Sunday, September 27, 2009

More Autumn Splendor Samples....

Sorry I've been absent for so long! We have started some home renovations and it has taken all my spare time. Yes, that's paint under my fingernails. But the results will be worth it! So I'm back for today, but if you miss me again, just know that I'm working and WILL return!

I just have to show you more cards made using the Autumn Splendor set. Did I say this is one of my new favorites? I think I did. I just love fall and this set is perfect for cards in the fall. Last time I showed you a monocromatic card using vanilla embossed leaves on More Mustard cardstock. For this card, I sponged on some color first onto Vanilla CS and then embossed the leaves on it--so that you see several colors in the background. I love this effect, don't you? Quick and easy and adds color. For this next card, I sponged on the color first (just like in the card above) but this time I embossed the leaves with clear embossing powder. Then I brayered Soft Suede ink over the card to cover all the colors except what was under the embossed leaves. I love this effect!! You might notice in this card (above) that I also punched out ever larger semi-circles in the layers before tying on the ribbon. That is another way to highlight the layer colors.
I wondered how the card would look if I did not completely cover the background colors, so for this card, I sponged the Soft Suede color, rather than brayering it on. This lets the colors show through a bit and again, I love this effect! I tied the two colors of ribbons to each other, which give it alittle different look.

I hope you like these ways to use this wonderful set. What fun I had making these cards!! Thanks for visiting! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Autumn Splendor

We can now order from the new SU Holiday Mini and I'm telling you, it is FULL of so many neat things, I hardly know where to start. This set, Autumn Splendor, is one of my very favorites. At first I thought I would not order it, but then decided I HAD TO HAVE it. I have played with it so much, I'm so glad I bought it!! This is my first card I made.Then I decided to try something different. This one is OK, but I didn't really like this one the best--it needed more layers behind some of the images. So I tried again.This sample was getting there, but still that oval needed a layer behind it. So, back to the drawing board....I finally came up with this card for my class to make this month! I am pleased with it and think my ladies will like it. I uses the new Aumumn Meadows DSP from the Holiday Mini (love that stripe pattern!!) and Taken with Teal, Really Rust and Whisper White CS and Chocolate Chip 3/4" grosgrain ribbon. I love the backing for the acorns. That's two Round Tab punches layered to make a circle. Neat, huh? And I wanted to add that the Thankful Thoughts of You wording is from the new Grateful Greetings set, also in the new Holiday Mini.This card (below) is one I made for a Holiday Mini Swap I participated in. I hope the others in the swap liked my card.Here is one more card to show you. This one uses More Mustard and Very Vanilla CS. I embossed the leaves on it using the retired Very Vanilla embossing powder. Look closely at the ribbon. That's the satin organza ribbon which comes in all white. I colored the center strip with my More Mustard marker and let it dry before adding it. Isn't that a neat way to color the ribbon!! I hope you have enjoyed these cards! I have more Autumn Splendor samples to share with you another time. I tell you, I've had fun with this set!! Thanks for stopping in. Smiles, Laura