Christmas Peace

A Big Hello to Fall


Fall officially began a few weeks ago, but it takes time to really FEEL Fall in East Central Florida.  Well, tonight's when it's going to happen.  A big cold front is driving down from the North and will be arriving overnight bringing low temps below 60 degrees.  This makes for great sleeping weather and the ability to open up the house to take advantage of the milder temps during the day.  Hooray!

I wanted to include this Fall feeling into a stack of cards I was making for folks who purchased products from me in October. 

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The design layout used for this card is one of my favorites because it's quick and easy to cut and assemble.  The top panel of Very Vanilla is stamped with the flourished "hello" image from the My Friend stamp set using Chocolate Chip ink.  The bottom panel is a piece of Garden Green cardstock stamped with the foliage image from the My Friend stamp set in the lower left corner using Garden ink.  Then the panel was run through the Big Shot in the Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Both stamped panels were adhered to a piece of More Mustard cardstock.  A piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin ribbon was wrapped around the More Mustard cardstock and knotted on top of the panels.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed under the ribbon knot to anchor the ribbon in place.  The panel was adhered to the Chocolate Chip card front.  Note that the edges of all the cardstock pieces were sponged:  More Mustard ink for the More Mustard cardstock, Garden Green ink for the Garden Green cardstock, and Chocolate Chip ink for the Very Vanilla cardstock.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; the edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.  The foliage image was inked with Garden Green ink, stamped on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped at the lower left corner of the liner (a process called "stamping off").  The "my friend" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Chocolate Chip ink.

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The "hello" image was stamped at the center of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope flap using Chocolate Chip ink. 

I realize that some folks may think that using Garden Green in a Fall card may be a bit strong; however, here in my neck of the woods, a strong green is dominant every season of the year.  We do have some Fall colors from the trees, but not in the magnificent way that you see them in areas further North (like on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachians).  The More Mustard reminds me of the Sycamore tree that sheds its gigantic gold leaves all over my Mom's yard (she lives about 20 miles South of me).  The oak trees in my yard shed leaves, but they are more like the Chocolate Chip color of the card base.  Those leaves don't really start falling until after Christmas. 

The talented artists at Pals Paper Arts are featuring Fall/Thanksgiving projects for this week's challenge.  To see some lovely cards for Fall, check out their web site by clicking here.  I'll be submitting this card for the challenge.


Stamps:  My Friend; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, More Mustard; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, More Mustard, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Great card! I love how you used the striped embossing folder!


This is so pretty. I really need to case this!

Rita Wright

This is gorgeous, Mickey! I love the layout and the embossed/stamped panel on the bottom!

Heidi Baks

I love how you offset the leaves and the saying with ribbon, and the leaves inside and out are great!

Shelley Z.

Love this card! Your colors are perfect and the layout is faboo!

Diane Simpers

Lovely! Pretty color combo, too!

Miss Vicky

Great card Mickey. I love the colours, layout & embossing you have used

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Beautiful card! Now I want that embossing folder! lol

Sara Mattson-Blume

I love that you are opening up your house just as I am tightening mine down for the winter! Great card! Garden Green seems appropriate for Florida!

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