Easter Tulips

Although Easter is late this year, the date is fast approaching.  If we are lucky, we may not have any snow to commemorate our Lord.  Debbi and I have created four Easter cards for our April Stamp Camp (April 3, 4, 5).  However, all could be used for other occasions.  Today, we are going to view the Easter Tulips card

Tulips Best“Blessed Easter” is the stamp set featured on this card.  The color scheme is Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight .  The tulips are water-colored with blender pens and an assortment of inks.  The Fancy Fan Embossing Folder provides texture to the top part of the card, and the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper adds softness to the card.  I absolutely love the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  Deb added a bit of Tangerine Tango ribbon, and a double butterfly using the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punches.  We split the message from the main stamp so we could use the tulips for other occasions.   Deb stamped the message on Daffodil Delight, cut it out with the Circle Framelits, and then sponged the circle heavily in Tangerine Tango. 

This beautiful card will be one of the four we will be completing at our April Stamp Camp.  Dates/times are:  Thursday, April 3rd from 2 – 9 PM; Friday, April 4th from 2 – 9 PM; and Saturday, April 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  If you need another date/time, please let me know, and I should be able to accommodate your request.

On a personal note, many of you are aware of weight loss surgery I had in October 2013.  I am proud to report that I have lost over 90 pounds, and am fast approaching 100 pounds.  Still have more to lose, but I am feeling a sense of accomplishment!

Remember that Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.  Let me know if you want to take advantage of this annual sale. 

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you have any questions about the April Stamp Camp.  Cost is $12 and everything you need is provided.  Check back tomorrow for the next Easter card post.    Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

More Mostly Male Stamp Camp Cards…

One of the stamp sets Deb and I both fell in love with when we saw the new 2013-2014 catalog was “Mosaic Madness.”  We thought this was a set that was a bit different and had a lot of possibilities.  Our first card for this set is Manly Mosaic Madness:Medallion original 3

Medallion final 2      

I have long been a fan of black, gray, white and just a touch of red.  This “Mosaic Madness” card shows this absolute favorite color combination!  Although it is hard to tell in the pictures, the black cs is embossed with the new Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder.  The mosaic images are stamped in Basic Gray and Going Gray, and are punched out with the new Mosaic Punch.  The little quatrefoil images are punched with the matching Itty Bitty Shapes Punch.  The 5/8” Basic Gray satin ribbon adds a touch of elegance to this simple card.  We’ve used the new Smoky Slate cs on the inside of the card for your message of choice.  Another nice touch with this card is that it is EASY!  You will be done in no time – especially if I have most of the mosaic images pre-stamped for you!

Our final Mostly Male card is By The Tide.  I know we used this stamp set several months ago, but this card is vastly different.  Deb did 2 versions, both in Night of Navy  – 1 version uses DSP and the other has a bit more stamping.  Of course the DSP card is the faster of the two, but I really like the stamped version although Deb says it is hard to keep the stamping straight – which I think calls for use of the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!  We didn’t add a message to the front, but there is plenty of room to add Navy of Navy text such as “Happy Birthday,” “Celebrate,” Happy Father’s Day,” or any other message.By the tide DSP 1  Square punches help make this stately card quick and easy!

By the tide stamped 4       

I hope you can make it this weekend!  As I mentioned yesterday, now that I am retired, I no longer have to stick to the Friday 4 – 9 PM and Saturday 9AM – 4 PM time/day restraints.  I know many of you have summer things on the weekends, so if you can make it on Wednesday, June 5th, or Thursday, June 6th, just let me know what day and time are best for you.  The cost for June Mostly Male Stamp Camp is $10.00.  And don’t forget that the new catalogs are in.  Like last year, I am not charging for the catalogs.  You can stop by and pick one up, or I can drop one by.  I posted the E-mail links in yesterday’s blog.  Just let me know what works for you.

As I have mentioned previously, we will not have stamp camp in July – and I’m still not sure about August, but I will let you know in plenty of time.  I will keep you posted of specials as they occur, and please let me know if there is something you need or if you have a stamping/paper crafting question.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630.759.3089 – 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. 

Tool Tip of the Day

I picked up this clever tip from Patty Bennett, A Stampin’ Up demonstrator in California.  I know how much you love your Stampin’ Up! punches! Here’s a twist on using your Scallop Border punch as a tool to create a wavy card stock strip which will in turn add a unique embellishment to your paper projects.
Step 1: Take an Old Olive strip of card stock and stamp using Old Olive ink and a floral or other loose design stamp. 

Step 2: Punch one edge of the stamped strip using the Scallop Edge Border punch clip_image002
Step 3: Turn card stock strip around and insert back into punch making sure to offset the scallops. Punch to create a wavy card stock strip!

You can see the end result below.  Pretty clever way to form a wavy scallop strip without purchasing another punch.  Note the design image on the strip. 

Tool Tip picture

Check back for a Wee Bit O’ Green card post.  Remember, the “Wee Bit O’ Green” Stamp Camp is almost upon us – March 2, 4 – 9 PM and March 3, 9 AM – 4 PM.  Hope to see you then.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089

P.S. I Love You

Dear Stampers,

As January creeps to a close, it is time to turn our thoughts to our best friends, family, spouses and other loved ones.  We can show our affection and caring with a card featuring hearts in honor of St. Valentine.  Of course we should show our love 365 days a year, but February 14th is a special day for showing our caring.  I love “P.S. I Love You” featuring the new Paper Doily die.  The paper doily is easy to use, but takes a few extra minutes to poke out the little paper pieces that don’t jump out automatically.  Here are the 2 of the samples I created of “P.S. I Love You”  for our upcoming Hearts and Flowers Stamp Camp.                PS I Love YouPS I love You bike











I used a color scheme of Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.  The stamp set featured is the new “Take it to Heart” featured in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  I also used the new Framelits Dies to cut the 2 of the hearts shown on the 2 cards.  The new P.S. I Love You set  has the cute modern label stamp which works perfectly with the modern label punch.   The wonderful white 5/8” Organza Ribbon  adds the finishing touch to this elegant card. 

Plan on attending the Hearts and Flowers Stamp Camp on Friday February 3rd (4 – 9 PM) and Saturday February 4th (9 AM – 4 PM).   The cost for this creative camp will be $10 and all materials and tools will be provided.  The remaining cards will be featured on my blog in the next few days, so please check back.  Give me a call if you have any questions.  Take care and Happy Stamping, Rosemary – 630-759-3089.                          

More Winter Scenes…

Sparkling Winter Trees lighterI love this wintry scene using the “Scenic Season” stamp set.  I used a So Saffron and Old Olive color scheme.  The new scalloped  Adorning Accents Edgelits Die is used here and was challenging at first, but I have worked out the bugs.  Complimenting the die is the new Adorning Accents embossing folder which is easy peasy to use.  I love the gentle flow of the new pleated ribbons and chose to use the Pear Pizzazz on this card.  Although you can’t see it, there is Dazzling Diamonds glitter sparkling on the trees and ground.   A little red bird flies  high in the sky on this card.  I loved the bird so much that I did another sample with 3 blue birds flying around the glittery trees.  Now – on to a card perfect for anyone during this cold time of year!

Happy Winter 1This little guy from the retired “Merry Crittermas” set shows how much fun winter can be!  The glimmer paper was once silver but now has a definite blue tone.  We used water color pencils and Smooch to color our happy rabbit.  Snowflakes from “Jolly Old St Nick” were stamped in white on the Bashful Blue card stock.  Although this card was basically done in blues, another sample card has a Cajun Craze button with a bunny dressed in brown, orange and red.  Any color combination can be used for this wintry scene!

We hope you will attend our Winter Wonderland Stamp Camp on January 6th and 7th.  The cost for the 4 projects is $8.00.  We’re coloring our glimmer cs, coloring rhinestones, using the new Adorning Accents die and embossing folder, and the gentle pleated ribbon.  Lots of new things for 2012.  I’m excited about the projects we will complete in this brand new year!  Give me a call if you have any questions (630-759-3089) or drop me a note at paperrose01@aol.com.  Happy crafting!  Rosemary

Embossing Brads

I promised to share the results Debbi and I had embossing antique brads.  The results were interesting.  Deb used VersaMark on her brads, dipped the brads in the embossing powder, and then applied heat.  I, on the other hand, did not use VersaMark.  I heat the brad, dip it in the embossing powder, and try to shake off the excess.  The heat gun will actually heat the embossing powder to the point that excess powder drips off.  I use higher heat than Deb does and this tends to take out much of the color.  Needless to say, you need a sturdy tweezers to hold your brad during the process.  I tried embossing some inexpensive tree brads and discovered that by holding my heat gun 8 – 12” away from the brad, I had satisfactory results.  However, the trees were not the shiny smooth metallic look I was seeking.   You can see below that the poinsettia antique brads clearly show the impression.  My favorites are the Melon Mambo antique brad and the copper embossed antique brad.

Brads 4

The bottom line is that embossing brads is rather messy and time consuming.  However, if you have a special card or project and need 1 – 3 brads in a special color, this is the way to give you the perfect shade.  And don’t do what I did – place the brads on Styrofoam for the heating process because guess what – the Styrofoam melts.

Hope to see you Friday September 9th from 4 – 9 PM or Saturday September 10th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We’re looking forward to several crafters who are new to our stamping group.  In order to impress the new folks, I will again promise NOT to sing!

October Fall Festival Stamp Camp is Oct 7-8, November Holiday Happenings is Nov 4-5 and December Christmas Celebrations Camp is Dec 2 – 3.  Mark your calendars now.  Give me a call if you have any questions – about ANYTHING!  In the meantime, HAPPY CRAFTING!  Rosemary