Choose to be Grateful for Crafty Chefs

Hello friends!  I hope that you’re having a wonderful week so far!  The weekend is here, but it sure has been a beautiful couple of days this week with sunny and warm days so hubby and I were able to go out to walk around a bit before the snow starts hitting us!

Something that is great to go out in nature to see are the critters with the birds and the silly squirrels…we have them EVERYWHERE!  They’re busy gathering and burying their food for winter time around here.  My thoughts turned to the Simon Says Stamp “Big Thanks Autumn” November card kit (sold out, but not papers) as I love all things Fall/Autumn and this card kit with those beautiful papers spoke to me and I wanted to create with it to make my project for this month’s Crafty Chef’s Group recipe from our lovely friend Meg’s recipe:

There were some blue colored A2 card bases already cut and scored inside the kit, so I used one for my side folding card base here and then layered a dark brown cardstock piece from the kit as well as a piece of copper mirrored cardstock which was then layered over a piece of the decorative papers (I mentioned above) in the kit, which is also where the critter, mushrooms and leaves images came from on this card.

The leafy background paper was cut from a MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and then I took a strip of the copper mirrored cardstock across the bottom third of the layered pieces and also added some twine wrapped around the bottom of the layers before popping them up with craft foam over the card base.  I die cut a branch from a die in my stash and then fussy cut the images out from the papers included in the kit which were glued or popped up with foam squares over the panel.  I sponged some Tea Stain Distress Ink around the edges of these pieces before attaching.

Lastly, I’ve taken one of the sentiments from the sentiment strips sheet included in the kit and ran it through my laminator with a piece of copper Deco Foil.  (I think that is a cool way to add a little extra something to those sentiments.)  I made a banner out of it, sponged it with some of the ink I used for the images and popped it up over the leafy background piece with foam tape.  

Here’s a closer look at the critters I’ve cut out and how I’ve arranged and popped some of them up to create my scene.  There was also a very pretty SSS Autumn Sequins Mix included in the kit and I took some of those and added it to the layout and then filled the centers with some Gold Stickles glue.

For the Crafty Chef’s recipe that was given, here’s what I MUST use:

  1. Mirror cardstock
  2. 3 layers or more
  3. ribbon (I hope my twine counts!)
  4. image of garden visitors (birds, hedgehogs, etc)

CAN do items:

  1. Sparkle/Glitter (I used sequins and Stickles)
  2. pearls/gems (I did not use) *passed onto next chef
  3. dry embossing (I did not use)

If you’re interested in joining this pressure free and just for fun crafty group, just CLICK HERE to join the Facebook Group and you can even take turns coming up with the recipe if you’re interested.ย  There is a new recipe given for each month and no pressure to follow along or even when you want to follow along and play…which is great and I’m happy to be able to use up some of the goodies from my stash (NEW AND OLD) and just have fun with it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today as well and I will be seeing you all again soon!ย  Thanks so much for stopping in today friend, as I’m very grateful for you!


  1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal(s)
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal(s)
  3. Creatalicious – #199 Anything Goes optional Autumn/Thanksgiving
  4. The Paper Girls – #212 Thankful/Grateful
  5. The Divas That Cut Paper – Thanks or Thanksgiving
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #128 Anything Goes
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #146 Anything Goes
  8. QKR Stampede – #408 Anything Goes

33 thoughts on “Choose to be Grateful for Crafty Chefs

  1. An absolutely stunning card Vicki,love the Autumnal colours and scene you created,the critters are adorable,thank you for creating such a beautiful card with my recipe


  2. Beautiful card – our leaves are all fallen and the squirrels are digging through them to find the acorns. I love to watch the squirrels as well as the birds feed. Such a joy Mother Nature is. Not hoping for snow any time soon.


  3. This is such a beautiful card, and a wonderful nod to the seasonal weather of Autumn! Loving those great colors and images, especially the curious squirrel! So glad you and your hubby got to walk around and enjoy the wonders of fall – what a perfect way to spend time outdoors!


  4. Beautiful card Vicki, I love the cute critters and the Autumn colours, sounds wonderful to be able to stroll around and see the cute squirrels gathering their stash for Winter,beautiful details and card..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  5. Stunning autumn card Vicki!! I love the scene you created and all of the fabulous elements, looks like a really fun SSS card kit! Take care and enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Tammy


  6. Ooohh, Vicki, this is so very lovely, festive and sweet. To say that I adore it would be a serious understatement.

    Interestingly, despite having a literal swath of woodland as our backyard, we almost never see squirrels around these parts. In the almost three years we’ve lived in this house now, I’ve only spotted two that I can recall on our property. I really like squirrels, so if more ever want to come set up home on our property, I’ll roll out the (tiny) red carpet for them.

    Autumn Zenith ๐ŸŽƒ Witchcrafted Life

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  7. A beautiful project!! Totally frame worthy! Thanks for linking up to our November challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.


  8. Wow, what a gorgeous autumnal kit and you used it so beautifully! Your design is so pretty with those cute little critters – perfect ๐Ÿ˜€. Happy Friday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x


  9. Incredibly beautiful card with so many elements, wow! So glad you joined us at Creatalicious Challenges!


  10. What an adorable Autumn little scene with the cutest of little squirrel. I love the interaction between the bird and the squirrel. Wonderful tonal Autumnal colours and a real dalring of a card Vicki x.


  11. How very delightful! I love your card- especially the brown backing with the blue frame. Love the critters, the touch of yellow in the leaves and the background stamping- so very pretty! My husband is squirrel obsessed- this is so very awesome!!!


  12. Finally getting by to leave a comment (with a DT hat on my head) and I love this marvelous card, my friend! Such cute critters. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m really happy to see you playing in our Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT


  13. OH my GOODNESS! This is wonderful, it really makes me think of a lovely walk in the woods with only the sounds of squirrels barking, birds chirping and leaves rustling!


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