Somethings in life are always beautiful.

I had my Ranger Melt Pot out last week aka:  The Cauldron.,  and made a few pretties with it but … well, one thing turned to another and a little memory crept into my mind of a card I remembered seeing about four or five years ago.  Once the memory had taken shape inside my mind (in other words, I remembered enough to give it a good old bash) I thought I’d have try at making the beautiful leaf I remembered.

The leaf itself is a stamped leaf, but, after cutting it out, I turned it over and using bottles of re-inkers, I set about colouring the leaf up.  The first one I made didn’t give off the feeling I was trying for.  The colours were too deep and kind of flat.  So I scrapped that one, (my motto:  If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you ever tried!)…  and began again, this time using different colours.  I knew what I was after:  A leaf coloured for all the seasons.    And this was the result:-

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I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  It went from a brighter summer green, into a deep, rich, dark green, which then changed into rust and orange, which in turn changed into that fabulous autumn yellow.

I took LOADS of photographs of the leaf … and couldn’t for the life of me, get it to show the ultra thick embossing which I’d toiled over until it was perfection.  I wanted to catch the shine on the leaf so that you could see that this was something really pretty.  It looked like the most beautiful leaf captured inside glass. [sigh]  Sadly, I failed.  Nothing I did would catch the shine of what looked like glass.  So you’ll have to imagine that it’s there.

The sentiment – is partly something I read a while back, but I changed it round a little, added a line and changed a few words, and so made it more what I wanted the card to say.

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In case you can’t read it, it says:

Whispering winds which scatter leaves at the end of Summer;  A gentle stroll on an Autumn Day;  The chill in the air on a Winters morning;  The chirrup of bird song which Spring brings.  Somethings in life are always beautiful.

I really enjoyed putting this card together and love the leaf.  In fact I loved making it so much that I think I’m going to make it again, only next time a little different.  If it works, I’ll share it with you.  If it doesn’t …  you may never hear another word about it.  But ..  I might share it if it fails miserably – just so that you and I can have a laugh.  LOL.

On the day I made this card,  I made some other things too – only this time with my Cauldron (Ranger Melt Pot), and I’ll share those things with you next time.

Anyhoo  . . .  HAPPY MONDAY!

Just to get the week off to a grrrrrreat start, I give you a joke in the hope of making your heart smile….

I just watched a wildlife documentary about beavers.  —  Best dam programme I’ve seen in a long time!  😀

Pass the smile around.  Share the joke.  Let’s see if we can get the whole world smiling.  We could use a little amusement now and again.

Have a truly lovely Monday.  May today be a good one.  Sending you squidges from my corner to yours….

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    1. LOL . . Hello Kinderarten,
      … The Cauldron sums up how blazingly hot it gets, and that little miracles can be made from it, and I’m certain that the very minute skill I have makes these mircles happen. I’ve got to load the photos, but once done I’ll blog them (hoping for Wednesdy), and then you’ll see what I mean.

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s fabulous to see you. 😀
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  1. Not quite morning here, it’s nearly 9 in the evening and I am now going to knit a few more rows on this last sock, just turned the heel and now it is clear sailing until finished. 🙂 I am glad to be almost done, then I can start on more and different things. I love knitting socks tho’.
    I love your leaf, and the techniques you used seem quite complicated. I really like the colours and how it turned out. 🙂
    You have an excellent Monday!
    Hugs from Victoria, BC

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    1. Hello Soozy
      Aw those socks sound lovely. Kniting anything but a scarf is outside my capabilities, so I’m in awe of anyone who can make anything where the knitting goes round a corner. Well done you clever thing!

      Thilled you like the leaf.
      Wishing you a wonderful Monday too, my friend. Make it a good one!
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Hello Samantha. How fabulous to see you!
      Am thrilled you like he leaf. I was chuffed to pieces when I’d finished. I swear I couldn’t have possibly have made it, because it was far to beautiful! lol

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Bless your heart.
      A Happy Monday to you too.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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        1. It has been. Topped off with a little bowl of mint ice cream.
          [sings…] “Heaven, I’m in heaven
          And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
          And I seem to find the happiness I seek
          When I’ve got mint ice cream filling my cheek to cheeks”

          LOL. ~ Cobs. x

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          1. LOL … you can get the ‘look’ with your heat gun and UTEE (Ultra thick embossing crystals). You just have to do it in layers. Roughly 3 layers would probably be enough, but you can do more if you feel you need or want to.

            Go on Ruthie … craft up a storm! 🙂
            ❤ ~ Cobs.x

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              1. YAY!! Already an expert then!
                Ruthie … I’m not sure if I’ve asked you this before but … I can’t seem to get to your blog. When I click on your name link, it says that they don’t know what I’m looking for (or something like that), and although I’ve tried Google, it’s not helping me at all, so I’ve fired it. lol

                Could you give me a link to your blog so that I can come and follow you? 🙂

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    1. Hello Beautiful Ruthie!
      Ahh … the Ranger Melt Pot. I’ve got some photographs of some thngs which I made using the Melt Pot on the same day I made the card. I have to load them onto the compuer still though, so as soon as I do that I’ll make a post on my blog and show you a few things which can be made usinga melt pot. (I should be able to get the photos loaded and posted, hopefully, Wednesday)

      Thrilled you like the card! Thank you so much for coming Ruthie.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. LOLOL…. Pot? Never tried it. Ohhhh you mean the Melt Pot! LOLOLOL. Aw, I’m making up my own jokes here and laughing at them. ….. first sign of madness perhaps? lol

      Thrilled to bits that you like the leaf. I do too. I couldn’t believe that I’d made it when I looked at it when finished. I actually gasped out loud, picked it up and said out loud … “Wow! … look at what I made, God! Not as great as yours, I know, but I’m as pleased as punch with it!”

      I’ve a feeling that The Lord had a bit of a chuckle at me! lol.

      The pot gets REALLY hot Beverly. And it can be quite heavy(ish) if you’ve got a lot of crystals melting in it. So bear that in mind if you’re thinking of purchasing one.

      They’re a lot of fun though, and very addictive. You’ll make the thing you have in your mind to make, then you’ll want to make more, and some more, and something else and then something different. And on and on.

      Thanks for coming and for sharing a coffee time with me. I love your company.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs.x

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      1. I did look into it and google said it has been discontinued.??? Probably the same reason a jar of peanut butter says …this contains peanuts. Us dumbed down people probably couldn’t handle the extreme heat. LOL I may have to just settle for embossing powder. It’s cold again. Yellow flowers are gone but there were 7 turkeys in the pasture this afternoon. Big ones too.

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        1. NO! Aw noooooooooo. Oh sad. Ohhh I cannot believe that they’d ever discontinue this wonderful little tool of magic and fun.

          That’s the second of the fabulous toys (tools) in my crafting armoury which has been discontinued this year! The first one I found out abou was the Quilting Machine from Simplicity, and now this one.

          Aww this has made me feel so sad. I know the joys of this piece of equipment, and I could tell you a whole months supply of blog posts about how much I love itand why … but it would be of no use, for no one can buy one now. 😦

          Well what a bloomin’ shame.

          Well I’m off to buy more crystals while I still can!

          On the weather subject: It’s a bit fresh (cool) here, but I have to say that it look lik a nice(ish) day out there. It’s only 11am, so plenty of time for things to happen – especially so since this is Great Britain, land where you can experience all the various weathers, and sometimes all in the same day!

          Yesterday was really beautiful. An early spring morning which gave me such joy! Had I been able, I felt like I could have gone skipping and gambolling around the fields much like a spring lamb would do!
          Ha! the mental image alone is giving me chuckles. LOL.

          Thank you for the information Beverly. I wouldn’t have ever known had you not told me. Bless you for doing the research

          Wishing you a truly wonderful Tuesday.
          Sending oodles of love ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Did you do the happy dance? I hope so! Twice. The leaf looks properly amazing. I love the blend of colours to represent the seasons. A little work of art.

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    1. Ah the Happy Dance …
      I do it inside my mind now. Last time I did it I caught sight of myself in the mirror and was so shocked I stopped instantly. Problem was …. my body parts continued moving for another 2 minutes. :/

      In fact, I do believe that there is still a ripple going on in the chest area, but I fold my arms to try and get it under control.
      [snigger]

      Glad you liked it.
      Next post is something entirely different and .. [whispers] … there’s a give-away of something, and it’s a free choice of a few things! squeeeeeee!
      (post should be on Wednesday).

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    1. Well, I’ve just found out that they Melting Pots have now been discontinued. Dear Beverly of More Ink Please looked into them as she’d not heard of them before, and told me this morning that she found out that they’ve discontinued them. I’ve just been and had a look and they have indeed stopped making the melt pot, apparently due to a drop in demand, and high minimum order quantity.

      Terrible shame. This fabulous bit of equipment is a real joy and I’m so sad that it’s no longer there for new crafters, or crafters who fancy a bit of something different, to have a play with.

      You can read what I found, here: http://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ranger-melt-art-news.html

      ❤ ~ Cobs x

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