Festival of Trees

Debbi visited last week and designed our Festival of Trees card.  This is a nice set ($15.95) that comes with 5 photopolymer tree stamps, tree trimmings, a holiday message, a pot for the tree, a cardinal and a star.  We purchased the bundle which includes the matching tree punch ($27.95).

Trim the Tree green stripe The color scheme Deb chose for this holiday card is Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White.  The background DSP comes from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack ($6.95).  We chose two designs – the one shown here, and the one below.  However, you can choose any of the papers, and I will be happy to trim to the needed size.

Trim the Tree cobbler stripe 1This view shows the second background paper we chose for our Festival of Trees samples.  This DSP is very similar to the one above but includes a Cherry Cobbler stripe.  Deb embellished the middle tree, punched it out, popped it up, and placed it in a cobbler pot.  Finally, she tinted glimmer paper with a Cherry Cobbler marker and punched out a star for the tree top.  A simple message was stamped in Garden Green, punched, shadowed with Cherry Cobbler and embellished with 2 rhinestones. 

Isn’t this a happy card full of holiday happiness?  This is the 3rd card we will be making at our October Stamp Camp .  As a reminder, this stamp camp will be held on October 2 (2 – 9 PM), October 3 (2 – 9 PM) and October 4 (9 AM – 4 PM). Other times can be arranged if this does not work for you. We will be creating 4 holiday cards for a cost of $12.00 which includes everything you will need to make the 4 cards.  If you prefer a kit, please let me know as soon as you can and allow 2 days for kit preparation. Cost for the kit is also $12.00.

Rumor has it there will be a small surprise for those who attend the October Stamp Camp.  Wonder if it will be a spider or rat.  I hear Norb has decorated the house in full Halloween garb!

Let me know if you have any concerns or questions!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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October Iris Folding

First, a bit of history:  “Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a design. The center of the design forms an iris — a shape reminiscent of the iris diaphragm of a camera lens.

Iris folding originated in Holland, where early craft persons made their designs using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Today, crafters use any light weight paper, such as scrapbook paper, origami paper, wrapping paper, the inside of envelopes or pages of magazines. Ribbon is also used.

Iris folding is done with a pattern. The crafter uses the finished product to decorate the front of a greeting card, as a scrapbook embellishment, to decorate an altered book or a mixed media collage, or in various other ways.  Supplies for iris folding include a pattern, strips of colored paper, permanent transparent tape, cutting tools and a temporary tape such as painters tape. The temporary tape is used to hold the pattern in place while the craft person creates the design.

Iris folding patterns are available from booksellers or as downloadable files made available on Internet web sites. Other craft persons doing iris folding create their own patterns.”

092514 – From Wikipedia

For our introduction to Iris Folding, I have chosen two easy seasonal patterns – fall leaves and Christmas stockings hung on the mantel.  Each cutout comes with a pattern.  We will tape our pattern face down on the pattern and simply tape our Iris Folding Material to the cutout.  That’s all it is – cut your material and tape in place, repeat, repeat and repeat.  You just need 1 or 2 good eyes and patience to stick with the pattern.  I will be providing your cutout, pattern, and all the materials needed to make a card just like the one sbelow.  If you are skilled with craft knife cutting, you can make your own cutout. in the future  I, however, prefer purchasing them pre-cut and with the pattern.

Iris Folding fall leaves 1This first card is entitled Falling Leaves.  However, I always forget the leaves are falling and leave them upright.  I can  pretend they are flying through the air on a soft autumn breeze!  I used Hello Honey and Early Espresso ribbon from Stampin’ Up, and an orange foil as my Iris Folding materials.  You can make the leaves different, or the same as I did.  I punched tiny card stock leaves to coordinate with the Iris Folding and mounted the card on Hello Honey variegated DSP, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie. 

 

 

 

Iris Folding MantleThe second card is titled 3 Christmas Stockings and hang from a 4” mantle.  I used brown mulberry paper for the mantle, a red raffia ribbon for the top of the stockings, silver and gold washi foil, red cotton ribbon, and a green pattern washi paper.  The washi papers are very thin, pliable and easy to work with.  I picked up some gold holiday greetings at Memories and Beyond in Downers Grove.  Note the tiny gold stars which were punched from the extra gold foil on the greetings sheet.  A thin gold band also embellishes the top of the Garden Green card.  Real Red card stock and ribbon add to the layered card.  I took a fine Micron pen and drew my stocking holder and bow up to the mantle top.

These cards are beautiful and are easy to make.  Ask Judy or Wanda – they will tell you how much fun it is to make these.  The dates for the Iris Folding classes I am offering are Friday October 17th from 3 – 5 PM and 7 – 9 PM, and Saturday October 18th from 10 AM – 12 N and 1 – 3 PM. As I will need to demonstrate and give verbal instructions, I am giving specific times. I do need a firm commitment for this fun class and will have a sign-up sheet available at the upcoming stamp camp. 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Holiday Easel Celebration

What will you choose – the Christmas or the Halloween easel card?  It’s your choice at our September stamp camp.

Christmas EaselI love easel cards and was dismayed to find the Paperroses crafters had not made one of these creative cards since 2011.  I must admit my brain was not in full gear when I went searching for my directions.  First of all, I could not think of the word easel for the life of me – a senior moment?  So I kept searching for a pop-up card.  I looked in the SU demonstrator’s website and in Scrapbook Stampers, but no such luck.  Finally, I pulled up my stamp camp directions for the past several years and lo and behold – there it was! 

Christmas Easel front closedHere’s the view of our Christmas easel card when it is closed.  The view above is the card when it is opened.  I used the “Holiday Home” stamp set (only $15.95)and the Homemade Holiday Framelits (bundle price $31.95) for this wintery scene.  This type of card is very easy – we create the front and adhere it to the easel portion of the card.  However, when it came time for me to put my first Christmas easel together, I became totally confused – a second senior moment?  Christmas Easel side 1FINALLY, I gathered my senses and proceeded to finish the card construction!  This is a side view of the Christmas easel card.  You can see how the card front layer “rests” on the easel portion.  The red front portion of the card stops the front card layer from sliding forward.  Three glimmer brads act as the “stops” for the card.  A holiday greeting from the new “Merry Everything” stamp set and “Note Tag Punch” bundle, embellishes the front portion of the card.  However, I wanted to add a place for a more personal message.  A few snowflakes, and the message “from our house to yours at Christmas time” stamped in Marina Mist on Whisper White card stock provided just what I was looking for.  Christmas Easel back best

The back of the easel panel is blank so this is the perfect place to add a personal message, as shown here. 

 

 

BUT, what if you are not in the mood for Christmas with snow, pine trees, holiday lights, and snowmen?  Then the Halloween easel card will be just right for  you!

Halloween Easel 1Using the “Holiday Home” stamp set bundle again, the color scheme was changed from Real Red and Marina Mist, to Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  Ghosts and bats magically appear, as do pumpkins and black leaves falling from the bare trees.  As shown in the Christmas view, the front portion of the card acts as a “stop” to the front card layer.  Three glimmer brads were again used as the “stop” mechanisms.  The “Merry Everything” stamp set and “Note Tag Punch” bundle were used again to embellish the card front.  Halloween Easel front closedThe closed view of the card shows the embellishments best.  I love the faces on the little pumpkins.  The “Holiday Home” stamp set has the additional stamps that make this card so interesting and the set is a bargain for $15.95.  Although it is nice to have the framelits for the houses, the houses are quite easy to cut by hand.  I did use a “big box” punch for some of the pumpkins, but used the pumpkin face from the “Holiday Home” stamp set.  Halloween Easel back best

The blank back of the easel is again used to add a personal message.  “Happy Halloween” and a few black bats convey what I want to say.

 

We are certainly not going to wait another three years before we do another easel card.  These are fun to make, and are a “wow” surprise for the lucky person who receives one!  If you know which card you would like to male, and can let me know ahead of time, I will pre-cut some pine trees and punch the snowman – or pre-cut some ghosts and pumpkins.  Having these mechanical tasks pre-done will save you a few minutes of time.

I hope to see you on October 2nd, 3rd or 4th.  The Iris Folding samples for the special classes are done and you will be able to see them “live” as well as on a future blog.  As a reminder, the special classes in addition to October, November and December Stamp Camp are: 

Iris Folding – two cards (one Christmas, one fall) on Friday October 17th from 3 – 5 PM and 7 – 9 PM; Saturday October 18th from 10 AM – 12 N and 1 – 3 PM. As I will need to demonstrate and give verbal instructions, I am giving specific times. The cost will be $9 and will include all materials and supplies.  I will require a firm commitment for this class as I have certain supplies that must be purchased.  Iris Folding is beautiful and so easy! You just need one or two good eyes and patience!

Stamp-A-Stack – 3 or 4 (your choice) each of 5 different Christmas cards (total of 15 or 20 cards.) Thursday November 13th and Friday November 14th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday November 15th from 9 AM to 4 PM. These cards will be totally different from cards done at Stamp Camp and will use different stamp sets. Samples will be posted.

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 639/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com