Today's card is a combination of a few challenges. The layout is the current Viva la Verve sketch. The current challenge at Our Daily Bread is to include some musical element, and over at Cupcake Inspirations the picture has yummy autumn colored cupcakes with leaves decorating them.
The Verve sketch had a large circle behind the vertical piece, but I didn't want to cover too much of the background. Using Nestabilites leaf die cuts instead of the circle worked well, and fit for the Cupcake Inspirations challenge.
For a musical element, the background was done with the "Allegro" Cuttlebug embossing folder. I inked the folder with the "Cappuccino Delight" Kaleidacolor rainbow ink pad, before adding the paper and putting it thru the Big Shot to get an autumn look.
The sentiment also has a musical theme, but to cover the flowers that are part of the stamped image, I added tiny leaves. These leaves are the extra (cut out) bits from the Nestabilities "Leafy Squares" die cut (second to the largest). The papers used were not particularly bright (one batch was white!), so I used a selection of Copic Markers to color each little leaf for bright autumn look.
One last bit of "leafy autumn" is the orange vertical mat. I used "Tea Dye" Distress Ink and the Nestabilities oak leaf die to stencil a barely discernible background.