Hello friends,

I’m Always Grateful that you take the time to read my blog posts.  The color combination I used to make today’s card was not one I’d naturally reach for, but I put my trust in the hands of the Stampin Up! designers and used the colors from the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.  I admit I was a little leary at first but I moved past that.  Rich Razzleberry is a deep raspberry color, you can get a better idea of what it looks like in the Shopping List items below. Tell me what you think, does Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie work together?  Comment below and tell me what you think.

Celebration Tidings - always grateful card

Celebration Tidings bundle

Here’s another picture of the same card, but taken at different locations.  Lighting for photography is a huge challenge for me.

Celebrations Tidings

This photo was taken outside

You might have overlooked the Celebration Tiding stamp set and die bundle in the Mini Catalog but it’s one that fits several card making occasions.  The set contains images and sentiments for Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fall, Hearts and general all occasion cards.  The die set contains 5 large decorative labels with stitching detail in graduated sizes that are also designed to fold in half over a treat bag.  I’ll be sure to show an example of that at a later time.  You can also see examples in the Mini Catalog online.  You can see both the Annual Catalog and the Mini Catalog here on my blog, just look for the catalog covers and click on them.  Depending on your device it might be on the right side of your screen or towards the bottom of this blog post.

Don’t forget about the fabulous Designer Series Paper Sale.  The versatile Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper is 15% OFF, but only until the end of October.  (The correct price will be reflected upon finalizing your order.)  To see all the Designer Series Paper on sale: 10.01.20_FLYER_DSP_SALE_US

Here are the items I used to make this card, just click on any of the pictures on my Shopping List or on my signature at the end of this post and you’ll be redirected to my 24/7 Online Store.

NEW! Please use the Host Code4WJVVKXH when placing your order and I’ll send you 5 hand stamped cards that you can use.  Remember you also earn Loyalty Rewards Points when your order is a minimum $50*.  Make sure you click on the link to read about MY LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM 2019-20.

*before sales tax/shipping.  This offer cannot be combined with any other offer I hold in October. 

Shopping List


  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock – 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock – 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper – 3 3/4″ X 5 ” (use the 3rd to the smallest Celebration die to cut out the shape before adhering to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock & save the cut out for another card)
  • Whisper White cardstock – approx size 3 3/4″X 2 3/4″ to cut out the smaller Celebration die. I recommend you stamp your image and greeting before you die cut it)

Note: I used my Early Espresso dye based ink pad to stamp my images and greetings.  It is ALWAYS recommended to use a permanent ink pad, archival ink pad  or hybrid ink pad when using watercolors to prevent the image from bleeding.  BUT, I broke that rule because I don’t have a dark brown permanent ink pad.  I used my heat tool to ensure my ink was dry before I proceeded to use my watercolor pencils.  Some small areas did bleed when I used my water painters (aka water brushes) but it was minimal and it looked intentional.  Hey, it’s watercoloring and loose watercolor painting is widely accepted.  (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

I taped the ribbon behind the stamped and watercolor piece and adhered it to the front of the card with Stampin Dimensionals (aka as pop dots).

Thanks for joining me today! Are you having Fall temperatures in your area?  We have temperatures in the low 40’s – 50’s in the mornings but they quickly turn into summer like temperatures.  I’m wishing for cooler temperatures so I can enjoy all the Pumpkin Spice goodies.  Yes, I’m on the Pumpkin Spice Team.


Inky hugs,


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