Thursday, October 15, 2009


Here in the Northeast the leaves are begining to fall and I am finally ready to accept the fact that summer is over. Yeah, I know, it took me long enough.
Fall is definitely my favorite season but I feel like we just didn't get enough summer this year.

To get me in the spirit of things I decided to make a fall table decoration. The leaves and acorns are digital stamps available from LINDSAY'S STAMP STUFF.

The base is a small grapevine wreath which I chose to fit around what looks like a candle but really isn't. I was concerned about using a candle with the paper surrounding it so I went looking for an alternative and found this cool fake candle at Michaels and bonus, it was 50% off. It is battery powered and it actually flickers like a real candle.

I made the leaves to scale (about 1.5 inches in length) and glued them onto the base along with the bow. I think I made the acorns a little too big but didn't have time to change them. I printed the leaves using Lindsay's great tutorial on changing the color of things digitally. I made them a sort of browny/maroony color that blended well with the patterned paper and sponged the edges with SU really rust and more mustard. The acorns were printed on both tan and brown paper and pieced together.

I wanted to make a sleeves for the "candle" to coordinate with the leaves but I ran out of time and energy.

Lousy pic ( I am still learning to use my new camera) but you get the idea. I think this will look great on my Thanksgiving table.

Lindsay has some more freebies on her BLOG and there is lots of inspiration from the dt this week so check them out.
Ceal Pritchett, Oct. guest designer

Thanks for stopping by!


Melissa Craig said...

Uh-uh - that is a fabulous picture of the glow! Your entire project is amazing Kim! You know, I tend to get into a card rut and am thankful for designers like yourself that go beyond the card. Great great holiday decoration and kid/pet safe!

Shannon - Desert Designs said...

Wow - love the project! Like Melissa said - I tend to think cards, so I need talented people like you to inspire me to try new things! Beautifully done. :)

Lindsay Weirich said...

that is wonderful! what a nice centerpiece, no one can get burned and now wax drips on the tablecloth, wow, really nice!

Tamara Bennett said...

Wow this is stunning! I love it! Those leaves look so real!

Margie said...

Great project-I am always excited to see your projects, I know they will be unique!

Claireabelle said...

Kim this is just gorgeous!!! Great centerpiece for a table

Leanne said...

Gorgeous, just truly gorgeous!! You always amaze me by the thinking outside of the box I need some of your craftiness to rub off on me hee hee!!

jdmommy said...

Kim, I love your "fake" candle, and your decorations around it!! that ribbon is gorgeous, and this is a real masterpiece. thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge this week (and I am still loving the ZEN frog you sent! Hugs!)

pattiwest said...

How beautiful!! Love that festive ribbon!

Tammy said...

This is a really neat project. I really like how it turned out!

Busym1 said...

I'm loving this project! I have a bunch of those battery candles I bought and did nothing with them yet. Thanks for the inspiration! hugs, michelle

ljurecek said...

Thank you for sharing! this would make a nice hostess gift to give my SIL who usually has us over for Thanksgiving dinner! Your candle project is truly stunning!

Cindi said...

awesome project!!! whAt a cool use for Lindsay's wonderful leaf/fall stamps

Ceal said...

Beautiful! thanks for playing with us in the belli challenge

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Fabulous project! I can't believe those were printed flowers. I thought they were real leaves or silk leaves.

Chrissy D said...

This is a beauty!!! Thanks for playing in the Belli Challenge!