Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Fall Day!

Stamps: Oak Tree, Edwin with Chicken (Is this your egg), Hay bale all available at Magnolia-licious. sentiment from A-muse. Paper: DP from recollections harvest pad. Card measures 6x6


Hello! Thanks for coming by today!

This month Suzanne issued the challenge of making an easel card for the Magnolia-licious challenge. I had never seen or heard of an easel card before. But it's really such a great idea! We spend so much time making our cards, why not display them pleasingly!? There is a link to the directions on the Magnolia-licious blog....or Suzanne made up some with pics...she's so good! It's not hard. basically you make a card front only...then attach that to a full card...kinda! LOL! I have taken pics of the inside and a side view so you can get the gist of it. (click on any of the pics to see it larger) EAZY PEAZY! ;)

Have I mentioned that I LOVE FALL. I don't know of any New Englander that doesn't love Fall. LOL! Sure, maybe they fear what comes after fall...cold, snow, ice, snow, cold, snow, ice.....! But fall is beautiful! Clean, crisp air. Not humid, not usually too rainy. Beautiful colors from Mother Nature. So I love to make fall cards. This Oak Tree stamp made by Magnolia was one of my first Magnolia Stamps a year ago. I love coloring all the leaves. Sure our fall trees don't usually have red, yellow and orange leaves all on one tree, but it makes me happy to do it that way, so I do! That's the great thing about card making...it's not science. It's not about being particular or realistic. It's about making the creator and the receiver happy! Today Diana shared an email with our group that had a lovely sentiment....here it is:


"The gifts we craft with our own hands are often the most significant because the love that drove us to create is infused in the products of our creation. And the recipients of these homemade offerings receive a token of our willingness to invest ourselves in their joy. "


It's not all about perfection. It's about the love that goes in to creating. I know that we can get caught up in comparing our work to everyone else's. And somehow we always see the talent that everyone else has and the areas in which we are lacking. I do it. Everyday! It's hard not to. Especially when I am on the magnificent Magnolia-licious DT. I look at all the other girls cards and think about how good one is with coloring, how good another is at having just the right embellies, at how clever and creative the other one always is....it's endless. Then I look at the cards posted to the Magnolia-licious Yahoo group, and that is 100's of girls filled with creative talent!! I look at each of those cards and see something that makes me think: She's so creative, why didn't I think of that? Why can't I make cards like that? My card looks like Kindergarten art compared to hers! But I must try to remember that each of us has our own talent...that only I can put my love into my cards. And once in awhile it is nice to receive a reminder like the sentiment above.

Have an Inspirational Day!!!


35 comments:

Katie said...

Kerry,
I love this! Everything is perfect and Edwin looks fabulous!
I love the easel card too and have one coming up on my blog tomorrow.

Kathy said...

WOW this turned out just gorgeous!! I love your bright and bold colors!! Such cute images and just a lovely autumn card!!!
:)Kathy

CelticWoman said...

Kerry it is WOOOOW, love how you used the buttons for the guard. Sandi

Moni said...

Waw gorgeous scene, love the image and great papers! fab use of buttons! Hugs,Moni

CraftyC said...

I love the look of these easel cards and yours is gorgeous. Will take a look at the link, thanks
Clairex

Pam S. said...

so cute Kerry - love how you used the buttons for support! I keep walking by this paper at M's and resisting but I knew I'd like it and I do...your card is adorable!
Pam Going Postal

Patricia Garcia said...

WOWZERS!! Stunning card the colors are vibrant and the image is a cute one!!

Hugs,
Patricia

Monique said...

Your card is gorgious Kerry !! I love it. Beautifull colours and colouring :)).

Hugs Monique

Jodie from Oz said...

Kerry,
Oh my goodness...your chosen colours are just superb! Edwin is adorable sitting with his little friend. Your attention to detail is just amazing..you really know how to inspire someone! Thanks for sharing
Hugs Jodie from Oz

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh my word, girlie! How could you EVER think your cards aren't spectacular!! LOVE this! The colors are so rich and gorgeous, and your coloring is superb! Love Edwin on the bale of hay under that gorgeous fall tree! You're amazing! And I'm envious of all the beautiful colors of fall you're seeing right now. There's nothing like fall in New England! Enjoy and have a great day! hugs!

Angelwood said...

Oh! What a gorgeous fall card!!! Love the scene you created and the bright colors are so appealing. Your cards are AWESOME!!! hugz, Angela

Scrapmumur said...

OH...absolutely gorgeous!!!
I love your design and your idea button.
Great creation!!!!
Congratulations!
Hugs, Mumur

Pia said...

Kerry,
Your card is beautiful! I agree we are our own toughest critics! I do what I can to keep myself from doing this!

Great card from your #1 biggest FAN!

Barb Hardeman said...

Kerry, this is just so delightful. Everything about your card is wonderful, your coloring, your choice of dp, your colors - all fabulous. What a beautiful easel card! hugs...Barb

Basement Stamper said...

Definitely will need to try this wonderful card, I love these colors!!!

Elena said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I don't know why you think about Kindergarten art? You always inpsire others and your COLORING is GORGEOUS! I always find so much fun ideas at your blog Kerry! And I can tell for sure that your cards come from the heart - I can feel it!

Jekka said...

Thank you for this much needed reminder!!! I often find myself not creating because I am afraid that it will not be good enough.

I appreciate your inspiration and your talent.

Thanks for giving to us.

Tracey said...

I think you are way too hard on yourself girl! Your cards are awesome and this one is no exception. The colours on this are gorgeous!! xx

Summerthyme Studio said...

Holy MOSES Kerry, this is beautiful!!!!
The colouring is AMAZING!!!!


Vicki

Kathy W said...

very sweet and so fally!

Cami said...

Kerry, this is a very handsome fall card with Edwin. It's hard for me to make "guy" cards and you have done beautifully with this and your coloring is just gorgeous. I love all the elements in this card from the layout of papers and embellies. Thank you also for posting that sentiment Diana sent out. Hugs, Cami

Jacque said...

He is just darling, Kerry...those colors are so autumn-ish and country...Just PERFECT!!! your Edwin is colored beautifully...just love his shirt!!! Great job!! Hugs..Jacque

Sue from Oregon said...

Ahhhh, Kerry you know you are my inspiration! Another great creation...I have to try to make one of these!

Betty Wright said...

Kerry, this is fabulous and so beautifully detailed!!! Your color, dimension, and design are all stunning! Lovely card!!!

ladydiana said...

I LOVE all the detail that takes your card over the top gorgeous! Beautiful colouring, love the oak tree. Everything is perfect!
hugs,
Diana

Karen Arthur said...

Oh, how totally adorable. I love the fall theme and the papers you chose. I really love these easel cards.
Great job.
Karen A

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is GORGEOUS Kerry! Such a beautiful, New England, Autumn creation! Just perfect! :D

mymagnolias said...

WOW! Another stunner! I love your card and your coloring. All the details you add are sooo perfect. hugz, Mary

Norma said...

Kerry, your easel card is stunning. Love how you set up the scene. I love fall colours too. Your colouring is spectacular. I love it--it's terrific.

Hugs.
Norma

cabio's craft corner said...

Kerry,
You did a lovely background for Edwin. Love the fall coloring combo and it's gorgeous!
Hugs,
Cabio

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Adorable Kerry, this is a magnificent scene!
--Hugs Becca

Kim said...

AMAZING card Kerry! Gorgeous coloring! What a stunning creation!
Hugs~ Kim

glowinshadow23 said...

Very cute! Perfectly made card with a wonderful country theme.

Mary C said...

I love this card Kerry. It looks like you could have looked out your window to capture the look on this card. Wonderful job capturing the New England feel.

Kendra said...

This is a gorgeous card! Thanks for the info on the easel too... had never actually seen one (only heard about them) until now and I'm so going to try it now! Shared this with my DT too, so thanks again :)

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