happy fall!

Kit AV-2Are the leaves starting to turn where you are?  We’re seeing just the very beginning of that here.  Fall is never long enough, but at its peak, it’s beautiful in Ohio.

I’m not sure I absolutely love today’s cards, but at least they are “Autumn-ish”.  I did try something new with the focal image, though.  The tree trunk was stamped using the “kissing” technique to give the bark more of a wood-grain look – same as my last card.  The leaves were stamped using just a very light, pale ink, and then each one was hand-colored with various colored pencils.

I ended up making two similar cards – here’s the other one:Kit AV-1And, since I don’t do this enough, here’s a look at the insides:

Kit - AV3The inside of my cards are never as interesting as the outside, but I do try to carry over some small element from the card design, to tie it together.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Fall!

Supplies used:  Papertrey Ink cardstock, Simon Says Stamp’s Giving Thanks clear stamp set, Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain background stamp, ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk ink, Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink, Prismacolor Pencils, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Squares dies, Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Birthday die (just the “happy” part), Memory Box’s Typewriter Lower Alphabet dies (“fall”)



for the bookworms

Kit-AU1Simon Says Stamp’s September 2014 Card Kit is so perfect for me.  I am a total bookworm.  I don’t consider it a hobby – a hobby is something I do for fun when I have time.  Reading, on the other had, I always find time for.  Books, magazines, billboards, cereal boxes… doesn’t matter.  🙂

And when I saw this stamp set, I immediately knew I wanted to make a bookmark.  I mean, it’s just made for it, don’t you think?  And of course I had to make a card to go with it. I created a little, fold-out pocket on the inside to hold the bookmark.  (Because the pocket folds out, it leaves me plenty of room for a message.Kit-AU2All images were stamped using the “To Thine Own Shelf” stamp set that comes with the kit… and using just about every one of my ink pads.  I actually took an extra step on the “wood” items – all the book shelves, and the picture frame.  I used the kissing technique to add a wood grain look.

I must confess that this entire project took MUCH longer than I had planned.  While the card and bookmark are pretty simple, stamping each one of those images separately was a challenge.  Every time I stamp something, I run the risk of getting ink where I don’t want it, or having something end up crooked, etc. I am not going to tell you how many various images I stamped before I was happy with it, LOL.

The bookmark is backed with patterned paper, laminated, eyelet attached, and ribbon tied on.  It should actually hold up pretty well.  Here’s a close-up of the bookmark:

KIt-AU3And now, I have to wrap this up.  I’m just getting to the good part in a novel.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!