Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Basket full of Blessings

This image reminds me of our family.  Thanksgiving has always been a time of year to spend with family.  My family is over 3,000 miles away and it's during the holidays I miss them most.  My mother-in-law was always busy in the kitchen whipping something up.  While us girls sat around the island and cut vegetables or mixed dips enjoying conversation.  We enjoyed her canning and were thankful for the harvest they raised that year.  She introduced me to all kinds of foods, rather than the typical meat and potatoes.  I even eat onions now.  Thanks to her love and support I now do my own canning, but it would be much for fun if we were in her kitchen instead of mine! That's the reason I chose "Baking Some Smiles" for my sentiment, which is from Bethany and Elegant Word Art2.  Bethany shares her life on her blog and at the end of every day she has a free sentiment that corresponds to something that happens in her day. 

The image is from Designed2Delight, called "Harvest Basket".  The first free digi in the progressive monthly challenge.  I followed the sketch at Friday Sketchers.  It really threw me for a loop cause there were so many layers to it.  The image is a bit busy already with all the veggies in the basket so I wasn't sure how I was gonna pull it all together.  But I choose my challenges first and make my card according to them.  It's a challenge in itself sometimes.  I went back to my scrap bin and started rifling through the papers to find something that would work.  Usually I choose them first then match the Prisma's.  Oh dear, I'm all backwards tonight!  I added some cuttlebugging too, as if it wasn't busy enough already - LOL.  This was a stretch for me because I like everything even and matching and in it's right place.  The purple was a stretch because I only used it on the eggplant but it seemed to work.  Hmmmmm, well let me know what you think.  Sorry I'm babbling on.......

Image - Designed2Delight
Paper - stash
Flower Embellies - from my bottle swap

Challenges Entered:
Double Delight - Use given image
Digi Doodle Shop - Fall/Autumn

I have some wonderful blog candy I won to share with you later this week too.  Have a wonderful evening or morning, depending on where you are!

Hugs - Jen


  1. Hi jen,

    What a gorgeous card.
    Hugs linda

  2. Wow Jen-this is beautifu! Amazing textures and colors! Sorry your family is so far away-mine are only a couple hors and I know sometimes I feel like that is too far.

  3. I love your card and the heart-warming story you shared! Those sunflowers are so cool! And that's such a cute sentiment!

  4. A beautiful autumn wonderful!

  5. Hi Jen,

    You have been very busy lately. I love all your creations. You did a great job with all these layers. I hope you get to see your family sometime soon.

  6. I think it looks great Jen. That was a hard sketch (I ran the other way and didn't even attempt it, LOL). Love the purple mixed in and the sunflower embellies, Great card. Thanks for joining us at D2D this week.

  7. Lovely card.Thanks for playing with us at SMC this week

  8. Love your flowers!!
    Thanks for joining us at SMC

  9. Hello Jen I love your card, cute sentiment too!!


  10. such a great job with the image! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

  11. Love the sunflowers and the story! Great job!

  12. Hi Ms Jen! Sorry your family is not close in distance but they sound close in heart. Congratulation on keeping that tradition going with your own canning! My own daughter Jenn does canning too. She can's everything she can cut up lol.
    Your card is so beautiful and so very special. Hugs Bonnie

  13. Hey Ms. Jen. Where do you come up with this awesome ideas! I love, love this card all the textures you used work so well together! Great job! I am sorry your family is so far away, it is hard! But it sounds like your inlaws take good care of you! A happy and blessed thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  14. I like the different layers and texture you have created.The color scheme is just right. I know to can also but haven't done it in yrs. According to mapquest you are 288.04miles(time 4hrs49mins) away from Your skills are out of this world. Smiles;0)

  15. A lovely card Jen!
    Love the flowers:)
    Thank you for signing up for my candy, good luck!
    Hugs, Heidi:)

  16. This is just beautiful.. very lovely fall card.. love the sun flowers....
    Hugs, Linda


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