Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back to Routine

There can be something comforting about getting back into routine.  As much fun as summer vacations can be, when there is very little in the way of scheduled activities, after a while it does get boring and the body feels the need for a little structure again.

Fall is the time for most people when that structure resumes, with kids going back to school and many people returning to home and work after taking advantage of the warm weather for vacations.

In our family, we have many fall birthdays starting in October and carrying on through to December.
Because I'm going to need a lot of them, and many masculine cards among them I designed a fall themed birthday card for the Paper Players Challenge #161.

This is what I came up with:

  • I wanted to feature products from the Holiday Mini catalogue because that's the theme of my Technique nights this month, so I chose the Season of Style Designer Series Paper for the background panel on my base of Baked Brown Sugar.
  • I decided to echo the large polka dots on the DSP with a couple of circles cut with the Circles Collection Framelit from Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstock.
  • I used the Magnificent Maple Stamp  to collage stamp several leaves using Crumb Cake, Old Olive and the new Metallic Gold Encore Inks.
  • The sentiment is from Bring On the Cake stamp set and it is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.  
  • To embellish I used a Designer Button from the Neutrals Collection and added a snippet of Natural Trim.
  • I was wondering how well the metallic ink would clean off the stamps, having had some unfortunate results with metallic ink prior to becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator, but this Gold Encore ink cleaned off like a dream with the Stampin' Mist Cleaner and the Stampin' Scrub!

So enjoy your routine, but make sure to save some time for creativity!  It cleans the dust off your soul!

Stamps:  Magnificent Maple (w131868); Bring on the Cake (w128490; c121958)
Paper:  Season of Style DSP (132340); Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Chocolate Chip (102128), Old Olive (100702) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock
Ink:  Metallic Encore Pad in Gold (132141); Classic Stampin' Pads in Crumb Cake (126975), Chocolate Chip (126979), and Old Olive (126953)
Accessories:  Designer Buttons in Naturals Collection (130031); 7/16" Natural Trim (129287)
Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits (130911);  3/16"Corner Rounder Punch (119871)

Bring on the Cake Stamp Set

Circles Collection Framelits

Magnificent Maple Stamp Set

Natural 7/16" Trim

Season of Style Paper Stack

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