Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Leaves

It is so cold outside right now!  I know that snow is just around the corner.  But, for today, the sun is shinning on my sugar maple outside, and it still has most of its beautiful fall colored leaves.  My husband Ben picked this tree because it is just lovely in the fall.  When we bought this house there was a big elm tree, huge actually.  It had to come down sadly, so we were told to pick out a new tree.  The sugar maple was the prettiest, but it is a slow grower!  The pear tree in the front is still green, it tends to hold its leaves longer than the others around, and the bushes are bright red.  The ground is speckled with color.  I decided to make a card that reflects the look of the ground.  I am making a "Thinking of You" card for someone recouping in the hospital.  The card has many layers, like the ground covered in leaves outside.  I started by stamping leaves from the set "French Foliage" onto Vellum card stock.  I used More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, and Always Artichoke.  I should have switched the red and yellow leaves, as my tiny leaves outside are red and the sugar maple is yellow.  I have been told I over think things :)   After I stamped my leaves, I stamped the Confetti card stock base underneath.  I used the clear stamp block to make a River Rock rectangle that will highlight my sentiment.  I then stamped the French script in Soft Suede.

I loaded them all onto a base of Soft Suede card stock.  I wanted the vellum layer to be free flowing, so I attached it by punching a hold through the layers, and tying them together with a knot of Hemp Twine. 
                                                                             In the picture of the knot you can see a close-up of the leaves.  I made them two toned in color like natural leaves.  I did this by first stamping in the Always Artichoke ink, then rolling the edges in some Riding Hood Red ink.  
See how the vellum flutters?  So pretty!   I am going to use this card for a challenge over at SUO Challenges.  The Challenge was to make a "thinking of you" type card, with a specific person in mind.  They asked the question, how do you start to make a card with the person in mind?  I was thinking of this person in the hospital, happily out of the cold, but missing some of the pretty fall colors.  Follow this link and check out the Challenge: 
Thank you for stopping by!


  1. What a stunning card! Love the way the leaves look stamped on the vellum. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.

  2. I love the soft look of the vellum, and I love this set! Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.

  3. LOVE how you used the vellum on this...such a soft look! Thanks for joining the SUO Challenge!

  4. Beth, this is simply splendid. I love the way the vellum softens everything, and the way you highlighted the greeting by block stamping. How thoughtful of you to bring the autumn colors indoors for your friend! Thanks for joining us this week at SUO Challenges!

  5. This is lovely! The leaves look so much like many in my yard too. The vellum adds a perfect touch! Truly a wonderful treat for your friend. So glad you joined us this week at SU Only Challenges!

    Jen Timko


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