Tuesday, 19 September 2017

"Hello Fall" (Merry Cafe) Tutorial

Hi Friends! I must say, I LOVE this time of year. I think most people do - Autumn is just so cozy, nice temperatures, Fall colours and all things Pumpkin Spiced (or Apple! LOL). It's also a busy time of year for those of us who are gardeners. All winter long I looked forward to planting my vegetables so that I could do some canning and that is exactly what I've been doing! So far I've made bread and butter pickles, Nine Day pickles, relishes, and salsa. The garden is starting to wind down, of course. I've just finished the beets, peas and beans. However, it's still full of Swiss Chard (which I'll freeze), squash, leeks, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, and tomatoes. I've just been LOVING it! I took some photos of my garden the other day for my "Memories & More" album, and thought I'd share them with you too:

I know we've only got about a month and half before the cold season hits so I'm trying to find as much time as I can to enjoy the outdoors and my veg and flower gardens. I have a great book on year-round gardening so I'm looking forward to trying to grow vegetables in WINTER! I'll keep ya posted!

Ok - enough bragging on my 'happy little garden'! Let's get to some stamping, shall we????

Here is today's tutorial for you, created by friend, Lisa Curcio, for our project sheets group - enjoy!

·       Stamp Sets -  Merry CafĂ© (144965)
·       Card Stock – Early Espresso (119686); Cajun Craze (131173); Very Vanilla (101650)
·       Stamp Pads – Early Espresso (126974); Cajun Craze (126965); Crushed Curry (131173)
·       Misc. – Painted Autumn Designer Paper (144613); Wood Textures Designer Paper Stack (144177); Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (144354); Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108); Pencil
·       Early Espresso (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
·       Cajun Craze: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”, 2 7/8” x 4 1/8”
·       Painted Autumn Designer Paper: 4” x 5 ¼”
·       Very Vanilla: 2 ¾” x 4”, plus scraps
·       Wood Textures Designer Paper: 3/4” x 4”
·       Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine: 34”


1.     Adhere the Painted Autumn Designer Paper to the Cajun Craze layer. Adhere these layers to the card base.

2.     Lay the Wood Texture Designer Paper strip on the bottom of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Use the pencil to mark the top of the designer paper for placement of the cups. 

3.     Stamp the small cup image three times across the center of the Very Vanilla cardstock, just above the pencil line. Stamp another cup on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap cardstock.  Cut out the area surrounding the words.  Use this piece as a template and trace it three times on Very Vanilla scrap cardstock.  This will create the new bands for the coffee cups.

4.     Stamp the outline berry image using Early Espresso ink inside one of the traced templates.  Stamp the outline leaf image two times using Early Espresso ink inside one of the traced templates.  Stamp the outline fern image two times using Early Espresso ink inside the traced template. 

5.     Stamp the solid berry image using Cajun Craze ink, filling the outline image from step 4.  Stamp the solid leaf image using Crushed Curry ink, filling the outline image from step 4. Stamp the solid fern image using Early Espresso ink, filling the outline image from step 4. Cut out the traced templates using your scissors.  Adhere them, one over each of the cups. 

6.     Stamp the greeting using Cajun Craze ink on Very Vanilla scrap cardstock. Using your scissors cut out just the words “Hello Fall”.  Create banner tips on each end using your scissors.  Adhere the greeting over the coffee cups using Mini Dimensionals.

7.     Adhere the Wood Textures Designer Paper strip under the cups.  Adhere the Very Vanilla layer to the Cajun Craze layer. 

8.     Wrap the baker’s twine around the layers three times, adjusting it so the strands will lie between the bottom of the cups and the Wood Textures Designer Paper.  Tie in a single knot to secure. Create a bow. Adhere the layer to the center of the card base using Dimensionals.


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