Holiday Folder Greetings

So sad!  The 3 men (hubby, Andy, Larry) were asked to come up with a clever title for this blog – and this was the best they could come up with! 

But – let’s talk holiday folders – file folders to be exact!

Vertical folder 1This is the first file folder card we experimented with. – shown here in vertical format.  The card is created by taking card stock covered with  Designer Series Paper, and ”run” thru the Envelope Punch Board to form the tabs.  The hostess set “Warmth and Wonder” was used for the tree and ornaments.  The Season of Style DSP Stack in Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Gold provided our color scheme.  The card stock used to decorate the card was all sprayed with home brew to provide the sparkle that is so appropriate this time of year.  Although not necessary, I fully lined the inside of my folder, although It is not necessary.  By the way, if you have an Envelope Punch Board, please bring it to November Stamp Camp.

Striped file insideThe message was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on die-cut oval card stock.  Caution needs to be taken when positioning the inside message so the card stock does not appear above the file folder front.  Let’s look briefly at two other file folder cards.

File folder gold bestThis vertical file folder card uses different DSP from the Season of Style DSP Stack.  The tree was stamped with gold ornaments unlike the previous tree which was stamped with Cherry Cobbler. The process is the same as the previous card.   The ribbon was used with a slider which was much easier than tying the knot used on the previous card.







File folder horizontal goodThis is the same idea, but the card is shown in a horizontal format.  A different ribbon running around the file was used.  Home brew was used to provide sparkle to the paper. 




File folder horizontal openThis is the inside of the horizontal card shown above. 









Let’s move on to the holiday/all occasion box.  I love these boxes – 6 for $4.95 – and comes with a decorative white circle around the clear window.  I used the Gift Bow Bigz L Die to make all the bows except the red bow which came from the Pretty Presents Designer Bows.  These bows will be available for your use as will DSP for you to make your own bows.  Here are some samples:

Red box

Blue Box best

Birthday box






Multiple bows bestHere are some bows I made and the accompanying “merry” image made from the new Expressions Thinlits Dies.  Although these may look difficult, I found that placing several layers of waxed paper between the die and the card stock, and adding a shim on top of the “sandwich” before running through the Big Shot.  I found toothpicks worked fine if assistance was needed to pop the word out.  “Merry, Love, Grateful” in script come in the set.  Note the 3rd box which has been done for a birthday and has “love” embellished on the box.

There is one more holiday card to view.  I noted in my E-mail that I would post all the Christmas projects in this blog, but I am just too tired!  Check back tomorrow for the last blog for this stamp camp. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089

The Holidays are Quickly Approaching

The days are simply moving to quickly for me!  I am 5 weeks post surgery, but I think the upcoming holidays don’t care how I am recovering!  Sooooooo, it’s time to get with the program!  Deb came over this weekend and we had a good workout – not an exercise workout, but a craft room workout.  Deb made sure I had everything in order for stamp camp next week, and then we tackled December’s stamp camp.  Deb won’t be joining us for next week’s stamp camp as she is flying to California to bring back my mother for Thanksgiving.  Speaking of Thanksgiving, let’s see what is in store for Thanksgiving cards for our November Stamp Camp:

Gratitude faceI love the new thinlits card dies.  Last month, we worked with the circle card thinlits die.  This month, we are using the label card thinlits die.  “Harvest of Thanks” is the stamp set we used in honor of Thanksgiving.  The color scheme is Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, and So Saffron.  Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper worked perfectly with our chosen colors.  We also will be lining our envelopes with Sweater Weather DSP

This card is a bit different from last months sample as I added 4 1/4 extra inches to the length to give an extra panel for a message.  The result is this:

Gratitude fully open

When I laid the card stock into the thinlits die, I actually kept the end section OUT of the die so that only the front section was in the die for cutting.  When I ran the die thru the Big Shot, I ran it back and forth over the end section several times to form a fold line for the extra panel.  I then folded the extra panel toward the section and used DSP on the closed side as you see in the previous image.  Very Vanilla is used on the inside of the extra panel with a stamped message, and room for a personal message.  I stamped the sheath of corn from the stamp set, and die cut it with the matching Apothecary Accents thinlit, and adhered it to the center panel.  Adding the extra panel takes a bit more time, but is perfect when you want to add a personal message to this card style.  Although I have precut and folded all your cards, if you wish to see how I added the extra panel, just ask.  All we need is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 card stock.  I cut off the extra 1/4” at the end of the process instead of the beginning as I find it easier!

Thankful image


“Truly Grateful” is the stamp set chosen for this Thanksgiving card.  We used a color scheme of soft Sky and Chocolate Chip which coordinates with the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper we chose.  The sheath of wheat has a tinge of color added with So Saffron and Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Up Markers.  One of the bonuses with Stampin’ Up is that EVERYTHING coordinates!  The markers match the DSP, the card stock, the ribbon, the Candy Dots, the buttons, etc.  The Chevron Embossing Folder was used to provide the zig-zag texture of the layer card stock.  The front wood grain layer was stamped in Early Espresso and provides an interesting contrast.  We experimented with one of the new trimmer blades on the edges of the “truly Grateful” message below softly sponging with Soft Sky ink.  Check out the second sample when you come to Stamp Camp and see the In-Color Boutique Detail I added!  It is a bit bold!  However, I do think you could add several candy dots – perhaps in the So Saffron color – for added interest.

So, as a last minute reminder for November Stamp Camp, we will be doing 5 “cards” – 2 Thanksgiving, 2 Christmas, and 1 embellished box.  Cost will be $12.00.  Water, soda pop and coffee are always available.  All tools are provided – HOWEVER, if you have an envelope punch board, please feel free to bring it with you.  Dates/Times: Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 9 PM, Friday, November 15 from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday, November 16 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Give me a call if you have any questions!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089