Thursday, October 13, 2016

Faux Fall - Wish You Were Here


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Hi, Friends......

Things are really busy around here with the October calendar filled up and with me getting ready for my Cat Lovers Hop coming up Oct.24-29.  My list of generous sponsors is just amazing!!  I can't wait to get it all finalized to share with you.  :)  I took time off from all the hop correspondence to make a card or two to share with you.

I was inspired by the farm lady and the bits of orange and blue in the fabulous magazine cover from this week's Papercrafter's Corner challenge.  It immediately made me think of my stash of Graphic 45 collections that I hoard with the protective instincts and glittering eyes of a mother dragon!  lol....

(Did I mention that Graphic 45 is one of the Cat Lovers Hop sponsors again this year??!!!  SO EXCITED!!)

I pulled some images and papers from several Graphic 45 collections:  Place in Time, Bohemian Bazaar, and Come Away with Me.....and put together this card.  I was tickled to find a farm-themed magazine cover image in the Place in Time collection.  It's not the "right" month, but the inspiration magazine cover photo isn't October, either!  :) 

I call this a "faux fall" card, because at first glance it appears to be an autumn card with the warm colors and crisp blue....even the butterfly rather resembles an autumn leaf.  But it is actually a spring card!  lol...  Hey, I work with what I have! The G45 piece had a May date on it (even though it was from the AUGUST calendar page!!)....and you notice she is ready to plant...not harvest!  You see, I'm not the only one that is confused about the month!!!  Ha!!

I was delighted to be able to use a small scrap of gold punchinella (from a previous project) under my Prima butterfly for this card...also some checkered ribbon with a bit of cyan in it for Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge of Butterfly plus Checkered and/or Cyan.  The butterfly seemed a little bland in its original plain yellow-tan color, so I stamped some random marks from a fall leaf stamp with Distress Ink in Tea Dye to add a bit of interest.  I also used an alcohol marker to tint the colorless gem body a golden color.  I like this look better.  :)

That's all for this card.  I'll share my second card (made from scraps of this one!) later today or this evening.  See you then!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Papercrafter's Corner: Magazine Mondays – Week 163 
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Explore the World
 (This card is on the opposite end where someone is *missing* somebody who is away!) 
3. Butterfly Challenge #64 - Butterflies + C is for Checkered and/or Cyan


  1. I love the checkered ribbon which does look lovely against the orange paper background. I do like graphic papers but not the cost of them so can understand why your coveting yours so much. Thankyou for fluttering by my butterfly challenge where your card will be entered twice for the prizes. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. I love the colors of your card and vintage imagery. The checkered ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  3. Beautiful card!! I'm gonna spend all day tomorrow getting ready for the hop :)

    1. Yay!! I can't wait to see your projects!!

      Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY going on right now. I see I forgot to put the link to it at the top of this post so I better get that edited....Done!


  4. It's a lovely card Janis and the colours do look like autumn. A beautiful vintage image. I enjoyed your Friday Funny. Enjoy your hope and have a lovely weekend. Barbxx

  5. Wow Janis, this card is so similar in feel and theme to the vintage magazine cover! The Graphic 45 papers couldn't be more perfect. Even the hair color and curls on the woman are the same. I love the rich warm colors of your paper and butterfly, and stamping the butterfly wings with a leaf stamp adds wonderful texture and interest. So happy to see you crafting again and can't wait for the Cat Lovers hop!

  6. This is just lovely, Janis. G45 always seems to have the perfect papers (I really need some in my stash!).
    Can't wait for the Cat Lovers Hop ... I've got a few cards ready).

  7. Love so much of what you did here! The colors, the layout! All beautiful! I, too, love to color clear gems to match my projects. Clear has become my favorite color to buy! :o)

  8. Love the image you chose! So many beautiful elements as well!


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