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Friday, August 17, 2012

Distressed Leaves - Sean and Regina's Blog Hop is Here!

Happy Friday and



Thanks for playing along for the month of August!  The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina is featuring cards and sentiments celebrating the fall season this month! After a very hot and humid July, most of us are looking forward to a cool and colorful fall! When we think of fall, our minds swirl like we are surrounded by falling leaves and a crisp cool breeze in the air. Each host/hostess will have a card creation posted that is his/her representation of what fall means to them.   


Scrapbook Stamp Society is our blog hop sponsor!  The overall winner will receive digi’s from our sponsor.  Please visit them at! Also some blog hop host/hostess designers will be offering blog candy as prizes on their blog sites, so please do not forget to visit his/her blog (and leave a comment) to be eligible for bonus blog hop prizes!


When I think of fall I think of leaves and their beautiful shades of green, orange, and yellow…  I love fall foliage.  Seeing all those falling leaves makes me think of how, just like trees, we  get rid of the old to make way for the new. It also makes me think of passing time, which nowadays seems to go by faster, and how we must treasure every moment and every person in our lives.  So my card reflects just that:

I wanted to create a card using distress so I stamped the leave with distress inks and then spritzed with water before stamping them.  I love the 'old' look  of the leaves.  Once stamped, I distressed some more over the leaves with 'Antique Linen' distress ink.  For added distressing, I ran the scissors' blade through the edge of the card stock to give it a little roughness.  

For the rectangle on the side I decided to stamp green leaves and add shades of orange and brown with stamp markers.  I also added a hint of coloring with orange pencil. Once finished I distressed over the images with the Antique Linen.  

All materials used for this card come from the Gina K Designs Fall release.  If you have not seen it, go take a look!  You're in for a treat!  I just love the stamps, fall colors and pattern papers on this kit.  And my element of surprise on the kit: the ribbon I used on this card.  I love the texture it brings and goes very well with the rugged look of the card. Since I wanted to use 4 studs as shown, I actually cut the ribbon in half to make it thinner and aligned them with the studs. 

Materials List
Card stock: GKD Ivory 120 lb, GKD Tomato Soup
Stamps: GKD Fall Foliage stamp set 
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint), Memento Rich Cocoa
Water spritzer 
Accessories: studs and ribbon from GKD fall 2012 kit


Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!  The rules are simple:

     1.  Leave a comment on Sean’s blog first (and become a follower to enter a chance to win the grand prize from Scrapbook Stamp Society)!  :)

     2.  Go down the list of blogs visiting all of them (see below).  Leave comments on their blog pages to be eligible for bonus blog candy from select blog hosts. The blog hop host/hostee offering bonus blog candy will indicate that he/she has a bonus blog candy prize so read their blog post carefully.  Each blog will have the name and blog address for the next host/hostess in line for the blog hop.  Our number 2 on the list is Regina at (The next blog will be Regina’s and so on).

     3.  At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop prize from our sponsor and select blog hop hosts for Bonus Blog Candy.  The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8pm CST.   Winners of the Grand Prize and bonus Blog Candy will be announced Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina participants are as follows:

Sean Fetterman
Regina Hardy
Melissa Cash
Linda Anderson
Kay Simmons
Donna Rinckel
Ina Grehan
Roxie Nitti
Aixa Mercado  *You are here*
Jennifer Restivo
Tracy Palmer

******** BONUS BLOG CANDY ********

Please leave a comment to be eligible to win blog candy here!
I do not require you to become a follower but sure appreciate it if you do! : ) 
I will be giving away a $10 Gina K Designs Gift Certificate!  Remember: you have until Monday August 20 to participate and the winner will be announced on Tuesday August  21.  

On this particular blog, the winner will have one week from the announcement day to claim the prize so be sure to check if you are the winner! Good luck, everyone!   


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and participating on the hop!  Hope you're enjoying yourself!  Now please hop on to Jennifer's blog at: to continue the fun! 

Have a bright day!


  1. Aixa! You did a beautiful job on your card! We are so happy that you are a design hostess for the blog hop! Thank you for being such a great StampTV voice too! StampTV is the best!!!! :) Sean

  2. Hi Aixa - great card, so so pretty! I just love the new GKD papers and stamps. TFS - Tracy

  3. Wonder card! Just love those fall colors and wonderful layout. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hey Aixa! i loved the effect of distress and water... the colors sure make one fee its fall time!

  5. Love the technique and the colors.

  6. Very pretty distressed leaves. Don't you love the new GKD papers for the fall? I especially like that "tomato soup" color! Nice job on the fall card.

  7. Love all of your fall leaves. Gives me hope fall will be here soon. The sooner the better.

  8. Love tha you used distress ink and love the color of the leaves.Nice card:)

  9. Lovely card Aixa. I like the distress technique you used and the sketch. Very nicely done!

  10. Love your card, Aixa! It's very representative of fall. I also love how you've spritzed the card. The result is great!

  11. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!! Love the distressing.


  12. What else can I say but simply stunning. Love embossing and this card is just BEAUTIFUL. Love what you did with the ribbon.

  13. Great card! I just got my first distressing ink pads... I love how you did them and am going to have to try & use them this way! Thanks for explaining how you did it! New follower!

  14. Love this card it totally reminds me of early fall where the leaves are starting to change but there are still some green leaves as well.. Great job.

    Linda Drozd

  15. I am enjoying all the ways to use leaves in cards thanks so much

  16. Really like your card. It is one of the techniques I love to use. Thanks.

  17. Beautiful fall card! Such a great design! New follower of you blog!