Hello, Fall!

Yay! It’s finally here! Fall is definitely my favorite season, especially here in New England. The trees are about to put on an amazing show, and there is that special sparkle of crispness in the air!

I made this card recently in honor of my favorite time of year:

Hello, Fall

I was inspired by the awesome card maker Debby Hughes and her Autumn Greetings card:

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Debby’s cards are a constant source of amazement and inspiration to me, and I decided that I just had to have a go at recreating this card.

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I started with, of course, my Silhouette Cameo for the pumpkins. I actually only used the Cameo to cut the pumpkins and the offset shapes. After some trial and error with the Cameo – mostly error – I decided to hand cut the stems and glue those on separately.  As for the decorative paper, I went with a vintage-looking collection and recycled some old stationary for the lined background.  Originally, I tried adding some glitter to the pumpkins for a shimmery effect like Debby, but that plan went horribly wrong. Ultimately, I like the subtle effect of the plain card pumpkins combined with a jute twine bow which gives a nice primitive look.

Supplies used:

Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White, Recollections cardstock, Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories, Recycled stationary.

Ink – Color Box in Mudslide.

Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109.

Adhesive – Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares, Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator, Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

Shapes – Pumpkin from Thankful Card

Jute twine.

Silhouette Cameo.

Elephant hello

So this was a card that I made a few weeks back for my first EVER online card contest:

Elephant Hello

Talk about nervous!

Here is the inspiration photo:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

I was trying to capture the relaxed, canvas textures in the patterned papers and jute twine that I chose. I added a playful dimensional elephant sticker as a nod to the baby/family portraits in the background. Finally I included a speech bubble that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo because, well, speech bubbles are hot right now.

Supplies used: Paper – Recollections Cardstock in White, K&Company Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Americana. Store-bought dimensional sticker (from Michael’s.) Fiskars paper trimmer. Fiskars Twist-and-Flip 2-in-1 Corner Punch. Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares. Jute twine. Silhouette Cameo.

Card size: 5″ x 6.5″

Smile! Happy Birthday

I made this card and matching envelope earlier this year:

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I was really wanting to experiment with a bokeh background stamping technique I had recently learned about on one of the many card making blogs I follow.

Sinch bokeh is a trick of light in photography, I think the camera sticker and polaroid cutout add to the impact of this card.

Supplies used: Paper – Recollections cardstock, Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections. Ink – Ditto Pigment Ink in Bubblegum SP7856, Studio G Pigment Inks in light golden brown and aqua blue. Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Jute twine.

Just saying hello

Hello! I am starting this blog in order to share my creations with the great world wide web – card making and paper crafting in particular.

I recently made this card for an online card contest:
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Here is the inspiration photograph:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

I received some very nice positive feedback on Flickr. I think I was on the right path with my submission, as other entries displayed similar ideas. But alas, my card was not one of the chosen winners. I am still very excited to continue honing my design skills and participating in many more contests to come!

Supplies used: Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, Recollections cardstock in Cool Water, watercolor paper. Paint – Crayola Washable Watercolors. Ink – Rubber Stampede in Purple. Stamps – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings CL342. Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. Jute twine. Hole punches. Silhouette Cameo.