I absolutely adore the color combinations for Fall. My first ever stamp camp that I attended oh so many years ago was all about fall colors and a leaf stamp set. My first love for stamping is Holiday cards, but a close second is the colors and leaves that are perfect for Fall cards. I don’t know if my appreciation of these colors comes from my early stamping experience, or if it is just a palette that I naturally am drawn to. Whatever the reason, I had a fun time creating this card to share with you today.

I’ve decided to make up a few of this card to send to some members of my church family. It’s been a while since I’ve sent a batch of cards ‘just because’ and I think it’s about time to get some of those out in the mail. The Sanctuary Choir at church has just re-started singing in person at the first service, and it is wonderful to be back with them. The group is much smaller right now due to COVID-19 concerns for various reasons (health challenges or caring for school-age kids for example) and I’m glad to make music with them again. I think I’ll send one of these to the intrepid choir members that are able to do this right now – I want to help them feel appreciated.

The current challenge on the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog was the inspiration for my elements on this card. I used the left, vertical column as the guide for my card. The linen thread bow is my use of ribbon (albeit a thin ribbon), and the leaves are doubling as both ‘foliage’ and ‘die-cuts’.

There really are some great options with this challenge, and I can see going in many directions. The ‘costume’ box is perfect for someone to create a Halloween theme card, and the ‘wood’ box is great for many of the papers in the ‘In Good Taste’ DSP pack.

This is the challenge that inspired the way that I used the elements from the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I was originally thinking of perhaps a different layout with more elements, but this challenge came along at just the right time. I was inspired to keep the stamping simple and embellishments simple and leave lots of white space so that the elements that are there really pop.

In my minds’ eye I was envisioning a die cut for this wonderful greeting (it’s from a host exclusive set), but the CAS challenge caused me to think again and stamp directly on the main layer. I really like how this all comes together for this card, and I’m so glad that these challenges aligned perfectly for what I wanted to create today.

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