Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for April – Photo Inspiration

It’s Fri-yay! Yippee! Let the weekend commence! Although I have been thinking lately about how incredibly busy weekends are when you have school-aged children. The concept of a lazy weekend full of sleeping in and relaxing and “casual brunches” (which seem to involve about 6 hours of cooking with exotic ingredients), catching up for drinks with friends and reading a few books or binge watching something seems very much like some Hollywood dream. Weekends around here are more a hectic running between sports and social activities (the kids’, of course) and trying to cram in grocery shopping and mountains of washing and preparing everything for the week ahead. 

Well, I’m just going to ignore that for tonight and sit down and enjoy this month’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month Narelle asked me to provide an “Autumnal photo” for inspiration. Coming through my troves of leaf and tree photos, which is what one automatically thinks of for Autumn, I decided that a little fungi might be an interesting twist on the theme.



Fun fact: I absolutely hate mushrooms. There aren’t many things that I just cannot eat, even if it is buried within a dish, but mushrooms are one of them. But, I loooove me a little mushroom to look at. They are just so cute. We get many different fungi growing all over our property throughout the year, and I love to go for a walk with my camera and seek them out. They are fascinating. Did you know that fungi are basically a communication system for a forest? They are a really vital part of the ecosystem and you shouldn’t ever pull them out. Which is just another good reason not to eat them.

You would think that given this, and that I chose the photo for tonight’s hop, that I would have had no problems coming up with a project. But alas, I really struggled. I had plenty of ideas – playing on the colours, the circular theme, the layers, and of course using mushroom stamps – but I couldn’t really bring anything together. Then I was playing around and just cut a heap of little mushrooms from scraps of DSP on my desk using the die from the Snail Dies set, and voila, these came together in a flash.


The layout is really very simple. A Thick Whisper White base with a strip of wood pattern DSP down the side – this is actually from the Holiday DSP collection Poinsettia Place, I came across it in my scraps pile and it fit the card perfectly.I love how often SU! includes wood patterns in their DSP collections, they are so versatile. 


I lined up a few of the little mushies down the side, from yellow to red in colour. I used two different ribbons for a slight accent (because I couldn’t decide which I preferred the look of, although I think it might be the leaves by a smidge). 


Finally this great sentiment from Happiest of Birthdays, heat embossed in black, straight onto the card base. Black embossing always pops just that bit more than black ink on plain white like this. 


And for my final, final touch, a little love for the inside with some leftover strips of the wood patterned DSP (waste not, want not) and the mushroom from Snail Mail stamped in Poppy Parade ink. 


I still have a pile of little colourful mushrooms, so I think I’ll whip up a few more of these cuties. 

Next up on our mushroom tour tonight is the always fabulous Shannon, hop on over with me to see what she has created. I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with this month, using the photo inspiration.

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Thanks for stopping by,