My house is on a beautiful 3/4 acre lot, with many trees. We love our lot, and we are smart enough to allow professionals mow the lawn for us, because we would either wreck it or be living with waist high grass. We are also pretty frugal. Okay, we're cheap, especially when it comes to doing stuff we really know how to do. When we asked our lawn people about leaf collection, they came back with a quote that made my eyes pop. Needless to say, we declined nicely.
Let me tell you how we are DEFINITELY having them do the leaves next year. We have already disposed of 27 lawn bags of leaves, and I bagged up 11 more yesterday. There are probably another 20-something bags worth still out there on the lawn. I love my trees. I do. I am NOT such a fan of all the leaves.
Of course, my favorite tree is the last one in my WHOLE neighborhood to change color, and while it is indeed magnificent, it makes me nuts to think I am going to be collecting those leaves well into the middle of November. I am getting too old for this. I need to move back to a city, I think. Speaking of backs, mine is killing me.
I am able to break from the leaf nightmare to make a card or so every once in a while.
I made this--
My Little Craft Blog, where she makes a wonderful card set and box. The LEAVES are the real jewel of this class, and I will be using her technique until the end of time to do leaves from now on.
This involves using inks and daubers to color your punched or die cut leaves, then coating them in Versamark and coating them with clear embossing powder, which of course you then heat with your heat tool. They are gorgeous and shiny and just wonderful!
This card is on GKD Kraft card stock, and the papers are Stampin' Up. The gold flag piece is done with Martha Stewart gold glitter embossing powder (which is just a bit chunky for my taste, actually).
The stamp is from Inkadinkadoo, and I used my Versamarker to get the tree to accept more glitter embossing powder. I used a background stamp from Inkadinkadoo on the pale grey piece with some SU crumbcake ink to give it some interest. Spellbinders dies made the framed window for the image, and the whole piece is raised off the kraft with some foam tape.
I like Thanksgiving cards. I am entering this one in the Paper Smooches Thankful challenge. I love their stamps, and I have NONE yet. Wish me luck!
I have some pictures of one of the card sets I made using the instructions from the video class I won. I changed up the design a bit, because that's what I do. Those pictures will be coming up soon!
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