Thursday, September 29, 2011

Raspberry Delight! Pretty Postage

This sure is a busy time of year. There are so many wonderful family holidays in the fall and early winter: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannakah. Lots of opportunity to create and send cards to family and friends. Did you know you can buy postage online? check the link to the US Post Office to the left under the catalog images. Shopping at home can help make this season a little less hectic.

Adding to the busy feeling is the need to deal with the fall harvest and getting the farm ready for winter. The photo to the left is of our raspberry row. We were delighted this year to have an abundant crop, but of course that means extra time getting them harvested and preserved for the winter.

To preserve the berries I just spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them. You do have to check carefully for bugs. Once they're frozen I put them in Ziploc freezer bags. The frozen berries keep their shape when packaged. If you use them in baked items the shape doesn't matter so much. But its nice to have them keep their shape if you use them in frozen treats, they look so pretty and fresh, even in the middle of winter.

Seeing the raspberries made me think of the stamp set: Pretty Postage. This stamp set is made to go with both our new 1" Square Punch and the Scallop Square Punch.

This card uses several new products. It may be hard to tell from the photo but the bottom half of the card is decorated with lines made using the new scoring tool, Simply Scored. I wanted something that reminded me of white wainscoating in a country kitchen. The top and bottom of the card are separated by a strip of our new Ruffled Ribbon.

I really like this color combination: White, Poppy Parade and Lucky Limeade. It seems fresh and clean and just right for a country kitchen and all the produce of the fall. I also added some Crystal Effects to the Raspberries, it really helps bring out the color.

I hope you find some time to be creative and to touch the lives of others.

And to help make your shopping easier (here is the blatant self promotion) you can buy all your stamping supplies from me on-line - 24/7!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the the supplies for this project or any stamping questions.

Happy Stamping

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