Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Note:  This card hails DIRECT from the scrap bin. NO new papers were harmed in the making of this card! :)
The challenges are as follows:

1) The Cuttlebug Spot "Fruit" theme (OK, so there are a few vegetables in there too... ;)
2) Creative Card Crew "Strings Attached"
3) Daring Cardmakers "Scraplings"
4) Secret Crafter "Four Seasons"

Materials used on this card:

Parchment cardstock
Brown cardstock
Blue mat paper is from My Mind's Eye
Patterned blue paper and script from Making Memories "Autumn Splendor" collection--a current favorite
"Orange Stripes" from the My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus" collection--another favorite

Clear stamps from the Fabulous Fall Stamp Kit by TPC Studio (JoAnn's)
Brown pigment ink from Stampabilities
Coffee Bean pigment ink from Rubber Stampede, for inking edges

Scalloped circle dies from Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch
EK Success small corner rounder
"Wrought Iron" embossing folder from Cuttlebug folder+die set

Brads from Spare Parts
3/8-inch brown Robert Stanley ribbon
Butcher's twine

Detail of coloring:

I colored the images with Crayola colored pencils. I know some folks prefer Prismacolors, and these really are superb pencils. But I just can't buy brand new CP's when already I have a big collection of perfectly good Crayolas sitting around. These do just fine as well, and the color selection has never let me down, even from the medium-sized box!

Here's a quick tip I've learned as well:
If you want smoother blending with colored pencils, try coloring
over your image first with the WHITE pencil.
Make sure you lightly cover the whole area, since if you miss a spot then it will show up as darker color when you add the next layer. Then color as you normally would over the white base. The overlaid colors will lay down smoother and blend more easily this way. Of course, I have also found that if you use a regular glue stick to adhere the image to its mat first, the glue softens the paper and if you color at this point, it will also give you a smoother image. The key is just to be patient and not press down too hard.  I've also heard that baby oil helps to blend; but I've not tried it yet.  Probably that technique will be a favorite go-to after the baby himself is here :).

Here's a view of the inside, using that wonderful embossing folder "Wrought Iron," which I just fell in love with as soon as I saw it!...Isn't it stunning?!

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is already so very close. I don't know about you all, but I am getting into baking mode! Pumpkin bread and walnut apple crisp... yeast rolls, gingerbread and all! Later this evening I plan to make some banana bread. I think there will probably also be chocolate involved. :)

As always, thank you so much for visiting. Your comments really do brighten my day, and I appreciate the chance to see so much lovely work from others that both lifts and inspires.

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Have a great day!


  1. Wow I just love your scrapling, there's so much detail and your colouring is superb. Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  2. Oh, this is just fabulous. I love the non-traditional autumn colors you choose. Really beautiful card and great string you used for the bow. Terrific job on the Strings Attached challenge. So happy you could play along with us at the CCC this week.

  3. Great card. Love the papers and colour combo you've used here.
    Thanks for playing along at CCC this week.
    Sam x


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