Thursday, September 1, 2011

Leaves of Autumn {CCMC165}

Happy September 1st, friends, and welcome to another week at Create with Connie & Mary!  Wow, September 1st is a great day because it's the first day of the Holiday Mini Catalog!  It's an exciting time at CCMC, too, because subscriptions to the Holiday Edition of CCMC are now available with early bird pricing--that's $5 off the normal $34.95 price...$29.95 US for six weeks of daily posts and tutorials featuring items from the Holiday Mini.   So, how about this week's challenge?!  It's a fabulous color combination perfect for autumn or Halloween cards:
And here is the Thanksgiving card I designed using The Paper Players sketch:
Next to birds and leaves, trees are my favorite stamp images--I think I own every one that SU makes.  So, of course, I had to have Leaves of a Tree from the new Holiday Mini!  I embossed it in gold onto Very Vanilla cardstock and colored scattered leaves with a Blender pen and inks in all three challenge colors.  Here's a closer look:
Love the effect mixed with the gold embossing!  I find that the blender pen + ink pad technique gives me better control over the color strength than if I colored with markers.  For small detail work, like these leaves, the colors show up better in a slightly lighter shade than I would get with a marker. 
The Rich Razzleberry panel was stamped with the same ink on the French Filagree stamp and the edges were roughed up with the 7-sided distressing tool.  That's some Lucky Limeade patterned paper from the In Color patterned paper stack trimmed out in a tiny punched Pumpkin Pie scallop ribbon border.  Instead of ribbon, I wrapped some gold Waffle Paper around the front panel, scrunched it with some linen thread and secured with a glue dot--instant gold ribbon!
And finally, I was channeling my friend Carrie Gaskin with this little sentiment banner!  She uses them often on her cards and I just love the whimsical look of them!  The Fabulous Phrases sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry onto Very Vanilla and over stamped with a Pumpkin Pie leaf from Day of Gratitude.  My paper snips cut it into a rectangle and the 1 1/4" square punch turned on an angle made the flagged ends!  Isn't it cute?  Thanks for the inspiration, Carrie!

Well, I hope I've inspired you to play along with these gorgeous fall colors at Create with Connie & Mary.  Be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful Design Team inspiration.  If you play along with us,  please link your card up to Create with Connie & Mary by Wednesday, September 7th at 12 noon (EST).
stamps: leaves of a tree, day of gratitude, fabulous phrases
ink: rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie, lucky limeade, versamark
paper: rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie, very vanilla CS; in color designer patterns stack
xtras: 3" circle die; gold waffle paper; linen thread; brads (brights); 7-sided distressing tool (cutter kit); paper snips; 1.25" square punch; scallop ribbon border punch; stampin' emboss powder (gold)


Nancy said...

Well that cinches it, I've been looking at the waffle ribbon and wondering, now I know I'll have to have this "Fabulous" look! Love the colors and they're perfect for this adorable little stamp. I really like just the itty-bitty touch of Pumpkin Pie as a border, the over stamping on the sentiment phrase and on and on, great attention to details.

Deb said...

I love this stamp! And you used it perfectly with these colors!! This is beautiful!

Linda Callahan said...

Fabulous fall foliage and that waffle stuff is fantastic! (I was in the mood for some alliteration:)

Diane - said...

Nance this is gorgeous.. Lovin' the colors and embossed tree really shows the details. Love to use blenders and ink... my choice too. This BG on the cardbase is fab and the touch of pumpkin sets this off, as does that cuter than cute bow! Hugs,
PS: (I almost got that stamp, but then I didn't, then I added it to my list, then I scratched it, then I added it... you see where this is going right?)

Pam~ said...

This is stunning! I love how you embossed the tree and then went back colored it in ... it's beautiful! This was a fun sketch to work with too!

Marisa said...

what a yummy colour combo and you have used it fabulously :) Great tree and layout :)

Ann Schach said...

Love these colors, Nance! And the tree is sooo pretty! Great job with the challenge!

jaydee said...

Nance, you are such an enabler... the waffle ribbon looks fabulous. I LOVE how each layer of your card has something that makes it interesting.... it keeps me looking at the card and then looking again. Fabulous use of this stamp and it really does work so well with this sketch! Gorgeous card

Jodi said...

Love it love it love it! The tree was such a perfect choice for the color challenge. I can see using it for spring & maybe even adding some red for Valentine's day. This stamp caught my eye right away & I can see it is a perfect choice from the new mini.

Lisa Martz said...

Very pretty! Yummy colors for a fall tree! The embossing is gorgeous with the colored leaves. So happy to be designing with you on Create with Connie & Mary1

jjcreations said...

This tree is so lovely, Nance. It's so perfectly "Fall"! I love how you added the waffle paper too. Gorgeous, as usual.

Lesley said...

Oh my goodness, this is STUNNING!!! Love how you embossed and coloured the tree Nance!! Great card!

Carrie Gaskin said...

I love it (and not only because you used your "inner Carrie" :-)

How you used the colours is so rich and inviting and I love that you embossed the tree in gold. Definitely not a colour I'd initially reach for but you used it perfectly (not a surprise).Great job!

Anne Marie Hile said...!! Such a stunning color combo! The gold embossing adds SO much richness to the design, too. I am loving how you featured that waffle paper, too. I always forget about that product because I am generally stumped when it comes to using it. Thanks for the awesome inspration, as always, my friend! Hugs! :)

Lauri said...

oh boy! Where do I start?? Beautiful card! and I have to get that waffle stuff too!

Debbie Henderson said...

I never did buy that waffle stuff because I could never have figured out what to do with it. Looks great as a replacement for ribbon!

Connie Babbert said...

LOVE this Nance!!! That tree is SO fun and your card is darling! If you do a couple more cards with that stamp, I'll have my class for next month done! lol! Just kidding...well...sort of? lol! Great inspiration as usual!