Saturday, 12 November 2011

Autumn Splendor leaves

There's lots going on at Less is More this morning where the challenge is to make a one-layer card featuring leaves. Mandi's back and Chrissie's saying that French Foliage is one of her all time favourite sets. I couldn't agree more - you could ink the stamps up and throw them at a piece of card stock and they would look gorgeous! (Not that I'm suggesting for a minute that Chrissie has done so!!!) I've made heaps of cards using the set (click on French Foliage in the index in my side bar if you'd like to see them) so today I thought I'd use another favourite leafy set. Come and have a look:


Autumn Splendor has a different, more graphic style of leaf which I think looks stunning in all sorts of colours, but I've used these rich autumn colours today to celebrate the season! You probably couldn't make a simpler card but I think the colours and shapes of the leaves make it effective nevertheless.


And have you seen this sentiment stamp from the Thank You Kindly set? I love the shape of it and all the movement in its swirls and use it a lot.

I made another card using the oak leaf from the Autumn Splendor set:


It's made using the resist technique - I inked up the image with veramark ink, stamped it onto the card base and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I masked off a panel and sponged inks over the leaf which, because the embossing makes it waterproof, it resists. When I'd taken the masks off and added the sentiment, I added score lines for definition and sponged a bit more ink onto the card to look as if it's spilling out over the lines.


It was looking a bit bland at this point so I gave the leaf a shadow with a Sahara Sand marker and added a piece of my beloved linen thread - which perked it up no end! Only wish it could do the same for me as I'm suffering from a nasty cold this morning!

Supplies needed for these cards:
LOTS OF LEAVES CARD
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Stamp-a-majig
SINGLE LEAF CARD
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Sahara Sand marker, stamp-a-majig, linen thread, scoring blade
I'd love to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

It's cold and damp and gloomy in Buckingham today - perfect crafting weather! But I've had my crafting fix for the day and it's time to get on with the chores... even if I do wish I could curl in front of a fire watching re-runs of Downton Abbey with a cup of hot lemon and some tissues at my side. Sigh!

I'll be back later to see what leafiness you've been up to! See you later,

60 comments:

  1. These are fabulous Vicky... I wonder if I may, just maybe, have to buy this set too!!!
    They are fabulous cards and I love the colours you used. The emboss resist one is gorgeous.. the shadow lines are SO effective! It's a terrific card.
    Feel better soon!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  2. Gorgeous! You created so much depth with the leaf on your second card - that is beautiful!

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  3. Hi Vicky
    Did i send you my cold....Oh!!!! hope you feel better soon .....mine has gone now ....Fabby card .....Love the resist one ....
    Hugs sylvie
    xxxxx

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  4. Superb cards Vicky. The second one really looks as if it is on dimensionals, the shadow effect is amazing. Hope you feel better soon.

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  5. Oh WOW these are beautiful and the shadowing on that leaf, amazing what a great affect - love it! :)

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  6. Beautiful beautiful cards Vicky! Oh I love your leafy gems here! Stunning!

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  7. Sorry to hear you're not feeling too good today - hope it doesn't linger to long.
    Two fabulous cards, particularly like the second one - thought on first glance that it wasn't one layer as that shadowing really lifts the leaf off the paper.

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  8. Both great cards but the "dimension" on the second card is absolutely fantastic. Kim x

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  9. Morning Vicky...I was way out with my guess wasn't I!!!
    Fabulous cards, I see what you mean about this set too, so versatile! I really love the resist effect on your second card and that shadow is wonderful...it really does look like it's popped up! I'm just compiling an order...trouble is I need to perfect the 'resist' technique for that too ;)
    Jenny x

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  10. Both gorgeous cards Vicky. Love the colours on the first one and WOW at the 3d look you've achieved on your second one, just fabulous :o) Hope you feel better soon! Lisa x

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  11. Love both your cards, that leaf on the second really does look like it's been popped up on dimensionals!! Hope your cold disappears soon. I haven't watched Downton Abbey at all but have asked the big man in red to bring all nicely wrapped on Christmas Day - along with some crafty stuff (hopefully).

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  12. Hello Vicky

    Love, love your cards especially your second one. I hope you feel better soon.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  13. Your one-layer design work is really remarkable. Both cards are wonderful and beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful, Vicky! So elegant and gorgeous! Love those stamps!

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  15. Its so funny when I saw the challenge at Less is More this morning I was so certain that you would be one of the first! This was the first stamp set I bought from SU when I was in the uk and I was even going to have ago and enter using them . Alas Crafting Clare has beaten me to it !!! I cant compete with your magnificence ( that we teach me to have an extra lie today ) Seriously though both your cards are beautiful, your stamping skills are amazing and always perfectly crafted.

    Have a great weekend.

    Marie

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  16. Oh dear that should have read lie in not lie.

    Marie

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  17. Fan-tasbuolous cards Vicky...as always!
    that shadow effect is nothing less than magnificient!

    I do wish you better
    Thank you
    mandi LIM

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  18. Simple and elegant--who wouldn't want to receive this beautiful card! The Sahara Sand outlining is the perfect finish.

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  19. Beautiful stamps Vicky, I especially love the resist technique you used.

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  20. This challenge was right up your street wasn't it Vicky? Cards are gorgeous but I have to admit loving the second one more. Sorry you're not feeling well, hope you're better soon
    M x

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  21. SMASHING cards - my personal fave's the first one

    Kathyk

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  22. Amazing cards Vicky - love the first one, you make one layer cards look easy. So inspiring! :)xx

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  23. You always make such profesional cards, fab design, stunning colour combo.

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  24. Both beautiful cards but especially the second. Lovely work x

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  25. Ohhhh poor you get some hot lemon and curl up by the fire with Downton Abbey forget the chores !!!! well lets say less is more Leaves is right up your street as you have made some really terific cards and both of todays fit that bill just stunning Vicky hope you feel better soon Luv Sue x

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  26. Another couple of brilliant leafy cards Vicky. xxx

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  27. Fabulous! Love that second one and how you did the resist. Both are just perfect for pretty fall cards.
    Hope you start feeling better soon.
    Lynn

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  28. Beautiful cards Vicky, you should link it up for the Simply Stampin Challenge too, this weeks theme is 'leafy' so you cards would be perfect!
    Kelly xx

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  29. Two beauties, Vicky. Love your gorgeous stamped leaves, and resist effect looks fabulous!
    Hope you soon feel much better.

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  30. As soon as I saw this weeks challenge I knew you`d come up with a gem. I wasn`t wrong, your cards are stunning and the second one is amazing. I am in awe!
    Lynne xxx

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  31. Second card is my favourite (though both are fantastic). That leaf jumps off the page at you! xx

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  32. Hi Vicky two beautiful cards, I like 'em both but I LOVE that emboss resist one, very elegant. Feel better soon
    Anne
    x

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  33. Two fabulous cards Vicky, love the resist embossing. Hope you feel better soon. Carol x

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  34. Two fabulous cards, great technique on the second one.
    Linbyx

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  35. You do make the most wonderful cards and they always look so effortless. I think the shadow on the resist leaf is totally genius it looks so 3d.
    Tara x

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous! Especially the white leave, love the effect! Hugs Janna

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  37. The second one just pops out at you, but both cards are fab x

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  38. 2 gorgeous leafy cards Vicky! I love the second one in particular! :)
    Lizy x

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  39. I love this....so nicely done!

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  40. Love those stamps. And the cards you made with them are just beautiful.

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  41. Hi Vicky, your cards are realy realy beautiful. I love the stamps. The second card is realy great it looks like the leaf is popping out the card. in first I thougth it was 3D.

    I must visit your blog often so I can learn from you.

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  42. Awesome cards Vicky, I love the shadow on the second card it's really effective.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Bev.x

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  43. Beautiful cards Vicky, I especially love the depth on the second one lol Kx

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  44. Wow Vicky, that shadow is so effective. Two beautiful cards. xx

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  45. These are beautiful, Vicky! The detail on those leaves are amazing. I will have to see if SU here carries this set!

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  46. Hola Vicky, espectacular job, as always, fantastic technique, in the second card the shadow with Sahara sand maker is a fantastic effect, great job Vicky!!!
    In Spain watch Downton Abbey in tv :D:D:D, i think the BBC productions are the best for classicals series, i have all the BBC series of Jane Austen and Norht and Nouth by Elisabeth A. :D:D:D.
    A hug from Palma and take care.

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  47. The shadow was the perfect touch to make the a perfectly beautiful card.

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  48. Oh wow! Your shadowing is stunning!

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  49. So pretty, Vicky! I can't believe the shadow on the resist card. I was certain it was cut out and popped up! Gorgeous leaves. :) Ann Y.

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  50. Two more gorgeous cards Vicky and poor you, I hope you got to have your honey and lemon and that you feel better really soon, gay xxx

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  51. These are beautiful, Vicky...these leaves ARE stunning!! love the colors you used on the first one, especially:)!! Hope you are feeling better:)!!

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  52. I love the over laying on the first card. The graphic design of the leaves really suits this. I also love the emboss resist on the second. Keep forgetting about this technique. The shadow makes all the difference. hope you feel better soon. x

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  53. You excel again! Both of these are beautiful, but the second one is breathtaking! That bit of shadow makes it look dimensional!

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  54. Fab cards again Vicky, love that resist technique, keep meaning to try that. Do hope your cold goes quickly too :O) Viv xx

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  55. Two beautiful cards, Vicky! If I were choosing the card I would like to have...it would be the second one...I just love the look of that one! I do like how the overstamping looks so cool on the first card!

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