More Christmas Celebrations

Only 3 more weekdays before I return to work.  I have really enjoyed spending this time with my mother.  We have had lots of laughs and a few tears.  She has had time to relax , catch up on her rest, and even read.   We had a great dinner tonight of 16-bean soup simmered for hours with the Thanksgiving ham bone – yummy!  Well, let’s look at the last of the projects for the Christmas Celebrations.  Deb was over today and has cut all the paper that can be precut.  We will be available to cut the paper you choose to use for the gift box and the telescoping card. 

“Pines and Poinsettias” is a very simple card with a Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White color scheme.  We colored the stamp with Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler markers and used scallop circle punches to highlight this simple stamp.  I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the pine cone and used “home brew” on the cobble scallop circle, but this added sparkle is really not needed.  The beautiful “Hand Penned Holidays” message is elegant and adds to the simplicity of the card.  Finally, a bit of Cherry Cobbler ribbon provides extra soft color.  Pines 1

I love this next card – perfect for the young at heart.  I cas’d this from a swap with my demonstrator stamp group, but made slight changes.  I added more red ribbon, a bow, and used different patterns of designer paper for the squares.  The snowman and left reindeer are from an old retired set that I cannot bear to part with.  The reindeer in the center is from Clip Art and has been sized to fit in the scallop square.  I have 2 reindeer from Clip Art that I have printed up so you will have a choice of 4 holiday features as well as you choice of designer paper.  Punches are used for the scallop squares and the designer paper.  Red stickles adds a bit of sparkle.Cute 2

Now for a bit of telescoping fun.  These are 3-part circular cards with 3 different sized pages held together by brads which allow them to rotate.  I have 2 samples to share below and a 3rd drying.  Give some thought to your telescoping card and feel free to bring a special stamp of paper if  you have something you would like to use.

Telescope 1 top Telescope 1 side

The view to the left is a top view of the card which features a lolly, and the view above is a side view. 

Telescope 1 part 2Telescope 1 part 3








As the card telescopes, we can see the 2nd page rotate out above, and the full 3-page card to the right.   I featured snowflakes on the lolly, punched snowflakes added to the designer paper on the 2nd  page, and a stamped snowflake with rhinestone on the 3rd part of the card.  I love how it telescopes up to one circular design. 

The next card features ornaments.  I find it easier to work with a theme, but that is my personal preference and it not necessary.  You can see my red and white Lolly featuring an ornament on top.  You can also see the second page (brown designer paper) and the third page – a red scallop with tiny rhinestones.Telescope 2 part 1

Telescope 2 part 2Telescope 2 part 3The view on the left shows the card as it starts to telescope out.  The view on the right shows the card fully opened.  If you look closely, you will see that the designer paper I used on the second page is upside down.  When you attach a top page to a bottom page, the top page must lay over the bottom page upside down.  I guess I didn’t read my own directions for this card!  I stamped ornaments that matched my designer paper on the third page and added several small rhinestones for some sparkle.  Telescoping cards are very different but are perfect for a hostess gift or for that special friend.  6-year old Granddaughter Jailyn was over tonight examining the cards and commented that these cards could hang from a tree, from the Christmas stocking hooks, or even from a tablecloth.  She gave a demonstration on how the cards would look hanging in these places.  So perhaps a bit of cording added to the top card would be useful.  

Deb and I are looking forward to seeing you this weekend at the Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp.  We will have the designer paper out for the gift boxes and telescoping cards and will cut the paper you choose.  We will have fun and I promise not to sing Christmas carols and the CD player is broken.  Even the CD player on my computer is not working!  BUMMER!  No Christmas music!  Oh well, we can laugh and share our holiday woes and triumphs. 

If you think you will be coming to Christmas Celebrations, it would be helpful if you drop a note as this helps us in cutting paper and preparing packets.  Friday Dec 2nd, 3 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday Dec 3rd, 9 AM to 4 PM.  Let me know if you need to come earlier on Friday Dec 2nd.  The cost is $11 and all paper and supplies are provided.  Give me a call if you have any questions.  Rosemary – 630-759-3089 or

p.s. Mark your calendars now for our first 2012 stamp camp – January 6 and 7.  This will be low key, easy peasy, only 1 new technique and will feature winter!  We will only do 3 or 4 cards, but we have to keep our creative forces in gear after the holidays!

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