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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #20 Granny Apple Green

Granny Apple Green with Gorgeous Leaves and Christmas Season 

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.


This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a bright yellow green called Granny Apple Green. Granny Apple Green is part of the Brights Colour Family and is a wonderful colour for foliage, grasses, granny apples and where a bright yellow green is needed. I see this colour in so many forms as I walk with my dog along the Sturt River.


Granny Apple Green is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads, Stampin’ Spots re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin’ Blends; Watercolour Pencils; Soft Pastels; the Brights & Pattern Party Host Designer Series Paper; Rainbow Glimmer Paper and Shaker Shapes. The cards below have used Granny Apple Green Classic ink, plus a range of other bits and pieces.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

Card 1:

As I was thinking of what I would create using Granny Apple Green (GAG) I was walking along the Sturt River and seeing a range of foliage in different greens and many were differing shades of GAG. I determined that I would create project(s) with leaves in some form. I also recently saw a delightful still life photo showing Granny Apples sitting in a Blushing Bride bucket on a Pool Party painted chair. The painting was ageing and showing wood in patches. These inspired my first card.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The Very Vanilla card front was stamped in Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' ink with the lighter of the splatter stamps from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set. (This is such a gorgeous stamp set.) The panel was then dry embossed with the Timber 3D embossing folder, giving a delightful look of timber grain across the card-stock. The embossed panel was mounted on a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil from the Brushed Metallic card-stock pack.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The larger detailed leaf die in the maple leaf shape from the coordinating Intricate Leaves dies was cut multiple times from Fluid 100 Watercolor paper. The leaves were wet on wet water-coloured using Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride and Pool Party Classic inks with the mid-sized Water Painter from the set of 3 Water Painters. I do love water-colouring die cut pieces and it is so easy when watercolor paper has been used.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The maple leaf was also stamped in Crumb Cake ink 3 times on Very Vanilla card-stock and then die cut. The detailed leaves were partially adhered to the stamped leaves. This enabled me to pop the leaves up on Dimensionals.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

Before adhering the leaves in place, some Linen Thread and Gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim pack was tied around the card front and finished in a bow. A sentiment from the Through It Together stamp set was stamped twice in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card-stock. The sentiment was fussy cut so most of it could be used in one long strip rather than 2 rows. You may notice 2 words with some dimension. Initially, I had highlighted these words in a different colour but then decided I didn't like it so added another set of the 2 words on top. Given the layers, the words are still highlighted but it is more subtle. Some Genial Gems were added for a little glimmer. I do love a touch of bling.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The Very Vanilla card inner and C6 envelope were both stamped with a row of maple leaves using Crumb Cake ink. The card inner also had a thin strip of Gold foil adhered at the bottom.

Share with those you care about by giving a special card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

A lovely friend is trudging through a difficult time at 
present. I know she loves cards with leaves so this card will be heading her way, hopefully to brighten her day and so she knows she is thought of and loved.

Card 2:

Share a joyful season with those you care about by gifting a special Christmas card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

I first starting to create this card for last week's CASEing the Catty Challenge but things happened and I didn't complete it in time. The challenge was based on this sketch:


I made sure some of the foliage was stamped in Granny Apple Green so I could share it here. As you will notice, I'm currently trying to create at least one Christmas card for the Colour Creations Blog Hop to help build my card stash. Christmas is coming more quickly now.

Share a joyful season with those you care about by gifting a special Christmas card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

I die cut a layer of Vellum and of Basic White 
card-stocks using the two pine fronds dies in the Christmas Pinecones die set. These were layered on a Thick Basic White card-stock base. Two smaller circles from the Layering Circles die set were used to cut Cherry Cobbler card-stock. Leaves, holly, berries and pinecones were stamped on Basic White card-stock using Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake. Apart from the berries the leaves and pinecones had 2 stamps to give shading. The first stamp was stamped off first and the second was stamped in full strength ink. The stamped pieces were fussy cut - although I'm not sure why as there were coordinating dies - but it made sense at the time??

Share a joyful season with those you care about by gifting a special Christmas card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

Some of the Cherry Cobbler & Gold ribbon was sliced down the middle and swished in place. A sentiment was White heat embossed on the smaller circle before the 2 Cherry Cobbler circles being added with Dimensionals; and the leaves, berries and pinecones arranged around the labels and over the ribbon. A gold foil spray of berries (from a previous project) was laying on the workstation so I cut it into 3 and tucked them in to add some extra gold to the arrangement. Genial Gems were added as the finishing touch.

Share a joyful season with those you care about by gifting a special Christmas card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

The Basic White card inner and C6 Basic White Envelope were both stamped with leaves at an edge. Two pinecones were also adhered directly to the card inner.

Share a joyful season with those you care about by gifting a special Christmas card, designed by Andrea Sargent, Australia.

I had fun creating with Granny Apple Green. I hope my projects have given you some food for thought. Another design using GAG is bubbling in my brain - so stay tuned, as it may turn up in a coming Heart of Christmas Blog Hop.

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Granny Apple Green creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of a very special and talented friend, Rachel Palmieri. As always, I am looking forward to checking out Rachel's creation and everyone else's. I do love seeing everyones' projects - so many ideas and such great creations

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Gray Graniteand don't forget that the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop goes live every Monday evening at 8pm AEDT until mid-December.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog, our wonderful AWHT Colour Creations Coordinator.  Check out her amazing creation while you are there.

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9 comments:

  1. Andrea, your descriptions of your day, your environment and your card making process are quite delightful and I often feel I am there with you! Both these cards are quite delightful as well and I'm sure your friend will really appreciate your card.

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  2. Two beautiful cards, Andrea! I love the pastel watercoloured treatment of the die-cut leaves on your first card; they look so nice against the embossed and stamped panel. Your Christmas card is so beautiful. The white and vellum pine fronds look gorgeous against the white card base, and you've composed all of the elements on the card so nicely. Beautiful work with this lovely green.

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  3. Beautiful cards Andrea, the leaves have a lovely soft colour combination and the Christmas cards is much more bold. Shows the versatility of our colours

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  4. Andrea both cards are stunning but the story of how you were inspired to create card number one is terrific. I love how you have been able to make Granny Apple Green look subdued.

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  5. 2 beautiful cards Andrea, I love the leaves so much and the soft colours really make them pop. I will have to get me set out and play with it now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Both gorgeous cards, Andrea, but I love the first one especially. Those beautifully soft coloured leaves and the gold foil and twine add such an elegant touch. The second card is lovely with lots of white and then the bold coloured features.

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  7. Oh I do love your Gorgeous Leaves card. The softness is beautiful and what a great choice of embossing folder for it too

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  8. Beautiful cards as always Andrea. I always love what you make, and these are no exception. Not picking a favourite, they're both so beautiful because of the white and texture I suspect.

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  9. Your cards are really beautiful, Andrea. The multicoloured leaves look amazing, and the layering on your second card is superb.

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