You know, I always try to tell myself that I don't really like fall, because it means that winter isn't very far away. But, in truth, I really DO like fall. The gorgeous colors of the leaves, the start of a new school year, the crisp air, that special smell in the air -- I love them all. I also love fall activities, like college football, pumpkin carving and apple picking. And, I have to say, fall definitely motivates me in a creative sense. I'm not really one to make a ton of spring-themed cards or craft projects, but fall always seems to get me going. In the stores, I find myself reaching for adorable pumpkin- and leaf-themed embellishments, whether I need them or not! So, when I was home with my sick little guy the other day, I decided to whip up a few notecards featuring some of those new embellishments, and using warm fall colors like gold, brown, green, and pumpkin orange.
For the sunflowers on the two cards above, I stamped images on mixed media paper and colored them in with Copic markers. I then cut the images out and simply glued them to the card fronts. I love to just play around and experiment with my Copic markers, so I'll often stamp a whole series of images on a sheet of mixed media paper and just try out different color combinations and ideas for shading. Failures get tossed, and images that I like usually end up being cut out and put into a basket near my scrapping area, where I'll see them the next time I decide to make cards.
I've been LOVING embellishments from K&Co. lately, including their package of fall borders, like the pumpkin border on the card above. All of the borders are self-stick, and feature just a little glitter for a bit of added panache. The leaf border on the "Capture the Joy" card below is from the same package. The vellum titles are all from a package that was in the dollar section at Jo-Ann's. The leaves on the cards below, and the pumpkin and leave on the "Friend" card above, are all from a package of K&Co. layered, 3-D embellishments. I always look for these kinds of embellishments because they make fantastic, quick cards.
Notice that for the "Together" card above, I cut some of the pumpkins from that same border but just adhered them individually onto the card. I like that I was able to use the very same supply but give the card a whole different look. For the two cards immediately above, I used up a few really old items, including some scraps of one of my favorite KI Memories paper from years ago. Nothing like combining old and new items and making things work together.
Fall inspires me in the kitchen, too. Once the weather gets colder, I find myself searching for new recipes to try for soups, stews and breads. I'm sure I'll have some new ones to share with you soon!