Sunday, October 13, 2013

OLW161--Show Me Your Colors

This week's OLW, hosted by the oh-so-talented Cheryl, is to show your fall colors! I love fall colors, and they are becoming more prominent around my house as I type. Golds, greens, reds, oranges, browns flourish outside my windows. Such a gorgeous palette!

So here's my card, which uses a new acquisition from Papertrey called Might Oak. It's a fun set, surprisingly versatile!

The set comes with a LOT of leaves, all the same size but with different designs on each. The simple, clean shape of the leaves allows for easy borders with repeat stamping.

Note how unified the border is, despite the three different colors and different patterns on the leaves. That's because the leaf lines are staggered. The yellow and orange lines bulge into the narrow places on the green line, visually locking the three lines together.

But leaves don't fall in straight lines, do they? So to connect the sentiment to the border and to pay homage to the messiness of fall, I stamped a single, crooked leaf under the sentiment. I rather like the tension that creates on the card between clean and tidy design and the messy reality of fall, but then, I'm weird that way.

Click on over to Cheryl's blog and play along! The challenge will be open until Tuesday at midnight!

stamps: Papertrey Mighty Oak
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: gridded acrylic block...a necessity when repeat stamping!


  1. susan,
    i love everything about this card.
    just might have to make yet another PTI purchase!
    have a great sunday!

  2. Reading your blog always makes me happy, and gets me either chuckling or thinking...sometimes both!
    Good teaching is intentional, too. You are a fabulous CAS teacher. I am not a CAS crafter all the time, but I find myself remembering things you've written when I try - and those always help. Thank you for sharing your passion.

  3. It's always a treat to visit, Susan, your cards never fail to delight and you are always generous in sharing your knowledge and expertise ... thank you! Anita :)

  4. I am always grateful for the design lessons you give us. Your stamping is always so purposeful. These colors are gorgeous. The border is perfect, and the single leaf is genius. This design is awesome, Susan.

  5. Very creative, Susan. I love how you used Mighty Oak to create borders. I never would have thought of that. You are the CAS/One-Layer Queen! I'm glad you were able to play along this week.


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