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First Fruits Revisited...


Welcome to the November Papertrey Sr. Design Team challenge!  This month we are featuring another older set...First Fruits.  It is classic and beautiful and perfect for this time of year. 

I've been talking a lot lately about vintage items.  I mentioned a while back that I am slightly obsessed with old printed tableclothes.  I'm not sure what it is about them, but I just love them!  There are SO many different prints and almost seems as if there are no two alike!  One thing I notice about them is that the patterns are often intricate, detailed, and symetrical.  I used that inspiration to do some pattern building with this set to achieve the same look and feel as the old linens....


This kind of stamping and pattern building is somethine I just love to do...kind of like the doily idea from a few months back.  It's just fun to play around with how the images look when stamped in different ways and combinations to create patterns. 

I will show you step-by-step how I built this pattern, just in case you want to try it yourself.  But don't feel like you have to stick to my arrangement...have fun and be creative and see what you can come up with!  My best advice is to grab a pad of scrap paper and just play around with different combinations. 

I started off with a 5 1/2" square card base, then used temporary adhesive to adhere a 2" block of cardstock, positioning it exactly in the center of my card...


I traced around the square lightly with a pencil, then removed it.  These pencil lines will be my guide for lining everything up.


I started by stamping the large flourish image four times around the square.  I love the way this looks and was thinking that at some time I need to just stop right here and use this pretty image on a card!



But for this card, I kept going, stamping the large oval image (which is actually the base of the pineapple from this set) in the center using Summer Sunrise ink.


Then I stamped the large leaf image in each corner with True Black.


Next, I added the acorn tops...


And then the acorn bottoms...


Then I filled in around the acorns a bit using the two leaf images, stamped in Summer Sunrise.


Lastly, the sentiment gets stamped in the inside.


And after I had it finished, I thought it needed just a bit more, so I stamped the scallop border image from the set around the outside edges.  I didn't stamp the whole image onto the card, but rather just the tips of the scallops...



To finish it off, I embossed it using one of the Spellbinders Lables dies and added some pearls. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post!  Be sure to visit the other DT girls to see what beauties they've created with First Fruits!

Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Michelle Wooderson
Nichole Heady

Stamps:  First Fruits
Ink:  True Black, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Really Rust (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Rustic Cream
Other:  pearls, Spellbinder's label die