Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WWC41 - Many thanks

I'm so excited about our new Watercooler Wednesday challenge.  This week Jackie Susnik has supplied a wonderful new sketch and I love its simplicity.  I immediately thought of Fall and the beautifully coloured leaves.  I also thought of my owl.  Jackie's sketch lent itself beautifully to a combination of the two and I was off to create my card.


I wanted to keep it simple and focus attention on the leaf and owl.  What better way than to use a base of Whisper White, especially the nice heavy weight that is now available.  My next layer is Tip Top Taupe which I first embossed using the Boho Chic embossing folder.  My next layer of Whisper White is the lighter weight and I kept it plain so that it wouldn't fight for attention.  I used the 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon for exactly that reason as well:  it looks great and satisfies the sketch but doesn't call a lot of attention to itself. 

What I wanted all the attention on, of course, is the maple leaf, cut using the Leaflets framelits die, and the little fussy-cut owl.  My leaf is cut from the script-printed Delightful Dijon In-Color Designer Series paper stack and is sponged with the same Delightful Dijon around its perimeter.  My owl, which I hand-carved using the retired Undefined carving kit, was stamped using the Basic Grey Archival ink and then coloured using my Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso and Basic Grey Stampin' Markers.  I attached it to the card with Dimensionals, making it appear as if it's perched on the stem of the leaf.  I love that little owl!

I stamped the "many" from the Crazy About You stamp set just below the leaf using Tip Top Taupe ink and then added the die-cut "thanks" which I cut from a piece of Early Espresso cardstock using the Greetings thinlits.

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday challenge site.

I've also entered my card in the SUO challenge which is all about "thanks".

And finally I've entered my card in the Paper Players challenge which has a theme of Fall Thanks.

14 comments:

  1. Heidi, this card is darling! Beautiful colors and use of the leaf die and I adore your hand-carved owl! Adorable...Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nance. I love that little owl, too, and plan never to retire him. :)

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  2. Heidi, this is just fabulous! I love the hand carved owl! WOW! The color comb is just gorgeous! SO happy you joined my challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

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    1. Thank you so much, Claire. I really love all the wonderful Design Team cards this week. It's easy to be inspired.

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  3. I agree with the others- wow!! Love your little handcarved owl from the retired Undefined Kit- that is definitely a "keeper"! The colors look fabulous together with all of your extra details- thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie. The neutrals and new In-Colors work together very well this year.

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  4. Great job on your owl, this is cute!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment, Lisa.

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  5. What an awesome sketch! I love your little owl, but the DSP leaf really caught my eye! Pretty! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks so much, LeAnne. The DSP stacks this year are awesome.

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  6. okay, OVER THE TOP on this one!!!! I want an owl like that!!!!! This card is the bees knees!!!!! You ROCK!!

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    1. Wow, Karen! You've made my day. Thanks so much.

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  7. Wow! I can't believe you carved that owl! So cool! Love all the details on here...the jute ribbon in the background, the script thanks...all very pretty! Thanks for playing along with the thanks challenge this time on SUO Challenges!

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind comments, Connie. I love my little carved owl.

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