Clean and Simple Leaf Card for the Paper Players

The Paper Players issued a fun challenge for this week – a Clean and Simple project that incorporates leaves.  This is perfect for me because (1) I love the clean and simple style and (2) I love leaves – well, I don’t really love leaves – let’s just say I have no ill will toward leaves. 

Last week, the Autumn Accents Bigz die was on Stampin’ Up!’s Weekly Deal list, so I picked it up for 25% off.  Glad I did because it allowed me to make this:

And here’s the challenge banner for Nance Leady’s challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Is that Cork?  Yes.  Well, kinda.  I recently remodeled my kitchen.  The cabinets and drawers were ripped out and replaced.  I lined the base of the newly installed drawers with Con-Tact paper that has a thin covering of cork.  I carried the leftover pieces to the Fungeon and introduced the scraps to my Big Shot and my Autumn Accents Bigz die.  I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out – the cut is perfect! 
  • Chevron Background.  There are all kinds of ways to create a beautiful chevron background – Positively Chevron background stamp, Designer Series Paper Stack chevron patterns, and piecing together strips of diagonally striped paper (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here).  There’s another!  By now, you probably recognize it as the Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  I just love it here.
  • Tying it all together.  I guessed that the brown in the chevron bag is Soft Suede, but I was wrong.  The color is most comparable to Baked Brown Sugar, and Baked Brown Sugar pairs wonderfully with Pool Party.  I pulled in the Whisper White from the chevron bag by adding a Whisper White tag that’s stamped in Baked Brown Sugar and “attached” to the cork board with a Pool Party Candy Dot “push-pin.”

Stamp sets:  Truly Grateful  Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar  Papers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Whisper White  Accessories:  Modern Label punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Autumn Accents Bigz die, Tag a Bag Gift Bag, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Subtles Candy Dots

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  1. …no ill will towards leaves lol 😀 You do make me laugh Brian.
    Lovely card

  2. Just the other day I Almost made a card including a Cork element too! Whoa, we’re in each others head Brian! Love it! Looks like that Candy Dot is a push pin for sure!

  3. Well, this is the first card I’ve ever seen made with cork and it’s beautiful. Awesome color combination, love it!!

  4. Beautiful!! No ill will towards leaves… laugh of my morning!

    Great card!


  5. What a great card! I love the Cork Sheet and clever use of the bag for your background! 🙂

  6. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Very innovative Brian!!! Great CAS color combo too!!! 🙂

  7. I love the use of the bag for your background and the cork leaf is fabulous! Great card, perfect colors, WONDERFALL!!!!

  8. Clean, simple and BEAUTIFUL!!! : )

  9. This is gorgeous! I love, love, love the cork leaf. You never cease to amaze……

  10. Those bags are so cute and I love how you used one!

  11. What an awesome and creative card, Brian! Love the cork and love the bag background, and the Pool Party pairs perfectly! Also glad you have no ill will towards leaves, too funny! Perfect card for the challenge.

  12. Whoa – I love the look of cork on a card. I love CAS cards. ERGO – I LOVE this card. LOL

  13. Brian, your card is beautiful. It reminds me of an unconvential Project Runway challenge. Very creative!!

  14. Gorgeous!!! Love the cork look!

  15. Good re-use of the cork bits and pieces! Very neat card and very CAS.

  16. Great card Brian, I love the texture that the cork adds

  17. How very interesting, using leftover supplies from your kitchen makeover. Very creative. Nice job, nice card.

  18. Shout out to you today, Brian, for an adaptation of one of your cards i found on Pinterest.
    Check it out here:
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Fabulous!!! Loved yesterday’s card as well (and the day before, and the one before that…). Have I been silently stalking? Maybe…but you’ve turned into a daily treat. And I’m sorry that sounds a little weird, but really enjoy your commitment in posting daily. I’m learning so much!

  20. Ooh what a clever idea! I love the card and I have been thinking about incorporating cork into my work, I keep seeing cutable (totes not a word) sheets of it! Cx

  21. Where did you find the cork con tact paper?

  22. Totally awesome! Totally Brian! 🙂

  23. This is a very Cool card! The colors are just perfect..together!

  24. Very cool way to recycle that cork…looks terrific on your CAS card! Thanks for playing with the Players this week!

  25. Brian, ingenious way to use up leftovers from your renovation 🙂 I love your cork leaf and it’s perfect against the chevron background. I also love that the colors are not the traditional fall colors.
    So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

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