I had a visitor yesterday, a cute fuzzy squirrel! He sat up there chewing on a nut and I managed to snap a photo through the window but the second I opened the door he scattered. I managed to get the message he brought: Enjoy the moment (and if you try to hard to capture it you’ll miss the moment).
Browns, yellows, and orange aren’t my usual color choice but the squirrel inspired me! I used Jessica Sporn’s Medieval Leaf Motif Stencil and Terra Cotta Adirondack Color Wash. You’ll be seeing more of Jessica’s stencils soon! I’ll have the details about it next week!
I randomly put the stencil down again and used Butterscotch Adirondack Color Wash.
Using a palette knife I slathered on some gesso.
Deli paper that I had been messing around with became food for my Sizzix machine and out came 3 leaves. The machine was still hungry so I fed it a bit of brown felt.
It was way too much pattern when I put the leaves on the tag – so cardboard to the rescue! A quick painting with brown ( the least used color in my studio) and I had a way to get the patterns to become friends in the spirit of Thanksgiving. A felt leaf became the ribbon substitute.
May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am going to be thinking about that squirrel and enjoy the moment!
I’m also going to enjoy Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day Month!
Yummy, yummy, your tag bits looked like chocolates and you had my mouth watering a bit and I thought Oh how clever she is using the leaf die cut to decorate chocolates!!!! Shows how looks can be deceiving. Already I am liking this stencil and mine arrived today…..now to get making and baking – oops no icing the stencil cakes!!! See now I am hungry. xox
I totally thought that you were playing with chocolate too! YUM. 😉 I absolutely LOVE that stencil!! Love the color choices too. Very rich looking! And the leaves are just gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
that´s AWESOME Carolyn!
I LOVE everything about this… And brown is my least used color, too!
Not the colors I tend to use in my studio either. But it really turned out well. You make it look so easy and it makes me think I should be more creative when it comes to my Christmas tags.
The leaves are great and they do look like they are on chocolate slabs!
Love those colors! And cute squirrel, too! Awesome as always!
Love your work, Carolyn! And I love squirrels very much! Several days ago I took some pictures of thre squirrels in a big garden with lots of trees, in Aranjuez city.
If you go to our blog (I have a group of photography) named Simplemente Dulcinea (http://wwwsimplementedulcinea.blogspot.com.es/)
you can see three pictures of our squirrels too 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends!
Orange and brown are not usually the colors I use either except I have found that I have really been drawn to them this month. I love your stencil and can’t wait to learn more.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy every single moment. That’s my plan too!
Beautiful!!! It came together well and I love the leaves!!!
Chocolate.. yes.. me too!! Must be the of the year for the sweets. Great colors, Carolyn.. I don’t lean towards those colors also, but wow.. they came out fantoostic!
Those leaves are gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Lovely leaves and fall colors. They always remind me of Thanksgiving.
Great squirrel advice, too. 😉
Have a wonderful day tomorrow. 🙂
Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and that the squirrel comes to visit again soon.. he is very cute….xx
Lovely work! A great place you have too, what a view to have out of your window.
Love those leaves! I always forget how effective punching images out of decorated paper can be!
Happy Thanksgiving to you! I’ve got a give-away today you might want to check out.
wonderful leaves and the squirrel is so entertaining
they do tend to be very shy by nature, don’t they?
Chocolate! I scrolled down quickly to find out how to make the leaves to decorate the chocolate! At least I’m not the only one. And I don’t even eat chocolate!!! (I know…my friends don’t understand it either…)
lovely textured piece!
I love the colors, definitely fall. Great picture of the outdoors. Blessings, Janet PPF
Beautiful work! I recently did a journal page with these colors for the creative color challenge, not my typical palette either. Yours turned out so nice! The stencil is really beautiful.
Lovely, lovely work! I find your unusual palette very pleasing!
I love this piece Carolyn, it makes me think of chocolate, so decorative and yummy and well you know how much I love Autumn, so this really is a favorite of mine, so very creative. You are so right, just let’s enjoy our moments and not strive to capture anything, pleasure must flow, like everything!
What a wonderful place to get inspiration from, that little squirrel is so cute! I love the colours you have used on your tag and think that the cardboard seperates the patterns and adds balance to the whole piece. great idea 🙂
Those brown plates look like chocolate to m. :)) Awesome tags! Love Jessica’s stencil.
I absolutely adore the colours, and the whole thing. Happy PPF.
I totally thought those were fudge! Beautiful leaves, lovely stencil (!!) and just love the color palette too, even though it’s not one I usually turn to either. Happy PPF!
Love the layers, the browns to set the leaves off and Jessica’s stencil is great. Wonderful Fall tag. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
wow, Carolyn, I thought those were real leaves! Beautiful art and beautiful photo of the fall scene.
What a wonderful tag! My eyes where caught by the leaves and their splatters…I really enjoy seeing the progress of it…And so funny the message you get, is quite similar, which I brought home from out trip in italy…If you have the chance do something, do it right now…later most of the time there will be no oportunity to do it again!
Smashing backgrounds and love how you’ve used the die cuts. Happy PPF, Annette x
This is so beautiful, and what a great message for us all.
I love Jessica’s stencils and I love what you did with them! And deli paper!! So cool!
that stencil looks great! love what you did with it!
Love the squirrel’s message! He’s so right. The photos are beautiful and the tags are awesome! I love the stencil and what you’ve created with it!
The tags are great. I really like the background pattern and the way you repeated the leaf shapes over the top with the dramatic writing.
the squirrel is adorable, and I need to remember his message! I remember thinking the same kind of thing when I’d try to videotape some event of my children–I felt that while I was recording the event, I was somehow also MISSING the event…
I love what you’ve some here! At first I thought they were real leaves that you’d painted on (hmmm…I may have to try that…)