Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stamp Simply - Giving Thanks!

On this long weekend for all of us in the United States, we officially kick off the holiday season! And, what a beautiful way to kick it off by giving thanks. Today my family went out and threw the old football around. We had gorgeous weather - sunny and balmy! Then, we spent the afternoon in the kitchen together cooking and watched our favorite teams play on the telly. It was a good day!

And so, on this weekend, what better time than to make a card that shows thanksgiving! That's the Stamp Simply challenge this week- to make a "thank you" card! (ssnotime63 is the keyword on SCS). If you want to check out the official rules - click HERE to go to Sharon's place.

I chose to make a different kind of thank you card. It goes without saying, when you have a day like today, you can't help but feel extremely blessed. So, that is the basis of my card today!!


I recently picked up this stamp set- Sing to The Lord from Our Daily Bread Designs - and I just am in love with it. I think it is just stunning. To make the card, I stamped the bird twice - first on a piece of ivory that I cut out with the Curved Rectangle Nestabilities set. I cut a smaller curved rectangle from a scrap piece and used it as a mask to sponge ink into the center of my larger rectangle. I stamped the bird and the sentiment over top. On a scrap piece, I stamped the bird on the limb, colored the bird and flowers, cut them out and layered them on top of my main piece for a pop of dimension. I colored the bird and flowers with watercolor pencils and blended with my blender pen. (It's the easy "cheat" way!) Add some decorative paper, some self adhesive pearls and some ivory satin ribbon and... you're done!

Here's a close up of that cute birdie!!!

ETA: I just was surfing over at the Papercraft Planet and they are having 12 days of Christmas challenges! Well, today's challenge is a bird or tree card --- so, this fits! You can check out the challenge HERE!

But first, you have to check out what the other Stamp Simply gals cooked up this week? (besides turkey!)

Sharon Johnson
Becky Oehlers
Dee Jackson
Janine Orchard
Tammy Hershberger
AJ Otto
Cathy Tidwell
Jennifer Buck

Before I go, there is a LONG candy trail for a whole host of Just Rite goodies being offered up by Flourishes! Today, check out Latisha Yoast's place HERE for her blog candy and don't forget to check out all the week's blog candy giveaways HERE. The drawings end early Sunday--- so sign up now if you haven't yet!! My candy will be offered up at midnight Saturday!!

22 comments:

acreativeneed said...

This is beautiful, Julie!! Love the colors. I'm so glad you had a good day with your family! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Deena

Kelley said...

Oh my gosh..is this gorgeous!! I love it!!It is beautiful!

Day 4 is actually Bird day.."4 Calling Birds" and I am sponsoring that day! It should be fun!

Thanks for sharing your fantastic card!

Juliann said...

Beautiful card Jul!!!

I love the new blog look! Your banner looks fabulous!

Diane said...

Gorgeous Julie!

Janine said...

Hey girlfriend!! Beautiful card!!
Sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday... I will be thinking about you...

catdidit said...

This is just stunning Julie! I love the coloring in it! Even if it was 'cheating', LOL!

And love the new Christmas look! So very festive looking!

(Nerdette) Stephanie said...

It's nice to hear you had a good Thanksgiving. I love the new look of the blog. My favorite bit has to be the little Ho Ho Ho tags on the side panels.

As always, such an elegant card. Great job!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful! Love the great colors and images... and hte nestabilites die cut looks great as the BG. TFS!

Tammy Hershberger said...

How perfect that you could combine the challenges! Your card is beautiful, Julie! Have a great long weekend!

AJ said...

beautiful card- as always Julie!

mochamama said...

love the new blog look!
Very pretty card. So glad you had fun with your family and you obviously had an awesome Thanksgiving. I got my three new Flourishes sets today so I will be sooooooo happy when I have some time to play with them!

Deborah Saaranen said...

So very pretty! Love your colors and gorgeous design!

Jennifer Buck said...

Super cute! :) Love the new blog look as well! You rock! :) Hope you are doing well and having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! :)

Ida P. Krause said...

Breathtaking and Beautiful.

silkeledlow said...

So gorgeous - Julie!!! I love this Set too and you have made it look stunning!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

Jerri Kay said...

A fabulous card Julie, I love this set! Love, love, love your new Christmas blog!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Julie this is beautiful! So soft and your coloring is perfect.

Becky said...

Julie, this card is simply breathtaking. Incrdible

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Julie this is stunning!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! It sounds like the time you spent with your family was special!!
--Becca

Elena said...

Beautiful card Julie! Love the colors you chose!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

This card is phenomenal -- I LOVE the die cut and that image is gorgeous -- and what FUN ribbon treatment -- LOVE IT ALL!!!

Shirley said...

What beautiful colors and what a wonderfully lovely bird too!