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21 November 2012

gratitude blog hop



Hello! I am so excited to be part of the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop.  What a great way to share what we are grateful for and share some creative ideas for expressing gratitude :)

What are you thankful for?  This time of year we count our blessings and the things we are grateful for. I tend not to share personal items on my blog but I'm going to be honest today and say when I first thought about this I hesitated, not feeling particularly thankful because a dear family member is very unwell. However, I realise that I am very thankful for numerous things but none more so than for our family and the strength we have together to support each other and fight this disease. Maybe it is possible to be more grateful in the tough times when our blessings really shine :)

 With family and home prominent in my mind, I reached for a new set designed by Kristina for Simon Says Stamp; Where Your Heart Is. I love everything Kristina does and I've been delighted to see her wonderful array of new stamps and  dies as a result of their collaboration. I mean seriously - to have stamps with Kristina's wonderful hand writing is fabulous!

To start with I stamped the cute house from the set using Memento tuxedo black onto Neenah solar white card and coloured with my markers before fussy cutting out. Then I cut two swooshes of patterned paper from the Bo Bunny 6x6 love letters collection pad. The foreground piece I mounted with foam adhesive. I stamped the sentiment just over the brow of one hill and then added a small die cut heart from the holiday shapes die, coloured with my markers and dressed up with Ranger rock candy distress stickles. Finally I stamped and added the cloud before adding the house with more foam adhesive.




Here's a closer look - the door and windows were stamped and cut out separately. Although you can't see it very well the little heart on the house has stickles too and the door was given a coat of gloss.


I couldn't resist another card! This one uses simply the doors from the Where Your Heart Is set. My children will testify to the fact that I love doors and will happily take numerous photos of old doors and door knockers on holiday - they have such character and oh the stories they could tell! I stamped a collection of doors across a Neenah solar white panel and coloured with my markers before stamping the sentiment above. 




Then I cut around three sides of one of the doors and folded along the fourth side.


I mounted the panel over some kraft card and below the open door I added a tiny piece of patterned paper and another tiny die cut heart.


Well that's me for today, however, the fun doesn't stop there! I will be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of a commenter's choice.  Just leave a comment with what you are most grateful for and you will be entered in the drawing.  After the winner is chosen Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to find out the charity you have chosen.  We will draw winners on Wednesday 11/28.

This Friday Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code to its customers for 35% off selected items in the store.   But blog hoppers get the code early for stopping by my blog!  Click here to see the items that are included in the sale. Enter SIMONBF35 in the Promotion Code box (be sure to use all CAPS) and you will get 35% off of those items.  Happy Shopping! 

Thanks for visiting! The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop is the amazing Nichol Magouirk! If while hopping, you encounter a broken link, you can go back to the beginning  for links to everyone who is participating in the hop.


90 Comments:

At 21 November 2012 at 14:33 , Blogger email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous cards, Debby! I love the way you popped the door on the second card and the coloring is flawless :)

Have a great day!
-Stephanie
Simon Says Stamp!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 14:56 , Blogger Anna-Karin said...

So sweet cards! Love the colours and your great colouring. The door that opens with the heart behind is so clever.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 15:01 , Blogger Nancy L. said...

Really cute!
I'm thankful for my healthy and happy family!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 15:12 , Blogger Kristin said...

I'm thankful for the love of my dogs and good friends.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 15:28 , Blogger Jana said...

I am sorry to hear about your family member's illness. It is hard to remember our blessings during those times but they are always there when you look like you did. LOVE these cards Debby. Thank you. I like the open door idea!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 15:44 , Blogger www.creativepointe.blogspot.com said...

Fifth reason I'm thankful: My sisters...both who are creative too and love to shop. Just back from a trip with them and had a great time. They're the best!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 15:58 , Blogger The Steigmeiers said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I am thankful for my family. For the ups and the downs and the in betweens, for the blessings that they bring into my life and for the love that I feel for and from them.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 16:34 , Blogger Larissa Heskett said...

AWESOME!! Can’t wait to go shopping!! =) Well I am THANKSFUL most for my health and second for my BEAUTIFUL FAMILY and FRIENDS!! I am SO BLESSED to be aliive everyday and I am looking forward to a LONG Life!! THANKS for sharing your AMAZING cards!! Have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING!! =)
If I win I’d like to donate to the Crohn’s Disease Organization!! THANKS for the chance to help!!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 16:48 , Blogger Heather Sweet said...

I adore your cards! I love the colors. I am grateful for a lot of things in my life, but at the top of my list is my husband. He provides support, encouragement, and love everyday. He motivates me to be a better person and to work towards my dreams.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 16:50 , Blogger Carin said...

I love the card wtih all the doors!!!
I'm grateful that we are most of the time healthy and happy. And I'm grateful that I have 2 wonderful kids and a wonderful hubby.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 16:53 , Blogger Holly said...

I am thankful for so many things in life! First of all, for my Lord who gets us through this earth each day and in the end will take us to Heaven if we are found faithful! Also, for my husband of 11 years and counting and my two wonderful children! Very cute cards!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:01 , Blogger mommamea’s Favorite Things said...

Very cute. Thankful for the gifts that God has given so I can share with others.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:03 , Blogger Kristie Maynard said...

I too, love anything Kristina does! You have done a beautiful job on these cards! I'll be pinning them for later use! I'm grateful for the crafting community and its generosity!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:06 , Blogger lenny said...

Great cards!
And that second one with the open door..OMG...adorable!!!
Great hop! Lots of inspiration! Thanks!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:16 , Blogger Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Debby :-) both of them are fabulous and I love how the 'right' door is open ,, such a brilliant idea ! :-)


I am thankful for my family and friends, and to the internet for giving us all this opportunity to 'meet' people from around the world and have a lovely get together like this :-)

luv
Lols x x x

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:24 , Blogger Crystal said...

Wonderful cheery cards!

I am thankful for my family. Luckily we live on the same street so I see my parents, brothers, niece and nephews frequently. Some day it may not be this way so I'm enjoying the time now.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:36 , Blogger Pat said...

This set is on my wishlist! Love it!!!

I'm most grateful for my family--God's greatest blessings in my life. :)

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:39 , Blogger Dori Yannatone said...

Love that card with all the doors! Too cute! I am grateful for having a good job and great friends and family.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:47 , Blogger Marianne said...

That second card with the opening door is so cute! Love it. I'm most grateful for my husband, our cats and my work.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 18:52 , Blogger Kelly said...

love both. The heart theme in the paper is so cute with the house! I am thankful for such a great and loving family!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:10 , Blogger Barb said...

love the cards
I am grateful for my great friends

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:20 , Blogger Miriam Prantner said...

These cards are just so sweet! I am thankful for my family - it has not been the easiest year, but I am so glad that we have one another.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:21 , Blogger BarbG said...

Your cards are so cute! Thanks so much for your inspiration and for a chance to be entered in the charity donation and giveaway!

Aside from my family, I am grateful for all the wonderful friendships that I've been blessed with!
Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:24 , Blogger Lisa A. said...

Debby...your cards are so wonderful!! What sweet stamps, and see you used the heart die too:)!! Your cards make me happy...colors, design...in SO many ways:)!!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:34 , Blogger Beate said...

Beautiful coloring. Both cards look wonderful. I love the soft blue hue of your house in the first one and the surprise you get when you open the door on the second card. You are amazing.
Hugs and smiles

 
At 21 November 2012 at 19:45 , Blogger Maryann said...

Awesome cards here too. I´m grateful for soo many things, but mostly my family and many many friends all over the world.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 20:13 , Blogger Kathy said...

Love your cards Debby but, the one with the doors is GENIUS!!!!!!!! SO DANY CLEVER :) Happy to be hopping with you. Fondly, Kathy

 
At 21 November 2012 at 20:15 , Blogger fusiafscrapping said...

What a cute cards :)
I'm grateful for my family (hubby and three sons)
Hugs!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 20:20 , Blogger cm said...

The doors, the houses, the sentiments - absolutely heart-warming! Yuor cards have really flared up my excitement about going home for Christmas! Family and my awesome husband - those are tops on my gratitude list. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 20:24 , Blogger bzyPTmom said...

What cute cards--love that stamp set! I'm thankful for my "furry" family member--always gives me "puurrrrfect" love!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 21:03 , Blogger conil said...

All right. These are seriously lovely cards. Every thing Thanksgiving is about.

 
At 21 November 2012 at 21:16 , Blogger Kathy H said...

I am most grateful for my wonderful husband.

I love those doors on your card!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 21:20 , Blogger Barbara said...

The cards are gorgeous! I especially love the colors!
I am definitely most grateful for my wonderful family!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 21:59 , Blogger judy said...

Cute cards! I am grateful for my family!

 
At 21 November 2012 at 22:12 , Blogger Efrat said...

Beautiful cards! Loved the little heart under the door. What a great touch...

 
At 21 November 2012 at 22:26 , Blogger Beth said...

After 3 years away in Africa, I'm thankful to be home for the holidays this year....and I have to say, I love that little dorr that opens. Fun!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 00:00 , Blogger Kathy Higgins said...

I am thankful for the opportunity to possibly win money for my favorite charity! Thanks

 
At 22 November 2012 at 00:23 , Blogger Sue D said...

Very cute cards--I like how you can open the door on the second card. I am extremely grateful for my wonderful family.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 00:38 , Blogger Pam said...

Fabulous cards! I just love those images. I am so grateful for my family. I am the oldest of nine, so my family is quite large. We lost our mom in June, so I'm so thankful we will be together to get through the holidays.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 01:28 , Blogger Carol L said...

Those doors are awesome, and I'm gonna have to CASE this design for my next OWH box of cards! I love how one is open!! Brilliant!!
I'm thankful for sunshine when I wake up in the morning! It lifts my spirits instantly!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 01:54 , Blogger Wendance Designs said...

LOVE the cards!!! It is such a great stamp set. Beautiful cards!!! I am grateful for all the support from family, friends and especially new friends that have helped me through this difficult year.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 02:04 , Blogger Diana N. said...

Great cards! Love the sentiment. I am grateful for music and the ability to make wonderful sound.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 02:15 , Blogger Nicki Lundeen said...

I am very grateful for mine and my family's health. I too have a dear one who is struggling with health, and it makes me even more grateful for the blessings I have. Prayers to you and your family.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 02:49 , Blogger Discover the Silver Lining said...

Adorable cards! I love the heart inside the door and the colors you chose. I am grateful to our troops for protecting our freedom, my faith and family for nourishing my soul and nature for bringing me peace and stability.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 03:27 , Blogger Dixie Cochran said...

Oh, my!! These are happy cards for sure! I'm grateful for faith, freedom, and family!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 03:45 , Blogger Dana Desmond said...

MAP pricing

 
At 22 November 2012 at 03:47 , Blogger Dana Desmond said...

Sorry, I meant, my family. I definately am not thankful for MAP pricing when it causes Copics to not be included in Black Friday online sales :-(

 
At 22 November 2012 at 03:53 , Blogger beaverphyllis said...

I am definitely grateful for family and friends, but also for bloggers like all of you who share their ideas and knowledge so freely! Thank you! Your cards are beautiful! Each so cute—especially like the open door!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 03:57 , Blogger byAnnette said...

Love what you did with the cute stamp set!
Neat idea to use all the doors

I am grateful for my salvation and my family

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:02 , Blogger Vickie Z said...

Debby...fabulous use of these sets!! In such a difficult time...you go for the positive...perfect Thoughts and execution!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:02 , Blogger Renee said...

Oh my these are gorgeous! I really like the rainbow colored doors, the shading is magnificent and I adore the CAS look :) I am grateful for my beautiful 5 year old daughter, the roof over our heads, and my job:)

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:18 , Blogger Sheryl said...

Awww your cards are so fun and fabulous! I'm thankful for the basics: food, shelter clothing especially when so many have been hit with flooding and storms.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:49 , Blogger jintyoo7 said...

Whoaa, how fabulous - marvelous designing, Debby :)

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:53 , Blogger Christine said...

Beautiful cards!
I'm most thankful for my family & friends.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 04:58 , Blogger Gwen said...

Great cards! Love all the doors AND that one pops open! Grateful for crafty online friends!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 06:32 , Blogger Jessrose21 said...

Very sweet and clever cards! I'm thankful for my family and friends (including the furry ones!)

 
At 22 November 2012 at 06:35 , Blogger Laura Jane said...

LOVE the open door!Pretty colors too.
I am grateful for a worm and cozy home filled with Love and Laughter.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 06:51 , Blogger Deneen said...

I am most thankful this year that we became foster parents to our cousins 13 year old daughter and that our home will be her forever home!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 09:26 , Blogger Pam Brinsmead said...

I am thankful for having family that loves me me for who I am today.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 12:41 , Blogger Gabby said...

Cute cards! Fun little open door. I also think that in adverse times, we see our blessings more clearly. Blessings and healing to your unwell loved one. Today, I am most grateful for my parents. They have been my rock since I lost my husband, and before that my brother. They are near and dear to my heart. :)

 
At 22 November 2012 at 13:14 , Blogger Janet said...

I am thankful for my faith and family and friends and all the many blessings I have been graced with! God bless!

Cute cards!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 13:40 , Blogger Irene said...

Stunning!!!! I am most grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 13:44 , Blogger paperscissorsink said...

CUTE card, love the pop open door, I am thankful for my dear hubby and our two wonderful little boys. Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 13:53 , Blogger Kelly Booth said...

Such Sweet Cards Adore these!!! I am Thankful For my Family and that Everyone is Healthy!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 14:32 , Blogger Michelle said...

These are adorable!!! your coloring is amazing. You always seem to knock every card you make out of the ballpark!!!! Just admire your talent so much! :)

This year I am eternally grateful for my friends. Who have been there for me in ways I never would have imagined. We have an incredible industry...our little stampy world...and I have met some of the BEST people ever!!!

 
At 22 November 2012 at 15:41 , Blogger Chrissie said...

clever card. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. I have so much I am grateful for, but most importantly, my friends, my family, my job and my home. Blessings to all.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 15:57 , Blogger Jayne said...

Your cards are right on target. I'm extremely grateful for my home, family, and friends.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 16:53 , Blogger Doris said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for all the Lord's tender mercies this year, especially for His protection during H. Sandy.

 
At 22 November 2012 at 17:33 , Blogger pcm said...

such cute cards! I am thankful for friends and family. May yours give your strength in this difficult time...

 
At 22 November 2012 at 19:50 , Blogger jeanette koh said...

Wow! Debby, this card made my day! I simply love the coloring and the whole design! And, importantly, it made me feel that "Home" is the nicest place to be in. Especially with loving family members around to support every single thing that we do, to forgive every wrongdoings and to be there for us every single time, I feel that I'm quite a lucky person! haha :) Anyways, thanks SSS and Debby, for giving all of us a chance to participate in SSS Gratitude Blog Hop, which allow us to do good deed indirectly. (:

 
At 23 November 2012 at 12:04 , Blogger simplybren said...

Love both of your cards. Your coloring is amazing. I think I will scrap lift the second card to use as a house warming card for DD who got home from honeymoon Tuesday closed on a new house Wednesday and hosted Thanksgiving Thursday!!!!

 
At 23 November 2012 at 12:30 , Blogger Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

Love the house themes on your card. These are sooo awesome! Love how the door opens too. I'm thankful for being able to provide for my family. Smooches...

 
At 23 November 2012 at 13:41 , Blogger Ruth G said...

Sweet cards! Hugs and prayers to you and your loved ones as you work through the medical problems!
What I am most grateful for is that I am blessed with loving and healthy family and friends! I should probably be working on creating gifts for them, but the lure of a gift to give to a charity is pretty strong! Thanks so much for all you've shared and for the chance to make a difference through Simon Says Stamp's generosity!

 
At 23 November 2012 at 19:26 , Blogger Loly Borda-Towery said...

Cute cards! My favourite is the second, how clever of you to cut the door!
I'm thanksful for my family and for a Mission trip to Honduras last September.

 
At 24 November 2012 at 05:59 , Blogger MNJackson said...

Love to door opening revealing a heart. Very sweet :)
Blessed to have great family and friends.

 
At 24 November 2012 at 23:32 , Blogger Kelley said...

I agree with you, Kristina does a wonderful job designing! I've been considering that stamp set and your cards are pushing me towards the shopping cart.

I'm thankful for God and family to lean on during times of illness. Some days would be impossible without them.

 
At 25 November 2012 at 23:46 , Blogger Mary-Anne V said...

Wow just adorable...I love Kristina's stamps too. I really like how you made the multiple door card. I am most grateful for my close and healthy family.

 
At 26 November 2012 at 06:29 , Blogger Sophia Garza said...

I am most grateful for my faith. It has helped me through difficult times

 
At 26 November 2012 at 09:00 , Blogger MaRyKaY said...

I love that card. gorgeous. beautiful colors you used

 
At 28 November 2012 at 04:55 , Blogger Izababy and KJ's Mom said...

I am most thankful for the patience & resolve my husband has shown this last year. Earlier in the year he experienced a work related injury, injuring his back. Surgery was unsuccessful and he has suffered daily ever since. Still, he doesn't let it get to him. He takes it all in stride, hoping & praying for pain free days. Not sure I could be as strong as him with all that he’s been through. I’m thankful for my strong man.

 
At 28 November 2012 at 07:05 , Blogger ancha said...

A few weeks ago there were big floods in our country and many people lost everything they had, so in that moments you learn to cherish every little thing you have, because you know there are so many in need out there. So I’m thankful for everyone that helped those who were affected by the disasters, it gave me hope that we can still find unity in these hard times.

 
At 28 November 2012 at 10:56 , Blogger maria f. said...

Had to jump in here and tell you that my kids would agree with your kids about the embarrassing mom who stands in front of old doors and take pictures. Threre are some AMAZING doors out there in the real world - I like yours on your card too!

 
At 28 November 2012 at 11:52 , Blogger Sus said...

Love your cards! The second card is especially clever - the door cut out is my fave.
I'm grateful for family and friends. They really helped me weather life's storms the past year and a half.

 
At 28 November 2012 at 15:18 , Blogger Casandra Bennett said...

Your card is so lovely, and clever, too. I am thankful for my 2 kids and husband most especially. I am also thankful for my Hospice counselor during the past year. I lost 2 babies between December and May and it's been a difficult year, to say the least. Creating cards and scrapbook layouts has given me a positive outlet to cope, and through blog land, I've met some awesome people. These daily occurrences remind me of the power of God's love.

 
At 28 November 2012 at 20:53 , Blogger Debbie of Newport!!! said...

I am Thankful for Gods Love...my freedom ...family...friends...health...laughter...finding your blog...clean simple...makes me smile!!! Thanks

 
At 28 November 2012 at 20:55 , Blogger Kazumi Edwards said...

Like always the cards you make are very cute. The dies and the stamp set are awesome. i'm thankful for my family and God's love and care for us.

 
At 29 November 2012 at 00:03 , Blogger Happydaymom said...

I am thankful for those who spend their whole lives trying to enrich others' lives. If I won, I would donate the money to the Sunrise 4 All therapeutic horseback riding charity. The people at the ranch are absolutely amazing and truly LOVE what they do. My daughter has started helping them for her Senior project and the rewards far outweigh the time invested!

 
At 24 January 2013 at 04:01 , Blogger NatQuebec said...

I adore the one with the doors ! so cute !

 
At 24 January 2013 at 08:15 , Blogger downrightcrafty said...

great card love the image, and I am blessed to have such wonderful blogging friends and a very supportive husband during my bad times
Hugs Kate xx

 
At 24 January 2013 at 13:30 , Blogger Becky said...

This is so cute.

 

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