EASTER MESSAGE

This card was CAS’d from BJ Peters.  I love this stamp from the “Easter Message” stamp set!  Although I am using this set for Easter, it is very appropriate for sympathy cards.  These cards are super simple.

FullSizeRender 7This elegant card uses a Very Vanilla card base with Sahara Sand as the first layer.  The image is stamped in Versa Mark on a piece of Falling in Love DSP and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set.  The cross is then colored in with your choice of several markers.  BJ Peters who designed this card colored in the cloth area with the White Chalk Marker.  I prefer to leave the cloth plain and add a bit of Wink of Stella.  The embossed DSP is layered onto gold foil cs and adhered to the card front.  The inside message I chose to gold emboss on the inside layer reads “He is not here; He has risen.  Matthew 28:6.”  I stamped a single palm frond in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.

FullSizeRender 8This second sample is my design.  The card stock is the same as the sample above.  However, the picture photographed darker for some reason.  The Easter lily stamp from the “Easter Message” set is stamped in Versa Mark on the Falling in Love DSP, and heat set in gold.  The leaves and flowers are colored with Stampin’ Write markers and Wink of Stella is lightly brushed on.  The lily is die cut with an oval framelit and layered on a larger gold foil oval.  The sentiment “Happy Easter” is heat embossed in gold at the bottom.  On the inside message layer, “May peace be your gift this Easter” is heat embossed in gold.  Like the sample above, a single palm frond is stamped in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.  The 2 Easter Message card samples are simple but very elegant.  This is definitely a case where “less is more.”

And that, fellow crafters, is what we have for March Stamp Camp!  As a reminder, dates/times for March Stamp Camp are Thursday March 2nd from 2 – 9 pm, Friday March 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and Saturday March 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  I do ask you to let me know if you are going to come during the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  As long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th which cards you wish you to, I will have your custom packet ready.  Please remember to let me know as soon as you can so I am not in a cutting panic on March 1st.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.

On a personal note, it appears I will have neurosurgery on Monday, March 13th at 7:15 AM at Northwestern in Chicago. The procedure is Inter-body fusion S1 -T5 or 4.   I had my preoperative appointment at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 21st.  Had to give lots of blood.  I will have 7-9 hours of surgery then will be in ICU at least overnight.  After 7-10 days of hospitalization, I will transfer to inpatient rehab for 2-4 weeks.  Marian Joy in Wheaton will be my first choice as it is acute rehab.  My goal is to have Stamp Camp in May either the 4th, 5th and 6th or the 11th, 12th and 13th.  The theme for May is “Honoring the Women in our Lives.”  I have several new sets planned for May Stamp and am hoping I will be in shape by that date.  I will be trading back pain for stiffness, but I am willing to do that.  Your prayers will be appreciated! 

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

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BASKET BUNCH

“Basket Bunch” is a darling stamp set for spring.  You can have a basket filled with flowers or Easter eggs, add some die cut grass and bunnies and you are ready to send a cute spring or Easter card.

FullSizeRender 2This is such a fun card to make.  I chose to stamp my grass instead of using the die cut version that comes with the matching Basket Builder Framelits Dies.  There is a lot of dimension with this card thanks to Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The basket, bunny and chicks are all popped up.  Because the two-tone basket is raised, the stems and flowers are also popped up.  The sky is sponged with Marina Mist and Soft Sky and a few soft clouds give the spring feeling that warmer days are coming. 

FullSizeRender 3If you love this set but want to do a card that is not quite as detailed, try doing the vertical version as you will use less stamps.  To help streamline the process, I have pre-cut several of everything and have additional images stamped.  One difference you may note between this sample and the horizontal sample above is the ink colors.  Black ink was used for all the images to the left except for the Garden Green grass.  In the sample above, I used more colors for stamping the flowers, eggs, and basket greenery.  The choice, of course, is up to you.  Wink of Stella was also added to the finished card although you can’t see from the picture. 

Whew!  One card to go for March Stamp Camp.  Isn’t it great to be using these springy colors – pinks, yellows, lavenders?  I love it!!!!!

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

EASY PEASY SUNBURST

imageI absolutely love the Sunburst Thinlit Die!  It sells for $29 but can be used for absolutely any occasion.  This die allows you to cut a ray of sunshine in record time with the Big Shot.  The actual size is 4-13/16" x 6-1/2".  Check out 4 of the 5 samples below.

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 006This Easter Sunburst card uses a Crisp Cantaloupe (retired) card, and 2 – 5 1/4 X 4 layers from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  I judiciously added a bit of Wink of Stella to several flowers on the patterned starburst, and on the punched bunny and butterflies.  The large Happy Easter message is punched out with a scallop punch and layered on a circle that matches the green background DSP.  The completed message is then popped on the sunburst center with dimensionals.

Looks pretty easy?  It IS very easy and fast. 

 

 

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DSP for this card was also taken from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack and features vibrant Pacific Point.  Although a variety of DSP has been cut for you, you have the option of going through the paper stacks and choosing your own combination.  I also did a cute “Sending Springtime Smiles” card but neglected to get it to my ace photographer.  I styled that card horizontally instead of the vertical usage we see here.

 

 

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Need a quick birthday card?  This is the way to go.  DSP from the Pretty Petals stack, a few tiny butterflies from a big box butterfly punch, an appropriate sentiment and the card is ready to go!  I added a bit of Wink of Stella as I love the added interest it gives.  This style could easily be used for a Thinking of You, Anniversary, Retirement, or even Sympathy card.  You could sit down while watching TV and precut background DSP and die cut several sunburst images.  Then you are ready to go when you need a fast card. 

 

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Need a St. Patrick’s Day card?  I precut some Crushed Curry and Garden Green DSP to help you out. As I wanted a different center message, I reached out to Graphic Fairy and chose this Irish lass.  I added Wink of Stella to the clothing and flag so it jumps out.  After the pictures were taken, I ended up adding 2 metal shamrocks in 2 shades of green.  The shamrock usage dresses up the card.  The inside message is the standard “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” with 2 added punched shamrocks. 

Now that you have seen all 4 Stamp Camp samples, don’t forget to let me know if you wish to omit a card and do 2 of a different card.  I can accommodate these requests, but please let me know as soon as you can.

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp is Thursday March 3rd from 12 Noon to 9 PM, Friday March 4th from 2 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday March 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Hope to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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

More Spring and Easter

Let’s take a look at another card we will be making at the March Stamp Camp:

2015-02-28 blossomsOne of my favorite color combinations is navy and yellow – or as we see here – purple and yellow.  Once upon a time, when I was a florist, spring would be marked by purple iris and yellow acacia.  We don’t see iris or acacia here, but the purple blossoms against the yellow background provides a very sharp contrast.  The name of this set is Indescribable Gift and is absolutely lovely.  The image is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Wild Wasabi and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities. Although you cannot tell from this picture, I re-stamped part of the image on scrap, colored one small flower and one bud , cut them out and added them as an overlay to the finished blossom stem.  This technique gives a great 3-D effect.  “Happy Easter” is stamped on the card, but any small message could be used.  The Blackberry Bliss blossoms from the Painted Blooms DSP is the perfect DSP for this card.  Finally, Daffodil Delight butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri set are added for the perfect embellishment.  Do you have Papillion Potpourri?  This set is $14.95 and provides a realistic butterfly image.  Check out the 7 different images on page 149 in the big catalog.  The matching punches are perfect for punching out and layering your butterflies.

So far, we have seen 2 of our March Stamp Camp projects.  I will tell you that the lovely Lotus Blossom set we have seen in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, will be featured in our next card.  Several of you have ordered the Lotus Blossom set which is a 3-step stamping process so I thought this would be a great set to use.  Check back shortly!

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

Easter is just around the corner…

Can you believe that Easter 2015 is just around the corner?  And I believe one day this coming week is supposed to be 40 degrees!  Well, with rain – but still 40 degrees?  Do I need to run out and buy a bathing suit?  Is it possible spring might be in the far horizon?  Well, until it warms up, I am cheering myself with my passion – colorful paper crafting.  And that’s what we will be doing for our March Stamp Camp – paper and colors.

2015-02-28Happy Easter Bunny is great for taking away the winter blahs.  How can you feel down when looking at this cheerful bunny dancing away and surrounded by vines, flowers and Easter eggs?  Tuxedo Black Memento ink is used on this single stamp and provides a crisp image perfect for coloring with your Blendabilities.  The finished image is placed on a Pink Potpourri background that is textured with the new Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  The bunny is then framed with a Pistachio Pudding oval die cut with the oval framelits.  As a finishing touch, a Baker’s Twine bow and several pearl-enhanced butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set are punched and adhered.  Note how the envelope can be decorated by just stamping the top part of the image.

2015-02-28aA more colorful version of the card  is shown here using my 3 DSP pattern layout.  I love this layout and have now used it on 3 totally different cards.  it is great for using up those small pieces of DSP!  This version is very similar to the card above using the butterflies and Bakers Twine.  But the addition of the DSP from the All Abloom paper stack ($6.95 in the big catalog) really brings out the colors of the card.

You will choose your favorite version of Happy Easter Bunny at our March Stamp Camp.  In case you don’t have the dates on your calendar, this stamp camp will be held on  March 5th (2 – 9 PM), 6th (2 – 9 PM) and March 7th (9 AM – 4 PM).  You can come whenever it is convenient for you.  As always, all materials and supplies are covered in the $12.00 charge.  We will be doing 4 projects – 3 cards and a spring/Easter basket.  Check the blog daily until all 4 projects have been posted.  We will have a colorful time!

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you happen to know which day you will be coming.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com