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by Julie Brooks

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Less Is More Weekly Challenge, Week 84 One Layer Challenge - Foliage

Morning everyone

It's a glorious autumn morning here today. The sun is just coming up and everything is bathed in that early morning light which I absolutely love. I almost love it more than the golden glow at the end of a sunny day just before the sun goes down.

There's something special about this time of year I think. Spring is lovely because everything is waking up again and you see those first beautiful bursts of green after the drab nakedness of winter, but autumn for me is a time for celebrations - you harvest all of the goodies you've been nurturing in the ground through the long summer months, the trees put on their splendid autumn coats of copper, red and gold almost like ladies and gentlemen of the Victorian era dressing in their best finery for one final promenade before the weather is too harsh to go out anymore, and finally it's time to pick all of those lovely juicy apples and pears, plums and damsons. The pumpkins are big and fat and orange and Halloween is almost like the finale, but then to really end on a bang and herald the coming of winter (and the excitement begins to build for all children because soon it will be Christmas), we have fireworks night and the smell of gunpowder fills the air as all of those gloriously colourful fireworks fill the sky with their brash displays and louds bangs as if to say "Here I am!", "Look at me!". And, if you're ever so lucky, you might have spotted a hedgehog or two fattening themselves up on your blackberry patch before they find somewhere cosy to sleep out the winter months.

I love going for an early morning walk at this time of year (when the other two in the house can be bothered to heave themselves out from under their cosy duvets!) - it's misty, but sunny and the light is wonderful for taking really atmospheric photographs; it's cool but with a promise of some warming rays on your face and back when the sun winds up a gear or two later in the day; the birds are just getting up and beginning their daily challenge of finding enough to eat and defending their territories ready for the harsh winter months ahead - and this morning's winners in our garden are the goldfinches and Mr Robin, who all flew in nice and early to claim the best tables at this local all-day-diner!

But enough of this waxing lyrical! On to the subject of this post! The Less Is More challenge this week is a one layer card featuring foliage. Now, given that it's the start of autumn, and after all my waffling just now, you might be expecting to see those beautiful autumn colours in my card .... but no! I've actually done a bit of a fast forward to Christmas, and instead chosen holly for my foliage! And here is my card, which has been kissed by the early morning sun as you can see!

I used a small scalloped edge card and stamped a clean and simple design of holly leaves and berries along with a sentiment in the middle. The stamps are all from a Stampendous set called Christmas Wishes and I used Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy ink to stamp all the images. It's a fab shade of green which is perfect for Christmas! I coloured the holly leaves and berries with ProMarkers in Holly and Berry Red and then coated them all with Glossy Accents because Holly leaves are glossy and so are those beautiful red berries which our blackbirds love so much. I finished the design by adding a sparkly edge to the scalloped sides using Stickles Star Dust glitter glue - well, you can't have a Christmas card without a bit of sparkle! I decided to just do a border of foliage down the left and leave the rest of the card "empty". I think it makes for a very impactful card and I'm very pleased with it. I hope you like it too.

OK, that's all from me for now.

Enjoy your Sunday, whatever you're doing, and I'll see you all again soon.

Oh, just before I go .... a big warm welcome and thank you to my new followers. It's great to have you along for the journey and I hope you'll enjoy the ride.

Take care all.

Love from me xx