Sunday, November 03, 2013

Fall Colours with Texture

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

It's hard to believe but here we are into November already.    I made this card when the Fall colours were in their prime,  which inspired this design.     All stamps are by Chocolate Baroque including their new Abstract Fragments.  



Chocolate Baroque Stamps sets used:    Abstract Fragments, Gothic Fragments, Fancy Flourishes, Butterfly Daisy Collage and Artistic Expressions.

I also used Crealie- CL CS 24 die cuts and TCW Stencil - Cubist.

The background is Marmalade, Mustard and Wild Honey Distress Inks using the Acrylic Block technique.   I added the cube design with the TCW Cubist Stencil and Wild Honey Distress Ink.   I stamped 'Art' and the Flourish from Fancy Flourishes at the bottom with Walnut Distress Ink.    I stamped the bricks from Abstract Fragments and Window from Gothic Fragments with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

Next I embossed the flowers from Butterfly Daisy Collage with Copper on purple designer paper, cut them out, attached them to the background with the Crealie die cuts and added metal medallions that were hanging out in my stash.

Here is a look at the new A4 (full page) rubber stamp sets Abstract and Nature Fragments. They are on special offer for the month of November and also available as a multi-buy special.   They are fabulous stamps that I will use over & over for backgrounds and more.

And below is a photo from a section of our back garden in the Fall of 2012.    I haven't managed to take an updated version, but we still have a lot of leaves on our trees.



A wonderful blog buddy - Donna from Creative Smiles sent me my new header using this photo.  What a nice surprise as I have not learned how to create a nice header.  Thank you Donna!



Thanks for your visit and have a great day!
Shirley

36 comments:

Kristi Schurr said...

Beautiful!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow again dear Shirley, your card looks wonderful, beautiful brighht automn colours great flowers and details, really pretty!!

Greetings
Maria

Crafting Queen said...

Love the background, great card!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card and colours, and love the autumn photos. Those stamps are fantastic, too.Valerie

chrissies said...

Love the richness of this card Shirley. Amazing background for the stamps

Chrissie x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Stunning Shirley. I love the colours you've used, how lovely to have such great inspiration right outside your door. I love the new stamps (mine arrived yesterday,they are cut out and ready to go as well) they look so good teamed with the other stamps.

We still have trees with lots of leaves on, although the last week has been quite windy, so they are beginning to fall.

Sue x

Di said...

Beautiful card Shirley - really love the colours. Wonderful background and lovely stamps. Di xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Really autumn feeling, love the vibrant warm colors, and the gorgeous combination of beautiful stamps, stencils and decoration. Wish you a nice sundey, dear Shirley,
xox Anja

Janny said...

Beautiful card. I have buy stamps of chocaolate Baroque. Janny

sheila 77 said...

This card is quite outstanding, so much clever detail and an extremely attractive overall design. I haven't bought many stamps, but these ones look as if they could be very useful for backgrounds, thanks for the link. Your garden looks lovely and peaceful with the sweep of lawn and the trees.

Gerrina said...

What a great colourcombination! I just love it! And the new sheet is a really good one; you used it beautifully on this gorgeous card! The pic is beautiful and I wish I had such a great vieuw... Luckely there are a lot of leaves on the trees here aswell, so I enjoy the colours! Have a good sunday, hugs, Gerrina

Paula (PEP) said...

The acrylic block technique base with the brickwork stamp & Cubist stencil all combine to make a striking backdrop reminiscent of a an old ruined building (the window). Love the way your Walnut Stain Art & bottom border keep with the warmth of the colours you've already used - much softer than black. The die-cuts echo the bottom border shapes & I love the way your metal medallions echo the embossed flowers creating a unified whole. Using the soft mauve with the copper embossing is a masterful stroke in terms of colour theory.
Well - that was an art lesson all in one design.
Paula (PEP)
Can see where your inspiration originated in that photo - glorious.

Sue said...

Stunning Shirley! and gorgeous trees I love Autumn:) huggles Sue xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

that's just wonderful Shirley.. I love it!

Donna Ellis said...

Good Morning, Shirley. I can easily see your garden in your beautiful masterpiece! WOW! So much work to create an artist's canvas in your backyard, and then to transfer it to you paper. And you have captured it beautifully! My favorite part is the clock's face in the flower center. GREAT idea, and very symbolic. I always enjoy the symbolism in your artwork and can "feel" what you are saying. Beautiful card, Shirley. hugs, de

Loli said...

Hola Shirley, thank you for yours comments, i´m in a very crazy moment :D and make cars and comments is difficult for me, so sorry.
Oooh Shirley, FANTASTIC TECHNIQUE...remind me an old castle of fairy tales, i like your embossing flowers and the metal medallions are the perfect touch.
Your back garden is A MA ZING my friend, great inapiration for your card.
A warm hug from Palma

Nicecrane Designs said...

amazing Card Shirely,,,,I am a gothic Arches fan,,,,,,and you inspired me to create my own gothic Set,,,, woww,wowwww,,. gorgeus colors and stunning embossing.

Wendy McCarthy said...

Beautiful, love the feel of golden sun on ancient stone walls... Your garden looks so lovely too Shirley! Hope you have had a great weekend. big hugs xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

The colours in your garden were a great inspiration for this stunning card Shirley...gorgeous

LonettA said...

Really gorgeous! Great combination of stencils and stamps for the background. Wonderful composition!

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, hope you had a great weekend :) I can definitely see where you got the inspiration for this colour combo. I love the yellow and purple together!

Lindeke said...

This is so beautiful Shirley!! Wow! Love the flowers and the beautiful background. Love the colors too! Gr, Linda

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Shirley, you must have esp as I was about to drop into your blog and check out this here card...it's absolutely beautiful I so admire what you make and each time I think/I'll try that' but it never works out too good. I haven't had much time to play and have been itching to do so...xxx

craftimamma said...

What a stunning card Shirley! The colour combination is wonderful (can definitely see the inspiration from your beautiful garden). As always, your background is superb and made me think of the sunrise here this morning which bathed everything in a warm honey glow ...... although it was anything but warm in actual fact, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Shona said...

Hi Shirley ! This is beautiful, I adore copper embossing powder, it's my favourite and it's pefect on your project. My sprays arrived Friday, wish me luck! ( I sense a big mess about to happen!!)

Claudia said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the background.

friemelchen said...

WOW was für eine fantastische Karte, wunderbare Farben und Stil!
lg Uli

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The subtle stamping of the arch in the background is beautiful and I like the way you stamped Art in the top corner - a gorgeous card.
Wishes
Lynne

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your new header jumped right off the monitor in all its awesome beauty, Shirley! What a cool surprise from Donna! To think that it is your OWN back yard that looks so stunning is enviable!! You have captured those real life colors perfectly in your gorgeous fall card!! Hugs, Darnell

Eileen said...

Super card... fantastic GARDEN ... I'm coming over to live with you, Shirley!!!
E xxx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

superb background Shirley, and die cut flowers are gorgeous! you have unique understanding for colors!

Diane said...

Very fun colors and card design Shirley, love the backyard picture.

Hugs Diane

MaryH said...

Just left a comment on your last post about the lovely garden, so now I got to enjoy it again. Might follow your link as I would like to have a pretty header too! This is gorgeous. To the card: Loving these fall colors and enjoyed reading about how you created the background. You do that ink block so beautifully...when I've tried, mine always just look like blogs. Perfect color choices to show off these wonderful CB posies and the very vintage centers. TFS & Hugs

MaryH said...

Hi Shirley, The Creative Smiles link is not working for me. Do you think Donna would be willing to design a header for me, or allow me to contact her to discuss doing one? I don't know how to do a header either (and I'd love to have something as beautiful as what you have here!) I loved your other design, but this one has my favorite autumn colors in. Such a lovely garden you have. It's simply awesome to see it scroll up. Thanks for the help, and no problem if it's a 'friend' thing. I understand. Hugs

Ellen said...

Gorgeous rich colors and design!! Love the new header too! I still want to just go and sit in your garden!!
Hugs
Ellen

Shirley said...

Wow, it's wonderful to be able to browse. This is just so gorgeous!! I wondered if your banner was part of your yard. Here in the USA we sometimes forget CA has seasons besides winter too!!! ;-) The card is just so lovely and the techniques with the BG and images too are priceless talent!!