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Monday 1 October 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 76 Indian Summer

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is called Indian Summer and is hosted by Mynnette.
Mynnette would like to see a created scene using any nature themed stamps you have, digis welcome. Examples of nature themed stamps are leaves, grasses, wildflowers, etc.  Anything nature and autumn! Plus use only oranges, yellows, and reds for colors (black/brown and white/cream are allowed as well).  Perhaps a sentiment of gratitude or autumn would also be appropriate!

For some reason, I struggled a bit with this challenge.  I think it is partly that scenes were my mum's thing - she loved to create her pictures with stamps and at the moment I am out of my comfort zone with doing it. 

Very fortunately, though, my new spellbinder D Lites dies turned up in the nick of time, and I was able to use the Cattails die and the swirl as the basis of my "toppers".  

I used a plain but textured card for the base, and coloured it with aged mahogany and dried marigold distress inks.  To give it a bit of "bling", I used some Persimmon Radiant Rain shimmering mist.  Over the top of the background, I stamped my sentiment randomly.  I mounted a piece of red textured card across the centre of the card and arranged the swirl first, then used a doily coloured with aged mahogany distress in as the base for my topper.  I used the Medallion 5 background die to layer on top of the doily, again, tinted on the edge with the aged mahogany inkpad.  Finally, I put the cattails die in the centre, using pinflair gel.  The die was coloured with the same distress inks previously used.

Around the edge of the card, and the red layer I did faux stitching to make a boundary - the stitching on the card was done with a dark brown pen, and on the red card was a clear glitter gelly roll pen.

I used some self adhesive pearls from my stash to brighten up the swirl and printed out the sentiment onto a yellow diecut.  Lastly, I attached a ribbon down the left side of the card, and made a simple knot bow.

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I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people. I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself. This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!


  1. Great textures and layers. A beautiful card. x

  2. gorgeous card - looks amazing
    Doreen xx

  3. This is beautiful!!! LOVE all the elements and layers--an amazing creation! :) Gorgeous!!!

  4. Really like the use of die cuts on this card, well done.
    Rebecca x

  5. I really like what you haver done here, a lovely warm card - just what we need. xx Flora