Nature’s Beauty Fall Card
One of the best things about living in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is we get all four seasons. Thankfully winter is short, because contrary to what the rest of the South believes, Northwestern Virginia is still in the South. I think they’re just jealous because we don’t have the excessive heat and humidity, but we still enjoy warm(ish) temperatures mostly year-round. We have some really, really hot days in July and August, and we suffer through a week or two (maybe three) of cold temperatures in January and February. But for the most part, our temperatures are quite mild. (Hopefully I don’t jinx it by those remarks! Every several years we have a crazy winter with lots of snow and cold temps, but it’s not the norm.)
Anyway – here’s a nod to fall from me. My card today is for our Stamping Team Challenge for our meeting next month. It’s a color challenge, and we are to use Terracotta Tile, Garden Green, and Soft Suede.
These colors are gorgeous together! Here’s my card.
After I made it, I realized it’s a #simplestamping card! I don’t do that very often, so this was a happy circumstance! This card was inspired by our Stampin’ Up!® CEO Sara Douglass.
I sponged Terracotta Tile, Garden Green, and a little Soft Suede Classic Ink on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ Very Vanilla Cardstock panel. Then I stamped the trees from Nature’s Beauty using Soft Suede Classic Ink. I know Garden Green may be a weird choice for “grass” in late October, but we still have green grass. In fact, I’ll probably be mowing this weekend (hopefully for the last time this year!).
I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Soft Suede Classic Ink. The stamped layer is adhered to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Soft Suede Cardstock, then to a Garden Green card base.
Just a note about the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set. When you purchase this set, $3.00 will go toward Mental Health Organizations across the world. I was so excited to see this in the Holiday Catalog. Mental Health Issues are a big deal to me, as I have many friends and family members dealing with this. Mental health is no different from physical health; if you have issues, you need to see a doctor. Seriously – if you have high blood pressure, you don’t hesitate to seek treatment. But people suffering from depression or other mental health issues tend to suffer alone, and that’s not acceptable. It’s an illness that needs treatment and there should be no stigma attached. In fact, I celebrate those who seek medical help. In these days, there is absolutely no reason to suffer from mental health issues when there’s so much help available And, honestly, we have all suffered from some degree of this, just as we’ve all suffered from colds, flu, or viruses. So, Bravo, Stampin’ Up®, for helping to support this cause, just like we did with heart disease.
And speaking of heart disease… My dad had a heart attack last Thursday. It was scary, but I am confident in his complete recovery. Even Thursday evening, after the attack, his color was good and he was in good spirits. He had a few really bad days, mostly because of the drugs he had when a few stents were inserted, but he’s on the mend and almost back to his old self. He has been laughing, talking, and enjoying reminiscing about “old times.” Just for the record, I’m not old enough to remember “old times,” but I enjoy listening to my dad’s stories about them.
And, of course, three generations later, we have Amelia. She is doing so well in school, and everyone is amazed at how well she’s adjusting since she didn’t go to preschool. Tomorrow, the children get to dress in their Halloween costumes and they’ll be performing their fall/Halloween songs. I can’t wait! She has been singing her songs to me, and yesterday she and her friend Emma performed one for me (cuteness overload!). But I am looking forward to seeing the whole class perform their fall songs tomorrow – in costume! Several weeks ago, Amelia was going to be a princess. But for the last month or so, she said she was going to be a black cat. Again. This would have been her fifth Halloween as a black cat. (One year she was a pirate.)
When I picked her up from school today, I asked, “Are you excited to be a cat for school tomorrow?” Answer: “No.” What??? Amelia: “I want to be a fairy.” Ok. Where did that come from? I texted her mom and asked, “Did you know she doesn’t want to be a cat after all?” I didn’t want to overstep and buy a fairy costume, so like any good mother-in-law, I asked permission before heading to WalMart to load up on fairy stuff.
Amelia knew exactly what she needed. First – wings. Then tights, a skirt, shoes, and a headband. She picked out everything she needed for her costume all by herself. Here’s my beautiful little fairy princess.
The only thing I don’t like about this is how grown up she looks. Where did that baby girl go? She’s already lost two teeth and she has definite ideas about what she wants to wear, read, look like, and eat. Time really does fly, but if it could slow down just a bit, I’d be very happy!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!