Fall for Holiday Countdown: Gather Together & Give Thanks

Sep 2, 2017 | Fall for Holiday Countdown, Painted Harvest stamp set, Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog 2017, Thanksgiving crafts

There’s something about the fall that makes me feel grateful. Maybe it’s the bright sunshine lighting up the brightly colored leaves or the cool, crisp air – or if you have kids, maybe it’s the new-found quiet in the house! (hee hee)

Don’t get me wrong… I’m in no hurry to rush through the end of my summer days… It really is my favorite, but I love the fall, too.
That’s why I’m so in love with the new Painted Autumn Suite in the new Stampin’ Up holiday catalog. If you’re just joining me, I’m counting down some of my favorites from the new catalog over the first 12 days of September. You can view a PDF of the catalog HERE and you can view the products in my online store HERE. We’ll follow my 12 days of the Fall for Holiday Countdown with a Facebook party on Tuesday, September 12, so be sure to let me know if you’ll be tuning in that night. You can click “going” on the event page HERE. And don’t worry, it’s all online so you don’t need to live near me!
Anyway, back to today’s prettiness… I made a gussied up card today — just because I was in the mood to play last night. It took me way too long to make (because I kept adding and subtracting, walking away – probably to eat something unhealthy — and then coming back), but I really love how it came out!
Hope you do, too! Here it is:
Now don’t be like me and forget to order the punch for this stamp set (it’s actually cheaper if you buy it as a bundle!). So, I had to actually hand-cut those cute little leaf cut-outs. But you — because you’re infinitely smarter than I am – can use the matching Leaf Punch. The stamp set and punch are pictured below and you can see them in the store HERE (as a bundle!).

This stamp set is so beautiful… and that sunflower! Oh my word it’s so lifelike when stamped. Sunflowers were my Dad’s favorite flower, and in fact, I always bring sunflowers with me when I go to visit him at the cemetery. He used to grow them in our back yard and so seeing them just makes me smile. 
Since I didn’t use the sunflower on my featured card today, here is another card showcasing the sunflower:
This is such a forgiving stamp set, too. It’s got distressed areas worked right into the stamp so there are lighter and darker areas of the flowers so it really doesn’t matter which direction you stamp the flowers on top of each other (it’s a two-step stamp)… it looks great!
I’m sure I’ll be playing with this one again, so maybe I’ll make a video showing just how easy it is! Well, I’m off to play for a bit… thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll have yet another fun, fall project to share!
Enjoy the sunshine,
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