HONORING THE MEN IN OUR LIVES

Hi Crafters!  Can you believe how fast 2018 is progressing?  I can’t believe it is time for our June Stamp Camp.  It’s a great time to devote our crafting to the men in our lives – spouses, relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors.  Although I did not specify “FATHER’S DAY” in any of the sentiments I used for my samples, any of our June cards could be used for the upcoming Father’s Day occasion.  Our cards could also be adapted for masculine graduations. 

WP_20180517_12_42_48_Pro 1I’ve titled this card “Truly Tailored meets Basket Weave.”  The color scheme for most of our June projects is Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide. The stamp set we will be using is Truly Tailored and the DSP is True Gentleman.  The sample here features the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which was available during Sale-A-Brations.  I cased this card from Karen Finkle.  Karen had swiped her Night of Navy ink pad over the recessed side of the embossing folder before running it thru the Big Shot giving the recessed areas a nice blue shadow. I loved the effect and spent several hours trying to perfect this technique before giving up and leaving the weave plain! I was covered in navy ink!  Three patterns of the True Gentleman DSP embellish the basket weave layer.  One of the sentiments from the set is stamped and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch. A strip of navy crinkled seam binding ribbon and a True Gentleman button add dimension and interest. This is a simple masculine card that is fun to make.

June Stamp Camp is kind of an oxymoron as it starts on May 31st.  With graduations, weddings, and Father’s Day celebrations, I wanted to start early.  Dates/times:  Thursday May 31st from 1 – 7 pm, Friday June 1 from 2 – 7 pm, Saturday June 2 from 9 am – 4 pm.  These are cards that you truly can finish at home once you have your pieces cut and sentiments stamped and punched.  If possible, please let me know by Memorial Day – May 28th – what day you might be stopping by.  This helps insure I don’t cut too much paper.  The cost remains at $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  This is a great opportunity to build up your masculine card supply. 

The new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Catalogs will also be available at June Stamp Camp.  I expect them to arrive this week. 

Looking forward to seeing you!  Blessings, Rosemary – (home) 630/759-3089 – (cell) 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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CLIMBING ORCHIDS

WP_20180420_15_18_11_Pro 1Being an ex-florist, I am very fond or orchids.  Although orchid corsages and orchid stems in bouquets have lost their popularity, orchid plants  are very on trend.  I chose Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig for my color scheme.  Gorgeous Grunge is stamped in Fresh Fig judiciously to provide a bit of interest.  The background features the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.  The dynamic embossing folders use only one acrylic plate when running thru the Big Shot but leave a much heavier, dynamic impression. A 2 7/8 die cut square is adhered to a 3” scalloped Fresh Fig square and popped up with dimensionals on the card front.  This sample features the flatter Phalaenopsis or moth orchids.  The orchids are stamped, die cut and layered one set of petals over the other.  The throat of the orchid is stamped, die cut and adhered on top of the petals.

WP_20180420_15_19_33_Pro 1The second sample features more of a Cattleya orchid with the increased coloring.  The orchids are formed and adhered to the card front.  Leaves can be added if desired.  Old Olive stems are stamped between the orchids and lead up to the 2 buds.  Although I chose a Happy Birthday sentiment for my card front, any short sentiment will work.  This would make a great sympathy, anniversary, get well or thinking of you card. 

There you have it!  For May Stamp Camp, we will be making the 3-page Charming Café card, We must Celebrate meets Lovely as a Tree, Petal Palette, and finally, Climbing Orchids.  It is very helpful if you can let me know which day you might be attending.  If you wish to do the Charming Café card, please let me know by April 29th which color you prefer or I will cut Powder Pink. 

May Stamp Camp will be held Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2-7 pm, and Saturday, May 5 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Please note that June Stamp Camp will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2.  We are meeting a week earlier than normal to allow for Father’s Day cards to be sent. 

PETAL PALETTE

04.21.18 Petal Palette 1I love the Petal Palette stamp set and framelits.  This is one of those “gentle” stamp sets and I’m happy to report it is not retiring next month. The background of this Rich Razzleberry card uses the leaf stem embossing folder from the Petal Pair TIEF.  The Whisper White cs is run thru the Big Shot twice with this half embossing folder – first on one side, and then the other.  The sentiment is stamped and then die cut with the 2 7/8” circle die and layered onto a 3” die cut Razzleberry scallop circle.  After the background and circle are adhered to the card front, the rose cascade is stamped and colored with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  The main rose cluster is die cut and adhered to the left of the circle.

04.21.18 Petal Palette 3The trailer of 5 buds has been cut with the Stamp ‘n Cut.  The bud trailer is slipped under the bottom leaf of the main cluster and adhered in place.  There are 3 samples with 3 different sentiments although you can use any sentiment that fits on the circle.  There are also 3 different lower right corner suggestions.  An embellishment or stamped image is needed to balance the heavy rose cluster.  As noted above, Rich Razzleberry ribbon and bow are used.  In the sample to the left, a die cut spring of rose buds and leaves are shown.  The third sample uses a bird on a small leafy branch.  Perhaps you will have another idea to finish your Petal Palette card.

This is card #3 for May Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is on May 3 from 1 to 7 pm, May 4 from 2 to 7 pm, and May 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.  It is helpful to know which day you might be coming. If you are planning on doing the Charming Café card, you will need to let me know by April 29th if you prefer the Lemon Lime, Berry Burst or Powder Pink.  If you do not specify a color, I will cut Powder Pink cs.

As many items are retiring from the catalog next month, please check out the retirement list at Retiring Product List.  While the catalog officially retires the end of May, as retiring items diminish, they will not be replaced.  So – if there is something you want, let me know now so we can get it before it is sold out.  Also check out the Color Revamp in my previous blog.  You may want to purchase a re-inker on retiring colors as some of these colors are classics.

Check back soon to see the final card for May Stamp Camp – Climbing Orchids.

Blessings, Rosemary – (Home)630/759-3089 – (Cell) – 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

NOEL Eclipse Cards

2017.11.20 Bethlehem NoelI know several of you have wondered what an eclipse card looks like, so we are going to make 2 during December Stamp Camp.  Eclipse cards are also referred to as shadow cards.  The cards are created by stamping your background and then cutting out your image.  The background layer is then adhered to a dark card front. The cut pieces are adhered over the negative space with an adhesive that elevates the cut pieces.

2017.11.20 Holly NoelFor Stamp Camp, our adhesive will be the Foam Adhesive Strips (page 203 in the 2017-2018 catalog).  Mini Dimensionals would work but would not elevate the cut portion as high as the adhesive strips do unless the dimensionals are stacked.  When using a standard A2 size card, you are limited to 3-4 of the SU large letter framelits.  Of course, you are not limited to letters but NOEL or even JOY are perfect for this time of year.  The Night in Bethlehem card is a bit challenging as we are trying to stamp a light city background with Joseph, Mary and the Shepherd stamped over the city.  The Holly Berry Happiness card is much easier.  I love the texture provided by the Softly Falling embossing folder.  We will make 1 of each eclipse card.

Have you checked out the SU Online Extravaganza.  I’ve found 2 stamp sets I am going to order – Garden Girl Clear and More than Chocolate.  If you go to www.paperrose01@stampinup.net and click on shop, in the left hand column, you will see HOME.  Under HOME, you will see ONLINE EXTRAVANGAZA.  Click on the extravaganza to see all the specials.  You can order right there, or let me know and I will order for you.  Looking forward to seeing you at December Stamp Camp! (November 30, December 1, December 2)

Thanksgiving Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965

NOVEMBER STAMP CAMP

Hi Crafters – As I explained in a recent email, November Stamp Camp will offer the same cards originally scheduled for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  These 4 cards are shown below and will allow you to pick and choose for November Stamp Camp which will be held November 2 from 12 N to 8 PM, November 3 from 12 N to 8 PM, and November 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Note that I have increased the hours. 

2017.10.10 Christmas PinesChristmas Pines is a delightful card done in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a touch of Garden Green in the pine greenery.  The warm and cozy Cable Knit embossing folder provides lots of depth and interest.  There are dies for the circles, pine cones and greenery.  Wink of Stella adds lots of glimmer to the pinecones and greenery.

 

2017.10.10 Christmas QuiltI adore the Christmas Quilt card. There are many different patterns you can choose from in the Quilted Christmas 6” X 6” DSP Stack and many different ways you can arrange the patterns.   I am partial to the multi-colored patterns but the red and green patterns are also nice.  Although you can’t tell from this image, the quilted piece is “stitched” which is an option.  The new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides lots of texture.

2017.10.10 Christmas Quilt msgA special embellishment for the message layer of the Christmas Quilt card is the addition of a stitched felt embellishment (p. 5 in the 2017 holiday catalog).  Every card will include a red felt star, a holly embellishment as seen here, or a green felt tree.  I added a glimmer star to the tree on a card I did.  You can also stamp a tree if you prefer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.10.10 Framed SnowflakesFramed Snowflakes was created from a similar card I saw done with leaves.  The foil frames are die cut with the Layering Square Framelits.  The metallic foil snowflakes are from the wonderful Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Copper metallic foil was used on this card.  Gold and Champagne foils are also available.  The Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder provides the perfect background.  The “christmas” sentiment is from Sizzix.  Pearls embellish the snowflake centers and serve as the “dot” over the “I” in “christmas.”

2017.10.10 Night in BethlehemNight in Bethlehem was a favorite of many of those at October Stamp Camp.  This navy and silver card depicts Bethlehem stamped in Smoky Slate and then 2 different views die cut in metallic silver foil and adhered.  The trick to the card is keeping glue smudges and indentations off the foil.  The bottom die cut Bethlehem layer is “padded” with dimensionals on the upper middle buildings.  The circle is then trimmed with snips and overlaid with a navy circular frame.  I used a retired slanted embossing folder to give texture but not detract from the picture.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in navy, die cut and adhered to the Bethlehem image.  A silver glimmer star is elevated jubilantly in the sky.  A bit of silver Washi tape embellishes 2 corners of the front layer.

These are the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp.  The cost is $12 for the first 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.  12 cards would be $28.  For anyone who is a glutton for punishment and wants to do 16, the cost would be $34.  So pick and choose but please please please let me know early what cards you want and want day(s) you plan to be here.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

SNOWFLAKE SENTIMENTS

With this unseasonable heat, it’s hard to believe it is fall and Christmas is fast approaching!  Perhaps Snowflake Sentiments will help put us in the holiday spirit!

2017.09.16 Snowflake Sentiments Xmas no TEFLast month, our sparkling Christmas card was done in Cherry Cobbler and silver.  This month, our card is gold and white.  The top shimmery white layer features a gold metallic foil snowflake that is 3 3/8 X 3 3/8 in size.  In this image, the foil snowflake is layered with a gold glimmer snowflake, a gold foil snowflake, and a large pearl.  Other assorted snowflakes are die cut in gold glimmer and gold metallic foil and gently “cascade” down the front layer.  Pearls embellish each snowflake.  Rhinestones were considered, but there is enough bling without rhinestones.  Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape highlights 2 corners of the top layer and the sentiment “Christmas” is die cut in gold metallic foil.  

2017.09.16 Snowflake Sentiments 1The second sample is very similar to the first with “peace” used as the sentiment.  Gold 1/8” ribbon is used to highlight the 2 corners.  The top layer of this card was run thru the Big Shot with the Gently Falling Textured Embossing Folder.  This $8.50 embossing folder (page 211 in the 2017-2018 SU catalog) is one I recommend everyone have in their embossing folder library.  Although you cannot see the added clear droplets in either sample, I dropped dots of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen in several spots on the top layer and allowed them to dry.  These clear droplets add dimension and interest to the card.

October Stamp Camp is on Thursday October 5th from 12 N – 8 PM, Friday October 6th from 12 N – 6 PM, and Saturday October 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We will be doing 2 Christmas and 2 Halloween or Fall cards.  I realize several of you do not acknowledge Halloween so I always try to offer an alternative. 

As a reminder, Christmas Stamp-A-Stack will be October 19 and 21.  You will have the option of doing 4 each of 3 cards (12 total) or 5 each of 3 cards (15 cards).  This is, of course, subject to change as I may come up with 4 different cards instead of 3.  However, my current plan is 3 different cards.  Cost is $28 for 12 cards, or $33 for 15 cards. I’m waiting for a SU shipment so I can finish these cards and post them on the blog.  I will have samples  for you to view at October Stamp Camp. 

My 20% off product discount for SU ends September 30.  Let me know if there are any SU items you wish to add to your crafting bonanza.

My next post will be Christmas Sweaters.  Make sure you check back to see it.  Please let me know by Monday October 2 which cards you wish to do.  4 cards for $12 and each additional card is $2.

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

Holiday Wreath

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz PoinsettiaThis simple card features a Bigz Die by Tim Holtz.  The wreath is easily die cut and the leaves pull out.  The wreath is embellished with red glimmer berries and a glimmer bow.  The easy background is designed by running Whisper White thru the Big Shot in the Brick Wall embossing folder.  The Watercolor Wash stamp is then inked in the color of your choice and stamped on the debossed side of the card stock.  This gives a quick, but very interesting, background.  The  Christmas sentiment is stamped in red and die cut with a stitched rectangle die. 

 

2017.07.20 Tim Holtz inside poinsettiaThe message layer is stamped in green.  A red star and a deer are added for a bit of glitz.

Now you have seen August Stamp Camp cards that display coffee cups, a silhouette garden scene, pigs, and a wreath.  Which cards will you choose for August Stamp Camp?  If you really like one particular card, you might choose to do all 4 of that card – or maybe you like the different offerings, and choose to do 1 of each.  That choice is totally yours.  But you will need to let me know by July 31st which cards you choose to do.

August Stamp Camp will be held on August 3rd from 12 Noon – 6 PM, on August 4th from 2 – 6 PM, and August 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The cost for any 4 cards is $12.00.  Additional cards are $2 each.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630/759-3089 – (C)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com