Wednesday, September 25, 2013

PTI September Blog Hop

Note: this is my second post for the day. 
To see my September release post for Fresh Squeezed Stamps, please scroll down.
It's the 25th, which means it's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

This month's challenge is wreaths.


I decided to make a card and a layout for the challenge.

First up, my card. I used my Wreath for All Seasons stamp set. 
I stamped the branch stamp in Versamark and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I stamped the berries and heat embossed them with red embossing powder. 
I diecut a double-ended banner die from pure poppy cardstock and heat embossed my sentiment in gold. 
I layered the patterned paper panel over some gold shimmer card stock.





When I'd first seen the challenge, I'd been toying with the idea of creating a layout using the theme. 
Here's what I came up with.


Can you guess what I used to make the wreath?
It's the Might Oak cover plate-- the tree trunk. I diecut 10 of them from some dark woodgrain Echo Park patterned paper and layered them on my Teresa Collins patterned paper. 

Here's a close up.


I added some leaves that got diecut along with the tree trunk... I just flipped them over first. 
Then I added a few groups of buttons.

For my title, I stamped my sentiment from Counting My Blessings.
I diecut the "grateful" from aqua mist cardstock. 
Then I stamped it with a WMS feather stamp and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Around my photo, I added some more feathers, which I stamped first with versamark and then heat embossed with clear (aqua mist) and white (rustic white) embossing powder. 
A few large buttons finish it off.






Thanks for looking!

77 comments:

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

The card is awesome, but the layout - wow!!! I knew which die you must have used when I saw it - the effect is fantastic!! Amazing Leigh!!

Michelle said...

Wow, Leigh! Your card is scrumptious, and your layout is amazing! Love them both!

~amy~ said...

WOW! Both of your projects are super fabulous!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Very pretty card! Love your layout as well.

DIANA L. said...

Your card is gorgeous and what a beautiful layout. Have a great day
DIANA L.
dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Wida said...

I am in love with this layout!!! and the yellow on the card is so unusual and striking! I always enjoy coming ot your blog...good stuff every time

artful-notions said...

Beautiful card and layout!

Linda said...

Both of your cards are really lovely.

Veronica Z said...

Leigh, your card is beautiful, and I love your scrapbook page!

Martha said...

What lovely creations, Leigh!

Joni nina Andaya said...

OMG Leigh! Your projects are AMAZING...so loving the mighty oak die, love it on how you converted it to a wreath..FAB!!!

Steph Hilt said...

Oh how clever you are Miss Leigh! I love your page layout using the Might Oak! And the tiny little buttons and leave are the perfect embellishment. Just beautiful!

Renee said...

Leigh they're both fabulous!
Love the CAS of the card...
you forgot to mention how mail friendly it is! :)
And a gorgeous layout...
love how you used the tree trunk...
and with leaves and feathers! :)

Kathryn A said...

Love your wreath card--simple and gorgeous--and your idea of using Mighty Oaks for your layout was very clever!

Shay said...

As usual, Leigh you are an inspiration! I love how you created the wreath using the coverplate on your layout too.

Keri said...

Absolutely beautiful, Leigh! Love your card and your layout. :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Both are super creative Leigh, love the embossing on your first card!

victoria h said...

pretty embossed wreath on your card and your layout wreath has so many wonderful embellishments.

bjmartin said...

Beautiful projects Leigh! I love the wreath against the woodgrain paper, and your layout is amazing!

Lori said...

Both cards are gorgeous Leigh!!!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the "tree" wreath Leigh - the rustic feel of the papers goes perfectly with the buttons & feather details!

Elena said...

I always adore your layouts, Leigh! so clever, to build a wreath out of the tree die.

Jean Martin said...

Leigh!!!! OMG!!!!!!! The wreath on the card almost looks real!!!!! And that layout!!!! I don't scrapbook anymore, but your spread made me want to!!!!! Beautiful! So much inspiration!!!!!!!!

sentsue said...

Love the simplicity of your card! Beautiful.

Lee said...

A beautiful card and your layout is simply stunning. Just love how you made that wreath...WOW!

Alanna said...

Oh WOW Leigh. I love how the wreath looks on that patterned paper on your card and your layout is fabulous. Love the wreath you created.

Tonya said...

Love love love your use of the mighty oak for your wreath!!!!!

VikkiCH said...

Your card is gorgeous - colors, design, embossing. This should be a poster!

Marcia said...

Both your layout page and your card are beautiful! I love the simplicity of both and the colors...very nicely done! :0)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love, love, love the wood paper, such a stunning CAS card.

Charlene said...

Gorgeous designs Leigh!!!!

carol (krillsister) said...

Great CAS card. Love the background paper. You oudid youself with the layout. Stunning!

Kristii said...

Absolutely beautiful projects!!! I love the embellishments on your layout!! Beautiful!!

Kelly Griglione said...

You are so darn smart, Leigh! I love how you made a wreath out of a tree!! Looks like it was made for the purpose. And the gold with your barn wood card is quite unexpected. Love it!

nancy jane said...

The card is fabulous, Leigh, a great mix of rustic and elegant. And your layout is heartwarming. Clever use of the tree die cuts.

Marybeth said...

Both projects are beautiful Leigh! Love the button detail on your layout.

Kara said...

LOVE the layout!

TLady said...

FABULOUS JOB LEIGH!!!!!!!!!LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Your Christmas Card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) AND your layout is WONDERFUL using this die!!!!!!!:)FABULOUS IDEA!!!!!!!!:)

Helen F. said...

Hi Leigh!
Love the card with that pretty wreath on the wood grain.
And that layout is just beautiful ~ great photo of the kiddos~they sure are getting big :-)

Susan Block said...

Love your card- simple, stunning, amazing. I really like the wood PP. I love your style and I follow your blog so I was so thrilled to see you left a message on my blog. You made my day! Thank you! And again, beautiful card!

A Crafty Person said...

Leigh, Your first card feels so real! Just like I'm looking at a wreath on a wooden door. Your wreath made out of Mighty Oak tree trunks is inspiring!!! Love them both.

Karen C. said...

Love the rustic look of your Christmas card, Leigh. the background paper is such an unexpected surprise!! The use of the Mighty oak tree trunk to craft the large wreath for your layout was brilliant!! Great details on this as well.

Tonya Jastad said...

Leigh these are both awesome! Great job!

craftmates said...

Beautiful card and layout! Fabulous use of the oak die.- Irma

Dori Yannatone said...

Both of your projects are fabulous! Love how you made the wreath out of the Mighty Oak die cut!

Alex said...

Brilliant projects Leigh, you always create such beautiful layouts!

Lynn said...

Leigh, a gorgeous card and an absolutely stunning layout. I love all the details on the layout and the sentiment is just perfect.

sanketi said...

Lovely projects!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Fabulous card! And so excited to see your layout for this challenge!

Lisa Carroll said...

Fabulous card and beautiful layout! Great job incorporating the wreath theme! :) Thanks for playing along over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Lindsey said...

Amazed! Such beautiful projects and so creative with the oak tree die.

Jill Norwood said...

Leigh the card and layout are both wonderful! Your layouts are always so touching! The photo of your children is lovely!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

SOOOO super classy and beautiful! Love your projects! Great job being #1 on the list!! XOXOXOX

Kim Heggins said...

Love, love your page layout! So stunning with your sweet family. And your card with the wood back ground is just gorgeous!

Linda Beeson said...

Gasp, that wreath on the layout is amazing. It really should be framed!

Greta said...

Your work is amazing, Leigh! Thanks for always inspiring me!

Tanis Scott said...

I love the background paper on your card. Perfect contrast to the other elements!

Joyce said...

Wow--these are both just stunning. I like how you did your sentiment on the card, and the actual wood paper.

Darnell J Knauss said...

You have by far the most comments, Leigh, and it's easy to understand why! WOWZA. A stunning rustic Christmas wreath card that's being pinned like crazy and a brilliant wreath layout! You spoil us!!

lostinpaper said...

Such a beautiful layout! Love how you have added this fun photo over the wreath iwth the feathers.. it's perfect!

maria f. said...

Great idea to use the die for your LO, but I'm absolutely loving the gold on the woodgrain with that delicious red.

Karen said...

Fabulous projects!!! I love the double embossing, and the patterned paper on the card is so perfect. The layout is equally wonderful. Using the tree trunk was a simply brilliant idea!

Jennifer K said...

The red and gold embossing on the woodgrain panel is just gorgeous! Great choices!

Jingle said...

These are both super pretty!

Amy Papale said...

Love your cards! Clever use of the Mighty Oak cover plate!!

Sherri said...

WOWZERS! Both of these projects are just stunning Leigh. Really, really love the way you created that wreath on your layout, super job girlie!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful projects Leigh. The heat embossed wreath looks perfect on that dp.

Kim S said...

Both are truly gorgeous! The bright red on the wood is wonderful!

SheriE. said...

I always love red and barnwood so your card is adorable. And now I think I need the Might Oak, your wreath layout is fabulous.

kth said...

That layout is amazing! I can't image cutting so many trees out, but it was totally worth it!

Dido said...

Your card and layout are both fantastic, great colours and design. Congratulations.

Linda Nicholson said...

Gorgeous designs on both the card and layout! Any tips for getting the Mighty Oak coverplate to cut everything cleanly? I can get most of the lead pieces to pop out cleanly and about 90% of the tree. I have a big shot, used a metal shim, trisd cuttinv facing both down and up, nes cutting pads, run several times through, etc. It's driving me crazy! Any pointers are appreciated.

Linda

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Oh wow! Your card is gorgeous - I love the red/yellow combo! But that page is AMAZING!!! Totally love it!

jen said...

Truly stunning projects! Love the out of the box wreath for your layout!! :)

LEG Studios said...

Lovely card with the touches of gold, and your layout using the tree trunks is ingenuis as well as stunning! Just fabulous!

Annheidel said...

Love that wreath on your scrapbook page! So clever to use the mighty oaks tree trunk.

Cath said...

Hey Leigh! Thanks for linking this up to the All That Gitters is Gold challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)