Thursday, October 22, 2009

beautiful fall

The title of this post could mean I fell down (in a very gracious way -oh but of course....) and went boom... but no. I am truly referring to the beauty that is taking place outdoors.

Fall is my favorite season. Hands down. When I was out running some errands today - I was thinking how lucky I was to have off on this spectacular day. The temperature was in the low 70's (particularly welcome after a run of rainy days last week that felt like winter -temps in the 40's!) and the sun was shining. But what struck me were the fall colors. The trees are just gorgeous. The most amazing reds, golds, oranges.

Oddly enough my good friend June had a post on her blog this morning called Create something beautiful for fall (it's a challenge on another blog). And as I was driving along past some beautiful trees, I thought about the card she created and the sentiment on the card. When I got home I decided I wanted to try and use that sentiment and also try a technique recently shown on Splitcoaststampers called acrylic smash. I don't know about smash but i definitely used a transparency and painted on some acrylics! I found a leaf stamp in an old Stampin Up! set called Botanicals. I stamped that leaf in two rows of three (knowing I'd probably like to make 2 cards while I was at it) in StazOn Black. I painted the acrylic paint on the back of the transparency then glued it onto some kraft cardstock. I printed out that beautiful sentiment onto some cardstock and then aged it with some Tim Holtz antique linen. I added the cardstock button (cut from a sizzix die from StampinUp!) and tied it with some twine. Then I pulled out my sewing machine (which hasn't seen any action in forever - which is obvious - I could not get the tension right to save my life but I'm over that!) I decided to fool around with a little Bronze pearl ex here there and everywhere on the 2nd version you see here. It looks much better in real life, trust me.
Anyway I enjoyed making something a little different. Hope you all have a wonderful Friday - go out and enjoy the beautiful Fall!


June Houck said...

This is terrific! Now you've inspired me too :) I should dig through my drawer of partially painted images that I stamped years ago on acetate, but never finished *sigh*

Babsarella said...

Love love love these cards. So perfect for reminding us of the beauty of Fall. Love the cool technique as well.

lauren said...

now THAT is a cooooooooool technique that (i think) even i could do! not that i think mine would come out as cool as yours! :)

thank you missus for the inspiration...and OOH YEAH i join you in voting for this week's weather to continue indefinitely...or at least a couple of weeks!!! HEAVENLY is not too strong a word after the bitter chill of LAST WEEK! ♥

Sue McGettigan said...

This one rings all my bells - LOVE fall, love that leaf stamp (Botanicals is in my all-time-hall-of-fame for stamps), and that technique is so fun!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Yay!!! You're back! What a gorgeous fall card! Botanicals is one of those sets I don't think I'll ever be able to part with. So classy and elegant!