CALENDAR EASEL CARD

I enjoy making calendar easel cards at the end of the year.  These make great stocking stuffers and are easily mailed in a standard A2 envelope.  I like to add a message layer on the back of the easel card.  My favorite messages are from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  My favs are:  YOU MAKE ME SMILE or JUST BREATHE or finally LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.

Calendars 1, 2Although these may look difficult, they are really quite easy.  For me, the most challenging aspect is attaching the easel portion to the actual card, and trying to keep my card stock straight.  If someone is going to be looking at this calendar for a whole year, I want it to look nice, be sturdy, and not fall apart! 

Calendars 3, 4After making my first 4 2020 calendars, I asked my hubby which he liked the best.  He chose one that had the large 2020.  I decided that since it was easier to simply die cut 2020, I would do that instead of adding embellishments.  You can choose to make your calendar however you wish.  I have tons of designer paper pulled, or you can choose to color the paper yourself as I have done on the left calendar above.

Calendars 5, 6The best way to start is to first choose your designer paper and then choose card stock that will coordinate nicely.  Debbie and I will be available with paper cutters to cut and score your card stock to size.  You will receive a package of ten 2020 calendars from Taylored Expressions.  You can choose to do 1 or all 10.  You can take them home with the instructions and make them at your leisure – the choice is yours!

Calendars 7, 8

I think the silver and gray calendar to my right is probably the easiest.  Although the silver card would be appropriate for anyone, I think both of these are great for men.  I used Wink of Stella on my numbers, but I do have an assortment of glimmer paper that could be used also.

It is extremely helpful to know if you are coming and what you are choosing to make.  The angels for the Tealight Christmas cards need to be stamped prior to Stamp Camp so that they can dry.  You can choose to make 1 Tealight Christmas and the calendars for $14.  If you choose to make 4 Tealight Christmas card and no calendars, the cost would be $14.  If you wish to make 4 Tealight Christmas cards and calendars, the cost would be $22.  The dates and times are:Thursday December 5th from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday December 6th from 12 noon – 6 pm, and Saturday December 7th from 9 am – 4 pm.

In January, I am offering an Iris Folding class on January 16th and 18th.  This is limited to 5 crafters per class (or maybe 6). The cost will be $9 and we will be making a birthday card and a Valentine’s Day card.  This crafting technique requires 2 eyes, 2 hands, and the ability to read and work with scotch tape.  In February, regular Stamp Camps start on February 6, 7 and 8.  I will have 2020 Stamp Camp calendars available at December Stamp Camp.

In December, you will be receiving the Stampin’Up spring occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Brations mini catalog.  For those of you not familiar with Sale-A-Brations, this is an annual event where you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Brations catalog for every $50 in product you buy from the annual or spring catalogs.  I’m looking forward to seeing what goodies they will be offering.

Happy Thanksgiving and if I don’t see you in December, have a Blessed Christmas!  Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

A CLASSIC CAR

05.21.19 Orange CarIt’s been quite awhile since we’ve done an easel card.  Debbie designed these cards using the “Geared Up Garage” stamp set and coordinating dies.  She chose a color scheme of Graphite Gray, Pacific Point, and silver and black foils.  This card is all about gears – definitely a guy thing although I am sure there are many gals out there that know more about cars and gears than some guys do.  Note the “tire” Debbie used to “prop up” the easel.  05.21.19 Car embellishment small

I thought I had ordered the Classic Garage Metal Elements that coordinate with this bundle – but we couldn’t find them (they were hidden in a drawer).  Debbie was going to use a tiny metal key as the easel prop.  No key could be found so she took a small silver metal button, but apart a black foil gear, and came up with a clever wheel!  Hats off to Debbie!

05.21.19 Red CarOn our second sample, we can see the metal key acting as the easel prop.  Of course nowadays, many cars don’t use keys but for a classic car, a key is the way to go.  The cars have been colored with Stampin’ Blends – orange above and red to the right.  Wink of Stella adds a glittery sheen to the colors.  You can color your car your favorite color – yellow?  green?  brown or black?  And you can choose or make your own prop for your easel card 

05.21.19 Car red If easel cards are new to you, perhaps this side view will help.  Your measurements are the same as for any horizontal A2 card – 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4”.  However, you add an extra score at 3” and that is where your card starts to rise.  The top layer is 5 1/4 X 4 but is only adhered to the card front to the 3” score line.  The small metal key or the tire Debbie constructed act as the prop to hold the easel in place.  This card would be perfect for a birthday, Father’s Day, or just to show someone you appreciate them.

Now that you’ve seen the 4 cards for June Stamp Camp, please let me know which day you are coming and how many of each card you wish to do.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  The cost includes all supplies and materials.  There will be a snack on the kitchen counter so no one starves, and water and soda pop are in the fridge. 

Let’s discuss some dates

June 4th – The new 2019-2020 SU catalog takes effect.  At this time, I don’t know if retiring items will go on the clearance rack at a discounted rate, or not.  I have the new catalogs.

June 6, 7, 8th – June Stamp Camp.  June 6th from 12 Noon – 6 PM.  June 7th from 2 – 6 PM.  June 8th from 9 PM – 4 PM.

July 18 & 20 – Christmas in July.  Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The 4 cards will be out at June Stamp Camp and will be posted to the blog in June.  I will need a firm count on how many you will want to do of each card.  Prices will be available shortly.

August 1, 2, 3rd – August Stamp Camp.  We will be doing late summer cards – a bicycle card, a hanging flower basket card, and a flip/flop card.  Our 4th card may be a Christmas Card.  We will definitely be including Christmas cards at our September – October and November Stamp Camps.

Hope to see you next week!

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – 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