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Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn Leaves

Today's card is all about leaves, Autumn leaves.  Ours here in North Texas are just beginning to change colors.  The weather is finally starting to cooperate, and the upcoming holidays are starting to become a reality.  Of course, if you go to any craft store, they've had Autumn and Halloween decorations out for weeks.  How about since July?  That's crazy.  The last thing I'm thinking of is Halloween when the temperatures are in the triple digits.  But now I'm ready and enjoy all the orange and black and turkeys and pumpkins in all of the stores.  Because it's Autumn.  Don't even get me started on Christmas and when those decorations started showing up. Remember when we were aghast when they showed up the day after Halloween?  Now they, too, show up in July, or even earlier.  I don't look at them at all - I don't want to be tired of red, green and gold by the time that glorious season makes its appearance!!  

But I digress.  My card today features leaves and autumnal colors.  Not a lot of bling, no big embellishments, it's more of a simple card which sometimes is refreshing. 

The base is River Rock which goes so well with the deep colors of SU's Regal collection.  I've used Always Artichoke on top of Cajun Craze and stamped Flourishes Falling Leaves with Always Artichoke.  The printed papers are Bo Bunny Serenade and Apple Cider Collections, punched on both sides of both strips with a MS border punch.

The main image is stamped with IO Branches of a Tree after first sponging the background wtih Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze, then it is layered onto an Early Espresso shadow layer.  I always love sponging the colors of a sunset.  Of course I have to have a little bling, just a little, and that comes in the form of copper glitter paper cut with a Dienamics Dizzy Doily die.  Some green faceted bits (not rhinestones, per se), and the card is finished.  See?  Simple.  No fanfare, no multiple embellishments.  But still a bit of bling.  I mean, let's be reasonable.

Thank you for visiting me today, and I hope you have a lovely autumn day wherever you are.  

Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered are:

Oozak Challenge #7 - Die Cuts
Alota Rubberstamps - ALOTA92 Brighten Up Your Life
Simon Says - Dies and/or Punches
CCEE1241 - Fall Colors w/Leaves and a Punched Border 

and last but not least
Charisma Cardz Challenge #40 - Sketch


Mum of 4 said...

Such a beautiful Autumn card, Shea! Your sponging is perfect. Love the little bit of bling you added, just enough. :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a lovely card Shea. That silhouette image looks great with the sponged background. Fab colors!

Laine said...

Stunning Autumn card Shea, such wonderful colour and detail. Thank you for joining me on Dream Laine and I have returned the compliment and am your newest follower. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Cat's sCrap said...

Magnificent choice of colours. Beautiful borders. Good work !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and "Bonne Chance"!

Hugs from France.

Anonymous said...

OMEGA! I found you! I thought you fell off the face of the earth and here you are blogging, of all things! How awesome! This is the first post I've I have to back track! BTW - Love your card! Ohhh....and HL started putting out Christmas decorations in July.

Shea said...

Hi Sue!!! So good to see you and thank you for stopping by! I've left you a pm on SN.

Shea said...

Thank you ladies for all your kind words!!

wannabcre8tive said...

So beautiful, I love the bright orange colors. Thanks so much for joining us in the CCEE Stampers challenge. said...

Super card! Love the colours, papers and sentiment. Perfect! Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week. good luck. hugs, Jill x

Kimie said...

I am a day late and dollar short, but absolutely love this card! Just beautiful as always. :) TFS!

Sarahshandmadecardsx said...

A stunning autumnal card. I love your gorgeous sponged colours and the sillouette image.

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz in our sketch challenge.


Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Shea :-) the colours and details are fabulous ! soo pretty and the sentiment is fab :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Linda Wilkinson said...

This card is beautiful and calming just loveit!

Patty K said...

Stunning card...

Cheryl Wright said...

Absolutely stunning, Shea!