Monday, August 13, 2012

Wonderful Wonderfall / SSC #268 / My Challenge #34

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Hey y'all. Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. I spent all day Saturday stamping, first at a team meeting then in a techniques class. I'm getting new ideas for you, cuz I'm a good friend like that. Didn't get anything stamped to post here but whatcha gonna do? Watched a little Olympics both days and in between laundry and yard-work and what-not around the house yesterday, I finally got two cards made. Woo-Hoo! Not as many as I had hoped to get done, but hey I'll take whatever I can get! I hope your weekend was productive. Oh and I found out my daughter's getting married. Married? Yes, Married. Geesh! HAHAHAHAHA! Everytime I say that it takes me to 16 Candles with Jake and Long Duck Dong. ROFL!!! Are you laughing too? I hope so! Oh and I have about 2 weeks to get the invites done. Guess what you'll be seeing soon on here? :)

OK...slightly less traumatic than the whole getting married is today's card. I used our new leaves set WonderFall and our new Autumn Accents, Leaves, Die. I have to say I really wish they had done this as a framelet and not a die. Getting the stamped image cut out with the die was easy enough, getting the stamped image in the right spot, not so much. Let's just say I was saying some not very nice things while I was making this card last night.

Here it is-

Thank You card featuring
WonderFall Stamp Set, Day of Gratitude Stamp Set
and Autumn Accents Bigz Die
This is a fairly simple card and I think it would be especially good as a masculine card. I started with a base of Soft Suede. I layered on a piece of Crumb Cake and our new embossed DSP, Natural Composition Specialty. If you haven't checked out this DSP yet I highly recommend it. It has beautiful embossed patterns on one side and a slightly textured feel to the other side. I sponged both pieces with Crumb Cake ink, wrapped a length of Linen thread around them three times and knotted it on the back. This layer was then secured to the base with Tombow. Next came the leaves....oh, the beautiful, pain in my **** leaves. I ended up, after multiple times of not getting the stamped image centered even with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, (it's harder to use when you don't have an edge to use) coming "close enough" on the two larger images and just fussy cutting around to make it as even as possible. Very frustrating. When I figure out the best way to use this combo, and I will, I'll let you know. I used Tombow to secure the lower 3 leaves under my linen thread and Dimensionals to secure the Always Artichoke leave and the acorn. I also stamped/cut the acorn twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Soft Suede. I then cut just the top off on the Soft Suede one and ran it through my Big Shot with my Lattice E.F. I used a Naturals Button and some more linen thread for a little accent. I threaded it through, knotted it and then tied a little bow. This was adhered with a Mini-Glue Dot. For the banner, I stamped a sentiment from Day of Gratitude in Soft Suede on a scrap of Very Vanilla,  flagged the end free-hand, and then sponged all the edges in Crumb Cake.

Here's the sketch I used for my inspiration-

I did something I rarely ever do. I totally changed an element. I generally incorporate all of the elements in a sketch and have only recently started changing the shape of the element. For today's card I omitted the framelet shape completely and used my cut-outs to create kind of a free-form shape there instead. I have to say, I'm pretty excited by how it turned out.

Here's the inside-

Inside of Thank You Card featuring
Day of Gratitude and WonderFall Stamp Sets
Pretty Clean & Simple here. I stamped my sentiment in Soft Suede and my leave in Always Artichoke.  A little sponging to the edges and my card was done. No glitter, no bling, nada. What do you think? 

That's all I have for you today.Pretty simple for one of my cards, but I'm trying to make some of them a little easier for my beginners to recreate.

I hope you liked today's card. I love hearing from you, so if you liked it or have questions or comments I'd love to hear from you. I read all of my questions and they make my day! If you'd like to +1 or Pin today's card, I've put the buttons here on my blog for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the world today. You are very appreciated! I hope to see you back here real soon for more cards and projects. Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,

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  1. I LOVE this card! SO.... cute. What if you cut the leaves and THEN stamped them? I hadn't even noticed the matching stamp set -- gotta go check that out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to look and leave me a comment. :) SU recommends cutting the c/s first with the die and then stamping the image. Probably much easier to do than trying to line up the image perfectly within the die area. This is what I did and then stamped the image onto the cut out c/s. I know I shouldn't be so picky about it being perfectly centered, but it's the OCD in me coming out. I tried stamping down onto the c/s and laying the c/s down on the upright stamp. It's definitely a learning curve.
      Thanks again for stopping by. If you get a chance, stop by today. I'm doing a give-away. :)

  2. Yummy yummy yummmy!! I simply love it!

    Lay the cut image down on top of the already inked stamp. take another piece of cardstock and lay it on top, then smooth it over for even coverage. :)

  3. So pretty, love those leaves and gorgeous fall colors!!Thanks so much for joining us this week on the 411 sketch challenge!

  4. So cute!! Your cute card gets us excited for fall!! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We loved having you and hope you will come back soon! -The Sisters


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