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Nov 1, 2023

Four Seasons November Challenge

Hello and Happy November! The first of the month of course means a new challenge starts today at the Four Seasons challenge blog and it's the last month of "Anything Fall" for this year. Hope you will join in the fun this time around. I had a super busy October and (almost) stepped down from this DT, so glad my teamies allowed me to stay as I truly LOVE being part of it and finding inspiration from the mood boards. 

So here is our mood board for November, but as always this is completely optional as "Anything Fall Goes". 

And here is what I came up with this month, although my first idea was to use a Penny Black squirrel stamp which turned out to be a Christmas stamp LOL (I thought it was fall themed!!) so then I was going to use a "bundle of corn" stamp but then ended up with a single leaf in the colors of the corn. 

I started with the background where I used Lavinia's Feather Leaf stencil, then stamped an image from Aall and Create's The Great Outdoors on the the background. For the leaf I inked some card stock with various fall-ish distress ink colors then used an old Cuttlebug (or maybe Sizzix??) die with matching embossing folder to make the leaf. I layered it onto a crosshatch die cut and added a button with some jute twine as an embellishment. The sentiment on the top right is another one from a Whimsy Stamps retired stamp set. Another quote I love!

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days!"
                                                                       John Burroughs

The paper strips are from my box of scraps. I distressed the edges then mounted onto dark brown card stock then a mustard yellow card base.

I plan to share with these challenges:

PS: Still plenty of time to sign up for the Papercrafters Year in Review 2023 hop where we share our favorite creations of the year. If interested, please visit this post where I shared all the info about it at the end of that post. 

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brenda said...

A great Autumnal make Ellie, lovely shades on the leaf.

B x

Lori Kobular said...

What a perfect fall card! I love your big leaf with the button and ribbon!

Darlene said...

Oh my friend this is awesome! That maple leaf really POPS off the page! Fabulous overall design! You're such an inspiration ... thanks!

Diane said...

It's a beautifully designed card and the big leaf looks just like all the real ones laying in our yard, the downfall of the Fall season, the pretty leaves all falling off, a gorgeous card!!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

I love all of the elements you combined to make this fabulous card. So much wonderful texture overall, but that leaf is truly special. Looking forward to designing through the seasons together.

kiwimeskreations said...

This is a beautiful card Ellie - love your colours on the leaf, and how you have created so much interest in the background

Helen said...

Beautiful - love the addition of the button.

Thanks for joining us at the Creative Fingers Challenge

Helen x

Melanie Hungerford said...

So many details that make for such a beautiful combination of fall and mixed media. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous autumn colours and fab composition Ellie - a really beautiful card.
Pauline xx

Alyson Mayo said...

Very pretty - love the leaf! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Suzanne Reynolds said...

What a beautiful leaf you created with your blended colors and die with embossing... and your background is so interesting, the die under the leave love it, in fact love it all. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

Vickie Y said...

Love the sentiment with the gorgeous autumn leaf.