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

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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

TIMELESS TIDING TAGS

I think a gift is much more personal if it includes a handmade gift tag.  Daughter Debbie and I had fun creating these and now you can make them for your gifts.

 11.21.18 Cookie Cutter Tags

We have precut assorted colors of card stock to 5 X 2”.  This size fits the Banner Triple Punch and the 3 topper punches.  In this image, you can see 2 of the topper punches I have.  You can cut a different color slightly smaller piece of cs as I have done with the white here.  The second color is 4 7/8 X 3 3/4 – 4” and is finished with an edging punch.

The Cookie Cutter gingerbread people are some of my favorites and they make such a cute tag! The stamps are available for several hats, hat trim, bow ties, and buttons.  A small circular sentiment was added and the “To and From” message is on the back side of the tag.

11.21.18 hand colored tagI must admit that this is my favorite gift tag.  It is from the Many Blessings stamp set.  The images were stamped with Memento black and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The “MERRY Christmas” stamp is included in the set.  I tried to choose the available Baker’s Twine to coordinate with some aspect of the card.  The Baker’s Twine can also be colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The “To and From” sentiment is on the back of these tags.

 

 

11.21.18 Snowmen tagsIf you are into punch art, this is the tag for you!  Santa faces are created from assorted punches, glimmer paper, and googley eyes.  We trimmed this tag to make it a bit shorter.  The Santa face could be moved lower and the “To and From” sentiment could be placed on the front or the back. 

 

 

 

11.21.18 Snowman tags Snowmen also make cute gift tags.  These are also punch art creations, but are a bit simpler to punch and make than the Santa faces.  The Snowman smile is actually punched from small circle punches and/or balloon punches.  The hat is formed from a small square punch and the word window punch.

 

 

 

 

 

11.21.18 Reindeer tagsIf you want to make a fast tag or two – choose the reindeer.  This is a very simple gift tag.  Simply punch out the reindeer and star either in glimmer or metallic cs or a mixture of the two.  A simple “To and From” punched and layered on coordinating glimmer cs and you are almost done.  I added 3 strands of 6” copper cording to the left image and 2 strands of 8” Baker’s Twine to the right image. 

 

 

 

11.21.18 Odd tagsI will admit I was “fooling” around with these 2 tags.  The tree tag is pretty simple.  The Washi tape was colored with the Shaded Spruce Stampin Blend to coordinate. The penguin tag has a very busy Washi Tape background.  I took a basic tag and I punched the banner and topper.  I then took a second basic tag, punched it to match and adhered the two together.  This way the tag was neat and the messy Washi tape backing was hidden. 

11.21.18 Snowflake tag

The snowflake tag is our final idea.  These are retired wood or plastic snowflakes that are adhered to a double tag.  The Wood Textures DSP is perfect for this wintry tag.  It is backed with a regular cs tag to provide the weight to handle to heavier snowflakes.  This is a very quick and easy tag!  The “To and From” message is on the back. 

These tags are ideas from Daughter Debbie and me.  There are other punches that can be used and lots of paper.  Try to think “out of the box” and see what you can come up with.  Debbie went thru my miscellaneous drawer and pulled lots of embellishments you can use to make tags with, in addition to our ideas. 

You can do all tags, all calendars, do all stained glass window cards – the choice is yours.  I just ask that you let me know when you may be coming and if you wish to do the stained glass window cards – how many of which one.  As a reminder, December Stamp Camp is being held on Thursday November 29th from 12 Noon to 7 PM, Friday November 30 from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday December 1st from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The cost is $12 and covers whatever you choose to make.  Soda and water and some type of goodies will be provided for your enjoyment. 

I have decided to take the month of January off from Stamp Camp.  The craft room needs a major overhaul and I HATE the cold weather.  So, our next Stamp Camp will be on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 7, 8 and 9.  We will have a Valentine plus everyday theme.  I will be putting out a 2019 calendar in January and will keep you advised of Stampin’Up specials.  Your new Occasions Catalog and Stampin’Up Sale-A-Brations brochure will be arriving in December.

Have a wonderful Christmas!  Rosemary – ( H )630.759.3089 – ( C )630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

STAINED GLASS WINDOW

Hi Crafters!  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is upon us.  Although I personally think the entire month of November has been Black Friday.  Christmas means much more than getting and giving gifts.  Sometimes the birth of Jesus is forgotten as the REAL meaning of Christmas.

11.21.18 Holly Stained Glass WindowI need to preface this card with the fact that this is not a Stampin’Up set.  It is titled “Oh Holy Night” and is from Taylored Expressions.  When I ordered our 2019 calendars, I saw the stained glass stamp set and the coordinating arch framelits dies and decided to purchase both.  On the negative side, this stamp is very difficult to use and get even coverage.  This may be because I was stamping on vellum.  Thanks to the Stamparatus, I was able to stamp multiple times but even then, there were some areas that simply would not stamp well. 

This card has a So Saffron card base with a Cherry Cobbler layer that was embossed with a retired starry embossing folder.  The stained glass image was stamped on vellum and colored on the back with both Spectrum Noir and Stampin’ Blends.  It is a must to color on the back to keep the StazOn ink from smearing. 

11.21.18 Bethlehem stained glassAfter the window was colored, it was adhered to a piece of white cardstock.  An arch was die cut from the front layer card stock before it was embossed.  The colored window adhered to white cs was  adhered to the back of the front layer and the layer was adhered to the card base.  A gold metallic arch was formed using 2 framelits sizes.  The top card has a wide arch and the Navy/Blackberry Bliss card has a thinner arch.  Again, these are Taylored Expression dies – not Stampin’Up.  Each arch that I die cut came out wrinkled.  I “ironed” out the wrinkles by placing the die-cut arch on the bottom cutting pad, covering it with several thicknesses of scratch paper or card stock, adding the top cutting plate and running it thru the Big Shot several times.  This method “irons” our those wrinkles.  Die cut “Peace” was adhered to one card and a sentiment framed in gold was added to the card with the thinner arch.

The stained glass window cards are just 1 offering for December Stamp Camp.  You can also choose to do calendars and/or tags. YOU will choose what you want to create.    You can do all stained glass window cards, all calendars, all Christmas tags or a mixture of each.  I would ask that you let me know if you wish to stained glass window cards and which ones.  I need to insure there are adequate windows stamped with time to dry.

Remember – December Stamp Camp is an oxymoron as it is being held on November 29th from 12 Noon to 7 PM, November 30th from 2 to 7 PM, and December 1st from 9 am to 4 pm.  You can come when it is convenient for you.  The cost remains $12.00 for whatever you choose to make – a pretty good deal!!!!  It is helpful if you let me know when you may be coming, and letting me know if you will be doing the stained glass window cards and how many of which one.

Stay tuned for 2019 calendars – the next blog post for December Stamp Camp.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Paperrose01@aol.com – ( H ) 630.759.3089 – ( C ) – 630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

WISHING YOU WELL

10.25.18 Thanksgiving Wishing you wellWishing you well is a sweet set that can be used for any occasion – used for Thanksgiving here.  The Cajun Craze side panel features the new “Swirls & Curls” textured impressions embossing folder.  A hint of Mango Melody peeks thru and also frames the art work.  I used the Stamparatus for the Old Olive bouquet of greens and Cajun Craze flowers.  This allowed me to stamp multiple times in the exact same spot to deepen the color.  Additional flowers could be stamped, but I wanted a simple yet stylish card.  Although hard to tell, the “Subtle” dynamic textured embossing folder was used on the art piece after stamping.  This embossing folder gives the card stock a linen effect.  The Cajun Craze bow was fussy cut and provides just the right touch to the bouquet.  Finally, 3 rhinestones were colored with the Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker and adhered in place.  This Thanksgiving card could easily be done in red and green or other  colors.

10.25.18 xmas wishing you wellIn fact, this set includes a simple wreath and “season’s greetings” sentiment stamp.  For this card, Real Red and Shaded Spruce card stock is used with Call Me Clover ink.  Although hard to see, a few of the raised “Swirls & Curls” have had Wink of Stella added.  Wink was also used on the edges of the Shaded Spruce card stock and on the wreath and bow. The 1/8” circle punch was used to punch tiny red glimmer “berries” which were adhered on the wreath.  More berries could be added if desired. Finally, 3 red rhinestones were adhered.  The card stock sizes for this card are the same as the Thanksgiving view above.  You can choose to do either card or even both but let me know your wishes. 

The next 2 posts will feature the “Country Home” stamp set – perfect for Thanksgiving or a fall birthday.  Daughter Debbie was on Scan’n’Cut duty today and she stamped and cut out the pitchers, watering cans and one of the flower bouquets.  We will also be using a small piece of the Chicken Wire Elements, the Galvanized Metallic Paper, and the gorgeous new Tin Tile dynamic textured impressions embossing folder.  The next post should come out on Saturday.  Remember to check back!

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