Tuesday, November 20, 2012


it's tuesday, it's tuesday! time for a fab new challenge at shopping our stash! hey, miss carla, what's our assignment this week?!

Challenge 78: 
 I'm LEAF-ing It Up To You 
use a leaf or many leaves on your project! 
(images of leaves are fine too-- plants, trees, etc. and/or dimensional leaves; punches, die cuts, prima-esque, etc.)

cool! i can totally do that! see?

(my own instagrammed photo of a lovely autumn tree; vintage: lace + foreign text paper with inky painty essperiments on top of it then cuttlebugged into a lovely leaf shape; patterned paper: amy tangerine, best creation; alphabet stickers: making memories; alphabet rub-ons: basic grey + ki memories; embroidery floss: dmc; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

thinking about this challenge, i actually had a completely different plan in mind, but as you know, i'm really into instagram, and recently a fellow addict--AHEM, i mean "instagram enthusiast" lol-- asked if i ever use my photos on my cards, and of course i immediately thought, "DUH!!!" and decided i really ought to start. since i happen to have taken a few rather fab (she said, modestly!) foliage pics recently, i thought this was a great opportunity; and when i saw this gorgeous palette at just us girls, it all came together! 

i also used this week's FABULOUS unscripted sketch, though alas, yet again, i have completely failed to incorporate the "piggyback" element of the challenge. not that it's obligatory, i just always want to try doing it, and somehow, it hasn't happened yet! ah well, next time!

now, if you've read the materials list, you'll realize that the quote* was not put on effortlessly in photoshop using a variety of fun fonts. so you are no doubt thinking, "hey lauren!  why didn't you put the quote on effortlessly in photoshop using a variety of fun fonts?!" well, for one thing, i quite like composing a long sentiment the old fashioned way, using rubs and stickers, it's probably the closest i will ever get to meditation; for another, i just thought this was a great opportunity to embody the SOS ethos of USING some of the older products i still own, and still, for that matter, really LIKE. i think this looks goooooooooood, and i predict you'll be seeing more rub-on sentiments in my future! ;)

so what fun and fab "go to" products of the past have you perhaps forgotten about? why not grab a few of them-- with a tree or leaf theme-- and meet me at SOS where my rockin' fellow DT members have pure gorgeousness to show you!!! ♥

*and yeah, for the record, i accidentally messed up the camus quote... which is why i did not attribute it... i'm calling the paraphrase "artistic license"; be a sport and go with me on that, k?! :)


  1. This looks wonderful! Love the use of the photo on the card and the way you did the quote....yes, this way adds so much more interest....you go girl!

  2. Lovely leafy card.... The sentiment rocks!

  3. So lovely Lauren-y :)

    How many times have you seen Skyfall? (Notice I did not ask IF you had seen it LOL.) I had a chance to see it this weekend, but opted for Twilight movie instead. Loved it :)

  4. You know, I never thought of that kind of sentiment-quote adding as being meditative, but in a way it is. If meditation comes with growls of 'how do I use up all the a's? Never any a's left!' or four-letter words when I've dropped one on the carpet, sticky side down ;) lol
    I so love your fun & funky leaf, and the stitching is an AWESOME touch!

  5. Awesome!!! I love everything about this. Beautiful picture too!

  6. I agree! It does look good! I love the home-made words but most of all I love the stitching! Nice touch and a great way to showcase your beautiful photo. Thanks for choosing our Unscripted Sketch to showcase your sweet creation :)

  7. Fab card as always! Love the photo- such a neat idea to. One day I will move into Instagram speed...but not yet!

  8. Lauren, I'm so happy to see you at Unscripted Sketches!!! What a great take on the challenge and so uniquely you!

  9. This was so un-Lauren-like I almost didn't recognize it, but I love it! I love the way you did the sentiment!

  10. Beautiful - love this fall card! Thanks for playing at US!

  11. What a fun cool card! Thanks for playing along with JUGS this week.


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