Thursday, August 25, 2011

AUTUMN INSPIRATIONS

Did someone mention Autumn?

Autumn already?!!!  Are you  kidding!  I am so, not ready, for the kids going back to school, because that means 5 am wake-ups, and I'm kind of enjoying the fact that I don't even "have" to get up at 6, when my body tells me that I really "should"!!  I have to say, when they are at school, so much more gets done around the house, garden and definitely the stamping room!!  It's still certainly nice to have a three month break, don't you think?

If you fell from the tree of Patti White, then you are in the right place, if not, you may want to go back to the SNS home page, so you start at the beginning to make sure you don't miss out on picking up all the possible prizes.  There will be one Grand Prize and five extra prizes, on five of the designers' blog spots.  I hope I have a surprise hiding for you, so make sure you leave a comment for me!   

On to business!  When asked to re-purpose stamps for an Autumn Blog Hop,  I hung on to the thought of summer as long as I could!  For my first card, I decided to use autumn colors with some summer elements, including flowers and butterflies.    

I decided to make some flowers, with a more Autumn feel to them, by embossing coffee filters with three different "fall-themed" embossing powders.  To learn how to make these fun little flowers, you can find a complete tutorial on the Sparkle N Sprinkle website, right here.  Then I found this great butterfly designer paper, that also echoed fall's colors, and then the card took flight!  I also incorporated one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's new sets Thoughtful Frames. And.... here is the result.


All the details on how to make the above card can be found here:

Now for card number two!  I decided, I'd really like to go totally fall, but bring in some "fun" element - (after my daughter played Snoopy in the Church musical - I decided puppies could be a good choice!!)  So what to do with some pups?  Fall pups .... have them playing in a pile of leaves?  Yep, that sounds like it might work!  I used our new SNS 2 1/2" tape to make a backdrop for the many choices of SNS's flocking!!  With a background of Blissful Blue for sky, Palm Leaf for the grass and Amber Wheat for the leaves, just add the punched out leaves and pups, using glue and dimensionals.  Frame the fun with Spellbinders Grand Large Labels, embossed with my all time favorite Sparkle Embossing Powder!

 


Full details of how to make my doggie framed picture can be found right here.  Don't you just want to jump in those leaves with them?

Well, that's all from me, now you have to jump into that pile of leaves and see if you can find Donna.  She is sure to be brewing up something in her caldron, "witch" you'll find extra creepy!  Remember to leave a comment, here, and at the SNS home blog to be eligible for the prizes!



  

37 comments:

  1. Love those flowers and the tutorial you put together for it!! Way to go Shona!!

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  2. Ooooo, your cards are spectacular! I love, love, love those flowers...Thanks so much for sharing how to make them. And the puppies in the leavea???! Just darling! I love how your brain works...lol!

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  3. LOL! Witchie, huh? I'm going to get you,my pretty! LOL Shona, thanks for the wonderful cards. So imaginative, using the coffee filters to make brilliant flowers unlike any others! The butterflies do feel autumny. Yes, I'd enjoy jumping in the leaves but maybe with you instead of the doggies LOL.

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  4. Shona, Your cards are great!! I love the dogs playing in the leaves. What a great idea. And your flowers are so cool. Love the tutorial you put together.

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  5. Wonderful flowers...I've only used coffee filters once or twice...they pick up colors so nicely! Beautiful work as always - the dogs are great!

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  6. Stunning cards! The doggies look like they just want to play all day in the leaves and the flowers are darling!

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  7. Shona the great cards just keep on comin'. Thank you so much for the great tutorial on the filter flowers. The flowers are spectacular. I love the dogs in the leaves card, very realistic.

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  8. You must know my neighbor's dog!

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  9. Love the dogs, I feel like I could jump into the leaf pile with them. I saw your flower card yesterday in the shop and it is so beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. Keep up the nice work.

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  10. Those flowers are "to die" - they really shimmer with the cosmic EPs. Your tutorial is awesome and I'm sure it'll be on our SNS techniques page if it's not already. Off to collect my coffee filters LOL..
    Brenda S

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  11. Love the flowers and what another great way to use coffee filters.

    Denise B.

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  12. love the pile of leaves. Brings back so many memories. i want to jump right in.

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  13. ROFL! Love those dogs in the leaves! The sentiment on your first card and the flowers are marvelous. Great inspiration. Thanks.

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  14. The dogs look so natural in the leaves.

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  15. Love, love,love these cards. That butterfly paper, and the flowers! Definitely going to make some. Who could resist the dog card - it says "pet me". Well done! Barb P.

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  16. Your dogs in the leaves is one of the cutest cards ever.

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  17. Love the leaves on the dog card!! The flowers are beautiful too.

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  18. Your cards are Beautiful love the colors andd the butterfly backgrown is great. the flowers shimmer and shine very cool look. the Dogs in the pile of fall leaves is great they are having so much fun. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some cool prizes. abbraddock@msn.com

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  19. Wonderful cards. Love your ideas.

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  20. Well sis, you've done it again. Don't think the coffee would taste good, but those flowers are to die for. rofl Beautiful card. And the doggies.......makes me miss my Llee. Just adorable.
    Cheesy

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  21. Gorgeous cards and love the dogs amidst the pile of leaves. Boy that was a lot of leaves to pile up but they look great!

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  22. Love your cards. I love the shape of your first card and the pretty flowers. The dogs look like they are having so much fun in the leaves.

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  23. Love your creativity! What a wonderfully delicate card using flowers & butterflies. And using coffee filters for flowers! Who knew (obviously not me), but I intend giving it a try. Thanks bunches.

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  24. The flowers were amazing. I can't wait to try this technique. Who knew coffee filters had so many uses!!!

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  25. Cute pups playing in the leaves! They are darling - Thanks for sharing.

    Karen A. Jones

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  26. The flowers are beautiful. Who knew you could create something beautiful from something so plain. I will have to save some coffee filters to try this out.

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  27. Your flowers are beautiful. I'm eager to try that technique. Thanks for sharing.
    Jan
    janhobbs@bryrus.net

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  28. I loved your card with the puppies and the leaves. Having moved south, I miss playing in the leaves and making rustling noises as I walk through the dry leaves. Your card brought ou the "Ohio" feelings in me. Thank you,

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  29. Love both of your cards. Each is different in its own way. Fantastic shape for the first card and love those unique flowers. Something I would like to try. Almost want to jump in the pile of leaves with the dogs.

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  30. Wow! both cards are beautiful, but I LOVE the first one. The flowers are awesome. I am going to give it a try. thank you for sharing and giving us the chance to win!

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  31. I absolutely love your dog card. Yes, I would like to jump into the leaves with them. I like how you used the flocking & sparkle n soft. The coffee filter flowers are fascinating. I'll have to try that technique.

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  32. Pretty, pretty card! I love the coloring choices in the first and the dogs in the leave pile are just so cute!

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  33. Fantastic cards. I love that top one, and the sentiment, so pretty.

    Smiles Sher
    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  34. These are both great Shona - I'm so glad no one is making us pick favorites! The flowers & colors are so great on the first one. And I LOVE the doggies playing in the pile of leaves - adorable! TFS these great cards!

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  35. Shona, I love your coffee filter flowers. Great idea. Isn't that butterfly paper gorgious? I just bought some too and love. Those doggies are adorable playing in all those leaves. Wonderful cards.

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  36. Your Fall flowers are gorgeous! The dogs playing in the leaves are very cute.

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  37. Card is so cute, very creative

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Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!