Pumpkin Thankful Seasonal Wreath for AYSI 213

by Joanne James8. November 2019 12:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As You See It where it's time for my favourite, a sketch challenge:

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 I considered a number of options before settling on using this week's muted palette over at Color Throwdown to create an autumnal thank you card - take a look:


The sketch gave me the opportunity to do something that I've been wanting to try for a while with my Seasonal Wreath embossing folder. I'm also linking up with the Retro Rubber Challenge since they currently have an 'anything goes' theme. I am making a concerted effort to use up more of my retired papers and give some old favourite stamp sets some love so their theme this week is perfect: my card uses a piece of left over retired DSP and a bunch of products that are all more than a year old - read on to see just how old! Here's the low-down on today's card:

A Blended Embossed Wreath - The Seasonal Wreath is in my 'top 5' of favourite embossing folders, especially for Christmas cards. I've had mine since it was launched in 2018 and I do feel it's one of those annual catalogue 'unsung heroes' - lost in the pages at the back of the book, buried amongst the other patterns, but it's great for quick cards and works for all seasons depending on how you decorate/embellish it. I usually use it as a straight forward emboss, but I wondered what it would look like if I coloured it. I decided to try Blends in the first instance and I actually quite like the effect. It isn't as easy to see the dimension from a distance, but even in just three colours I think it gives it a new look.  

Thanks and Appreciation - The sentiment on my card comes from probably my most favourite fall stamp set ever: Painted Harvest. I've had this stamp set since it's launch in 2017 and I can't ever imagine parting with it. Such wonderful thankful sentiments and sunflower stamps that are pretty much foolproof to use and look fabulous in a wide variety of colour combinations. The best thing about it is this set features in the current Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and is still available to purchase :-) The other stamp I've used on my card today is my orange pumpkin embellishment; this stamp is from one of my old sets, 'Pick A Pumpkin', also from 2017 but now retired. I held onto this set and the co-ordinating Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits as they contain some nice pumpkin shapes that work for both fall and Halloween-themed cards alike.

Other 'Oldie but Goodies' - Other items that I've used on today's card that I've had for longer than I can remember are the circle punches I used to layer my sentiment and that piece of Paisley and Posies DSP, which is from Autumn-Winter 2016 - not that I'm a hoarder of patterned paper or anything ...!

I debated whether to add anything else to this card, but decided to leave it 'as is' and allow the wreath to take centre stage. I am enjoying experimenting a little this week and with this card it certainly felt good to use up some bits and pieces, albeit just a few - not sure I made enough of a dent to justify a shopping spree!

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. 

Do check out the cards by the other members of the As you See It design team - we have all interpreted the sketch differently so there is a ton of creative inspiration!

Enjoy your day; I have a date with the ironing basket before heading out on the swim run this evening. What are your plans for the weekend? We are having a split one in the James household: the girls are at home looking forward to a weekend full of hockey, GCSE coursework and crafting, whilst the boys are on the school rugby tour to York via Nottingham. Hopefully the pitches won't be too waterlogged to play - I am looking forward to unpacking the kit bags on Sunday already!!

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (6) -

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/8/2019 7:22:13 PM #

I love the way you've created in colouring the embossing. It seems softer and more muted: kind of a Keatsian 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' effect. This is such a wow card, Joanne. Isn't it fun to get out the oldies again? Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

Vickie Z
Vickie ZUnited States
11/10/2019 9:25:25 PM #

That wreath is gorgeous! So happy you joined us at CTD!

Wanda Cullen
Wanda CullenUnited States
11/10/2019 11:27:03 PM #

Gorgeous wreath design! Way to rock the throwdown colors!

Maria Rodriguez
Maria RodriguezUnited States
11/11/2019 10:49:38 PM #

I keep forgetting how beautiful an embossed image looks when it's colored but you just reminded me of that with your lovely card.
I have the "Painted Harvest" stamp set and you just inspired me to use it again.
Love the beautiful Autumn colors on your wreath and all the pretty details.
Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER.

D Idlet
D IdletUnited States
11/12/2019 2:49:16 PM #

Lovely card, love the autumn colors and the layout.  Thanks for sharing with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/13/2019 3:01:56 AM #

Wow, I had no idea you created this with an embossing folder...I never thought to do that!  (You always have clever ideas!)  I am definitely going to give this a go!  The coloring is so beautiful together!! Perfect sentiment too!

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