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Sep 1, 2022

Four Seasons Challenge September: Fall Challenge - Life is Full of Beauty

Hello and happy September! Are you ready yet for summer to end? Not sure I am as I do love the long and sunny summer days and we had plenty of those. Hopefully this month will bring some more nice weather and those crisp September mornings are always so nice too! I might start adding a few fall decorations around the house soon too because I am just ready for a little change of color. This year I actually never changed any decorations since I removed winter and added spring decorations, other than remove a few Easter things I had gotten out... it's been a busy year!

But let's get to the point of this post, a new card to share!

September means a new season starts at the Four Seasons Challenge blog and we are entering the Fall season. That means our theme is "Anything Fall Goes". Below is our wonderful optional mood board for the month in case you need some more inspiration. 

This month also marks The Four Seasons Challenge one year anniversary and we hope you'll join us to celebrate this wonderful occasion!

Here is what I made inspired by the overall colors of the mood board and my stamp choice was inspired by the beautiful mums in the photo (bottom right).

Using a stamp platform I inked up the stamp (Penny Black Bejeweled) with some distress inks then slightly spritzed with water before stamping. Most of my Distress markers are pretty useless now :( so I used regular sized ink pads and when needed I used a paper towel to wipe off some areas like where I touched up with yellow ink on the edges of the blossoms. Thankfully with the stamp platform it's possible to build up to the colors I want. 

I used one of my new (to me) background stamps from Darkroom Door (Grid Texture stamp) on the bottom half for some interest and flicked some diluted green distress ink onto the card. As I was trying to decide if the card was needing something else, I saw this honeycomb die cut (from this Sizzix die set) on a shelf next to my desk where I keep more recent unused die cuts (I do have a whole box of them but rarely ever look into that box) and I decided it would make a nice addition to the card. 

Related Fall Themed Products:

I thought this paper strip was a good match for a fall themed card. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts monthly stamp kit but a few years old and sold out. 

Some natural jute twine by May Arts and paper piercing finishes off the card. 

Thanks so much for visiting! Remember, the challenge runs until September 25th so hope to see you over there too!

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I'm planning to link up here:

Stamping Sensations - Feminine // Penny Black Saturday- Use PB stamps // Double Trouble Challenges - AG // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background // 613 Avenue Create - AG // We Love 2 Create - AG creative // Paper Shelter - Autumn Colors // Simon Says Stamp - AG // Paper Minutes - In the Garden // 

Always Anything Goes here:

A Place To Start - AG // Taylor Made Cards 4 U // 613 Avenue Create opt. twist watercolor // Creative Moments // Through The Craft Room Door // The Corrosive Challenges // A Perfect Time To Craft // Classic Design  Challenge * // Crafts Galore Encore // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Love to Craft // QKR Stampede // The Creative Crafters // World Wide Open Design Team Challenge // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 

Link Parties:

Dare to Share //  Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge //  Wonderful Wednesday // Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life //  Funtastic Friday //   Link Up On The Edge


brenda said...

I'm not ready for it to end either Ellie, love the colours of Autumn but not the thought of colder shorter days. Your Autumnal card is beautiful using the PS stamp.

B x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a delightful autumnal card Ellie - love that stamp and the way you have used the colours on it. The extra interest the die cut, jute and paper add to it is fabulous.

Diane said...

A beautiful card with all the pretty autumnal colors and a lovely design! Love how you built the color on the flowers!! My distress markers are pretty dried up too, a shame since I know they were a little pricey to get them all, anyhow a gorgeous card you have created!!

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful!

Curated by Jennifer

Bunny said...

Life really is full of beauty. Your mums are gorgeous. I love the technique. Your card is lovely. [Bunny]

Joanne said...

That is a beautiful card! I just made a card yesterday afternoon using a bunch of fall colors and flowers/leaves. I love this time of year!

Anonymous said...

Stunning g card Ellie .. gorgeous stamp and I really love all your details .. so much to look at 😀
Pauline xx

Darlene said...

Oh Ellie what a FABULOUSLY designed creation! I love EVERYTHING about it! Well done my friend ... awesome inspiration to us all! SO SO glad you have joined our DT ... your creations are always top notch! HUGS

Melanie R said...

Beautiful fall card, Ellie! Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble #119.

Donna Walls said...

Great stamping technique and a gorgeous image. The colors are so pretty, I just love Autumn!

Karen Letchworth said...

This is STUNNING, Ellie. I fell in love with it when I saw it on the Four Seasons Blog. SO super cool with all that going on...LOVE it. Of course, I hope you will come share with us at Word Art Wednesday. I always love to have you play along. Have a blessed week,

Helen said...

What a wonderful card Elli. I've always loved that stamp and the background you've created really sets it of perfectly. It certainly embodies Autumn. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Have a good day! :)

Linby said...

A beautiful card and I love the additional embellishments to your design. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

Jackie C said...

What a smashing project!
We always love to see all the entries at Classic.
Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
We really appreciate you joining in.

Jackie DT

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the fall colors and sentiment of this card!

Helen said...

A beautiful Autumnal card - gorgeous colours!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Alyson Mayo said...

Love the effect on those flowers - gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, soooo schöne Farben! Deine Karte ist wundervoll, vielen lieben Dank, dass du sie uns bei Paperminutes zeigst.

Liebe Grüße -

Linda Mc Enery said...

The colour transitions are so beautiful. I love the grid you've stamps on the background and the honeycomb diecut is a super addition. Such a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Hi Ellie.. Wow, what a gorgeous card... love the water coloring, ink splatters, stencil, die, twine and the frayed edges of your background... such a beautiful combination. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Dare. While checking previous partners on this for additional chances on our random draw I didn't see any, did I see Double Trouble's link, can you add that so it invites others to our challenges.

Barbara Bruder said...

WOW what a beautiful card. Love all the additional elements you used to make this card so pretty. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.

Johanna said...

A perfect sentiment to go with a really beautiful card. Love it all.

Cards by Jane said...

Oh this card is full of beautyI am so pleased you shared it at TTCRD.

Crafts in the Command Center said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Great fall card. Thanks for linking it to the Love To Craft Challenge Blog. It's so beautiful! Dorlene DT LTCCB

jolanda creatief bijtje said...

nice card
Thank you for joining our challenge
greetings jolanda bongers
dt creative crafters

pinky said...

Your card is just beautiful!! I love autumn but like everyone else, the nights can be very long! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Wow, beautiful card I love it. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

jolanda creatief bijtje said...

nice card
Thanks for joining our challenge
greetings jolanda bongers
DT the creative crafters

Deanna Mulder said...

Beautiful card. Love it. Thanks for playing along with us at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Deanna DT

Conniecrafter said...

the flowers are just gorgeous and I love the grid behind them, and the piece of the die cut, looks great with it!

Dawn G Designs said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter Challenge! I hope to see you in our next challenge!
Crafty Hugs!
DT Dawn

DIANA L. said...

Very pretty!! I love it.
Thank you for entering the DL.ART SEPTEMBER 2022 Linky challenge.
Have a blessed day

Ivy (Ivette) said...

Another wonderfully made card. You are very talented my dear. Good luck once again with your entry at A Perfect Time To Craft.

Crafts in the Command Center said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Great card. I love the colors and everything! Thanks for linking your project to the Love to Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB