Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Happy Harvest Fall Card

Hello there! Well, the good news is, we survived Nicholas, but it sure was scary at times. For one thing, it was only supposed to be a tropical storm but eerily ramped up to Category 1 Hurricane status right before it made landfall...but it really didn't make complete landfall because half of it was always churning on the water, so we were told about the rain amounts but I think the severity of the winds/guests took most by surprise. It also hit us in the wee hours, the worst of it between midnight and 6 am on Tuesday, and that always makes them worse to suffer through. It was a very loud storm, no way could even Honey sleep through it, so he ended up staying awake for it like I did, BUT that made it easier for me. We had a few outside peripheral things come apart that he was able to get out there and secure (ie, the wind literally ripped the hinge screws out of our wood gate latch on back porch, I heard it and he was able to tie-wrap it back together so we didn't lose the fence.) All in all, we fared much better than I expected. I was sure we were going to lose power, but we never did. Only a few blips. I heard a few transformers around us explode, but not ours. Very thankful. Lots of downed tree limbs and leaves in our yard, but tomorrow's the lawn guy's regular day so hopefully he is able to mow and isn't behind because of the storm and wetness. It is still very wet but he mows/weed-eats anyway. Only thing is, Honey and I are both just worn out from the stress and disrupted sleep. Hopefully we can get rested this week and not have to deal with any more storms this season! 🙏🙏🙏
So, along those lines, let's think Fall! 😊 This digi image from Beccy's Place (a freebie from way back and no longer offered to my knowledge-see below for link to a remastered version) had been printed out last year and was languishing in a UFAP box top, lovingly looked at multiple times until now was the time to create with it. It's printed out on Springhill Digital card and colored with Promarkers. I did the background in a pointillism style and I really like the effect! 
I chose this Splitcoaststampers sketch, resized to A7, and had every intention of adding the horizontal sentiment strip but ultimately chose not to because I did not want to interfere with the focal image. So I added framing strips with my leftovers from cutting my card base and added a sentiment to the bottom strip along with a leaf in place of that element.
I just love the purple shades of SU card stocks I used for the base and the mat. I cut into a piece of 12x12 Karen Foster scrapbooking paper for that leafy vertical element (you long-time or former scrap bookers will remember her!). Out of the leftover piece I was able to cut out another leaf which I added to the top corner. I have some Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlit die cut leaves cut out of Distress ink-blended glossy card made a while back, so I used a couple of those. The patterned paper lines peeking out interestingly from behind the focal image is some very old but still loved 12x12 Doodlebug that matched Karen's paper nicely.
Just on a whim, I decided to decorate the inside of the card this way and I like it! Makes for a nice change of pace for me. Snippet scraps of Doodlebug (the striped paper is used on the back) and a cut out leaf on some of the lighter SU card adorn the page along with a stamped Neat&Tangled sentiment (inked up with Fantasia Versafine Clair).
And my favorite view of the card back. The striped piece of Doodlebug on the lighter purple mat with a Kaisercraft stamped siggie. The papers go so well together from front to back, love it!
A close-up to show the shine on the glossy leaves and the Wink of Stella clear glitter I brushed on the sunflowers.
And a final view. Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet storm survival thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a great day and until next time, Stay Well and Craft On! xoxo
2.   Beccy's Place September Challenge: AG w/a Beccy's Image -- #1/xx Option to CASE myself not played. Used her image (original) Cottage Chair - remastered one is HERE.
7.   Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 35: AG w/Colouring -- #1/2 I used Promarkers to color my focal image.
8.   I Love Promarkers #443: AG -- #1/3 Option not played this time. I used Promarkers to color my focal image.
9.   Passion for Markers Week 609: Something Beginning with B -- #1/xx Basket, Blue, Bonnet, Butternut squash and I used Promarkers to color my focal image
13. Inspiration Station #13: Traveling Autumn Roads -- #1/xx The leaves and tree colors, also the yellow road stripe on the curving road like my vertical element   
14. Creative Fingers #214: AG -- #3/3
16. ABMTTC #145: AAG -- #1/xx
18. More Mixed Media Sept.: AG + Opt. Brown -- #3/xx Option played!
19. CD Sunday Plus #69: AG w/USB/CD/Digi -- #1/3 I used Beccy's Place Cottage Chair digi


Seafield Jo said...

A beautiful card, such attention to detail and I love the colour palette.

I'm sorry you've had such awful weather but pleased you faired better than you feared. I hope you soon catch up on some sleep.

Thanks for joining our challenge with your lovely card.

CD Sunday Plus DT

Pamela said...

A really lovely autumnal card. I like the shiny leaf.
So pleased you came through the storm OK with minor damage.
CD Sunday Plus DT.

Carol said...

So glad that you are OK. It must have been frightening. Love the card especially the paper that you have put on the back. Now that is a new idea to me that I may well copy.
Carol xx
CD Sunday Plus DT

Barbara said...

I am so glad that you survived Nicholas and I hope that you get some sleep. As for your card, it is outstanding and bewitching at the same time. Love the fall colors and all of the detail.

Darlene said...

OMG this card is AWESOME my friend! Inside & out the colors/design are so eye catching! Well done!!
I am SO GLAD you didn't have more damage and the storm wasn't as bad as anticipated. When I heard what they were predicting for you folks I just said a quick prayer for you all! Thanks for sharing your storm results ...
Anyways ... Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Leaves’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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Please stop in for a visit!
P.S. Thanks too for sharing with us over on the Four Seasons Challenge. I hope you'll following along with our new adventure AND did you see we have yet ANOTHER new challenge blog starting in October? It's on the sidebar of my personal blog ... do check it out! HUGS

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Cardsbymaaike said...

Great card!, Thank you for playing at the Male Room Challenges

Pia S said...

This is a lovely card with plenty of autumn feel. The orange and purples go so well together and I love the effect of the ripped paper strips. Thanks for playing along in our Autumn leaves challenge at Inkspirational.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! my goodness Aimeslee how terrifying to go through the storm, thank God you are all safe and sound, even with a few things damaged, at least you are safe. Your card really is such a beautiful Autumnal creation from front to back as always, just so wonderful. Love the colour mix and all the details.
Faith x
With DT hat on -
Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

ahlers5 said...

Wow, thank goodness you did not have more storm damage. Beautiful image. I love the purple an orange.

Diane said...

Beautifully created card with all your pretty details! So glad to hear you survived the hurricane, it has been a crazy year for weather it seems! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D and also at Fore Seasons!
Diane DD DT and FS DT {Nellies Nest}

Jackie C said...

Just perfect for the Challenge!
Great project!
Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

MortiCraft said...

Lovely bright colours and great autumnal card. Thanks for playing along with The Male Room. X

Valérie said...

Beautiful card with all the beautiful colors of fall. I am so happy that you survived the hurricane! Very scary! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation at Sparkle Monthly Challenges. Valérie DT

Beccy said...

I'm glad you made it through the hurricane okay Aimeslee, how frightening! The wind is always the part that scares me, it can be so destructive, especially when the ground is sodden. I'm glad you didn't lose power, that's really amazing during wild weather. Hopefully the clean up doesn't take too long.
You've done a fabulous job with your fall-themed card, I LOVE the background you created. The leaves are gorgeous too and it was a great idea to add the lovely glossy mediums. The mix of purple and orange hints at Halloween, but it feels much more about autumn and Thanksgiving. Beautiful.

Donna Walls said...

Good News that Nicholas didn't turn into a larger Hurricane. We were watching and kept everyone in it's path in our prayers. Wonderful card and sweet image. Thanks for linking up with us at the Inspiration Station Challenge and we hope to see your designs often. Donna

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

I left a comment, but accidentally hit log out instead of send when I was on my phone and I'm now back to tell you I am so happy you made it safe and sound--and even the fence other than the gate. I said prayers for you my dear friend!

You did an excellent job with the pointillism. I can't achieve good results. Would like to see you do some more pointillism, and perhaps a tutorial. wink wink.

All the best to the start of a new week. Much love, Bethie

Kristine said...

Such a beautiful Fall card, I love your coloring and the sketch is a good one. Those leaves are just the perfect embellishments on it too. So glad you weathered the storm okay. Hugs, kris

Marlene Atkinson said...

A beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Passion for Markers. Marlene

dorsetdawndesigns said...

Pretty image I love the purple with the Autumn colours. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Sparkles Monthly Dawn S DT

Sandra Wright. said...

Hi Aimeslee, I am pleased that you are fine after the storm, must have been pretty scary at the time.
A few years ago we had a really bad storm and I woke up to one of the trees here against my wall, just missed the bedroom window. I never heard a thing, but I did sleep better in those days,unlike now!
Love your card, bright and cheerful and a fab entry for our challenge at More Mixed Media.
Take care...xx

Monika Gulyas said...

Fabulous Autumnal card!!! Thank you for joining the September challenge of the Country View Challenges!

Craftyfield said...

Lovely card! Thanks for playing with us at Country View Challenges this month!

Monica C. said...

What a beautiful card!! I love the colors you have used and the digi is lovely.
So sorry that you had to endure Nicolas, but grateful to hear that largely the lost night's sleep was the worst you had to endure.
Hugs Monica

Sari / Granne said...

Beautiful Autumn card inside and outside, love how you've colored the background. Thank you so much for joining The Male Room's "Nature´s Bounty" challenge.

Judy Markowitz said...

What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

Dawn Phillips said...

Such a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly challenge. Love Dawn x