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Monday, 1 October 2012

SS and SSS Challenges!

Hello lovely bloggers

This week at Sunday Stampers Challenge, Week 225, which is run by the uber talented Hels Sheridan and whose details can be found at http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk, is 'What Makes You Happy?'   Well I just love this time of year, Autumn is by far my favourite season and it makes me happy to see all the glorious colours of the trees when they change.  We are lucky to live beside a mill pond which is surrounded by gorgeous chestnut and sycamore trees and they are just starting to change - gorgeous.

At Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge the theme this week is 'leaf-spiration' which is great for an Autumn theme.  There is a $50 prize voucher from Simon Says Stamp.com - what could be better than that!

The Artistic Stamper Creative Team have 'The Natural World' as their theme and there is a very generous £15 voucher to spend on Artistic Stamper stamps and they include the Kling-on to mount the stamps.  I hope I have included enough stamping to qualify for entry, I do not yet have any AS stamps.

I am entering these challenges.

My last post was an Autumn themed tag and I had a couple of leaves left over.  I had not used my Cuttlebug maple leaf die for years so I wanted to get some more use from it, than just one tag, so I cut a few more leaves and this is what I made:

I covered an 8" x 8" canvas with Adirondak Hazlenut paint dabber and once dried I gave it a good coat of PVA glue.  I wafted this with my heat tool and then immediately coated it all over, including the sides with Expresso coloured acrylic paint and left it to dry.  This gave a lovely weathered wood like texture to the canvas.  I made up some embossing powder by mixing three colours (red, gold and clear shimmer) and edged the canvas with this. I am totally obsessed with Fran-tage at the moment but did not have a gold colour.

The corrugated paper (a gift from my lovely blog friend May) was covered with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then the edges were coated with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain.  The die cut maple leaves were scrunched up and distressed with Antiqued Bronze stain and Vintage Photo DI.  The oak leaves and acorns were stamped (Creative Expressions), cut out from metal sheet (a gift from my lovely (new to blogging) blog friend Mo), stained with Sunset Orange and Espresso Alcohol Inks.

The toadstools are stamped (Dyan Reaveley), the vintage button is from my stash and the three colours of string are Tim Holtz's Idea-ology paper string. The wording - Everyone must take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn - is computer generated.

If you do visit I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them all and will always do my best to return the compliment.  Crafty hugs, Anne xx

45 comments:

  1. More of those gorgeous leaves and corrugated card, love it and the toadstools are a lovely touch too. BJ (been waiting for your paint to dry all day - LOL)

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  2. Missed you at port Sunny but home was the best place for you to recover and I hope it's working! It was a quite quiet day to usual ( with Harrogate next week no doubt) but it did give more time to socialise with all the lovely people there.
    Your card is so effective and I love the textures you have created. It is a lovely balanced composition too.
    Love jo x

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  3. Gorgeous and I love that sentiment... too true! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper hun.... nope, back no better... truth be told, it's worse.... gah, I needs a miracle lol x

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  4. Love those leaves Anne, they look real ! Leaves are only just starting to turn here, noticed they were further on when we went to Port Sunny, some beautiful trees at the side of one of the motorways. The whole canvas is fantastic, just love the crackle and the embossing

    Joan

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  5. Hi Anne x love this project and like you I love the autumn. Really nice colours and I love the way you have pieced this all together . TFS crafty hugs Annie x

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  6. Hello Anne

    Your card is just brilliant, I love it. Autumn is my favourite time of the year also. I love the leaves and how you have put everything together.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  7. There is such warmth in this card Anne and I adore that background. Have you considered entering it into The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge? Their theme for this month is nature and you have included some stamping so it should fit beautifully:) Just a thought. BTW, stopped by Mo's and have become a follower. Newbies really need the support and encouragement and I'll never forget you were there when I first started. Hugs from your forever grateful crafty friend, Buttons x

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  8. Hi
    I can almost here the crunch of those leaves underfoot. Glorious Autumnal colours. A beautiful nature inspired piece of art.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. OK, I am begining th think you have it made in the shade, you win TH contests and everyone sends you gifts. I think you must be a lucky charm! lol Can I rub your belly? Oh wait, that's buddah whose belly we are suppose to rub for luck! HA! I do LOVE your canvas, those maple leaves are so pretty, and perfect with the corragated paper! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  10. Beautiful, Annie! Stunning job on those leaves, love, love!! Good luck with the challenges!!

    Your mill pond view in autumn sounds heavenly.

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  11. This is gorgeous Anne,love the leaves and fab colours.xxx

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  12. Gorgeous card, love love the background. Fabulous leaves and I love the button. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  13. Thanks for joining in at The Artistic Stamper this month with your lovely canvas....cute mushrooms and those leaves are super ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  14. Hi Anne,

    What a nice canvas! I remember reading about PVA glue here before. Is that like Aleene's glue?

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  15. ooo Anne - this is just delicious - those leaves are amazing - really pretty - love them to bits! A stunning creation - well done you! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  16. WOW!!! This is stunning Anne. Your leaves look wonderful, the colours and textures you have used are just perfect and the sentiment is truly beautiful too.

    Hugs Sue

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  17. Hi Anne
    I can't get over how real those leaves look, they are amazing and the effect overall is stunning.
    We are having a making day next Tuesday to get in some experience before we have another session with you. If you fancy a ride over call in and see what we get up to.
    Love Lynn, Susan and Ruth x x x
    Ps how's the knee

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  18. Loving the autumnal leaves and colours...

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  19. This is gorgeous Anne. I love the leaves they look so real, and the background is fab - great technique. Autumn is my favourite time of year too, I just love when all the leaves change colour and fall. And i can't wait for frosty mornings - as long as I don't have to go anywhere that is.
    Thanks for your lovely comments too. Take care xx

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  20. Gorgeous creation Anne, I love that textured background it really does look like wood... love those leaves great colours... fabulous sentiment (which is so true) Love it all. Hugs May x x x

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  21. Wow that's a super canvas Anne you are on a roll with the autumn theme! those leaves are fabulous brilliant colours and textures and I love the little toadstools x

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  22. Hi Anne, I just couldn't stop looking at this canvas..it made me happy just to see it. I just love everything about it, the layout is superb, the leaves are beautiful and I love the little toadstool and buttons - fab! Hugs, Carole Z X

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  23. Lovely canvas Anne, I love the colours and the great background just makes the leaves all the more vibrant. I now have a bit of inspiration to use the wee stack of corrugated card I've had for a few years in my stash and hardly looked at. tfs Alexandra x

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  24. Wonderful piece Anne - I love your leaves - so realistic! :)xx

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  25. Gorgeous canvas I love all those leaves, Port Sunlight was fab by the way ;) Elizabeth xxx

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  26. ooh Wow, its amazing! I love the crackle background and the leaves look so real!

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  27. Great canvas this week. Love the crackly bark background and those leaves are gorgeous. Really makes me look forward to autumn.

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  28. Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper challenge this month..love your piece and only a little stamping will always qualify...
    Creative hugs
    Jennie

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  29. Love your canvas! That bark effect background is just right for this! Love Autumn too, and will certainly try to heed your words!

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  30. So does PVA glue cause crackling??? I've never used it, but Anne, I AM IN LOVE!!! The crackle and texture are fabulous...I want to touch this! SWOON! I love the embossed edges...you are brilliant to do this. I'm telling you I would never think of embossed edges! This is another PIN!!! WOW!!!

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  31. What an amazing project - I just love the texture that the PVA created - that is def on my to do list :)
    Totally adore the toadstools and the beautiful leaves too x
    Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

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  32. How beautiful! Those leaves are tremendous and I just love the bursts of color shining from that button.

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  33. Gorgeous texture here Anne and I just love those leaves!! Bit bored with my tattered ones so have resorted to stamping some and cutting them out - talk about a labour of love!
    Juliaxx

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  34. Hi Anne. Love the canvas. This is such a great inspiration piece! I would love to see photo's of your area surrounding the mill pond on your land. It sounds so divine! xo's Pam

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  35. A beautiful piece Anne, those leaves look wonderful! Thanks for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
    Alison x

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  36. What a gorgeous canvas, Anne... takes off from the tag and takes it to an even higher level! Gorgeous background texture, lovely corrugated card and toadstools, and your sentiment really hits the mark for me. Beautiful!
    Alison x

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  37. It seems that you can create anything you want!!! This is so pretty Anne. I love Autumn and Winter! Love the design and all the papers you used. Really nice!!
    Sandy

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  38. It's lovely. Such great texture and wonderful autumnal colours.

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  39. What a wonderful Autumnal canvas. Love the weathered wood effect - you have really achieved an amazing look here. Your colourful leaves look so real. Another wonderful work of art. Sx

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  40. Sorry I haven't been stopping byto comment! Thanks for all the lvely comments! Love trace. X
    Wow this is full of yummy autumn colours and textures ,your leaves are fab..a really wonderful make! Lve it!!! Love trace. X

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  41. gorgeous leaves and fabulous Fall colours...and a great combi of textures too - a lovely leafy card! Thanks so for always calling by - you're fab! ...and thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Sarah.

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  42. Everything about this card is fabulous! Design, textures, layout, colours, embellies, sentiment - they are all 11 out of 10. A gorgeous artwork! Nicola x

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  43. Oh Anne this is beautiful , what a superb design , love how you have put this together well done Hugs Elaine

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