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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Birthday Wishes

Hello my dear blog friends! I finally have some crafty stuff to share with you today.
First up is a Thanksgiving card:

If those banners look familiar it is because they were leftover from the panel of this card. Waste not want not as the saying goes. I am tired of having bits and pieces left over from cards and then just throwing them in my scrap box where they are long forgotten. So I am challenging myself to try to use up those extra bits and pieces if I can and hopefully reduce my overflowing box of scraps.
This is the sketch I used for this card from  Pals Paper Art:
 I was a few hours too late to participate in  the challenge but that's ok. I had fun making the card and tried something a little different. I didn't take a photo of it but if you look at the card the orange strip down the left side is embossed. I used three different dies and laid them all on the strip at the same time and was able to emboss them all at once. Pretty quick and fast. I then inked the raised parts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and the edges too.
I love that little leaf stamp. I can't  remember if I have ever used it before but it makes a great background. I used Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Spice Marmalade Distress Inks. I used gold embossing for the acorns and leaf image and black tuxedo for the sentiment. I had three short strips left over from my last project so I just cut fishtails on the ends and inked the edges with Vintage Photo. I also used Antique Linen to tone down the white.
My next card is a fall birthday card:
It also used another leftover piece from the same card as my first card did. Can you spot it?
Here is the sketch I used from Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for Oct Week 1
At the end of the week they post a new sketch. They have some really great sketches so you might want to go and check it out.
 Here is the leftover piece I was able to use on this card.
 This is what it looked liked after I stamped a few more leaves and rubbed antique Linen Distress ink all over it and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.
And that little tea cup is also a leftover piece that didn't get used on this note card set. I don't know about you all but it really makes me happy when I use these little pieces up. I also used Antique Linen on the cup to tone down the white. The cup sentiment and teabag are all Papertrey Ink. I stamped everything in Vintage Photo and also inked the edges of the kraft die cut circle. I thought it looked a bit bare so I added the red gemstones.
I embossed the dark red cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. This is a favorite folder of mine. It adds a bit of elegance but not too much.
I have been doing some fall cleaning. Yesterday I worked outside and cleaned up our patio furniture so we can put it away for the winter and I washed all the windows inside and out since it was a dry day. So after all that work I was too tired to do anything crafty last night.
Well that's it for me today. Hope you all are having a great week. Come and visit me again soon!


  1. These are gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors and those leaves!!!!

  2. These are fabulous fall card. Love all the layers and textures that you have included. It gives these projects so much dimension and interest. Awesome job.

  3. Washing, cleaning, windows, oh my, you have been a busy, busy gal!!!

    First of all, the instant I laid my eyes on your first card I just HAD to know which embossing folder you had used...then I read the rest of your post - CLEVER, CLEVER, CLEVER...the impression is so sharp! Beautiful colors, awesome design elements and gorgeous gold embossed acorns. Truly an 'autuumnal" atmosphere!

    Your second card is just as gorgeous as the first - you have such a knack for combining the colors soooooo perfectly. Love the bits of bling - really does finished off this card beautifully!

  4. You sure have some pretty fall projects going on there! : )

  5. Wow, that was a brilliant and fantastic birthday wishes. I so love it!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn @


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