Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankful For Fall...Family...& Friends...

Hi Everyone! Paper Issues has revealed the newest theme...Thankful For Fall. If you ask me, what a great platform to create from...things that we are truly thankful for and just in time for Thanksgiving, right around the corner!

A family tradition that we started a few years ago is going to Branson, MO for Thanksgiving. With the extended family in tow, we all load up and stay in a huge cabin to accommodate 12 of us. I am truly thankful that we get to spend this memorable time together...watching movies, playing games, eating, shopping, going to the amazing Christmas shows and taking in all the natural beauty that surrounds us. What a perfect way to welcome the Christmas season. :)

As the trip quickly approaches, I thought it would be a nice time to make a card for my mother letting her know how grateful I am for our family. The card I created is not your typical colors when you think of fall is it? My color scheme is totally inspired by Tara Anderson, one of the designers at Crate Paper. She always does monthly color challenges...funky color combinations I typically wouldn't dare to even conjure up in my head. Lately I have been attempting some of her suggested schemes and am truly enjoying it.

For this card, I used a scrap piece of the Crate Paper Farmhouse Farmers Market. I had recently created some cards using one of the Tim Holtz dies, Regal Crest. I decided to cut around the negative scraps, and it looked like a pumpkin to me so I kept it. :) The same holds true for the copper leaf. It was from negative diecuts too. In addition to the pumpkin, I used an In Stitch'z Formal Flourishes template to create my swirls for stitching. I am loving the magenta floss against the Crate Paper Random Denim. I used AC "Forest" Thickers as well as a diecut from Crate's Random Collection. I dug into my older stash of goodies for the metal "family" piece from K&Co's Life's A Journey & the cute 3D acorns are from Anna Griffin.

I hope my card has inspired each of you to get out there and create for what you are truly thankful for. Please be sure to share with us over at Paper Issues. We would love to see your works of art. :)

Not only am I thankful for my family, I am thankful for you my friends!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!