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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed.  

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about winter.  It rains here during the winter and it can be a little gloomy, mix in the rising Covid cases and well, we are headed for lots of time indoors and at home.  I am grateful to have a home, heat, and food to eat.  I am also very thankful and grateful that I have a craft room and hobby that is challenging, interesting and satisfying.  2020 would have been a lot harder if I didn't have this paper crafting hobby.  I can stay in my room, listen to a good book, and get lost in the creative process.  Sometimes I forget to acknowledge how very fortunate I am.  

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Do you recognize the candles from the Sweetest Time?  I stamped them in Early Espresso and colored them in using Cinnamon Cider, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends and Early Espresso Stampin' Marker.  When I opened the Sweetest Time stamp case I found candles stamped and colored in Basic Gray, Black  and Pumpkin Pie.  Clearly, at one time I had a plan for some Halloween candles.

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The leaves are from the Quite Curvy bundle which is currently available (until November 30) and then not again  until  the January - June 2021 Mini Catalog goes live on January 5th.  The leaves  were fun to color with Stampin' Blends (Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie).  The sentiment is from the Celebration Tidings stamp set and the Early Espresso label is one of the Celebration Labels.   These 2 items can be purchased as a bundle and when you bundle, you save 10%.   Doesn't it look like I splattered the background paper?  Well, I didn't.  It is one of the designs in the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  As much as it pains me to hide the lovely gold foiling on the other side of the paper, these splatters were the right choice for this card.

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Here is the same card except on this one I added the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty paper.  It is actually one of the frames cut in half to add the accents on the corners. I couldn't decide which card I liked better.  

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I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  The leaves were a little too long so I did a little pruning and added the extra to the inside along with a strip of DSP.

So, which card do you like better?  With the Forever Gold Laser-Cut leaves or without?  Right now I am leaning towards without but that will probably change the next time I look at the cards.  

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!

Stamper's Dozen November 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  7. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thank you for stopping by and your visit is another thing I am grateful for!

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Happiest of Birthdays

Taking a little break from holiday cards to make a birthday card.  I love this big birthday sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.  This was card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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This was a color challenge and the first idea that came to mind was to use panels of the colors behind the big sentiment.  It might be a little hard to see in the picture, each panel of color was embossed with a different embossing folder.  The Bumblebee panel was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  The Terracotta Tile panel was embossed using the Dainty Diamond 3D folder and the Rich Razzleberry panel was embossed using the Subtle 3D folder.  I liked the little extra texture and interest the embossing added.

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A few heart balloons were added to the front of the card.  The balloons are from the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Day dies.  A little bow tied from the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon was added to tie the balloons together.   The three rhinestones were colored with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blend to add a little bling to the card.

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A peek inside shows a few more balloons.  It is always nice to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelopes.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.  

You will see a full list of what products were used to make this card listed below.  Thanks again for stopping by!

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Special Someone Birthday

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge project.  This week the challenge is a color challenge.  I had cardstock swatches of the colors on my desk for like a week trying to figure this one out.  

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Can you guess the color combination, I sure hope so!  It is Basic Gray, Bumblebee, and Pumpkin Pie.  When it was all done I realized these colors do look good together but at first the Basic Gray really threw me off. 

I looked through my stamp sets many times trying to figure out what to make.  I finally decided on the Special Someone stamp set.  I just love this little raccoon and knew he would look good in Basic Gray.  I stamped him in Basic Gray for the outline and  stamped off once to stamp the fur.   I decided to make this a birthday card so I added the balloons in the challenge colors.  The balloon strings and balloons were die cut using the Special Day dies.

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The sentiment is from the Zoo Globe stamp set.  There is something about this font I really like and it was the right size for the little tag. from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  Little Bumblebee stars were added from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.  I thought the stars added a little more visual interest.  The plaid DSP is from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack and is on sale until the end of the month for 15% off. 

Thank you for for stopping by and I have a list below of all the products I used.

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Whale Done Thank You

Did you see that the Whale of a Time DSP is on sale?  Yes, until the end of the month you can purchase this pack of paper at 15% off.  This made me want to make a card using the DSP and the Whale Done bundle.

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This is a quick and easy card which showcases 4 different patterns from the Whale of a Time DSP.  The pack of paper has so many fun seascapes and animals.  The turtle was cut from one sheet and the whale was punched out using the Whale Builder punch.  In fact the only thing that was stamped was the sentiment from the Whale Done stamp set.

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This is a very simple fun fold card.  The flap lifts up and hides an area where you can write your message. 

Pretty Peacock CS- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 3" x 5" scored at 4-1/8", 3" x 4" (scalloped oval)

Whisper White CS- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Whale of a Time DSP- 2-7/8" x 3-7/8", 3" x 4" (stitched oval)

The DSP sale ends October 31! Don't miss out on 15% off selected packs of Designer Series Paper.

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Ornate Garden Specialty DSP

This week and month seem to be flying by!  It is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw the sketch I immediately thought about using the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP.  

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Here you can see that the pretty Ornate Garden DSP is doing most of the design work.  The daisy print in the pack reminded me to use the Medium Daisy punch in Bumblebee with a Soft Suede center.  

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The cute little sentiment label was made using the Stitched Nested Label dies.  Both layers were cut using the die and the Whisper White portion I trimmed away right below the stitching so I could have this layered look.  The sentiment is from the Zoo Globe stamp set.  It was the right size for the label and is a cheerful sentiment and we all can use a little cheer. 

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In this picture  you can see the reflection of the gold foiling on the Mint Macaron.  It is so pretty and adds a beautiful shine to the card.  You will find other sheets in this paper pack with a gold foiling detail.

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A little peek of the inside of the card shows a little strip of the DSP.   I will also add another punched daisy to the inside.  

Now it is a great time to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Band Together CCMC633

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I  wanted to use a set that hasn't been used recently and chose the Band Together stamp set.  Love this big floral image.  It is fun to color and makes a great focal point.

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I did some quick coloring using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It seems whenever I want to color an image I reach for Stampin' Blends first.  I wanted to add texture to the card base.  The So Saffron card base front was embossed using the Delicate Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  The strip of Flirty Flamingo CS was embossed using the Scripty 3D folder.   The texture really adds some interest to the card since the floral image is fairly plain.

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The little label was cut using the Stitched Nested Label die.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds set which was a perfect fit for the little label.  The sketch calls for a strip along the bottom.  Instead I chose to add some Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon pack.  

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Thanks for stopping by!  Listed below are all the supplies I used and where you can purchase the and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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Many Mates & Forever Flourishing

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC 632.  This week we have a color challenge.  

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Isn't this a great fall color combination?  

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This card turned out just exactly like I envisioned it, this rarely happens so I was pretty happy.  I wanted see through panels and the Many Medallions Dies part of the Many Mates bundle was perfect.   It was a little fiddly measuring and lining up the Stitched Rectangle dies and the windows  are not  perfect but they are close.   I used the Forever Flourishing dies to cut out some leaves in Early Espresso and Cajun Craze.  I wanted a little shine so I added a sprig or 2 from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.    The sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set part of the Many Mates bundle.

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After I finished the card I realized that the effect would be ruined once i wrote in the card.  If I wrote just on the bottom it would be a very short note.  So, reluctantly I added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to the inside front of the card.

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The effect is still nice but I like it better without the Very Vanilla.  What do you think?

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Next time I make this style of card I will make it using smaller panels so I can leave it see through.  

You need to check out what the other members of the design team created for the challenge.   Thank you for stopping by and please see below for all the supplies I used to make the card.

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Simple Sunday-Harvest Hellos

This season I have used the Harvest Hellos and Apple Builder punch a lot, maybe even more than when they first came out.  I think it is so clever that you can use the punch and with the stamp set create both pumpkins and apples, two perfect images for the fall. I  found something while out doing some shopping that was just perfect to showcase both an apple and a pumpkin.

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Here the item is in a box made using the Little Treat Box dies in one of the many plaid patterns found in the Plaid Tidings 6" x 6" DSP.   So fun to be able to use both images on the front of the box.   What do you think is inside? 

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A pumpkin apple hand sanitizer!  This is so perfect to showcase the Harvest Hellos stamp set and Apple Builder punch and it is practical and non caloric too.  Don't you love it when you find something so perfect?   The colors coordinate and everything!  I would have purchased more but it was the only one I could find.  

Want to see other projects made using the Harvest Hello stamp set and the Apple Builder punch?  Go Here,  Here,  HereHereHere, and Here.

Hope you liked today's Simple Sunday Share!  All the products I used are listed below and do link directly to my store.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Harvest Hellos Pumpkins

Two days ago the air quality around here improved so much that i was able to resume my daily walks outside.  We do not have a huge house so getting my steps done inside took a long time and it is a pretty boring process.  It was such a treat to be outside and I was surprised to see some of the leaves are beginning to change colors.  This led me to start thinking about fall which led to pumpkins!

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Weren't you surprised the first time you saw a white pumpkin?  I know I was.  Now you see them all over especially when it comes to home decor.  I wanted a little imperfection on my pumpkins so I used the Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla cardstock to create it.  I did stamp the Birch on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on the Very Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie CS.  I wanted the design to be light but visible.  The Harvest Hello pumpkin outline was stamped in Early Espresso ink and then punched using the Apple Builder punch.  All the stems were stamped using Early Espresso ink on Soft Suede CS and punched out. The leaves were inked with Early Espresso on Old Olive CS and fussy cut.  The "vines" are from the World Map dies.

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The sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers set was also stamped in Early Espresso ink.  You can also see the Birch texture on the sentiment banner.  The wood paper is from the In Good Taste DSP pack.   So many great textures in this pack of paper.  

I think it is so clever that you can use  the Apple Builder punch to punch out both apples and pumpkins from the Harvest Hellos stamp set.  You can see what the apples look like here.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I will post all the products I used below.

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Simple Sunday-Forever Gold

Running a little late this morning with my post.  Made some quick, easy and I think elegant cards to share with you today.

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Here's what I used to make this card.

The hardest part was deciding what stamp set to use for the sentiment.  I chose this sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome set.  This is another special stamp set, it is Ronda Wade's Million Dollar stamp set.  

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In this view you can see the inside of the card decorated with a strip of DSP and a gold foil leaf from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.   

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Since I already had the Ornate Garden DSP and the Early Espresso card base cut and scored I decided to make another card using the same ingredients except for the sentiment.  This sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  I love this sentiment and during this time I think this is something we need to hear and take to heart.

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Thanks for stopping by!  I will list below the links to all the products I used.  

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