Well, our leaves are falling - the maple leaves that is - but they aren't falling because it's fall and they aren't in beautiful hues of red and orange - no - this year the maple trees in our area are suffering from some form of blight - they have been falling off the trees since late August and they are green with horrible black spots on them - like they have been sprayed with tar. I can only hope next year they all return in good health!
So I have to pretend I am surrounded by lovely New England Fall colors by using them on my cards!
I die cut my leaves from a panel I made by rubbing Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple Crushed Olive and Frayed Burlap onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and dragging and pouncing a panel of Mixed Media Cardstock through it all. Then I used the lovely Stitched Leaves Dies from Lawn Fawn to cut the leaves.
Here's a close up so you can see the stitching on the leaves.
The circles frame is from the Mix and Mat Flourishes Die set from PTI (LOVE this die!) I layered the larger leaf onto the panel of Rustic Cream with a foam dot and then adhered the smaller leaves flat on the panel. I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment in Cocoa Bean ink.
I had colored a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel with the inks so I was able to die cut lots of leaves out of it. I made 2 Thinking of You cards and 4 Thanksgiving cards. The Happy Thanksgiving is from a retired Waltzingmouse set.
I'm linking my cards to the October CAS Watercolour Challenge -
Did you hear they are celebrating their 1st birthday? And there are prizes to be won!
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
(must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)
So join in and maybe you'll win?!!Stamps: Thinking of You - Autumn Abundance/PTI, Happy Thanksgiving - Peace and Plenty/Waltzingmouse Retired.
Paper: Mixed Media Card Stock - Dylusions/Ranger, Rustic Cream, Canyon Clay - PTI.
Ink: Ranger Distress Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Crushed Olive and Frayed urlap, Cocoa Bean - PTI.
Accessories: Stitched Leaves Die - Lawn Faun, Mix and Mat Flourishes Die set - PTI, foam dots, Tombow Glue.