Wednesdays Wreaths Give Thanks…me too!

Hi All,

Do you have a hankering after Wreaths this time of year but don’t have any Wreath stamps new or retired?  Don’t despair.  Chances are you have something in your stamp stash that will work and there are several reasonably priced (some downright cheap!) in the catalog that will also help you out while giving you versatility in other areas.   And here you thought you were going to have to buy another Holiday stamp!  Nope (unless of course you want too that is, he,he,he!).

And as a side note…Does anyone know when a Wreath is spelled WREATH and when it is spelled WREATHE.   Maybe I grew up reading too many European books but I thought sometimes or maybe some places there is an “E” on the end or is that when it’s plural??  Is the plural Wreaths or Wreathes or is this one of those times when Wreath is the singular and the plural!  So far Google has failed me!  ARGHH and ACKKK!  Well…it did tell me that Wreath is the singular and Wreaths is the plural here in the USA but I would swear I had seen alternate spellings and pluralities growing up.   But then a number of words seem to have left the planet in the last few decades so who knows!  Anyone with answers please leave a comment so I can put these wonderings to bed.  Thanks!

Here’s a set of cards using a stamping technique I’ve seen here and there around the web for a couple of years now.  Most recently it’s been used to create wreaths for every season with sets like Autumn Days and Pocket Silhouettes.  Sadly I’ve not yet been able to add those to my stamp collection yet so I went looking to see what exactly I did have.  And what I found was a berry branch stamp from the set Always. Perfect!    I’m still perfecting the art of this type of wreath but I did discover a few tips along the way:

1. Don’t use more than 3 colors of ink unless you really, really have to. 

2. Don’t feel like you have to keep going back and filling in.  Less is more. 

3. Four stamps in a square or circle (of sorts) with each color and each ring being slightly offset is more than sufficient.

Here’s the basic 3×3 starter version I showed you in Sunday’s post here.  As I mentioned Sunday these would also make great place cards or place notes for everyone to write what they are thankful for.  Or just a memento of the day with a menu or guest list printed inside.  So many possibilities…just like the stamps you use to create them.

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And  more grow up versions:

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Supplies:

Stamps: Always (berry branch stamp), Holiday Best – Level 1 hostess set (free with qualifying workshop or purchase).

Inks: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Real Red Classic

Papers: Naturals White, Kraft, Always Artichoke Cardstock – Real Red Textured Cardstock

Other:  Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pak, dimensionals, sponge dauber

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Something else to give thanks for…after years of only being available in the full Craft kit (since discontinued) Stampin’ Up now sells the paper piercer by itself (insert Hallelujah!)  for a very reasonable $3.50. If however paper piercing scares you, worries you or is too interesting to young children in your household or you don’t have the tools you can also use a gel pen to draw some faux stitching around the Always Artichoke mat for another interesting look.     I’m also giving thanks that I managed to get the dual sets of scallops more or less in alignment.  I guess all the practice I’ve been getting with the luminaria borders is paying off. 😀

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I guess you could say that I gave this card the bird…right?  Hee, hee.  Can you tell I’ve been reading Di Gibbs blog a lot lately?  Hi Di!  Some time back I was playing with the Movers and Shapers dies and posted a few odds and ends from that playtime here.  Then I set aside the pieces and never really got back to them to make a finished card.  Well as I cleaned up my space to do a bit of work this red bird took flight and landed on my 3×3 sample wreath image.   Hm…looks interesting I said to myself.  Lets see what we can do with that.  Meant I had to rethink the sentiment placement and that led to an entirely different card than the one I set out to make.  Don’t you just love chance happenings and the roads they take you down?   I do.  But then I grew up with a Dad who was a great believer in the road less traveled.  Especially when it came to Sunday drives.  Thanks Dad for reminding me to keep alert to the unexpected joys and pitfalls in life.  They sure keep things interesting. 

Anyhoo…pardon the neighbors boat in the background of this picture. I did crop it out but that cropped picture looked so distorted I decided to stick with the original.

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Supplies:

Stamps: Always (berry branch stamp), Holiday Best – Level 1 hostess set (free with qualifying workshop or purchase).

Inks:  More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Real Red Classic

Papers: Real Red, Always Artichoke Cardstock

Other: Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, glue dots, dimensionals, sponge daubers, Big Shot, Finial Press & Petals a Plenty Impressions Folders, Movers and Shaper Holiday collection dies (bird shape die) and Curly Label Mover and Shaper die base.

Can you tell yet that I’m on a Real Red,  Always Artichoke and More Mustard Binge yet?  Those colors just scream natural to me – not to mention Autumn  – okay I know Real Red isn’t exactly natural but it is the color of barns, Cardinals and the cochineal bugs (have you considered that if you are squeamish about red it might be the ground up bugs used to create the dye?) used to make the red dye right??  Besides we’re talking holidays here people!  I also keep reaching for the Naturals White and Ivory cardstock for my image paper.  I do love Very Vanilla as well but the Naturals paper is the closest I can get to my own handmade papers and still be all SU in my design.  One note though it’s slightly less forgiving than Whisper White or Very Vanilla when it comes to coloring with blender pens or aquapainter because of its higher recycled paper content.  It is however part of that group of less expensive papers sold in larger packs that you can find on page 159.  

I’m also on an Impressions Folder embossing kick.  I keep cranking reams of paper through just so I’ll have lots of quarter sheet pieces ready to work with.  The nice thing about using quarter sheets ( 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″) for impressions is that you can then easily cut layering strips or mats or punch any number of pieces and even run it through the Movers and shapers for a unique shape or card layer with window.  A bit more versatile though I suppose potentially a bit wasteful of those tiny slivers of paper you’ll need to cut off if you just want a basic layering piece.  Handy though to have a stack of many colors and textures so you’re ready to go at the drop of a design hat or inspiration!

Heres a few links with a few more wreath ideas and tutorials:

For those of you in need of a tutorial to see how these stamp wreaths are created  Lyssa Zwolanek has a quickie here –  Thanks Lyssa for saving me from struggling with camera shots. http://songofmyheartstampers.typepad.com/song_of_my_heart_stampers/2009/10/photo-tutorial-wreaths-from-the-autumn-days-set.html

More Wreath links:

http://mycraftyworld.blogspot.com/2009/10/late-night-stampers-challenge-40.html – Pocket Silhouettes and other stamps

http://www.juliabettencourt.com/blog/?p=4935 – this wreath uses punches instead of stamps but too cool not to share

http://www.stampingwithbluemooncreations.com/my_weblog/2009/09/sunday-inspiration-challengeautumn-days.html – Wreath Masking technique tutorial

http://mytruebluecreations.blogspot.com/2009/01/rubber-stamp-tapestry-wreaths.html – While this isn’t SU stamping it reminded me that many of our smaller stamps would make excellent wreaths.  Including many of our snowflake stamps.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.  I’ll see you tomorrow for another weekly installment of my Blog Picks and Posts.  And whatever you are up to don’t forget to take a minute to Give Thanks…it’s a good habit to acquire no matter the time of year. 😀

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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One Response

  1. Beautiful cards! Thanks to your tips, I am looking forward to trying my own wreath card!

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