Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Fall x 2...Simply Create Too #70~Fall/Autumn, 4 Crafty Chicks #212~Fall, The Pink Elephant #268~Embossing, Freshly Made Sketches #154

Whooshed back for post 3...

Cheery Lynn leaf dies + a variety of fall/autumn challenges = happy me!!

Here's the list of galleries I'm entering:
The Pink Elephant #268~Embossing (card 1)
Freshly Made Sketches  #154 (Card 2)
4 Crafty Chicks #212~Fall  and Simply Create Too #70~Fall/Autumn (both cards)

My first card features a trio of leaves that I sponged, smooshed into Versamark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, heat set, then planted atop a new leafy embossing folder.  Shimmery...


NOTE:  Totally chuffed and honoured to be selected as TPE winner with this embossed card. THANK YOU!

For my second, I sponged a wee panel, added a gold maple leaf, and a strip of brown and...purple. Yes, weird colour choice, but it sort of works. My inspiration was the striped sweater my colleague was wearing on Friday: gold, rust, light green...and purple. It looked amazing on her, especially since it wasn't a run-of-the-mill combination.  Not sure if it translates well on my card, but in real life it 'seems' to work. If I add 'birthday' to the sentiment, perhaps that lends it guy-card potential....


We're planning to hike to Boom Lake (once it warms up a bit...still a chill in the air, but temps ae supposed to climb to 26C/79F later...), which will be a first for me. I'm intrigued by the description of a trail, winding through "a picturesque forest, with snow-capped mountains rearing over the treetops, that opens up onto a beautiful, large, alpine lake sitting directly at timberline and right below the jagged edge of the continental divide."  Off to get my hiking duds on...

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!




27 comments:

Anita in France said...

These are both gorgeous, Carol ... the crisp embossing and those beautifully sponged shimmery leaves on the first ... the great colour combo and shine on the second ... you've captured autumn perfectly! Have a wonderful hike! Hugs, Anita :)

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, that hike sounds amazing!
As are your fall cards! Love how you did the leaves on the first one and that embossing folder is so beautiful! Who makes it?
The golden leaf and the color combo on the second are fabulous!

Gerda said...

What a beautiful fall cards!! Love them both!! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

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Gerda
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Angie A said...

Great card, love the embossing! Thanks for joining us SImply Create Too! Angie-DT

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Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful fall cards! Love the sponged panel! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

Barb Ghig said...

Two really GORGEOUS cards, Carol! I'm so impressed with your inking/blending and your color choices are amazing! Beautiful fall cards, for sure!!!

sandie said...

Wow Carol, these are stunners. The inking and blending is wonderful x

Monika Reeck said...

I looove the first one with that leafs Embossing BG soo adorable Carol white in white is always look CAS...I see a winner on your second card,...you really can make a great Fall card Carol..love the leaf and the paper behind it...I adore this too miss C...hugs....(see you again on my last post sweety... :) )

Kylie said...

Loving both cards but I have to say that I'm beginning to think of card one as your signature design. It's BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it is just perfection.

Geri said...

Your beautiful, stunning display of fall colored foliage "leafs" me in awe of your creativity dear friend!

The leaves on your first card (awesome embossing folder) look like newly fallen 'for real' leaves! They are colored and blended so beautifully!

The gold embossed leaf on yet another gorgeous sponged background is absolutely stunning!

You're definitely rocking the fall scene dear friend :)

Nance E Salkeld said...

Gorgeous card. Love that emboss folder! Thanks for sharing it at The Pink Elephant Challenge! Come play again soon! Nance, DT

Carole said...

Two fabulous cards. Love the leaves and colours and the embossed background....stunning.

KayM said...

Oh I want to go with you on this hike! I might even give up some of my card making time to do that! It sounds sooooooo lovely! Anyway, your cards are just stunning! The sponged blended leaves are amazing. I think I told you once that I would never have distress inks.... well I'm rethinking that.... I'm about to order some. I just keep seeing too many neat things I want to try. Gosh darn it! haha! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the hike! ((Hugs))

Loll Thompson said...

Two beautiful cards Carol. I LOVE Cheery Lynn leaf dies as well and have several ... always fun to play with. Love your new embossed leaf design ... so pretty ... and love the color combo of your second card. Yes, that purple looks awesome with the more traditional fall colours! Loll xx

Deepti said...

Beautiful cards, I love the inking in both ur card and the gold leaf is such a cool addition :)

Dana said...

Wow!! Love the colors and embossing on the first card!! And wow, the colors on the second card really to work!! Love them both!!

Greta said...

I really like both cards, Carol! Purple is included in Fall in my book. I have a new leafy ef & am working on a similar card--can't get enough Fall cards!

Marisa said...

Be still my heart :) Adore leaves and fall colours so these two cards have me smiling like a Cheshire cat LOL! Great EF on the first and love the colours on the second.

Tracey McNeely said...

Two stunning leaf card, love the embossing and love the fall colours especially the purple! Definitely fall!

Jen Brum said...

Beautiful card Carol! I love those leaves! Such rich colours! Love how they look against the white background! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tina Henderson said...

These are simply stunning! I love those leaves! WOW!!! They look so real! Great job on the challenge! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week.
Tina - DT
4 Crafty Chicks

Kim S said...

I love your rich and royal colors!! I think your idea of a masculine birthday is perfect!

Brenda said...

I am loving your jewel tones Carol! This is a beautiful card and I think too it would work very well as a masculine card. Don't you just love getting color combinations from unexpected places?!! lol Hugs, Brenda

Taunya Butler said...

Oh, how my heart wishes I could be with you on that hike!! My dad loved the outdoors and one of these days soon I am going to go on a hike somewhere so I can be in the nature that he loved so much!! YOur cards made me gasp with delight - the changing colors of the leaves is my favorite thing about Fall! The first one with the embossed background and the sparkly leaves is just amazing and swoon worthy!! The second one - you are very right - the color combination WORKS!! It is absolutely lovely!! Have an amazing day and think of me when you are out in your beautiful nature!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning pair of fall cards...I love your beautiful embossing on the first, just beautiful card. Your hike does sound wonderful. I love this time of year and can just imagine what the trees will look like. I hope when you do go on your hike you will share some photos.

Julia Altermann said...

Fall in Canada – you are one lucky lady! What I would give to be where you are … also, what I would give for your crafting skills. And for that shiny paper … you keep waving it at me. If I wouldn't know better … no, I won't use the word gloating. Never ever ;)

Shannon J said...

Oh my gorgeousness, and yeah, YEAH, HUGE WINNER! The embossed leaves on the white notecard and the leaf dies, shaded absolutely beautifully. Heart.stopper! Ahhhhhhhhhh! Absolutely love the second card too - the leaf looks like it is decorated with gold leafing, and I adore the unexpected colour combo!