Chianti ink.

The Hydrangea Leaf is a great solid stamp that I "had to have" after being inspired by cards at Miranda's Blog using it.   When I won the $25 shopping from IO at a previous challenge, I included it in my order.  

I stamped & embossed one of the starflowers from the set twice with black, colored with my Tom Bow markers and cut them out and layered with Flourishes Die cuts.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day !


Shirley said...

Now that is stunning, Shirley. I have that set and you have really done it justice!! I love the colors and your background is a work of art too! Thank you so much for playing and good luck in the drawing too!!

Sue McRae said...

This is one gorgeous card! Love the colours and your amazing background!

brenda said...

This one is equally beautiful Shirley (as you can guess I'm working in reverse) and yet more lovely vibrancy of colour.

B x

friemelchen said...

Was für eine bezaubernde Karte, die Farben sind ein Traum!!!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous Shirley, I can see why you had to have the leaf stamp, I've just added it to my wish list, it make a super stamp for backgrounds. There are some lovely shades of autumn in this card, it a shame that its all coming to an end, hopefully there will not be much snow this year.

Sue x

Sophie said...

Eine wahnsinnig tolle Karte, superschön.

Paula Huiras said...

Beautiful warm colors. Love it and the saying too. Neat Kitty picture (King of your home)!

Tracey said...

Shirley this is GORGEOUS!!! WOW!! THose colours together rock!!

Ellen Taylor said...

I agree, a rockin' stunning, yet warm card! Fabulous fall card! Purple is hard to capture purple. Have a fabulous weekend Shirley. i am still in awe of your canvas~WOWZA!

Donna Ellis said...

When the reader opens new posts, I can usually tell your cards, Shirley, just by the signature colors and intricate backgrounds - always so soulful. How beautiful! I can see why you had to have that hydrangea leaf image! We don't have much color change in Florida during the autumn. Some trees lose their leaves. Living in an oak hammock, most of the leaves turn a drab green- to olive and cling until the end of February. Then all is vibrant again. Beautiful Autumn colors!

Sandra said...

Stunning card Shirley. I love how you use colours. Just about lost all the leaves on the nearby beech wood. Beautiful whilst it last!

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley.
That must have been a very special class were you made an canvas like you showed. with a lot of mixed media?
And the starflower is just beautiful. I love those color of the hydrangia leaves. It reminds me a bit of my Indian summer with you!!
Compliments for your nice designs.
You are so talented. "Lieve groetjes" Saakje.

Shannon White said...

So Beautiful Shirley!! Love the vibrant colors and Wonderful Blossoms! And the sentiment is one of my All time Favs! 8-)


Greta said...

This is so gorgeous! Love the colors & I can see the purple.

Craftyfield said...

Voucher well spent ! Your card is beautiful, love the kissing technique with that Flourishes CAC.

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
What a great great card! Great how these colours all blend together so well! What a great background too, terrific colour and that leaf image is great isn't it! Nice technique! And the star flowers are soooo pretty! What a nice idea! Love the colours and techniques on them too! Very nicely done! :)
Warm greetings, Marlene

Katie said...

Great autumn background, love the stamp-kissed leaves! And I love the purple with it as well. You always seem to have wonderful sentiments and I always lack them on my cards. Ha! Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.