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

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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

More Spring and Easter

Let’s take a look at another card we will be making at the March Stamp Camp:

2015-02-28 blossomsOne of my favorite color combinations is navy and yellow – or as we see here – purple and yellow.  Once upon a time, when I was a florist, spring would be marked by purple iris and yellow acacia.  We don’t see iris or acacia here, but the purple blossoms against the yellow background provides a very sharp contrast.  The name of this set is Indescribable Gift and is absolutely lovely.  The image is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Wild Wasabi and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities. Although you cannot tell from this picture, I re-stamped part of the image on scrap, colored one small flower and one bud , cut them out and added them as an overlay to the finished blossom stem.  This technique gives a great 3-D effect.  “Happy Easter” is stamped on the card, but any small message could be used.  The Blackberry Bliss blossoms from the Painted Blooms DSP is the perfect DSP for this card.  Finally, Daffodil Delight butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri set are added for the perfect embellishment.  Do you have Papillion Potpourri?  This set is $14.95 and provides a realistic butterfly image.  Check out the 7 different images on page 149 in the big catalog.  The matching punches are perfect for punching out and layering your butterflies.

So far, we have seen 2 of our March Stamp Camp projects.  I will tell you that the lovely Lotus Blossom set we have seen in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, will be featured in our next card.  Several of you have ordered the Lotus Blossom set which is a 3-step stamping process so I thought this would be a great set to use.  Check back shortly!

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

Easter is just around the corner…

Can you believe that Easter 2015 is just around the corner?  And I believe one day this coming week is supposed to be 40 degrees!  Well, with rain – but still 40 degrees?  Do I need to run out and buy a bathing suit?  Is it possible spring might be in the far horizon?  Well, until it warms up, I am cheering myself with my passion – colorful paper crafting.  And that’s what we will be doing for our March Stamp Camp – paper and colors.

2015-02-28Happy Easter Bunny is great for taking away the winter blahs.  How can you feel down when looking at this cheerful bunny dancing away and surrounded by vines, flowers and Easter eggs?  Tuxedo Black Memento ink is used on this single stamp and provides a crisp image perfect for coloring with your Blendabilities.  The finished image is placed on a Pink Potpourri background that is textured with the new Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  The bunny is then framed with a Pistachio Pudding oval die cut with the oval framelits.  As a finishing touch, a Baker’s Twine bow and several pearl-enhanced butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set are punched and adhered.  Note how the envelope can be decorated by just stamping the top part of the image.

2015-02-28aA more colorful version of the card  is shown here using my 3 DSP pattern layout.  I love this layout and have now used it on 3 totally different cards.  it is great for using up those small pieces of DSP!  This version is very similar to the card above using the butterflies and Bakers Twine.  But the addition of the DSP from the All Abloom paper stack ($6.95 in the big catalog) really brings out the colors of the card.

You will choose your favorite version of Happy Easter Bunny at our March Stamp Camp.  In case you don’t have the dates on your calendar, this stamp camp will be held on  March 5th (2 – 9 PM), 6th (2 – 9 PM) and March 7th (9 AM – 4 PM).  You can come whenever it is convenient for you.  As always, all materials and supplies are covered in the $12.00 charge.  We will be doing 4 projects – 3 cards and a spring/Easter basket.  Check the blog daily until all 4 projects have been posted.  We will have a colorful time!

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you happen to know which day you will be coming.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com