Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sweater Weather

The days definitely have a chill to them now as the sun sets!  Although I love summer, I think that fall is my favourite season!  It has a richness to it that the other seasons lack.  Warm colours, warm sweaters and warm occasions all combine to create a cozy, colourful time of year!

Our nectarine tree is loaded with hundreds of juicy ripe nectarines ready to pick and the prune plums won't be far behind.  There is something special about the soil here, because all of our fruit trees produce bumper crops on a regular basis.  Our only problem is how to use or get rid of them all!

I love the Sweater Weather Design Series Paper!  It has the fall colours, patterns and textures that I adore. There is even one with an actual knit texture in Tangerine Tango!  So when I was looking at the latest Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week, I decided to use that very DSP!

  • It's my very first time using the Field Flowers stamp set.  It's a two-step stamp set, so you need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the outline stamp in exactly the right place.  The flowers and centers are hand cut and layered with Dimensionals for a 3D effect. 
  • The flowers make me think of those huge pots of chrysanthemums you can find everywhere at this time of year.  I used Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango for the solid base image and Early Espresso for the outline overlay stamp.  
  • I found that if you used a lighter colour or didn't get it in the right place it made the image look out of focus, so for sure get out the Stamp-a-ma-jig!  I made a video on how to use it a while back.
Here's a look at the Challenge Sketch:
  • Here's a closer look at the field flower images, but did you also notice the stamped wood chevrons in the background.  That image is from Truly Grateful.  I stamped it in Crumb Cake ink but I added a little "tap dance" of Early Espresso by randomly tapping the brush end of an Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker on the inked up stamp before stamping it.  
  • The acorn is from Truly Grateful as well, stamped in Early Espresso, as is the sentiment from Field Flowers.
  • Don't you just drool over the texture in the burlap ribbon?  I've gone through a lot of it already!  
So, yeah, if you want some nectarines, let me know!  Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Field Flowers (w128583; c122762); Truly Grateful (w131730; c131733)
Paper:  Sweater Weather Design Series Paper (132184); Early Espresso (119686) and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Crushed Curry (131173), Tangerine Tango (126946), Crumb Cake (126975) and Early Espresso (126974); Stampin' Write Marker in Early Espresso (119680)
Accessories:  1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (132140); Neutrals Collection Candy Dots (130934)
Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Paper Snips (103579)
1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon

Field Flowers Stamp Set
Neutrals Collection Candy Dots

Paper Snips

Sweater Weather DSP

Truly Grateful Stamp Set

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