29 September 2013

Autumn is such a busy time of year...

Hi everyone. I want to start today's post by sending out a huge "Thank You" to everyone who comes and leaves such lovely comments and to all those who have taken the time to vote for me in the Unruly Paper Arts challenge (mentioned in the last post). Some of you may have noticed a distinct drop off in the number of visits/comments from me recently and for that I'd like to apologise. By way of explanation - in 'real life' I'm currently heavily involved in setting up a new website (not for myself I hasten to add). As a result it feels like I'm attached to this PC, in fact so much so that I've had to pretty much stop commenting over and above DT commitments to stop my head from exploding! Normal service will be resumed fairly shortly, but I thought it only fair to keep you in the picture.

With that said it's time to post the first of three between now and Monday night (yep, just like buses!)


I created another of those paste/gesso/paint/stencil/spray backgrounds that are so enjoyable and versatile. The colours were relatively easy to choose for an autumnal feel.


The paste through leaf/acorn stencils absorbed some of the base colour, and for this card I added some of the new clear Distress Glitter - and oh boy is it worth the hype! Big glittery chunks and my favourite part, you aren't covered in the stuff for days after using it!


I also used it on the Distress Stained flowers, and yes, they are supposed to look a little past their best as they are the last remnants of summer finally fading.


The frame was created using a die and a mix of Distress Paints over tissue paper.


The stencilling was used to imitate spiders' webs over the leaf clusters covered in the first touch of frost and mist. As well as spraying though it I flipped the stencil and printed off the reverse pattern.


Now for a second card with a completely different look, using a smaller piece from the same masterboard. This card got a more muted look (minus the glitter this time). 


Like the splatters of paint under the stencilling on both cards? Trust me, I didn't start flicking it around with my paintbrush this time - actually there was no need to as I have the perfect stamp for the job. The Artistic Stamper sells one of their own background stamps called 'smudge background' which works a treat for adding a random splatter pattern. It is also incredibly useful if you spritz it with water and use it on Distress Ink to give that 'spritz and flick' look.


The heart was cut from a piece of self-coloured/embossed card.


The flower is a tattered floral and the leaves stamped in Archival Ink from the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint set, and inked to match the autumnal background.


These are being entered for the following challenges;
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team challenge - Autumn (and of course I've used that fab Artistic Stamper smudge background stamp)
Drunken Stampers - Die Cuts (frame, sprigs, heart, flower and lacy border)
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Autumn Colours (stamping on the background, the fussy cut leaves and the sentiment)

I'll be back tomorrow with another couple of cards (including my completely different take on Tim's September tag!) Hope you'll be back soon. In the meantime take care of yourselves.
Hugs, Jenny xxx

34 comments:

  1. Love the delicate, feminine hues of the first card, and the atmosphere of wistful, vintage beauty. Those faded roses are so perfectly shabby chic - just gorgeous! And then I love that you were able to take the same base board and create such a sharp modern look for the second card - fabulous work, Jenny.

    Hope all goes well with the website-creating. Make sure to take breaks from the screen-staring!!
    Alison xx

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  2. Hi Jenny. This happens to most of us at times and really no need to apologise. I can understand. I love the finished look of your card and the flowers look wonderful. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. both cards are gorgeous! love that stencil, the colors and the textures that you include in them great job
    greetings from california usa
    bibiana

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  4. Your makes are utterly gorgeous this morning Jenny! Busy is good - that's me too bust not so. Hope you get some Jenny time in there.
    Your Aussie friend - Julie


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  5. Utterly and totally gorgeous Jenny, I absolutely love those backgrounds!!! And the colour palette is so yummy, autumnal without being in your face if you see what I mean. Those crunched up flowers are fabulous too. Great cards, both of them and I can't wait to see tomorrow's offerings...

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  6. These are both absolutely gorgeous Jenny and I love the texture and detail on the first and the simpler elegance of the second one.
    Sorry to be lacking in the comments myself lately as well as I've been very busy with work and also away on a much needed break.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  7. I love the master board Jenny - all those wonderful colours and textures. The flowers are pretty stunning too! Two great projects!

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  8. Awesomely Autumnal cards :D I love that word - 'Autumnal' hehe :D x

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  9. Oh wow Jenny these are just delicious cards, both different and rather spectacular, I think my favourite is the first one with those fabulous stained flowers that really do look as though they are the last for the year. Great job my friend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  10. Goodness Jenny, these cards are so beautiful! Love the shimmer and do you know I have not purchased any of that glitter! I can't stand being covered or the thought of breathing in glitter, so that is why you seldom see it on my projects! Now I may just change my mind and try some! Hugs and don't work too hard!

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  11. Beautiful cards Jenny. The colours are glorious and the textures are stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

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  12. Good Monday morning Jenny,
    Yet another stunning creation, I love, love, love, everything you have done on this wonderful creation. Now this really, really appeals to me.
    Have a fantastic week
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  13. Jenny your card and especially the background is pure heaven to look at. Your die looks like the crystallised sugar kind that you can eat ... mmmm yummy.

    Don't even think about not visiting as we all know that life gets in the way of our fabulous crafting hobby, all of us have those times. Genuine followers will just keep coming back time after time whether you visit or not.

    Hope the web gets finished soon.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

    Other hat on ... Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. x x

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  14. Hello Jenny,
    I like the card on the top verry much,the soft colours and structure.Do you have also Sunny Wish you a beautiful day,
    groetjes, Sabine

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  15. I do love the painty inky one but when the small panel is fastened to the white brick wall, it all suddenly pops - that's my favourite one!!

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  16. OH What an absolutely LOVELY card! I love all the color, the texture and how the Die cut just POPS! Thanks for joining us in the Drunken Stampers Lounge this week... I look forward to seeing more of your

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  17. GASP......beautiful. I can't get over the softness and perfectness of these stunning cards. The details are truly exquisite. :)

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  18. I am so glad you did not ask us to choose between these - they are both exceptional, love the shabby chic look of the first and the modern design of the second one - the colours on both are delightful - and both are gorgeous! Please try to take a little time out for yourself.... Hugs, Anne x

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  19. And, of course... Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper!!
    Alison xx

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  20. Both beautiful but love the first one most
    Rosie x

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  21. Two gorgeous cards Jenny, I love your faded roses and the wonderful Autumn colours. Can't real life get in the way sometimes lol xx

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  22. Both cards are awesome. Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers for the die cut challenge.

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  23. Gorgeous cards. I love seeing mixed media techniques used on cards. Thanks for joining us at Drunken Stampers! Cheers!

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  24. your textured panels really float my boat!

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  25. Both of these cards are fantastic.

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  26. Hi Jenny, These are absolutly gorgeous especially the first one. Hugs Mo x

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  27. Love that textured white brick wall as background behind all the other goodness... fabulous!

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  28. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers for the Die Cut challenge :)

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  29. Hi Jenny, Two gorgeous cards and both full of texture.
    Love the one submitted to FSC, stunning agains the white.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Avril xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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