Tuesday 25 September 2012

Knitted French Foliage

Can someone please tell me where autumn went? I was just waiting for the leaves to turn and winter snuck in! Well I'm not going under without a fight so I've made this one-layer card in an effort to bring autumn back into our lives:

One of the things I love about getting new stamps is the pleasure in combining them with old favourites. Here I've used the new Nicely Knit wheel from the autumn/winter catalogue to ink in a cosy background for my favourite French Foliage leaf set - it reminds me of a chilly autumn walk with scarf and gloves, kicking up the leaves with your boots!

I used one of the new in-colours, Summer Starfruit, for my knitted background. Doesn't it go well with the jewel colours of the leaves?! The sentiment is from Thank You Kindly which will retire at the end of the month.

The leaves were embossed before I wheeled in the background and I sponged ink over it to add definition, fading it out as I moved across the card.

When thinking about this card, I was inspired by CASual Fridays, where Fall Fun is the theme this week, One Layer Wednesday, where Heather wants to see a little sponging on our one-layer cards and Less is More, where we're combining three previous challenges. I chose week 41 One layer leaves, week 15 Embossing and week 28 Use ink. I'm wondering if Chrissie and Mandi will give me brownie points for keeping the card one layer but deep down I know I'm more likely to get a clip round the ear for being a smarty pants!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: French Foliage, Nicely Knit wheel, Thank You Kindly (retiring)
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool, 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. 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 01280 820593. Click here to view my regularly updated lists of retiring stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% discount.  

Right, time to go to the supermarket so that I can be ready for the return of the Ravening Hordes... brolly at the ready and... quick march!

See you tomorrow for more stamping fun,


  1. I rather enjoy kicking up the leaves in autumn. We have a large deciduous tree in our front yard and it provided endless fun for the kids when they were little. On the other hand, we've appeared to have left winter behind with the days warming up, but spring wont last long before the heat of summer is upon us. By the way, I like your combination of stamps on this card. Helen

  2. This is beautiful Vicky! An mabsolutely gorgeous one layer card, I love the knit effect, and the warm autumnal colours of the leaves.

  3. Great card Vicky, love the leaves and their colours.

    You are a dedicated Mummy, going shopping to the supermarket at 12.30am :)

    Big hugs xx

  4. Love the knitted look background which makes the fabulous background for your French foliage set....would also make a lovely card for a man


  5. Beautiful card Vicky - I love autumn colours, it's my favourite time of the year - but not today as it is so windy and rainy I just want to crawl back into bed and hibernate.

  6. I wasn't sure what I'd find when I saw the title of your post, I think I was expecting something else, but I sure love this card. French foliage is a great set, and the embossing and sponging is beautifully done. I'm the first to comment again today...must have been up early! Thanks for your comments too, and it's exciting news about our mutual Malvern friend isn't it!

    Louise xx

  7. French Foliage is one of my all-time favorite sets! Love what you did with it here, especially the fading out of your sponging.

  8. Love your over stamping on this beautiful autumnal card, Vicky. Really lovely seasonal stamps and colours! x

  9. Absolutely lovely colours and stamping combo's.

    Sarn xxx

  10. I think you must be the queen of this set! This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and the knitted backing to the leaves. Great work!

  11. Love that knitted effect Vicky and the gorgeous colours on the over stamping, fabulous!
    Val x

  12. As if we would clip you round the ear, smarty pants!
    This is a great combo of stamps sets and not one that the average crafter would think to combine... It works really well. Just love that French Foliage set, one of my all time faves!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  13. Gorgeous autumnal design and colours.
    Is it an indication of my state of mind that French Foliage made me think of something to do with one's Lady Garden, rather like a Brazilian, only more chic...
    I'll get me coat! xxxxx

  14. Winter does seem to have come in with a roar -especially today!! and your card does remind me of Autumn bonfires and cosy cardis! x

  15. Lovely combination of challenges and stamp sets. I keep wanting to use this set too because of our autumnal weather. We woke this morning to lots of leaves and branches on the road and our neighbours roof tiles in our back garden! x

  16. Beautiful card-i love the colours of the leaves-and they sit perfectly on the background-very pretty :) x

  17. That knitted effect is fab. I feel a lot of Scandinavian style Christmas projects on the way? Hope so anyway. Hugs, Buttons x

  18. I love this stamping wheel background - it looks really useful and those lovely colours too topped off by the lovely French Foliage leaves - thank goodness that is staying ! Jane x

  19. Once again you have combined images and colours beautifully. I can't believe you are experiencing glimpses of winter already. I am only just coming to terms with not wearing shorts and summer dresses; I am certainly not ready for boots and coats!

  20. Wonderful card Vicky, you are the grand master of the French Foliage stamps!! The colours are just right and the background sets it all off beautifully.
    I know what you mean, what did happen to Autumn? perhaps it'll be back soon, hope so :0) Gay x

  21. The knitted bkgd definitely looks right at home with autumn leaves... love all those colours together as well :0) Yep... not sure what happened to the autumn weather, hope it picks up by the weekend :0)
    Thanks for linking up to CASual Fridays :0)
    Jenny x

  22. Fabulous card... I love the French Foliage set.
    suzi b xx

  23. Fabulous autumnal card Vicky - perfect for the LIM challenges you have chosen.

  24. Gorgeous! A combo of fall leaves and a knitted sweater pattern. Perfect. I'm delighted you joined us this week at CAS-ual Fridays:)

  25. Just fabulous again Vicky, lovely Autumn colours too ....although brrrr it does make me think of Winter coming next lol :) Viv xx

  26. BEAUTIFUL stamping, Vicky!! I love this so much! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  27. Well well as if! lol
    No gold star, but, next week you can give out the pencils lol

    superb composition, as ever

    Thank you
    mandi LIM


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