Thursday 1 September 2022

Autumn Girl Reading


It is the start of a new month and we have a new image to play with for 

Our New Blog Home is now up and running and all the challenges are being hosted from there. There is a challenge for each day of the week and we have ones that last for a month at a time. Lots of prizes on offer with individual ones for the specific challenges and sitewide ones for each calendar month.

Come on over and join in the fun at The Outlawz

This month at the Progressive Freebie Challenge we have been given this lovely image 

This image has a wistful feeling to it and I found a sentiment in my digital collection that I felt fit it perfectly. It is an old retired one from Sentimental Susan that had a medicine bottle on it. It didn't look right in the background so I edited this out. 

Reading has always been a very important part of my from being a small child. Whether it be a physical book or a digital reader the escapism you feel from reading a book, the way you picture characters in your head is something that has fed my imagination over the years. In this super busy world it feels like an indulgence to make time to read but it is important to slow down and have some 'me' time. That is indeed medicine for the soul.

I used a combination of Promarkers and pencils to colour the image. I used fine tipped markers to add delicate detail to the tree bark and around the sun and colour the tiny leaves.

I mounted the image onto some kraft card. The patterned paper is a really old leaves one from Papermania, I just love the Autumn colours as it is my favourite season of all. I used some touchy feely suede ribbon. The flower embellishment has been created with 2 fabric flowers, and opened metal beadcap and a gorgeous gem brad holding it all together.

The Progressive Freebie challenge is a great opportunity to use images from different artists who you may not have used before. It helps to take you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to different styles and I would highly recommend you take part.

Head on over to The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge where you can see all the details of how to request this image if you would like to play along.

Card Details -

Size - 6” Square

Digital Image - Autumn Fall Girl Reading (Star Stampz)

Digital Sentiment - Now Retired (Sentimental Susan)

Designer Paper - Woodland Folk (Papermania)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Expert Pencils, Fine tipped marker pens

Embellishments - Suede ribbon, Fabric Flower, Metal Beadcap, Gem Brad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. A really sweet Autumnal creation, many thanks for sharing and joining us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  2. A lovely image and Autumnal scene, thank you for joining in at Allsorts this week.

  3. Such a great piece and the fall colors are beautiful with this wonderful image! Everything from the festive gold under it all to the gorgeous flower are fall at its finest! Thanks for sharing at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  4. Your coloring is beautiful Mandy! Thanks for sharing with us at The Colour Crazy Challenge.

  5. Beautiful card and image-love the Autumn colours
    Carol x

  6. I love the scene this images creates in the mind. I can almost feel the chilly breeze blowing. Beautiful Autumn colours! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!

  7. Beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge good luck Ginny DT
    Penny's Challenge
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  8. Pretty Autumn scene. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Red Wagon this week.

  9. Love this Autumn scene you have created and the colours you have used - The sentiment is so awesome too - I love that it says reading is medicine for the soul. Thank you for sharing and for taking part in the polkadoodles digi choosday challenge. Happy Crafting! Mel x

  10. A beautiful image and a lovely card design, Mandy. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Path of Positivity. x

  11. Beautiful scene and card! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter Challenge! I hope to see you in our next challenge!
    Crafty Hugs!
    DT Dawn

  12. Hi Mandy,
    this is such a very lovely Autumnal card and a wonderful design also.
    Such a very fab image and super Autumnal colours used.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  13. Thanks for entering our Trees/Leaves challenge... your card is lovely. Good Luck and hope you will join us again next month
    Diane Louise (Team Leader at Moving Along With The Times) xx

  14. Hi Mandy, Love your autumn card and that image is darling. Cool sentiment and perfect fit for the image. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog and best of luck with your entry.
    Barbara DT Member for

  15. Beautiful card and colored beautifully as well! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}

  16. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mirtillamente, we love to see everybody's entries. We are a home for creativity! Good luck and do come back!
    Hugs, Jackie.
    Mirtillamente DT

  17. Hi Mandy. A wonderful autumn scene and I do so agree with your sentiment. Just a reminder that animals must be the focal point of our challenges. Thanks for sharing with us at Critter Crazy, CarolG

  18. A beautiful autumn card. Thanks for joining us in our Digi Doodle Studios challenge, and best of luck with your entry. Patsy DT

  19. Love the deep colours on this beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations!

  20. its gorgeous!
    Thank you for playing at SUYP-cats only challenge!
    Hope to see you again!
    Good luck!


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