Thursday 2 March 2023

Elegant Leaves

Time Out Challenge #233 has just gone live and this fortnight, we are challenging you to be

I immediately thought black and gold and this gorgeous Altenew Leaf Mix Die Set!   I searched through my pads of foiled papers and found this elegant cream with gold stripes.  I cut a stitched rectangular panel then set about cutting some leaves from gold and black snippets and arranging them on the panel. I was able to use some of the overlay cut out pieces to fill in the blank space between the leaves and I used a scattering of faceted black pearls until I was pleased with the layout.  I realised as I was clearing up afterwards,  that the cutout circles from the middle leaf could also have been used - with a few applications of glossy accents they're almost indistinguishable from flat backed pearls and much more post-friendly!  Needless to say I've stored these little circles away for a future project - little black circles always come in handy!!

I needed a thank you card and this small but very elegant little "thanks" from Verve Autumn Thanks (sadly Verve is NLIB) fitted the space under the leaf arrangement perfectly - again cut from a snippet of gold!   I used one the elegant overlay dies from the Leaf Mix set and more snippets of gold to decorate the inside and envelope. 

 What does elegant mean to you?  We’d love to see your interpretation in our gallery!  This challenge is sponsored by Altenew and our winner, as voted by the DT, will receive a $25 store credit.  They will also be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  Details are over at Time Out as well as heaps of inspiration from my  fabulous fellow DT members and our very talented guest designer Nora Noll from A Creative Touch.   Why not pop over for a visit with Nora and say hi - you’ll find tons of gorgeous inspiration!

Just a few challenges I'd like to enter are

Paper Players Challenge 629 with the following sketch

Inspirational Challenge #284 - Real or Faux Stitching - my panel has faux stitching

The February Sisterhood of Crafting Challenge - My panel has stripes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments always brighten my day!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. Your card is amzing, it looks very noble!!!

  2. Elegant AND beautiful!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood!
    Diane TSH DT
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  3. That cluster of leaves is gorgeous and I love the earthy colors. So glad you shared this beauty with us at the Paper Players this week

  4. that leaf set... and love what you did with it. Black and elegant!

  5. That is gorgeous....and definitely elegant! Stunning die cuts! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at the Players this week!

  6. Beautiful, Kate! Black and gold, when paired with cream, definitely make for an elegant card. The black faceted pearls are perfect accents. Thank you for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  7. Stunning card! I love the gold accent! Thanks for playing over at The Paper Players challenge.

  8. I love that leaf set too, and was inspired (enabled) by your CASE The Designer to buy it. Haven't broken it out yet, but using in this way has shown how very versatile it is. I love the black and gold - always an elegant combo.

  9. I am blown away with your card! The touches of gold and black just won me over and I love that it's still CAS too! Brilliance and elegance at it's very best!

  10. I love these leaf dies, the gold really does make them so pazzazz! Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :o) Leanne,

  11. Your arrangement of black and gold leaves is wonderful, Kate. So great you had the foiled paper to use as a background. Beautiful and elegant!

  12. what a gorgeous design with your mix of black and gold die cuts Kate! So pretty with the striped background and die cut stitched edge! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational! Julia xx

  13. The black and gold colors on this totally ROCK!!! When I saw your card, I thought to myself-"hmm, why didn't I think to use those dies?" This card is perfection!!

  14. Gold and black -so elegant! You are rocking your card designs with these fabulous leaf dies, I love the way you are using them again. xx

  15. So Elegant Kate.. Black and gold can never go wrong...I really love how you have used your leaves die set. Hugsxx Deepti


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