Another week is in the books! The highlight this week was shopping with my niece. She loves to read so I took her to an amazing used bookstore in our area. If you live near Winchester, VA, and you’ve never been to Blue Plate Books, you must visit! It’s huge, and there are books of every type – including signed and rare. The staff is so helpful, and the music is soothing and peaceful. They definitely aren’t trying to rush you out! By the time we finished, Beth needed coffee, so we ran by the bank to cash her birthday checks and then to grab a doughnut and coffee for her. She is such a sweetheart!
I’ve been on a “fall card” kick lately, because the weather has been very “fallish.” Today wasn’t; today was much warmer and very sunny, but I couldn’t wait to show you this card even though the weather doesn’t feel like autumn. I made this card for one of our Mystery Parts challenges. I usually wait and post everyone’s at the same time, but so far I only have one plus mine – and, like I said, I couldn’t wait. I’ll post them all and link to this post when I get them all in.
First – the challenge pieces were a Cajun Craze card base, Basic Black and Mossy Meadow Cardstock, and some Brushed Metallic Dots in bronze. Here’s what I did with the pieces.
I love the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP), but I wanted this piece to be a little brighter so I colored it with Stampin’ Blends. I used Pumpkin Pie for the pumpkins, Bermuda Bay for the leaves, and Crumb Cake for the pumpkin stems. I love how the leaves look more like Shaded Spruce except for the veins. The veins definitely are more like Bermuda Bay or Coastal Cabana. And that was a wonderful idea – except it looked horrible with the Mossy Meadow Cardstock. Back to that later.
I had been playing with the Hello Harvest Bundle several weeks ago, so I had the pumpkin (stamped in Bermuda Bay on Coastal Cabana Cardstock) and flowers stamped, colored and die-cut already. I also had some of the gold “hive” pieces from the August Paper Pumpkin left over, so I layered the gold piece to the DSP, then the pumpkin and flowers.
After I added the DSP to the Basic Black Cardstock and then to the card base, I still needed to use the Mossy Meadow piece. I was thinking I could just hide it somewhere, but then I had a better idea. First, I die-cut the banner using the Autumn Bouquet Dies from the Fond of Autumn Bundle, then colored it with White Craft Ink and a Water Painter. After it dried, I colored over it with Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends. Success! It coordinates so well with the leaves, the stamped pumpkin, and the little flowers in the pumpkin.
I stamped the sentiment from the Fond of Autumn Stamp Set in Versamark ink, then embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It’s hard to read in the photo, because I forgot to take a picture in the daylight. It says, “Sending Many Thanks.” After adding it to the card, I remembered the embellishments, so I added them to the sentiment banner.
So far, the only other entry I have is Nadine’s, so I’ll wait to show hers with the others. I know they will all be fabulous!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!