Friday, September 20, 2013

You are everything to me...

Hello, stampers! I want to start with some good news: yesterday I found out that I was chosen as a winner in Shelli Gardner's blog challenge. (This is my winning card.) I was so honored to be chosen, and I want to take the opportunity to wish Shelli continued good recovery from her recent horseback-riding accident, and to say welcome to anyone who might be new to my blog. I'm so happy to have you here, whether you are a new subscriber, a longtime fan, or just stopping by!

Today's card is for my husband - our 13th wedding anniversary is on Monday. Hey, the last-minute queen actually got something done three days early! The layout for the card came from Create with Connie and Mary, and I also made this card for the SUO Challenges blog (use your favorite technique: I chose fussy cutting) and CAS-ual Fridays (use fall colors and at least one leaf). I think Todd will like this fall-themed card - I was inspired by the row of maple trees we have in our back yard. If we are lucky to have a beautiful fall season, the leaves turn the most gorgeous colors of red, orange and yellow. While we wait for all the leaves to turn, we can imagine what they might look like in a couple weeks, and that's what was in my mind as I made this card.



I started out with a retired paper panel in Cajun Craze and stamped the Magnificent Maple single stamp (second generation) with Early Espresso and sponged the edges. For the main leaf I used the same stamp, inked with daubers in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. Behind it I put a cherry leaf from the Autumn Accents die, embossed with the woodgrain folder and sponged. The espresso banner was embossed with the square lattice folder, then I added the sentiment from Petite Pairs and the Cajun Craze button tied with linen thread. I fiddled with the sketch a little - sometimes you just need to give an element a little tilt!

I am still catching up with life but I'm hopeful this is finally the start of more frequent posts from me. At least, I'm going to try - so many of my favorite challenges have been passing me by for too long! Thanks again for visiting and have a wonderful day!

13 comments:

Amy Kolling said...

Love love the woodgrain large leaf!!! Perfect!! Thanks for playing along with CAS-ual Fridays!

Deb Hoekstra said...

What a beautiful fall card. Thanks for sharing it with SUO Challenges.

Nola said...

How Fantastic that is! Great card too! Happy Anniversary to a great couple.

Debbie Henderson said...

I totally like how you layered your leaves and great colors! Glad you joined us at Create with Connie & Mary!

Karen Barber said...

Gorgeous fall creation -thanks for playing along with our SUO challenge!

Mary Brown said...

What a PERFECT fall card! I love how you did the multicolor on your maple leaf and then layered onto the other one. Thanks for joining the SUO challenge! And also thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Pam said...

Amazing card. Love the fall colors and Maples are my favorite! So glad to have you play along with the SUO Challenge!

Deb said...

Wow! This is stunning! What beautiful fall colors and great texture! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

Nicole Tugrul said...

Beautiful fall card! I love all the dimension you added. So glad you joined us for the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

Connie Babbert said...

Wow...gorgeous deep rich colors on here...love them! I love when our maples turn that dark red! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Technique Challenge and the Create with Connie and Mary Sketch challenge this week!

Margaret Raburn said...

I LOVE the colors you chose! The layered leaves and the shadow leaves in the background are beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week for Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!

flubidoo said...

Hi Lori, love the layered leaves and the warm colour combo! Happy Anniversary, and thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Gorgeous card! Congrats on your win at Shelli's blog! Thank you for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!