Saturday, 22 September 2012

CFC 71 - Thanks



This week's CASual Friday challenge is Fall Fun. So here are some fun falling leaves! lol! I love the '70s colour combination in this little 'stained glass' leaf from Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned set. I rounded the opposite corners to emphasize the movement of the leaves from top left to bottom right - did it work? Little dabs of Diamond stickles at one end of each leaf just because I like a little sparkle on my cards.

I really love stained glass - so much that a few years ago, I took a course through the Toronto District School Board's Continuing Education department. I had a wonderful teacher who let us design what we wanted to make and helped us, really just letting us use class time as studio time. Here is the result, that hangs in my kitchen.


I designed it myself to fit my kitchen window, loosely based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design called The Tree of Life and the materials that we had available in the class. I really needed to make two of these (this window has a matching window to the left), but that was a little ambitious for an 8 week course (I barely finished this one and you can easily see that the lines do not all line up perfectly!). When I registered to take the course again and make the matching window, the teacher had changed, and she had a firm idea that every person in the class would be making the same project. Maybe one day, I'll find a way to make another one, in the meantime, this is a fun reminder of me with a soldering iron in my hot little hands!

18 comments:

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is so "you," Ardyth. Often when I look at your cards, they remind me of beautiful stained glass. You have a natural knack for it and, obviously, an eye for design. Seems to me, no foolin', you should hook up as an apprentice for materials, followed quickly by being the teacher yourself!

Deb said...

Ardyth, I love your stained glass leaves!!! So pretty cascading down your card. And your stained glass window.....WOW!!! Mucho, mucho talented!! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Happy Dance said...

Ardyth, you always manage to take my breath away. Your card is quite lovely, and your stained glass is magnificent! Beautiful.
Bev

Geri said...

Love the 70's colors of the falling leaves. Rounding the opposite corners really does give the leaves movement!

Now, how about that window! Seriously, this is as a result of a beginner's class? It is truly breathtaking and is a fine example of your clean and graphic style :)

Brenda said...

Fabulous card! The stained glass look is so very clever and your stained glass window is phenomenal! WOW! I'd love a window like that in my house!

Tracey McNeely said...

Excellent look you created on your card, the stained glass leaves are brilliant. Gorgeous window Ardyth, your talents have many layers.

Bethany S. said...

lovely! And I love how you colored the leaves! I can just see the bits of glitter if I look real hard...such a great touch :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Deborah Frings said...

Your falling leaves are just fab! Clean, simple and just lovely. I think your stained glass window is AMAZING!! You really are very talented!

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Gorgeous card Ardyth - I really enjoy your creativity! And that window is fabulous!!!

Ellen said...

You do cas so well! Love those stained glass leaves! Fab use of inspiration!

Mary-Anne V said...

Love the look of the falling leaves on your card. as for the stain glass...Amazing!

Lisa Lara said...

Beautifully done Ardyth. I love those falling leaves.

shirley-bee said...

Love those retro leaves, and the corner-rounding definitely works.

That stained glass window is impressive! I love the texture and pattern of the clear glass as much as the tree design.

Kelly Griglione said...

Indeed, those 70s colors are so fun together (now that the 70s are a distant memory!)

I recognized the style on the stained glass window you made immediately! We live next to several FLW houses and they are so incredible to tour. My friend took me to one as a birthday present one year. Anyone who designs furniture to match the house has an eye for detail that really speaks to me! You did an incredible job on designing and implementing the stained glass window. What a fun class to pick, and good for you to try it!! Another girlfriend and I are going to do glass blowing soon. I've heard it's a little scary, with the heat and all. Should be fun though : )

Lynn said...

ABsolutely beautiful...love the stained glass window too! As always, so glad you could play with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Karen Nutkins said...

Your window is amazing, and your card is lovely, too.

Jenni's Jems said...

Your card is simply lovely and as for that stained glass window ...I want it ,it is so gorgeous and would fit somewhere in my house:-D x

Fiona said...

Super CAS Ardyth and lovely colours too. I am well impressed by your window, it's beautiful and I love the design. Hope you get to do another one some day.