Cards of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with those we love. It’s a time to reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives and express our gratitude. There are many things I am grateful for each and every day! And today, I get to spend time with my family which is one of the greatest blessings of all.

As I reflect upon all of the blessings in my life, I want to share some cards of gratitude. These cards were designed by members of my team as part of an Autumn-Themed card swap we had last month. Although not all of my team members participated in the swap, there were a total of 12 of us participating! Pretty good for our first swap!  I wanted to take a moment to share their beautiful designs and talent with all of you. I am grateful to have such a wonderful team and blessed to have them in my life!

Created by Mona Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/stampandcraftwithmona/
Created by Tammy Wrobel http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tammywrobel
Created by Linda Anderson https://lindaloucreates.blogspot.com/
Create by Denise Mahoney
Created by Jessica Frey http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jessicafrey
Created by Jennifer Allman
Created by Amy Strain
Created by Charlotte Hunter
Created by Jeannie Rohr
Created by Anita Horn
Created by Carol Schuster

Painted Harvest Wreath

The Painted Autumn product suite is one of my favorites in the holiday catalog! It really captures the beauty of autumn. The sunflower image in the Painted Harvest stamp set has been used to create some gorgeous cards! I think my Pinterest boards have captured many! I have also seen some very creative ways to use the images like making a wreath!  I thought it was such a clever idea that I had to create a fall wreath first. But I definitely plan to use this set to make some Christmas cards too! Let’s take a look at how to make this card.

To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on the bottom using Early Espresso ink. Once you have stamped your sentiment, place the upper part of the Very Vanilla cardstock in the Layered Leaves embossing folder (be sure to leave the sentiment hanging out of the bottom of the embossing folder) and then send it through the embossing machine. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of one of the patterns from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack and adhere it to the card just above the sentiment. Cut out a few different sized layering squares, one from Very Vanilla cardstock and one from Early Espresso cardstock. Stamp the layering sunflower images (two of them), from the Painted Harvest stamp set, in the center of the Very Vanilla square using Crushed Curry ink. Stamp a few “berries” Cajun Craze ink. I used the Holly Builder Punch and the Holly Berry Happiness to create the bow but it would look just as pretty if you used some coordinating ribbon. I hope you enjoyed this little project!

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Fall-Themed Color Combinations

This is my favorite time of year! There are so many fun things to do and celebrate! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! All of my favorite things packed into the next three months! 🙂  As I was working on holiday cards this year, I began to play around with different color combinations. So I decided to put together a few ideas for you based on the Stampin’ Up! colors! There are traditional color combinations as well as some fresh new ones!

So the traditional Halloween colors usually involve orange and black, right? When I play around with color combos I like to chose at least 3 different colors in a grouping. Now I do create cards with just one or two colors but it’s not always easy to come up with a third or even fourth color to use when creating a project. Hence, that is how I came up with the idea for the color charts. Now as soon I saw the NEW Lemon Lime Twist In Color, I knew that it would work well for Halloween! You can pair it up with the traditional orange and black or use it with a purple and gray color for a fun look!

For the autumn themed color combinations I really focused on pairing up colors that are found in nature. Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year because there are so many vibrant colors in nature. Different shades of green, orange, browns and yellows, when paired together, always make me think about autumn.

There are a lot of great color combinations in the Stampin’ Up! designer papers too so if you are having trouble deciding what color combinations to use, you can always start there. Or you can refer back to these color charts at any time!

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