Saturday, September 24, 2022

Can You Handle The Pressure - LEAVES

Hello Friends, thanks for stopping by today!

We have a new challenge starting today over on our new Can You Handle The Pressure Challenge Blog and the TWIST theme is 'LEAVES'.  Remember, the twist is optional but you MUST use an embossing folder on our projects to qualify for the prize.  Heat embossing is also permitted but only in conjunction with an embossing folder.

 Here's what I've created to inspire you today.  
 I had a lot of fun creating today's card.  I began with a panel from the Craft Consortium 'Patina' 6x6 paper pad.  I pulled out my drawer of oxide ink sponge daubers and added some fall colors (what ink was left on daubers) to the corners & here/there on that panel before embossing with an 8 1/2" x 12" Leaves Embossing Folder which I have no idea where I purchased it from and there are no markings on the folder (sorry).

 After embossing I used a piece of sand paper across the upraised leaves to give me the white edges and more dimension.  My sentiment comes from  the Creative Expressions Wordies 'Inspirational' Sentiment Sheets.  
Creative Expressions - Wordies Sentiment Sheets - Inspirational 
After adding it to a scrap of card stock, I once again used my oxide ink daubers to add fall color.  My accent leaves are from the Tattered Lace 'Lavish Winter Foliage' die set.

I do hope you'll come check out our new blog and play along.
AND yep ... we will be offering prizes at our challenges ... that's always a fun surprise!

Here's today's prize offering . . .

Other challenges to share in:

Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Changing Seasons

 My Time to Craft Challenge #492 - Autumn Colors

Art Impressions Challenge - It's Fall Y'all
Moving Along with the Times #146 - Trees and/or Leaves
NBUS Challenge #42 - Never Before Used Stuff
Just Us Girls Challenge #651 - Photo Inspiration

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,
I appreciate it more than you'll ever know!!

As always . . .



  1. Gorgeous card my friend! Your creations are always such an inspiration to me!

  2. Beautifull colors, love the extra detail shown from sanding the paper. Fantastic fall card!

  3. Love the look of the sanded embossed panel. Beautiful!

  4. Hi Darlene,
    Your Autumnal card is very gorgeous and the inking looks brilliant..
    What a fabulous design also.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  5. Wow, I love the look of this. The texture is very cool, great design here. I have that paper pack, and I'm going to have to try this technique, It's brilliant, thanks for the inspiration.

  6. This is so beautiful! I love the paper. I believe I had it in my cart at one time, but got all frugal and removed it. Will have to put it back in next time. I seem to be in a holding pattern with my card making. Hopefully a flood of creativity will hit me soon.

  7. Love the papers with the embossing, pretty Autumn card!

  8. By seeing your card I guessed you had used sandpaper: and yes! You did. I love it.
    Lia xx

  9. Oh Darlene, so glad to see you in our gallery at Just Us Girls. I love that sanding technique and one I do myself from time to time. This is really pretty! Thanks for linking up with us!

  10. Wow, Darlene, what a gorgeous card! Such a simple design, but it really showcases the fab background. Love it! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft.

    love Mags B x

  11. Thanks for entering our Trees/Leaves challenge... your card is lovely. Good Luck and hope you will join us again next month
    Diane Louise (Team Leader at Moving Along With The Times) xx

  12. Thanks for entering our Trees/Leaves challenge... your card is lovely. Good Luck and hope you will join us again next month
    Diane Louise (Team Leader at Moving Along With The Times) xx

  13. Absolutely stunning! The colours and that image are gorgeous, ♥ your photo in the above post is gorgeous, miss you heaps and the time we shared xx

  14. Beautiful Autumn card, Darlene. That embossing folder and the inking and sandpapering (word? :-) worked beautifully together. Big hugs, Lena

  15. Your autumn card turned out just beautiful and I love the sanding technique that gives each embossed leaf some beautiful texture and beauty! Simply gorgeous! Thanks too for reminding me to enter my card in this challenge - I sometimes forget all the challenges out there, but I've entered it now thanks to you :) Keep up the beautiful work, and BTW, the wedding cards in your most recent post are fabulous!

  16. Fabulously perfect embossing folder Darlene. Gorgeous sponged colours. Thanks for sharing with us over at Just Us Girls this week.

  17. A stunning card and what beautiful colours. The embossed background is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in at the Daring Cardmakers. x


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