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Monday, September 21, 2015

CIE Fall Colors

Hi, everyone! I'm here with a card for the newest Cards in Envy challenge.  :)

To create the punkin card shown below, I used three shades of orange, inking the edges of each section in addition to using three different embossing folders. And, my thanks to the Unity Stamp folks for those fun one-minute videos, one of which taught me the secret behind tying this bow.  :)

As much as I love the punkin and sentiment, it took a while for me to find just the right background. I started with some fun Cosmo Cricket pattern paper, then swapped it out for some Distress Ink dusty concord. But, it wasn't until I put some Distress Ink green behind the punkin that I felt the oranges popped. The background layer of black was the final touch needed for this card's colors to be the stars they were meant to be.

Naturally, this card will be going to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus -- one of many cards going to Children's thanks to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

various shades of Bazzill orange; Distress Ink core (green and purple); Recollections black; stash gold
pumpkin inking in DI spiced marmalade and black soot and misting with MFT shimmer spray
sentiment on Crate Paper rose garden
Paper Smooches "hi"  and computer-generated sentiment
Cuttlebug and SU/Sizzix embossing folders
SU linen thread; Pilot rolling ball black pen
PS leaves die; SU owl-builder and EK hole punches (for tiny circles)
As I mentioned in the video, I used one of Elizabeth O. Dulemba's illustrations as the template for the shape of my punkin.

my base layer, in the darkest orange and embossed with a herringbone folder
my second layer, in a lighter orange and embossed with a (large) dot folder
my top layer, in the lightest shade of orange and embossed with a Swiss dot folder
So, I hope you'll join us these next few weeks to play along with our fall color Cards in Envy challenge.

As for my little card, I'm linking it up to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge to use a stamp -- I used that adorable PS "hi" for my sentiment -- and for the SAS4Kids Fall Colors 4 Kids Challenge.

Parting Thoughts

Sept. Challenge runs through 9/28.
Words 2 Scrap By  There's still time to play along with our talk-like-a-pirate challenge over at Words 2 Scrap By. Kin at Paper Smooches is offering an adorable Ahoy, Me Hearty stamp set to our winning crafter.

Book to Reel  My thanks to fellow PPL patrons who came to our inaugural meeting last Wednesday! It was so much fun to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird with fellow book and movie lovers. We meet on third Wednesdays and will be discussing Frankenstein on October 21.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. This is such a brilliant card! I would've never thought to use different embossing folders on the various pumpkin sections. What a fantastic look! It takes it from being an ordinary pumpkin to being a rather extraordinary one! I shall have to file this idea away in the "that was genius" section of my brain and am so grateful for the inspiration. I also appreciated your honesty about your struggles to find just the right background! I'm glad I'm not the only one does that! But in the end, you chose the perfect background and it all came together beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing this with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Hi Sybrina! I've been away for a week so I'm a bit slow in admiring your beautiful pumpkin card! The pumpkin is a strong focal point and I just love all the textures! Great job!!