...WHAT DO YOU SEE?  This was an exercise I gave myself last evening, while sitting at my craft table.  I relaxed, cleared my head (as best I could) and let my mind wander.  My "mantra" was to create what was in me to create rather than using a style I was used to, colors I might prefer or tools I am comfortable with.  When I opened my eyes, my hands just went for certain papers, inks, tools and accessories.  My table was covered with items I wondered what "they" would create.  So, I did the normal cut the paper, scor it and again - stop.  My mind was not in charge of this and my history certainly wasn't at play.  There was nothing familiar in what I was about to (as I later discovered) do.  This card is dedicated to breaking the mold, stepping out of the comfort zone, becoming what you were not (yet) 5 minutes ago!  You may find yourself, like I did, quite pleased with the results.  SQUISHY HUGS.

TECHNIQUE:  I laid down a Glimmer Mist Stencil (actually 2 of them, one on top of the other) and started sponging all around them.  First Olive Green, Then a bit of Pumpkin, Then a mix of chocolate, cocoa and yellow.  I found something developing...it seemed to me the color wanted to extend from the top of the tree outward.  I took my sponge and "swept" outward, using a combination of pumpkin and yellow.  I sponged a tad of olive green and brown at the base of the sweeping where needed.  I then took a stamp from the Basic Grey Indian Summer Set and laid down cocoa branches.  They felt barren so I added a variety of colors to bring them out.  The bird, also from the stamp set, asked to be in similar hues to the highlights in the branch.  I used Copics to fill in the bird, yellows to be exact.  The acorn stamps are also from the stamp set.  I wanted the drama of full size acorns beneath the tree, along with a seed branch.  I stamped them in cocoa and filled them with Copics.  The seeds were then covered with Glass Effects and the acorns were covered with Spica Pen in Copper Color.  The bird also is colored, on top of the Copics, with red and orange Spica Pens.  The paper at the top inside of the card (and also the theme inside the card) is from Basic Grey Indian Summer.  The trim is punched from a Martha punch.  The trim on the card is also from the Basic Grey Indian Summer Paper Pack.  The brads are from Bo Bunny Melody Icandy Brads while the flower and tree ornaments are also Basic Grey's complimentary accessories to Indian Summer.  Once finished the color portion of the card, I highlighted certain portions of the card with Gold Leaf Gel Pen.  And finally, the stamp I used for "happiness" is from Stampin Up and is called Warm Words.  The Word is stamped with Chocolate Ink from Close to My Heart.

Paper: Basic Grey Indian Summer, Kraft, Barely Banana (SU)
Ink: Rose Red, Dusty Durango, River Rock, Olive Green, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Groovy Guava (SU), Chocolate (CTMH)
Punch: Martha
Stamp: Warm Words, Basic Grey Indian Summer
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Basic Grey Stick Ons, Gold Gel Pen, Blender Pen.


  1. Very pretty! Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

  2. This is lovely! I'm hooked on Glimmer Mist myself. It's so much fun to experiment with! Here's to letting your mind go, and letting your creativity take over!

  3. Oh Samara, this card is absolutely exquisite. The colors, and images are so subtle, so soft, so nature in its place of pure. All the elements are there, light, darkness, shading, contrast, foreground, background, white space, and solid ground. It is lyrical, melodic, and incorporates a gentle symphony of movement. I have enjoyed so many of the cards you have created since the birth of the Happy and Scrappy Workshop but by far this one speaks to me from the inside out. It is truly an honour to bear witness to your art, your craft, and your indelible journey of creation. Leah xo

  4. WOW! All of your playing turned out really nice!

  5. I am still absolutely blown away by your trusting & creativity which have been developing and maturing steadily. I love it!

  6. How pretty and eclectic looking. It has such great style!

  7. this is really beautiful, love it :)

  8. Just Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering it in our challenge. I hope to see you again at the next Creative Inspirations Challenge. xxx


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x