BIRTHDAY MEMORIES

This next card is a bit different as the Designer Series Paper does most of the work for the crafter. 

2017.09.30 Fox btdThis cheerful birthday card features the Birthday Memories DSP.  A first for Stampin-Up is designing the paper to match the framelits.  Or would that be designing the framelits to match the paper?  Either way, you can die cut birthday characters, balloons, cakes, hats, presents directly from the DSP.  However, I was so in love with Mr. Turtle that I fussy cut him with my snips. 

The background is sponged on glossy white card stock.  Last month we used this fantastic card stock for our watercolor wash.  I started with some Daffodil Delight in the upper left corner and swirled on a sun.  The remaining sky was sponged in Marina Mist.  I tend to gravitate toward Soft Sky for my background, but wanted something with less green for this sky.  One warning with the glossy card stock – you cannot erase glue mishaps without marring the shiny finish.  Also, the liquid glue leaves an imprint you can see if you hold the card in the light. 

2017.09.30 poodle btdI die cut a Garden Green hill and added a few tufts of grass before adhering it to the watercolored layer and then to the Pacific Point card.

Deciding which birthday characters to use was the difficult part.  I love the fox, the poodle, the darling girl, and everything else but you can only fit so much on a greeting card!  You can see in my two samples what I chose for my two samples.  Most of the die cuts were popped up with dimensionals.  Thick twine was used for the balloon strings and a bit of Wink of Stella was used to add some glitter.

I encountered a challenge with my second sample as seen to my right.  I was ready to mount the completed layer to the card front and discovered the layer was 5 X 4 instead of 5 1/4 X 4. After debating how to handle my “lemon,” I decided to add a second layer of grass to give the extra 1/4”.  I’m sure I will be the only one who is aware of this error.  Remember the adage – measure twice, cut once?  Perhaps I should pay attention to those words!

2017.09.30 fox message layerThere will be a banner, fox, poodle, cute girl, cake, present, balloons, party hats available for each card. Additional characters can be fussy cut. 

I  chose to add die cut characters to my message layer.  I adhered a gift to the paw of the fox and added him to the layer.  For another message layer, I added a cute die cut birthday cake.

I hope you can come to September Stamp Camp on September 7 and 8 from 12 N – 6 PM, and September 9 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Please let me know by September 5th which cards you wish to do. 

Reminders:  You can order now from the Holiday Catalog – 20% product discount for the month of September – Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on October 19 and 21 with a limit of 12 stampers per day.

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

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LIFT ME UP

The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!

 

 

 

 

imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

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

BEAUTIFUL YOU!!!

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this blog to you.  When I finally sat down and fired up the computer, I couldn’t connect to the internet.  This led to a detailed phone call with my personal computer tech Larry.  He walked me thru the process of reconnecting and now I’m good to go!

Beautiful You is a gorgeous stamp set.  I concentrated on just one stamp of the beautiful 3 women.  I did 2 birthday samples and 2 for Valentine’s Day.

WP_20170118_13_14_53_ProThis was my first Beautiful You card.  We needed a birthday card for a very dear friend and this was a breeze to make.  Red and black are a natural color combo.  The woman was stamped in Black Memento on Whisper White cs and re-stamped on a scrap of red and white DSP.  I fussy cut the DSP hat and dress, added a touch of adhesive and voila – I had Beautiful You.  I am not a big fan of fussy cutting, but with the bold black lines of the stamp, cutting was truly a breeze.  The cards I made with this stamp set all feature multiple layers and a bold stripe or dotted designer paper from my archive of recent, recently retired, and old and retired DSP.  Rhinestones add a bit of bling to this stylish gal. 

WP_20170118_13_39_07_ProI love the messages that come with this set.  The message used on the card front reads “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” and the sentiment reads:  “Life looks beautiful on you.” A squiggle of Real Red was stamped under the sentiment.  The new candle border punch adds instant layering and contrast. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_00_12_ProThis sample is very similar to the one above, but has a Valentine’s Day theme.  The DSP used for the dress and hat is white with tiny red hearts.  Although hard to see, white glitter washi tape was cut to match the width of the white stripes in the black and white diagonal DSP and adhered in a 2 on – 1 off pattern.  Pearls added a bit of chic style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_13_25_ProSpectrum Noir markers were used to color the dress and hat of this Beautiful You woman.  The challenge of using non-SU markers is finding cs that matches, blends, or contrasts.  My card stock archive had some retired Hello Honey that worked well in this instance.  Black and white dotted DSP was used for the background.  Several white glimmer flowers were punched and adhered.  Pearls embellish the hat and the neckline.  A black glimmer flower with pearl center added a finishing touch to the message banner.

 

 

 

WP_20170121_16_52_24_ProThis Valentine’s card uses a monochromatic color scheme of Melon Mambo and retired Pretty in Pink.  The Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  provides lots of visual interest.  Instead of ovals, the DSP, stamped image and frame are die cut with Lots of Labels Framelits.  The dress is quickly colored with the dress image squiggle stamped in Melon Mambo.  Swirls of silver cording and a silver sparkly embellishment add lots of interest and bling.

We will be seeing this stamp set again in May when we honor the women in our lives.  A different Beautiful You image will be paired with the Serene Scenery DSP. 

Our third project for February stamp Camp uses the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and coordinating thinlits dies.  Samples include a birthday version and one for Valentines Day.  This is a colorful card and will be the topic of my next blog post.

Don’t forget to let me know which cards you wish to do for February Stamp Camp.  $12 for any 4 cards and $2 for additional cards.  I will be giving away the Hey, Chick Stamp Set featured in the Sale-A-Brations brochure so stick some extra good luck in your pocket before you come.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Happy 2017

Hi Crafters!  For those of you who have been wondering if I had fallen off the face of the earth, I am happy to report I am alive and well.  I bet you have wondered why a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator would not send out Christmas cards to her favorite crafters!  Well…on December 8th, I was helping my 98 year-old mother put on a cardigan sweater.  I tripped on her feet and landed on the floor.  Mother reached down to help me, slipped out of her chair, and landed on her hip.  Off we went to Edwards Hospital with Mother and her now broken hip.  December 9th brought hip surgery and December 11th brought a snowy transfer to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville.  I was at St. Patrick’s daily until Mother was discharged the end of the month.  Although she is home now, she cannot walk independently and requires assistance with many of her activities of daily living.  So that, dear friends, is why you have not heard from me.  But life goes on, and Valentine’s Day will come in February whether we want it to or not.  So, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4.  I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM.  If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know.  Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM. 

Now – on to Valentine’s Day.  I have chosen 4 stamp sets for our February projects.  They can be done either for Valentine’s Day or for another occasion.  I will have a sample for each. 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD cardI absolutely love the Birthday Fiesta stamp set.  Perhaps because I was born in Tucson, I like the cacti and bright cheery colors.  I cas’d the layering colors and approximate sizes from another demonstrator but added the hearts, cactus, streamers and embossing.  The Fiesta Time Framelits Dies make cutting the llama, cacti, and flowers a cinch.  The colors of Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise are bold and happy.  I punched assorted sized hearts in red glimmer and Melon Mambo,  Wink of Stella also provided a bit of pizzazz to the card.  But wait until you see the message layer!

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD MsgI very rarely put as much time into the sentiment layer as I did here, but I just love the cacti.  The Festive Birthday DSP provides lots of ideas.  I fell in love with the sheets featuring guitars, maracas, sombreros, peppers and piñatas.  I fussy cut the sombreros and maracas, punched a few red glimmer hearts and added a set of wiggly eyes.  Doesn’t this say Happy Valentine’s Day with a wonderful Western flair?

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD cardBut maybe you need a birthday card with a Western theme.  This sample replaces the hearts with flowers and candy dots.  The color scheme, layering and other objects remain the same.  Of course the message can be changed although the message used on the valentine sample would be appropriate.  Wink of Stella was used here and there to add a bit of glimmer and interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD MsgI grabbed a picture of the sentiment layer before I mounted it in the card – hence no Melon Mambo border.  Instead of 3 cacti, we have a llama, a piñata and a single cactus.  The sombrero and piñata were fussy cut from the Festive Birthday DSP.  The flowers were stamped and die cut.  Candy dots provide interesting flower centers and eyeballs for the cactus.  A bit of Wink of Stella was added at the end.

Well, what do you think?  Isn’t this a wonderful way to start out 2017 Stamp Camps?  Lots of color and cheer with a bit of added humor.  The next card will be from the new Beautiful You set found in the new Occasions catalog.  If you did not receive your catalog, please let me know.  I will have extras at the February Stamp Camp.  You can look online at Occasions Catalog January-May 2017

And don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration!!!  This is the time of year when you can get something FREE!  Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017.  Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17.  There are lots of other things, too.  So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!  

Well, I had better get started on card #2.  If you plan on attending February Stamp Camp, let me know if you can.  And don’t forget to choose which cards you want to do.  My final ask is to let me know if you plan on coming in the 6-9 PM range on the Thursday or Friday time slots.  This helps me in planning the evening hours.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Foxes and Birds

For our August Stamp Camp (August 11, 12, 13), we are going to feature nature – foxes and birds.  If you don’t like foxes, you can choose to make a cat, raccoon or skunk as shown below.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend FoxFoxy Friends is a photopolymer set that is in the new SU catalog.  I chose to purchase the Foxy Friends punch which is used to make the 3-D animals.  The set also includes the cute trees, assorted mushrooms, paw prints and a tree stump.  I chose a color scheme of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  The trees are die cut with the thinlits from the Perfect Pines set and the front tree is popped up with dimensionals..  The tree stump is fussy cut but no other fussy cutting is needed for the forest scene.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend catCan you see the similarity between the cat and the fox?  Because I wanted the white outline for the fox and the cat, I actually stamped the full stamp twice and punched out the head of one image and the body of the other.  The tails were stamped separately.  There are several eye/nose combinations you can choose from, and of course the cute whisker face.  The animal is popped up with dimensionals.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend RaccoonSee how easy it is to change from one animal to another.  We add a mask to the face, claws, and marks to the tail and BINGO – we have a raccoon! 

Have you noticed how each card  is finished differently?  I took the DSP with flags from the Little Foxy Designer Paper Stack and cut out the individual flags for this card. They are adhered with dimensionals and the Baker’s twine was added with a thin line of glue.  On the cat card, I adhered the thick Baker’s twine with glue to an entire row of flags before I used snipped them out.  The top card was finished with just Baker’s twine.  The placement of the forest scene on the card is dependent on how the card is finished.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend SkunkFinally, the skunk.  He certainly doesn’t look very fierce.  Oops, I think I told a fib earlier!.  The white portion of the tail has been fussy cut – trace the punched black tail on white cs and cut it smaller!  It’s hard to believe that all these animals come from one punch! Since I made these cards, I’ve seen a cute dog and a mouse created from this simple punch!

What do  you think of these cuties?  You can choose the animal you want and finish the background as you choose.  August Stamp Camp is held a week later than normal as we are taking my 98 year-old mother to California to visit with her friends.  Our dates/times for August:  Thursday 8/11 from 12 noon to 9 PM, Friday 8/12 from 2 to 9 PM, and Saturday 8/13 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  It’s a great help in my preparation if I know in advance who is coming and what day.  I realize this is not always possible, but if you think you are coming, I would love if you would let me know.  I hate to precut paper that we don’t use.  The cost is our normal – $12.  We are also doing a darling die cut bird which will be on the next blog post, a beautiful Victorian angel Christmas card, and a swirly scribble card.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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

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!!!!

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose4

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

BIRTHDAY CAKE SURPRISE

Time to use the Party Pop-Up Thinlit Dies again – but this time with a special surprise inside!

2016-03-27 2016-03-27 005The focus of the card front is the birthday cake thinlit die from the Party Pop-Up set.  The cake can be used as a pop-up inside the card, but I chose to feature it on the front.  It is popped up on dimensionals and rolled up glue dots and the candles are colored with gold Wink of Stella.  Glimmer, Mint Macaroon, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo balloons have been punched out with the Party Pack balloon punch and adhered over several DSP balloons.  The DSP is from the It’s My Party pack.  But where is the surprise?

2016-03-27 2016-03-27 006See the honeycomb balloon?  This honeycomb circle comes in Mint Macaroon, Blushing Bride, and white.  By placing the honeycomb balloon on the fold of the pop-up, the balloon opens and closes as the card opens and closes.  Two glimmer balloons were added and all the balloon strings came from the Sale-A-Brations Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.  Honeycomb Happiness also features a cute ice cream cone that can easily accommodate a honeycomb circle. 

We’ve seen 4 birthday celebration cards for April Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know if you would prefer more of one card and less of another.  You can choose to do any 4 cards.  Just let me know so I can custom prepare your kit.  As a reminder, dates/times for April Stamp Camp are  Thursday April 7 from 12:30 pm to 9 pm, Friday April 8 from 2 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday April 9 from 9 am to 4 PM.  Or you can choose to pick up a kit for the same price of $12.00 and complete it in the leisure of your home.

May Stamp Camp will feature special cards for the women in our lives – mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, neighbors, and BFF’s!  The dates for May Stamp Camp are May 5, 6, and 7.

Blessings, Rosemary – home 630-759-3089 – cell 630-965-1965 – paperrose91@aol.com