Fall thank you card


Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

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(Again, Amanda?  Just how many of your Pals blog hop posts are going to involve a tale of woe and how you had to make the the best of things after your first card attempts didn’t work out as planned?)

Originally I had this whole fall-themed card planned out!  Lovely As A Tree!  Aqua painters!  The whole scene framed by delightfully-aqua-painted-fall-colored leaves!

And then, I thought, maybe I should try actually aqua-painting some delightful fall-colored leaves first.

No, wait, actually, I was foolish and impatient and tediously created a subtle sky-ish background from carefully painting on Pacific Point and Soft Sky ink onto a damp sheet of watercolor paper.

And then I started happily painting leaves on top of it.

What’s that you say?  There’s only one leaf on that finished card?  Well, that’s because I messed up all of the rest, and then had to cut the card into that weird tall shape to cut out all the bad ones.

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I used the outlined leaf from the Autumn Wooden Elements (Holiday catalog, p. 46) as a stencil to get the shape, but the leaf in the Fun Fall Framelits seems to be the exact same size and could work, too.

It’s painted on in Crushed Curry, and then I kind of outlined veins in Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Blackberry Bliss and let them blur out a bit on the wet paper.

And then I dithered about how to turn it into a proper card for a couple days, forgot about it, looked at my calendar and—“Aaaahhh! Blog hop tomorrow!!”–hastily stamped one of the sentiments from the Wetlands stamp set in Blackberry Bliss on a piece of vellum and folded it on, and now I have an actual card-ish type of object!

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The next stop is Beth Beard at My little craft blog on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at septembergray.com
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com

12 Responses to “Fall thank you card”

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  1. Jane Knudsen says:

    I sympathize with your tale of woe and appreciate that you blogged about it! I rather like the idea of what you were going for!

    • amanda says:

      Maybe I’ll get to it someday…after my leaf-painting skills improve considerably 🙂

      • Jane Knudsen says:

        lol! Thank you for your comment on my blog, I blame my mother for stealing my recipe book and then making these cookies to begin with! I think I need therapy, cookie therapy!

  2. NMWatt says:

    This is a prime example of #cardfail to #cardsuccess I LOVE the simplicity of the single leaf – it’s stunning (even if it isn’t what you were going for). And, your hints about using the woodcut or the framelit as a stencil to make the shape is genius!

  3. Katy McGloin says:

    Love your sense of humor, Amanda! Your turned “card fail” to lovely CAS… really like the vellum belly band idea!

  4. Debbie says:

    Amanda, your card and post will help ALL of us to think outside the box when things go wrong. I love your finished project!

  5. Liz Bailey says:

    That’s really creative and really beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the process too.

  6. Dawn Tidd says:

    Too funny! I think we’ve all had “those cards”! lol Yours worked out very well in the end and that’s what counts!

  7. Carol Carriveau says:

    Love you story – sounds a bit like me! Your single leaf in the sky is beautiful and I commend you for submitting it for the blog hop!

  8. Rae in Reno says:

    Love it Amanda! Oh, the card too. 🙂 You really need to go into comedy. 😉 TFS my friend.

  9. Amanda, your card is beautiful and so creative!