Color Me Autumn Gratitude for Days - Blessings

Welcome to Veterans Day Week!
"Thank You" will never quite be enough to show our gratitude to those who serve, but its a great place to start!!

7 Ways to Honor a Vet on Veterans DaySay “thank you.” It’s a simple gesture, but a deeply meaningful one. If you see a veteran in uniform out in public, simply step up and thank that person for his or her service. Shake that person’s hand, look them in the eye and give a sincere “thank you.”
Many veterans wear their uniforms in public on Veterans Day, making it easy to identify veterans out and about. It doesn’t take much out of your daily rush to stop and spend just a few seconds thanking them for their courage and sacrifice."
Thank You.
This week I decided to use the set Gratitude for Days, and the rest of my Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. I think its a good week to remember all we have to be thankful for, and those who make it possible to enjoy it all in safety and freedom.
The stamp set coordinates with the Simply Sent kit Gratitude for Days, which is a great way to save those memories at Thanksgiving, or a variety of other fun uses! The stamp set has some pretty accent stamps that will keep it in the "useful" piles of stamps pretty much all year! 
I also decided to try and follow a sketch for the layouts this week, we will see if I can make it all week with the same layout, paper and stamps... That seems challenging, but that's why I do it. To challenge myself!
Gratitude for Days, Color Me Autumn, and Autumn Accents
I like the crumpled leaf look for the Autumn Accents Bigz Die cuts, I used it on these cards, and here works well on the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. This paper set has some really bold patterns, but also has some solid color designs as well. Not completely solid, they're more water-colored looking, with variations in the darkness of the color. I thought that would work well for leaves, as Fall leaves are rarely uniform in color. 
The left side of these cards is colored using the Stampin' Spritzer tool. It gave a water colored look to the card that kind of matches the leaves. I used two different stamps from the Gratitude for Days Set, and added some swirls to the first one. 
Today I'm Thankful... Color Me Autumn and Gratitude for Days
Count Your Blessings - Color Me Autumn and Gratitude for Days

Its easy to say Thank You, try it this week... and then every time you see a Service Member. They, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect and preserve our way of life here. Count them in your blessings.
Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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