Saturday, 4 December 2010

Where Have All the Colours Gone?

At this time of year, I'm more used to seeing an array of golds, russetts, greens, browns, coppers, reds - I could go on - but whenever I look outside my window at the moment, there is only a blanket of white, with the odd bit of drab green poking through.  Who stole all the lovely autumn colours?  The snow is very pretty but there's only so much white a girl wants to see! 

So, in order to introduce some of those beautiful warm autumn colours, I've designed today's card, which is also my entry for the following challenges:

Stamptacular Challenge: 'Fall Colours'
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Sketch, see below

Here it is, my little bit of autumn:

Image: A Day For Daisies, 'Holiday Mail'

Papers: Scenic Route (strips) and Pink Petticoat (gingham)

Isn't this the sweetest image - I love A Day for Daisies images but I have to be in the 'right place' to colour them as they are so delicate.

I've kept the colouring (Copics of course) very simple - just a hint of shadow and light (probably all in the wrong place!) and with a rich orange as the focal point.  I've used Scenic Route papers, which come printed in very handy strips of pattern, perfect for cutting up for something like the stripes here. 

Do you like the sunflowers?  I'm so pleased they worked.  These are simply circles punched out of pale yellow Bazzill, cut into spikey petals, layered up (two circles per flower) and a nice big brown brad for the centre.  I love these brads - can't remember who makes them but they have a lovely velvety finish, just perfect for the middle of a sunflower. 

I must say, I'm hugely enjoying being on holiday - I've done lots of crafting at a leisurely pace (rather than the frantic 'got to get it done' mode I'm usually in) and I've had time to try out some new digi companies too, which is always nice.   I shall be able to post daily for the next couple of days! Yaaaaaay!

Happy crafting.


  1. Oh Peri this is fabulous love the colouring and the card design its gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  2. fabulous..scrumptious card and take on the sketch! those sunflowers are yummy! and what an elegant image! beautifully done

  3. Ohhh, your card makes me warm all over. It is so inviting and rich. I love that adorable image. You have colored it up so well. Grat choice of colors and wonderful take on the sketch. Thanks so much for joining this week at SSW.
    Nancy SSW-DT

  4. I totally agree with you I missed those beautiful fall colours too, we just had 7 centimeters of snow today! Brrr. As for you card I love it, the image is totally sweet and beautifully coloured! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week, Gemma

  5. Oh my goodness this is a keeper! Stunning coloring job on the image which sets the stage for the gorgeous papers, colors and embellishments here. My mouth is still on the floor over this complete look. Genious on the sunflowers! Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We hope you'll return again next week too.
    All the best,

  6. Oh it's so nice to have alot of crafty time isn't it?? I love your Fall card! What a sweet girl reaching for that mailbox, I LOVE the colour you've used for her coat!
    Wonderful job,
    So glad you joined us at STamptacular this week.

  7. Oh I am in love with that darling image. You colored it up so nicely. The sun flowers make it so perfect. Love your take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along @SSW!!

  8. Oh my, this card is so inviting! I love your sunflowers that you made! They are the perfect touch to your beautiful colored fall image! It just couldn't be any cuter! Thanks for joining us at SSW!

  9. Wow, this is one gorgeous card!!!! I love your adorable image and the sunflower embellies!!! Thanks for joining us at SSW.


  10. Hi Peri, this is such a wonderful image, your colouring is perfect. I love your colours, design papers and your embellishments. What a great take on Arlana's sketch. Oh we have summer here in New Zealand and it's currenly very hot for this time of year it usually gets really hot after Christmas. You don't usually get snow at this time of year in England either usually it's after Chrimstmas, November is very early.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, good luck and please come again soon.
    Kathie SSW-Design Team

  11. Hi! I love this card! The image is adorable and the coloring is beautiful!

  12. Such a beautiful card! Love the image and great colors!
    Thanks for playing with us at Stamptacular Sunday this week! Good Luck on our Falling For You challenge!
    Dee (Spryte)♥
    Sprytebyrds Spot

  13. Oh what a stunning card!! Love the warm autumn colors and that adorable image is just so sweet!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week with our sketch.
    Hugs Jackie

  14. I just recently discovered A Day for Daisies and I just love their images! Your coloring is perfect and this is just as sweet as can be. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  15. Oh wow! Yes, I do like your sunflowers - they are gorgeous! Love your coloring as well - stunning! Thanks so much for playing at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Deanne :)


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