Rhinestone Rhapsody Swallowtail (and more dress samples)

In case you are tired of seeing the dress cards, I thought I would start with a totally different card today.  Many times I look to see what other demonstrators have done, and then create my cards based from their ideas.  Well bummer!  I didn’t see ANY Swallowtail samples that I liked, so this card is pure Rosemary!


I increased the size above to try to show the Swallowtail’s glimmer, but it is still hard to see.  The Swallowtail image was embossed in Early Espresso.  Then I took a damp aqua pen and “colored” the butterfly with Champagne Glimmer Mist.  The term “colored” is used very loosely as you don’t color in each little area of the image – you simply lightly cover the entire area with glimmer mist.  My goal was to stay in the lines, but I think I did pretty well.  I also “painted” the mini message “FOR YOU” with the Champagne Glimmer Mist.  The finished effect is pretty pretty cool.  As this is Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp, a large rhinestone was used for the Swallowtail head, and 3 graduated rhinestones on the lower left top card layer.  Your card stock will be pre cut and then die cut with the designer framelit shown above.  I will try to have several butterflies pre-embossed for those of you who are in a time crunch. 

Now on to the final dress card samples!

Silver DressDebbie created this silver glimmer dress card.  We didn’t have the shade of ribbon she was looking for, so she colored the ribbon and rhinestones to match.  Note the rhinestones used at the hem of the dress.  I know I said this yesterday, but I will say it again – these cards are quite simple to make.  There is a framelit die for the body form and 2 framelit dies for the dresses.  You fold your black card, emboss the Whisper White cs layer with the embossing folder of your choice, die cut a dress and body form, slap them together and adhere to the card with Stampin Dimensionals.  We will have lots of paper available to choose your dress from.

Fancy dress 2This was my grand finale card!  Note the skirt tiers and the fabric trim at the hem.  The tiers were formed by die cutting two extra partial skirts and adhering them in place.  After the off white belt was attached, I took one of the Vanilla Flower Trim rosettes and after cutting several layers out to make the rosette smaller, I used the cut  layers for the skirt trim.  The fabric was stretched out and attached to the hem with Tombo Liquid Adhesive.  Permanent Marker was used to fashion the rhinestone necklace.  Additional rhinestones could be used to highlight the Vintage Wallpaper background. 


The last dress sample is a simple sundress.  A red belt was added and small red flowers were punched and attached with glue dots.  Small rhinestones highlight the tiny flowers.  A touch of color was added with the “FOR YOU” mini message banner stamped in red and die cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.  So Saffron and Bashful Blue banners were added to carry the dress colors thru.  Note the envelope stamped with the dress image.  We will have the body forms precut in black and in Blush Blossom. 

Tomorrow’s blog will feature the two Feel Goods card samples.  The Feel Goods stamp set is in the spring mini catalog that is good through the end of May.  This is a great set to have with 5 messages.

I hope you can make it this weekend – Friday, May 3rd, 4 – 9 PM and Saturday, May 4th, 9 AM – 4 PM.  Cost is $12.00 and everyone will have a package of rhinestones in their packet.  Give me a call if these dates/times don’t fit your schedule and we will try to set up an alternate date/time. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

More Rhinestones and Dress Up Cards

I spent the day creating dress samples for the dress up cards we will be doing at the Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp on May 3rd and 4th.  What fun!  Wish I could whip these up on the sewing machine!

Gold dress 2I love this strapless champagne cocktail dress.  Although the Dress Up Framelit I used has straps, I simply snipped the straps off.  Thin Early Espresso ribbon made a perfect sash and the Build-A-Cupcake punch helped fashion the matching clutch purse.  Note the rhinestones highlighting the purse, sash, neckline and background card stock.  I love the Elegant Lines embossing folder but it does tend to cut thru the Whisper White card stock and form tiny folds. I find misting the Whisper White cs with water helps keep problems to a minimum.  On this card, rhinestones highlight the swirls formed with this folder.


Red Dress 1Debbie created this elegant glimmering red dress.  Black Rhinestones accent the slender waist.  Red rhinestones highlight the tiny flowers in the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.  These dress cards are lots of fun to make.  Although many card stock color combinations can be used, we thought a basic black card with a Whisper White layer would provide the background for any color or pattern you might choose for your dress card.  Note the card below which features a softer look.



Pink DressThis simple pink and white striped sundress was a breeze to make.  Note the simple pink grosgrain belt and the elegant brooch.  A coordinating clutch purse features a single rhinestone.  The embossed lace from the Delicate Designs Textured Impression Embossing Folder provides the perfect background for this sundress.   

There are more dress samples to come tomorrow night, but there’s more than dresses scheduled for the Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp!  Check out the peacock below!



Peacock 1

The World Treasures Stamp set is one of my favorites.  A color combination of Rich Razzleberry and Midnight Muse compliment the colors I used for the peacock.  Simple strokes with the Stampin’ Write markers will provide whatever colors you choose.  International Bazaar DSP is full of the rich hues used here.  Note the sparkling rhinestones highlighting the feathers of the peacock.  The feathers of the DSP and the Fancy Fan embossing folder carry thru the feathery  theme.  Such fun!

Check back tomorrow for more samples.  I will feature the Swallowtail Butterfly and several more dress card samples.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp

You may be wondering why a Stamp Camp would be entitled “Rhinestone Rhapsody!” The reason for the strange name is that every card will feature rhinestones aDress card 1and everyone will find a package of Stampin’ Up rhinestones in their card packet.  This is a sample of one of the dress cards Debbi created. She has done several totally different samples, and we will have more to feature tomorrow. Debbie’s card features a die cut red and white gingham bodice and denim skirt.  The belt is fashioned from denim ribbon.  Where are the rhinestones on this darling card?  Look closely at the bodice and you will see 3 small rhinestone “buttons” on the casual dress.  Not all dress sample cards are this casual as you will see on the card below



Dress card 2aThis wisteria and silver dress card was created for my Granddaughter Alexis on her 13th birthday.  I used silver glimmer paper, a pink satin ribbon belt, a purple rose with a rhinestone center, and a rhinestone necklace.  These dresses are so much fun to make as the die quickly cuts the dress of your choice on the paper of your choice.  The dress form is also a die and is quickly cut in Basic Black or Blush.  Adding the accessories is lots of fun.  We will have more samples tomorrow.  My camera’s battery was almost dead tonight, so I grabbed fast pictures and sent the battery to the recharger. 

I hope you will be able to come to our Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th.  In addition to the dress card, we will see the beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly, a “Feel Goods” card and the colorful peacock image from the World Treasure stamp set.  The time is set for 4-9 PM on Friday and 9AM – 4 PM on Saturday.  However, as I am off from work this work, if these dates/times don’t work for you, please let me know and we will try to work within your availability.  The card kit – complete with the package of rhinestones – will also be available.  The cost for the Rhinestone Rhapsody Stamp Camp will be $12.00, but well worth every penny.  If you want to bring some of your special designer paper, and cut out extra dresses to take home with you, please feel free to do so.  This is such a great set.

Hope to see you on Friday or Saturday!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 or paperrose01@aol.com

More “Wet” Cards

Today I am going to share the remaining two cards for our “Everything Water” Stamp Camp:

RainbootThis cute little rain boot comes from the “Bootiful Occasions” Stamp Set in the main Stampin’ Up catalog.  To give it a wet look, the rain boot was stamped in Midnight Muse, colored in Pool Party and embossed twice with clear embossing powder before it was cut out.  Little flowers are popping out of the boot bringing true the statement “When the rain is done, out comes the son.”  The Pool Party card is embossed with the Framed Tulips Folder while the Whisper White cs is embossed with lofty clouds from the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder.  I added the new Bitty Butterfly to match the flowers.  . 

Rainboot_1Of course, the blooming stem can be done in any color. I used the branch from the Bird Builder Punch, and flowers punched from the Trio Flower Punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  Here is the same card with flowers punched in Daffodil, So Saffron, and the retired Barely Banana.  It is easy to carry the theme through by adding a stem with several flowers inside the card.  As shown below,  I stamped the boot image, and flowers from the “Bordering on Romance” stamp set on the envelope. 

Rainboot envelope

Our final card for the “Everything Water” Stamp Camp is “Oh Whale.”  This is a cute card for children or anyone with a fun-loving personality.  Get Whale SoonOh Whale 1     







“Oh Whale” comes with several messages including “Whale you be mine?”, “Thanks a ton!,” “Whalecome!” and “Get whale soon.”  Of course any message could be used depending on the occasion.  Designer paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles set provides the ocean background.  The circle punch from the Itty Bitty Punch pack is used to punch the shape of the top waves.  The whale is stamped in Pacific Point and die-cut with the “Happy Whale” clearlits die and Big Shot.  The Two Way Glue Pen is used with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add sparkle to the waves.  Fluffy clouds are cut out from Whisper White cs embossed with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder.  We found that the clouds show up more when sponged lightly with Pacific Point. 

Our “Everything Water” Stamp Camp is right around the corner – this Friday, April 5th from 4 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We look forward to seeing you.  If you are pretty sure you will be attending, it is helpful if you can let me know.  However, if you decide at the last second to drop by, we will always have a few extra sets of cut paper.  If you can’t make it, but want to do the cards, let me know, and we will have a kit prepared for you to pick up and put together at your leisure.  The kits include stamped images, completed embossing, sponging, die cutting and all embellishments.  You only have to provide the adhesive and manpower to put the card together.  The cost for the stamp camp and for the kit is $10. 

All Things Water

Those of you who heard me ranting and raving at last month’s stamp camp will remember that I have been saying that all of April’s Stamp Camp cards will feature have something to do with water – Thus the name of our April Stamp Camp – All Things Water.  Our first watery card:

Rain or Shine_1This is very much an “April Showers” card.  You can actually see the water glistening off the umbrella. Well, what you actually see is the glare from the camera flash off the shiny embossed umbrella.  Designer paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles set provides quick interest to the front of our card.  A small strip of Pacific Point embellished with the Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder unifies the umbrella image with the cute border print.  A small Vintage-Faceted designer button tied with a bit of Bakers Twine adds dimension.  Carol G, one of our stampers, has generously lent me the Martha Stewart umbrella punch for this card.  I punched umbrellas from the DSP and have adhered one or two inside my cards as my finishing touch. 

In addition to having all the paper cut for this card, I took the time to stamp and emboss the umbrella image in order to save you time.  You will simply need to cut out the umbrella and apply it over the stamped image with dimensionals.  The handle is stamped, although it appears to be connected to the actual umbrella.

By the tideBy The Tide” is another card for our All Things Water Stamp Camp.  This is a cast card, and fits perfectly into our masculine category with the lobster, coral, anchors and nubby burlap ribbon.  I’ve discovered that when working with the Stampin’ Up classic ink pads that were introduced last summer, if you work quickly, you have time to wet emboss your image.  I am going to do another sample and emboss the Red Riding Hood lobster to make him “pop” a bit more.  Other colors used on this masculine card include Crumb Cake, River Rock, Early Espresso, black, and Island Indigo.  I hadn’t planned on purchasing the Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon shown in the mini catalog, but I love how the rough texture and the frayed ends enhance this card.  Although you can’t tell from the picture, I used the Stampin’ Distress Tool to roughen the edges of the Marina Mist card stock layer.  This adds to the masculine feel of the card.

I hope you can join us for our “All Things Water” Stamp Camp this coming this coming Friday and Saturday – April 5th (4 PM – 9 PM) and 6th (9 AM – 4 PM).  We will be doing 4 cards – the 2 shown above – plus 2 others which will be posted tomorrow.  The cost will be $10.  If you can’t join us, but would like to do the cards, please let me know and we will have a kit for you to purchase and do at your leisure; all the stamping, embossing are done and embellishments are provided – you only have to provide the adhesive.  The cost for the kit is $10, but we do need additional time to prepare the materials.  If you have any questions, please give me a call at 630-759-3089, or drop me a note at paperrose01@aol.com.

Blessings, Rosemary

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