Sunday, October 14, 2012

a fall scarecrow

Checking in with another Thanksgiving scarecrow.  I am really loving this CTMH Fall Favorites scarecrow. He is so happy! And believe me, with the weather we have been having I really need something Happy! It's raining yet again!! And it looks like rain all week. We get an occasional slightly warm, rain free day, and it seems like I always have so many other things to do that I can't get outside and get my garden stuff picked up, and pots put away, and flower gardens cleaned out. And I still have 4 packages of bulbs to get in the ground! Where is our 'Indian Summer"? It'll probably be nice this week cause I have to go serve for Jury Duty. Oh, well..............

Anyway, I made this card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #56.  
The DP is also CTMH, and the cardstock is SU. I stamped the scarecrow in Memento Close to Cocoa and colored him with Copic markers. I punched a 3/4" circle in a scrap and used it as a mask to make the sun. I sponged SU Summer Sun in the circle opening. I sponged in the sky using Pebbles Iridescent chalks, then I cut the image out with Spellbinders curvy rectangles.The image was to big, so I put it back in the die and traced around the inside of the die with a pencil and cut it out with scissors.  I used an erasure and removed some of the chalk around the edges of the image panel, and mounted it on chocolate chip mat cut with the same die-just left a nice little edge around it. The sentiment is from SU Teeny Tiny Messages, stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and cut out with SU Word window punch, mounted on CTMH CS cut with SU oval punch. I covered the piece with Versa Mark and clear embossing powered and heat set. Ribbon is from Offray.

Now I am off to peel apples for the freezer and to make some more applesauce. Love homemade applesauce, especially warm on pancakes and waffles! YUMMMMM!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Falling Leaves

This card could be used for either an autumn birthday card or as a Thanksgiving card. I will enter it in the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #144, to use More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso (grafic below).  I will also enter it in "The Craft's Meow' October Sketch challenge (sketch below).

It took me awhile to get this card to come together the way I wanted. The tree is a single clear stamp-I think it's Inkadinkadoo-with leaves.  I colored it with Copics first, then applied Forrest Moss Distress ink with a stipple brush for the ground. I used Memento London fog sponged over a torn piece of paper for the sky. It looks a lot like the sky outside my window this morning!  I tried to figure out how to add some 'fallen' leaves to the pic by stamping them. Didn't work-had to start all over again! So, got to the 'adding fallen leaves' part again-wondered what to do. Then it hit me-use your Autumn Flower Soft! So I added it to the tree and as fallen leaves in the air and on the ground. LOVE IT! I added a couple birds in the air (Sweet 'n Sassy Serene Silhouettes) and cut it out with Spellbinders Labels One and backed it with rust cardstock cut with Spellbinders Fancy Labels 1. For the border strip I cut out ivory CS with a Fiskars border punch, then sponged Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over it-looks like leather! The background stripe paper is a scrap from an old DCWV Autumn/Christmas pack. The orange strip is from K&Co. I used the sentiment  from Verve 'Autumn Splendor' set, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa on ivory CS and cut out with Spellbinders Fancy Framed tags 2 and sponged Rusty Hinge Distress ink over it while it was still in the die, mounted it with foam dots and added gold nail-heads.


Give Thanks

Wow! Another wild October morning in the U.P. of Michigan. I got up in the middle of the night (5am) to get a drink and couldn't believe what I was seeing outside. The HUGEST snowflakes I have ever seen were just serenely floating down to the ground. At first I thought it was leaves, but there was no wind and these 'leaves' were right outside  the window! Those things were the size of a huge maple leaf. Then this morning there was snow on the roofs, and ground, but not under the trees-to many leaves on them yet. I is now almost noon and the snow is all gone. But it'll be back before we know it.
I have a couple of post to get in today. For this first card I will enter into the challenges at Pal Paper Arts PPA144-A perfect fall color challenge. MustardCajunEspresso

I will also enter it in The Crafty Friends Challenge #8  to use dry embossing on your project.

The DP is all from the DCWV Harvest Gathering Matstack, even the sentiment, which I cut out and mounted on a Spellbinder Lace Doily die-cut. I embossed the strip of Recollections copper metallic cardstock with the  Argyle Cuttlebug embossing folder. I popped the sentiment up with foam dots.