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Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

One Word “Autumn”


Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, and we are excited to share our Autumn-themed projects with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Fall is such a fun time of the year! Football game, crisp air, pumpkins, leaves changing color, and here in the south cotton boles for decorating.  Unlike the days of old, the machines leave a lot of cotton behind.  I have more than one memory of going out to the “country” and finding the picked cotton field.  Why???? So we could use the leftovers for decorating in fall arrangements…

My Granny’s family moved from the North to Mississippi to make a life for themselves. One of the things they grew was cotton.  And my Granny has many a stories about picking cotton. The entire family participated in the process.  They were extremely pour and It was what put food on their table. So, when I see cotton I think about my sweet Granny and the hope of a better day.

Just in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m using the Country Home stamp set. This set is so very versatile! I love the galvanized pitcher and the boquets of fall foliage.

Country Home Stamp Set

The cattails and cotton bur  remind me of my childhood home.  Thought, I’m not sure we ever had artichokes around for flower arrangements.

Country Home

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Cand Ford at Stamp Candy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

I have been having issues with my white balance in my photography of cards ever since we moved. I just have not found that spot that has the perfect lighting. Below is a second picture of today’s card. The colors are more true. But, unfortunately the details of the card were not captured.

Country Home

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

I’m going to leave you with a story from my Granny’s younger days picking cotton with her family.

Granny was in the field picking cotton with her brother Larry and her father, Popee. Larry often tried to find a green cotton boll, which was as hard as a rock, and would throw it to hit Granny when no one was looking. The bolls would leave red whelps and bruises on Granny and hurt like the dickens. This memorable hot afternoon Larry found his weapon, rared back and aimed the green boll at Granny. Just as the boll left Larry’s hand Granny bent over. The hard boll missed Granny but landed solidly upon Popee’s head. He promptly said, God Dame, where did that come from?

Well, that was the day Larry decided to never throw another cotton boll at Granny!

Go and be creative my friends-



  1. I too love this set for its reminders of my younger days. Your layers are wonderfully put together as always! Your sentiment tag is the perfect finishing touch.

  2. Love your card Jennifer. And I love your story about your granny. The tin type is the perfect addition to that stamp set love it.

  3. Such a beautiful card, Jennifer! I loved reading your family story – especially the part about artichokes. 🙂 Your artistry always astounds me.

  4. Simply gorgeous, thanks for sharing not only your card, but a bit of your family history as well.

  5. Your card is gorgeous, as always. I like the colors you used, and I enjoyed reading your post with a bit of family history.

  6. Gorgeous card, as always, Jennifer! Love the colors. (Artichokes?)

  7. Country Home and the Tin Tile embossing folder are on my favorites list! Love your card, all of the elements work together beautifully!

  8. Just beautiful, Jennifer! Love the birch background stamp peeking out – all beautiful elements layered together perfectly! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I love the color variations between the two cards. Beautiful use of this set!

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