Leaves and More Leaves

Good Sunday to every one of you. I hope you are having a good holiday weekend. And please, do not forget our neighbors struggling in Texas and Louisiana.

Today’s card started out to be simple and quick. HA! I think I changed my mind at least 4 times, so now have bits and pieces for at least 2 more cards if I can figure out how to put them together. Since Autumn is my favorite season, and since I love trees and leaves, you will no doubt be seeing a lot of these in the coming days. Weeks. Then it will be mostly Christmas cards as we have few birthdays in our family until January, and no weddings or anniversaries either.

I started by choosing this lovely leafy paper. It is not a Stampin’ Up! paper. Then I used some Vintage Leaves stamps and the matching Leaflets framelits. Somehow I just couldn’t get them to work with this paper. Ultimately, I decided to just do some fussy cutting of the leaves in the paper.



So! The pretty paper is liquid glued to a Pumpkin Pie mat and adhered to the Chocolate Chip card base. The fussy cut leaves are liquid glued to Chocolate Chip card stock, cut with the square Stitched Shapes framelits. The mat for these is a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack, which I dry embossed with the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I really like this look. These were cut using the Layering Squares framelits. I think you can see the embossing in this photo, though it is hard to tell what is embossing and what is woodgrain. The piece I chose from the stack does not have any ‘plank’ or ‘paneling’ look to it, it is just like a piece of smooth wood. The paneling look is from the embossing.

wood grain detail

I like asymmetry, so the squares are staggered over the leafy paper, leaving space between them for the sentiment. These are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hello sentiment, from the retired Hello You thinlits, is cut 3 times from Chocolate chip and layered together to give some dimension. I didn’t think that was enough, so I cut a fourth one, this time from some brown fun foam. This is probably the thickness of at least 2 pieces of card stock, perhaps 3. This turned out to be just the right amount to suit me and I liquid glued the stack to the card front.


On the inside, I layered the leafy paper to a Pumpkin Pie mat. Over this I added a couple of fussy cut leaves to a Very Vanilla panel for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set and stamped in Chocolate Chip. This completes the card.


The Kraft envelope has another fussy cut leaf on the front and the Pinewood Planks embossing on the flap.

envelope frontflap

Though it is nothing at all like I first envisioned this card, I am pleased with how it ended. Perhaps I can use those rejected bits for another fall card tomorrow?!

Thought for the day: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24

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Card Cuts: Chocolate Chip: card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″, stitched squares 4″ X 5″, hello sentiment, 3-1/2″ x 5″; Wood Textures: square mats 6″ x6″, Pumpkin Pie: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″; printed paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, fussy cut leaves scraps or enough to cut the leaves you want.

Non Stampin’ Up products used: leafy paper 12″ x 12″, brown fun foam 5″ x 7″

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Finally, the Paisley card!

I hope you all are having a good Tuesday. Please, remember those suffering under the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. I cannot imagine the mess that will be left behind when this is over, which will probably be later this week. Certainly it is an event we hope will not be repeated.

My much delayed posting of this card may finally happen today.

I began the card by Random stamping in Versamark ink some of the images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. Copper Emboss Powder and heat setting completed the basic design. The embossing acts as a resist for the ink, so you can just go right over your embossed designs and they will not accept the ink.

The next step involved sponging So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Marina Mist in a sort of rainbow style, completely covering the panel.front

From the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, I stamped the sentiment in Marina Mist on a scrap of Very Vanilla. Using the So Saffron sponge from the previous sponging, I did not re-ink it, but rubbed it lightly over the sentiment to reduce the ‘clean’ look of the Very Vanilla. It just looked too stark against the multi-hued background before I sponged it.

Using the Pretty Label punch I punched out the sentiment as well as an identical punch from the Copper Foil Sheets. The copper one I cut in half vertically, then taped it to a small piece of the Copper Foil Sheets to add some length. I wanted a foil background for my sentiment and this seemed the best way to achieve that. The top and bottom of the foil mat are cut nearly even with the sentiment.

Also from the Copper Foil Sheets I die cut one paisley piece using the Paisley Framelits. This was liquid glued directly to the card front. The Sentiment label was then adhered over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

front detail

On the inside, to carry the rainbow hues on through, I used three of the Paisleys and Posies stamps and just used two colors for each of the stamps. I think that is an acceptable look without being very time consuming. I simply inked part of the stamp on the stamp pad, then inked the rest on a different stamp pad, using the same colors as on the front.

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set. This card is for someone undergoing chemotherapy and I thought this scripture to be appropriate. I stamped it in Marina Mist, then liquid glued the panel into the Marina Mist card base. That finished the inside.


As of this moment there isn’t an envelope for this card. I plan to use a couple of the Paisley stamps on the front and do some rainbow sponging on the flap. Perhaps, if time allows, I will also heat emboss some paisleys on the flap in copper

Thought for today:

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Card Cuts: Marina Mist: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″; Very Vanilla: front panel 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, sentiment label 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: 1-1/4″ x 5″

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