Dove of Peace

06.16.18 Dove of Peace navyMy theme for Christmas in July seems to unintentionally be based around peace – something I’m sure we all wish there was more of in our world.  This navy, white, silver and gold card is certainly peaceful.  Our dove is from the new Serene Garden stamp set found on page 166 in the new catalog.  The Garden Scene Framelits provide the die for the dove.  We will be seeing more of this set in the future.  The background DSP is from the gorgeous springtime foil DSP available during Sale-A-Brations.  This DSP features leaves in both silver and gold.  The dove is popped up on dimensionals on a silver background framed in navy and clutches a Garden Green “olive branch”. 

06.16.18 Dove of Peace Smoky SlateThe die for “peace” is retired and several years old. Somehow we continue to use it every year.  In the first sample, peace has been “glittered” with Wink of Stella as has the “olive branch.”  In this second sample, the dove was stamped in Smoky Slate instead of navy and “peace” remains the un-glittered cs.

This is an easy but elegant card.  The cut-out work will be done for you – your job will be to simply put the pieces together. 

As a reminder, the Christmas in July Stamp-A-Stack will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The cost, which includes your very own Wink of Stella to take home, is $14 for 4 cards, $21 for 8 cards, $30 for 12 cards,  and $38 for 16 cards.  I am asking for attendance acknowledgements now as I have out-of-town company in early July so I am doing the majority of my prep work now.  I have 54 poinsettias stamped and cu,t and need to know how many more we will need – 10?  20?  30? 

One additional Christmas card remains – Christmas reindeer.  It will be posted shortly.

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

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Musical Christmas

06.16.18 Poinsettia 1Musical Christmas was an interesting card to create.  It reminds me of both the visual and audio beauty of the Christmas season. 

During the 2017 holiday season, I purchased several packages of the Stampin’Up Merry Music Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Sadly, we never used it so I resurrected this DSP for our 2018 holiday season.  The top Cherry Cobbler layer has been embossed with the retired Holly Embossing Folder.  An oval is die cut and the DSP is adhered behind the oval opening.  Actually, we die cut the oval and THEN emboss this layer.  This top layer is adhered to Whisper White CS and then popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

06.16.18 Poinsettia 2, 3The2-layered poinsettia is stamped from the retired Joyful Christmas Stamp Set and cut out with my Stamp’n’Cut. The poinsettias are then colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  The poinsettias are in shades of red but change hue when colored.  This gives a nice contrast to the Cherry Cobbler Card.  Wink of Stella is used on the poinsettias – some heavily, some lightly.  Some of the Garden Green leaves are colored with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends and som06.16.18 Poinsettia 4, 5e are colored with Wink of Stella.

As you can see, each card is slightly different as the music score ends up on different lines.  Also, each poinsettia is different – both in the coloring and in the center bloom. You have the option of using a bloom of clear or colored rhinestones, or one or more of the rhinestone embellishments shown here.   If sending this beautiful card in the mail, remember to add a layer of cs over the bloom embellishment. You don’t want the rhinestone embellishment tearing through the envelope.

We have now seen 2 of the 4 Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack samples.  Have you checked your calendar for to see if you are free to come on July 19 or 21?  Stay tune for Dove of Peace.

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

NOEL Eclipse Cards

2017.11.20 Bethlehem NoelI know several of you have wondered what an eclipse card looks like, so we are going to make 2 during December Stamp Camp.  Eclipse cards are also referred to as shadow cards.  The cards are created by stamping your background and then cutting out your image.  The background layer is then adhered to a dark card front. The cut pieces are adhered over the negative space with an adhesive that elevates the cut pieces.

2017.11.20 Holly NoelFor Stamp Camp, our adhesive will be the Foam Adhesive Strips (page 203 in the 2017-2018 catalog).  Mini Dimensionals would work but would not elevate the cut portion as high as the adhesive strips do unless the dimensionals are stacked.  When using a standard A2 size card, you are limited to 3-4 of the SU large letter framelits.  Of course, you are not limited to letters but NOEL or even JOY are perfect for this time of year.  The Night in Bethlehem card is a bit challenging as we are trying to stamp a light city background with Joseph, Mary and the Shepherd stamped over the city.  The Holly Berry Happiness card is much easier.  I love the texture provided by the Softly Falling embossing folder.  We will make 1 of each eclipse card.

Have you checked out the SU Online Extravaganza.  I’ve found 2 stamp sets I am going to order – Garden Girl Clear and More than Chocolate.  If you go to www.paperrose01@stampinup.net and click on shop, in the left hand column, you will see HOME.  Under HOME, you will see ONLINE EXTRAVANGAZA.  Click on the extravaganza to see all the specials.  You can order right there, or let me know and I will order for you.  Looking forward to seeing you at December Stamp Camp! (November 30, December 1, December 2)

Thanksgiving Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965

NOVEMBER STAMP CAMP

Hi Crafters – As I explained in a recent email, November Stamp Camp will offer the same cards originally scheduled for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  These 4 cards are shown below and will allow you to pick and choose for November Stamp Camp which will be held November 2 from 12 N to 8 PM, November 3 from 12 N to 8 PM, and November 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Note that I have increased the hours. 

2017.10.10 Christmas PinesChristmas Pines is a delightful card done in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a touch of Garden Green in the pine greenery.  The warm and cozy Cable Knit embossing folder provides lots of depth and interest.  There are dies for the circles, pine cones and greenery.  Wink of Stella adds lots of glimmer to the pinecones and greenery.

 

2017.10.10 Christmas QuiltI adore the Christmas Quilt card. There are many different patterns you can choose from in the Quilted Christmas 6” X 6” DSP Stack and many different ways you can arrange the patterns.   I am partial to the multi-colored patterns but the red and green patterns are also nice.  Although you can’t tell from this image, the quilted piece is “stitched” which is an option.  The new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides lots of texture.

2017.10.10 Christmas Quilt msgA special embellishment for the message layer of the Christmas Quilt card is the addition of a stitched felt embellishment (p. 5 in the 2017 holiday catalog).  Every card will include a red felt star, a holly embellishment as seen here, or a green felt tree.  I added a glimmer star to the tree on a card I did.  You can also stamp a tree if you prefer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.10.10 Framed SnowflakesFramed Snowflakes was created from a similar card I saw done with leaves.  The foil frames are die cut with the Layering Square Framelits.  The metallic foil snowflakes are from the wonderful Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Copper metallic foil was used on this card.  Gold and Champagne foils are also available.  The Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder provides the perfect background.  The “christmas” sentiment is from Sizzix.  Pearls embellish the snowflake centers and serve as the “dot” over the “I” in “christmas.”

2017.10.10 Night in BethlehemNight in Bethlehem was a favorite of many of those at October Stamp Camp.  This navy and silver card depicts Bethlehem stamped in Smoky Slate and then 2 different views die cut in metallic silver foil and adhered.  The trick to the card is keeping glue smudges and indentations off the foil.  The bottom die cut Bethlehem layer is “padded” with dimensionals on the upper middle buildings.  The circle is then trimmed with snips and overlaid with a navy circular frame.  I used a retired slanted embossing folder to give texture but not detract from the picture.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in navy, die cut and adhered to the Bethlehem image.  A silver glimmer star is elevated jubilantly in the sky.  A bit of silver Washi tape embellishes 2 corners of the front layer.

These are the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp.  The cost is $12 for the first 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.  12 cards would be $28.  For anyone who is a glutton for punishment and wants to do 16, the cost would be $34.  So pick and choose but please please please let me know early what cards you want and want day(s) you plan to be here.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

SPOOKY NIGHT!!!

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite OwlThis Spooky Night card is all about the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The Spooky Night DSP features 32 – 3 X 3 scenes of a spooky black tree against the moon and Pumpkin Pie sky.  The owl is from the Spooky Cat stamp set and was stamped in black on Very Vanilla cs, and fussy cut.  After adhering the owl to the branch, a cute hat is fussy cut from another sheet of DSP and placed atop the owl’s head.  This art scene is adhered to a black cs layer which is then adhered to the DSP decorated front layer.  Black rhinestone jewels embellish the right side of the card and the owl’s hat. 

 

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite new NolaBUT – if you have the Nola the Cat Punch, you can punch black or orange cats right from the DSP!  In this image, a black cat is punched from the DSP, adhered to the black branch, and finished the same as the card above.  A bow of 1/4” grosgrain or cotton ribbon embellishes the upper corner. 

 

 

 

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite fallFeel like a fall card instead of a spooky cat or owl?  Then rest awhile in a Cajun Craze lawn chair festooned with fall leaves in copper foil and other colors.  Create a special colored leaf using the baby wipe technique and Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie inks.  The chair and leaves are from the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies.  The card is finished with a perky orange bow and the Black Rhinestone Jewels.

Well, this is our final October Stamp Camp post.  I hope you like several of these creations and will come to October Stamp to paper craft your heart away!!!!  Remember – I need to know by Monday October 2nd which cards you wish to do.

In the first post for October Stamp Camp, I reminded everyone that Christmas Stamp-A-Stack will be October 19 and 21 – 12 person limit each day.  I also said that my plan for 4 each of 3 cards was subject to change.   Well,change is upon us as I did come up with a 4th card that is beautifully elegant and simple.  SO… you will have the option of 3 each of 4 cards (12 total) for $28 or 4 each of 4 cards (16 cards) for $34.  All cards will have layers and embellishments, and will be as simple as we can make them.  The sooner I know whether you prefer the 12 or 16 package, the more I can prep for you.  I will have samples for you to view at October Stamp Camp. I promise NO MORE CHANGES! 

Let me know if you have any questions!  See you at October Stamp Camp!  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

NOLA THE CAT

Meet my friend Nola the cat.  I realize you may be a dog person, and not a cat person, but she is so cute.  Nola was named by Stampin’ Up demonstrator Connie Wakefield and I think the name fits this cat!  Here’s what we are going to do with Nola the Cat:

2017.09.14 Pumpkin Pie NolaThe Spooky Cat stamp set gives us the face for Nola as well as an owl, a hat for a witch, a mouse, cute messages and a few other spooky images.  Nola the Cat is actually a punch and is a basic that can be used 12 months per year ($18 – page 53 in the current SU holiday catalog.)  The card base is 8 1/2 X 4 1/4 scored at 4 1/4.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) measures 4” square and can be flipped to the other side which features bats with orange and black polka dots.  Nola is punched in Pumpkin Pie with the face stamped in black.  She is adhered to a circle layer of white on stitched black.  The new leaf punch ($18 – page 49 in the current SU catalog) provides a place for Nola to hide behind.  The sentiment is trimmed in Vintage Crochet Trim and embellished with an Iced Rhinestone.  Black Glimmer paper is also available for punching the cat.

2017.09.14 Cantaloupe NolaBut I don’t want to do a Halloween card, you say.  That is the beauty of Nola the Cat punch.  Here she is punched in retired Crisp Cantaloupe but still layered on the white and black circles.  The soft DSP is from the Delightful Daisy series, but any DSP could be used.  This would make a darling Christmas card with Nola wearing a red bow, green leaves and holiday DSP.  The sentiment used here is from the Pretty Kitty stamp set and is great for a birthday, thinking of you, or just because card.  The same black trim and black leaves are used which picks up the black from the card and circle.  So you can choose to do a Halloween or an everyday Nola the Cat card – or one of each.

As a reminder, October Stamp Camp is on Thursday October 5th from 12 N – 8 PM, Friday October 6th from 12 N – 6 PM, and Saturday October 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM. We will be doing 2 Christmas and 2 Halloween or 2 similar but everyday cards. I realize several of you do not acknowledge Halloween so I always try to offer an alternative. Please let me know by Monday, October 2nd to let me know which cards you wish to do.  Pricing remains the same – $12 for 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.

Our next blog post is entitled “Spooky Night” and will be posted shortly.  Make sure to check back. 

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

CHRISTMAS SWEATERS

2017.09.16 Sweater Garden GreenChristmas Sweaters is such a fun card!  This is designed as a Z card and uses the retired Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I chose my favorite sweaters that were fun to color and not to difficult to fussy cut.  There are several DSP designs to choose from as well as assorted Textured Embossing Folders.  In this image, the argyle folder was used.  The sentiment tag comes from the retired Stitched With Cheer stamp set.  The sentiment is layered on matching colored cs and is held together with Multi-colored Cotton Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  The message layer features a fourth sweater.

2017.09.16 Sweater CobblerCan you tell what my 3 favorite sweaters are????  This sample is done in Cherry Cobbler.  Note how the ribbon coordinates with the card.  The multi-colored yard allows you to cut into it to find the color you are looking for.   Although hard to tell, the striped sweaters feature a rhinestone in the snowflake center.  The Santa card features a rhinestone at the end of his hat.  I found larger rhinestones which we will be using for stamp camp.  The gingerbread sweater is highlighted with a yellow star embellishment and small candy dots on several of the stamped candies.  Wink of Stella was also used to add a bit of glimmer.  Beware the Wink picking up the SU marker color.  I cleaned my SU brush frequently.  The Copic markers did not have that issue.  Aren’t these cute cards.  If you are concerned about the time it takes to color and cut them out, you can always make the card and complete the sweaters at home during your leisure time. 

Although I rarely mention Paper Pumpkin, I do want you to be aware of a SU Paper Pumpkin offering:  To give you more of what you love, during October and November SU is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.  Two coordinating kits means that 1) you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.  A one-month subscription is $20.  Sign up at Paper Pumpkin and please don’t forget to list me as your demonstrator.

  • To receive October’s kit, you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • To receive November’s kit, you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.

Two more Blog posts for October Stamp Camp.  Will you choose spooky – or not.  Check back soon!  Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com