EVERYDAY JARS

What would you rather do – can fruit or arrange flowers???

2016.08.27 JarsFor our jar cards, we use the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits dies.  The jars you see here are actually 3 parts.  The base is the jar stamped on Whisper White cs, painted with a pale wash of Watermelon Wonder or Peekaboo Peach, and die cut. The jar is then filled with strawberries or peaches fussy cut from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The jar is then stamped with Jet Black StazOn on a window sheet, die cut, and glued over the filled jar.  Finally the lid, stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky slate is wet embossed with clear embossing powder, die cut and adhered onto the jar.  The jar bases have been pre-stamped, pre-painted, and pre-cut for you.  The window sheet jars have also been stamped and pre-cut for you.  I found stamping the jars on the window sheeting to be quite challenging as the photopolymer stamps wanted to slide on the window sheets.  However, I finally came up with enough for stamp camp.

2016.08.27 Jars flowersIf you prefer flower arranging to canning fruit, this is the card for you!  The base of the jar has been painted with a very light wash of Marina Mist.  Stems of leaves and flowers are placed in the jar and the window sheet jar is glued on top.  I added several stems to the jar to increase the fullness.  Small stamped and die cut flowers were added to the flower stems and greenery.  I added a jar lid on one of the jars before I realized – DUH – how can you have a lid on a jar filled with flowers.  But I liked the finished look and chose to leave it.  The smaller jar was filled with a smaller amount of flowers and foliage and a bow was added to the jar rim.  Part of the challenge with this card is that I spent many years as a floral designer and even taught college level floral design.  Consequently, I still hold the same design principles and it is hard to let them go for this card!

Both cards use the Fruit Stand Designer Series paper for the background.  The top scalloped DSP on the floral card is shorter than the fruit card.  The placement of the black “hello” sentiment varies, depending on which card is chosen.  An interesting combination would be one jar filled with fruit and the other with flowers – a fruit and flowers combination!  Or you could even fill your jars with fish which are included in the stamp set and matching framelits.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  Remember to let me know which 4 cards you choose to do, or I will assume you wish to do 1 of each.  If you know  you wish to do the fruit jar, it would be helpful to let me know so I have a sufficient number of jars with Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach washes.

As a reminder for dates and times – Thursday September 1 from 12N to 4 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  October Stamp Camp will be October 6, 7, and 8.  We will be doing a shaving cream card in October as well as a Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  The Taylored Expressions Roly Poly Witch will also make her debut at October stamp camp.  A fun time is guaranteed.

Don’t forget about the September 20% discount for all Stampin ’Up products.  This is a discount offered by me – not Stampin’ Up so orders will need to filter through me!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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SWIRLS

I thought an easy peasy card would be nice for September Stamp Camp and decided to use the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles matching thinlit dies. 

2016.08.27 Swirly Bird 1This is a fun card that you can’t go wrong with.  I started with the new Peekaboo Peach cs for the card, cut a 5 X 3 3/4 piece of Whisper White and layered it on Basic Black.  Next I added some grunge in Wisteria Wonder and added my swirls in Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  The leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi.  I die cut a swirl of peach, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The glossy finishes adds texture and interest to the card.  A simple sentiment in basic black finishes off the card.  This card is cute, fun and most importantly – easy!!!!

 

 

2016.08.27 Swirly Bird 3This second sample is very similar to the first but I chose to include a bird and changed the layout slightly.  The peach swirl in the lower right hand corner is slightly smaller than the swirl shown in the first sample.  You can choose to do your Swirls card however you wish!  And wait until you see the inside – something quite different using one of the Swirly Scribbles  dies.  This set has lots of possibilities and can be used for masculine cards without the flowers.  This is a set to keep your eyes on to see how different folks use it. 

I hope you can make it to September Stamp Camp.  Remember that you can choose to do any 4 of the cards.  If you don’t care for one, you can choose to do 2. 3 or 4 of another card.  My goal is to offer an assortment of styles so you can choose the styles that meet your tastes.  But PLEASE, let me know as soon as possible what 4 cards you prefer doing or I will “assume” you want to do 1 of each.  I will be cutting paper later today.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FLORAL BOUTIQUE

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 3The Floral Boutique thinlit dies are a new favorite of mine.  I chose not to purchase the bundle as I didn’t feel I would use the stamps that came with the bundle.  The thinlits, however, are awesome and truly easy to work with.  I use the Precision Base Plate and the Die Brush with these thinlits.  The intricate pieces fall out very easily and no shim is needed.  This is a 3-piece set and the card front you see here uses the 2 thinlit dies.  The 3rd die is an edgelit and you use it to cut a neat separation for either of the thinlits.  The next sample shows the use of the larger thinlit and the edgelit die.

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 1Using only 1 of the thinlits and layering it with a casual designer series paper, the card is much less formal than the view shown above.  Assorted sized pearls were used on both views but I’m sure rhinestones would also be a pleasing embellishment.  Being the hoarder that I am, I saved many of the little pieces that were die cut from the thinlits.  The 2 little flowers you see on the birthday sentiment came from the thinlit scrap and provide a perfect embellishment, especially with the 2 little pearls.  I also use the scrap pieces when I discover an “whoops” on my card stock – a spot of ink, a blemish, or perhaps a small tear. 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique sentimentFor the sentiment layer, I chose to use the smaller Floral Boutique thinlit die on white cs allowing the Night of Navy to peek through in the negative spaces.  This provides a perfect contrast to the top layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 2

I actually did 6 views of this card – 3 using the 2 thinlits as shown in the first view, and above  and3 using the larger thinlit with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 3

Although I chose to use the casual striped DSP, there are other patterns in the Floral Boutique package you can choose from.  The view above shows a very elegant but casual card.  You can choose your own style at September Stamp Camp!  Hope to see you there this week – September 1, 2 and 3.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

BEAUTIFUL BRANCHES

It seems the days are getting busier and busier!  Friday, I went to Northwestern Medical Center to see a neurosurgeon about my back.  Yesterday, my cousin and her husband returned home to Baton Rouge after a short visit. Today, hubby Norb and I slaved in the kitchen to make my “world famous” lasagna for son Russ as we celebrated his birthday.  My goal was to have all the blogs posted today for our September Stamp Camp, but I think only this blog will make it in by midnight!!!!

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches card This simple Christmas card is from the Thoughtful Branches bundle that is only available through August 31st.  The top layer is bordered with Emerald Envy and dry embossed with my favorite Softly Falling embossing folder.  The tree is quickly die cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and is popped up atop embossed snow.  The little birds are die cut from red glimmer paper.  The photopolymer message was curved a bit on the acrylic block so that it fits perfectly in the banner image.  Although the cards looks difficult, it is not and goes together quickly. Two types of embossed snow are available, and the birds can be gold, silver, green, red, or red metallic. 

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches messageI felt a simple but elegant sentiment was needed for this card.   The Emerald Envy border around the card layer and the sentiment provide a quiet elegance.  The use of stitched rectangles for the sentiment and the 2 birds carry through the simplicity of the card.  This is truly one of my favorite cards.

In case you don’t know when September Stamp Camp is – it is right around the corner.  The dates/times:  Thursday September 1 from 12 N – 9 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The cost is $12 for 4 cards.  If you prefer doing more of a particular cards and not doing another card, please let me know as soon as possible.  For example, if you prefer this Beautiful Branches and perhaps the Floral Boutique cards, you could do 2 of each and skip Swirls and Jar of Love.  The choice is yours, but I do need to know prior to the day you come so I can have your kit prepared.  If you would like a kit to do at home, the cost is the same, but I would need to know as soon as possible to allow time for me to prep the kit. 

The holiday mini catalogs are in the mail and you might have yours by now.  Mine arrived earlier this week.  You can order these wonderful items beginning September 1, 2016.  AND, I am running a special in September – 20% off all SU products.The 20% if taken off after Shipping and Tax.  This is a discount that I am offering and is not a discount offered by Stampin; Up.  So stock up on your card stock, inks, embellishments and choose an item or 2 that is on your wish list.  I guarantee you will fall in love with at least 1 item in the holiday catalog!!!!!

I hope to see you at September Stamp Camp.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  If you can let me know which day you might be coming, it is helpful, but not required.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES 1

Hi Crafters!  We survived our trip to San Jose California – the land of the dead brown lawns.  Very happy to return to our green, green grass, bushes and flowers!  I finally finished our last card for August Stamp Camp.  This is not the card that I had planned.  This is from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle that is ONLY available for the month of August – while quantities last.  If your wallet will allow it, I highly encourage you to purchase this set of stamps and dies – see my special pricing below. The possibilities are endless!  This week we are going to create a hydrangea version and next month we are going to do a Christmas tree version. 

2016.07.16 Hydrangea 1I absolutely love this hydrangea done in the new color Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.  On this card, the flower is two layers deep popped up with dimensionals.  Although the bloom looks complicated, it is surprisingly easy to line up and die cut.  Some dies in the past have been almost impossible to line up, but this one is very simple.  The stem is die cut in new Emerald Envy.  I chose to have my leaves filled in so I cut a stamped leaf to fill in the vacant space behind the die cut leaves.  I found some Rich Razzleberry thick twine in my collection and it is the perfect addition for the hydrangea.  Like the white embossed background?  This is the new Petal Burst Textured Expressions Embossing Folder.  The petals provide an excellent background for the flower and leaves.

2016.07.16 Hydrangea 2No – I did not make a mistake when I adhered my cardstock to the card front.  I decided that as the flower goes on at an angle, to angle everything on the card front.  You must admit the angles catch your eye and cause you to look twice!  Notice the embossed background?  The de-bossed side is up and gives great texture and depth.  I rarely used the de-bossed side but felt it was great for this card.  The hydrangea on this card is a single layer with a Razzleberry background.  I love the “Fabulous Friend” image and banner.  These are from the new Banners for You stamp set and matching die bundle.  The little flower on the end of the banner is the fix for not centering the message!  Although I resisted using Wink of Stella on the first sample, I brushed it on several of the florets, the background of the leaves, and around the banner on this card.  The added glimmer is a great finish to a beautiful card!

Again, this is an absolutely wonderful set and I have seen so many beautiful cards done by SU demonstrators around the world.  The bundle – stamps and dies – lists for $52.00 plus shipping and tax.  I am willing to drop my SU discount and sell it for 20% off the product price after shipping and tax.  So that means I take $10.40 off the price of the bundle after shipping and tax.  This discount is only available thru me because I think this set is fantastic.  BUT remember – it is only available thru the month of August WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  I expect it to sell out quickly!  Check out the Thoughtful Branches Blog at Thoughtful Branches

Hope to see you at August Stamp Camp.  If you can let me know when you might be coming, it is helpful, but not required.  If you prefer to receive a kit to complete at home, you will need to let me know which animal from Foxy Friends you wish – the cat, raccoon, skunk or fox, and what color bird you prefer – yellow, blue or coral.  If you want to customize your cards – maybe do 2 birds, 2 hydrangeas and skip the angel and Foxy Friend, please let me know soon!  And if you choose to add a card, you can do so for an additional $2.00.

As a reminder, August Stamp Camp is Thursday August 11 from 12 Noon – 9 PM, Friday August 12 from 2 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday August 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  You can choose the date and time that is best for you!  Look forward to seeing you soon!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com