A Plaid Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.


I created the plaid leaf by first sponging an ombre background (red to yellow from the stem to the leaf tip). Then I repeatedly masked off portions of the leaf and sponged on ink. I love using this technique.


I used a “Thankful” die from CUTplorations.


I sponged on a red band and attached the white panel to the orange cardstock.

img_3729_edited-1I attached the leaf and the die cut with foam tape.


I really like this card. A plaid leaf!? Sponging, ink blending, lots of red (my favorite color to use when making cards), ombre Autumn colors? I don’t normally make the same card twice, but I may have to repeat this one. šŸ™‚

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Grace & Peace,


Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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UPDATED Thursday, December 1, 2016: I so very happy to share that Virginia chose this card as one of her TOP 10 favorites at Virginia’s View Challenge #25. (Sadly, her last challenge.)








AAA #48 Autumn Colors

Ā Hi! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I’m glad you’re here. I’m excited to be joining you today with my second post as a member of the AAA Cards Design Team!

This week’s Challenge: #48 Autumn Colors

I really like this photo, don’t you?!

I made two slightly different cards for this challenge post. Here’s the first.

IMG_0743square For both of the cards in this post I used with my NBUS SU Vintage Leaf Stamp on some fabric with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I’m going to play this first card along over at Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5 (Yay Darnell!!), SSS’s Monday Challenge: Stamp And Punch/Die Cut, Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #200 – LET’S CELEBRATE!!!

ATCAS’s Challenge #72: Leaves and SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says STAMPtemberĀ® Use A Stamp Challenge And Blog Hop.

I love Autumn! Especially in Maine.

IMG_0747squareYou can see the unfinished bg paper in the photos below. I also added some Smooch Spritz in order to even out the background and to add a little bit of shimmer.


Here’s the second card:


I used the photo below as a guide when I colored in the leaves with my new ZIG Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers. The sentiments are from the Penny Black Creative Dies, Words of Gratitude die set.

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Simon Monday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogGrab our Badge!


Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!Penny Black Creative Dies, Words of Gratitude

P.S. Have you ever heard the song “Amazed”? Part of the lyrics say, “You dance over me, while I am unaware. You sing all around, but I never hear the sound.” That line reminds me of Autumn in Maine, the leaves falling all around on a sunshiny and breezy day. https://i0.wp.com/www.maineartinspired.com/new_images/images/PassadumkeagAutumn.jpgI miss Maine in the Autumn. Here are a couple of my father’s paintings of Fall in Maine.https://i0.wp.com/www.maineartinspired.com/2011images/GoldenRoadMarsh1.jpg

And here’s a lyrics slideshow of the song “Amazed” sung by Lincoln Brewster. I hope you enjoy it and have a beautiful Fall day.

CTS #137, LIM’s Week #238 Sketch & JUGS #307

Hi! I’m here to day with a card which was inspired by N@ Ali’s Sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch #137,

LIM’s Week #238:Sketch #16.

N@ Ali’s fabulous sketch.LIM #238

and also for Just us Girls Just Us Girls Challenge #307 Inspiration Week:

Here’s my card.IMG_0519editedI did some partial die cutting, used my new ZIG Clean Color markers. I saw Laura Bassen using them and really liked what I saw. Fabulous. Of course, it was Laura!



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Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen - 12 Color Set (1, DESIGN 1)

Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5