Final – CHRISTMAS in JULY

Is it ever too early to start making Christmas cards?  We live in a computerized society and the lack of personal interaction is ever increasing!  A handmade Christmas card that comes from your heart is such a personal gift.  Won’t you join Debbie and me on July 14, 15, and 16 FROM 9am – 5pm as we celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY!

We are offering 8 Christmas cards.  You can choose as many as you wish for $3.50 each.  Our only request is that you PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW which cards you wish to do.  Each card requires our prep and although we have prepared a certain number of each card, we have no idea which card will be the most and least popular.  So – I have a contest for you!  Each person who chooses the MOST and LEAST popular cards will receive a prize!  But you must tell us by July 13th and include the MOST popular and LEAST popular cards.

WISEMEN

07.01.22 Wisemen

Our Wise Men card comes from an older stamp entitled Every Blessing.  There is an embossed copper star in the upper left corner.  The stamping is done with StazOn to give the solid black coloring.  My favorite New Horizons DSP is layered on Fresh Freesia and Evening Evergreen.  You can feel the awe of the Wisemen as they gaze into the color-filled sky.

07.01.22 Wisemen messageThe message layer for WISEMEN is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and another copper embossed star.  We experimented with gold, silver and copper embossing powders and felt copper was the best choice.

CHRISTMAS GNOMES

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes Card

Isn’t this a HAPPY card?  These cute little gnomes come to us from Divinity Designs.  They are adorned with rhinestones and pompoms.  The middle gnome rests on a wobble and loves to move around.  The retired So Much Happy die is one of my favorites and I just can’t bring myself to sell it.  Our gnomes are layered on embossed Shaded Spruce and Real red with a white die-cut Christmas.

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes messageThe message layer for Christmas Gnomes features none other than Santa Gnome with his bag full of presents.  A pom pom festoons his Santa hat.  4 gnomes, a poinsettia blossom, a present, and a candy cane come with this card and you can arrange them however you wish. 

PEACE

07.01.22 Peace CardThis is my Christmas peace on earth card.  The lack of caring and kindness and the increased racism and selfishness in America is very upsetting to me.  I used the Begin with a Dream Stamp Set and have used many different colors and shades to show everyone is different but the same.  The art work is layered on Shaded Spruce and the new Starry Sky. A bit of metallic green holly and red berries adds a Christmas touch.

07.01.22 Peace messageI added a “Peace, Joy and Love” message in Shaded Spruce to the message layer.  A bit of holly embellishes the layer.

JOLLY OLD ST. NICK

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick cardJolly Old St. Nick is a die from the past.  As Stampin’ Up does not put out the Holiday Catalogue until mid summer, Debbi and I look to our Christmas archive for ideas.  Old St. Nick is die cut and adhered on white card stock with white pom poms trimming his Santa hat.  The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is stamped in Real Red at the bottom of the card and a matching red bow and ribbon enhance the card.

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick message

The retired Sparkle of the Season Stamp Set features a cute Santa line stamp that is perfect for the message layer of the Jolly Old St. Nick card.  This is certain to delight both young and old!

CELEBRATE the SEASON

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season cardI think the Grassy Grove Bundle is an extremely artistic set and can lead to much creativity.  For Celebrate the Season, a patch of flowers are stamped onto New Horizons DSP which is layered with an embossed die-cut forest setting in Moonlight Mist.  Two copper deer are in the forest and a copper star is adhered in the upper left corner.  The sentiment is embossed in copper on matching DSP.  Many different sentiments are available that can be used for this card

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season messageThe message layer is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and a copper baby deer. 

DELIVERING CHEER – GIFTS

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts cardDebbie and I affectionately refer to the Delivering Cheer cards as The Girls! 

Here, we see our Christmas gal delivering cheer with Christmas gifts.  Her skirt is stamped on DSP and cut with snips.  Her upper and lower body are stamped and cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The artwork is layered on snowflake DSP with several rhinestones sparkling amid the snowflakes.  A larger snowflake can be seen peeking from the left and right of the artwork panel.

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts messageThe message layer for the Christmas Gifts card is embellished with a strip of matching DSP.  You can add additional elements as desired. 

DELIVERING CHEER – TREES

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree cardThis card is our “other girl” Delivering Cheer with a small Christmas tree embellished with red rhinestones.  The girl, her skirt and legwarmers and the tree are pre-cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The sleigh comes to us from Divinity Designs and is a Hero Arts product.  Our sled is die cut in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake and sponged with Early Espresso.  It’s evident our gal is delivering cheer on her sleigh along with her pet rabbit. 

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree messageLike Delivering Cheer – the message layer is festooned with a strip of DSP matching the front panel.  The rest is up to you!

PENGUIN PLACE

07.01.22 Penguin PlacePenguin Place was a card slated for Christmas 2021 but there was an issue with Stamping Up receiving the penguin punch.  Debbie designed this card so that the middle penguin moves head over heels.  The spinning mechanism that allows it to roll is 2 pennies and several dimensionals.  How fun is that?  The opening is die cut and the pieces are cut either with dies or with the Scan’N Cut.

The more you rock the card back and forth, the easier the penguin will roll.  Here is a video of the penguin moving, Penguin in action.

07.01.22 Penguin Place MessageThe message layer features a penguin wearing a jaunty bow tie.  You can add an additional tree or 2 if desired.  Did you see the tiny sequins on the trees. 

Well, what do you think?  We hope you like at least one of our creations.  Don’t forget to let us know which card you think will be the most favorite and the lease favorite.  Please please please let us know as soon as possible which cards you wish to do.  I’m hoping I won’t have to post a cut-off date.  To review:  Dates – July 14, 15, 16.  Times – 9am – 5pm.  Cost – $3.50 per card.  We will have drinks; please feel free to bring a snack/lunch.  I am aware several of you will be out of town.  Please make your choices now and we will set up a make-up session in August.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

AUTUMN LEAVES

10.28.21 Autumn Leaves frontBeauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper offers several beautiful patterns.  This watercolor motif featuring Merry Merlot, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider is one of my favorites and I jumped at the chance to offer a Merry Merlot card.  However, I realize it is not a pattern everyone will like – and that’s perfectly fine as we all have different tastes.  The Seasonal Swirl Dies used here offer several wreath choices – Halloween, Autumn and Christmas.  We may see the Christmas Wreath at the December Christmas Buffet.  Two Early Espresso autumn wreaths are adhered for this card and die cut leaves are adhered with glue dots.  A small shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered to the top of the wreath.  Several colors of Baker’s Twine are available.  Although GRATEFUL is the sentiment shown, other sentiments could be used.  The Banners Pick A Punch was used to form the banner shaped sentiment and Merry Merlot layer.  This card may look labor intensive, but it’s really not and the crafter can limit how many leaves are used.

10.28.21 Autumn Leaves messageThe message is stamped in Merry Merlot with verbiage from both Day of Thanks and Sparkle of the Season Stamp Sets.  The message layer and envelope are both embellished with a small stem of leaves stamped in Merry Merlot. 

If you are looking for an autumn birthday card – a simple change in sentiment and message would do the trick.

One November Stamp Camp card left.

Blessings – Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

CLASSIC CLOCHE

Our Christmas cards start with Christmas in July, continue thru November with one Christmas card at each stamp camp, and this year will finalize with a Christmas Card Buffet on December 2, 3 and 4.  A Christmas Card Buffet is simple, you come and choose to put on your “plate” those cards you wish to do.  Each item will be priced individually and you can choose to add one to your plate, or two, or three, or none.  This is totally up to you.  The goal is to have a buffet line of 10 different entrees.  Please realize this is my goal! I will guarantee there will be a variety, colors will not be limited to red and green, and at least one pyramid card will be included.

For our November Stamp Camp, the Classic Cloche is being offered.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church front

All three of the Classic Cloche views are done with Garden Green, Evening Evergreen, and Peaceful Prints DSP.  This view also features the cloche dome which slides very easily into the die-cut opening and has taped adhesive already in place.  This may look difficult, but believe me, it is a piece of cake.  A sentiment from the Classic Cloche stamp set is stamped in Evening Evergreen and uses the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch as does the Evening Evergreen layer.  Two additional trees are layered on the front above the sentiment.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church closeup

This close-up view of the church shows the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter adhered to the rooftops and ground.  Ice Stampin’ Glitter was added before the dome was adhered turning this into a shaker card.  It’s cute and very easy!  There are even pre-colored scenes if you don’t wish to color your own.  These cards will not fit into a standard envelope.  I will have 5 X 7 padded envelopes available for 50 cents each to ease your mailing options.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church message

Each of the 3 card samples features the same message but different embellishments.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Birds front

The Classic Cloche Stamp Set and matching Cloche Dies also has a bird option.  The birds inside the cloche are stacked 2-3 high for depth.  I chose not to use dimensionals as the sequins would stick.  Although not featuring glitter, Snowflake Sequins are added turning this card also into a shaker card.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Birds message

The message layer shown on the bird sample is embellished with a single and 4 die cut trees.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church flat front

The final sample of the Classic Cloche card samples is a flat view with no cloche added

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church flat closeupThis close-up view of the flat sample indicates bumpy snow – perhaps the snow blower had just been by.  I’m not sure how the glitter will fare through the mail although it appears to be very sturdily glued on.  Tombo Aqua Mono Liquid Glue was used as the adhesive for the glitter and allowed to dry.  A tiny shoestring bow of silver and white Baker’s Twine was added to the top of the cloche image.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church Flat message

The embellishment featured on this final sample is simply a row of punched Evening Evergreen trees using the Evergreen Border Punch!  The message and envelope stamps come from the Snow Wonder Stamp Set.

As you choose your cards for November Stamp Camp, please understand that this is really an easy card to create – it simply looks difficult.  In addition, Debbi and I are available if a challenge arises.

Blessings, Rosemary – (C)630.965.1965 – (H)630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

PRETTY PUMPKINS

10.28.21 Pretty Pumpkins front

I absolutely love this card.  It is so “autumny” if there is such a word!  The Pumpkin Pie and white with touches of Old Olive seem perfect as Thanksgiving approaches.  Of course you could stamp “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” instead of the thankful sentiment I used.  However, why couldn’t the thankful sentiment be used for a birthday? 

The Scalloped Contours Dies work perfectly for this card giving such a soft rounded grace that matches the round pumpkins   AND, the Stamp n’Cut happily cut out all the pumpkins and vines for us!

10.28.21mPretty Pumpkins messageThe message layer literally pops out with HAPPYY THANKSGIVING. This is a Sizzix Thinlits 3-D Drop In Die.  I made the mistake of not ordering the stamp set also.  How was I supposed to stamp the HAPPY THANKSGIVING with no stamp?  But like many situations we encounter in life, I developed a work-around.  Ask me at November Stamp Camp and I will be happy to share what I did!

November Stamp Camp is right around the corner.  November 4th from 10am – 4pm, November 5th from 10am – 4pm, and November 6th from 9am – 4pm.  The cost remains the same – $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  We will have some kind of pumpkin treat to keep us going with full energy.  As always, please let me know as soon as possible which day you prefer to come, which cards you choose to do, if you are under any constraints and will need additional help, or if you need CARDS TO GO (the take-out alternative).  You can notify me by cell phone, text, home phone or e-mail.

Looking Forward to Seeing You!!!  Rosemary (C)630.965.1965 – (H)630.859.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

HALLOWEEN FUN

092321 Halloween GirlHow can we get through the month of October without a Halloween card or two?  I think the Seasons of Fun hostess set located on page 78 in the Mini Catalog is absolutely perfect for this cute fun fold card!  And just to let you know, we will be using  the other images shown on this set before year’s end, What’s not to love about a Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card?  A few strokes with your Stampin’ Blends and your artwork is ready to go!

09.23.21 Halloween MonsterNow if you are creating a card for a young or older male, I’m sure the young pumpkin girl featured above might not be appreciated. (To change the subject briefly, the first person who e-mails, texts or phones me the percentage and dates of my October discount AND their card order will win the Reflected in Nature Stamp Set).  In that case, the same card can feature a monster of your choice from one of my retired Halloween sets.  Here we see a monster fighting off small bats attached with glue dots while stamped mice march across the oval die-cut.  

09.23.21 Halloween Black CatBut what if you associate scary black cats with Halloween.  Then the cat punch and black glitter paper is for you.  Adding the cat to an oval overrun with black rats can be scary enough.  If desired, google eyes are available to add to the cat.  This Halloween card is of course the fastest as there is no coloring, but it still makes a darling seasonal card.  Note the spider web and added sentiment.

0927.21 Halloween msg abbreviatedThe message layer is identical for all the Halloween cards.  Happy Halloween is stamped in black and punched out with the Washi Label Punch.  A Basic Black Spider Web from the retired Cauldron Framelits Dies embellishes the left corner.  You can die-cut the spider webs on the adhesive paper so there is no need for liquid glue. 

And there you have it – 4 totally different cards for October Stamp Camp!  Please please please let me know what cards you wish to do and what day you want to come or if you wish Cards to Go.  Mark your calendars now for November Stamp Camp – November 4, 5, and 6.  I’m also striving for a poinsettia wreath class in November  with a limited number of crafters.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SWEET LITTLE STOCKINGS

imageSweet Little Stockings is the perfect Christmas card for those friends and relatives who have family pets.  The set includes 3 Christmas stocking sizes, the head images of a dog, cat and chipmunk as well as gifts, candy canes, Santa hats and more!  And of course, the dies match the stamps!  What is really exciting is that the dies MATCH THE STOCKINGS on the Sweet Stockings DSP!

This is a great set for years to come!  Who doesn’t need Christmas stockings with matching dies?  The colors of this card are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Seafoam and a touch of Bumblebee.  Felt trim is added for dimension and texture. 

imageI am a cat person so my second sample features two cats.  This card also reverses the layout of the small and large stockings, and uses an alternate sentiment.  Two dogs could easily be used or 1 animal and 2 stocking of presents or a chipmunk could be used – lots of choices!   Note the stitched rectangles in the corners.  This die set is relatively new and I was excited to use it.  The Jolly Felt comes in the 4 colors used here.  I know felt would be cheaper at a Bix Box store but the colors match the card stock and inks perfectly.  Adding the felt trim and toe/heel die cuts adds so much detail.  The Decorative Dots used also match the colors used in the card.

09.23.21 Santa Paws Message layerThe message layer I originally designed is changed.  I prefer this design of the Sweet Stockings DSP to embellish the card.  the addition of a simple Christmas stocking and candy cane provide just the right touch.  Although there are many messages that can be used for this fun card, I really like the SANTA PAWS is coming to town wording.

Sweet Little Stockings is one of the cards featured at our October Stamp Camp on October 7, 8 and 9.  Times are 10-4 on Thursday 10/7 and Friday 10/8, and 9-4 on Saturday 10/9.  Please let me know just as soon as you can what cards you wish to make and what day you plan on coming.  You can make as many cards as you choose – cost is $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  If Cards to Go works better for you, be specific as to what you want in your kit.  As the holiday season approaches, Cards to Go might work better for your busy schedule, but then you would miss my smiling face and Debbie’s latest tales!  Please bring your mask as Covid is still plaguing us!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings to all,

Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

ANGELS OF PEACE

08.23.21 Amgels of PeaceAngels of Peace is my favorite Christmas set for 2021.  I fell in love with the set the second I saw it in the July-December Mini Catalog.  I pondered over how to present the angel in a simple but elegant fashion.  The end result has her embossed in gold and framed with embossed metallic gold.  The oval dies used are a combination emboss and die cut.  The end result on the gold metallic is very elegant.  The framed angel rests on tufted embossed white cs framed in Night of Navy on a thick white card.  A simple Noel embellishes the lower corner and a gold star shines in the East.

08.23.21 Angels of peace message layerThe message layer is framed in navy and features our second angel – small in stature but a mighty presence.  She wears a garland  of flowers and clutches a bough of holly.  The message is chosen from the Angels of Peace stamp set.  The message and angel are gold embossed to carry thru the elegance of the card. 

This is our September Christmas card.  You may make as many as you wish.  Embossing is fun as you watch the dull gold heat up and pop into life!

Don’t forget to let us know if you will need a kit, how many cards you wish to do, and what day you plan on coming!

Blessings,

Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

TIDINGS OF CHRISTMAS

In case you are wondering why I keep changing font sizes, I’m trying to adjust the type size to stay within the image area. 

As you know, Stamp Camps from August thru November will feature at least one holiday card.  For August Stamp Camp, we have Tidings of Christmas.

07.27.21 August Christmas CardThis card comes from the Tidings & Trimmings Bundle found on page 89 in the annual catalog.  The Tidings of Christmas DSP used here is 15% off thru July – see it on page 133 of the annual catalog.  I chose a red and green color scheme for this holiday card – actually it’s Real Red, with the new Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.  The new 3/8” Open Weave Ribbon is wonderful to work with.  Soft Succulent ribbon is used here.  The cute stockings are stamped in Evergreen and Red.  Stampin’Up has “Jolly Felt” that will be available for Purchase in August.  As I am not the most patient crafter, I dug into my archives and found some inexpensive red and white felt which die cut easily.  The bottom portion of the felt stocking was trimmed off and voila – a felt cuff appeared.  A stem of silver metallic berries was added to embellish each stocking. 

A good way to have handmade Christmas cards ready for December mailing is to make 4 Stamp Camp Christmas cards each month.  This technique is used by several of our crafters.

Please let me know which day you plan on attending for August Stamp Camp and which cards you plan on making.  You know my plea – the sooner you can let me know your selected cards, the easier you make my life.

AND REMEMBER – THE SWEET ICE CREAM CARD MEANS STAMP CAMP ICE CREAM – even if you don’t make the ice cream card!  Come and enjoy!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

JOY

To me, JOY is the spirit of Christmas

Joy

This festive red and white card is so eye-catching and oh so very easy!  I sprayed the red layer with the White Frost Paint and Alcohol mix I make.  This is an option for you.  The top layer is embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder. The Brother Scan’n Cut nicely cut the JOY, the white squares and the red scallop squares for us.  Very simply, the letters are adhered to the white squares which are adhered to red scallop squares (hard to see) and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The red rhinestones are adhered to the left, center, and right of the JOY letters.

Joy StarAs I was finishing the front of the card, I remembered that somewhere in the stamp archives was a set titled “The Sounding Joy.”  Sure enough, the set was found and this stamp was part of the set.  Doesn’t it make the perfect message layer for a JOY card?  However, there are many other stamp sets to choose from – this is an option that has been stamped and die cut for you. 

SNOWFLAKE WISHES

Snowflake Wishes

Snowflake Wishes is our final Christmas in July card.  This 3D “flakey” card features lots of silver foil and snowflakes. The Snowflake Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the center panel.  Rhinestones embellish the center of the die cut snowflake and the dot over the “i” in “Wishes”.  The beautiful Feels like Frost DSP is the perfect background for this lovely card.

Snowflake Wishes msgA sparkly message embossed in silver with a scattering of snowflakes is the perfect message for this lovely card.

We have seen 6 different cards for Christmas in July.  As a reminder, the dates are Thursday July 15 from 10am-6pm, Friday July 16 from 10am-6pm, and Saturday July 17 from 9am-4pm.  Each day allows for 8 hours of fun and crafting.  There will be presents for all, and please feel free to bring a snack to share.  There will be 6 stations set up with each station accommodating 2-3 people.  Kindness is encouraged.

          2021 CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Any 1 – 6 cards $3.00 each
Any 7 – 11 cards $2.75 each
Any 12 – 17 cards $2.50 each
Any 18  cards and more $2.25 each

As always, I plead with you to please let me know which day you wish to come and which cards you would like to make. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Masks are optional. 

Christmas Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SILVER SPARKLES

Ornament

Silver Sparkles actually does sparkle!  The festive Feels Like Frost DSP is festooned with a die-cut silver ornament tied with a simple cord.  The silver embossed sentiment says it all very simply – Thinking of You at Christmas.

Ornament message

The message layer is also embossed in silver.  There are many messages to choose for all the Christmas in July cards.  This is the one card that there is a limit on.  We have 38 silver lined cards with matching envelopes.  Once they are gone – they are really gone.

DOVE OF PEACE

Dove 2

We chose copper embossing for the Dove of Peace and sentiment.  This simple but elegant card is one of my favorites.

Dove Message 2Dove message

The message layer features a single star and the message of your choice.  We added a strip of copper dotted DSP to coordinate the card with the message.

Don’t give up yet – 1 more Christmas blog post to go. 

Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com