September 25, 2009

{WSC99 & PPA9} Autumn Leaves!

I'm feeling GRATEFUL today! :)

Not only is it FRIDAY, but I got off work a little early this afternoon and had some time to create a card using two wonderful challenges! This week's challenge at Pals Paper Arts is an Inspiration Challenge using the beautiful autumn photo below from Pottery Barn to inspire us. We could draw inspiration from the photo's elements, colors, or overall theme.

I've got to admit, that I've become "sketch challenged". Seriously! Lately, almost all my cards have been inspired by various sketches. So, when I was trying to decide what to do for the photo challenge, I needed a sketch to go with it! :) Lucky for me, I thought of Beate's wonderful Weekend Sketch Challenge at Fresh & Fun! Love her sketches and this one was perfect to use with my Falling Leaves set by Stampin' Up!

Just a few details about my card: It is a 6 x 6" piece of Stampin' Up! old olive cardstock folded in half to create a 3 x 6" card. On the bottom is a piece of old olive striped designer paper and there is a smidgeon of crushed curry on the left side. I punched a mega circle of natural ivory and stamped the leaves randomly with old olive, crushed curry, really rust and soft suede. All the edges were distressed with a sponge and soft suede. The center leaf was stamped again on a separate piece of cardstock, cut out and attached with a dimensional. I tied a bow around the stem with linen thread and then added a few random stitches around the circle.
Again, the stamp set is Falling Leaves by Stampin' Up! {I've included a photo below so you can see all the stamps in the set.} If you don't have a SU demonstrator in your area, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would *love* to place and order for you and have it shipped directly to you! :D

Isn't this a "stamptacular" autumn stamp set?! I love it and you'll probably be seeing a lot more of it here on my blog in the next few weeks!

Thanks so much for blogging by! I'm grateful for each and every one of you! Your comments make me SMILE and encourage me to keep on stampin' it up!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Smiles 2 U!

~ Quote for Today ~
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Adabella Radici

15 comments:

Gail S. said...

No football game for me tonight so I am blog hopping! Love your card - especially the old olive. This stamp set is so fun.

Ann Schach said...

I love the layout and the way that you stamped the leaves! Way to combine challenges! Thanks for playing @ PPA!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW Pam! This is gorgeous! Love the inspiration photo too. Before I read your post, I was thinking this was in your home. Ü

Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

Fall cards are so wonderful, love this design!

Creative Mish said...

OH! I love your Fall card! Fall is my favorite colors! I need to get busy and stamp a few!

Beate said...

Beautiful fall card, Pam! It works perfect for both challenges.
Thank you for playing!
Have a wonderful weekend
Hugs and smiles

Dawn said...

Wow! I love this. I just passed on this set my last order too. Had it in the basket, and removed it at the last minute...now I wish I hadn't. ;o) Just love those random "x" stitches!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

THis is just gorgeous, Pam! LOVE those colors and that stamp set is perfect!

Cards by Gina said...

Your card is beautiful, Pam! I love the design and the colors. Great job!

Lisa said...

This is a beautiful layout. I love the stitching as an accent!

Margaret Moody said...

As always, a beautiful card, Pam! I love this stamp set and love how you used it with this sketch and the inspiration photo! Super job!

Pals Paper Arts said...

On behalf of the design team, thank you for playing @ PPA.

Join us for our next challenge on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Maria Matter said...

Pam this is beautiful! I love the stamp set!!!
Blessings, Maria

Janelle said...

Thank you for all the beautiful work you show us here at Stamping with {Serendipity}. I love your fall gratitude card. The colors and layout and stamps are awesome. Thanks for sharing in the Gratitude Hop.

Rose said...

What a great card! I've just discovered your blog and have enjoyed looking at all your fun creations!