Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Leaf-Tastic!

The weather is cooling off and the leaves are falling. YAY! My favorite time of the year. And, this week we are getting Leaf-Tastic over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog. Use a real leaf as a mask or to stamp with, dry out a leaf and attach it to your project, use die cuts, fabric leaves, or a patterned paper with a leaf print. There are a lot of ways to make something for this challenge, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with.  After all, there is a $50 gift card to simonsaysstamp.com up for grabs! Head on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show for all the details.

As for me, I couldn't resist the opportunity to make a little leafy garland home decor mantle piece. Let's see how that all came together. 

The first thing I did was head out to my garden to grab some leaves for tracing. I chose a variety of sizes for this. I could bore you with the names of the plants these all came from, but since this is a craft blog and not a gardening blog, I shall refrain :) If you don't have access to leaves, or you don't feel like heading out to the garden... you could certainly free hand this or even use a die cut machine.

But, I do love to garden and get out in the yard, so after grabbing my foliage...

I am ready to trace onto some watercolor paper:
After I have traced lots of leaves, I get ready to decorate! I don't really have a plan here. I know I want fun bright colors and a bit of resist, but that's about it. Let's just have some fun playing! First up, stamping with some white paint:
 And playing with some watercolors:
 And a bit of black stamping:
 And then, all of that gorgeous foliage gets cut out:
Seems as though I have a lovely selection of Basic Grey papers that will coordinate nicely:
 All set to punch:
 There we have it! Lots of fun little shapes to embellish my leaves with:
But first, we need to get these leaves assembled into a banner. That requires some sort of rope or twine. Perhaps a few scraps of an old Ikea curtain will work?
 Yep! All tied into knots and I think it will do nicely:
 Next up, twine!
After punching a hole in each leaf, I thread the twine through to string it all together:
 Likey so!
 Now, with tiny attacher in hand, let's staple the leaves into place on the white rope:
 Yay! I like it!
With the basic shape and construction sorted out, now we get to embellish. All of those fun punched shapes are tucked around:
 And of course there must be some doodling and pen work:
 And washi!
Once all of the little bits and pieces are placed around and a title is drawn...
 TA DA!
 That certainly is Leaf-Tastic, if I do say so myself :)
That was so fun to make and is even more fun to look at on our mantle!
 A wonderful way to begin this season of giving thanks.

So, what will you craft with leaves this week? We can't wait to see! Be sure to link up over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. And, if you would like to create a leaf garland of your own, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)



39 comments:

  1. WOW! I'm so loving this and perhaps may try on a smaller scale -just a few leaves for my SMASH book...awesome!!!!!! (I HAD to add a lot of exclamation points lol)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Amazing project!!! Thanks for the inspiration :) hugs, Trace

    ReplyDelete
  3. You never cease to amaze me..this is beautiful...love all the colors!

    ReplyDelete
  4. oh those leaves are just beautiful!! great job

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ashli...very original idea of using real leaves to trace around to create your signature style of leaves. Very pretty! <3 Candy

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! Your style is simply amazing...I LOVE what you've done!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Amazing how this came together!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Awesome project. Love it!!! Totally leaf-tastic!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Your garland is absolutely lovely!
    And I love that it is totally your style.
    I can look at it and immediately know you created it :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. it looks fantastic! Another wonderful project.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Fabulous garland, love how you have added colour and pattern. Great bit of recycling too and I love your writing . Tracy x

    ReplyDelete
  12. I so want to make this~Amazing, super STAR!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow! So amazing! the final step of embellishment makes them pop. What an inspiring project.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What really fabulous leaves!!! Cool process.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Absolutely gorgeous...that black pen outlines really make it all pop!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh my god that is so beautiful!!!!!!!!! I love the purple in the leaves......

    ReplyDelete
  17. Stunning project, Ashli!! I love how you went to the 'source' and traced leaves! Very clever, colorful, & well thought out project! Leaf-tastic for SURE! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

    ReplyDelete
  18. You Got Your Swag On! Lol, I hope you know what I mean. Looks Fabulous and I would Totally hang it in my home. Just about how much time did it take to make? Love it.
    Hugs, Dangina

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! Thanks so much! It's hard to say how long it took as I never have the luxury of sitting down and doing a project all at once... LOL. But, I would say prob a few hours. The most time consuming part was cutting out all the leaves, well and waiting for the paint to dry :)

      Delete
  19. Absolutely amazing!! I love it and such awesome colors and all!! It makes me smile!!! thnx for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  20. It's is gorgeous! I am sure your family is loving it on the mantle.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Those leaves are gorgeous! Love how you traced and cut them out from beautiful backgrounds you created. Fabulous fall wall hanging!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Very cool project! I haven't traced leaves in years. Such a great idea! Love how this turned out. :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. WHAT? INGENIOUS!!!! I LOVE that you hand cut the leaves- it must have taken a while but it's so absolutely worth the effort- the hand written banner is PERFECT- I'm seeing so many garland projects right now- not a single one is as amazing as this- truly TRULY outdid yourself with this one.

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is awesome, Ashli! Can't imagine how long it took to make, but I bet it was great fun! Might have to go and cut some leaves tomorrow... Lisa x

    ReplyDelete
  25. Incredable piece! So cool that you used real leaves as a reference and trace them. Very original! Hugs, Sandra

    ReplyDelete
  26. WOWOWOW!!!!! It looks fantastic!!! Great idea and wonderful colors!!! Love it!
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  27. I, as always, adore your doodling This time my favourite pieces are the ones that look a bit like your washi tape. Lovely!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. AMAZING girl! You make me want to get messy.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Glorious! What fun it must be round at yours when the paints come out... this is just fabulous! Colourful, dynamic, WOW!
    Alison x

    ReplyDelete
  30. Wow! I just found your blog through the ScrapHappy LOAD. You are so talented! I love this garland.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...