Thursday, 11 October 2012

Summer Silhouettes goes autumnal!

The leaves have begun to turn here in Buckingham - rather late this year I think, perhaps because of all the rain at the beginning of the year. 'Leaf' is the cue word at the CASology challenge this week and with all that inspiration outside it would be rude not to join in! My card was also made for the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge where the lovely ladies are looking for clean and simple cards this week. Come and have a look:


I've used the lovely leaf image from Summer Silhouettes, stamping it twice using my stamp-a-majig to merge them together - and as you can see, this is not just a summer set! It's very quick and easy to get the autumnal effect - the stamp was first inked up with More Mustard ink, then more ink was added to the rubber using markers. I laid the brush tip of the Cajun Craze marker on its side to get the ridged effect you see on beech leaves and then just tapped the other colours more randomly.


I love this little sentiment from Made for You, a set of three really useful sentiments in this gorgeous font (the others say 'happy birthday' and 'especially for you'). I am loving the Naturals white card stock as much as the Naturals Ivory and find it perfect for one layer cards using the nature images I'm so drawn to.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Made for You
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Card stock: Naturals White
Other: Markers in Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Gumball Green, stamp-a-majig
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I took this photo of the view towards the Corinthian Arch at Stowe yesterday.


Normally the trees would be a riot of autumn colour but as you can see, they've barely begun to turn. I used to drive up here everyday on the school run which I miss, partly for the view and partly for the entertainment. I'm afraid my youngest son picked up my bad habit of talking at other drivers and on one memorable occasion when we were held up behind a very slow car, he said cheerfully: "Steady on love! We wouldn't want you to burst your engine!"

Good gracious - can you believe it's nearly the end of the week? Time certainly flies when you're having fun! See you tomorrow,

35 comments:

  1. A beautiful card Vicky-the leaves look sooo real- fabulous inking !! And your little boys comment made me laugh !!

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  2. Simply beautiful Vicky, love those colours on the stamped image!
    Our trees are turning a bit quicker than yours are by the looks of it. Lots of reds and golds here, really pretty.

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  3. Those leaves just leap out at you with their beauty. You have SO captured the colour of turning leaves here Vicky. Mega impressed. Hugs, Buttons x

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  4. Gorgeous card Vicky, the leaves look 3D with your shading. A simple stamp with an amazing impact, love it.

    I've noticed the trees are taking longer to change too, maybe cause it feels colder earlier we think we're later into the year!

    Have a lovely day xx

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  5. Wow Vicky,these leaves look amazing! I love how you've added a touch of shadowing,really lifts them off the page just as if you'd placed a real branch on the paper! Enjoy what's left of the week,Julie x

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  6. Wow you've done it again! Those leaves look so real - are you sure you haven't just laid a real branch across your card - LOL!! Beautiful - I just love autumn colours. I would love to visit New England in the fall - ah well a girl can dream can't she?

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  7. Fabulous Vicky the colouring is brilliant they look as if they are lifting off the paper. I got real close because I thought it was decoupage:)
    Val x

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  8. Your leaves are simply popping off the card, gorgeous colours too. Always enjoy what you create and the anecdotes from your family. I'm always talking to other drivers and my youngest says "road rage mum, calm down" to which I invariably say "I AM calm".

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  9. Wow Vicky, the leaves on your card have an almost 3D look to them. Love the way you've inked your rubber for the different shades of Autumn. Very effective.

    I'm really surprised at how green the tree in your pic still is. I thought for sure there would be a lot more red and a lot less leaves. We're having odd weather down under in Australia too!

    Thanks for joining the CAS challenge over at ATS&M again this week.

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  10. WOW - this is a stunner. Love this set. Must get it! xxx

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  11. Amazing...I'm still studying this trying to believe it's not an actual dimensional leaf - it's truly lovely

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  12. Stunningly beautiful, the leaves look magical, great stamping! Thank you so much for sharing with us at ATSAM! Hugs, Nonni.

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  13. This is absolutely gorgeous! The leaves look like they are popping off of the card the way you colored them. I thought you had cut them all out! Beautiful work. Thanks for playing at ATS&M this week!

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  14. Wow Vicky this does not look stamped. It actually looks like you've cut a stem off a tree and put it on the card - it looks so realistic hugs Karen

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  15. You have created lovely movement with your leaves, Vicky. I love the touch of shimmer which gives the look of an early morning frost. Gorgeous CAS card! x

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  16. Beautifully autumnal on the card if not on the drive to Stowe! It's been many years since I have been there. Your son's comment was at least polite and without any swearing, so that's good! xxx

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  17. Wow, Vicky, the effect you've achieved with these leaves is just fabulous. A stunning card. xx

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  18. Beautiful Autumn card Vicky such lovely colours

    Anne

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  19. What beautiful leaves, Vicky!

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  20. Love your merged branches and the colours are very autumnal. x

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  21. I would never have thought of using this stamp to make autumn leaves. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. another stunning card, vicky! the leaves are just gorgeous! thanks so much for playing along with CASology each week!

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  23. Just gorgeous Vicki! Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology!

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  24. Gorgeous CAS card Vicky the leaves are sensational lovely colours on the so autumnal, thanks for joining us again at Addicted to Stamps and More its always such a pleasure to see you here.

    Marie

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  25. Another fabby card Vicky, love those prety leaves. Great tree pic too, our trees are just turning now also.....colour that is lol :) Viv xx

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  26. Wow - looks so real that I want to reach out and touch it! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More!

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  27. A stunning technique Vicky, looks as though they are real. Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More. Caz

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  28. Wow, Vicky, I thought that was a die cut! Your shadowing is fantastic and the detail you created on the leaves is flawless! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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  29. This is stunning, Vicky! The detail you created on those leaves is amazing!
    Your son's quip made me laugh! Too funny! :)
    Thanks so much for joining us again at CASology!

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  30. These leaves are absolutely gorgeous!

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  31. Fantastic card, Vicky! Love the dimension and colour on the leaves - the 'veining' is super!

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  32. This is gorgeous! I can see why you won. Congratulations to you! Beautiful!

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  33. So beautiful - like the real thing. Congrats on your win!

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  34. Vicky, this is just beautiful! Congrats on your win last week...it's obvious why you won, you make amazing cards!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x