JOY

To me, JOY is the spirit of Christmas

Joy

This festive red and white card is so eye-catching and oh so very easy!  I sprayed the red layer with the White Frost Paint and Alcohol mix I make.  This is an option for you.  The top layer is embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder. The Brother Scan’n Cut nicely cut the JOY, the white squares and the red scallop squares for us.  Very simply, the letters are adhered to the white squares which are adhered to red scallop squares (hard to see) and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The red rhinestones are adhered to the left, center, and right of the JOY letters.

Joy StarAs I was finishing the front of the card, I remembered that somewhere in the stamp archives was a set titled “The Sounding Joy.”  Sure enough, the set was found and this stamp was part of the set.  Doesn’t it make the perfect message layer for a JOY card?  However, there are many other stamp sets to choose from – this is an option that has been stamped and die cut for you. 

SNOWFLAKE WISHES

Snowflake Wishes

Snowflake Wishes is our final Christmas in July card.  This 3D “flakey” card features lots of silver foil and snowflakes. The Snowflake Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the center panel.  Rhinestones embellish the center of the die cut snowflake and the dot over the “i” in “Wishes”.  The beautiful Feels like Frost DSP is the perfect background for this lovely card.

Snowflake Wishes msgA sparkly message embossed in silver with a scattering of snowflakes is the perfect message for this lovely card.

We have seen 6 different cards for Christmas in July.  As a reminder, the dates are Thursday July 15 from 10am-6pm, Friday July 16 from 10am-6pm, and Saturday July 17 from 9am-4pm.  Each day allows for 8 hours of fun and crafting.  There will be presents for all, and please feel free to bring a snack to share.  There will be 6 stations set up with each station accommodating 2-3 people.  Kindness is encouraged.

          2021 CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Any 1 – 6 cards $3.00 each
Any 7 – 11 cards $2.75 each
Any 12 – 17 cards $2.50 each
Any 18  cards and more $2.25 each

As always, I plead with you to please let me know which day you wish to come and which cards you would like to make. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Masks are optional. 

Christmas Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SILVER SPARKLES

Ornament

Silver Sparkles actually does sparkle!  The festive Feels Like Frost DSP is festooned with a die-cut silver ornament tied with a simple cord.  The silver embossed sentiment says it all very simply – Thinking of You at Christmas.

Ornament message

The message layer is also embossed in silver.  There are many messages to choose for all the Christmas in July cards.  This is the one card that there is a limit on.  We have 38 silver lined cards with matching envelopes.  Once they are gone – they are really gone.

DOVE OF PEACE

Dove 2

We chose copper embossing for the Dove of Peace and sentiment.  This simple but elegant card is one of my favorites.

Dove Message 2Dove message

The message layer features a single star and the message of your choice.  We added a strip of copper dotted DSP to coordinate the card with the message.

Don’t give up yet – 1 more Christmas blog post to go. 

Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Night in Bethlehem is a classic Christmas tribute.  Mary and Joseph are led by the star on their way to Bethlehem.  Shimmer paper and several rhinestones give a bit of glimmer to this revered sight.  The sentiment and circle are framed in Navy. The Tufted Embossing Folder adds softness and depth to the card front.

Night in Bethlehem Rejoicing

Night in Bethlehem BlessedNight of Bethlemen messageThere are many messages that are appropriate for this simple but elegant card.  I chose one that came with the Night of Bethlehem stamp set and added a star and a shepherd. 

PLAYFUL PENGUINS

Penguins 2

What would Christmas be without penguins and some punch art.  You may recognize these little friends as coming from the Stampin’Up owl punch. A bank of glittery snow is just right for these cold weather friends

Penguins 1

The Brother Scan’n Cut was helpful in cutting out the bodies, eyes, vests and feet. The weathered sign was die cut and the post was punched.  The Softly Falling Embossing Folder depicts a snowy scene.

Penguins message

We chose this sparkling message for the Playful Penguins card, but you can choose a message of your choice.  A 4th penguin embellishes the message layer.  When forming your penguins, you can play with the eyeballs and have them looking in any direction – even cross eyed!  This is a card to have fun with.

Time to start a new post!  See you in a bit!

Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July Boxes

Happy July Crafters!  This mean CHRISTMAS IN JULY – a time to create some festive cards for our friends and family before the holidays are upon us.  Christmas in July also means some time for friendship, fun and presents.  Reserve your time now – Thursday July 15 from 10am-6pm, Friday (newly added) July 16 from 10am-6pm, and Saturday July 17 from 9am-5pm.  Rumor has it that there will be a Christmas tree and Christmas train that will feature the small gift boxes noted above.  What will the boxes contain?  Presents, of course.  Rumor has it that everyone who participates will receive a present – perhaps a stamp set, or a punch, or some DSP or even a gift certificate – something crafty.  So reserve your time, let me know what cards you wish to make, and come for some fun!  And feel free to bring a snack to share.  Water and soda are always provided.

The cards being offered are simple yet enjoyable.  As Stampin”Up has delayed their holiday catalogue, our Christmas cards use retired sets.  We have kept embellishments to a minimum to keep the card costs in line.

          2021 CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Any 1 – 6 cards $3.00 each
Any 7 – 11 cards $2.75 each
Any 12 – 17 cards $2.50 each
Any 18  cards and more $2.25 each

Now you may be wondering how you could possibly make 18 cards in an 8 hour time frame.  There are actually 2 ways you could make 18 plus cards!  You could come on multiple days – or you could come, do the necessities and finish them at home.  All the pieces are cut for you.  We are trying to complete all the wet embossing for you.  What may be left is dry embossing (on 3 cards) and messages.  The cards are following in the next post.

Sending Christmas Hugs,

Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose0`@aol.com

GRACE’S GARDON

Grace’s Garden is one of my favorite sets and I’m sad to see it retire.  I love the overall ambience of the set as well as the message.

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN Blue BirdThe Highland Heather card is layered with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.  The white card stock was water misted prior to the embossing which allows the maximum texture.  The garden arch opens to the message layer and you can see flowers peeking through.  The gate actually opens although I find its easier to adhere the arch with the gate closed then cut open after.

 

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN yellow birdThe flower, bird and cat images have all been pre-cut.  The flowers can be colored with Stampin’ Blends and placed as you choose. On the top card, the garland of purple roses is climbing up the arbor.  On the card to the right, the rose garland embellishes the message layer and a partial garland embellishes the top of the arbor.  There is no wrong placement.     Dimensionals are used for several images.  The bird and cat are at a visual stand-off.  Purple and yellow butterflies add additional color and interest. 

042421 Grace's Garden yellow bird msg layer

The message layer is seen from the front and the inside.  The message is wonderful for friends and family and can be embellished as you choose.

This is the final card for May Stamp Camp – 2 flowery cards, a tree, and butterflies.  Please let me know as soon as possible which cards you choose to make. 

As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is on Thursday and Friday May 6 and 7 from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday May 8 from 9am to 4pm.

The next stamping experience will be Christmas in July on the 15th from 10am to 6pm, and July 17th from 9am to 4pm.  Debbie and I are already discussing Christmas.  I am taking the month of June off to concentrate on physical therapy for my knees!   

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

BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE #1

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE blueButterfly Brilliance is a new set that I absolutely love!  I believe butterflies are a gift from God and you can NEVER have too many butterfly stamps and dies. 

This Coastal Cabana card is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder which gives the card a lovely texture.  A strip of Butterfly Bijou DSP is layered on Just Jade and is adorned with two layer butterflies.

 

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE  Coastal CabanaThe top butterfly layer is die-cut in Just Jade and the bottom layer is cut in Mint Macaron.  The wings are slightly curled with a bone folder.  Wink of Stella is brushed on prior to adhering the the layers together.  A simple shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered with the fibers separated.  Finally the butterfly heads are embellished with rhinestones in the top sample and pearls in the bottom sample. 

042421 Butterfly Brilliance msg layerThe message layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana with a single butterfly while the envelope butterfly is stamped in Just Jade.

So far we’ve seen flowers, a tree and butterflies.  But I promised two cards with flowers so the final card must be – FLOWERS!

Please remember to let me know what cards you choose to make.  The cost remains any 4 cards for $14 and $3 for each additional card.  The price of the snail refills recently increased in price and because of this, I am increasing the price to $2.25 per roll or $13.50 per box. 

Let’s take a look at our last card.

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

WOODLAND WONDER

042421 Woodland Wonder brushed cloudsSlimline cards are all the rage right now.  I’ve never crafted a full size slimline card so I decided it was time to do so.  Woodland Wonder is the perfect stamp set for this endeavor.  I chose a happy birthday theme but there are other choices – “from all of us, congratulations, hope your day stacks up to be one good thing on top of another.”

3 stamps form the full tree shown here.  However, you can also do a shorter tree by using only the top and bottom stamp.  I love how the animals are peeking out of the tree trunk

042421 Woodland Wonder stamped cloudsOf course you don’t have to add all the extras as shown on the card above.  The basic cards shown here has only the clouds, red balloon, bunny and Hip-Hip-Hoo-Ray banner added.  The 3 images are set up on a Stamparatus to make the alignment  and stamping painless.

Note the different cloud patterns on these 2 samples.  The top card has stenciled clouds brushed on in Seaside Spray with the new Blending Brushes.  The cloud stencil is cut from the So Much Happy dies.  The card to the right has stamped clouds colored with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends.  This is a fun card to create as well as a new style.  The cards fit perfectly in #10 envelopes. 

042421 Woodland Wonder msg layerThis message layer is stamped with the bunny holding a balloon and several butterflies.  Lots of space is available

Please remember to let me know as soon as you can which cards you choose to create for May Stamp Camp.  This makes my life so much easier. 

What card you you think will be next?  How about butterflies?

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

IT’S YOUR DAY!

Hi Crafters!  Can you believe it’s almost May?  I am surely ready for decent temperatures, flowers in the yard, and home grown tomatoes!  Speaking of flowers, we have two flowery cards for May Stamp Camp!

042421 IT'S YOUR DAY Yellow Rococo Rose framed in Basic Black is the perfect background for Flower and Field Designer Paper (DSP).  I fell in love with this DSP when it was available during Stampin’Up Sale-A-Brations.  The DSP is layered on white cs and framed in black.  The simple sentiment from Peaceful Place makes this card appropriate for any celebratory event – birthday, retirement, anniversary, or even thinking of you!

042421 IT'S YOUR DAY BluishThere are several ribbons that can embellish your card.  I chose yellow for the top sample to highlight the yellow flower.  The Coastal Cabana ribbon used on this sample highlights the blue-green flowers in the DSP.  Wink of Stella highlights some of the flowers.  3 butterflies were also added to bring in a touch of nature.  The butterflies fit in so nicely that I had difficulty finding them on the finished cards.  Although hard to see, the Rococo Rose layer is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder which gives the cs a finished appearance. This is a very simple card with the DSP doing all the work, but it is also very elegant.  I love just gazing at all the flowers!

042421 It's Your Day Msg LayerThe sentiment layer is embellished simply with an embossed strip of Rococo Rose and several butterflies. 

This is one of our flowery cards for May Stamp Camp.  The dates/times for May are Thursday May 6 and Friday May 7 from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday May 8 from 9am to 4pm.

Those of you who received the SU Annual catalog last year, should have received your new 2021-2022 catalog by now.  Please let me know if you have not received yours! 

Stay tuned for the next card which is a brand new style for me!  I’m sure you will enjoy it!

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

GILDED BLOSSOMS

Gilding is a new technique for me.  I’ve learned quite a bit working with the gold leaf and I will continue to learn.  One item I read recently suggested wearing cotton gloves.  So if you have an old pair of cotton gloves, please bring them along.  The gold leafing is VERY lightweight and likes to fly.  I would suggest no long sleeves, or rolled up sleeves, and not wearing your Sunday Go-To-Meeting garb!  This card will not be available for those of you who prefer to have kits.

03.30.21 Gilded Blossoms #1Forever Blossoms is the lovely stamp set that gives us this graceful stem of blossoms.  Beauty Abounds provides the butterfly and the sentiment.  The process is actually quite simple.  You prepare the Blackberry Bliss cs by rubbing the powdery Embossing Buddy over it to keep stray bits of ink from sticking.  You stamp the images (set up on the Stamparatus) with VersaMark – you may want to stamp twice. 

03.30.21 Gilded Glossoms #2Heat and Stick Powder is sprinkled over the VersaMark with excess removed.  The Heat and Stick Powder is heated with the Hot Gun until it becomes shiny.  The card is then pressed face down in a container of Gilding Foil.  The back of the card is rubbed to insure gilding foil is adhering to the sticky powder.  Excess foil is then gently removed into the container.  Then you will use your finger to rub, rub rub gently over the gilded images to remove all the excess.  Its exciting to see the shape take place.  You can add foil to any area that is sticky.  A sponge is used to GENTLY remove additional foil until the images meet your satisfaction.  I’m interested in seeing if the cotton gloves help as the cotton would be a bit coarser than the finger.  Finally, you reheat the images with the heat gun to set the process.

03.30.21 Gilded Blossoms msgWouldn’t the gilding technique make a beautiful Christmas tree?

The message layer is simply embellished with 3 Blackberry Bliss butterflies from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.

Gilded Blossoms is our final creation for April Stamp Camp. As a reminder, this card is not available for kits.  Please, please, please let me know as soon as possible which cards you wish to do and what day you would like to come.  You have no idea how much easier it is for me to have this information earlier versus last minute.

Don’t forget to check out the retiring items, many of which have been discounted. Go to my SU store and press on specials Rosemary’s Stampin’Up Store. The new catalog is being sent out on May 4th.  If you have received a catalog in the past, I will have ordered one for you.

April Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose91@aol.com 

HEY CHICK

03.30.21 Hey Chick dVThis is such a fun card!  The Hey Chick stamp set was a Sale-a-Bration set in 2020.  I got the set and never did anything with it!  I will be giving the stamp set away after April Stamp Camp so if you would like it, please let me know.  The dies became available for purchase this year and what cute dies they are!  You see the stump, corn stalks, ears of corn, a sign and there is also a ranch house I chose not to use.  You can color the chicks in the Stampin Blends of your choosing.  The new Blending Brushes are used to create a sun and add color to the sky.

03.30.21 Hey Chick not favClouds are added to the second sample as I discovered when you spill a drop of Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue on card stock colored with Stampin Blends, the color disappears.  So, the clouds covered my oops!  They will be available for your use.  I love the little ears of corn and the corn stalks.  And you can cut all 4 ears of corn with one run through the Big Shot.  The “have a happy day!” sentiment on the sign will be pre-stamped for you. The sign and wood stump are die cut from retired wood patterned paper.

03.30.21 Hey Chick not fav msgYou can be quite creative on your message layer.  You can have corn scattered on the ground, add extra eggs, or whatever you choose.  The message layer can become a second piece of art work! 

Such fun!  One card left to post!  It is a new technique and will not be available for kits.  The final card is a hands-on card.  Please don’t dress in your Sunday Go-To-Church clothes and please don’t wear long sleeves.  Are you wondering what this card could be possibly be?  I will post it in the morning so check back then.

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