Final – CHRISTMAS in JULY

Is it ever too early to start making Christmas cards?  We live in a computerized society and the lack of personal interaction is ever increasing!  A handmade Christmas card that comes from your heart is such a personal gift.  Won’t you join Debbie and me on July 14, 15, and 16 FROM 9am – 5pm as we celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY!

We are offering 8 Christmas cards.  You can choose as many as you wish for $3.50 each.  Our only request is that you PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW which cards you wish to do.  Each card requires our prep and although we have prepared a certain number of each card, we have no idea which card will be the most and least popular.  So – I have a contest for you!  Each person who chooses the MOST and LEAST popular cards will receive a prize!  But you must tell us by July 13th and include the MOST popular and LEAST popular cards.

WISEMEN

07.01.22 Wisemen

Our Wise Men card comes from an older stamp entitled Every Blessing.  There is an embossed copper star in the upper left corner.  The stamping is done with StazOn to give the solid black coloring.  My favorite New Horizons DSP is layered on Fresh Freesia and Evening Evergreen.  You can feel the awe of the Wisemen as they gaze into the color-filled sky.

07.01.22 Wisemen messageThe message layer for WISEMEN is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and another copper embossed star.  We experimented with gold, silver and copper embossing powders and felt copper was the best choice.

CHRISTMAS GNOMES

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes Card

Isn’t this a HAPPY card?  These cute little gnomes come to us from Divinity Designs.  They are adorned with rhinestones and pompoms.  The middle gnome rests on a wobble and loves to move around.  The retired So Much Happy die is one of my favorites and I just can’t bring myself to sell it.  Our gnomes are layered on embossed Shaded Spruce and Real red with a white die-cut Christmas.

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes messageThe message layer for Christmas Gnomes features none other than Santa Gnome with his bag full of presents.  A pom pom festoons his Santa hat.  4 gnomes, a poinsettia blossom, a present, and a candy cane come with this card and you can arrange them however you wish. 

PEACE

07.01.22 Peace CardThis is my Christmas peace on earth card.  The lack of caring and kindness and the increased racism and selfishness in America is very upsetting to me.  I used the Begin with a Dream Stamp Set and have used many different colors and shades to show everyone is different but the same.  The art work is layered on Shaded Spruce and the new Starry Sky. A bit of metallic green holly and red berries adds a Christmas touch.

07.01.22 Peace messageI added a “Peace, Joy and Love” message in Shaded Spruce to the message layer.  A bit of holly embellishes the layer.

JOLLY OLD ST. NICK

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick cardJolly Old St. Nick is a die from the past.  As Stampin’ Up does not put out the Holiday Catalogue until mid summer, Debbi and I look to our Christmas archive for ideas.  Old St. Nick is die cut and adhered on white card stock with white pom poms trimming his Santa hat.  The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is stamped in Real Red at the bottom of the card and a matching red bow and ribbon enhance the card.

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick message

The retired Sparkle of the Season Stamp Set features a cute Santa line stamp that is perfect for the message layer of the Jolly Old St. Nick card.  This is certain to delight both young and old!

CELEBRATE the SEASON

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season cardI think the Grassy Grove Bundle is an extremely artistic set and can lead to much creativity.  For Celebrate the Season, a patch of flowers are stamped onto New Horizons DSP which is layered with an embossed die-cut forest setting in Moonlight Mist.  Two copper deer are in the forest and a copper star is adhered in the upper left corner.  The sentiment is embossed in copper on matching DSP.  Many different sentiments are available that can be used for this card

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season messageThe message layer is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and a copper baby deer. 

DELIVERING CHEER – GIFTS

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts cardDebbie and I affectionately refer to the Delivering Cheer cards as The Girls! 

Here, we see our Christmas gal delivering cheer with Christmas gifts.  Her skirt is stamped on DSP and cut with snips.  Her upper and lower body are stamped and cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The artwork is layered on snowflake DSP with several rhinestones sparkling amid the snowflakes.  A larger snowflake can be seen peeking from the left and right of the artwork panel.

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts messageThe message layer for the Christmas Gifts card is embellished with a strip of matching DSP.  You can add additional elements as desired. 

DELIVERING CHEER – TREES

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree cardThis card is our “other girl” Delivering Cheer with a small Christmas tree embellished with red rhinestones.  The girl, her skirt and legwarmers and the tree are pre-cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The sleigh comes to us from Divinity Designs and is a Hero Arts product.  Our sled is die cut in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake and sponged with Early Espresso.  It’s evident our gal is delivering cheer on her sleigh along with her pet rabbit. 

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree messageLike Delivering Cheer – the message layer is festooned with a strip of DSP matching the front panel.  The rest is up to you!

PENGUIN PLACE

07.01.22 Penguin PlacePenguin Place was a card slated for Christmas 2021 but there was an issue with Stamping Up receiving the penguin punch.  Debbie designed this card so that the middle penguin moves head over heels.  The spinning mechanism that allows it to roll is 2 pennies and several dimensionals.  How fun is that?  The opening is die cut and the pieces are cut either with dies or with the Scan’N Cut.

The more you rock the card back and forth, the easier the penguin will roll.  Here is a video of the penguin moving, Penguin in action.

07.01.22 Penguin Place MessageThe message layer features a penguin wearing a jaunty bow tie.  You can add an additional tree or 2 if desired.  Did you see the tiny sequins on the trees. 

Well, what do you think?  We hope you like at least one of our creations.  Don’t forget to let us know which card you think will be the most favorite and the lease favorite.  Please please please let us know as soon as possible which cards you wish to do.  I’m hoping I won’t have to post a cut-off date.  To review:  Dates – July 14, 15, 16.  Times – 9am – 5pm.  Cost – $3.50 per card.  We will have drinks; please feel free to bring a snack/lunch.  I am aware several of you will be out of town.  Please make your choices now and we will set up a make-up session in August.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

IN THE MOMENT

04.21.22 Idn the MomentI love this girly stamp set!  “SOMETIMES THE MOST PRODUCTIVE THING YOU CAN DO IS RELAX!”  Haven’t we all reached this point?  A cup of coffee and gazing out the window is simply all we have left in us!  I don’t have a window seat, but I often sit at the patio door luxuriating in the warm sun and watching the birds fight at the bird feeder.  This scene has been stamped on the Sale-A-Brations Simply Marbleous Pool Party that I copied in the printer on a light setting.  The image is colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and layered on a Bermuda Bay glimmer scallop circle.  The sentiment is also layered on the glimmer cs.  The bookbinder edge features Bermuda Bay striped DSP and thin gold-edged ribbon.   The bookbinder fun fold gives us a card with a bookish feel.

04.21.22 In the Moment Wine

Our second sample features our lady peering over a railing with a glass of wine while birds fly on the horizon.  Is she on a ship looking over the railing or in her yard?  is she sipping pinot noir or burgundy?  I prefer thinking she is on a small ship touring the Great Lakes with a glass of Pinot Grigio in her hand.  Like the sample above, our image is colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and layered on a Bermuda Bay scallop circle. 

04.21.22 In the Moment Message LayerThe message layer is simple – a strip of the DSP and a bird colored Bermuda Bay with Stampin Blends.  Ready for your message of choice. 

As I am taking the month of June off, make sure you plan ahead for needed birthday cards.  We won’t be doing regular cards again until August as July will be Christmas in July.

I hope you can make it for our Cinco de Mayo Stamp Camp.  We will celebrate with tortilla chips and salsa!  The dates and times:  Thursday May 5 from 10am to 4pm, Friday May 6th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday May 7th from 9am to 4pm.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  Cards To Go are available.  Feel free to bring a drink to sustain you but we will have water and sodas as always. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know which cards you wish to make and what day works best for you to come.  If you are running on a tight schedule or need a bit of help with the cards, please make me aware.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SPRINGTIME GARDENING

042122 Springtime GardeningWhat a lousy spring we are having.  Usually I’m so excited by this time of the year – flowers, green trees, lots of buds and new growth on perennials.  But not this year.  However, this gardening apron helps put me in the mood.  This is a darling set from Tonic Studios.  Debbi designed the card in Blackberry Bliss and Highland Heather with the Flowering Fields DSP.  The  silver metallic garden tools peek out from a matching apron.pocket. Purple grosgrain ribbon and matte dots provide the finishing touches.

042122 Springtime Gardening 2The second sample of Springtime Gardening is very similar to the first.  The silver metallic garden tools are hard to see but are definitely there.  A different sentiment and shape is used, and a lighter purple ribbon is used as apron trim. There are many small sentiments that can be used here. In addition, green dots are used to hold the ribbon in place.  Both card bases have been embossed with a retired leaf embossing folder. 

04.21.22 Springtime Gardenint Message LayerThe message layer features a thin strip of DSP, a small tulip, and SURPRISE – a packet of flower seeds.  We have a nice assortment of seed packets but ask that you be kind if you can’t get the flower seeds you want.  May will be a great time to plant.  This card and seed packet are sure to be a pick-me-up for most anyone.

I will be taking the month of June off.  We will come together again for Christmas in July on Thursday-Saturday, July 14, 15, 16.  August will resume with the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month – August 4th, 5th, and 6th.  We have some gnome surprises planned for fall and Christmas time.

Stay tuned for In the Moment

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SENDING HUGS

04.21.22 Sending HugsHave you given any hugs lately.  As COVID has abated somewhat and I remain fully vaccinated, I have started sharing some hugs.  The Layering Hugs Dies are a perfect way to give a hug!  Debbi chose to use Polished Pink and Pink Pirouette in designing this card.  She used the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder to add background interest.  The dry embossing is impossible to see in this view.   The Pink Pirouette HUGS are framed with the Polished Pink letters.  The delicate flowers and leaves surrounding the HUGS exude softness and cheer. To add a bit of glitz, Debbi added 2 pink glimmer butterflies die cut from the Daffodil Dies.  This adds just the right amount of sparkle.

04.21.22 Sending Hugs Message LayerThe message layer is highlighted by 2 additional butterflies and is waiting for the message of your choice.  You may want to check the message table as I have increased my message stamps over the past few months.  I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do! 

Don’t forget to check out the retiring Stampin’ Up items from the “big” catalog:  Retiring Stampin’ Up products

Stay tuned for Springtime Gardening!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

ON THE HORIZON

04.21.22 On the Horizon Purple SkyWe haven’t had a masculine card in some time.  The New Horizons 6X6 DSP creates manly cards very easily!  Here, we’ve taken Sahara Sand card stock and framed it with Evening Evergreen.  Our New Horizons DSP is cut in half to 2 – 3” scenes.  I then trimmed the DSP down to 4 1/4 X 3.  The tree cluster and sentiment are stamped in Evening Evergreen which matches the die-cut fence.  Several posts of the fence are adhered to the artwork, the birds are stamped in black and PRESTO – we have a masculine card!

04.21.22 On the Horizon mistyWhen cut in half, the DSP gives us two slightly different scenes as we see here.  However, the technique stays the same as the previous card.  I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY and JUST FOR YOU sentiments but there are many others you could choose.  I pulled out the Old World (seen to the right) and Painted Texture (seen above) 3-D Embossing Folders to give an uneven and eye-catching background to the Sahara Sand cs. 

04.21.22 On the Horizon Message LayerThe message layer features a strip of the New Horizons DSP, a cluster of plants stamped in Evening Evergreen, and birds flying off the card stock.  To me, the birds on the art work and message layer give a carefree feeling of taking flight or fleeing.  This is a simple but WOW card perfect for any occasion including sympathy. 

Cinco de Mayo Stamp Camp will be May 5th from 10am to 4pm, May 6th from 10am to 4pm, and May 7th from 9am to 4pm,  Tortilla chips and salsa will be served – hopefully with no salsa stains on our cards!  I will be taking the month of June off from Stamp Camp and we will get together again on July 14, 15, and 16 for Christmas in July.

As a reminder, the current “big” catalog expires the end of April.  Check out the retiring items, many of which are on sale, here Retiring Stampin’Up items

Stay tuned for a big HUG!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

EASTER FRIENDS

03.23.22 Bunny Blossom embossedThe bunny rabbit in Easter Friends is just too cute!  Mr. Bunny is featured with a bouquet of flowers from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set and the Flowers of Home dies.  Both Mr. Bunny and the flowers are cut with the Scan’n Cut although there are dies available for the flowers.  Mr. Bunny stamps quite light with Smoky Slate but too dark with Basic Gray.  There are an assortment of bunnies die-cut that can be used as they are or you can use Stampin’ Colored Pencils or Stampin’ Pastels to add additional color.  The flowers are colored but will need to be trimmed to fit the appropriate area.  The centers of the large daisies vary somewhat in color and additional color can be added.  The Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the background.  NOTE:  This embossing folder is being retired and is on sale for $7.20.

03.23.22 Bunny Happy EasterI experimented with adding a Balmy Blue shadow around Mr. Bunny and the flowers, but I did get a bit carried away in the Easter version of the card.  The shading is much fainter on the card above.  Debbie made little pink bows and ties for Mr. Bunny.

Please let us know which cards you wish to do and what day you plan on coming.  April Stamp Camp is 10am-4pm on Thursday March 31st, 10am-4pm on Friday April 1, and 9am-4pm on Saturday April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7.  Debbi and I will be working on Friday to put the April card packets together. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all.  Masks are optional at this time.                          Sending Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SPRING GNOMES

03.23.22 Gnomes Horizontal

The silly gnomes come again but this time they are SPRING GNOMES!  There are actually 6 different gnomes and you can combine them as you wish on this slim-line card.  There is actually a strip of cut grass that the gnomes are resting on. Stamped, die-cut clouds float in the sky along with the butterflies and a bumblebee.  Debbie added 7 gems that are difficult to see in the picture but the card has lots of glitz!  The Scan’n Cut was our friend that cut out the gnomes and the grass.

03.23.22 Gnomes Horizontal message

The horizontal message layer can display one gnome as Debbie has shown here or can include additional gnomes.  You can make it a fun card however you choose.  And we have the sleek slimline envelopes from Stampin’Up!

03.23.22 Gnomes verticalThis is the vertical slim-line version of the Spring Gnome card.  This sample was much more challenging to create than the horizontal sample above.  We do see 2 gnomes that were not used in the first sample in addition to the clouds butterflies and bee.  Wink of Stella and gems add lots of pizazz. 

03.23.22 Gnomes vertical messageThe message layer features a single gnome along with a pot of flowers, butterfly and bumblebee.  Again, you can design the message layer as you wish. 

Please remember to let us know which cards you wish to make and what day you plan on coming.  Masks are optional as of this date. 

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

APRIL RAIN BOOTS

03.23.22 Boots BloomWe are certainly ready for our next card thanks to all our rain.  But as hubby would say, rain is better than ice and snow.!  However, Flowering Rain Boots is another Stampin’Up bundle I really like.  We used a strip of the Flowering Fields tulip DSP and made a Bookbinder Fold – a new fun fold for me.  The main difference is an additional score line at 5 1/2” which allows for the 1” strip that is adhered to the card base.  Because the card front was smaller, the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder was used.  There are folders in this set and they are not as wide as the standard folders.  Note the embossed dots shown on the background.

03.23.22 Boots EasterThe second sample shows more of a hound’s-tooth background.  The rainboots in the first sample were stamped in Cajun Craze while the sample to our right is stamped in Cinnamon Cider. The Cajun Craze has much more orange in it than the Cinnamon.  I recommend using the Stamparatus for stamping the boots to allow for a second application of ink.  The tulips are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and die-cut.  The Evening Evergreen stamped stems insert directly into the boots thanks to the use of an X-Acto knife.  Bumblebee gingham ribbon embellish the fold with the addition of a small bow which Debbie so graciously made.  Although several sentiments could be used, I thought Easter Blessings, and Live Life in Full Bloom were appropriate.

03.23.22 Boots Bloom Message TulipThe message layer can be stamped with the cluster of daisies shown above on the envelopes, or you can be creative and actually make a tulip as I have done here.  The Tulips Dies make 3 different tulip styles. I chose a 3-D style here and die-cut the petals from the free Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations.  The addition of a stamped and die-cut leaf and stem add to the realistic look.

As a reminder, April Stamp Camp is March 31, April 1 and April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7 at normal times.  Christmas in July will be July 14th, 15th and 16th.  Mark your calendars now. 

I think the next post will be the crazy Spring Gnomes! 

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

CARDS BRING US SPRING!

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  We see tulips, daffodils, daisies, bunny rabbits, gnomes – all of my spring favorites!

03.23.22 Daffodils Springtime SmilesI love the Daffodil Daydream bundle!  The daffodils – seen here in Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry – are fun to make.  You can create daffodil buds and other sizes in addition to the full sized blooms shown here.  The DSP was free during the Sale-A-Brations celebration that ended last month.  The new 3-D Hive embossing folder is so cool – it leaves a deep impression on both the debossed (shown here) and embossed sides.   The Daffodil Dies include 2 butterflies shown here in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  Debbie thought Champagne Rhinestones are perfect for the butterflies and sentiment.

03.23.22 Daffodils EasterThis is a perfect card for many occasions – weddings, anniversaries,, birthdays, thinking of you, and of course – Easter as we celebrate our Lord.  The small Scalloped Contours framelit is perfect for this sentiment.  Other springtime and Easter sentiments will be available for you to use on your cards.  Notice that the embossed side of the card stock was used on this sample – see how it pops out?  Both backgrounds are perfect for so many creative ideas. 

Daffodils message layerThe message layer is simple – a decorative strip of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and 2 die-cut butterflies – Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  If you look closely at the centers of the daisies on the DSP, you will see a touch of Flirty Flamingo. 

April Stamp Camp is Thursday March 31, Friday May 1, and Saturday May 2 .  Masks are optional as of now.  We will see how the latest Covid variant is doing next week so stick a mask in your pocket just to play it safe.  Stamp Camp times remain 10am-4pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.  After the blogs are all posted, please let us know which day you will be coming, what cards you will be doing, and if you need Cards To Go.  This information helps us so much in our planning, bundling and table set-up.

Stampin-Up has listed their retiring items from the 2021-2022 catalog.  There are lots of good deals so fix yourself a cup of coffee, click here 2021-2022 Retiring Products, press on SHOP and relax while sorting through the list.  Of course not everything is marked down, but when you combine their sale prices with the 10% off I give, you can get some bargains!  You can also go directly to the Stampin’ Up Web Site, click here2021-22 Retiring SU Products and you will see the same items.  Also, Stampin-Up also has quite a few bundles 20% off.  Check them out here: 20% off Bundles.

Stay tuned for what?  Tulips – bunny rabbits – gnomes?

Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FRIENDLY HELLO

02.22.22 Hello FriendlyI love free items I can actually use!  The Friendly Hello Stamp Set and 12X12 Designer Paper are absolutely free from Stampin’Up thru the current Sale-A-Brations period which ends February 28 providing you make a $100 or more product purchase.  And I’m offering a 20% product discount thru February 28.  So a $100 product will cost $80 PLUS you can get this stamp set and DSP FREE!  There are other items you can choose from for $50 product purchases and for $100 product purchases.  Check it out at Sale-A-Brations

01.11.11 HelloThis cheerful card can be done with or without the “friend.”  The Petal Pink letters, flower, bird  and the “friend” image are pre-cut with the Scan’n’Cut.  The flowers can be colored with light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends with a bit of yellow or Calypso Coral for contrast as I have done here.  Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Soft Suede provide color for our bird which is adhered to a die-cut white circle matted on a Petal Pink scallop circle.  The DSP border is pre-cut from the Friendly Hello DSP.

02.22.22 Hello Friendly msgThe Message layer features 2 additional pre-cut flowers colored with Stampin’ Blends to match the top card layer.  A DSP bird can perch anywhere you want to place him.

And there we have it – March Stamp Camp.  Gnomes, tulip fields, a split circle technique, and a friendly hello.  Which cards do you choose to do?  Please please please let us know your card choices and which day you prefer to come.  If you want cards to go, please let me know. 

Please note that because of the date of Easter, April Stamp Camp will be held on March 31, April 1 and April 2.  This is to insure everyone has adequate time to complete Easter cards.  The USPS appears to be slowing down a bit and I want to make sure there is sufficient mailing time.  please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in March.  Thanks to the Governor, we will be mask-optional!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com