Nailed It

2017.05..27 Nailed ItNailed It is perfect for any guy or “handywoman.”  Even if the recipient is not a carpenter, most men can wield a hammer and screwdriver.  The color scheme for this card is basic gray, smoky slate and silver foil.  The touch of red and crushed curry add interest and I felt a bit of color was needed.  The Build It Framelits Dies make this card a cinch to create.  The foil hammer and screwdriver heads add a bit more work, but I like the overall effect.  They could however, be done on smoky slate to ease the process.  I love the ruler separating the 2 coordinating pieces of Urban Decay Designer Series Paper.  The new Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder was used to add interest to the message hexagon.  The set comes with a die that perfectly fits across the die cut hexagon and is great for a small message!  Note the 3 dimensional screw in the upper left corner.  The Urban Underground Embellishments are used for this card and choices include a screw, hexagon, and star.  Depending on how many of these cards are made, you may possibly choose 2 embellishments, but you definitely can choose 1.

Along with High Tide, this is what we are doing for June Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, dates for June Stamp Camp are Thursday, June 8 from 12 Noon – 4 PM; Friday, June 9 from 12 Noon – 4 PM; and Saturday, June 10 from 9 am – 4 PM.  I am not offering evening hours as my body tends to wear down by late afternoon.  However, as time goes on, my strength will return.  If these dates/times do not work for you, please let me know and we can work out an alternative plan.

Please please please let me know if you plan on coming and what cards you would like to do.  You can do 1, 2 or whatever.  Cost is the same – 4 for $12 with any additional cards at $2.00.  If you are choosing to do the lit High Tide, there is an additional $1.50 charge.  The batteries are $1.00 each plus the LED light and conductive tape.  But you can do do the card exactly as it is shown without the light and it is still a beautiful card.  If you just want to stop by to chat and pick up your new catalog, that is fine too. 

Checkout the retiring list at 2016-2017 Retiring List.  It appears High Tide is not retiring, but Nailed It is listed on the retiring list.  Check out the list as some items are discounted up to 50%.  The retired list is effective May 31st.  Let me know if there is something you would like to order.  I will be checking my paperrose01@aol.com site daily or you can give me a call. 

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

High Tide

Were you wondering if I would ever return?  Would there be no more stamp camps?  Was Rosemary alive and moving?  Well, I am happy to announce I am back albeit a bit slower than prior to surgery.  We will have a June Stamp Camp – but on June 8, 9, and 10.  Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.  My body winds down a bit early and at this point, I cannot accommodate evening hours. 

I am offering 2 masculine cards for June Stamp Camp – High Tide and Nailed It.  You will have the opportunity of lighting the lighthouse on your High Tide Card.  The cost for a lit High Tide card will be $4.50 as it includes the light, battery and circuitry tape.  If you choose to do the unlit card, the cost is the standard $3.00.  I would encourage you to try 1 lit lighthouse.  I can see the lights used during the holidays for stars, trees, etc.  Although I will try to explain the process in my directions, I will be available for 1:1 assistance.  If you choose to do 4 cards, the cost is the standard $12 except for the lit card.  If you choose to do more than 4 cards, the cost is $2.00 except the lit card is $1.50 additional.  These are both masculine cards and work well for Father’s Day, birthdays, and thinking of you occasions.

2017.05.27 Lit LighthouseThis is the lit version of High Tide.  You can see the light being emitted from the lighthouse.  The lighthouse lights up when the lower part of the message is pushed.  I will make a small die cut message for the inside indicating where to press to see your lighthouse shine.   then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added.  Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .  As noted below, the lighthouse is fussy cut and the bottom adhered to the sandy beach.  At this point, the lighthouse/beach is placed on the water and the top and sides of the lighthouse and the beach line to the right are traced.  Copper conductive tape is run from the top area of the light house, down the sides and over to the right hand area of the watery area.  A Chibitronics white LED circuit sticker is placed over the top conductive take area.  The 3 V battery is placed positive side down in the water area, over the positive conductive tape.  The paper is creased and the negative side of the battery is placed on the opposite side of the paper and on the negative conductive tape.  The battery is held in place with small pieces of 1/8” foam adhesive.  The penciled lines are erased and the lighthouse and sandy beach are adhered with 1/8” foam adhesive.  A message is added and when a certain section of the message is pressed, the lighthouse lights up.  These instructions sound much worse than the process really is.   

2017.05.27 Unlit lighthouseThis is an unlit version of High Tide.  I added the yellow beacon of light but the card would like nice without it.  Like the card above, the sky has been sponged in Night of Navy. This sky looks a bit stormy while the sky in the lit card is calmer looking.  There is a small horizon line and then the water is sponged in navy also. The water lines are stamped over the sponging. The beach area is a 2X2 piece of Sahara Sand that has been stamped in Sahara Sand and die cut with a hill die so the right side of the beach is the highest. The lighthouse is stamped first in Smoky Slate and then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added. Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .The sandy beach is adhered to the card front with dimensionals.  I also used dimensionals to adhere the top part of the lighthouse and top part of the message.  I added a beach area on the bottom of the inside layer and stamped ducks and more tufts of grass.

Whew!  What an explanation.  Honestly, neither card is difficult once you have the pieces laid out in front of you.  As I mentioned earlier, I will give 1:1 assistance on the lit cards.  I do want to try the Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen to see if it is easier than using the copper conductive tape.

To repeat from above, June Stamp Camp will be June 8, 9, and 10. Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 on Saturday the 10th.  Please please please let me know if you are coming and how many of which cards.  If you want to only due the lit lighthouse, that will be just great.  I will have your new catalogs ready to pick up.  I will be posting Nailed It shortly.

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

DRAGONFLY DREAMS

FullSizeRender 4As I’m sure you are aware, dragonflies are very in trend right now.  I hesitate about purchasing trendy stamp sets such as Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating dies, but I decided these would be great for masculine cards although this card is not manly due to the background use of some retired floral DSP.  The dragonflies are die cut from gold foil and adhered over solid color cs with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies. The finished dragonfly is then popped up with dimensionals and appears to be flying across the card.

FullSizeRender 5However, the really cool design on this card is the use of the drapery fold also known as the pleated skirt fold and the drapery pleat fold.  There are several different dimensionals available to make this design fold.  I tried 3 different dimensions/pleats and settled on this one which is quite easy.  Basically, you start with a 11 1/2” X 4” DSP that has a nice pattern on the front and a coordinating pattern on the back.  As you can see from these 2 samples, the back of the DSP peeks thru on the pleat bottoms.  When I cut the DSP for March Stamp Camp, I may increase the angle to show more of the alternate pleat DSP.  I used the score board to score the long side of my DSP at 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10 inches.  Then you fold hills and valleys until your DSP is pleated.  A bit of adhesive holds the pleats in place and you adhere the completed panel to your card front.  It may sound complicated, but it is really quite easy after  you have completed your folds.  I will be using a variety of attractive retired DSP for you to choose from. 

FullSizeRender 6This is one of the early folds I did on a vertical card.  The dragonflies look very appropriate with this botanical jungle themed paper.  I will have some of this DSP cut for the drapery fold, but will cut it as a choice for the horizontal card.

Two cards to go!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and which cards you want to make.  Oh – and we will have yet ANOTHER drawing for the Sale-A-Brations set “Hey Chick”.  This time, you will need to guess the number of jelly beans!!!

HAPPY ALMOST SPRING

March is right around the corner and we have had some beautiful weather.  Our March Stamp Camp will feature a bit of spring and Easter.  It appears I will be out of circulation for April Stamp Camp, so we are going to do Easter cards in March.  However, as long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th, you can choose the cards you wish to do – and maybe you won’t want to do Easter.  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 in the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  On to the first card:

FullSizeRenderThis card comes from the “Special Reason” stamp set and the Stylish Stems Framelits.  The Blushing Bride card is accented with Rose Red flowers framing the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper background.  Smoky Slate DSP from the Carried Away pack provides background interest.  Flecks of color speckle the background and the white doily peeking thru softens the overall effect.  I added rhinestones in the flower centers and several throughout the card.  This is a beautiful card for almost any occasion. 

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRender 1The second sample was actually my first card and I tweaked the measurements of the DSP just a bit.  The main difference between the two samples is the glimmer paper background for the Rose Red flowers.  Blushing Bride was used in this sample and the overall card appears darker.  It is actually more attractive than it looks.  The embellishments in the lower right corner are also a bit different.  These embellishments add weight to the right side of the card helping with balance. 

This card is not difficult or time consuming.  The flowers and leaves die cut easily.  You just need to insure you use sufficient liquid glue to insure the Rose Red flower will adhere to the roughness of the glimmer paper. 

So guess what our next card will be?  It’s a new fold that several of you have asked for!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and what cards you wish to do.  $12 for 4 and $2 for each card beyond that.  See you in a bit.

LIFT ME UP

The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!

 

 

 

 

imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (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

EVERYDAY JARS

What would you rather do – can fruit or arrange flowers???

2016.08.27 JarsFor our jar cards, we use the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits dies.  The jars you see here are actually 3 parts.  The base is the jar stamped on Whisper White cs, painted with a pale wash of Watermelon Wonder or Peekaboo Peach, and die cut. The jar is then filled with strawberries or peaches fussy cut from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The jar is then stamped with Jet Black StazOn on a window sheet, die cut, and glued over the filled jar.  Finally the lid, stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky slate is wet embossed with clear embossing powder, die cut and adhered onto the jar.  The jar bases have been pre-stamped, pre-painted, and pre-cut for you.  The window sheet jars have also been stamped and pre-cut for you.  I found stamping the jars on the window sheeting to be quite challenging as the photopolymer stamps wanted to slide on the window sheets.  However, I finally came up with enough for stamp camp.

2016.08.27 Jars flowersIf you prefer flower arranging to canning fruit, this is the card for you!  The base of the jar has been painted with a very light wash of Marina Mist.  Stems of leaves and flowers are placed in the jar and the window sheet jar is glued on top.  I added several stems to the jar to increase the fullness.  Small stamped and die cut flowers were added to the flower stems and greenery.  I added a jar lid on one of the jars before I realized – DUH – how can you have a lid on a jar filled with flowers.  But I liked the finished look and chose to leave it.  The smaller jar was filled with a smaller amount of flowers and foliage and a bow was added to the jar rim.  Part of the challenge with this card is that I spent many years as a floral designer and even taught college level floral design.  Consequently, I still hold the same design principles and it is hard to let them go for this card!

Both cards use the Fruit Stand Designer Series paper for the background.  The top scalloped DSP on the floral card is shorter than the fruit card.  The placement of the black “hello” sentiment varies, depending on which card is chosen.  An interesting combination would be one jar filled with fruit and the other with flowers – a fruit and flowers combination!  Or you could even fill your jars with fish which are included in the stamp set and matching framelits.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  Remember to let me know which 4 cards you choose to do, or I will assume you wish to do 1 of each.  If you know  you wish to do the fruit jar, it would be helpful to let me know so I have a sufficient number of jars with Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach washes.

As a reminder for dates and times – Thursday September 1 from 12N to 4 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  October Stamp Camp will be October 6, 7, and 8.  We will be doing a shaving cream card in October as well as a Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  The Taylored Expressions Roly Poly Witch will also make her debut at October stamp camp.  A fun time is guaranteed.

Don’t forget about the September 20% discount for all Stampin ’Up products.  This is a discount offered by me – not Stampin’ Up so orders will need to filter through me!

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