Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Iris Folding Maple Leaf

Hello Readers,

For today I am going to playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch. At first I saw this sketch I immediately thought of Iris Folding and since it is Fall a maple leaf would make for a perfect iris folding design. So without further ado, here is my card; enjoy!

Iris folding is an oldie but a goodie.
This sketch screamed iris folding to me. I used color to CASE the sketch.
The colors of autumn pop against the crisp
white background. The embellishment is simply a twine bow
with a sentiment tag.
Left/Above: A detail showing the sentiment tag. I really like the
acorn with the design connecting the season. Right/Below:
Showing a detail view of the iris folding technique.

Challenges Entered:
CAS(E) this Sketch: CTS #191

When I was a little girl raking the leaves meant one thing; play! Jumping in and hearing the crisp leaves crunch beneath your boots was the best!! Until you become an adult...Yuk! Raking leaves now has become a chore. Something you do every Fall. And instead of crunching underneath your feet you are now crunching them into a bag for disposal. That is until I had children. They reintroduced me to the love of fallen leaves. The joy in their faces and the pure fun they have sends me back to my time with the leaves. Life's full circle moments are jarring at times but this time, it was pure bliss.

Well thank you so much for dropping by (pun intended).  I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Autumn Maple

Hello Readers,

Another challenge is upon us at The Male Room. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Challenge: Theme



Well that should do it for me! I do invite you to join our challenge at The Male Room these coming weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what you create. Also, thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I do appreciate every visit and if you aren't already a follower, I invite to join me in my adventures at TheGrandStampede. So until next time, take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Monday, September 26, 2016

Subtle Angel

Hello Friends,
Today is one day closer to Christmas... Ahh!! I seem to be a last minute person, but this year I am bound and determined to stay on track. That includes Christmas cards! So here is my card for today, enjoy!

Soft muted colors is what this design is all about. The light falling snow reinforces
the soft feel of this card.
Our sponsor for this challenge
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Challenge #175

Embossing paste and the 'Falling Snow' stencil from Simon Says Stamp were all it took to get this fantastic texture. I thought the patterned paper base to be a perfect fit for our muted angel. 
So pretty...
Sentiment strip grounding was used to anchor
the main focal image and sentiment. Partially fussy cutting around the angel and presents
then leaving a 'strip' allowed it to be only one layer.
Left/Above: Our serene angel is so pretty sitting among the presents. The color scheme seemed like a good fit for the Winter season.  Right/Below: The background paper I chose to have a shiny luster for the shimmer of snow and look closely the ribbon is colored using Wink of Stella glitter pen. Lots of subtle texture.

Challenges Entered:
Christmas Card Challenge: Week 42- Anything Goes
The Paper Players: PP314- Sketch Challenge #314
Rotated the sketch.
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Gift It

    Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Today I am cold.... Am I complaining? Absolutely not!! The cool crisp air is so refreshing and a welcome change from the stifling Summer heat. So, making this card got me excited for snow; I know I will totally regret saying this in 5 months, but for now it leaves me with images of soft fluffy flakes drifting down to create a magical winter wonderland. Which of course all this magic will land all over the driveway and sidewalk so shoveling will have to happen. But let's keep my vision as pure as possible for now. Okay?

Well that should do it for me. I hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my little byte of the internet. I do hope you will join us at PINspirational. It should be fun! Until then take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Autumn Hugs

Hello Friends!

Make My Monday has a new challenge for the next two weeks. Here is my card for today, enjoy!!

No patterned paper here!! Just a stencil, cheap markers, and a water spritzer.
Harlequin stamp in the midground and pumpkin die cuts make for a festive and different card.

Challenge #31
NO patterned paper
I really enjoy the use of black for this design.
And using a slice of a tree proved to make an excellent border.
Using both a stamp and die cut to create a unique sentiment.
And no your eyes aren't deceiving you, I did double stamp the word 'autumn' just to keep it interesting.

This card came out of thin air. I simply saw one of my new stencils laying around and thought I would experiment by tracing the stencil with markers. Then I would spritz some water on it to see what happens. Well I think it turned out well but what I like the most is the circular stamp encasing all the red dots. I found it to be a creative way to give the centers a bit of definition and that is where the black inspiration came from! The more I looked at this card the more I loved it... Now it is waiting for the perfect recipient.

Well that should do it for me. I hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my little byte of the internet. I do hope you will join us at Make My Monday. It should be fun! Until then take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Many Blessings

Hello Readers,

Today marks the first day of Autumn and a new challenge at MHKDesigns! Here is my card for today, enjoy!

This turkey digi is so realistic that I thought I didn't have a choice but
to color him in true color. I actually had to google 'turkey' to see its true colors. Funny how we 'think' we know what something looks like and come to realize you don' t have a clue.
All new eclectic stamps and sentiments
now available at MHKDesigns Etsy Store

Don't fret if you don't have MHKDesigns products yet,
you are still welcome to participate in our challenge.
September/October inspiration~
The prize for this challenge includes:

Link up below for your chance to win these products!  Make sure to review our challenge rules before you do to make sure you'll be eligible for the prize!  

The elements that were shown on the sketch is represented
by two tiny Autumn leaves
The turkey image blended with the I've Been Framed digi closes in our turkey against the
purposeful busy kraft feather background.

Challenges Entered:
Creative with Stamps: Challenge #6- Autumn Colors
Sketch Saturday: Week #430

Time to call it a night on this first night of Fall! I do hope you will join us at MHKDesigns. The colors are fabulous and were so much fun to work with. I do hope this inspired you to have a go at this challenge with your MHKDesigns stamps. If you don't have our product yet, no worries, you can still play along. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Take care everyone and see you soon. Until then take care and happy stamping.

All the best,

Products Used:
I've Been Framed, Thankful Thoughts
I've Been Framed! Digital Stamp Set  Thankful Thoughts Digital Stamp Set

A Day for Owls

Hello Readers,

For today I will be playing along with Creative with Stamps and A Day for Daisies. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Adding a wood texture really adds to the autumnal feel of the card.
The blue night sky was done using alcohol markers and lots of blending.
The sentiment is the only white element on this card. I think it pops beautifully against the A Day For Daisies owl and (free) pumpkin digi!!
There is something about ADFD that always keeps me coming back.
This card is actually a one layer card. Masking and digital
designing creates a visual multidimensional card.
Challenges Entered:
Creative with Stamps: CWS Challenge #6- Photo Inspiration
A Day For Daisies: #154- Add Some Wood


This card signifies how 'grateful' I am that as of today at 10:21am EST it is officially Fall. I am going to welcome the colder weather; cozy sweaters and socks, blue jeans, wool scarves, and that little nip on your nose from the first frost. But most of all, I am looking forward to Nature's colorful splendor of Fall. The colors that Fall provides is, in my opinion, the best show on Earth. 

I know we all lead hectic lives so I would like to thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. We will see you soon! Until then, take care and happy stamping!!

All the best,

Friday, September 16, 2016

Grateful Harvest

Hello Readers,

For today I am playing along with Addicted to CAS and The Paper Players. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Very simple card of gratitude.
Fall is right around the corner, and what better way to say
show some gratitude to the ones we love. 
The color palette from The Paper Players drove this simplistic design.
I like the angle of the pail of apples. I think it gives it movement and the image isn't so overbearing.
Detail showing the yellow twine attached to the sentiment.
I also tried to depict rust on the pail at the hinges and around the handle.
Because you can't gather apples in a nice shiny pail. Plus, it adds a bit of visual texture.
Challenges Entered:


Tonight the children's school is hosting a luau. Yes readers a tropical themed party! It is meant to kick off the school year with fun and games. Plus, there is a dunk the principal when you hit the target with a baseball.. My son dunked him last year lets see if he can do it this year!!  I'll keep you posted!

Well that is it for me. I hope you enjoyed your stay at my little kilobyte of the internet. We will see you soon! So until then take care and happy stamping!!

All the best,
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