I know that, technically, in the northern hemisphere, the only thing that changed as of today was the month of the year. But, for as long as I can remember, I have always thought of September as the beginning of Autumn. Or, as it seems to be more generally spoken of, Fall. I think that the main reason was that the day after Labor Day was always the first day of school in my life. And it was always cold and windy as we waited outside to find out which classroom we had been assigned that year. Brrr! So, as far as I’m concerned, saying, “Happy September,” is the same thing as saying, “Happy Fall!”
Happy Fall Y’all!
One of my favorite stamp sets from the 2020 Holiday Season was named, Banner Year. But I didn’t really get to know the set – and see how versatile it is – until we got closer to the Christmas season. This year, as we approach fall, I remembered enough about this set to make sure I’d get it out early this year and use some of the stamps that I passed by last year. The sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all,” is one that I never got to use. And I’m making sure that I’m using it as early as possible so I don’t miss out this year. And, yes, the stamp set is still in the catalog.
Another Carry Over from 2020
As I was studying the images in the Banner Year Stamp Set, I remembered yet another Stampin’ Up! product from 2020 that I pretty much ignored last year, too. That was the Stitched Leaves Dies that was bundled with the Love of Leaves Stamp Set. While they’re no longer bundled (for savings) in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, they are both wonderful fun too use in a fall card. So out came the dies. They’re so much fun to use with the stitched lines both around the edges and in forming the veins in the leaves.
For today’s project, I used a new set of papers, Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper. The leafy designs printed on the papers are just perfect for cutting into leaf shapes. For this project, I used Calypso Coral, Bumblebee, Soft Succulent and Crumb Cake prints to die-cut the leaves.
Very Vanilla Accents
Have you noticed that I haven’t been using very much Very Vanilla Cardstock in my cards of late? I have to tell you that I didn’t, until I got to this card. I really wanted to use another color that I think as a Fall-related color – Cajun Craze. I had my regular Basic White cardstock out on my desk with other supplies for this card. But once I pulled out the Cajun Craze, I realized that I really preferred Very Vanilla cardstock with that color. That’s also when, as I was studying the picture of the Designer Series Paper set in the Mini Catalog, I happened to see the picture of the 3/8″ Diamond Weave Ribbon. That was going to be the perfect embellishment to tie this card all together. So out came the Very Vanilla Cardstock and Thick Cardstock to complete this card.
As an aside, the word “weave” is not the word that came to mind when I first saw a photo of this ribbon. “Crochet” is what came to mind. Now that I have it in my hot little hands, I’m definitely thinking “crochet.” So, if you like crochet-style ribbon, you’re going to love this ribbon. It is a bit thick, but I think it made a nice-looking bow.
A New Wood-Look Embossing Folder
Stampin’ Up! has had several different styles of wood-look embossing folders in the years since they’ve been selling embossing folders. But the folder that’s in this year’s July – December Mini Catalog is my favorite of all of them. It’s called Timber. It’s a 3D Embossing Folder, so the grain has such a nice texture about it. I do hope that Stampin’ Up! keeps it around a bit. It just seemed perfect for this card. It will probably stay out on my work table as I make more Fall-themed cards over the next several weeks.
OK – it’s only the 1st of September. But I’m still hoping that you have a Happy Fall Y’all!
And Happy Stamping, too!