Hurricane Irma brought widespread devastation to the Caribbean, Florida, and South Carolina. But here in North Carolina, it brought unseasonably cooler weather. Normally, September is one of the hottest months of the summer. Just three days ago, I was wearing my fleece and slippers, and adding a blanket to the bed! And when I went out to run errands, I really could have used a jacket! Then, after about a week of being able to open up the house and enjoy the cool breeze, summer is back with a vengeance. The a/c is back on as the heat and humidity are once again a daily occurrence. The forecast is for hot and humid for at least the next 10 days.
Thanks, Mother Nature. It was great while it lasted! Come back soon!
Hint: Using the Memories and More card packs is a great way to make a quick card, without a lot of fuss.
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Old Olive, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Old Olive Color Theory Designer Series Paper, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: Old Olive, 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Layer 4: Sweater Weather Card from Color Theory Memories and More Card Pack, 3" x 4"
Layer 5: Leaves cut from Crushed Curry Color Theory Designer Series Paper and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, using the Colorful Seasons thinlits.
1. Adhere layers 3 & 4. Wrap 5" Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon around the back and secure with glue dots. Add bow.
2. Adhere Layers 1 & 2. Add Sweater Weather layer with dimensionals.
3. Attach leaves with glue dots, just at the apex of the stem and the leaf itself. This gives it a bit more texture to the card.
4. Finish with a Gold Metallic Enamel Dot in the center of the leaves and 2 more on the card.
September 15th is a big day for RSVP's. It's the last day to register for the RSVP to my September Christmas Card Club and Early Bird Registration Ends for the November 4th Holiday Stamp Camp. Email me today to reserve your spot at one -or both!
Maybe it's the cooler nights and mornings. Maybe it's the sound of "hurry up" of frantic parents and car doors slamming at 7:30 am. Maybe it's the sound of children's laughter at 3:15 as they walk home from school. Whatever it is, there's a feeling of fall in the air.
This card is built around paper and ribbon; there's no stamping! I began with the leaf card from the Color Theory Memories and More Card Pack, trimmed it down, and used it as the center from which I built the rest of my card. It was fun adding elements from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, the Seasonal Layers Thinlets, and the 1/4" Copper Trim, which I 'fluffed up' by pulling the strands slowly apart, creating a soft wire mesh to tuck behind the layers. That actually started out as a 6" piece of trim!
All of this is getting me really excited about this Sunday's (9/10) Painted Harvest Card Class. I'm going to make a yummy pumpkin dessert to go along with our coffee and cards, too. Hmmm...I might have to start testing a few recipes early, just to make sure I have the right one! Why don't you join us? Class is at 2 pm and I know you'll have a great time! Just email me to RSVP by the 8th so I know I have enough class packets prepared. See you Sunday!
Of all the greens, I can honestly say that Old Olive is the one I've most struggled to use. I love greens the fall along the blue-side like Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Tranquil Tide, and Emerald Envy. And I like shockingly bright greens like Lemon Lime Twist. But, unless I was looking for a green in autumn or Christmas, Old Olive seemed to be relegated to my shelf. That is, until this summer.
It was HOT in North Carolina this weekend. The weekend heat index hit 115F !!! But we stayed nice and cool at Stamp! Smile! Repeat! Summer Stamp Camp! We had a great hall, with plenty of room to spread out. Everyone had their very own 6 foot table to craft on all day; and in the afternoon, we broke into smaller groups for other classes.
Everyone made 8 cards using the Petal Garden Memories and More card pack, and took the rest of the entire pack plus the Graceful Garden Stamp Set home for more fun!
Then, in the afternoon, there were two smaller break out sessions to choose from: A Summer Sampler class taught by my friend and fellow Stamping Bee, Pam Riley. And a Christmas in July Class, taught by me.
Of course there were new stamping techniques, raffles, and prizes, and lots of fun and laughter. The Hubs was in charge of setting up food and making sure we all stayed cool and hydrated. His special afternoon Italian Ice treat was a huge hit and many of us braved the heat of the day to go stand outside, stretch and enjoy our cool treat.
I'm very thankful for everyone who came out and participated in Stamp Camp. I can't wait to surprise and delight you all again this fall! Stay tuned...a date for our holiday Stamp Camp is being announced soon. You won't want to miss it!
The Stamp! Smile! Repeat! Summer Stamp Camp is almost here! I'm busy checking off my to do lists as we get down to the last minute organizing and packing. Of course, it seems that for every thing I cross off, I add two more!
In the midst of all the camp frenzy, I found myself needing a birthday card! I love how the Memories and More Card Packs can quickly be combined with a little stamping and an embossed background to make a quick and simple card. The font from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set was exactly what I was looking for. Something small and delicate, that wouldn't distract from the other details on the card. This card took just minutes to put together, too, which was really appreciated this week!
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