October 14, 2015


I seem to have developed an unhealthy obsession lately. I am unduly obsessed with the fall colors, or until recently, the lack of. After all, I live in Central Wisconsin, so it should be heartbreakingly beautiful in October, right? 

My last Focus Friday told the woes of driving even farther north than we live in hopes of discovering awe inspiring autumn colors. Nada. 

A few days after that drive, the colors miraculously appeared, even in our neck of the woods! Glory!

This past weekend, to celebrate that glorious emergence of the coveted colors, I made this card:

I started out with a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto which I sponged my version of fall colors: a concoction of Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, and, for a little mystery, Rich Razzleberry. 

Following the sponging, I turned to this retired set of gorgeous leaves. I love this set because of all the line work, which takes to heat embossing so beautifully.

After stamping the leaves hither and yon in VersaMark ink, I covered the stamping with Gold Embossing Powder, and heated it to set the embossing. I did the same with the word, "celebrate". 

I wrapped some of the gold metallic baker's twine around the ends. It still seemed to need a little more pizzazz. I considered adding some punched dots like I do so often in my cards. 

But . . . 

Then I remembered that I had recently gotten a package of the Candy Dots (page 161), which was still unopened. So I added three of the Candy Dots in coordinating colors to the sentiment portion. I love the look of these little pieces!

Since I took these photos yesterday, I have removed the little ends of the Modern Label Punch in Cajun Craze from the sentiment piece. They just seemed -- I don't know -- STUPID?? 

It now has a cleaner look. 

Yesterday, we had lots of wind and rain, so many of the lovely trees took quite a hit. However, today, as I drove to work, I noticed that the trees in a large cemetery were still glorious. So, on my way home, I took advantage of the pleasant fall weather and the beautiful trees that somehow escaped the wind, and took lots of lovely photos.

Ah. Now, my heart is happy.



  1. I love your card. All the colors and those leaves are so pretty.

  2. Beautiful card! I wish I had such pretty leaves, here in the desert, mine are just brown! :)

  3. Pretty. I don't use embossing nearly enough when I make cards.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMatterParty link party.

  4. I don't know much about card making but your card is just so beautiful. Many years ago I saw the fall colors on the mountains in Pennsylvania, I had never seen anything like it before. We don't usually have such vast areas of fall trees here in Australia. If you have a Pinterest Pin for this pretty card I would love you to enter it into our Pinterest Game - it will get re-pinned and it may even win the game - http://60-thenew40.com/the-pinterest-game-15a/
    Love to see you there, Kathleen

  5. So lovely and the gold really stands out #CreativeMonday

    1. Hi Linda. I always have trouble commenting here as I can't find the 'comment' box. I have to reply to someone elses comment....lol! This is such a pretty card. The warm colours and the gold embossing is a really good combination. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  6. I love the subtle effects to this card! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. I love this card, you are very creative.
    Have a great week.

  8. Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday. Hope to see you again! Pinned!

  9. Very nice use of the colors and embossing! Blessings, Janet (www.silverfoodie.com)

  10. Beautiful! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls