September...where did the last four weeks go. It has been one fast moving month. It seems the older I get the faster they go.
Here we are with a Mix-Up hop. As always our hop is done in a circle meaning you can go backwards and forwards, start in the middle, end or beginning. Whichever way you choose you will find some awesome projects from very talented people. I love hopping with them.
You arrived here from Miss Jaylin's blog if you started from the beginning. She has learned well from a great teacher. If you are moving backwards you came from Deb's blog, she is one of those artists that I can't wait to see what she has in store this time.
I decided to go very simple with my cards this time, so with the exception of the last one, these take no time to put together. Here is #1.
The base card is Smokey Slate with a layer of Basic Black. The base card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The top layer is Crumb Cake stamped with stamps from Awesomely Artistic, Wild About Flowers, Butterfly Basics and Sheltering Tree using Basic Black and Basic Gray ink. The dragonfly was stamped with Night of Navy. I then embossed it with the new Brick Wall EF. I aged the wall using Smokey Slate ink and a sponge dauber. The wings of the dragonfly were accented with Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue. With Smokey Slate CS and the Banner punch I fashioned the "thinking of you" banner.
Card # 2 is super simple. I love birch trees and fall leaves so this put the 2 together.
We are very lucky to have both the white paper birches and golden birches on our property. I decided to make this card the white variety. Using the new thick Whisper White CS this card base is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The top layer is Soft Suede CS embossed with the Woodland EF. I used White Craft ink to bring out those beautiful birches. I found the closest leaf possible to a birch leaf in our Vintage Leaves stamp set, and cut out the single leaf with the matching dies, Leaflets Framelits. After crinkling and pinching it into the shape I wanted it, I added a few drops of Crystal Effects. I have not decided on a sentiment for it, but maybe it doesn't need one.
My last card is one that is similar to one I created a couple years ago after seeing leaves done by Rae Deen Bittner. (I hope I spelled that right).
With a card base of Delightful Dijon cut lengthwise at 5 1/2" to create an easel. I layered it with Real Red, Wild Wasabi and the "wood" layer uses the Woodgrain EF on Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip ink rubbed over the raised areas. The leaves were stamped using Vintage Leaves with Archival Black ink on watercolor paper. Using my blender pen and various fall maple leaf colors, I created these fall leaves. The were cut using the Leaflets Framelits and crinkled and pinched into shape. Tags and Labels Framelits had the right size tag for the sentiment from Endless Thanks which I tied to the stem of the leaf with Linen Thread.
That concludes my creations for this hop. Now you are off to the super talented Deb's blog. Enjoy!
Christine. I love all of the leaves. Adding the crystal effects really finishes them off.ReplyDelete
Those leaves on your third card just pop! I bet they are even more awesome IRL. Love all the cards - you've reminded me that I haven't used my Brick Wall EF yet - after waiting for it for over a month as it was on backorder when I put in my pre-order.ReplyDelete
Wonderful cards, Christine. I especially love the subtle coloring in your first card and the spectacular coloring in the third card :) I think your second card is fine without a sentiment, too.ReplyDelete
Christine, I really enjoyed all of your cards. Your "simple" cards are wonderful and ones I would like to CASE. Your third card is stunning! TFSReplyDelete
Oh my gosh - such gorgeous cards, Christine! I'm so glad you included all the details on how you created them ; it'll make it easier for me to Case! LOL! Your colour combinations are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
That leaf card is especially striking, love it.ReplyDelete
What you do with a blender pen is amazing. That is my favourite card although the dragonfly is wonderful and the birch trees are lovely too.ReplyDelete
All beautiful cards! I especially love the dragonfly card!ReplyDelete
Hi Christine, thanks so much for continuing to be part of our terrific blog hop. I had to smile when I read about the months whizzing by more quickly as you've grown older. My daughter mentioned that to me just a couple of days ago. So I don't think it's age-related. Perhaps the earth is spinning more quickly?ReplyDelete
You continue to amaze me with your works of art. What you call "going simple" is simply beautiful to my eyes. I love the effect you've created with the embossed bricks and Awesomely Artistic set. I am blown away by your results for the white paper birches card. And, finally, I feel challenged by your Woodgrain/Fall leaves card. I'd love to see if I can follow your details and get similar results with those leaves. Wonderful work!
Christine I'm blown away by your "simple" cards too. I can tell a lot of care and planning went into all 3 of them. Being an Ontario girl originally, I'm drawn to your Birch Tree card and I love the mix of the soft suede and white with the single leaf. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Wow! You're projects are gorgeous, Christine!ReplyDelete