Easter Swing Card

We had so many positive comments with the swing cards we created for Thanksgiving and Christmas, that I felt it was time to “swing” again.  Like the Easter Vase card, an Easter Message only appears on the inside panel, so this card can easily be used for any occasion.  There is some history behind this card.  It started with a fluttery flower made from many pieces of punched card stock that had been run thru a crimper 20 times each in order to break down the fibers.  The card stock was then split in half with the inner side giving a suede-like finish.  These multiple layers were then gathered into a single flower with a brad.  The finished flower was pretty – but way too complicated for a two-hour stamp camp.  So, this is what I switched to…

Easter Swing CardThe “Five-Way Flower” stamp gives the effect I was looking for and is much easier than the multi-layer suede-like flower I had been making previously.  In addition, it is only $9.95 in the main SU catalogue.  Cantaloupe Crisp cs was used for the card and the Perfect Polka Dot embossing Folder provides texture for the left front panel.  My favorite Watercolor Wonder DSP softens the card and is highlighted with Candy Dots.  I stamped the flower four time – first in Daffodil Delight, second in Crisp Cantaloupe, third in So Saffron, and finally in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I punched out each flower using the 2 3/8”, 1 ¾”, 1 ¼”, and 7/8” Scallop Circle Punches.  The layers are adhered with Stampin Dimensionals to provide depth, and anchored with a retired So Saffron floral brad.  There are lots of different brads and buttons that can be used for the flower center.  Because I like pink, I also completed a sample that uses Pink Pirouette in the flower , a pink rhinestone, and Pink Pirouette on the inner part of the card. 

Flower CloseupThis image shows a close-up of the completed Five-Way Flower. 









Happy Easter inside 1This image shows the inside of the swing card.  I stamped Easter Eggs from a retired set and adhered them to the back of the swing circle.  I completed another sample with a stamped bunny and basket with small Easter eggs on the back of the swing circle.  More butterflies appear using the Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punches.  I carried the color theme thru with strips of Watercolor Wonder DSP on the middle and right hand inner panels.  Finally, a single candy dot highlights the message panel.  Die cutting the card with the extra message panel is a bit tricky, and I will be happy to show you how it is done.  The Circle Card Thinlits Die is not shown in a current catalogue, but is available for $32.95. 

This is the final card we will create at the April Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, dates/times are:  Thursday, April 3rd from 2 – 9 PM; Friday, April 4th from 2 – 9 PM; Saturday, April 5th from 9 AM to 4 PM. If these dates/times don’t work for you this month, let me know and I should be able to accommodate an alternate date/time.  If you can let me know ahead of time if and when you will be coming, it is helpful, but not a requirement.  I always have extra packets ready.  I will also have Tombo Mono Adhesive refills out for sale at $2.00 per refill/$12.00 per box of 6 refills.

Mark your calendar now for the May Stamp Camp – May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  Deb and I are still in the planning stages for May, so if there is something you would like to see us do, please let me know.

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

Easter Vase

It’s time for more tulips – well, a single tulip in this case.  This card was created by Debbi.

Vase bestThis elegant Calypso Coral card features a single vased tulip from the Vivid Vases stamp.  The Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder gives the Very Vanilla cs a nice background texture.  The pre-cut Paper Doily Sizzlits Die provides great detail and is well defined with the Sweet Sorbet DSP backing.  Actually, I had pre-cut the Very anilla doilies several years ago when I ended up in the hospital for one of my knee surgeries and had to cancel a Stamp Camp.  Debbi used a Calypso Coral Starburst Framelits circle to highlight the tulip vase which is stamped and colored with markers.  The Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches are used with Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe cs to form a double butterfly with pearls.  We use these two butterfly punches on so many of our spring and summer cards. 

My hubby just reminded me to mention that I have replenished my Tombo Mono Adhesive refill supply.  I was forced to find a new supplier, but am able to hold the price of $2.00 per refill or $12.00 per box of 6.

You have now seen all cards except one – the Easter Swing card.  This final card will be posted later today, so check back this evening!

Hope you can make it to our April Stamp Camp on April 3, 4, and 5.  Give me a call or send me an E-mail if you have any questions.

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

Springtime Song

Birds 2I absolutely love this vintage printed image from The Graphics Fairy.  I subscribe to her blog and receive some very interesting vintage images that are free for use.  In Springtime Song, the picture is matted first in Whisper White, then in Pink Pirouette and finally in my favorite retired color – Baja Breeze.  I’m so glad I still have a few sheets left.  Note the use of the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder which really highlights the birds.  A permanent pink marker is used to color a few rhinestones which are embedded in the center of the flowers.  The “Easter Greetings” message is definitely vintage.


Birds inside goodOne of our stampers mentioned using a small envelope on or in one of her cards.  This jogged my memory – we have not used a small envelope in ages!  So, I pulled out the Bigz Scallop Envelope Die and some Core’dinations cs and created an envelope to use inside the Springtime Song card.  I “aged” the envelope with the Stampin’ Sanding Block on the textured surfaces and added a small white card sponged and stamped to match my Pacific Point cs.  The Core’dinations cs for the April Stamp Camp also includes Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight choices.  I finished the card with a punched Petite Petals flower.  I placed the flower on my piercing pad and pressed down firmly.  Presto – my flower petals curved upward leaving a perfect base for another pink rhinestone.  I generally don’t place rhinestones inside a card, but there are several thicknesses of cs on the card front, so I feel confident the rhinestones won’t poke thru.

Don’t forget – April Stamp Camp is right around the corner.  The cost is $12.00 for the 4 projects and includes all materials, supplies, and tools.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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

Easter Tulips

Although Easter is late this year, the date is fast approaching.  If we are lucky, we may not have any snow to commemorate our Lord.  Debbi and I have created four Easter cards for our April Stamp Camp (April 3, 4, 5).  However, all could be used for other occasions.  Today, we are going to view the Easter Tulips card

Tulips Best“Blessed Easter” is the stamp set featured on this card.  The color scheme is Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight .  The tulips are water-colored with blender pens and an assortment of inks.  The Fancy Fan Embossing Folder provides texture to the top part of the card, and the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper adds softness to the card.  I absolutely love the Watercolor Wonder DSP.  Deb added a bit of Tangerine Tango ribbon, and a double butterfly using the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punches.  We split the message from the main stamp so we could use the tulips for other occasions.   Deb stamped the message on Daffodil Delight, cut it out with the Circle Framelits, and then sponged the circle heavily in Tangerine Tango. 

This beautiful card will be one of the four we will be completing at our April Stamp Camp.  Dates/times are:  Thursday, April 3rd from 2 – 9 PM; Friday, April 4th from 2 – 9 PM; and Saturday, April 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  If you need another date/time, please let me know, and I should be able to accommodate your request.

On a personal note, many of you are aware of weight loss surgery I had in October 2013.  I am proud to report that I have lost over 90 pounds, and am fast approaching 100 pounds.  Still have more to lose, but I am feeling a sense of accomplishment!

Remember that Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.  Let me know if you want to take advantage of this annual sale. 

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you have any questions about the April Stamp Camp.  Cost is $12 and everything you need is provided.  Check back tomorrow for the next Easter card post.    Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

It’s Peter Cottontail Hopping Time

03.26.2013 Its Hoppin TimeThis darling Easter Bunny was created by BJ Peters and I just had to share him with you!  Wouldn’t he be cute on your Easter dinner table?  Peter is made with the new oval framelits from the spring mini catalog.  More Amore’ DSP was used but I can think of many other designer series papers that would look perfect. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Everything Water Stamp Camp on April 5th and 6th.  3 of our 4 April Shower-water related cards are done and will be posted on this blog before the April Stamp Camp, so make sure you check back.  The price will be $10 and the cards are really cute!  Well, not true – the masculine “Under the Sea” card is not cute – but it is very interesting!  I hope you will be able to join us.  This card is stamped with the By The Tide stamp set that is available in the spring mini catalog – a great set for masculine cards. 

If you cannot come in April, but would like to purchase the Everything Water Stamp Camp Kit – please let me know.  The kits include everything you will need to complete the 4 cards except for adhesive.  All the stamping, embossing, die-cutting, punching is done for you.  Ribbon, buttons, rhinestones and other embellishments are included.  The cost for the kits currently is the same as the Stamp Camp fee – $10.00.  However, we need to know ahead of time to do all the prep work. 

Have a Blessed Easter and I look forward to seeing you on April 5th or 6th.  Blessings, Rosemary 

Abundant Hope

Abundant Hope is onEaster Blessings 2e of my favorite retired sets and perfect for Sending Springtime Smiles 1Easter and spring.





I love the contrast between the Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.  The daffodil image was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers, moistened with “huffs” of breath and then stamped on Whisper White cs.  I did add some extra color to the daffodils with the fine point of the Daffodil Delight marker.  The leaves were colored with Old Olive.  The navy mat was die cut from Perfect Pennants Bigz L.  The new Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder gives a bit of texture between the daffodil and the DSP.  This embossing folder is so subtle yet ties together the scallop theme of the card.  The two styles of DSP shown above will be available at the March Stamp Camp and you can choose your favorite.  I found the thin navy ribbon at the bottom of my ribbon box and it adds the perfect contrast to the upper card.  Finally, the navy stamped message matted to the navy scallop oval carries thru the color contrast.  A butterfly or two would be perfect, but I must have forgotten to add it – another senior moment.  So Saffron cs, die cut with the new oval framelits provide a perfect background inside the card for the message of your choice.

This is the fourth card we will be creating at the March Stamp Camp – Friday March 1st,  4 – 9 PM and Saturday March 2nd, 9 AM – 4 PM.  $10 is the cost for the 4 cards.  If you plan on attending, send me a quick E-mail if you can.  This helps with knowing how much paper to cut.  But we always have extra packets ready, so if you decide at the last second to stop by, you know Debbi and I would love to see you.  Next Stamp Camp is the first weekend in April – April 5th and 6th and water is the theme – guaranteed to be a splash!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Colorful Easter

Debbi was tasked with developing an Easter card that was simple but colorful and elegant.  She did a great job!  This is the outcome:

Happy Easter 1Deb used Circle Circus for the colorful spring ornament images on the card.  She used Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, and Wisteria Wonder against the Whisper White mat on a Bashful Blue card.  The polka dot embossing folder provides a bit of texture as does the perky yellow ribbon.  This card is perfect for Easter but could also be used for any occasion – well, not for a male , maybe, but would be nice for someone feminine.  Now don’t accuse me of gender bias here but I don’t think it looks like a masculine card! 



This is the third card we will be creating at the March Stamp Camp on March 1st and 2nd.  The fourth card will be posted tomorrow.  I hope everyone can come as we will need something springy to compensate for the snow that we are waiting for.

Give me a call or send an E-mail if you have any questions.  Blessings, Rosemary  630.759.3089 – paperrose01@aol.com.