SO MUCH HAPPY!!!

08.26.20 S0 Much Happy straight

Can you ever have too much happy in your life?  I don’t think so.

08.26.20 So Much Happy Slant

08.26.20 So Much Happy Magnolia

This is my newest most favorite celebration set!  It is showy and so very E A S Y!  Quite truthfully, this set never jumped out at me until I saw a sample from another SU demonstrator.  The die set (see pg. 178 in your 2020-2021 catalog) includes this wonderful HAPPY die plus balloons, stars, a banner, embossed strips, a cloudlike formation and the best ever balloon string I have ever seen!.  You can cut the HAPPY straight across at the top, middle, or down toward the bottom.  You can cut it angled on a horizontal or vertical card.  I have part of my retired DSP stash out for this card.  I started with a thick white card base, adhered a 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 piece of DSP on the card front, die cut the HAPPY image on 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut this with the stitched rectangle die and adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added matching 1/4” strips above and below the HAPPY to accent the word.  For the top cards, I die cut 2 balloons and strings from the same card stock along with stars, and adhered them on.  For the bottom cards, I punched out flowers or fussy cut matching flowers.  You can make these fancy or simple, feminine or masculine.  The Stamp Set gives you the option of HAPPY “birthday, graduation, to have you in my life, to know you, to celebrate you.”  Also, “so very, HAPPY”, balloons, stars, a bow and the balloon string are included in the set. You could easily make the card HAPPY “anniversary” or “retirement.”

This is card option 3 for September Stamp Camp.  We’ve seen the red poinsettia card, the white poinsettia card, and now So Much Happy.  Stay tuned for Sunflower Shaker!

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

YOUR SCRAPPY STRIP CARD

I saw a card technique recently that enthralled me and I finally found the time to watch the video demonstrating the technique.  Bruno and Kylie Bertucci (#loveitchopit) are a husband-wife Stampin’Up Demonstrator team in Australia.  Bruno developed this technique when he wanted to create a card based on a piece of art work he and Kylie had purchased for their home.  In the video I watched, Bruno based the card he made on the tropical shirt he was wearing – the shirt he had purchased pre-Coronavirus for a planned cruise that was subsequently cancelled.  What fun!  So for August Stamp Camp, please wear something colorful and you will create a card based on your clothing and using the Scrappy Strip Technique!

07.28.20 Scrappy Strip technique 2This is the card Bruno created for the video based on the tropical colors in the shirt he was wearing.  Many Stampin’Up folks have YouTube videos demonstrating this technique but I enjoyed seeing the video from the original creator.  Note that this is done on a Basic Black card base.

07.28.20 Your Scrappy Strip Card unkThe card to the right is based on my interpretation of the shirt I was wearing at the time.  This is a card that is great for using up scraps and can be used for almost any occasion.  This is why I’m asking you to wear something colorful for August Stamp Camp.  I expanded on Bruno’s technique by adding a suble DSP and embossing 3 of the colors I chose.  No butterfly for this card.

07.28.20 Your Scrappy Strip Card msg layerAfter the card is constructed, there is a small strip left that can be adhered onto the message layer providing great card continuity!  I love this little add-on. 

07.28.20 Your Scrappy Strip Card card on shirtThis is the shirt I was wearing and the colors I chose.  It’s hard to see the 2 shades of green in the shirt fabric.

And this is the end of August Stamp Camp.  To repeat from my previous post:  We are still limiting crafters to 4 per day, requiring masks and frequent hand washing.  Snacks and masks breaks will take place on the deck (weather permitting).  I am changing the start and end times to allow for a bit more time to wipe down stamps, inks, etc. between uses.  Please bring your patience.  Cost remains the same – $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card. 

August Stamp Camp:  Thursday August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm; Friday August 7 from 10 am to 4 pm; and Saturday August 8 from 9 am to 4 pm,  Please let me know if these dates/times conflict with your schedule and we can develop an alternative.   In order to limit the dates to 4 crafters, please notify me as soon as possible with the date you are coming and which cards you wish to do.

September Stamp Camp: Thursday September 3 from 10 am to 4 pm; Friday September 4 from 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday August 5 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Mark your calendars now.

Hopefully you have your holiday occasions catalog.  Mine arrived yesterday.  Please notify me if yours does not arrive as I have paid for these deliveries.  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

AUGUST SUNFLOWER

07.28.20 Sunflower closedAs we approach mid summer, the sunflowers grow taller and wave gracefully in the wind.  We will be creating our own sunflower at August Stamp Camp.  This super easy double triangle fun fold features retired Golden Honey Specialty DSP, the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the Sunflowers Dies.

07.28.20 Sunflower openDid you find the butterfly?

The image above shows the card closed; the image to the right shows the card fully open.  The sunflower is stamped in Early Espresso on the new Bumble Bee card stock.  Stamped leaves are die-cut along with several branches and adhered to the back of the sunflower.  A second sunflower is adhered to the back of the stamped flower to cover the mechanics.  The top of the sunflower is adhered securely to the top flap of the card.  The bottom flap is free.  When the top flap is pulled up, a message appears stamped on Bumble Bee.  This is a super simple card and a great way to use your scraps.  The colorful folds are made from 2 pieces of 4 X 3 DSP. 

Two more cards will be posted tomorrow for August Stamp Camp.  We will see a Happy Birthday card and Your Scrappy Strip Card.  The latter will be based on what you wear to August Stamp Camp.  The post will show the shirt I was wearing and the card I created to coordinate with the shirt.  A fun, easy new technique and great way to use your scraps.

Don’t forget to let me know which day you will be attending and the cards you choose to make.

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


BLUEBERRY BLOOMS

05.30.20 Blueberry sameI cased this Blueberry Bushel and Balmy Blue card from Pinterest and can’t find the name of the creator.  The stamp set name is Thoughtful Blooms and was one of the freebies from Sale-A-Brations this past winter.  In order to keep the top, bottom and sides as equal as possible, the Stamparatus became my very best friend.

 

05.30.20 Blueberry differentThe individual flowers are stamped in Blueberry Bushel and Balmy Blue and cut with the Scan and Cut.  You can layer them as shown on the top card – or  not.  You can make the top and bottom very similar – or not. You can use all 7 blue rhinestones – or not!  Lots of choices for you.  What do you think of the interesting embossed background?  This is the Stone 3D Embossing Folder.  I’m sad to say it will not be in the new SU catalog.  I love the interesting texture it provides. 

Blueberry message more flrsThe message layer for Blueberry Blooms can either be blank, or have “hi” in script stamped in Blueberry Bushel as shown.  Extra flowers can be clustered in a corner or throughout the layer.  You can add a personalized message.  The envelope is stamped in Blueberry Bushel with the chain image seen above. 

05.30.20 Blueberry WOSWink of Stella (WoS) adds so much to this card.  As seen in this photo, the WoS adds such glitter to the finished card.  I do have several WoS available if you need one.  The cost is $6.95. 

You have now seen all 4 Non-Stamp Camp cards.  If you wish to pick the kits, please let me know by text, phone or E-mail.  I will be preparing the kits after they are ordered so you will need to allow me several days.  The cards remain any 4 for $14 and $3 for each additional card.

You should be receiving your 2020-21 Stampin’Up catalog by mail.  I have received a call from one happy crafter telling me she had received hers.  I am still waiting for mine.  Please let me know if you don’t have yours by June 20 as I pay SU for the catalogs and to have these delivered to you. 

Blessings and Happy Crafting,

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (text/cell) – 630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

YOU’RE THE BEST!

I believe this posted prematurely and now I’m having difficulty getting it to post.  If you receive it more than once, I apologize. 

I’ve wanted to use this set for some time, and with the help of the Scan and Cut, here we go!

05.30.20 Just my Type redThis cute set – P.S. You’re the Best – was one of the sets I purchased 2 years ago, and never used.  There are no dies, but it can be easily cut with snips, or in this case, use the Scan and Cut.  A black shadow that is slightly larger than the stamped image is also cut.  The only newsprint Designer Series Paper (DSP) in my archives is Vanilla, so the card ends up in Very Vanilla, Basic Black and a touch of Real Red.

05.30.20 Just my Type ginghamAlthough it is hard to see, this typewriter keys and space bar have been colored with Stampin’ Blends Smoky Slate.  If you choose, you can color more, less or none as shown in the first sample.  The typewriter “paper” is stamped with the alphabet and a tiny red glimmer butterfly rests nearby.  The ribbon and bow are either 1/4” red gingham or 3/8” Real Red.  The envelope is stamped “You’re just my type”. 

05.30.20 Just my Type msg redThe message layer allows a more personalized message.  This message layer features a stamped typewriter with the sentiment stamped in Real Red.  The corners are festooned with Real Red 3/8” satin ribbon to match the bow on the card front.

05.30.20 Just my Type msg ginghamThe message layer shown here is stamped with a different sentiment and has the red gingham ribbon to match the card front.  You can choose the sentiment from the set for the message layer.  You can also choose the bow and matching ribbon. 

You're the Best message choicesThe sentiment choices are shown here and will be stamped in Real Red.  Note the flower and heart choices if you’re not sure what to say.  However, “You’re the best” is a safe choice for most folks unless you are sending the card to your arch enemy!  You can also leave the typewriter “paper” blank. 

As noted in the 2 previous blogs, this will be a Non-Stamp Camp and you can pick up your card packets which will not be made until ordered.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card. 

Healthy Blessings,

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (Cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

A Little Hello

05.30.20 A Little Hello MouseA Little Hello is a gentle card.  The stamp sets featured include the Birch Background, Daisy Lane, A Special Someone, and Itty Bitty Greetings.  The Early Espresso card is layered with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla stamped in Crumb Cake.  The Call Me Clover stamped stem is festooned with a punched 2-layer Daffodil Delight daisy highlighted with an adhesive-backed fuzzy yellow center.  The card recipient is honored with the daisy and a darling die-cut mouse holding a small red flower with a red rhinestone center.

05.30.20 A Little Hello SquirrelIf you don’t like the gentle little mouse, you can choose the little squirrel also holding a red flower with a red rhinestone.  Both animals are stamped in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.  Elevating the little animals with dimensionals give a 3D effect.  The little butterfly can be colored in any color you choose.  I chose to place the sentiment at the bottom of the daisy stem.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg mouseBut wait – if you use the squirrel on the card front, what do you do with the mouse with his flower?  You use it on the message layer as shown here.  The Very Vanilla layer is sponged lightly in Crumb Cake, has 2 stamped butterflies and features the little mouse.  And if you choose to use the mouse on the top card layer, you can feature the squirrel on the message layer as shown below.   This card can be used for almost any occasion and you can stamp or script your message as you desire.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg squirrelAs noted on the Rain or Shine post, this will be a Non-Stamp Camp.  The cards will have all the images stamped and cut.  All the pieces including the rhinestone will be included.  I don’t suggest rhinestones or pearls on the message layer as it leaves an indentation on the top card.

The cost for this Non-Stamp Camp is the standard $14 for any 4 cards and 3 for each additional card.  The cards are as shown.  As the restaurants say – “No Substitutions”.  Let me know by text, phone or E-mail which cards you choose to do.

Healthy Blessings,

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (Cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

UNDER MY UMBRELLA

Hi crafters!  I’ve kept in touch with many of you during our Shelter in Place/Quarantine but just so you know, I am still alive and kicking.  Covid-19 has not hit any of our 30+ family members and we continue to wear masks, wash hands, and social distance.  However, we still need to communicate with friends and family so stamping and paper crafting must continue.  With the help of my Scan and Cut, I have developed 4 cards that will be for a Non-Stamp Camp.  What month?  I imagine we can consider it June Non-Stamp Camp! 

The first card is in keeping with our wet wet spring!

05.30.20 Rain or Shine 1Under my Umbrella is a cute and cheerful card – even with the rain drops!  And this set is in the new 20-21 StampinUp! Catalog.  Of course the Pleased as Punch Designer Series Paper (DSP) is retiring but the stamp set and umbrella punch are staying with us.  The DSP provides the rainy background and the darling umbrellas.

05.30.20 Rain or ShineThe umbrellas vary in color and pattern but everyone will receive coordinating colors.  The flowers and boots are stamped in black and cut out with the Scan And Cut.  You can color them as you wish.  I chose Stampin’ Blends in light and dark Granny Apple, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, Highland Heather and Rococo Rose for the flowers and black for the boots.  5 rhinestones are added to flower centers for some dazzle.  I recommend Stampin’ Dimensionals for a 3D effect.  A cluster of flowers is tucked slightly inside a boot.  Wink of Stella will make all your images pop,  If you are out of Wink, I have several.

05.30.20 Rain or Shine msg full umbThe message layer features raindrops in Balmy Blue to match the card and the DSP.  A third umbrella is available to adhere on the message layer along with another cluster of flowers.

This set comes with several sentiments.  I will include 3 of the sentiments die cut with Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The 3 sentiments are: LIFE’S SHOWERS BRING LOVE’S FLOWERS, NO MATTER THE WEATHER WE’RE FRIENDS FOREVER, and RAIN OR SHINE YOU’RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND.

05.30.20 Rain or Shine msg partial umbHaving your choice of 3 sentiments allows you to choose what you want, perhaps adhere one of the others on the message layer, or simply add to your library.  This message layer shows a partly open umbrella. You may receive a fully open or partially open umbrella for the message layer.  The umbrella handles are punched from sturdy black glimmer cs.

If you are interested in this Non-Stamp Camp, the cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for any additional cards.  Please contact me by text, phone or E-mail to let me know which cards you wish to make.

Depending on how the pandemic progresses, I am giving thought to in home Stamp Camp with a limit of 4 crafters at a time, well distanced and wearing masks.  This will require sterilization of all supplies in between use. If enough of you are interested, I will consider this as a possibility for July. 

Healthy Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

PAINTED POPPIES

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the Hibiscus was one of my favorite flowers.  Well, the Poppy is another favorite of mine!  This card was case’d from Stampitupwithjamie.com.

Painted Poppies flat and butterflySometimes you see a card that is perfect and there is no reason to make any changes.  This was almost one of those cards.  I did change the top layer from Whisper White to Very Vanilla and added the linen look with the Subtle Textured Expressions Embossing Folder (TIEF). I also changed the sentiment and how it was displayed.  I am in love with these 2 dies from Sending Flowers and incorporating them for a sentiment. 

Painted Poppies glimmer and butterfly

The color combination of Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow is extremely pleasing and denotes a peaceful feeling.  The Poppy Moments Dies are perfect for die-cutting all the pieces.  The Grapefruit Grove outline is a bit tricky to adhere so that is being die cut with Sizzix backed adhesive.  The second card sample has a bit of Wink of Stella bling and a 2-part center with a rhinestone.  By the way, did you see the butterflies?

Painted Poppies message Calypso backgroundOne of the dies that comes with the Poppy Moments Dies is a poppy pattern with the vacant portions forming the poppies.  For the message layer, a piece of Calypso Coral cs is adhered to the back of the Very Vanilla to allow the color to carry thru from the front to the back. Note the humorous message used.  This comes from the Birthday Wit set.  The Stamparatus  is used as a double stamping is needed due to the heavy black area.

Painted Poppies message green backgroundThe message layer for the second sample has the olive background peeking thru the poppy images.  Although not as colorful as the message layer above, it is still very pleasing.

This is the final card for March Stamp Camp.  We have seen daisies, tulips, hyacinths, poppies, and ladybugs – lots of spring cheer.  Please let me know what day you plan on coming and which cards you wish to do.  The dates are March 5, 6, and 7.  Everything you need to make your cards is provided including beverage and a snack.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card. 

In April we will have Stamp Camp on April 2, 3 and 4.  We will be making both birthday and Easter cards. Mark your calendars now!

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

TIMELESS TROPICAL

Is it too early to think about hibiscus on warm spring days?  Hibiscus are one of my favorite and we always have 2 plants festooning our deck from spring until frost.  In 2019, one of our Hibiscus was a tri-color and featured pink, yellow and orange blossoms!

Timeless Tropical pinkishThe Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) is lovely and incorporated into the card in a pie-shaped wedge.  The Grapefruit Grove card base is layered with Grapefruit Grove that has a pie-shaped piece removed.  The top layer is textured with the the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) to give the linen finish.  The two samples are slightly different in color.  The sample to the left is stamped in Lovely Lipstick and colored in Lipstick, Flamingo, Rococo Rose and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends.

Timeless Tropical LadybugThe sample to the right is stamped in Real Red and colored with Light Coral Calypso and touches of Light Real Red.  On both cards, more So Saffron was used on the plumeria and Garden Green was used to die cut the foliage.  I used the foliage for a pineapple with the Hibiscus as I felt it looked tropical.  The second sample features only only one plumeria but has a little ladybug partially tucked under a Hibiscus leaf.  Is this the one you will choose? 

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm. 

Don’t forget about the Sale-A-Bration promotion which ends March 31st.  The second release of free items will be available on March 3, 2020.  There will be Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, a stamp set titled Rise and Shine, a masculine stamp set titled Well Dressed, Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper, and a stamp set titled Tags in Bloom.  As with all Sale-A-Bration items, when they are gone, they are gone.  Check out current items here  Sale-A-Bration.  On March 3, the second release items will show on that site.

Looking forward to seeing you at March Stamp!  It appears we will not have snow on those days so we can spring away with our card creations!

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

LITTLE LADYBUG

It’s almost spring!  March 19 is the date!  So let’s celebrate spring with ladybugs!

Ladybug, backgroundThe Little Ladybug stamp set is available thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion with a $300 product order.  The dies for the set are an add-on item which can be seen at Sale-A-Bration Coordination Products.  This is such a cute Poppy Parade card and although you can’t tell, the bottom ladybug is attached with a Wobble so she actually moves.  I buy my Wobbles from where else – Amazon!  They  add a whimsical touch. All the images are colored with Stampin’ Blends and touched with Wink of Stella.

Ladybug, background and envelope

The second sample features the top ladybug flying with a Wobble and shows a darling ladybug image on the envelope.  The sentiments are ancient but are popular every year at this time.  Did you notice the background?  We will blow bubbles to create this effect.  Check out the next post.

Ladybug message layer 2

The ladybug was featured again on the message layer.  Although adhered with a dimensional, a Wobble could have been used.  A sad note about this message layer.  The flower die has disappeared.  Norb searched on his hands and knees.  I searched in trash cans and counters but it is not to be found.  Another flower die now serves as a replacement.

Ladybug message layer 1And here we see the flower replacement for the lost die.  The stem and grass did not disappear!  Note the little flecks of red on the message layers. There also flecks of navy on the bubble background.  These flecks come from rapidly and firmly flicking a marker against the lid.  I’ll show you at March Camp.

So are you wondering when March Stamp Camp might be?  Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm.  The price remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  All supplies and tools are provided.  Drinks are in the fridge and my hubby usually has a snack of some type waiting for you.  You are welcome to bring your lunch, a snack, or a snack to share.  We are a very informal group. 

Don’t forget to let me know what day you plan on coming and which cards you would like to make.  This insures the correct amount of paper is cut.

Check out the March Paper Pumpkin.  Stampin’Up is advertising March as

March 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Fresh Spring Crafting and a FREE Stamp Set!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!  Rosemary –          (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com