Monday, September 6, 2010

End of Summer Days...

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We were at a restaurant over the holiday weekend that had a sign saying "16 more days until Autumn" and I could hardly believe it. The summer has whipped by and, while I can't say I'll miss the heat, I know I'll miss it soon enough when winter sets in. For today's card, I thought I would play a bit with different papers and textures and pay homage to the lazy days of summer and gently welcome the Fall. 

To get me started, this wonderful sketch from Caardvarks was a terrific jumping off point. I took out one of my favorite Taylored Expressions sets, Discover Your Wings, and stamped the silhouette background onto a cork sheet with dark brown chalk ink before sprinkling with embossing powder. I then ran the sheet through my Big Shot with this pretty die frame and matted it with some vellum and card stock. I thought I would try heat embossing on some vellum and was pleased with the results. I found some lovely satin ribbon in my stash and tied off a nice big bow before stamping my sentiment and adding a few chocolate brads. Now I find myself bidding goodbye to summer...I hope you had a wonderful one yourself.
BEAN NOTES

  • Stamps: Discover Your Wings (Taylored Expressions)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip Chalk (Stampin' Up!); Wild Wasabi Classic Dye (SU!); Tea Leaves Chalk (Versamagik)
  • Paper: Choice Buttercream (TE); Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi (SU!)
  • Dies: Labels Five Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
  • Fibers: Olive Satin Ribbon (Kate's Paperie)
  • Accessories: Brads (generic), Foam Tape, Clear Embossing Powder (Filigree)
HAPPY BEANS

  • Specialty Paper: Vellum (Papertrey Ink); Cork Sheet (QuicKutz)



14 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!!

Monique said...

Sweet!! Love the image stamped on the cork then the green butterfly.. Very nice :)

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

This is fabulous! I have never used cork sheets but this looks terrific! TFS.

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

ACK!!! LOVE how you stamped this image (one of my favs!) on the cork! You SO rock girl!

Patti MacLeith said...

Very beautiful, Regina!

Ann Schach said...

Gorgeous! Love the texture!

Mary Fish said...

Fantastic use of cork sheets . . . what a splashy card. Hugs, M

Pam~ said...

Love the stamping on the cork! Beautiful card!

Kathy said...

Wow this is so unique and so special. Love everything about this :)

Carla Bazhenow said...

I love your cork sheets!!! The texture and stamping are truly beautiful. I love how you gently welcome fall!!! *smile* Hugs,

Nina Dee said...

Regina, This is FABULOUS! I love everything about it! Especially the part where I find it in MY mailbox :) Hehe! Just kidding! Seriously though, I love it!

Kimberly's Krafts said...

Very unique and so pretty! Great take on the challenge! :)

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

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Michellem said...

This is, hands down, one of the best cards ever!! LOVE this so much!