Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Colorful Seasons Products

When school is back in session and football returns to television, it is clear that Autumn is about to arrive.  While I love the crisp cool weather and getting to wear turtlenecks and sweaters again, living in a wooded area means A LOT of leaves which need to be removed.  As I age (sigh) I have to remind myself of the beauty and not the impending tasks.

This layout went together quickly after all the leaves were colored and cut. Simply using multiple colors of the watercolor pencils on watercolor paper,then adding water with the aqua painter gives the paper the needed appearance for the die cut leaves. (Sample below)

I even think I will use that negative scrap on a card another day!

Memories and More comes to the rescue again with the perfect touches. I used dies & my trimmer to cut some of the cards for the phrases.

I still have a couple of weeks until I have that peak of leaves season, but really wanted to play with these products from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (stamps & dies) again. Now, when I get busy this Fall, I already have one page ready for three photos (3″x4″).

There’s just something about Autumn that makes me happy.

I hope you’re enjoying your day in your part of this beautiful world.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Create an Autumn card from Stampin’ UP! At Home with You

Surprise! Autumn is almost upon us here on the U.S. East coast. Schools are returning to session and pools are soon to close until next Memorial Day weekend. Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly time passes.

Today I’m sharing a card I made with the At Home with You bundle.

This bundle was one of my favorites when I first saw the annual catalog because it had stamps which would be useful for many times of the year. I like versatile sets like this because I know I’ll use them a lot. Spring, Autumn, Christmas, & New Home cards are easily created with this set.

When I was playing with the embossing paste I made quite a few different color backgrounds with this diamond patterned mask. It provides a nice background with texture which I really like. Adding in the burlap ribbon adds additional texture and that Autumn feel.

I really like the pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda Bay, & hints of whisper White color combo for fresh take on Autumn colors.

When there’s texture in a card, a simple focal point hand colored image & even simpler sentiment is all a card needs.

until next time…

-Joanne

P.S. I’ll be sharing Holiday catalog creations soon- I just don’t want to tempt you too much since customers can’t buy until September 1st.

 

How to make guilt free Candy Apples

It is Autumn, which means it is time to make things with apples!

Apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cider, & candy apples. Here in Pennsylvania it is that time of year when making things with apples is at its peak. Biglerville, PA even holds the National Apple Harvest Festival and is finishing its two weekend run this weekend. While I haven’t been there for years, I have many fond memories from this festival from my childhood. At the festival you could make your way thru a multitude of stalls with apple-centric crafts and eat your way thru the experience with any of the above (and then some) apple-y treats. As a young girl I would never leave the festival without some type of candied apple on a stick. Yum! For this reason, I decided to make the following card to send to a family member who would get a good laugh at the memories conjured up by this autumn greeting.

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The best part is that these apples can be enjoyed without the guilt of the calories that comes with the real thing.  Although, I think pairing these with a homemade apple treat might be nice, don’t you?

If you’d like to make this card, or just the punch art apples, read on for the details.

Instructions:

  • The Card Layers include a Soft Suede card stock (CS) base, Early Espresso layer and Early Espresso striped DSP layer (from the Neutrals DSP Stack).
  • Since chocolate drizzle seemed the most appealing, I went with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the image from Jar of Haunts onto a 1 3/4” punch circle in both Cherry Cobbler & Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Then I used the same color to color in the stamped image.
  • The circle was then also punched using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch’s largest circle(s) which is located close to the punch edge and allow for the 1 3/4” punched circle to be inserted so that a portion can be punched to form the ‘bump’ you may find on each apple.
  • A 2”x5/8” strip of Crumb Cake CS was inserted into the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch leg in order to get the rounded Popsicle stick look.
  • The 1/2” x 4” Soft Suede inked & embossed Brick Wall strip was made by inking the embossing folder before running thru the Big Shot machine.
  • Layered oval framelits with “sweet treats” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set were stamped in Early Espresso Ink.
  • Whisper White Twine bows were added on each stick.
  • To finish it off, I added a glossy look to the chocolate drizzle by adding glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the entire chocolate drizzle area.

*Note: These will need to dry for about 24hrs, so make sure you have the space to leave them untouched for the glue to dry and take on that shiny appearance.

I set my stamp pad down on my first green apple while the glue was still sticky and didn’t notice it right away.  Once discovered, I was able to clean the glue off the ink pad, but I had to remake the apple. I got a good laugh since this triggered a memory of a time I was eating a candy apple and it slipped off the stick after only a few bites, creating a similar sticky situation & subsequent cleaning.  Isn’t it interesting how things can  bring back memories?   I hope this card brings back some good, and fun times for the recipient.

I hope you have a go at making some of these no-calorie, guilt free candy apples.

If you need any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products to make this or any other item, I’d love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me by clicking HERE. Any order before October, 28, 2016 using hostess code: Q6HTERV3 will include a handmade card sample (my choice) sent directly from me as a thank you.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Wondrous Wreath

The beauty of Autumn has arrived to my area of the world and this year I am determined to photograph some of the sites from my own wooded acre of the world.

In order to get myself to take more photos of the trees & other things around my property in the Autumn months, I decided to start by creating a scrapbook layout. I am more apt to get the photos developed if I already know the sizes to print and the layout on which I will use them.

First I needed a color scheme for the layout.  For that I turned to this photo which I took yesterday:

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After a bit of a struggle on which green I would use, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Soft Suede to work with this photo. I also wanted some colors that would add a bit more color to the page. So, I also added Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry when I stamped the Wondrous Wreath images.

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In case you want to recreate this layout, I’ll save you the time figuring out details.

The cutting measurements:

Left:

  • Basic Black CS: 2.25″x 12″ & 1″x 2.25″(cut banner into end)
  • Whisper White CS: 6.75″x 9.25″ – Plus enough for the wreath
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 0.75″x 2.25″ (cut banner into end), 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Soft Suede CS: 0.5″ x 1.5″ (cut banner into end)
  • Pop of Pink DSP from the 2016-2017 Annual catalog- Print= white with black plus signs: 12″ x 12″

Right:

  • Basic Black CS: 12″x 12″
  • Whisper White CS: 8.5″ x 11″ – Plus enough for 2 wreaths -1 wreath cut to form partial sections
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 8.5″ x 2.5″
  • Soft Suede CS: 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Pop of Pink DSP- white with black plus signs: 2″ x 12″ & 1″ x 12″

I’ll be taking more photos over the next few weeks & add to those I took yesterday to complete this layout.  Acorns, leaves, trees, and who knows what else.  I usually capture the wild animals grazing or crossing through my land, but  I forget to take pictures of the things I see routinely around my property. Some day I believe I may want to see photos of these every day or every Autumn things too.

Are you photographing special events more than your routine experiences?

Don’t forget to capture some every day events or things in your scrapbooks for variety.  Life isn’t just special events.  It is also making every day things into cherished memories.

Until next time…

-Joanne