Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Autumn is a second spring

Hi! Today's post is for the Anything But A Card Challenge: Halloween or Fall.
The photograph for this layout was taken while holidaying in Tasmania, at Hobart's Botanical Gardens, May 2010. This spectacular tree was in all of its autumn splendour, so we were lucky to capture the moment, before the leaves started to seriously fall. While we have some gardens with various species of maples growing in our local area, the colours aren't nearly so brilliant... our weather doesn't become cold enough.

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.

For the layout. I stamped the green background paper with Picket Fence D.S. and added some teased out fibre. The brown paper was spritzed with glimmer mists : Coffee Shop, Sugar Maple and Black Cherry. These colours were also used on the distressed corrugated cardboard, cut into the shape of a maple leaf. Edges of the brown paper were distressed, and some sections inked with Distress Inks: Dried Marigold, Rusty hinge and Weathered Wood.

A hand made leaf,  using chiffon, hand-stitching and liquid pearls to finish.

Leaves were die cut from various papers, including altered papers left over from previous projects. I also added some chiffon handmade leaves.
A few swirls and flourishes on the page to give the idea of wind and movement, completed the layout.

Thank you for visiting, Cheers, Di


  1. WOW DI this is a wonderful layout and well worth the effort with all your cutting and layering.
    Agree that we don't get the vivid colours but I am quite happy to slip quietly through the mellow seasons we usually have.
    Thank you for joining in Anything But A Card Challenge this time.

  2. Hello Di, your layout is a fabulously rich riot of colour, I love all your cascading maple leaves down the side and the gorgeous hand made one - wow, I could just sit and look at this for ages. It is Autumn here in the UK and the trees here are so beautiful, even on a gloomy day. A really stunning layout. A x

  3. Oh goodness Di, this is stunning! We have loads of maples at our local park which look just like this and that photo has captured the moment superbly. And as for those chiffon leaves, they are genius. Love that you do all this so distinctly in your own way. Hugs, Buttons x

  4. What a beauty of a layout Di! Those beautiful sewn leaves are simply stunning. I love the colours you've used and the energy created in your piece: I can just imagine the wind coming along and lifting those leaves in a swirl, right off the page. Beautiful picture - I so love the trees at this time of year and you've captured this one perfectly.
    Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous layout with us at Anything But A Card and I'm looking forward to see what you make next!

  5. Hello Diane, absolutely stunning layout. The photo of the vibrant maple leaves is beautiful. I like the various textures you have incorporated and the way the leaves tumble down the page is great.

    Many thanks for visiting and commenting on my tag too. Elizabeth xx