Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello Fall

9/28/2016 Update: Top Three winner in AHSC #178.

9/26/2016 Update: Emerald Award winner in Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #211.

In Arizona, autumn is not very obvious except to those of us living here. The cooler nights are the first sign and we are beginning to enjoy sitting outside in the evenings again. The trees don't have the beautiful foliage of New England. Inspired by a few challenges, I made this card using a fall theme.

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On a panel of white cardstock, three panels of colored cardstock, stamped with tiny images, were adhered vertically. A panel of vellum with images die cut from it was placed over the cardstock. A die cut frame was adhered. This unit was adhered to a white card
base decorated with a die cut leaf inside. Using white cardstock, a circle motif was die cut and adhered. Die cut images of different leaves were backed with foam tape and adhered. The sentiment was die cut in black cardstock and adhered. Clear Wink of Stella was applied to a few of the smaller leaves and the sentiment.

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
1. Color My Heart: Color Dare #211

2. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #178

3. The Paper Players #313

4. Aud Sentiments #164
Fall colors + a sentiment

5. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge

Techniques: Die cutting, sponging
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Inks: Fern, Poppy, Saffron

Stampin' Up! Materials
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz (sub for Fern), Calypso Coral (sub for Poppy), Crushed Curry (sub for Saffron), Vellum
DSP: Hello Honey stack
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Verve "The Buzz" (tiny leaf), Lil' Inker Designs "Really Rosemaling" (tiny starburst and flower)
Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics "Fall Leaves"; Spellbinders "Fall Foliage"; Simon Says Stamp "Bubble Parade" (retired); Reverse Confetti Designs "Wheat", "All Framed Up" and "Fancy Words"
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. Beautiful! I love the colours. Great card! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  2. This is beautiful for fall! Such pretty colors! Glad you joined us at the Paper Players!

  3. What a fun way to use vellum. Beautiful! Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  4. Beautiful card .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
    Aud Sentiments
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  5. Oh, I love this Melanie!! Such pretty colors for the fall leaves and beautiful layering. Your die cuts are fantastic! :)

  6. Such a lovely card! Love how you did the cut outs in the vellum. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  7. I really like the vellum with cut outs. Thanks for playing at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

  8. Really all the textures and that you used the vellum with some die-cuts and to soften the colors without losing your personalized stamped design all the die-cuts and the row of die-cut circles...beautiful colors and also great out-of-the-box interpretation of the sketch. Love it all and thanks for sharing with us at both Color Dare and AHSC...great job.

  9. So many lovely elements to give color and dimension! Thank you for joining the AHSC this week.

  10. Gorgeous colours and a unique interpretation of the sketch. I love the die cuts out of the vellum - interesting approach. I also really like the "open" dies cuts as they add extra interest and dimension to the design. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts this week :)

  11. Oh Melanie, how VERY pretty! All those sweet little creative steps make a wonderful whole! Great job.
    ~Ali (AHSC DT)

  12. Love the way you used the velum to create even more color levels. Love all the details. Thank you for playing along with us this past week on Color My Heart.

  13. Just Beautiful! The leaves are just beginning to change here in Buffalo.

  14. I love your unexpected color palette and the pop of those white circles - gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at AHSC!

  15. Oh Melanie! Love these colors so much and this beautiful design! Gorgeous! Thank you for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  16. What a fabulously intricate and original card! I had to do a double take (or two) to really appreciate all the detail and layering you put into this card, and such a fun twist on the traditional autumn colors. Very original! Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  17. WOW!!! Wonderful all the dies and colors you have used so clever..Thank you so much for playing with us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge.