Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August PTI Blog Hop





Well, it's August 25th and time for another PTI blog hop! This month's challenge was what autumn means to you. Autumn just happens to be my favorite season. Every year when spring rolls around, I waver a bit, but when it's autumn again, I'm sure: definitely autumn! We have a book of poems and paintings by Douglas Florian titled Autumnblings. It is a wonderful book. Here is a poem from it that tells my favorite part of autumn.


AWE-TUMN

When summer's seams have come undone,
then greens to reds and purples run.
A palette falls to forest floor,
And autumn leaves leave me in awe.

So of course I had to make a card celebrating the changing colors of fall.

Here I used Father Knows Best. I stamped the trunk and outline leaves on PTI Vintage Cream CS in Palette Burnt Umber ink. I used SU More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and Ruby Red ink pads and blender pen to color the leaves and sponge the focal piece. I embossed the sent from Out on a Limb Sents and the two little leaves from Father in gold on PTI Dark Chocolate CS. Nesties were used to cut out pieces of Autumn Abundance patterned paper, which I downloaded samples of for free from PTI--a nice service that they offer. This is possibly the prettiest DP they have ever come out with! I added PTI's wooden buttons, tied with gold cord. I used my eyelet border punch from SU on the Pumpkin Pie layer. This card just glows IRL.






Another thing about autumn is Thanksgiving. Autumn is a time for reflecting on our abundant blessings: family, friends, home. So I used the Gratitude sentiment from Spiral Bouquet. The BG DP and eyelets are retired SU. Leaves are punched out of Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, and Autumn Abundance from PTI, Pumpkin Pie from SU.

Well, I hope you enjoy autumn as much as I do, and that you've enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed creating them. Can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with!

36 comments:

Jen said...

Both cards rock! Fall is my favorite season...thanks for the inspiration!

Banu said...

WOWO.. Stunning cards Amy. Loved them both. I really loved the first one, how you have shown the tree with the leaves scattered at the bottom. the colors and sponging has come out real nice. :D

Deb C said...

Simply stunning cards. I love the use of brown as a main element.

TFS!

terisplace said...

Both are really nice cards.
I like you did.

-teri

Traci M said...

Wonderful fall cards with rich color and design!!

ashjoy said...

Love the distressed look of the second card, great job!

Terri E. said...

Both are great, but that gratitude card WOW! You really projected the warmth of the autumn season.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Melissa said...

I love the leaves falling on the fist card, great job on both!

Aimes said...

What super cards! I adore the colours in your first one and the layout of your second one rocks!!
Aimes
x

Sue Pardue said...

Love the cards!

resmith said...

Love both cards!! I just love how you did the falling leaves.

Sara Paschal said...

GASP, I love them both. Amazing job on the blog hop.

Lori said...

Both are beautiful fall cards!!

Regan said...

gorgeous cards

Heather P. said...

Simply beautiful!

Rebecca said...

I like both of these, but something about the second card is just calling out to me! I love the leaves arranged around the sentiment like that. It's so pretty.

peggysue said...

They're both very nice, I think I like the top one best, I just like all the little touches you added, the border, the colors.

Steph said...

Very nice cards!

Chris said...

very pretty! i love them both!! i'm so ready for fall!!! >"<

Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing that poem. I attempted to create multi-colored leaves as well. That is one of my favorite parts of autumn.

Michelle said...

Holy crap - just read what you do for a living...that sounds kinda important! You go, girl!

Love the card with that wood look paper...that is so in right now.

Marge said...

Both very pretty!!!

Terri said...

Nice job on both of them!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Pretty cards! You captured the feeling of fall in both! :) TFS

BethieJ said...

Both your cards are FABULOUS!

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

These are just beautiful--the first is my favorite, love the tree and the leaves!

Deanna said...

Both are beautiful!

Donelda said...

wow, great cards. I love all the colored leaves on your first card but my favorite is your second card....love the clean and simple look !!

Antje said...

I love your tree card, great job!

Linda said...

Two beautiful cards! I especially love the With Gratitude. So elegant in its simplicity. Thanks for sharing.

Susan aka "Crunchy" said...

Gorgeous cards! I absolutely love how you have the leaves on the ground!! The leaves and colors on the Gratitude card are beautiful! You are making me want autumn to come now!!!

Cammie said...

These are beautiful cards. I'm looking forward to fall even with all the leaf raking.

Taheerah said...

Love both of these!

Sarah A said...

Oh, Amy, your tree card is so gorgeous!!!

Angela (SCS monkeymama) said...

Lovely cards, Amy! Your tree looks so pretty with the falling leaves and is colored so nicely. I also love the distressed bg paper of the second card. Well done!

Maryvel said...

LOVELY card Amy! This is exactly the image I mean, just love it! Thank you for your response to my message, I will get back to you right away, Thanks and keep up the great work!