I am feeling better today so I decided to try to tackle a couple of challenges. I like to try to do double duty on challenges when I can since time is in short supply these days. Today I am combining the Caardvarks Sketchfest Sunday challenge (http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/2009/09/sketchfest-sunday.html) and Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge to use Fall colors(http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2009/09/challenge-5.html). Obviously, I chose an Autumn theme since I was to use Fall colors anyway. I searched through my papers until I found some fall paper that I liked. Next I had to decide a focal image and knew right away that I had to use my matching leaf punch and stamps. The stamps are from Ye Olde Stamping Grounds which I have had forever. They made these stamps to go with the leaf punch from Punch Bunch. Well, I am getting ahead of myself. I made a card from rust cardstock. Next I cut a piece of patterned paper just a smidgeon smaller than the card and attached it to the card. Next I cut a strip of cardstock that matched the card and attached it 2/3 of the way down the card. I then cut a piece of patterned paper a hair smaller than the previous strip and attached it on top of the other strip. Oh, I am also antiquing the edges of the papers as I go. Next I used my oval Nestabilities die to cut the large oval from mustard-colored patterned paper. I then stamped 3 leaves on 3 different colored cardstock with matching inks and punched them out with the matching punch. I attached the leaves to the oval as shown. I then punched out some swirls and attached them to the oval as well. Now I attached the oval to the card. Lastly, I stamped the greeting and trimmed around it. I then mounted it on rust cardstock and trimmed a border. I attached it to the bottom right corner of the card. And that about does it. I must admit, however, that I am NOT ready for Fall. We are finally getting some gorgeous weather here in MI and I don't want it to get cold. The cold signals that winter is right around the corner. I do not relish the thought of snow. UGH! Well, enough of that negative talk since I should be grateful just to be alive and well. I must remember that God is good all the time, even when the weather is gloomy. I hope that you all have a splendid week and enjoy the weather while it's good. Later-
Patterned Paper: K&Company designer mat pad "Fall Harvest"
Ink: Stampin' Up; Distress ink by Ranger; Colorbox chalk ink;
Rubber stamps: Ye Olde Stamping Grounds(leaves); Studio G(greeting)
Punches: Punch Bunch(leaf); Paper Shapers(flourish)
Dies: Nestabilities oval
Die cut Machine: Wizard by Spellbinders