Thursday, 8 October 2020

Autumn Sky And A Sneaky Peek

Hello there,

I can't belive how quickly the week are rolling by.  Christmas will be upon us before we know it but for now, I want to enjoy the beauty that Autumn brings.  The card that I'd like to share with you today features a lone Beech tree.  My crafting friend Lynne (https://creativelynks.blogspot.com) can see this tree from her house and it was made into a stamp by Inkylicious a few years ago.  She has shared some spectacular photographs recently of some amazing sunsets where the sky looks like it's on fire.  Stunning oranges and red and this tree has been in the background, so I thought I'd have a go at trying to re-create something similar.  When I mentioned this in passing, Lynne suggested that it might be fun of all of us to have a go at taking one of the sunset photos and recreating it in which ever way we chose to do so.  So here goes...... this is my card followed by the photo that I used to inspire me:


 

This really is a stunning photo and my card comes nowhere near capturing its beauty, so I decided that the sentiment that I've used here is just perfect on this occasion.  I started by water colouring using Distress and Adirondack Inks.  Once this was dry, I then used some pastels to deepen the colour in the sky.  This was a little bit messy but it gave me the effect that I was looking for.  I finished by setting it with some hair spray.  First time that I've done this but it worked really well.  

If you would like to see what my friends have made, inspired by their choice of Lynne's sunset photographs, then you can visit them at:

https://creativelynks.blogspot.com

http://sal-utations.blogspot.com/

https://vivsvisuals.blogspot.com/

https://latenightstamping.blogspot.com/

Now onto other news and very exciting it is too!  Tomorrow (Friday 9th October,) lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on Hochanda at 10am and 2pm showing her latest new stamps and papers and the bit that I'm really excited about is that I've designed four of the new stamps.  Now I have to point out that I'm no artist, so it's not my original artwork.  Jean asked if I would like to create some scenes using some of their earlier stamps and I said yes.  There's quite a lot of work involved, especially for Jean but I'm very pleased to say that we are both thrilled with the finished stamps and I hope that you will be too.  Here's a sneaky peek at one of the samples that I've made using one of the new stamps and Jean's new papers:

I'll be able to share more samples with you all after the shows have aired.  I do hope that you'll be able to either watch the shows live or on catch up, which you can do for about a month after.

That's all from me for today and I hope that it's a happy one for you all.  Until next time x

I'd like to add my first card into the following challenges:

Try It On Tuesday - Autumn Colours

The Library Challenge - What To Look For In Autumn


30 comments:

Magic Maggie said...

Wow....what fantastic news - will you be even more famous now??
I love how you've done the sunset - I'll be having a go at that with my trusty brushos, but it doesn't look very easy.
Hope you are all well.
love
Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

Stamps and Paper said...

Many Congratulations Sandra and very well deserved can’t wait to see your designs...your card is stunning you’ve captured the colours of the sky brilliantly...

Anne

Lia said...

Wow, this card has blown me away. Awesome!
Lia xx

Viv said...

Knew you all would nail this! Just a beautiful card Sandra, and that sentiment rattled in my head whilst I was attempting mine! Loved this little challenge x

Joan said...

Beautiful card Sandra, love that tree, )can't think how I missed that stamp from Inkylicious )and what a fabulous sentiment too

Joan x

Mrs A. said...

Just popped over from Joan’s blog to see all the sunsets.Wow you have made a lovely version with that tree that
I do believe I have the stamp for. There the similarity ends as I would not know where to start to create such a stunning card. Hugs Mrs A.

crafty-stamper said...

Congratulations on your news about the stamps.Stunning sunset card,beautiful tree and sentiment-brilliant recreation
Carol x

Lynne K said...

You have captured nature's creation absolutely beautifully, Sandra! The sky is just perfect. The pastel technique is very effect, and one I must try. I love how you have seamlessly extended the stamp and the addition of the birds references the rooks that often use the tree as a roost. Thank you for choosing to accept my challenge!

Lynne K said...

Forgot to say, many congratulations on your new stamp designs, which I simply can't wait to see tomorrow!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow stunning background and card Sandra
Gr Karin

Sally H said...

Totally stunning, Sandra!!! I love love love it! You have really captured that gorgeous sky! I love the idea of using pastels over the watercolur and it has really captured the clouds! A gorgeous creation!

https://shinebrightandcreate@blogspot.com/ said...

Congratulations Sandra, wonderful news! Gorgeous card. Such a beautiful sunset and you have captured it perfectly. There's something really special about Autumn isn't there and the lovely hue of colours it brings. Sentiments on you card says it all too. Looking forward to seeing more of your designs. Michelle x

Kathleen said...

A really fabulous take on the photo, your background is amazing. I don't watch Hochanda but looking forward to seeing your stamps and a really lovely bright and beautiful card sample, I love bright colours.

Kath x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!!! Such spectacular sunset!! LOVE, love, love your "CASEing" of the real panorama!!! It's really amazing!! And the sentiment is just perfect!
Wow also for the notice you drew four stamps of the new CI collection!!! Big congrats!! The birdie looks great, waiting to see all the collection and all the samples with your stamps!
Hugs!

Babs said...

Totally stunning just love thst sunset, congratulations on your exciting news
Babs x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love your gorgeous take on the photo, it's stunning. I'm also enjoying your designs on the TV at the moment too. Catching up on my commenting while watching the show.

Sue xx

Mac Mable said...

What a stunning sunset and beautiful done Sandra...amazing photo from your crafty friend Lynne too x. The watercolouring and the pastels look amazing on your stunner of a card x.

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations too with your newly designed stamps..So well deserved x.

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations Sandra in having created your own stamps, I've seen sneak peaks from Flo and they look amazing.
Your card is stunning, wonderful colours and of course a wonderful tree image, Kate x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Sandra
How exciting for you ...your own stamps ....well deserved ...they are all stunning ... loved the show with Jean ....
Hugs Sylvie xx

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous card and stunning colours. Your designs for Jean will be spectacular, I need to go onto facebook and check them out... That card with the bird is just spectacular. x

Lorraine said...

WOW Sandra that's fantastic news - Congratulations.
Your top card is absolutely stunning, I love the tree silhouetted against the gorgeous colours of the sky
Lorraine x

Leanne Harris said...

Cor, this one is on fire Sandra!!!! So vibrant and full of Autumnal colour - fabulous. Can you do me a favour, next time you send me a card, pop your signature in it will you - I can then sell it now you're famous!!!! Joking aside, congratulations on your new stamps - absolutely brilliant!!!! Sorry if I've been missing for a week, I've just returned from a lovely week in Cornwall with James and the boys. Weather was awful at the start of the week but improved as the week went on!!!! Back in the land of the living now (don't know whether I like it though!!! ) - return to Cornwall in the Spring xxxxxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

You created a fabulous Autumn Scene Sandra (I would have expected nothing else!) Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday. Your stamp designs are fabulous and I really enjoyed seeing how they were used by my teamies. I know I didn't do them justice, having problems concentrating at the moment since my best friend was diagnosed with and then passed away with cancer all within a month! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Chrisx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous Autumn scene Sandra and a wonderful take on the photo. The colours look so vibrant and the quote you used is perfect.
Congratulation on the stamp collaboration, looking forward to seeing more.
Thanks for sharing this with us at Try it on Tuesday, Avril xx

Mia said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Regards,
Mia
Designer for Try it on Tuesday
craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}

Carole said...

Absolutely STUNNING!! what more is there to say! xx

Marina said...

Your sunset scene is stunning! So much detail and the colour so rich. Glad we managed to sort out the thumbnail photo in the gallery.Thanks for joining The Library.

Karen Dunbrook said...

gorgeous...love it!!
:) Karen

Gerrina said...

So great to put that vieuw onto stamping and sponging! I love those colours! Hugs, Gerrina