STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

          Time Out

Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted to be representing Time Out today … at a special blog hop being held over at STAMPlorations. The STAMPlorations girls and a whole heap of amazing designers from all over the blogosphere have come together for the second Stamplorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop .  If you’ve arrived from the lovely Maria’s blog (Riesling Mama), you’re right on track … if not, you can always leap (tee hee) to the little blue frog at the bottom for details of all the participants.  I have four cards for you today, all made using the Many Blessing Bundle … starting with a scattering of autumn leaves …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-1This was created using the Autumn Falling ARTplorations Stencil, sponged and subsequently splattered with various Distress Inks and a touch of gold.  I die cut the CUTplorations Blessings Word Die in gold foil and brown card, stacked them slightly offset, adhered them over the sponged/splattered panel and added the supplementary sentiment from the Many Blessings stamp set.  The panel was adhered to a card base that’d been sponged at the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink … and I was done!  How about a detail shot of the shimmery gold …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-1-detailNext up is a harvest basket, also from the Many Blessings set, stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and cut with the matching die.  I added glossy accents to those rosy apples, heat embossed the ‘sweet’ onto the basket in gold and popped the whole lot onto a woodgrain panel.  The ‘blessings’ was cut twice … once out of white card, which was swiped with Versamark and heat embossed in gold … and once out of craft foam.  The two were stacked together and adhered over the basket and woodgrain.

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-2You can’t really see the shine on those luscious apples from here … so here’s a close up …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-2-detailMy last two cards are more or less mirror images of one another.  I sponged a card panel with Distress Inks and cut the Blessings die repeatedly from it … then did the same cuts with an ordinary white card panel.  This one has the white sentiments inlaid into the sponged base …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-3… dressed up with shimmer spray to make it glisten …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-3-detail… and this one has the sponged sentiments adhered to a white card base, trimmed top and bottom with some shimmery brown card strips (thanks, Barb!).  I used the same brown card stock to make dots for the i’s … topped them with Glossy Accents … and covered the words with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle.

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-4 Here’s a better view of the shimmer and shine …

stamplorations-giving-thanks-blog-hop-4-detailNow what would a blog hop be without a giveaway or two … or more?  There are plenty of gorgeous goodies up for grabs … all the details are over at the STAMPlorations blog, so do check it out if you didn’t start there!  If you’re already hopping, your next stop is with the amazing Shirley (Shirley Bee’s Stamping Stuff).

Just below is the little blue frog I mentioned earlier … if you need to go back to the start or would like to check out the full list of designers taking part, just click on him and he’ll whisk you off to a wonderful journey of gratitude and inspiration … enjoy!

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂






71 thoughts on “STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

  1. cmayne

    Feeling incredibly blessed that you’ve shared your abundant creativity with us, not once but FOUR times! Fabulous cards, all! Feeling doubly times incredibly blessed to have your friendship in my life, especially in this sad time! You = treasure!
    Hugs and love,

  2. born57

    Anita you have so many wonderful cards here today I’m not sure where to start! The glossy apples look delicious and what a beautiful card! The blessing….cards are stunning in beautiful colors! God bless you!

  3. Sandie

    We are delighted to have you representing us at TO with this truly amazing set of cards. Adore the gold die and the multi ways you have shown us all to use this, one creative set of cards x

  4. Monika Reeck

    My fave??
    your shiny Apple
    may I exchange with my card
    your apple looks so delicious
    and blessings sentiment on the card is a clever idea
    the leaves with splatter oh my I am in love..I made one too with leaves but no splatter 🙂
    see you soon on my Thanks and Blessings card
    hugs from Germany

  5. Mary Holshouser

    Love the use of the negative and positive die cuts.
    So good to be able to get double use out of a
    the fall leaves are fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. karrenj

    Fabulous selection of cards, Anita! I love what you’ve done with that gorgeous stencil. It’s been fun joining in with all the talented designers on this hop.

  7. Rose J

    Wow! You’ve been very busy Anita! Four fabulous, colourful cards! Love the blend of colours in your stenciled leaves. Plenty of inspiration from your piles in the courtyard :)!

  8. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Well, you must have had some serious fun here! 4 cards – WOW! Very clever to use the cut-outs and the negative. Would have been a shame to throw it! All your cards are simply gorgeous – what a pleasure to have you hop with us!

  9. jmhave44

    Of course I love these glorious maple leaves, and clever to use the motif to create such a lovely background. And the spatters are just delightful. Love the bold die sentiment, and the way you’ve done that treatment. I’ve been hunting for a Blessing die, so I’ll check this one out! TFS & Hugs

  10. jmhave44

    Oops, missed the other cards, so back again!! Each card is just so richly colored and embossed, with the clean designs that are your forte. I’m liking that metallic gold embossing too! What a quartet of lovely cards you’ve shared! Hugs

  11. djkardkreations

    WOW, Anita, you made four scrummy autumn cards for the HOP! Each one is as exact and colorful and warm as the others ~ impossible to pick a favorite! But I do love the shimmer and thank you for the reminder of what that adds to a card; I always forget I have some!! LYAMYAHAIW! (That’s a toughie … hope all is well!) Love and hugs! Darnell xxoo

  12. Preeti D.

    Such pretty cards 🙂 I love the autumn colors used ! I find the hues so warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing!

  13. nancy littrell

    OMG Anita…you really had fun creating all your cards with your new dies, stamps and stencils. I put in my order tonight. I loved them all, but finally decided on the Thankful set 🙂 TFS your inspiring creations. Hugs, Nancy

  14. Izzy Scrap

    OMD Anita ! Quel travail ! Je vois que tu as bien été occupée à faire toutes ces jolies cartes, les unes toutes plus belles que les autres ! Tu as bien dû t’amuser avec tous ces nouveaux produits ! Tes feuilles d’automne sont magnifiques et j’adore les petites éclaboussures dessus ! Ton baril est superbe et ses pommes délicieuses à croquer ! Quant aux 2 dernières cartes c’est une super chouette idée, et quel gain de temps ! Hum, à cogiter pour une production en masse ! Merci de partager toutes ces merveilles ! Bises

  15. Craftyfield

    Lots of great ideas! The 3D feel of the Blessing die-cut on the first card, for instance, the shiny apples… Beautiful collection of cards!

  16. sheryruss

    Anita — you made 4 ncredibly gorgeous cards with the bundle! I’m loving each one and can’t pick a favorite! The first card is just so artful with the splatters and awesome sponging; the second I can’t get over rustic vibe; the third and fourth cards I am amazed at the ombre sponging you did! THANK YOU so much for being so generous with your time and talent and making our 2nd Giving Thanks hop a success — You are a star!

  17. BarbGhig

    Oh my, Anita…You have made so many beautiful cards with your kit! I love how you played with the autumn color palette, and those fabulous shiny apples look good enough to eat! A lovely collection of cards for the hop 🙂

  18. Geri G

    A delightful display of beautiful fall colors and images! Beautiful colors and a very nicely balanced placement of the leaves! I’ve noticed the basket of apples on a few bogs – love the ‘wholesome country charm’ look! The glossy apples look real enough to eat! Last but not least, the ombre ‘blessings’ cards are beautiful – love how you switched up the colors/images and love the soft shimmer!

  19. Bobby

    Lots of beautiful autumn goodness here, Anita. I love those stenciled leaves and the spattering on them. The many blessings cards are wonderful too.


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