October 26, 2021


A little more than a month ago, I got myself a set of dies with the most adorable tiny autumn leaves. And, I have to be honest, I went a little nuts. I sifted through all my scraps of Designer Series Paper for pieces that had an autumn feel to them. I think I spent an entire afternoon giving my Big Shot a real workout die cutting a whole tree full of autumn leaves. That was ever so satisfying.

Of course a little craziness goes a long way, and I had, as I said, an abolute tree full of leaves. What to do with this windfall?

When I had the idea for this card, I, of course, went back to work with the leaf dies and made my stencil. I had set my DSP leaves aside for the time being since I'd had this wonderful idea that needed to be created first. 

Once I had finished the card with the sponged leaves, I not only had the plethora of DSP leaves I'd cut, but also a handful of leaves left over from that first card.

Not one to let anything go to waste, I set out to make another card.

The "wreath" die I decided to use had several hearts cut out in it. Not being a big fan of using the heart image in my work, except for lovey circumstances such as weddings or Valentines, I was stumped as to how to cover all these little hearts up.

I ended up using leaves placed strategically over the cut out hearts. I found that to be a good solution to what was not actually a problem, but I wanted this to be completely fallish. The cut out hearts, as you maybe can tell, were around the edges of the wreath.

When I was first working on the wreath at my Creation Station:

I had wanted to use a a base for the wreath a neutral color so as not to clash with any of the colors I'd used in the leaves. But I also wanted them to show up well against the color. So I ended up choosing Crumb Cake, after trying out several other neutral colors.

Adding the wreath to white set it all off nicely. The wreath itself measures 4 3/4" across. So I didn't have too much white around it, I decided to mount it onto a 4 3/4" x 9 1/2" piece of white cardstock. 

The blank corners bothered me. I added a couple of metal decorative Stampin' Up! pieces that were in a coppery color, perfect for fall. I ended up with a 4 3/4" square card. If I decide to send it to someone rather than using it merely as a decorative piece, I will have to use my envelope maker to create a custon size envelope.

A closeup view of the center of the wreath. 
Can you distinguish between the leaves cut from DSP and the ones I sponged with ink 
that I used in the first leafy project? I think it's a nice contrast.

A fairly flat card, with the only pop of dimension in the four corner embellishments:

Happy Fall Y'all!



  1. The little leaves are so cute!

  2. Wow! How intricate and pretty!

    So glad you shared your creation at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Blessings on your coming week!

    Ridge Haven Homestead
    Homestead Blog Hop

  3. Sorry—-I actually found you on another hop.
    May you should bring this over to the Homestead Blog Hop and share! That would be great!

    Here’s a link:

    1. Thank you, Laurie, first of all, for liking my card, and seccondly for the invite to join your Homestead Blog Hop. I have added your blog hop to my Link Parties list and have posted my last two blog posts. Thanks again!

  4. This is adorable. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. See you next week.

  5. What a gorgeous fall card! I would frame it and display it all fall long! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  6. The leaves are so cute, they look like little puzzle pieces. Beautiful fall card!

  7. This is just lovely Linda, it'll be a feature at Handmade Monday this coming week :-)