Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nephew-in-law Birthday #1 in October!

Both of my nieces have husbands with birthdays in October!!!  Sooooo, another post for November!  The first nephew-in-law is married to my very first sister's first daughter.  Jesse is a nice young man and a great father.  I wanted to take time out to make him a card to let him know much I enjoy seeing him and his family when I visit northern California.  Though the card was timely, my post is not.  When I found I hadn't yet posted his card, I got right to work and completed this post.

I was still into loving making fall cards. . . so I thought another card depicting our dinner-plate-sized leaves would be fun.  Early in the month, when I made the first late large-leaf card, I mentioned that, with our late fall, the leaves had barely begun to drop.  Not so by late October!  Of course, they waited until my husband had his foot surgery and would not be able to rake!  Thank you leaves!

With these falling leaves in mind, I was inspired by a card made by Misty Bradley several years ago.  I used the layout of her card, but added and rearranged mine to suit my cardmaking style.  My card is square with lots of colored layers.  I added a wooden button with dark brown twine, a scalloped/ straight edging to my vertical striped pattern, and placed my leaves in a different layout with brown distressed leaf veins just like the ones on our Maple trees.  My sentiment is for a birthday rather than Thanksgiving, so I used a Spellbinder oval die set rather than the paper line's chipboard stickers.  

My final step was to design an interior that coordinated with the card front and to add a verse that fits the occasion.  I hope Jesse enjoys his fall leaves card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Don't you just love those fall colors!

Paper:  SU Natural Ivory (base), Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Pool Party; Echo Park Fall Fever- Stripe (sides #1/ #2).  Dies: SU Autumn Accents Bigz; Spellbinders Petite Ovals/ Petite Scallop Ovals.  Punches: Open-Scallop Edge Border; (Inside: Martha Stewart Mini Leaf).  Other: May Arts Twine.  SU Cotton Twill/ Pumpkin Pie.  Stash:  Wooden button / Dk. Brown Embroidery Floss.  Computer sentiment.

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