Friday, 27 September 2013

Autumn Gift Set

Hello everyone, welcome and lovely to see you here. Can you believe it is nearly the end of the month?
It is my turn to create a project for Spellbinders as one for their international Blog Ambassadors.
I decided to create a gift set, a card and a box, featuring their wonderful 3D M-Bossabilities. If you don't know these yet, you are in for a treat, you have never seen anything like it. The embossed impression with these folders, truly is 3D!
The folders I used were:
Rustic Wreath and Persian Splendor
I also used a number of dies:
Font One Upper Case
Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents
Ribbon Banners
Blossoms Five
Splendid Circles
Here is a quick step by step of how I put it all together, lets start with the card:
I cut a piece of 5 x 7 smooth white card stock, put it in the Rustic Wreath folder and ran it through the Grand Calibur using the Pink and the Raspberry Plates. This folder is actually a Christmas one, but by using Autumnal colours the wreath was easily transformed. Here you can see how I coloured it with Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, a tiny bit of Pine Needles, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and finally Gathered Twigs.
A lot of colours, but I love how the blending of them just brings out the embossing. Here is a close up of the wreath:
I coloured the berries with a bit of Treasure Gold Renaissance Gold.
Next I stamped by sentiment and then cut and embossed it with the number 3 (3rd smallest) of the Splendid Circles dies.
As you can see, I added a bit of string and a brad.
I also stamped a greeting (Tim Holtz Simple Sayings) and cut and embossed it with one of the Ribbon Banner dies, these dies fit the Tim Holtz sayings just perfectly.

For further decoration of my card I stamped a few leaves (Artistic Stamper), cut them out by hand and coloured them to match the rest of my card
I made a flower, using the Blossoms 5 die and then matted and layered it all up with some other little leaves from the Orchard Harvest set and a few bits and pieces from my stash

The box was done in a very similar way. I made a 5 x 7" sized box out of Kraftcard and then  I embossed a piece of 5 x 7 card, this time with the Persian Splendour folder, This made the topper of the box. I then cut and embossed 2 further pieces which I trimmed to fit on the sides of the box, colouring everything with the same colours.

As you can see I cut and embossed the word Art with the Alphabet dies (love these, the fact you can emboss them really makes them pop), and then embellished in a similar way.
And finally the completed project:

Well, hope you like it, thank you for visiting and happy October when it comes to you all. Can't wait to show you some Halloween projects soon.


Jennie Atkinson said...

Astrid the card and box are just fabulous! The wreath folder is just stunning and I love your wonderful colours. And then the box ............ sigh ...... Just wonderfully stunning. I just love the raised embossing - well I love it all, but that really is quite spectacular. Making boxes myself at the moment, but nothing like yours!!!!

Have a lovely weekend and the weather is kind. Not going to be so great here unfortunately.

Brenda Brown said...

Just gorgeous Astrid, love the depth of colours and the beautiful autumnal hues. A fabulous set for someone.
hugs {brenda} x0x

May said...

O my word Astrid...Such beautiful work...Love the card & box...WOW What a gift set..Love it!! Hugs May x x x

barbarayaya62 said...

What a lovely box and fab card! AS Always!!!!!! I love this color, so perfect for this season! BArbarayaya

Terry said...

Gorgeous gift set, Astrid! Love the warm and rich Autumn colors. The flowers and leaves are a wonderful finishing touch! Happy Weekend!

Aquarius said...

Gorgeous - the results from those embossing folders are impressive. Love the autumn colours too.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Amazing !!! I really love your box and card, what a beautiful colours and design, and you have a lot of leaves now!!!I rally love it!!


Claire said...

Wow Astrid,how beautiful. I love the gorgeous autumn colour palette. Those embossing folders are fab

Redanne said...

Absolutely beautiful work Astrid, the card and box are gorgeous, love the colours, the wreath is amazing. Hugs, Anne x

Marianne said...

Every time you surprise me with even more beautiful creations. These autumn colored items are stunning. I LOVE them!
xxx Marianne

Paula Whittaker said...

truly gorgeous Astrid x Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Paula Whittaker said...

truly gorgeous Astrid x Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Maryanne said...

Very beautiful, Astrid! I love the Spellbinders embossing folders. They truly are the best. Your colors and the elements you used are so evocative of the season. Gorgeous!

Natasha said...

Wow this set is absolutely gorgeous sweetie, love, love, love it all. Hugs xNx

butterfly said...

Simply gorgeous. That wreath looks utterly wonderful - the colour blending is just brilliant! Gorgeous work on the top of the box too. I've gazed at these folders longingly a few times, and in your hands they look more tempting than ever!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

Stunning project, the textures colours and details look awesome.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

This is one of the reasons I love Autumn. What a beautiful project! xxoo

milissa d said...

wonderful colors and a beautiful project. I just love fall my fav
milissa xo

Sandie Edwards said...

What a beautiful set of creations, the card and using a Christmas embossing and turning it into Fall ... beautiful! The colours are splendid, and so warm.... love them both.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow Astrid this is so rich and gorgeous!! The inks are blended so beautifully ... absolutely brilliant!! Love the embossing folders you used, everything is just perfection. oxox

Sue Butler said...

Hello Astrid
You obtain a wonderful richness to your palette of colours, you define your contrast in values wonderfully, these creative pieces are just stunning.

Selma Israwi said...

how can I reach you to ask if I can hire you to design something for me?

Bärbel Born said...

It is so inspiring how different all those dies and folders look when different people use them! You made an Astrid piece of art with it, used your very own style and made it one of a kind. I love the antique look of the project and the craftmenship that made it so special. Thank you for sharing and for this unique inspiration! Hugs, Baerbel

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Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, you just did it again. This is soooooooooooo stunning and those colors are really amazing for this project. I absolutely LOVE everything you´ve shown here, it´s soooooooooooooooooooo gorgeous. WAUW is all I can say.

Stamps and Paper said...

Astrid what fabulous have an amazing talent with colours and textures...such a gorgeous card and matching box


Caroline said...

Wow Wow Wow!! I think.I use that word a LOT on your blog as your creations just blow me away! No wonder you are an International Ambassador, What an acholade!! Stunning colours, Autumn is my favourite season colour wise anyhow but you have brought them to life!! Still to catch up on your last 2 posts but can't handle all in one hit?! Talent overload = Esteem Crashes!! :))

Kelly Neis said...

Beautiful gift set! Love the textures and colors, your work is always beautifully done, perfect.
Hugs Kelly

Mrs.B said...

Stunning set. Embossing looks fabulous, especially with the rich colours of Autumn.
Avril xx

Anita Houston said...

So perfectly Autumn! Love the set!

Dorthe said...

My dear Astrid, oh where to begin I don`t know...
This project of yours is so amazingly beautiful,- The embossed wreath with all the colour tones,- makes it jump to the eyes- and the use of dark red for the bow and the SOOO gorgeous flowers -the unique coloured leaves !!it is all together a stunning is the box with that beautiful embossed papers, too... Your colour combinations are truly stunning .
Big hug, and hope your saturday has been and is very lovely, Astrid.

Klaudia/Kszp said...

Fabulous, especially the branch :) Love it :)

Ros Crawford said...

What a gorgeous gift set ... Beautiful work as always!

Paper Profusion said...

Words can't describe the beauty of these so I'm just going to say 'I'm blown away'. Oh, and I need to buy an embossing folder! Nicola x

Shirley Chillman said...

I am sure Art is your middle name Astrid you really have the Midas touch because everything looks like pure gold with this set.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

inkypinkycraft said...

Astrid your creations never fail to wow, amaze and inspire me ! Hugs trace x

craftimamma said...

What a gorgeous Autumnal set Astrid using my favourite colours of the year. Those embossing folders are quite something and I especially love that wreath.

Lesley Xx

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Astrid
I don't think you realize just how talented you are! - your ability to layer colors and emboss using beautiful papers like the Persian Splendor. How lucious and rich are these Autumnal tones!
Your creations are so stunning and inspirational dear Astrid!
Thank you for your beautiful words left on my post. Your few words speak mountains and they mean such a lot coming from blogging friends like yourself.
Thank you so very much again!
Autumnal hugs to you!

Marjie Kemper said...

Lovely set... such gorgeous colors and rich embossing!

Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

A very pretty set, nice work!

Fandhmum said...

What a wonderful set and the most gorgeous colours
Rosie x

Cathy A said...

Beautiful Project Astrid

Dianne said...

These 2 are just gorgeous work again, fabulous colors, love the texture, fabulous work Astrid, thanks for sharing..

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