Time to Give Thanks & Press Pause!

Can we press the pause on November, please?  As a teacher, the pressure of time is ever a companion, but the rapidity of this month has left me breathless!

So what better way to slow down than sinking into a creative pursuit?  And that is just what I did last night!  Since our trip to the Olympic Peninsula last weekend was made possible by a generous gift to Domaine Madeline, a secluded bed and breakfast along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, I had some serious thanks to give after our retreat!

For this card, I wanted to depart from the fall colors and create something whimsical and light that reminded me of the recipient. Using a variety of my new Colorbox Cat Eye inks and nearly all of my Paper Smooches “Many Thanks” stamps, here is what I came up with!

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I didn’t anticipate making a square card, actually.  I initially laid out all of the stamps in the configuration I wanted, then took a picture so I would be able to recall their placement.  I made a rough sketch of the card, but after stamping all the sentiments, and working with some framing die placement, I realized the scalloped square was a perfect fit.

I cut the left side a bit close, since I wasn’t planning to go square, and I also ended up adding “much appreciated” vertically on the right side to fill in that extra space.  So the stamping isn’t perfect, but should I replicate the card, I will die cut the paper first, then stamp.

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I had no plan for paper, which was part of the fun!  The pastel chevron paper from had been sitting in my stash since the spring, only ever used as a backdrop for photo sessions!  It was time to take center stage!  The black and white polka dot, green & white dot, and salmon graph paper are all from a new pack called “Here and There” by Studio Calico, and I love every paper in the pad!

I love the unexpected working of the chevrons and polka dots–at least I think it works!  I never would have considered them until I played around with a variety of combos!

I added a bit of embellishment for texture, sparkle and dimension with the enamel dots, POW Glitter paper, and layering.  I think I might emboss the sentiments if I make the card again, though that will be tedious, as I will have to stamp, sprinkle, tap, heat, repeat over and over!

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Always room for improvement, but I am pretty happy with the result. Every card making experience yields so many other possibilities and lessons learned for the next time, which is part of the fun (though sometimes frustrating for those of us who want it to be perfect from the first!)

A double delight is that as I was making this card, a post came through my Bloglovin’ account highlighting the Paper Smooches Cool Colors challenge this week.  Look at those colors!!

And since I used all Paper Smooches stamps, I was pretty thrilled!  Thanks, Pamela, over at MIAO for highlighting this on your blog, as I may have missed it!

Looks like my card will be headed over there as an entry!

And then:

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over at Simon Says Stamp.  The theme?  Thanks and Thanksgiving!

So slow down that clock and get your color and craft on!

I know I will with a special delivery that arrived just today from Simon Says Stamp! I am so excited to dive into the new Kelly Purkey stamps, Copics, Hero Shadow Inks, and more!  It’s like Christmas already!

I will leave you with some colorful pictures from our stay at Domaine Madeline and a poem from one of my favorite books of poetry, Red Sings from Treetops, A Year in ColorsI cannot say enough about the words and images in this fabulous book by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski.  You must check it out!!

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“Red splashes fall trees,
Seeps into
Every vein
of every five-fingered leaf.
Red swells
on branches bent low.
Red: crisp, juicy
crunch!”

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6 thoughts on “Time to Give Thanks & Press Pause!

  1. Awesome card 🙂 I think this is amazing on how you used up all those sentiments in that stamp set in such a creative way!

    And gorgeous photos at the end ❤ Autumn colours are just so beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, Pamela, for taking the time to drop by and check everything out! Those trees were just stunning– love that crimson and bright green! Look forward to seeing more of your work!!

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome….. Love all the thanks sentiments for your background…

    Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! ~ Laurel

  3. LOOOOOOOOVE how you used so many sentiments for this FAB card! LOVE LOVE LOVE that stamp set! Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge! Hope you play along this week for the Picture Perfect challenge:)

    1. Thanks, Savannah! I will check out the new challenge! It has been a challenging week trying to get some sewn and paper-crafted goodies completed and in the mail for a Thanksgiving table, so online challenges have been on hold 😦 . Hope to resume this week! Enjoying your blog and have just become your latest follower!

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