Leaf Fall

Stampin Up Leaf Fall

One of the things we love about leaving the cottage and coming back to Nashville is we get to experience summer for a longer period of time.  Right now in Northern New York it is in the low 60’s (which is still very nice but not quite summery).  Last week in Nashville it was in the high ninties.  Yikes!  It was hot, hot hot.  It was also very humid.  New York rarely gets into the 90’s so we are not used to it.  Thankfullly it cooled off a bit last weekend (which means the 70’s which is perfect!).

Even though the trees are still very green here in Nashville, I wanted to make a Fall card using Fall colors.  I used the embellishment kit called Leaf Label & Amber Gems Combo Pack.  The leaves in this kit are a bit darker than Crumb Cake.  I think they are more like the Kraft Note Cards that Stampin’ Up!® sells.  I took a couple of these leaves and pressed them into my Cajun Craze ink pad to give them some color.  I think there might be some kind of coating on the leaves because the ink did not dry immediately.  I had to use my Heat Tool to dry them.  The Heat Tool is great for drying Pigment inks too.  Pigment inks don’t absorb into card stock like dye inks do.  They sit on top of the paper so you need to give them time to dry.

Next, I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder.  I also ran a 1 1/8″ of Cajun Craz card stock through my Machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  I adhered all these pieces onto a Cajun Craze card base.  Lastly, I added the hot foiled sentiment (Pinkfresh) and some of the Amber Gems.

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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to let you know that my next few posts will probably be short and sweet.  I have lots of family here and I love spending as much time as I can with them so my stamping has kind of taken a back seat.  I have made a few cards ahead of time so I will still be posting my creations but the blog posts might be shorter than normal.

I made this card using a new stamp set called Soft Seedlings.  This set is in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  It is a DisINKtive stamp set which means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image.  It is a very cool thing that Stampin’ Up! patented a couple of years ago.  You can see this process in the leaf where it is darker in some places and lighter in others.

Now, normally you would think that this leaf would be perfect for Fall. The only problem is the seedlings on a Maple tree fall in the spring.  A couple of days after we arrived at the cottage, there was this huge wind.  Our deck was covered in the seedlings.  I am not talking about ten or twenty of them.  There were hundreds of them covering the deck floor.  The squirrels and chipmunks were running wild.  I finally asked Rob to get the blower out and get them off the deck so we weren’t attacked by all the critters.  It was crazy!

The first thing I did was take a piece of Basic White card stock and run it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder.  This folder is also in the new Mini Catalog.   Then, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color this leaf stamp.  First, I colored the entire leaf and stems using Granny Apple Green.  Then I ran an Old Olive Marker around the edges.  After that, I used a Crumb Cake Marker to color the seedlings.  When you color a stamp with markers you have to “huff” on it before stamping so if the ink has dried, it will moisten again.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink onto a 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ piece of Basic White cardstock and then layered that onto a 1″ x 2.74″ piece of Granny Apple Green card stock.

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