Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Autumn Leaves

The new challenge begins today at Frilly and Funkie and is hosted by Nancy.  She is calling it Autumn Splendor and describes it like this:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project using the rich colors of autumn. Include an autumn leaf somewhere in your project.

I started by pulling a paper pad from Maja Designs called Nyhavn and chose three papers that I thought had a warm fall feel to them.  I found a complimentary piece of card stock in my stash to use as the card blank and then distressed the edges of the panels and added them.

Next I cut some fancy flourishes from scrap card stock using my Cameo and added it along with a little piece of ephemera that came in a goodie pack from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I used some Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink to change the colour of a filigree corner giving it three coats to get the depth of colour.

I made the leaves by laying a piece of wax paper on my ironing board (don't forget to put an old towel down first), adding some shavings of wax crayons and then adding another piece of wax paper on top.  Then I carefully and lightly ironed the wax paper to melt the crayons taking care not to let it ooze out the edges and not to leave the iron on any longer than it took to melt and spread the wax.

Once the wax pieces were cool, I cut them into leaves using the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die for the oak leaf.  The maple leaves were hand cut after I traced around a piece of clip art.

Once the leaves were in place, I added some burlap string and some dyed seam binding that was holding the little goodie package closed (perfect colour, perfect timing).

Then I made some flowers from scraps of card stock using a Marvy Uchida punch in two sizes.  The little flowers were inked with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and the large flower was inked with Aged Mahogany DI.  Beads from my stash were added for centres.

Finally I took the shank off a tiny bee button and added it to one of the leaves.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge - Shabby Chic
Fussy and Fancy  - Autumn Colours
Simply Create Too - Autumn Splendour
Crafting For All Seasons - Autumnal Hues
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Autumn Colours

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. A beautiful autumnal card Cec, the flower and leaf corner details look gorgeous.
    Yvonne xx

  2. Beautiful Autumnal card with a hint of sunshine coming through, like here in the UK. Love your flower cluster x

  3. Cec, this is a beautiful autumn card with a lovely bouquet. I love how you made the leaves...I remember similar projects when my kids were small, but you have given crayon melting a sophistication never seen by me before! Love those leave! Any the flowers, too! Great way to use those little gifts! Mine were perfectly timed this last order, as well! Great inspiration for the Frilly and Funkie challenge! Hugs!

  4. Hi Cec, oh the colours and placement are just beautiful Cx

  5. Oh Cec! You have brought back some wonderful memories! I remember using the melted crayons and an iron when I was younger! Your crayon leaves are so super spectaular and your autumnal colors are gorgeous. Love the layers and flowers as well! Awesome sauce! Hugz! ~Niki

  6. What a stunning autumn card, Cec! Loving your flower arrangement and that crayon melting technique is just awesome! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Hugs! Branka xxx

  7. Warm and wonderful Cec. I love the way you've teamed the foliage with those gorgeous papers. Jenny x

  8. Hi, A lovely project, fabulous embellishments and lovely colour choice. A lovely style. Thank you for joining us this fortnight. Crafting For All Seasons Good luck. We would love to see you again for our next challenge.
    Erin (Blog Owner)

  9. Such a fabulous bright glow to this, catching the last rays of sunshine before the winter comes.
    Alison x

  10. This is a fabulous card, such a gorgeous design.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  11. Beautiful creation! Thank you for playing with us at Creative Moments

  12. Gorgeous card! I love these warm autumn colors! Bouquet looks fantastic and so real! Beautiful work! Thank you very much for playing with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge and for sharing this project with us! Good luck!

  13. This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL card, love the seed packet tucked into these beautiful layers! Love it!

  14. Hi Cec!
    Wow! Your card is over the top gorgeous! Your rich autumn hues and cheery yellows are beautiful. One element I am completely amazed by is the leaves!!! When I read how you created them once again confirmed that you are a ROCK STAR!! What a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  15. You card is beautiful Cec! I love the beads in the center of the flowers and the leafs are fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing.


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