So Thankful :)

Today, we're packing up the family car and heading North  :)

Being in South Florida, pretty much everywhere is "North!"  
We are taking a small vacation to celebrate little man's birthday,
albeit a month late.  Due to work, college and school schedules, we postponed it until a time when we can all be together, 
a moment I'm so thankful for :)

He and I were bike riding through the mangrove trails the other day 
and I was so moved by the wonders all around us - 
the gorgeous day we were having, the sound of the wind rustling in the
trees overhead, the feel of a slight change in the air.
We aren't blessed to have a real "Autumn" here in Miami
so it's nice to feel inspired by what's around us in nature and memories :)

I think I sprinted into the Cabana when we got home just 
to find a stamp set to create the card I envisioned!
I wanted to create a card to mail to a friend for our 
blogging group card swap and got right to work on this one.
I used my 'it's fall about you' stamp set from TAWS.  
I started with a pretty CAS card base and built up a layer
of multi-colored, fall leaves by stamping onto the dsp and layering them together.  I have been drawn to the rich colors this fall, 
like the deep plums and brilliant blues - they are fun to pair up 
with the more obvious colors of Autumn.  
And, I don't get to say it very often, but I'm really tickled 
with how this card came out :)

Wishing you an abundance of beauty this weekend :)
I'm thankful for you!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter this card into:  Creating with Dragonflies #13 - Leaves/Nature/Trees
HouseofGilli - AG/Thanks
OneCrazyStamper: October/Thankful
ReadyTeddyGo - Autumn
Shelly'sImages:  Photo Inspiration


  1. that is one perfect fall card, gorgeous!

  2. What a beauty!
    Coming north to visit me??

  3. A great CAS card....simple but effective. It has a real Autumnal feel. I love the variety of colours.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies this week.
    Wynn DT x

  4. Fabulous way to say thank you! Love the gorgeous deep colors you used!

  5. Great card! Love your inspiration behind it!! Enjoy your vacation! I hope you will be back in time to watch TWD!! OMG I cannot stop thinking about it! LOL! Carri~Abusybee

  6. What a beautiful card, Kelly!! I love the colors and the basket of leaves!! So pretty!! Safe travels my friend...I hope you have a wonderful trip!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Wonderful card Kelly - and all the best for the weekend! Love how the patterns in the paper added to the dimension.

  8. WE call Fall Autumn here but I do love the way the leaves develop so much colour at that time of the year - also like now when the leaves are all beginning to grow in and the green almost hurts your eyes. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD for our latest challenge - trees/nature/leaves!

  9. Your card turned out perfect on your reflection. Great job!

    I am glad that your DS felt well enough to go on his birthday trip. Travel safe and have fun!

  10. That blue really makes your fall colors POP, Kelly. This is a striking card. Love it! I should send you a bag of fall-colored leaves. It's beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest. :-)

  11. Great card, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck, Zoe DT xx

  12. Such lovely bright and colourful leaves you have in your basket. The blueish bg really makes them pop. Lovely cas card. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD Ina

  13. Such lovely bright and colourful leaves you have in your basket. The blueish bg really makes them pop. Lovely cas card. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD Ina

  14. Kelly, love the fresh colors and paper pieced leaves. Beautiful, crisp, clean design.

  15. Beautiful Fall card- love the paper piecing and the basket too. Praying you have safe travels and fun, fun, fun!!!

  16. Beautiful fall creation! Thanks so much for joining our "October – Photo Inspiration" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images Store

  17. Thank you for entering your gorgeous card into our Fall/Autumn challenge at Inky Impressions

    hugs Vicky xx

  18. Great card, wonderful leaves the paperpiecing makes it, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  19. Lovely card! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  20. Anonymous10/20/2013

    Love how you did all the leaves different, thanks for joining us at OCS>

  21. Sounds like you are having a wonderful fall Kelly and enjoying your time in the outdoors. It's great to be inspired by something you are seen or felt and design a card around it. Enjoy your time with your family in your get-a-way.

  22. Great job on the card Kelly, I am also thankful for you!!! Enjoy your trip.

  23. Such a beautiful fall card!! Love the colors and paper piecing! :) HUGS

  24. Oh my goodness, Kelly! I got home from my trip last night and this card was waiting for me. It is absolutely stunning! Lovely fall colors, and the classy style that is so Kelly. I am in awe of your talent. Thank you for blessing me with a gorgeous card and with your friendship!

  25. Gorgeous card, really love it. Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies.
    PS. Enjoy your little break xx

  26. Autumn is my favorite season. Love this basket of colorful leaves.

  27. What a lovely Post Kelly! Your card says it all!

  28. I am so happy that it is Autumn as it is my favorite time of year. I really suffer in the summer when most people are happy. I am now enjoying the outdoors again! Love your card and how you used patterns on the various leaves!

  29. Your leaves are so pretty. I like the blue. Such a nice color to go with the traditional fall colors.

  30. This is so pretty! Love the image and how you rounded out the edges....too cool! :)

  31. I hope you had a wonderful vacation/birthday celebration! Such a lovely card and sweet little acorn.

  32. Great card Kelly and I love the rich, bold autumn colours!

  33. Your card is so beautiful Kelly with all the right shades of Autumn. Simple layout makes it just perfect. Your swap buddy is going to just love it.

  34. Wonderful fall card, Kelly. The paper pieced leaves and also the blue background looks great ! Hope you had a nice weekend !

  35. The leaves are gorgeous!! Such a great idea to use DP for them!! Another wonderful fall card!
    If you had traveled a little further north, you could have spent the weekend huddled around a campfire with us! With temps in the mid 30's in the evening, it was quite chilly!

  36. Gorgeous card. I love the pop of blue. Your colouring is wonderful.