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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sights, Sounds & Tastes of Autumn...

Melonheadz provided the images for this project
This project started with the background that my friend Betty taught us in our Stampers club- "Stampe Diem".  I will describe that under 'Techniques' below. Thanks Betty & Diane for the idea and the help!
Starting today and running thru Sat. 9/6, 613 Ave C has challenged us to the "Sights, sounds, tastes of Autumn". 
My DT mates have created all kinds of takes on the theme which I know you will enjoy - so click on 613 Ave Create to see the examples.  You can enter three of your own takes to be eligible for a prize from one of the two sponsors - Melonheadz and Meljen's Designs.  Have fun!
[Note: specific information on supplies and sources will be found below under “Supplies”.]
Thank you Betty A for the marvelous tutorial you gave us!
The following is my attempt to explain her steps for the "Quilted Background":
  • An 8.5 x 11" sheet of scrap CS was run thru a Xyron to apply adhesive.  That was cut into quarter pieces A2 size so we could make four different backgrounds.
  • Use up your scrap DP [YEA!] and pick out six coordinating colors of scrap DP for this project.
  • Using a I" square EK punch, punch six little squares from the six papers.
  • Carefully peel back the protective sheet covering the adhesive and start laying down the squares in your desired design.  Some were applying colors in a random way to create a "Crazy Quilt" design - on this one, the squares were turned 90 degrees and layed down point to point creating a diamond pattern.
  • As you complete one row, peel back more of the protective sheet and completely fill in the A2 CS.  When done there will be DP hanging over the edge - simply cut those away to clean up your edges.
  • Now is the fun part - using an embossing folder run the whole piece thru your Cuttlebug or what ever machine you have... if you look closely you can see I used an E-folder with tall grasses [to me it looks like wheat] growing up from the bottom.  This not only gives it texture but helps seal the 1" squares to the adhesive.  Cool, eh?
  • Now to the rest of my card: using my background, I chose coordinating colors for my three images and colored all three with Copics.  Images were fussy cut, edges colored with a dark grey and then each was adhered at three different levels.  The banner is attached directly to the background, the scarecrow is elevated on one layer of foam tape, and the third piece, the apple basket, is brought forward by using a double layer of foam tape.
  • Inside was finished very simply utilizing the two strips cut off the edges of the background. 

This card should be eligible for the following 
Crafting from the Heart #33 – ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #210 – ATG
Clear It Out – Fave Color Combo/ stash: ATG [oranges & blues with beige stash: scraps]
Through the Craft Room Door – ATG
Top Tip Tues – ATG
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – Embossing [background embossed in the technique]
Art by MiRan Challenge #13 – ATG
Ppinkydolls #1 – ATG /optional twist - ATG
Sweet Pea Stampers – Use lots of Layers [four used here]
Robyn's Fetish #227 – Use a Digi
Pile It On #35 - Punch It Out [background is punched with 1" squares] SUPPLIES

IMAGES:  The focal images are from Melonheadz
Sentiment is Hero Arts - "Friendship Messages"
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; Base CS is from stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: EK punch used for the squares; Cuttlebug E-folder and machine used to emboss the background.
INKS: the images were printed on an  Epson WF3520 printer & colored with Copics:

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny


  1. Fabulous card you have captured all the wonderful colours of Autumn Ginny x

  2. Fabulous card Ginny! Love the image and the punches squares are perfect for our "Punch It Out" challenge at Pile It On!

  3. Great autumnal card Ginny! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Anything Goes Challenge

  4. Love the background. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Your coloring is always Fab! Your DT sister, Monica

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'lots of layers' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  6. Really lovely background and fabulous colours :-)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Kat x

  7. What a lovely creation! Thanks for playing at Clear it out! We hope to see you next time and good luck!

  8. Thanks for playing with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday’s anything goes Challenge! This is beautiful!
    Karen C GDT

  9. Fabulous card Ginny, I love the cute scarecrow.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  10. Hi Ginny! Your card is just darling! I love the banner and your layout is purrfect! I love the coloring job you did on the basket/bucket? not sure what to call it but its great. Thanks for joining us at Ppinkydolls hun. Make sure you come back for our next challenge too! ~Lizzy DT

  11. Great scarecrow, wonderful image for our challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenges,thanks for joining us this week.

  12. Love that background, it's a great way of using up scraps of patterned paper left over from other projects. It's very effective here on this autumnal card. Great image and super colouring too.

  13. Such a fun scarecrow and amazing design on this card.

    Thanks for participating in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge this week!

  14. Thank you so much for playing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week for the "Embossing" challenge. Hope you will join us again :-)

  15. Great card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers

  16. What a fab card. Love your layout and the colours you have used...Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  17. Adorable. Thank you soooo much for joining in the Art By Mi Ran challenge.

  18. Adorable. Thank you soooo much for joining in the Art By Mi Ran challenge.

  19. Love this one! You done so well with the challenge. Love the way you created background behind the image. Thank you for playing along with our challenge at Pile It On. Good luck and hope to see you back soon!
    Anna xxx


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