A Clean and Simple One Layer Gratitude Card

First, let me start by wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether you are with family and friends for the holiday, or just having your typical day at home – I hope it is a wonderful day for you!

I always love the time to get all of our family in the area for an afternoon of relaxing and eating an awesome meal – especially when it is like this year and I am not hosting! 😉  I love having people over, but after the last year or two hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is kind of nice to get to take food to someone else’s house this time.

Well, before I head out to eat way too much good food – I thought I would share a thank you card I made with my group in our last team meeting.  It is a great clean and simple card that doesn’t take a lot of time or supplies but looks really nice in person.


This is the technique of using a clear block to stamp a background image.  I used my ‘H’ Clear Block and inked it up with Crumb Cake inkStamp your block directly to your card base, if you don’t get a solid image – try again either with your cardstock on a softer surface (like on a magazine) or pick up your cardstock and block and flip them over so you can rub the paper to help pick up the ink.

Then stamp your images – in this case, leaves and acorns from the Day of Gratitude stamp set.  Then, just add a bit of bakers twine, to the top and you are done!

Online Extravaganza update!

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Lovely As A Tree Autumn Thank You Card

I guess fall was on my mind when I was creating recently.  Today is another share that I created for a swap but started with me looking around my craft table and figuring out what paper and scraps I had lying around.  🙂

See, sometimes I like to challenge myself to create a card or project using just my scraps on hand and so the Crumb Cake card base, Garden Green cardstock, Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and Day of Gratitude stamp set were all staring at me – begging to be used!


I colored the tree using markers, starting with Chocolate Chip for the trunk and More Mustard for the leaves.  Then I “thumped” Cajun Craze and Garden Green markers on top of the More Mustard leaves in a few places to add specs of color.  And to be clear, when I say “thumped”, I mean literally took my marker, laid it on its side, and smacked my stamp rubber!  🙂


The ribbon is the new 7/8” Cotton Ribbon from the Holiday Mini.  I just folded it in half (I actually ran my snail along one edge to help stick it together when I folded it) and wrapped it around my stamped layer.  Then I used some Linen Thread to tie it together on one side.

Simple, but oh so Autumn!

And if you are already thinking past Fall, I invite you to join me for my Christmas Card stamp-a-stacks starting up this weekend and running each month for the next 3 months!

We’ll create 12 cards with envelopes at each session 3 each of 4 different designs. Each month we’ll do something new so join us and get you holiday cards all done before December even starts!  Join me for one of the following sessions:

  • Sept 30th – 2pm –Panera Bread in Redmond
  • October 28th – 2pm – Panera Bread in Redmond
  • November 25th – 2pm – Panera Bread in Redmond

I’ll have everything precut and ready for you to get creating right away!  Everything you need for 12 cards plus envelopes is only $25.  Visit my events calendar to RSVP if you can join us!


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Lovely As A Tree Autumn Thank You Card Recipe
Day of Gratitude, Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Markers – Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Accessories: 7/8” Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Day of Gratitude + Markers = Fun Fall Thank You

I’m sharing a card today that I made for a monthly swap with my team (Jennie, hope you liked your card!)  The theme was Thank You cards and so I started digging around in my stamp sets for inspiration and came up with the Day of Gratitude stamp set.

This stamp set often gets buried for a while and usually in the fall I rediscover how pretty it can be and it starts getting more and more use.  Well, I decide to take full advantage this time of the intricate design for the big flower/doily/stamp-thingy 😉  So, I grabbed my markers and got to work.


Sure it took a while to color in all of the parts, but thankfully “huffing” on the stamp (ie – breathing on it like you are trying to fog up a mirror) at the end kept it all moist.  And besides, it felt good to put some extra time into a card for my downline, Jennie.  I am so glad to have her in my group that I was happy to make a card that took a little more effort.

I wanted the big stamped image to be the main focal point so I didn’t add too much on the Very Vanilla paper.  Then I stamped the leaf image from the set in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green paper and cut 3 pieces out.  I tucked them under the Cajun Craze cardstock mat and mostly let them hang loose to add some dimension and be more interesting than just stamped images. 🙂

Anyway, I thought it was a little different of a look on a card and had fun making it.  I hope she enjoyed receiving it!  What do you all think of the hanging leaves under the stamped mat?


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Day of Gratitude Fall Thank You Card Recipe
Day of Gratitude
Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Markers – Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Paper Snips

Who Knew a Canning Jar Stamp Could Be So Cute?!

I was putting together this month’s Cards to Go kits and knew I wanted to break out a bunch of my new goodies from the Holiday catalog and so I started mixing and matching things from my shelves.  Now, sometimes this random grab and go process ends in something that looks like one of my cats ate a bunch of craft supplies and then spit it up on my table… but thankfully this was not one of those times!  Ha ha!

Well, I started with the Canning Jar stamp from the Perfectly Preserved stamp set.  Ever since I first saw this stamp set, I totally loved it – I just didn’t know what I would do with it.  Well, how about this:

I think it is sweet!  Oh, and I have some totally fun ideas that I’m going to be putting together later this week to share too.  But anyway, back to this card. 🙂

I had the 7/8” Cotton ribbon and I just had to experiment with stamping on it.  I would say SUCCESS!  (Plus, you can’t see the part of the ribbon that I played with before the ink dried and thus totally smeared the ink around the ribbon surface… but lets just say, lesson learned.)  Oh, and did you notice the Core’dinations cardstock too?

So, there you go… my first and definitily not my last, Perfectly Preserved card sample.  I knew there was a reason I loved it!

Coming up in tomorrow’s post:  I just had to share a scrapbook layout I created today along with what happens when your 2.5 yr old is unattended in your craft room and they discover the marker you used to journal in said scrapbook page!

But until then….


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Progressive Scrapbook Page using Spice Cake DSP

So, yesterday I shared with you the first part of my progressive scrapbook page.  I had created an 8.5” x 11” scrapbook layout and so today I wanted to share how with a few simple touches you can turn that into a 12” x 12” scrapbook page.

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Page

You can see how the original 8.5” x 11” page looked here, but pretty much all I did was layer some extra Old Olive grosgrain ribbon on a piece of Spice Cake designer paper so that it would line up with the ribbon on my smaller layout.  Then I added a different pattern of the Spice Cake paper behind one side of the original layout to give some contrast to the page.  Finally, I added some felt letters down the side for my title.  Overall, a pretty simple page; but since I knew I was going to be adding a bunch of pictures to the 2nd page of my layout, I figured simple was good. 

So, want to see the full spread? Smile

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch 2011 Scrapbook 2 Page Layout

I actually started from the same 8.5” x 11” page kit only I flipped it to be landscape instead of portrait orientation.  I still stamped the leaves and flowers from the Day of Gratitude stamp set so that it would tie in with the left page.  Then I added coordinating ribbon to the Spice Cake designer paper.  I loved all my pictures of Nicholas stomping in the puddles, so I trimmed them down so I could lay them out filmstrip-style on the right hand side of the page leaving me just enough room to journal at the bottom of the page.

IMG_3623Oh and the journaling, I had to try something different here too.  I started out journaling on Vellum cardstock so that it would blend into the page.  Unfortunately, it blended too much, and so I had to put a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock underneath so it was easier to read.  then I attached the vellum to the page using some Early Espresso brads.

I had a lot of fun coming up with how to create a progressive scrapbook page using my 8.5” x 11” layouts and turning them into 12" x 12” layouts.   Hopefully these gave you some ideas for different sizes of pages!

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Progressive Scrapbook Page Recipe:
Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cajun Craze classic, Early Espresso marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Cajun Craze cs, Early Espresso cs, Very Vanilla cs, Spice Cake designer paper, Vellum cs
Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brown felt, Neutrals Brads, Corner Rounder punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack

Part 1 of a Fall Progressive Scrapbook Page

While cleaning my room, I ran across some project kits from past Stampin’ Up! regional events.  One of them was from a year or so ago and was to make a 8.5 x 11” scrapbook page.  I decided the colors would be perfect for our trip to the Pumpkin Patch this year and so I thought now was as good of a time as any to put it together.

Of course, I couldn’t do everything by the book, so I had to make some adjustments here and there (like the label under the picture and adding some extra cut outs.  But in the end I think it was a cute page!

But I don’t have many 8.5 x 11” scrapbooks (I mostly do 12×12) so I thought, I would turn this into a 12×12 page – which is where the progressive scrapbook page part comes in.  So, today I thought I would show you how you could make this into a great smaller page and then tomorrow, I’ll show you how I added this to a 12×12 base plus some embellishments to make it a cool 12×12 page!  Oh, and I had a second copy of this page kit, so I had to make a coordinating 12×12 page for the second page of my layout, so I’ll share that tomorrow too. 

So, question of the day:  What size scrapbooks/albums do you create for?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Pumpkin Picking Scrapbook Recipe:
Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cajun Craze classic, Early Espresso marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Cajun Craze cs, Early Espresso cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Day of Gratitude Scrapbook Page

I made this scrapbook page before the craziness of the December Holidays and wanted to share it with you as my farewell to the Holiday Mini.  The Day of Gratitude stamp set was one that didn’t catch my eye when I first looked at the mini but after making a few samples at the Portland Regional in the fall I completely fell in love with this set.  I’m so sad to see it go but I’m sure will keep playing with it for a while.

So this layout was the first scrapbook page I had made in many many months since I had been so busy with a new baby I had been focused more on cards (quick, easy, and functional!).  However, I did a workshop focused on scrapbooking and when I saw a layout on the Rubber Redneck blog, I just had to CASE it.

In the workshop we did the 6×6 layout using Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip cardstock.  We stamped using the Day of Gratitude stamp set and left room to add a 3”x4.75” photo.  Oh, and I had to through in an adhesive backed basic pearl to add a little fun to the saying.

I think turn it into an 8 1/2”x11 layout by adding the More Mustard  cardstock as a base with accent stamping using More Mustard classic ink and Autumn Spice designer paper.  Throw in some Antique Brads and the chipboard word “fall” cut out using the BigShot (for those of you who have attended a SU convention or regional before, I always save the cardboard/chipboard that is used as a backing for the make and take packets.  I used one of those pieces to make my “fall”).

Finally, to turn it into a 12×12, I used a base of Autumn Spice dsp, added some textured Chocolate Chip cardstock, some stamped elements and another Antique Brad, with some Old Olive satin ribbon for a final touch of color.

Makes me almost wish fall wasn’t over yet. Smile This is a pretty easy layout with lots of fun accents.  I loved making it and hope you enjoyed the ideas.

A Simple Day of Gratitude Card Share

A little over a week ago, I hosted my monthly “meet & greet” and as with each month, I brought a free make & take card.  This month, I decided to use the fabulous Day of Gratitude set, which thanks to regionals in Portland, I am love more and more each time I use it.

Anyway, I got home and put all my supplies away and managed to hide the card from myself for over a week until today!  Well, I found the card and really like how it turned out and so I wanted to share it with you here.

This stamp set begs to be used with Cajun Craze and More Mustard inks, both of which have not been my favorite colors.  But I have to say, Cajun Craze has really grown on me!  It is the perfect color for using in fall scrapbook layouts and cards.

For some added kick, the Decorative Label punch out is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Otherwise, it is a quick and easy card that looks great in person.  We stamped the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock randomly using the images from the Day of Gratitude stamp set in the colors More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso.  Its like making your very own Designer Paper!  The medallion is stamped in Old Olive ink on Old Olive cardstock.

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Until next time- Happy Stamping!

Day of Gratitude Thank You

Yesterday I shared a thank you card I made for a future hostess with some fun punching with the new Decorative Label punch.  Well, today, I thought I would share another card along the same lines.  Well, I was on a roll with the decorative label punch and so after playing a bit came up with this card for my friend to thank her for hosting a workshop with me.

Day of Gratitude Thank You (1280x1207)For this card, the Thank You sentiment is punched out using the Decorative Label punch.  I turned the punch vertically (so it was tall and narrow) and punched out the Thank You at the top of the punchout shape.  Then I pulled the end of the punchout (the part with the stamped image) through the middle of the back of the punch so that it wouldn’t get cut again, and slid it down so the Thank You sentiment was just above the bottom of the punch opening and cut it out.  Again, I know that can be hard to visualize so I will try to get a photo explanation out soon.

I also punched the corners of the card with the same Decorative label punch to get the curved and indented corners.  Love it!

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Card Recipe: 
Stamps:  Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Garden Green, Old Olive marker, Poppy Parade marker, Peach Parfait marker, Chocolate chip marker and ink pad
Paper:  Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Autumn Spice DSP
Accessories:  Decorative Label punch, Adhesive back pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Curly Cute Thank You

Well, guess what?  My camera battery died and I don’t have my charger with me.  Sigh.  Thankfully my cell phone takes decent pictures and so i was able to get a couple reasonable shots to last me until i can get my battery charged.

I wanted to share this card with you because of the fun punchout I created.  This is a thank you card for a friend who is going to be hosting a workshop with me in a couple weeks.  I had been playing around with my new Day of Gratitude stamp set from the regional and my Designer label punch and ended up with the punched flower below.

Curly cute Thank You I made the flower by punching out the flower with it in the center of the designer label punch.  Then i took that punch out and slid it back into the punch so that one end of the punched out shape was in the punch and the other end was pulled up through the opening in the back so that when I squeezed the punch, only half of the paper would be cut.  I then repeated that again on the other side. 

i know that is totally confusing 🙂 so, i’ll try to take some photos when my camera is working again to show you what I mean.  But I have to say, this punch is awesome for playing around with different punch shapes.

Thank You Recipe:
Curly Cute, Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Concord Crush marker, Old Olive marker, Poppy Parade marker, Blushing Bride marker
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant CS, Whisper White CS, Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede CS 
Stampin’ Dimensionals