One of my cardmaking buddies celebrates her birthday in October, and several of her friends are taking her out to lunch and shower her with birthday cards! At first I thought I might give her my "A Peek at Fall" card, but then I got a bee in my bonnet and decided I wanted to make her a fall garden card as she is quite the gardener.
I love using elements on my card other than paper, and I haven't done that much lately, so I thought a little cork, a little felt, some buttons, and patterned paper would be just great to use for a change. I sorted through my numerous stashes of patterned papers looking for colors that I had pre-selected that had a bent toward fall, rather than spring. I think I found some great.
I wanted to enter my card into the Alphabet Challenge for sure on Splitcoaststampers (SCS), and chose Letter C, with the double challenge being to use Letter X for X-acto on the card. Of course, C works just fine, as my card's focus is flowers, but to meet the X-acto challenge, I had to cut my fishtail banners with an X-acto blade, which I thought would be easiest as it was a straight line! I'm not so good with the X-acto knife, so I fussy-cut my fishtails with scissors. I also cut the edges of my felt leaves with my pinking shears for a more jagged look.
I wanted to enter the Inspiration Challenge as well, which required me to find inspiration through the Victorian Trading Co. website. . .a great site to browse. Another challenge I will enter is the Featured Stamper, who's SCS nickname is beechwood. I found a couple of Victorian Trading Co. ideas and a beechwood card named Sunflower Pop-Up Book Card, that both gave me color inspirations, thus why my colors were all pre-selected as mentioned above. The beechwood card also gave me the design element ideas of using fishtail banners, flowers with leaves, and circle layers with plain and scalloped edges.
Take a peek below at my friends card, which I think she will enjoy for her birthday:
Ingredients: Papers: Stampin' Up--Natural's cs (retired), Old Olive, Soft Sky. Patterned paper: MME-MIss Caroline--Dilly Dally, Dolled Up, Fiddlesticks plus miscellaneous scraps. Dies: Spellbinders--Big Scalloped Circles LG #3--2-inch; Nested Leaves (traced/ cut w-pinking shears) Punches: Stampin' Up--Circles--1-inch, 1-1/4-inch, 1-3/4-inch, Curvy Corner Trio (retired), Word Window (retired), Scallop Edge Border; EK Scalloped--1-1/4-inch; Zutter--Corner Rounder. Colorbox Chestnut Roan (ink distress). Stash: Felt (leaves, Cork (flower layers), Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Sequins. Computer sentiment/ verse. Size: 4-5/8" x 5-7/8".