Sunday, November 09, 2014

Falling for Autumn at Di's Digi Challenge

Autumn is my absolutely favourite time of the year, so it's somewhat ironic that I live in Western Australia where we have a short and not very spectacular autumn, and are in fact in Spring right now!  However at Di's Digis Challenge Blog there's a new challenge starting today with autumn as the theme, so I'm getting my fill of autumn (or fall) lushness.  
As I said I don't have a great deal of autumnal splendour to base my ideas on, but I did plant a couple of Japanese Maple trees a few years ago (when I lost the battle with hubby over the HUGE Liquidamber that used to reside in our front lawn... I got to replace one rather muddy deciduous tree with two (very much smaller) spectacularly rich coloured ones, they are predominantly red, hence my card is. 
I've used one of Di's newer image, this is Fairies Storytime and you can get it here... cute isn't it?  I've coloured with Copics and there's lashings of Crystal Stickles on the wings (which of course you can't see), the white dots on the toadstools are Viva Decor Pear Pen.  I made a mistake and started trying to add coloured pupils to the fairies' eyes, so they look too dark; next time I'll just leave them as they are drawn.  I used my Lifestyle Crafts nesting circle dies to cut out all the panels and mats.
 I added a jewel ladybird to the bottom right hand corner adding Viva Pearl Pen eyes then swirls cut with a Memory Box Trailing Vines die that I was lucky enough to win in the fabulous Crafting Vicky's Candy recently (thanks Vicky)... I smothered it in Stickles too and it looks pretty good IRL, and of course doesn't show in the photos at all!  The little metal "Thanks" tag is from my stash - if need be I can change it out for another sentiment - they're handy like that.
The papers are Basic Grey's Indian Summer (not sure they do it any more), the deep red matting is from my stash.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches,
I followed the same sketch for the inside of the card, used more of the paper from the Indian Summer pad, and used some of the pattern used for the diagonal strip to cut the swirl - it shows up better than the paper I used on the front but as I only remembered to make this card late yesterday afternoon I ran out of time to change the one on the front, I will when I get time.
 Well that's about it for my very simple card, I hope you get time to join in the challenge, there's a great prize on offer from Marker Pop, and as always if you use one  of Di's lovely images you go into an extra draw with its very own prize.
I would like to enter the following challenges with this card: 
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Fall colours
Fall or Autumn Colours
Thankful Thoughts
Warm Colours
Bonfire Colours
Use Patterned Paper
Patterned Paper

On a Personal Note: I feel I have "turned a corner" with my recovery; Surgery was 5 weeks ago yesterday.  I had a consult with a Physio on Thursday and she told me (well confirmed really, I knew it already just didn't want to accept it) that I was doing too much and not medicating enough; she gave me better stretches and she also gave me acupuncture in the painful IT Band, Quadriceps, and my pectineus muscle (I think that's right, basically the one that joins your leg to your pelvis! it's been sore since day one which is very common in Hip Replacement Surgery).  I wasn't going to get acupuncture done as I considered it so much snake oil, but I was in so much discomfort in just about everywhere but my hip! and have been progressing so well in every other way I was pretty desperate... she used only nine needles on the Quads, and when the third one went in I felt a slight "popping" sensation (not painful, but like being flicked with an elastic band) and the relief was immediate!  Another four went in the Pectineus and I finally lost the dragging feeling, yay!!   I've slowed down a bit, medicated regularly (still only need Paracetemol, so not "heavy" medication) and I feel heaps better - back to the land of the living, doing all my chores :-( I'm walking around the house without any assistance, but do use a cane if I'm going for a long walk or to the shops as it gives me a bit of security.  One more week and I get to see an Xray of my bionic hip, and hopefully get cleared to drive.  What would be really nice is if my Surgeon thought I had healed so well he could lift the rest of my restrictions and I could sleep on something other than my back - not having to do that for the extra six weeks would be like winning the lottery I reckon :-))  I know he hasn't given me the extra restrictions to "punish" me, but 12 weeks IS a long time... still if needs be, sigh
Anyway until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful card and embellishments Ginny x

Sue said...

Such a gorgeous card Donna, I love the sweet image, stunning colouring and beautiful detailing.
I am pleased that you feel you have turned a corner with your recovery. I hope you continue to make good progress, just remember to take it easy!
Sue xx

Jacee said...

Lovely card, what an adorable image.
hugs Jacee
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Debbie said...

What a wonderful fall card!! (Even if you are in spring!) Your image is adorable and your colouring is amazing!
Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

I wish you well in your continued recovery!

Vickie Y said...

adorable image and card. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

Mynn xx said...

Donna, this is super darling! LOVE your sweet image--and your coloring is fabulous, too! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Di said...

Just beautiful Donna The colours are perfect and your colouring is fab!!
Hope you are well and well on the mend now!
Hugs Di xxxx

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely card, this image is so sweet and the blend of papers and colours are wonderful. Thank you for joining us for Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Donna, love the sweet image and pretty design. Glad to hear you've turned a corner hun, take care.

Donna x

Deonna Bemish said...

Fantastic Card! I love the image and your coloring! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with TTCRD this week.

Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous with great attention to detail. It is perfect for our 18th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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Lau W said...

So sweet image ! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Creator !

Jo said...

Beautiful, that image is adorable! Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles Challenges & good luck!
hugs Jo x

Julie Odil said...

This is so pretty! I love your lush, Fall colors. Thanks for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges. Julie, DT

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card.
Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator for our Anything Goes Challenge.