Joy of Sets Blog Hop – Thankful for You

It’s time for our November Joy of Sets Blog Hop. We are sharing some Thank You cards with you this month. I think it’s very important to express our gratitude to those around us. There are so many people we come across in our daily lives that lift us up. It could be a family member, work colleague, neighbour, sales assistant, doctor, nurse and the list goes on.

Joy of Sets Blog Hop, November 2020, Thankful for you

Today I’ve got a stack of cards which take on the same layout and use the same stamp sets.

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The Hippo Happiness Bundle has many cute little characters which are cut out with the coordinating dies. I really like the many label options that are part of this die set as well, which I’ve used on my stack of cards.

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These cute animals and characters are stamped with the two-step stamping method. It’s actually three-step stamping as you need to add the details on their faces. I love how this just gives them personality. For some of the images I used the same ink colour stamped off to achieve a lighter colour. For other images I used 2 colours. Two-step stamping provides a quick method of colouring images.

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The fun Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper was just perfect for these sweet characters. I chose the Rainbow Glimmer paper for my labels as the colours tied in well with the DSP.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope these cards have given you some ideas and inspiration to create a batch of Thank You cards ready to hand out.

Next on our hop is Fiona Whitehead. Click on the Next Blog button to view her lovely cards.

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Step-it-Up Cards for the Chess Player


It’s been a while since I have done a Step-it-Up card. I used to have a feature of Step-it-Sunday so I thought it would be nice to share a Step-it-Up card again.

I loved the Game On stamp set as I saw it and I knew it would make great cards – especially for guys. The images have a shaded look to them so it automatically adds dimension. I chose the classic red, black and white colour combination for a sleek look. 


I’ve designed this card with the Beginner stamper in mind. However, this card is great for those times when you need a card in a hurry – we all have those times right? I’ve used the Paper Trimmer to cut a panel onto which I stamped the chess pieces. I added a small strip of cardstock with the chess board squares right along in a roughly straight line, Using my eye as a guide was enough as I just wanted a rough background. I added some Antiqued Corners from the World of Good suite to add a vintage feel to the card.

Card for the beginner stamper using Game on Stamp set by Stampin' Up!


This card was stepped- up with the addition of a Gray Granite layer and some World of Good Designer Series Paper. The brass squares on the black take this card up a notch. Then I stamped a strip of paper using a stamp from The Right Triangle stamp set. This is one of my favourite sets as it has a lot of different designs in it which can be used a number of ways. 

The main image has been stamped onto a die cut piece from the Hippo and Friends Dies. Don’t let the name of this die set fool you. It has a few magical animals but the stars, in my opinion, are the nesting dies. These are such a great tool for papercrafting. 

Casual Crafter card with Game On stamp set featuring chess pieces


More detail, for the Avid crafter amongst us or if you would like to take your cardmaking on to the next level. The Whisper White panel has been embossed with the Old World Embossing Folder. Then I ran Gray Granite over it using a sponge dauber which picked up those old edges of the paper. I really love the vintage feel this gives to the card.

Card with chess theme for the Avid crafter with Game on Stamp set

The banners were die cut with the Stitched Rectangles die. I placed the end of the die and re-cut the cardstock to form the banner. 

Some of the chess pieces were fussy cut and mounted with Dimensionals to give a 3D effect. 

3D chess pieces - handmade card

To decorate the inside of the card, I used a scrap piece of paper and laid it on angle as a mask. Then I stamped the image. This gave the partially stamped look. 

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