Monday, October 5

Autumn is in the Air!

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the crispness in the air, the leaves starting to change color, and the cool nights. So, I love this challenge! Welcome to Monday, and a brand new challenge!

Whether you’re inspired by the colors or any element of the season from harvest to pumpkins to Halloween we invite you to embrace the season and join us!

This week I am definitely inspired by the colors of autumn as I am seeing leaves just beginning to change colors. There are hints of reds, yellows and oranges in the air, and they are my palette this week!

I started by creating a background using yellows, oranges, and red with distress inks, and adding water droplets for interest. 

Next, I stamped a lot of images all over my sheet of watercolor paper.

Now for the fun of putting it all together after fussy cutting the images out. I was thinking of a wreath, and knew I had to use this cute hoop as my base, which I darkened with a bit of the new Distress Expresso paint.

Add a few wooden birds, and some hand dyed ribbons, mount it on yardstick, and I am liking this! I especially like the dimension of the card...looks like this one will have to be hand delivered.

Ah, this is life, and I am enjoying every day of Autumn! I hope you are too!!


As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Be sure to check out all of the wonderful design team work back at the Monday Challenge blog for this week's challenge!


  1. Gorgeous card Maura :-) I love the colours and the use of a hoop to create the wreath, what a fabulous idea and a great look! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Inspired to use that hoop as the wreath to frame out your beautiful leaves! That ribbon is wonderful too!

  3. Fantastic, Maura! Love how you colored the linen ribbon to match!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. How gorgeous is this! I love the wreath you created with all of those fussy cut leaves on the linen hoop. Such a great idea!

  5. Amazing creation! love your wreath, love the colors, love the design! Beautiful work! barbarayaya

  6. Such a lovely card! Maura. The wreath is so beautiful :)

  7. This is such a fun card, Maura. The wreath looks amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Beautiful autumnal card and I love that wreath, it looks amazing! Gorgeous work, Maura! Hugs x

  9. Beautiful card Maura! I love that hoop that you used to create the wreath. What a great idea!

  10. Holy cow! I am dying over how clever this wreath is! Who would've thought to use an embroidery hoop as a wreath? Apparently YOU and that's why it's always a joy to see what you've come up with. Not only do I love the whimsical hoop, but I love the sophistication of your leaves! I think you really nailed the colors of autumn here and I wish the real leaves outside my window looked like yours (it's been a bit of a drab color-changing season so far, but I've got my fingers crossed)! I'll just keep looking at your wreath when I need a little extra oomph of fabulous color in my day!


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