YE OLDE TOOL BOX

05.21.19 Toolbox redHe who has the most tools wins!  “Geared Up Garage” is the perfect stamp set for the “garage-aholic”.  I don’t think that is really a word, but I’m sure you get the picture.  This card features both the garage stamp set and coordinating DSP, and the cutest ever tiny metal wrench!  This bundle retires June 3 so if you like tools, now is the time to grab it!

 

 

05.21.19 Toolbox orangeDebbi started with a Basic Black card base and layered on embossed Graphite Gray cs and the tool covered DSP.  The card above features a framed Real Red tool box and this card has a Pumpkin Pie tool box.  A strip of DSP runs down the card center and is embellished with black foil gears and the metal wrench.  This card is perfect for anyone who loves tools – great for a birthday or Father’s Day.

June Stamp Camp is right around the corner.  Dates and times:  Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  We will be making 4 cards for $14 and if you want to make additional cards, the cost is $3 per card.  All materials and tools are provided.  You just need to bring yourself.  Let me know what day you plan on coming and what cards you wish to make, and I will have everything ready for you!

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs have arrived.  Yours will be waiting for you when you come to June Stamp Camp.

Remember:  He who has the most tools WINS!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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BUTTERFLIES & FOIL

March Stamp Camp is titled Bunches of Butterflies.  Butterflies help us remember that spring really is just around the corner – just 24 days as of today.

March 19 metal 1This is a card that sparkles.  The “Beauty Abounds Cling Bundle” provides the butterflies and the Grapefruit Grove foil sheets from the Sale-A-Bration special, provide the sparkle.  The Whisper White top layer is stamped in Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove and is layered on Grapefruit Grove and Merry Merlot cs.  The top layer of butterflies is die cut on Merry Merlot and the bottom butterflies are die cut on Grapefruit Grove foil.  The merlot butterflies are carefully adhered to the grapefruit butterflies and adhered to stamped white layer.  Rhinestones are added to give a bit more sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped and die cut with a stitched circle framelit and adhered to a small piece of 5/8” Whisper White flax ribbon. 

02.24.19 foil on topThe second offering reverses the Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove foil butterfly layers.  This card simply gleams.  The background is stamped the same as the previous sample.  Rhinestones are not added as there is there is sufficient sparkle from the foil. 

To prep for this card, there will be Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove foil adhered to the Sizzix adhesive sheets.  This will alleviate gluing the top butterfly layer to the bottom.

 

March Stamp Camp is just around the corner – March 7th from 12N – 6 pm. March 8th from 2 pm – 6 pm, and March 9th from 9 am – 4 pm.  If you have a date/time conflict, please let me know and we can set up an alternate time.  The cost is $14 and includes everything you will need to make your Bunches of Butterflies

Sale-A-Bration continues until March 31st.  A second release is now available with Sale-A-Bration.  You can see all the available Sale-A-Bration products at 2019 Sale-A-Bration.  My favs for the second release are:

02.24.19 emb folderCOUNTRY FLORAL DYNAMIC TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER

This embossing folder is the best thing since the Big Shot!  We will be doing a card with this embossing folder in April or May.  The floral impression is absolutely beautiful.

 

 

02.24.19 100 offeringThis item is the Painted Seasons Bundle.  This didn’t “WOW” me at first.  However, as the matching dies became available at additional cost, I started seeing cards and other creative ideas that I absolutely loved.  So this has become my second favorite item from the second release.

And don’t forget that I am offering 20% on all SU paper products until the end of February.

Hope to see you at March Stamp Camp!

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

MY BLUE VALENTINE – (CAS’D from Hannah Townsend)

01.20.19 Blue Valentine 1I know blue is not a traditional color for Valentine’s Day, but when I saw a Balmy Blue card by Hannah Townsend, I absolutely fell in love with it.  I made some changes to mine, but I still love it. The card I cas’d from was all done in Balmy Blue and White.  I chose to use Blueberry Bushel which highlights the Subtle embossed Balmy Blue.  The new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies are also used on the first and second layers.  I highly recommend the purchase of these dies. 

01.20.19 Stitched Rectangle Dies 1 There are 13 stitched rectangle framelits dies in this set with the largest being 5 1/4 X 3 7/8 – perfect for a top layer as shown with the Balmy Blue above.  This set can be found right here -  Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. And if you spend $15 for additional products (remember extra 10% off paper), you can choose something free from the Sale-A-Brations pamphlet. 

01.20.19 Blue Valentine 2The second sample of “My Blue Valentine” is very similar to the first.  The row of hearts die for these cards is part of the new “Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.”  Instead of die cutting and adhering one set of hearts, I took this to the next level and stacked a second set of hearts on top of the first using thick Whisper White as my card stock.  This technique really makes the hearts pop.  Although hard to see here, there is a small Heart Epoxy Droplet on the bottom right corner of each card.  In the first sample, the heart was colored Night of Navy with Stampin’ Blends.  We will be using these small hearts for February Stamp Camp and throughout the year. 

01.20.19 Blue Valentine msgThis is one of the message layers I stamped.  This is perfect for sending to a friend for Valentine’s Day.  Note the hearts in the bottom right corner.  Using Balmy Blue, I die cut one of the row of hearts seen above and carefully cut it apart.  You can get 3 small clusters of hearts by cutting it apart.  Night of Navy and Balmy Blue Hearts provide nice contrast. 

The sentiment “know that today a friend is thinking of you” is one of the free sets from the Sale-A-Bration promotion that is going on through March 31st.  For every $50 in product spent, you can choose a free item in the catalog Sale-A-Bration.  There are 2 items that require $100 in product be spent – a beautiful lily stamp set and “Tea Time Framelits Dies.” 

Stampin’ Up is now making CLING STAMPS.  These look like the rubber stamps we have used in the past, but when the label is applied to the stamp, it becomes VERY VERY VERY sticky.  This is great, but you must be VERY CAREFUL when removing the stamp from the block or Stamparatus.  The stamp must be gently pried up from the label or it may tear.  We will work with these cling stamps throughout the year and you will become comfortable with them. 

I hope you can come in out of the cold for February Stamp Camp – Thursday February 7th from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday February 8th from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturday February 9th from 9 am to 4 pm.  If these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can rearrange the schedule.

Warm Winter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

STAINED GLASS WINDOW

Hi Crafters!  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is upon us.  Although I personally think the entire month of November has been Black Friday.  Christmas means much more than getting and giving gifts.  Sometimes the birth of Jesus is forgotten as the REAL meaning of Christmas.

11.21.18 Holly Stained Glass WindowI need to preface this card with the fact that this is not a Stampin’Up set.  It is titled “Oh Holy Night” and is from Taylored Expressions.  When I ordered our 2019 calendars, I saw the stained glass stamp set and the coordinating arch framelits dies and decided to purchase both.  On the negative side, this stamp is very difficult to use and get even coverage.  This may be because I was stamping on vellum.  Thanks to the Stamparatus, I was able to stamp multiple times but even then, there were some areas that simply would not stamp well. 

This card has a So Saffron card base with a Cherry Cobbler layer that was embossed with a retired starry embossing folder.  The stained glass image was stamped on vellum and colored on the back with both Spectrum Noir and Stampin’ Blends.  It is a must to color on the back to keep the StazOn ink from smearing. 

11.21.18 Bethlehem stained glassAfter the window was colored, it was adhered to a piece of white cardstock.  An arch was die cut from the front layer card stock before it was embossed.  The colored window adhered to white cs was  adhered to the back of the front layer and the layer was adhered to the card base.  A gold metallic arch was formed using 2 framelits sizes.  The top card has a wide arch and the Navy/Blackberry Bliss card has a thinner arch.  Again, these are Taylored Expression dies – not Stampin’Up.  Each arch that I die cut came out wrinkled.  I “ironed” out the wrinkles by placing the die-cut arch on the bottom cutting pad, covering it with several thicknesses of scratch paper or card stock, adding the top cutting plate and running it thru the Big Shot several times.  This method “irons” our those wrinkles.  Die cut “Peace” was adhered to one card and a sentiment framed in gold was added to the card with the thinner arch.

The stained glass window cards are just 1 offering for December Stamp Camp.  You can also choose to do calendars and/or tags. YOU will choose what you want to create.    You can do all stained glass window cards, all calendars, all Christmas tags or a mixture of each.  I would ask that you let me know if you wish to stained glass window cards and which ones.  I need to insure there are adequate windows stamped with time to dry.

Remember – December Stamp Camp is an oxymoron as it is being held on November 29th from 12 Noon to 7 PM, November 30th from 2 to 7 PM, and December 1st from 9 am to 4 pm.  You can come when it is convenient for you.  The cost remains $12.00 for whatever you choose to make – a pretty good deal!!!!  It is helpful if you let me know when you may be coming, and letting me know if you will be doing the stained glass window cards and how many of which one.

Stay tuned for 2019 calendars – the next blog post for December Stamp Camp.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Paperrose01@aol.com – ( H ) 630.759.3089 – ( C ) – 630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

WINTER WOODS

Hi Crafters, I’m happy to be back.  My sinus infection is clearing up and I see the Podiatrist on Friday for my broken foot.  With the passing of my mom, 2 falls in California, being sick for the month and breaking my foot – it has not been a good month.  Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

WP_20180927_16_41_06_Pro (3)Daughter Debbie tells me there are only 61 days until Christmas.  I can’t believe it.  I know many of you have all your Christmas cards done.  I have yet to start mine.  One of the Christmas cards we are doing for November Stamp Camp features the “ In The Woods Framelits Dies” and the gold foil-edged cards and envelopes.  A background of gold foil highlights the wintry trees.  The 3-D pine tree is 2 layers and the branches are decorated with metallic pearls.  3 additional pearls were added to cover an “oops.” “Softly Falling” provides snowy-embossed hills.   Finally, a simple gold edged bow graces the branch trees. Wink of Stella glistens on the tree branches and is a must. 

This beautiful card is one of 5 you can choose from.  We have 19 of the gold-edged cards and envelopes left.  November Stamp Camp will be held on November 1 from 1-7 pm, November 2 from 2-7 pm and November 3 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Please note the Saturday hours of only 9-2.  St. Francis is having a Mass for the repose of my mother’s soul at the Saturday late afternoon Mass.  Also note that December Stamp Camp is an oxymoron as it is actually being held on November 29, November 30 and December 1.  This is to allow for our yearly trip to Kohler Wisconsin with friends Norb went to school with.

If you plan on attending this Stamp Camp, it is helpful to let me know so I don’t overcut or undercut card stock.  As always, all supplies and materials are provided.  Soda and water are covered in the cost of $12.00 for 4 cards.  Each additional card is $2.50.  I hope to see you in November!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FALL SUNFLOWER

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower oliveWe absolutely need to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) on at least one Stamp Card – even if it is retired DSP.  This fall card uses the Painted Harvest stamp set  with the matching Leaf Punch and leaves from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The die cut opening also comes from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.

The DSP varies in pattern and you can choose from Old Olive or Crushed Curry.  After die cutting,

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower currythe DSP is layered onto Whisper White cs.  An outer layer of the sunflower is stamped once or twice in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody (used here).  A completed sunflower stamped in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze, is fussy cut with snips and popped on top of the outer sunflower image with dimensionals. 3 sunflower leaves are stamped, punched and adhered with dimensionals.   Detailed leaves in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Copper Metallic are die cut and adhered as well as 2 smaller die cut leaves in copper and either pumpkin pie or glimmer orange. Wink of Stella is an option for the detailed leaves and sunflower. A gold faceted gem was used in the center of the first sunflower and black rhinestones in the center of the second sunflower.  Black rhinestones could also be scattered in the sunflower center to appear more “seed-like.”  If preferred, there is a seed image stamp that could be used.    

08.25.18 Sunflower msg layerFor the message layer, the center DSP that was die cut is repurposed.  A few pieces of wheat are stamped in Crumb Cake.

We may see this stamp set again in November as this is a Thanksgiving set.  I actually purchased it for use in 2017, but time ran out. 

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is right around the corner – Thursday, September 6 from 1 – 7 PM, Friday, September 7 from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday, 8 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  I hope you can come and have a “Fallish” Good Time.  If at all possible, please let me know if you are coming and which day works best for you.

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

Dove of Peace

06.16.18 Dove of Peace navyMy theme for Christmas in July seems to unintentionally be based around peace – something I’m sure we all wish there was more of in our world.  This navy, white, silver and gold card is certainly peaceful.  Our dove is from the new Serene Garden stamp set found on page 166 in the new catalog.  The Garden Scene Framelits provide the die for the dove.  We will be seeing more of this set in the future.  The background DSP is from the gorgeous springtime foil DSP available during Sale-A-Brations.  This DSP features leaves in both silver and gold.  The dove is popped up on dimensionals on a silver background framed in navy and clutches a Garden Green “olive branch”. 

06.16.18 Dove of Peace Smoky SlateThe die for “peace” is retired and several years old. Somehow we continue to use it every year.  In the first sample, peace has been “glittered” with Wink of Stella as has the “olive branch.”  In this second sample, the dove was stamped in Smoky Slate instead of navy and “peace” remains the un-glittered cs.

This is an easy but elegant card.  The cut-out work will be done for you – your job will be to simply put the pieces together. 

As a reminder, the Christmas in July Stamp-A-Stack will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The cost, which includes your very own Wink of Stella to take home, is $14 for 4 cards, $21 for 8 cards, $30 for 12 cards,  and $38 for 16 cards.  I am asking for attendance acknowledgements now as I have out-of-town company in early July so I am doing the majority of my prep work now.  I have 54 poinsettias stamped and cu,t and need to know how many more we will need – 10?  20?  30? 

One additional Christmas card remains – Christmas reindeer.  It will be posted shortly.

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