Holiday Wreath

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz PoinsettiaThis simple card features a Bigz Die by Tim Holtz.  The wreath is easily die cut and the leaves pull out.  The wreath is embellished with red glimmer berries and a glimmer bow.  The easy background is designed by running Whisper White thru the Big Shot in the Brick Wall embossing folder.  The Watercolor Wash stamp is then inked in the color of your choice and stamped on the debossed side of the card stock.  This gives a quick, but very interesting, background.  The  Christmas sentiment is stamped in red and die cut with a stitched rectangle die. 

 

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz inside poinsettiaThe message layer is stamped in green.  A red star and a deer are added for a bit of glitz.

Now you have seen August Stamp Camp cards that display coffee cups, a silhouette garden scene, pigs, and a wreath.  Which cards will you choose for August Stamp Camp?  If you really like one particular card, you might choose to do all 4 of that card – or maybe you like the different offerings, and choose to do 1 of each.  That choice is totally yours.  But you will need to let me know by July 31st which cards you choose to do.

August Stamp Camp will be held on August 3rd from 12 Noon – 6 PM, on August 4th from 2 – 6 PM, and August 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The cost for any 4 cards is $12.00.  Additional cards are $2 each.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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

NOVEMBER 2016 STAMP-a-STACK

Hi Crafters!  The last sample is done for our November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  Dates/times are:  Thursday November 17 from 10 AM to 9 PM and Saturday November 19 from 9 AM to 4 PM. HOWEVER, if Friday is the only day you can come, anytime after 3 PM until 9PM is fine.  If you need to come earlier on Friday, please let me know and I should be able to accommodate you.  I have a very small group of seniors coming from 10 AM to 3 PM, most of whom are not stampers, so my concentration will be with these 4-5 women.  However, if you can work independently, Friday during the day will be fine. 

The cost for November Stamp-a-Stack is $18 for 9 cards.  This is a bit more expensive than Christmas in July due to the use of glimmer paper and metal foils. The sooner you can let me know if you are coming and what 9 cards you choose to do, the more I can do to help you by die cutting the images.  There is very little stamping, a tiny bit of gold embossing that I can pre-do for you, and NO BOWS!!!!!   There will be directions and after the die cutting and stamping is complete, your cards can be finished at home. 

2016.11.09 SantaGreetings from Santa is a very cute card and surprisingly easy to make. I discovered that using parchment paper to assist in intricate die cuts works beautifully.  There is no waxy residue left as you find when using wax paper, and the die almost falls out.  I do encourage using the precision base plate, and I use the foam pad and rolling brush to remove the small pieces.

  Santa’s face is layered on red glimmer paper and I added a few sparkly stars.   A small piece of red glimmer paper is glued over the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer which allows the sparkle to flow from top to bottom. 

 

2016.11.09 Santa messageI found this holiday message in my archives and like how it works with the card.  A stamped tree and glimmer star help carry the theme of the card throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.09 Santa 1This Greetings from Santa is like the one above except for the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer.  If you choose to do the Greetings from Santa card, please let me know which decorative die cut you prefer.

This basic red and white card is perfect for anyone at Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.9 Santas Sleigh goldSanta’s Sleigh is a bit more artistic.  This card features a deer pulling a sleigh burdened with a big Christmas tree as snow falls from above.  This view uses gold metal foil filigree decorating a black sleigh. A gold cording rein keeps the Crumb Cake deer in line.  The deer features a gold metal bow.  This scene is popped up against a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer snow bank.

2016.11.09 Santas sleigh silver.This Santa’s Sleigh features silver metal foil for the sled filigree and bow for the deer.   This card would also be attractive done with copper metal foil.  If you choose to make Santa’s Sleigh, make sure you specify which metal foil you prefer – gold, silver, or copper.  Or maybe one of each!

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy NativityJoyful Nativity is our final card for November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  The colors don’t show up well in this image.  The Holy Family is embossed in gold within the black stamped JOY.  This is layered on gold glimmer and then black card stock.  The triple layer is popped up on Very Vanilla cs that has been embossed with the new Seaside Embossing Folder,  A decorative gold glimmer border peeks out each side of the main layer.  The actual card is Delightful Dijon.

2016.11.09 Joy AngelA second sample of  Joyful Nativity features a gold embossed angel within the O of JOY.  A few of the gold glimmer “leaves” that come from the decorative gold glimmer border have been added  to accent the flowing embossed lines.  Also attractive is using the debossed side of the embossed cs.

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy BethlehemJoyful Nativity also has the city of Bethlehem stamp that can be gold  embossed within the stamped JOY.

If you choose to do this card, please specify what image you prefer – the Holy Family, the angel, or Bethlehem – or perhaps one of each. 

2016.11.09 Joy messageThe message layer of Joyful Nativity carries through the gold glimmer theme with the addition of the gold border that is seen on the card front.  A simple black-stamped message is layered on black and then onto the Delightful Dijon card.

To summarize November Stamp-a-Stack, there are 3 cards – Greetings from Santa available with 2 decorative die cuts – Santa’s Sleigh available with silver, gold, or copper metal foil accents – and Joyful Nativity available with the gold embossed Holy Family, angel, or city of Bethlehem.  You can choose any 9 cards – all of 1, 3 of each, or any other combination.  The dates and times are specified at the top of this post.  The cost is $18 which includes all materials and supplies. 

What I need from you is:  1) Are you coming? 2) What day works best for you?  3) What cards do you wish to do?  As soon as I have this information, I will start cutting the pieces for your cards to simplify your card-making.  The end result is 9 gorgeous cards to share with your friends and relatives.  These cards are created with the hands but come from the heart. 

Blessings and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and/or concerns.  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights cardStar of Light is a beautiful stamp set and when combined with the Starlight Thinlits Dies, presents many beautiful possibilities.  My sample features Silver Foil and Silver embossing on navy card stock.  I love how the  silver stars swirl across the paper.  The large silver star is popped up on dimensionals and is highlighted by a smaller silver glimmer star with a rhinestone center.  Two smaller silver glimmer stars flank the large star.  The sentiment is embossed in silver and layered on stitched silver foil.  The silver thread would not behave and wildly encircles the stars.  This card would be eye-catching even if the silver thread is not used.

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights Env Msg I love how the stars swirl across the envelope.  The stamp is simple to use but really enhances the envelope.  The message layer is one of the options that can be used.  This particular star die leaves a negative image.  I slipped navy cs behind the image to help the star stand out.  Other options are also available with this set.

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grnThis 5 X 7 shaving cream card is a favorite of mine.  I like the simplicity of the stark trees and deer against the blue sky and green grass.  The white glimmer star is barely seen in this photo.  The green glimmer “peace” carries thru the color blue/green theme.  Someone had asked if I had envelopes for these 5 X 7 cards and I’m happy to say I found this size in my envelope collection. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grn silvThis second sample is very similar to the one above but features silver stickles on the 3 trees.  The important thing to do with stickles is to put the wet item far away so that nothing can touch it.  I’m happy to say I was successful with this card.  The background was sprayed with home brew after the shaving cream had dried which gives it a slightly shimmery background. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas redThe third sample features a background colored with Real Red swirled thru the shaving cream.  The red stickles shimmering on the trees is more vibrant than the image shown here.  A red glimmer “peace” and star stand out against the background.  I mixed the shaving cream again after I colored the background seen here, and ended up with so much red that the scene appeared to be a forest fire in the background.  I definitely decided not to use it.  Remember to wear clothes that are not your Sunday-best if you choose to do the shaving cream project. 

These are the 2 Christmas additions to the November Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know your 4 choices by Tuesday, November 1st.  If you wish to do more than 4 cards, additional cards are $2 each.  I hope you can come.  We will have a festive time preparing for the upcoming festive holidays.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or comments.  And remember – Christmas in November is right around the corner – November 17 and 19.

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

THANKFUL . GRATEFUL . BLESSED

2016.10.23 Give Thanks 1This elegant card is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set with the Paisley Framelits Dies.  The color scheme is Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaroon, and Copper.  Petals and Paisleys Specialty DSP provides a background of the paisleys and posies.  The gorgeous copper foil sheets die cut into wonderful embellishments.  The banner message is wet-embossed on Mint Macaroon and provides a bit more elegance.  Retired copper cording tied in a triple bow is the finishing touch. 

2016.10.23 Give Thanks 2The second sample is very similar to the first but missing a second leaf and a tiny paisley.  Rich Razzleberry thick Baker’s Twine provides a simple bow.  Although both samples use the thin copper thread, the thread is more noticeable on this card located under the embellishments.  With a simple message change, this would also make a beautiful Christmas card.

 

2016.10.23 Thankful MiceOur second Thanksgiving card features thankful mice from Lawn Fawn.  The addition of die cut pumpkins and stitched leaves on a Peekaboo Peach background give a fall feeling.  The So Saffron card and plaid DSP provide a bit of whimsy.  The stitched hills are a new addition to my ever-growing die collection.  There are dies for everything on this cute card.

These are our Thanksgiving cards for November Stamp Camp which will be held on Thursday November 3rd from 12 N to 9 PM, Friday November 4th from 2 to 9 PM, and Saturday November 5th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  You can choose the 4 cards you wish to do.  If you choose to make more than 4 cards, the cost is $2 per card.  However, the deadline for letting me know which cards you choose, is Tuesday, November 1st.  The post focusing on the 2 Christmas samples will be out shortly.

Don’t forget the Buy 3 – Get 1 Free Stampin’ Up sale.  This special ends with the last day of October.

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

Which 4 cards will YOU choose?

Because I don’t know how to count, somehow I ended up with 5 cards for October Stamp Camp.  So I’m making this a super blog that will show the 5 cards but with little verbiage.  This will allow you to see all 5 cards and choose the 4 you want to do.  If you are feeling overly creative, you can choose all 5 cards for $14.  But I want you to be able to choose your 4 ($12.00) or 5.  You can choose 4 of one card or 2 of one and 2 of another or whatever you wish to do!  Let’s take a look:

imageGINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS is the Christmas card for October Stamp Camp.  Doily choices include gold, silver, or matte white.  There are punches for all the cookie cutter people, hat, bow, etc.  Check out the new embossing folder!

 

 

imageCOOKIE CUTTER HALLOWEEN can be crafted with scarecrows, or other scary figures shown below.  There is a punch for all the cookie cutter people, edgelit die for the fence and a die for the pumpkins

 

 

 

imageOther COOKIE CUTTER HALLOWEEN options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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imageROLY POLY WITCH is a cutie and can be crafted with a Basic Gray or a Basic Black tree.  The witch pieces are all die cut.  The tree and fence have edgelit dies.  Check out the sentiment on the first pumpkin – EEK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPOOKY FUN is another choice for October Stamp Camp.  Edgelit dies for the tree and fence.  Dies also for the witch, pumpkins and gravestone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageLEAVES ON A SHAVING CREAM BACKGROUND is fun to do as you can make your shaving cream background any color you wish.  Remember that this can be a bit messy!  Acorns vary in color and sentiment.

 

So there you have it!  5 card options to choose from.  But please let me know as soon as you can what cards YOU want to do!

October Stamp Camp:  Thursday October 6 from 12N to 9 PM – Friday October 7 from 2 to 9 PM – Saturday October 8 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  If you can let me know which day you are coming, it is helpful – but not required.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.  Remember to let me know which cards YOU want to do.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

BEAUTIFUL BRANCHES

It seems the days are getting busier and busier!  Friday, I went to Northwestern Medical Center to see a neurosurgeon about my back.  Yesterday, my cousin and her husband returned home to Baton Rouge after a short visit. Today, hubby Norb and I slaved in the kitchen to make my “world famous” lasagna for son Russ as we celebrated his birthday.  My goal was to have all the blogs posted today for our September Stamp Camp, but I think only this blog will make it in by midnight!!!!

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches card This simple Christmas card is from the Thoughtful Branches bundle that is only available through August 31st.  The top layer is bordered with Emerald Envy and dry embossed with my favorite Softly Falling embossing folder.  The tree is quickly die cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and is popped up atop embossed snow.  The little birds are die cut from red glimmer paper.  The photopolymer message was curved a bit on the acrylic block so that it fits perfectly in the banner image.  Although the cards looks difficult, it is not and goes together quickly. Two types of embossed snow are available, and the birds can be gold, silver, green, red, or red metallic. 

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches messageI felt a simple but elegant sentiment was needed for this card.   The Emerald Envy border around the card layer and the sentiment provide a quiet elegance.  The use of stitched rectangles for the sentiment and the 2 birds carry through the simplicity of the card.  This is truly one of my favorite cards.

In case you don’t know when September Stamp Camp is – it is right around the corner.  The dates/times:  Thursday September 1 from 12 N – 9 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The cost is $12 for 4 cards.  If you prefer doing more of a particular cards and not doing another card, please let me know as soon as possible.  For example, if you prefer this Beautiful Branches and perhaps the Floral Boutique cards, you could do 2 of each and skip Swirls and Jar of Love.  The choice is yours, but I do need to know prior to the day you come so I can have your kit prepared.  If you would like a kit to do at home, the cost is the same, but I would need to know as soon as possible to allow time for me to prep the kit. 

The holiday mini catalogs are in the mail and you might have yours by now.  Mine arrived earlier this week.  You can order these wonderful items beginning September 1, 2016.  AND, I am running a special in September – 20% off all SU products.The 20% if taken off after Shipping and Tax.  This is a discount that I am offering and is not a discount offered by Stampin; Up.  So stock up on your card stock, inks, embellishments and choose an item or 2 that is on your wish list.  I guarantee you will fall in love with at least 1 item in the holiday catalog!!!!!

I hope to see you at September Stamp Camp.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  If you can let me know which day you might be coming, it is helpful, but not required.

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

Victorian Angel

As we are in the last 6 months of the year, I find it fun to include one Christmas card in each Stamp Camp.  This gives us a nice variety to choose from come December when we want to remember our family and friends. 

2016.07.16 Rejoicing with You frontThis Victorian Angel comes to us from Graphic Fairy.  I subscribe to their site and am in awe of their many downloads.  I printed the angel on Whisper White and sprayed it with Home Brew.  Do you remember Home Brew?  It is a combination of alcohol (not the kind you drink!) and the  Tsukineko Champagne All-Purpose Ink.  Stampin’ Up no longer sells this ink, but I bought several small bottles before they retired the product.  It is, however, now available from Amazon. The alcohol/ink combination gives a wonderful sparkle to the card stock.  A bit of Wink of Stella also helps.  The new Flirty Flamingo card stock blends nicely and I chose tone on tone as using any other hue detracted from the angel.  The angel is framed in brushed gold cs (retired).  My 1” corner rounder punch gives a soft curve to the card .  The Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and 1/8” gold ribbon add texture.  Note the little gold star on the sentiment.  SU replaced the candy dots with a small sheet of different shapes.  The metallic shapes include both gold and silver small circles, medium circles, hearts and stars. 

2016.07.16 Rejoicing with you messageI chose the Versatile Christmas stamp set for the sentiment.  The message layer is stamped on white and die cut with the stitched rectangle thinlit.  A slightly large stitched rectangle is cut in Flirty Flamingo and popped up on dimensionals.

You have now seen 3 of our 4 August Stamp Camp projects and none of them are similar.  Just wait until you see the fourth project!  It is swirls and scribbles!  Check back soon to see it!

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