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October 2015

Workshop October 10 Summary

WORKSHOP OCTOBER 10 SUMMARY    Designing cards for the fall is always a treat for me.   I love the fall colors of orange, yellow and red.  THEN there's the Christmas Cards!   Stampin' Up! Handmade for the Holidays catalog is filled with too many good ideas.  Viewing the catalog is available from my blog side bar.   I had a tough time deciding which ones to get because I wanted them all.   I've chosen to focus on one of the four holiday design series paper (DSP) and it is the Home for Christmas (139592 $11).  

At the workshop we made 4 different cards:

  • Give Thanks or Trick or Treat Pumpkin
  • Xmas Thank You Notes 
  • Iridescent Ice Tree 
  • Softly Falling Silent Night 

Give Thanks or Trick or Treat Pumpkin - It is easy to use for Thanksgiving or Halloween.   The tip is to place down two ovals next to each other, then trim the stem and place down, then add dimensionals to third oval and place in middle.  

  • Card Stock:  Soft Suede 5 1/2x8 1/2 score 4 1/4"; Crumb Cake 5 1/4x4; Pumkpin Pie 2 1/2x11; Very Vanilla 5x4 (inside), 1x3" scrap; Mossy Meadow 1 1/2x1 1/2"
  • Stamp Set: Good Greetings, Hardwood and curly stamp from a craft store
  • Stuff:  Oval Framelits (129381 $27); Rhinestores colored orange/gold; sponge dabber


Xmas Thank You Notes - I'm always making my thank you notes the day after Christmas, so this season I'm getting ahead of myself and making them early.   These two use either side of the DSP so you can choose to be fun/silly or more formal sending your thanks.  

  • Card Stock:  Whisper White or Very Vanilla 5x7, score 3 1/2"; Real Red and Pacific Point4 3/4x3 1/4"; Home for Christmas DSP 4 1/x3" 
  • Stamp Set:  Something to Say (134180 $22); retired set Good Greetings
  • Stuff:  Punches Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Tree 

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Iridescent Ice Tree - Here we are using the Oval shape again.  This Christmas stamp set is from the main catalog and is available until May 31, 2016.  I like the set and have and Tree Punch to go with it.   I have made many different cards from this set and will be using it all year long.

  • Card Stock:  Whisper White 5 1/2x8 1/2", score 4 1/4
  • Stamp Set:   Festival of Trees (135059 $16) {bundle with tree punch, 15% discount 137640 $28.75)
  • Stuff:  Embossing powder Iridescent Ice, Oval Framelits, Woodland Textured Impressions (139673 $8.50)
  • Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry

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Softly Falling Silent Night - Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, Peace and Home.   To me, this card has it all.  

  • Card Stock - Night of Navy 4 1/4x11, score 5 1/2, 3x4 and 3/4x3"; 2 DSP Home for Christmas cuts 3x4"; Very Vanilla 4x5" inside 
  • Stamp Bundle Set - Jingle All the Way and Sleigh Ride Edgeless Dies (140862 $29.75 save 15%)
  • Stuff - 15" 1/4" silver ribbon, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672 $8.50); Ink:  Night of Navy and Stazon White; 1 small rhinestone 

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Donna J Payerle   DJ Cards and More 










Fall and Spring are busy herb times.   Not that Summer is a lazy time especially when the chamomile is blooming, but Fall herbing offers it's last fragrance and favors for the season.   My fall herb garden yield shared parsley, thyme, rosemary, stevia and sage.  

The drying methods used were simple:

  • cut and trim* 
  • rinse with water and dry with kitchen or paper towel
  • place in clean dish; glass, metal, plastic or wood
  • cover with a kitchen towel
  • check daily or every other day and stir herbs to dry them evenly
  • when dry; if needed, crush or finely chop 
  • store in glass jars; label 
  • *some herbs stay on the branch, some are removed from branch 

Parsley - one of my most favorite herbs.   It is so easy to dry, store and cook with.   I grow flat leaf parsley.  I remove the leafs from the stalks.   See the picture below with several trays ready to dry.   This will take 10-15 days to dry.  When dry, I crush it and place in glass jars.   I fill several jars and use them for 'bread & butter' gifts, to cook with, or just share my friends and family.  


Sage - Harvesting sage in the spring gives you a mild, warm flavor and harvesting sage in the fall gives a strong tannin flavor.  (The smell reminds me of Vicks Vapor Rub.) Since I harvest sage in the spring and fall, I mix the spring with the fall to reduce the tannin flavor.   I use sage with Chili dishes and with Pork dishes. 

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Stevia - This is a new herb for me.   If you've ever tasted Stevia, you know it is extremely sweet.   A natural, no calories, sweetener.   After the leaves dry, I plan to grind the leaves and use as a sweetener in tea.   I've read that grinding the leaves allows the strong sweetest to be enjoyed.     

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Donna J. Payerle   DJ Cards and More 



Workshops Events
Bring a friend who has not attended one of my workshops and received a Stampin’ Up! gift from me. Offer also applies to new workshop visitors. If you would like to attend, please email me or call me to reserve a seat. or 216 905-0488.

Sunday, October 11 at 1:30p – 4:30p
FALL HOLIDAYS. Make samples from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. Thanksgiving and Christmas. What kind of Christmas cards will you share this year? Total 8 cards. Workshop fee $15. Reservation deadline Friday, Oct. 9 at 6pm.

Saturday, November 14 at 1:30p – 4:30p
STACK OF CHRISTMAS CARDS. Total of 16 cards. 4 designs, 4 each, one for Jesus, one for Peace, one for home and one for fun. Workshop fee $25.

Saturday, December 5 at 1:30p – 4:30p
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND CHRISTMAS FAVORS. More Christmas card designs and favors for family and friends. Total 6 cards and 4 favors. Workshop fee $15