One of my dear friends was over stamping on Tuesday and left a couple of sets accidentally. I admit that “borrowed” stamps are almost as fun as new stamps and it could not go back to her house until I had put a little ink on the rubber. Now add to it that one of the sets was Lovely as a Tree and you can understand why I couldn’t resist. Yes, I know what you are going to say. How is it that I don’t own this set??!! Good question and no good answer! Furthermore, I didn’t even use the trees. Yes, I know…I SHOULD hang on to it for another couple of days just so the trees get some ink too! But, she is a really, really good friend and I’m sure she’ll be missing this and what kind of demonstrator hijacks her friend’s stamp sets and…well, you get the point. I’m just glad I got to play a little with the set!
I recently discovered a challenge that I love called the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge. Their challenge this week is Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everthing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” With the changing of the seasons, you are to use fall colors and/or leaves. Wait…I have leaves from the Lovely as a Tree set…hmmmm. Pals Paper Arts posted their PPA61, a sketch challenge created by the wonderful Margaret Moody. I always love her sketches (hop right over there to see it!).
I originally intended for this to be a much more complicated card. I have been playing around with the idea of doing cracked glass for my next club meeting and I thought this might the right card for it (maybe it still will be). But when I held the stamped panel up to the layout, it just seemed done. I think it is good to go with your gut feeling on that so I did. I used the wonderful Watercolor Paper and my blender pen to put the color on the leaves. Conveniently enough, some of my trees are starting to turn already so I looked at a fallen leaf for my color inspiration. With the lack of rain we have had in VA, my leaf had a bit of brown on the edges and I incorporated that in. My ribbon is the retired Chocolate Chip 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. I have to admit this would be prettier with the current Early Espresso ribbon but I had to finish up this before I would allow myself to buy it. I simply can’t encourage my own ribbon hoarding. I’m sure you have your own little stashes and know what I mean! In any case, here is my final result:
You can click on the picture to see more detail. I have always loved this quote from the Inspired by Nature set and it really seemed to fit with the biblical quote for the challenge. You see, I find that when challenges present themselves, good friends always step in and help you know that God is watching over you. It also seems like those are the times when you don’t have a spare moment to make a meaningful card. This one is going into my little box for one of those days. I hope that you find some inspiration in the words from Ecclesiastes, too. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Lovely as a Tree; Paper: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Watercolor; Ink: Early Espresso, River Rock, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Stazon; Accessories: Wide Striped Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread
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