Friday, December 30, 2011

NC Apples

Today's layout uses the December Two Peas class Stretch Your Sketch layout.  This is my last project from this 2011 classes.  The 4 monthly classes have been so inspiring.  You can still find all of them at under Classes & Events.  I hear that more classes are on the way for 2012.  Can't wait to see what they have for us next year.

I moved the photos a bit from the sketch and substituted ribbon for a scalloped border.  Also, the bottom part of the sketch contained a series of round embellishments where I used flags with word stickers.  So just some minor changes and the sketch worked nicely for these photos of apple shopping.

To create the apple, I cut the image on my Cricut and then inked with various Stampin' Up inks on sponges. It took about 4 tries to get an apple I thought was 'authentic' enough.  My picky nature on apples comes naturally.

I live in the "apple county" of North Carolina.  On the northern end of our county we have many orchards and they operate apple houses where they sell their apples, of course, in the fall as well as other fruits during most of the year.  It is a treat to get such fresh apples.  My husband's favorite variety is Fuji.  I've had some jaw issues this year so I've switched to the softer golden delicious. They are always perfect for cooking anyway.

We took visiting friends to the apple houses in November.  They used to live here so it was a challenge to find an activity that would be new to them.  Surprisingly they had never been to a local apple house.  It was such a beautiful fall day and the orchards are in one of the prettiest parts of our area.

The layout looked a little bare in the upper left corner so I used some Ali Edwards stamps as I've learned to do in Nichol Magourik's classes. They do create a finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting today!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Favorite memories by Technique Tuesday
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Old Olive by SU!
Cardstock:  brown from Crate Paper; prints and letter stickers from October Afteroon 
Brads and chipboard  by Basic Grey

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