Thursday, 12 September 2013

Autumn Forest

Well, it seems like ages since my last post!.
 Lots of things have been going on in the world of Out Of The Blue.
We've had a Summer sale to make room for all the lovely new Autumn/Winter & Christmas stock that has started to arrive and there's been lots of planning for our Christmas & New Year workshops.
 Although I love Summer, I do love it when the season begins to change & everything starts to feel, smell & look different.
 We are lucky enough to live quite near to Westonbirt Arboretum & I do like to go along during the Autumn to see all the fantastic colours of the trees as they change. Here's hoping I can fit in a visit this year!.
Tonight is our second Out Of The Blue workshop making this card design.
 Last week was the first & everyone thoroughly enjoyed it & bought up all the spare stamps etc.
  I had to place another order with fingers crossed it would all arrive in time for tonight!.
 Yesterday a lovely box arrived containing more stamps & lots of lovely colours of mega flake from IndigoBlu & I have to just say what great customer service & speedy delivery we have had with every order placed with IndigoBlu, something that I think is very important.

The card was made by stamping the IndigoBlu  Bare Forest Stamp onto clear acetate using purple Stazon ink. I was planning on using black stazon but do you think I could find it?
 Nevermind, as I think the purple goes perfectly with the oranges & golds in the Autumn Blaze Mega Flake used for the background.
After letting the ink dry, I applied double sided sheet to the image, stamped side up, then peeled off the other backing & applied the Autumn Blaze all over.
I love this effect & I have to say it was passed on to me by my crafty friend & co teacher Carole who has put a tutorial of this technique on her blog that you can view by clicking  Here.

The backgrounds that the forest is layered onto are  embossed with the Creative Expressions hyper magical embossing folder & highlighted with gold gilding wax.
The leaves were created in the same way as the forest by using the leaves from the IndigoBlu stamp set Bloomin' Great.
The card was finished with some raffia & the 'with love' sentiment.
Thanks for popping by & checking out my project, next time I'll be sharing some Christmas decorations I've been working on for a workshop I've been asked to run for a local craft group in November.
I'd also appreciate any advice you may offer on how to 'up' my followers numbers.
 Maybe I need to make myself enter a few challenges which I may need tips on too!?
 Anyway, all advice & comments are most welcome.
See you soon
Amy x


  1. Lovely card Amy, hope all went well last night- missed being there! See you in a few weeks! Carole X

  2. Hi Amy, lovely to see you back. Your card is gorgeous! Not sure I am expert on such things but yes you could try entering a few challenges. Also, if you visit lots of blogs that you like and leave comments, people will generally come back to visit you too and if they like what they see (and I am sure they will love your blog) they will follow you too. You could also try getting involved in WOYWW (What's on your Workdesk Wednesday) which has a large group of crafters who share their desks each week (it is how I started!) but it is a fairly big commitment, although you do not HAVE to join in each week. Hope that helps! Hugs, Anne x

    1. Thanks Anne, I will make an effort to enter some challenges. I think it's just that I'm worried I'll do the link bit wrong so any advice on that bit would be appreciated too! I have seen WOYWW on your blog & Carole's so I will start there as you've suggested.
      Thanks for your help
      Amy x

    2. Hi Amy, don't worry about the link, all you need to do is follow the instructions. The only tricky bit may be adding your photo or your blog link (it is not difficult at all really). Try it once and see how you get on, if it doesn't work no-one will know anyway! Any problems just email me, my email address is in my profile section on my blog, I am more than happy to help. Hugs, Anne x