Sunday, October 1, 2023

It's October!

 My favorite time of year!  I was inspired by a card made by Autumn Clark for today's card.

supplies: Taylored Expressions Birch Tree cutting plate, Tim Holtz Funky Foliage mushrooms, ferns, and branches, Spellbinders Autumn Wonder acorns, sentiment from Hello Bluebird Pumpkin Time

In my childhood, and years later after I'd left home, it was a tradition to pack a picnic lunch and take a ride to the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania for a long walk in the woods........many happy memories from those times came back as I was working on this card. 

Do you have any traditions for the fall season?  Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, September 30, 2023

My Favorites from September

 A major change of season!

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Pastel Punkins!

 These 3 little pumpkin dies with the stitched details really appealed to me when Concord & 9th recently brought them out.  I also noticed that one of the designers there made a card with pink pumpkins, so I thought I'd run with that idea and make mine pink, cream, and pale blue!

supplies: ivory, cotton candy, surf blue, green apple, green leaf, and 2 kraft cardstock, The Greetery Tartan Builder Diagonal layering stencils, spun sugar, tumbled glass, and vintage photo distress inks, Concord & 9th Playful Pumpkins dies and stamped sentiment from their (retired) Give Thanks set

After deciding on my main colors, I found distress ink colors that matched to stencil my plaid for a background, then cut out the pumpkins and die and arranged them, popping them above the background after I'd stamped my sentiment.

I remember when I first saw my first white pumpkin years and years ago, in Maine when we were on vacation.  It seemed like it took forever for us to find them here in Ohio, but they are common here now.  If we had the space, I'd love to grow them!

Happy Fall!

I'd like to enter this card into this week's Simon Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Woodblock Wednesday!

 Time for my Woodblock Wednesday monthly post!  This time I chose a wood stamp from Stampendous called Autumn Words.

supplies: white, gold, pale and darker orange, and aqua cardstock, Stampendous Autumn Words, inks in Altenew Fresh Lemon, Chamomile, Orange Cream, Ocean Waves, and Dusk inks, blending brush, Spellbinders Autumn Leaves die, sentiment from Concord & 9th Harvest Wreath stamps

This stamp is dated 2012, and it's one I try to use every year.  

Do you have a favorite fall woodblock?  

I'll be entering this card into this week's Simon Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Thinking of You

 Here's another card that started with the same Turnabout stamp set that I used HERE and HERE..

supplies: white and aqua cardstock, Concord & 9th Blooms Turnabout stamps, oxide inks in kitsch flamingo, mustard seed, salvaged patina, and carved pumpkin, Altenew inks in Lime and Fresh Leaf, Simon Thinking of You Line dies, Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallop Rectangle die

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great week!

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Happy Fall!

Today is the "official" start of my favorite season, and I thought that this new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit was a great way to mark the occasion!  

supplies: white and a yellow dp from Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes, My Monthly Hero Card Kit from September, (die, stencils,inks, and lacquer pen), Taylored Expressions Handlettered Thanksgiving sentiment, adhesive foam

I was really impressed with how nicely this all comes together, and it will be fun to vary the colors of the leaves  - I think this will become a fall classic for me.

Hero Arts has several other "window wreaths" and matching stencils similar to this: a Poinsettia one and another called Bee Florals.

Happy Fall!!

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Harvest Blessings

Here's a fall card that uses a sketch I have made in many variations.

supplies: cream, gold, orange, red, and green cardstock, gingham papers from Echo Park's Autumn Dots & Stripes Gingham paper pad, Spellbinders Autumn Leaves and Autumn Wonder (acorns) dies, Simon Stitched Circle die, sentiment from (retired) Newton's Nook Autumn Newton

In the past, there have been flowers where the leaves and sentiment are now, I'm glad to change things up a bit today!  

Monday, September 18, 2023

Sunflowers and Bittersweet

 I love my wreaths, especially in the fall!

supplies: cream, kraft, brown, gold, orange, and green cardstock, a tiny houndstooth print, Tim Holtz Funky Wreath, cut twice, sunflower centers from Funky Foliage, and bittersweet sprigs from Holiday Greens, Spellbinders September clear stamp of the month: Fall Thoughtfulness sentiment, and (retired) April 2019 Small Dies of the Month flowers and leaves

Hope you're having a good day - thanks so much for coming by!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Autumn Birdhouse

Today's card is a mix of lots of companies dies.  I love this Lawn Fawn Birdhouse, but I don't think I've ever made a fall card with it.  

supplies: white, aquas, reds, autumn colors, and 2 kraft woodgrain cardstock, Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On dies, Spellbinders Tweet Cardinal, Sweet Birds on a Branch (branch),  PTI cloud die, Concord & 9th Playful Pumpkins maple leaf die, and sentiment from Spellbinders Fall Thoughtfulness stamp, Simon Cream embossing powder, adhesive foam squares to lift birdhouse

This was fun to put together, and I love it when I can mix and match supplies from lots of different companies.  That cloud die was the smallest in a set that is so old there are no release holes to get it out of the die!  Glad I've kept it all these years, though, as it comes in handy more than you'd think!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Double D Fall Plaid Challenge

 I came across a challenge that rang all my bells: to use a fall plaid in your creation!  It's the Double D Challenge.  Here's my entry.

supplies: white and fall colors of cardstock, The Greetery Tartan Builder Diagonal stencil set, Altenew Golden Sunset and Firebrick inks, Memory Box (retired) Pinpoint Rectangle dies, sentiment from Newton's Nook Fall-ing for You, Spellbinders Autumn Leaves die, adhesive foam squares to pop up leaves

I love it when I can bring various older supplies back again each season, like this fun fall sentiment from Newton's Nook.  And it played nicely with this pretty fall plaid!  

Thanks for stopping by today - have a wonderful one!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Autumn Blessings

 Looking back through my older supplies, I was horrified to see that I've only used this pretty bottle only once before!  So now's the time to give it some love.

supplies: white cardstock, The Greetery Tartan Builder Diagonal, (distress inks in squeezed lemonade, saltwater taffy, and picked raspberry distress inks), All Bottled Up, Budding Beauties Autumn, and (leaves from) Autumn Sketches, Altenew mini ink cubes in pinks, yellows, oranges, olive, and brown

After stamping and cutting out the bottle, berry sprigs, and leaves, I arranged them onto a trimmed white panel, sponged in the center with some yellow ink.  I was originally going to just put this over a white card base, but found this plaid that I had made last year some time, and thought it was perfect!

LOVE it when that happens!  The little label is a mix of sentiments from the bottle set and the Autumn Sketches - it reads "Autumn Blessings from me to you".  I decided that would stand for my sentiment.

I really enjoyed working with these colors - a nice change from the traditional fall colors!  

Sunday, September 10, 2023

A Harvest of Blessings

 We're almost midway through September, so I take that as my okay to bring on the fall cards!  This design is a CASE of one I made back in 2018.   I simply changed up the papers this time around.  The prints are all old Doodlebug patterned papers and almost everything has long been retired.

supplies: aqua and dark brown cardstock, various Doodlebug prints, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Alphabet clear stamps, circle die, unknown leaf dies, stamped sentiment from MFT Harvest Mouse, twine, wood adhesive dots

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, September 8, 2023

September Spellbinders Club Kits, part 3: Clear Stamp and Die and Embossing Folder

 The Spellbinders Club Kits for September are now available!

Today's post features the September Stamp/Die of the Month: Fall Thoughtfulness and the Embossing Folder: Cascading Leaves and Stripes.  I made 2 cards.

supplies: white and orange cardstock, Fall Thoughtfulness stamp, sentiment, and matching dies, Essential Hexi-Gems dies, Cascading Leaves and Stripes embossing folder

I think these 2 monthly sets pair nicely!  Here's another card, using the 2nd large motif and another of the sentiments from the stamp set.

supplies: white, orange, and dark brown cardstock, Fall Thoughtfulness stamp and sentiment, and matching dies, Postage Edge Rectangle (retired), Cascading Leaf and Stripes embossing folder, white pigment ink

I lightly brushed white ink across the embossed panel to bring out the details.

You can look HERE for information on Spellbinders Clubs.  Each is available only from the 6th until the 27th of each month.  If you click on my links under each card, you can see the specifics of each product.  You can subscribe to the kits separately, but there are also lots of ways to combine several of them (scroll down and look under Value Clubs).  And you can "unjoin" a subscription at any time without any penalty.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Spellbinders Club Kits, part 2: 3D Embossing Folder, Stitching, and Glimmer Kits

 The Spellbinders Club Kits for September are now available!

Isn't the 3D Embossing Folder amazing?  It's called Mushroom Harvest.

supplies: peach and gold metallic cardstock, unknown watercolor dp, Mushroom Harvest 3D embossing folder, white pigment ink, framing rectangles

Earlier this year I organized my 6" pads and found this watercolor panel in my solids file - love the variations of color for fall!  I simply embossed it with this new folder, then gently swiped a white pigment ink pad across the surface.  That really helps to bring out these wonderful details!  Didn't want to cover up any more than I had to, so I just added an inner frame and a metallic gold sentiment.

The Stitching Club of the Month also features mushrooms!  It's called Enchanted Stitched Mushrooms.

supplies: cream, beige, red and green cardstock, Enchanted Stitched Mushroom dies, cream floss, 3 strands, Mushroom Harvest 3D embossing folder, stitched oval die

This set consists of 16 dies, 2 of which are sentiments.  

And lastly, here is the Glimmer of the Month kit: Sunflower Border, and Polished Brass foil.

supplies: white cardstock, Sunflower Border glimmer kit and Polished Brass glimmer foil, adhesive foam to lift panel and sentiment

This month the glimmer kit includes a die to trim the top of this large image, plus a sentiment and a die to cut it out. We sewed a packet of sunflower seeds this year, and I colored these ones while looking at ours in our garden. 

You can look HERE for information on Spellbinders Clubs.  Each is available only from the 6th until the 27th of each month.  If you click on my links under each card, you can see the specifics of each product.  You can subscribe to the kits separately, but there are also lots of ways to combine several of them (scroll down and look under Value Clubs).  And you can "unjoin" a subscription at any time without any penalty.