I’m hosting the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and I’ve chosen chipboard and metal as necessary components for whatever you feel like creating.  Be it stamping, scrapping, art journaling, collage…. whatever makes you happy, please make something using these two items and join us.  Our challenge runs through Tuesday, November 27th.

I’m also joining in with the Simon Says Stamp and Show ‘give thanks’ theme. I’ve made this card for my sister and her husband, who have hosted Thanksgiving for the last 20+ years.  They are wonderful hosts and always make it seem as if it was easy to pull off, even when they have 30+ people.  This year we’ll be a ‘small’ group of just sixteen.

I’m also very grateful to have had my first ‘in real life’ meeting with Anita Houston last week.  You know Anita from The Artful Maven Haven.  We laughed and talked like old time pals (well, we reallyl are, after all this time together in blogland!):

Anita and Marjie
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Anita on the Our Creative Corner design team, as well as currently on Frilly and Funkie.  She’s amazingly talented and very funny.

I used the Sizzix Wordplay and Tag dies, Tim’s Scallop On-the-Edge die, and two Texture Fades for added interest.  My color comes from Ranger’s Archival Inks (Ginger, Saffron, Rust, Monarch Orange):

After applying the colors randomly with Ink Blending Tools, I spritzed the letters with Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist.  Check out the sheen:

I’ve aged the keyhole with paint and added a flower and brad from my stash.  The keyhole made the tag look like a door (in my mind, anyway) and made me think of my sister’s house. Once I went to put the letters on I realized I was a bit long on the word, so I switched out the ‘r’ for a thinner one from stash:

Thanks so much for visiting. Please join in at Frilly and Funkie. There’s a $25 shop gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a random winner, and a blog badge for the design team’s favorite project.

And Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Thanks, Jeanette. That’s a Cuttlebug script folder on the tag and Sizzix dot matrix folder on the letters.

  2. I love this! I’m wondering which embossing folder you used for the tag?

  3. Fantastic – the black background is really effective and makes the other colours stand out!!

  4. Love those letters – bet they look better in real life than the photo as capturing that subtle sparkle is so tricky!! Nice change to look at non-christmassy post!

  5. Tracey Kuzniak says:

    Awesome card Marjie!! Your sista will love it!! So cool you and Anita were able to meet up! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show 🙂

  6. Stunning card Marjie! Love that you’ve used a tag on the card, and all the embossing is so pretty! The combination of the bright autumn colors with the black is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Totally gorgeous! LOVE all that texture and shine!!

  8. Hey there Marjie, looking absolutely great as allways, love your colors and the GRATEFUL is really looking fabulous. Love the colors you have used and you allready know eh? THAT picci of you and Anita FABULOUSLY looking together sweetie. Thank you for sharing your fabulous creation with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show. Huge Hugs Terry xxxx

  9. Beautiful card Marjie, love the autumnal colours against the black backdrop. Sue C x

  10. Marjie…your grateful card is beautiful! I love the rich black tones and then the gorgeous distressed autumnal colors you’ve used in creating such a beautiful contrast. Your embossed letters and inset look fantastic! Great pic of you and Anita! You guys are BOTH very talented! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Happy Thanksgiving! <3 Candy

  11. I love it already 🙂

  12. This is a beautiful piece! Hugs, Valerie

  13. Marje this is beautiful, love the depth of autumnal colours. Have a lovely thnaksgiving with your family.

  14. That’s a wonderful creation, the colors are just my cup of tea 🙂

  15. Wow, I love the card! Such wonderful colors. Challenge sounds fun; brainstorming for ideas even as I type. 🙂

  16. This is great as usual Marjie! I always love your colors, they are stunning! I’m envious that you and Anita got to meet, I would SO love to meet you both as well. I definitely look up to you both, your amazing!!

  17. Hi Marjie, love the glorious rich colours on this card and the keyhole does give it a door-like look. It all looks wonderful on the dark background too. I read Anita’s blog too and it sounds like you both had an amazing time. I did say that I envied her meeting you but of course I envy you meeting her too! It must have been wonderful after knowing each other in blogland for a while. Hugs, Anne x

  18. One of my favorite embossing folders on this tag!! Looking good and plenty grateful to have you as a friend. xox

  19. Love the warm and wonderful colours which really get to stand out on that black background. Isn’t it great to catch up with blog friends? I got to meet up with Alison (Butterfly) recently and it was such a treat. As you say, when you have so much in common already you feel like old friends. Hugs, Buttons x

  20. Wow, what a powerhouse double of amazing crafters in one room! Wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall for that one… And I love this piece – such fabulous Archival colours (oh no, more for the wishlist!), and great texture on those letters!
    Alison x

  21. Beautiful textures & colours! x

  22. Beautiful card, Marjie! I love how you created your letters. Such warm and rich colors, your sister will love it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  23. Dang- 30 people! That is a true hostess! Love all the texture you incorporated in this card!

  24. Wow Marjie, such warm easy colors. Love your letters, (I just picked up the Word Play set), way too fun!
    Have a Great Thanksgiving!
    Hugs Vada

  25. Your sister and BIL will love this gift, Marjie! I do love the sheen on the WP letters! I know the feeling of meeting a blog friend and DT Sister and it really is as if knowing each other for a long time! That is such a priceless picture of you both! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family! Hugs!

  26. Wow, this is a lovely card and I’m sure your sis will just adore it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  27. Hi Marjie, lovely piece, really love the Autumnal colour palette and the embossed lettering is very striking. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  28. Your sister is a gem to host for 20+ years!!! Wow! Your card is exquisite and warm and the color so rich and Autumn perfect! I am so GRATEFUL to have met you in the flesh as well! I truly felt like we have been friends for eons…you are a joy to me! Thank you for all the shopping fun! You are a perfect artsy tour guide, and would be a fabulous addition to NASCAR!!!! Bahahahaha!!! Hugs!

  29. Your sister and BIL will appreciate the fact you have gone to so much trouble to make a beautiful card for them.
    Full of richness and with the colour choice so perfect for your theme.

  30. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    I love the warmth in the colors you used here…very autumnal, but also very nostalgic. The texture and shine are amazing. I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving, Marjie! I’m off to the kitchen to bake more pies!

  31. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS! I love love love love the colors, the textures and loving the little key hole!!!

  32. A very stylish embossed card/tag Marjie and the colours are so warm!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  33. A great make, love the textures and colours ! Trace x