Finally…Fall Happiness for FMS#456

Last week when the new FMS456 challenge was posted I thought about creating a Christmas card, but ended up with a fall card design in my head. And I experienced several twists and abandoned card designs before I got to my final card below.

But before I talk about my challenge card, I’d like to tell you about the long, convoluted process to finishing my card. I’ve had a number of friends ask how do I come up with my card designs so easily – LOL. Well I’m not always successful on the first try, nor the 2nd or 3rd try. Some I just abandon since I can’t get the idea in my head onto paper and into a card that I like. This almost happened with today’s card.

I started out with a piece of the houndstooth DSP from Gilded Autumn. I love houndstooth patterns and thought it would work well with this challenge. I futzed with it for at least 20 minutes before I abandoned this design. It was too dark and depressing rather than a nice Thanksgiving card I had in my mind.

So I replaced the houndstooth DSP with a wood DSP to lighten it up. And a die cut band from the Flourish dies. Now it looked too blah and the card base stood out too much. Back to the drawing board, again.

Next I tried a Very Vanilla card base with the same layers as above. But the wood tone of the DSP seemed to clash with the card base and the tag. Hmmm…so I set my card aside and went on to make 2 birthday cards and an anniversary card that I needed to mail out today. In the process of make those cards (I’ll share them later this week) I had an epiphany and went back to my FMS456 challenge card idea.

I totally abandoned the idea of using DSP as the background and instead added a piece of Very Vanilla that was dry embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder. I keep the die cut my Flourish dies (from a piece of the Gilded Autumn DSP), but die cut a smaller piece of the pretty Gilded Autumn DSP (with Layering Squares dies) and topped it with Very Vanilla that was die cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies. My greeting from So Sentimental in Cajun Craze ink. Using the pumpkin from my September Paper Pumpkin kit, I stamped and colored it and fussy cut it out. Ah…finally the card that I envisioned in my head!

So, as I tell my friends, I don’t always get a card design to work, nor do they always look like I envisioned. I tell them to follow an idea and/or template, and if your first card doesn’t look right, keep futzing! Your “true” card is in there somewhere…just keep at it!

Here’s what I used to make my final card:


Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper – 153520

Price: $15.00


Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock – 101650

Price: $9.75


So Sentimental Cling Stamp Set (En) – 151691

Price: $22.00


Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126965

Price: $6.50


Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker – 119680

Price: $3.50


Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack – 154879

Price: $9.00


Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack – 154890

Price: $9.00


Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder – 152718

Price: $9.00


Flourish Dies – 151769

Price: $29.00


Stitched So Sweetly Dies – 151690

Price: $32.00


Layering Squares Dies – 151772

Price: $35.00


Stampin’ Seal – 152813

Price: $8.00


Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430

Price: $4.00 Add All to Cart

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you watch the weather at all last week, Houston dodged ANOTHER hurricane. But my heart and thoughts go out to Louisiana folks who weathered another hurricane, just 6 weeks from the last one. Boy this has been a strange hurricane season and I’m not sure we are done yet.

Janice B at JB Stamper

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6 Responses to Finally…Fall Happiness for FMS#456

  1. jentimko says:

    I love that you showed your process. It is the “behind the scenes” that is often missed, especially on a clean card. Your final result is wonderful! So glad to see you this week at FMS!


    • JB Stamper says:

      Thanks Jen! I decided to share the behind the scenes since it happens more frequently that I’d like and what my friends think! I always love reading the FMS group’s comment on my cards – helps me get better!


  2. This is a beautiful card! It follows the FMS sketch so well, and I love how fresh & clean it is while still being very interesting. I appreciate your blog post about going through various designs before getting to that happy final version. I think I spend way too much time trying to ‘fix’ a design when I should just abandon ship and start over! Encouraging to hear how you arrived at your perfect card even though it wasn’t your first attempt. Nice job!!


    • JB Stamper says:

      Thanks Crafty Auntie! Sometimes, no matter what I try, it just doesn’t work. And reluctantly I finally set it aside and try something else. I was pleased with this final card, but it took a while to get there! I”m always excited when your group likes my cards!


  3. I love the pretty colors and script sentiment on this beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!


    • JB Stamper says:

      Thanks Amy! I love to follow your blog and see your creative cards. I’ve taken inspiration many times from your posts. So getting your compliments on my cards is always rewarding for me!


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