NOEL Eclipse Cards

2017.11.20 Bethlehem NoelI know several of you have wondered what an eclipse card looks like, so we are going to make 2 during December Stamp Camp.  Eclipse cards are also referred to as shadow cards.  The cards are created by stamping your background and then cutting out your image.  The background layer is then adhered to a dark card front. The cut pieces are adhered over the negative space with an adhesive that elevates the cut pieces.

2017.11.20 Holly NoelFor Stamp Camp, our adhesive will be the Foam Adhesive Strips (page 203 in the 2017-2018 catalog).  Mini Dimensionals would work but would not elevate the cut portion as high as the adhesive strips do unless the dimensionals are stacked.  When using a standard A2 size card, you are limited to 3-4 of the SU large letter framelits.  Of course, you are not limited to letters but NOEL or even JOY are perfect for this time of year.  The Night in Bethlehem card is a bit challenging as we are trying to stamp a light city background with Joseph, Mary and the Shepherd stamped over the city.  The Holly Berry Happiness card is much easier.  I love the texture provided by the Softly Falling embossing folder.  We will make 1 of each eclipse card.

Have you checked out the SU Online Extravaganza.  I’ve found 2 stamp sets I am going to order – Garden Girl Clear and More than Chocolate.  If you go to www.paperrose01@stampinup.net and click on shop, in the left hand column, you will see HOME.  Under HOME, you will see ONLINE EXTRAVANGAZA.  Click on the extravaganza to see all the specials.  You can order right there, or let me know and I will order for you.  Looking forward to seeing you at December Stamp Camp! (November 30, December 1, December 2)

Thanksgiving Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965

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BE MERRY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

Making one of the Be Merry Christmas Ornaments from the Be Merry Kit is fun – or at least I think so.  You can see the kit on page 32 of the holiday catalog.  The kit makes 12 ornaments and the only things you need to have on hand are adhesive and a decent pair of tweezers.2017.11.20 Be Merry Red

Isn’t this just too cute.  Several years ago we made rosettes (also called medallions) from scratch and let me tell you – these are SO MUCH EASIER!!!!!  You can mix the red and the green – do all red or all green or mix the colors as I have done here.  We see red with green ribbon and script here and the green with red ribbon and red script below.

 

 

 

 

2017.11.20 Be Merry GreenThe rosettes are made from a very sturdy paper and are all scored with the adhesive in place.  All you have to do is open them, pull off the adhesive covering and adhere the 2 ends – bingo, you have a rosette.  Although the kit instructions call for a heat gun, I didn’t want to chance burning my fingers so I made my ornaments entirely with glue dots and the Fine Tip Glue.  I will have my glue gun out for those of you who are skilled at using it, but we also have the glue dots and Fine Tip Glue Pen option.  Several layers are also popped up with dimensionals – I used a combination of regular size and mini dimensionals.  I love how the tree and candy cane glimmer and sparkle and the pre – die cut “merry” is so cute!

2017.11.20 Be Merry boxedAt our December Stamp Camp, we will make a Be Merry Christmas Ornament AND we will make the clear acetate box to slip the ornament into.  We can even emboss the acetate box with the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (page 37 in the holiday catalog).  This makes a darling, inexpensive gift for a co-worker, friend or neighbor.  The acetate card boxes (page 13 in the holiday catalog) are also perfect for gifting several handmade cards.  I recently donated 4 boxes for a fund raiser each with 5 cards.  As my cards had several embellishments, 5 cards was a tight squeeze in the box .  I added ribbon and the boxed cards were very attractive.

December St;amp Camp will be held on November 30, December 1 and December 2.  Times are 12N – 6 PM on the 30th and 1st, and 9AM – 4 PM on the 2nd.  We will be making a Christmas ornament as seen above including the acetate box, 2 eclipse cards and 2018 calendars.  In case you are wondering why Stamp Camp is not the normal December 7, 8, 9, it is because hubby and I are going to Wisconsin for December 8, 9, 10. Check back soon for the next blog.  Oh yes, if you can let me know what day you are coming, it would be helpful. 

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

NOVEMBER STAMP CAMP

Hi Crafters – As I explained in a recent email, November Stamp Camp will offer the same cards originally scheduled for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  These 4 cards are shown below and will allow you to pick and choose for November Stamp Camp which will be held November 2 from 12 N to 8 PM, November 3 from 12 N to 8 PM, and November 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Note that I have increased the hours. 

2017.10.10 Christmas PinesChristmas Pines is a delightful card done in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a touch of Garden Green in the pine greenery.  The warm and cozy Cable Knit embossing folder provides lots of depth and interest.  There are dies for the circles, pine cones and greenery.  Wink of Stella adds lots of glimmer to the pinecones and greenery.

 

2017.10.10 Christmas QuiltI adore the Christmas Quilt card. There are many different patterns you can choose from in the Quilted Christmas 6” X 6” DSP Stack and many different ways you can arrange the patterns.   I am partial to the multi-colored patterns but the red and green patterns are also nice.  Although you can’t tell from this image, the quilted piece is “stitched” which is an option.  The new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides lots of texture.

2017.10.10 Christmas Quilt msgA special embellishment for the message layer of the Christmas Quilt card is the addition of a stitched felt embellishment (p. 5 in the 2017 holiday catalog).  Every card will include a red felt star, a holly embellishment as seen here, or a green felt tree.  I added a glimmer star to the tree on a card I did.  You can also stamp a tree if you prefer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.10.10 Framed SnowflakesFramed Snowflakes was created from a similar card I saw done with leaves.  The foil frames are die cut with the Layering Square Framelits.  The metallic foil snowflakes are from the wonderful Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Copper metallic foil was used on this card.  Gold and Champagne foils are also available.  The Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder provides the perfect background.  The “christmas” sentiment is from Sizzix.  Pearls embellish the snowflake centers and serve as the “dot” over the “I” in “christmas.”

2017.10.10 Night in BethlehemNight in Bethlehem was a favorite of many of those at October Stamp Camp.  This navy and silver card depicts Bethlehem stamped in Smoky Slate and then 2 different views die cut in metallic silver foil and adhered.  The trick to the card is keeping glue smudges and indentations off the foil.  The bottom die cut Bethlehem layer is “padded” with dimensionals on the upper middle buildings.  The circle is then trimmed with snips and overlaid with a navy circular frame.  I used a retired slanted embossing folder to give texture but not detract from the picture.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in navy, die cut and adhered to the Bethlehem image.  A silver glimmer star is elevated jubilantly in the sky.  A bit of silver Washi tape embellishes 2 corners of the front layer.

These are the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp.  The cost is $12 for the first 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.  12 cards would be $28.  For anyone who is a glutton for punishment and wants to do 16, the cost would be $34.  So pick and choose but please please please let me know early what cards you want and want day(s) you plan to be here.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

CHRISTMAS SWEATERS

2017.09.16 Sweater Garden GreenChristmas Sweaters is such a fun card!  This is designed as a Z card and uses the retired Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I chose my favorite sweaters that were fun to color and not to difficult to fussy cut.  There are several DSP designs to choose from as well as assorted Textured Embossing Folders.  In this image, the argyle folder was used.  The sentiment tag comes from the retired Stitched With Cheer stamp set.  The sentiment is layered on matching colored cs and is held together with Multi-colored Cotton Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  The message layer features a fourth sweater.

2017.09.16 Sweater CobblerCan you tell what my 3 favorite sweaters are????  This sample is done in Cherry Cobbler.  Note how the ribbon coordinates with the card.  The multi-colored yard allows you to cut into it to find the color you are looking for.   Although hard to tell, the striped sweaters feature a rhinestone in the snowflake center.  The Santa card features a rhinestone at the end of his hat.  I found larger rhinestones which we will be using for stamp camp.  The gingerbread sweater is highlighted with a yellow star embellishment and small candy dots on several of the stamped candies.  Wink of Stella was also used to add a bit of glimmer.  Beware the Wink picking up the SU marker color.  I cleaned my SU brush frequently.  The Copic markers did not have that issue.  Aren’t these cute cards.  If you are concerned about the time it takes to color and cut them out, you can always make the card and complete the sweaters at home during your leisure time. 

Although I rarely mention Paper Pumpkin, I do want you to be aware of a SU Paper Pumpkin offering:  To give you more of what you love, during October and November SU is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.  Two coordinating kits means that 1) you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.  A one-month subscription is $20.  Sign up at Paper Pumpkin and please don’t forget to list me as your demonstrator.

  • To receive October’s kit, you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • To receive November’s kit, you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.

Two more Blog posts for October Stamp Camp.  Will you choose spooky – or not.  Check back soon!  Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SNOWFLAKE SENTIMENTS

With this unseasonable heat, it’s hard to believe it is fall and Christmas is fast approaching!  Perhaps Snowflake Sentiments will help put us in the holiday spirit!

2017.09.16 Snowflake Sentiments Xmas no TEFLast month, our sparkling Christmas card was done in Cherry Cobbler and silver.  This month, our card is gold and white.  The top shimmery white layer features a gold metallic foil snowflake that is 3 3/8 X 3 3/8 in size.  In this image, the foil snowflake is layered with a gold glimmer snowflake, a gold foil snowflake, and a large pearl.  Other assorted snowflakes are die cut in gold glimmer and gold metallic foil and gently “cascade” down the front layer.  Pearls embellish each snowflake.  Rhinestones were considered, but there is enough bling without rhinestones.  Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape highlights 2 corners of the top layer and the sentiment “Christmas” is die cut in gold metallic foil.  

2017.09.16 Snowflake Sentiments 1The second sample is very similar to the first with “peace” used as the sentiment.  Gold 1/8” ribbon is used to highlight the 2 corners.  The top layer of this card was run thru the Big Shot with the Gently Falling Textured Embossing Folder.  This $8.50 embossing folder (page 211 in the 2017-2018 SU catalog) is one I recommend everyone have in their embossing folder library.  Although you cannot see the added clear droplets in either sample, I dropped dots of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen in several spots on the top layer and allowed them to dry.  These clear droplets add dimension and interest to the card.

October Stamp Camp is on Thursday October 5th from 12 N – 8 PM, Friday October 6th from 12 N – 6 PM, and Saturday October 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We will be doing 2 Christmas and 2 Halloween or Fall cards.  I realize several of you do not acknowledge Halloween so I always try to offer an alternative. 

As a reminder, Christmas Stamp-A-Stack will be October 19 and 21.  You will have the option of doing 4 each of 3 cards (12 total) or 5 each of 3 cards (15 cards).  This is, of course, subject to change as I may come up with 4 different cards instead of 3.  However, my current plan is 3 different cards.  Cost is $28 for 12 cards, or $33 for 15 cards. I’m waiting for a SU shipment so I can finish these cards and post them on the blog.  I will have samples  for you to view at October Stamp Camp. 

My 20% off product discount for SU ends September 30.  Let me know if there are any SU items you wish to add to your crafting bonanza.

My next post will be Christmas Sweaters.  Make sure you check back to see it.  Please let me know by Monday October 2 which cards you wish to do.  4 cards for $12 and each additional card is $2.

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

PEACE ON EARTH

As time is running short until September Stamp Camp, I decided to CAS this lovely card by Jari Francis from Card-iology by Jari.

2017.09.01 Peace on EarthThe Carols of Christmas bundle from the new holiday catalog brings the Christmas card for September Stamp Camp.  The Peace on Earth was stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto a Whisper White stitched circle.  This sentiment circle was framed with a scalloped Silver Glimmer circle.  A narrow strip of the Be Merry DSP was adhered to a layer of Cherry Cobbler and then to a larger panel of Silver Glimmer Paper.  Trees were die cut using the Card Front Builder Thinlets Dies and adhered to the card front.  3/8” ribbon was wrapped around the top layer and a bow was added.  The sentiment circle and the single tree were added with dimensionals and the whole art panel was then adhered to a Whisper White card base.  The inside layer was finished with a thin strip of the same Be Merry DSP as used on the card front.  This is a very glittery – but elegant card and will put you in the Christmas spirit.

This is the final post for September Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know by Tuesday September 5th which cards you choose to do.  As a reminder, stamp camp is Thursday and Friday – September 7 and 8 from 12 N to 6 PM, and on Saturday September 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Bring a friend and introduce them to the creative art of paper crafting.  See you next week!

Don’t forget the 20% off SU product sale for the month of September – this is a personal discount offering.

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

Holiday Wreath

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz PoinsettiaThis simple card features a Bigz Die by Tim Holtz.  The wreath is easily die cut and the leaves pull out.  The wreath is embellished with red glimmer berries and a glimmer bow.  The easy background is designed by running Whisper White thru the Big Shot in the Brick Wall embossing folder.  The Watercolor Wash stamp is then inked in the color of your choice and stamped on the debossed side of the card stock.  This gives a quick, but very interesting, background.  The  Christmas sentiment is stamped in red and die cut with a stitched rectangle die. 

 

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz inside poinsettiaThe message layer is stamped in green.  A red star and a deer are added for a bit of glitz.

Now you have seen August Stamp Camp cards that display coffee cups, a silhouette garden scene, pigs, and a wreath.  Which cards will you choose for August Stamp Camp?  If you really like one particular card, you might choose to do all 4 of that card – or maybe you like the different offerings, and choose to do 1 of each.  That choice is totally yours.  But you will need to let me know by July 31st which cards you choose to do.

August Stamp Camp will be held on August 3rd from 12 Noon – 6 PM, on August 4th from 2 – 6 PM, and August 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The cost for any 4 cards is $12.00.  Additional cards are $2 each.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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