Thankful for Thanksgiving

July 25, 2021 is a very special day! Today we begin the four-month countdown to my favorite holiday of the year – Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is on November 25 this year. To kick off this special countdown, I’ve create a Thanksgiving card with a variety of products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog and two from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog that launches on August 3. Here’s my card:

Time of Giving, Forever Flourishing, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • New (or Returning) Products. The papers, dies and embossing folder the create the foundation for my card are pulled from Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog (more on those later). The sentiment and embellishments feature products that are new (or returning) from Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. Here’s a look at the new Time of Giving Bundle that features the gorgeous (and simple) sentiment:Time of Giving Bundle, Stampin Up! 156762I used these dies on the card I shared with you on Thursday (if you missed it, you can see it here). I love this bundle! I added three Wonderful Gems (little clear gems with gold flecks inside) to add a little sparkle to this warm card. These Wonderful Gems were a favorite in last year’s Holiday Mini – so glad they are back this year! Here’s a look:Wonderful Gems, Stampin Up!, 153536That’s only two new (or returning) products! The rest of the items I used to make this card are from this year’s Annual Catalog. Here’s a list:
    • I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to crop the leaves at the heart of this card.
    • I cropped my sentiment with the Stitched Rectangles Dies, a favorite go-to in my craft room.
    • I embossed the panel of Early Espresso with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder, new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog.
    • I included a panel of Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Merry Merlot) behind the focal panel on the card for added color and design.
  • Layers. I love playing with elements on a card until I get what I want – the designing is always more fun for me than the construction. I played with many layers and several colors on my card until everything was just as I wanted it. Here are the measurements of the layers on my card, starting with the base and working my way up to the sentiment:
    • Soft Suede – 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″)
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Early Espresso – 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″
    • Merry Merlot – 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
    • Very Vanilla – 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″
    • Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Merry Merlot) – 3-1/8″ x 3″
    • Early Espresso – 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″
    • Soft Suede and Merry Merlot – cropped with Forever Flourishing Dies
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Thick Very Vanilla – cropped with Stitched Rectangles Dies
  • Warm Tones. I love the rich colors and warm tones of Fall. I was so accustomed to seeing the Forever Flourishing Dies (VERY popular in last year’s catalog) cropped with gorgeous greens – I was excited to incorporate them into a different color motif.   Time of Giving, Forever Flourishing, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving cardIf you like this warm mix of Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Merry Merlot as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Merry Merlot

Stamp Sets: Time of Giving  Papers: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Merry Merlot, Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Merry Merlot), Very Vanilla, Thick Very Vanilla  Inks: Merry Merlot  Accessories: Forever Flourishing Dies, Wonderful Gems, Bark 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope today’s card helps you to begin your very own countdown to Thanksgiving – only four months to go! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!


Time of Giving Bundle, Stampin Up! 156762


On Friday I posted my product shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books from Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. What a fun way to share a little bit of all the great papers, ribbons and embellishments in the new catalog! If you haven’t already signed up, I hope you’ll click over, take a look and sign up for these shares. ♥

CLICK HERE for more information or to sign up.

Designer Series Paper Sale

Between now and August 2, Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off select Designer Series Papers. What a wonderful opportunity to pick up some new papers or stock up on some favorites!

  • CLICK HERE to download the flyer for the sale that showcases all of the Designer Series Papers that are included in this sale.
  • CLICK HERE to see these discounted Designer Series Paper in my online store.

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  1. Beautiful, rich-colors to begin your T’giving countdown!

  2. So VERY Beautiful with gorgeous colours and design Brian.

  3. Beautiful card Brian! Love the colors and all the layers!❤️

  4. Is it fair to say your card is SOOOOOO HANDSOME?
    You have officially kick off the countdown to Thanksgiving.

  5. Lovely! You sure know how to make simple look stunning! Love the color combo. Those stitched dies really make a card go from pretty to POW-WOW!!

    • 🙂 Thank you so much, Annie! I love pulling together elements that aren’t designed to work with each other – especially when they do. 🙂

  6. Super rich with the layered leaves and mix of color!

  7. Love this layout and all that texture behind the leaves. Awesome Thankful card!

  8. Beautiful card for a beautiful holiday! (My favorite also! ) that color combination was perfect!

  9. Beautiful card! I need those wonderful gems in my life!!

  10. I love your beautiful card today. The rich rich colors and clean design are just perfect!

  11. Your patented layering system (if it isn’t “officially” so designated, it should be) really sets off the focal image in that rich color combo on the soft suede base. Love this design~makes me want to start planning my Thanksgiving tablescape and menu!

    • Thank you so much, Linda! As always, I just kept playing with layers and colors and shapes until I found a balance I liked. So glad you like it! ♥

  12. The first words that popped into my mind when I saw this card are “rich” and “handsome”,……..then I saw that previous comments incorporated the same words. This card is truly stunning, Brian. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love love love this card!!! The colors are fantastic and that texture. Wow.

  14. Oh my, just stunning!

  15. Oh my – only 4 months until Thanksgiving? That means only 5 months until Christmas! Yikes! I better get my butt in gear and get some holiday cards made. Thanks Brian – I love, love, love the Thanksgiving card you made for us today and thank you for waking up Miss I’ve Got Plenty of Time! LOL

    • There’s plenty of time between now and then to make all the cards we need – promise. Don’t forget to enjoy the moments of designing and creating. 🙂 Thanks so much, Grace! ♥

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