Saturday, 20 October 2012

Autumn flowers with Creative Elements

The Less is More challenge has Autumn as the theme this week (as well as some exciting news about Mandi's new business - so pleased for her!) I'm a huge fan of this season and my thoughts immediately turned to leaves which are now giving a beautiful display of golds, russets and burgundies. There are other colours of autumn though and I've chosen to go with the jewel-like colours of dahlias and chrysanthemums. Come and have a look:


These gorgeous flowers are from the Creative Elements stamp set and I stamped them using a simple masking technique. The stems were drawn with the thick end of an Old Olive marker. TIP: I always add a line from the thin end of the marker too and that helps to make them look more defined.


To get the 'posy' look I made a slit either side of the stems and wove some linen thread through it; the bow is added separately. I finished with a little shadowing with my Sahara Sand marker and a sentiment stamped in the colour of the darkest flower before rounding the corners of my panel and attaching to a Naturals Ivory card base.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Creative Elements, Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Other: Linen thread, markers, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK, France, Deutschland, Nederland or Osterreich. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on +44 (0) 1280 820593.

The fair has come to Buckingham this weekend. I'm afraid I reached the age where I can't understand why anyone would want to test their digestive system by eating a combination of chips and candy floss before heading for the 'Freakout' but needless to say, there's great excitement amongst the younger members of the household!

Hope you have a more restful day than I'll be having! See you soon,

41 comments:

  1. Oh my word Vicky, your card is just beauriful, and the colours gorgeous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  2. WOW this is BEAUTIFUL! LOVE the twine wrapped around the stems!!!

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  3. Very pretty bouquet, Vicky, looks great with the linen thread wrapped around the stems.

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  4. Wow what a lovely pretty card
    Nicky x

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  5. Lovely colors and thanks so much on the advice for the stems. I have found myself avoiding stamps that don't include stems because my attempts are clearly hand-drawn - I am going to try your wide end, narrow end technique!

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  6. Gorgeous dahlias Vicky and I love the way you've woven the linen thread through, so clever:) Enjoy the fair!
    Val x

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  7. Gorgeous colour combination and I love how you have done the posy effect with the thread!

    Sharon
    x

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  8. Gorgeous....my favorite SU flower!

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  9. You always finish your cards with such care and attention to detail and this is no exception Vicky. Hugs, Buttons x

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  10. Fabulous card Vicki - chrysanthemums always remind me of this time of year - my dad used to grow them for showing when I was little.

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  11. This is stunning Vicky! I love the jewel shades you used here, so pretty!

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  12. Wow! That looks amazing! Love the shadow you created

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  13. Gorgeous Vicky, I love what you did. Still fixing my blog up so won't be in this week's LIM challenge. By the way, do you happen to know how I can keep a post at the top of my blog?

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  14. Beautiful card Vicky and such a lovely image...like the lined thread an bow...

    Anne

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  15. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card... Love the flowers and the colours you have used... I did a craft stall this morning ... Sold a few cards.... We like the tea and home made cards in the church hall... Lots of nice people to chat to.... Bingo tonight with Doreen as she goes back to uk tomorrow ... Met a ladt at the church this morning .... Who had won £1600.00 in the last to weeks ... So needless to say i snuggled up to her.... Wish me luck......
    Hugs Sylvie xxx
    Gorgeous day here 24degs ... Picnic tomorrow.....

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  16. Brilliant card, it's very beautiful!

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  17. This card is super beautiful! Love it!

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  18. Love the colours of your gorgeous flowers. will be using the tip about the string to make a posy, if you don't mind! I can't stand the fair.. getting too old and grumpy I suspect but it all seems a bit tacky and overpriced to me these days! have a happy weekend

    Louise xx

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  19. What a great Autumnal posy Vicky!
    I love the use of the twine.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Less is More

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  20. This is stunning..wow. LOVE everything about it. Great idea with the bow and how it loops through the paper...the perfect touch.

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  21. Ooh this is gorgeous Vicki! Love the "string" around the stems

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  22. Gorgeous Vicki ! Love the design and your masking is fabulous! Shirleyx

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  23. Beautiful! I never would have thought of that stamp set for an autumn card, but those flowers look great!

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  24. Another beautiful card. The flower stamp is lovely and the colours are gorgeous. The addition of the twine is clever idea. x x

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  25. Fabulous card Vicky. Life still stressful here but hope you're ok
    Margaret x

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  26. Perfectly lovely! Looks like a bouquet of flowers and love the way you did the twine and bow! So very pretty!
    LYnn

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  27. Oh wow what a fab card, love the stamps and the way you have used them and such beautiful colours :)

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  28. So pretty, Vicky! Those stems look amazing! I thought they were strips of card sock when I first saw them.

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  29. This is fabulous Vicky...love the twine, great idea.
    Suzi b xx

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  30. That card is a beauty, Vicky,I love it! Especially the little detail of the twine.
    So Buckingham still gets the fair? I remember it well from being a kid, and especially the great excitement of going with a gang of friends as a teenager! I blame my experience of the big wheel after a little, ahem, cider indulgence, as the reason I have never been on any fairground rides ever since! xxxxx

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  31. Wow! Fabulous Vicky. That stamp is beautiful and you`ve used it wonderfully. Love the addition of twine.
    Lynne xxx

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  32. beautiful card Vicky! wonderful colours and the way you've attached the twine and bow - I'm going to have to pinch that idea - glorious! hugs Karen

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  33. This is beautiful Vicky ! I love the way you have wrapped the twine around the stems-very realistic :) x

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  34. Hola Vicky, thank you for your comment last week i have been very busy and now i´m very busy too because this week i travel to London to visit my husband and for to celebrate the birthday of my son and my husband :D
    I´m happy to read your son is learning spanish, the only difficult in spanish are the verbs but is very easy to read it because you read, write and speak the same, CASA (house) is CA-SA, i hope to see some comment(little) on my blog soon :D:D:D.
    Fantastic flowers very bright colours for autumn, the autumne have a beautiful range of colours in the nature... i like the stems and linen thread fantastic dimensional effect, agreat work as always Vicky.
    A (Un) hug (abrazo) from (desde) Palma

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  35. Vicky this is absolutely beautiful. I love what you have done.

    Karen x

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  36. Love how you've used the twine to tie the stems together! Beautiful, beautiful card!

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  37. Wow! This is just gorgeous. I love the little posy and the colors are stunning. Great job! xx

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  38. A beautiful card Vicky - the colours are glorious and the linen twine is a perfect finishing touch.
    Hugs, Sylvia x

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  39. Vicky
    A beautiful bouquet. You used very cleverly string. Regards
    lin_ka1

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  40. Fab card as always Vicky :) Viv xx

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  41. A Beautiful bunch of flowers. Lovely way to tie them up. x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x