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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Change of Seasons

Hey y'all,
Every year about this time I get into a, I can't stand this heat anymore please someone give me some fall mood! I have hit that point again and since this is my very favorite time of year I get a little crazy making just about anything in a fall theme. Spring Blossoms SVG Kit was my victim this time, I do hope you like it.

Start with the lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and cut the lantern out. I used Bazzill Cinnamon Stick for the base and then cut the panels_bottom, panels_top and panels_middle out of Bazzill Truffle. I like the grass textured paper and so does my machine but this time it really worked in my favor to have that texture. I used my Hero Arts wood-grain background stamp to make the wood look on the paper. I used a darker ink for the wood-grain which was Tim Holtz gathered twigs, then I used Tim Holtz rusty hinge all over the top of the wood-grain. That really made it look like wood and I was a bit surprised at how much it looked like wood. To make the window cuts stand out I inked just the window portion of the lantern with gathered twigs. After it dried I added my vellum to the inside of the lantern. The panels were inked and embossed with Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder and Tim Holtz gathered twigs ink.

The vellum was made for another project but I wasn't happy with the way the project looked so it was set aside for another project. I made the vellum using Tim Holtz inks and my Basic Grey Finery stamp set. This was one of the first stamp sets I bought and I still used it 5 yrs later. The leaves of the stamp set are smooth and work quite well to add ink to portions of the stamp before stamping.The colors I used to stamp the vellum were mustard seed, fired brick and spiced marmalade. Using the Stampin Up leaf stamp from the Autumn Harvest Stamp set and Tim Holtz fired brick, Gold Brilliance ink, I stamped the single leaf for a bit more interest.  To achieve the yellowed look I inked the back of the vellum all over with Tim Holtz scattered straw ink pad. Let that dry and then apply the leaf side to the mat. I did it that way because the leaves had more time to dry and I wouldn't get ink all over my mat, cut your vellum pieces.
Note: Let each side dry thoroughly before inking the next side.

Assemble your lantern as per Mary's instructions. Using Bazzill Mud Pie card stock cut the branches from the Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.  Cut the Branch at W 2.454 x 1.864 H. I cut several as I wasn't sure how many I would use. I used Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder to emboss the branches as wanted them to have some texture as well. I used my McGill Flower shaping tools to bend and curve the branches. ( you could also use a thin paint brush handle) I glued the oak leaves from Autumn Elements SVG Collection  cut at W 0.456 x 0.507 H to the branches.  I cut about 40 of each color as I knew they would not all come off the mat cleanly. The colors I used are American Craft pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower. Using Scotch Quick dry adhesive and tweezers I glued each leaf into place after shaping them a bit. The tweezers were used to hold the leaves into place until the glue adhered. Use your artistic eye and think about trees you have seen that are loosing their leaves to decide where to put leaves. Add your light and make a tag or special card to go with it if you decide to give it as a gift. This is for my beautiful daughter whom loves fall as much as I do. She also appreciates all the things I make.

That is my lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and I hope you like it. Experimenting can lead to a good thing but how will you know unless you try? I tried and my lantern looked amazingly like wood to me. Go for it! Experiment with your crafting! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, much love and blessings to you all and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Spring Blossoms SVG Kit
 Autumn Elements SVG Collection 
Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon, Truffle, Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Hero Arts: Wood Grain Background Stamp
Stampin Up: Autumn Harvest Stamp Set (retired)
Basic Grey: Finery Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: fired brick, scattered straw, rusty hinge, gathered twigs, spiced marmalade
TSUKINEKO: Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

P.S. I am still working on reloading all my photos to my blog, thank you all for your patience.


  1. Love everything about your project! The wood texture, the leaves, the vellum, they look wonderful! Fall is my favorite season as well and I'm so ready for it!

    1. Thank you, Cindy. Everything about fall just makes me happy. We are starting to feel some lately which is very early for us. We are hoping it stays and brings us lots of water in what ever form. winter has been way to warm and dry here the last few yrs. Thanks for the love I was begining to think no one liked this but me lol. blessings Sharalyn

    2. What a cool technique for the vellum!! Thank you so much for the tips! I'm beyond ready for's been nothing but 105+ for forever now. Timmi from Card Making and Paper Crafts

  2. You're welcome Timmi, I really feel we should share this stuff we learn. Makes for a better place for all of us to help eachother! Blessings, Sharalyn

  3. Oh wow!! This is beautiful, Sharalyn!!! It looks so pretty with the woodgrain paper and the pretty Fall embellishments on top! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

    1. Thank you Mary, and thank you for sharing your gift with all of us.

  4. Thank for sharing your details of your projects, look forward to your next !

    1. Thank you, I try to share the "how to's on all my projects now. There has only been one that I haven't and it is because every time I try I confuse myself! Lol next projet will be up by wednesday!

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