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Fall is a somewhat nebulous thing in East Central Florida.  We do have some trees that lose their leaves, like sycamores and crepe myrtles, but we don't have the spectacular colors that you find in the Northern areas.  Unfortunately, we don't have the noticeable change in weather that is also associated with Fall, so we look forward to a day or two here and there where the temperatures drop into the low 80s and we can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air moving through the house.  Believe me, it makes a difference.

Here's a card that features one of my favorite stamp sets for Fall...French Foliage.

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This card begins with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The top 2/3 of the cardstock was randomly stamped with the leaf images from the French Foliage stamp set using Cajun Craze (largest leaf), Early Espresso (smallest leaf), and Always Artichoke/More Mustard (medium leaf).  To ink the medium leaf with the two colors, ink one half of the leaf image with the lighter color (More Mustard) by laying half of the stamp face along the edge of the ink pad.  Then turn the stamp 180 degrees and lay the opposite side of the stamp face along the edge of the darker ink pad (Always Artichoke).  Crumb Cake ink was used for the splotches image stamped randomly between the leaves.

A piece of Early Espresso Core'Dinations cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder and sanded with the Stampin' Sanding Block to reveal the lighter Crumb Cake-colored core of the cardstock.  The embossed panel was adhered to the bottom of the leaf stamped Very Vanilla panel and the edges of the combined panel were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  A piece of Victoria Crochet Trim was adhered over the top edge of the embossed panel and then a piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the panel and knotted on the front, slightly off center.  The combined panel was then adhered to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock (the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink) and then to the Always Artichoke card front (the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).

To finish the card front, a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock was die cut in the Big Shot using the smallest of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  The edges of the die cut were sponged with Always Artichoke ink and the die cut adhered to the Very Vanilla area of the combined panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The medium leaf was inked with More Mustard ink and the edges rolled across the Always Artichoke ink pad (a technique called Rock & Roll) then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Thank You sentiment, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped at the center of the leaf using Early Espresso ink and the leaf cut out with Paper Snips.  The leaf was adhered to the die cut using SNAIL.  Some of my stamp club members decided to use Stampin' Dimensionals to add a little more interest.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  You can see the leaf images and splotches stamped randomly across the top 1 1/2 inches of the liner, using the same process that was used for the card front, and the edges of the liner sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The sentiment, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped just below the leaves using Early Espresso ink.

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The flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope also features the randomly stamped leaves and splotches with the edges of the flap sponged with Cajun Craze ink.

It's hard to remember that Fall has a couple more weeks when folks are decorating for the Winter holidays--until it's time to drag out the leaf blower and the rake to find the lawn.  Enjoy these last few days of Fall; the Winter will be here soon enough.


Stamps:  French Foliage, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, More Mustard; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso Core'Dinations, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Stampin' Sanding Block, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Such a gorgeous, gorgeous card! And inside and envelope too! Love how that crocheted trim looks with it!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Low 80's? NO WAY! Love the colors and textures on your card!


Hey - we've actually had days in the 70's! lol

Love the inside panel of the card; it would make excellent stationery!

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