It's fall, friends, and it's the 22nd of the month. Because it's the 22nd of October, in the year 2015 of our Lord, it's also my friend Charla's 50th birthday. That may not mean much to most of you, but she's kind of a big deal in these parts. I'm writing this late on the evening of the 21st, so by the time the majority of you read this, me and mine will be well on our way and/or there in Cambridge, MA, home to Harvard College (which I've learned over the past few months is what one calls undergraduate school at Harvard; Harvard University is the collective title of both the undergraduate and graduate schools. Thus, I totally showed what an ignorant non-Ivy I am when I created Truman's graduation announcements stating he would be "attending Harvard University in the fall." Color me hayseed).
Know what else the 22nd of the month means? It's Your Next Stamp's Feature Day, the day when members of the YNS Design Team shows creations around a given theme, and this month's theme: FALL. Now, y'all know I'm basically Skittles in human form, meaning I like to create/taste the Rainbow. I tried to do so with my YNS Feature Challenge card using YNS's Rainbow Fun Die Set. My thought was to do so in a way that speaks to the season. Thus I used "earthier" colors, as opposed to the bold brights I typically use. See what I mean?
From this vantage point, it still looks pretty bright, I know. But hear/see me out. Instead of Real Red, I went with Purely Pomegranate. Instead of Daffodil, I chose Summer Sunset. I elected for a dark teal instead of a bold blue. Rather than Garden Green, I selected Old Olive. Simply Suede substituted for whatever shade of violet, and my background was an autumnal kraft. The sentiment (from YNS's new Waddles - Sweetie Pie Stamp Set) was heat embossed in Wine embossing powder (which I've had forever from Powder Keg/PK Glitz, but as of now, I can't find retail existence of; too bad, because their stuff is/was awesome). Even the clouds are earthier - being die-cut out of Neenah Ivory card-stock, rather than solar white.
My inspiration was the earth-tone rainbow graphics of the seventies like this one, that I've saved on a dedicated Pinterest board:
Now do you feel me?
If not, it's okay. But you should still check out what my talented DT-mates have put together for you over at the YNS Blog, all of which I guarantee are more traditionally autumnal. Another reason to visit the blog? If you leave a comment regarding what your favorite card is, you'll be eligible from a random pick to win the YNS stamp set of your choice. And should you win by stating my concept-rock of a card (I'm like Rush or Yes, I'm thinking...) then I'll even send this card to you! Let me know. I'm good for it - I swear!
I'll be back tomorrow for the YNS Sketch & Color Challenge. Peace out, peeps, and thanks for stopping by to visit me. Stay groovy, and steer clear of any 70's-style key parties. (<-- word to the wise. If you don't believe me, watch the movie "The Ice Storm." No good can come from that!)