Monday, October 29, 2012

Autumn Tinkering

Merry Monday all :) 

I have been super organized today, got my housework all done, the washing is on the line drying, so I thought I would pop into my craft room and see if Mojo wanted to have a tinker with me! 

This week I've seen several challenges pop up that I have wanted to play along with so we went in search for a few that would all work together. 

 The Inspired by Autumn Challenge is still open at Visible Image (ends soon! so get those entries in), Joanna Sheen has a call for silhouettes this week, Stampin Sisters In Christ are challenging us to time & clocks, Sugar Creek Hollow want to see some vintage text-ing, Do You Stack Up is asking for embossing, Simply Create Too has some gorgeous Autumn colors of yellow, orange and black and over at the Deconstructed Sketch, you will find a sketch to just die for! 

So with challenges in hand ... Off we went! 

I've rotated the sketch 90 degrees. 

 The Autumn colors, text & time / clock theme work fantastically for guys cards so I knew I wanted something masculine.  A rummage through my stamps & my fingers found the Mens Collage from Visible Image.  This would have to be one of my fav guy stamps I have.  And theme wise, it matched perfectly for all the challenges!   Now ... I did toss & turn & question myself if the Mens Collage is actually a silhouette ?  (It's Monday so I am easily confused today lol ... see why I don't blog on Mondays!)  Mojo and I concluded as this is a scene & not a portrait, it was 'silhouette' in nature & certainly not a stamp I would 'color up' :$

 Close up of the image - Mens Collage

Close up of the bow & the sparkly paper from Kaisercraft.

 Side view

 Inside using Hope It's Special Sentiment 
& the small clock from the Time after Time set 

I am having a love affair with my Rangers fine black embossing powder at the moment (so love this stuff) so I inked up Mens Collage in versamark & heat set it, the stuff works great with the TH distress inks so I think that may be the reason for the addiction.   Then it was off to peak at the sketch again.  The bow just grabbed me in this sketch & I knew I had a little black & orange ribbon left over from my kit club from Really Reasonable Ribbons that would look spectacular against some of the orange sparkly paper from Kaisercraft's 13th hour paper pad & for some more text, I pulled the bottom layer from the Black and White Timeless pad.  Some lace took the place of the scallops & then all that was needed was out with the needle & black thread for some hand stitching around the edges. Of course, everything got a dose of ink distressing along the way & the image got a real distress taste also around the edges with my craft knife.

I finished the bow off with a brad from my Stampin' Up stash, topped with an orange jewel, the 3 black brads around the image where originally white that have had a coat of that magical black embossing powder & for some reason I went hunting through my abundant supple of stickers and found the copper foil flourish & just had to add it under the lifted corner of the image.  Being such a great sketch to work with, I continued it inside the card as well.  Added the Hope It's Special Sentiment & the small clock from the Time after Time set that are also both available from Visible Image.
I can honestly say Mojo and I have had some fun this morning! 
It has been a while since I blogged 2 cards in a day, but you never know!
So I had better go catch up with him! 

Before I go though ... 
Don't forget there is only a few days left to get your entries into the 
You can get your Visible Image stamps from {here}
Check out some of the amazing creations the DT have made on the blog {here}
Or come along and chat with us on Facebook {here}

And if I wasn't on the DT I would be playing along for the fabulous prize!
1st prize - A £20 gift voucher to spend at Visible Image
2nd prize - A £10 store voucher to spend at Visible Image
3rd prize - A £5 store voucher to spend at Visible Image
You do not have to use a Visible Image stamp to play along (though we do love when you share them with us & you will get an extra entry into the draw if you do!) And ... You can enter as many times as you like! (The more you enter, the better your chances!)

I hope you come along & play with us :)
We would love to see you there!
Catch you all latters,
Recipe -
Image / Sentiment - Visible Image - Men's Collage, Hope It's Special Sentiment & Time after Time set
Paper(s) -  Kaisercraft - Orange cardstock, black cardstock, Black and White Timeless pad & 13th hour paper pad
Embellishment(s) -  TH distress inks, Really Reasonable Ribbons, Ranger fine black embossing powder, Stash - Lace, stampin' up brad, orange rhinestone, copper foil sticker. DMC black thread, white brads wet embossed black.

Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Silhouettes Sun
Stampin Sisters In Christ  - Time. Use clocks/watches, calendars, sundials, etc. OR black and white only Sun 
Sugar Creek Hollow - Texting Vintage style  Sat E1/3
Crafty Catz - For a male Fri E1/1
Simply Create Too -  Yellow,Orange & Black Fri
Do You Stack Up - Embossing Thurs E1/3 
Deconstructed Sketch - Sketch75 Thurs
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15 Treasured comments:

Zoe said...

Great card xxx

downrightcrafty said...

oh gorgeous colours and great stamping love the car image so warm, thank you for sharing with us at Joanna Sheen
Hugs Kate xx

rachel said...

stunning card Leesa - love the warm colours and the style - just beautiful xx

Alyx said...

This is stunning! I love everything about this card...the bow, colours, layout, stamp (which I must have!). It's fabulous.

Thank you for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge.

jane stillman said...

A fabulous card, love the colours and design x

Unknown said...

what a superb card love it especially that bow ilove ows lol!!! thanks also for sharing it with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week hugs sassyx

Unknown said...

i should have said bows ....sassyxx

WencheP said...

Oh - this is just amazing. Love the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Kim said...

stunning card, love the image and all the details! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz! Kim x

Heather said...

Leesa~ Wonderful card! Love the sentiment, the colors and the stamp!! Great take on the sketch! Thank you for joining us in our texting challenge at Sugar Creek hollow!!

Aunty Sue said...

Great male card and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz this week

Miesje said...

Oh so very pretty. The colors are striking! Thanks for playing along on SSiC this week.

Amanda said...

Beautiful card! I love the papers you used and your bow is fabulous! TYFS with us @ Simply Create Too! Hope you join us next time :)


purplekt22 said...

Cool card - love the colours - would never think to use those colours. Also love the stamp and all the details! x

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Leesa: Your card is so very wonderful--- Thanks for joining in our COLORS Challenge.

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