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Monday, November 8, 2010

Royal Blog Tour -- Day of Gratitude

Welcome to my little corner of the kingdom! Hopefully, you have enjoyed your travels so far today and have seen some wonderfully amazing and inspiring ideas!! At this stop, I will showcase Day of Gratitude....this set can be found in the current Holiday Mini (so the set is available for only a limited time!). Such a beautiful set!

My first inspiration piece is very simple, but shows off those lovely leaves...they've been embossed in gold and cut out. I just love this look....don't you?!! The medallion was stamped down the side of the Chocolate Chip background in the same color ink for a bit of interest. A strip (a scrap really!) of Autumn Spice DSP was slightly distressed (top) and layered behind the leaves and saying. The finishing touches are the charming button, tied with Linen Thread of course, and the torn/distressed edge.

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Inks: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
CS: Natural Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Misc: Gold Embossing Powder, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Decorative Label Punch

Next up is another simple one....but I just adore these colors together.....I'm such a Crumb Cake fan! Look how fabulous it looks with Early Espresso
and Cajun Craze! The Crumb Cake base was simply stamped with the floral image in matching need to be precise about where to end because the layers over top cover up any imperfections. The same image was also stamped across the Natural Ivory layer and then layered onto Cajun Craze and Early Espresso....see the distressed edges? To add a bit of interest and texture and a bit of the shabby chic look, I added some gathered Chantilly lace. To really adhere it down, Linen Thread is wrapped around....and it's also tied through the button. Can you tell I'm a real fan of the thread through the buttons? LOL...gotta love that look! That cute little tag was created with the Jewelry Tag Punch and the saying is from Tiny Tags. Simple, really...with just a few extra touches!

Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Tiny Tags
Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Natural Ivory
Misc: Jewelry Tag Punch, Cutter Kit, Linen Thread, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Chantilly Lace, Mini Glue Dots

Then I have a 3-D item for you.....saw this idea last Saturday at a Shoebox Swap. It was just the cutest idea, so I adapted it to this set! So sweet and simple, too!
The photo shows the top and the bottom, but the bottom portion actually just slips into the top. The base of the box with the tea lights is simply a piece of folded Early Espresso cardstock. The top of each tea light has a small piece of stamped white tissue paper that was melted onto the candle. The sleeve, or box top, uses Autumn Spice DSP which is layered with Cajun Craze and Natural Ivory that was stamped all around. What a pretty little hostess gift for Thanksgiving!

Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Old Olive, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
CS: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Natural Ivory
Misc: 1 3/8" Round Punch, Crop-a-dile, Heat Gun (for tissues/candles); Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Paper Piercer, Gold Mini Brads, Linen Thread
You can see a tutorial here to learn how to make these cute little decorated candles and the matching box.

This will take us to my 4th idea (you are almost done!)......this one really showcases that fabulously textured Autumn Spice DSP. Card base is Early Espresso; the medallion was "inked" with markers to give it that multi-colored look. The So Saffron layer was put through the Big Shot (You didn't think I wouldn't use it at all for this post, did you?!!), and then sponged in matching ink, which adds so much depth.....the center circle (with the saying) also was sponged with the same ink. The bow was actually an extra I had on my desktop and it worked perfectly on this card....the "ribbon" across the card is none other than some Cajun Craze that was punched with that wonderful new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch.

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Inks: So Saffron
CS: Early Espresso, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Markers: Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Early Espresso
Misc: Wide Very Vanilla Grosgrain, Antique Brad, Circle Cutter, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Mini Glue Dots

Whew! Still with me? Inspired yet? For my last share, I wanted a different color pallet this time around. Another simple layout that has been dressed up for your royal visit! The base is Whisper White with a layer of So Saffron and then topped with the Night of Navy layer that was impressed in the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing rich! The ovals were made by first punching the Whisper White layer with the Wide Oval Punch and then they were each layered onto a So Saffron layer created by die, cutting the smallest of the Ovals Die. Then those fantabulous leaves were again embossed and cut out and layered onto the ovals.....aren't they elegant on this backdrop?

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Inks: Night of Navy, Versamark
CS: Whisper White, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Misc: Wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Ovals Die, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Gold Embossing Powder, Wide Oval Punch

So....are you in love with this set now? I for one, am madly in love with it...can't you tell?!! Now it's time for you to continue on your journey around the kingdom....but before you go, please take a few seconds and leave me a comment to let me know if you enjoyed your stay (I love comments!). Thanks for stopping by and have a safe are in for lots more treats as you continue on the Royal Blog Tour!


Creative Art By Barb said...

Wow hard to believe no one has left you a comment yet. I loved all your cards and the tea candles too.
Barb Slaughter (FL)

Peeoknee said...

Like I said "Your Projects are Awesome". And I love visiting your Castle. I await with baited breath for more awesome projects. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce K.

lisa808 said...

Love the tea light box. What a great gift idea.

Brenda Hugar said...

Well Barb you did you --- great cards! TFS

Ola said...

Wow, everything is fantastic.... I love the tea light box & the images on the tea lights!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

okj83 at live dot com

Kathy Mc said...

Barbara, your projects are gorgeous. Love the Fall colors and the Day of Gratitude set is one of my favorites. Darling tea lights with the leaves embossed into the wax! Thanks for sharing.

Tammy Q Howell said...

Wow those are so awesome. I love all the details in your card and that box of candles is wonderful.

JoAnn said...

Love your projects, especially the candles. The cards are beautiful also. Thanks for sharing.

Lucia Kaiser said...

Barbara: Your projects are just beautiful. Thanks for being part of the tour.

Martha Lucia Gomez said...

Barb, your projects are awesome. and very elegants. Hugs and blessings, Martha Lucia Gomez

Mary B. said...

Barbara, there wasn't one single project in your post that I wouldn't receive. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your time and talent (and thanks for acknowledging my email, I know you must be busy)! I'll be checking you blog out as frequently as time allows!
Mary B.

Streed said...

I've never seen that done to tea lights before. Very inspiring.

Boo said...

Love your blog and your ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Sue Stevens

Judy said...

I absolutely LOVE your designs! This set is one of my new favorites, and you have certainly showcased the versatility it allows! Great job! Great cards! Thanks for making this year's RBT so enjoyable!

Debbie Peterson said...

Great projects! I love the tea light candles, great gift idea. Thanks!

Rose said...

Hey Barb, I love ALL of your cards and projects using this stamp set, I'm sorry I didn't buy that set and paper, I missed out for sure. Your work is just lovely! Hugs,

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Fabulous projects and uses for this stamp set. One of the many I've fallen in love with from the Holiday mini. Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the peek into the royal creative castle!

Jean Fitch
jlfstudio at

MJ said...

I swear I went through the whole tour but I don't remember seeing any of these. Great job. I love each and every one of your projects. Great job.


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