Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A Fall Hello from Judy

Happy Wednesday! Judy here with some vacation inspiration. Our family just returned from a fabulous couple of weeks away in the Northeast, where we were able to explore Boston (one of my favorite cities), parts of Vermont and New Hampshire, and end up in one of the most beautiful states - Maine! We had a wonderful time, with lots of good food devoured and new memories made! I am glad to be home and back in the "normal," however - so that I can spend some time crafting!

Our vacation was HOT - record temps in Boston - and back home we have had heat indexes over 100 every day. I am finally ready to move from the hot to the crisp fall air, so bring it on! I am hoping my breezy sunflower card will help do the trick! We saw a lot of beautiful flower gardens on our trip, and some amazing sunflowers.

One of the things I sometimes struggle with is scoring my card in half. Simple, right? Especially when you have a Scor-Buddy! I think it's age creeping up saying, "You used to be able to do this, but now you need help!" So I use my Original MISTI after I have scored the halfway mark, and put the cardstock in the corner to fold in half and get it straight! The Cut Align also helps to get those layers straight (along with some magnifying readers!), and I had a few layers here!

I am using the wonderful Sunflowers Dies from Stampin' Up!, along with a fun sentiment (Big Words) from WOW! Embossing (yes, they have stamps!). I have a subtle embossing folder (SU!) for my main white panel to add texture to the background, along with some fun patterned paper from Simple Stories that reminded me of sunflowers. I used my Mini MISTI to stamp the sentiment in a crisp black (VersaFine Clair Nocturne). The leaves and foliage sprigs, as well as the sunflower center are cut from shimmer cardstock (Michael's). A fun fall card for a friend to say hello!

And here is my inspiration from Maine, near Acadia National Park. These were about 8 feet tall:

Have a great week! You can find more of my projects at Joy in a JAR.

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