Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sept. 6th, Theme Day Thursday - Fall Foliage


Boy do we have a treat for you today! All the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team is gearing up for fall. We are getting in the spirit of the fall season and here in Vegas, well I wish it would be getting colder... lol. We do not have much of Fall Foliage around here but Palm Trees and more Palm Trees with an occasional Texas Ranger. So I decided to go all out...

I used Celebrate with Flourishes, Happy Haunting and Mini Monster Cartridges for this project. Here is the breakdown on how I created this card:
I first started to create my colors for the leaves with lots and lots of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks.

All his beautiful reds, oranges, greens and a splash of yellow and brown.

I tried to create four different hues of the colors. More red, more brown, more yellow and one more green. Then I cut out the leaves. A lot of them and very tiny...

These leaves are from the Celebrate with Flourishes and sized very small.

After the cut it was time to ink the edges. In this process I had an "A-ha" moment. As you probably have noticed I do have a few of the Distress Inks, and I also have the Distress Markers. Up until this project I used a "Fantastix" coloring tool to adhere ink around the edges. Well guess what the Distress Markers are working even better. You do not have to "dip" the tool into ink and then run it around the edges... You just take the marker straight to the edge... What a time and ink saver!!!

Then it was time for the Scarecrow.  This is also a cut from the Celebrate with Flourishes. When I looked at the cut I saw that there was not much layering with details... what's a crafter to do? Add detail! If I would not have worked with Copics before I would not even had attempted this at all. In truth I am a lousy colorer especially if I do not have a guideline. I first colored the scarecrow with colored pencil and then I did add some copics to the image to give it some more depth and a real feel. In this picture you see that the flourishes are still on the scarecrow; however, I did cut them of at the end. They became too much for the overall look.

Now that I had the cuts with the most details out of the way I started with the background. I used my self created "cloud" paper   ( a piece of paper cut with a scalloped scissor). I layered Tumbled Glass and Faded Jean and for the sun I used Mustard Seed. The grass was done with Bundled Sage, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive. Using my Copic markers to add some grass blades to give it more dimension. At this point I was very happy with the outcome.

A fence from Happy Hauntings was added. The fence was added 4 times to my Gypsy screen and welded together. When you look at the cut it actually has a crow sitting on the fence that I just cut off on all pieces. It was too much since I already had a crow in the tree and on the Scarecrow. The tree is a cut from Celebrate with Flourishes. The cut that you see in this picture was my first and I thought that it would be large enough. But once I place it on the card I realized that it was a little small so I cut the same in a larger size. Little that I knew, at this time,that I would need both cuts... it was exactly what I needed at the end!

Starting to put the scene together. Both trees... the little one was placed behind the tree and half way of the card. I then just trimmed the edges of. The bigger tree was placed in front of the fence. Then it was time for the little leaves. I think I put 50 of them on this card. It is hard to believe that there are that many. At this point I showed my husband the card ( my first critic ). He said to me it looks great but something is missing in the middle... What about a pumpkin? Well what do you know... I thought this was worth a try. So back up to the craft room I went and started my Gypsy search for puumpkins. I found "it" on Mini Monster Cartridge.

I loved the shape but not the face. So this is what I did...


 Once I had the image selected I went into the advanced tab.
There you can select the hide function. At this time you can touch any lines with your stylus and it will turn red. When the line appears read you can touch the hide button and will turn light gray. That means that the line is there but will not be cut. So here is the image without the face lines.

I then doubled the image and switched it to have them two different ways. I cut them out of some orange card stock that I had left over. Added some more details and placed them by the fence and placed some leaves over the edge. The last detail was a Stamp from K Designs " Fall". 

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit and be sure to go check out My Cricut Craft Room for more amazing projects from my Design Team Sisters. By the way Erica's Craft Room has great prices for your crafting needs especially for Cricut Lovers.

Until soon


  1. wow, a lot of work went into it, but well worth it, came out awesome:)

  2. Super cute! Lots and lots of work!!

  3. Nadja = you put so much time and work into this project! It is just beautiful! The patience you have with those tiny leaves! Wonderful work, my friend!
    MCCR dt sis

  4. Your inking and coloring are absolutely amazing Nadja. This is a marvelous creation!
    Jessica S
    MCCR DT Sister

  5. You rocked this post with all the great detail and how to!!! Loved your card
    MCCR DT Shelley

  6. wow very cool! I love all the details you done. Amazing

    MCCR DT, Lisa Ch

  7. Wow Nadji this is so fantastic! I love your background, it is so natural looking. Thanks for the tip with the markers I will definitely try that. Hugs~Mary M

  8. Adorable card! It is a work of art! You really did an amazing job of coloring everything! Love how you did the leaves too!!

    Jodie R