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Monday 1 October 2012

Challenge 76 – Indian Summer

Well is our newest challenge ever poorly named, as the weather is far removed from Summer in the UK with severe flooding in parts. However Mynnette, our hostess, 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 Indian (late) Summer or Autumn! Plus use only oranges, yellows, and reds for colors (black/brown and white/cream are allowed as well).  Perhaps a sentiment of gratitude for a late Summer or Autumn would also be appropriate!

Here is some inspiration for you~
  Please remember to check the rules and make sure you follow the criteria.
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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!
Now over to our talented team, who will, hopefully, inspire you.
I started by inking up a clear block with some chalk inks then spritzed paper with glimmer mist and placed it on the block to create my background.  I then dried it a bit, added a stamped image by Great Impressions, dry embossed the panel, added some ribbon and bling and added it to my card! :)


I've used a Digi Doodle Shop image, coloured with Promarkers. To finish, I've used some heat embossed leaves painted with Twinkling H2Os.

I've created a scene using Sheena Douglas stamps. The top layer is stamped onto acetate, colouring is distress inks.
I've created a wallhanging using the 'Lakeside Shore' stamp by Sheena Douglass and coloured with Distress Inks. The red layer also has the image stamped in the same ink to give a watermark look in the background. Embelllished with black pearls, ribbon, a bow and die cut leaves.

Betty Chan
I've used an embossing folder , and coloured with decorating chalks, The "rose" stamp by My Paper World. And Die cuts from Cherry Lynn Design.

I used a mushroom stamp from The Greeting Farm's Wonderland stamp set. I used Pro Markers to colour in. The sentiment and punches I have used are from Stampin Up.

It was very hard not to eat the M&M's. :)

I got my brayer out for my card and used a fabulous inkpad by Brilliance called Aurora.  Then I added my pheasant and some foliage. 

I made a card using a variation of the "triple layer technique".  The PaperArtsy flower head was clear embossed then inked over using various Distress Inks.

I have used a Stampendous clear stamp set called Scripty Stems, Brilliance inkpads and Frantage Aged  Scarlet Embossing Enamel.

I've also used a Stampendous clear stamp set, this one is called "Summer Leaves". Three Distress Inks were used to create a varigated look. I then triple embossed each square and cracked them to create a "shattered glass" look.

I struggled a bit with this one, but fortunately my new spellbinder die (Die D lites "Cattails") arrived and provided some inspiration.  The sentiment is from a stamp set from my stash and I used distress inks to provide the colour.
I used few leaf images from my stash (don't know the manufacturer). The Paper is from Creative Memories.

I used a combination of stamps and die cuts to create an Autumnal wreath scene directly inspired by the photo inspiration.

I stamped the trees and girl separately, using watercolour pencils to colour the girl with fence. I cut both of the stamps out and layered them onto my card. I used Flower Soft 'Autumn' to create the leaves on my trees.
I used a clear stamp from Inkadinkado...Colour the background with  Distress Ink Pads. Embellishments...flowers, little leaves die cuts and a scarecrow charm


  1. Great theme for the challenge and great cards from the DT
    x catherine

  2. Thank you for the fantastic inspirations!! And thank you for the great challenge!

  3. Have just added my link a new challenge blog for me great DT projects!



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