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