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Friday, 6 September 2019

King of the autumn leaf pile

Hello crafting pals!

Autumn has not so much snuck up on us as barged through the door without so much as a 'by your leave'! Ok then Mr Pushy Autumn, you have inspired me! Come and see what I've made:


Just look at that bold cockerel! I begin to understand where the term 'cock-a-hoop' comes from now - he is definitely pleased with himself at being king of the leaf pile! He's from Hen Pecked, a set bursting with hens, chicks and other useful images, and is made by Artistry Inc Ltd, a small company based in Leeds.


I stamped him on thick cardstock and coloured him in with Spectrum Noir markers. To make the leaf pile, I drew a sloping line under his feet with a fine liner and sponged autumnal colours under it. The leaf pile and the cockerel were cut out together and I then stamped leaves over the sponged area. Those leaves are among my most used stamps I think! They're from a retired Clearly Besotted set, Flower Arrangement, but there are lots of sets around that include small leaves like this.


The sky was sponged into a masked off area on the card base before adding the most 'cock-a-doodle-doo' sounding sentiment I could find! Finally, the cockerel and his leaf pile were attached using dimensionals so that he could stand even prouder!

It wasn't just Mr Autumn that inspired me today. I'd been having a stroll round the internet and had wanted to join in with LeAnne's 'Down on the Farm' challenge at the Paper Players. While I was visiting her blog, I spotted a new (to me) challenge, Inspired By, with the most gorgeous inspiration photo. I had also noted that The Male Room was looking for autumnal cards so I shall enter this card there too. 


AND IN OTHER NEWS
My oldest son has come to visit - yay! He did tell me he was coming but, in the time-honoured way of young men, was unable to tell me exactly when! He strolled in yesterday evening, surprising Eva and me. Eva wove around his legs trying not to jump up, making ecstatic hen noises as she does when her special people come home. I was rather more restrained, settling for a big hug and a kiss on the cheek - but I was just as delighted!

Thanks for visiting me today :) I think the summer is over in the UK. I'm off to see if I can remember where I put my woollies! See you tomorrow,

24 comments:

  1. I love your cockrell Vicky, he sure is going to be heard on that pile of leaves, wonderful colours and displays Autumn beautifully. With both my own and DT hat on I'll say - Thank you so much for joining us in our Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge atMorgan's Artworld Open Challenge this week. We would love to see you again in our next challenge.

    Faith Morgans Artworld DT

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    1. I hope he's not going to be heard Faith - I prefer looking at cockerels than listening to them as they get up a bit early for me! x

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  2. Very cool creation!! Thanks for playing along with us at Inspired By....!!!

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  3. Vicky! He is SO cock-a-doodling cool! King of the leaf pile, that's what he is!! Thanks for playing cards with the IB gang!!
    =]

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  4. Your proud rooster is quite the handsome focal point and just perfect for a farm theme! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Paper Players! Enjoy your son's visit and hope your back feels better soon!

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  5. Wow, I love your background and your impressive rooster, but I have to admit that your leafy pile is most intriguing to me! I love how you added color and depth!! He is definitely king of the hill! I am so happy that you played with my Paper Players challenge with your cool card this week! And thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog, too! ♥

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    1. That leafy pile is just a bit of sponging and stamping on top - simple and fun! Thanks for the great challenge LeAnne :)

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  6. That cockerel is looking mighty pleased with himself Vicky - the mischief-maker in me wonders though if he's just plotting to kick up those carefully raked leaves though!! Perfect for our farm theme over at The Paper Players this week too! I am feeling the cold today - the summer seems to have gone in a flash, for sure.

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    1. Haha - I can tell you were the naughty kid at school Joanne! It's definitely jumper weather here in the UK isn't it!

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  7. Just gorgeous Vicky! Love al of the beautiful shading. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie! (I'm definitely a learner but it's fun learning!)

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  8. I just love how you created your leaf pile and he looks great a top it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Male Room.
    Linby x
    DT

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    1. Shhh! He might hear you and he's already full of himself! x

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  10. I'm happy to return and echo how I love your cockrell and pile of leaves. Thank you so much for joining us in our Autumn challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Faith The Male Room DT

    The Male Room
    themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I love it! Love the rooster! Thanks for playing at Inspired By!

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    1. He's a bold chap isn't he! Thanks for the challenge :)

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