Happy Thanksgiving Card for The Paper Players

Are you a person who typically sends a Happy Thanksgiving card? To be honest, I usually do not. But this year is definitely different.  Since I will not be gathering together with my sister, nieces, nephews and their families, I WILL be sending out Happy Thanksgiving cards to let them know that even though we are not physically together, they are always in my heart! It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

Happy Thanksgiving card

This week, our Queen of Die Cuts, Laurie, is hosting our monthly theme challenge – Turkey Time! How fun is that! Since I didn’t have a turkey image, I decided to focus instead on pumpkins and fodder shocks.  I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Colors of the Day

Happy Thanksgiving card

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One of my favorite fall bundles from the current mini catalog is the Autumn Goodness bundle.  There was just something about the wooden wheelbarrow and fodder shocks that reminded me of my carefree childhood days. Yep, my mother would make fodder shocks every fall when I was growing up on the farm.  Of course, I had to include fodder shocks on my Happy Thanksgiving card!  These are colored with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends with just a touch of Green Apple Green.

Happy Thanksgiving card

The pumpkins were colored with Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends. Although it doesn’t show up in the photo, there is a touch of frost added courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella. I love the Early Espresso picket fence. This wood grain pattern, from the Neutral 6″ x 6″  Designer Paper stack, is perfect for “fence building”! The overall result reminds me ever so much of John Whitcomb Riley’s poem, “When the Frost is on the Punkin'”:

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
Happy Thanksgiving card

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  1. Ann, what a wonderful fall card. I love the pops of color on the pumpkins and what a wonderful use of the fence die. Another gorgeous, detailed filled card.

  2. Ann, JWR was from my hometown of Greenfield, IN! I grew up visiting his home and hearing my teachers read all of his poems. He is forgotten now, but Greenfield still celebrates Riley Days and the children put flowers around his statue in front of the Courthouse!
    My favorite is Little Orphan Annie!

  3. Ann, this card is gorgeous! I love the little fence and all the little Fall scene you created. I love Thanksgiving and the whole meaning of the day. Food, family, friends and Fun!

  4. Gorgeous Ann! Love how the colors really pop on the clean background. The fence is the perfect touch.

  5. Oh – this is wonderful! From the embossed card front – love that folder! – to the fence bordering the harvested field – and the abundance of Fall produce – this one says THANKSGIVING!! Love it!

  6. What a beautiful card to celebrate everything fall, Ann! Love the coloring of the “punkins”! I also admit I’d never heard of fodder shocks (city girl that I have been most of my life LOL!) but my husband, who worked on Idaho farms as a teen, certainly had. I do send Thanksgiving cards to just the closest relatives – this year will be particularly meaningful of course.

  7. I feel like today’s post is a real education Ann! I’d never heard of a ‘fodder shock’ nor had I come across your poem. Both are perfectly in keeping with your lovely card, that evokes a definite sense of Autumn and thanksgiving for sure. Beautiful!

  8. Such a gorgeous card. I do send out Thanksgiving cards, I get tons of comments on them because they are so unexpected.

  9. Ann, I have never heard of a fodder shock. Thank you for the lovely story and poem. Your card is so beautiful too – what you can do with stamps is amazing. We we will be spending Thanksgiving by ourselves, but will be able to face with the family. Stay well and give thanks for all that we have.

  10. Beautiful card to send to your family. Extra special is your childhood memory.

  11. Love this wonderful card. Just a great example of fall.

  12. I love that you used the Neutrals DSP for the fence. Your card is beautiful Ann. No family for me this year either. I just keep reminding myself ” this too shall pass”.

  13. Awesome scene! I LOVE the textures…beautiful card Ann!

  14. Beautiful Card, Ann. So reminiscent of Iowa. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Anyone would be delighted to receive your beautiful card. I’m sorry you won’t be with all your family for Thanksgiving. It certainly will be a different one for many. Have a blessed day.

  16. I LOVE this card….couldn’t wait to comment on it! So sorry you won’t be gathering for turkey day, but a beautiful card in the mail like this one would certainly cheer your family members up! The little scene is just delightful! Definitely a fall favorite of mine!

  17. Thank you, Ann–I always remember this poem in the Fall. After all, JWR is the Hoosier poet! ? Your card is beautiful with the fence, the frost, and the autumn setting. And I think I need that Old World EF!

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