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

grateful

“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

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