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Monday 16 November 2015

Destination Inspiration - November - Terminal #2

Hello fellow travelers, S@ndy here to welcome you to this week's stop.  When we arrived at Terminal 1,  last week, we were treated to this lovely creation by Julia.

This week our bags are packed with the same tools but have arrived in a totally different way.  Just so you know what's in the bag -
Product:  Idea-ology ribbon or jute 
Technique: Smudge Stamping  CC Vol. 3 Page 42
Color:  Rusty Hinge
Substrate:  Card

I decided to make mine a tribute to FALL.  Here in the US it seems we go from Halloween straight to Christmas and sort of miss out on the fall colors and beauty of the season.  Hope you enjoy my make for this portion of the journey. 

This home d├ęcor piece showcases all the muted colors usually associated with fall.

Fall always congers up images of pumpkins and beautifully colored leaves and I have incorporated all of that in this piece that can double as a card. I used the Rectangle Accordion Album designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs for the base so it folds up flat for mailing.

Here's how I did it -
I first choose my colors from Stampin Up papers, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and
So Saffron.
I cut the 4 panels from Old Olive
The 4 inner panels cut from So Saffron were stamped with Distress Ink -Rusty Hinge from Ranger and then the Smudge Stamping method was used.  To find out more about this method of stamping you can see the details in Tim's Compendium Of Curiosities Vol. 3 Page 42

The stamped panels were attached to the frames and then they were all connected with the tabs that are on the edge of each panel.
The lettering was cut with the Sizzix Die Set, Serif Essentials, from the Cajun Craze paper which is the same color as Rusty Hinge Die Ink.  The letters were then attached to the stamped panel.
2 additional panels were cut from the green, scored at 1/2" on one side to attach to each end of the other panels.  The other outside edge was cut with the Distress Doily "On The Edge" Die from Sizzix from Tim's collection. These panels were also embossed.

Edging is so important in a project like this.  It gives everything that vintage look.  I used Distress Inks, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge for all edging.
Many different fall related pieces were cut for this project.  Using the Mini Pumpkin & Acorn Set, the Mini Flourish both from Tim's collection by Sizzix.

One large pumpkin from the Pumpkin Parts die from Tim Holtz & Sizzix, then embossed with the Woodgrain Texture Fade.  Finally edged with Vintage Photo.
 The word "beautiful from the Adventure Word Set from the Tim Holtz collection.

Some jute from Tim's idea-ology collection.  Two more pumpkins were added from the Pumpkins, Cat, Crows and Web die set from Sizzix.

Branches were made from Tim's  Tree Branch Die and then cut apart as needed. More leaves and accent pieces were made with the Pumpkin Die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

After attaching the inside panels together using the tabs on the die - it stands up beautifully.  I must admit that I should have decorated before attaching the tabs but I wasn't really sure where I was going to place all the pieces so I had to play a bit before I added glue and to make sure I didn't add a decoration in a place that would prevent the panels from closing properly.  After arranging the pieces a bit - I glued everything in place.
It has been my pleasure to be your guide for this part of the journey and I hope you have enjoyed traveling along as well.  Don't forget to join us again next week for the next leg of the journey when
Annie will be your guide
Have a creative week and enjoy the journey,




  1. What a wonderful fold design to this autumnal creation Sandy! love all the die cuts you used in the great fall colors - and the lovely doily edge on each end - a beautiful card or table decoration! Wonderful inspiration with the contents of your travel bag this week!

  2. My goodness so much to see in this fabulous project Sandy!!! I love the layered pumpkins and the way you've done the background for the lettering. Jenny x

  3. Oh Sandy I just love this piece!!! What a great idea! The side panels look fantastic and I adore the colours you have used. The edges done with the tattered doily die are such a great decorative touch! A wonderful creation!!!

  4. Beautiful card Sandy, I love your dimensional pumpkins and Your background colour choice of green makes the whole design so eye catching.
    Julie x

  5. I haven't seen this die before - it makes a wonderful dimensional card! I like the pumpkins with the wood branches and all the flourishes. Very striking.

  6. What a gorgeous creation Sandy! Love all the die cut embellishments you added to this amazing fall card and the subtle smudge stamped script is the perfect background on the panels. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques with us, that accordion album die is now on my wish list! Deb xo

  7. I don't have this thin accordion die (yet) but I think you have persuaded me that I 'need' it S@ndy, your card is fantastic! Love this! Anne xx

  8. Lovely card Sandy, love the decorative edges. Love the pumpkins and your design . That die looks like a fantastic addition for any crafter. Tracy x

  9. Oh dear, I don't have this die, but I'll have to get it; your banner is wonderful & thank you for sharing.

  10. What a great autumnal accordion, Sandy - love the lettering against the script panels, and all those pumpkins look fantastic.
    Alison xx

  11. Gorgeous tribute to fall, I loved every detail ... the branches the pumpkins, dollied edges OMG, the scripted panaels ... just gorgeous !