Long before we realized that we might be affected by the lava from Kilauea Volcano, we had planned a trip to the U. S. Mainland. We were going to be visiting lots of family and friends in several different locations around the country. I'd decided that a nice hostess gift for those we visited would be a set of Fall Greeting Cards.
Even at that time, though, I was in a bit of a slump as we'd just gone through a hurricane that was quite an ordeal. My creativity was nowhere to be found! I searched my brain for ideas and – nothing! So then I decided to search the internet (as good as a brain these days?). What I found was a series of sketches on the Create With Connie and Mary blog that fit what I was going to try to do perfectly! And then along came today's SUO Challenge to make a project with Fall colors. Wow – things did come together nicely for this blog post!
For the strips of paper across the bottom of the card, I used four different designs from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set from Stampin' Up!'s 2014 Holiday Catalog. The "hello Fall" stamp is from the For All Things Stamp Set from the same catalog – even on the same page!
All four of the leaves in the "bouquet" over on the right were made using both the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Fun Fall Framelits Dies, which I purchased as a Bundle – and saved 15%!!! I stamped the leaves using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive Stampin' Up! Ink. I adhered them to the card front with Mini Glue Dots, then used the glue dots to affix a small bow made of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
I matted the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer with a layer of Crushed Curry Cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a Very Vanilla Card Base. With all the work I'd planned to make seven sets of four different cards, I was quite happy to have the Very Vanilla Cut and Ready Card Bases to use so I didn't have to cut and score all those card bases!
If you'd like to see all four of the cards that I made, including detailed cutting instructions, I'll be sharing all of that in my next newsletter. I'm hoping that the lava flow will stay as slow as it has been for the past few days so I can take a break from packing and storing important papers and memorabilia and publish my newsletter in the next day or so. To sign up for my newsletter – which is FREE, of course! – just complete the form in the upper left corner of this blog.
Again, a big thanks to Connie Babbert and Mary Brown of the Create With Connie and Mary blog for the inspiration I needed to get some crafting done!
Here are some products I used in making this card: