Fall Leaves A Grateful Heart

During this time of social distancing our church has been having drive-by activities. We’ve had a pizza, ice cream, muffins and donut breakfast as a few of the activities. The women’s organization planned on a fall activity where they would give out bread to the women of the ward. They asked me to create a handout that they could attached that would have a message they would like to share. The theme was gratitude.

I had this lovely die from Simon Says Stamp and had recently purchased a pretty fall leaves stencil from Carta Bella. I die cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then ink blended the “Hello Autumn” stencil with pretty fall colors. It was adhered to a olive green rectangle that was cut 1/8″ larger than the stenciled panel. The “Grateful” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock then a 1″ strip of the same green cardstock was cut and the words “A” and “Heart” was stamped and embossed gold to be before and after the die cut. To add a little more visual interest a small maple leaf was cut from soft golden orange and the edges were blended with Vintage Photo ink. A small bow was made with ivory and gold baker’s twine and adhered to the bottom of the leaf, which was adhered to the left of the sentiment with liquid glue.

The message panel was printed and then die cut with a stitched rectangle. The edges were distress with the same brown ink and it was adhered to the back of the stenciled panel. I think it turned out nice.

I love the message. There is so much distress and unrest in the world. So many people are angry and lashing out. If we would take the time to be grateful for all we have been given, to be grateful for the privilege to freely express ourselves and allow others the same right, without anger if they have a different opinion, the world would be a better place.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Carta Bella Hello Autumn
  • Simon Says Stamp Grateful Die
  • Honey Bee Stamps Thanks and Giving
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo
  • Copic Markers YR24, YR21, YR20
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Paper Accent Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Golden Yellow Cardstock from Scraps
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • White and Gold Baker’s Twine
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Yoseng Ink Blending Brushes

Fall Leaves Thank You

I’ve had this pretty fall leaves embossing folder for quite awhile and have never used it. This is the season of expressing gratitude to those you mean so much in our lives and so I decided to use it for a more masculine looking thank you card.

I embossed the folder onto a piece of rusty orange cardstock and then ink blended the edges with Distress Oxide Gathered Twiggs Ink to add some depth. It was cut down to 5″ x 3 3/4″ with a paper trimmer and adhered to a topfolding cardbase.

I pulled out Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Leaves and die cut three from different colored cardstock. One was adhered directly to the embossed panel, the small green leaf was adhered with liquid glue to the large red maple leaf and they were adhered with foam tape for dimension.

The pretty “Thank You” is from Karen Burniston and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from red sticky back foam. The backing on the foam was removed and the gold die cut placed on top. Liquid glue was used to adhered it to the lower right of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Karen Burniston Thank You
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves
  • Darice Fall Leaves Embossing Folder
  • Rust, Red, Green, Yellow Scraps of Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Heavy Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Distress Oxide Gathered Twiggs Ink
  • Darice Red Sticky Back Foam

So Grateful for You Wreath

I pulled out Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath builder stamp set. I cut a piece of cardstock to 5″ x 5″ and stamped several of the images from the stamp set onto the panel. I only turned the panel four times rather than eight time, since I was using a larger piece of cardstock that didn’t fit into the template. Is used Distress Oxide Inks to stamp the images in lovely fall colors. Once the stamping was complete the panel was cut down with a stitched rectangle die and matted with a deep orange cardstock.

The sentiment and round hash mark border is from the same stamp set. I stamped the border first and then the sentiment in the center. It was cut into a circle shape an Ellen Hutson Essential Circle Die. Foam tape was added to the back of the circle and it was adhered to the center of the fall wreath. The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase.

The add a little more visual interest Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the acorns and Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the yellow flowers.

A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard See, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
  • Copic Markers: E59, E57, E34, E31, E30; YR18; YG67, YG63
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Circle Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Orange Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Blue Geo Thank You

This is another masculine thank you that was quick and easy to create. A background was ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks and a blending brush. The pretty geometric cover die from Altenew was used to add some pretty visual interest. It was cut with white cardstock and adhered over the ink blended background with spray adhesive. The panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.

A scrap of cardstock was ink blended with the same blues as the background Karen Burniston’s “Thank You” was cut from it. A circle of white cardstock was cut using a pierced circle die and adhered to the center of the geometric die. This allowed the sentiment die cut to pop on the page.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Geo Cover B
  • Karen Burniston Thank You
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Rainbow Plaid Thank You

I was in need of some masculine thank you card and decided to pull out some dies that are more graphic in nature. This card is very quick and easy to create. I first blended a background using Distress Oxide Inks in yellow, green,and blue. To add visual interest and a more masculine feel I cut Altenew’s Layered Plaid Background Afrom white cardstock and adhered it over the ink blended background with spray adhesive.

A simple sentiment was stamp onto a scrap of white cardstock using the same blue ink in the background and cut with a Honey Bee Sentiment Banner and adhered to the bottom third of the card with a foam strip.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Plaid A
  • Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans, Mustard See
  • Honey Bee Stamp Sentiment Banner
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Thanks to Our Roadside Angels

While we were traveling between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, South Dakota we had a tire blow out on on our 5th wheel trailer. We were in the middle of nowhere without good cell phone coverage, trying to contact roadside assistance when two angles arrived. Chris and Christine Elwell were from Kalamazoo, Michigan on their way to Mount Rushmore. Chris, a journeyman mechanic, had all the tools and the willing heart and hands to help us change our tire. I wanted to create a thank you card for them that would be waiting when they got home, so I pulled out my limited supplies and created this card.

While guys aren’t really into flowers, it’s what I had on hand. I kept the color scheme without any pinks or purples. I would have used blue, since most guys really like that color, but alas there aren’t many blue flowers.

I first stamped the image in a light ink in the MISTI onto some 80# Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, leaving the stamp in place. I used Copic Markers to color the image and put it back into the Misti and stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was then die cut using the coordinating die. I used the coordinating die to cut some sticky back foam and trimmed it down with my scissors and added it behind the flower image.

A stitched rectangle was used to cut a quarter sheet of cardstock and then embossed it with Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to add visual interest behind the flower bouquet. The sentiment was cut from some gold mirror cardstock. The bouquet and sentiment were adhered to the embossed panel using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Thanks Die
  • Copic Markers: R27, R24, R22, R21; Y38, Y35, Y32, V09, V06,V01; YR18, YR16, YR14; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG63, Y05; G46, G43, G20
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Part of a Miracle

My youngest daughter is a Pediatric Intensive Care doctor in San Antonio, Texas. Thankfully, kids have been pretty spared for this horrible Covid-19 disease, but they still go into a hospital every day, exposing themselves to the germs that are part of a hospital environment. The hardest hit departments at the greatest risk are the Emergency and the Adult Intensive Card Departments. I saw this great digital stamp from Unity on the Splitcoast Stampers web site and decided to create some cards that I could send to location hospitals, particularly the departments at the greatest risk. All in all I made nine card, one of which I will sent to Janae for her to take to the pediatric intensive care medical personnel she works with. All of the women doctors in the cards has blond hair and blue eyes, because that it what my Janae has.

I wanted a collage of some of the images from Unity Stamps, so I selected three and arranged them to fit on an A2 landscape card front. The card Janae liked the best is the feature image, but I’ve also included a few of the other cards. Each has different colors used. All were colored with Copic Markers.

The first and last cards have the front of the cardbase embossed with a heart embossing folder. The rest I stamped right over the image with My Favorite Things Mini Heart Background using Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink, which is very light and mostly hidden by the Copic coloring.

All the focal image rectangles were cut down to approximate 5 x 3 3/4″. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added for dimension.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Unity Stamps Doctors and Nurses
  • Copic Markers: Y06, Y04, Y00; G05, G02, G00, G000; B95, B93, B91; E13, E11, E02, E01; E11, E21, E01, E00; E11, E01, E00; E35, E33, E31; Y23, E35; E59, E57, E55; C3, C1, C0
  • My Favorite Things Mini Heart Background or Docrafts Small Polka Hearts Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
  • My Favorite Things A2 Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Copic Markers:
B97, B95, B93, B91; G05, G02, G00, G000; RV23, RV02, RV000; Y23, E35; E49, E37, E35, E33; E79, E77, E74; C5, C4, C3, C1; E13, E11, E21, E01, E00; E27, YG63
Copic Markers:
BG01, BG000, BG000; B02, B01, B00; C5,C3, C1, C0; BV17, BV13, BV02, BV01, BV00; Y23, E31, E35, E33; E21, E42, E41; E13, E11, E01, E00; E49, E47, E44, E43; RV23, RV02, RV000, YG63
Copic Markers:
YR18, YR16, YR14; YG17, YG03, YG01; RV23, RV02, RV000; C5, C3, C2, C0; Y21, E33; E79, E29, E27, E25; E19, E17, E15; E13, E11, E01, E00; B91

Magnolia Heartfelt Thanks

I had Clearly Besotted’s Magnificent Magnolia out for one of the sentiments on another card and decided to use the lovely magnolia image on my last thank you card. It really makes a statement on the card.

I searched the web for colors of magnolia flowers and decided to color it with the hot pink center. I tried it a couple of time before I liked the combination of ZIG Markers.

A scalloped rectangle was used to die cut around the focal image and add visual interest. Sticky back foam was added to the back to add dimension and the rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Magnificent Magnolia
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 082 Purple, 073 Vanilla, 044 Deep Green, 047 May Green, 067 Mustard
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Scratch
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Heartfelt Thanks

This is another pretty flower stamp from Gina K. Designs. It was stamped on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with gold. It was colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I like this stamp set. This is the first time I’ve used the butterfly in the set. I think it’s a little large for the flower, but it is a pretty accents.

The image was die cut using a stitched rectangle and then a frame of gold mirror cardstock was added behind and then sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel for dimension.

I went through my scraps to find a blue cardstock to match the color of the flower and heat embossed the sentiment in gold and adhered it directly over the flower image.

The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. As a final embellishment gold sequins were scattered around the flower.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Another Name for Love
  • Clearly Besotted Magnificent Magnolia
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 033 Persian Green, 048 Emerald Green, 050 Yellow
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Scratch
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Purple Peonies Thank You

Once again I pulled out a stamp set that haven’t used much, but is really lovely, Gina K. Designs Wrapped in Love.

This time I decided not to use embossing powder but to stamp it with the standard black Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.

I colored the image with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers but the violet color didn’t want to move much with my waterbrush pen, so I pulled out a light purple and colored it with the two colors.

Once coloring was completed I decided to use a wonky rectangle to cut the image before placing it on a side folding A2 cardbase. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel for dimension. It also give a solid surface to stamp the sentiment, which was stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. As a final embellishment I pulled out some lilac sequins and scattered them around the image.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Wrapped in Love
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 080 Violet, 083 Lilac, 048 Emerald Green, 049 Green Shadow
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Amalgam Ink
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen