Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Thailand Blog Hop - October - Inspired By Nature

Hello my Friends.

Welcome to the first Thailand Achiever's blog hop.
(You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or maybe you've already been hopping around?  Whichever is the case, make certain you check the list at the bottom and visit everyone's blog.  You don't want to miss any of the great projects!)

Today we decided to focus on being "Inspired By Nature".  And anyone who has ever been to Canada in the Fall knows that you cannot *help* but be inspired by nature at this time of year!  The Autumn colours are in their full glory and I couldn't not make a card to try to show you what I mean.

"Sheltering Tree" is the perfect stamp set to create a gorgeous Autumn tree with the ever-present leaf pile below it.  My family did their fair share of raking this Sunday so this card is particularly relevant to our recent weekend!  

As glorious as the display of colours is, the raking seems to be never-ending at this time of year, so I liked the idea of using the sentiment from the stamp set, "In the Meadow", at the top of the card.  Sort of a play on words on the outside, although the inside has the Thankful for you sentiment from Sheltering Tree.
This "In the Meadow" sentiment says it all....

Burlap Ribbon with most of the horizontal strands removed

Did you see the cool embellishment across the bottom of the card?  I cut a 1/4" strip from our 5/8" burlap ribbon, then pulled the horizontal strands from it to leave only two at the bottom edge.  This left me with series of vertical wisps that reminded me of a fence.  

And the burlap strands that I removed?  Twist a few into a coil and fasten to the card with a glue dot.  I love when we can alter our existing fabulous products to come up with more variations, don't you?

Now for those of you who have not had the pleasure of visiting Canada, and might doubt how glorious our landscape is right now, I wanted to ensure you that I am not making any of this gorgeousness up.  
View across the street

View from my driveway

These are 2 views taken from my driveway.  Honestly, if little old non-photographer me can take shots this gorgeous using a phone, think how inspiring these views must be in real life,

So although I realize the idea for this card design might be one you have seen before, honestly, you'll understand why I was "inspired by Nature" to reproduce this sort of scene for today's blog hop.  How could I not?

I am looking forward to hopping around to see the projects that have been created by my fellow Thailand achievers.  Hope you like my card and are enjoying the rest of the Blog hop too.  If you are anywhere in Canada, you can contact me HERE and I will be happy to place your orders for you (or you can place your own order online HERE.  If your order is less than $200, please use the hostess code TG3RR66Z when you check out

Thanks for stopping by.  
Have an absolutely fantastic rest-of-your-week. 
God Bless you all,    ~Cynthia   <><

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  1. So pretty! You totally captured the essence of fall in your card!

    1. Thanks Candy. I know it's not an original design but gosh-darn the view out my window is just so totally inspiring these days!! Hope you are having a wonderful evening. God Bless, ~Cynthia <><

  2. A wonderful card. Thank you for sharing it...
    Kind regards

  3. Love your card and the details about the strands on the bottom. Also great pics of the trees around your house!