Dove of Peace

06.16.18 Dove of Peace navyMy theme for Christmas in July seems to unintentionally be based around peace – something I’m sure we all wish there was more of in our world.  This navy, white, silver and gold card is certainly peaceful.  Our dove is from the new Serene Garden stamp set found on page 166 in the new catalog.  The Garden Scene Framelits provide the die for the dove.  We will be seeing more of this set in the future.  The background DSP is from the gorgeous springtime foil DSP available during Sale-A-Brations.  This DSP features leaves in both silver and gold.  The dove is popped up on dimensionals on a silver background framed in navy and clutches a Garden Green “olive branch”. 

06.16.18 Dove of Peace Smoky SlateThe die for “peace” is retired and several years old. Somehow we continue to use it every year.  In the first sample, peace has been “glittered” with Wink of Stella as has the “olive branch.”  In this second sample, the dove was stamped in Smoky Slate instead of navy and “peace” remains the un-glittered cs.

This is an easy but elegant card.  The cut-out work will be done for you – your job will be to simply put the pieces together. 

As a reminder, the Christmas in July Stamp-A-Stack will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The cost, which includes your very own Wink of Stella to take home, is $14 for 4 cards, $21 for 8 cards, $30 for 12 cards,  and $38 for 16 cards.  I am asking for attendance acknowledgements now as I have out-of-town company in early July so I am doing the majority of my prep work now.  I have 54 poinsettias stamped and cu,t and need to know how many more we will need – 10?  20?  30? 

One additional Christmas card remains – Christmas reindeer.  It will be posted shortly.

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

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Musical Christmas

06.16.18 Poinsettia 1Musical Christmas was an interesting card to create.  It reminds me of both the visual and audio beauty of the Christmas season. 

During the 2017 holiday season, I purchased several packages of the Stampin’Up Merry Music Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Sadly, we never used it so I resurrected this DSP for our 2018 holiday season.  The top Cherry Cobbler layer has been embossed with the retired Holly Embossing Folder.  An oval is die cut and the DSP is adhered behind the oval opening.  Actually, we die cut the oval and THEN emboss this layer.  This top layer is adhered to Whisper White CS and then popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

06.16.18 Poinsettia 2, 3The2-layered poinsettia is stamped from the retired Joyful Christmas Stamp Set and cut out with my Stamp’n’Cut. The poinsettias are then colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  The poinsettias are in shades of red but change hue when colored.  This gives a nice contrast to the Cherry Cobbler Card.  Wink of Stella is used on the poinsettias – some heavily, some lightly.  Some of the Garden Green leaves are colored with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends and som06.16.18 Poinsettia 4, 5e are colored with Wink of Stella.

As you can see, each card is slightly different as the music score ends up on different lines.  Also, each poinsettia is different – both in the coloring and in the center bloom. You have the option of using a bloom of clear or colored rhinestones, or one or more of the rhinestone embellishments shown here.   If sending this beautiful card in the mail, remember to add a layer of cs over the bloom embellishment. You don’t want the rhinestone embellishment tearing through the envelope.

We have now seen 2 of the 4 Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack samples.  Have you checked your calendar for to see if you are free to come on July 19 or 21?  Stay tune for Dove of Peace.

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

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Christmas Joy

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and there will be Christmas in July for the Paperrose01 Crafters!  I know I expressed my hesitation about pulling together this large Christmas project but with the prodding of my sweet husband and daughter, it will happen! 06.116.18 Christmas Joy Caucasion

As the Stampin’Up Occasions Catalogue with all the new Christmas stamps does not come out until later this summer, I have raided my retired file!  It has been several years since we’ve seen Greeting Card Kids.  I decided we would use this darling stamp for our Christmas in July.  Her coat is trimmed in Cherry Cobbler and sparkles with Wink of Stella. Several shades of the Stampin’ Blends can be used to color the wagon and the tree sparkles in Old Olive.  Our little gal is stamped on a stitched square and framed in black with a Cherry Cobbler scallop square.  The card background is whisper white embossed with the wonderful 3D Dynamic Pinewood Planks embossing folder. 

06.16.18 Christmas Joy AAThe Stampin’ Blends are perfect for coloring images such as Greeting Card Kids.  The bronze marker easily changes skin color as does the ivory.  My samples are very similar but I varied the light and dark Cherry Cobbler blends as well as what glittered with Wink of Stella.  The Christmas Joy (retired) sentiment is shadowed in black in this image.  You, of course, can choose your own colors.  The only constant is the card stock which will be pre-cut for you. 

So…you may be asking when Christmas in July will take place and how much will it cost? 

Christmas in July will take place on July 19 from 11 am to 7 pm – and on July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The cost will depend on how many cards you choose to do.  The cost will include your very own new Wink of Stella for you to take home.  Of course all your adhesive, embellishments and other supplies and tools are provided. We will be using a lot of Wink of Stella. Check back tomorrow for another of the 4 cards.

The charge is as follows:

4 cards – $14

8 cards – $21

12 cards – $30

16 cards – $38

I am prepping as much in advance as I can. In fact, all the branches for the Dove of Peace card are done!  I would appreciate a firm commitment if you plan on coming as I don’t want to over prepare.  We have out of town company coming for a week in early July, so I have to complete as much as I can now.  It would be very helpful if you can let me know which day you might come and how many cards you choose to do.  I will not be able to provide any kits for Christmas in July.  However, if your time frame does not work, I will work with you to come up with a time that works for you to complete your cards.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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

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