Hello, my Doodlebugs friends! Michele here with a fun way to stretch your dies! I recently added the gorgeous Chestnut Tree Layering Die set to my Altenew stash - what a gorgeous tree it is! Something I regularly do when preparing to use my new goodies is to do a little research into the florals, or in this case, the Chestnut tree! There are always gorgeous photos taken by wonderful photographers for reference. The photos shared of Chestnuts were those taken in all seasons - a light bulb moment for my cards today.
Armed with lots of card stock, one sweet little pattern paper, and many of the dies* I've had on hand for years that can indicate snowy slopes, rolling hills, mountains and fields. Are you ready?
Here they are before my cards came together.
The Winter Chestnut was bare, and its branches were blanketed in snow.
Spring brings the sweet pink blossoms and the first few leaves.
In Summer the Chestnut is magnificent with rich greens and lush leaves.
Then Autumn turns all of its leaves stunning colors ranging from golden to deep russets!
Now, to take them to my cards - what a delightful day of play I had!
Rolling hills and mountain tops blanketed in snow! The sky is grey and the moon is huge!
In Spring each hill and valley is different because of the grass or crop. We'll see more blue skies, and bright sunny days.
In the Fall, the leaves are brilliant and will soon be blanketing the earth! The days are perfect for harvesting and sunsets are legendary!
I hope you've enjoyed my trees of all Seasons! Have you missed the sentiments? For this set of cards I will leave them off and allow the recipient of this gift to write their own message inside.
*note many of the stitching dies and embossing folders I've used are no longer available but don't let that stop you! Here are others to choose from!
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