Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Inspirational Photo Series: Pumpkins & Polka Dots

Cardstock and stamps. Sometimes you’ve just gotta get down to basics and see what happens. That’s what I did when I interpreted this month’s photo for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!
My first inclination was to do something with polka dots…but I thought that might be too predictable, so I decided to create a colorful falling leaves motif with a few dots mixed in.
I absolutely love using my stamps to create the suggestion of movement. It’s such a fun and simple technique that can “snazzify” a one-layer card.
For this card, I used my Falling Leaves stamp set. Since I wanted to stamp varied sizes of leaves, I did something that is probably going to make you cringe…I cut apart the leaves stamp that is intended for matching up with the branch. Blasphemy, right?
Truth be told, I am way more likely to use the leaves individually than as a joined group. It just jives with my cardmaking style! 
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Hopping!
Stamps: PTI (Falling Leaves, assorted small circle stamps)
Ink: Impress Ink (Honey, Chamomile, Mango, Chocolate) Stampin Up (Pumpkin Pie)
Cardstock:  PTI (white)


  1. Audrey on said:

    Super fabulous as always! :)

  2. Susan on said:

    Beautiful card! I love this set!

  3. Ally on said:

    Very pretty. I love the leaves and the Autumn colors. And very smart on cutting apart the stamp to get more use out of it! Great card. 😉

  4. Desw2331 on said:

    Not blasphemy! :) I cut stuff apart ALL the time. Very beautiful card! I LOVE it! Reminds me of a scrapbook page I did once with strawberries!

  5. Jen Carter on said:

    This is gorgeous Amber!! Love all those leaves!

  6. Look at you numero uno! I think you use your stamps so beautifully and you’re always coming up with clever ways to use them, so why not cut them up to serve your agenda?

  7. Linda on said:

    Gorgeous card! I love how you used the leaf stamps. Way to go!

  8. Laura B. on said:

    Now how did you manage to be number one in the blog hop??? you are SUPER fly:) love your autumn card!

  9. This is so pretty and the leaves really do have great movement.
    Carol x

  10. And Amber does it again….

    Seriously, you can stamp like I’ve never seen. You created this pattern PERFECTLY, and those leaves really do look like they’re falling into a pile!!

  11. Gayatri on said:

    Wow! So pretty, Amber. Love your style :)

  12. Karen C. on said:

    Lovely falling leaves for an autumn card. I don’t think I could cut apart my stamps, but you’ve certainly given me something to think about!!

  13. Leigh on said:

    This is so gorgeous and perfect!

  14. golf_meg on said:

    This is just lovely. And I cut apart stamps also! from Martha

  15. Lee on said:

    Very pretty!

  16. Cecilie on said:

    What a lovely interpretation. You’ve really taken the photo and let yourself be inspired rather than doing a literal things. Kudos!


  17. Erin on said:

    I love the single layer cards! Colors are gorgeous!!

  18. Susie on said:

    I love the simplicity and elegance of your card.

  19. Cristina on said:

    Well, you know I approve of cutting apart your crafting supplies. :) Beautiful card!

  20. Peggysuez on said:

    Love it! So very pretty and reminiscent of a true Fall day with the leaves dropping off the trees.

  21. Oeh, wauw!! Looooove your card!! All those leaves are sooo gorgeous this way! And I’m with you on cutting the stamp if in that way you use it more often. Way to go!!!Perfect!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  22. paperella on said:

    Love it, Amber! And no blasphemy at all, I make “stamp surgery” all the time 😉

  23. Jill on said:

    So pretty and delicate!

  24. Ann on said:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve no problem with cutting stamps apart – they fit back together easily.

  25. Beautiful movement of leaves, Amber. 😉

  26. just beautiful! it really looks like the leaves are “falling!”

  27. ashjoy on said:

    What a fantastic idea, love the leaves!

  28. Dana on said:

    Wow!! Love the leaves!!

  29. Wow – love this one layer wonder … gorgeous colours and layout. :)

  30. Sonia on said:

    so pretty! What an amazing one layer card – clean & simple & eye catching!

  31. Lori on said:

    Beautiful one layer card. Love how the falling leaves frame the sentiment.

  32. Barb on said:

    beautifully CAS! great design

  33. Helen F. on said:

    Oh so pretty! Love the sentiment too,

  34. Simply fabulous, as always, Amber! thanks for the inspiration! :)

  35. Danielle on said:

    Your work is beautiful!

  36. Susie on said:

    Very nice! I really think this card is a winner in all aspects. Design, color, technique. It just pops with autumnal vision.

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