Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Good afternoon, I am a few days later than usual, I am sorry to say.  If you began at the beginning, you are coming from Nichole Gonzales' blog, she always has such really great ideas.  I was preparing to go out of town on the 9th when this was due, I also was supposed to be getting birthday cards and gifts off that day, as I forgot Monday would be a holiday with no postal service, needless to say none of the above happened!

Anyway, here I am.  Our theme was to be either Christmas or Thanksgiving and the stamp set I used could be used for either so I just could not help myself but to make one of each.  The stamp set I used is in the current Idea Book & Catalog, The Cottage Window.  It can also be used for spring or summer as well as fall and winter. 

So here is the first one I made, which was for a Thanksgiving theme, to reflect how grateful we are for our life and all the goodness God has blessed our family with, even in the hard times He has blessed us greatly.

I used a Very Vanilla card base.  I took a piece of Early Espresso and ran it thru the wood grain embossing folder.  Then I took some Crumb Cake cardstock, stamped the window with Chocolate Chip and used Bashful Blue for the windown panes and the sky in the back ground.  Then I selected the tree branch with the falling leaves and stamped with Early Espresso and then colored in the branches with Chocolate Chip and the leaves in various shades of greens, oranges and yellows.  I cut out the window frame and then I used the pumpkins for the window ledge and I cut them out and attached with a dimensional.   I used the Orchard Harvest DSP for the other portion of the card, stamped greeting from Apothecary Art stampset.  Added the Early Espresso 1/4" stitched ribbon around the top of the card.  This one is my favorite but I like the Christmas one following.

I used pretty much the same colors for the basic card, however the holly garland and sky are different in a very sligh difference.  The garland I stamped on Very Vanilla, colored the leaves garden green and the berries in real red. I then cut it out with adhesive.  But, the sky was cut out of some bashful blue which had previously been crystallized with epsom salts. I stamped the  I then used the snowflake stamp with the Illuminate White.  You can barely see them in the picture but they are there.  The DSP is from the Be of Good Cheer also in the 2012-13 IBC.  The greeting is from the More Merry Messages, stamped with CrumbCake,cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits set and accessorized with brads from the Basics Glimmer Brads. Also topped this off with the same ribbon as the Thanksgiving Card.

If you are interested in ordering any of these items, you may find them on my website by viewing the onine catalog and you can place an order for them on line or feel free to call me or email me your order..

Next stop on this blog is Liz Kay.  Enjoy the rest of the blog and here are all the links to everyone's blog.  See you next month for the blog.

Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo
Have a great Thanksgiving!