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Hi friends! It's another Monday and miraculously all my people were well enough to go to school/work and I've got the house to myself.  I'm still fighting some bronchial issues, but I'm on my second cup of coffee and have some clarinet concertos queued up on Spotify to help ease me back into work mode.

Last Friday when Trevor was home, I set him up with some acrylic paint and color wheel practice exercises as an excuse to be able to hang out in my stamp room. That meant I got a chance to make this little caffeinated creation with some bits and scraps on my desk for another Falliday Fest challenge.  And he had a lot of fun learning about secondary colors... and that acrylic paint doesn't like water the way watercolor paints do!

As you might have guessed from my cards lately, I'm head over heels for the Amber Moon collection by Prima.  So I've got a lot of bits and pieces of it on my desk. Since the Falliday Fest challenge was to use up bits and pieces, I decided to pair my paper scraps with some of the stamped colored and cut images I already had finished that hadn't made it onto a project yet.

The first little bit that was already made was my favorite wreath stamp from the Autumn Blessings stamp set, cut with the coordinating die from the Autumn Thanks die set. I had layered another wreath cut from chipboard behind it for some heft, then popped them up on a circle die cut stamped with the thanks a latte sentiment from Autumn Leaves. Everything had been colored with copics previously and the wreath had been coated with morning dew Nuvo drops and sprinkled with glitter.  I had also splattered with some distress stain.

I tucked some Autumn Leaves leaves behind the wreath that I had previously stamped and die cut, then added a few little nuvo drops to the wreath alternating yellow and orange.

The cup image was another bit that had been previously colored and cut with the coordinating die from the Happiness in a Cup die set. My only new stamping was the steam stamped in mocha ink on the sponged scrap from an Amber Moon journaling card.  I wrapped some vintage lace trim around the piece, then layered another Amber Moon scrap, then the wreath/leaf image and finally popped up the colored coffee cup below the steam.

I knew I wanted to make another pop up gift card holder. I created it the same as the last one I shared, but this time I used the Classy Label Die to cut the opening instead of the word window punch, and then cut a little slit on each side from the die cut opening to about 3/8" from either side.  On the inside of the card, I used a left over strip of paper from the 6 x 6 pad. The center block of the paper actually has a heart that says Autumn is love, but it wasn't the sentiment I wanted, so I covered it with a heart shaped ephemera piece from the ephemera pack, then placed a coffee cup sticker from the Amber Moon planner goodie pack in the center of the heart. I bought this pack entirely because of these little coffee cup stickers! Seriously cute! I finished off with a seasonal chitchat sticker with the sentiment today I am grateful that I fishtailed on either end. Now it's all ready for a quick note of gratitude with a gift card to a local coffee drive-thru tucked in.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Autumn Blessings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Amber Moon 4 x 6 and 2 x 3 journaling cards and 6 x 6 pad (Prima), neutral cardstock
Ink: coffee archival, vintage photo distress stain, brushed corduroy distress (Ranger), warm sunshine, crimson, espresso, mocha (Altenew), copic markers
Accessories: Autumn Thanks Die Set, Autumn Leaves Die Set, Happiness in a Cup Die Set, Classy Label Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Seasonal chitchat stickers (Tim Holtz), morning dew, ripened pumpkin and dandelion yellow Nuvo drops (Tonic), vintage lace, Amber Moon Planner Goodie Pack, Amber Moon ephemera pack (Prima)

Other Links
Color Wheel printables
FF17bejoyce Falliday Fest Challenge
Pop Up gift card tutorial

Shabby Chic Orange Fall

Hi friends! I'm popping in today with a fun little shabby chic creation using the new Autumn Leaves stamp set from Verve. I'm home sick with one of my boys today, but he's happily entertained with some multiplication flash cards while I'm writing this post. Hooray for little math minds!

This card was created for the Orange Falliday Fest challenge on SCS. The challenge is to create something using items that start with at least four of the letters in the word ORANGE. I pulled out the beautiful Amber Moon collection again and started in layering some papers, then stamping the pumpkins and the happy fall sentiment from Autumn Leaves on pieces of designer paper. I was also inspired by the neutral color palette and pumpkins in the current inspiration challenge at The Card Concept. I previously made a completely different card for this challenge. Love how both were inspired from the same photo.

Tip: When I color with Copics, I like to use archival ink, but the ink is never dark enough.  Even when freshly reinked and stamped 3 or 4 times, it always looks a little faded. So to get a crisp look, I stamp in the MISTI, then color with Copics while it's still in place in the MISTI, then stamp again with a dye ink to get a super vibrant stamped look.  Works like a charm and makes me a happy stamper!

The leaves were stamped on a journaling card the other day, when I went a little crazy stamping leaves. Like seriously fun. Two step stamping was one of my first loves and the Watercolor Minis stamp set from Stampin Up got some serious love. I did the rock n' roll technique here, first inking the solid stamp with warm sunshine ink, then rolling around the edges with a crimson ink pad to get the two toned look.  This is so much easier to do with mini ink cubes than it was back in the day! I just eyeballed it and got them to line up perfectly and stamped to my heart's content, then cut with the coordinating Falling Leaves Die Set.

Next I had a lot of fun, assembling my elements.  I laid down some lace trim, then pulled out this gorgeous flower that had glass glittered edges, then added a smaller similarly colored flower from a different collection. I tucked in some metal embellishments, then looped some natural twine in a wreath like fashion as a backdrop for my stamped pumpkins and leaves. I distressed the edges of my paper layers with brushed corduroy distress ink and a paper distresser. Next I wanted to extend some of that glitz to the pumpkins, so added a bit of clear glass glitter to the top and bottoms of the pumpkins. I finished off with the little birdie I fussy cut from a piece of designer paper and then popped up on top of the leaves from the sentiment.

This was so much fun to create and I hope you enjoyed reading a little about the process. I'm truly smitten with Prima's most recent collections and I'm sure you'll be seeing quite a bit more shabby chic from me for a while. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Amber Moon 6 x 6, Amber Moon 3x4 Journaling Cards (Prima), white (Neenah)
Ink: coffee archival, brushed corduroy distress (Ranger), warm sunshine, crimson, espresso (Altenew), Copic markers
Accessories: Falling Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Engraver's and Amber Moon flowers (Prima), Coppper Leaf Embellishments, Antiqued Bronze Filigree pieces (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), natural twine, German glass glitter (TCP), paper distresser (Prima), vintage lace trim, fabritac glue

Other Links
The Card Concept challenge
Falliday Fest Challenge
Rock n' Roll Technique Tutorial

Here are the letters I used for the challenge:
O - orange pumpkins
R - robin. I don't know anything about birds, except that crows who build nests in your front entry way are SUPER protective of their babies and will swarm in on you and peck you to death walking out to get your mail, and none of the pest control specialists answer their phones or return voice mails, so always use your car to back out and check the mail in the spring, praying for baby birds that are ready to leave the nest super quick! Anyhow, I'm calling the sweet little birdie a robin... don't correct me if I'm wrong.{grin} But I also used red ink, to be safe.
A - Amber Moon collection, Autumn Leaves stamp set
N - natural twine
G - German glass glitter
E - espresso ink, Engraver's collection flower

Autumn Blessings Pop Up

Hi friends! Did y'all have fun hopping for Verve's mini release yesterday?  If you missed it, then be sure to hit the 'previous story' button once you're done with today's post, because you don't want to miss it.

My card for today was inspired by Lori's Falliday Fest challenge over on SCS. She challenged us to make an autumn, Thanksgiving or Christmas card using the word blessing. I immediately thought of this sentiment from the new Autumn Leaves set.

In my wanderings on the internet last week, I strolled across a pop up gift card holder that I hadn't seen before and wanted to give it a go. It is simply a piece of cardstock cut in half lengthwise and then scored at 4.5", 5.5" and 6.5".  The inner folds create a little tent you close with sticky strip, then use a word window punch (or I just realized a die cut would have been much easier) to cut a slit to slide the gift card in.  So the card becomes a 4.25" square card and when you open the card, the gift card is sticking up in the middle. Easy peasy.

I started with the front of the card, knowing I wanted to use the Amber Moon collection from Prima. I am head over heels for this paper collection and I keep buying more odds and ends to go with it!  I bought the little 3x4" journaling cards because I thought they would be perfect for cardmaking.  Here, I cut one of the journaling cards down with the stitched rectangle die from the Falling Leaves Die Set. It's just the perfect size for this. Next I stamped the autumn blessings sentiment from Autumn Leaves in espresso ink and then added some color with copics and cut with a stitched oval die.

The strip down the side is done with the two small leaves in this set.  I first stamped the outline in espresso turning as I went down the page to give the effect of falling leaves. Next I went back with the solid leaf and inked with warm sunshine and then did the rock-n-roll technique (rocked the edges all around the stamp with another ink before stamping) in crimson.  I love how realistic the look is, and I became a little obsessed with stamping leaves all afternoon! I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of red and yellow leaves from me.  {grin}

Next I grabbed some of the Amber Moon flowers I picked up and arranged them how I wanted them, adding in a metal leaf for a little interest.  I wanted to capture the look of those pumpkins in the journaling card with the flower, so painted with some paint, some metallique wax, some sparkly paint and then with some white crackle paste. I love the frosty, golden look it gave everything.  I finished with a little die cut border down the side for a little interest.

Inside the card I layered one of the journaling cards with some early espresso paper behind it.  I stamped the some people make the world special just by being in it sentiment from the Cake & Candles stamp set on another journaling card and then die cut and matted with early espresso.  The leaves from Autumn Leaves are stamped in potting soil archival ink and then the solid leaf with distress oxide inks and then cut with the coordinating dies from the Falling Leaves die set.

So that's my little share for today. I hope you enjoyed walking through the process with me. This card will be going to my sister for her birthday, but I think I'll make a few more possibly with the thanks a latte sentiment and leafy cup from this set to give away during November with a little coffee gift card tucked inside. Let me know if you try one of these gift card holders. I'd love to see what you create. Have a fantastic day!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Cake & Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Amber Moon 3x4 journaling cards (Prima), crumb cake, early espresso (SU!)
Ink: espresso, warm sunshine, crimson (Altenew), potting soil archival, candied apple and warm honey distress oxides (Ranger)
Accessories: Falling Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), oval dies, border die, Amber Moon flowers (Prima), bronze leaf embellishments (The Funkie Junkie), white crackle texture paste, metallique ancient coin art alchemy paint, rich copper metallique wax (Prima), word window punch (SU!), scor-pal

Other Links:
Lori's Falliday Fest SCS challenge
Song of My Heart's pop up gift card tutorial
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