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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Harvest!

Ok, I don't really ever brag about my creations, but....I am so proud of this one. I'm not really sure why, I just am.

To make the card in and of itself was easy, but time consuming. I had trouble finding just the right papers. I messed up the first one so badly it wasn't even salvageable for something else. But, if I do say, this is one awesome card.

Ok, now for the fun part. I am going to do it in a list fashion as I think it will be easier for this particular card.
1. Base: Early Espresso card stock from Stampin' Up. Circle cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics.
2. Orange Circle: Free background that comes with Microsoft office. Circle cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics.
3. Rectangles: I took Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin' Up and randomly sponged Summer Sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, and Crumb Cake inks. After I was satisfied with the color arrangement, I lightly blended the piece with Summer Sun. The, I ran the pieces through the embosser with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. After that, I wasn't quite satisfied, so I sponged the edges of one rectangle with really rust ink and the other with Elegant Eggplant.  I have never tried this technique before, but I find that not only does it make a beautiful background, it is quite fun and sort of therapeutic in a way. Something about jamming a sponge down on a piece of paper I guess.
4. Leaves: stickers from EK success. I got them on clearance at Wal-Mart for less than a dollar. I wasn't going to use them, but I messed up the orange layer when I didn't like the placement of the first rectangle I put down. So, I needed something to cover up the "blemish." I'm glad I added them. I think they add to the whole fall feel.
5. Pumpkin: Cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge. I cut it out using the same paper as the large orange circle. I colored the stem with brown sharpie and the vines with olive green sharpie. I doodled in the "stitching" with black sharpie then sponged the edges with Really Rust ink.
5. Oval on Pumpkin: After looking at the pumpkin I felt like the pumpkin needed something, I decided it needed a 3D look. I have seen multiple versions of pumpkins using ovals in Pinterest, so I cut out an oval "stitched" it with black sharpie, sponged the edges with Really Rust ink, and adhered it to the pumpkin with foam tape.  Oval cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics.
6. I then adhered the pumpkin onto the card, also with foam tape.
7. Sentiment: The sentiment is computer generated. It too ended up being a happy accident. I printed it out much bigger than I had really wanted it to be. But, when I laid it down where I wanted it, I had "ah ha" moment. I sponged the edges and back of the sentiment, which was printed out on Very Vanilla paper. I then curled up the edges. I then used double sided tape to adhere the sentiment so that it popped off the card.
Paper Playtime: Use 3 or more papers
Mojo Monday: Sketch
Die Cuttin Divas: Sketch
Created with Love Challenges: DT call
The Paper Players: Fall themed card
Bugaboo: Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Cards TV: Celebrate the Harvest
BBTB2: Design Team Call

Again, I absolutely love this card.  I hope you do too.

Have a crafty day!



  1. It is pretty, I love the dimension and the touch of shine to it, plus I'm a sucker for a shaped card! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at Paper Playtime 3 different pattern papers challenge, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  2. Your card is totally beautiful! TFS your lovely creation at DCD this week.

  3. Thank you for playing at Paper Playtime. Your project is featured on our Facebook Page today and linked to your blog!
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    :) Janis
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  4. What a fabulous card! I just love this! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  5. Very very fun. Love the gold in this. Glad you could play with DCD

  6. Beautiful card Miranda love it
    Linda K.

  7. This is so cute... thank you for joining TTCRD this week.

  8. Awesome card-- way to be proud :) That pumpkin is perfect! Thanks for creating with us at CardzTV!

  9. Beautiful Autumn card! Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's "Anything Goes" challenge.

  10. Your card is fantastic! I saw it at the DT call for Bitten by the Bug 2 and had to come take a closer look....glad I did!
    I love your blog concept. I'm a bit of a scavenger myself and love finding things on the cheap. Whether for crafting or anything else, if I can find something on sale or clearance, I'm a happy girl!
    I just started following you so I can be sure to see more of your great projects. Good luck on the DT call. Hopefully we will soon be teammates as I've submitted a card as well.
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  11. Very nice! I love it too. Love that you added an oval and doodled on it. This added so much to an amazing card. Nice job.

  12. You have every right to brag about this card. It is stunning! Love the papers, the cuts, the shape and the sentiment. Fabulous. Thank you for submitting to BBTB2.

  13. So beautiful! Love your papers, the ones you choose are just perfect and the 3D effect on the pumpkins and the sentiment. Love the circle card.
    Hugs, Pat

  14. This is certainly one awesome card!!! I am loving this card, the leaves and the pumpkin are just fabulous!! Love the papers you used as well! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2;-)

  15. What a Fabulous creation!
    Thanks so much for playin’ along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
    Be sure to check out The Bug Blog for our newest Indian Summer challenge beginning today! We hope you’ll play along!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    ~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
    Kaymin Kreations

  16. So pretty-this is a beautiful card! We're glad you joined us at BBTB2 :)

  17. How beautiful!!! Love the pumpkin and papers. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Shape Card' challenge at BBTB2 and our 'Use 3 Different Papers' challenge at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  18. your comment about choosing papers made me smile! I always think I take the longest to pick out papers! It looks awesome!

    Thanks for joining the Cardztv Go to Galz
    Challenge team as we Celebrate the Harvest.

    Mimi - Cardztv Design Team

  19. Such a fun fall card! love the dimension you added!!!
    Thanks for sharing and linking this up over at the 3GJ Challenge blog for our Celebration Challenge!! The challenge goes all month and we would love to see you link up again!
    3GJ~ DT

  20. Lovely card...thanks for joining 3 Girl JAM!

  21. so love the leaves and the gold wonderful! thanks so much for joining the CTVS challenge. Karen

  22. Great Harvest card! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee