EASTER MESSAGE

This card was CAS’d from BJ Peters.  I love this stamp from the “Easter Message” stamp set!  Although I am using this set for Easter, it is very appropriate for sympathy cards.  These cards are super simple.

FullSizeRender 7This elegant card uses a Very Vanilla card base with Sahara Sand as the first layer.  The image is stamped in Versa Mark on a piece of Falling in Love DSP and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set.  The cross is then colored in with your choice of several markers.  BJ Peters who designed this card colored in the cloth area with the White Chalk Marker.  I prefer to leave the cloth plain and add a bit of Wink of Stella.  The embossed DSP is layered onto gold foil cs and adhered to the card front.  The inside message I chose to gold emboss on the inside layer reads “He is not here; He has risen.  Matthew 28:6.”  I stamped a single palm frond in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.

FullSizeRender 8This second sample is my design.  The card stock is the same as the sample above.  However, the picture photographed darker for some reason.  The Easter lily stamp from the “Easter Message” set is stamped in Versa Mark on the Falling in Love DSP, and heat set in gold.  The leaves and flowers are colored with Stampin’ Write markers and Wink of Stella is lightly brushed on.  The lily is die cut with an oval framelit and layered on a larger gold foil oval.  The sentiment “Happy Easter” is heat embossed in gold at the bottom.  On the inside message layer, “May peace be your gift this Easter” is heat embossed in gold.  Like the sample above, a single palm frond is stamped in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.  The 2 Easter Message card samples are simple but very elegant.  This is definitely a case where “less is more.”

And that, fellow crafters, is what we have for March Stamp Camp!  As a reminder, dates/times for March Stamp Camp are Thursday March 2nd from 2 – 9 pm, Friday March 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and Saturday March 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  I do ask you to let me know if you are going to come during the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  As long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th which cards you wish you to, I will have your custom packet ready.  Please remember to let me know as soon as you can so I am not in a cutting panic on March 1st.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.

On a personal note, it appears I will have neurosurgery on Monday, March 13th at 7:15 AM at Northwestern in Chicago. The procedure is Inter-body fusion S1 -T5 or 4.   I had my preoperative appointment at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 21st.  Had to give lots of blood.  I will have 7-9 hours of surgery then will be in ICU at least overnight.  After 7-10 days of hospitalization, I will transfer to inpatient rehab for 2-4 weeks.  Marian Joy in Wheaton will be my first choice as it is acute rehab.  My goal is to have Stamp Camp in May either the 4th, 5th and 6th or the 11th, 12th and 13th.  The theme for May is “Honoring the Women in our Lives.”  I have several new sets planned for May Stamp and am hoping I will be in shape by that date.  I will be trading back pain for stiffness, but I am willing to do that.  Your prayers will be appreciated! 

Early Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (h)30/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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EASY PEASY SUNBURST

imageI absolutely love the Sunburst Thinlit Die!  It sells for $29 but can be used for absolutely any occasion.  This die allows you to cut a ray of sunshine in record time with the Big Shot.  The actual size is 4-13/16" x 6-1/2".  Check out 4 of the 5 samples below.

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 006This Easter Sunburst card uses a Crisp Cantaloupe (retired) card, and 2 – 5 1/4 X 4 layers from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  I judiciously added a bit of Wink of Stella to several flowers on the patterned starburst, and on the punched bunny and butterflies.  The large Happy Easter message is punched out with a scallop punch and layered on a circle that matches the green background DSP.  The completed message is then popped on the sunburst center with dimensionals.

Looks pretty easy?  It IS very easy and fast. 

 

 

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DSP for this card was also taken from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack and features vibrant Pacific Point.  Although a variety of DSP has been cut for you, you have the option of going through the paper stacks and choosing your own combination.  I also did a cute “Sending Springtime Smiles” card but neglected to get it to my ace photographer.  I styled that card horizontally instead of the vertical usage we see here.

 

 

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Need a quick birthday card?  This is the way to go.  DSP from the Pretty Petals stack, a few tiny butterflies from a big box butterfly punch, an appropriate sentiment and the card is ready to go!  I added a bit of Wink of Stella as I love the added interest it gives.  This style could easily be used for a Thinking of You, Anniversary, Retirement, or even Sympathy card.  You could sit down while watching TV and precut background DSP and die cut several sunburst images.  Then you are ready to go when you need a fast card. 

 

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Need a St. Patrick’s Day card?  I precut some Crushed Curry and Garden Green DSP to help you out. As I wanted a different center message, I reached out to Graphic Fairy and chose this Irish lass.  I added Wink of Stella to the clothing and flag so it jumps out.  After the pictures were taken, I ended up adding 2 metal shamrocks in 2 shades of green.  The shamrock usage dresses up the card.  The inside message is the standard “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” with 2 added punched shamrocks. 

Now that you have seen all 4 Stamp Camp samples, don’t forget to let me know if you wish to omit a card and do 2 of a different card.  I can accommodate these requests, but please let me know as soon as you can.

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp is Thursday March 3rd from 12 Noon to 9 PM, Friday March 4th from 2 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday March 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Hope to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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

SPRING WREATH

The Circle of Spring stamp set helps us create a beautiful spring wreath.  Even better is the compatibility with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies – a set we used Christmas 2014.  

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 005This Elegant Eggplant and Daffodil Delight card is the epitome of springtime.  Although very hard to see, the wreath hangs on a brick wall.  I’m sure you have never seen an eggplant brick wall, but I liked the color combination.  Spectrum Noir markers are used to color the wreath, bow and flowers.  Dimensionals under the wreath and flowers add the 3-D effect.  Wink of Stella was used on some of the flowers, bow and butterfly.  The wealth of Spectrum Noir marker colors allow you many choices.

 

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 004This is another version of the Circle of Spring wreath card.  More red was used which gives a very bright finish.  Wink of Stella was again used to provide the glittery interest.

Speaking of Wink of Stella – several of you had ordered this easy to use glitter brush.  When I went to place the order, I discovered this item was on backorder, and there was no anticipated delivery date.  In fact, there still is no anticipated date.  So I reached out to Amazon and was able to order the exact same item, packaging and all for $6.90 which includes tax.  So I have 6 for sale at $6.90 each if you are interested.  Wink of Stella is also available in colors.  I have the pink, yellow and green which you are welcome to try.  However, I only have the clear for sale.  I love this product and feel it can add much to a project if used judiciously. 

Hope to see you at March Stamp Camp.  Let me know in advance if you need a kit – available for $12.00.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.

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

EASTER LAMB

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 009Easter Lamb is a darling card – just perfect for Easter.  I have 3 different cards from this set.  Each with slightly different embellishments.  The colors used on this card are not a combination I would have thought of.  However, I saw another card similar to this that used Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride, and I found the combination quite striking.  The chalk marker was used on the “curly lamb’s wool” which makes it jump out at you.  I was able to stamp  the image on Smoky slate, color the wool, grass and a bit of pink in the ears, and photocopy it on to white cs.  So, the work is already done for you!!!!  If you choose, you can add a bit more chalk, green, and pink markers.  Note the Watermelon banners used.

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 010In this second view, everything remains the same with the exception of the circle around the lamb, and the use of a bitty butterfly with pearls.  Note the Watermelon banners used. A strip of Blushing Bride from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and the Gently Falling Embossing Folder add background interest. The butterfly also is cut from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and adds a soft touch. This card may look difficult, but it is truly simple. 

 

 

 

SAMSUNG CSCThe third and final view of Easter Lamb features a Blushing Bride scallop circle around the lamb and 2 pearls on the top banner.  Happy Easter is stamped on Smoky Slate and receives a different banner treatment.  Note the small flower in the lower left corner, punched from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and embellished with a pearl. 

All 3 cards are very similar, but each has small differences.  The inside sentiment sheet can be embellished to coordinate with the front – a strip of matching DSP, a flower or two, or butterflies.  You can design your own!

I hope to see you for March Stamp Camp.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would rather make 2 of the Easter Lamb cards instead of the Easter Garden featured on the previous blog.

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

EASTER GARDEN

I’m sure not one of my readers has a garden that looks like this!  However, this card gives us hope for the months ahead!

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 002I have 3 different cards of the Corner Garden stamp to share with you today.  This was my second attempt.  With my first coloring, I tried to cover up some areas where my color had seeped out of the image outline.  The result was not pleasant.  I decided that when the card recipient sees a bit of color outside the outline, they can better appreciate the love spent hand coloring the garden. A well placed butterfly also helps!  I used Spectrum Noir markers for the coloring.  At least 2 shades were used on each flower in my blending attempt.  If you have markers at home, you might choose to start this card at our March Stamp Camp, and finish it at home.  My suggestion would be to at least use the coral Spectrum Noir markers (CR 7, CR9) as they pull thru the Calypso Coral card color.

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 001This card was coloring #3.  I lightened the blue of my morning glories and added a third yellow tone to my Brown-Eyed Susan.  I was not particularly pleased with the center of my pinky rose.  I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the flower centers of this card.  In my humble opinion, the touch of glimmer enhances of flower images and the viewer will spend a few seconds longer admiring the card with this added touch.  This is, of course, a personal preference.  See the little butterfly at the edge of the rose?  It is covering one of my “oops” out of the outline coloring. Note the use of the triple punch in the upper right corner of the card  – a little touch to add interest..   Let’s look at the 4th coloring below.

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 003This is my 22 minute coloring card – yes, I actually timed myself.  I planned my colors first using only 1 color per flower.  There was no blending which made the coloring much faster.  I also kept myself totally focused on the coloring which helped.  I added Wink of Stella sparingly and again used a butterfly to cover my major “oops!”  The entire card took me about 40 minutes which included finding the butterfly, finding my message, etc.  My goal is to have your messages pre-stamped and punched, butterflies die cut, and the message backgrounds pre-punched.  Each card also notes which markers were used.

However, if you feel this is not a card you wish to tackle, please let me know as soon as possible which card you wish to do 2 of instead of the Corner Garden card above.  We have the Little Bunny card, the Spring Wreath card, and the uber easy Sunburst card.  I will be adding these blog posts very shortly.

I sincerely hope you can come to our March Stamp Camp.  Cost is $12 which includes all supplies and tools.  Dates/times are as follows:  Thursday, March 3rd from 12 Noon to 9 PM; Friday, March 4th from 2 PM to 9 PM; and Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  If you can let me know if you are coming, and what day/time works for you, it helps me in planning.  However, if you decide at the last second to drop by, I always have extra card kits ready.

Don’t forget to check back for the rest of the cards and let me know if you wish to substitute one of them for the beautiful Corner Garden card above.

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

TULIP TIME

2015.04.07 Tulips 2Our 4th and final card for April Stamp Camp is Tulip Time using the new single stamp “Love is Kindness.”  The message on the stamp reads:  “The essence of love is kindness.  Robert Louis Stevenson”  Tulip Time can be stamped with the message as shown here, or the message can be matted out as I have done in my second sample.  The colors on the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP include Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color my tulips, but other colors could certainly be used.  The card is actually Daffodil Delight with a layer of Blackberry Bliss, and a frame of Rose Red around the tulips.  Cotton Ribbon in Daffodil Delight frames the Blackberry.  Note the Large Scallop Edgelits usage on the one end of the DSP.  This adds interest to the card and allows the Blackberry Bliss to peek thru.  I did emboss the right end of the Blackberry but I’m not sure it is needed as only a small portion of the rich dark color is actually seen. 

April Stamp Camp does a great job at welcoming spring!  4 cards for $12.00 with lots of flowers and butterflies.  May Stamp Camp is scheduled for May 7, 8, and 9 at the normal times.  As this is right before Mother’s Day, I will make sure our cards can be used for Moms and also for other special people and occasions.  If you can let me know when you are coming, or if you will need a kit, it is helpful but not required.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the free shipping offer thru Friday, April 10th.  Give me a call with any questions or concerns.

Springtime Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Spring Easter Basket

Spring Easter Basket

What fun I am having with these springy baskets.  This new die is entitled Berry Basket Bigz L Die.  It requires your normal cutting pads and 2 pieces of 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 cs – or 1 piece of 8 1/2 X 11 cut in half.  Although there are score marks for folding, no other pads are needed.  However, because of the score lines, you are advised to only cut one piece of card stock at a time.  The die cuts your basket and trim and is so easy to use.  For the Melon Mambo basket, I also die cut DSP trim and adhered it to the mambo trim with snail.  The trim is actually attached to the basket. with 8 staples.  I embellished the two baskets shown above with the new butterfly Butterfly Basics stamp set and new Butterfly dies.  I love the laser-type cut of these new dies.  I also embellished with rhinestones, Baker’s Twine, and the tried and true Papillion Potpourri butterfly stamps and coordinating punches.  On my craft desk, I currently have baskets in Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Bridal Pink, Wisteria Wonder and Crisp Cantaloupe – all in varying stages of completion.  But seriously – aren’t these just too cute?  And so easy to put together.  Wouldn’t this be beautiful in oranges and browns for fall – or red and green filled with cookies for Christmas?  I can think of soooooooooooo occasions for this basket!

This is our final project for the March Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  A reminder of dates and times – March 5th (2 – 9 PM), 6th (2 – 9 PM) and March 7th (9 AM – 4 PM). You can come whenever it is most convenient for you. As always, all materials and supplies are covered in the $12.00 charge and we will be doing the 4 projects you have seen on the blog posts.  I am more than happy to set up an alternate time or provide a kit for you if you are unable to make it to Stamp Camp.  Don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration and your ability to choose one of the free items with a $50 purchase. 

Please give me a call or drop me an e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com