Summer Roses

I am amazed at the beautiful rose crafts that are being made with the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  The Rose Wonder stamp set is great, but it is the rose thinlits that do all the work.  For our May Stamp Camp, we will be doing 2 cards that use the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  These are wonderful cards to honor the women in our lives.

2016.04.30 Formal RoseThe first card is a tad bit formal.  Done in Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Whisper White, the Rose Garden Thinlit Die highlights the use of  negative space.  The rose actually slips into the die cut cs like a puzzle piece.  Embellishments are limited to 2 pink butterflies and a few pearls.  The message is stamped on white scrap in Archival Basic Gray, and outlined in Smoky Slate.  The matching die from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies makes this sentiment a breeze. 

 

I have seen the rose die used many different ways. 

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose 1

I have seen this rose die used many different ways.  I thought it might be fun to do a watercolor background and let the negative space feature the blended colors.  This is almost a sunrise background with a Crushed Curry rose.  After wetting my watercolor cs, I started with a dab of Daffodil Delight and swirled it around on the cs.  Then I added a bit of Tangelo Twist and finally some Real Red.  Additional water is added and the Aqua Pen blends the colors beautifully.  The watercolor cs has a thin border of Basic Black which accents the colors and keeps them from blending into the Melon Mambo card

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose2This card features a background of Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, and Garden Green.  The Melon Mambo decided to form a “hurricane” and flows to the bottom of the watercolor cs.  The Garden Green is noted in the bottom left corner.  The mixed colors appear slightly lavender and Elegant Eggplant cs is used for both the rose and the card.  The sentiment is stamped on white scrap, outlined in Melon Mambo and die cut with the matching thinlit.  A few butterflies are added for interest.  Although very hard to see, the negative space of the rose has been colored with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and sparkles in the light.

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose 3This striking birthday card features a background of Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Tangerine Tango.  Pacific Point cs gives us a striking rose and a Melon Mambo card coordinates well.  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush is used to color the actual rose outline and the negative space of the rose.  Note the thin gold strands under the birthday sentiment.  This is the marvelous gold metallic thread.  I purchased it in both gold and silver and like it so well that I ordered an extra roll of each in case it is not carried over to the new catalog which will be out the beginning of June.  Lots of surprises coming!!!!

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The final sample is monochromatic done in Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, and Wisteria Wonder.  I was surprised how much blue is in these colors.  The card features a Melon Mambo rose and is on a Perfect Plum card.  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush is used is color in all the negative space as well as the rose outline.  Water coloring can be wet, messy work.  This is a good stamp camp to wear really old clothes!!!  My hands were multi-colored by the time I had water-colored all the samples. 

 

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose sentiment

The Rose Garden Thinlits Dies also includes a smaller rose die seen here on the sentiment layer.  One or two of these roses could be used on a card front.  There is a stem of negative space leaves and a small flower die as well as the label die included in this set. 

I hope you can attend the May Stamp Camp.  We are doing 2 additional fun cards not shown here.  Dates and times are Thursday May 5 from 12 Noon to 9 PM, Friday May 6 from 2 –9 PM, and Saturday May 7 from 9 AM to 9 PM.  If you know what day you might come, it is helpful – but not required – if you can let me know.  The cost remains $12 and includes all tools and supplies.  If you would like a kit prepared, the cost is the same.

Don’t forget that the current catalogs are discontinued on May 31st.  The new catalog is available online on June 1st.  I will notify you when my catalogs are in and you can stop by and pick one up.  Check out the retiring list at 2016 Retiring SU items.  Some items have been discounted. 

Mark your calendars now for June Stamp Camp – masculine cards for the men in our lives.  Dates are June 2, 3, and 4.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Hope to see you on May 5, 6 or 7. 

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

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SPRING WREATH

The Circle of Spring stamp set helps us create a beautiful spring wreath.  Even better is the compatibility with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies – a set we used Christmas 2014.  

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 005This Elegant Eggplant and Daffodil Delight card is the epitome of springtime.  Although very hard to see, the wreath hangs on a brick wall.  I’m sure you have never seen an eggplant brick wall, but I liked the color combination.  Spectrum Noir markers are used to color the wreath, bow and flowers.  Dimensionals under the wreath and flowers add the 3-D effect.  Wink of Stella was used on some of the flowers, bow and butterfly.  The wealth of Spectrum Noir marker colors allow you many choices.

 

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 004This is another version of the Circle of Spring wreath card.  More red was used which gives a very bright finish.  Wink of Stella was again used to provide the glittery interest.

Speaking of Wink of Stella – several of you had ordered this easy to use glitter brush.  When I went to place the order, I discovered this item was on backorder, and there was no anticipated delivery date.  In fact, there still is no anticipated date.  So I reached out to Amazon and was able to order the exact same item, packaging and all for $6.90 which includes tax.  So I have 6 for sale at $6.90 each if you are interested.  Wink of Stella is also available in colors.  I have the pink, yellow and green which you are welcome to try.  However, I only have the clear for sale.  I love this product and feel it can add much to a project if used judiciously. 

Hope to see you at March Stamp Camp.  Let me know in advance if you need a kit – available for $12.00.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – home 630/759-3089 – cell 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

EASTER LAMB

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 009Easter Lamb is a darling card – just perfect for Easter.  I have 3 different cards from this set.  Each with slightly different embellishments.  The colors used on this card are not a combination I would have thought of.  However, I saw another card similar to this that used Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride, and I found the combination quite striking.  The chalk marker was used on the “curly lamb’s wool” which makes it jump out at you.  I was able to stamp  the image on Smoky slate, color the wool, grass and a bit of pink in the ears, and photocopy it on to white cs.  So, the work is already done for you!!!!  If you choose, you can add a bit more chalk, green, and pink markers.  Note the Watermelon banners used.

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 010In this second view, everything remains the same with the exception of the circle around the lamb, and the use of a bitty butterfly with pearls.  Note the Watermelon banners used. A strip of Blushing Bride from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and the Gently Falling Embossing Folder add background interest. The butterfly also is cut from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and adds a soft touch. This card may look difficult, but it is truly simple. 

 

 

 

SAMSUNG CSCThe third and final view of Easter Lamb features a Blushing Bride scallop circle around the lamb and 2 pearls on the top banner.  Happy Easter is stamped on Smoky Slate and receives a different banner treatment.  Note the small flower in the lower left corner, punched from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and embellished with a pearl. 

All 3 cards are very similar, but each has small differences.  The inside sentiment sheet can be embellished to coordinate with the front – a strip of matching DSP, a flower or two, or butterflies.  You can design your own!

I hope to see you for March Stamp Camp.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would rather make 2 of the Easter Lamb cards instead of the Easter Garden featured on the previous blog.

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

EASTER GARDEN

I’m sure not one of my readers has a garden that looks like this!  However, this card gives us hope for the months ahead!

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 002I have 3 different cards of the Corner Garden stamp to share with you today.  This was my second attempt.  With my first coloring, I tried to cover up some areas where my color had seeped out of the image outline.  The result was not pleasant.  I decided that when the card recipient sees a bit of color outside the outline, they can better appreciate the love spent hand coloring the garden. A well placed butterfly also helps!  I used Spectrum Noir markers for the coloring.  At least 2 shades were used on each flower in my blending attempt.  If you have markers at home, you might choose to start this card at our March Stamp Camp, and finish it at home.  My suggestion would be to at least use the coral Spectrum Noir markers (CR 7, CR9) as they pull thru the Calypso Coral card color.

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 001This card was coloring #3.  I lightened the blue of my morning glories and added a third yellow tone to my Brown-Eyed Susan.  I was not particularly pleased with the center of my pinky rose.  I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the flower centers of this card.  In my humble opinion, the touch of glimmer enhances of flower images and the viewer will spend a few seconds longer admiring the card with this added touch.  This is, of course, a personal preference.  See the little butterfly at the edge of the rose?  It is covering one of my “oops” out of the outline coloring. Note the use of the triple punch in the upper right corner of the card  – a little touch to add interest..   Let’s look at the 4th coloring below.

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 003This is my 22 minute coloring card – yes, I actually timed myself.  I planned my colors first using only 1 color per flower.  There was no blending which made the coloring much faster.  I also kept myself totally focused on the coloring which helped.  I added Wink of Stella sparingly and again used a butterfly to cover my major “oops!”  The entire card took me about 40 minutes which included finding the butterfly, finding my message, etc.  My goal is to have your messages pre-stamped and punched, butterflies die cut, and the message backgrounds pre-punched.  Each card also notes which markers were used.

However, if you feel this is not a card you wish to tackle, please let me know as soon as possible which card you wish to do 2 of instead of the Corner Garden card above.  We have the Little Bunny card, the Spring Wreath card, and the uber easy Sunburst card.  I will be adding these blog posts very shortly.

I sincerely hope you can come to our March Stamp Camp.  Cost is $12 which includes all supplies and tools.  Dates/times are as follows:  Thursday, March 3rd from 12 Noon to 9 PM; Friday, March 4th from 2 PM to 9 PM; and Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  If you can let me know if you are coming, and what day/time works for you, it helps me in planning.  However, if you decide at the last second to drop by, I always have extra card kits ready.

Don’t forget to check back for the rest of the cards and let me know if you wish to substitute one of them for the beautiful Corner Garden card above.

Blessings, Rosemary – home 630/759-3089 – cell 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Birthday Blossoms Scallop Square Swing Card

2015-08-30 2015-08-30 001 001The die for this fun swing card is one of my recent Zulilly online purchases.  The only caveat I discovered after receiving the die, was that it is a 5” square card and would not fit in the standard A2 envelope.  I resolved that issue by folding the longer side of the card back 1” so that the card easily fits the standard card envelope.  The Pretty Petals DSP Stack has the vibrant butterfly DSP that is used on this card.  The tiny butterflies are in Old Olive, Mint Macaroon (new), Pacific Point, and Calypso Coral.  The flowers featured on the scallop square that swings to the front are from the Birthday Blossoms set , stamped in Calypso Coral, punched out with the pansy punch, and sponged heavily in Calypso Coral.

2015-08-30 2015-08-30 001 005The fussy cut leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Mint Macaroon.  Assorted embellishments are available to use in flower centers.  Although Candy Dots are shown in the view above, the other sample features the White Perfect Accents that I colored blue with a Sharpie.  Rhinestones would also look great!  Happy Birthday is one of 3 messages that can be die cut in Pacific Point and adhered to the front.

The scallop square that swings to the back carries our message stamped in either Pacific Point or Old Olive on Mint Macaroon.  Several tiny flowers are stamped in Calypso Coral and fussy cut.  Assorted butterflies are precut from the Embosslits Beautiful Wings and adhered to carry the butterfly theme from front to back.  Although not shown in these images, the back 1” flap features the multi-colored butterfly DSP.

As I look back on the 4 cards we will be doing for September Stamp Camp, I realize there are NO BOWS!!!!!  Two of the cards utilize ribbon in a simple straight line.  I’m sure several of you are happy about the “bow-less” cards.  As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is 2-9 PM on the 3rd and 4th, and 9 AM – 4 PM on the 5th.  The cost for the 4 cards is $12.00.  If you are unable to attend and would prefer picking up a kit, please give me advance notice. I want you to enjoy crafting – have fun, be creative, and relax!  If you know what day you will be attending, it’s helpful if you give me a heads-up, but certainly  not required.

Looking ahead, the October Stamp Camp will be held October 1, 2, and 3 and will feature Leaves, Ghosts, & Christmas.  I am quite excited as we will be doing some super cards.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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

The Littlest Angel

I’m afraid to ask how many days until Christmas!  Would you believe only 116!  It’s time to start preparing for the approaching festive occasions – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I thought September would be a great time to craft our first Christmas card for 2015.

Angel 1 001I’ve entitled this card “Littlest Angel on a Starry Christmas Night.”  With a color theme of Night of Navy and gold, the background is embossed in Lucky Stars with some of the raised stars and the card edges lightly sponged in silver.  I just received the chalk ink, and you may prefer sponging with chalk instead of silver.  The circle Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum is shown here, but the gold patterns used will vary.  Although I have vellum adhesive, I prefer not to use it and have held the vellum securely in place with glue dots placed under the gold areas. 

Angel 1 006The Littlest Angel is created from several punches/thinlits.  Can you find the tree, heart, arrow, circles and owl punched pieces?  The two butterfly thinlits?  The halo is formed with gold cording.  The angel can hold a gold or white glimmer star.  I chose to use simple messages on the inside and outside layers and added a die cut Merry Christmas Thinlit at the bottom.

This is the first of four cards we will be making at our September Stamp Camp on the 3rd, 4th and 5th.  Times will be the same:  2-9 PM on the 3rd and 4th, and 9 AM – 4 PM on the 5th.  You can choose the day and time that works best for you.  It is helpful to let me know ahead if time if you plan on coming, but it is by no means a requirement.  The cost remains $12.00 and covers all supplies – all you need to bring is yourself!  Check back soon to see the next blog post on Clouds and Rainbows.

By the way, did you receive your Stampin’ Up Christmas Catalog?  If not, stop by and pick one up!  This is one of the best catalog’s Stampin’ Up has put out in several years and is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!!!

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

CHIC & STYLISH: The Perfect English Garden

Happy Summer, Crafters and Welcome Back to the Paperrose01 Blog!  I hope your summer days have been sunny and inspirational.  I thought we would start out the last half of 2015 Stamp Camps with cards that are chic and stylish! 

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This Night of Navy panel card is very chic and stylish.  The panels are covered with English Garden DSP and have a very loose border punched on the top.  This is a very simple card to make with 3 scores, a decorative border, elegant “legs”, a butterfly embellishment, and a bit of navy ribbon.  I did affix a tag on the back of the card for a personal, handwritten message.  I must acknowledge and thank my sister for her assistance with this card!

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The second sample features a sturdier border trim, and a change in DSP positioning.  You can make your Perfect English Garden with the border punch of your choice and arrange your DSP, ribbon usage, butterfly and message to please you.  If you don’t have the Decorative Label Punch used to make this card, you can order one at the August Stamp Camp for the reduced price of $14.40 (regularly $18.00).  This is a one time offer I personally am extending.  Tax and S&H would, of course, be added on.

I hope you can attend the August Stamp Camp and make the 4 Chic & Stylish cards.  Dates and times are:  Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7 from 2 PM to 9 PM; and Saturday, August 8 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The Stamp Camp cost remains at $12.00 and includes all supplies and tools needed to make the 4 cards.  Check the blog tomorrow for The Perfect Peacock and perhaps, The Perfect Hat!.

It is helpful if you can let me know if you will attending, but that is not a requirement.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone after this long break! 

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