Thursday, 23 November 2017

An autumnal glow

It has turned a little colder last week but the colours of autumn are still shining out. I took a new "freshly baked" batch of cards down to Dotty's and smiled on my walk at Mother Nature
The falling leaves are like a carpet of gold
I also spotted Mr Heron hiding in the branches of one of the pine trees.  I know where to look for him but he is hidden to most people.
I wanted to get up to date for a couple of challenges when I got home so inspired by the trees I set to work. I wanted my focal to look like a slice of tree wood..complete with rings. I used the ornate oval frame die and a Lili of the Valley sentiment which I stamped and embossed in brown.
I then added crackle glaze...I love this effect and I achieved my "wooden frame"effect that I was looking for.
 I used an off cut of pretty Christmas paper from my stash which has birds in it. I distressed and folded the edges and created a "faux" sewn border.  A holly die cut and ribbon completed my card.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #7
If you would like to play along with Linda's challenge you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.
You can also combine it with any other that is just what I did.
This is her card for week 67 here. I took the use of the Oval ornate frame and central sentiment to use for some of the inspiration in my design.

That's Crafty 2/3 stencil it

Fashionable Stamping  2/3 nature

Try it on Tuesdays 1/3 colourful

Simon Says Wednesday  tear it up I "torn" the edges of the panel by distressing them with my scizzors

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. It is such a beautiful autumn and you have captured the gorgeous colours in your pictures here Jane. What a lovely walk you had to take your new cards to Dotty's. Your latest card is very rich and colourful, and I like the wood effect you created. Happy nearly weekend!

  2. Great pics Jane...those colours are amazing!!
    Love the wood effect on your pretty card too!
    Hope you're having fun,
    V x

  3. What a charmed life you're having! Enjoying the products you make and being able to walk through such beauty to deliver them to the coffeehouse! Bravo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Beautiful card! I love the amazing texture on your frame, and the stencil pattern on the sentiment panel is fantastic! What a wonderfully festive piece! Wow on those autumn photos, that one with the reflection on the water is pure heaven!! have a great weekend, hugs :)

  5. Amazing photos and a brilliant card! WOW! Thank you very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    oxo Susi
    Happy weekend for you!

  6. I love your wood effect centre oval piece. Your photo of the heron in the tree is a great one. Would never think to look up into a treat to spit one. Have managed to snap one when it landed on a neighbours roof. The leaves are hanging on here too. Hugs Mrs A.

  7. Its a beautiful design and card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Try it on Tuesdays. Your photos all looked lovely.

  8. Glorious photos dear Jane!
    Your card is beautiful!

  9. Your blog is always such a refreshing treat! LOVE your photography skills and your artwork is equally stunning. I think this is such a clever use of wood stenciling and is completely original. Thank you for sharing your inspiring work with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  10. What gorgeous photos and your card is just as beautiful, the wood effect on your background is fabulous! Thank you for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  11. Very beautiful designed. Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Greetings Carola

  12. Fabulous photos Jane! We know where there is a hidden heron too! I'm sure lots of folk walk past without a second glance! I love your card! The frame is my favourite part but must say you have chosen the perfect centre for it! So pleased you joined us at Try it On Tuesday! Chrisx

  13. Beautiful Autumn photos and a fabulous piece of art, the wood effect frame is brilliant

    Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday Challenge


  14. Ooh, that's a scrumptious crackled frame, and the rich red and gold is so festive. Love those autumn photos too - a wonderful post.
    Alison x

  15. Wow, I absolutely love the wood slice sentiment! That's a fantastic Merry Christmas stamp and the focal piece looks wonderful framed in the sensational crackled Ornate Frame die cut! You outdid yourself this week, Jane! Thanks so much for sharing it with my visitors!


  16. Oh, that wood slice center and ornate frame are gorgeously rustic, Jane! How clever to use that stencil to get these results! The faux sewn border looks so realistic and is a perfect finishing touch to this beautiful card! Love the walk through your autumn wonderland, too! Hugs! Happy New Year!


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