Friday, October 24, 2008

Forever Autumn?

My feelings about Autumn are very mixed - much as I love the colours of Autumn - and those bright blue sky days we often get at this time of the year, what I hate is the rest of it - the darkening, cold mornings, the way the days get shorter and shorter and colder and colder - and I hate the thought of not seeing much of the sun, or even enough light for the next few months. It's not the best time of the year for me and I know many other people suffer the same sort of mood dips at this time of the year. What I'd really like to do is hibernate; I'd like to snuggle in somewhere warm and cosy then sleep till Spring!

Sue chose "Forever Autumn" as the theme for our
Daring Cardmakers challenge this week:
Forever Autumn
I decided on this one after hearing the Justin Haywood song of the same name playing on the radio. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and kept singing it as I was working.

So now I’m daring you to make a card that depicts Autumn.
It can be an Autumn scene or it can be something completely different but using a palette of Autumn colours……the choice is yours!
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if a few of you are singing along by the time you’ve finished either, I know some of the DT were!

As soon as I saw what Sue had in store for us I knew which papers I wanted to use - they've been sitting in the box for ages and this was the perfect opportunity to make use of them.
The papers are from the Exotic East collection from Imaginisce and are truly lush.
I've used a couple of them for this card, then did plenty of cutting and layering. I felt they looked a bit dull once I'd got them stuck down though - probably because of the brown card blank I'd used, so I grabbed my gold pen and did some doodled outlining. I do tend to get carried away when I start doing this but for once I think I managed to stop before making a doodle too far!

The gorgeous flower brad is MM (I think), but I gave it a hint of a shimmer by dabbing at it with a gold Krylon pen. The ribbon fell, serendipitously from my scraps box just as I was reaching for something else.

Please pop over and see all the beautiful Autumn Inspired cards on the DCM blog, and maybe you'll be inspired to join in - we do love to see where the dares we come up with lead.

Don't forget that the LE sketch this week has a Prize Draw too, which is still open for entering till next Tuesday - so you could combine the LE and the Main dare this week AND be in with winning a prize from Creative Treasures.

I've bought loads and loads of Christmas papers this year because there seem to be lots of must-have collections around this year. One set I've been lusting for is the new BG Wassail papers and now, thanks to Emma of Sassycrafts I finally have them sitting on my desk looking rather delicious.
As I've just caught up with most of my crafty tasks I'm going to try and get some more Christmas cards added to the pile and these are going to come in very handy, I think. Along with the Dream Street ones, the Imaginisce ones, 2 lots of Fancy Pants ones, 2 lots of Lasting Impressions ones.......


Rein said...

Gorgeous card, I love the flower!

Lythan said...

I think that the doodling turns a nice card into a spectacular one. And there will be no other card just the same.
I know what you feel about autumn. But actually it has been getting darker since the middle of June so only a few weeks to go until it starts to get lighter again!

Karen said...

I love Autumn too, especially the cold crisp mornings! Beautiful shades on your card this week Kathy but I do think that those gorgeous BG papers would look better in my collection.....aren't they superb? XXX

Hazel said...

Beautiful mellow autumn card. Mmmm I think I need some new BG papers - I keep seeing temptation everywhere!

Angelnorth said...

Lovely rich colours and the gold doodling sets it off beautifully - love it!

Leigh said...

stunning card Kathy, am racking my brains for autumnal colours in my stash.

strawberry fields said...

Hi Kathy
Thanks for your comments on my blog. I really enjoyed making the Forever Autumn second ever challenge entry. I love your card and the lovely description about the ribbon falling! I agree with your ideas about Autumn but it's all these wonderful blogs and ideas which are keeping my spirits up!
Thank you !

Susan (Sue H) said...

I can see why you thought those papers would be perfect for this dare Kathy.

You always put so much work into your cards and this one is no exception.
The doodling really adds to it and it looks amazing.

Juliet said...

The perfect project for a beautiful autumn day - I really enjoyed this one too. Those Wassail papers look scrummy Kathy! There is a little autumnal something for you on my blog.
Juliet xxx
PS - it was only a few £'s, honest!

Janice said...

It felt really cold today, I had to go and buy a new hat! I love that brad, it really makes your card. I hope to do this one at the weekend.

Lovely Christmas papers, those tree shapes looks like the recipe for a nice easy card!

Pascalebrad said...

Such lucious papers and perfect for the challenge. I love your flowers. Pascale :)

Sarah said...

The Autumn card is perfect - the colours are wonderful! Now I have to say that I think you have far too many of those Christmas papers Kathy - I know of somewhere you can send them to be recycled -

I like to do my bit for the environment ;o)

tracy said...

very nice kathy :)

i love autumn,the cold crisp mornings,the blue skies,the early darkness,it means i can stay in doors longer without people thinking i'm strange!!!

Caroline said...

Lovely card Kathy, and I do love Autumn so hope to give this challenge a go too....x

carolann said...

Wow this card is absolutely stunning hun well done xxxxxx

Jozza said...

I love your card Kathy! The gold doodling is fab and the papers are sooo lush!

Don't know what to say about the wassail except "boo hiss I want it!" lol I am so jealous!


Wendi said...

A Beautiful card, I love these colours I also love Autumn could be its because its my Birthday this week
Thank you for visiting my blog
Wendi x

Gez said...

Lovely rich card. The colours are gorgeous and the gold doodling is perfect. x

Karen said...

Beautiful card Kathy.

Gorgeous papers, we just got them in today and they really are fab :o)