Thursday, 3 October 2013

Autumnal inky play

The lovely mild autumnal days have continued to inspire me. This afternoon the temperature got up to 20c again.
I enjoy regular walks through my local park and watching the leaves slowly change colour. All the wildlife babies from the spring have now grown up.
I have continued to find more conker treasures too ;0)

And in my own garden the colour palette is changing too, 

All these golds and browns inspired me to try something very different for me this year. I decided to try an autumnal palette for some crafting. Normally yellows, browns and orange rarely feature in my crafting world. If I am honest I am not a huge fan of dark brown or orange for making cards and I rarely tend to use it as a prime colour.  However there are so many great card challenges this month which are asking for autumnal colours I took the plunge. As I do not own any autumnal themed papers at all I decided that I would make my own backing paper with some TH distress inks. The only distress ink pad colours I have which are vaguely autumnal are vintage photo, black soot and walnut stain. I also decided to add a little yellow with my squeezed lemonade distress ink. I went down to my studio and got messy and here are the papers I produced as well as a tag.
I then realised that I had no real autumnal rubber stamps, until I remembered that Halloween is associated with the autumn. In an ancient box of stamps I remembered I owned a spiders' web wood backed rubber stamp which must be 10+ years old. I also wanted to make a new Guest DT card for Ignacio of Nicecrane designs using his fun Halloween digi images. I love being part of his team and he has produced some fabulous Halloween Images . I chose 3 images and printed them off.  He also has a great sheet of Grunge Halloween sentiments  The beauty of them being digital is that you can make them any size you wish.

I used my spiders web stamp and gold embossing powder to put some detail onto to my inked card.
For my first card I used the top image as that really makes me smile.

Here it is; now don't be spooked...........................................................;0)........................

Isn't this a fun image, I just love it. Here is a close up

I had a fab afternoon in my studio this afternoon and managed to make 2 tags and another card using my hand made inky paper. I will be sharing those with you during October.

This means I can now join in the fun of several card challenges this month.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Bearly Mine Halloween
Feeling Crafty autumnal
My Mum's Craft shop halloween
Heck of a Challenge Autumn
The Cupboard Trilogy Halloween/fall
Ali Craft autumn
Country View Crafts Halloween
A little bit Crafty shabby/inky
Whimsy Shabby/vintage
Stampin for the weekend fairies or fantasy
Rhedd and Rosie male card
Make it Monday Linky Party #160
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
A gem of a challenge use black on your card
Pile it on Challenge leaves
4 Crafty Chicks autumn
2 Sisters anything goes
Pan Pastel anything goes (So sorry I entered this into the wrong week initially..this is now the correct link!!)

I hope I didn't spook you too much;0) It's nearly another weekend again. We have finally got some welcome rain here this evening which my garden is enjoying. The weather again at the weekend is looking very mild and we hope to get out to enjoy some more fresh air and the beautiful autumnal countryside.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Another amazing card card Jane!!! :)
    You've got the colours exactly right and I love your gold webs!!
    If you need any more rain have some of ours, it has rained here all week, I'll be glad to get away from it for a week maybe by the time I get back, it will be dry and bright!
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Wowww Jane, love the amazing background,,,,you did,to place my funny Halloween pict,,,and the gold spiderweb,,,,,,,,,,,,waht creative you are......

  3. Those colours work great together and I love the gold spiders web. We are off to Swanage for the weekend, so hoping it stays fine.
    Have a good weekend yourself.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. stunning background Jane and it works fabulously on it's own but with the nicecrane image simply awesome
    Hugs Kate xx

  5. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at SFTW challenge good luck cheers Sue

  6. so cool Jane - I love this xx

  7. Hi Lovely Jane, Your cards just keep getting better and better and more creative. Love the way you dyed the paper, looks involved. You must have boxes and boxes of supplies, I think I should say treasures!
    I love the scrabble tiles

  8. What a nice autumn you are having! That card is simply AMAYzing! My sister's birthday is on Halloween so I always look for a Halloween Birthday card, can you believe they have them?
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Love how you have created the background. It looks fabulous. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  10. Wonderful background you created there Jane!
    a BOOtiful card indeed ;)

  11. Great card thanks for joining us at Feeling Crafty and good luck x

  12. Hi Jane! How booky fun! I love the papers you made and wish I had those on fabric! Spider web stamp is perfect and I love your card! Also the lady with the cat is so beautiful! Have a great weekend! x Teje
    PS. It's cloudy here and yesterday was raining a little bit. Finally I wear jeans and blouse with sleeves (still short).

  13. Great Halloween card, thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  14. Jane, these are amazing. Absolutely love the vintage images and your fabulous background.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Caz x

  15. Wow that is for sharing this amazing creation with us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly

  16. Wow Jane love your handmade. Background paper and the gold webs are stunning
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  17. Happy October, Jane,
    Very cool effects with the dyed paper and spider webs.Very "creepy" for Halloween.Lovely autumn views of Surrey......

    Happy creating,

  18. Fab make, thanks for joining in at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT xxx

  19. Hi Jane...I love the changes that come with Autumn and your card captures the colours perfectly and is beautiful as always!
    We haven't had a good week here weatherwise but fingers crossed it's looking brighter today!
    Beautiful photographs from your walk in the park!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  20. Boo to you too! I'm almost inspired to make something fall or Halloween too, but think I'll just enjoy your creations instead :)

  21. Smiling from ear to ear. It's so wonderfully overcast and cool here today and the leaves are changing and I sit here at the computer and take in your AWESOME Halloween card and inky background papers. Fantastic job Jane. :)
    Happy weekend.

  22. Hello Jane you have been busy again....the background paper you created looks wonderful with your Halloween images! I especially love those wonderful spider webs! Love your autumn photos too. Hope you are having a happy weekend.
    Helen x

  23. Very cool! I love how you used the inks in the background and beautiful scenery! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps

  24. WOW! Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining us at Feeling Crafty Challenge. Good luck :)

  25. Your backgrouns is stunning Jane, loving the spiders web and the vintage topper!
    Thank you so much for joining us over at Premium Crafts Challenge and good luck!

  26. Boo-tiful :-))
    Stunning card and you use a beautiful images! I like all details!
    Thank you for playing with us at BearlyMineChallenge.
    Hugs, Andreja

  27. What a fun halloween card! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  28. Wonderful job, thanks for playing our fall/autumn challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job!

    Leanne DT!
    4 Crafty Chicks

  29. what a lovely card. thank you so much for joining in wit our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  30. Awesome card! Wonderful colors for our FALL challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks - thanks for joining us!

  31. Wow this is fabulous I like the design and the colours, Thanks for joining in with us at Heck of a challenge this month, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  32. Wowwzerss loving your project, love the images and the webs are great, thanks for sharing with the DT from Premium Craft Brands, hugs Terry xxx

  33. Gorgeous card, love the halloween image, its really made me smile. Gorgeous inky background too
    thanks for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Uk
    Claire xx

  34. WOW Jane you pushed the boat out on this one! stunning and inkylicious!!
    Thanks for playing along at Heck of a Challenge, good luck and I hope you will join us again soon
    Hugs Laurie x


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