Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my readers, I'd like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you're not Canadian, you probably don't celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but we do, and it's been an absolutely perfect weekend for it. The sun is shining, the leaves are falling, and it's 22C degrees outside (nicer than it's been most of the summer here in Alberta) Last night we had stuffed turkey breast with all the fixings, and Mom's homemade buns. Not quite the traditional turkey supper, but there were only 6 of us so we decided not to do the big turkey this year. Still, turkey with stuffng is my absolute favorite meal, no matter how it's prepared!

The challenge at Heart to Heart today is to incorprate anything to do with leaves and or trees. How fitting, since we spent most of yesterday raking the leaves from under the now bare trees in our front yard. I couldn't decide, so I made one of each.

First, the trees:
I masked the center panel, then sponged inks in bamboo and gray flannel on it. Then I stamped the little trees in gray flannel, garden green and olive to make it look like they are in the distance. Next, I removed the mask, and stamped the big tree in new england ivy over the whole thing. I distressed and inked the edges, then used a piercer to make holes to thread the hemp through in a cross-stitch design on the corners. It was matted onto olive cardstock, then put on a blank A2 card base. I did the corner of a matching envelope to go along with it. I like this card, it's simple to make and flat so it's easy to mail.  I made some with different sentiments...thank you, sympathy, and christmas.

And, one using leaves:
This one was fun. I wanted to have the leaves multicolored, so I used a puddle pad technique. What is a puddle pad you ask? It's a technique I found on a CTMH TV Art and Soul episode, you can view the video HERE to learn how to do this ink technique. It's a bit messy, but very easy and I am thrilled with how the leaves turned out. I stamped the leaves onto colonial white cs, added the veins in desert sand ink, then sponged cocoa and honey around the edges. Stamped the sentiment, then mounted it onto cocoa cs with the corners punched. Add a few more mats and some ribbon, and the main image is popped up on 3D foam squares to give it some dimension.

I can't decide which one I like better, so I am entering both of these cards for this week's challenge at H2H.

Thanks for visiting my blog,

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Recipe for tree card:
Stamps: D1298 Beautiful Things (trees)
            D1400 Everyday Celebration (sentiment)
Cardstock: White Daisy and Olive
Inks: Olive, New England Ivy, Bamboo, Gray Flannel
Paper piercer

Recipe for leaves card:
Stamps: D1232 Nature's Vein (leaves)
             C1424 Nature's Gift (sentiment)
Cardstock: Cocoa, Honey, Barn Red, Colonial White
Inks: Barn Red, Honey, Orange, Cocoa, Desert Sand
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon
(Corner punch from SU)


  1. Both of your cards are great! I love the masking technique you used and the leaves are beautiful.

  2. Gorgeous! Both of the cards, but I especially am loving the tree one.

    Hey, I have to tell you I'm a word-verification hater too. So glad to find another blogger who doesn't require it! Thanks for making it easy to leave a comment! :)

  3. Hi Lorrinda
    Wow, two more fabulous cards. I love the scene you have created with the tree card and the leaves on the other card look fantastic, I love the colours.

    Thanks for linking up to "Make It Monday" this week.

    Michelle :-)

  4. OMG, both cards are GORGEOUS Lorrinda. I especially LOVE the first one. The way you stamped to make the trees appear far away is truly inspiring.

  5. Awesome cards!!! They are both very inspiring :)

  6. Straight from Michelle's " Make it Monday" and happy to be here .Love these two cards and will try them both out . thanks for sharing and good luck in the challenge .I am off now to check out more of your creations

  7. I LOVE both cards! You make the tree one sound so easy! I'm going to have to try it!

  8. I love the masked card, it is so very pretty!! Your artwork is gorgeous!! :) Kim

  9. What is the name of the stamp set you used? I really love the Tree card?

  10. I have come via Michelle's *Make it Monday* and must say that while I love BOTH cards, the one with the trees is something I'd love to try my hand at to see what I come up with :o)

  11. Wow! Both of your cards are awesome!

  12. Both of these cards are just the best! I love the tree stamping and it made such a beautiful, peaceful scene. The puddle pad technique just made the leaves so realistic. Super job! So glad you joined the Stampin B's this week with your Fall colors.

  13. LOVE the tree card!! I'm going to have to get that stamp set just so I can recreate it! I've done the 'sunset over the fields' look with the Treasures stamp set and a similar technique - but I really love the trees too!

  14. Both are beautiful cards, Lorrinda! Love that wonderful spectrum of colors you used and the fabulous designs. Thanks for playing along with us at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

  15. Wow!! Great cards, they're both uber-beautiful:) I love that the envelopes match too. My address is......:) Thanks for sharing with us on Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

  16. Your projects are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at More Paper Than Shoes!

  17. Awesome projects! Thank you for participating in our More Paper Than Shoes mid-month challenge!

  18. This is such a pretty card!
    Thank you so much for doing the challenge at MPTS!


  19. Beautiful cards! Love, love, love the tree card!!



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