Tuesday 4 October 2011

It's October and.....

......it's been unseasonably (today's big word!) warm, or even hot for a lot of the UK. But, it's forecast to change PDQ and then it'll be a shock - mad scramble for Winter woollies maybe.

I drove up to Warwickshire and back on Sunday and some of the Autumn colours on the trees are stunning already. So, when I was tidying up in here yesterday morning I had a thought. At Ally Pally I'd been given a smallish leaf shaped stamp, free, gratis and for nothing with some purchases and, as it happened, I was also re-inking those dried out Distress Inks I've jabbered on about a few times. I figured that I'd invested too much to ditch them, and the re-inkers should last a good long while so I bought some. How glad I am that I did too - those ink pads slurped the ink up like camels drinking at an oasis after a trek across the Sahara! Brilliant, plus there's still plenty in the bottles to re-ink the pads a few times over - and I promise you, I now know what they should have been like all along :)

Of course, being me, I wanted to test the re-inked pads out so had a little play and this is what I came up with:

I just used some cream coloured background card and a selection of TH inks then stamped 'willy-nilly'. The colours are brighter/richer and much more Autumnal in real life, no matter how many photos I've taken! The background cards are a rich cream so that shows how the colour has washed out in the photo - and this is the pick of a large bunch:(

I used:

- A6 cream linen card stock

- mustard/gold Core'dinations card for matting - snippets again

- the stamped leaves background - TH Distress inks in Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Old Paper and Walnut Stain

- Art Impressions tree stamp - G-1277 (also a great stamp for Christmas cards with the twinkling technique over it). Stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia with a little whisk of it round the edges

- the green strip and chopped up greeting were in a Craftwork cards goodie bag I'd had for ages. After Sarn's success with her Warren goodie bag, yesterday I went right through the ones I'd put to one side in disappointment about a year ago, fished out the best stuff and put it all nicely away. I was surprised how much better it all looked when out of the pouches and separated out - together a lot of it just 'jarred' as a kit. A shame as I like so much of their stuff.

I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:

Phindy's Place Challenge #75 - Autumn/Fall

That's me for today!



  1. Glad you were able to revive your TH ink pads and what a fantastic result you got with then and your free stamp. Lovely card!
    The weather has turned cool and wet here and leaves are beginning to fall. We don't have many trees that trun those pretty fall colors in our area but the few we do have really stand out and are much enjoyed.

  2. Another fab card Di. It's all just a little too unseasonably hot for my liking. It's just not a healthy heat is it? Bring on the snow :-)....and then it will be too cold :-)
    A x

  3. YAY . . . success all round. Great autumnal card and your ink pads are good as new.

    I always split up my goody bags and put them away in various places.

    Hugs, Sarn x

  4. Me too usually Sarn - but I'd been so disappointed in these ones that I'd just shoved them on a shelf thinking they would be given to a charity sometime. Am so glad you and Warren kick started me into having a look. I only actually got rid of a couple of pretty naff templates in the end :)) Result number two of yesterday!! Hugs, Di xx

  5. Beautiful autumnal card, just perfect for a charity card too being smaller in size (they sell better apparently!). I'm much happier now it's cooler, in fact it's so dark here I'm going to put the light on, after a heatwave it's amazing how it changes PDQ!

  6. Another stunner Di, l love Autumn colours and your card is truly that! its a shame the colours don't shine through but l can image how it was simply gorgeous:) Sandra H

  7. Great stuff - reviving those ink pads and I really like the autumn leaves too. Still chuckling at the hairsprayed glasses tale - daft or what :) Fab stamp you got from your friend - must make a point of trying some paper piecing some day. Trust you are well. Did you find the fruit loaf recipe and try it out yet? Elizabeth x

  8. Hi Di,
    I sent you an email - just got back from my trip.

    The card looks great! I returned home to the beginning of fall colors, which seems a little late this year. Looking forward to brisk mornings and dew on the leaves.


  9. Must look into refills but why when I have hardly used some of the pads in the first place.
    What a great freebie stamp and what a great use you have made of it, fabulous card.

    Kath x

  10. Beautiful and so elegant and stylish, love it, love it, love it
    Lindsay xx

  11. Great fall card, I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Phindy's Place!

  12. Lovely, Di. The weather's already changed up here in the North West - chilly and windy. Brr! Just makes me shiver to think about it after the lovely, warm spell x

  13. I love it Di! Just lovely!! Good thing for those re-inkers...you're good to go again and again and again! Make sure you have them in red and green so there's no excuse! ;D Good luck with the challenge!!!

  14. I do love autumn... and it's about time this horrid sunny weather stops and lets the real autumn weather start :)... The card is a stunner (as always!)


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