CLIMBING ORCHIDS

WP_20180420_15_18_11_Pro 1Being an ex-florist, I am very fond or orchids.  Although orchid corsages and orchid stems in bouquets have lost their popularity, orchid plants  are very on trend.  I chose Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig for my color scheme.  Gorgeous Grunge is stamped in Fresh Fig judiciously to provide a bit of interest.  The background features the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.  The dynamic embossing folders use only one acrylic plate when running thru the Big Shot but leave a much heavier, dynamic impression. A 2 7/8 die cut square is adhered to a 3” scalloped Fresh Fig square and popped up with dimensionals on the card front.  This sample features the flatter Phalaenopsis or moth orchids.  The orchids are stamped, die cut and layered one set of petals over the other.  The throat of the orchid is stamped, die cut and adhered on top of the petals.

WP_20180420_15_19_33_Pro 1The second sample features more of a Cattleya orchid with the increased coloring.  The orchids are formed and adhered to the card front.  Leaves can be added if desired.  Old Olive stems are stamped between the orchids and lead up to the 2 buds.  Although I chose a Happy Birthday sentiment for my card front, any short sentiment will work.  This would make a great sympathy, anniversary, get well or thinking of you card. 

There you have it!  For May Stamp Camp, we will be making the 3-page Charming Café card, We must Celebrate meets Lovely as a Tree, Petal Palette, and finally, Climbing Orchids.  It is very helpful if you can let me know which day you might be attending.  If you wish to do the Charming Café card, please let me know by April 29th which color you prefer or I will cut Powder Pink. 

May Stamp Camp will be held Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2-7 pm, and Saturday, May 5 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Please note that June Stamp Camp will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2.  We are meeting a week earlier than normal to allow for Father’s Day cards to be sent. 

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PETAL PALETTE

04.21.18 Petal Palette 1I love the Petal Palette stamp set and framelits.  This is one of those “gentle” stamp sets and I’m happy to report it is not retiring next month. The background of this Rich Razzleberry card uses the leaf stem embossing folder from the Petal Pair TIEF.  The Whisper White cs is run thru the Big Shot twice with this half embossing folder – first on one side, and then the other.  The sentiment is stamped and then die cut with the 2 7/8” circle die and layered onto a 3” die cut Razzleberry scallop circle.  After the background and circle are adhered to the card front, the rose cascade is stamped and colored with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  The main rose cluster is die cut and adhered to the left of the circle.

04.21.18 Petal Palette 3The trailer of 5 buds has been cut with the Stamp ‘n Cut.  The bud trailer is slipped under the bottom leaf of the main cluster and adhered in place.  There are 3 samples with 3 different sentiments although you can use any sentiment that fits on the circle.  There are also 3 different lower right corner suggestions.  An embellishment or stamped image is needed to balance the heavy rose cluster.  As noted above, Rich Razzleberry ribbon and bow are used.  In the sample to the left, a die cut spring of rose buds and leaves are shown.  The third sample uses a bird on a small leafy branch.  Perhaps you will have another idea to finish your Petal Palette card.

This is card #3 for May Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is on May 3 from 1 to 7 pm, May 4 from 2 to 7 pm, and May 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.  It is helpful to know which day you might be coming. If you are planning on doing the Charming Café card, you will need to let me know by April 29th if you prefer the Lemon Lime, Berry Burst or Powder Pink.  If you do not specify a color, I will cut Powder Pink cs.

As many items are retiring from the catalog next month, please check out the retirement list at Retiring Product List.  While the catalog officially retires the end of May, as retiring items diminish, they will not be replaced.  So – if there is something you want, let me know now so we can get it before it is sold out.  Also check out the Color Revamp in my previous blog.  You may want to purchase a re-inker on retiring colors as some of these colors are classics.

Check back soon to see the final card for May Stamp Camp – Climbing Orchids.

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

WE MUST CELEBRATE meets LOVELY AS A TREE

04.21.18 We must.friendsAs we haven’t done a “Z” card in awhile, I thought is was time for this simple fold technique.  The 8 1/2 X 11 Daffodil Delight cs is cut lengthwise at 4 1/4” and scored at 5 1/2” and 2 3/4”.  The score at 4 1/4” is folded forward and the score at 2 3/4 is folded back forming the “Z” fold. Retired Floral Boutique DSP is adhered to the front and  back of the smaller “Z”  folds.

For this Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight color scheme, a white rectangle is layered onto a Daffodil Delight stitched rectangle.  The multiple tree stamp from “Lovely as a Tree” is stamped twice on the white layer. 2-3 mushrooms are colored and adhered to the background.

04.21.18 We must.birthdayThe rabbit, raccoon and bear are colored with Stampin’ Blends and adhered to the white rectangle layer with Stampin Dimensionals. The animal festooned layer is then adhered securely to a portion of the front “Z”.  The top sample has the sentiment “friends fur-ever” stamped on the message layer.  The second sample uses a happy birthday sentiment

04.21.18 We must.birthday msgWhen the “Z” is pulled back, we see the message layer as well as a small continuation of the card front.  Wink of Stella adds some glimmer to the trees and animals.  Wink of Stella must be applied carefully to inked surfaces such as the stamped trees we see here as it will pick up the ink and smear the color.  This is not an issue, however, with Stampin” Blends.  

I did something “daring” with my “We Must Celebrate” stamp set – I cut the 4 animals apart.  I really wanted to use them singly so I grabbed my snips and just did it.  As there are no dies for this set, I stamped about 20 of each on Whisper White cs and my Brother Scan n’ Cut proceeded to cut them out.  For you, this means your animals and mushrooms are cut and ready to be used.  Much easier than fussy cutting!

Did you know “Lovely as a Tree” is the oldest Stampin’Up set.  We hold our breath every year wondering if it will retire.  I broke down and bought a new “Lovely as a Tree” set this year.  My old set was wood and I really wanted something easier to use.

Finally, Here is everything you wanted to know about the Color Revamp that is taking place.


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THE COLORS ARE EVOLVING!

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When we see changes happening, we review our color spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp!

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, we decided it was time to give our color collections a makeover.

With this revamp, you’ll have a new variety of shades that will inspire creativity and allow you to explore more sides of your crafting. Read on for more information!

THE DETAILS

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics.

In order to keep our color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, we moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. We’ve also moved a few colors into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. You can refer to the old and new color charts in the 2018-2019 catalog. These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in our updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

IN COLORS

There are no changes to the In Color program. Every two years we will continue to introduce five new In Colors that will be available for the ensuing two years.

We also have previous In Colors that are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

IN COLORS

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THE NEW COLORS

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NEW COLOR COLLECTIONS

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NEW CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PADS

In addition to new colors, we also redesigned our ink pads. The case is a new, more intuitive design and we’ve improved the formula of the ink, as well! We think you will love these changes and you can learn more here.

HOW THESE CHANGES WORK FOR YOU

Remaining on trend and up-to-date with new products is one of the most important parts of a business and this color revamp does just that. In addition to the business aspect, this is exciting for stampers on a personal level! For people who love to create, a bigger variety of products and fresh, vibrant colors allow you to stretch your creativity and engage your senses in pushing your crafting limits.

RETIRING COLORS PRODUCT RESOURCE

Whenever colors are retired, there is always some confusion about the status of various products in those colors. We wanted to be sure that our customers have a chance to buy retiring ink pads and refills before they are gone. We have worked with our vendors to ensure that we have a period of guaranteed stock before the retirement date. This means that even if an ink pad/refill goes on backorder during that guaranteed time, those orders will be fulfilled.

However, after that guarantee date has passed, those products in retiring colors are available while supplies last. Please see the chart below that details this. It also shows how other products with retiring colors will be handled.

PRODUCT
RETIRING COLOR(S)

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Guaranteed stock of old ink pad design through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Pad Collections

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

Guaranteed stock through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Collections

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Single Color Cardstock (All sizes and colors)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Cardstock Packs, Collections, etc. (all sizes and colors)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Stampin’ Write Markers (2-pack, Collections, and Many Marvelous Markers)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Color Caddy

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Color Embellishments

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

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Please let me know if you have any questions on this major color revamp. I’m excited about the new ink cases and colors.  Looking forward to seeing you for May Stamp Camp.

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

CHARMING CAFE

This fun-fold card was CAS’d from Cindy Brumbaugh.  Cindy has a video for Charming Café on youtube and I followed it step by step by step. 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Lemon LimeThis see-through card is so cute.  The cascade of flowers and the café scene are colored with Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers.  The dies that are part of this bundle make cutting the individual pieces a cinch. Watercolor Wash in Soft Sky is stamped on the 3rd layer (background) and leaves room for a generous message.

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe added message There is room for a second, smaller sentiment below the café table.  I chose “LIFE IS BETTER WITH YOU IN IT” which is a stamp that comes with the Charming Café stamp set. 

The Fresh Florals Designer Paper (DSP) comes in 4 colors – Lemon Lime as used in the card above, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  There are also 4 patterns available; I show 3 of the patterns in this post.  You can use the pattern of  your choice.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Powder PinkThe flower cascades and café scenes are colored to coordinate with the basic color.  Ivory was used for the café floor as my Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend is MIA.  The café chair pads are colored in the matching pink, Lemon-Lime, or Berry Burst.  The coffee cups and vase are also colored.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Berry BurstFinally, we see the Berry Burst card.  If you plan on making this card at May Stamp Camp, you MUST let me know what color you prefer – Lemon Lime, Powder Pink, or Berry Burst.  You can choose your Fresh Floral pattern as you make your card. 

I will be pre-cutting the actual card for you.  Why?  Because a 1/4 panel of the 8 1/2 X 11 card stock needs to cut out.  Actually, an additional 1/16” needs to be removed and that is the tricky part.  I do not have this technique perfected yet, so I am volunteering to do the tricky part for you.  However, the remaining cuts will be left for you,

Charming Café stamp set and framelits will be retiring the end of May or sooner if supplies run out.  To see all the retiring Stampin’Up items, check out this link Retiring Products.

Stampin’ Up is doing a major color revamp, something they do about every 5 years.  Some of the basic colors I love will be retiring with other colors coming on the horizon.  If you have some of the retiring colors, treasure them.  If your ink pads become dry, chances are I have the refills and can re-ink your pads for you. 

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring. 

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

    • Dapper Denim
    • Emerald Envy
    • Flirty Flamingo*
    • Peekaboo Peach
    • Sweet Sugar Plum

Finally – May Stamp Camp will be Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2 – 7 pm, and Saturday May 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you can, please let me know which day you will be attending.  If choosing to make Charming Café, let me know which color you prefer.

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

 

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BEAUTIFUL DAY meets POP ART and BRUSHO

I will admit that I was out of my comfort zone with this project.  So I told myself – YOU CAN DO THIS – and I DID!  Actually, it is fun to play with Brusho as there are no rules – just enjoy the color!

WP_20180321_16_20_01_Pro 1This was my first cards – done in red and yellow Brusho on watercolor paper.  The butterfly had been wet embossed in white and because of emboss-resist, the Brusho did not adhere to the embossed butterfly.  I experimented with several colors of embossing powder, but the white gives the best results.  I did add the gold metallic “celebrate you” but I think that may have been overkill. 

 

 

WP_20180321_15_56_57_Pro 1This second sample has a bit of orange added. Note how I have toned my color down some from the original card. The embellishments are limited to retired candy dots in yellow and red. 

Butterflies and roses from the Beautiful Day stamp set have been white embossed on watercolor paper and also on shimmery white so you can choose which you want.  The watercolor paper gives you a rough finish while the shimmery white is smoother and – well, shimmery!

WP_20180321_15_59_09_Pro 1This sample was watercolored with aqua painters and diluted Brusho from a paint palette.  The color was simply brushed on lightly.  A paper towel could be used to wipe off any excess and speed up the drying process.  As I noted before, there are no rules with Brusho.  You can have pop art as noted above or a peaceful watercolor as seen here.  The choice is yours.  I have quite a few samples including one in blue and yellow.  I tend to gravitate toward the red and yellow.

WOW!  Quite an assortment for April Stamp Camp!  A flower card, birds, a beach scene and some pop art!!!!  April Stamp Camp will be on Thursday April 5th from 1 to 7 pm, Friday April 6th from 2 to 7 pm, and Saturday April 7th from 9 am to 4 pm.  Come for the laughs, stay for the cards!  Cost remains $12 which covers everything you will need including water, coffee, and soda pop.

Please let me know which day you might be attending as it helps my planning.  I look forward to seeing each of you.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

WATERFRONT

I will admit I was a bit nervous about starting this watercolor-inspired card.  The waterfront scene looks so pure and pristine and I wasn’t sure I could produce the same effect.  Once I started, I discovered that the stamping was quite easy and the finished card was quite beautiful.

WP_20180316_15_53_58_Pro 1Our waterfront scene pictures a sunny day, blue sky with birds,  mountains, a grassy field with trees, a lake and a sandy beach.  One or two little huts are perched in the foreground.  This sounds so peaceful.  However, I will admit my peaceful hands were pretty well inked-up by the time the stamping was finished.  Ten inks were used to complete this  scene – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Tuxedo Black Memento.  The sky was lightly sponged with a sponge dauber in Pool Party. WP_20180316_15_50_13_Pro 1

Several of the Waterfront stamps are vague in shape and can be used for the water, grass, and sandy beach.  There is a mountain shape which was stamped once in Crumb Cake and again to the right in Soft Suede.  The Garden Green trees can be stamped multiple times to give a forest effect or just once to show 3 simple trees.  There is a stamp that gives a lake effect. The hut and sun are well defined shapes.   The birds come from the High Tide stamp set that we used in 2017. The art piece was framed in Early Espresso and layered onto Bermuda Bay embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. The finished Pool Party card is quite striking.  No embellishments are needed.

So far we have seen 3 of our projects for April Stamp Camp – a charming flower cart, birds on a branch, and now a waterfront scene.  Stay tuned for our last card – one that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone.

Don’t forget to let me know if you will be coming to Stamp Camp on April 5, 6, or 7.

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

BIRD BANTER

WP_20180314_14_58_51_Pro 1‘YOU’RE THE KIND OF FRIEND I’D SHARE MY BRANCH WITH.”  How cute is this sentiment?  Two birds colored with Stampin’ Blends, perched on a branch having a conversation.  The background for the birds has a Mint Macaroon water-color wash.  I used  different washes on the sample cards as some might prefer more white.  The Petal Passion designer paper is black and white but it colors beautifully with the Stampin’ Blends.  The added flowers from the Bird Banter stamp set carry the colors through..

WP_20180314_15_00_14_Pro 1The second sample features the sentiment “A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY”.  A birthday hat and balloon help the parakeet celebrate.  And guess what – all the birds, branches, flowers, balloons and hats have been stamped and cut out for you on my Stamp ‘n Cut!  All you have to do is color and adhere!  Although you can’t tell from these images, Wink of Stella adds a lot of glimmer!  Bird Banter is found on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog that retires May 31st, 2018.  This is not one of the sets that is being carried over to the new 2018-2019 catalog.  So if this is a set you would like to add to your stampin’ library, now is a great time to order it.

Check back soon for the next blog post – Waterfront.  And remember – April Stamp Camp is on April 5, 6, and 7.  It is helpful if you would let me know which day you might be attending.

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