Sunday, October 2, 2011

French Foliage Swap

We had a downline meeting yesterday and it was decided beforehand that we would do a swap.  I took out my French Foliage set and used daubers to give the leaves some autumn color.   One of my favorite trees, the dogwood, has leaves that turn the deepest shade of red and always look so pretty in the landscape as well as on the ground.  That's what inspired me to color the leaves in this way with Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake. 

I used all the stamps from this set.  There are three leaves, the script, postmark, and the splotches.  I stamped the leaves in the background with Crumb Cake ink and the splotches with Cherry Cobbler stamped off once onto Naturals White cs.  The script and the postmark are also in full strength Cherry Cobbler.

Then I ran that panel through the Big Shot with the square lattice folder.  The oval is embossed also and torn around the edges.  I used the large oval punch to punch out the center to make a frame but looking at it now I realize that I could have just punched the oval out of the stamped script paper.  That definitely would have been a little easier and would have taken a lot less time putting this together! 

You see the label punch and the seam binding in Cherry Cobbler also (I think I've typed that so many times now that I'm craving a real Cherry Cobbler!). 

I layered the stamped panel onto a panel of, yes - Cherry Cobbler, and then the whole thing onto a Crumb Cake base.  You see the stamped panel was also punched at the corners with the ticket corner punch.

Aside from the fussy cutting of the leaves, this really didn't take a lot of time to do individually.  I purposed left off a sentiment so that the swappers could use the card in whatever way they wanted. 

I'll be sharing the projects and the swaps I received later in the week.  It's been a somewhat trying day today.  My computer virus protection is having a major hiccup and slowing down and doing unexpected shut downs making it very difficult to work with my computer.  And, I spent more than an hour on the phone with our cable service as we had to replace our set-top box and the automatic installation was anything but.  To make matters worse, now that it's set up it won't let us use the On Demand setting to view FREE programs.  Give it 24 hours they say!  How frustrating.  I just wanted to sit and catch up on some shows that I had not seen yet.  Before I knew it, it was too late to go up to the stamp castle and get busy there. 

Oh well, definitely tomorrow. 


  1. Sorry you were having technical problems, but your swap cards were beautiful!

  2. Ooh Lorraine! There are so many things I love about this card! The color combo is beautiful and I love how you used the dauber for the leaves. I also love how you tore the embossed oval - a beautiful touch! The embossed background is equally gorgeous!!!! Beautiful job!!!!!

  3. How beautiful - bet your swappers loved these. You put so many little but lovely details into your cards that make them fascinating to look at.
    Sorry about your computer woes - I can identify with those. Mine kept paging so fast past an error message and re-starting that I couldn't even catch what the message was, and could only get going by turning it off at the mains. I checked the disk and it seems OK at the moment - fingers crossed, as I need to be feeling more energetic to deal with formatting and re-installing everything.
    I hope your hip is not giving you too much pain these days?

  4. Oh my gosh! Those are so cool..I love the look of the white veins on the leaves! Lucky swappers! These are awesome!


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