Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quoting Mr. Dickens

Hello Stamping Friends!  Happy Tuesday!

Are you a quote collector like me?  I keep a notebook of my favorite quotations and I love to go back through it and re-read them from time to time.  Charles Dickens, considered by many to be the greatest writer of the Victorian period, is one of the most quotable of writers.  As our weather turns toward fall, here is a quotation to keep in mind.
               "Nature gives to every time and season, some beauties of its own." 

 So to remind us of the beauty of fall that is on its way, here's a card for you!

Sorry the photo is a little washed-out. My photos will get better... I promise.... but I think you can see the most important elements of this card just fine. 

The focal panel is stamped using the new Gently Fallling set that it in the Holiday Mini-catalog.  I used the "rock and roll" technique, first stamping in More Mustard and then rolling the edge of the stamp in either Cajun Craze or Old Olive.  Some of the leaves have the colors reversed by first stamping in Old Olive and then rolling the edges in More Mustard.  Experiment and see which color combinations you like best.  I sponged the edges of the panel in Soft Suede and then lightly sponged over the whole thing to give a softer aged look.  The panel is adhered to a strip of Cajun Craze and a panel of More Mustard, then it is adhered to a Soft Suede panel that has been embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. 

The button in the upper right of the card was cut using the Buttons #5 sizzlet.  I love the paper buttons, and so does the US Postal Service.  You still have the fun of a button embellishment, but without the headaches of lumps and bumps, ripped envelopes, and extra postage.  I used my paper-piercing tool to pierce two holes and then threaded some linen thread through them and tied it in a knot.  Pop the button up on a dimensional. 

And finally we get to the sentiment.  It is another quotation from Charles Dickens..."There's always something for which to be thankful."  This saying can be found in the new stamp set Always Thankful, which you'll find in the Holiday Mini-catalog.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and then punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  Punch another label in Cajun Craze, cut it in half and adhere to the ends of the sentiment.  Pop the sentiment panel up on some dimensionals, then adhere the whole card front to a Very Vanilla card and you're done. 

Here's the list of supplies I used to make this card.  Don't forget that you can order 24/7 and get the lowest  price by ordering on my Stampin'Up! site at http://www.susanrodgers.stampinup.net/.   (Hint... there might be a little surprise for the first 10 people to place an online order).  Something to keep in mind... the minimum shipping charge of 6.95 applies to online orders as well as orders you place through me by phone.

Gently Falling, 123804
Always Thankful, 123789
More Mustard, 103162
Cajun Craze, 119671
Old Olive, 102277
Soft Suede, 115657
Very Vanilla, 101560
More Mustard, 100946
Cajun Craze, 119671
Soft Suede, 115318
Big Shot:
Finial Press embossing folder, 115963
Buttons #5 sizzlit, 113440
Linen Thread, 104119
Paper-Piercing Tool, 116631
Dimensionals, 104430

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll enjoy the cooler weather.  Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more stamping inspiration.


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