Thankful Blog Hop

Turkey Day is nearly upon us and it is only appropriate that this month our Blog Hop features projects that reflect Thanks, Thankful, or Thanksgiving. If you’ve arrived from Di’s Blog, welcome! We have a few stops on our hop, and I hope you enjoy each project.

I’ve had the Painted Harvest stamp set for a couple months now, and I’m still asking myself why I haven’t played with it before now! The color combinations, some close to nature, and some with artistic license, are endless. This is a fun one, folks! And because it’s designed to give a water colored look, there really is no right or wrong way to line it up – so easy!!

Usually when I’m designing a card, I have a general idea of where I’m going with it. Not the case today. I grabbed a sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock and just started stamping different color combinations until I landed on this one. The bottom flower layer is stamped in Crushed Curry, the smaller petals were stamped in Pumpkin Pie (appropriate for a Thanksgiving card, eh?) The center is Crumb Cake. This flower panel was mounted on Gold foil paper and accented with a Linen Thread bow. The greeting was stamped in Crumb Cake on Crushed Curry cardstock and also layered on Gold Foil. A card base of Crushed Curry, Gold Foil and Old Olive cardstock that was embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by today, now off you go to see what Nita has to show you!

The stops on today’s hop are:

Barb  (you are here)


Creative Circle Blog Hop and Giveaway

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Welcome to the November edition of the Creative Circle Blog Hop!  You may have arrived from seeing Fran’s lovely ensemble or you may be just joining us – either way, we have some great stuff to show you! 11-5-15This month we are working with Liz’ Simple Box pattern, and I chose a Fall/Thanksgiving theme for my project.  I’m really finding it difficult to put the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set down, and it pairs so well with the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper!  The first card in my set picks up the Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow colors in the DSP.  The leaf was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White, die cut with the Leaflets Framelits and then Mossy Meadow ink was sponged overall.  The “Thankful” sentiment  from Six Sayings Hostess Set was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink onto Whisper White, then the corners were punched with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch – love it!  The second card echoes the cover of my box and uses the lovely floral pattern from the Into the Woods DSP as it’s focal point.  My third card went a bit rogue – I wondered if I could heat emboss the gold foil paper – turns out you can, but it’s a little tricky.  It takes a steady hand to stamp onto the foil.  The surface is so smooth and shiny that the inked stamp wants to slide around a bit, but I think the result is worth the extra effort.  Black embossing over the Gold Foil is simply elegant! 11-5-15aThe box to hold all these cards in is super simple to cut and assemble.  It’s not your ordinary box, however – the front half of the box lid flips open so you can access your cards without having to remove the lid.  Would you like to make one (or several) of your own?  Liz is offering this pattern as a freebie!  All you need to do is head over here

and download it!  How cool is that?

I do hope you have time to hop along with us – Liz is next on our hop, and I’m sure her set is wonderful, as always!!  Thanks for stopping by today.  With the Holiday season nearing, please remember to take some time out for yourself and create – it’s a wonderful stress reliever!


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Just in case you get off track, here is the order of our hop this month:



Barb     (you are here)




Fall and Thanksgiving Blog Hop


Wow!  November 1st already – can you believe that?!    Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween.  Being that it was on a Saturday this year, we really thought we’d have lots more trick-or-treaters.  Not so however.  The weather in our neck of the woods was positively dreadful.  Mid 40’s and rain from the moment we woke up.  It stopped long enough for us to take my Granddaughter for her very first trick-or-treating.  That lasted for all of a total of 7 houses and about 20 minutes.  It’s ok, though – she really didn’t get the hang of it.  As we are prone to saying in Chicagoland – “Wait ’til next year!”

There’s no waiting for a Di’s Country INKers blog hop though!  This month we’ve chosen to celebrate all things Fall and Thanksgiving, and you’ve most likely arrived from seeing what Di had for you. 11-1-15

The card I have to show was ‘actually’ a birthday card I made for my dear friend Laurie.  She loves anything to do with trees and leaves, so when I saw the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I knew I would be using them for her birthday.  I began with a base of Very Vanilla and added layers of Soft Suede, and Gold Foil.  Another layer of Very Vanilla was embossed with the Woodland TIF and I used a Soft Suede marker to add the detail to the tree trunks.  The two smaller leaves were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black.  I then used reinkers to watercolor them and cut them out with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits.  The large leaf was heat embossed in gold and also watercolored and cut with the framelits.  The quote by Emily Bronte was heat embossed in gold on vellum cardstock and cut with the Deco Labels Framelits.  The large leaf was accented with a sweet little bow made from Gold Cording Trim.  I am in love with this stamp set!  The color combinations you can use on it are endless!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today – now it’s time to send you off to see what Crystal has in store for you.  With all the hustle and bustle of the coming Holiday season, I do hope you take a little bit of time out for yourself to sit down and create – it’s a wonderful stress reliever!

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If you find you get lost along the way, here’s a list of our hoppers:


Barb  (you are here)
















It’s a Halloween Blog Hop!

Oct 2015 Blog Hop Button ResizedIt’s beginning to feel very much like fall in my neck of the woods, and I finally feel like playing with my Halloween stamps.  Good thing – ’cause that’s the theme of our Blog Hop this month!  If you’ve arrived from Di’s blog, c’mon in for a visit; and if you’re just joining us, grab a cup of Witch’s Brew and hop along with us… 10-1-15

The Witches’ Night stamp set was designed to coordinate with the Witching Décor Project Kit, but it’s a great set to use with other projects as well!  I used several of the images in today’s card.  I began with a base of Tangelo Twist.  The next layer is Blackberry Bliss that’s been randomly stamped in Basic Black with the spider web and flying bat images from the set.  A Spider Web Doily was layered on top of that.  I stamped the Trick or Treat focal piece in Versamark ink on Whisper White and heat embossed it with black powder.  A second image was stamped and heat embossed and I fussy cut the raven and layered it over the original image with dimensionals.  The ’31’ was punched from the second piece with the 3/4″ punch popped up, and colored in with the Tangelo Twist marker.  I love the way the black embossing is shiny -makes me think of trick-or-treating on a chilly, dark, rainy, night!  I matted the focal image on one of the leftover pieces from the Witch Hat kit.  The kit, unfortunately, has sold out, but I think I’ve made a pretty good case for using the stamp set for other projects! 10-1-15A

Here’s a closer view of the focal image.  I wanted to use the Lots of Labels framelits to cut it out so that it matched the mat, but I didn’t want to cut the Raven’s foot off. (ewwww!)  So I positioned the framelit over the image and traced around the inside, then fussy cut it so I didn’t have to cripple the poor bird!  LOL…

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Now, off you go to see what Kathya is going to haunt you with.  An ingredient list is below and in case you get lost in the dark, a list of all our hoppers is also below.  Happy Halloween!!






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Di           StampingWithDi

Barb      BeelineStamping  (you’re here)

Kathya  StampWithKathya

Crystal  StampinOnRoodFarm

Connie  TexasSchoolMarm

Mary      DoggAndPonyShow


Baby You’re a Star!

Sept 2015 Blog Button Resized“Hey!  Look me over!  Tell me do u like what u see…”   So this card has been hanging around my studio for a week or so and that’s the earworm that’s been running thru my head every time I look at it.  And now it’s in your head – you’re welcome!  Aren’t you glad you hopped over from Diana’s blog?  Ha! 9-1-15Our theme this month celebrates Fall and Back to School.  Now I have to let you in on a little secret…  I’m usually the gal that suggests the monthly theme for our blog hop, and I’m the one who threw ‘Back to School’ out there.  So I sat down to create my card, and came to the abrupt realization that I have absolutely zero school-related stamps in my collection.  In fact, I have very few sets that would even be appropriate for kids!  (Doh!) I had a moment of panic until I stumbled upon my Pictogram Punches stamp set and saw the ‘You’re a Star’ sentiment.  I had an embossed piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock on my desk and went searching for a patterned paper to fit the theme and turned to my Cherry on Top DSP Stack.  Things were starting to gel, but the card just wasn’t doing it for me yet- it needed something else.  But what… That’s when I dusted off my Owl Builder punch and made a hooty little scholar to dress things up!  Some embellishing with the help of Bermuda Bay sequins and the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers gave it the finishing touch.

Dang!  I’m still humming the song – I think it’s about time to pull out the Purple Rain soundtrack.  Still one of my fav’s after all these years.  You’d better head over to Kathya’s blog before I start singing… ;-D

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In case we get separated, here’s everyone you want to visit today:


Barb  (you’re here)




& Susan








Thankful For Autumn Blog Hop

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It’s time for another Di’s Country INKers Blog Hop!  Wasn’t Diana’s project cute?!  This month we are focusing on anything with an Autumn or Thankful theme.  My project combines a little of both! you recognize the background I used on this card?  Didn’t think so…  Its actually the ‘Thanks’ stamp from Seasonally Scattered.  I inked it with Hello Honey, then took my Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze and Old Olive markers and “Thumped” them on top of the Hello Honey before stamping.  Cool, eh?

The Pumpkins  were inked in Tangelo Twist, then I used a dauber loaded with Cajun Craze around the edges to give it that shadowed look.  With the old-style ink pads, we used to be able to do a technique called Rock ‘n Roll, but the new pads are too juicy to do that any more.  The dauber is a pretty close substitute tho.

My greeting  is from the Good Greetings set that we could get for free in October with a $150 order.  Makes me sad that its not around any longer cuz it was Really Good!

Ok my darlings – I’m sending you off to Kathya to see what fun stuff she has for you.  As always, thanks so much for hopping with us, and we’ll see you again in December!







In case you get off track, here are some links to get you back on board:

Diana –

Barb – (You are here)

Kathya –

Crystal –

Mary –

Lucy –



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