Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Indian Summer

I've heard of an Indian Summer before, but I don't know that I've actually experienced one.  If I have, I didn't appreciate it nearly enough!  Fall just snuck up on me way too fast this year.  One minute I was enjoying wearing my swimsuit every single day, and the next we have our heat on!  In hopes of getting an Indian Summer SOON, I joined this challenge at The Friday Mashup this week.
  1. Make a "Indian Summer" themed project.
  2. Or Make a project with any three colors from "Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Indian Summer Themed project with the color combo".
I also paired it with the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary.
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 I am REALLY bad about following a sketch exactly like I see it, so I decided to flip the sketch around.  I know...daredevil! 

I did a lot of sponging on this card.  The background of Very Vanilla image is stamped with En Francais.  I sponged More Mustard and then Cajun Craze directly on the stamp instead of inking up the stamp with the ink pad.  I did the same thing with the other images, using More Mustard and Cajun Craze for one leaf and Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso for the other leaf.  After I stamped the images with the outline image and cut them out, they really popped! Oh, the sentiment is is also sponged with ink!  Everything is sponged with ink around the edges, including the polka dot strip of paper and the Cajun Craze card base. See, I told you I did a lot of sponging on this card!  It's amazing the dimension it adds!
Stamp Sets: French Foliage, Gently Falling, Word Play
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard
Tools: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Bigz Oval Accent Die, Sponges
Accessories: Regals DSP Stack
I made the Top 3 at Create with Connie and Mary this week!


  1. Oh what fabulous colors! Love your beautiful fall card! Thanks for playing along with the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  2. Oooo!! This is really beautiful! I love all these fall colors! Great details on this one! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. the dramatic look of all the sponging and the texture with these fall colors. I agree...we went from 90s to 60s in just a blink of an eye! I want an Indian Summer, too, before winter rears it's ugly head! lol! Thanks for playing along with the Thursday Sketch Challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. What a gorgeous combination for Autumn! Very elegant! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  5. Wow, your card is rich with color and texture and perfectly fits the Indian Summer theme. It's great how you flipped the sketch to suit your greeting. Thanks a bunch for joining along in our sketch challenge this week. Smiles, Elizabeth

  6. I love that you flipped the sketch - I like to do the same thing. Your card is very pretty - all of those sets are in my favorites pile. I'm glad you joined the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week.

  7. What a gorgeous card! I love the pretty fall colors, and the leaves are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Create With Connie and Mary!

  8. This is just beautiful... love the rain drops! Although it doesn't remind me of an indian summer day, it certainly reminds me of fall! Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  9. I like how you flipped the sketch on the other side and you used one of my favorite stamp from French Foliage...the dots! Thanks for participating with us at Create with Connie & Mary!

  10. This is SUCH a gorgeous card Shana! I love the rich colours and texture you've used as well as the 'water spots' to add depth - well deserved win over at CC&M! Thanks for playing along with the Friday Mashup this week!

  11. Beautiful colors! Love how you combined all the stamps in this card. Great texture. Love how you flipped the sketch. I see you made top 3 this week...Congratulations and Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  12. Gorgeous card! You have combined the colors beautifully. Great texture. Thanks for playing along with us at the Friday Mashup this week!

  13. This works so well flipped around! The embossing really looks wonderful with this!! Fantastic card!