Friday, 31 August 2012

The end of summer .....

.... I'm not sure that's strictly true!  But it is the last day of August and that signals the beginning of the end of summer.  Yes, we can often have hot days, but the mornings are definitely cooler and the nights are drawing in and it's back to school next Tuesday!  That all means Autumn to me - or Fall, as they call it here in the States!!

I've made a card for one of my friends back in the UK and I've used two challenges to make it:

I'm running close to deadline with the Waltzingmouse challenge, but I couldn't think what to do, then I saw some fabulous chrysanthemums in my garden and I remembered Claire's set and I knew what to make.


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Big Blooms: Chrysanthemums, Chicken Wire, Blessed by You
Inks:  Memento - Grey Flannel, Teal Zeal; Stazon - Jet Black; Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: Papermania - Creative Tones Olivine Essence; Card from stash

I stamped the background with the large chicken wire stamp in grey.  I used the largest of the chrysanthemum images to make my flower.  I used the outline image first using Cherry Cobbler (a rich, warm colour) and then used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position the solid image inside the lines and stamped again.  My first attempt I used the freshly inked stamp, but it was much, much too dark, so on my second attempt I stamped off onto some scrap paper and then stamped in the outline - much prettier!  To make the leaves I stamped the outline image in teal and filled in with olive.  I made the backing panel from some white card onto which I stamped the second impression of the small chicken wire and backed it with some olive paper from my stash.  I finished off the card with a sweet sentiment stamped in Stazon on as it is has very sharp definition when stamped against a background pattern.  


Here's a picture of a beautiful chrysanthemum that I found on the net - just love the warm, rich colour!

Picture credit
That's all for now - I'm off to do some more ironing - it never goes away!!!!  See you again later for the our new St Luke's Charity Card Challenge.


17 comments:

Craftilicious said...

love the flower with the chicken wire - like the hard v soft contrast. inspired ;-)

I'm hoping it's not the end of summer - if it could last another week while I'm off work, that would be lovely :-)
Tara
x

Anne-Elise said...

Beautiful card, Deborah! Love your pink flower!

Helen said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet Deborah! Beautiful Chrysanth and some fab background stamping too! Just wonderful x

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous flower!!! Love the chicken wire too!

Renee said...

Love that big, bold bloom against the chicken wire background...
I think that's the most versatile background ever! :)
Fabby take on the sketch Deborah! :)

Kate said...

What a beautiful chrysanthemum. Love how you used both stamps together for definition and colour. Gorgeous colours too.

Jeanne J said...

Deborah, Gorgeous bloom! The grey chickenwire just looks perfect here - so subtle in grey!

Pauline said...

Fab stamping of the bloom and outline Deb, a lovely card.

Karen Nutkins said...

Gorgeous colours.

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card and you have coloured your flower beautifully...

Anne

Savitri said...

Just beautiful!! And the coloring's just perfect!

Kim said...

So sweet, what an incredible flower and I love how you added the chicken wire too, so beautiful.

Charmaine Stack said...

Big and beautiful! Your friend will love it!

Kristen said...

I love that chicken wire stamp you used, haven't seen that before and it looks very cool!

xoxo, Kristen
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Stop by and say hello!
www.pearlgateway.com

~amy~ said...

such a pretty card...love that big bloom! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

Stacy said...

Great take on the challenge, thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Jocelyn Olson said...

The flower is gorgeous! That's some fabulous stamping. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC!

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