Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hero Arts September Contest

I decided to play along with the colour challenge in this months Hero Arts contest.  I try not to miss a month if at all possible, and I am barely making this one by the skin of my teeth!

We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving or Fall here in South Africa but I have to say that Fall has some of my favourite colours!  After eventually "seeing" a picture of what I wanted to make in my head a day or so ago I actually managed to get to sit down last night and make my card.

Paper: PTI Kraft cardstock; SSS watercolour paper
Ink: Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Wild Honey distress ink; Vineyard Berry (CTMH)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Tree, Birds and Messages; Season of Giving; Lattice Background)
Other: Perfect Pearls water mixture; clear embossing powder; corner rounder; pop dots; Eyelet Circle  & Circle Nestabilitie

After much colouring with a paintbrush and distress ink I finished my background using the Lattice Stamp which I clear embossed in Walnut Stain. Yes, some of the colours ran into one another but I am ok with that, I was not looking for a perfect finish. I then popped it up on my circular die cut card.  Stamped some leaves and a pumpkin, coloured again, trimmed and adhered over the sentiment strip with more pop dots.

On the home front all is well.  I took my mountain bike for its first short ride a day ago and promptly crashed....twice!  I have some nice bruises to show for it.  It's going to take a few practice rides to get comfortable, I don't particularly like the downhills or the feeling of my feet in cleats!  I am more than happy to ride uphill, and of course I prefer running because my feet are firmly ON the ground!  But I really want to give mountain biking a go, you can cover so much more distance and there are so many beautiful off road trails.  Any advice from lady mountain bikers would be welcomed!

I came across a crafter here in Pietermaritzburg while I was googling and we hope to meet up next week for a cup of coffee.  So nice to know that there are like minded people in the same small town!

Not sure what our plans are for this morning, all I know is that it is going to be hot, hot, hot here today!  Have a fabulous day!


CinnamonSally said...

This is a gorgeous card Brenda, I love the beautiful background you have created with the latice.. Have fun on your mountain bike but be careful we don't want any broken bones!!

Dawn said...

What a lovely card Brenda. And how exciting to find someone who crafts and lives in your town... It's always fun to craft with others

Elizabeth Allan said...

Brenda the gold embossing filled with hand-painted color is dazzling! An autumn beauty.

walchowDesign said...

The card is fabulous, Brenda! Such a great idea to put all the colours on the latrice.

Not a mountain biker but cycling is my way of transport over here and I love it especially when the fresh and cold breeze blows onto my face!

Barb said...

Brenda, this is one of the prettiest cards you've ever made! The coloring of the lattice is fabulous! Love the circle design too!

Be careful riding that bike please!

Pam W Merwin said...

Love it Brenda! Such great colors and what wonderful colors using the lattice background!

Martha said...

OH, Brenda, this is SUPER-GORGEOUS! You've created a real "winner", as far as I'm concerned. I love the colors, shape, design, and background. Actually, I love everything about it. Great job!

I'm sure you have lots of beautiful off-road trails to see, but do be careful.

How FUN that you will be meeting up with another fellow-crafter.

Sending you HUGS!

Rosemary said...

goodness, brenda! your lilttle cards is absolutely gorgeous!! love that sweet pumpking!

alexandra s.m. said...

Your card is FABULOUS Brenda!
You are on such an amazing creative roll ;-))
(Tkx for your email Sweetie!)

Jacqueline said...

This is such a gorgeous Fall card Brenda, and so inspired, since you are in a hot summer!

Sue Lelli said...

Brenda, LOVE how you "saw" this and then created something o Beautiful! LOVE the pumpkin, too! Hope you're doing well!

Lisa said...

I totally am in love with this B! The lattice looks beautiful colored that way and it almost looks it was stamped it in gold, but I guess it's just embossed! Gorgeous!
It's a pretty little fall card :)

Trinh said...

Definitely a "wow" card! This would make a great place card for a Thanksgivibg dinner too. I bought a cruising bike a few weeks ago. My first as an adult and i love riding around the neighborhood. Hope you are all healed up!