Hello stamping friends! So glad you stopped by, because today highlights a fabulous Mother Nature creation - leaves! Who gets excited about leaves? This lady does! They are after all, a rather wonderful phenomenon. They sprout from branches every spring, grow, change colors, fall off and repeat this process year after year. Oh how I love their gorgeousness when they change into all different colors. *sighs* Yep, leaves are pretty awesome!
First up, I decided to turn the leaf I die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets into a spooky ghost. I simply snipped off the stem and used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to draw on the face and rub along the edges for definition. All the stamps I used were from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I LOVE Halloween and couldn't wait to get it this month! Colors I used for card stock and inks were Basic Black, Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Smoky Slate. To make the fun tombstones, I used the Everyday Label Punch and simple trimmed off a little of each so they were different in shape and size. I then sponged Smoky Slate ink around the edge and used my Smoky Slate Stampin' Write marker to make crack lines. Voila! easy and simple tombstones in no time. I love my little leaf ghost!
I was inspired by a pillow I saw at a store a few weeks ago that reminded me of the story, Jack and the Beanstalk. I decided to recreate it as best as I could with paper. I love when you find inspiration when you least expect it! The card base is Whisper White, with a wide band of Crumb Cake across the middle, then Blackberry Bliss and Pumpkin Pie layered on top. Using Pumpkin Pie ink, I stamped the square tile from the Country Home set on the piece of Pumpkin Pie to mimic the "sort of middle eastern pattern" that was on the pillow. Ha! The Leaf Punch made quick work of my 'beanstalk' border, making sure to alternate the direction of the leaves. The words are from the Calls For a Celebration set, and a double Linen Thread bow finishes it off nicely. Boy, I like the richness of these colors together!
I hope you enjoyed my leaf creations and they inspire you to look at leaves in a different way! Want to see more ideas? Then hop along to my friend, Mikaela and see what is "sure to be magnificently awesome" creations!