Count Your Blessings Fall Card For The Paper Players

by Joanne James7. September 2014 08:00

Today's card is for this week's challenge over at The Paper Players, where Ann has a 'Happy Fall, Y'all' theme for us this week:


I immediately knew what I was going to do for my fall card this week; I've had my eye on a sheet of the DSP in the Motley Monsters Designer Series paper pack that I thought would be perfect for a fall-themed card, and this week's sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary provided the perfect layout. Here's my card:

This falling leaf paper is actually the top of the sheet that has the little Motley Monsters pattern across the bottom, but by only using the top section this paper is perfect for fall. In fact, of the 12 designs in the pack, half of them can be used for non-Halloween themed projects, so it's definitely worth a look for more than just Halloween. Anyway, I digress!

I took the colours for my card from the DSP, and used Sahara Sand for my base, with a vertical border of Basic Black to edge my piece of leafy DSP. I then cut an oval in Tangerine Tango using my Big Shot and Oval Framelits and embossed this with the Woodgrain embossing folder. I stamped my sentiment from the 'Gratitude For Days' set in Memento Black onto Crushed Curry and layered this on top, then finished with the real focal point of my card, a trio of wooden shapes from the Autumn Wooden Elements set, which I layered and finished off with a black and white baker's twine bow.

A simple card that reminds me of fun afternoons in the park, kicking leaves and collecting conkers on a crisp Autumn day. Do pop by and visit the other Paper Players Design Team blogs - there is some great inspiration for you out there as always this week and they would love you to leave a comment or two.

I'm having a lovely weekend: yesterday Rebecca had a great day in London - Mama Mia The Musical was excellent - and today I am expecting to be truly spoiled as it's my birthday! I am looking forward to a roast dinner with all the trimmings and a day of fun with my family.

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


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Comments (33) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/7/2014 1:06:42 PM #

HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday, Joanne!  Wishing you a very special day!  
Your card is so happy and it does remind me of a Fall day in the park!  The wooden shapes are the perfect embellishment!  A perfect FALL card!  XX

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/7/2014 10:03:28 PM #

Thank you Claire for your birthday wishes - I've had a lovely day and been truly spoiled! Glad you like my card too Smile

Laura Banks
Laura BanksUnited States
9/7/2014 1:24:13 PM #

Happy Birthday Joanne! hope your day is lovely. The card is just the thing to remind us fall is on the way.

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/7/2014 10:06:24 PM #

Thanks Laura! I've had a super day thank you, including a family bike ride to the park to collect conkers, a true fall activity!

MikeUnited States
9/7/2014 3:46:47 PM #

Love the color palette on this card, Joanne!  I love the white space!  It really makes your accent pop!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/7/2014 10:07:02 PM #

Thanks Mike - I love these wooden autumn accents!

YaphaUnited States
9/7/2014 4:06:21 PM #

Happy birthday, Joanne! Great card! I love the Motley Monster pack, and that is my favorite sheet in it!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/7/2014 10:09:29 PM #

Thanks Yapha - I've had a super day! I so love the Motley Monster paper pack - normally I don't buy any Halloween papers, but this paper really is so versatile! I am saving the bottom half to make some frames like the one in the catalogue.

Nancy Lempinen
Nancy LempinenUnited States
9/7/2014 4:49:26 PM #

Very nice card, I too luv the paper with the Motley Monsters on it and you've utilized it nicely.  The orange oval is a great tie in to all the colors and I love the little wooden embelishments.
BTW, what are conkers?

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/7/2014 10:19:59 PM #

Thanks Nance - on no, an English thing!! I was so careful with the whole Fall/Autumn thing, I missed this one! They are the seeds of the horse chestnut tree - not sure what they are called Stateside ... I have sent a picture to one of my American friends who is great with this sort of thing, so I'll be sure to report back! It occurs to me the horse chestnut tree may be specific to the UK and not found in the USA ... I'll keep you posted!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/8/2014 9:22:58 AM #

Morning Nance! So I have it on good authority that in the USA 'conkers' are called 'Buckeye' - hope that helps! We spent a fun hour at the park collecting them yesterday - now I'm being plague to dry them out in the oven and thread them on strings for games!

Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
9/7/2014 5:25:37 PM #

Wishing you a lovely birthday Joanne! Your fall card is fantastic. I love how you used the sketch and added the wooden leaves.

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/8/2014 9:24:02 AM #

Thank you Andrea for the birthday wishes and for your kind comments on my card - I love those wooden leaves, so many uses!

LeAnneUnited States
9/7/2014 7:56:38 PM #

Oh drat, I hate it when I could have sent you a birthday card and I didn't KNOW it was your birthday!  Well, have a lovely one!  And I love your card...this paper and the candy corn are my favorites from this pack!  What a great sentiment too.....I need to go back and look at that set!!!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/8/2014 9:26:21 AM #

No matter LeAnne - I appreciate the birthday wishes across the miles! You can have my candy corn paper - this is the only one in the pack I'm not sure how to use - we don't have candy corn in the UK so no-one recognises it!! As for the sentiment - I totally overlooked this set in the first instance because I didn't want the card set with it, but there are some lovely leaves in it and a selection of great sayings. Go take a look!

Dawn Tidd
Dawn TiddUnited States
9/7/2014 9:42:42 PM #

I do hope you had a lovely and very Happy Birthday and that you were appropriately spoiled. Your card is certainly adorable! Love how you put the embossed oval on it…reminds me of a pumpkin. Smile

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/8/2014 9:27:28 AM #

Thank you Dawn - spoiled indeed, I had a lovely day! Glad you like the card - I didn't think about a pumpkin when I made this card, but now you've suggested it I think you're absolutely right - a happy coincidence!

Dawn Tidd
Dawn TiddUnited States
9/7/2014 9:44:22 PM #

I do hope you had a lovely and very Happy Birthday! Your card is absolutely adorable. I love the embossed oval, it reminds me of a pumpkin…so cute!

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
9/7/2014 11:50:03 PM #

Why, Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope your day is special!

Love this card, the wooden elements are so fun!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/8/2014 9:28:00 AM #

Thanks Laurie for the birthday wishes - I've had a super day!

Debbie Henderson
Debbie HendersonUnited States
9/9/2014 1:01:38 AM #

I love that paper also for the same reason you mentioned! Love the clean lines and clean look of your card. Thanks for playing Create with Connie & Mary!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/9/2014 12:00:53 PM #

It's just great paper isn't it Debbie? So many possibilities!

DebUnited States
9/9/2014 3:43:41 AM #

Fantastic card! Love that dsp print and the clean look of your card! Those little wooden leaves are just a perfect embellishment! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/9/2014 12:01:31 PM #

Thanks Deb - great sketch form you ladies this week!

Margaret Raburn
Margaret RaburnUnited States
9/9/2014 5:01:02 AM #

Happy Belated Birthday, Joanne!  Glad to hear you did have a fun day!  Your card is outstanding!  I love how you used the Designer Paper and the oval of Tangerine Tango.  I too have overlooked that greeting set but I really like the one you used!  Every element Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary this week!orks together perfectly!  

Margaret Raburn
Margaret RaburnUnited States
9/9/2014 5:02:21 AM #

Something got deleted.. oops!  I mean to say "Every element of your card works together perfectly!"  

Joanne James
Joanne James
9/9/2014 12:04:08 PM #

Thanks Margaret for the birthday wishes - so glad you liked my card! I love the greetings in the 'Gratitude for Days' set - they seem to suit Fall cards, but also can be used for lots of other things too and I think the set stands up on its own - you don't need to have the Simply Created kit that it co-ordinates with to get most from it.

Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
9/9/2014 8:33:20 PM #

I absolutely love this, Joanne! The cute background paper is almost calico-like, and I love the embossed oval and wooden elements. Perfectly clean and simple!

Mary Brown
Mary BrownUnited States
9/10/2014 3:29:38 AM #

Wonderful...wonderful...wonderful!!!  I LOVE these wooden elements and they are a perfect embellishment on your card!  Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Nicole Tugrul
Nicole TugrulUnited States
9/10/2014 5:05:19 PM #

Wow!!!!  Gorgeous!! You did an amazing job with this week's sketch!  I love the DSP pattern you used, looks fabulous with the sentiment and embellishments.  Thanks so much for joining the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

Connie Babbert
Connie BabbertUnited States
9/10/2014 5:09:22 PM #

Hope you had a Happy Birthday!  I LOVE this print and wish they would have given us whole sheets of it in that package!  And Buckeyes...Ohio State University mascot is the Buckeyes and we have tons of the trees in Ohio.  People collect the buckeye nuts up to make crafts (buckeye necklaces) and to decorate vases and containers!  They definitely don't stay on the ground around here long!  Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

jaydeeUnited States
9/12/2014 11:13:39 PM #

Joanne, I love the trio of leaves against that gorgeous DSP.  The layout is awesome, too.

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
9/13/2014 2:52:37 AM #

OK, I missed all the birthday wishes but I hope your special day was dee-lightful!  As delightful as this fabulous card.  Love how you've featured the beautiful DSP and the little cluster of wooden accents is just perfect.  Love it, Joanne....happy belated birthday!!

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