Wednesday 5 October 2016

An Autumn Day at Anything But Cute

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Anything But Cute and the talented Autumn of Sew Paper Paint has chosen - An Autumn Day as her theme!  Here is what Autumn had to say:

'I could not help but choose October as my month to hostess here at Anything But Cute.  This month, we want to see your creations, inspired by an Autumn Day.  Anything goes mixed media with a Fall palette or Autumnal elements.  Be inspired by nature - with the sights, smells and sounds of this beautiful season.  We cannot wait to see the amazing artwork you turn out.'

I made a small wall hanging for Autumn's wonderful theme.

I love this time of year, the changing leaf colours, finding acorns and chestnuts, the crisp Autumn air.... all of it!  I have tried to capture the colours of Autumn in my wall hanging, made with Tim Holtz products, including dies, burlap and Distress Spray Stains.

I took a sheet of burlap from Tim's Textured Surfaces range (they are self adhesive) and attached it to a piece of cardboard 4" x 5.3/4", folding over the edges to give a nice neat finish.  I went around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I coloured some card with various Distress Spray Stains and cut out a selection of leaves, branches and acorns using Tim's Fall Foliage Thinlit die and also Autumn Gatherings strip die.
At the same time as I coloured the card I also coloured the ribbon with Distress Spray Stains.  I cut a small piece of corrugated card from Tim's Textured Surfaces and coloured this with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.  The word is an Idea-ology Flash Card.
Next, I mixed some DecoArt Crackle Paste with a little Ground Espresso Distress Paint and applied this through the Flourish stencil to the right hand side of the panel.
Once dry, I darkened the stencilled flourish with some more Ground Espresso Paint.  The leaves were layered up onto the strip of corrugated card.  I added some Baby Breath for some contrast.
Here is a closer look at the Autumn foliage.  The acorns were coated with a layer of Glossy Accents and I added some Walnut Stain Distress Glitter to the acorn tops.
I mounted the panel onto a a thick piece of card, punched two holes in the top and added some twisted rusty wire as a hanger.

I do hope you will join us for Autumn's wonderful challenge at Anything But Cute this month, it would be lovely to see you there!  My talented teamies have made the most wonderful creations to inspire you!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Anne xx


  1. Anne, your Autumn canvas is filled with wonderfully yummy details! I can almost smell the fall leaves on this! Your acorns look so realistic; I truly thought they were the real thing at first glance. My favorite part on this is that crackled Ground Express flourish, which is so rich, and that brilliant fluffy bow! Gorgeous! Sending hugs your way!

  2. This is so beautiful! I love the colours and textures - you have really captured the autumnal feel quite spectacularly! A marvellous canvas! xxxxxxxxxx

  3. What a stunning little hanging. The colours are amazing and I love all the texture. A perfect piece for Autumn.
    Toni xx

  4. Gorgeous! I love the stencil work, just amazing!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. Anne, I am enamored with your beautiful bouquet and the addition of the loopy bow is perfect! The note card and the burlap are in perfect contrast. This is the most darling and beautiful project! You've made it look so easy I want to give it a try! Lovely, lovely! Thanks so much for your beautiful work for this theme. Big hugs, Autumn

  6. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous Anne! I love the Fall bouquet and the vibrant ribbon bow, and the flourish stencilling adds the perfect balance to the whole design. Love it! xx

  7. What an amazing canvas Anne. The colours just pop. I love this time of the year as the leaves change colours. I have forgotten all about that stencil. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  8. Like You Anne I just love Autumn and you have captured the colour theme very well here. Love the stencilled background and wonderful bouquet of leaves etc. The ribbon and word are perfect additions too

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  9. Anne, this is rustic and elegant at the same time! Your acorns look so realistic and so beautiful! Your folliage composition is simply fantastic and that fluffy bow is perfect! I adore that stencilled florish, it looks marvelous! Brilliantly done, my friend! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  10. Glorious, Anne! I love the glow of that vivid ribbon against the rustic burlap, and your leaves and twigs are perfect.
    Alison x

  11. absolutely brilliant Anne - gorgeous colours and the orange ribbon looks awesome against the burlap panel. So very pretty! Hugs rachel x

  12. What glowing ember like colours Anne, this exudes beautiful warmth and cheer. Stunning artwork with gorgeously balanced design. Love all of your colour palette and textures right down to your perfectly co-ordinated glitter for those yummy acorns! Nicola x

  13. What delicious rich colours and I adore your ribbon, it offsets the whole design with such opulence.
    Hugs, Julie x

  14. Beautiful Autumn colours Anne and such a gorgeous panel, so good to see your process too. Chris xx

  15. Ohhhhh this is wonderously wonderful! The burlap background grounds everything smashingly well and that stencil is my fave! I thought your acorns were real! That glossy accent touch really make em look real. Genius idea. Your leaves are such lovely shades of Autumn. Fantabulous Anne! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  16. It's blooming cold this morning but I do love Autumn and all it's changing colours - all those reds and oranges etc. Your canvas is just perfect! Elaine xx

  17. I would never have thought about stencilling onto Burlap or anything like that but what a fabulous effect. Will be trying it from now on. Love your hanging - gorgeous autumnal colours - my favourite season for colour.
    Wish you had come and interrupted me at PS - I did look out for you but thought you were not there.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  18. Love your rich warm autumnal colours Anne, very eye catching and they add wonderful warmth to your design. The flourish in the background is perfect for your cluster of autumnal foliage. Lovely. Tracy x

  19. So beautiful - perfect on the burlap too!
    sandy xx

  20. Anne! This is beautiful!! I don't know why, but I never thought to stencil modeling paste on burlap! Brilliant! xx

  21. Gorgeous! Anne Love the single flourish and Autumn foliage. Rich warm tones that work so well with the rustic feel of the burlap . Marvellous.
    hugs x

  22. Beautiful wall hanging Anne, perfectly encompasses the colours and textures of Autumn, love the acorns! Deb xo

  23. What a perfect fall wall hanging this is, Anne!! I love the cluster of foliage!! The colors are stunning!! The burlap adds such a fabulous autumn touch!! The acorns are a beautiful touch!! I absolutely love this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  24. Wow Anne, this is such a beautiful autumn wall hang. I can't believe how much smaller it is than I originally thought, which all the amazing details you included even more amazing!! I love the coloured flourish in the background, that dark design really stands out against the burlap and makes such an elegant backdrop for your lush foliage arrangement! And that ribbon, wow that ribbon! It just explodes with autumn vibrancy! Thank you for once again blowing my hat off with your incredible design skills!! hugs :)

  25. Stunning, Annie! Goodness, you could make and sell a million of these for home decor this time of year! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  26. Oh yes - you definitely 'captured' the colors and loveliness of Autumn in your BEAUTIFUL piece Anne. The burlap sets it off perfectly and the crackled flourish creates the feeling of the fall leaves cascading in the breezes. This is really a LOVELY wall handing in every way. j.


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