Imagining fall color

Fall color in Hawaii…wellll, let’s just say it looks a lot like summer color, spring color, even winter color.  I’ve said it before – we do have seasons.   There’s mango season, whale season…we used to have tourist season but it seems that runs 365 days a year!   There’s a lot to see as our islands have so many micro-climates.  If you were to drive around any of the islands, you would see a great deal of change – rainforest, lava flow, broad agricultural fields, and of course beautiful sandy beaches.   Here on Maui, it doesn’t take that long to drive anywhere to see this variety (although I’ve been known – often – to complain about a 35 or 40 minute drive.  Call me spoiled.)

However, I’ve lived other places in my life, and I’ve certainly experienced seasons.  Each fall, when Stampin’ Up! introduces beautiful autumn-based stamp sets, I take a little trip down memory lane.  This year’s Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and fabrics are beautiful and brought back a lot of really fond memories.  This suite is just my kind of design, and I couldn’t resist the stamps, paper and fabric.

For club this week, I chose the leaf image from Gently Falling that most closely resembled leaves we see here.  It looks like the jatropha in my yard or the wili wili trees that line so many roadsides.  We had to stretch our imaginations a little, but no one seemed to mind:

Spice Cake thanks

  • Gently Falling and Pretty Postage stamp sets
  • Whisper White, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Pool Party card stock
  • Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and More Mustard Classic ink pads
  • Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
  • Early Espresso 1/8″ taffeta ribbon
  • 2 1/2 inch circle, Postage stamp, and 1 inch square stamps
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Dazzling Details

It’s a simple card with a simple layout.  The unexpected brightness of Pool Party in the Spice Cake suite is reminds me of a clear sky on a perfect fall afternoon.  It makes you happy to be outside and grateful for the sunshine.  Little things…I try to be grateful for little things.

Speaking of little things…let me show you a little bit of sparkly detail:

Spice Cake thanks Dazzling Details

Thank you, Stampin’ Up!, for Dazzling Details!!!  Yet another form of sparkle on the Approved List for Mr. Maui Stamper.  I love bling, but it’s not allowed to run free in my house.  I’m okay with a little compromise – I get my sparkle, he gets sparkle-free laundry.

The orange cat hair I can’t do anything about.

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