Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop and Charity Donation



Hi everyone!  This time of year we count our blessings and the things we are grateful for. I am  full of gratitude to Simon Says Stamp for asking me to be a part of this wonderful Gratitude Blog Hop...how honored I am to be a part of a hop that celebrates this season and holiday of gratitude and with so many incredible artists!!  What are you grateful/thankful for?  I am so very grateful for LOVE...the love for and of my Lord, husband, children, family, friends and followers...a girl couldn't ask for any more than that!!!    This blog hop is a great way to share creative ways to celebrate our gratitude!!...In keeping with love and gratitude, here's what I have made:
I took some Thanksgiving/Fall colored strips(YOU could use any color palette:)!) of Tim Holtz Kraft Core paper, adhered them to a piece of copy paper and die cut with the Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You die on top of the strips. I then die cut another sentiment with white cardstock and adhered the two together.  I used the same colors of paper and die cut all sizes of hearts with the Simon Says Stamp Hearts Stars Die (LOVE the sizes of these hearts!!!).  I stamped with versamark on white cardstock with the Hero Arts Large Fabric Design stamp and clear embossed for a background with some "added interest".  Layered on dark brown and then on some Tim Holtz Distress paper(LOVE the colors and textures of this paper....it's beautiful!!)...here's a closer look ...
I just couldn't stop the love...
Used the Lots of Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and stamped the hearts on the back of some of the Fall colored Tim Holtz kraft core paper(it's colored and textured on one side and kraft on the other!)and then cut them out.  Used the kraft side of one sheet, cut a strip and punched partial circles out of  the strip.  Ran the strip through my Big Shot with my Simon Says Stamp Circle Border die and my embossing mats embossing, not cutting, the paper.  Stamped the sentiment to fit into one of the cut outs and layered the hearts and border. 
All the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post:)!!

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, one week from today!!

This Friday Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code to its customers for 35% off selected items in the store...YEAH!!   But blog hoppers get the code early for stopping by my blog ...YEAH ...YEAH!!!  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 SHARI CARROLL!!!   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.  Hugs to you all and for those here in the states...A Very Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Lisa


93 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards, Lisa! I love the palette you chose and the innovative designs!

    Have a great day!
    -Stephanie
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  2. Lisa I love your die cut sentiment! And I am totally in love with the hearts from that die too. I could sprinkle them on everything LOL. Great use of negative die cutting in your second card :)

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  3. Love these cards! What creative use of the dies! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hi Lisa,
    Love your card-expecialy hearts.
    I follow the Simons blog hop, so I wrote why I am also grateful to you. I would like to thank my two parents for all the love, support, a sense of security and support. While the 22.12. three years since my father is no longer with us I am grateful for every minute that I was given to spend with him in the struggle with respiratory disease. Back then we used the most and felt connected. The whole wide world, we have only one mother, thank her also.
    Tamara

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  5. Love these Lisa! I have not tried to do that dot strip without cutting out the dots! great tip!

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  6. I'm going down my list of things I'm thankful for: secondly I'm thankful that I live in the US. Even though we don't always agree on politics, it's still the place I'm happy to call home (although I LOVE to visit other places).

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  7. Two great cards. Love the second one with the partial circles punched out! Love is a great thing to be thankful for indeed :)

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  8. 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.

    Kristin

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  9. wow! your cards are amazing! you have a new follower! :)

    i'm thankful for family. :)

    hugs, divinity

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  10. 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 card and viedo!! Have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING!! =)
    If I win I’d like to donate to the Crohn’s Disease Organization!! THANKS for the chance to help!!

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  11. DELIGHTFUL and GORGEOUS cards, Lisa! So wonderful that you are part of this blog hop! Your talent and big heart truly come through! I am thankful for the friends that I met through this hobby! Happy Thanksgiving to you and family!

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  12. I love your cards and the color palette you used! I am grateful for a lot of things in my life, but high up there on my list is my husband. We recently got married (October) and I'm thankful to have my best friend by my side during my journey through life.

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  13. Love the cards! And 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.

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  14. Lisa, I'll be back. Your cards are perfect. I'm thankful for my faith and family.

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  15. 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!

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  16. Your projects are wonderful. For this post I'm thankful for a growing family. My youngest son got married this and my oldest I think has found is soul mate too. God is so good.

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  17. Oh I do love your cards! TFS!
    I'm thankful for my wonderful husband.

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  18. Gorgeous cards Lisa :-) the autumnal colours are beautiful and I love the embossing using the circle border die, what a FAB 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

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  19. Beautiful cards!!
    Great Fall colors!
    Great blog hop!
    Lots of inspiration! Thanks!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  20. I love your cards and the color combinations!

    Sometimes it's hard to be thankful when faced with difficult life situations, but I agree with your comment the love of and for the Lord sustains us! He is good!

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  21. love the cool cut outs with the hearts. Grateful for family and friends and each day little Addison gets that is smooth and comfortable.

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

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  23. These cards are great! And the first one is stunning!!!

    I'm most grateful for my family...having a husband that loves me AND supports my cardmaking is definitely a blessing! :)

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  24. Wow, very inspiring. Love the colours of the first one and the way you have used the die and placed the sentiment in the second one.

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  25. The THINKING OF YOU Craft Die looks fantasic in rainbow!
    I'm grateful for the blessed country I live in..USA:)

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  26. I am most grateful for my faith

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  27. Such pretty cards! Thanks so much for your inspiration!
    Aside from my family, I am grateful for all the wonderful friendships that I've been blessed with!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  28. How generous of SSS and YOU! Beautiful cards. I love the use of the dies. I am grateful for my family. It's been a tough year for us, but we are so blessed.

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  29. Great cards. I like all the colors and the embossed background on the first one.
    I am most thankful for the family the Lord has blessed me with.

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  30. Love your cards! I'm grateful for a wonderful job--love my career and what I do.

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  31. Wonderful cards, I just love that sentiment you´ve used here.
    I´m very grateful for my entire life and my wonderful family and many many friends everywhere.

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  32. Gorgeous cards, especially the first one, lovely colours!
    Karin x

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  33. Beautiful cards Lisa!! Love the way you used Simons exclusive dies and the way you used color. So happy to be hopping with you. Fondly, Kathy

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  34. Your cards are very beautiful.
    I'm grateful for my family (hubby and three sons)
    Hugs!

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  35. Gorgeous cards - and the instructions are precisely what a new-comer to crafting - me - needs. So appreciated! I'm grateful for a zillion things, but most especially my family and my amazing husband. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  36. Beautiful cards! Love the warm colors and designing!

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  37. Clever, clever design. Love this clean and simple look.

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  38. These are both so cool! Love the colors! I am very grateful and thankful for my great family!

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  39. What absolutely beautiful cards, thankful to have had so many wonderful years with my hubby

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  40. Lovely cards! I am grateful for my family, friends, great books and this wonderful hobby!

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  41. This is just so awesome Lisa.

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  42. Your cards are beautiful!! I really LOVE the multi-colored Thinking of You.. I am grateful for my 5 year old daughter, a job and a roof over our heads :)

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

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  44. I am most thankful for my family!!

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  45. Fabulous 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.

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  46. I always enjoy coming here to see your amazing cards, and you never disappoint! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  47. I love how you created the thinking of you - fabulous idea!
    I am grateful for all the support from family, friends and especially new friends that have helped me through this difficult year.

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  48. Great cards. This blog hop is so appropriate at this time. I am thankful for lifelong friends.

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  49. Lovely cards! Truly grateful for my faith and my family and thank you for sharing your talents and generosity :)

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  50. Two great card designs! I really like the graduated colours of the sentiment, I will have to try that out.

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  51. Beautiful cards! I'm thankful for the connections I've made over the internet and all the inspiration I find from it.

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  52. Well done!! Thanks for the scoop on how you constructed these pretty cards. I'm grateful for faith, freedom, and family!

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  53. Especially like the color variation in 'Thinking of You' cut.

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

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  54. 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 different—both striking! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  55. I'm most grateful for my loving family. We may not always get along, but we stand beside each other when life gets tough.

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  56. Lisa, your cards are beautiful!

    I am most thankful for my family & friends.

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  57. Amazing cards, thanks so much for sharing! I'm thankful I'm almost back to myself after surgery. :)

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  58. Oh what great cards! Love the clear embossing for added effect on your first card!

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  59. I am thankful for my freedom. I take for granted all of the freedoms I have as an American citizen. Thanks to all that serve and have served to make that possible

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  60. 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!

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  61. I am grateful for what my parents taught me - to respect other people,

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

    Cute cards!

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  63. Great cards. I love the punching on the second one. I'm grateful for my wonderful husband and our happy health boys. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  64. Such beautiful cards!!! I am most thankful for dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents!

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  65. Perfect Cards Love Both of them.....

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  66. Two gorgeous cards...love all the dies you used Lisa! Happy Thanksgiving Lisa...and I'm thankful my mom is recovering very quickly from her knee replacement and for having lots of family to lean on near by!

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  67. Beautiful cards! With gratitude to God for His many many blessings, I am thankful for my wonderful family & amazing church family.

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  68. I love your cards! I am so very grateful for my friends this year. They have been there for me through some pretty tough times and I don't think I would have made it without them.

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  69. I'm always grateful for family and friends. Your cards are terrific

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  70. That thinking of you card is so very clever. 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.

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  71. Love both cards! I especially love the embossed background on the first one. I'm so blessed in so many ways. I'm really grateful for my papercrafting community.

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  72. Beautiful card Lisa! I am grateful for the love of my family and friends and grateful for people behind companies like Simon Says Stamps that contribute and support organizations in need of financial help!

    Good on you Simon Says Stamps!

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  73. Like the Pilgrims, I am so grateful for the Lord's provision and protection during the year (in soooo many ways!) especially during Hurricane Sandy.

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  74. Simply love the idea of the circle punch and hearts. Nice and neat, Lisa! :D I'm very grateful for having the chance to participate in the SSS Charity Blog Hop; and am thankful that you participated to give each and everyone of us a chance to do a good deed :)

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  75. love your projects!!


    I'm most grateful for my son. It took a long time, but he's been worth every second of the wait..

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  76. great colors. And I really like the use of hearts in an autumn palette. Also really like the card stock that is new to me.....

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  78. These came out Beautifully! Love, Love, Love! I'm thankful for... family & close friends. Smooches...

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  79. I love the lovely colors, textures and designs of your cards!
    I am most grateful for the love and good health of my family and friends! I couldn't ask for more!

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  80. I'm thankful for my family, love how you did the first card.

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  81. Wow! Love your cards, The second one is so original! I love it. I'm vary grateful fo my family and for a Mission trip to Honduras I made last September. Thanks for the chance

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  82. Very cute cards. Love the color combinations.

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  83. Love both of your cards, you gave me some new ideas.

    I don't want to repeat what I'm thankful for at each blog, here I'm thankful for my family, my DH, three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren. So much fun!

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  85. Love how you used your dies. I am most grateful for my healthy and close family.

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  86. I love all the die cutting on those cards. how creative

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  87. 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.

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  88. Both cards are abslutely fab!

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  89. 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.

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  90. So nice card ! perfect for a men too :-)

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  91. fabulous texture on both cards so inspirational so blessed that I have a supportive husband and so many wonderful blogging friends
    Hugs Kate xx

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  92. Gorgeous cards. I just love the design of the second one. Must remember that one :)

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I so appreciate your comments...thank for taking the time to write:)!! Hugs!! Lisa