Thanks and Giving with Vintage Leaves and Lighthearted Leaves

We’ve had a lot of rain in Atlanta over the past week.  I absolutely love rain (when it’s not touching me).  In fact, I love everything about nature as long as it doesn’t get on me.  The awesome majesty of nature is best experienced through a large, open window in a temperature-controlled room.  That’s just me – and those are stories for a different day.  The recent spell of rain has left me longing for Autumn’s crisp, cool air and the beauty of the turning leaves.  The onset of Fall is the one time each year I can step outside, take a deep breath and say, “Aaah!  I love it out here.”  It’s that first touch of Fall that inspired this card:

Vintage Leaves, Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIn case you missed it, I created this colorful background of leaves in a video I shared with you yesterday.  If you want to check that out (and I know you do), you can CLICK HERE.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Clean AND Vintage.  You don’t typically hear “clean” and “vintage” in the same sentence – unless you are contrasting the two artistic styles.  While I was completely enamored by the detail of the background patterns, I needed to “clean it up” a bit with a large panel of Very Vanilla in the center (larger than anticipated when I created the background for the video I shared yesterday).  I added a little texture with a Crumb Cake oak leaf (that’s an oak leaf, right?), but it doesn’t distract from the gorgeous sentiment – “let our lives be full of both thanks and giving.”  The gorgeous background provides the perfect stage for the front-and-center sentiment.
  • Don’t Leave Without It!  I’ve heard that a lot of people have “overlooked” Vintage Leaves in the Annual Catalog – I understand, because I, too, was like you.  I initially said I’d wait until Fall so the bundle just kept falling farther down my list.  I’m so happy I went ahead and picked it up because Vintage Leaves and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits pair so wonderfully with Lighthearted Leaves in the Holiday Catalog.  It’s the addition of the Holiday Catalog set that makes me so happy I have the Vintage Leaves bundle.  Here’s a peak at the bundle (you can buy it now) and the upcoming stamp set:
    Vintage Leaves Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Vintage Leaves Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s video (and coordinating post), I selected a yellow, a brown, a red/orange and a green from my chart of Fall colors (see it here).  I dare you to tell me these colors don’t make for a beautiful Autumn landscape:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Leaves, Lighthearted Leaves  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. This is a beautiful card! Well done.

  2. Stunning! I knew it would be. My goodness, you sound like Daniel…loves nature from inside his comfy home! And don’t ever get a drop of water on him!!

  3. Beautiful card, love the color combo. I so want to say something about the awesome majesty of nature, but as you say, we’ll save that for another time. 🙂

  4. Suzie Patt Cullen

    The end result is so very lovely, Brian. The larger than you originally planned sentiment panel is perfect. And such a great sentiment! Looks like a must-have bundle.

  5. So pretty! Fall or Autumn (love both names) is my favorite time of year.
    I agree that in the middle of watermelon time it is hard to think about falling leaves and apples and scarecrows,etc. But it is upon us now and you have welcomed it beautifully ! This sentiment is perfect and love the fall colors !

  6. Beautiful card Brian! I’m ready for Fall, how about you?

  7. Brian your card is wonderful, but your comments made me chuckle. I am a true Southern girl. I am by snow like you are rain……I like to watch it fall. That’s it!

  8. geraldine homenchuk

    LOVE the card, Brian! Great colours and layout! Autumn is quite possibly my favourite season of the year, with all that gorgeous colour and the cooler, more tolerable temperatures. Thanks for sharing!! Geraldine

  9. Beautiful card! I love the autumn colors.

  10. This card is so Amazing!!! Great job with your background and colors ?

  11. Hi Brian:

    That is one of the most beautiful sayings I think SU has ever put onto a stamp. I absolutely HAVE to have this bundle. Like Sonny, my favorite season of the year is fall. Crisp, cool and beautiful and yes, that is an oak leaf. The problem with oak leaves is that they don’t turn beautiful colors. In fact they just turn brown and fall from the tree except for about 10%. That 10% waits until all the raking is done and there is snow on the ground and then decides to fall off. Very annoying. LOL
    Your card is so very beautiful.

  12. Wonderful card! I love that you stamped in the leaf in crumb cake and let the sentiment be the hero and stand out in the mossy meadow. Also the white space that you created for the sentiment looks fantastic. Love those clean layers you create.

  13. Your card is beautiful, Brian. I am curious to know why the sentiment panel is so large? When you made the background, I anticipated seeing more of it. Either way, it’s a pretty card,

  14. Colorful background. Simple sentiment. Another BK masterpiece!

  15. Simply gorgeous and that sentiment is a must have! I love this card and your blog post made me smile!

  16. Ooooooo, yes yes !!! Love it !!! Yep I need it , thanks my friend , I’ll have to push it up to the TOP, LOL
    Hugs Frenchie,

  17. Excellent sentiment, love this card!

  18. You are fortunate to live in Atlanta area so you can actually enjoy the lovely fall colors you have shown on this beautiful card. I don’t know what it is about leaves, but I can not resist every stamp and die cut I find for them. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  19. Love Love LOVE this card. Love your hand designed DSP. Love its simplicity. Love the sentiment and the colors, too.

  20. Brian! I totally agree with your ‘outdoor’ comments and could not have phrased it any better than you did! I also love this card! Great colors! Great design! Great job! Looking forward to WCMD in October with you and Pam! Stamp on!

  21. This is a great card. Love the colors and the execution is flawless.

  22. Another great card – love the fall stuff anyhow. Anytime you get tired of all that rain – send some my way – we have forgotten what it is.

  23. I agree, Brian. Autumn is the only time of year I really enjoy being outside (when there’s no precipitation, of course.) This card is beautiful, as I knew it would be after watching your video. Great colors, great layout. Your cards inspire me every day.

  24. Really is a stunning card..thanks for inspiration!

  25. Well worth the wait, from the video to the card. Just lovely! Fall is my favorite time of year as well; I really love the clean, classy look here. Bravo!

  26. What a fabulous card, Brian! I too fell in love with this set and started a card yesterday at a friend’s home, but she does not have the colors that I wanted…so will finish the card today! I too feel much as you do about weather….and am also looking forward to Fall….the crisp clean air, the colors changing and being with friends and family! Take good care and have a great week!

  27. Fabulous card, Brian. And I loved your video!

  28. This would be lovely framed!

  29. Beautiful card with all the wonderful leaves!

  30. Fall is my fave season, so when I viewed your video, I knew that the subsequent card would be fabulous. Wow! I wasn’t disappointed–the vibrant background colors really complement the subtlety of the oak leaf behind the beautiful sentiment.
    Anothe card that really rocks the house!

  31. Love it, Brian! Fall is my favorite, too!

  32. Lovely card. I SO agree about the Lighthearted Leaves and the Vintage Leaves Bundle. I HAD to have the Lighthearted Leaves and that pushed me over the edge to buy the Vintage Leaves Bundle too. I too had thought I liked it and would find it useful “later.” It turns out later is now, and I am very happy that I made that decision.

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