Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CardMaker Blog Team Hop - Graceful Leaves

Hi there!

Things are sloooowly getting back to normal for me, I seem to be finding a bit of a balance again. I've been so flaky for the past few weeks, but am trying to get myself under control. :)

Today is blog hop day for the CardMaker Magazine Blog Team, and I am here to share my fall-themed creation. Our theme was 'graceful leaves', focusing on leaves and autumn colors. I pulled out one of my all-time-favorite autumn sets, Season of Thanks from Wplus9 to create my card.

Sigh. Don't you just love fall colors?

I started by stamping the small maple leaf in each different color and then cutting them out. I set these aside while I worked on the rest of my card, embossing the background and stamping the strip that is adhered along the bottom.

When I went to create my wreath shape, I started by die-cutting a circle shape from the same cardstock as the background (Oatmeal - Wplus9). I stamped my sentiment in the center (from Happy Harvest, another fab fall set) and then adhered this to my card. I used the outer edge of the circle as a guide for adhering my leaves. This helped me to keep things straight and even, in addition to having a nice flat place to stamp my sentiment.

The combination of the checkered border and leaf images along the bottom is something I have shamelessly stolen from Dawn W.  I think it looks so fabulous together, and I have been just waiting for a chance to use it on a card. A little stitching across the bottom and a simple twine bow finish it off.

The change of seasons may be just what I need to get back into gear. I just love creating with these images and colors! How about you? Is fall your favorite season?

I'm so glad you've stopped by today, please make sure you hop on over to visit the other Blog Team members! I can't wait to check out what these outstanding ladies have come up with! We have also welcomed two new ladies to the team, be sure to say hello to Glenda and Jennie on their first team blog hop!

Anya Schrier - You are here!

Have a great day!

STAMPS: Season of Thanks, Happy Harvest, Country Charm - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Bravo Burgundy, Cranberry Crisp, Ruby Red, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Early Espresso, Night of Navy - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Woodgrain Impression Plate - PTI; Natural Button Twine Trim - WMS; Sewing Machine - Janome


  1. Love your beautifully executed leaf wreath! lovely as always Anya!
    I love all the seasons....ready for a change at the end of each one and look forward to the next! Bring on fall!

  2. Beautiful! Love the wreath and the boarder treatment!

    True :D

  3. Love fall colors, I think I'll cardlift yours too.

  4. This card is gorgeous. Love the bottom trim, I just may copy it as well!! My favorite fall thing is the colours and of course, stomping through the leaves to hear that 'crunch'...brings the kid out in me:) Oh wait...frozen puddle tops are cool too:)

  5. What a great way to create a wreath! Clever idea. Love the card!

  6. Love your wreath of leaves Anya! The colors are so pretty and love the border!

  7. Absolutely love your wreath and the borders that ground the bottom so perfectl. Gorgeous Anya.

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Your wreath is perfect and so is the touch of navy blue!!

  9. Fabulous colours! I agree with Kimberly... the wreath is perfect!

  10. Love the leaf wreath.

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  11. Very playful card :) I love how the leaves look like they are blowing in a circle in the wind!

  12. That is a Great card. I love that colorful wreath. :-)


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