2020 CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Hi Crafters!  It’s time for Christmas in July 2020!  Due to COVID-19, we will be limiting each day to 4 crafters with masks required.

WHEN:  The door opens on Thursday July 16 10AM – 5 PM, Friday July 17 10AM – 5PM, Saturday July 18 9AM – 4PM, Monday July 20 10AM – 5PM.  Come anytime during the listed hours on your pre-scheduled day.  I simply ask you be ready to leave at the ending time. 

WHERE: 533 Emerson Circle, Bolingbrook

WHY:  It’s time to start revving up your holiday creativity

HOW:  We will use social distancing, wear masks, wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Each crafter will be given a micro crate for his/her tools.  No one will touch his/her tools except the crafter.  For sanitation reasons, I will run the Big Shot for each person.  Stamps, inks, Washi Tape, and blender pens will be wiped down between uses if I don’t have multiples.  Please bring your own beverage and snack.  There will be Christmas cookies (store bought) which I will be happy to serve with tongs.   Please be respectful of everyone.  Even though we will be in Phase 4, I remain extremely concerned about the Coronavirus.  I want this to be a fun, creative and safe time for all.

HOW MUCH:  Cards will be $2.50 each.  All supplies will be provided except Wink of Stella.  You can bring your own or add the Wink of Stella at home.  If you wish, you may purchase a new Wink of Stella for $6.95.  This will be yours to take home.  Hubby Norb wanted to add a 25% COVID-19 charge but I ignored him!  As the date nears, I may ask you to bring a few of your personal tools such as snips, bone folder, etc.  I will let you know.

NOW FOR THE FUN PART:  2020 Christmas in July

Washi Christmas Tree

WASHI CHRISTMAS TREE comes to us from daughter Debbie.  She developed this card last year and I was very impressed.  I did choose to add a bit ribbon for texture and dimension.  There is lots of Washi Tape to choose from – reds, greens, golds, silvers.  This is a very simple but elegant card.  The tree is die cut with Woods Dies.  Softly Fallen is embossed on the die-cut top layer.  A tree form is used to adhere the Wash Tape to; the taped form is adhered inside the top layer.  Merry Christmas is pre-cut with the Scan’n Cut and can be adhered with half mini dimensionals or rolled glue dots.

Washi Christmas Tree msg layerThe message layer is embellished with Washi Tape of your choice and several stars that match the star of your Washi Christmas Tree. 

The most difficult part of this card is determining what Washi Tape you want to use and deciding what order to adhere it.

Bearing Gifts

BEARING GIFTS is from my retired Christmas stamp library.  The stamped image was enlarged and is pre-cut with the Scan’n Cut.  A black shadow is also pre-cut to frame the image.  Stampin’ Blends are used to color the image.  The card and coordinating envelope are 4 1/4 X 6 1/4, larger than the standard A2 size.  There are stars printed on the card, but I feel a few extra stars are needed.  The stamped sentiment is die-cut and embellished with a small twine bow.Bearing Gifts msg layer

The message layer consists of Cherry Cobbler cs layered with Whisper White.  I chose to fussy cut and adhere a bear and present.  This option is available to you.

Christmas Bouquet

CHRISTMAS BOUQUET is from the Wishing You Well stamp set which I was sad to see retire.  Although hard to see, this elegant card is embellished with silver glimmer paper to the right of the Springtime Foils strip, and also frames the art work.  A small silver metallic-edged bow ties the bouquet together.  There are several horizontal sentiments and dies that work well with this card.

Christmas Bouquet msg layerThe message layer is embellished with a simple image from Peace this Christmas stamped in Night of Navy to coordinate with the card front.

Holiday Birds

HOLIDAY BIRDS is the last card choice for 2020 Christmas in July.  This happy card features plaid DSP layered on Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler or Night of Navy cs.  There are many plaids to choose from. The Whisper White layer is embossed in Woodland.  The long retired Bird Builder Punch is used to punch out the birds, wings and branches in your color choice.  Wings and branches can be punched in the plaid and/or gold glimmer card stocks; some will be pre-punched or you can punch your own.  A simple sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas is stamped in matching ink, die cut and shadowed in gold glimmer cs.    A twine bow in your color choice embellishes the top layer. 

Holiday Birds msg layerThe message layer is embellished with an additional bird.  An additional wing can be added to each bird adhered behind the bird.  I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that when daughter Debbie and I did the samples.  I will have an additional sample showing the double wings for 2020 Christmas in July. 

NOW I NEED YOUR HELP!  As this gathering is limited to 4 crafters per day for safety concerns, I need to know what day you would like to come.  If the day you choose is full, I will ask you to choose an alternate date.  Choosing your day is my #1 concern.  Then I need to know what cards you choose to create so I can plan a card rotation order.  And to have your kits ready to go on your scheduled day, I beg for as much time as possible.  

Healthy Blessings,

Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com 

CHRISTMAS WINDOW – Christmas in July

06.19.19 Xmas July WindowOur final card for Christmas in July is a Christmas window scene.  From my archives, I pulled one of my favorite sets – “Happy Scenes.”  This simple winter scene, stamped in Shaded Spruce is embellished with a die-cut gold deer from “Detailed Deer Dies.”  The window and flower box are die cut with Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  There will be several wood patterns die-cut for you.  The window box is filled with assorted die-cut greenery which really pops with Wink of Stella.  “merryis die-cut on Cherry Cobbler and “Christmas” is stamped, die cut and shadowed with a Cherry Cobbler frame.  2 small flowers embellished with rhinestones provide extra sparkle. 

So, you may be asking yourself “and what is Rosemary going to do to help me create this card?”  Answer:  The Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, and Whisper White cs has already been cut.  The goal is to have the window frames and window boxes, “merry”, flowers, greenery and gold deer die-cut for you.  “Christmas” will be stamped and die cut with the frame and coordinating shadow frame.  This does not leave too much for you to do other than adhere the pieces and hum Christmas Carols. 

As I’m sure you’ve read in the previous posts, Christmas In July will be held on Thursday July 18 from 12N to 7 PM and on Saturday July 20 from 9AM to 4 PM.  All materials, tools and creativity will be provided along with drinks and a snack of some type.  We will have as much pre-done for you as we can possibly do. BUT  if we don’t know what day you are coming, or which cards you wish to make, we can’t prep.  Thank you to those of you who have already responded with your card wishes.  Regarding cost, a Wink of Stella Brush has been included in the price.  You can do any combination of cards in multiples of 4.  4 cards is priced at $14, 8 cards is 23, 12 cards is $32, 16 cards is $41, etc.  Each additional 4 cards is $9.  Whew – I hate high finance.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR CHRISTMAS IN JULY CARD WISHES!

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

PEACE – Christmas in July

06.19.19 Xmas July PeaceAt Christmas time, many people wish for the gift of PEACE.  This simple gold and white card with a wintry tree, snowy background, birds and a small deer reflects PEACE.  Thoughtful Branches” is the retired die set used for our winter tree.  The gold deer comes from the current “Detailed Deer Dies” and the little birds from the retired “Swirly Bird” set.  The Cherry Cobbler card card base and layers have eye-catching opposing rounded corners.  The Detailed Trio Punch allows crafters to easily and quickly round corners. The Softly Falling embossing folder leaves snowflakes tumbling from the sky,  Sparkle Glimmer Paper provides snowy ground and the sparkling tree.  Gold and Cherry Cobbler birds embellish this peaceful setting.  I must admit this is one of my favorite holiday cards.

This picturesque yet easy to make card will have all the pieces die cut for you. The card stock has been cut, and die cutting the individual pieces is next up on my agenda. Again, like the other cards we have seen, you will simply adhere the pieces and presto – your card will be similar to the sample seen above.

So when can you make this card?  The dates for this annual Stamp Camp are July 18 & 20 – Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  I  need a firm count on how many you wish to do of each card. The cost for Christmas in July includes your very own brand new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for your use during this Stamp Camp and then take home – an $8 value!  As always, the cost includes all supplies, tools and adhesive.  Water and soda are in the fridge to keep you hydrated, and a snack to keep you from starving.  You are welcome to bring a snack for yourself or something to share. 

clip_image001_thumb3Please please please let me know which date you will be attending and which cards you wish to make.  The last card will be posted shortly. 

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

MERRY GINGERBREAD–Christmas in July

06.19.19 Xmas July Ging frontMerry Gingerbread looks good enough to eat!  This fun fold Z-card features a cute gingerbread guy and gal.  The little boy is embellished with a red glitter bow tie and gold buttons while the girl is festooned with a gold glitter hair bow and red rhinestone necklace.  The duo are layered on Sparkle Glimmer Paper and red cs.  A festive gingerbread house is perched in the corner.

06.19.19 Xmas July Ging partThis view shows the Z form.  Additionally, you can see how the Christmas designer paper carries thru to the inside of the card.  The Z-card feature is circular in shape unlike the square or rectangle we normally see.  Our gingerbread stamp set is retired as is the designer paper.  The set includes several other holiday figures including a Santa Clause, Eskimo, bear and the moose head stamped on the envelope above. 

06.19.19 Xmas July Ging openSo, you may be saying to yourself:  “And what have you done to help me make this card?”  Answer:  The cs and designer paper have been scored and cut, the Sparkle Glimmer scallops and red circles have been cut, the gingerbread houses are cut (thanks to the Scan’N’Cut), the gingerbread people are stamped and ready for the Scan’N’Cut to do its job tomorrow.  The bow ties, buttons and hair bows will be punched out.  All you have to do is put this cute card together – a bit of adhesive here and there and you are done!

The dates for this annual Stamp Camp are July 18 & 20 – Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM. Please please please provide me with a firm count on how many you wish to do of each card.  Merry Gingerbread is card #2.  I will repost the prices in the post for card #3 – Peace.  Check back shortly.

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

BEAUTIFUL BAUBLES–Christmas in July

Are you ready for Christmas?  I’m certainly not. but Christmas in July is my first step is preparing holiday messages to our friends and loved ones.  This is your chance too!  Christmas in July is an opportunity for you to make 4 or 8 or 12 or 16 or 20 Christmas cards – or even more.  Debbie and I are cutting cs, embossing, die cutting, stamping – everything we can do to make this a fun, easy Stamp Camp!  Your job is to let me know JUST AS SOON AS YOU CAN, which day you will come and how many of each card you wish to do.  You can do all one card – or mix and match.  Just make sure it is a multiple of 4 as the pricing is based on multiples of 4. 

06.19.19 Xmas July OrnamentOur first card is Beautiful Baubles.  The ornament comes from the “Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies” that is currently on the Stampin’Up Clearance Rack for $18.  This Night of Navy and Whisper White card features a silver and navy ornament embellished with a silver and white satin bow.  The Whisper White cs is tufted-embossed and glitters with blue rhinestones and Sparkle Glimmer Paper. 

So – you may be asking “What have you done to help me create this card?”  Answer:  The paper is cut and embossed, the bows are made, the die cuts are done, the sentiments have been stamped and cut, and the rhinestones have been colored!  All you have to do is take the pieces and adhere them onto the card!  Easy Peasy!

The dates for this annual Stamp Camp are July 18 & 20 – Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  I  need a firm count on how many you wish to do of each card. The cost for Christmas in July includes your very own brand new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for your use during this Stamp Camp and then take home – an $8 value!  As always, the cost includes all supplies, tools and adhesive.  Water and soda are in the fridge to keep you hydrated, and a snack to keep you from starving.  You are welcome to bring a snack for yourself or something to share. 

clip_image001Please please please let me know which date you will be attending and which cards you wish to make.  The next card will be posted shortly. 

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