And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon
and the hills growin' brown and golden under a sinkin' sun.
~ Judge Roy Bean.
It's been a huge thrill for me to hang out with the My Favorite Things (MFT) Design Team as their guest designer this month. Everyone has been so incredible, and your sweet, sweet comments about all my teaser projects just make my heart swell. Thank you, everyone!
So, after seven days of teaser projects, It's finally time for the MFT October release! All the fabulous products we've been teasing you with are available NOW right HERE in the MFT Boutique.
If you came here from the MFT Splitcoast Stampers release party or from Kim's blog you know I get to help launch a new feature at MFT, the Product Tour. I'm tickled they're doing this because I go back to the amazing Design Team's blogs a lot for ideas. Now, we're just one click away from inspiration for all the stamps and Die-namics. Squeeee!
Combine one of my favorite illustrators, Heather Ellis, with my favorite time of year, Autumn and, shoot, the Pure Innocence Pumpkin Patch Girl was a must have for me. I'm not alone. Several of the Design Team members highlighted this stamp set during the Teaser Time posts so you have lots and lots of great ideas for this cute set.
For my last card as the guest designer I thought I'd go full circle – back to this card, the card that won me the spot on the team because the Pumpkin Patch Girl and Cart Full of Friends are such great companion sets. And you know you could trade out the pumpkins with the little critters if you wanted.
For today's card, I had fun filling up the cart with pumpkins, wheat and hay.
I used raffia for hay in front of the pumpkins and a dismantled flower pick with wheat stalks behind the pumpkins. (Check out the artificial flower section in your hobby store – you'll find great embellishments.) I had some silver small gauge jewelry wire to use for the pumpkins, but silver wouldn't do, so I colored it brown with a Copic marker (E49). Then I wrapped the wire around a stick pin and glued it to the back of the pumpkins. (Thanks to Michelle for that inspiration.)
I painted the papers with ModgePodge, sewed the edges and then rolled them up in toothpicks so they'd dry curled. Cute, right? I wanted to recreate the feeling of a Farmer's Market with all the wonderful colors of Fall.
I love the sentiments with this set. I couldn't fit them into that busy card front, so I sewed them into the inside. (The inside is definitely a lot simpler than the outside, right?!)
Here's the rest of the recipe along with the Copic Markers and Die-namics I used.
- Pattern Paper – Crate Paper Farmhouse 6 x 6 pad
- Stamps – MFT Pure Innocence Pumpkin Patch Girl. The word "Fall" comes from the new a la mode set, Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch
- Color Mediums – Copics, Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels, Memento. I also shaded the edges of the images with Color Box Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown)
- Fibers – torn muslin and linen thread
- Embellishments – October Afternoon button, Modge Podge, small gauge jewelry wire, raffia, wheat flower pick
- Tools –Nestabilities, my trusty sewing machine and all these Die-namics . . .
That Sinkin' Sun is setting on my stint as a guest designer . . . and I tell you what, I'm ready for a big 'ole nap. I really had to step up my game to post alongside those amazing designers, and, shoot, I'm pooped. How do they do it every month? It was worth it all though, to see all your dear comments. I'll be seeing you at Splitcoast Stampers in the MFT Forum and the Hope You Can Cling To Campaign, sponsored by, my favorite . . . My Favorite Things.