October “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop

 

WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER “GIVING THANKS” BLOG HOP!

 

Hi everyone!

Thanks for playing along in our October blog hop.

 

EXCITING NEWS!

The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina will now be featuring Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops starting this month! Most everyone we know are busy getting ready for the Halloween fun coming up on the 31st. We spooked it up for you in our last hop, so this month we want to celebrate November by “Giving Thanks” to all of our followers. To some “giving thanks” is the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, but to others to “give thanks” is to show appreciation to all those great family and friends in our lives. So, our hop this month is to show you how different we all give thanks.

The blog hop designers have been busy creating a card or cards that we hope will inspire you to create your fall themed “thanks” cards whether it be Thanksgiving, Give Thanks, Happy Harvest or a simple Thank You.

 

OUR BLOG HOP SPONSOR!

 

 

Becky Oehlers is a member of the Gina K. Designs Illustrator Team! Becky’s style is really fun, crisp and clean. They are used to make wonderful cards with just the right message or can be used to add some fun to your scrapbooking pages. In addition, Becky is one of the best card designers and artists in the craft world. Go to Becky’s blog to look at the great things she has been up to AND view the card samples she has created with her newest stamp set “Mistletoe Memories” that was released yesterday during the Stamp TV October Release Party. Becky’s blog address is: http://hemidemisemiquaverdesignblog.com/.

 

Now it’s time for card samples for our wonderful Blog Hoppers!

 

 

 

I’ve never made a card for Fall or Thanksgiving, so was a little apprehensive when Sean and Regina asked me to join this blog hop.  However, I’m always up for a challenge, so said yes!

This card began with the background stamped with a flower image from Gina K Designs “Dogwood and Butterfly” stamp set. This is a beautiful set, and is very versatile.  I’ve only had my set a few weeks, but I’ve already used it in a variety of ways.

The background stamp was created using Wild Honey Distress Ink.  I’ve literally just stamped it over and over in the background. (Click on the image for an enlarged version – this will allow you to see more detail.)

As you can probably see, I’ve used two die cuts for the focal image.  About three weeks ago I bought a new Spellbinders Nestabilities set.  This one is called Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements, Floral Ovals.  This is a very feminine looking die, and I’ve already used it more than a lot of the other dies I own.

After cutting this die out, I left the cardstock in the die, and sponged the exposed cs with Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, creating what I thought was an interesting background for the focal image.

I also decided to add an additional die behind the Decorative Elements die to create more texture and depth to the card.  Here I’ve used the largest die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Parisian Motifs die set. I then sponged it with Wild Honey Distress Ink. I used dimensionals to separate the two layers.

The focal image is from the same stamp set ( Gina K Designs “Dogwood and Butterfly”), and was stamped using Black Stazon.  In this instance, I stamped the image several times, moving it a fraction each time.  In most cases, I reinked the stamp, but also wanted some shadow stamping, so stamped without reinking in those cases.

The greeting I’ve used on this card is from Gina K Designs “Blooming with Blessings”. I simply cut it out using my guillotine, then ran some Wild Honey Distress Ink around the edges to make it stand out a bit better.  I also used dimensionals to lift it from the card and make it stand out.

Lastly, I added a little Star Dust Stickles to the flowers on the main image.

 

 

My second card again uses two die sets.  This time I’ve used the largest of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements, Floral Ovals set. Again, leaving the die in place, I sponged the exposed area, this time with Wild Honey.

The image I used this time is the Gina K Designs “Thankful for You” Duo Set.

I stamp the focal image onto card stock, then cut it out using Labels Six. This time I removed the cut element, and hand coloured the image.  I don’t have any Copics, so I use Distress Inks and a WaterBrush to colour my images.  In this instance I used Wild Honey Distress ink for the flower itself, and a mixture of Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint for the images.  Once that was totally dry, I sponged the edges of the Labels Six die cut using Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, and Walnut Stain.

Using wet glue, I added the flower image to the Decorative Elements die.  I then glued that onto a craft cardstock base.  The last touches were to add Star Dust stickles to the centre of the flower, and stamp the greeting using black Stazon. I have a label punch that can punch out multiple sizes, and this is what I used for the greeting. Finally, I sponged the edges of the greeting with Wild Honey Distress ink, and adhered it using dimensionals.

 

Thank you for stopping by today – I hope you have enjoyed my cards.

 

Remember to leave a comment to be in the running for the Blog Hop prize!!!

(If the comment box isn’t showing, click on the title of the post, and it will magically appear!)

 

 

LET’S GET HOPPING…..

Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!

The rules are simple:

1. Visit each participating blog on the list below.

2. Leave a comment for the blog host designer.

3. Become a follower of each participating blog.

If you follow rules 1 – 3, you will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Becky Oehlers stamp set for Gina K. Designs.

At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize using comments and followers from each blog. We have decided to keep the hop open from Friday – Monday. We do this because some people that want to participate need more time to get through the entire hop.

The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, October 22, 2012 at 8pm CST. The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

The blog hop designer this month are as follows:

Sean Fetterman  http://cardcraftyclub.blogspot.com/

Regina Hardy http://cardsbyregina.blogspot.com/

Lori McAree  http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com

Giovana Smith  http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/

Cathy “Cat” Tidwell  http://catdidit.blogspot.com/

Cheryl Wright http://ideasforcardmaking.net  <<—– You are here!

Rosy Newlun  http://welcometomyperiwinklecorner.blogspot.com/

Linda Brace Drozd http://www.ladiesandthestamp.blogspot.com/

Tracy Palmer  http://craftymomfl.blogspot.com/

Penny O’Dell  http://pennyskrafts.blogspot.com/

 

Please leave a comment for the blog hop design and sign up/follow each hop designer to be eligible to win the grand prize stamp set!

 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Now, go to Rosy’s blog at http://welcometomyperiwinklecorner.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “October “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop

  1. Cheryl, to use your words, I’m gobsmacked at the beauty of these cards. I can see why it has quickly become one of your favorite dies. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for giving the information about getting the comment box. I was beginning to think I was not so bright…lol. Great hop!!!
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  2. Hi, Cheryl – you put so much tender loving care into your cards, and it shows!!! I just love how you layered the dies, sponged them, and used distress inks to color your flower! These are simply beautiful!!!!!

  3. Having trouble getting my comments on here. I think you are very talented, Cheryl, & I look forward to seeing what you’ll create next!

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