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11/09/2017

Mixed Media Fall Birthday

Good afternoon and welcome. We've had several days of overcast & dreary, with some much needed rain. Had to be out of the house on these days, and the temperature felt a lot more chilly than it has been todate, so I guess Fall is officially here in our area. Still have "things" going on, but more the normal day-to-day stuff - thankful to get back to that kind of day.

Neighbor has a birthday coming soon. A few afternoons I did a little experimenting play with some Ken Oliver Mineral Burst  product, Silk acrylic paint, Distress Oxide Ink and colorburst. Used some of these backgrounds for this card.


- Background for the leaves (Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Foliage) was made first. Spread Copper Mineral Burst on watercolor paper (think it was #140 weight). Added some Silk acrylic paint in a gold color (sorry don't remember specific color, but the link will show the texture of this product). While the paper was still quite wet, sprinkled on some yellow & leaf green shades of colorburst, sprayed a little water and let it spread. This piece was quite wet, so placed another w/c on top of it to absorb some of the wetness, and got a two-fer. Let this dry overnight, and then die cut the leaves.

The card background was done using DOX inks -  (just got some fall-ish colors and played with sponging). Used a mister to spray droplets, and then sprinkled some leaf green color burst over the surface. Sprayed again to get the crystals to spread. Once dried, used a Darice Fall EF to dry emboss. Picked this particular one because it had the maple and oak leaf patterns in it. Since the embossed Fall is part of the design, decided to just do the birthday bit on the inside. A S/Binder label die cut a cream snippet of C/S for the interior sentiment, and added one of the oak leaves as well. Thought this turned out ok, and I think she will like it. Used Nuvo Crystal Copper to add the pearls.

There's a new Halloween card added to the Cards by Friends page and also added the DOX definition to the Blog-a-nition page. Saw that used on a blog and don't remember where so as to give credit. Seems easier than typing out Distress Oxide Ink every time it is used!

Here's a couple pics of our Halloween night. We had about 15 kids; some were tiny & adorable. Some were too old to be out after candy. One delightful toddler was fascinated with the lighted ceramic pumpkins and wanted to stay to talk with them. Her parents had to coax her to come collect her candy from where we were sitting in the swing. As she left the porch, she said "Bye Bye punkins, thank you for the candy". She was about 15-18 months old and was the star of the evening.  We had made the pumpkins long, long ago when our daughter was very small. We both worked, so she wasn't able to stay after school for a ceramic class. She was so disappointed that we decided we would go as a family to a ceramic shop to take classes, and that's when we made 3 pumpkins. The owner's husband was DH's friend, so they let us come at night when the day's kiln firing was being done. That's another expensive hobby we got into, buying a kiln, all the supplies. Years later, donated to another person who was getting involved in the hobby.   After it got dark, these pumpkins really showed up quite spookily.

 
My own little pumpkin sitting in the swing ready to hand out candy. We moved the mums off the steps to avoid any stumbles. It got dark right after I took these pics..came down quite rapidly and was a bit chilly too.

Thanks for popping in to visit. Wanted to catch up on all my previous post's commenting before I did another post. Ya'll have a great afternoon and come back when you have time, heah?

Big hugs, God Bless.


35 comments:

Pat said...

I love your prettily coloured card with those great die cut stitched leaves over that gorgeous bright background Mary with super dry embossing too, and thanks for the photos of your Halloween display, I love those ceramic pumpkins you made. Glad that life is feeling more 'normal' now too. x

Barb said...

What a beautiful card this is Mary. I love all the rich colours of both the background and those Autumn leaves. I'm sure you had fun playing with all those products.

What lovely photos of your porch. The pumpkins look great and I really enjoyed reading about your dear little Halloween visitor. I bet she was enchanted. I guess it was her first Halloween night out. Barbxx

Sarah said...

Thank you soooo much for sharing your fabulous pumpkins with us Mary. No wonder you had so many visitors and I love the history behind your display. Mollie went trick or treating to her great great aunt who lives down the street to them and was given a banana...it was a bit too heavy for her to carry in her goody bag!! Anyway, on to your gorgeous card, the colours are so seasonal and I love the "posh " leaves xx

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Mary, a gorgeous background and lovely Autumn colours.
Your porch looks wonderful - such a lovely story.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Lisa said...

This is stunning, Mary!! The colors are amazing!! I love the texture and the leaves!! So absolutely gorgeous!! And your porch looks so beautiful and festive for Halloween!! I had no trick-or-treaters, but I did buy a big ol' bag of candy, just in case ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol L said...

What a lovely card with those gorgeous background colors and splatters! I love the way "Fall" is softly embossed on the bottom. Great birthday card for this time of year! I love, love, LOVE your porch and how you decorated it! I understand why the youngster wanted to hang around longer - it has the look of home :)

Kathleen said...

Really gorgeous card Mary, those leaves are stunning and a lovely background too.
Fab photo's, some brilliant Halloween decorations.

Kath x

pam said...

Amazing colours on today`s card Mary, beautiful design.
Your porch look fabulous, no wonder the little one wanted to stay.
Hugs Pam x

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab card Mary - the background is beautiful!

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable card with these leaves and the bold colors, you played so well with your paints and oxides! Fabulous warm feel and the splash of green lightens it!
Your patio is very spooky with those pumpinks! Brrrrr... :D
Also here we have had some much needed rain, all the week! The sky seems only one for all, eh?
Hugs, have a lovely weekend

Marilyn said...

Love your card!! Awesome photos of your porch. We had some rain here last night and was chilly here today also. Won’t last long though. Should be back up in the 80’s later this week

aussie aNNie said...

Hey Ho there Mary, sorry haven't written back to you, been oh so busy with visitors and all...your card is amazing, I love your use of DI and the colours are just gorgeous...big hugs.xxx[aNNie]🎄

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely card.

Shame when that little girl said that to the pumpkins, you could throw your voice and get one of the pumpkins to answer her:)

You take care. Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a pretty fall card Mary - I just got that embossing folder too! Love your leaves. Love the two-fer effect - keeps the card well color coordinated. Such an inviting porch. Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Mary! I just love the fall season and all the beautiful colors. And your texture is amazing! they said our leaves wouldn't be much this year because we had so little rain. But we've had more rain now and the leaves lasted much longer than usual and the maples are this brilliant red. Just gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, what a gorgeous Autumnal card, gorgeous colours and love the leaves and your wonderful EF. The Oxides are just fabulous.
What a wonderful story, I wouldn't have wanted to leave the punkins either, bless her. Your porch is marvellous, lots of love gone into putting it altogether, Kate x

Brenda in IN said...

Your card is so pretty. I love that background and it showcases the leaves so well. I can imagine the kids wanting to trick or treat at your house. The porch is decorated so cute and would be a treat for the little ones. Your little pumpkin looks good too! Tell him I said hello.

Verna Angerhofer said...

That's a beautiful background on which you added those gorgeous leaves. Love it!

Donna said...

Stunning background and leaves Mary!

Sheila H said...

What a gorgeous card, Mary! And your porch is fabulous.

Mac Mable said...

Love the techniques and inks etc on your beautiful card. Such great colours. Thank you for sharing your fabulous Halloween photos...amazing fun x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Autumn leaves and great background.Fabulous porch and brilliant pumpkins-we had the grandaughters here and i took them trick or treating we were quite surprised how many houses were decorated and they got quite a haul-they decorated a pumpkin each and left hubby and our daughter on hand to hand out the candy -they said there was absolutely loads and even got fed up of answering the door-all the candy went-last year we had loads left
Carol x

Daffodil Cards said...

I LOVE your card, those leaves look like leather and the background is so very pretty with beautiful Autumn colours.

Your porch is an absolute delight, it would make anyone, not only children, delight in in it. Such a Wonderful display and looking quite professional too, like you had someone in to do it from a display company.
Take care.
Faith
x

Veerle said...

Nice pumpkins Mary but wow on your card. LOVE this mixed media card great background gorgeous stitched leaves. Perfect composition. Enjoy the weekend, hugs Veerle xx

Nancy Stislow said...

Fantastic fall card, Mary and love the effect of the Oxides! What great colors you used! This one grabbed my attention right away. Also LOVE your Halloween display! I too love seeing the little ones but as long as the older ones dress up, I'm ok with them too.

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Mary. The background is gorgeous and I love how you've dry embossed it.
Your pumpkin display is just lovely and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all your little Halloween visitors. xx

Bonnie said...

What pretty fall leaves and background, Mary! I know your neighbor will love this card and appreciate that you made it especially for her! Love the story of the toddler talking to your gorgeous pumpkins!

Anita in France said...

Lovely leaves against that glowing background, Mary ... and such a sweet post about halloween, your pumpkins and that little girl! Your porch looks amazing ... anyone (not just a child!) would find it magical! Hugs, Anita :)

Pam said...

Your card is beautiful! I love the stitched leaves!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Mary! How fun to live geographically in a cooler climate and decorate the porch without fear of snakes and other ickies climbing in the decorations to unexpectedly surprise us. Your home is always so beautiful, warm and inviting— just like you! Thanks for sharing the technique video. Your take on the technique is wonderful! I hadn’t thought of dry embossing a background. What a great idea to add more texture or colors! Thanks for the inspiration. I especially like the dimensional leaves. Hugs, de

Brenda said...

Love the background you have created on this card Momma Mary! The leaves you have done look fabulous as well and even look real looking, it all just grabs the eye and draws it in. Just a fabulous fall card in every way! I love seeing little ones trick or treating, they are just so fun and so cute. I used to do ceramics too and had a kiln. Well still have the kiln, but it is old and doesn't work anymore. I enjoyed doing ceramics and miss it. Your porch and your ceramic pumpkins look so beautiful! I love that you all did a ceramic's class as a family, that just is so cool and such great parenting! Stay warm! It is cold here and I'm not liking it. lol Hugs, Brenda

Pippa said...

Lovely card Mary and that background is terrific.

Tracy said...

Your card is lovely.
I love your porch....it is a dream of mine to someday have a beautiful front porch :)
I also love your decor.
We have had snow here and today it was mild, so I finally took down our fall display before it froze to the ground, lol.
It then rained and now it is snowing and blowing out there :(

Diane said...

Wonderful background and leaves Mary. What cute pictures.

Hugs Diane

Mrs A. said...

That's your porch!! Heavens above there is miles of it!!!! I love your display. You must be known around the neighbourhood by now. I love your leaves on your card. They are so realistic looking. One of these days I will find the time to get my powders out and have a proper play with them. Hugs Mrs A.