Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 2020 - Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop

Hello stamping friends! Today, I am SO excited to share my projects with you for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop. We are an awesome group of stampers from all over the world who come together on the second Wednesday of every month to share some creative inspiration and smiles from around the globe. You will definitely want to visit everyone to see their amazing projects. We hope you enjoy hopping along with us this month! 

If this is the first time you are visiting my blog, I’m Anne Marie Hile from San Antonio, TX and I am so happy that you are visiting today. Welcome! 
Our theme for the Hop this month is “The World Around Us” in which our specific focus is to share something that is happening around you! This is a great way to find some some creative inspiration. Here in South Texas, the calendar may say it’s fall but the weather has been a different story entirely. It has been HOT! We are finally looking to get a much needed cool down later this week (highs in the low 70’s and cooling off at night to the 50’s). When my husband and I moved into our home six years ago, the beautiful landscaped yard was a major selling point for us. We are both looking forward to enjoying the cooler weather outside on the patio this weekend. 

*I’ve also shared all of the card measurements below along with a full supply list at the end of this post. 

Color Combo: 
Thinking about the cooler weather, I couldn’t help but grab the Banner Year Bundle! The “Happy Fall, Y’all!” sentiment is SO Texan. Haha! That little squirrel in the set is also something that reminds me of our yard. There is one little guy who likes to sit outside the window of my stamp studio occasionally. It’s pretty funny, especially when there is a kitty on the other side of the window. 

I was inspired by a swap card I received from fellow demonstrator Dawn Olchefske a few months ago, where she used the stamps to create a fun background. Creating your own patterned paper is so fun and easy. You can pick your colors to suit your project, too. 

I added in some Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper, and a couple pops of Brushed Metallic Cardstock to fancy things up a bit. That scalloped border from the Peony Dies is one of my favorites on so many projects. Pops of texture from the embossing and ribbon add some extra interest and I finished the card off with some sparkly details because…well, it’s kind of my favorite thing. :)  
Here is a photo of one of the little squirrel friends who frequent our yard. They have actually become quite comfortable around us, probably because they know I’m a pushover when it comes to giving them treats. My dogs are obsessed with the squirrels, well I guess they are more obsessed with the possibility of CATCHING the squirrels than anything else. Hey, at least they get lots of exercise while trying. 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Early Espresso Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/5 and a scrap to punch one acorn from Autumn Punch pack
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5 1-/8”, embossed with Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and a scrap to punch one leaf from Autumn Punch Pack
  • Early Espresso Cardstock:  3-7/8” x 1-1/4”, embossed with Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper: 1-3/4” x 4-1/2” 
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 2-3/4” x 4”, randomly stamp images in Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider ink
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 3-3/4” x 1/2”, stamp sentiment in Early Espresso ink and punch either end using Banners Pick a Punch
  • Brushed Metallic Cardstock (Bronze) - 2-3/4” x 1/2”, die cut scalloped edge using Peony Dies and punch one leaf using Autumn 
  • Metallic Ribbon and Champagne Rhinestones
  • Add some Wink of Stella to Cajun Craze punched leaf and Early Espresso punched acorn for added detail
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4”
Finally a peek inside the card. I kept it simple and just stamped a trio of images and room to write a handwritten note. That squirrel cracks me up with his crazy look on his face. He kind of reminds me of the little squirrel named Scrap in the movie Ice Age (without the big teeth). 

I hope you enjoyed my card today! From here, you will hop on over to Brenda Nelson’s blog. Click the button below to check out her beautiful project. 
October 2020 Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop: 

So glad you stopped by today. Please continue to hop along and visit everyone for some awesome creative inspiration. We are all so excited that you are joining us! If you have a chance, please leave a comment below to let me know that you visited. Happy Hopping! 
Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

Product List 
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad 
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad 


  1. Great card Anne Marie, and a wonderful little look into your world. xx

  2. Love your card! This is such a cute bundle!

  3. Gorgeous project, Anne Marie - love the "DSP" you created - and the glimpse of your little visitor!! TFS

  4. Absolutely LOVE this layout Anne Marie! And I Love your pops of shimmer!!

  5. What a cute card and I love all the colors you used.

  6. So cute! Love the mix of textures and patterns. Your stamped panel is fabulous!

  7. Gorgeous card Anne Marie and cute inspiration x

  8. Wonderful card design. I love this stamp set and your stamped background looks amazing, especially the cute squirrel. Beautiful combination of colors and textures.

  9. I just love your card. And the squirrel hihi....

  10. You had me at the squirrel! Love your custom background and the colors.
    Thanks so much for the wonderful visit to your back yard... so glad you enjoy treating the squirrels that your dogs want to get. :)


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Anne Marie