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Monday, December 19, 2011

Fall color... in December...

So... I'm a wee teeny tiny bit late posting this card. We're a week from Christmas and I'm forcing you to step back in time to a nice fall day. Because that's when I meant to make and post this card! Just humor me...

You see, it was my first fall here in Georgia. I grew up in Michigan where there are seasons and the trees know how to be trees. In Austin, not so much. But I didn't realize just how much I missed fall color until I spent fall here, and saw the leaves. Oh the glorious leaves!! I was in a constant state of awe for weeks. It was so wonderful!! I got it in my head that I had to use some of those leaves on a card! And then I saw Amy share an idea on Twitter to use Mod Podge to preserve leaves (although I can't find the blog post, darn it!)! What fun!

The main problem is that I had this idea. Then days and days went by and finally I collected some leaves, no longer quite at their peek. Then for weeks (!) I left those leaves sitting on my desk, waiting for me to use them! Ack. Finally, Thanksgiving weekend, I attempted to Mod Podge the fairly brittle leaves into submission, as I called it. I stamped a background using Distress inks and some of my favorite Hero Arts stamps - La Lettre and Three Winter Trees. And I got out the Mod Podge. It worked! It looked fab!! Another week or two passed and FINALLY I got around to adding the panel onto a card. And when I rolled my mono adhesive along the back of the cardstock - HEARTBREAK - it created bubbles in my gorgeous leaves. Sigh. Ah well, I love the card regardless. :-)

And now I have to share just a few of the many many MANY photos I took this fall with my phone. I couldn't help it, I was mesmerized by those leaves, in my very own neighborhood, so I had to keep capturing them. Sigh. These photos don't even truly capture the color since they are just crappy phone photos.

And my babies enjoyed the fabulous fall leaves, too!

Happy Stamping,

  • Stamps: K5344 La Lettre, K5255 Three Winter Trees, ST509 Hooray (message) from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Orange, kraft, white cardstock
  • Ink: Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo)
  • Other: Mod Podge, Leaves, Twine, Spellbinders die


  1. Wow, that was a long card in the making LOL:-) But the result is still lovely! Such a neat little idea to mod podge the pretty leaves, now all we have to do is find some adhesive that agrees with the mod podge:-)

  2. I'm an autumn lover, too, Libby, so you can post these pictures any time you'd like to! I can't imagine living anywhere and missing out on them - so glad you are back to "normal" now!! I ADORE your card, what a wonderful mixing of stamps!!

  3. Truly a labor of love, that card was! And the delay? Totally something I would do. "into submission" - hahahahaha! Ahem, yeah. As for the bubbles, you meant to do that, right? :)

    And the blue in that one photo is AMAZING!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous card, Libby! The background is beautiful and I love the way you used real leaves! Your photos of the glorious autumn colours are so pretty and what a great photo of Carter and Courtney!

  5. Thanks for posting these beautiful colours and your lovely card, Libby. Very heartwarming on a cold and snowy Colorado day, LOL.
    Your kids are adorable!!

  6. Beautiful autumn themed card and I love how you've captured the beauty of the trees! We don't get that kind of color here unless you live higher up in the canyons, nothing that pretty in the big city though. Have a beautiful rest of 2011! And happy new year to you!

  7. My 5 year old was mesmerized by these pictures too!


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