Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day of Gratitude

Seeing as how Thanksgiving is coming our way so quickly, I thought I'd play with the Thanksgiving set Day of Gratitude featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog!

The set is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving, but the "medallion" stamp in the set can be versatile. As you can see in this first picture, the "medallion" can be simply elegant. I have used it for a scrapbook page here along with the Butterfly Prints set.

Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude, Butterfly Prints
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark
Paper: Basic Black textured for the page and smooth for the punched pieces; Whisper White textured for the double scallop line and smooth for the other punched pieces
Tools: 2 3/8" and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, Modern Label punch, 2" x 1 3/8" Oval punch, Butterfly punch, Double Scallop Ribbon Border punch, White Embossing Powder, Black EP, heat tool
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, Antique Brad

Next, I wanted to redo a little gobbler I made 2 years ago! I had used colors that retired and also a retired stamp. I also added embellishments, which I didn't have on the other one! Here he is not on a card, but on a "stand." I cut a length of Early Espresso, 4 1/4" x 11". Scored at 4 1/4" (this is the back), 8 1/2" (front), and 10" (bottom), the extra is the flap where I put a length of Sticky Strip then adhered it to the inside of the back. The "feathers" are made with the scallop circle: counted off 5 scallops and scored a straight line (I will fold up these 5 after all the scoring); counted 2 up and 3 down (2+3=5) from the scored line, scoring these 5 scallops as well; and the same on the other side. Now I folded up the straight line that we first scored and then folded on the other two lines to go on the opposite side. This can give you a very dimensional effect or you can snip off the piece from the back which will make for easier adhering of the body. (Clear as mud, right? Punch out a scallop and try to do it step by step, I think it will make sense as you do it! I hope.)

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude
Ink: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Basic Black for his eyes (hand drawn)
Paper: Early Espresso (textured for the turkeys body), More Mustard textured, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede textured, Whisper White
Tools: Double Scallop Ribbon border punch, 2" x 1 3/8" Oval punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 3/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, Boho Blossoms punch -- 2 of the smallest flower make the turkeys feet, and I clipped a "petal" of the medium sized flower for his beak
Embellishments: 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, Antique Brad

I also thought this set would make nice place cards for a Thanksgiving meal. My family is not that formal! But I know other people utilize place cards, so this is yet another way to use this set.

Stamps Set: Day of Gratitude
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze; Markers: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock, Soft Suede for the acorn (Early Espresso for the tops)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Tools: Hobby Blade to start the cutting out of the medallion, then paper snips to go all the way around (I simply scored on either side of the "medallion" and folded it down after I cut)

One last non-card use for this set. I got this candle decorating idea from the mini catalog; but they used a different set and actually cut leaves and tied them in a bunch then took the tie around the candle. I wanted a simpler, less time-consuming way to decorate it. I also wanted to use the technique of VersaMark and the Stampin' Pastels. I stamped the "medallion" in VersaMark ink. Then took my sponge dauber, dabbed it onto one of the Pastel chalks, then dabbed it onto the image. Repeated in multiple colors; on this one I used Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. I also did 3 leaves around the side and back. This also has a piece of Old Olive, distressed on both edges, for the lower layer.

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude
Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip (for "Thanksgiving")
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Tools: Stampin' Pastels, Modern Label punch, Sticky Strip
Embellishments: 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Designer Buttons Brights Old Olive

Finally, I made a card. I was stretching myself to make things other than cards. Particularly, because I am doing a workshop next week and the hostess isn't so much into card-making. I, however, am! :) So, I had to make a few cards, but this one was my favorite.

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (just covered the lower half of the card front with the EF), Word Window punch
Embellishments: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, Designer Buttons Brights Old Olive, crochet thread

Thanks so much for clicking over to my blog. Hope you found some helpful ideas and inspiration and a desire for this stamp set! LOL

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