Aug 26 2011

Fall Trees Punch Art

Whew…I finally feel like I'm getting caught up on everything that was put on hold before the wedding and have time to look around at some different challenges to do!  This Challenge Sketch PP60 from The Paper Players really caught my eye!  It was designed by LeAnne Pugliese.  Like LeAnne, I love the rule of three!


So, you can see from my card that I took a little liberty of the sketch and moved my sentiment…it just didn't fit on my card where the sketch placed it.  I originally made the Punch Art Fall Trees for my August Punch Class.  I switched up the layout of my original class card so that it would fit the Paper Players sketch this week.  I've added a sneak peek of one of the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini stamp sets, It's A Wrap Holidays!  I cut out just the greeting part "Give Thanks" to use on my card.



I started with a base card of Old Olive cardstock.  I layered on Bashful Blue and sponged the clouds in the background with Bashful Blue Ink and the edge of a Scallop Circle.  Along the bottom, I used Pear Pizzazz Patterns Designer Paper and tore the strip in half to make the ground.  The tree trunks were made by using the Large Oval Punch on each side of a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Of course, I used the Doily Triple Layer Punch to make the tops of the trees…in More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie.  The detailed layer was placed over the solid layer of Old Olive.  I used the scraps of the punches for the "leaves" on the ground.  In the center of each tree is one of the new Mini Silver Brads.  LOVE those tiny things!  lol!


The greeting is from Stampin' Up!'s It's A Wrap Holidays as I mentioned and I just cut the Cajun Craze greeting to a 3/4" size and layered on 1" Square of Pumpkin Pie (we have a NEW 1" square punch in the Holiday Mini, too!  Woohoo!!!)  I added some Espresso Bakers Twine wrapped around the front to "ground" the greeting.


Out of the three cards we made at my August Punch Class, I think this was the favorite!  Pretty quick and easy to make, too.  Hardest part is finding those little punched "leaves" when they come out of the punch!  lol!


Well, I'm hoping to have a productive day working on a few projects for our upcoming Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition!!!  Early Bird pricing is starting SOON, so be looking for it!

28 People have left comments on this post

Aug 26, 2011 - 09:08:32
Tammy Fite said:

I love these trees!!!  What a great way to use this punch!!!  Thanks for sharing your talent with us on a daily basis!!

Aug 26, 2011 - 10:08:49
Susan Mac said:

I love your card; so wonderful to see what we can do with the punches, besides what they're made for…….great trees!

Aug 26, 2011 - 10:08:30

Connie – I LOVE THIS! What a great idea for this punch and your colours are fabulous. So glad you've gotten a chance to play with us at The Paper Players this week.

Aug 26, 2011 - 11:08:40
Alicia said:

Seriously cute and creative!  Seriously.

Aug 26, 2011 - 11:08:33
Lauri Ingram said:

oooohh!!!! I LOVE this!  How cute!!! What a great idea!!! Beautiful fall colors!  Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

Aug 26, 2011 - 11:08:46
Donna Fritz said:

This sooooo works!   I love the use of the punch and the fall colors.  This is a wonderful idea.  Thanks so much for sharing.  I love it.

Aug 26, 2011 - 12:08:53
Terry Schultz said:

Super cute!!!!

Aug 26, 2011 - 02:08:00
Ann Schach said:

Absolutely adorable, Connie! Those punch art trees, with their fallen leaves, are so cute and clever! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Aug 26, 2011 - 04:08:26
LeAnne said:

Well, how clever & cute is THIS?  LOVE it!  So creative with your triple punch!  Thanks for playing with my sketch this week at the Paper Players!  I am so glad you joined us!

Aug 26, 2011 - 05:08:54
Monique said:

Connie, I love how you have made the trees, such a clever idea.  Only 5 more sleeps til we can order that here in Australia!

Aug 26, 2011 - 05:08:01

I love those trees!!  It's a fantasic idea. great card too!

Aug 26, 2011 - 06:08:40
Jodi said:

I love this one!  The colors & trees are fabulous.  Would not have thought of using the punch for trees, and it works so well.  Thanks for sharing.  And what a great way to use the little punched pieces for the leaves.  We stampers like to use those scraps in creative ways.!  

Aug 26, 2011 - 08:08:16
Lori Burkitt said:

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  How clever are you? Wonderful, I tell ya!  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 26, 2011 - 08:08:37
Chris R. from Iowa said:

I love it!  I wasn't really crazy about the punch before but this is definitely getting my attention!  I read about the sky which is pretty cool too.  Any thought to showing us how you did it – before I end up mucking up several cards trying to make the sky look like clouds and not _______ (Well, use your imagination!). 

Aug 27, 2011 - 08:08:20

Oh Connie, how clever you are!  Love those trees and the leaves are freakin' adorable!  So glad you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

Aug 27, 2011 - 08:08:18

Connie, this is just fabulous! Love those little punched trees and the beautiful color combo. The "falling leaves" are the perfect touch. Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players this week! đŸ™‚ 

Aug 27, 2011 - 10:08:21
Brenda B said:

Love this card, love the colors , and love the use of punches. 

Aug 27, 2011 - 10:08:09
Faith said:

I LOVE this card…. so very nice… The trees are a wonderful idea, as the leaves are too….


Aug 27, 2011 - 10:08:21
BeverlyHBL said:

What a cute, clever idea.  I'd have never thought of it and yet it is so simple.  Thanks so much.  Found you from Kim Score's Paper Punch Addiction.

Aug 27, 2011 - 11:08:20
Patti C said:

Love this card.  How clever to use the doily punch for the trees.

Aug 27, 2011 - 04:08:32
Ezlie Perez said:

Great use of that punch.  Love how you used the punch for leaves too.  Cute.  Very pretty colors too.

Aug 27, 2011 - 04:08:38
Terri said:

 Very clever! such a great fall card.
 Ter đŸ˜‰

Aug 27, 2011 - 07:08:53

Whoa. This may be the first card I've seen that makes me want to use that punch. It's SUPER! Especially with the punch-outs as fallen leaves.

Aug 27, 2011 - 08:08:00
Kelli Davis said:

Yeah Connie.  I'm so excited that I was able to see this card in person.  Congrats on being chosen for A Cut Above…and for all of your tips during my first stamp club.

Aug 28, 2011 - 10:08:04
Cindy Major said:

That is the cutest thing ever!

Aug 29, 2011 - 10:08:43
Vboddicker said:

Love how you used that punch to make trees and then used the little pieces as the falling leaves!  Very clever!

Aug 30, 2011 - 02:08:51
Kim Abbott said:

I love this!! Such a clever way to use that punch!

Aug 31, 2011 - 01:08:03
Nikki Murphy said:

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this card! I had my supplies all ready for my club, but I am so changing one now for this one! Thank you sooooo much for sharing!