Hay There!

If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a harvest.
          ~ Douglas Jerrold





I had so much fun with this Penny Black stamp. I ordered it from Paper Garden Projects a long time ago and have just been holding onto it until I had time to do it justice. If you look closely, you can see a little raffia in the buckets and the little guy's hat. He looks all dressed up for Sunday dinner but more interested in harvesting his frogs. He's kind of a tribute to my inner child. "In every real man [and woman] a child is hidden that wants to play."  ~Friedrich Nietzsche




sketch 61


This image is so sweet, I knew I wanted the layout of the card to be simple – to make it all about the image. There are a lot of wonderful sketches out there among the sketch challenges this week and I probably spent about as much time searching for just the right sketch as I spent making the card – well almost. I did a lot of paper piecing which meant a lot of detail cutting, but it was worth it. Laura's sketch over at 2Sketches 4 You was perfect.


CIC77I took a lot of inspiration from both the color and concept from this weeks Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #77. Don't these cupcakes make you want to grab some apple cider and jump on a hayride?And the Just Us Girls, JUGS 51 challenge was a perfect fit, a color challenge using black, red and green. And lastly (yes, I really slammed the challenges this week), I took my sentiment from this week's Card of the Week challenge – to make a card about "thinking of you."


So . . . all that put together made this:


Ah . . .

So, loves, here's the rest of the recipe and the Copic Markers. Because of all the paper piecing, the only things colored with markers are the hair, skin, frogs, pussy willows, and grass. I used the grays to add shading to the paper pieces.

  • Fibers: linen thread and raffia ribbon
  • Ink – Memento Black Tuxedo, Copic  markers (see below), Stampin' Up More Mustard and Creamy Carmel (sponged around the edges)
  • Paper – Neenah Card Stock, Basic Grey Oliver and Mortifica 6×6 paper pad, and Prism cardstock.
  • Stamp: Penny Black Hoppy Day
  • Tools: Nestabilities and EK Success 5/8" circle punch
  • Misc.:  Stampin' Up! Vintage Mini Tags, Magic Mesh, Crystal Effects (on the frogs).







Happy Fall ya'll! Here's hoping you got a chance to see that beautiful full Harvest moon tonight and embrace your inner child.



Sweet Comments

  1. Linda..this is totally fab! i love every single detail shows in this card. i totally love how you colour and paper piercing this card.thanks for sharing this awesome card
    yenni :)

  2. Cute! I love your blog :)
    Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!

  3. K Berthiame says:

    I just love your card Linda its perfect with all the attention to detail!  So glad you could play along with this weeks color challenge over at Just Us Girls this week!

  4. Super cute card for the 2 sketches4 you challenge!

  5. Adorable! great take on all the challenges! thanks for playing along at Cupcake Inspirations!

  6. What a gorgeous card!!!! Love that cute little guy and his pail of frogs! Beautiful :) Wonderful take on the color challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week!

  7. This card is simply awesome!!  Perfect in every way.  Hmmm….  I have some raffia around here somewhere….

  8. Adorable! Thank you so much for playing along with us at 2s4y!

  9. Adorable card!  Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

  10. Darling card.  Love your image and the paper is perfect for fall.  Love the raffia too.  Thanks for joining us for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge this week.

  11. This is a GORGEOUS card…fabulous details, beautiful coloring techniques! Have you heard of Papercraft Star yet? We'd love for you enter some of your pretty projects into our challenges, we have a DT call coming soon and you can enter to win a gift certificate right now! http://papercraftstar.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-gift-certificate-give-away-at.html

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