Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Paper Players Blog Hop - Another MDS Hybrid for Me and Blog Candy



Happy Saturday everyone!  If you have been to the Paper Players Blog, you will know we are having a blog hop today!  Everyone on the team has created a Fall project!  We are linking our projects up on our blogs this week, and some of us have blog candy to share! So be sure to check out each blog.  Here is the Blog Hop list...click the names to visit their blogs.

Tara Bilbao  (you are here)

My Project today is a somewhat simple Thanksgiving Decor Item. I get so annoyed with the department stores putting Christmas decorations up before it is even Halloween. They seem to skip Thanksgiving altogether - ACK! I love Thanksgiving. Don't get me wrong I am a Holly Jolly Girl through and through, but THERE IS A HOLIDAY BETWEEN HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS!! OK enough of my ranting.

I decorate my house for Thanksgiving and wanted to make a little something for my entryway . In order to get the scale a bit larger than the stamped image, I turned to my handy, dandy My Digital Studio to give the background a distressed look and to print out the Thanksgiving sentiment. I added a few hand made flowers and some pewter embossed leaves in a simple layout and I have a Thanksgiving decor item for my hall table. Yes Virginia, there is a Thanksgiving:)


I realized my center piece was crooked after I took this picture - I fixed that!

Paper - whisper white, very vanilla, old olive, early express more mustard card stock
Ink - soft suede for distressing, more mustard, early espresso, old olive, cajun craze, bravo burgundy
Stamps - My Digitial Studio - Autumn Spice Digital Kit
Accessories - 1 3/4", 1 3/8" , 1", 3/4" circle punches, scallop border trim punch, glimmer brad, small brads, frame

I have blog CANDY! Leave a comment and I will randomly select a winner that will recieve a "Button, Button" clear stamp set along with a ribbon assortment. 

96 comments:

  1. Very pretty, I love hybrid projects!
    Kris
    www.maddiebugdesigns.blogspot.com
    ksobolik@hotmail.com

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  2. Gorgeous, Tara! I totally agree with you on the stores skipping Thanksgiving! You did a great job making your own decor, so you don't need them anyway! I love your paper flowers; they are so pretty!

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  3. I forget that there is more than cards to stampin'. Love the wall decor

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  4. This is such a pretty framed project Tara. I love your handmde flowers and leaves - just gorgeous!

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  5. So simple yet so pretty. Thanks.

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  6. Very pretty - I'm sure it added a nice touch to your thanksgiving decorating!!

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  7. Great hybrid project for home decor. I particularly love your flowers!!!!

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  8. GORGEOUS project! I finally bought a couple of MDS applications and am still learning about it; hopefully someday I can create something as beautiful as this!

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  9. Very nice idea and completion! I would love to know how you made the flowers - they are great!
    TFS!

    Sue-Lynn in PA
    suelynn99pa @ gmail . com

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  10. What a great hybird project. Just might have to CASE this decor as I have an place just for it. Oh, I was to busy admiring the picture to notice it was crocked. :-)

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  11. Very pretty and a great project idea. TFS

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  12. That is a lovely framed decor and is so fitting for the Thanksgiving. What did you use to produce those images around the frame? Or was it purchased that way and if so where did you find it? Thanks.

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  13. Very nice project, love your hand made flowers!

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  14. I love this project, and I may just have to copy it. Thank you for the chance to win some body candy.

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  15. I love the idea of using stamps for more than just cards. So pretty!

    Terri in OK
    terri at digitaldesigns dot us

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  16. I really want to start doing some of these framed pieces, I bought some shadow boxes recently, so thanks for the inspiration and showing that it doesn't have to be complicated to be lovely.

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  17. Oh this is gorgeous! I love your flowers! I decorate for every holiday :)

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  19. Hello!

    I love your Thanksgiving decoration! This is one holiday that seems to have been forgotten by most everyone! Halloween is now as big as Christmas - from yard decorations to cards, etc. - and very little is even created for Thanksgiving!Thank you for sharing!

    Wishing you a great weekend!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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  20. Love your frame Tara...this is an awesome idea and one I need to try!
    Hugs,
    Lesley

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  21. Oh, that's very pretty - I like your style! I agree with you about the holiday decorations in the stores. I haven't tried the MDS yet. I'm looking forward to learning it when I have more time to spare. Thanks for the opportunity to win blog candy - makes these hops even more fun!

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  22. Good idea to frame the sentiment!

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  23. This is lovely Tara!! I'm with you on Thanksgiving--it's may favorite of the fall holidays. Your decorative piece is beautiful--the background is the perfect compliment to those gorgeous leaves and flowers. Love that sentiment too--so perfect for the season. Thanks for the fabulous MDS inspiration!

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  24. This is just beautiful, Tara! It will make a lovely statement to those who enter you home. I agree with you about Thanksgiving. As soon as all of the Halloween hoopla is over, the Christmas frenzy begins. We need to take the time to slow down and really reflect on all we have to be thankful for.

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  25. Tara, this is gorgeous! Love the colors, the flowers, the digi...and that frame is to die for. What a great addition to your home.

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  26. Beautiful! You have inspired me to learn to use MDS.

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  27. What a lovely homemade picture!
    Susan B.
    suebee623@charter.net

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  28. Very neat project Thanks for sharing and yummy Blog Candy

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  29. Lovely...I love Thanksgiving and all the Fall colors... I'm from Texas and we have fall (some years) for just about a minute!
    Your project is adorable. Thanks for offering blog candy.
    boogirl50@msn.com

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  30. Tara what a great project. Love the idea of making your own docorations. So pretty can be used all year long. Just need to practice on my MDS, because mine is NOT this gorgeous. Hugs.

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  31. Great project!! And I love it when people rant about how Thanksgiving is skipped over in the retail world of today! Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!!

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  32. This is a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Jennifer

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  33. Pat P. (KittyKitty366@aol.com)October 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    What a great way to use a beautiful frame and decoration for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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  34. Thanks for giving us another way to use our stamps. Beautiful job done.

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  35. Gorgeous! You are amazing with those flowers! And I enjoy everything about Thanksgiving too! (Did I mention my sister-in-law does all of the cooking?? :)

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  36. I too love to decorate for Thanksgiving. I have some pilgrims etc I like to put out. Your framed piece is very well done and will look lovely in your home.

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  37. Lovely framed fall decoration, those hand made flowers are cute!

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  38. This is stunning!! So creative and beautiful. And I'm with you about Thanksgiving!!

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  39. I agree with you about Thanksgiving being overlooked. Your framed work of art is fabulous!

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  40. Very pretty! I love how you used MDS images in your project!

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  41. I love the hand made flowers so delicate!

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  42. What a great project! It would look nice to make 2 - 1 to keep and 1 to give away

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  43. Your project is stunning! Thanks for the blog candy also.

    cathyaust@hotmail.com

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  44. I like it. I think your frame is prettier than you could buy and I do like Autumn/Thanksgiving decor as well. TFS

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  45. Gorgeous decor! Great gift idea too. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  46. I'm with you, Tara! Whatever happened to Thanksgiving decor? Well, whe you can create your own that is this beautiful...who needs the stores? ;) Love how you created the distressed detail in MDS. I have to use that program more. Thanks for the inspiration yet again! Your pretty handmade flowers are fabulous, too. All around beautiful project, Tara! Big hugs to you! :)

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  47. Tara, this is beautiful - I love the handmade flowers you created - such a great accent to the sentiment for the frame! Love your Thanksgiving decor story - I'm the same way. It's a pet peeve of mine to see Thanksgiving practically skipped over in the stores as well.

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  48. You are so right. It will be good to hear my DG's say what they are thanful for. Beautiful use of a frame for your art. tfs

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  49. I'm so lovin' this project! The colors are awesome. What a great gift to give. Thank you for sharing your creativity! Thanks for a chance to win an awesome blog candy!

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  50. Great project Tara and of course your flowers are perfect as always!

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  51. Great idea...

    Bernice P

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  52. Tara, I love your project. I think it says it all!! Fall is my favorite time of the year, mostly because of Thanksgiving. I, too, love to decorate for thanksgiving. TFS

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  53. Tara- what a wonderful project for Thanksgiving and for the entire year! Love the use of MDS along with those gorgeous flowers- thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  54. BEautiful, Tara! I love the colours and those flowers are just perfect!

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  55. Such a beautiful decorative piece! Wonderful colors and simple design!

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  56. Beautiful artwork! Love the color combinations and of the flowers. This is my 1st visit to your site, and I already know I'll be back! Thank you for sharing and the chance to win blog candy. I do not have any "button stamps" so they would find a happy home with my other stamps!

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  57. Oh my, what a gorgeous project - I love the simplicity of your frame, I love how space is a feature on its own, cos it draws the eye to object, just as it does here in your project ... love too the tiny flowers and leaves ... a picture perfect creation!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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  58. Very pretty project! Love the flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Love your Fall decor project and wouldn't have thought to use MDS for something like this. Tend to agree that Thanksgiving seems to take a back seat to any other holiday. The frame you chose is gorgeous and really compliments your layout. Would love to win your blog candy ~ doesn't get any better than "fake" buttons and ribbon to finish a project!

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  60. Debbie G
    Beautiful Thanksgiving decor. I agree about the stores skipping over Thanksgiving. Thanks for the inspiration.
    debbieanng at yahoo dot com

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  61. Hybrid MDS! It's like another language for those of us in AUS ... but one day we might be lucky enough to see it for ourselves. I must admit ... I am still a bit "iffey" about it ... but this "hybrid" version is definitely fabulous. Much more of a "handmade" look than straight printed cards. Hugs xx

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  62. Spendid idea for a Fall hostess gift. Such Beautiful colors!

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  63. Hi Tara! Your framed artwork is amazing! I love how you tweaked MDS to fit your needs. I don't have that and will need to add that to my wishlist. Your flowers and leaves are gorgeous of course! Love this sentiment and all that it means. Rant on girlie, your home decor is so much more meaningful than the department stores!

    kelly_wentling@yahoo.com

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  64. Whoa! Those are cool button stamp. And a vey cool card!

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  65. Oh, what a beautiful framed art work and wall decor. Simply gorgeous.
    ColleenB.

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  66. I think this is simply gorgeous. I must try something like this soon.

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  67. What a pretty and unique decor item for your entry! Love your flowers and the design in the frame looks like the Baroque Motifs stamp set! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  68. You are so right about the retailers skipping holidays. It's the same way when you want to buy a pair of gloves or a hat when it gets cold, but they don't have any because they sold them during the summertime! I love your Thanksgiving project. I am new to MDS, but I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  69. I love your homemade decor! It's beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome stamp set! Yay!

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  70. Very classy, Tara! How creative to use MDS! LOVE it!

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  71. Gorgeous and stunning frame Tara. Happy to have hopped in and became a new follower. Love that Button Button stamp set. That would alleviate the need to buy more buttons for a short while...LOL!
    :O)
    Jessica

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  72. Very pretty frame. Thanks for sharing!

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  73. What a beautiful framed fall project. I love the flowers and colors. Very creative. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win some blog candy!

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  74. Very pretty fall colors.. I like it a lot.. Love blog candy as well!

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  75. Great decor project, love the colours. Carol x

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  76. Lovely project - very nice for Thanksgiving.
    Beth B
    bethbeaty at gmail dot com

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  77. Super creative. Love the "gold/copper" of the frame being the starting point of the project.

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  78. Beautiful piece of art!! Love. It. Thanks for the chance at some sweet blog candy!!

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  79. I love seeing ideas for home decor! Thank you for sharing and a chance to win some blog candy

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  80. What a great giftthiswould make! Such talent.
    Stampcz@frontier.com

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  81. I love Thanksgiving, too! It's my favorite holiday. What a lovely decor piece you have created to celebrate. Your handmade flowers really make it special.

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  82. I am so "with you" on your feelings about our "skipped" holiday/season. I LOVE fall and Thanksgiving, and can remember when it was a HOLIDAY! Christmas didn't start until Thanksgiving was over, and it still doesn't at my house. This framed print is stunning, and the flowers are to die for! Gorgeous! TFS!

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  83. Hi Tara! Love your blog and your Thanksgiving frame is just so pretty! I may have to case this for some of my own Thanksgiving decor. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy.
    4instamper@cox.net

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  84. This is just beautiful, so elegant! I love Thanksgiving and agree with you that it's definitely overlooked! I hate that Christmas decorations are already in stores before Halloween is even here! I know this looks so beautiful hanging in your entryway! Thanks too for the chance to win some fabulous blog candy!

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  85. Great idea! I love Thanksgiving too - family reunion to see all the loved ones. We live in Ohio so sometimes the weather hinders our visit during Christmas so we truly treasure our thanksgiving together. Adios, glad

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  86. So beautiful! I love seeing how other people use the digital studio. I have it but find I don't use it much. You project gives me inspiration to get in there and create!

    Christy
    triathletecece@yahoo.com

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  87. That piece is so beautiful. It has a definite rich and elegant feel to it! Lovely just Lovely!

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  88. so simple & yet stunning in this gorgeous frame. Love it! Thx for the chance! ggnjesus@yahoo.com

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  89. This is a beautiful home decor piece. So simple but so elegant. Love the detail on the frame. Did you stamp it or did the frame come that way?

    Robbie

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  90. First time stopping by. I like that you put your work on display at home. This is a great idea and I love the frame too. It will look good with any seasonal sentiment.

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  91. The pewter embossing of those leaves is such a wonderful touch. This is a true work of art.

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