11/21/2014

GIVE THANKS...

Autumn is the hush before winter. (French Proverb)

Give Thanks

I punched a hole in each corner to thread the ribbon through...

Give Thanks2

After die-cutting and embossing the leaves,

I curled them with my finger for a little dimension...

Give Thanks3

A sliver of color around the greeting is enough...

Give Thanks4

 

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  And Many More Stamp Set #134273-Wood / #134276-Clear, Tangerine Tango Cardstock #111349, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, Modern Label Punch #119849, 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch #134364, White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim #135838, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430.

Give Thanks S&A

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11/19/2014

MORE THANKS...

...from thankful me...

Lots of Thanks

 

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687-Wood / #129690-Clear, Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684, Pear Pizzazz Cardstock #131201, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (Cajun Craze) #130139, Cajun Craze Stampin' Pad #126965, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812, Regals Candy Dots #130932, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Very Vanlla Medium Envelope #107300.

Lots of Thanks S&A

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11/17/2014

TRULY GRATEFUL...

Sunday after church we went to the Heathman Lodge (Hudson Grill) for lunch. While seated and waiting for our food, I admired the mural, painted high above on the wall. We eat there often, so I've looked at the mural many times, but with Thanksgiving just days away (11 to be exact), I decided to take a picture to introduce the theme of today's post...

Thanksgiving

On the far left, and out of the view of my cell phone camera, Indians cook a meal over an open fire while the family on the right shares a feast together. At a glance, both the painting above and my card below, reminds me how much I have to be thankful for, especially this time of the year.

Thankful for...

I punched the "dots" out of Soft Suede Cardstock with the Cupcake Builder Punch, and put a dab of Crystal Effects on each dot so they would look shiny and dimensional... I thought of making dots with the Cupcake Builder Punch, and my friend Jean Fitch thought to add the Crystal Effects.

Thankful for...2

Soft suede dots

SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Truly Grateful Stamp Set #131730-Wood / #131733-Clear, Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684, Soft Suede Cardstock #115318, So Saffron Cardstock #105118, Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650, Soft Suede Stampin' Pad #126978, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Oval Collection Framelits #129381, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine #135639, Cupcake Builder Punch #121807, Crystal Effects #101055, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Very Vanilla Medium Envelope #107300.

Thankful for...S&A

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11/14/2014

THANKFUL...

Even though the weather reports have been dreadful all week (ice and snow everywhere), I'm determined to celebrate AUTUMN, and all its beautiful colors, throughout November.....

Thankful

And besides, it's the time of year to be thankful...

Thankful2

 

Dots

SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Truly Grateful Stamp Set #131730-Wood / #131733-Clear, Soft Suede Cardstock #115318, Old Olive Cardstock #100702, Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack #130134, Soft Suede Stampin' Pad #126978, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch #133324, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine #135639, Brights Designer Button #130028, Brights Candy Dots #130931, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Very Vanilla Medium Envelope #107300.

 

Truly Grateful S&A

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11/13/2014

WINTER BLIZZARD...

Here I am with a lineup of pretty autumn cards to show you, and there's a blizzard all across the USA. The beautiful fall leaves in my yard are covered with snow and ice!! 

Fall Leaves and Snow

Never-the-less, the autumn card I had previously posted with tomorrow's date is scheduled to load at 1:00 AM and that's the way it's going to stay!  Burrrrrrrr!

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11/10/2014

MISS YOU...

I've enjoyed hearing from many of you who own the FOR THE BIRDS STAMP SET. In spite of that, most of you have admitted that you have yet to put ink on the rubber. Perhaps this little birdie will motivate you to do some stamping with one of the eight stamps in this cute-as-can-be set...

Miss You

In order to get the embossed stripes to go in opposite directions, I had to turn the red cardstock on its side...

Miss You2

Priority Mail

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: For the Birds Stamp Set #132001-Wood / #126407-Clear, Marina Mist Cardstock #119682, Real Red Cardstock #102482, Smoky Slate Cardstock #131202, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Soft Sky Stampin' Pad #131181, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder #132174, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

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11/07/2014

BEST WISHES...

Christmas Top

I still have several Autumn cards to show you, but wanted to post this Christmas card in case you're gathering ideas for a slightly different twist...

Tree

Here's a front view to get a better look...

Tree2

I used a 3/4" square punch on each side but only punched 3/8" deep.

Use your imagination. A different size or shape will also work...

Tree3

This inside view helps make sense of the whole thing...

Tree4

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Petite Pairs Stamp Set #128706-Wood / #122497-Clear, Garden Green Cardstock #102584, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Silver Glimmer Paper #135314, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack #135314, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Tree Punch #135859, Cupcake Builder Punch (Tree Ornaments) #121807, 3/4" Square Punch (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

Tree S&A

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11/06/2014

A LITTLE BIRDIE...

This sweet and simple greeting is versatile enough to be used for a variety of occasions...

Birdie

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: For the Birds Stamp Set #132001-Wood / #126407-Clear, Lost Lagoon Cardstock #133679, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack #133703, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder #135817, Many Marvelous Markers #131264, Aqua Painters #103954, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #10730.

 

For the Birds S&A

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11/03/2014

TRULY GRATEFUL...

 

Truly Grateful

Fall leaves

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Truly Grateful Stamp Set #131730-Wood / #131733-Clear, Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684, Mossy Meadow Cardstock #133676, Crushed Curry Cardstock #131199, Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650, Lullaby Designer Series Paper #133695, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812, Decorative Label Punch #120907, Large Oval Punch #119855, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Essentials Pack #126187, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Neutral Candy Dots #130934, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Very Vanilla Medium Envelope #107300.

Truly Grateful S&A

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10/31/2014

FOR THE BIRDS...

Designing cards with the FOR THE BIRDS STAMP SET kept me quite entertained today. My creative button was in the ON position, so I let my brain take the lead. At first, the snowflakes on this Designer Series Paper seemed a bit lifeless, but my creative self knew that by adding dimensionals they would float in the air, like snowflakes really do, coming down-down-down to the ice skating rink...

For the Birds

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: For the Birds Stamp Set #132001-Wood / #126407-Clear, Real Red Cardstock #102482, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack #135824, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Oval Collection Framelits #129381, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, Real Red & Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers #100052 & #105115, Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelopes #107301.

Merry Christmas S&A

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