Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gina K's Fall Challenge

It is time for a new Center Stage Spotlight Designer challenge over at Stamp TV. Gina's theme for the challenge is: Your favorite fall memory. You can check out the details here. A few of my favorite things about fall are the cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and the final harvesting of gardens! This was our first year at our new home and we had a wonderful garden. It was so much fun to watch our garden flourish throughout the summer and fall! It is definately one of my fondest memories of fall! We have picked tons of cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers! We made salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomato onion sauce, pickles, and more!

We even attempted to plant some sunflowers on the edge of our garden. Unfortunately the birds really enjoyed pecking all of our seeds out of the garden! So after we realized this we started some plants in the garage before putting them in the garden. They were doing well, and then with all of our stormy weather this summer our poor sunflowers would break in half from the wind. Finally, we had one left so my husband staked it up because we thought we should have at least one survivor! And it bloomed a few weeks ago! To our surprise we also had some miniature sunflowers open up this weekend (I kinda thought it was a weed!) So we had two survivors! Yeah!! So my first card is celebrating our two surviving sunflowers:

For this card I stamped the sunflower and colored it with copic markers. Then I paper pieced the ground using a piece of brown paper from the Basic Grey 6x6 Mellow paper pad. Next I cut and embossed the focal image using a petite oval nestabilities. I sponged on some antique linen distress ink and using my stamp-a-ma-jig I added a sentiment in black. I matted the focal image in GKD brown cardstock. I picked out a couple of patterns from the Basic Grey 6x6 Mellow paper pad and cut them out and embossed them using the Labels 8 Nestabilities. To mat this I traced the label 8 die's outer edge and cut it out of GKD brown cardstock. Check out the STV video on this technique: Layering Nestabilities. To complete the card I used my slot punch to make an opening for my jute ribbon to run through. I attached the sunflower charm using fine twine and attached the ribbon on the back.

I also had to make a card for all of our tomatoes! I stamped the tomato and colored it in using fantastix applicators and versmagic chalk ink. I like how the colors pop when the ink is applied to the kraft cardstock. I added some simple embossing, black gingham ribbon, and a sentiment to complete this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Love your sunflower card, that little charm is perfect!

  2. I love it! What a beautiful card! Good luck!

  3. Beautiful fall card Terri. Congrats on your very first garden, what fun. Good luck!