Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SOS #176: Leaf Me Alone!

Happy Tuesday! It's time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's title is Leaf Me Alone!, and we'd like you to use leaves on your project.

Here's my card, then I'll explain:

I had this idea to make a pile of leaves and have a dog jumping out of them, and to make it happen, I needed leaf dies or punches. I looked through my leaf dies, but they were all too big, so I went in search of my leaf punches. GONE! They were GONE! Then I remembered I'd packaged them for sale this past August, so I went into the garage in search of the box with my unsold punches, and there they were! SCORE!

I only had two, and I know different trees have different colored leaves in the Fall, but I claimed "creative license" and chose my own colors without regard to the shape of the leaves.

I selected four colors of beautiful card stock from my stash only to find the punches wouldn't punch through them. Plan B was to color a piece of printer paper with Copics, then punch a bunch of leaves from that. It worked.

I then stamped and colored the top part of the puppy image, sponged a sky and some grass onto a white panel, and got to work with my glue. I stuck down the body of the puppy flat to the card, but put some foam tape under his head and ears for some dimension. Then I randomly stuck down the leaves, making the pile up to about his collar.

Once I stuck the white panel to the card base, I added a few more leaves so they slopped over on the left.

I wanted him to say, "Oh, Hai", but not everyone would get that reference, so I went with "Hello there". I even had to open three different packages to make that happen, too. The sentiment, dotted outline, and the banner die were each in a different package. See below in the link-up to see what I mean. I was pretty happy I could initiate each of them. :)

So, got leaves? I think you should play along with this week's SOS challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS: I put the leaf punches back in the Keep pile. I can justify that for once a year. :D

Stuff I used: old leaf punches, and the following:


  1. OHAI, missus! (i woulda got that...just sayin'...) :) :) :) i LOVE this, i love every single thing about it... i love the dog, i love the perfect landscape he lives in... and i *LOVE* that amazing pile of leaves!!!!!!!!! (holy WOW this was a LOT of work, but every single bit totally pays off!) <3 <3 <3

  2. That puppy in the leaf pile is adorable. I'm glad you found your leaf punches.

  3. What a fun whimsical perfectly cute fall card. Your pup is beautifully colored, your leaves are in wonderful disarray and your inked background is sublime. (I am practicing my big words today...:-)

  4. oh my I just love this idea, great use of the punches and the paper. awesome sketch and an all around fabulous card!!

  5. This is so cute! Your leaves are great and were worth the effort...now you have a "rescued" punch! Very nicely crafted!

  6. OH HAI! Love that :) You should make another, since this one cooperated all the way along. lol! That dog is adorable too, makes me think of my Abby in the leaves :)

  7. My 2 year old neighbor says that every time we see each other! Too cute, and so is your card, Leslie! Love that cute puppy frolicking in the leaves! THE LEAVES! OMG! Awesome!

  8. Uh huh. That's all I'm saying about the leaf punches. I love what you did with them though. Great idea to have a puppy in a pile of leaves. Cool execution.

  9. Too funny...I have put my leaf punches in and out of the yard sale pile a few times...I think you are right, I can justify keeping them for fall / Thanksgiving / leaf themed projects :)
    Love your puppy and the leaves!


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