Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Leaves Are Falling All Around

I love this time of year - the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and copper brown. The shops are starting to sell Halloween and Bonfire Night goodies such as Parkin and Treacle Toffee. I have come down with a bad cold and temperature so am feeling rough.  I lose my mojo when I'm under par but managed to finish this card before I succumbed completely.  My colouring has gone like a two year old and I keep going over the lines! 

I am entering the Lili Of The Valley  No. 68 Challenge - Autumn - which entails using one of their stamps. As I only have three and they are all Christmassy, I have adapted one to look Autumny.  Not sure if it worked? 

 I am also entering the Sir Stampalot Challenge as it is Autumn Breezes, Buttons and Bows. The card depicts an autumn breeze and has a button with a delicate bow.   

Pocket Full of Posies  have a Challenge for Autumn Leaves. It does say in the rules that you have to have something floral on your card. The Happy Birthday Banner has a flower on? but not sure if that counts but will try. Last but not least Creative Stamp Friends has a Challenge for Orange Brown so I think it qualifies for that. 

 I have coloured the girl's hair gold - I know it seems strange but it just looked really nice.  I made an Easel Card which is only the second I've ever done. I struggle a bit with decorating them and think I need to be more inventive. 

I love looking at all the entries into the Challenges; they are amazing and so many different takes on one theme.  Anyway, I'm off to dose myself, meanwhile here is the card recipe:-

Square Easel Card
Milton Paper Stack: Orange with white daisies and Thinking Of You Paper
Lili of the Valley Stamp: "Dropping the Shopping"
Mounts: Earth Tones Glitter Paper (Handy Hippo) - Brown
Brown recycled Card (Handy Hippo)
Die Cuts from stock coloured to match and mounted
Leaf Banner: ClipArt leaves copid and pasted together
Orange Button (raided from my mum's button stash)
Gold string from stash
Two amber gems

(Promarkers by shade and Copics by no.)
Face and legs: Vanilla and Copic R20
Hair: Gold Sakura Gel Pen
Fur Hat, Mitts, Boots Trim: Shale
Scarf: Coral, Black spots highlighted with gold
Coat: Tan
Dog: Tan, Shale for button nose
Bag: Burnt Orange, Gold Sakura Gel Pen, 
Girl's parcel: Pear Green, Shale
Dog's Parcel: Coral and Burnt Orange with Pear Green Bow.
Scarf: Tan, Black and gold spots

Lili Of The Valley  Challenge 68 - Autumn
Sir Stampalot - Autumn Breezes, Button(s) and Bow(s)
Pocket Full of Posies - Challenge 8 - Autumn Leaves
Creative Stamp Friends - Challenge 9 - Orange Brown

Sharing Moments:

I came across this recipe for 100 year old Parkin - just follow the recipe and then leave for a hundred years! (only joking). The recipe is actually from October 1907 and it states that back then it sold for eight old pence a pound! I wonder how much that would be in today's money?  Amazing stuff.

I also came across this when scanning some old 35mm slides from the '60s.  It's a shame my head has been cut off but look at that grin - it's bigger than the swedes!


Francesca said...

Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

brenda said...

Hi Sue

Firstly, sorry you are under par, so many peeps seem to have things at the moment, I think the unpredictability of the weather is not helping.

An adorable card and if the colouring it not as you hoped it does not show in your lovely creation.

Your picture brought a smile to my face, I have one of myself as a child with a very similar coat and of course the requisit long socks and T bar shoes. There is a Penny Black slapstick stamp of a little girl called for Goodness Sake, that always reminds me of that picture.

Enough of my ramble, thank you so much for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

B x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Sorry to hear you are under the weather, I hope you are better soon.
Your card is wonderful and your colouring looks perfect to me.
Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

Kreatives von Andrea said...

A beautiful card, a great design and wonderful colors.

Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.

A nice greeting Andrea from germany

pinky said...

Your card is just gorgeous Sue, so full of autumn charm. Love the old photo of you, but pity you lost your head lol. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sue sorry to hear you are not well I hope you feel better soon, as for your card it is quite beautiful, I love the colours and design a wonderful image. Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month
Lorraine x

Sue said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments, they have really cheered me up! Still managing to do my cardmaking despite my cold - I won't let it beat me! LOL.

I had a look at the stamp For Goodness Sake by Penny Black, it's so sweet! it really looks like my daughter as a toddler - she had a hat exactly the same and also a similar pull along toy. I had very curly hair, quite gingery as a toddler. I might be brave and put photo up one day!

thanks and hugs
Sue x

Tracy said...

I remember using swedes for halloween too. I love your creation, sorry your not too well, hope you get better soon. Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Nadine said...


Wow, ein Traum.
Da stimmt einfach alles.
Vielen liebe Dank fürs Mitmachen bei
Kreativ Stempelfreunde - Creative stamp Friends

Liebe Grüße Nadine

Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous card! Your colouring is perfect, better than mine! Your adaptation for autumn is working great.
Hugs xx

Sally H said...

A beautiful Autumnal creation! Gorgeous colours and I love the leaves and papers. Thanks for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!