Tuesday 11 October 2011

Hopeful Thoughts autumn tree

The challenge over at Make My Monday is right up my street! The overall theme this month is autumn and this week they are asking for autumn trees. Tree and leaf images are among my favourite kinds of stamps and autumnal colours are a great favourite with me too so it was a huge pleasure to create today's card. Come and have a look:

Isn't this tree image just so beautiful?! I love the graceful curves of its branches. I coloured the trunk and branches with an Early Espresso marker, and the leaves by tapping various markers onto them.

Here's a closer view - and you can see that I used River Rock ink and my French Foliage stamp set to create a soft background. The tree is grounded by sponging a little Early Espresso ink at the base using a piece of torn scrap paper as a mask.

Having heard today that my cousin isn't well, I used the Get Well Soon stamp from my Sincere Salutations set and I shall post the card off to her tomorrow to cheer her up a bit.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Hopeful Thoughts, French Foliage, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Early Espresso, River Rock
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede
Other: Markers, stamp-a-majig
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Does anyone else have trouble recognising friends in their cars? I just don't remember number plates and am constantly waving at cars driven by complete strangers or totally blanking close friends and relatives. I hadn't realised how bad this problem was until this morning when I waved at a black Landrover while taking my son to school and was heartened to see a friend inside waving back. My son noted this too and gave a great cheer that made me jump. "Yay Mummy!" he shouted encouragingly. "You've waved at someone who you actually know!"

Thank you for visiting me today - I really appreciate you spending your time with me. I'll be back tomorrow with some cameos - they're all the rage at the moment! -  and I'll hope to see you then.



  1. What a simply gorgeous card!

  2. Yet another beautifully put together card. I love the soft aged look you have achieved here and the subtle leaves and text in the background.

  3. Utterly gorgeous! Love the background stamping, the way you've done the leaves, and the sponged ground. I can SO relate to your driving/waving experience, Vicky! Happens to me all the time!

  4. Just stunning Vicky! Love this tree image too, as you said it looks so elegant!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  5. Beautiful card Vicky, lovelymlittle scene, and the tree stamp is so elegant. Your cousin will cherish this, and appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  6. Morning Vicky

    Wow another stunning and so beautiful card. I love the soft gentle colours of Autumn (my favourite Season). I just love your stamped backgrounds and MUST try this out.

    I am goind AWOL for a few days, hopefully I will be in the Library later in the week.


  7. Hello Vicky,
    just had to post today to say how lovely your card is ! I love this stamp set as it is so versatile and one of my favourites ! I have been checking your blog every day since I became a demo in July and really enjoy your ideas and friendly banter ! It's a lovely blog to start the day with!
    If you get a chance to have a look, I have my own very basic blog at ~
    It is still in it's infancy and I am trying to increase my audience and make contacts with fellow SU demos !
    Looking forward to your silhouettes !
    Have a good day !
    Hugs Jane x

  8. Hi Vicky

    Loving your autumn tree - such gorgeous colours .. .. it is sure to make your cousin feel a little better I'm sure.

    Love Jules xx

  9. Hi Vicky . . . absolutely lovely card. I can't wait to get hold of this set!

    Hugs, Sandra

  10. Such a beautiful, soothing card. I do love that tree image.

  11. Such a delicate card but so very beautiful. Thank you for entering the Make My Monday challenge!

  12. Hi Vicky what a delightful card delicate and elegant.
    Thank you for joining MMM.
    Suzi B xx

  13. Gorgeous card Vicky. I'm with you on the 'recognition of people in cars' front - never see anybody!!
    M x

  14. What a beautiful airy card, such soft colours. Great sentiment combination.

  15. Yet another stunning card! You have a style all your own. Just beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment. Best, Yvonne

  16. This is a gorgeous card.I love the background and the autumn colours!

  17. A stunning autumn tree, the soft delicate colouring works so well. Hope your cousin is feeling better soon. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz

  18. I love this tree and you have showcased it so beautifully! I never recognize people in their cars either. It's pretty embarassing sometimes!

  19. This is as beautiful as ever Vicky, love the subtle background and the sponged landscape too.
    I noticed the rectangle of brown card behind the image panel too....I may have to use that idea too, Thanks :)
    Jenny x

  20. This is a really gorgeous clean and simple card Vicky. Love the soft background you've created for the beautiful tree, it gives such an elegant feel to the card.
    Thanks for taking part in this weeks Make My Monday challenge and good luck.
    Fliss xx

  21. This is a beautiful autumnal tree for the challenge

  22. Hi Vicky - love your autumn tree - one of my favourite sets (should really get it!). thank's for taking part in the challenge again this week over on Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx

  23. Wow Vicky just love this Autumn tree such beautifull colours Luv Sue x

  24. What a great card, thanks for joining in again over on Make My Monday.



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