Whipper Snapper image, Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock,
Versamark ink, gold embossing powder, sequins
Because we live "out of the village" in our rural Vermont town, we don't get many
trick-or-treaters here at the house.
(Fortunately our grandchildren live in town, so we'll have "Kronos", a" bumble-bunny", and a "zombie superhero" knocking on our door on Halloween night!)
The 20 or so houses in the village center get LOTS (all!) the kids in town, so to help them out the PTA organizes a candy collection. And to keep the fun going, they also sponsor a costume parade, a jack-o-lantern contest, games, and a spaghetti supper at the town hall.
I used Hero Arts stamps, an assortment of Memento inks, and some
Tattered Angels shimmer spray
Here in Vermont, the colors have been really gorgeous this fall-- a truly spectacular year.
The amazing reds--scarlet, crimson, cranberry, maroon-- are short-lived
among the yellows, oranges, and greens, but how they make me happy!
I tried some color-blocking with Papertrey Ink cardstock--
Autumn Rose, Smokey Shadow, & Simply Chartreuse on Rustic White.
I die cut the Mama Elephant "hello", gold embossed some Hero Arts trees,
and added a smattering of sequins.
And for a seasonal update,
it's crazy colorful right now in Vermont everywhere you go,
but seeing it from the air must be truly breathtaking.
A local TV station, WCAX, is collecting images on their web page and this one
really captures the breadth of this indescribable display
The view from above in this leafie. Photo by Peter Kimball – Pilot, Winston Currier I thought you might enjoy seeing the beauty over Eastern Vermont and specifically, Lake Groton, the Groton State Forest and beyond to the West.#leafies
I hope you have a beautiful day wherever you are,
and thanks for stopping by!
There's so much to delight the mind and eyes in this photo--
the colors, the textures, the patterns,
and of course, the suggestion of coziness in the first crisp breezes of September--
but it was those branches and pink berries that inspired my card.
On a Soft Stone panel, I used Polka Dot Basics III for the berries in Autumn Rose,
Raspberry Fizz and Ripe Avocado. I die cut the stems from Simply Chartreuse and used the
matching stamp from Larger Than Life in Ripe Avocado. The sentiment is
from Autumn Abundance stamped in Smokey Shadow. I split the panel in two, adhered both
pieces to a Ripe Avocado base, and wrapped the space with silver twine,
finishing off with a pink PTI button and dots of silver pen.
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths and squinched,
many-lettered, on-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late September
We're picking our last wild blackberries. Last night's frost-- the first of the season-- means I'll be putting my garden "to bed" soon.
Here are a few cards to say thank you and goodbye to beautiful summer and welcome old friend fall...
Except for the DCWV aqua and silver glitter paper and the Stewart Superior
silver & balck embossing powders, all the materials are PTI:
die, flourish stamp, pattern paper & rhinestones from SAF 1920s kit;
black Shimmer & Fine Linen card stock; sentiment from Gatsby Glamour.
Not only did I use the SAF Renaissance set for this challenge,
but I also used images from several other sets
that I'm sure were designed by Nichole as their elegance coordinated so nicely.
I used Vintage Cream and Gold Shimmer for the die cuts; the sentiment is from
Big and Bold Wishes; the center medallion is from Simply Stationery; the side flourishes
are from Mat Stack 5 Collection, and I used that same flourish
to make the wax seal on wax paper which
I will adhere to the envelope when I send this posh card.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you
are having as much fun as I am!
So muchhomework playing! So many great ideas to try! So many beautiful examples to inspire!
Today I've made a stamped sentiment background using a strip sentiment, "You mean the world to me" from Avery Elle's Love Notes behind a banner featuring stamps from Hero Arts' Epic Love. I'll be adding this to my box of cards for Operation Write Home, thinking it works as a masculine "love you" card.
Supplies used: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores card base; Background panel- stamp from Love Notes by Avery Elle; inks- SU! Island Indigo & Soft Sky; Papertrey Ink Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores,& Aqua Mist Banner- stamps from Epic Love by Hero Arts; inks-Hero Arts Field Greens Mid-tone Shadow; Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores applied with an SU! blender pen; Peeled Paint Distress Marker; Versafine Onyx Black
Many thanks for visiting!
Wonderful and fun suggestions for using alphabet and sentiment stamps-- I'll definitely being playing more with these ideas! My card today is based on Stephanie Klauck's lesson on stamping through stencils. Originally, I did stamp the sentiment through the stencil, but it just didn't look right to me so the sentiment on this card
Time to play along with the latest Shopping Our Stash challenge #163, Splish Splash. The challenge is to use a wet medium on the project. My card uses some Distress Inks on the background with water misted through a stencil and some silver embossing for a little texture and shine. The feathers are also colored with Distress Inks with water dribbled over them. I finished things off with a Distress Marker and a spritzer tool.
Thanks for looking!
Supplies used: Distress Inks-- Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves; Distress Marker-- Dusty Concord; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Versamark ink; Stewart Superior silver embossing powder;
Wow, another great Online Card Class has begun with so many
great tips, techniques, and examples!
Here's a card for the Day 1 gallery, inspired by Lisa Spangler's lesson:
The background stamp is by Hero Arts, but I don't know the name-- I think it might be something like Chevron Snowflakes-- inked with Distress Faded Jeans and a little Seedless Preserves. There are 3 white embossed snowflakes from Snowflake Serenade by Papertrey Ink, a Paper Smooches sentiment, white iridescent sequins and a few clear rhinestones.
After stamping with Versamark and embossing the stars with clear powder,
I painted each layer with watercolors,
finishing the final layer with a wash of Night of Navy from Stampin' Up!.
I used one small solid star from Papertrey Ink's Super Stars set
with the goose and sentiment from Avery Elle's Storybook set.
The banner is Spellbinders, and it's mounted on an SU! Bashful Blue card base.
I know this card was definitely inspired by Heather Campbell's design
when this set was released earlier this year.
You can see her card, as well as some other great
It's time for this month's challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD)
at Operation Write Home (OWH). For every 50 cardmakers each posting one card for the challenge, ODBD pays shipping for one box of 300+ cards to our heroes-- nice!!!
The challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week was to "use your favorite color." I guess I'm pretty fickle when it comes to picking a color-- it's HARD to pick just one, or two, or even several-- I really like them all. Pondering this challenge while working in my garden this morning I realized that TODAY my favorite color is green. Tomorrow it may be the same, or something else. But for today, I celebrate some of the many shades of green this lush summer day is showing me.