Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Thanks!

As well as my main Flickr group Art N Soul, I also occasionally set a challenge on another one called 'Hugz from the Heart'. The idea of this group was for us to just occasionally celebrate occasions without the pressures of a regular swap. So far this year we've celebrated Valentines and Spring and then we had a break during the summer months.
As the autumn is fast upon us here in the UK (and boy was it cold this morning!), I thought it might be a good idea to celebrate a holiday with our friends 'across the pond'. I'm told by one of our group (who's a brit now living in the US) that we should adopt thanksgiving here - she loves it and says it's a chance for families to get together without the massive cost and pressure of Christmas - so it gets my vote! Here's my card.

The orangey spotty background paper is from K and Co. The tree image is by Crafty Individuals. I stamped it in Timber Brown Stazon and then tried my hand at colouring with Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Tea Dye). I am still very much a novice at this technique but I hope it's passable!
I ran some Antique Linen Distress Ink round the image before mounting it onto dark brown card.
The orange mulberry paper was from my stash and I used a small Elusive Images leaf stamp to give the panel some interest. The sentiment was printed on the PC and cut out using my nesties. I finally added the little wooden button with a few fibres.
There's lots of challenges around this week that this card fits -

Simon Says - Give Thanks, The Stampman - Autumn Colours, Let's Ink It Up - Halloween colours, Crazy 4 Challenges - Fall/Autumn, Stamping for the Weekend - Fall, Totally Papercrafts - Autumn, The Pink Elephant - Brown and Orange, Mami Doodles - Thanksgiving
Even though this has been a difficult year for me personally I still have much to 'give thanks' for - I am blessed to have wonderful friends, both here in the UK and in cyberspace and I have the best husband anyone could wish for - and I 'give thanks' for them all. x

28 comments:

Jan said...

Lovely card Viv.....and nice sentiment. The colours in the tree are really beautiful.

Netty said...

Such a gorgeous card with great colours Viv. Annette x

Sherry said...

Fabulous card Viv - your distress ink and colouring looks good to me! Thank YOU also for your friendship and great sense of humour xxx

SuzanneK said...

Beautiful creation, I love the tree and the way you coloured. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, hope to see you again. Cheers Suzanne

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

GORGEOUS tree! You did a really fantastic job on this!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Diamond Doll said...

Fab card Viv i love the that tree and your colouring with the inks are brill.
(hugs)
Trish (-:

Wendy Colledge said...

Hi Viv
What a fabby card hun! I love the tree and how you've coloured it.
Thank you for sharing it with us at Mami Doodles xx

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Viv and the tree looks really stunning! Thanks for sharing it with us at LIIU and good luck
Claire xx

Lee said...

Hi Viv.It's a really stunning card,love the way you have used the distress inks.xx

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

What a pretty project! Thank you for sharing and inspiring! It's time for another challenge at Papercraft Star and we hope that you will consider using your creative talents to join us for our "Thank You" theme! We are currently accepting applications for our Design Team too and It's also not too late to sign up for our $25.00 gift certificate drawing! Hope you visit us today! http://papercraftstar.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-gift-certificate-give-away-at.html

Mami Doodles said...

Gorgeous card! Love the sentiment too. Thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge.

PetraB said...

Wonderful warm colours, the tree is so beautiful.

Joanna K said...

Beautiful Halloween/autumnal stamping! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and I hope you can join us again soon ;)) Hugs, Joanna x

Pat Garvin said...

your tree is gorgeous. I love your colors.Thanks for playing with Lets Ink It Up.

Jules said...

Hi Viv

Wow .. .. this is wonderful.

Such gorgeous rich colours and a really beautiful tree.

Love Jules xx

p.s. You are right .. men don't understand the therapy behind a good old gossip. Mum isn't always in the mood for one but when she is it is great.

Angela said...

Absolutely love the way you coloured your tree! such an elegant card! thank you for playing along at TPE this week!

Tammy - That's me on the left! said...

Great card, you stamping and colours are lovely. Thank you sharing your card and joining in over at TPC. Hugs Tammy x

joey said...

Hiya Viv Hun

this is gorgeous, I love the distress ink over the tree, beautiful! thanks forjoining us at tpc

Joey.xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous and beautiful colours.
luv
Debby

Dragonlady said...

Hi there

Beautiful card, grogeous effect. Thanks for playing at LIIU.

Hugs Ali x

June said...

Hi Viv thanks for the lovely welcome back to blogland :)
Wow this is beautiful. I love how you coloured the leaves using distress ink, its a gorgeous watercolour effect and explosion of autumn colour. gorgeous !!
Hugs June x

stampdiva said...

Lovely card. Lynne M

Trinh said...

This is so pretty, Viv! Thanks so much for joining us for a Mami Doodles challenge!

Neet said...

Not sure about you being a novice at colouring in with DI's - love how you have used the colours on the tree. A beautiful card.

Jane said...

Love how you've done the tree! gorgeous card! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp! hugs, Jane xxx

Vixykins said...

Stunning work hunny, absolutely beautiful design. Thank You for playing at The Stampman (Sorry I'm late leaving a comment!)

Silvia said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joinins us at TPE!

Silvia said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joinins us at TPE!