Sep 24 2009

Stamp Simply #106 – Rich Autumn Leaves

Rich Autumn Leaves– To me the colors of autumn are rich and earthy. Today we will create a project with leaves, and remember we’re easy, so if you don’t have actual leaf images, trees, flowers with leaves, acorns, pinecones, etc. are all OK. But the added element is to make the project rich in color and texture by adding sponging to create that richness and depth of color. I can’t wait to see your gorgeously rich creations today!

Keywordssnotime106 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all. You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!) can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these fabulousdesigners:

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night. Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And heres what Icreated for today:


An autumn card, rich in texture and color, with NO ribbon — wonders NEVER cease! The Antique Gold Silk actually went very nicely with this paper, and I did debate the issue, but decided to forego the ribbon today as I thought this card stood very well on its own and I really wanted the focus on the image/leaf. A simple style I use so often, with my *piping*. Although my focal image is clean, my edges are all sponged as well as the leaf.


The image is from Autumn Blessings by JustRite, Copic colored, cut with Petite Oval Nesties. I like using the Petites as it allows me room on the side for *something* — usually pearls, but today brass brads. I’ve been making these same leaves each autumn for years. The punch is by McGill and it’s quite old. I drew in the vein lines with a pen and sponged the leaf and edges in Soft Suede by SU. The leaf was punched from the goldish paper in the DP pack, Autumn Traditions by SU. I tied a bit of 100% Jute String on the leaf stem, and that was ribbon enough for this card. The focal image and leaf are mounted on Dimensionals.



The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store carries the following items to make this card:

Autumn Blessings Set and the 2 1/4 x 3 1/16″ Oval Stamper by JustRite.

Petite Oval Nestabilites by Spellbinders and Scor-It Score Board

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (not shown in store yet, but I have it available)

100% Jute Stringby MayArts.


Thanks much for stopping in. I hope we have inspired you today to create some beautiful, rich and earthy projects this week. Sponging is a wonderful compliment to autumn creations! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I plan to be back tomorrow with a card for a fun sketch challenge — hope you can check it out!!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!! See you soon!!!

39 responses so far

39 Responses to “Stamp Simply #106 – Rich Autumn Leaves”

  1. Sandy Knecht says:

    Your card is lovely!

  2. leslierich says:

    I can imagine this challenge will inspire some absolutely lovely cards! Yours is just wonderful and, yes — will wonders never cease — no ribbon! I could just fall over. But it’s perfect, Sharon! I love it!

  3. Jerri Kay says:

    A wonderful challenge Sharon! I agree with Leslie, this will inspire some gorgeous cards! Your card is simply beautiful. The brads are perfect for the design.

  4. Beautiful card, Sharon! (Now I’m wishing I hadn’t decided to sit out today because I want to make something rich and leafy! LOL Maybe over the weekend… we’ll see if I don’t crash first!) That leaf looks so real, and your whole design is amazing! Fabulous Copic coloring on those leaves, too!

  5. Donna says:

    This is a really wonderful card. balanced and simple.

  6. […] so happy that I was able to play along in Sharon Johnson’s (notimetostamp) Stamp Simply Challenge this week.  Her challenge was to use leaves along with sponging to achieve the richness of […]

  7. rainy says:

    NO RIBBON!?! I thought the same thing although mine has a little raffia. Your card is gorgeous and perfect, Sharon. Thanks for a wonderful challenge today! 🙂

    Here’s my card on SCS:

    Here it is on my blog:

  8. What a beautiful Fall creation!! LOVE that leaf … truly looks real! NO ribbon but you did work in a little bow … perfect!! Thanks for another fun challenge … as they all are! Here’s mine:

    Have a great weekend …

  9. Pat Adam says:

    It’s like where’s the beef but in your case…where’s the ribbon?? I thought I was at the wrong place for a moment but then I realized NOT! Lovely card and CAS and all of your special thingy’s. Pat
    Here’s my card

  10. Bev J. says:

    I agree, at first glance that leave looked like a real one! Love fall in all it’s beautiful colors. tfs your pretty card.

  11. Absolutely stunning! I totally thought it was a real leaf! BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for another fun challenge, Sharon! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  12. Carolina says:

    I love autumn colors and this card is just a stunner Sharon – love it!!! I so wished I was home this weekend so I could play along, but I will try to do so when I get back.

  13. Paula says:

    Great job, that leaf looks so real!

  14. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Gorgeous fall card, Sharon! I love the warm colors! The leaf looks real! Here is the card I made for the challenge:
    My leaves are tiny, but they are there!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Janine says:

    Hey Sharon!! This is just beautiful!!!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous, Sharon!

    Rich, earthy colors – check
    Leaves – check
    Sponging – check
    Ribbon – whaaaaaaat? No ribbon??? You gotta fever or sumpin’? LOL!

    I am so coveting that leaf punch and the magnificent coloring you did. You really brought it to life.

  17. Jenny Gropp says:

    You used No ribbon and I used No Copics —- Has the world gone mad???
    Love this Sharon! Great DP choice and the leaf embellishment is too perfect! The cards for this challenge are so pretty from everyone — beautiful warm colors!

  18. Gorgeous, Sharon! I love that piping and that larger leaf accent is perfect!

  19. Ida says:

    Wow – How pretty! I love fall and your card is really evocative of the season.
    I did the challenge but forgot the sponging (I watercolored) which I think looks rich looking.

  20. Sheila says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Your piping almost looks like ribbon & that leaf looks like it just fell from a tree! So very pretty. TFS! Sheila

  21. Beautiful card Sharon, So rich and very realistic! You inspired me to make a richly coloured card too!

  22. Your card is gorgeous, Sharon! Love the challenge, too. Perfect for this time of year. My card is here:

  23. teresa kline says:

    thanks Sharon for another wonderful challenge, fall is my time of year…I so luv everything that comes with fall, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the food, the color, and the style….lol…that is quite a list. Here is my creation

  24. Joan Fricker says:

    Beautiful card Sharon. Nice rich tones and a perfect leaf!

  25. Heidi Karpen says:

    Very rich indeed- love it!

  26. Chris V says:

    I love Autumn for the beautiful leaves.

  27. Denimo says:

    Great challenge ladies! I am really into the fall cards this year. Just lovin’ makin’ ’em!! My stab at it

  28. Ann says:

    Amazing inspiration from team each and every week.
    Ann xxx

  29. Ann says:

    Sorry the direct links don’t seem to work on here so…

    Ann xxx

  30. Hazel says:

    My card for this challenge is here x

  31. Heather T says:

    Your leaf card is so pretty, Sharon.

  32. SueB says:

    Great card – TFS! I got to participate today, taking a break from Halloween cards. Here‘s my take on the leaves! Thanx for the t’riffic challenges!

  33. You card is absolutely stunning! Love those pine cones 🙂

    I realize I’m very late in submitting my card, but I finished the stamping a while ago and finally finished my hand stitching today…sooo, I thought I would share :]

    My Card

    Thanks for the inspiring challenge!

  34. nancy littrell says:

    Simple, yet so beautiful. Sharon, you are the master of beautiful simplicity. tFS

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