Sunday, 7 October 2012

Autumn’s here

Wow – where did those two weeks go? I've been off on my hols to Turkey (which was amazing) and it’s already time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping. Having just spent a week in glorious  sunny temperatures we returned to the UK to find Autumn well and truly on it’s way and over at FSC Paula has set the theme 'Shades of Autumn/Fall'. 

I have used a skeleton leaf stamp from The Stamp Man, in distress inks over the base card. For the next layer I’ve embossed the leaf in clear, then coloured over with DI.
For the final layer I've used metallic leaf sheets on the skeleton leaf image which I first stamped onto brown card (though it looks black on the pic). I love this technique but it is REALLY messy – I'm going out with friends tonight and will have extra sparkle on my face and clothes I’m sure !
I coloured a small panel with ink sprays and embossed the words with aged ivory Embossing powder. The Stamped butterfly is coloured with pencils and has a layer of glossy accents over it. 
I hope the wonderful rich colours of autumn inspire you to join us, and as always there is some wonderful inspiration over on the FSC site  – Please remember we are a Stamping Challenge so NO DIGIS and we must see some stamping on your piece.

I’m also sharing this here -
Vintage elusions – Wings
The Stamp Man - Butterflies, Birds, bees

I look forward to viewing your lovely creations....Esther xx


  1. beautiful card Esther, Debi x

  2. Welcome home Esther and pleased to hear you had a good holiday and thank you for your kind words the other day.

    You look like you settle right back into the crafty groove, this piece is really lush.

    Many thanks for joining our autumn leaves and trees theme at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  3. Gorgeous card and autumn colours hope you had good holiday my DD has just returned from Turkey and she is feeling the cold after the high temp over their.


  4. Such lovely shades of autumn Esther and I love the different techniques you have used to achieve the look, particularly the metallic leaf.
    Glad you had a great holiday.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  5. Gorgeous card Esther, beautiful shades and stamping! Great to have you back after your travels :)) Hugs xxxx

  6. Hi Esther, Gorgeous card, love the skeleton leaf stamp and the different techniqaues you have used with.
    Glad you had a good holiday.
    Avril xx

  7. Beautiful card, thank you so much for playing along in the cupboard trilogy challenge, good luck Hun xxx Zoe DT xxx

  8. Hi Esther, gorgeous card love your beautiful butterfly and shimmery stamped leaves, hope you have a lovely evening with your added sparkle LOL! XX

  9. That leafing is fabulous--even if it is messy! ;) LOVE this card--gorgeous colors! I hope you come and play along with me at Technique Tuesday--the monthly challenge is Bargello! Also, I have a DT call on my blog for a new challenge that will start in January if you are interested! HUGS! :)

  10. Love your card, the butterfly is great.
    thanks for joining us over on the Cupboard Trilogy challenge
    Mags (DT)

  11. Beautiful card Esther, I love the skeleton leaf technique. Sue C x

  12. Love the background stamping, its a beautiful autumn card.

  13. I love what you've done with th skeleton leaf image! Glad you had a good holiday! Best, Yvonne

  14. A gorgeous creation Esther. Love the background and layers and the text panel and butterfly are amazing.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  15. What a beautiful card, love that saying and the butterfly is gorgeous. Thanks for taking part in the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge.

    Liz xx[DT]

  16. Wow Esther this is stunning. So much to look at and take in. Thanks for taking part in our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx

    CTC DT

  17. Beautiful card Esther, love the rich autumn colours and the colouring on the butterfly is brilliant. Thank you for joining as at The Stamp Man with this lush card. XOXO Zoe

  18. Stunning card - so many gorgeous details.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  19. Hi Esther...such a gorgeous autumnal card! Love all the colours
    Dot x

  20. Ooh lovely! The metallics look great against the dark card (I'll take your word for it that it's brown!)... what a beautiful piece of inspiration, thank you!
    Alison x

  21. Love the grungy feel of your Autumn inspired card! It is gorgeous!

  22. gorgeous colours! Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week with this creation!

  23. A fabulous creation in great colors sheme. Fantastic technique.

  24. Love how you added layer upon layer and ended with the lovely butterfly. Great use of the gold leafing. Thank you for joining us at the Blockheads Gold Leaf Technique challenge!!

  25. Wonderful Autum/Fall colours love the gold leafing!

  26. Fabulous card, I love it
    Thank you so much for joining us over on The Cupboard Trilogy challenge blog ... Good luck & hope to see you next time
    Jane xx

  27. Absolutely beautiful! Love that butterfly! Thanks so much for playing with us in the Blockheads Leafing Technique Challenge!
    Leslie, DT


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