August 17, 2012

Something special to share--and a giveaway!

To see my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down or click HERE!

Hello friends!  I have some exciting news and two fun cards to share today.  Paper Smooches just released their newest set called "Autumn Groves" on August 15th, and I am here today to help promote this sweet set!  This is the tenth stamp set from their "Kismet collection".  You can find the new stamp set HERE.


I have one "Autumn Groves" stamp set to give away to one lucky person!  You have until midnight EST on August 19th to leave a comment on this post.  I will announce the winner here on Monday, August 20th.

For more chances to win, please visit:


I was smitten with this set from the moment I saw it!  I love the Fall, and the Autumn Groves set has captured everything I love about this season in Paper Smooches style!  

I knew that I wanted to work with the birch trees in this set first, so I created a sunset scene to highlight them.  I lined up strips of red, orange, and yellow cardstock and added texture with an impression plate, then popped up the birch trees and bird with foam dots.

I die cut a window in a panel of dark brown cardstock, heat embossed the sentiment in white, and rounded the corners before adhering it to the card base.


These trees were super easy to cut out.  They'd look great in so many scenes with other Paper Smooches characters, don't you think?

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait, So Saffron), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Autumn Groves)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso), Tsukineko (Versamark)
Tools:  Spellbinders (square die), Papertrey Ink (circle impression plate), corner rounder
Accessories:  Filigree (embossing powder)

I have one more card to share today, but there will be more in the near future!  I couldn't stop playing with this set.  :)

This simple card features the pumpkin from Autumn Groves, which I masked and stamped three times to make a little tower.  I added the falling leaf, then colored the images with my Prisma pencils.  I gave the strip some texture with an impression plate before adhering it to a red card base with foam dots.


I used the "Welcome Autumn" sentiment again on this card, because it is just so perfect.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Cherry Cobbler), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Autumn Groves)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate)
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor Premier pencils

Many thanks to Kim for inviting me to showcase this fantastic set today!  You will be seeing a lot more of it in the coming weeks.

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the Autumn Groves set!  I appreciate your visit today and hope you'll come back soon.  :)

Happy Friday!

169 comments:

June K said...

Christina, your cards are so adorable. I love the sunset scene you created. The birch trees sit so nicely in the window with the sunset background.

Marion said...

Fabulous cards Christina...I particularly love your first one. Such a clever design and the colours are awesome. Thanks for the chance to win as well :)

Brandi said...

What a fun set. Your cards are so cute!

Aimes said...

I love what you've whipped up with that set, Christina! The colour-blocking sky is awesome on your first card!
Hugs!
x

Jen W. said...

So excited to see you and JJ showcasing this new set - Kim pick a genius duo!! I love the swoony sunset you created on your first card and the fabulous polaroid frame. The red card base, gorgeous colouring and perfect masking on the second card made me smile. :D

Miranda said...

Awesome. Love the first one, great how you managed to get three colors and let the embossing run so smooth in all three. The 2nd one is such amazing CAS. That is my favorite kind of card. Too bad that the Dutch don't like it that much. I make CAS a lot!

liberal sprinkles said...

Your cards are lovely. I especially like the first one, the embossing is great on the background, really makes the card stand out!

grace

jessica said...

What gorgeous cards!! Love the CAS look, the beautiful fall colors and this adorable stamp set!
TFS and Happy Friday!
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

Ah...two fabulous cards Christina! Love the colors and the embossing behind the birch trees. So gorgeous.

LeAnne said...

Love these (but you don't need to include me as I have already won something from you) and that sentiment is the CUTEST!!!

Pam Sparks said...

I agree! The trees are great and so are all the other elements in the set! Love your cards too... so creative!

Carol said...

Gorgeous cards...LOVE that scarecrow in the new Autumn Groves set!

Kara Lynne said...

Such fun cards! I love the trees with the textured background - gorgeous design and colors. That stack of pumpkins is adorable too!

Carol L said...

Oh my gosh, I just LOOOOOVE the dark brown card you created with the color blocked panels! It's just STUNNING! Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and you've captured the essence of the season perfectly with these pretty cards! Well done!!

richardbreaks said...

These are GREAT! I love those birch trees SO much!

Kimberly said...

Wow, Christina! These cards are fantastic! I especially love the first one - it is so crisp and really evokes an autumnal feeling. Great job showcasing this set - Kim couldn't have picked two better people!

silvia said...

Awesome card!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful cards! That first one is stunning! The white just jumps off the page and I love the colorblockong and embossing, and love how CAS the second is.

Suzanne D. said...

Just so gorgeous! You're making me so excited that summer is winding down! I love all your cards so much, Christina. Thanks for the inspiration!

Maureen said...

what a great set! LOVE the white embossed sentiment and the lined up pumpkins :) Hope all is well there :) Hugs!

abb0187 said...

I love the effect of the layered paper for your sunset. Awesome idea. I love the fall images andakeore cards this time if year. Thanks for a chance to win!

Avril Tanner said...

Gorgeous Cards! I so love how you used the stamp set to create them!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow I couldn't stop staring at your first card...the window with the embossed panels behind looks awesome. Love the stacked pumpkins too on the second card.

simplycaffeinated said...

LOVE your creations with this set! Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

Gina said...

I love how you made these stamps look so elegant! I know a lot of people play up the "fun" side of Kim's stamps (and they are fun and cute) but you took them an entirely different direction and I love what you did!! Really love that pumpkin and the birch trees!

Kim Ross said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe I haven't come across your blog before... I'll have to subscribe, because your cards are STUNNING! I can't get over the first card -- that sunset is amazing. Great stuff!! This is a terrific set! Thanks for the chance to win!

Luv2talk said...

I agree with most of the others, that birch tree card TOTALLY ROCKS!

Love the versatility of these sets!

Jingle said...

These are such spectacular cards! I love them!

MaryAnn said...

wonderful cards...love the birch trees and pumpkins.

Julie S. said...

Ohhhh...the background on the first card is aMAzing! Absolutely beautiful.

Joyce said...

I really love both of your cards. That sunset background is so striking (and easier than coloring!). Your tower of pumpkins is just darling. You are doing a great job of promoting this set. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Marsha said...

What cute cards and what a great new stamp set. I like the casual, whimsical - easy to make CAS cards.

Alanna said...

What gorgeous cards. I absolutely adore the first one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BEAUTIFUL cards--love that first one with the embossed background! FAB!

Lynne in NI said...

Ohhh these are gorgeous!

Nikki said...

Fantastic cards love how you've done them :)

jengd said...

Fab cards- LOVE the first one! Great embossing and layers! The trees look amazing against that background!

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful CAS designs! I love the stacked pumpkins!

karenelr said...

Beautiful cards! I love this new Autumn Groves set! Thanks for the giving us all the chance to win this set!

Isha said...

Gorgeous cards. Love love them and this superb stamp set. Thanks for a chance to win.

Karin Åkesdotter said...

FABULOUS cards! LOVE your designs and perfect stamping and coloring!

Hugs, Karin

Susan said...

Love your cards, especially the pumpkins!

Lin said...

What a darling set! You've really shown all its potential with your cards - thanks for the inspiration!!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fantastic card. TFS

Deb said...

What a fun set! Fabulous cards, Christina! Thanks for a chance to win!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow...amazing projects!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

Paper Smooches said...

WOW! Your samples are FABULOUS (knew they would be) Thank you so much for creating such magic. You are so talented :)

Katie Ann Brooks said...

wow, what fabo cards!

Cheryl Bux said...

Love this new stamp set! Your cards are lovely!

Dana Nelson said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS projects!!! So lover-ly!

Kim said...

Wow. What wonderful cards and so colorful. I love this set.

Karen B. said...

Your cards are so striking Christina, especially the first! I love how you went with the paper color blocking instead of ink.

Geri said...

You did a beautiful job showcasing these two new stamp sets! I am totally in love with the birch trees...such a versatile stamp!

Tammie Lien said...

love birch trees and pumpkins such wonderful cards:)

Chunyuan said...

awesome cards. love the color blocking background on the first one.

Gabby said...

Two very nice cards! Like the rounded corner panel on the base of the tree card. The three blocks of embossed color is a nice background to the trees w/bird. Love the sketch for your awesome stacked pumpkins with the single floating leaf. Neat card! :)

Tracy said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing :)

Nerina said...

YAY Christina! I'm so thrilled to see you showcasing for Paper Smooches! Your cards are so inspirational (that sunset is genius!) and your pumpkin stack is so classic and classy! Looking forward to seeing where *all* of your ideas took you!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Oh boy, those stacked pumpkins are awesome! I love both your cards.

cathy said...

Great fall cards! Love the pumpkins! Thanks for the chance to win!

Moosisk said...

Love, Love, LOVE your cards! The embossed background on the first card is awesome. I also love your stack of pumpkins in the second one. Thanks for a chance to win a great stamp set. :D

Kyla said...

Lovely cards with great fall colors. The paper strips on the first card remind me of an autumn sunset.

Jessica said...

your cards are both so fabulous!!! love the sweet stacked pumpkins and the great gradiant with the birch trees! love them both!! :)

Sarah said...

love your cards!

Cheryl L. said...

I really like the embossed layers of color and the sweet simplicity of the autumn card....wonderful!

Kailash said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, the first one is simply stunning and the second is sooo beautifully made. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

julie e said...

Great projects - thanks for the chance to win.

Sus said...

The first card is an eye catcher! I love the tree cut out in white. It looks embossed.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Julie S. said...

Your cards are beautiful ! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

Noreen said...

Such fun little stamps! I love your pile of pumpkins!

Noreen
http://craftyjournal.com

Chris D. said...

Whoa! What gorgeous cards! Love them both! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome set!

Kelly Braund said...

Love your cards & I love this set!

Cindy C. said...

Both beautiful cards so clean and crisp!

Two Crafty Catz said...

Very beautiful cards! :D

Carol said...

Your cards are super fun! I love that birch tree stamp!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

calamity jane said...

I love to fussy cut images and I know that this set has that going for it! Love the cards you've done and can't wait to see more!!

frommycraftroom said...

Great cards. Love the trees and the embossed background. Love the stack of pumpkins. Thanks for the chance.

mandalj said...

Both cards are so lovely, but I especially love the way you put the trees in the window - just beautiful!

Hattie said...

I LOVE the color pallet you selected for the Welcome Autumn cards! These stamps are great! Thanks for a chance to win them.

Hattie
hattieshaven.blogspot.com

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Fab cards, Christina!

Outside Inn said...

Woo hoo, yeah for you, love these samples.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oops, that was the wrong account.

rhoffer said...

Such great cards--I love the pumpkins stacked up!

Katy said...

Love these! I really like how you did the background in the window card. Very cool! :)

Wida said...

very cool color blocking. Your color choices are perfect and so is the coloring!

SmilynStef said...

Love that pile of pumpkins.

Sue D said...

Great autumn set--I like that it includes birch trees and your birch card is fabulous. The pumpkin card is adorable.

Connie and Jack said...

LOVE your cards! Great color palette and very creative. Thanks for sharing.
-- Connie C.

Ginny said...

Wonderful card - I always think of cherry cobbler paper for Christmas but it looks great on this autumn card. Thanks for showcasing it like this. The coloring on the pumpkins is expertly done!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Awww...his set is darling, and your cards are beautiful!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Margie said...

I love these, beautiful cards!

kim.scrapper said...

What an adorable stamp set and I love your cards, tfs....kim.scrapper@yahoo.ca

Krysta said...

Ooh! I love that texture on the sunset card! So beautiful!

Sherry Butcher said...

Love this set. Thanks for the chance to win!

stampsilly71 said...

oooh, both of your cards are so striking. I must be in the mood for for fall because on both, the deep colors with the white parts are just amazing. AND I love the new stamp set, just way to cute. Thanks for all the ideas and the chance to win...crossing my fingers!

Lucy Newton said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

Maria Matter said...

gorgeous background for your trees, love that! two fabulous cards Christina!!

Sharron said...

Great rich colors on both and I especially LOVE the birch trees! The color blocking on that card looks awesome! Fabulous job showcasing this new set!

Gwen said...

LOVE what you've done with this set! Amazing!

Lori Barnett said...

Way cute cards!

Kathy H said...

Thank you. These are beautiful cards!

Tammy said...

Fabulous cards! I love the trees!

Scrapcollectr said...

I love, love, love these two cards. The white birches against that embossed autumn rainbow and the masked pumpkins with the falling leaf? Super! "-)

Helen L said...

LOVE both of your cards!! the 3 color background with the impressing on it is brilliant, and I love the stacked pumpkins, with the single falling leaf! Great job!!

Kathy Rosecrans said...

Adorable stamp set! Love how you've used it, too!!

Gayle215 said...

I adore the embossed background on the tree card! Super cute.

fishydesign said...

WOW these cards are just AMAZING!

Monique said...

I love both of your cards, that silhouette one against the colour blocking is so creative!! I'd love to win these stamps, to add to the Spring Groves I already own!

Mary Mac said...

Beautiful cards. Love the sunset. Love all the colors.

juwelly said...

I love everything about Autumn and this stamp set is so cute! Thanks for the chance!

hilde said...

Cool cards! So inpsiring! Thanks for a chance to win!

Message Keeper said...

You got a card base and layout that same with JJ Bolton but different images which totally gives a different feel! This is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win a Paper Smooches stamp!

Tanja said...

WOW great cards - the sunset card is so effective - the embossing adds that special something. The pumpkin card has great colouring. I might have to visit your blog regularly!

Karen said...

great cards....such a fun set!!

PaperPixie said...

Wow these are both lovely! The combination of simplicity and texture is really great!

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL CARDS!!!!!!!!! :) LOOOOOOVE your first card! There's just something about it that it looks "sleek!" I LOVE IT! Your second card is FABULOUS ALSO! LOOK at that coloring job!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sigh!) SUPER!!!!!!!!!:)

irishgalkelly said...

Hi Christina! Oh my, what a beautiful sunset card! I LOVE this tree stamp and you have showcased it beautifully! And adding the birdie is great too. Your simple pumpkin card is perfect. Love those colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

cassie said...

fantastic cards! I love how you created the background with the tree - just awesome!

mtscrapgal said...

Love all the great details in your cards--embossing the sunset design and stacking the pumpkins for 2 details.Thanks for the inspiration.

myaddictiontopaper said...

Such cute cards, they are simple but really make an impact.

Anne said...

Love the birch trees. Brings back childhood memories of up-state NY.

Barbara said...

Both the birch trees card and the pumpkin card are fabulous! They are simply elegant!

Stacy said...

these cards are amazing, love this new set! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing stamp set!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Your creations totally rock, Christina! Love your crisp style. THanks for the chance to win this adorable set.

joy said...

Fabulous cards, Christina! Thanks for the chance to win!

Judy1223 said...

Oh, my! I love both cards but the second is my fav! Great coloring, pretty colors...both cards are FAB!

Dorothy C. said...

Great cards. I really like the trees. Thanks for the chance to win.

Teresa W. said...

Both cards are fabulous! Love the sunset color block card and the stacking pumpkin on the second one.

Helen F. said...

Oh Christina! your first card captured my heart. Love the fall colored embossed background and those wonderful New England Birch trees....I'm originally from Boston, still have family who I LOVE to visit in the fall :o)

JJ Bolton said...

We have family in town and I wasn't able to get online yesterday and I was dying to see your cards:) Your first card is just so crisp and modern! The gradient background is fantastic! I love the way we both framed a little scene with totally different results!

And the second card is just charming:) Your masking and coloring are perfect. I love the look you achieved with colored pencils! Not that I don't love markers, but the pencil coloring has more depth and texture.

I'm so glad we got to do this together Christina! You're such an incredible artist and a real sweetheart too:)

Sandi said...

Love your cards and the deep rick colors you used. Thanks for the chance to win the new stamp set.

Ravengirl said...

These are both very sweet!! I love how you created the sunset behind the birch trees and your stacked pumpkins!

Gina Carvallo said...

Love your cards!! The background inf the first one is awesome...

Auntie Em said...

Your cards are both so beautifully done. The rich colours are perfect. The sunset with the embossing is such a perfect effect behind the trees and the little stack of pumpkins is such a sweet whimsical touch.
Thank you for sharing your lovely designs! :)

Susan said...

Wow -- both your cards are just fabulous! I love the circle impressions on your gradated colour background and those lovely birch trees.
Your second card has that luscious pop of colour and I love the stacked pumpkins with that little leaf fluttering down!
The font on the Welcome Autumn stamp is terrific too!

Shelly said...

I adore that background for your trees! I can see it working for a number of images..gotta get my hands on that embossing folder! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards!! Love yout style :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

WinterBerry Glen said...

Love your cards always. this set is really cute! I think the sunset card is very clever and who doesn't like cute stacked pumpkins??? :)thanks for the giveaway.

Ren-Yi said...

An amazing set of cards. i love the concentric circles - what a great way to add color and panels. and your pumpkin card is making me crave a pumpkin spice latte! :)

Tigerberry said...

I love your choice of background colors and the embossed look. It sets off the fun birch trees and bird. I also love the acorn in this collection. Thanks for showing us a great way to use the collection.

CardsbyJo said...

Wow! Both cards are great, but your first card is awesome.

Mary D said...

Love the stacked pumpkins. Simple, clean very sharp looking. Thanks for sharing!

Dana Desmond said...

Oh my, I love the sunset background. I'm going to have to try something like that on one of my projects.

Casey said...

These cards are amazing! I especially love the autumn sunset card with the trees in front!

Andrene said...

Beautiful and bright colors and the tree card is off the charts!! A must have stamp set for sure!! TFS.

Denise Bryant said...

Darling cards! I love this cute PS set!
DeniseB

MB Isaac said...

very very cute - love the embossing in the different colors :)

Melody said...

I just love the birch trees. Reminds me of camping in northern Michigan when I was a kid.

Hippymom83 said...

Adorable cards and I love this stamp set! Thanks for the chance to win!

sunflower sue said...

Your cards are simply wonderful. Love fall and love these stamps, too.

jasonandmariephillips said...

Wow! Both cards are great! I really like the sunset effect created with the coloured cardstock and the white cardstock!

Winnie said...

Love how the background makes the trees from the set stand out! Great card that could be used for any occasion which is nice to see more use out of a set. Thanks for the chance to win.

Bumblebee said...

wow, both cards are amazing, but just love the colour layers you embossed!

Emily said...

Love your little scene with the embossed strips and birch trees! I'm thinking they would be cute for a winter scene on Christmas cards too.

DeBD said...

Love that sunset card. Thanks for the chance to win the sweet Paper Smooches stamp set.

maddymuscles said...

WOW! Beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!!:D

Pryn said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the scene you created with the first one...the tri-colored embossed background is gorgeous!!!

syd said...

The card you made with the trees is super clever. Love this set and all the fall things that go with it.

cheryl (clee') said...

Great cards - I love the background with the birch trees and the whole 3-D aspect of it.

charli said...

great cards and love the stamps too!

Lyndal said...

LOVE, love both cards Christina - but the first one just pips at the post as I adore birch trees!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I just love this set! SO much fun and so many uses, beautiful work!
Lisa

Jen said...

I LOVE the texture in your first card. AMAZING!!!

Indy said...

Fabulous cards! I love this new set!

Terri E. said...

Great card and fun set!

Terri E.

Debbie Carriere said...

Christina, these are both absolutely fantastic!!! Have a nice vacation!!

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous cards, Christina! I love how you used this set, especially those awesome birch trees!

Kelly Griglione said...

oh wow, wow, WOW! I missed your sunset/birch card - it is just FANTASTIC! Then you go and emboss the circles on there ... sublime!

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