Good morning – and Happy Hump Day! It’s Wednesday, which means I’m half way thru my business trip and almost ready to go back home.
Except for how I’m writing this on Tuesday afternoon. Lying on my bed in the hotel. Awaiting time to go back out to dinner.
WARNING: This is a bit long-ish, so….if you’re in a hurry, scroll right on by this next part until you see the card share for today! 🙂
Have you guys noticed that I’m a bit of a …. how do you say it??…..stick in the mud? Home-body? A morning person? If you haven’t, let me share that news with you now. I am NOT at my best in the evening (and that’s pretty much any time after about 6:30pm). Here’s a totally normal evening for us – and it’s a routine that I love with every fiber of my being. I’m sorry. I like our routine. I don’t care for it being disrupted. In some regards, I may well be 92 years old. God help whoever has to take care of my crotchety self if and when I ever really AM 92 years old. And tread lightly if you’re going to change anything in my day-to-day-routine! 😉
We eat dinner between 5 and 6. We usually watch a recorded show whilst we eat (yes yes, I know. Bad for the diet. Bad for….well, everything. Got it).
We feed the horses.
We come back inside.
We make sure we re-set the kitty feeder bowls.
We watch the World News Tonight with David Sawyer. Pre-recorded. We aren’t partial to commercials. We have a pretty solid idea how far behind we have to be in order to not ever catch up while we watch the show. It’s a matter of pride to never have to watch a commercial.
We watch one pre-recorded show.
I’m tired and I take a shower. Wayne takes a shower. We go to bed.
On a “late” night – this occurs at around 9.
Yea – we’re night-owls.
So here’s the point of this written perambulation.
When I’m away from home and staying in a hotel, my routine has been disrupted. Like – a lot. When I get back to the hotel in the evening, I’d better have already eaten or have take-out. Cause….I’m there. And thinking about bed.
Except tonight, I’m going out to dinner with some friends I don’t get to see except when I come here for meetings. But, it’s going to take everything I’ve got….. cause….yep. Stick in the mud.
And – it’s practically bedtime!
So, I’m going to keep myself in busy mode by doing my blog post for tomorrow morning now – cause when I get BACK from dinner, it really WILL be bedtime!
This is a simple and easy card to make. I found the technique in the new 2015 Holiday Catalog, and modified it to suit what I was after. It uses Lighthearted Leaves (1 Sept!) and For All Things – a wonderful classic in the Annual Catalog. Take a look-see:
This is done by first sponging a lighter color and then stamping a darker color over the top. To start with, I cut out the maple leaf using the Leaflets Framelit Die (you know, the ones I got bundled with Lighthearted Leaves for 15% off – that YOU can get as well on 1 Sept!). I cut it out of a plain scrap piece of Vellum Card Stock – you could do any sort of heavy paper (you’re making a stencil!), but using the vellum lets you see the card stock UNDERNEATH it – so you can get your images right where you want them! Highly recommend you use the vellum. You COULD use a piece of waxed paper, I think – but you’d need to be quite careful with your sponging!
Anywho – step one was to stamp the sentiment from For All Things, in Soft Suede ink, in the bottom corner of my Whisper White card front. But, you know what? If you don’t HAVE For All Things – you could just as easily stamp “Believe” or “So Grateful for You” from the Lighthearted Leaves set – then you’ve got a One Stamp Set Wonder! 😉
Then, using Pumpkin Pie ink for my “base” – I used the stencil and a sponge dauber to lay down the leaves where I wanted them on my Whisper White card piece. I put them on pretty randomly – I just wanted a “full” leaf as kind of a focal point, then I let the others wander around as they would. You want to take a little care with this step – don’t get the ink under the stencil (which is why I think you’d need to be careful using waxed paper!) – or you’ll end up getting ink in places on your card that you don’t want it. And then you’ll be needing a pearl or a rhinestone! 😉
The final step was to ink the maple leaf from Lighthearted Leaves in Melon Mambo. Now, I got the idea for an orange (Pumpkin Pie) and pink (Melon Mambo) color combo from an article on Houzz (do you know that site?). And I really like how it turned out! When I stamped the leaf outlines, the Pumpkin Pie toned down the Melon Mambo and it became a pretty danged perfect autumn-y color scheme! Lighthearted Leaves is a photopolymer set – so I didn’t even need to use my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig! Just line ’em up and stamp, baby!
Then, I ran my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the art piece, to give it a little pop!, and SNAILd it to a piece of Into the Woods DSP (availabl that I’d selected as my mat.
The embellishment is a quick 3 wraps of Linen Thread, which I then ran thru a Very Vintage Designer Button and finished off with a little bow.
I popped the whole thing onto my Pear Pizzazz card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the front was done!
On the inside, I repeated a couple more sponged-stencil and stamped leaves, and added the sentiment from Lighthearted Leaves, in Soft Suede. All on a Whisper White liner.
Et Voila! Easy peasy nice and breezy!
Hope you like this quick card. And I hope that you’re getting all ready for the opening bell of the 2015 Holiday Catalog on 1 Sept! I know there’s a lot of fun things to pick from – consider getting a Catalog share to “test drive” the papers and ribbons and embellishments. That way, you can spend your mad money on the stamps and die sets (and you can make your money go even further by taking advantage of the bundles – I counted SIXTEEN of them!! – saving you 15% on each bundle) and you’ll have all the things you need to make wonderful holiday cards. And you’ll know which of the papers/ribbons/embellishments you want MORE of!
P.S. I was right. Got home too late to do a full blog post, so it’s a good thing I did it BEFORE dinner. But – I DID manage to squeeze in the making of a quick Thank You card from my Cottage Greetings kit. Cool stuff, Maynard. Need a card – see your kit – make your card – sign it and done in like 10 minutes. 🙂
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Beautiful card Mary! Love the fall colors and you sponging is perfect. The inside is just as pretty! 🙂
Thanks, Amy. I’m kind of loving this stamp set! 🙂
Mary, I enjoyed reading about your night … you are TOO funny. I don’t like my routine messed with either. If you know what works for you why change it, right? Love your card. I am anxiously awaiting my Vintage Leaves, framelits and Lighthearted Leaves. Mr. Brown should be bringing them today. YAY, new toys!!! Take care and for heaven’s sake get to bed early. Lol
Thanks, Debra! Yippy on your new toys arriving – it’s kind of like Christmas, isn’t it? In August! My to-bed-early didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped! Have fun with your toys! 🙂