Special Season Dryer Sheet Card

We’ve been talking about making a dryer sheet card for the past month and finally, the time has come.  My sister sent me this idea and although you can make cards using this technique any time during the year, a Christmas tree works beautifully!  However, I will warn you that you might end up “wearing” glitter.  Dryer Sht Tree plain

Can you see the sparkle from the glitter on top of the dryer sheet?  It is very hard to discern in the photo.  This card is really quite simple.  We used the Special Season tree image found on page 29 of the holiday catalogue.  We stamped the bottom tree in Garden Green; then without re-inking the stamp, we stamped another tree to the right of the original image.  Finally, we re-inked the tree again, stamped off, and stamped the 3rd tree to the left of the original image.  Then we took a used dryer sheet, ironed to remove the wrinkles, and sprayed it with a spray fixative (I use Elmer’s Craft Spray Adhesive).  The sticky dryer sheet was laid sticky side down over the stamped card stock and smoothed out.  Excess dryer sheet was trimmed off and Dazzling Diamonds was sprinkled over and pressed into the dryer sheet.  After the excess glitter had been shaken off the card, we added a bit of silver ribbon on 2 of the corners, and adhered this top layer to a Garden Green card. The finished card sparkles like fresh fallen snow.

This second card has one minor difference – the ornaments on the bottom tree were colored with Smooch before adding the dryer sheet..  I like Smooch as it is shinier than a marker.  The ornaments are not noticeable in the first card but you can faintly see them in this second card.  The decision to color the ornaments or not is up to  you.  I like the cards both ways,

Dryer Sht Tree decorated

This wraps up the 5 cards we will be making in our October Stamp Camp.  5 cards – $12,00,  The dates again are:  Thursday, October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday, Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM. If it is more convenient for you to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you.

If you think you will be able to attend, it would be helpful if you could let me know which day you will be attending.  If you won’t know until closer to or the day of Stamp Camp, there is no problem as we always have extra packets ready.

Mark your calendars now for November Stamp Camp which will be held on November 7th,  8th and 9th.  We will be featuring Thanksgiving/Fall and Christmas.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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Halloween Happiness

I just discovered I had a typo on the E-mail address I have been using.  Guess my fingers were ahead of my brain!  My E-mail address is paperrose01@aol.com

The Halloween Happiness stamp found on page 39 of the holiday catalogue is one of my favorites.  The price for this wood-backed stamp is only $9.95 which I think is a bargain.

Halloween Happiness noseDebbie designed Halloween Happiness as a gate card with chevrons on both sides of the gate.  We cut the stamp apart so that the pumpkins were on one stamp and the message on another.  This allowed us to color the pumpkins with markers, and stamp the message separately.  I stamped the sample above.  When I stamped the Halloween Happiness, I ended up with a shadow line.  Always a believer of “make lemonade when you have a lemon,”  I took my Pistachio Pudding marker and added more squiggly lines.  I used an orange permanent marker to color a rhinestone, and added it as the nose for the second pumpkin.  The oval framelits made cutting our ovals a cinch!  To carry the oval theme thru, I used the #2 oval framelit in Pistachio Pudding layered on Pumpkin Pie for the inner card.  We will be using the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (DSP) to line our envelopes for this card.   

This is the fourth card of the five we will be making at the October Stamp Camp on Thursday, October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday, Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM. If you need to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you. The cost for this stamp camp is $12.00.

Give me a call or send an E-mail if you have any questions.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com.

The Bat Card

Hey PumpkinDaughter Debbi designed this cute “Bat Card,:  The Chevron Embossing Folder adds texture and interest to the background.  A bit of Witches Brew Designer Series Paper (DSP) sets the tone for Halloween.  A die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits sets off the punched bat (retired).  Although you cannot see it in the picture, there are actually 2 bats with the top bat secured with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  It appears the bat is preparing to fly off.  I love the “Hey Pumpkin!” stamp.  This image is part of the “Perfectly You” Hostess set found on page 39 of the holiday catalog – only $9.00 for the clear set.  Debbi finished the card by adding embellishments of black rhinestones and a bit of narrow black and white checked ribbon.  This is a perfect Halloween card for a child or an adult.  Plus it is simple to make – only 1 stamping required! 

This is the third of five cards we will be making at our October Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, we now offer our monthly stamp camps on Thursday, as well as Friday and Saturday.  As noted in my previous blog, October Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday, Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM. If it is more convenient for you to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you. $12.00 is the cost for this stamp camp and the 5 cards. 

I am loving the new Big Shot Magnetic Platform which is perfect for all my Framelits and Edgelits.  The magnetic platform holds those metal dies firmly in place over your stamped images.  It is available for $39.95 and can be found on page 185 of the big catalogue.  I have found that the time it saves is definitely worth the investment.

Give me a call or send an E-mail with any questions! Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrowe01@aol.com

Halloween Spinner

Everyone had fun with the pinwheel spinner card we made 2 months ago so Debbi and I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween spinner. You can choose your options – ghost or owl; Washi Tape or plain, ribbon or no ribbon.

Owl SpinnerHere you see an owl spinner on a Basic Black card with lots of Witches Brew Designer Series Paper (DSP),  The punched owl spins round and round and is perfect for the Halloween season.  As an afterthought, the top black cs could be embossed with an embossing folder to add more texture and interest.

Ghost spinnerThe ghost  is an ongoing symbol of Halloween.  Our ghost spinner is actually punched with the owl punch, and the feet are simply snipped off – presto – you have an instant ghost!   This ghost would be cute sponged in Pumpkin Pie or even embossed with one of the many embossing folders.  Washi Tape embellishes the top black cs.  You can use one pattern or all 3 Washi Tape patterns as shown here.

There are 3 remaining cards to post for the October Stamp Camp – a Halloween gate card, the dryer sheet Christmas card, and the bat card – not bat man, but the bat card.

October Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday, Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM. Please note that if you need to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you. With a spinner card, the dryer sheet card, the flip-flop card made with the new Circle Thinlits Die, 2 DSP lined envelopes – this is definitely a Stamp Camp you will not want to miss.  The cost $12.00 for the 5 cards.

On a personal note, I saw the surgeon at Silver Cross that will be performing my Sleeve Gastrectomy on Oct. 7th, and I had lost 7 lbs. since I had seen him in July.  I am on the pre-op diet and surviving!!!!!  Lots and lots of protein.

Give me a call or send an E-mail with any questions!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrowe01@aol.com

Let’s Swing with a Swing Card!

They’ve been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! The Stampin’ Up amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step. 

Festive Flurry SeptThis is the flip card we will be creating at the October Stamp Camp.  This Christmas card features the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and matching dies.  The color scheme of silver, white, Pool Party and Island Indigo is subtle yet showy.  Winter Frost Designer series Paper (DSP) overlays the Island Indigo card stock and carries through the Festive Flurry design.  A silver glimmer scalloped circle is the sparkly background for the indigo snowflakes.  I absolutely love the Frosted Finishes Embellishment that sparkles in the snowflake center.

 

Festive Flurry Sept open w env

This is a view of the open Festive Flurry swing card.  Note the lined envelope featuring the new Envelope Liner Framelits Die (page 37 in the Holiday Happiness catalogue).  You can see how the circle flips from the Festive Flurry snowflakes to the Merry Christmas message.  So, how do we make this card?

Circle thinlits dieThis is the Circle Thinlits Die.  It is not found in the catalogs, but can be viewed on the Stampin’ Up website.  But wait – there is more!  The die includes accessory thinlit dies. 

 

 

 

Circle thinlits accessories

This view shows the accessory dies that are included with the Circle Thinlits Die set.  The scallop circle die was used to cut the silver glimmer scallops we see on the front of our Christmas card found above. 

So what does our actual card look like before the DSP and embellishments are added?

 

Circle thinlits cutCircle thinlits cut folded

         

 

 

 

 

 

The view on the left shows the card stock after it has been run thru the Big Shot with the Circle Thinlits Die.  The circle cut and the score lines are quite faint.  The view on the right shows the card stock as it is being folded on the score lines.  Note how the circle can be viewed from the closed and the open views.

This is just one of the cards we will be creating at the October Stamp Camp on October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Please note that if you need to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you.  We are also doing 3 absolutely cute Halloween cards, and a dryer sheet Christmas card.  This is a stamp camp you will not want to miss.  5 cards – $12.00. 

On a personal note, I will be having bariatric surgery on Monday, October 7th.  I am having a sleeve gastrectomy at Silver Hospital.  The hospital stay is generally 2 days.  I will keep you posted on my recovery, and don’t feel this will affect our November Stamp Camp. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Washi Tape, Flower Shop & a Bit of Grunge

Wow!  What a title for a card!  However, that is what is on our last September Stamp Camp card – some Washi Tape, blossoms from the Flower Shop stamp set and some spritzed grunge.

Washi 1I will admit I was very leery about ordering the Washi Tape shown in the 2013-2014 Stamping Up Catalogue.  The Washi Tape that was shown on cards in the catalogue was roughly torn, and often just used to tape some card stock on a card.  I simply did not like it!  Actually, I discovered what I didn’t like was how it was used – I have come to love the product itself.  Washi Tape is repositionable, inexpensive, and quite easy to work with.  I’ve used the Gingham Gardens Washi Tape in the corners of the two cards noted here. – opposite the “grunge” corner.  I laid each piece of  tape right up against the previous piece Washi 2and wrapped the ends easily around the edge of the card stock.  Actually, I am ahead of myself!  My first step was to add the “grunge” – spritzing color in one corner of the envelope.  I used Island Indigo as my main color and added either daffodil or Melon Mambo.  Then I added the Washi tape.  The final step was to stamp 4 Flower Shop images in Island Indigo and punch them out with the matching punch.  There are six flowers to choose from but all have the same overall shape and work with the coordinating Pansy Punch.  I doubled up the center flower to give the two-dimensional look..  I stamped “my friend” from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and die cut it with the Bitty Banners framelits set.  A matching die cut shape in either Melon Mambo or Daffodil carries the color through.  As you can see, the card can be done in either the horizontal or vertical view.  Although you can’t see from the photos, the 3 flowers in the top view have pearls in the floral center; tiny drops of Crystal Effects were added to the centers of the bottom flowers.  Finally, I die cut the Gingham Garden envelope liner – I love the new Envelope Liner Framelits!  The top card view actually has a tiny corner piece of DSP that matches the envelope liner. 

This is our final card for the September Stamp Camp – Summer Flowers, plus touch of Christmas with our embossed poinsettia.  I hope you can come.  The cost is $12 for the 5-card stamp camp.  There are 4 dates being offered:  Thursday September 5th from 2 to 9 PM, Friday September 6th from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday September 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday September 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM. As I have mentioned, the September 14th stamp camp is being held as several Saturday stampers are tied up on the 7th. If you plan on coming on the 14th, please let me know as soon as you can. If you know which day you will be attending, it is a help – but not a necessity. I always look forward to seeing you!

Mark your calendars now for our October Stamp Camp – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 3, 4, 5.  I am not 100% sure what cards we will be creating – 2 Christmas cards for sure, and possibly a Halloween spinner card plus another Halloween/fall card.  I have so many ideas that it is hard to narrow it down to 4 or 5 cards!  We will be doing a dryer sheet card at the October Stamp Camp – but I am not sure if we will consider it fall or Christmas – it depends on the colors we go with.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

A Field of Poppies and Happy Labor Day!

Well, I haven’t done much on this Labor Day – especially as far a laboring.  However, Rick’s Landscaping finished the area behind our deck today, so I have been out looking at the flowers.  And speaking of flowers, how about some poppies?

Poppies possible bestI’ll admit this isn’t a real field of poppies, but when I look at this card, my mind drifts to the beauty of a field of red or orange poppies.  Those of you who know me well know that this is one of my absolutely favorite flowers.  At one time, I had two wonderful red poppy plants outside my kitchen window until Mr. Shall Remain Nameless pulled them out thinking the foliage was a weed.  So, I am forced to find the beauty in this stamp – Pleasant Poppies.  The truly neat thing about this card is that I actually printed the poppies with My Digital System on a firm vellum.  The flowers are actually colored with markers on the WRONG side of the vellum.  Coloring on the wrong side is very forgiving of little errors which is great as I tend to make a lot of little errors!  One of my new framelit sets of the Squares Collection which is what I used to cut the poppy frame shown on the card.  The Square Lattice embossing folder provides great texture to the card front.  While looking for an appropriate message for this card, I found “the earth laughs in flowers.  e.e. cummings” which I though was perfect and looks great stamped on Tangerine Tango.  Black “rhinestones” provided the finishing touch both for the message and for those poppies showing the full center.  So part of the work on the card is done for you – the poppies are printed and cut to size, the frame is pre-cut, and I have pre-stamped and cut several of the messages. 

I hope you can come this weekend and make this fun card – you too can dream of a field of poppies!  The cost is $12.00 for 5 flower cards – a dahlia, a vase of lilies, individual flower shop blossoms, the poppies, and a beautiful embossed poinsettia.  Dates and times are:  Thursday September 5th from 2 to 9 PM, Friday September 6th from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday September 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday September 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM. The September 14th stamp camp is being held as several Saturday stampers are tied up on the 7th. If you plan on coming on the 14th, please let me know as soon as you can. The cost for this stamp camp with 5 cards is $12.00.  If you can tell me ahead of time which day you will be attending, it is a help – but not a necessity. I always look forward to seeing you!

One more blog post to look for – the final summer flower card features Washi Tape, a bit of grunge and the Flower Shop blossoms!  Give me a call or drop me an E-mail if you have any questions!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com