Thursday 26 November 2020

Truly grateful

Hello, crafting friends!

Although we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, I personally think that gratitude is a brilliant idea any day of the week or time of the year. But today's card was made for all my crafting pals in the US, many of whom will be having a scaled-back version of Thanksgiving this year. Thank you for always being there to make me gasp with your talent and smile with your fun :)

I started this card by cutting a card panel with a Heffy Doodle stitched rectangle die and stamping the bottom third with the Gingham stamp by Kaisercraft. The gingham was topped with a lantern from a new stamp set by Reverse Confetti called... yes, you've guessed it: Lanterns! 

I stamped one of the candles from the set inside the lantern, then made a mask to cover it up so that I could blend some ink into the background, using a circle stencil to create a glow from the flame. Once the mask was removed, I coloured the candle and lantern using alcohol markers.

The Lanterns set contains a Christmas and an autumn arrangement and I chose the autumnal one with its leaves and pumpkins. It was stamped, coloured and fussy cut and then I popped it up on dimensionals in front of the lantern. The finishing touches were the sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage, and the hearts, which came from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks.

Delighted that this card was the Diamond Winner at Color My Heart Dare :)

I used the gorgeous autumn colour palette at Color My Heart Color Dare 421 where I chose all the colours except Desert Rose. I'm also linking up with Make My Monday where the challenge is Thankful and joining in with Heidi's Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday. I shall also share at NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) with the lovely Lanterns stamp set.

I started a gratitude journal about five years ago while recovering from illness and have been keeping one ever since. Before I settle down for the night, I go back over my day and write a list of all the things I'm grateful for, ignoring anything that hasn't been so great. I highly recommend this habit - especially during the uncertain times we are living in now - as it's a way of focusing on all that is good in our lives. A warning though, I started with a tiny notebook but now regularly run out of space in my  A5 page-a-day journal!

Thank you for visiting me today! Sending hugs,


  1. Thank you for your good wishes, Vicky! I'm thankful that you are back in our blogging community and enjoy all your posts and inspiration. I think counting our blessings before bed is a fantastic idea!

  2. A beautiful Thanksgiving card Vicky,your lantern and autumnal arrangement are stunning

  3. A really super card Viccky, that candle really shines, like the table cloth effect with the gingham papers.

    Kath x

  4. Vicky, this is so awesome! I just love that lantern and the images at the forefront. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare :)

  5. A lovely idea to send to your American friend, I said to hubby yesterday that Thanksgiving is going to be very different for them this year. just as Christmas will be for us.

    Usually all the children and five grandchildren come so about 20 of us. This year just hubby and I for the first time ever, we are scattered across the Country so decided it's not worth the risk, they all worry because I fall into that rather vulnerable group. So despite what our inept PM thinks we feel it will be safer to have a celebration in the Spring when we hope things will be better.

    Have a good weekend,

    B x

  6. It's a beautiful card Vicky.

    Isn't it lovely that you find so many things to be grateful for that you need a large notebook.

  7. Vicky, I can't say enough good things about your card and about today's post! First of all, I'm so touched that you made this beautiful card to honor our American Thanksgiving holiday and to show your appreciation for your American friends! We love you, right back, and so appreciate your friendly blog posts and lovely paper projects ... I am very addicted to your sweet assistant, Eva, too! I love today's card with it's soft light from the lantern, the gingham panel, pumpkins and colorful leaves and that extra special sentiment! I love your idea of writing down all the daily occurrences that you are thankful for! I find myself throughout my day whispering thank you to the Lord for all the little things that He blesses me with as well as the BIG things. It's really a great way to stay at peace in these difficult times we live in. Thank you again, Vicky, you really touched my heart with today's post! Please give Eva a hug from me!

  8. Beautiful Thanksgiving card, Vicky - just love the lantern with the fall arrangement!! Please consider adding it to our Die Cut Diva challenge for November (thanks or thanksgiving theme).

  9. Thank you Vicky for wishing all your USA girls a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. Denny and I had a wonderful special Thanksgiving dinner with all our favorite traditional dishes. We ate at 6:30 p.m. and visited until 2:00 a.m. this morning:-) Such a relaxing and enjoyable evening. Now it is time to begin the Christmas baking, getting cards mailed off, etc. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year. BTW...your daily journal entries are impressive. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  10. Vicky, beautiful card and great coloring of the candle flame and lighting making it look so real. Love the plaid with a beautiful table centerpiece... beautifully done. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare.

  11. A Gorgeous card Vicky, a beautiful setting and see it on a table in a real setting - gorgeous. I started a diary 40 odd years ago, I got up to March with dwindling entries, so, I admire you for being diligent in keeping it up. Well done you.
    Faith x

  12. Beautiful card Vicky! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  13. How sweet of you to think of your USA friends with your wished and gorgeous card! I love the gingham and gourds paired with the lantern. My favorite part? The lines of black hearts tie it all together perfectly!

  14. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges! Kath-DT

  15. Fabulous card! I totally agree we need no excuse to be grateful! Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

  16. fantastic! I'm not surprised that it won ~ I didn't realize you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving ~ it is a fun holiday and kicks off the countdown to Christmas ~


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