Give Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to the Give Thanks Blog Hop


‘Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say.  I say that one a lot.  Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
Alice Walker

As we approach the holiday season, we can all take a moment to reflect on things for which we can be thankful.  We should be grateful for the big things; but also for the little things and take the time to give thanks for all the persons and moments that make our lives so special.

And speaking of thankful, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.


Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin’ Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by November 30th.  Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order.

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.  That’s it! It really is easy. Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. And, if you become a follower on my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Don’t worry if you subscribe via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin as you’ll be included in the drawing.

You should have arrived from the award-winning card-maker, Sue’s blog.  If you’re here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing.  Now to my projects:

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m always talking about adding detail to cards to take them up a notch. Things like sponging, dry embossing and the like.  Well, today I’m doing something a bit different in this hop than in the past by showing you only two cards, but two versions of each; a basic version and a stepped-up version.  If you like this sort of comparison, please tell me in the comments section so I know to do more of this in the future.

My first card is a card in a box made with a cut file by Lori Whitlock purchased in the Silhouette store.  I love this type of card; they sure do have a wow factor for someone who has never seen one.  In my circle of friends and family, that list is getting smaller ;-).  Here is a side by side comparison of the two.  At first glance they don’t appear much different, right?

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But let’s take a closer look:

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The picture on the top shows the plain card while the bottom image shows sponging on the base of and all pieces.  It adds depth and dimension.  I also dry embossed the patterned paper using Argyle and Oriental Weave embossing folders which adds texture.

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Here you can see the sponging on all the pieces.  I got a bit carried away with the turkey’s l’il face, I think, but…too late now.  I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder on the tail feathers and I used a crimper on the leaves.  Here’s a parting shot of the stepped-up card:


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Next up, another picture of both pumpkin cards made using a Jodi Warner cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used all the same Tangerine Tango and Peach Parfait card stock and Sunlit Summer digital patterned papers by Gina K Designs and All Our Yesterdays by Eva Kipler for the leaves.

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And here are a few comparison pictures.

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These first two show the difference sponging and dry embossing can make.  I used several embossing folders; Scroll Work, Tiny Mosaic and Love’s in the Air by Cuttlebug and Petal Burst by Stampin’ Up.

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Here we compare plain to sponged leaves which I also ran through a crimper and the stem embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Woodgrain folder.

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I upper picture shows the greeting with nothing done to it.  The bottom has been colored with a Copic marker which I also ran around the outside of the piece to hide the white edge of the print and cut piece.  Just tracing around the outer edge gives the piece a much more finished look.

Now you’re off to visit the fabulous and funny, Lisa.  I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today and that you’ll visit me again…often ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s the full line-up just in case you get lost:

And just before you go I wanted to let you know about a fantastic sale Stampin’ Up is having a sale!  November 21st-28th,  Get your goodies at some great prices!  Don’t wait too long after the sale starts as some items are available only while supplies last!







23 Responses to “Give Thanks Blog Hop”

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  1. nclights7 says:

    I love the different embossing techniques you used! I love both projects! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Denise Sayers says:

    Kim, you know how much I love box cards. I just love how you show the difference adding texture and sponging adds to the cards, it is a great lesson to us all.

  3. Jearise says:

    I just love box cards and you’re are adorable! The embossing on the pumpkin is perfect especially love that you used different folders to do it to give each section a unique look that all came together perfectly in the end.

  4. I am a huge fan of inking the edges, you are so right, it adds so much dimension! I also love the embossing on the pieces especially the vellum. All your cards are awesome! As usual! thanks so much for hopping!

  5. WOW! What a difference the inking and embossing makes! Love the side by side comparisons as it shows me how important it is to ink and emboss!! Note to self…INK!! These are fabulous as are you! Happy thanksgiving doll!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Connie. The pictures don’t really show the amazing difference between the two. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  6. Carey Nusbaum says:

    Adorable cards! I love box cards! Your gratitude card is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  7. Lynn McAuley says:

    I loving this mix of fabulous textures, Kim!! What remarkable Thanksgiving designs!! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving with those you love!

  8. Lynn McAuley says:

    Sorry I left out the “am”!

  9. Sue says:

    Lovely cards and what a difference the sponging and embossing make. It has been fun hopping with you. Happy Thanksgiving!!! (thanks for the little extra you gave me in your write up)


  10. I never thought that sponging made much difference but, boy was I wrong. I also like how adding texture makes a difference. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Sarah. And the pictures really don’t do it justice…there’s even a bigger difference than what you see.

  11. charligirl88 says:

    I love them ALL!!!!! And… you reminded me I have a crimper. (I just have to find it, now… lol!) Always great hopping with you! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      I have many burried treasures in my craft room. Maybe we should have a hop requiring us to use those things we had to have and never use.

  12. Shelly Schmidt says:

    I love these cool cards with so many fun details : ) I think the dry embossing adds such a nice touch- really looks great! The sponging also adds a nice touch too. I love stopping by your blog : )
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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