HSS Inspiration Challenge #28

Hello Stampers, I have to admit when I first saw the inspiration piece for this weeks challenge what came to mind was a TOTALLY different card, but I couldn’t find it (I had made it for my Hostess Club last month) and the last few days have still been sort of crazy still, but slowly winding down. So then I looked at it a little more and thought that it did feel warm, cozy, and like a fire place should be near by- those things always make me think of fall in Colorado. That is where I lived before moving to TX, the state of perpetual summer. So here is what I came up with for this weeks HSS Inspiration challenge.

First I chose my colors, and yes these are mostly retired colors- but a girl has to use what she has, right? I can’t seem to throw out perfectly good card stock just because it isn’t currently carried by Stampin’ Up! So here are the colors I used: Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Old Olive, Really Rust, and More Mustard. Ok, so not all of them are retired. :)
I love this little effect that I created using my CROP-A-DILE. You simply punch ever so gingerly along the piece of card stock to create this dry embossed effect. Careful though, punch to hard and you will get a hole. Play with it a bit and you will get the hang of it and use the right tension.

I am almost certain that every stamp set that I used for this card is retired, yeah I have a hard time getting rid of those too. Call me sentimental… but I LOVE the large leaves that I used for the main image. I wish I had done the Rust one twice though and hand cut the second one and added it on top to give the card dimension…oh well are we ever REALLY satisfied?

I created this little embellishment using my 1-3/8″, 1-1/4″, and 1″ circle punch, my scallop circle punch. I have COMPLETELY run out of dimensionals and didn’t realize it until I made this card, so of course something else I would change would be the flat-ness of this piece. It should have some height to it. :)
I hope that you enjoyed today’s project, and definitely head over to Hand Stamped Sentiments to take part in this weeks challenge- we are dying to see your creative interpretations of this weeks inspirations. So until next time~ TTFN


  1. enjoying and following from SC;


  2. I love the leaves. I’m with you I can get rid of some of my retired items. Love the colors.

  3. Retired or not, this card is beautiful!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors so much. Living in Texas, I miss out on all the great colors of fall, but you really captured them in this card. Thanks so much for sharing!

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