Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Hello autumn!

And hello, crafting friends!
Today, OH wandered out of his office at lunchtime and announced that he wanted a fairly neutral postcard to send in the post and did I have anything suitable? I had a rummage but couldn't find what he wanted, so I said those words, thrilling for any crafter: "I COULD quickly make something for you!"

So I pulled out the Berry Branch stencil from The Greetery (which I've been dying to play with!) and came up with this quick creation. I used a thick card panel and masked off the edges with low-tack tape. I positioned the stencil over the top, securing with more tape and set to work with sponge daubers, inks, markers and coloured pencils.

When the stencil was removed, I added more detail, including gold dots on the larger leaves, and white highlights on the berries. The sentiment is a favourite die from Funky Fossil. I die cut it from terracotta card and glued it to a white panel to make it pop - and oh look! Another way to use my new nesting arch dies!

Darlene and Diane, two of the most energetic crafters in Blogland have come up with a fabulous new monthly challenge: The Stencil Fun Challenge - do take a look! It's Anything Goes with optional themes (this month it's Halloween Colours.) I'm linking up there and also at another wonderful challenge they run, The Four Seasons Challenge, where this month the theme is Anything Goes Fall. The Paper Players are also looking at the changing seasons with this week's Autumn challenge and Joanne wants to know what the season means to you (see my thoughts below!) To celebrate the first use of The Berry Branch stencil, I'm joining in with the NBUS challenge where Darnell wants to see our Never Before Used Schtuff!

As a dog walker, I see the changing seasons unfold at close quarters. In every season God's extraordinary creation fills me with amazement in all its incredible detail, but there's no doubt that the pups are much more comfortable in the cooler weather - especially the extra floofy ones like my lovely girl :)

Today, there was a warm wind blowing and we stayed out for hours. Here's Autumnal Eva (looking slightly embarrassed because she thought we were going the other way!)

Sending hugs,


  1. Wonderful autumnal colours in your detailed stencilled card,so many different leaf shaped to see.How could you even suggest that Eva make a mistake in the way you were going

  2. Oh so pretty, and who doesn't like to have a perfect excuse to get her supplies inky! I wish SU had some of these pretty stencils too! Happy you scooted over to the Players to share it with us!

  3. Great use of your pretty stencil and a new way to use your arch dies. A win win situation - plus hubby got the required card. Smiles all round! Xxx

  4. Fabulous postcard and the stencil is gorgeous the addition of the gold dots is perfection. Eva as always is a delight even if she is going in the wrong direction.


  5. Love this stencil Vicky - what a great solution to hubby's postcard dilemma and such a pretty mix of fall foliage too. Thanks for playing with my theme challenge over at The Paper Players - but I think you forgot to link up as I can't see you in the gallery!

  6. Oh Vic this is just GORGEOUS! Love that stencil and your colors are perfect! Well done ... awesome inspiration! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our STENCIL FUN challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


    PS ... Thanks for the shout out about our challenges ... appreciate your support and thanks for also sharing this beauty with us over on our Four Seasons Challenge Blog. Good Luck!


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