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Nov 20, 2009

The November Key Ingredients Are Here!!!


Hi everyone! Happy Friday!!!

I LOOOOOOVE Fridays...and I LOVE them even more when I get to share another AMAZING Key Ingredients with you!! Today, some of the members of the Bakers Dozen are sharing with you the GORGEOUS November Key Ingredients, available now at Taylored Expressions!!

We all know how much I ADORE the Key Ingredients, and we all know that I say that each one is my favorite, but holy guacamole, the November Key Ingredients ROCK my stampin' world!!!

I have some projects to share with you today that are all about being thankful and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday!! This year, Chris and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our home. We aren't having a huge group, just Chris, Meredith and myself, my parents and his parents, and perhaps my Nani. I don't think it matters how MANY people you share the holidays just matters that you are together with the people that mean the most to you!!

I am an only child, but I never felt anything lacking when I was growing up! For each and every holiday, I was surrounded by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins. (I have one or two cousins that also beat me up when I was little, so I didn't miss that whole "older brother" thing...LOL!!). I want Meredith to grow up the same way...surrounded by people who love her more than anything, and I want to instill in her the same values that my parents instilled in me!!

The card that I am sharing with you today is for my parents. I am SO thankful that I have such wonderful parents. I feel like I say "thank you" to them a gillion times a day, and I still don't feel like it's enough! If you look up "supportive" in the dictionary, you would see a pic of my Mom & Dad! They are TOTALLY awesome!

For my card, I started with some of the YUMMY cardstock included in this KI, Rose Dark and Birchtone Dark! The colors in this KI are SOOOOOO rich...I just ADORE them!! I added a strip of patterned paper, which is the Indian Summer collection from Basic Grey! I textured the Rose Dark and Birchtone Dark panels with the Diamonds & Stars Impressabilities from Spellbinders.

For my focal panel, I first cut out one of the Labels 9 Nestabilities from Choice Snow White Cardstock and then, with the die still on my cardstock, stamped "Thankful for You" and one of the GORGEOUS flowers from the newly released Celebrate Life set from Taylored Expressions! I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa and the flowers in two different Memento colors, Rose Bud & Rhubarb Stalk! I LOVE these Memento inks!!! I kept the paper in the die again, and using a sponge, sponged Rose Bud and then Rhubarb Stalk again around the edge of the die. I removed the die and Viola!! I added some DELICIOUS Wine Kaiser Rhinestones (these are included in the kit...yep, it's fabulous!!) to the centers of each of my flowers. I also added them to the corners of my card just because they are so pretty!!

I finished off my card with some luscious ribbon that is also included in the kit...and do you see what else is by my bow? Skeleton Leaves!! These are AMAZING! I hadn't used them before this KI, but they are SO super elegant and easy to use! After I tied my bow, I added the tiniest bit of adhesive onto the bottom of the leaves and just added them under the bow! LOVE them!!

Now, you know me (grin!), so I couldn't just make one project!! Here is have created place card settings for my Thanksgiving table! I must admit, I LOVE how these came out!!

Here is what I did...It was super simple! I started by cutting out 8 Labels 9 Nestabilities from Choice Snow White Cardstock and I then, using a scoring tool, folded them in half.

Once they were all folded, I stamped the same stamps and in the same colors as my card, and I then put them, one by one, back in the die, and proceeded to sponge each one!

You can see here how I adhered them to my card!

When they are folded down, which is how they stay, you just see the "Thankful For You" sentiment. BUT...when you open it up, you can see where I wrote the names of my guests!

Now that I have babbled on and on (lol!), please check out what some other members of the Bakers Dozen have done with this AWESOME November Key Ingredients here:

Charmaine Ikach
Donna Baker
Karen Giron
Laura Fredrickson
Sharon Harnist
and of course, Taylor VanBruggen!!

Did you know that Taylored Expressions offers a Key Ingredients Subscription? Well, they do AND it's available in either a three month or six month subscription and do you want to know the best part? Of course you do! The best part is that you get charged MONTHLY, instead of one lump sum! Isn't that totally and utterly AWESOME? For just $21.95 a month, you can receive these PERFECTLY coordinated kits (hello...they are put together by THE Taylor!!) right at your doorstep!!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Thankful For You Card Recipe:
Stamps: Celebrate Life by Taylored Expressions
Paper: Birchtone Dark, Rose Dark, Choice Snow White & Indian Summer from Basic Grey, all from the November Key Ingredients
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Rose Bud & Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Accessories: Labels 9 Nestabilities, Sponges, Ribbon, Skeleton Leaves & Wine Kaiser Rhinestones, all from the November Key Ingredients, Diamond & Stars Impressabilities from Spellbinders and Foam Tape

Thankful For You Place Cards Recipe:
Stamps: Celebrate Life by Taylored Expressions
Paper: Birchtone Dark, Rose Dark, Choice Snow White & Indian Summer from Basic Grey, all from the November Key Ingredients
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Rose Bud & Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Accessories: Labels 9 Nestabilities, Sponges & Wine Kaiser Rhinestones from the November Key Ingredients



  1. Wow Jodi - these are just out of this world fantastic!!!! I love the pop-up feature, that is so cool!

  2. Beautiful Jodi! I love the way you used the labels nine! Fabulous idea, beautifully put together. Does one of those placecards have my name on it?

  3. Beautiful Jodi! I love the way you used the labels nine! Fabulous idea, beautifully put together. Does one of those placecards have my name on it?

  4. Drop dead gorgeous card, Jodi -- those skeleton leaves tucked in the bow are a wonderful accent! Love the design of your place cards -- so clever and beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful family hoiday!

  5. Oh wow! You know I LOVE this. Your sponging looks wonderful! Gorgeous cards!
    Hugs and smiles

  6. What a stunning card! and beautiful placecards!
    We'll be heading over to my parents home for Thanksgiving this year! I'm so happy and grateful for that! :)
    TFS :*)
    ~ margie

  7. Whoa. These are stunning. I love those table settings. Now I'm the one with my jaw on the floor, lol, these are fantastic! How in the world do you DO all of this!! You have been a very busy lady! Gorgeous as always. :D

  8. Those main panels with the red sponging look AMAZING!

  9. These are beautiful Jodi! Sounds like you have a wonderful family!

  10. GASP!!! THUD!!! OMG...that's the sound of me falling off my chair!!! Your name cards are SOOOOOOOO WONDERFUL!!! I love the "thankful for you" on the front and the name on the inside...BRILLIANT design. Oh, and I love the layout of your card too!!! You must teach me all about layouts one day my friend!

  11. These placecards are INCREDIBLE!! Love the idea that they open up to reveal the names! Genius! And, I really love the fall color combo with that gorgeous peony color!

  12. What a sweetheart you are, Jodi! I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. And I know everyone will LOVE the place cards.

  13. Oh my!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Wow!! Gorgeous!

  14. wow, this card & placecards are just gorgeous, Jodi!! I am glad being an only child was not something sad for you. I'm not sure what I would do right now if I was an only child since we have lost both of our parents. It definitely brought us all closer. I bet you will have a wonderful meal - you're right about being around those you love. You're blessed!

  15. these are awesome, I adore the place setting name tags....clever idea!


  16. Oh my goodness...Jodi!! That card is just stunning, and those name place setting things...WOWZERS!! Sure to make your table the prettiest one on Thanksgiving!!

    Oh BTW...I blame you for this...I just bought Twilight at Target today, and have NOT been able to put it down...what have you done to stamping is sure to suffer until I have read them ALL!! LOL!!!

  17. What a gorgeous project, Jodi!!! LOVE the placecards!!!

  18. STUNNING!!!! You are such a kind, genuine person, enjoy your holiday my friend:) These cards are exquisite, your love for this craft just radiates through your art! Happy Thanksgiving:)

  19. Ooooh, Jodi, what gorgeous colors, papers, and stamps!!!! These are sooo clever with the pop up design...yout table will look sooo lovely and your family will just love these!!!

  20. What gorgeous projects, Jodi! I love the placecards with the opening flap....I gotta do that for our Thanksgiving!

    And from what I know of your mom she is totally amazing! I need to thank her a gagillion times too! :)

  21. Hi Jodi, not sure how I missed this yesterday! Your thankful card is ab/fab really is gorgeous...and *sigh*...your placecards? AMAZING!! Puts mine to shame LOL. No, seriously...I LOVE how they turned out! Your guests are going to feel very special when they sit down to these and know that you put so much time and love into making them : )

  22. Gorgeous card Jodi and those place cards are just perfect! I'd LOVE to see your whole table set!

  23. Just ADORABLE Jodi!!! LOVE ♥ the Labels 9 and "FABALICIOUS" Indian Summer DP.... you ROCK girl! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with even more blessings!

  24. Wow - so rich and vibrant - they are absolutely perfect. I so love these place cards


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