Hanging on while the leaves fall

Debra Burgin 2011 October challengeIt seems to the members of this household that autumn is … falling … with a vengeance.  So many leaves down!  So many leaves still on the trees!  I love living with mature trees, but there is this aspect that must be dealt with.

Here we use a leaf vac/shredder that is really cumbersome to use because of the way the weight is distributed (and I’m speaking of the machine, not the operator).  It’s messy and difficult work, but strangely enjoyable and satisfying.  Around Thanksgiving, DH triumphantly announces that the leaves are done.

Anyway, even though we’re moving on to Christmas in camp this month, I am still stamping for fall.  I used my October sketch challenge (you can see it my monthly newsletter) to whip up the card above — fast except for that fussy cutting!  The sketch was a Utah Divas Sketch Challenge from September; I don’t know why I couldn’t find the source when I issued my own challenge.

I took this picture in the studio after moving some lights around.  I can see I have some work to do if I’m going to use it for photography — those circles are River Rock, but it doesn’t look like it here!

Stamps:  Falling Leaves (p. 29)

Ink/Color:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive

Paper:  Cajun Craze, River Rock, Very Vanilla

Other:  1¾” Circle Punch, Big Shot, Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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