Awesome Autumn – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How has your week been? It’s feeling very autumnal here in Scotland and we’ve put the heating on as it has been much colder. I don’t mind though, I like this time of year and as a bit of a hermit I enjoy a cosy evening at home with the candles lit and some stitching in front of the telly, it’s a wild life I lead! Anyway all of that is leading to the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge which Shabneez has set for us this week. Our theme is Awesome Autumn and Shabneez said “I love autumn and all the colours and textures associated with it so I’d love to see your creations to celebrate my favourite season with me!”.

I had a leafy wreath cutting die which I think I found on ebay, I’ve no idea who made it but this felt like the perfect excuse to use it. I cut it from plain white card and then tried smooshing some distress oxides onto it to get some autumnal colours. I wasn’t happy with the depth of colour though so instead I pulled out some Catherine Pooler inks and pressed the die cut card directly onto the ink pads.

I heat embossed my sentiment straight onto the card base with this copper embossing powder and then arranged the wreath with some die cut acorns from a Tim Holtz set. The finishing touch (as usual for me!) was a few nuvo drops in antique rose and ripened pumpkin.

I think my acorns are a bit out of proportion but I quite like the jumbo size of them, the squirrels would be super excited to gather these I think!

I hope you will hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see the gorgeous cards made by my lovely design team chums and that you will share your autumnal make too. Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx


October Elemental Daring Cardmakers Challenge

It’s the first Friday in a new month so we have another elemental challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog. This is our image for October and as usual you are asked to use at least three elements from this picture.

This picture makes me feel all cosy! I do love autumn so this week is right up my street! I decided to use the cosy jumpers and the autumnal colours from the leaves to start. I pulled out this knitted effect embossing folder and some distress oxide and distress ink. Once I had blended the inks on white card, I embossed it and cut to size for my card. I layered it up on some dark brown centura pearl card.

I then took the book as inspiration and tore a piece of old book page. To distract a bit from the text and make it fit with the overall card, I blended some rusted hinge distress oxide around the edge and then a little vintage photo just on the very edges.

I used some bakers twine instead of string in the picture to wrap around the book page panel, fixing with some tape on the back. The final layer is a die cut leaf from a scrap of inky paper in my stash. I blended some vintage photo around the edge and raised it up with some 3d sticky pads. The finishing touches were a sentiment stamped in the corner and a few rose gold sequins.

Will you join us for a cosy autumnal card this week. I hope to see you over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx