Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life moments

While our trees aren't starting to show their fall colors just yet they are dropping because of the heat and lack of rain.  So I chose to make my own colored fall leaves!  For the 9th challenge from the 3rd Compendium of Curiosities Linda Ledbetter has chosen page 63 - Stamps and Framelits.

I really didn't think I needed any of these sets but after using them a few times I've discovered they really are a timesaver if you are making multiples, which I often do.  Why not?  You already have the tools out...make the most of them.

This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  Joy is offering a $25 gift certificate to her store; she has lots of unique things so you should check out her offerings.  There's also a prize package from Tim & Mario that goes to the winner of the Curiosity Crew's Choice.  And don't forget to check out and comment on the blogs of all the Curiosity Crew; that's a requirement.  Not only are you learning how to use your products but there's also the inspiration you have from the other participants.  It's a win-win situation!

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#8 tag, misc. thread & ribbon scraps, crinoline, gesso, cardstock

Ranger:  Vintage Photo distress marker; distress inks (Frayed Burlap, Old Paper, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs); Potting Soil archival ink; embossing ink; Ancient Gold/Tarnished Gold embossing powder; Glossy Accents

Sizzix: Woodgrain Texture Fade; Autumn Gatherings dec. strip alterations die; Leaf Blueprint Stamps & Framelits

Stampers Anonymous:  Purely Random (CSS27843)

To create the background on the tag I followed the technique found in Book 2, pg. 64.  Loved this and hated to cover it up!

The image was stamped twice in embossing ink; once on watercolor paper and again on crinoline that had received a coat of gesso.  The embossing powder I chose is more like a rose gold; very pretty.

All the leaves and label were colored with distress inks.  A few spatters were added to the main image. 

I only have 2 Stamps & Framelits sets (the other one is the cupcake) but I can see that a few more might be in my shopping cart in the near future.


  1. Susan...your autumnal themed tag is really really pretty. I love the earthy, autumn colors and your choice of the blueprint leaf as your focal point of this tag. The branch that is intertwined in your sentiment is a nice touch! I love those type of little details. They make all the difference! Love the orange and brown together and your distress ribbon at the top is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely tag with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  2. Beautiful autumnal tag Susan, I love those little details, the embossing in the background and the leaves, gorgeous... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  3. I LOVE Autumn! These leaves having me longing for cooler days and shades of color! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at CC3Challenge!!!

  4. Our leaves are! Naanaa! LOL! (Sooo happy, best time of year!) So of course I love your tag...I was debating on that die I wish I had gotten it. Have a great week.

  5. A stunning piece of artwork using all my fav autumnal colours - love it

    I've finished mine today and have just added it to the link

  6. Beautiful fall color and the way you've popped that leaf, it seems to be floating. Great work. Thanks for entering it for CC3C!

  7. This is so pretty, Susan. Love how you've lifted and colored the leaves. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  8. Your tag is beautiful! Love the colors and the texture. Love your use of the framelits. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at CC3C!