Monday, October 18, 2010

Ready for Fall

Whew! I'm a teensy bit tired. I was away Wed-Fri on a spur-of-the-moment solo trip to visit some friends in another part of the country. Seeing them was great, but the travel always wipes me out! My flight home ended up getting delayed almost three hours, made even worse by the fact that we boarded the plane on schedule and then proceeded to sit there for 2 1/2 hours waiting for takeoff clearance. But in the airline's favor, the drink carts came out right away, followed soon after by our meal (Chinese airlines still provide in-flight meals), which made the wait tolerable. Not to mention the fact that my seat-mate and I had the chance to become very well acquainted!

The rest of the weekend was spent in comfy clothes, watching dvd episodes of NCIS, eating taco chowder, and crafting. I'm a pretty slow papercrafter, but I managed to finish two cards plus brainstorm designs for a few more. This particular card all started with the felt leaf, cut with my Cuttlebug. {I've found that when cutting felt with my Cuttlebug, whether with Provocraft dies or Nestabilities, adding a layer of cardstock behind the felt (die, then felt, then cardstock) helps to ensure a clean cut.} After cutting my leaf, I chose a nice fall patterned paper, then used various Nesties to cut my layering pieces. The white circle was a little stark on its own, so I added some stamping and light distressing. The leaf was attached using glue dots, and the circle layers were adhered with foam dimensionals. 

Side note: Provocraft offered the same basic leaf dies in a set of four 2x2 dies (one leaf per square) or a set of two 2x6 dies; I opted for the 2x2 dies which leave a nice, even, "negative die" that can be used on other projects. So don't be surprised to see that negative piece showing up soon!

I'm off to set out a few more fall decorations around the house. Have I mentioned this is my favorite time of year? 

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Basic Grey "Fauna;" Ink: SEI chalk "cocoa," Ranger "Tea Dye;" Paper: My Mind's Eye, kraft; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug leaves 2x2 dies, Labels 9 Nestabilities, Circle Nestabilities, felt, foam dimensionals, corner rounder punch

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