I can't believe that I've been home for 4 days already and today is the first day I've had a chance to get into my craft room! It's a good thing I did, too, as I'm in a small blog hop this weekend and I wouldn't want to miss out on that.
I'm sure you know that I'm thankful for many things this month. For one thing, I'm glad I got out of Hurricane Sandy without any ill effects. But I'm also thankful for all the various and sundry people who hosted me on my marathon trip along the east coast and back to the west coast before I arrived home on Monday. And all of them deserve a special Thank You card from me made just for them.
It so happens that the theme of the Stampin' Up! "Stars" blog hop this weekend relates to being Thankful. That's also appropriate as next Thursday is our Thanksgiving Holiday here in the United States. So what I did was to combine some of Stampin' Up!'s paper made especially for our fall holidays with a "Thank You" theme. And just to make things interesting, I used the same papers and colors in all three of the cards that I made for this post. In the above card, I stamped the "Thank You" from the stamp set, Perfectly Penned. Then I die cut it using a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits Set. I cut some Raspberry Ripple of the same framelit shape, trimmed the left and right ends, cut the whole thing in half horizontally and then adhered the Very Vanilla stamped piece to the Raspberry pieces making sure that they peeked out at the top and bottom. I added a Lucky Limeade Designer Brad for a fun accent.
Both of these cards use the same two designs from Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper set, Orchard Harvest. The main accent color in both is one of 2012's new In Colors, Raspberry Ripple. Raspberry Ripple is one of the colors featured in the paper that has the leaves printed on them. Other colors on that paper are Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, and Island Indigo, with some Early Espresso in the background.
For the second card, I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the various leaves on the fall themed stamp from the Stamp Set, Four Seasons before I stamped it on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. This stamp set is a hostess set, which you can get FREE for being a hostess with or purchasing as little as a $150. Each of the four large stamps in this set has designs related to one of the four seasons (thus the name). Each also has a bird in the center of the stamp. However, this time I used one of the four smaller stamps in this set and made the central element a Leaf, stamped with Raspberry Ripple, punched with the 1" Circle Punch and then matted with Stampin' Up!'s new 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch. I punched the larger stamped image with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.
This last card features a single stamp, Tweet Leaves, and it's die cut using the new Sizzix Die, Autumn Accents. I'm going to write a blog post about how I made this particular card, for publication on Tuesday. But you have to know that the real trick to making that stamp have all those bright colors is that I made it in Stampin' Up!'s digital program My Digital Studio. This was a lot of fun to make, and I hope you'll join me for a longer explanation on Tuesday.
Of course, each of these three cards is finished off and tied together with some fabulous Stampin' Up! Ribbon, this time with the Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon. It's so fun and easy to use!
Be sure to check back on Tuesday for some more information about this last card. And be sure to have a fun paper crafting weekend before Thanksgiving!