I belong to a group that has a monthly lottery. A theme is chosen, everyone who is interested creates something within the theme, and at the end of the month one name is drawn from those participating. That person wins the whole enchilada (and gets to choose the following month's theme).
So, November's theme is related to gratitude. I had this unfinished wood frame I picked up ages ago in the dollar bin at a craft store. It was so long ago I don't even remember which store. This is what I made:
The frame is roughly 4 1/2 x 10" and will hold a 4 x 6" photo. I figured that whoever wins can insert a picture of whoever or whatever they are grateful for.
The leaves were all cut using Tim's fantastic tattered leaves die. I had some scrapbook paper with writing on it, and just inked the leaves after cutting, in a variety of autumn colors. To give them some strength and (hopefully) longevity, I covered them with clear embossing ink and powder, which is why they have a shine.
The wood was stained with forest moss ink and the front covered with tissue tape (which was also inked). For the word "grateful," I used letters from Tim's new lost and found salvage stickers.