Thoughtful Branches Autumn Leaf Trio

by Joanne James11. September 2016 10:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of my good friend LeAnne to host this week and she has a great set of colours for you to work with:


I used the sketch over at TGIF Challenges for the layout of my card today. These colours screamed 'autumn' to me and I immediately reached for all my leaf sets! This is what I ended up with:  - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Thoughtful Branches - I decided to use the leaf from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set as the focal point for my card today, stamped in Crushed Curry and with a little Cajun Craze added with a sponge dauber to create the variegated effect. I cut these leaves out with the co-ordinating Beautiful Branches thinlits dies and also cut out a few of the double-leafed stem in Pear Pizzazz, and snipped off a single leaf from each to place behind my stamped one. I love the pop of colour this diecut leaf adds, along with the addition of texture. Each of my leaf duos was backed with a 1 3/8" punched circle. Don't forget the Thoughtful Branches bundle is still available while stocks last - snap up yours if you haven't already before it's too late!

Petals and Paisleys Houndtooth - The centre panel of my card features another of the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper designs, this time a Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla houndstooth pattern. This paper exudes warmth and adds interest without detracting from the leaves as the focal point.

Sentiment-Free - Today's card is one of those few that is sentiment-free, on the outside at least. I debated whether or not to run a horizontal sentiment banner across the front of the leaves instead of adding the burlap ribbon behind, or stamping one onto the base frame of the card, but in the end decided against it. I didn't want to disturb the symmetry or form of my leaves so kept with a clean, uncluttered front. This also means that I can add a sentiment of my choice when I come to send my card.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
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I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's colours. I'm hoping for better weather today as I have some gardening jobs to see to - yesterday was so miserable, although it didn't dampen the spirits of Ben and his fellow classmates who played in their first rugby match of the season. They managed a 4-4 draw too, so were feeling rather chuffed as they strolled in to their post-match tea! Today also heralds the start of the hockey season an a return to basketball, so sporting weekends are once again about to become the James family norm!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (9) -

sandymUnited States
9/11/2016 2:09:06 PM #

Great card Joanne! I love the layout and the fact that you left it sentiment free. It's always good to have a few of those on hand for any occasion. Love that houndstooth paper, too!


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
9/11/2016 2:30:54 PM #

I love that you combined your leaf sets to make this lovely card, Joanne!  The two-tone varigated leaves are beautiful and the extra die-cut leaf adds dimension and interest.  Great use of the sketch and, I agree, sentiment-free is a good way to be!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/12/2016 1:48:17 AM #

Joanne, this is so gorgeous!  I love the houndstooth, and the beautiful leaves.  The touch of burlap is perfect!  Sentiment free is always good to have in your stash!  Have a great week, My Friend!  XX


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
9/12/2016 7:28:01 PM #

I saw this sketch this morning and knew right away you had used it...I LOVE this!  The leaves are beautiful and the nice houndstooth paper is a perfect background!  Thanks for making my colors a hit!


LaurieUnited States
9/12/2016 9:09:59 PM #

Love your trio of leaves Joanne! They look perfect with that houndstooth background. This is such a pretty fall cardSmile


Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
9/13/2016 2:03:12 AM #

Love this beautiful mix of fall colors and patterns!  Sweet leaves!  Am enjoying your card while I am on a deck watching the ocean on my vacation...😄


Mercedes Weber
Mercedes WeberUnited States
9/15/2016 2:11:31 AM #

Lovely creation Joanne! Great way to showcase this weeks TGIF sketch with those beautiful leaves! Thanks for playing!


Holly Stene
Holly SteneUnited States
9/15/2016 1:41:05 PM #

A very lovely card, Joanne! I love the simplicity but your color combo steals the show! I love the rich cajun craze color of the card base and DSP - but I love that you pulled it in with the two tones leaf too Smile Very pretty! Hope to see you playing along again soon at TGIF!


Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
9/16/2016 8:49:45 PM #

Super cute Fall leaf card, Joanne! I like that houndstooth patterned paper in the back ground a lot too. The added sponging sure gives the leaves nice dimension.


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