Thursday, September 24

Fall Wreath PPA9

The colors of fall are some of my favorites. (I'm an Earth Elements kind of girl.) I have a soft spot for changing leaves... could this be attributed to my desire to live in a locale where the leaves actually change? Perhaps. In Texas we just don't have distinct seasons. But I digress... Pals Paper Arts is hosting an Inspiration Challenge this week and the photo is fab:

The elements that inspired me:

I loved the little wooden table and chose to pick up on its texture by grabbing a piece of wood grain printed paper from the Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper collection. I followed this week's Card Patterns sketch and adhered the pieces with a diagonal split.

The leaves and pine cones are natural focal points. I opted to create a wreath with these elements. Here's how:
  • Punch a 1.75" Circle (smaller or larger depending on preference) from a Post-It Note. Be sure to get some good sticky surface. This will serve as a 'mask' for the center of your wreath.
  • Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement of your leaves from the Autumn Days stamp set. I started with Old Olive and stamped them around my mask - allowing the stem to stamp onto the mask and therefore be eliminated from my finished wreath.
With the basic outline formed with my Old Olive leaves, I lifted the mask and stamped more leaves in Pumpkin Pie. I tilted the image so that this time the stems remained.

To add 'berry branches' I stuck my mask back down and stamped in Soft Suede. Only the top of the branch remains when the mask is lifted.
  • Pine cones were inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Soft Suede card stock, trimmed, and adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals. A few small buttons from my stash dress things us.
  • My bow was added by punching two holes using my Crop-a-Dile and threading 1/4" Old Olive Ribbon through to tie a bow. (just like a shoelace)
A bit of distress ink, a simple sentiment, and a few brads are simple and sassy details.

I hope you'll join us at Pals Paper Arts this week. I can't wait to see how our beautiful fall photo inspires you!

Sassy Stampers:

Stamps: Autumn Days (115452)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Chocolate Chip (102128), Very Vanilla (101650), Autumn Meadows Designer Series (116769)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Soft Suede (115657), Chocolate Chip (100908), Distress Ink duo
Tools: 1.75" Circle Punch (112004), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Crop-a-dile (108362)
Sassy Somethings: Vintage Brads (109109), Old Olive 1/4" Ribbon (111368), Buttons


Tiffany said...

Beautiful job with the sketch Denise. The wreath is gorgeous! Nice job with the sketch!!

Crafty Dawn said...

I love the colurs of Autumn (Fall) I may have to make some cards too! lol love this card of yours really special

Love Dawn xx

Martha said...

Your wreath is beautiful! Great idea!

Lorraine Castellon-Rowe said...

Beautiful card Denise!! Love the tip about using the post it note to create the wreath shape!! Gonna' have to try that one. Love your blog & projects and thank you for sharing them with us!

missy said...

Very pretty! You ladies from PPA are so darn talented!! I wish all of you could come visit me for at least a week! Ih hopes that all that creativity in your heads would rub off on me! LOL! TFS!

Melissa said...

How is my fav Texan?

I love it - soon my backyard will look like this. You are welcome to visit and stamp!

I adore the colors and how neatly you got your wreath constructed. I esp love the frame! Very neat work!

....Linda.... said...

Wow - that's all I can say - wow and wow again! I'd like it framed and hung on my wall!

Cards by Gina said...

Denise, Your card is stunning. I love the wreath...and yours is just beautiful. I wish I had a real one that looked just like it on my front door!

Ann Schach said...

I absolutely love the concept that you used! The wreath is genious. Just a perfect interpretation of the inspiration picture! And since you don't have any leaves, I'll share my yardful with you!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

So pretty Denise.

Love your hand made wreath. Hope everyone in your household is feeling better.

Mary Fish said...

Absolutely gorgeous and wonderful interpretation of the inspiration photo. You have convinced me to use that wood grain DP. It was perfect for your frame. Hugs, Mary

Patti MacLeith said...

GORgeous. I love how you did the leaves and the bow!

Stampin' Diva said...

Great job!!! Such a great way to take the inspiration. I love the wreath!!! To die for!!!

Lucinda said...

Beautiful as usual! Hope your kiddos are all better now!

whoistracy said...

Wow Denise, this is just beautiful! I love the wood grain background, it adds such warmth to this card.

Carrie said...

Wow Denise. This is really beautiful. I never would have thought to take the images from Autumn Days to create a wreath! Very cool.

Kim said...

OMGosh is this ever beautiful!! I LOVE how you created this wreath and its just perfect with the wood grain DSP and sketch. Perfection as always Denise!!

Mike said...

Beautiful job, Denise. I love projects like this and you did a great job of interpreting the challenge.

Elise said...

Oh, Denise! This card is so awesome! Makes me so excited for fall: I can smell the damp leaves! (Oh wait, we're having a heat wave in California!) Okay, all that sensory over-load is the result of your inspiring post! Great job with the C/P sketch and your excellent materials! Bravo!

Carla Bazhenow said...

Your wreath is so beautiful. That wood frame really sets it off. Awesome card! Hugs,

~kelly marie~ said...

Beautiful! I love that woodgrain!