Thursday, August 25, 2011

Autumn Inspirations: Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Autumn Inspirations blog hop! We are spotlighting the beautiful colors of Autumn. I am excited to be a part of this hop since Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. Here in Florida we do not experience the change of seasons as in other parts of the country. It is wonderful to see these colors in cards.


If you hopped here from Karin’s blog, you are in the right place. If you would like to become eligible for the Grand Prize and five other mystery prizes, make sure you begin on the SNS Home Blog.

For my card I chose the Swirly Maple from the Autumn Swirl Stamp Set. I used an anti-static bag on Stardream Gold cardstock before stamping the image with VersaMark. I covered the image with Log Cabin embossing powder. This is a part of the Fall Essentials Collection of embossing powders.


I then ran the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval Lg through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine to create the die cut. This machine is so easy to use. I took it to my last class and two of the women said it was so easy to turn the handle.




The background is created using a 1” circle punch and four different color papers (I chose burgundy, tan, brown and dark green). You will need about ten circles of each color and one piece of cardstock. Since you will not see the cardstock, it is not important what color it is. I started by applying a small amount of SNS Brushable Glue with a paint brush and then I started placing the different color circles. The circles should hang off the edge so you cannot see the cardstock. Continue spreading the glue and placing the circles until the cardstock is completely covered.

The next step was to trim the parts of the circles that overlap the edge of the cardstock. Once it is trimmed the ribbon was wrapped around the cardstock and attached to the back with ½” double-sided Tear-ific Tape


Then I used pop dots on the back of the oval die cut and attached it to the card front. For the brown leaf button, I used a shank remover to cut off the shank from the back of the button and attached it to the oval with a glue dot.


For the three Prima flowers, I applied SNS Dimensional Glue to the centers and immediately covered with Autumn Fire Glitter Tinsel and Yellow Gold Glitter Tinsel. The dimensional glue creates a small dome so the glitter stays raised in the center of the flowers. The dimensional glue needs some time to set up before handling the flowers. Once the Dimensional Glue is set they were attached to the card front with glue dots.



To finish the card, I used a Bow-Easy to create the tiny orange plaid bow and attached it with a glue dot.


Please leave a comment on my blog to become eligible for the Grand prize and five other mystery prizes. The next stop on the blog hop is Marie’s blog. We hope you enjoy the blog and are inspired by the Autumn theme. 






Here is the hop order:



Dawn Thomas   http://belladonnasgarden.blogspot.com/ (you are here!)








Shona Erlenborn   http://shonasstampingstage.blogspot.com/

Donna Ellis   http://creativesmiles2.blogspot.com/

Here are a few more pictures using the Autumn Swirl stamp set. Enjoy!







43 comments:

Donna said...

Wooooooo! It's difficult deciding which card is my favorite. I think the colorfully shown trees are fantastic! Thanks, too, for the marvelous write up showing photos of how you achieved the effects in your cards!

Karin said...

I love the clever background you made with the circles in fall colors! And all the cards with the embossing are just lovely!

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

WOWSER!! You out did yourself!! Look at all those beautiful cards. I love them all! I especially like the pinwheel ones!

Barbara Bruder said...

Holy moly I love your cards and they all are great. I think my fav is the circles with the pin wheels right behind, Super ideas.

Shona Erlenborn said...

I love the colored circles for the background - what a great idea!

pjw said...

Love all the circle punches. What a great background effect.

Linda said...

Trees are my favorite stamp - I like how you embossed this one!

Linda said...

WOW DAWN WOW! Love all your cards. Great backgrounds, hard for me to pick a favorite but if I had to the top one would be the circle background.

Sharon from FL said...

Nice cards and I really like the flowers with the glitter centers.

NWFlamingo said...

Wonderful! Those multiple color trees really pop!

Anonymous said...

Dawn - what a nice variety of fall color! Especially like your quilty pinwheel cards. Brenda S

Beth T said...

Love all the colorful circles. Reminds me of falling leaves.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards! I like the flowers with the glitter in the middle.
Denise B

Linda said...

WOw - there are a lot of autumn colors in these cards. The circle background is a great idea.

NanaConnie said...

Incredible work on the both the circles background and the "quilt" pinwheel! Thanks for the instructions -- I know I'll use them. Love the swirly tree you stamped!

Kristin said...

Love the circle background you made! They are all beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for showing how you created the circle backgroud. I particularly like the technique using the squares. Barb P.

Anita Braddock said...

WOW these Cards are Gorgeous love all the colors wow its almost that time of the year I love all the fall colors. love the way you brock it down on how to make the card. the Tree is very cool. thanks for sharing all your cards and for the chance to win some great prizes. keep up the great work
abbraddock@msn.com

Joni said...

Your background was very clever. All of your cards were great.

Karalee Ingram said...

Uhhh, I like your use of multiple colors. Just gorgeous!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

OMG, Dawn you are the bomb. These are really neat and so many ideas. Love the pinwheel.
Cheeser

McStamper said...

Great stamp set and love your cards.

Dianne Potter said...

What a clever way to create a mulicolored background for a card. Thank you for sharing.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What absolutely wonderful cards you made with that wonderful set of stamps. Love the color choices. Autumn is my favorite season.

April said...

Great cards! I love the circle background -- neat idea! Love your medallions too.

Anonymous said...

What a novel idea - using all the circles for your background - so pretty !

Karen A. Jones

Anonymous said...

I love the cards each & everyone of them. Your use of the various types of materials really made me think about getting out of the box more.
Thank you for sharing your work.
June P.

Aileen Freeman said...

I especially liked the pinwheel cards, and I really ejoyed what you did with the tree stamp. So many different effects.

Lisa said...

What a simple but clever background with the small circles. I'll have to try that one! I love tree stamps and your card turned out beautifully.

carrie said...

Great fall cards! Love the Stardream Gold oval backing for the embossed Swirly Maple tree. The circle background is such a wonderful creative idea for a different look.

slbela59 said...

I can't decide which card is my favorite!! I really like the background you made with the circles. thank you for sharing and giving us the chance to win!

slbela59 said...

I can't decide which card is my favorite!! I really like the background you made with the circles. thank you for sharing and giving us the chance to win!

Kim Jaime said...

I love how you used the quilt block "winning hand" with the stamp set. Gave me so many ideas.

Anonymous said...

Wow Dawn! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! The circle background is genious!
Bobbi Sands

Anonymous said...

Clever background.
Pat

Anonymous said...

Clever background.
Pat

Kathy Vogel said...

I really like the card you told us how to make. The circle background came out so well. I like how you used the glitter tinsel on the flowers.

Anonymous said...

Your use of the circles for background color is most interesting. thanks for sharing with all of us
Jan
janhobbs@bryrus.net

Kelly said...

Wow! The card is unbelievable! The background with the circles is really neat-I never thought of using punched shapes that way. Very inspiring!!!

shersl84bed said...

Beautiful set of fall cards. I can't pick a favorite, but I did pick a favorite technique. I love how you made that background paper with all of the little circles. What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Julie Z said...

Add me to the list - LOVE that circle background (great tutorial photos again too)! Extra card gallery is a really nice bonus too!

E. Marie said...

Beautiful cards. Love how you created the background with the circles.

Frann said...

All of your cards are super. The tree embossed with Log Cabin powder is sooo nice!