September 14, 2016

My Favorite Season Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Here in Wisconsin we are blessed with all four seasons and I welcome each one. That being said, my favorite season is fall. Already the evening air is more crisp, the garden plants have faded and the smell of fall is in the air. From my living room window, I can see the hills of a State Park. I look forward to the blaze of color when the morning sun meets the tree tops; it is quite spectacular!

I had an idea for my hop project but when I sat down to create, well, let's say it's not what I had in my head! My thought turned out to be too much for one card, so I made two!

I knew my project would include copper embossing powder. The rich color suits a fall scene perfectly. The technique used here is embossed resist. I first embossed my leaves, then sponged the rest of the panel using daubers and Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. The leaves on the main panel are stamped with Versamark. All leaves come from the Vintage Leaves stamp set.

The sentiment is from Acorny Thank You and is embossed with copper and cropped with the Decorative Label punch. I also brushed the Versamark pad on the edges and embossed the edges. I cropped a leaf using the Leaflets Framelits, sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip, added some Copper Metallic Thread and popped it up with Dimensionals. Don't you just love how that copper shines?

So, my original thought was to add a leaf covered in several coats of clear embossing powder to give it a thick, rich finish. I loved the copper leaves in the panel of my first card and adding a distinctive leaf on top of that was TOO much, so here's card #2!

I kept this card very simple because the focal leaf just speaks for itself. The base is Always Artichoke and the Crushed Curry was embossed with the Woodgrain folder and lightly sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.

The leaf on the bottom I stamped onto Whisper White cs with Always Artichoke, cropped it with the die and sponged it.

The top leaf was stamped with Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White and sponged. I then used Versamark and clear embossing powder, heat embossed it, let it cool and repeated the process two more times. I cut two leaves in Always Artichoke to add to the back of the main leaf to give it some depth. I then had a bit of fun with the Copper Metallic Thread. The main leaf is popped up with Dimensionals. I kept the ribbon embellishment simple, starting with the Burlap ribbon, added a layer of vintage Always Artichoke ribbon and then used Linen Thread to tie my bow.

It's certainly beginning to look like fall here! I like how these projects turned out, do you?

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 


  1. These are simply gorgeous, Sue. I especially love the second card with its 3D look

  2. Sue, both cards are wonderful! Fantastic details!

  3. You have captured the fall leaf look! I like the first card the best. Thanks for explaining the steps to accomplish this look.

  4. Both cards are pretty Sue, but those copper embossed leaves on the first card are gorgeous!