Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop!



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Hello crafters!   What are you thankful for?  This time of year we count our blessings and the things we are grateful for. I'm so very grateful for so many things: Christ's sacrifice for me, my husband, kids, and extended family. I'm grateful for good friends who love me just the way I am. I'm also grateful for all of you who stop by and visit my blog. Thank you!

If you've been following along the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop you should be arriving from extremely talented and super sweet Jennifer McGuire's blog. If you're just joining us please start HERE.

Here are a couple of cards I made to say 'Thank You' for some recent acts of kindness shown to me. The first one is going to my dearest friend who knew how much I needed an extra little love on my birthday a couple weeks ago. The other is for our pastor and his wife for having a group of us homeschooling parents and our kids over for a hot dog roast, s'mores, and a treasure hunt through the woods by their house. It was so thoughtful of them and the kids had a blast! :)

 

For this first card I used one of the label dies from the Simon Says Stamp Apothecary Labels set to die cut different patterned papers to create my own patterned background. (It kind of reminds me of quilt.) I used a stamp from the coordinating stamp set for my sentiment. The great thing about these products is that they can be bought separately or at a discounted rate together as a bundle.


 For this second card I used the same stamp and die set as above along with Simon Says Stamp's Curvy Snowflake die, Simon Says Stamp's Folded Banner die, and few other dies. Everything is linked below.


Thanks to Simon Says Stamp I will be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of one 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.

Also, 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 Kathy Racoosin. 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.

80 comments:

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Sarah, both of these cards are absolutely stunning! I love the pretty papers you used and the paper piecing is flawless!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
-Stephanie
Simon Says Stamp!

KellyC said...

Wow I really love both of these cards....very very nice!!!!

Jana said...

Two wonderful creations. So pretty. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration (I will probably be stealing that second card layout for my Christmas cards)

Debby said...

Sarah, you totally rocked the die cutting with your quilt card! And I love the white space and perfect placement of your second card. Have a wonderful thanksgiving :)

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous cards Sarah! Love the colours and the sweet sentiments.

www.creativepointe.blogspot.com said...

Reason #8 to be thankful: My talent (such as it is) to create. It brings me so much joy and I am blessed that I'm able to share it with others through the online community.

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.

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!!

Heather Sweet said...

Love your cards! And, I have that patterned paper! There are many, many things I am thankful for, but at the top of my list is my husband. He has always, and will always, provide support, encouragement, and love that motivates me to work towards my dreams and be a better person.

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 card!

lenny said...

Gorgeous cards!
Love 'em!
Great blog hop!
Lots of inspiration! Thanks!!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Sarah :-) both of them are absolutely FABULOUS !! :-)

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

Kristie Maynard said...

What lovely cards! TFS!
I'm thankful for the crafting community who are so generous with their talents!

Crystal said...

I love the interesting background with the apothecary labels on the first card.

Being on the East Coast I am thankful that my family and property was spared from serious damage due to Sandy. I had a car windshield smashed, but compared to others that is lucky. So many people are still recouping and my thoughts are with them as they are rebuilding during this holiday.

Dori Yannatone said...

I am grateful for having a good job and great friends and family. Your cards a terrific!

Pat said...

Lovely cards!

I'm most grateful for my family...the biggest blessings God has given me!

Kelly said...

such pretty colors. I love the teal in both projects! I am grateful for a great family and each day Addison has that is GOOD (my friend's daughter battling Leukemia!)

Melinda Abrahamson said...

I love how you use that Memory box snowflake behind the label. That really give use of that die outside of winter! Thanks for the inspiration to think outside the box with those dies.
I am most grateful for my family. My husband and daughter give me unconditional love everyday and that allows me to face any obstacle!

Miriam Prantner said...

That is so cool! I just love that first card, what a great design!

BarbG said...

Beautiful cards...I love them both! 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!

Maryann said...

Beautiful cards here, and I´m so grateful, that I´m able tosit here at home and watch them and be part of this hop.

Barb said...

love the cards
I am most grateful for my best friend

KimC said...

I am most thankful for the legacy of love and family that my parents left to me. Although both are gone, their spirit lives on in our celebrations of life.
Thanks for the opportunity to share and give back. Happy Thanksgiving.

Kathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Sarah and a happy belated Birthday to you. So sorry I missed it. :( Looking forward to seeing you and your mom in the spring. Big Hug,s Kathy

bzyPTmom said...

Beautiful cards--love the colors! I'm grateful for a wonderful husband and family.

cm said...

Absolutely gorgeous, thoughtful, heart-warming expressions of your gratitude; ones that will be keepsakes, for sure. I'm most grateful for my family and amazing husband. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

conil said...

Both these cards are wonderful, warm, heart-felt.

Barbara said...

Both cards are just fabulous! I love the colors and the papers you used!
What am I most grateful for? My wonderful family of course!!!!

judy said...

Beautiful cards--I love the way you combine and use pattern paper! I am most grateful for my family.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing! It's always good to get started on making thank you cards BEFORE you need them! Loved both your cards!

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing! It's always good to get started on making thank you cards BEFORE you need them! Loved both your cards!

Kathy Higgins said...

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

Kathy H said...

Wonderful cards Sarah!
I am grateful for so many things but mostly for my wonderful husband Jerry.

Sue D said...

Both cards are lovely! I am thankful for my family and my church family for all the support during my dad's long illness and death this summer.

Pam said...

Beautiful cards! 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.

Anonymous said...

Love your cards! I am very thankful for every single blessing in my life!

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards! I am very thankful for my fantastic sister!

beaverphyllis said...

Love your cards, Sarah! Thanksgiving should allow all of us the time to reflect on what is important to us...I, like so many, am most thankful for my family. Life flies by, so Thanksgiving is a good time to be grateful for the people who are the most dear to us.

Wendance Designs said...

I love the colours you used on your cards! They are beautiful! I am grateful for all the support from family, friends and especially new friends that have helped me through this difficult year.

Sue McRae said...

Fantastic use of patterned paper Sarah and what a clever way to use the snowflake die on your card.

Renee said...

Gorgeous cards and designs Sarah! So creative and unique :) I am grateful for my beautiful 5 year old daughter, the roof over our heads, and my job :)

Dixie Cochran said...

Beautiful cards! I love the way you tucked the banner die on that second card. Clever! I'm grateful for faith, freedom, and family!

Dana Desmond said...

I'm grateful that I have a roof over my head and food on my table.

byAnnette said...

Especially love the delicate detail on the second card!

I am grateful for my salvation and fun, healthy family.

Betty Sue said...

Love your cards! Thankful for a loving God and a wonderful family.

Sheryl said...

Amazingly creative cards! I'm thankful for an amazing husband and wonderful family.

Christine said...

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

Gwen said...

Two wonderful cards!! I am thankful for being able to spend the holidays with family and friends.

fusiafscrapping said...

I love those cards... very beautiful.
I'm grateful for my family (hubby and three sons)
Hugs!

Michelle said...

GORGEOUS cards Sarah. I am most grateful this year for my friends. Whom without them I truly don't know where I would be.

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!

Pam Brinsmead said...

I am thankful for my friends who support me through all times.

Liz Lumsden said...

I am grateful for my loving husbsnd who is very supportive and tolerant. Love your cards!

Karen said...

I am most grateful for my loving family....and my friends too.

Janet said...

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

Awesome cards!

Kelly Booth said...

I'm Late in commenting but these cards are Wonderful Sarah!! Love them.....

Irene said...

Beautiful creations!!! I am so grateful for all of the people in my life!

paperscissorsink said...

Beautiful cards, I am grateful for my dear hubby and our wonderful little boys.

Laura Jane said...

Brilliant idea to use the labels die for quilt pieces! Love the distressing on each one.
I am gratful for the good health of my family.

Dana D. said...

I'm always thankful for family and friends. Love what you did.

Chrissie said...

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.

Jayne said...

Wonderful cards. I love the quilty feel of the first one. I'm very grateful for freedom and life.

Doris said...

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

pcm said...

thankful to spend yet another thanksgiving with family - that my son gets to spend time and get to know his great grandparents!

jeanette koh said...

I love the way you complement different pattern papers together. :) And yes, it reminds me of how I should be grateful if I have a genuine friend. Like the saying goes : "One loyal friend is worth one thousand relatives". Hence, I thank God for giving me nice people who cross my path of life; and not to forget, importantly, it is my family members who will walk through my whole life with me, support me and be there for me, all ways, and always. :)
Thanks for allowing us to have a chance to do a good deed indirectly, and thanks SSS for organising such a meaning blog hop. :)

simplybren said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you so much for sharing. I am grateful that as of November 10th I can say all my children are happily married!

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

These are some very Beautiful cards. I'm thankful for still having both my parents around. They are the BEST! Smooches...

Ruth G said...

Lovely cards! I love the pattern you created with the patterned paper squares!
I am most grateful for the love and good health of my family and friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Awesome cards! Love how you made your 'Quilting' card. I'm vary thankful for my family and for a Mission trip to Honduras last September.

Leni said...

I like your first card but I am in LOVE with your second card!

MNJackson said...

Love the die cuts,no more fussy cutting!
Blessed for wonderful family and friends.

Kelley said...

Your cards are beautiful, love the colors.

I'm thankful God loved me so much he offered his son as a sacrifice for my sins.

MaRyKaY said...

i love how that first card is framed in. gorgeous

Lucy said...

Very nicely done. I'm commenting after Thanksgiving and am reminded how much I cherish visiting my family members--especially my 5-year old niece who was a "late" addition to the family circle and brings us joy beyond belief. How grateful I am to live in a country that provides so many opportunities and freedoms.

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful cards...love the quilt effect on the first. I am most grateful for my close and healthy family!

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.

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.

Angela said...

Seriously!? These cards are A-MA-ZING!!! I LOVE how you used the label die to make the first card...and I wish I had a quilt just like that! :) So pretty. And I'm sure your pastor and his wife loved the card...they're probably planning another event, just so they can have another one of your cards. I know that's what I'd be doing ;)

NatQuebec said...

Wonderful cards !!

downrightcrafty said...

such beautiful cards so inspirational, I am blessed to have a wonderfully supportive husband and so many supportive blogging friends
Hugs Kate xx