SO MANY STARS

So Many StarsThis is one of my favorite cards for this holiday season.  When we think about the true meaning of Christmas, this card says so much.  So Many Stars stamp set with the Stitched Stars Dies fills the night sky with many beautiful copper stars.  Thick Very Vanilla cs is layered with Night of Navy, Copper, and Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  The Banner Triple Punch gives our sentiment a crisp finish.  Although you can’t see it, the center of the copper layer is cut out and layered on a Sizzix adhesive sheet so that die cuts come out with the adhesive layer.  I know I had promised several folks that I would pre-cut the stars, but I’m finding some of the adhesive protective layer pulls off when the stars are removed from the dies so I may not be able to keep this promise.  Several stars are popped up on Dimensionals for a 3-D appearance.  Finally, adhesive backed copper star elements festoon the starry sky.  This is a very meaningful handmade gift from the heart!

Well crafters, you have seen the 4 offerings for November Stamp Camp.  If you haven’t already, please let me know which cards you wish to do and what day you might attend.  Thursday, 11/7 from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday 11/8 from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday 11/9 from 9 am -  4 pm.  All supplies and tools are provided, as well as drinks and a snack.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  For December, we will have only 1 Christmas card that will feature a tea light reflecting thru a window.  We will also be doing calendars.  For those of you who are new, you will be given 10 calendars.  You can make as many as you wish during Stamp Camp and finish the rest at home.  We can do either easel calendars or refrigerator calendars with a magnetic backing.  My personal calendars are shown below.  The calendar to the left is done on an easel; the calendar to the right has magnetic strips on the back and lives happily on my refrigerator.  These make great gifts and fit perfectly in the A2 envelopes we use.

Calendar easel         IMG_0507         Calendar Refrigerator

I hope you can make it to November stamp camp.  Remember, the best gift is made with your hands and filled with your heart.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

JINGLE BELLS

Jingle Bells 2019A Jingle Bells card is absolutely perfect for Christmas.  This Shaded Spruce card features the lovely Wrapped in Plaid DSP both as a card layer and as 2 of the punched Christmas trees.  Wrapped in Plaid comes in so many variations and I love each one.  The punched trees rest on a large die-cut circle of Shaded Spruce embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  Gold is a prominent color in this card as we see a gold glimmer tree, gold stars on all the trees, and gold ribbon thru the card center.  2 Jingle Bells peek out from under the gold bow. The sentiment is die cut in Shaded Spruce with the Word Wishes dies.  Finally, Holiday Rhinestones glitter against the Wrapped in Plaid background.  A word of warning on mailing this card – I would recommend a padded envelope and having the card hand stamped.  The card would still be attractive without the added bells.

It’s hard to believe Christmas is so close!  My wish is that having Christmas in July and offering Christmas cards at each Stamp Camp since then helps supply you with handmade cards that come from the heart. 

I hope you can come to November Stamp Camp – Thursday November 7 from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday November 8 from 2 pm – 6 pm, and Saturday November 9 from 9 am – 4 pm.  I promise not to sing Christmas Carols!!!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SEASON OF THANKS

Season of ThanksThe beautiful leaves on our Season of Thanks card are reminiscent of the autumn colors seen on so many of our trees.  The Gathered Leaves Dies give the leaves a realistic look as they emboss as well as die-cut.  These copper and gold metallic leaves are perfect for this season.  The Early Espresso card is layered with Calypso Coral and DSP from the realistic looking Pressed Petals suite.  A large Calypso Coral background leaf is stamped in Terra Cotta Tile and a pair of stamped and die-cut pumpkins center the gathering of leaves.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso on a die cut circle of Naturals Ivory (an ancient SU card stock from years past).   A jolly turkey from the Day of Thanks stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso, cut with our Scan’n’Cut, and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Finally, a small piece of copper trim and 3 metallic pearls finish this beautiful Thanksgiving card. 

We’ve seen 2 Thanksgiving cards featured at our November Stamp Camp on November 7, 8, and 9.  Now it’s time to take a look at Christmas.

Hope to see you soon!  Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving 2019The days are flying by far too fast for me!  Snow?  Halloween?  Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  For November Stamp Camp, we are offering a Thanksgiving card that is embarrassingly simple.  Graphic 45 has some of the most amazing designer papers.  My good friend Judy Cassidy was so kind to give me this card stock and I am happy to share it with you.  This simple card is a 5 X 3 3/4 piece of this luscious paper layered on to Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie cs.  The Early Espresso sentiment comes from the Word Wishes Dies.  The card features a double Copper Trim bow.  Although the location of the bird may vary on the designer paper, I made sure a bird was very visible for each card.  A few swishes of Wink of Stella adds glimmer to the bird, sunflowers, and any of the scenery you wish to highlight.

November Stamp Camp is right around the corner!  I have no excuse for putting out the blog this late!!!  Dates and times are Thursday November 7 from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday November 8 from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday November 9 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Come when it is convenient.  I may have a small surprise waiting for you!  The price is $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each card thereafter.  All supplies are provided as well as drinks and a snack.  I hope you can come!  Please let me know in advance which day you will be coming and which cards you wish to do.  Some of you have already let me know your card choices which helps when cutting paper.

Stay Warm and Dry!  Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

WITCHES BREW & FROGGIE STEW

CauldronYuk – Witches Brew and Froggie Stew – no thank you!!!!  At least our Halloween card is cuter than the name my Hubby gave it!  This Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card features the Cauldron Bubble retired set we saw in our previous post.  The Pumpkin Pie layer was embossed with a retired star studded embossing folder.  The stars carry over to the Toil and Trouble DSP.  The cauldron and froggies are die-cut and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Several of the frogs, the cauldron background and the cauldron itself are popped up with Dimensionals which gives the card lots of dimension. This simple, yet colorful Halloween card is perfect for children and adults alike!

You’ve now seen the 4 options for October Stamp Camp – Thursday October 3rd from 12N – 6PM, Friday October 4th from 2PM-6PM, and Saturday October 5th from 9AM – 4PM.  All your supplies and tools are provided as well as water, pop and a treat.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards with each additional card $3.  Please please please let me know which day you plan on coming and what cards you wish to create.  Those of you who have already placed your card “order”, please let me know which day you might stop by and if there are any changes to the cards you specified at September Stamp Camp.

Fall Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

HALLOWEEN WITCHES

Witch orangeWitches and black cats scare away the rats – and just in time for Halloween.  Cauldron Bubble Stamp Set and the matching Cauldron Dies are now retired but were in the planning stages for Halloween 2018.  After my 100 year-old mother fell, broke her hip and subsequently passed away, plans for October Stamp Camp 2018 were packed away.  Debbie and I decided to resurrect this cute set for October Stamp Camp 2019.  This cute little witch is holding her friendly black cat.  Both die-cut images are colored with Stampin’ Blends and are popped up against a die-cut Pumpkin Pie Swirly Circle.  The Whisper White top layer has been embossed with my favorite Subtle Embossing folder. 

Witch orange message layerDebbie decided to carry her swirls and cat theme to the message layer as shown here.  The Gorgeous Grape and Pumpkin Pie add nice contrast to her Granny Apple Green Card.  This is one of those simple cards you can make in a jiffy and give to your children, co-workers or neighbor.  Remember, a hand-made card comes from the heart and shows that you care.

Witch greenThis Cauldron Bubble card can easily be done in different colors.  The primary colors can easily be interchanged.  Our final post for October will be another Halloween card from this set.

As a reminder – October Stamp Camp will be held on October 3rd from 12N – 6PM, October 4th from 2PM – 6PM, and October 5th from 9AM – 4PM.  Due to shortening daylight hours and the upcoming time change, effective November Stamp Camp thru March Stamp Camp, the Thursday hours will change to 11AM – 6PM.

Don’t forget to let me know which day are coming and which cards you wish to make.  Those of you who told me your card choices at September Stamp Camp, just let me know which day you are coming and if you have any changes to what you originally requested.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

STILL SCENES

Snow Globe DSPSnow globes are a perfect choice for Christmas – whether you live in Arizona, Illinois or Alaska!  For October Stamp Camp, we are featuring a Snow Globe Card.  The products for our Still Scenes card can be found on page 43 of your Holiday Catalogue.  The Still Scenes Stamp Set includes the house and trees, the ornate globe holder, 2 sentiments, a small cluster of snowflakes and a dome stamp.  The Snow Globe Scenes Dies include much more – a small deer, 2 polar bears, 2 churches, 3 trees, and of course the dies for the globe and stand.  In the card to our left, I colored the image with Stampin’ Blends and used Shimmery Crystal Effects to adhere some Ice Stampin’ Glitter.  After the “snow” had dried, I took the Snow Globe Shaker Dome, removed the adhesive backing and CAREFULLY added additional Ice Stampin’ Glitter and Snowflake Sequins to the center of the globe.  The Still Scenes image was then adhered to the adhesive globe backing.  The globe was die cut from the front of the DSP layer, the adhesive on the front of the shaker dome was removed, and the snow globe popped right through the front of the DSP. 

Snow Globe PlaidOn both samples, I decided to add a rim around the globe to add focus to the scene.  Using a circle die about 1/8” larger than the globe die, I die cut a circle of Navy for the sample above and gold for the sample to the right.  The globe die was laid inside the circle and die cut.  This provided the thin circle that highlights the globe.  A coordinating color was used to die cut the globe base backing and a metallic foil was used for the outer base.  For the card to the right, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the roof and trees of the scene and used some loose in the dome with the ice glitter and sequins.  I find the Dazzling Diamonds is quite fine and likes to stick to the globe. 

The background paper for these cards comes from the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the classic Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  I can only guarantee 1 each of the DSP designs shown in the samples.  Many crafters from September Stamp Camp saw the samples and have chosen to do 4 Snow Globe cards for October.  Thus the limit of 1 each of the designs shown above.  However, the other DSP patterns are lovely and you can see them in the Holiday Catalog.  I have purchased additional holiday sentiment dies so we are not limited to the sentiments shown above.

Make sure you let me know which day you will be coming for October Stamp Camp so I can insure we have the card stock pre-cut for the cards you choose to do.  The next 2 posts will be dedicated to Halloween – not scary cards – and are perfect for children and adults alike.

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