It’s Fall Festival time

I forgot to mention that I purchased MDS (My Digital System) from Stampin’ Up last month.  I placed a $400 order which qualified for 1 item at 50% off.  Son Larry came over and walked me through our Halloween Open House invitation.  I had ordered the MDS Poison download to design the invitation.  It was so odd to design a card using this method.  However, it was a much faster way to do 60+ cards!!!

So let’s look at more projects for the October Fall Festival Stamp Camp this weekend!  This first card is a “do the one you want!”  You can choose either the wreath or the Halloween owl!  The basic card is the same and we will cut the DSP after you have decided which card you choose to do.  Both cards use images from “Warmest of Wishes” stamp set on page 5 of the Holiday Mini.   Will you go fall or Halloween?  I’ve shown 2 versions of the Fall Wreath card – one with the center cut out and one without.

wreath 1wreath 2

        Halloween Owl

Our fourth card is very fall and I think very striking.  I CAS’d the idea of the pears and the green checked paper, but changed the other cs colors, ribbon, and layering.  I used this image from the “Always Thankful” set on page 19 in the Holiday Mini.  I thought we might do the wheelbarrow with pumpkins next month.  Water coloring the pears and basket goes very quickly.  The DSP comes from the Frostwood Lodge set. 

GratefulSo what’s left?  I promised 5 projects, but I still need to put #5 together.  We will each be doing a cellophane treat bag similar to the samples shown on page 11 of the Holiday Mini.  My Granddaughter Kristin designed bag toppers today for these little cuties.  We will use M&M’s or licorice to fill the treat bags.  I was discussing which candy to use with 6 year-old Granddaughter Jailyn and she informed me that “Gram, EVERYONE likes M&M’s.  As soon as Hubby Norb can load the bags with the little candies, we will take a picture and post it on this blog. 

Debbie and I hope to see you this weekend:  Friday October 7th, 3 PM to 11 PM – and – Saturday October 8th, 9 AM – 4 PM.  As always, all paper will be cut and scored, and all accessories will be supplied. 

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Brrrrrrrr…Fall is Here

Happy October crafters!  Have you noticed the leaves changing color?  Last  year I was fortunate to travel up to Door County during this time period and the colors were absolutely gorgeous!  This year I will be content to watch the local trees as they give us their red and oranges hues.  We have a few fall cards for the October and November Stamps Camps as well as a bit of Halloween and of course, Christmas.  Here’s a quick preview on cards 1 and 2.  I’m not going to add much color commentary as it is 11 PM and I am brain dead!

Leaf 1I love the 2-step stamping “Gently Falling” set in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Deb designed this card using the maple leaf in (I think) Cajun Craze and More Mustard.  She was experimenting with several color combinations.  She has added Spice Cake DSP and Pool Party that has been embossed with the Stripes embossing folder.  This is a bi-fold card and it would not lay flat for the picture.  It is much more attractive than the picture! 





Stocking 1

I love this Christmas card done in Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Real Red.  I used a few inches of Holly Berry Bouquet DSP and the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder on the red card stock .  I just love the lace doily which came from the Flirtatious Specialty DSP.  The doilies are colored on one side and white on the reverse.  I created the stocking using the “Stitched Stockings” stamp set in the new Holiday Mini, and punched the stocking out with the Stocking Builder Punch.  I re-punched the toe, heel and top of the stocking in the red glimmer paper.  I thought this gave the stocking some added glimmer.  Of course a rhinestone in the center of this little snowflake provides the perfect finish!

Make sure you check out the Clearance Rack on www.stampin’  They have added some new items of which I ordered a bunch myself!  There is some nice ribbon, punches, and several of my favorite embosslits dies on clearance!  Let me know if you want to order any of these items, or you can order them yourself online.

I hope you can make it to the October Fall Festival Stamp Camp!  We will be doing 5 projects – 2 fall, 2 Christmas and 2 that you can do either for fall or Halloween.  The cost will be $10 which is a bargain for what you will be making!  Several of you have already notified me of which day you will be attending.  It is always a help if I know ahead of time – but not required.  Friday October 7th will be from 3 PM to 9 PM and Saturday October 8th will be from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Hope you can make it!

Embossing Brads

I promised to share the results Debbi and I had embossing antique brads.  The results were interesting.  Deb used VersaMark on her brads, dipped the brads in the embossing powder, and then applied heat.  I, on the other hand, did not use VersaMark.  I heat the brad, dip it in the embossing powder, and try to shake off the excess.  The heat gun will actually heat the embossing powder to the point that excess powder drips off.  I use higher heat than Deb does and this tends to take out much of the color.  Needless to say, you need a sturdy tweezers to hold your brad during the process.  I tried embossing some inexpensive tree brads and discovered that by holding my heat gun 8 – 12” away from the brad, I had satisfactory results.  However, the trees were not the shiny smooth metallic look I was seeking.   You can see below that the poinsettia antique brads clearly show the impression.  My favorites are the Melon Mambo antique brad and the copper embossed antique brad.

Brads 4

The bottom line is that embossing brads is rather messy and time consuming.  However, if you have a special card or project and need 1 – 3 brads in a special color, this is the way to give you the perfect shade.  And don’t do what I did – place the brads on Styrofoam for the heating process because guess what – the Styrofoam melts.

Hope to see you Friday September 9th from 4 – 9 PM or Saturday September 10th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We’re looking forward to several crafters who are new to our stamping group.  In order to impress the new folks, I will again promise NOT to sing!

October Fall Festival Stamp Camp is Oct 7-8, November Holiday Happenings is Nov 4-5 and December Christmas Celebrations Camp is Dec 2 – 3.  Mark your calendars now.  Give me a call if you have any questions – about ANYTHING!  In the meantime, HAPPY CRAFTING!  Rosemary

Simple September Punches…the end…

Wisteria punch 1Wisteria punch 2







Our fifth and Simple September Punch project is a card featuring the new Wisteria Wonder designer series paper and Concord Crush Scallop ribbon.  I printed 2 cards that are basically the same but show how you can choose to add a message – or not – you can choose pears or rhinestones to the flower centers – or not.  You can choose different color combinations as Debbie did above, and they will look great.  This card will give you the opportunity to express your creativity.  The stamp set used is “Flower Fest” and the punches include Fancy Flower, 5-Petal Flower, and Build-A-Blossom.  Sadly, we don’t have a punch for the smallest flower, and it requires the use of scissors! 

Debbie and I hope to see you at our Simple September Punch Stamp Camp.  Remember the dates – September 9th 4 – 9 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM.  I appreciate your letting me know if you plan on coming, but if you just decide to come without advance notice, we always have extra card packets and would love to have you come.  We plan on having some new Christmas items out, as well as extra Christmas mini catalogs.  Now is the time to schedule a book party or workshop.  Our holiday offer is $15 extra dollars in free merchandise for each qualifying workshop.   As soon as we have tested our embossed antique brads, I will add a post showing you the results!  Next Stamp Camp is October 7th and 8th and I think fall will be in the stamp camp air. 

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend.  Happy Crafting, Rosemary             

Simple September Punch Preview #4

I have been advised by my lovely family that some grammatical and spelling errors have been appearing on occasion in my blogs.  My excuse is that I spend all day on the computer and by evening, the brain and fingers are not always coordinated.  I run spell-check, but it is just not smart enough to pick up some of those little words that don’t make sense if they are not used correctly.  If anyone wants to volunteer to be my proof-reader, please hold your hand up high!!!! 

Are these boxes – or bags – or box/bags?  Whatever you want to call them, these little box/bags are just darling!  Debbie left the message blank on the front of the boxes, but you could easily use this for a birthday, thank-you, thinking of you, or just “for you” message. This is the standard box die we have used previously.  Deb added scalloped squares on the front and back ,with Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Whisper White layers on the front.  The bird and owl are formed with circle, scallop, heart , leaf and flower punches .  The 1/2” X 8 1/2” whisper white handle is attached to the box with brads that coordinate with the overall color scheme.  Tissue paper or cellophane nestled in the box/bag, filled with goodies and tied with Island Indigo ribbon would be the perfect gift for a special friend!   Bird and owl boxes

Which box/bag will you make at the Simple September Punch stamp camp?  Are you a bird or owl fan? 

Only one simple punch project is left to preview.  Check back tomorrow to see it . Happy Crafting!  Rosemary

Simple September Punch Card #3…

Dress 2Isn’t this little frock just too cute!  I love the color scheme of Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, and Wisteria Wonder.  These colors are all reflected in the Berry Blossoms designer paper Debbie chose for the dress.  The real challenge was not punching out the skirt, top, or straps – the real challenge is fashioning the hangar out of wire!  Debbie is working on perfecting her method using the wooden ribbon form and needle nose pliers.  She added Stampin’ Dimensionals under the skirt  for dimension and has chosen 2 styles of Wisteria flowers that you can use at the waist.  Notice that once again, we are using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder on the front cs layers.  Now I can hear several of you saying, “Rosemary, you KNOW I don’t have any daughters I can give this card to!”  Well, I know everyone has a little neighbor girl who would love to receive this card.  In fact, I know an almost 65-year-old stamper who happens to live in my house who would love this card.  If you wish, you can add a simple message on the front.  “Sparkle,” “Adorable,” “Wish” or “Joy” come to mind.

Check in tomorrow for another punch preview!  #4 is not a card and is really cute.  Happy Crafting, Rosemary

Simple September Punches continued…

Hasn’t the weather been wonderful this week?  It’s so hard to believe it is almost September and Halloween is just 2 months away.  Halloween is hubby Norb’s favorite celebration and we will be having our Second Annual Halloween Open House on October 30th.  It should be a frightful sight!  Well, on to prettier sights…

Grape Crush PunchI love this simple Daffodil Delight and Concord Crush color scheme.  Debbie used the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, a strip of Beyond the Garden DSP, the scallop trim border punch and the scallop circle punch to punch out her “Happiest Birthday Wishes” image.  We have really made good use of the polka dot embossing folder and this birthday stamp set for this stamp camp.  Deb has added a single Concord Crush glitter brad at the top of the card.  This simple brad draws the eye up to the top of the card for added interest.  I just realized that I tend to call Concord Crush by the term Grape Crush.  Oh well, it is close. 

Happy Crafting this week!  Check back tomorrow for Simple September Punch #3.  Take care!  rosemary