DRAGONFLY GARDEN

08.23.21 Dragonfly orange openDragonfly Garden features – DRAGONFLIES!  This colorful Z-fold card is perfect for so many occasions and would be a great card for a guy.  The Dandy Garden DSP was one of the DSP patterns on sale in October.  The stamp set features dragonflies, a narrow grouping of wildflowers and several sentiments.  The bundle includes a dragonfly punch which gives you the large and small dragonflies seen here.

08.23.21 Dragonfly orange cardThe closed card image shows the rhinestones embellishing the large and small dragonflies.  The colors used are Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss and Bumblebee.  If you look closely, you may spot a ladybug on a leaf.  The deckle-edged card stock is die-cut from a Sizzix set.  The rough edges are the perfect texture for this card.

08.23.21 Dragonfly blackberry openThe second sample features a larger Blackberry Bliss dragonfly on the card front.  Black rhinestones are used as embellishments instead of the clear ones used above.  You can see the ladybug climbing up the card front.  Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers are used for the coloring of the flowers and the dragonflies. 

08.23.21 Dragonfly blackberry closedThe closed view of the card shows how the use of the Blackberry Bliss large dragonfly on the card front highlights different different background colors when compared to the Calypso Coral butterfly used in the close view above.

Mark your calendars now for October Stamp Camp.  We will have a cute Halloween card, some leaves, and the Christmas card will feature Sweet Little Stockings with dogs, cats and chipmunks!  October 7, 8 and 9.

Again, please let me know as soon as you can what day you plan on coming and which cards you would like to make.  And if you will be unable to come and need a kit – or if you will need to leave early and need a partial kit – please let me know now.  Advanced notice makes the preparation of kits handleable.

Blessings,

Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paprrose01@aol.com

BERRY BLESSINGS

08.23.21 Berry card 1August was Ice Cream Stamp Camp.  September will be BLUEBERRY STAMP CAMP!  As we will be serving bowls of blueberries, we MUST have a blueberry card!  The Berry Delightful DSP is the perfect background for the Berry Blessings Stamp Set.  These were items free in the spring Sale-A-Brations brochure.  Debbie unearthed Blueberry Bushel card stock from her stash so we are blueberry-set!  Garden Green, Night of Navy and Blueberry Bushel are the colors used. 

08.23.21 Berry message 1The trim used on the card front and message layers comes from the Scalloped Contours Dies.  The rectangular tag featuring the blueberries and stem also comes from the Scalloped Contours Dies.  The leaves and blueberries have been die cut on the Scan’n Cut.  The leaves are glued flat and the blueberries are elevated slightly with glue dots.  A blue picot bow embellishes the blueberry stem.  Rhinestones in clear or blue add sparkle to the card.  Sentiments available include TO A DEAR FRIEND and A LITTLE NOTE.  The Treasured Tags Pick A Punch are used for the sentiment.  The message layer features not a blueberry – but a raspberry!

So far we’ve seen a dahlia, angels and berries!  What could be next for September Stamp Camp?

Please remember to let me know if you need a kit.  It is much easier if we can prep them as we are cutting paper, embossing, etc.  And don’t forget to let me know what day you will be coming and what cards you want to do.

Blessings,

Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

ANGELS OF PEACE

08.23.21 Amgels of PeaceAngels of Peace is my favorite Christmas set for 2021.  I fell in love with the set the second I saw it in the July-December Mini Catalog.  I pondered over how to present the angel in a simple but elegant fashion.  The end result has her embossed in gold and framed with embossed metallic gold.  The oval dies used are a combination emboss and die cut.  The end result on the gold metallic is very elegant.  The framed angel rests on tufted embossed white cs framed in Night of Navy on a thick white card.  A simple Noel embellishes the lower corner and a gold star shines in the East.

08.23.21 Angels of peace message layerThe message layer is framed in navy and features our second angel – small in stature but a mighty presence.  She wears a garland  of flowers and clutches a bough of holly.  The message is chosen from the Angels of Peace stamp set.  The message and angel are gold embossed to carry thru the elegance of the card. 

This is our September Christmas card.  You may make as many as you wish.  Embossing is fun as you watch the dull gold heat up and pop into life!

Don’t forget to let us know if you will need a kit, how many cards you wish to do, and what day you plan on coming!

Blessings,

Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

TIDINGS OF CHRISTMAS

In case you are wondering why I keep changing font sizes, I’m trying to adjust the type size to stay within the image area. 

As you know, Stamp Camps from August thru November will feature at least one holiday card.  For August Stamp Camp, we have Tidings of Christmas.

07.27.21 August Christmas CardThis card comes from the Tidings & Trimmings Bundle found on page 89 in the annual catalog.  The Tidings of Christmas DSP used here is 15% off thru July – see it on page 133 of the annual catalog.  I chose a red and green color scheme for this holiday card – actually it’s Real Red, with the new Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.  The new 3/8” Open Weave Ribbon is wonderful to work with.  Soft Succulent ribbon is used here.  The cute stockings are stamped in Evergreen and Red.  Stampin’Up has “Jolly Felt” that will be available for Purchase in August.  As I am not the most patient crafter, I dug into my archives and found some inexpensive red and white felt which die cut easily.  The bottom portion of the felt stocking was trimmed off and voila – a felt cuff appeared.  A stem of silver metallic berries was added to embellish each stocking. 

A good way to have handmade Christmas cards ready for December mailing is to make 4 Stamp Camp Christmas cards each month.  This technique is used by several of our crafters.

Please let me know which day you plan on attending for August Stamp Camp and which cards you plan on making.  You know my plea – the sooner you can let me know your selected cards, the easier you make my life.

AND REMEMBER – THE SWEET ICE CREAM CARD MEANS STAMP CAMP ICE CREAM – even if you don’t make the ice cream card!  Come and enjoy!

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

HYDRANGEA HAVEN

If you’ve ever been in my backyard, you know how much we love hydrangeas.  I’ve never counted, but I’m sure we have at least 10 hydrangea plants.  Perhaps that is why I am so fond of Hydrangea Haven– a two fold card.

07.27.21 Hydrangea Haven Full Card The pastel Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Purple Posy are such soothing colors.  Even combined with Misty Moonlight and Gorgeous Grape, the overall effect is very peaceful. 

07.27.21 Hydrangea openingIf you open the smaller top layer card and pull the top flap down, this image is what you see.  The beautiful Hydrangea Haven set is found on page 109 of the annual catalog and can be purchased as a stamp set and dies for a 10% discount.  Although there are several sentiment choices, I thought “To an incredible woman” was very special.  I’m sure you personally know many incredible women.

07.27.21 Hydrangea totally openWhen you open the “second fold” of the card, you find the message layer.  This card could be even used as a sympathy card – but without the sentiment used on the images above.  If you choose to make your card like mine, I would not encourage making multiples unless you don’t add as many hydrangea florets as shown below. 

07.27.21 Hydrangea flower imageThe background of this flower image was stamped in Misty Moonlight and Highland Heather single and multiple florets.   Upon die cutting, small petals form which are pushed up with tweezers, a toothpick or the Take Your Pick Tool, There is a wonderful die that cuts out 9 florets at once.  This image has approximately 11 vellum and 12 Purple Posy florets that were folded up and adhered into the bottom layer petals. Although this technique appears complicated, once you start, the flower goes together quickly.  In fact, the flower is attractive even without the added florets shown here. 

Isn’t this a lovely card?  And perfect for absolutely any occasion!

Don’t forget to let me know which day you plan on attending and what cards you want to make – $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  August Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday August 5 from 10 am – 4 pm, Friday August 6 from 10am – 4 pm, and Saturday August 7 from 9 am – 2:30 pm.  Please note the time on Saturday. 

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

JOY

To me, JOY is the spirit of Christmas

Joy

This festive red and white card is so eye-catching and oh so very easy!  I sprayed the red layer with the White Frost Paint and Alcohol mix I make.  This is an option for you.  The top layer is embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder. The Brother Scan’n Cut nicely cut the JOY, the white squares and the red scallop squares for us.  Very simply, the letters are adhered to the white squares which are adhered to red scallop squares (hard to see) and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The red rhinestones are adhered to the left, center, and right of the JOY letters.

Joy StarAs I was finishing the front of the card, I remembered that somewhere in the stamp archives was a set titled “The Sounding Joy.”  Sure enough, the set was found and this stamp was part of the set.  Doesn’t it make the perfect message layer for a JOY card?  However, there are many other stamp sets to choose from – this is an option that has been stamped and die cut for you. 

SNOWFLAKE WISHES

Snowflake Wishes

Snowflake Wishes is our final Christmas in July card.  This 3D “flakey” card features lots of silver foil and snowflakes. The Snowflake Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the center panel.  Rhinestones embellish the center of the die cut snowflake and the dot over the “i” in “Wishes”.  The beautiful Feels like Frost DSP is the perfect background for this lovely card.

Snowflake Wishes msgA sparkly message embossed in silver with a scattering of snowflakes is the perfect message for this lovely card.

We have seen 6 different cards for Christmas in July.  As a reminder, the dates are Thursday July 15 from 10am-6pm, Friday July 16 from 10am-6pm, and Saturday July 17 from 9am-4pm.  Each day allows for 8 hours of fun and crafting.  There will be presents for all, and please feel free to bring a snack to share.  There will be 6 stations set up with each station accommodating 2-3 people.  Kindness is encouraged.

          2021 CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Any 1 – 6 cards $3.00 each
Any 7 – 11 cards $2.75 each
Any 12 – 17 cards $2.50 each
Any 18  cards and more $2.25 each

As always, I plead with you to please let me know which day you wish to come and which cards you would like to make. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Masks are optional. 

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

SILVER SPARKLES

Ornament

Silver Sparkles actually does sparkle!  The festive Feels Like Frost DSP is festooned with a die-cut silver ornament tied with a simple cord.  The silver embossed sentiment says it all very simply – Thinking of You at Christmas.

Ornament message

The message layer is also embossed in silver.  There are many messages to choose for all the Christmas in July cards.  This is the one card that there is a limit on.  We have 38 silver lined cards with matching envelopes.  Once they are gone – they are really gone.

DOVE OF PEACE

Dove 2

We chose copper embossing for the Dove of Peace and sentiment.  This simple but elegant card is one of my favorites.

Dove Message 2Dove message

The message layer features a single star and the message of your choice.  We added a strip of copper dotted DSP to coordinate the card with the message.

Don’t give up yet – 1 more Christmas blog post to go. 

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

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Night in Bethlehem is a classic Christmas tribute.  Mary and Joseph are led by the star on their way to Bethlehem.  Shimmer paper and several rhinestones give a bit of glimmer to this revered sight.  The sentiment and circle are framed in Navy. The Tufted Embossing Folder adds softness and depth to the card front.

Night in Bethlehem Rejoicing

Night in Bethlehem BlessedNight of Bethlemen messageThere are many messages that are appropriate for this simple but elegant card.  I chose one that came with the Night of Bethlehem stamp set and added a star and a shepherd. 

PLAYFUL PENGUINS

Penguins 2

What would Christmas be without penguins and some punch art.  You may recognize these little friends as coming from the Stampin’Up owl punch. A bank of glittery snow is just right for these cold weather friends

Penguins 1

The Brother Scan’n Cut was helpful in cutting out the bodies, eyes, vests and feet. The weathered sign was die cut and the post was punched.  The Softly Falling Embossing Folder depicts a snowy scene.

Penguins message

We chose this sparkling message for the Playful Penguins card, but you can choose a message of your choice.  A 4th penguin embellishes the message layer.  When forming your penguins, you can play with the eyeballs and have them looking in any direction – even cross eyed!  This is a card to have fun with.

Time to start a new post!  See you in a bit!

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

GRACE’S GARDON

Grace’s Garden is one of my favorite sets and I’m sad to see it retire.  I love the overall ambience of the set as well as the message.

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN Blue BirdThe Highland Heather card is layered with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.  The white card stock was water misted prior to the embossing which allows the maximum texture.  The garden arch opens to the message layer and you can see flowers peeking through.  The gate actually opens although I find its easier to adhere the arch with the gate closed then cut open after.

 

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN yellow birdThe flower, bird and cat images have all been pre-cut.  The flowers can be colored with Stampin’ Blends and placed as you choose. On the top card, the garland of purple roses is climbing up the arbor.  On the card to the right, the rose garland embellishes the message layer and a partial garland embellishes the top of the arbor.  There is no wrong placement.     Dimensionals are used for several images.  The bird and cat are at a visual stand-off.  Purple and yellow butterflies add additional color and interest. 

042421 Grace's Garden yellow bird msg layer

The message layer is seen from the front and the inside.  The message is wonderful for friends and family and can be embellished as you choose.

This is the final card for May Stamp Camp – 2 flowery cards, a tree, and butterflies.  Please let me know as soon as possible which cards you choose to make. 

As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is on Thursday and Friday May 6 and 7 from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday May 8 from 9am to 4pm.

The next stamping experience will be Christmas in July on the 15th from 10am to 6pm, and July 17th from 9am to 4pm.  Debbie and I are already discussing Christmas.  I am taking the month of June off to concentrate on physical therapy for my knees!   

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

BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE #1

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE blueButterfly Brilliance is a new set that I absolutely love!  I believe butterflies are a gift from God and you can NEVER have too many butterfly stamps and dies. 

This Coastal Cabana card is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder which gives the card a lovely texture.  A strip of Butterfly Bijou DSP is layered on Just Jade and is adorned with two layer butterflies.

 

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE  Coastal CabanaThe top butterfly layer is die-cut in Just Jade and the bottom layer is cut in Mint Macaron.  The wings are slightly curled with a bone folder.  Wink of Stella is brushed on prior to adhering the the layers together.  A simple shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered with the fibers separated.  Finally the butterfly heads are embellished with rhinestones in the top sample and pearls in the bottom sample. 

042421 Butterfly Brilliance msg layerThe message layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana with a single butterfly while the envelope butterfly is stamped in Just Jade.

So far we’ve seen flowers, a tree and butterflies.  But I promised two cards with flowers so the final card must be – FLOWERS!

Please remember to let me know what cards you choose to make.  The cost remains any 4 cards for $14 and $3 for each additional card.  The price of the snail refills recently increased in price and because of this, I am increasing the price to $2.25 per roll or $13.50 per box. 

Let’s take a look at our last card.

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