Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Autumn has arrived here today! We have some light rain, very windy and much much cooler... so today's share is fitting I think!
I still have my CAS head on!

It's EONS since I managed to take part in the challenges at 'Less Is More' but I finally found some inspiration in the little grey cells to produce something that combines with their colour theme for this week of Dark Green and Rust.

I have been practicing using an acrylic block inked and spritzed with water - am still not very proficient but this piece used as the background was one that didn't end up in the bin! I either manage to press too hard, put too much water on or generally just make a splodgy mess! This effort I think is 'passable'! The ink is Shabby Shutters.

The Chloe stem die from Memory Box I have had for some time and this is the only second time I've used it... I inked some card with Rusty Hinge and then cut out two flower heads.
The tops of the heads I painted on some Dark Bronze Mica powder mixed with modelling paste. I do not use the mica powders enough - they very rarely get an outing as I hate using them up!
Randomly placed some bronze pearls on some of the tops and left the others - which are quite shiny IRL and the little bit of texture gives a some depth.
 Just layered it onto some textured card and stamped on the sentiment.

Challenges -
Clear it Out - Thanks (and am using my powders reluctantly!)
Cuttlebug Mania - Back to Nature
PB& More -    Autumn Colours

Thanks for taking the time to look - am off now to finish a commissioned new baby card - but will have coffee and a trawl through blogland first! x


Stamps and Paper said...

Love your spritzing Viv its makes a lovely background...great card


McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Viv I love the design!!
Kevin xx

Shirley Chillman said...

I love the spritzing technique Viv and your card turned out beautiful. Great Autumnal colours.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the little pearl accents on the wild flowers.
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Pauline said...


Sue said...

This is gorgeous. I love the way you have inked the background and the MB die looks beautiful in the Rusty Hinge colour.
Sue xx

Wendy said...

So beautiful Viv, love the fab design.
Wendy xx

Kathleen said...

Looks fabulous.

Kath x

Lizy Bartaby said...

This is really lovely Viv! Love the spritzed background and the mica dressed stem...very pretty!
Lizy xx

Meggymay said...

Viv, this is so beautiful, love the background effect.
Yvonne x

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Viv, Worked beautifully if you ask me :D I love the bronze pearls on the die, altogether a winner! Lovely to 'see' you again!!:D x

debby4000 said...

Absolutely beautiful Viv.

brenda said...

A very elegant card Viv and very effective inking in the background.

Thanks so much for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

And welcome to the team at FVSC, looking forward to working with you.

B x

coops said...

so gorgeous viv.the backgroud effect is fab and i love your design and colours ;D

xx coops xx

Di said...

Really lovely card Viv. And I just spotted your comment over at Less Is More, well said! You summed up my feelings exactly.

Hugs, Di xx

Viv said...

This is beautiful Viv,lovely spritzing and I love these flowers in this colour combo too. So pleased the gift was well received also :) Viv xx

aussie aNNie said...

Doing the rounds Viv and love what I see. This is a lovely die and I use mine often but I sure love the spritzing you have added as well...great

jane ayres said...

what a lovely creation ... thankyou for sharing with us over at the paper nest dolls x hugs jane x

Za ovinkom said...

Looks gorgeous! Thank you for joining our CAS Challenge at The Paper Nest Dolls.
Jasmina DT PND

Jen said...

love how you have used the die
Thanks for joining us this week
Jen x
"Less Is More"

Chrissie said...

This looks gorgeous!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Jannie said...

Tripple wow! It looks like a painting! It is gorgeous!!

Thank you for joining us at Cuttlebug Mania!

Cuttlebugs & Hugs

Kimbo said...

I think the background is fantastic and I love the tips of the flowers. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

Barbara Godden said...

Awesome card, love everything about it. Thanks for joining us at Clear it Out for the challenge.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

This is fab Viv! Love your splattered background and the CAS style! Susan x

Gemma said...

I so love this card hunni, its really beautiful...
hugs and xxx