Saturday, September 26, 2009

Autumn ~ the year's last loveliest smile

I just love that quote... "Autumn ~the year's last loveliest smile," by William Cullen Bryant. That's what autumn does for me... puts a smile on my face. It's a gorgeous time of year. I love the change in the feel of the air, the days growing shorter, and the glimpses... few that they are here in So Cal...of leaves changing colors. My soul starts to reawaken after slogging through the hot summer. I'm giddy with anticipation! We're supposed to start cooling down next week, but I've lived here long enough to know that autumn weather is still a month away.

In the meantime, I can enjoy making autumn cards, and I loved making this one for today's sketch challenge at The Sweet Stop. I hope you'll hop over there and read about all the wonderful new changes taking place in our weekly challenges... there's a new DT for the challenges called the Sugar Babies, and I know you will recognize their awesome talent when you see it. Plus, there are chances to be spotlighted as a Guest Sugar Baby and win free digi images!

But most important, the sketches are fun and there is a very special fellowship that exists at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and The Sweet Stop. So please come join us!

I'm absolutely in love with Autumn Blessings, the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set I used to create this card. The leaves and other fall images are so lifelike, and the greetings are fabulous! I loved this particular greeting so much that I slightly altered the sketch to accommodate it. The DP is Bo Bunny's Kitchen Spice, which I LOVE, plus I got a chance to use my new Lattice Borderability.

Tip alert: When you use your Borderabilities or Pendants from Spellbinders, or any other die that has intricate detail, put a sheet of wax paper in between the die and your cardstock. Your cardstock will pull away from the die as smooth as butter!

And don't you think blue is one of the colors of autumn? I do... because what do you see a lot of this time of year? Blue sky of course! Another reason I love autumn.

I hope you all have a fabulous fall day, and I'll see you back here soon with my post for tomorrow's newest challenge on Stampin' Sisters in Christ. There's still time to play in this week's challenge for a chance to win Autumn Blessings, but you'd better hurry! That particular challenge, hosted by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps ends at 11:59 pm PST (GMT-8) tonight!!!


Nancy said...

Wow, another Gorgeous card, Lisa.
I love what you did with the sketch and such pretty colors.

jo said...

Beautiful! Love what you did with the sketch!

Marcea said...

Just stunning sweetie and your beautiful creation has put a smile on my face
Have a wonderful weekend

Patti J. said...

Love that sentiment! Love your card! You make me smile - love all of your optimism and spirit! Great card, and great sketch! I was too late with the last one, I think...I'll have to try to move a bit faster this week! Take care, dear friend!

Ceal said...

great card! love the colors

Cindy Haffner said...

Lisa I love your Fall card, so pretty.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What a gorgeous Autumn card!!!! I LOVE the blue sky represented!!!

Debbie Pamment said...

Just gorgeous Miss Lisa!!! And thanx sooo much for the tip about intricate dies - am sure THAT will come in handy!
Take care and hope your weather cools down soon - just as I hope ours warms up just a little - LOL

Cat said...

What a stunning card! I love the detail on that leaf, and that punched border is just the right touch! I'm ready for Fall too. I love the changing colors! Thanks for the tip about the waxed paper. I'll have to try it. It is so annoying when my paper gets stuck in my punch.