Nailed It

2017.05..27 Nailed ItNailed It is perfect for any guy or “handywoman.”  Even if the recipient is not a carpenter, most men can wield a hammer and screwdriver.  The color scheme for this card is basic gray, smoky slate and silver foil.  The touch of red and crushed curry add interest and I felt a bit of color was needed.  The Build It Framelits Dies make this card a cinch to create.  The foil hammer and screwdriver heads add a bit more work, but I like the overall effect.  They could however, be done on smoky slate to ease the process.  I love the ruler separating the 2 coordinating pieces of Urban Decay Designer Series Paper.  The new Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder was used to add interest to the message hexagon.  The set comes with a die that perfectly fits across the die cut hexagon and is great for a small message!  Note the 3 dimensional screw in the upper left corner.  The Urban Underground Embellishments are used for this card and choices include a screw, hexagon, and star.  Depending on how many of these cards are made, you may possibly choose 2 embellishments, but you definitely can choose 1.

Along with High Tide, this is what we are doing for June Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, dates for June Stamp Camp are Thursday, June 8 from 12 Noon – 4 PM; Friday, June 9 from 12 Noon – 4 PM; and Saturday, June 10 from 9 am – 4 PM.  I am not offering evening hours as my body tends to wear down by late afternoon.  However, as time goes on, my strength will return.  If these dates/times do not work for you, please let me know and we can work out an alternative plan.

Please please please let me know if you plan on coming and what cards you would like to do.  You can do 1, 2 or whatever.  Cost is the same – 4 for $12 with any additional cards at $2.00.  If you are choosing to do the lit High Tide, there is an additional $1.50 charge.  The batteries are $1.00 each plus the LED light and conductive tape.  But you can do do the card exactly as it is shown without the light and it is still a beautiful card.  If you just want to stop by to chat and pick up your new catalog, that is fine too. 

Checkout the retiring list at 2016-2017 Retiring List.  It appears High Tide is not retiring, but Nailed It is listed on the retiring list.  Check out the list as some items are discounted up to 50%.  The retired list is effective May 31st.  Let me know if there is something you would like to order.  I will be checking my paperrose01@aol.com site daily or you can give me a call. 

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

BASKET BUNCH

“Basket Bunch” is a darling stamp set for spring.  You can have a basket filled with flowers or Easter eggs, add some die cut grass and bunnies and you are ready to send a cute spring or Easter card.

FullSizeRender 2This is such a fun card to make.  I chose to stamp my grass instead of using the die cut version that comes with the matching Basket Builder Framelits Dies.  There is a lot of dimension with this card thanks to Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The basket, bunny and chicks are all popped up.  Because the two-tone basket is raised, the stems and flowers are also popped up.  The sky is sponged with Marina Mist and Soft Sky and a few soft clouds give the spring feeling that warmer days are coming. 

FullSizeRender 3If you love this set but want to do a card that is not quite as detailed, try doing the vertical version as you will use less stamps.  To help streamline the process, I have pre-cut several of everything and have additional images stamped.  One difference you may note between this sample and the horizontal sample above is the ink colors.  Black ink was used for all the images to the left except for the Garden Green grass.  In the sample above, I used more colors for stamping the flowers, eggs, and basket greenery.  The choice, of course, is up to you.  Wink of Stella was also added to the finished card although you can’t see from the picture. 

Whew!  One card to go for March Stamp Camp.  Isn’t it great to be using these springy colors – pinks, yellows, lavenders?  I love it!!!!!

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

HAPPY ALMOST SPRING

March is right around the corner and we have had some beautiful weather.  Our March Stamp Camp will feature a bit of spring and Easter.  It appears I will be out of circulation for April Stamp Camp, so we are going to do Easter cards in March.  However, as long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th, you can choose the cards you wish to do – and maybe you won’t want to do Easter.  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 in the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  On to the first card:

FullSizeRenderThis card comes from the “Special Reason” stamp set and the Stylish Stems Framelits.  The Blushing Bride card is accented with Rose Red flowers framing the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper background.  Smoky Slate DSP from the Carried Away pack provides background interest.  Flecks of color speckle the background and the white doily peeking thru softens the overall effect.  I added rhinestones in the flower centers and several throughout the card.  This is a beautiful card for almost any occasion. 

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRender 1The second sample was actually my first card and I tweaked the measurements of the DSP just a bit.  The main difference between the two samples is the glimmer paper background for the Rose Red flowers.  Blushing Bride was used in this sample and the overall card appears darker.  It is actually more attractive than it looks.  The embellishments in the lower right corner are also a bit different.  These embellishments add weight to the right side of the card helping with balance. 

This card is not difficult or time consuming.  The flowers and leaves die cut easily.  You just need to insure you use sufficient liquid glue to insure the Rose Red flower will adhere to the roughness of the glimmer paper. 

So guess what our next card will be?  It’s a new fold that several of you have asked for!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and what cards you wish to do.  $12 for 4 and $2 for each card beyond that.  See you in a bit.

TO MY VALENTINE

2017.01.24 BLACK TIE HVDMy Black Tie Valentine is one of the three valentine cards that you can make at the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp.  This striking card uses the new Falling Petals embossing Folder – very similar to my favorite Softly Falling folder.  The Whisper White embossed layer is adhered to the Basic Black card and is embellished with a black satin bow and a pair of fussy cut red lips. This card was originally designed for the punched card stock bow.  Using the satin ribbon is a bit trickier but with the help of the bow maker, a bit of Baker’s Twine, and Tombo Multi Liquid Glue, anything is possible.  The satin ribbon allows the sender to slip the card in an envelope while the card stock bow would crease and flatten in an envelope.

2017.01.24  BLACK TIE HVD MSGThe new “Sealed with Love” stamp set was used for both messages and the lips.  Two arrow dies come with the matching  “Love Notes Framelits”.  Gold foil was used for the arrow in this image.  The arrow was cut in half and adhered to the underside of the Happy Valentine’s Day message giving the appearance of an arrow shooting through the message.  A thin strip of “Sending Love” DSP adds a touch of color to the message layer.  This is an ideal valentine for your sweetheart!

2017.01.24 HVD EDGELITI love the heart edgelit that comes with the “Love Notes Framelits”.  The edgelit is easy to use and provides interest and depth.  The hearts can be bent open allowing the reader to peek thru and see what is next.  The Falling Petals embossing folder adds more hearts to the top card layer. The gold die cut arrow  is a bit off line.  I discovered a dimensional covering my access point for the arrow and now place my arrow BEFORE adding the dimensionals.  This view shows the card slightly propped open.

 

 

2017.01.24 HVD EDGE MSG2017.01.24 HVD EDGE SHOWING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view on the left shows the DSP peeking behind the heart edgelit.  When the card is fully open, the complete DSP strip is seen as well as a tiny matching envelope with a “sending love” message embellished with stamped and die cut hearts. There is an assortment of “Sending Love” DSP to choose for your panel and envelope. There are 2 little message dies in the “Love Notes Framelits”. as well as the small envelope and hearts dies. 

2017.01.24 AMORE HDThis is the Amore valentine card and shows you some of the  words in other languages for “love”,  A panel of the “Sending Love” DSP is layered on Basic Black and adhered with dimensionals on a layer of Whisper White cs embossed with “Falling Petals.”  A red foil heart features a smaller Dazzling Diamonds glimmer heart .  A black glimmer arrow pierces the heart thru the center. 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.01.24 AMORE HVD MSGThe message layer of the Amore card is embellished simply with a border punch of hearts allowing the red layer to peek thru.  The Happy Valentine’s Day message is stamped in Real Red and die cut with one of the new Stampin’ Up stitched circles.  A scalloped Real Red circle is layered under the message and  adhered with dimensionals.

There you  have it!  Fiesta, Beautiful You, Lift me Up, and 3 Valentine cards.  What will you choose?  The first 3 can be done as Valentines or as other occasions.  The 3 Valentine cards pretty much need to be used for Valentine’s Day.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make.

As a final reminder, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4. I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM. If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know. Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM.  March Stamp Camp will be held on March 2, 3, 4 with the same times as the February Camp. 

A reminder about Sale-A-Bration!!! This is the time of year when you can get something FREE! Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017. Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17. There are lots of other things, too. So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!

Please let me know if you plan on attending this fun stamp camp.  The price remains the same – $12.00 covers everything for 4 cards; additional cards are $2.00 each.

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

Happy 2017

Hi Crafters!  For those of you who have been wondering if I had fallen off the face of the earth, I am happy to report I am alive and well.  I bet you have wondered why a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator would not send out Christmas cards to her favorite crafters!  Well…on December 8th, I was helping my 98 year-old mother put on a cardigan sweater.  I tripped on her feet and landed on the floor.  Mother reached down to help me, slipped out of her chair, and landed on her hip.  Off we went to Edwards Hospital with Mother and her now broken hip.  December 9th brought hip surgery and December 11th brought a snowy transfer to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville.  I was at St. Patrick’s daily until Mother was discharged the end of the month.  Although she is home now, she cannot walk independently and requires assistance with many of her activities of daily living.  So that, dear friends, is why you have not heard from me.  But life goes on, and Valentine’s Day will come in February whether we want it to or not.  So, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4.  I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM.  If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know.  Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM. 

Now – on to Valentine’s Day.  I have chosen 4 stamp sets for our February projects.  They can be done either for Valentine’s Day or for another occasion.  I will have a sample for each. 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD cardI absolutely love the Birthday Fiesta stamp set.  Perhaps because I was born in Tucson, I like the cacti and bright cheery colors.  I cas’d the layering colors and approximate sizes from another demonstrator but added the hearts, cactus, streamers and embossing.  The Fiesta Time Framelits Dies make cutting the llama, cacti, and flowers a cinch.  The colors of Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise are bold and happy.  I punched assorted sized hearts in red glimmer and Melon Mambo,  Wink of Stella also provided a bit of pizzazz to the card.  But wait until you see the message layer!

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD MsgI very rarely put as much time into the sentiment layer as I did here, but I just love the cacti.  The Festive Birthday DSP provides lots of ideas.  I fell in love with the sheets featuring guitars, maracas, sombreros, peppers and piñatas.  I fussy cut the sombreros and maracas, punched a few red glimmer hearts and added a set of wiggly eyes.  Doesn’t this say Happy Valentine’s Day with a wonderful Western flair?

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD cardBut maybe you need a birthday card with a Western theme.  This sample replaces the hearts with flowers and candy dots.  The color scheme, layering and other objects remain the same.  Of course the message can be changed although the message used on the valentine sample would be appropriate.  Wink of Stella was used here and there to add a bit of glimmer and interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD MsgI grabbed a picture of the sentiment layer before I mounted it in the card – hence no Melon Mambo border.  Instead of 3 cacti, we have a llama, a piñata and a single cactus.  The sombrero and piñata were fussy cut from the Festive Birthday DSP.  The flowers were stamped and die cut.  Candy dots provide interesting flower centers and eyeballs for the cactus.  A bit of Wink of Stella was added at the end.

Well, what do you think?  Isn’t this a wonderful way to start out 2017 Stamp Camps?  Lots of color and cheer with a bit of added humor.  The next card will be from the new Beautiful You set found in the new Occasions catalog.  If you did not receive your catalog, please let me know.  I will have extras at the February Stamp Camp.  You can look online at Occasions Catalog January-May 2017

And don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration!!!  This is the time of year when you can get something FREE!  Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017.  Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17.  There are lots of other things, too.  So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!  

Well, I had better get started on card #2.  If you plan on attending February Stamp Camp, let me know if you can.  And don’t forget to choose which cards you want to do.  My final ask is to let me know if you plan on coming in the 6-9 PM range on the Thursday or Friday time slots.  This helps me in planning the evening hours.

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

NOVEMBER 2016 STAMP-a-STACK

Hi Crafters!  The last sample is done for our November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  Dates/times are:  Thursday November 17 from 10 AM to 9 PM and Saturday November 19 from 9 AM to 4 PM. HOWEVER, if Friday is the only day you can come, anytime after 3 PM until 9PM is fine.  If you need to come earlier on Friday, please let me know and I should be able to accommodate you.  I have a very small group of seniors coming from 10 AM to 3 PM, most of whom are not stampers, so my concentration will be with these 4-5 women.  However, if you can work independently, Friday during the day will be fine. 

The cost for November Stamp-a-Stack is $18 for 9 cards.  This is a bit more expensive than Christmas in July due to the use of glimmer paper and metal foils. The sooner you can let me know if you are coming and what 9 cards you choose to do, the more I can do to help you by die cutting the images.  There is very little stamping, a tiny bit of gold embossing that I can pre-do for you, and NO BOWS!!!!!   There will be directions and after the die cutting and stamping is complete, your cards can be finished at home. 

2016.11.09 SantaGreetings from Santa is a very cute card and surprisingly easy to make. I discovered that using parchment paper to assist in intricate die cuts works beautifully.  There is no waxy residue left as you find when using wax paper, and the die almost falls out.  I do encourage using the precision base plate, and I use the foam pad and rolling brush to remove the small pieces.

  Santa’s face is layered on red glimmer paper and I added a few sparkly stars.   A small piece of red glimmer paper is glued over the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer which allows the sparkle to flow from top to bottom. 

 

2016.11.09 Santa messageI found this holiday message in my archives and like how it works with the card.  A stamped tree and glimmer star help carry the theme of the card throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.09 Santa 1This Greetings from Santa is like the one above except for the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer.  If you choose to do the Greetings from Santa card, please let me know which decorative die cut you prefer.

This basic red and white card is perfect for anyone at Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.9 Santas Sleigh goldSanta’s Sleigh is a bit more artistic.  This card features a deer pulling a sleigh burdened with a big Christmas tree as snow falls from above.  This view uses gold metal foil filigree decorating a black sleigh. A gold cording rein keeps the Crumb Cake deer in line.  The deer features a gold metal bow.  This scene is popped up against a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer snow bank.

2016.11.09 Santas sleigh silver.This Santa’s Sleigh features silver metal foil for the sled filigree and bow for the deer.   This card would also be attractive done with copper metal foil.  If you choose to make Santa’s Sleigh, make sure you specify which metal foil you prefer – gold, silver, or copper.  Or maybe one of each!

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy NativityJoyful Nativity is our final card for November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  The colors don’t show up well in this image.  The Holy Family is embossed in gold within the black stamped JOY.  This is layered on gold glimmer and then black card stock.  The triple layer is popped up on Very Vanilla cs that has been embossed with the new Seaside Embossing Folder,  A decorative gold glimmer border peeks out each side of the main layer.  The actual card is Delightful Dijon.

2016.11.09 Joy AngelA second sample of  Joyful Nativity features a gold embossed angel within the O of JOY.  A few of the gold glimmer “leaves” that come from the decorative gold glimmer border have been added  to accent the flowing embossed lines.  Also attractive is using the debossed side of the embossed cs.

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy BethlehemJoyful Nativity also has the city of Bethlehem stamp that can be gold  embossed within the stamped JOY.

If you choose to do this card, please specify what image you prefer – the Holy Family, the angel, or Bethlehem – or perhaps one of each. 

2016.11.09 Joy messageThe message layer of Joyful Nativity carries through the gold glimmer theme with the addition of the gold border that is seen on the card front.  A simple black-stamped message is layered on black and then onto the Delightful Dijon card.

To summarize November Stamp-a-Stack, there are 3 cards – Greetings from Santa available with 2 decorative die cuts – Santa’s Sleigh available with silver, gold, or copper metal foil accents – and Joyful Nativity available with the gold embossed Holy Family, angel, or city of Bethlehem.  You can choose any 9 cards – all of 1, 3 of each, or any other combination.  The dates and times are specified at the top of this post.  The cost is $18 which includes all materials and supplies. 

What I need from you is:  1) Are you coming? 2) What day works best for you?  3) What cards do you wish to do?  As soon as I have this information, I will start cutting the pieces for your cards to simplify your card-making.  The end result is 9 gorgeous cards to share with your friends and relatives.  These cards are created with the hands but come from the heart. 

Blessings and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and/or concerns.  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

EVERYDAY JARS

What would you rather do – can fruit or arrange flowers???

2016.08.27 JarsFor our jar cards, we use the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits dies.  The jars you see here are actually 3 parts.  The base is the jar stamped on Whisper White cs, painted with a pale wash of Watermelon Wonder or Peekaboo Peach, and die cut. The jar is then filled with strawberries or peaches fussy cut from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The jar is then stamped with Jet Black StazOn on a window sheet, die cut, and glued over the filled jar.  Finally the lid, stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky slate is wet embossed with clear embossing powder, die cut and adhered onto the jar.  The jar bases have been pre-stamped, pre-painted, and pre-cut for you.  The window sheet jars have also been stamped and pre-cut for you.  I found stamping the jars on the window sheeting to be quite challenging as the photopolymer stamps wanted to slide on the window sheets.  However, I finally came up with enough for stamp camp.

2016.08.27 Jars flowersIf you prefer flower arranging to canning fruit, this is the card for you!  The base of the jar has been painted with a very light wash of Marina Mist.  Stems of leaves and flowers are placed in the jar and the window sheet jar is glued on top.  I added several stems to the jar to increase the fullness.  Small stamped and die cut flowers were added to the flower stems and greenery.  I added a jar lid on one of the jars before I realized – DUH – how can you have a lid on a jar filled with flowers.  But I liked the finished look and chose to leave it.  The smaller jar was filled with a smaller amount of flowers and foliage and a bow was added to the jar rim.  Part of the challenge with this card is that I spent many years as a floral designer and even taught college level floral design.  Consequently, I still hold the same design principles and it is hard to let them go for this card!

Both cards use the Fruit Stand Designer Series paper for the background.  The top scalloped DSP on the floral card is shorter than the fruit card.  The placement of the black “hello” sentiment varies, depending on which card is chosen.  An interesting combination would be one jar filled with fruit and the other with flowers – a fruit and flowers combination!  Or you could even fill your jars with fish which are included in the stamp set and matching framelits.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  Remember to let me know which 4 cards you choose to do, or I will assume you wish to do 1 of each.  If you know  you wish to do the fruit jar, it would be helpful to let me know so I have a sufficient number of jars with Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach washes.

As a reminder for dates and times – Thursday September 1 from 12N to 4 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  October Stamp Camp will be October 6, 7, and 8.  We will be doing a shaving cream card in October as well as a Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  The Taylored Expressions Roly Poly Witch will also make her debut at October stamp camp.  A fun time is guaranteed.

Don’t forget about the September 20% discount for all Stampin ’Up products.  This is a discount offered by me – not Stampin’ Up so orders will need to filter through me!

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