Monday, October 2, 2017

CUTplorations October

image source: marmaladebleue

Adios summer. Hello autumn. Our summer break over at STAMPlorations is over and we're up and running with loads of new challenges, including a new CUTplorations challenge. This one could lead you in many design tell me. What does this photo bring to mind? Picking apples? Ombre? Needlepoint?

I was inspired by the color scheme and autumn in the form of stenciled leaves and pumpkin spice lattes (I usually buy myself one per year!). And out came a thank you card.

I used Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies to cut a panel of watercolor paper I'd watercolored with Gansai Tambis through the Leaf Prints stencil. Notice how I flipped the inner "frame" to mess up the stenciled panel a bit and make your eye work a bit more ;)

I added a Thanks a Latte phrase die cut backed with brown fun foam to give it a bit of a shadow.

I sure hope you'll jump in and join us for some die cutting fun this month over at the CUTplorations challenge. Just make a project using die cuts based on our inspiration graphic. Be sure to use at least one STAMPlorations product and hook up to the gallery. As always, Shery is being generous with prizes for the winning projects. Check out the great ways the new CUTplorations DT was inspired by this month's photo. Here's the link.

Don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code for 20% off in the sidebar if you're in a hurry to get your hands on some new goodies like this great-for-fall phrase die ;)

Hooking up at these fun challenges:
NBUS #9 cuz it was my first time using that Thanks a Latte die

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

CAS Watercolor (not sure this is truly CAS but got the leaves and colors going on)


  1. Definitely autumnal Maria.
    The footy is of course soccer to Americans. He plays in a Man v Fat league as well as helping organising it. It's a weightloss group for blokes that caters for the more more generously girthed males. He probably watched the afternoon Premier League match on SKY TV too. :)

  2. Oh my stars! Great minds, indeed! I've bypassed 'smitten by' and 'crushing over' and headed straight to LOVE! You've showcased my most favourite stencil beautifully - and I like the 'twist' that certainly does make our eyes gaze with even greater wonder and delight!

  3. Great card Maria, love how you've used the leaf print stencil, clever twist, Cathy x

  4. Very cool, Maria! I love the flipped frame, it's definitely provocative... in a good sense :)!

  5. This is genies Maria. So very eye catching with your colour choice. Thanks for the warm welcome and like the other new girls - EXCITED to be part of the CUTplorations Team.

  6. Fabulous background you have created and I love your gold sentiment.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  7. Beautiful watercolor leaves, Maria! Love the colors you've used! Thanks for sharing at CAS Watercolour!

  8. Beautiful mix of colours for your leaves, Maria. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  9. I love your soft autumn colors for your stenciled leaves design, Maria. So happy to see CUTplorations Challenges are back. Loved your take on the photo. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs

  10. Your watercoloring is breath-taking as always, Maria! I love how you played with the framing! And I love that you playing in my NBUS Challenge #12! Thank you so much!! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Just gorgeous, Maria ... yes, my eye was working hard taking in the cool flipped panel ... should've read down first before figuring it out!! Hugs, Anita :)


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