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Wreath for All Seasons Revisited...

Rustic wreath
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Felt wreath(image credit)

Hello September.  How I love your warm days and cool nights.  Your nod to fall....a season of settling in.  A time to get back into the routine and rhythm of life, to put away the swimsuits and exchange them for backpacks and school books.  The time to think about exchanging our diet of cold cereal and sandwiches for warm soups and roasts that cook all day.  (Yes...I'm sorting of just dreaming here and longing for fall..when in reality we hit 105 degrees yesterday!)

Welcome to the Papertrey Ink September Sr Team challenge!  On the first of each month, the Sr Team members from Papertrey Ink are challenged to create projects using a previously released stamp set.  This month Nichole challenged us to revisit the Wreath for All Seasons set by creating two for fall and one for the season of our choice.  

Wreath for all seasons


First off, my autumn card.  I was inspired by the rustic wood in the first photo above and decided to try to recreate it using some Ocean Tides cardstock and my Woodgrain impression plate.  After running the cardstock through my machine, I cut it up into strips and layered them to create the lapped siding look.   I also brushed them with a little paint, a little Fresh Snow Ink and a little Classic Kraft ink...just kind of had fun being messy.


I'm also very much into using my dies to emboss lately.  For the wreath focal point, I diecut some Fine Linen cardstock using the scallop circle from LL: 2 1/2" Circle collection, then embossed it using one of the Doily Details dies.  I used the same technique for the sentiment, using two dies from the Angled Labels die set.  The twig wreath was stamped with Dark Chocolate ink and the berries were stamped with Terracotta Tile ink.  I embellished it with some small leaves cut with the Autumn Acorn die set and lots of pearls and twine.  I used the pearls linked below, but the felt a little bright, so I did touch them with a light brown Copic marker.  


For my second card, I chose to do a winter theme.  I used many of the same elements, just in a slightly different way.  I kept my background more simple, just using the Woodgrain Impression plate.  The base of the wreath was done in the same way as above, but this time I embossed the wreath with white embossing powder.  


I was inspired by the cream felt wreath in the photo and the start of my post and I kept the embellishments very neutral.  I added a diecut felt bow, which was cut using the Bells & Boughs die collection.  I added lots of shades of cream/white pearls, some gems, and the sequins are from my stash...just something I picked up a long time ago (Walmart, I think).  The whole effect is soft, sparkly and very wintery.  I added a few snowflakes from the Winter Cheer stamp set.  


Be sure to hop around to the other Sr Team members to see what they've created using the Wreath for All Seasons set...

Melissa Phillips
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Nichole Heady
Maile Belles 

P.S.  The winner of the Simon Says die giveaway from THIS post was Shannon!  Shannon, I have sent you an email.  :-)

Welcome-Fall Finished size = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Happy-Winter-dtl  Finished size = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2