SWEET STRAWBERRIES

Lots of SWEET for September – SWEET Candy Canes and now SWEET Strawberries

090122 Strawberry redSweet sweet strawberries – and this is the season!  Our sweet strawberry card comes from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and the Strawberry Builder punch.  I love the crisp Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and white color scheme.  Once again, the scallop contour dies are used.  The Bright’s 6X6 DSP provides an appealing background pattern.  The strawberries are stamped red on red with a matching DSP calyx.  Several red rhinestones, a poppy butterfly and a DSP flower embellish the card.

090122 Strawberry whiteCrafters attending in person will have the opportunity to do the strawberries as shown above (red on red) or as shown in the sample to the right (red on white).  When working with the white cs, the base strawberry requires inking and stamping  twice, and inking and stamping the seeds once.  This strawberry requires a bit more work.  The Strawberry Builder punch gives an excellent, crisp punch.  This is an easy, fun card to make.

090122 Strawberry red msg layerThe message layer features the second largest of the scallop contour die.  Nestled in the corner, we find another sweet strawberry – red on red for cards to go and open choice for stamp camp attendees.

Aren’t the offerings for September Stamp Camp interesting?  Calming, Cute and Sweet – a nice assortment.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know what cards you choose to make.  We need adequate time to prep the necessary items.  And also let us know which day or days you plan to attend.  September 1, 2, 3 from 10am – 4pm.

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

PERFECT PLANTS

090122 Plants DSP 1The Plentiful Plants stamp set makes such a calming card!  This card is perfect for absolutely any occasion.  The interest with the paper lattice, the macrame plant hanger, the rustic pots, even the plants themselves is phenomenal.  The String of Pearls is such an unusual plant.  Mossy Meadow was the green Designer Andrea chose for this card.  Early Espresso and Crumb Cake round out the color scheme.

090122 Plants DSP 2

We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using. The Banners Pick A Punch give us the perfect banner ends for the sentiment.  Wink of Stella allows us to highlight the greenery and pots as desired.  We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using.  The paper lattice has been trimmed with the remaining piece used on the message layer.  The chocolate twine was an Amazon purchase and is perfect with the plant hanger.

090122 Plants msg layerAs noted above, the message layer features the remaining paper lattice embellishing a strip of DSP.  Another rustic pot and plant finish the layer. 

As Debbie is in the process of moving, and not able to assist as much, we are asking your assistance in stamping and die-cutting your plants and pots.

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 1, 2 and 3 from 10am – 4pm.  You can mark your calendars now for October Stamp Camp – October 6, 7 and 8 from 10am – 4pm. 

Our last card for September Stamp is sweet – just like the Sweet Candy Canes.

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

KINDEST GNOMES

090122 Gnome 1Gnomes are so cute and remain quite popular.  The Stampin’ Up Kindest Gnomes set can be used for everyday and for Christmas – especially when combined with the Storybook Gnomes DSP which has several darling Christmas themes.  I used my new Split Textures Dies for this card.  I love the way the openings captivate your attention – especially with the Sunshine and Rainbows DSP background.  The Pool Party top layer has also been run thru the Big Shot with the Tasteful Textures Embossing folder leaving lots of interesting texture. 

090122 Gnome 2The Gnomes and Mushroom Huts are part of the Storybook Gnomes DSP and have been die cut and adhered to the card front.  The gnomes and mushroom huts vary in color.    The Call Me Clover grass and flower image come from the Gnomes Dies.  The top flower is colored with Mango Melody Stampin Blends, and the flower to the right with Flirty Flamingo – colors found in the DSP.  Wink of Stella has been applied judiciously to add a bit of bling.  The sentiment is from the Framed Occasions Sentiments stamp set and was stamped in Mango Melody.  The sentiment was die cut with Beautiful Shapes Dies as was the Mango Melody frame.

090122 Gnome message plainThe message layer features a strip of the matching DSP and a stamped Gnome.  Like the Gnome on the envelope, a few strokes from some Stampin’ Blends, and you can have some colorful fellows!

Sale-A-Brations continues thru the end of August.  Check it out here – Sale-A-Brations

2 more fun cards to go.  Don’t forget to let us know which cards you wish to make!

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

SWEET CANDY CANES

090122 Candy Cane Green and Red frontI had so much fun with these cards.  The candy canes are found on the Sweetest Christmas DSP and simply need to be die cut.  And I absolutely love the diagonal die which I used in red and white adhered in opposing directions for  these cards.  This is the red and green sample.  The diagonal die is part of Candy Canes Dies set.

090122 Candy Cane Green and White frontThe green and white candy canes have the same layout as the sample above.  The Call Me Clover branches come from the Christmas Banners Dies.  I also found 2 pine branch dies that had been sent as a thank you from another company.  Using 3 of the double branches from the Christmas Banners Dies and 3 of the pine branches did the trick.  I adhered them in a fan format and plopped the candy canes down in the middle which concealed the joining points of the branches.  A bow and sentiment finished the card. 

090122 Candy Cane Red and White frontThe red and white candy canes card was my first sample.  I used the Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue but didn’t like the stiffness the adhesive left. I used the Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue for the majority of the other cards. The ribbon embellishment can be red or green as can the sentiment from Toile Christmas. Note the 3 small gold leaves that are tucked in among the branches.

090122 Candy Cane msg layer DSP 2The message layer features a pine branch which can be die cut from the Christmas Banner Dies or stamped as we see on the envelope.  A strip of the Sweetest Christmas DSP can be used with the candy cane print as shown here, or the red and white striped pattern on the back as shown below.

As the candy canes colors are assorted, please have a second choice in mind.  There is no guarantee we can meet your request.  All the candy canes are darling but we are limited by the colors shown on the Sweetest Christmas DSP.

090122 Candly Cane msg layer DSP 1September Stamp Camp is right around the corner – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – September 1, 2 and 3.  To end any confusion, we are setting the time from 10am to 4pm for all 3 days.  If you have a situation where you need to come earlier, or stay later, please let me know so we can accommodate your needs.  As always, please let us know as soon as possible what cards you would like to do.  Stay tuned for 3 more fun cards!

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP PANSY PATCH

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Fresh FresesiaPansy Patch is one of my favorite sets!  I purchased this bundle 2 years ago and with the design assistance from Andrea, we are FINALLY putting it to happy use.  I am very fond of the Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss color combination.  The lovely Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) is no longer current although I did see it was available on eBay and Etsy. 

08.01.22 Pancy Patch Blackberry BlissThe perfect pansy and leaves are die cut from the DSP.  Fresh Freesia 3/8” ribbon is a perfect match and 3 small butterflies in Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia provide our artwork with the ideal finish.  The Scalloped Contours Dies die cut perfect backgrounds for the artwork on both the front and message layers. I can’t decide which card I prefer.  The top sample is lovely but the Blackberry Bliss really pops with the change of ribbon and the reversal of the butterfly colors. A simple gold rhinestone adds a bit of sparkle to the flower.

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Message LayerThe message layer is crisp and charming.  The Scalloped Contours Dies again provide a perfect background,  A small DSP die-cut pansy with 2 leaves are the ideal embellishment. 

August Stamp Camp is August 4th from 10am – 4pm, August 5th from 10am – 4pm, and August 6th from 9am-4pm  In addition to the birthday card seen here, we will be making a friend card, a Christmas card and a masculine birthday card.  The choices are up to you.  Please please please let me know which cards you choose to do and which day(s) you would like to come.  I am running late on getting the blog as we were just together 2 weeks ago creating Christmas in July.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.065.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Final – CHRISTMAS in JULY

Is it ever too early to start making Christmas cards?  We live in a computerized society and the lack of personal interaction is ever increasing!  A handmade Christmas card that comes from your heart is such a personal gift.  Won’t you join Debbie and me on July 14, 15, and 16 FROM 9am – 5pm as we celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY!

We are offering 8 Christmas cards.  You can choose as many as you wish for $3.50 each.  Our only request is that you PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW which cards you wish to do.  Each card requires our prep and although we have prepared a certain number of each card, we have no idea which card will be the most and least popular.  So – I have a contest for you!  Each person who chooses the MOST and LEAST popular cards will receive a prize!  But you must tell us by July 13th and include the MOST popular and LEAST popular cards.

WISEMEN

07.01.22 Wisemen

Our Wise Men card comes from an older stamp entitled Every Blessing.  There is an embossed copper star in the upper left corner.  The stamping is done with StazOn to give the solid black coloring.  My favorite New Horizons DSP is layered on Fresh Freesia and Evening Evergreen.  You can feel the awe of the Wisemen as they gaze into the color-filled sky.

07.01.22 Wisemen messageThe message layer for WISEMEN is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and another copper embossed star.  We experimented with gold, silver and copper embossing powders and felt copper was the best choice.

CHRISTMAS GNOMES

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes Card

Isn’t this a HAPPY card?  These cute little gnomes come to us from Divinity Designs.  They are adorned with rhinestones and pompoms.  The middle gnome rests on a wobble and loves to move around.  The retired So Much Happy die is one of my favorites and I just can’t bring myself to sell it.  Our gnomes are layered on embossed Shaded Spruce and Real red with a white die-cut Christmas.

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes messageThe message layer for Christmas Gnomes features none other than Santa Gnome with his bag full of presents.  A pom pom festoons his Santa hat.  4 gnomes, a poinsettia blossom, a present, and a candy cane come with this card and you can arrange them however you wish. 

PEACE

07.01.22 Peace CardThis is my Christmas peace on earth card.  The lack of caring and kindness and the increased racism and selfishness in America is very upsetting to me.  I used the Begin with a Dream Stamp Set and have used many different colors and shades to show everyone is different but the same.  The art work is layered on Shaded Spruce and the new Starry Sky. A bit of metallic green holly and red berries adds a Christmas touch.

07.01.22 Peace messageI added a “Peace, Joy and Love” message in Shaded Spruce to the message layer.  A bit of holly embellishes the layer.

JOLLY OLD ST. NICK

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick cardJolly Old St. Nick is a die from the past.  As Stampin’ Up does not put out the Holiday Catalogue until mid summer, Debbi and I look to our Christmas archive for ideas.  Old St. Nick is die cut and adhered on white card stock with white pom poms trimming his Santa hat.  The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is stamped in Real Red at the bottom of the card and a matching red bow and ribbon enhance the card.

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick message

The retired Sparkle of the Season Stamp Set features a cute Santa line stamp that is perfect for the message layer of the Jolly Old St. Nick card.  This is certain to delight both young and old!

CELEBRATE the SEASON

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season cardI think the Grassy Grove Bundle is an extremely artistic set and can lead to much creativity.  For Celebrate the Season, a patch of flowers are stamped onto New Horizons DSP which is layered with an embossed die-cut forest setting in Moonlight Mist.  Two copper deer are in the forest and a copper star is adhered in the upper left corner.  The sentiment is embossed in copper on matching DSP.  Many different sentiments are available that can be used for this card

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season messageThe message layer is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and a copper baby deer. 

DELIVERING CHEER – GIFTS

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts cardDebbie and I affectionately refer to the Delivering Cheer cards as The Girls! 

Here, we see our Christmas gal delivering cheer with Christmas gifts.  Her skirt is stamped on DSP and cut with snips.  Her upper and lower body are stamped and cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The artwork is layered on snowflake DSP with several rhinestones sparkling amid the snowflakes.  A larger snowflake can be seen peeking from the left and right of the artwork panel.

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts messageThe message layer for the Christmas Gifts card is embellished with a strip of matching DSP.  You can add additional elements as desired. 

DELIVERING CHEER – TREES

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree cardThis card is our “other girl” Delivering Cheer with a small Christmas tree embellished with red rhinestones.  The girl, her skirt and legwarmers and the tree are pre-cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The sleigh comes to us from Divinity Designs and is a Hero Arts product.  Our sled is die cut in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake and sponged with Early Espresso.  It’s evident our gal is delivering cheer on her sleigh along with her pet rabbit. 

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree messageLike Delivering Cheer – the message layer is festooned with a strip of DSP matching the front panel.  The rest is up to you!

PENGUIN PLACE

07.01.22 Penguin PlacePenguin Place was a card slated for Christmas 2021 but there was an issue with Stamping Up receiving the penguin punch.  Debbie designed this card so that the middle penguin moves head over heels.  The spinning mechanism that allows it to roll is 2 pennies and several dimensionals.  How fun is that?  The opening is die cut and the pieces are cut either with dies or with the Scan’N Cut.

The more you rock the card back and forth, the easier the penguin will roll.  Here is a video of the penguin moving, Penguin in action.

07.01.22 Penguin Place MessageThe message layer features a penguin wearing a jaunty bow tie.  You can add an additional tree or 2 if desired.  Did you see the tiny sequins on the trees. 

Well, what do you think?  We hope you like at least one of our creations.  Don’t forget to let us know which card you think will be the most favorite and the lease favorite.  Please please please let us know as soon as possible which cards you wish to do.  I’m hoping I won’t have to post a cut-off date.  To review:  Dates – July 14, 15, 16.  Times – 9am – 5pm.  Cost – $3.50 per card.  We will have drinks; please feel free to bring a snack/lunch.  I am aware several of you will be out of town.  Please make your choices now and we will set up a make-up session in August.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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

IN THE MOMENT

04.21.22 Idn the MomentI love this girly stamp set!  “SOMETIMES THE MOST PRODUCTIVE THING YOU CAN DO IS RELAX!”  Haven’t we all reached this point?  A cup of coffee and gazing out the window is simply all we have left in us!  I don’t have a window seat, but I often sit at the patio door luxuriating in the warm sun and watching the birds fight at the bird feeder.  This scene has been stamped on the Sale-A-Brations Simply Marbleous Pool Party that I copied in the printer on a light setting.  The image is colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and layered on a Bermuda Bay glimmer scallop circle.  The sentiment is also layered on the glimmer cs.  The bookbinder edge features Bermuda Bay striped DSP and thin gold-edged ribbon.   The bookbinder fun fold gives us a card with a bookish feel.

04.21.22 In the Moment Wine

Our second sample features our lady peering over a railing with a glass of wine while birds fly on the horizon.  Is she on a ship looking over the railing or in her yard?  is she sipping pinot noir or burgundy?  I prefer thinking she is on a small ship touring the Great Lakes with a glass of Pinot Grigio in her hand.  Like the sample above, our image is colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and layered on a Bermuda Bay scallop circle. 

04.21.22 In the Moment Message LayerThe message layer is simple – a strip of the DSP and a bird colored Bermuda Bay with Stampin Blends.  Ready for your message of choice. 

As I am taking the month of June off, make sure you plan ahead for needed birthday cards.  We won’t be doing regular cards again until August as July will be Christmas in July.

I hope you can make it for our Cinco de Mayo Stamp Camp.  We will celebrate with tortilla chips and salsa!  The dates and times:  Thursday May 5 from 10am to 4pm, Friday May 6th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday May 7th from 9am to 4pm.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  Cards To Go are available.  Feel free to bring a drink to sustain you but we will have water and sodas as always. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know which cards you wish to make and what day works best for you to come.  If you are running on a tight schedule or need a bit of help with the cards, please make me aware.

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

SPRINGTIME GARDENING

042122 Springtime GardeningWhat a lousy spring we are having.  Usually I’m so excited by this time of the year – flowers, green trees, lots of buds and new growth on perennials.  But not this year.  However, this gardening apron helps put me in the mood.  This is a darling set from Tonic Studios.  Debbi designed the card in Blackberry Bliss and Highland Heather with the Flowering Fields DSP.  The  silver metallic garden tools peek out from a matching apron.pocket. Purple grosgrain ribbon and matte dots provide the finishing touches.

042122 Springtime Gardening 2The second sample of Springtime Gardening is very similar to the first.  The silver metallic garden tools are hard to see but are definitely there.  A different sentiment and shape is used, and a lighter purple ribbon is used as apron trim. There are many small sentiments that can be used here. In addition, green dots are used to hold the ribbon in place.  Both card bases have been embossed with a retired leaf embossing folder. 

04.21.22 Springtime Gardenint Message LayerThe message layer features a thin strip of DSP, a small tulip, and SURPRISE – a packet of flower seeds.  We have a nice assortment of seed packets but ask that you be kind if you can’t get the flower seeds you want.  May will be a great time to plant.  This card and seed packet are sure to be a pick-me-up for most anyone.

I will be taking the month of June off.  We will come together again for Christmas in July on Thursday-Saturday, July 14, 15, 16.  August will resume with the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month – August 4th, 5th, and 6th.  We have some gnome surprises planned for fall and Christmas time.

Stay tuned for In the Moment

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

SENDING HUGS

04.21.22 Sending HugsHave you given any hugs lately.  As COVID has abated somewhat and I remain fully vaccinated, I have started sharing some hugs.  The Layering Hugs Dies are a perfect way to give a hug!  Debbi chose to use Polished Pink and Pink Pirouette in designing this card.  She used the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder to add background interest.  The dry embossing is impossible to see in this view.   The Pink Pirouette HUGS are framed with the Polished Pink letters.  The delicate flowers and leaves surrounding the HUGS exude softness and cheer. To add a bit of glitz, Debbi added 2 pink glimmer butterflies die cut from the Daffodil Dies.  This adds just the right amount of sparkle.

04.21.22 Sending Hugs Message LayerThe message layer is highlighted by 2 additional butterflies and is waiting for the message of your choice.  You may want to check the message table as I have increased my message stamps over the past few months.  I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do! 

Don’t forget to check out the retiring Stampin’ Up items from the “big” catalog:  Retiring Stampin’ Up products

Stay tuned for Springtime Gardening!

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

ON THE HORIZON

04.21.22 On the Horizon Purple SkyWe haven’t had a masculine card in some time.  The New Horizons 6X6 DSP creates manly cards very easily!  Here, we’ve taken Sahara Sand card stock and framed it with Evening Evergreen.  Our New Horizons DSP is cut in half to 2 – 3” scenes.  I then trimmed the DSP down to 4 1/4 X 3.  The tree cluster and sentiment are stamped in Evening Evergreen which matches the die-cut fence.  Several posts of the fence are adhered to the artwork, the birds are stamped in black and PRESTO – we have a masculine card!

04.21.22 On the Horizon mistyWhen cut in half, the DSP gives us two slightly different scenes as we see here.  However, the technique stays the same as the previous card.  I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY and JUST FOR YOU sentiments but there are many others you could choose.  I pulled out the Old World (seen to the right) and Painted Texture (seen above) 3-D Embossing Folders to give an uneven and eye-catching background to the Sahara Sand cs. 

04.21.22 On the Horizon Message LayerThe message layer features a strip of the New Horizons DSP, a cluster of plants stamped in Evening Evergreen, and birds flying off the card stock.  To me, the birds on the art work and message layer give a carefree feeling of taking flight or fleeing.  This is a simple but WOW card perfect for any occasion including sympathy. 

Cinco de Mayo Stamp Camp will be May 5th from 10am to 4pm, May 6th from 10am to 4pm, and May 7th from 9am to 4pm,  Tortilla chips and salsa will be served – hopefully with no salsa stains on our cards!  I will be taking the month of June off from Stamp Camp and we will get together again on July 14, 15, and 16 for Christmas in July.

As a reminder, the current “big” catalog expires the end of April.  Check out the retiring items, many of which are on sale, here Retiring Stampin’Up items

Stay tuned for a big HUG!

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