When I was a child, one of my favourite books was Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I liked my heroines to be strong and gutsy but if they also had long, shiny chestnut hair and lived in the country, then that was a plus too.
I must admit I couldn't have told you that the quote I've used on the first of this post's projects came from the book but I'm glad it did. Although I'm a lot less keen on the month of October than I used to be (thanks to all the firework fanatics), I still think it is a great month for inspiring art and design. As I said in my last post, you can't beat an autumnal colour palette for stunning beauty and breath-taking tones.
The three projects below have all been created using the CraftScapes Autumn Country digikit from DaisyTrail. Those of you who follow my crafting blog will know that I'm a huge fan of the CraftScapes digikits and this one is a definite favourite, reminding me a bit of the Montgomery books. You even get the smoke to put on the cottage chimney!
I decided to design a page from a calendar for my first project, building up a scene using the lovely "watercolour" style embellishments and including the quote from the book. I added a "stamp" effect from the styles tab in Craft Artist Professional to the days of the week and dates as I felt this really complimented the artwork.
For my second project, I had an image in my head of a country kitchen with decorated tiles. I must admit I hadn't thought of doing a tile design before but the artwork in this kit seemed to fit the country kitchen image so well. Originally, I was only going to have a plain white background but I felt it needed something more and the border has really emphasised the focal point of the design. Of course, this design could also be used for the front of a square greetings card.
Finally, I decided to design a DL size party invitation. I don't really favour celebrating Halloween, so this is my version. I wanted to keep the tones quite soft and gentle and I think I achieved that by shadowing everything, including the "stitched" border. I've no idea who Janet and Steve are but I'm sure they will enjoy their party!
I hope you continue to see lots of the lovely autumnal colours as we get further into October and meanwhile, I'm off to see if I can pick up a cheap copy of Anne of Green Gables on eBay!
All designs copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015.