I have only one downline member who lives near me, and Dana is definitely a gem. Not only did she come over to work on some creative projects with me yesterday, she helped me finish unpacking my craft room! Thank you, Dana!
I really have a lot for which to be thankful this year, and I'm looking forward to a week of getting ready to put a Thanksgiving dinner together with my husband and a couple of friends. Even though I'm still in a rental home, waiting to see if the lava really has stopped its assault on the town near our own home, it really does feel like home after having been here for over two months. And now, at the last minute, I'm looking forwrad to taking some time this weekend to finish up some Thanksgiving cards to send to my family on the U.S.A. mainland.
And I'm finally getting to use more of the products that I purchased from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog. I bought the Wondrous Wreath Bundle from the catalog fully intending to use it a lot for fun fall projects. I have always loved decorating the entrance to my home for the fall and Thanksgiving time because it always seemed too cold to do much decorating around Christmas time (even colder when it was time to take the decorations down!).
For today's card I chose three colors for the three steps of the wreath – Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red. Especially when I lived in New Mexico, I loved to find the red berries that would go so beautifully with fall colored leaves, and I'd include a bow that captured the red of the berries. With neither fall berries nor colorful fall leaves here where I live in Hawaii, this is my one chance to create a fall wreath.
For the background to set off the wreath, I used the Mossy Meadow sheet from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I also used a small piece of another sheet from that set as part of the little banner at the bottom right cornr of the card.
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped in Tangerine Tango and cut out with the Word Window Punch. I hand cut the banner paper and the Tangerine Tango mat behind it. To add a bit of texture to the Very Vanilla background layer, I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The Wondrous Wreath bundle consists of the first two products pictured below, and costs 15% less than the two products individually. I like 15% off!! The stamp set provides us with three different stamps to compose the wreath, each building on the one before. I always thought this was fun even back when we just had wood-mount stamp sets. Now with the Photopolymer stamps, stamping this kind of a project is a breeze and a delight. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you try this bundle as you get into the last 5 weeks of Christmas projects!
I hope you have as much fun with your wreath projects as I'm having!