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

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

EASTER FRIENDS

03.23.22 Bunny Blossom embossedThe bunny rabbit in Easter Friends is just too cute!  Mr. Bunny is featured with a bouquet of flowers from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set and the Flowers of Home dies.  Both Mr. Bunny and the flowers are cut with the Scan’n Cut although there are dies available for the flowers.  Mr. Bunny stamps quite light with Smoky Slate but too dark with Basic Gray.  There are an assortment of bunnies die-cut that can be used as they are or you can use Stampin’ Colored Pencils or Stampin’ Pastels to add additional color.  The flowers are colored but will need to be trimmed to fit the appropriate area.  The centers of the large daisies vary somewhat in color and additional color can be added.  The Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the background.  NOTE:  This embossing folder is being retired and is on sale for $7.20.

03.23.22 Bunny Happy EasterI experimented with adding a Balmy Blue shadow around Mr. Bunny and the flowers, but I did get a bit carried away in the Easter version of the card.  The shading is much fainter on the card above.  Debbie made little pink bows and ties for Mr. Bunny.

Please let us know which cards you wish to do and what day you plan on coming.  April Stamp Camp is 10am-4pm on Thursday March 31st, 10am-4pm on Friday April 1, and 9am-4pm on Saturday April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7.  Debbi and I will be working on Friday to put the April card packets together. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all.  Masks are optional at this time.                          Sending Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

APRIL RAIN BOOTS

03.23.22 Boots BloomWe are certainly ready for our next card thanks to all our rain.  But as hubby would say, rain is better than ice and snow.!  However, Flowering Rain Boots is another Stampin’Up bundle I really like.  We used a strip of the Flowering Fields tulip DSP and made a Bookbinder Fold – a new fun fold for me.  The main difference is an additional score line at 5 1/2” which allows for the 1” strip that is adhered to the card base.  Because the card front was smaller, the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder was used.  There are folders in this set and they are not as wide as the standard folders.  Note the embossed dots shown on the background.

03.23.22 Boots EasterThe second sample shows more of a hound’s-tooth background.  The rainboots in the first sample were stamped in Cajun Craze while the sample to our right is stamped in Cinnamon Cider. The Cajun Craze has much more orange in it than the Cinnamon.  I recommend using the Stamparatus for stamping the boots to allow for a second application of ink.  The tulips are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and die-cut.  The Evening Evergreen stamped stems insert directly into the boots thanks to the use of an X-Acto knife.  Bumblebee gingham ribbon embellish the fold with the addition of a small bow which Debbie so graciously made.  Although several sentiments could be used, I thought Easter Blessings, and Live Life in Full Bloom were appropriate.

03.23.22 Boots Bloom Message TulipThe message layer can be stamped with the cluster of daisies shown above on the envelopes, or you can be creative and actually make a tulip as I have done here.  The Tulips Dies make 3 different tulip styles. I chose a 3-D style here and die-cut the petals from the free Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations.  The addition of a stamped and die-cut leaf and stem add to the realistic look.

As a reminder, April Stamp Camp is March 31, April 1 and April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7 at normal times.  Christmas in July will be July 14th, 15th and 16th.  Mark your calendars now. 

I think the next post will be the crazy Spring Gnomes! 

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

CARDS BRING US SPRING!

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  We see tulips, daffodils, daisies, bunny rabbits, gnomes – all of my spring favorites!

03.23.22 Daffodils Springtime SmilesI love the Daffodil Daydream bundle!  The daffodils – seen here in Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry – are fun to make.  You can create daffodil buds and other sizes in addition to the full sized blooms shown here.  The DSP was free during the Sale-A-Brations celebration that ended last month.  The new 3-D Hive embossing folder is so cool – it leaves a deep impression on both the debossed (shown here) and embossed sides.   The Daffodil Dies include 2 butterflies shown here in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  Debbie thought Champagne Rhinestones are perfect for the butterflies and sentiment.

03.23.22 Daffodils EasterThis is a perfect card for many occasions – weddings, anniversaries,, birthdays, thinking of you, and of course – Easter as we celebrate our Lord.  The small Scalloped Contours framelit is perfect for this sentiment.  Other springtime and Easter sentiments will be available for you to use on your cards.  Notice that the embossed side of the card stock was used on this sample – see how it pops out?  Both backgrounds are perfect for so many creative ideas. 

Daffodils message layerThe message layer is simple – a decorative strip of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and 2 die-cut butterflies – Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  If you look closely at the centers of the daisies on the DSP, you will see a touch of Flirty Flamingo. 

April Stamp Camp is Thursday March 31, Friday May 1, and Saturday May 2 .  Masks are optional as of now.  We will see how the latest Covid variant is doing next week so stick a mask in your pocket just to play it safe.  Stamp Camp times remain 10am-4pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.  After the blogs are all posted, please let us know which day you will be coming, what cards you will be doing, and if you need Cards To Go.  This information helps us so much in our planning, bundling and table set-up.

Stampin-Up has listed their retiring items from the 2021-2022 catalog.  There are lots of good deals so fix yourself a cup of coffee, click here 2021-2022 Retiring Products, press on SHOP and relax while sorting through the list.  Of course not everything is marked down, but when you combine their sale prices with the 10% off I give, you can get some bargains!  You can also go directly to the Stampin’ Up Web Site, click here2021-22 Retiring SU Products and you will see the same items.  Also, Stampin-Up also has quite a few bundles 20% off.  Check them out here: 20% off Bundles.

Stay tuned for what?  Tulips – bunny rabbits – gnomes?

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

St. Pat the Gnome

02.22.22 St Pat the Gnome

Can you tell that I really like gnomes?  I think they are little fun creatures.  For March Stamp Camp we have a set of leprechaun gnomes featuring a shamrock, horseshoe, and rainbow.  The gnomes rest on a background of Stampin’ Up Simply Marbleous DSP embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  Note the curved corners on the 3 layers of card stock. The Detailed Trio Punch makes curving those corners a cinch.  Added shamrocks in Shaded Spruce and Call Me Clover embellish the top card layer.  Touches of Wink of Stella add glimmer.

02.22.22 St Pat the Gnome msg 

Although I have very few Irish friends to send this card to, I thought the Irish Blessing used for the message layer would make this card appropriate for anyone.  This is a blessing I would wish for all my friends and family.  The blessing is printed in green, die cut and layered on a Shaded Spruce scalloped circle.  A cheerful shamrock adds and additional Irish touch.

This is the first card for a very varied March Stamp Camp.  And YES – we will be having Stamp Camp in my home.  Regarding masks, I am waiting to see what our Governor will declare on February 28th.  I’m hoping for mask optional.  Norb and I have been Covid-free thus far.  I know many of you have not been that fortunate.  If you prefer Cards to Go, you just need to let us know. 

So – dates/time:  Thursday March 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday March 4th from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday March 5th from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you will have limited time for stamp camp, please alert us to that fact and we will prep part of your cards.  If you need assistance with coloring and fine motor skill tasks, let us know and we will help.   Just please let us know as soon as you can what cards you wish to do and when you plan on coming.  Thus far, it does not appear there is a snow storm scheduled for the March Stamp Camp time period, but we never know what Mother Nature has planned.

Don’t forget that I am featuring a 20% discount on all Stampin’Up products.  This is a personal discount that I try to give twice a year.  Also, Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th.  We are using Simply Marbleous DSP on 2 of our projects for March Stamp Camp,  And the Friendly Hello Bundle from Sale-A-Bration is one of our featured March Cards.  Check out these Free products at Sale-A-Bration in my Stampin’Up Store

Stay tuned for our next card!  Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630-965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

LOVE

‘”LOVE is like sunshine.”  How can we bring sunshine into the lives of others?  February Cards to Go has 4 perfect answers.  Let’s take a look at the first one:

01.22.22 Val Wreath RedThe Stampin’Up Arrange a Wreath bundle of stamps and dies is one of those sets that has many uses.  This is a set I continue to use even though it is retired.  Debbie designed this gentle red, Blushing Bride and white card.  The Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder provides lots of background texture.  The wreath is die-cut with the free Sale-A-Brations DSP Simply Marbleous Blushing Bride DSP.  Red hearts and flowers embellish the wreath with rhinestones centered in the flowers and double die-cut bow..  The love heart is one of my favorite dies and is perfect for this card.  2 additional red hearts provide balance.

01.22.22 Val Wreath BlushBut – what if the card recipient is not someone you feel comfortable giving a LOVE embellishment.  What if a LIKE embellishment would be more appropriate.  Well, we don’t have LIKE embellishments, but we do have a nice message that reads “HAPPY TO HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE.”  This is perfect for most anyone as we are KIND crafters and one thing America needs desperately is KINDNESS.  Debbie stamped this message in red on a Blushing Bride heart and it is a perfect embellishment when LOVE just won’t work. 

01.22.22 Val Wreath Blush Msg01.22.22 Val Wreath Redd Msg

The message layer features a strip of DSP that matches the wreath.  Happy Valentines Day is the message and if you choose, you can add the heart that you did not use on the front.  Both hearts will be included in your February Cards to Go.

I’m feeling positive that we can return to cards at my home in March.  The current variant appears to be waning and we certainly want to take advantage of that.

My birthday with Stampin’ Up is January 29th – 18 years.  To celebrate, I thought I would offer an 18% discount on Stampin’ Up products for the month of February.  But I decided 18% would be way too hard to figure out so I settled on a 20% discount for the month of February.  This not only celebrates my years with Stampin’ Up but gives you the opportunity to save money and obtain some free items from Sale-A-Brations.  We used the Simply Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations last month, and on the card above.  Our next card uses a Sale-A-Brations stamp set. 

February Cards to Go will be ready for pick up on Thursday, February 3rd.  So let me know as soon as you can which cards you would like so we can pack up the orders.  I miss you!  I will be glad when we can get together and have some laughter!  I miss our laughter and companionship!  In the meantime – STAY WARM!

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

ANGELS OF PEACE

08.23.21 Amgels of PeaceAngels of Peace is my favorite Christmas set for 2021.  I fell in love with the set the second I saw it in the July-December Mini Catalog.  I pondered over how to present the angel in a simple but elegant fashion.  The end result has her embossed in gold and framed with embossed metallic gold.  The oval dies used are a combination emboss and die cut.  The end result on the gold metallic is very elegant.  The framed angel rests on tufted embossed white cs framed in Night of Navy on a thick white card.  A simple Noel embellishes the lower corner and a gold star shines in the East.

08.23.21 Angels of peace message layerThe message layer is framed in navy and features our second angel – small in stature but a mighty presence.  She wears a garland  of flowers and clutches a bough of holly.  The message is chosen from the Angels of Peace stamp set.  The message and angel are gold embossed to carry thru the elegance of the card. 

This is our September Christmas card.  You may make as many as you wish.  Embossing is fun as you watch the dull gold heat up and pop into life!

Don’t forget to let us know if you will need a kit, how many cards you wish to do, and what day you plan on coming!

Blessings,

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

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Night in Bethlehem is a classic Christmas tribute.  Mary and Joseph are led by the star on their way to Bethlehem.  Shimmer paper and several rhinestones give a bit of glimmer to this revered sight.  The sentiment and circle are framed in Navy. The Tufted Embossing Folder adds softness and depth to the card front.

Night in Bethlehem Rejoicing

Night in Bethlehem BlessedNight of Bethlemen messageThere are many messages that are appropriate for this simple but elegant card.  I chose one that came with the Night of Bethlehem stamp set and added a star and a shepherd. 

PLAYFUL PENGUINS

Penguins 2

What would Christmas be without penguins and some punch art.  You may recognize these little friends as coming from the Stampin’Up owl punch. A bank of glittery snow is just right for these cold weather friends

Penguins 1

The Brother Scan’n Cut was helpful in cutting out the bodies, eyes, vests and feet. The weathered sign was die cut and the post was punched.  The Softly Falling Embossing Folder depicts a snowy scene.

Penguins message

We chose this sparkling message for the Playful Penguins card, but you can choose a message of your choice.  A 4th penguin embellishes the message layer.  When forming your penguins, you can play with the eyeballs and have them looking in any direction – even cross eyed!  This is a card to have fun with.

Time to start a new post!  See you in a bit!

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

BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE #1

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE blueButterfly Brilliance is a new set that I absolutely love!  I believe butterflies are a gift from God and you can NEVER have too many butterfly stamps and dies. 

This Coastal Cabana card is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder which gives the card a lovely texture.  A strip of Butterfly Bijou DSP is layered on Just Jade and is adorned with two layer butterflies.

 

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE  Coastal CabanaThe top butterfly layer is die-cut in Just Jade and the bottom layer is cut in Mint Macaron.  The wings are slightly curled with a bone folder.  Wink of Stella is brushed on prior to adhering the the layers together.  A simple shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered with the fibers separated.  Finally the butterfly heads are embellished with rhinestones in the top sample and pearls in the bottom sample. 

042421 Butterfly Brilliance msg layerThe message layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana with a single butterfly while the envelope butterfly is stamped in Just Jade.

So far we’ve seen flowers, a tree and butterflies.  But I promised two cards with flowers so the final card must be – FLOWERS!

Please remember to let me know what cards you choose to make.  The cost remains any 4 cards for $14 and $3 for each additional card.  The price of the snail refills recently increased in price and because of this, I am increasing the price to $2.25 per roll or $13.50 per box. 

Let’s take a look at our last card.

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