Thursday, September 17, 2015

September...where did the last four weeks go. It has been one fast moving month. It seems the older I get the faster they go.

Here we are with a Mix-Up hop. As always our hop is done in a circle meaning you can go backwards and forwards, start in the middle, end or beginning. Whichever way you choose you will find some awesome projects from very talented people. I love hopping with them.

You arrived here from Miss Jaylin's blog if you started from the beginning.  She has learned well from a great teacher. If you are moving backwards you came from Deb's blog, she is one of those artists that I can't wait to see what she has in store this time.

I decided to go very simple with my cards this time, so with the exception of the last one, these take no time to put together. Here is #1.


The base card is Smokey Slate with a layer of Basic Black. The base card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The top layer is Crumb Cake stamped with stamps from Awesomely Artistic, Wild About Flowers, Butterfly Basics and Sheltering Tree using Basic Black and Basic Gray ink. The dragonfly was stamped with Night of Navy. I then embossed it with the new Brick Wall EF. I aged the wall using Smokey Slate ink and a sponge dauber. The wings of the dragonfly were accented with Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue.  With Smokey Slate CS and the Banner punch I fashioned the "thinking of you" banner. 

Card # 2 is super simple. I love birch trees and fall leaves so this put the 2 together. 

We are very lucky to have both the white paper birches and golden birches on our property. I decided to make this card the white variety. Using the new thick Whisper White CS this card base is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The top layer is Soft Suede CS embossed with the Woodland EF. I used White Craft ink to bring out those beautiful birches. I found the closest leaf possible to a birch leaf in our Vintage Leaves stamp set, and cut out the single leaf with the matching dies, Leaflets Framelits. After crinkling and pinching it into the shape I wanted it, I added a few drops of Crystal Effects. I have not decided on a sentiment for it, but maybe it doesn't need one.

My last card is one that is similar to one I created a couple years ago after seeing leaves done by Rae Deen Bittner. (I hope I spelled that right). 

With a card base of Delightful Dijon cut lengthwise at 5 1/2" to create an easel. I layered it with Real Red, Wild Wasabi and the "wood" layer uses the Woodgrain EF  on Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip ink rubbed over the raised areas. The leaves were stamped using Vintage Leaves with Archival Black ink on watercolor paper. Using my blender pen and various fall maple leaf colors, I created these fall leaves. The were cut using the Leaflets Framelits and crinkled and pinched into shape.  Tags and Labels Framelits had the right size tag for the sentiment from Endless Thanks which I tied to the stem of the leaf with Linen Thread. 

That concludes my creations for this hop. Now you are off to the super talented Deb's blog. Enjoy!