Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn Leaves

I love Autumn!  It's my favorite season of all.  Hero Arts has a monthly challenge and for September it's "Everything Autumn".  Since I missed most of this month, I wanted to make it a priority to make some cards for that challenge before the deadline, which is this Thursday.

To me, a huge part of this season is the changing leaves.  I love all the colors we see here in NE Ohio from the maples.  That's something I didn't see at all while we were out West, so I'm fortunate to live in an area that has this magnificent seasonal display.

We also have based in this area a wonderful drum and bugle corps called the Bluecoats, which started as an outgrowth of a police boys club in 1972 for musicians between the ages of 15 and 22.  They have consistently been one of the top 12 corps internationally since 1987.  We try to go to at least one of their performances each year, and I encourage anyone who wants to see people getting excited about music to do the same.  Their theme song is Autumn Leaves; here is a You-Tube recording of it. (the people at the end are NOT yelling Boo, but "BLUE")  that gives me chills.

So, putting these 2 loves of mine together, I printed out the words to Autumn Leaves as my background, and then stamped over them.  Here are the 2 cards that resulted:


Supplies: cream parchment and rust card stock, digital-printed background, Hero Arts CL361 A Season of Giving (leaves) stamped in various distress inks, CG 211 Magical Background, stamped in old paper distress ink, CL497 Find Joy (sentiment) stamped in Anita's Teddy Bear ink, Hero Arts Craft Twine, rust button


Supplies: 2 shades of parchment cardstock, kraft cardstock, digital-printed background and sentiment, Hero Arts CG228 Maple Leaf inked with distress inks spritzed with water

14 comments:

  1. wow - stunning cards Lin. Both are just amazing. Love the autumn colours you have used. Missed all your wonderful cards while you were away

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  2. Beautiful autumn cards! Love the purple leaves with the more traditional colors - lovely!

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  3. How special this is. Love the clors and how you created the BG- It is nice to see you back, Lin.

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  4. How glorious!! Thanks for sharing the You Tube clip! Love your fall cards, Lin! Glad that you are back to the swing of card-making! Sending HUGS!

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  5. Welcome home, Lin! Autumn Leaves is one of my favorite songs and this card is so very special! I love the colors and the use of the lyrics as your background.

    I've spent a lot of time in the Rocky Mountains while visiting my son in Parker, CO. As you said, those mountain passes can be a bit scary!!

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  6. those cards are just so wonderful with the lyrics as the background - the fall is my favorite season - for me a happy/sad time - your cards say it all so beautifully!!!

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  7. Gorgeous! I love how those lovely leaves are blowing across the cards. But here its turned to summer again and its beach weather this week!

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  8. I'm glad you explained the song, Lin and what it means to you. Both cards are so lovely! I knew it wouldn't take you long to get inky! Hope you'll share some photos of your grand kids soon too. . .hugs! :)

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  9. BEAUTIFUL beautiful cards, Lin! I LOVE the colors, and the fab images - those mini leaves are so cute!!!

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  10. Gorgeous Autumn cards Lin - the colors are so enjoyable!

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  11. Lin you captured the colors of fall perfectly. I too am fortunate to enjoy the leaves of autumn in northern Michigan.

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  12. OHHH! I just love all those leaves--GORGEOUS! Reminds me of my trees back home in IN!! LOVE:)

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  13. Gorgeous background and lovely autumnal leaves. Beautiful!

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