Hi Everyone, It’s Thanksgiving Eve here in the U. S. and I know that for many of you, this will be a very busy day of preparation and/or travel as your prepare to celebrate the “Thanksgiving Holiday” with your loved ones. For those of you who will be traveling over the long Holiday weekend, I wish you safe travels. And for those of you who are baking and cooking to prepare for your “Thanksgiving” meal, I hope you have fun and enjoy your time being creative in the kitchen. For those of you who are not livng in the U. S., I’m sure you may not know what this Holiday is all about. So, I thought I would share a LINK, to provide you with some history and background on our this very special Holiday, and of course, the true meaning behind it. I happen to live in Massachusetts, where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the first Pilgrim settlers and the Native American Indians, at Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, back in 1612. It’s a day very rich in tradition and history, and is meant for us all to share our Thanks and Gratitude with our dearest family and friends. I want to wish you all very Happy Thanksgiving — May it be a wonderful day full of happiness and love that you share with your closest family and friends! Another part of the Thanksgiving Weekend, is a bit of a newer event that is all about “Shopping” and finding the greatest deals you can, as many people start their “Christmas Shopping” on the day after “Thanksgiving” which has now become known as “Black Friday”! And I am excited to tell you that a2z Scrapbooking will be sponsoring a super fun “contest” which will start brights on early on Friday morning, with a post coming up from Kymoma. I think you’ll really enjoy what have planned both for you! Kymona will be sharing all the details in her post which goes LIVE at 8 AM (EDT) Friday morning. Zoey will also have some big “News” about another “Thanksgiving Weekend” Event that she’ll be here to share with you in her post tomorrow morning. Both of these ladies will also be here showcasing more of their creative talents and more challenge inspiration with you. Please be sure to stop in BOTH days, so that you don’t miss out on any of the excitement. Today, I’m also have a new card that I created using some of my favorite Hero Goodies. This card is also here to inspire you to join in our current challenge, which is still ongoing. All you need to do is create a project using some of your favorite Hero Arts products and upload it to our Inlinkz Gallery before Midnight EDT on Sunday, November 30th. More details on the November Challenge and a link to the Inlinkz Gallery can be found over on the side bar —————> !! All of the products I used to create my card are linked below, many of which are in stock now over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store! If you are heading over to the store today, please feel free to use my DT Promo Code – LISAH15 – to save 15% off of any order of $25 and up (excluding shipping). This is my new card, which I named “Life is Beautiful”, based on the lovely Hero sentiment that I used to finish my inspiration project. The first thing I chose to use for this card was one of my favorite Hero Arts wooden stamps — called “Flowers on a Stem”. I have loved this stamp from the day I saw it released and am happy we still have it in stock at the store. I inked it up with Versamark and stamped it directly to a piece of “Mixed Pool” Layering Paper, that I then “heat embossed” wit the gorgeous “Liquid Platinum” embossing powder by Ranger. Note: We are currently sold out — but, happily a new stock of this very popular powder due in any day. And, yes this is the same stunning color that you’ll often hear Jennifer McGuire talk about and use on her amazing card creations. After seeing this first used by Jennifer I knew it was a color I would love and boy was I right. It’s fast become one of my favorite embossing powders, and the color is fabulous. I love how it works with the colors that you use on your design and how it’s also perfect to use with both Silver and Gold, the perfect compliment to any card – especially those we create for the Christmas Season. It’s been flying out the door at the a2z Store, but happily is a product will now be carrying on a regular basis along with Hero’s wonderful powder, which I also own and love. It’s also a great color that compliments many of the Hero Arts notecards and layering papers that I use to create the majority of my card bases. Yay! After embossing my flowers, I set that panel aside to work on the rest of the card. I created my background next, using a Hero background Stamp, this one, now sold out – is called “Gratitude”, which I thought seemed perfect so close to “Thanksgiving”! But, don’t you worry, because we have wonderful variety of other background stamps in stock and I’m sure you find that many of Hero’s stamps will work wonderfully to give you this same style of background! For mine, I inked up my stamp with their “Wet Cement” Shadow ink and also chose a matching “Wet Cement” notecard as my base. The Wet Cement color, looks especially nice with the Liquid Platinum, another reason I put those two together. The “Life is Beautiful” sentiment is from one of the newest Hero/Basic Grey stamp collections, called “Good Day”, which is a stamp set full of lots of pretty flowers, that would also have worked well on this card. For today’s card I chose Hero’s Black ink, and stamped the sentiment directly under my “embossed” flowers. I think using the black really makes the sentiment “pop” and that was the look I was hoping for! I then tied on some matching “teal” bakers twine, added that panel to my background layer and then adhered both to a matching “Wet Cement” notecard. The final touch was to add some pretty Aqua “Sea” Hero Gems to the flowers! I hope you like this card and hope the sentiment reminds us all of just how beautiful life truly is! May you think of that as your celebrate tomorrow with your dearest friends and family. Thank you for stopping by and again — please be sure to stop in all week to take part in all our special Thanksgiving and Black Friday events – Starting tomorrow with Zoey and again on Friday with Kymona.