If you're already taking the tour, you must have arrived here from Lee Ann Greff's amazing blog. She just returned from Founder's Circle and is full of inspiration. Didn't you just love her projects?
When I saw the Day of Gratitude Stamp Set and the Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog, I knew I had to have them. I love the fall -- fall colors, fall leaves, fall weather and fall traditions -- and this dynamic duo has all that and more!
My first project today is a delightful set of Home Decorating blocks which you can find in the Big Idea Book & Catalog. The four blocks which come in the set seemed a perfect match for this duo ... spelling out the word "FALL". I know these colorful and festive blocks will enhance my fall and Thanksgiving decorating for years. And they are so easy to make!
I cut 24 3" squares of the DSP, 4 from each pattern. I glued them on the blocks using Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Alright, I'll admit this did take a little time and it was pretty sticky and messy, but the result is worth it! After the glue dried, I sanded each of the edges lightly and sponged on some Chocolate Chip ink to add just a bit of distressing. The letters were cut with the Big Shot and the Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies. I adhered the DSP onto heavy chipboard (again with the Tombo Multi Glue) and then easily cut them out with the Big Shot. I inked the edges just a bit for more depth and contrast before attaching them to the blocks using Stampin' Dimensionals! I then embellished with ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine, Buttons, Antique Brads and cut-out leaves from the Stamp Set. A couple of BIG bows tied with 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon provided the perfect finishing touch. I'm really pleased with the way these turned out and now can't wait to get out the rest of my fall decorations. I know they will fit right in with the pumpkins and scarecrows and leaves that adorn our home each year!
Now to go with my gorgeous set of blocks, I also made a card using the same Stamp Set and DSP. I began with a cardbase of Cajun Craze cardstock and added a layer of More Mustard which has inked edges and is embossed with the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. A narrow piece of DSP provides even more contrast on the bottom of the card. I used 3/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, buttons, Natural Hemp Twine and Stampin' Dimensionals! for embellishments.
And the tag was stamped on Naturals Ivory Cardstock and punched out with the Extra Large Decorative Label Punch. The frame around the punched piece is created by punching just a narrow strip of all sides of the punch and adhering to the back of the label with SNAIL adhesive. The tag is applied to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals!
Now, you know me by now! I just can't stop with the front of the card. I have to add a little embellishment to the inside as well! It was easy in this case ... a couple of stamped leafs and then two more cut-outs on top with a little sponging around the edge. The perfect finishing touch!!! (click on the image to view it larger)
Well, that's it for this stop on the tour. I hope you enjoyed your stay and were inspired by my fall projects. It's time to move on to the next tour stop and the blog of Jen Smith. She has some adorable Halloween project ideas to share with you! Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Thanks so much for stopping by on the tour today! I hope you'll come back soon!