Start the week with a Mashup

 I have been so busy this weekend, and so much more yet to do.  I feel like my head is buzzing like a bee.  I had to get cards ready for a swap tonight, and I came home from working yesterday with an idea in my head, but not the time or energy left to produce it.  Our swap was to include using the Big Shot, and you can see I did my best. 
I don't have many fall stamp sets, but Day of Gratitude is one that I love.  I used it last week, and I wanted to use it again for this challenge and card swap.  I remembered that over at the Friday Mashup Challenge 78 you were to use FALL LEAVES and or TWINE, and that's what I intended to use.
I was at a lack for inspiration, and that really isn't like me, but after creating for the craft sale on Saturday, I creative energy was stagnant.  So, I went to my idea file for inspiration and found a lovely card by Julie Gearinger that inspired me to make this one.  I chose this paper from the International Bazaar DSP because it reminded me of looking over the forest of beautiful fall colored trees.  Yesterdays colors were brilliant, and I wanted to capture that somehow.  I added the fall leaves from Day of Gratitude and a little message from Petite Pairs.  I embossed all the layers, except the little ivory tips and tag, and all the layers were cut with the Labels framelits. It was a lot of cranking, but well worth the effort.  I tied it all up with stitched satin ribbon. Where's the twine for the mashup?  I don't know!  I told you I've been busy and my craft room is a mess!  I could not find that twine anyplace.  I found a little hunk about 4 inches long, and I wonder if that's all I have left.  So, no twine. Don't whine.  I'll get the next mashup. 
I told you the fall colors are lovely, and we have ash trees in our yard, which are all gold.  The leaves drop almost completely in a day.  There was just a scattering of them yesterday, and last evening as I worked in my craft room, I could hear the leaves blowing, and today the ground is covered.  I could not resist taking my granddaughter out to play in the leaves while we waited for mommy to come.  Olivia and grandpa go out and lay on a blanket under the tree to watch the leaves at least once a week.  Today she was so excited to get her hands in the leaves (and surprisingly none went in the mouth).  She had a ball.  I can hardly wait til they get raked up and I can get a picture of her in the pile.

Hope you liked my card and photos.  Stop back tomorrow to see what I made for tomorrow night's demo meeting.
Mary Alice


  1. Beautiful card, love the DSP you chose and I agree, Day of Gratitude is such a great set! It's one of my favorites.

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

    P.S. Your granddaughter is adorable!

  2. Very pretty card. I love that you used the International Bazaar as a background. And what a cutie pie granddaughter! Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  3. Such a pretty card! I just love Day of Gratitude too. Those pictures of your granddaughter are adorable! I wish we had enough leaves around here to take some like that with our little girl. Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup.


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