HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

07.28.20 Happy Birthday cards

Do you remember seeing these cards before?  I had them out for March preview at February Stamp Camp.  But as March Stamp Camp died when COVID-19 attacked, we never made the card.  Happy Birthday to You was a set available during Sale-A-Brations earlier this year.  Some of you may have this set.  I purchased the dies which were available for a short time.  The cake and flowers can be stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black or Basic Gray for a crisp outline or in Smoky Slate for a less defined outline.  I stamped the cake/flowers, the flowers, and the upper right flower.  After die-cutting, I used Stampin’ Blends to color the images.  As the flowers were my focal point, I used subtle colors for the cake and plate – Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate. The colors for the red card are dark and light Real Red and Old Olive.  The yellow card uses dark and light daffodil delight, dark Mango Melody on the berries, and Call Me Clover. The flowers on the red card are popped up on dimensionals and the yellow flowers are adhered with liquid adhesive.  Both ways give the card dimension.  Coordinating ribbon is used in the corner of the art pieces and of course a butterfly magically flies onto the card.  The Whisper White background for the art piece is embossed with the Textured Impressions Stripes EF. 

07.28.20 Happy Birthday msg layerThe last flower I stamped, die-cut and colored is for the message layer.  The red flower is popped up with dimensionals and the yellow flower shown here is adhered flat.  I really liked the birthday message from the retired Birthday Fiesta stamp set, so I chose to pre-stamp this message for you, my favorite crafters.  You can choose to color your cake and flowers in any color.  We have coordinating ribbon in pinks, oranges, blues, greens, etc.

This is a good birthday card staple and if you choose, you can make multiples of this card and pass on making the others.  As noted previously, the cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  Don’t forget to notify me which day you plan on coming and what your card choices are.

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

AUGUST SUNFLOWER

07.28.20 Sunflower closedAs we approach mid summer, the sunflowers grow taller and wave gracefully in the wind.  We will be creating our own sunflower at August Stamp Camp.  This super easy double triangle fun fold features retired Golden Honey Specialty DSP, the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the Sunflowers Dies.

07.28.20 Sunflower openDid you find the butterfly?

The image above shows the card closed; the image to the right shows the card fully open.  The sunflower is stamped in Early Espresso on the new Bumble Bee card stock.  Stamped leaves are die-cut along with several branches and adhered to the back of the sunflower.  A second sunflower is adhered to the back of the stamped flower to cover the mechanics.  The top of the sunflower is adhered securely to the top flap of the card.  The bottom flap is free.  When the top flap is pulled up, a message appears stamped on Bumble Bee.  This is a super simple card and a great way to use your scraps.  The colorful folds are made from 2 pieces of 4 X 3 DSP. 

Two more cards will be posted tomorrow for August Stamp Camp.  We will see a Happy Birthday card and Your Scrappy Strip Card.  The latter will be based on what you wear to August Stamp Camp.  The post will show the shirt I was wearing and the card I created to coordinate with the shirt.  A fun, easy new technique and great way to use your scraps.

Don’t forget to let me know which day you will be attending and the cards you choose to make.

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


CHRISTMAS WREATH

I hope you’ve recovered from Christmas in July.  August Stamp Camp brings another Christmas Card that is cheerful and

07.28.20 Christmas WreathI always think of pine wreaths at Christmas.  The holiday wreath shown here is die cut with the Wreath Builder dies.  Two Old Olive wreaths are layered on a Shaded Spruce wreath and mounted to the Real Red card that features holiday DSP.  A red satin bow and several red rhinestones festoon the finished wreath.  Although hard to see, Wink of Stella is brushed on the DSP red bells, and on about half of the leaves on the middle Old Olive wreath.  This gives a glittery effect but is not overpowering.

07.28.20 Christmas Wreath GoldThe same wreath is shown here with gold ribbon and larger gold gems.  Perhaps you would like to weave the narrow gold ribbon thru the leaves of the wreath.  By the time that idea triggered my brain, I had already mounted the wreath to the card.  Arrange a Wreath has many stamps for this wreath and features several sentiments such as the Merry Christmas shown here.  The stamp set and dies are available as a bundle which saves 10%.

07.28.20 Christmas Wreath Msg Layer plain    07.28.20 Christmas Wreath Msg Layer Love 

The simple message layer features a strip of the holiday DSP that is brushed with Wink of Stella.  An option is the heart-shaped LOVE die shown above.  The heart could be used on the message layer or even nestled in the greenery of the wreath.  Although this card may look difficult, it is really quite easy and fun to create!

In case you’re wondering when August Stamp Camp is, we are back on schedule.  We are still limiting crafters to 4 per day, requiring masks and frequent hand washing.  Snacks and masks breaks will take place on the deck.  I am changing the start and end times to allow for a bit more time to wipe down stamps, inks, etc. between uses.  Please bring your patience.  Cost remains the same – $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card. 

August Stamp Camp:  Thursday August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm; Friday August 7 from 10 am to 4 pm; and Saturday August 8 from 9 am to 4 pm,  Please let me know if these dates/times conflict with your schedule.  In order to limit the dates to 4 crafters, please notify me as soon as possible with the date you are coming and which cards you wish to do.

Hopefully you have your holiday occasions catalog.  Mine arrived yesterday.  Please notify me if yours does not arrive as I have paid for these deliveries. 

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

2020 CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Hi Crafters!  It’s time for Christmas in July 2020!  Due to COVID-19, we will be limiting each day to 4 crafters with masks required.

WHEN:  The door opens on Thursday July 16 10AM – 5 PM, Friday July 17 10AM – 5PM, Saturday July 18 9AM – 4PM, Monday July 20 10AM – 5PM.  Come anytime during the listed hours on your pre-scheduled day.  I simply ask you be ready to leave at the ending time. 

WHERE: 533 Emerson Circle, Bolingbrook

WHY:  It’s time to start revving up your holiday creativity

HOW:  We will use social distancing, wear masks, wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Each crafter will be given a micro crate for his/her tools.  No one will touch his/her tools except the crafter.  For sanitation reasons, I will run the Big Shot for each person.  Stamps, inks, Washi Tape, and blender pens will be wiped down between uses if I don’t have multiples.  Please bring your own beverage and snack.  There will be Christmas cookies (store bought) which I will be happy to serve with tongs.   Please be respectful of everyone.  Even though we will be in Phase 4, I remain extremely concerned about the Coronavirus.  I want this to be a fun, creative and safe time for all.

HOW MUCH:  Cards will be $2.50 each.  All supplies will be provided except Wink of Stella.  You can bring your own or add the Wink of Stella at home.  If you wish, you may purchase a new Wink of Stella for $6.95.  This will be yours to take home.  Hubby Norb wanted to add a 25% COVID-19 charge but I ignored him!  As the date nears, I may ask you to bring a few of your personal tools such as snips, bone folder, etc.  I will let you know.

NOW FOR THE FUN PART:  2020 Christmas in July

Washi Christmas Tree

WASHI CHRISTMAS TREE comes to us from daughter Debbie.  She developed this card last year and I was very impressed.  I did choose to add a bit ribbon for texture and dimension.  There is lots of Washi Tape to choose from – reds, greens, golds, silvers.  This is a very simple but elegant card.  The tree is die cut with Woods Dies.  Softly Fallen is embossed on the die-cut top layer.  A tree form is used to adhere the Wash Tape to; the taped form is adhered inside the top layer.  Merry Christmas is pre-cut with the Scan’n Cut and can be adhered with half mini dimensionals or rolled glue dots.

Washi Christmas Tree msg layerThe message layer is embellished with Washi Tape of your choice and several stars that match the star of your Washi Christmas Tree. 

The most difficult part of this card is determining what Washi Tape you want to use and deciding what order to adhere it.

Bearing Gifts

BEARING GIFTS is from my retired Christmas stamp library.  The stamped image was enlarged and is pre-cut with the Scan’n Cut.  A black shadow is also pre-cut to frame the image.  Stampin’ Blends are used to color the image.  The card and coordinating envelope are 4 1/4 X 6 1/4, larger than the standard A2 size.  There are stars printed on the card, but I feel a few extra stars are needed.  The stamped sentiment is die-cut and embellished with a small twine bow.Bearing Gifts msg layer

The message layer consists of Cherry Cobbler cs layered with Whisper White.  I chose to fussy cut and adhere a bear and present.  This option is available to you.

Christmas Bouquet

CHRISTMAS BOUQUET is from the Wishing You Well stamp set which I was sad to see retire.  Although hard to see, this elegant card is embellished with silver glimmer paper to the right of the Springtime Foils strip, and also frames the art work.  A small silver metallic-edged bow ties the bouquet together.  There are several horizontal sentiments and dies that work well with this card.

Christmas Bouquet msg layerThe message layer is embellished with a simple image from Peace this Christmas stamped in Night of Navy to coordinate with the card front.

Holiday Birds

HOLIDAY BIRDS is the last card choice for 2020 Christmas in July.  This happy card features plaid DSP layered on Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler or Night of Navy cs.  There are many plaids to choose from. The Whisper White layer is embossed in Woodland.  The long retired Bird Builder Punch is used to punch out the birds, wings and branches in your color choice.  Wings and branches can be punched in the plaid and/or gold glimmer card stocks; some will be pre-punched or you can punch your own.  A simple sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas is stamped in matching ink, die cut and shadowed in gold glimmer cs.    A twine bow in your color choice embellishes the top layer. 

Holiday Birds msg layerThe message layer is embellished with an additional bird.  An additional wing can be added to each bird adhered behind the bird.  I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that when daughter Debbie and I did the samples.  I will have an additional sample showing the double wings for 2020 Christmas in July. 

NOW I NEED YOUR HELP!  As this gathering is limited to 4 crafters per day for safety concerns, I need to know what day you would like to come.  If the day you choose is full, I will ask you to choose an alternate date.  Choosing your day is my #1 concern.  Then I need to know what cards you choose to create so I can plan a card rotation order.  And to have your kits ready to go on your scheduled day, I beg for as much time as possible.  

Healthy Blessings,

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

A Little Hello

05.30.20 A Little Hello MouseA Little Hello is a gentle card.  The stamp sets featured include the Birch Background, Daisy Lane, A Special Someone, and Itty Bitty Greetings.  The Early Espresso card is layered with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla stamped in Crumb Cake.  The Call Me Clover stamped stem is festooned with a punched 2-layer Daffodil Delight daisy highlighted with an adhesive-backed fuzzy yellow center.  The card recipient is honored with the daisy and a darling die-cut mouse holding a small red flower with a red rhinestone center.

05.30.20 A Little Hello SquirrelIf you don’t like the gentle little mouse, you can choose the little squirrel also holding a red flower with a red rhinestone.  Both animals are stamped in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.  Elevating the little animals with dimensionals give a 3D effect.  The little butterfly can be colored in any color you choose.  I chose to place the sentiment at the bottom of the daisy stem.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg mouseBut wait – if you use the squirrel on the card front, what do you do with the mouse with his flower?  You use it on the message layer as shown here.  The Very Vanilla layer is sponged lightly in Crumb Cake, has 2 stamped butterflies and features the little mouse.  And if you choose to use the mouse on the top card layer, you can feature the squirrel on the message layer as shown below.   This card can be used for almost any occasion and you can stamp or script your message as you desire.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg squirrelAs noted on the Rain or Shine post, this will be a Non-Stamp Camp.  The cards will have all the images stamped and cut.  All the pieces including the rhinestone will be included.  I don’t suggest rhinestones or pearls on the message layer as it leaves an indentation on the top card.

The cost for this Non-Stamp Camp is the standard $14 for any 4 cards and 3 for each additional card.  The cards are as shown.  As the restaurants say – “No Substitutions”.  Let me know by text, phone or E-mail which cards you choose to do.

Healthy Blessings,

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (Cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

PAINTED POPPIES

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the Hibiscus was one of my favorite flowers.  Well, the Poppy is another favorite of mine!  This card was case’d from Stampitupwithjamie.com.

Painted Poppies flat and butterflySometimes you see a card that is perfect and there is no reason to make any changes.  This was almost one of those cards.  I did change the top layer from Whisper White to Very Vanilla and added the linen look with the Subtle Textured Expressions Embossing Folder (TIEF). I also changed the sentiment and how it was displayed.  I am in love with these 2 dies from Sending Flowers and incorporating them for a sentiment. 

Painted Poppies glimmer and butterfly

The color combination of Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow is extremely pleasing and denotes a peaceful feeling.  The Poppy Moments Dies are perfect for die-cutting all the pieces.  The Grapefruit Grove outline is a bit tricky to adhere so that is being die cut with Sizzix backed adhesive.  The second card sample has a bit of Wink of Stella bling and a 2-part center with a rhinestone.  By the way, did you see the butterflies?

Painted Poppies message Calypso backgroundOne of the dies that comes with the Poppy Moments Dies is a poppy pattern with the vacant portions forming the poppies.  For the message layer, a piece of Calypso Coral cs is adhered to the back of the Very Vanilla to allow the color to carry thru from the front to the back. Note the humorous message used.  This comes from the Birthday Wit set.  The Stamparatus  is used as a double stamping is needed due to the heavy black area.

Painted Poppies message green backgroundThe message layer for the second sample has the olive background peeking thru the poppy images.  Although not as colorful as the message layer above, it is still very pleasing.

This is the final card for March Stamp Camp.  We have seen daisies, tulips, hyacinths, poppies, and ladybugs – lots of spring cheer.  Please let me know what day you plan on coming and which cards you wish to do.  The dates are March 5, 6, and 7.  Everything you need to make your cards is provided including beverage and a snack.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card. 

In April we will have Stamp Camp on April 2, 3 and 4.  We will be making both birthday and Easter cards. Mark your calendars now!

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

TIMELESS TROPICAL

Is it too early to think about hibiscus on warm spring days?  Hibiscus are one of my favorite and we always have 2 plants festooning our deck from spring until frost.  In 2019, one of our Hibiscus was a tri-color and featured pink, yellow and orange blossoms!

Timeless Tropical pinkishThe Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) is lovely and incorporated into the card in a pie-shaped wedge.  The Grapefruit Grove card base is layered with Grapefruit Grove that has a pie-shaped piece removed.  The top layer is textured with the the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) to give the linen finish.  The two samples are slightly different in color.  The sample to the left is stamped in Lovely Lipstick and colored in Lipstick, Flamingo, Rococo Rose and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends.

Timeless Tropical LadybugThe sample to the right is stamped in Real Red and colored with Light Coral Calypso and touches of Light Real Red.  On both cards, more So Saffron was used on the plumeria and Garden Green was used to die cut the foliage.  I used the foliage for a pineapple with the Hibiscus as I felt it looked tropical.  The second sample features only only one plumeria but has a little ladybug partially tucked under a Hibiscus leaf.  Is this the one you will choose? 

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm. 

Don’t forget about the Sale-A-Bration promotion which ends March 31st.  The second release of free items will be available on March 3, 2020.  There will be Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, a stamp set titled Rise and Shine, a masculine stamp set titled Well Dressed, Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper, and a stamp set titled Tags in Bloom.  As with all Sale-A-Bration items, when they are gone, they are gone.  Check out current items here  Sale-A-Bration.  On March 3, the second release items will show on that site.

Looking forward to seeing you at March Stamp!  It appears we will not have snow on those days so we can spring away with our card creations!

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

LITTLE LADYBUG

It’s almost spring!  March 19 is the date!  So let’s celebrate spring with ladybugs!

Ladybug, backgroundThe Little Ladybug stamp set is available thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion with a $300 product order.  The dies for the set are an add-on item which can be seen at Sale-A-Bration Coordination Products.  This is such a cute Poppy Parade card and although you can’t tell, the bottom ladybug is attached with a Wobble so she actually moves.  I buy my Wobbles from where else – Amazon!  They  add a whimsical touch. All the images are colored with Stampin’ Blends and touched with Wink of Stella.

Ladybug, background and envelope

The second sample features the top ladybug flying with a Wobble and shows a darling ladybug image on the envelope.  The sentiments are ancient but are popular every year at this time.  Did you notice the background?  We will blow bubbles to create this effect.  Check out the next post.

Ladybug message layer 2

The ladybug was featured again on the message layer.  Although adhered with a dimensional, a Wobble could have been used.  A sad note about this message layer.  The flower die has disappeared.  Norb searched on his hands and knees.  I searched in trash cans and counters but it is not to be found.  Another flower die now serves as a replacement.

Ladybug message layer 1And here we see the flower replacement for the lost die.  The stem and grass did not disappear!  Note the little flecks of red on the message layers. There also flecks of navy on the bubble background.  These flecks come from rapidly and firmly flicking a marker against the lid.  I’ll show you at March Camp.

So are you wondering when March Stamp Camp might be?  Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm.  The price remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  All supplies and tools are provided.  Drinks are in the fridge and my hubby usually has a snack of some type waiting for you.  You are welcome to bring your lunch, a snack, or a snack to share.  We are a very informal group. 

Don’t forget to let me know what day you plan on coming and which cards you would like to make.  This insures the correct amount of paper is cut.

Check out the March Paper Pumpkin.  Stampin’Up is advertising March as

March 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Fresh Spring Crafting and a FREE Stamp Set!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!  Rosemary –          (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

PARISIAN BEAUTY

01.31.20 Parisian Beauty PinkParisian Beauty is one of the new Stampin’Up sets in the latest Occasions Catalog.  I like the simple elegance of the set.  This sample was done with the sentiment AMOUR for Valentine’s Day but it could be used for other occasions.  The DSP I used was FREE!  During the Stampin’Up Sale-A-Brations event, you can choose from an assortment of free items for every $50 in product you purchase.  This is the Lily Impressions DSP.  There are impressionist style water lily images on one side of the DSP and beautiful variegated colors on the other.  I have used the pink shades on the card above and the purple tones on the card below.  The DSP is misted with water and embossed with the new Parisian Flourish 3-D embossing folder.

01.31.20 Parisian Beauty PurpleThe images are die cut on Smoky Slate, and colored with Wink of Stella before being adhered to the card front.  Retired Petite Petal flowers are stamped and colored in Purple Posy.  Small silver metallic pearls embellish the flower centers.  Birthday wishes is the sentiment used on the purple sample.  Note the light Smoky Slate image on the envelope.  This provides a hint to the recipient as to what might be inside the envelope. 

01.31.20 Parisian Beauty Message

The card theme is even carried over to the message layer.  I found using the Stamparatus was easiest in stamping the lighter image on the envelope and message layer.  There are several additional dies and stamps that come with this bundle.  If you don’t have the January-June 2020 mini occasions catalog titled HANDMADE FOR YOU, check it out here at Spring Mini catalog.  You can check out the Sale-A-Brations event at SALE-A-BRATION

We’ve seen the 4 card projects for February Stamp Camp.  There is still one post to go – an add-on project if you are interested.  That will be the last post for February Stamp Camp.  Remember – Thursday 2/6 from 11am – 6pm, Friday 2/7 from 12N – 6pm and Saturday 2/8 from 9am – 4pm.  Let me know what day you would like to come and which cards you want to make.  Come when it is most convenient for you. 

See you in the next post, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c/t)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

DETAILED HEARTS VALENTINE

My sweet husband has another name for this card – Make one, Make one free!

01.31.20 Detailed Heart HeatherUsing the new Detailed Hearts Die does give us 2 cards for the work of 1.  Well, maybe there is a little work on the second card, but not much.  This new die cuts out LOTS of hearts at one time.  The 5 1/4 X 4 pieces of Whisper White and Pretty in Pink (sadly retired) are mounted on Sizzix adhesive.  The die cuts the white frame for the card at the left and the pink outline shape that fits within the frame.  Be Mine Stitched dies are used to die-cut the larger hearts and the new Heart to Heart stamp set provides the sentiment.  So, as I mentioned above, the die cuts white frame but what happens to the white outline shape?  Enter the magic of Press’n Seal Food Wrap.  After running the die through the Big Shot, a sheet of Press’n Seal is pressed onto the card stock which allows it to retain its shape.  After the white frame is pressed onto the Highland Heather card front, the white outline shape is pressed onto a red card and PRESTO, see what you have!

01.31.20 Detailed Heart RedA second card magically appears!  It helps if you finish the card but most of the work is already done!

The directions may sound complicated, but it really is not hard and of course, I am here to help you.  Of course, if you are paying attention to this post, you should be asking – BUT what happens to the pink frame?  Actually, the pink frames from my cards are gathering dust on my desk.  Every card made following this process begets another card and the cycle has to stop sometime.

I hope you can come to February Stamp Camp – Thursday February 6th from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday February 7th from 12 N – 6 pm, and Saturday February 8th from 9 am – 4 pm.  Come when it is convenient for you.  Everything you need will be provided – even water and soda pop.  The cost remains $14 and $3 for each additional card.  There is a heart tin add-on available for $2 if you wish to purchase one of the 18 remaining.  There will be a an upcoming blog post on the tins.

Please let me know which day you plan on coming and which cards you want to make.  This helps so much in planning and paper cutting.

By the way, did you see the butterflies?

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