Category Archives: Autumn Art

Candy Corn Art

Somethin’ strange is going on with my blog!

I’ve been searching for some of my previous fall posts and I can’t find them. It’s like they’ve disappeared!

As you can imagine this has me a little frazzled.
My husband decided that the safest route would be to switch over to a dot com. I’ve never really had a desire to do this, but I’ve become more concerned with preserving my content.
So my blog may be on the blink for a day or two this week while the change is being made.

*These photos are some that I found in my old ‘fall art’ folders. I’m positive  I posted these back in 2009, along with another similar post,  but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So here they are again…my daughter using candy corn for a lovely garden picture.


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Candy Corn Queen 2011

She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.

After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.

Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair

I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!

At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.

Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!

Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.

Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.

Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  🙂


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Chalk Board Tablecloth and Chalk Ink Markers

What do you get when you take one chalkboard tablecloth and some Chalk Ink Markers?

A really cool way to decorate your craft table for Autumn!

We often work on arts and crafts projects together at this little table. My young artist claims the larger half.

Welcome Fall!

(I bought our chalkboard tablecloth from FreckledSage, and Michael’s craft stores sell Chalk Ink markers.)


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Moonlight Maiden

I used Derwent Colour Soft pencils and ZIG Millenium pens to draw this maiden in the moonlight.

I’m not a big fan of the scary stuff this time of year. In fact, the only witch I’ve ever been fond of is this one.  But I do like to draw and make things that come along with this season: large yellow moons, colored leaves sailing in the breeze,  wise looking little owls, portly pumpkins of every size, and lots and lots of candy corn.

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of autumn with your favorite things. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Singing Owls

These card designs are all hand-cut using some of the super-awesome paper in the KC Company’s Que Sera Sera pack. The changing seasons always put me in the mood for cutesy things like this.   These owls are enjoying the moonrise from their respective tree tops and singing sweetly in the night.  🙂

We have a great horned owl that lives around here by our house and I can hear him once in a while–love the sound.

All my hand made card sets are for sale on my Etsy shop for CS research. I send the profits to Boston Children’s Hospital, where they’re working on a treatment for Cockayne Syndrome.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. As you probably can guess, we’re hoping for a fire free weekend here in Texas!


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Candy Corn Owl


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“Autumn Dreams” ATCs Received!

My ATCs came in from the “Autumn Dreams” swap!

My collection is getting downright awesome. 

The first one is a mixed-media ATC from North Carolina…

And then a really pretty stamped/encaustic card from Florida.  The colors are SO gorgeous on this one…

And then a hand-drawn optical illusion card! Doesn’t it look 3-D?

Hope you’re having a great week!


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“Autumn Dreams” ATCs

 And just in time  to switch gears for Christmas, I finished my ATCs for the “Autumn Dreams” swap. I kept them simple using mainly rubber stamps and rich ink colors of brown and red-violet:

Farewell Autumn, helloooooo Christmas time!  🙂

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“Bed of Leaves”

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Pressed Leaf Flash Cards

Every Autumn we pull out this little book and set it on our side table.

It contains alphabet flash cards I made with my daughter, all illustrated with pressed leaves.

Posting all 26 would be a bit much, so here are some of my favorites.

I got the idea several years ago from a Martha Stewart Kids publication, which, unfortunately,  doesn’t come out anymore.

If you love to collect colorful fall leaves like we do, start now!  Pressing leaves throughout the fall season will ensure you have plenty for leaf projects later on.

And this project makes an awesome activity for kids on a cold, wet, winter day.

It’s fun to see the creative way your kids incorporate the leaves.

Hope you’re having a great week!


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