Thursday, October 14, 2010

Whimsical Thanksgiving Pilgrims

It's time to update the traditional family Thanksgiving card. Five years ago while I was recuperating from cervical spine surgery with a boat load of free time on my hands, I created a little clipart Thanksgiving card. I have updated it in Publisher a few times since.....
Here's the first card from 2005, Ben was in Boot Camp and Andy was living at home.
We had our old golden girl Cassey and our sweet Bruno. I put the old rifle in Ben's hand since that was his focus at that time.
By 2008 we had lost Cassey but we added our DIL Kellie and 2 new rescue dogs to our family....
And in 2009 I used the same basic design but I printed it and cut out the photo to add to a stamped card...

This year I decided I should reflect our empty nest and just include the hubs and me along with our current woofers. I was inspired to use the Hero Arts stamp set So Thankful and just add our faces to make the caricatures.....
I've got Digby and Tia hiding in the pumpkin patch along with a couple of jaunty pilgrims.

Since today marks my last day as a Hero Arts Hostess I wanted to take the time to thank my fellow Hostesses, all the Hostess Alumni (who paved the way for us) and the wonderful Tami Hartley who keeps all of the Hostesses going in the same direction. It has been a fantastic albeit very short 3 months and I will long remember with a smile on my face how much fun it was to be a part of this talented group. Hero Arts has been my favorite stamp company for over 20 years and it has been a wonderful honor to be a Hero Arts Hostess.
Thank you also to all the members of the Hero Arts Flickr group. You are the most encouraging and supportive group of people and I am very grateful to have found my place with you all.

Philippians 1:3-4 ~  "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy."

Stamps: Hero Arts- CL466 So Thankful, 5208 Designer Woodgrain, F5042 Leaf Flourish.
Ink: Memento -Tuxedo Black, Memories-Art Print Brown, Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo.
Paper: Neenah Solar White cardstock, Cosmo Cricket- Wanted.
Copic Markers.
Corner Chomper.


  1. You are such a sweetheart, Nancy, and you represented the Hero family well. Love this adorable card - I am still smiling! Just wonderful!

  2. how cute are these! wonderful designs and those Pilgrim images are too cute, Nancy. thanks for sharing them all. i love the subtle background stamping on the last card!

  3. Oh my gosh Nancy, you are just way too cute! Love to look back at the older photo cards! So fun and just wanted to say you did a wonderful job on your term as Hero Hostess! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration and jubilant attitude on flickr...I try to get on there as much as possible, but concentrate on blogs a little bit more nowadays.

  4. I love this even more, now that I know you've been doing it year after year! What fun!

    I am so happy that I was able to share such an amazing time as a Hero hostess with you! I consider you such a dear friend! You're always here when I need a lift, a caring word or a prayer! I treasure our friendship and am so lucky to have you in my life, Nancy! We sure had fun, didn't we?! Love and hugs to you! :)

  5. Such fun cards, Nancy! So glad you shared all three of them!

  6. How FUN and CREATIVE!! Love your Thanksgiving card :) I remember your last year's!! Thanks for all you do as a super sweet and talented hostess! We are so blessed to have you in our group! xoxo

  7. Oh wow! This is soooo FUN nancy! Love that thanksgiving card :) Congrats on your term as a Hero Hostess! You were wonderful and your cards always inspirational :)

  8. What a cute card Nancy and I love the story behind it, Also such a neat way to look back - ( and to see how much you have progressed as a stamper!!!)
    You have been an awesome Hostess Nancy... I can't believe that the 3months is up. Boy did it go fast. I am glad you were there to inspire us all.

  9. you did a fabulous job as a hero hostess!

    you are so darn cute as a pilgrim girl!!

  10. What fun Nancy, love that you keep updating the design!

  11. Such a fun card, Nancy - and I love that you showed the previous cards, too!
    You've been an excellent Hero Hostess! Congrats on now being an Hostess Alumni!

  12. Nancy - what fantastic, bet the recipients love getting them each year in the mail.

    Thanks for being a wonderful hostess - really enjoyed all your creations and wonderful support and encouragement. Hugs to you. Deirdre

  13. Love your thanksgiving finery! The dogs looks so cute in the pumpkin patch. Fabulous job as a hostess! You are always welcoming whether you are a Hero Hostess or not!


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