Midwest Changes


I took a walk today to gather leaves or other natural items to paint or carve into a stamp. The colors are starting to come out. This is a bush outside of my front door. It was so pretty with the sun shining on it.


My burning bush is all changed and losing the leaves. Closeup of the its berries.


Our neighbors crab apple tree.


A common area that has the trees lining it.


It’s breezy today, our flags are standing up nicely.



A wall of yellow and green.


The sun must shine on that spot.


Blue sky, the tree in the middle is just not going to change yet.


Pretty red mums.


I have watched these pinecones when they first came on to the tree, and then they grew and were green and now they have matured.


The squirrels are busy. The farmers almanac says we are going to have a lot of snow this winter, it seems as if the squirrels know it too. They were very active this morning, running all around and chirping at me as I walked by.


Ornamental grass


Another kind of ornamental grass.


My sweet potato vine has been blooming this last couple of weeks. They look like small petunias. It was kind of a nice surprise. Hope that you have a lot of pretty nature where you are at.

Sweet Stamps Blog Challenge


Since I love rubberstamps so much I thought that I would submit a card to the Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge theme of Anything Goes. This is a set by Sweet Stamps called Trees and Leaves 2 step. With the changing of the seasons this will be good in fall colors.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey. The patterned paper is from a group called First Fruits. Click here to go check out other submissions.


Of course the inside needed to be finished so I can have it in the stash to use. This is also a Sweet Stamps Sentiment. Thanks for checking in!