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Challenge Reminder: Colors of Autumn
by Kim Singdahlsen

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The current Poppystamps challenge is Colors of Autumn. I love all the colors of autumn - along with the cooler temperatures and frosty mornings!!  It's my favorite season! I decided to use a variety of autumn leaves on the fabulous Bird House Pop Up Easel set.

All of these dies are just fabulous.  There's amazing detail on the various leaves and berries - I used the Whittle Oak Leaf on top and groupings of Garden Leaves and Berries and Orchard Leaves.  (The pine sprigs are in the Bird House set.)

I have wanted to play with the Bird House since it showed up in my mailbox. It's actually from the Christmas release and with other dies that come with it - you can add snow!  I love the details like the embossing to show the strips of wood and the lines around the doorway. While I will definitely be doing a Christmas version of this, it struck me that I could make the bird a Blue Jay (vs. a Christmas cardinal) and make it a fall card.

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I did start the process with a bit of trepidation - I don't do many dimensional projects.  I looked at all the dies in the set and wasn't quite sure how it worked, so I searched this blog for "easel" and got enough hints to put it together, so let me lay it all out here for you.  (FYI - just two days ago, Nancy posted a gorgeous Christmas version of this card and she used a slightly different method!)

First cut the big die which is the base and the back - it Z-folds like shown.  The base will show on your card so make sure the good part of the die cut is up when you fold it.  Also cut the two front dies (or at least the bottom one.)  I did the bottom one in a darker brown as an accent.

11.11 Cut

Add adhesive to the small part of the z-fold on the base.  That's going to adhere to the back of the front piece (it's not as confusing as it sounds). You want to adhere it so it lines up with the base.  On the picture on the right, the outer kraft color is the base, the next two layers up are the front. 

11.11 Adhere

When you are done, this is how it works.  See how the little z-fold is stuck to the back of the front!!  It will stand like the picture on the right - you just have to adhere something there (I used a sentiment, but another leaf - or anything that creates a stopper for the top to rest against.

11.11 Final

Then have fun decorating your house!!

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The best part of this - it folds flat so you can mail it and it fits in a regular card envelope.

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Nov 2020I hope to see you playing along with the Colors of Autumn!!

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Comments

Fabulous design with this lovely autumn palette, the foliage is the perfect touch!

Hi Kim, I absolutely love this birdhouse die set and showcased here in an easel card complete with the red cardinal is the most beautiful card, the whittle foliage completes this beautifully.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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