Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 2016 Challenge with Birgit, Patti & I - AUTUMN

Hello friends.  This past week it has really started to finally look like Fall in my neck of the woods...the leaves are just brilliant shades of reds, oranges, and yellows this year and I am just loving it!  My monthly challenge with BIRGIT and PATTI is very fitting since we decided to do Autumn!

I might have gone a little overboard this month, but I really do LOVE Fall, and my first 4 cards were all made with a piece of leftover cardstock that I had blended with Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, & Peeled Paint.

Card #1:  A Jennifer McGuire technique using a sentiment (Keep It Simple: Thinking of You) and your MISTI and just moving your cardstock a 1/2" every time you stamp the sentiment.  The leaves are die cut from Phrase Play #7.

Card #2:  I embossed with white the image from PTI's Autumn Adornments.  The sentiment is from the same set.

Card #3:  The leaf was die cut (and dry embossed) with an old Cuttlebug die by Provocraft, and then the edges were heat embossed with copper.  The tag is from PTI's Tiny Tags set.

Card #4:  The leaf was die cut with one of my new favorite dies from Gina Marie Designs and the banner was die cut from PTI's Fabulous Frames Die Collection.

Not bad for one scrap of cardstock, huh?!!  :0)

My 5th card was done with a Penny Black stamp called Pumpkin Patch and my MISTI.  Jill Foster showed some fabulous videos using this season's newest stamps and a technique using markers, water, and your MISTI to achieve a really artsy water colored look, and so I decided to try it with this stamp since I hadn't had any success using it last year when I bought it.  I have to say I was pretty pleased with how this came out!  It takes going over and over again with markers directly on your stamp (and some misting, but not too much!!) until you achieve the look you want.  I finished by blending some Salty Ocean and Antique Linen distress inks around the images. 

Card #6 started with a color palette that I had seen on Pinterest of Amethyst Allure, Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, & Bermuda Bay.  I know these are not typical Autumn colors, but they were so pretty I just had to try it!  I used leaves from PTI's Leaf Prints and Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers (sentiment is also from this set).  The stamped twigs in the back of the wreath are from PTI's Twig Wreath.

Card #7 is a just because I love Birdie Brown stamps (Harvest Mouse), and couldn't resist pulling this little guy out.  I stamped him with Versafine Onyx black ink and colored him with some of my Copics.  A smidge of blending with Salty Ocean distress ink and die cut with a Gina Marie Designs die, and then layered onto some plaid paper I found in my stash.  This card just makes me smile!!  :0)

Don't forget to hop on over to BIRGIT and PATTI's blogs, as I just know they will blow you away with their talent!!  I am always amazed each month at what the 3 of us come up with, and am so honored to be playing along side them!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We all 3 love comments, so let us know what you think...we'd LOVE to hear from you!!  :0)


  1. Wow Marcia, there's so much beautiful inspiration here I don't even know where to begin! You've totally outdone yourself on this challenge with all these amazing cards. I love the colors you used to blend and create the first four cards with. Isn't it wonderful when we get that much mileage out of one piece of paper?? Fabulous! The pumpkin card is so artsy and well done. I love the loose look of the pumpkins. You totally rocked the water colored look. The purples and blues wreath is beyond stunning! I never would have thought of those colors but they totally are amazing on the wreath. I can also see it done using snowflakes of various shapes and sizes. And I can't overlook that sweet little country mouse! It makes me think I should pull my set out and give it some love too. You totally rocked this challenge my dear friend with all your amazing cards! How you found time to make so many with your busy schedule lately is beyond me. Well done!!

  2. FANTASTIC four from that one piece of CS!! LOVE the texture on each one!! the 3rd is my FAVORITE!! Square cards seem to sing to me as I don't make them myself very often. Brilliance on teh the cool colors, Purple is one of my faves for Fall:)) and outstanding coloring on those clouds with the mousie:))

  3. Marcia Marcia Marcia!! what a spectacular fall color display! each and every one of your cards is eye candy!!

    I love them all but I have to give a special shout to Card# 3 and your beautiful Copper embossing!! and card #5!! made Jill proud today : ) This came out beautiful!! But my favorite as to be card #4 I LOVE that beautiful die and I can see I will need to shop as soon as I get back : )

    Wonderful collection friend!!

    Thank you for the trip prayers and well wishes I will catch up with you when I return.

    BIG (((Hugs)))

  4. Oh wow, Marcia. You truly amaze me with your card challenges with Birgit and Patti. These cards are so gorgeous. Great job friend.

  5. WOW! I love each and every one of these gorgeous fall cards!

  6. Holy Moly, Marcia!! Thank you for such a magnificent array of card art!! Each one is more sensational than the one before! Hugs, Darnell

  7. Marcia, like I wrote to Birgit, I look forward to your collections once a month. You did NOT disappoint this month either...WOW, fantastic fall cards. Awesome, Amazing and so inspirational!! Thank you my friend for sharing!!

  8. You did good!! Your got amazing mileage from that one piece of sponged card stock. Your cards are GORGEOUS! Amazing colours in the traditional autumn colours, and each is so different designed from the rest. Great job. And I LOVE your watercolour pumpkins. I have been watching Jill's videos as well and hope I can do half as well as you! The colour combo for your sixth card is really beautiful and so feminine. And the last card is just plain ADORABLE! xx


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