Saturday, November 19, 2011

Enjoy the Days of Autumn

Do you ever see something (for stamping) and get an idea of how you would use it before you even receive it?  Well that is what happened to me when I saw these new Memory Box dies from Joan's Gardens.  It  is funny I am making an Autumn card when it has been snowing here for the past two days, but I had to follow through on my idea.

I started out with a piece of light blue card stock for my card base.  The finished size of this card is a 5.5" x 6".  The card stock was folded and the top of the Memory Box "Leaf Canopy" (98142) was placed close to the fold.  This die just cuts little holes in the card stock.  Pretty neat huh!   Then the "Twiggy Tree" (98143) was die cut using brown card stock.  The Memory Box "Deer Trio" (98166) was die cut out of black card stock.  

Once the top of the tree was die cut, I used a dark blue Distress Ink to sponge the sky using a cloud stencil to create clouds behind the tree.  Using scissors, three different levels of "hilly ground" were cut out.  To give the ground an autumn look, I first sponged it with a dark green Distress ink then went over it with a brown Distress Ink to blend it all together.  The hills were then attached below the sky.  Next the "Twiggy Tree" was then glued in place to form the large tree.  Now don't laugh at me, but this was the idea I had to try.  I wanted to create a tree with falling leaves.  I took the "Leaf Canopy" and placed small pieces of fall colored card stock in different places over the die then ran it through the die cutting machine.  I saved all these little "leaves" so I could create a scene with falling leaves.  On the back side of the "Tree Canopy", I glued some of the same colors of card stock over some of the holes then cut a piece of dark yellow card stock to the inside to cover the whole top portion of the inside of the card.  This covered up all the little pieces of different colors of card stock glued to the top of the tree.  Next I added some dots of glue in areas where I wanted the falling leaves then just dumped on all the little leaves I had die cut.  The deer were then glued to one of the bottom hills.  The sentiment is from an old JustRite stamp set.  I wanted an autumn colored border around the card so cut a piece of dark orange card stock, slightly larger than the card, then ran all the edges through the Zutter Paper Distresser. Well, what do you think about my idea to create falling leaves from this pretty Memory Box Tree?

I can now imagine using these same dies to create a winter scene.  It is so much fun, and so easy, to create cards using these great dies.  All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  Did you see the big announcement on Joan's Gardens??  Joan is having a great "12 Days of Christmas" sale  and everyone making purchases during this sale will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Package from Joan's Gardens.  Each time you make a purchase from one of the 12 Days, your name will be entered into the drawing - that means you could have up to 12 chances to win that $50 gift package.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to get all the information about this sale that begins Sunday, Nov 20.



CraftinGranny said...

This scene is gorgeous Selma and sure sounds like a lot of thought and time went into making this. Please keep the snow there for now. I'm so NOT ready for snow..LOL
Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving. "Hugs"

The Other Patti Sue said...

What a fantastic scene! If only we didn't have the snow and were enjoying a scene like your card!

Melissa Cash said...

This is a beautiful card Selma! I can just see you sitting there gluing on all of those itty bitty leaves!

Olga said...

Oh my stars!!!!! I love this one!

vickisunshine said...

What a beautiful card and such a wonderful idea. I too have these dies but wasn't sure what to make with them - many thanks for the inspiration.

Carole said...

So lovely Selma, a wonderful card. I love to visit and "catch" a little inspiration *smile* Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous scene Selma, and you accomlished what you set out to do. Beautiful card, love the deer.


Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Fabulous idea!!!! Your card is gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Yes, I have seen a die or stamp and known what I wanted to make with it.
I've also dreamed Love your card. I had been wondering about the leaf canopy and how it worked. Thanks for showing it. Beautiful card.

Joan Fricker said...

Selma I knew you would figure it out. It looks just like we thought it would, absolutely gorgeous!!!! Great job!


Anonymous said...

You know Selma, you are so amazing with your creations. I just sit here and admire all the beautiful cards you make. Thank you so much for each and every one of them. You and Joan make such a wonderful pair!


jean w. said...

Selma as always I enjoy reading your blog! You do such gorgeous cards! This tree one is so cute! Love the fallen leaves! Thanks for sharing!


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