Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Holidays @ATSM #113

Morning peeps, it's been a busy few days for me in the craft room after my jollies, getting up to date with all my DT cards. Didn't plan that very well! Anyway it was a good excuse to ignore the dusting and hoovering and hole myself up in my craftroom.
The sweep came yesterday to clean the flues of the range and woodburner in preparation for those chill autumn nights, not that the days are cold as we seem to be in the middle of a very pleasant 'Indian Summer'.
While walking the dog yesterday I picked up a small branch from an oak tree next to the drive, such gorgeous colours, acorns as well. The trees are very colourful at the moment, especially the Field Maples and it was these that inspired my card for the latest challenge at ATSM -

HOLIDAY

OK, I know we don't have a holiday at Thanksgiving like they do in the US but I was in autumnal mode and not very Christmasy! So here is my card.


It was a bit of an experiment combining embossing and the wonderful Brusho. I had forgotten how much fun it was to use and the spectacular effects you can get. (and how messy!)
I first embossed the tree using a Dreamweaver stencil and white embossing paste, then when dry I put the stencil back on and inked the trunk and branches with a Copic pen.
Taking the stencil off again I removed some of the pen with the blending pen to create some hi lights. I then scattered small amounts of Brusho using a dry coarse brush over the tree image, being very careful not to use too much. I then spritzed the surface with water and drew out a few lines to ground the tree with the end of my spritzer. 
When it was dry I added some jute twine, some beech leaves punched from some waste from an other project, a thanks tag and a small button. The panel was then popped up on pads on a co ordinating card base.
This is getting back to my watercolour and pastel roots, I really enjoyed the experimenting and the trip down memory lane!
Now it's over to you, we'd love to see your HOLIDAY inspired projects and if you aren't inspired by my creation pop over to the main site and check out what the rest of the talented DT have made for your inspiration.

This week we are again sponsored by the wonderful


who are giving away 3 digis to the winner.

I shall join in at the following challenges with this card:-
Just Us Girls - Watercolour


Okay dokey, that's about it. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon. 





34 comments:

  1. Got our Brushos out - aren't they great? You created such a fabulous fall tree!

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  2. This is so pretty - I love all the rich colors and yummy texture!

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  3. Wow I am speechless!!! Such amazing design and textures :) brilliant!! You can also share this at MMCC :)

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  4. Really gorgeous Fall colors and design!! Love it! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

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  5. Wow! Jules, this is simply amazing. The colours you have achieved are, just wow. Love the stencil and paste. Great card! xx

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  6. Wow Julie this is amazing, I have yet to venture into the delights of embossing paste and "Brusho" is a whole new word....may have some investigating to do!! Our oaks are just turning as they were the first trees out this year but we do have to fence them off because of the horses and their liking of acorns which can prove fatal if they eat too many :0( xx

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  7. I adore this explosion of colours. Our tress in the park are not as pretty as this yet but I love it when they are. I would frame this as a picture as it is just so beautiful and how lovely it would be to look at this everyday x

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  8. This is wonderful, and I love the gorgeous colors......so inspiring! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

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  9. WOW this is gorgeous! I love that embossed tree and that beautiful background! Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week!
    Tammy x

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  10. That's lovely mum. Reminds me of stuff you used to do at school. I know an American TA in my class that will be celebrating Thanksgiving!!!

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  11. Oh this is lovely, Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Hazel (Didos) x

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  12. Gorgeous effects, Julie, beautiful card!

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  13. This is stunning, Julie! I love the fall colors on that tree! So beautiful!!!

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  14. oh my, this is fabulous!! I love what you did! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC!

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  15. Beautiful, beautiful water colored Fall tree! I sure wish we had these where I live - i miss the gorgeous colors! Thanks for joining in with JUGS!

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  16. This is really spectacular, Sue! I'm in awe of all the gorgeous colors...I just love it to pieces!

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  17. Stunning card Julie. Love the texture and the colors. x

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  18. Love the colors you have used! fabulous card!

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  19. What a gorgeous tree! You have achieved such a beautiful effect with the Brusho. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

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  20. Wow!! Love the autumn colors ... gorgeous! And the texture from the embossing paste really shows through. Amazing card Julie!! Loll xx

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  21. This card is STUNNING. Wow! I'm going to have to try this technique... as soon as my embossing paste arrives in the mail...

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  22. Oh WOW! Love the colours you chose and the texture of the leaves :)

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  23. Glorious use of brusho's - how I am LOVING those little sprinklers of gorgeousness myself!

    Kathyk

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  24. Julie: Beautiful autumn card! Thank you for joining in the fun at Simply Create Too's "Fall Challenge #70.

    Diane
    Simply Create Too Design Team Member
    http://DianesDigitalDesigns.blogspot.com

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  25. Wow! This is absolutely stunning! I love all the textures and the colours are just gorgeous! Great work.

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  26. Fabulous, fabulous Autumn celebration! So glad you joined in the fun @ Mixed Media Cards Challenge, hope to see you again soon!

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  27. Wow Julie, this is stunning. love the colours and the effect. Brushos are definitely on my shopping list now. Have a great day! hugs Monika xxx

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  28. What a fabulous, fun, fall piece of mixed media. Love your techniques and the result. Thanks for joining us this month at MMCC.

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  29. What a beautiful and fun card, love it! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this week at MMCC :-)

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  30. Stunning card, love the outcome of your experimenting!

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  31. Simply beautiful! Love the watercolor effects and the true autumn feeling!
    Thank you for playing with us at MMCC. Hope to see you with us again in October!

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  32. Wowsers! Love how made the tree and the water colouring is just stunning! Congrats on your highlight win at The Mixed Media Card Challenge! hugs :)

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  33. This is literally an explosion of autumn's grandeur! So gorgeous, Jules! Congratulations for the winning recognition from Simply Create Too!! Hugs, Darnell

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