Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two

Polly’s Paper Studio Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two: Teal and Brown Maple Leaf

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you a little story.  When I was in first grade we had art class once a week.  I loved art class. I loved to doodle with my Crayolas on paper, I loved making cards, I loved everything that had to do with color and design.  The little two room schoolhouse I attended in rural Vermont was graced with an ancient sugar maple tree of massive proportions, and one fine fall day, our teacher had us carry our chairs and art supplies out onto the lawn so we could draw the tree for art class.  I was having a wonderful time coloring my leaves in shades of orange, red and gold…and purple!  Because, folks, I saw purple leaves in there amidst the more traditionally colored ones.  My teacher was walking by, checking on our progress, and when she saw my colorful tree, she chastened me loudly for having added purple leaves to its branches.  “Everyone knows that maple leaves are NOT purple,” she chided.  Of course the whole class sniggered at my idiocy, and I kind of lost interest in art class after that humiliating event.  This story has a happy ending, though, as I  have rediscovered my love for color and design, as you all well know.  And today, in memory of that early childhood event, I’ve made another card with Polly’s Paper Fall Harvest Creativity Kit…and I’ve made it in shades of teal and brown….just because I can!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio

Kathy by Design for Polly’s Paper Studio

I used a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base for this pretty little thing.  After running the base through an embossing folder, I lightly inked the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The teal layer has a scalloped punch edge, and is topped with pretty designer paper found in the Fall Creativity Kit.  Another designer paper from the kit was die cut, matted onto teal cardstock and adhered with foam dots.  A little doily, a stamped tag, die cut leaves and hydrangea blossoms are clustered at the base, while a die cut acorn is perched atop .

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 02I used luxurious Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid ribbon to tie a big poufy bow that was topped with ivory burlap string and a teal button.  The sweet vintage image of a child sitting in a little chair prompted the story I told at the beginning of the post.

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 03The inside of the card uses more pretty paper from the kit and a stamped sentiment.

I have to confess, I feel very happy to be making a fall card with teal hydrangea blossoms.  It may not happen in the world of nature, but in the world of art and imagination, it’s perfectly appropriate!  If you’d like to purchase this lovely autumn card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



6 thoughts on “Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two

  1. Tracey F.

    First my friend, let me say that this is a splendid creation….the colors, the images…all superb! Now, let me say shame on that teacher! I too have witnessed this in the kindergarten class one year as I was volunteering. The teacher chided a little girl about coloring someones hair green on her poster….well…it’s not unheard of in this day and age! LOL I’m so glad your creativity wasn’t squelched forever…the world would have really missed out! (Pssst….I’ve tried really hard to find a purple leaf or two in this card….I’m sure you’ve hidden one in there somewhere that only you will know!)
    Big Hugs,

  2. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, the beauty of being an artist to change the normal. I love your creation. well done. I am ready for falls all colors…have a good day.

  3. LuvtoKraft

    Well, wasn’t that teacher rigid! I’m glad you’ve decided to buck the color police and go with your heart! LOL The world would be a drab, dreary place without mavericks! Thanks for another gorgeous creation, Kathy, and for the story!

  4. smithgfb

    You go girl! Use those non traditional colors anywhere you want…just because you can! You play so well with color and frankly I never notice if it’s traditional or not! Another beauty!

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