One of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog is Pleasant Pheasants. What a lovely set for fall! It’s so fun to color, and there are six new colors of Stampin’ Blends in the Holiday Catalog. All of the Stampin’ Blends, except the Ivory and Bronze, are available in light and dark versions which you can order separately or as a combo. Two of the new colors are Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss. Aren’t those perfect for the autumn season?
I decided to make another simple “Z-fold” card using the wheelbarrow full of pumpkins image from Pleasant Pheasants. Of course, I have a wheelbarrow story, but I’ll save it for after the card.
For a Z-fold card, simply score a 4-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base. Then score the front at 2-3/4″ and fold it back for the “z.” Easy! I decided to make a kind of “Gatefold Z” for my design.
I stamped the image on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored with Stampin’ Blends. I know I used Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake. I’m not 100% sure which greens I used for the grass, but whichever ones you use will be lovely. I love all our greens. (I’m thinking Old Olive, but maybe I added some Dark Granny Apple Green as well.) My sky is just a scribble of Light Pool Party. I just wanted to give a hint of sky. The image layer is backed with a slightly larger layer of Early Espresso Cardstock.
The card base is Mango Melody, because that may be my favorite new color. (Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade don’t count, because they are returning colors.) It also looks really nice with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack pattern that I chose. Several Neutrals also look great with this DSP, but I wanted a card base that was a little brighter.
I added the Wood Textures DSP to the front and the inside far right. On the inside panels, I stamped and colored the leaves from the Pleasant Pheasant Stamp Set, and colored them with Stampin’ Blends in “fall-ish” colors. It gives lots of room to write a message or stamp a smaller sentiment.
You may know that I come from a farming family. My dad’s family raised cattle and grew apples and peaches. My grandparents’ home was the “base of operations,” especially in the early years before a separate office was built. They also had the main barn, and when there were chickens and pigs, they were there as well. So some of the employees were often at the house working or dropping off boxes of fruit. To my brothers and me, they were more like family than employees. They treated us like we were their own kids – or, at least, nieces and nephews.
One of my favorites was Mr. Wharton. If we were at the house in the afternoons after school and before he went home, he would grab a wheelbarrow and give us rides. He’d pretend to dump us, but he never did. It was the closest thing we had to amusement park rides back then.
Years later, I tried to push a wheelbarrow. They are very tricky little things. Balancing a load on that one tiny wheel is much more difficult than Mr. Wharton made it look. (Maybe he wasn’t pretending to dump us after all!) I’m more of a “cart” person, I think, because I need four wheels.
Don’t forget about Bonus Days in August! To help you get started earning those $5 coupons for every $50 order, consider adding the New Color Classic Stampin’ Pads to your next order. You’ll get all 16 new stamp pads. This includes the returning In Colors (Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Mint Macaron), as well as all the gorgeous brand new colors – Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue, Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Petal Pink, and Shaded Spruce.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!