A touch of Autumn in the middle of Spring!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Pebbles - Fall theme!
It's always an interesting challenge when I'm given an assignment for the current season in America because it is always opposite here in Australia. So when it's the middle of winter here and we have the fire roaring and I'm wearing more layers than an onion... I will be busy scrapping summer layouts with lots of bright colours and photos of the kids swimming etc. Lots of forward planning is done when I'm storing my photos and I ear-mark them for future projects and wait for the impending assignments.

So this week has been all about 'Fall' and yet here we are in the middle of Spring, surrounded by beautiful greenery and the flowers are blooming and there's not a crinkled dry leaf to be found anywhere. Fortunately I had saved these photos of the kids during Autumn when they had been ever so busy raking their Nanna's leaves and then proceeding to completely ruin the work they'd put in by chasing the dog through all the neat piles.

Since we didn't have any crinkly leaves of our own, I decided to make some for my layout to give it a bit more of an authentic look. So after cutting the leaves out using the Cricut cartridge - Straight From The Nest', I then gave each one a light spray with water and scrunched them up. I waited until they were dry and then gently unfolded each one. I was really thrilled with the effect!

I find there is nothing more relaxing than applying some hand stitching to a project and although it takes 'forever', it is really worth it. I decided to stitch directly through the heading as it needed something a little different and I didn't want to add any more embellishments to detract from the leaves.

Now I do not profess to being much of a 'journaling junkie' and find that I struggle to journal on most of my projects but I fell in love with this wood grain effect patterned paper and didn't want to cover it up with photos and embellishments which left a big panel just waiting to filled with jouranling. I tried to keep it subtle by using a brown ink and running it through the printer so it was neat and straight which is something I could never manage with my hand writing.

Products Used:
Pebbles Floral Lane Collection - With Love Paper (751122)
Pebbles Fresh Goods Collection - Rain Check Paper (751184)
Pebbles Fresh Goods Collection - Signage Paper (751186)
Pebbles Fresh Goods Collection - Come Again Paper (751191)
Welcome Christmas Collection - Santa's Workshop Paper (751176)
Welcome Christmas - ABC's Chestnut (732070)
Provoraft Cricut Cartridge 'Straight from the Nest'
EK Success - Retro Flower Punch
Embroidery Thread

The Pebbles blog has been full of beautiful Autumn/Fall projects all week so don't forget to pop over to be inspired by the designers and their gorgeous works. You will find them HERE!

Imaginisce - Out of Shape Cards!!!
Today's post on the Imaginisce blog is all about 'non-traditional' shaped cards, so absolutely no rectangles, squares or even circles... we had to be creative and come up with a completely different shaped card. Well considering my mind-set was back in Autumn, I decided to continue with the theme and make a leaf shaped card.

Again I used the Provocraft Cricut cartridge 'Straight from the Nest' for my leaves and the gorgeous papers are from the Happy Camper collection which were perfect for the Autumn theme. I also dragged out my i-top and the hessian and added a couple of covered brads to the base of the bow to give the card some alternate texture.

Now this ribbon would have to be my favourite, it doesn't have a brand name, it simply came on a white roll in my local quilting store and I bought every last cm of it. It has fine wires running along the edges so can be crinkled and scrunched in any direction and was perfect for the overall look that I wanted for my card.

I added a few pops of orange glamrocks with my i-rock to complete the card.

Products Used:
Happy Camper Gone Fishing (003025)
Happy Camper Fireside (003024)
Happy Camper Fresh Air (003022)
Imaginisce i-rock tool
Glamrocks - Orange
Imaginisce i-top
Brad Daddies - Medium and Small
Cricut Cartridge Straight From the Nest
Pebbles chalks - Earth tones
Neutral and orange Hessian (Burlap)
Multi-coloured wire ribbon
American Crafts rubon letters

Don't forget to pop over to the Imaginisce blog HERE to spy the other 'non-traditional' shaped cards from the design team crew!

From farm to you...


  1. These both are gorgeous!!! I love the burlap brads and that ribbon!! What a beautiful piece to hang on your front door next fall. I love the crinkled leaves on your page. I couln't agree more that the stitching takes forever! (past x stitcher here) It does add such a nice touch. You know, I would gladly trade seasons with you!! ;)

  2. Your layout is simple but stunning and those leaves are genius! The card looks fantastic! I simply love the hessian brads and that beautiful ribbon rounds it off perfectly. Great inspiration!

  3. Love all your wonderful leaves Melinda , so festive, it is hard to imagine you are in the midst of spring.

  4. Very cool projects! Love the crinkled leaves on your page and your creative card shape! :)

  5. GORGEOUS gorgeous projects! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them both, but the layout is superb! The journaling totally worked as I didn't even notice it the first time I looked at the layout and the leaves - well, you already know how great they are... :) Really beautifully done my friend!

  6. LOVE the pile of leaves. I just want to jump in them --- and they are just pretty paper. :)