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Saturday 30 October 2010

Autumn leaves

Hi I've had a lovely day so far and managed to get a couple of cards finished. Autumn is really here in my little corner of the UK, the trees are beautiful colours and as its been breezy today the leaves are falling quickly now. I've made another Autumn themed card, I love these colours and really enjoyed making this card. The main image is 'Earth' by Michelle Perkett, you can find Earth in Michelle's Etsy Store. This weeks challenge over at Michelle Perkett Studio is 'Autumn Leaves' so I thought this image would be perfect.

Its hard to see on the photo but I have used an acetate overlay behind the main image as i've used some pressed leaves as part of the background. The BP is from the gorgeous Artylicious CD, 'Essence of Nature'. I printed out the bp in an orange hue and distressed it with shabby shutters DI to add some green. I added a sheet of double sided clear film to the bp and attached the pressed leaves to the film and then popped a sheet of acetate over the top  to protect the leaves as they are pretty delicate.

Earth is coloured with promarkers and edged with a copper pentouch pen (as is the background and the sentiment). I made a couple of stitched ribbon flowers with pearls for the centres (the pearls are coloured with caramel alcohol ink) and added some punched vellum fern leaves. The leaves are coloured with brilliance ink pads (rust and green) and then sprayed with moonshadow mists. Mica sprays seem to make the vellum kind of crinkly which is perfect for autumn leaves. The sentiment and little flower head border are from Hero Arts,  stamped on a scrap of card coloured with the overspill from making the leaves.

I'm entering Earth in the following challenges:
OSAAT: All Celebrations (I chose birthday)
Sketch and Stash: Sketch although I used the pressed leaves instead of the two panels accross the card so please delete my entry if it doesn't count)
Double Dutch: Fall and embellishments from nature
City Crafter: Autumn leaves falling
Digital Tuesday: Use a non craft item (hope pressed leaves count!)
Simon Says: Punch em
Just add ink: Just add birthdays
Cute Card Thursday: so transparent

Thanks for visiting today, I really ought to go and tidy my craftroom as i've been doing some seriously messy crafting and as usual have stuff everywhere . The only thing is if i tidy up, i won't be able to find anything so maybe I'll leave it and park myself on the sofa ready for Strictly and X factor. I do lead an exciting life lol
Claire xx


  1. Beautiful card - loving those colours.. thanks for joining in with the SUnday STamper... you might like tomorrow's theme ;o))

  2. Wonderful fall colors, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  3. Beautiful card, I love the fall colors! Thanks for playing along in our challenge this week at Michelle Perkett Studio!

  4. Oh, Claire, this is beautiful! I had to zoom in on it so I could see all the lovely details! Gorgeous coloring and your leaves and flowers are amazing! Thank you for joining our Autumn Leaves challenge, Claire! I think all of that beautiful fall foliage inspired you this week!:)



  5. Fantastic work Claire. Love those ribbon flowers. Tess x

  6. What a wonderful card. and a beautiful image. Thanks for playing along with us this week at CCCB!

  7. Claire, you always do the most amazing things with ribbon and this is another example of it. Very lovely.


  8. Totally gorgeous Claire!! I love autumn colours :) Your card is stunning with those pressed leaves under the acetate...and of courde you've coloured Earth beautifully.
    Hugs xx

  9. Stunning, its truly gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week

  10. This is beautiful Claire! Such exquisite colors! Love the ribbon flowers and I love the soft colors you used on Earth. She's gorgeous!

  11. Claire this absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE your ribbon flowers!!

  12. Stunning card..luv the lush colours

    Thank you for joining us at Sketch & Stash

    xx Lizzy xx :)

  13. Beautiful card :-) the image is gorgeous and the pressed leaves are a fabulous idea !! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp and Sketch and Stash Challenges :-)
    Lols x x x

  14. What a pretty card and fabulous use of the colours ... thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB

  15. Hi there

    A really super card,wonderful rich colours.

    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles this week and good luck.

    B x
    I've got candy here

  16. Wow! This is gorgeous! I love the pressed leaves! Thats so creative! thanks so much for playing the DTC this week!

  17. Claire your card is great! I love the colors! Shelley :)

  18. gorgeous! love those flowers! Thank you for joining us at CCCB!

  19. so beautiful and magical! Hugs Juls

  20. Great card, thanks so much for joining us at Polka Doodles, good luck! x

  21. Gorgeous card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles Challenge.

  22. Gorgeous flowers. Thanks for joining in the Polkadoodle challenge

  23. A really lovely card here. Just gorgeous detail.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at my Polka Doodles Autumn challenge and hope you can join us again.

  24. Gorgeous! Love how you've used the leaves & those flowers are lovely! Thanks for sharing your project with us over at Polka Doodles this week.

  25. Lovely card and bright colours! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!


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