Gift #1167: Foliage

There will be a brief interruption in the British Travelogue as we pause for a moment to admire the beauties of foliage, courtesy of the Art Elements Blog challenge theme for September.

fo·li·age:  the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants; cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches; a representation of leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation


Naturally, I had to participate in this month’s challenge as the subject matter is one of my favorites – leaves!  And on the cusp of autumn, most of my creations turn toward my favorite time of year when the leaves shed their greens for ochre, ruby, auburn, and burgundy.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
-Emily Bronte


This necklace was made with a carved stone leaf and strung with jasper rounds and tiny brass leaves.  I found the pendant at a lovely bead shop that used to be in Nashville, IN, which was one of my favorite places to visit in the fall.


This next set was inspired by the polymer clay toggle made by Humblebeads.  It’s of a birch forest in autumn – with ochre leaves and deep blue berries.  I transformed the toggle into a pendant and strung matching glass beads and tiny navy seed beads.  To break up the strung beads, I added a birch bead on one side and a tiny navy bird perched on a branch to the other.  The earrings are birch polymer clay bead and brass leaves.  All polyclay beads are by Humblebeads.

“The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Red maple leaves take the spotlight in this next set.  The polyclay stick pendant is by Tesori Treasures and I have several of these with different leaves imprinted on them.  To give more weight to the pendant, I layered it with a large brass skeleton leaf.  The body of the necklace is strung with a variety of glass beads in shades of red, orange, brown, and light blue, with a scattering of red maple Czech beads.  For the earrings I layered Czech maple leaves with tiny skeleton leaves and added poly clay rounds by Humblebeads and Czech glass beads.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
– John Burroughs


This is my favorite of the jewelry I’m sharing today.  To make the necklace and earrings, I painted brass leaves with a variety of yellow, brown, and green acrylics.  I wanted them to look like withered, aged autumnal leaves that were just about to fade into brown.  I paired the leaves with a variety of matching Czech glass beads.  I dangled a little squirrel from the leaves of the necklace because what fun is an autumn forest without frolicking squirrels?

These last two necklaces were last minute additions after a trip to Hobby Lobby.  The leaves are from the Vintaj “Artisan market” collection and I loved the style and how quickly they worked up into finished pieces.


I also have some stamped cards and mixed media projects to share too.



“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”
― Lee Maynard


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither



This set of cards was made with Basic Grey’s “Indian Summer” papers.  These are among my very favorite designer papers and I love working with the beautiful colors and organic leafy patterns.  The stamps are from Inkadinkado – this graphic leaf set lends itself well to whimsical designs and is perfect for celebrating autumn.

My last project is canvas art that I made this afternoon for a Fall/Halloween swap I’m participating in.  My recipient loves leaves and crows, so I assembled this piece using stamps, inks, and lots of die cuts!  I cut the leaves out of watercolor paper and then colored them with a variety of distress inks.  I hope she will enjoy receiving it as much as I enjoyed making it.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
-George Eliot


Blessings to you,


this is a blog hop, so if you’re interested in seeing more “foliage” art, please visit the other participants

AE Team
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19 Responses to Gift #1167: Foliage

  1. Cat says:

    Wow! You have not only been busy, but are presenting such a wonderful collection of leaves. Beautiful!!

  2. eganj1 says:

    what a bust lady, your jewellery and cards are lovely. I especially like the squirrel necklace

  3. What beautiful designs. Your jewellery is gorgeous, I love the squirrel set. Thanks so much for joining us for the challenge.

  4. Oh my goodness – it so hard to pick a favorite. All of them are amazing in their own right.
    That last project you created with the leaves and crow is stunning – I love those colors and the crow is the perfect touch!
    Fantastic pieces!

  5. Cindy Hasko says:

    Sarah, you have done it again my friend. you have created beauty as is the fall. in four different ways. I think i love the one w painted metal leaves the best. love the idea of painting the metal to what you want when you see in store and say to self that’s not what i need but i can alter to what i want. also love the birch tree w leaves one because you have used the yellow of fall which most people go to red. so love the simplicity of it the warmth of it the style of it. and of coarse my most favorite part of your jewelry is the description of it in your blog. you are one creative amazing lady my friend I don’t care what anyone else says. it’s true you are simply amazingly creative genius . there i said it. genius. Love it all as always , Cindy

  6. Hope Smitherman says:

    You created so many beautiful pieces for this challenge. It’s hard to pick a favorite!
    I’m sure your swap partner is going to be blown away with the art you created just for her. Wonderfully done – al of it!

  7. susankennedy65 says:

    Beautiful jewelry, love them all! – my fave is your fave, the painted brass leaves! And your cards, wow they are just fantastic!

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    These are all so lovely, Sarah. Your talent wows me!

  9. Rosantia Petkova says:

    A beautiful interpretation of autumn colors and autumn foliage! The first necklace with the stone pendant is my favorite along with the last card – love the glow in it!

  10. Kathy Lindemer says:

    My favorite necklace is your first. The focal is beautiful and the color of the beads you selected accentuate it perfectly. I love your last card. It just screams Halloween and Fall to me. Well done!

  11. I love all your jewelry designs but I really lilke your idea of creating a pendant out of the toggle clasp. It makes a unique pendant! I adore all the earrings. And your cards are always so well thought out and have such depth to them.

  12. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful collection of fall jewelry! I love all of it and would be hard pressed to choose a favorite.

    The cards are wonderfully done; everything about them says “Welcome to Fall” to me. I’d be thrilled to receive a card as lovely as one of those.

    Speaking of thrilled – your swap partner is going to be so HAPPY to receive that amazing canvas art you created. WOW!

  13. sarajowentling says:

    Oh my gosh, Sarah… so many beauties I don’t know where to start. The season and the subject matter certainly have inspired you this month! That stone leaf in the first piece is an amazing find and the necklace is lovely. They are are wonderful though. I don’t know how you get all those pretty colors on one stamp, but I’m amazed at how lovely they turned out! I have to pick the raven piece as my favorite of your mixed media and cards. 🙂

  14. lesleyhw says:

    Wow – what a prolific month you’ve had. Love your jewellery…your colour grouping are lovely and the cards are great – especially that last one.

  15. Tammy Adams says:

    So many lovely jewelry designs evoking fall. The cards are great. I think I’m with the majority here in finding the crow a standout.

  16. Wow! Sarah, you nailed it. These jewelry pieces are fabulous! I love the colors you used. And the cards are beautiful. Your Halloween / Fall swap recipient is going to be thrilled with the canvas.

  17. Anita says:

    You’ve totally brought autumn right into my room with your creations, Sarah! Every item is beautiful and joyful, and I don’t even know if I can pick one over the others if my life depended on it. Marvelous work!

  18. Sarah!! These are all amazing! I love the stone pendant, that is soo cool, what a great find! You hit a home run with your squirrel necklace, I love the addition of acrylics, perfect! And wow, those cards are so delicate and pretty! But, even though I love the necklaces you made with Erin’s and Heather’s work, I am drawn most to the collage… I love the idea of using your own watercolor prints with die cuts!! Great Job all around!

  19. jewelsofsayuri says:

    I love how you chose to work on a colour palette, reinventing it as you changed mediums. It looks cohesive and well thought about.

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