EASTER MESSAGE

This card was CAS’d from BJ Peters.  I love this stamp from the “Easter Message” stamp set!  Although I am using this set for Easter, it is very appropriate for sympathy cards.  These cards are super simple.

FullSizeRender 7This elegant card uses a Very Vanilla card base with Sahara Sand as the first layer.  The image is stamped in Versa Mark on a piece of Falling in Love DSP and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set.  The cross is then colored in with your choice of several markers.  BJ Peters who designed this card colored in the cloth area with the White Chalk Marker.  I prefer to leave the cloth plain and add a bit of Wink of Stella.  The embossed DSP is layered onto gold foil cs and adhered to the card front.  The inside message I chose to gold emboss on the inside layer reads “He is not here; He has risen.  Matthew 28:6.”  I stamped a single palm frond in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.

FullSizeRender 8This second sample is my design.  The card stock is the same as the sample above.  However, the picture photographed darker for some reason.  The Easter lily stamp from the “Easter Message” set is stamped in Versa Mark on the Falling in Love DSP, and heat set in gold.  The leaves and flowers are colored with Stampin’ Write markers and Wink of Stella is lightly brushed on.  The lily is die cut with an oval framelit and layered on a larger gold foil oval.  The sentiment “Happy Easter” is heat embossed in gold at the bottom.  On the inside message layer, “May peace be your gift this Easter” is heat embossed in gold.  Like the sample above, a single palm frond is stamped in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.  The 2 Easter Message card samples are simple but very elegant.  This is definitely a case where “less is more.”

And that, fellow crafters, is what we have for March Stamp Camp!  As a reminder, 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 during the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  As long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th which cards you wish you to, I will have your custom packet ready.  Please remember to let me know as soon as you can so I am not in a cutting panic on March 1st.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.

On a personal note, it appears I will have neurosurgery on Monday, March 13th at 7:15 AM at Northwestern in Chicago. The procedure is Inter-body fusion S1 -T5 or 4.   I had my preoperative appointment at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 21st.  Had to give lots of blood.  I will have 7-9 hours of surgery then will be in ICU at least overnight.  After 7-10 days of hospitalization, I will transfer to inpatient rehab for 2-4 weeks.  Marian Joy in Wheaton will be my first choice as it is acute rehab.  My goal is to have Stamp Camp in May either the 4th, 5th and 6th or the 11th, 12th and 13th.  The theme for May is “Honoring the Women in our Lives.”  I have several new sets planned for May Stamp and am hoping I will be in shape by that date.  I will be trading back pain for stiffness, but I am willing to do that.  Your prayers will be appreciated! 

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

Brrrrr….It’s Time to Celebrate a Winter Wonderland

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Isn’t this a perfect card for winter?  “Lovely as a Tree” with a bit of Chantilly Crochet Trim, an antique brad, and Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla designer paper on a Early Espresso card creates a beautiful scene.  Deb added a vanilla snowflake to the card on the left, but the snowflake is option as you can see in the card on the right.  We have 2 patterns of designer paper to choose from.  This is one of the projects we will be making at our Winter Wonderland Stamp Camp on January 6th and 7th. 

Winterwonderland 1And speaking of Winter Wonderland, here it is.  Using a Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler theme, Deb created this card with the cute little snowman from the “Old St. Nick” stamp set, and the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  She placed a few rhinestones for some sparkle and added her Winter Wonderland at a slant which provides an interest factor.  Speaking of rhinestones, you will have the opportunity of custom coloring your rhinestones at our Winter Wonderland Stamp Camp.  You could add red or blue rhinestones to this card instead of the clear.  We will be custom coloring both the rhinestones and the silver glimmer paper.  When we post “Happy Winter” you will see colored glimmer paper!

Hope to see you this weekend.  We will be making 4 projects at a cost of $8.00.  Our 2012 dates and times will be the same as 2011 with the exception of the month of April due to Easter.  We will continue to meet the first full weekend of the month from 4 – 9 PM on Fridays and 9 AM – 4 PM on Saturdays.  Check out the dates below:

January 6th & 7th, February 3rd & 4th, March 2nd & 3rd, April 13th & 14th, May 4th & 5th, June 1st & 2nd, July Open House (date to be announced), August 3rd & 4th, September 7th & 8th, October 5th & 6th, November 2nd & 3rd, and December 7th & 8th.  If you have a date that doesn’t fit into your schedule, let me know 1 week prior, and we can make up a kit for you with the stamping and die cutting already done.  It’s always helpful if you can let us know ahead of time if you’re coming, but that is NOT a requirement!   Check back tomorrow to see the final 2 projects we will be creating at our Winter Wonderland Stamp Camp!

Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies

Happy May Day!  When I was a child, May Day always included taking an empty strawberry container, weaving ribbon or paper thru the green plastic pieces, filling it with wildflowers (usually dandelions) and leaving it as a surprise for my Mother or other unsuspecting adult.  There was also the May Pole – winding pastel ribbons around the pole while we sang and giggled.  How times have changed!

Well, on to our Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies Stamp Camp projects for May 6th and 7th.  This is a stamp camp dedicated to nature!

Butterfly 2I have titled this card “Ruffles and Butterflies.”  The color scheme is Old Olive and Navy.  We have ruffled by placing a strip of Sticky Strip widthwise at the edge of our Botanical Gazette DSP.  Then, starting with a turned under end of Olive Seam Binding, we for ruffles that adhere to the sticky strip as we proceed across the sticky strip.  We have covered the mechanics with a strip of navy Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border.  The butterfly stamp is part of Nature Walk and carries through the butterfly theme of the DSP.  I added “no. 147” which is a butterfly number indication.  I think it adds to the nature theme of the card.

 

This is “Birds in Blue” and Bird Cageagain features the Botanical Gazette DSP and the Nature Walk stamp set.  The color scheme for Birds in Blue is Not Quite Navy with shades of brown.  The bird cage features a small knot of Marina Mist ribbon and a pearl-embellished flower.  The scalloped border embellishing the DSP highlights of Night of Navy tones.  The brown DSP is also part of the Botanical Gazette collection and features faint French script.

 

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This card, titled “Nature Walk” may be my favorite of the Nature Walk stamps.  Although difficult to see, the Cherry Cobbler card features a Very Vanilla front with the new embossed Framed Tulips sponged in Crumb Cake.  The background for the stamped images is Botanical Gazette DSP and is perfect for this Cherry Cobbler/Crumb Cake color theme.  The flowers in green and burgundy are created by coloring the stamps in Certainly Celery for the leaves and Cherry Cobbler for the florets, huffing on the image, then stamping on the DSP.  The bird cage is stamped in Chocolate Chip.  The ribbon combination of Cherry Cobbler seam binding and  Victorian crochet  trim provide the finishing “Victorian” touch to this elegant card.

Two more projects to go.  I will add them to the blog tomorrow night so remember to check back.  I hope you can join us this coming weekend for Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies Stamp Camp.  Friday, May 6th from 3 PM – 9 PM and Saturday, May 7th from 9 AM – ???  We will be doing 5 projects which should take 2 1/2 hours max.  The cost for this stamp camp will be $12.  If you can drop me an E-mail (paperrose01@aol.com) or give me a call (630-759-3089) to let me know if you are coming, that would be great.  However, I always have enough packets cut, so feel free to come even if you don’t let me know ahead of time.

Remember to check back on Tuesday for “FRIENDS 24-7” and “Pillow Box in Beige and Blue.”  And June will be Birthday Bonanza on June 3rd and 4th.  Mark your calendars now!

Family Birthday Cards

Debbie and I created some birthday cards this past weekend and I wanted to share them with you.

 

McKaylas bdt card  Isn’t this card darling?  Debbie created this card for her second cousin’s upcoming second birthday.  This is done all with punches!  I love the rhinestones in her tiara and the glitter on her wings.  The little curls are punched from the “string” of a balloon punch!  Great card for a perfect little girl!

 

 

 

Deb's brother card Happy Birthday to Debbi’s brother, Russ!  When he was a teenager, Russ wore only black, gray, silver and white.  His room was limited to black, gray, silver and white.  With this in mind, Debbi created a masculine card that is black, gray, silver and white.  Thanks to the Big Shot, a Texturz plate and Quick Kutz metal sheets, Debbi was able to add silver highlights to her brother’s card.

 

Russ bdt card 2This was my card for Russ.  I had an idea in mind, but as Debbi had taken all the punches to prepare for our upcoming Punch-a-Bunch Stamp Camp on September 10th and 11th, I was “punchless!”  However, I found the new large scallop circle punch she had left, and I was able to use that to create my interest point.  I used one of the retired silver brads in the center to help carry the silver theme through.  5/8” gray satin ribbon with an overlay of the new 1/8 taffeta ribbon finished off my color scheme.  Happy Birthday Russ!