Little Red Leaves

Stampin up dreams du jour big shot 3

Break the rules and go for interesting color combinations . . . even red leaves.  Papercrafts should include artistic experimentation, discovery and a bit of adventure (at least that's my perspective)!  TIP:  I saw today's color combination in a home d?cor magazine and couldn't wait to translate it into a card.

Stampin up dreams du jour big shot little leaves

Using a Big Shot, I die-cut Real Red Textured card stock with Sizzlits Little Leaves, a Stampin' Up! exclusive die (for $4.95, a budget-friendly purchase).  To spice up the color even more, I layered my stem over Apricot Appeal Textured card stock.  Against a backdrop of Basic Gray and White, the red really says "wowie!"

TIP:  A Circle Scissor Plus cut the circles with ease.  I'm loving this tool, new to the Stampin' Up! catalog, for cutting circles from 1 to 6".  I wedged Stampin' Dimensionals between both circles (the second in Basic Gray).  It's layered over Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper and a Whisper White 4.25 x 5.5 card base.  The bottom right corner was shaped with a Corner Rounder Punch.

The sentiment from Dreams du Jour was stamped in Basic Gray Ink on Whisper White and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to Real Red card stock.  The final detail is three Circle Rhinestone Brads from the Fire Collection. 

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Stamp Set:  Dreams du Jour (111624)
Paper:  Urban Garden Designer Series (112042), Real Red Textured (108698, Bold Brights Textured), Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (108692), Apricot Appeal Textured (108695, Soft Subtles Textured)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120)
Cool Tools:  Sizzlits Little Leaves Die (114511), Big Shot (113439), Circle Scissor Plus (112530), Corner Rounder Punch (109047)
The Perfect Touch:  Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109052), Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110, Fire), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Dreams du jour


  1. Mary this card is beautiful!! I just received one exactly like it from my upline in a swap.. guess she liked your card too!

  2. Mary, this card just jumps off the page. Gorgeous colors and design!

  3. Striking color combo!! Love it!

  4. The Little Leaves Die is SO fun! Plus your colors ROCK and the rhinestone brads add the bling… TFS! 🙂

  5. I love gray and red together, very classy and the splash of Apricot Appeal is just perfect. Great card

  6. This is compeletly fabulous!!

  7. Great colors Mary! They gray really makes the red pop. Love it!!

  8. This is gorgeous. Love the colour combo!

  9. Love the red leaves! Very modern 🙂


  10. I usually don’t like unnatural colors (red Christmas trees) but I have to say this really looks good. and I love apricot Appeal. NE

  11. Beautiful card! I like how you “framed” the leaves.

  12. Jennifer Reynard

    Oh my, what a beautiful card. The colours
    go so well… never would have thought to put those together. I’m sure it is how you
    have made the card that makes it such a wowser! Again, well done!
    Jennifer, Calgary, Alberta

  13. Grace Lange-Way

    I really like this card. It has an elegant yet subtle touch. Great color combo too. You never cease to amaze me.

  14. Very bold and out of the boxy in the color department. I like it!

  15. Mary – these are striking colors!!! Simply beautiful card!!!

  16. colleen kramer

    Beautiful! Love the bit of Apricot Appeal in the mix…unexpected, but completely captivating!

  17. Ah, your cards are always so gorgeous. Thanks for another sprinkling of inspiration Mary! x Amanda

  18. Beautiful card Mary.

  19. Awesome color combo! I need to go play now!

  20. You are always thinking outside the box! I love how you get your inspiration, too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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