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

High Tide

Were you wondering if I would ever return?  Would there be no more stamp camps?  Was Rosemary alive and moving?  Well, I am happy to announce I am back albeit a bit slower than prior to surgery.  We will have a June Stamp Camp – but on June 8, 9, and 10.  Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.  My body winds down a bit early and at this point, I cannot accommodate evening hours. 

I am offering 2 masculine cards for June Stamp Camp – High Tide and Nailed It.  You will have the opportunity of lighting the lighthouse on your High Tide Card.  The cost for a lit High Tide card will be $4.50 as it includes the light, battery and circuitry tape.  If you choose to do the unlit card, the cost is the standard $3.00.  I would encourage you to try 1 lit lighthouse.  I can see the lights used during the holidays for stars, trees, etc.  Although I will try to explain the process in my directions, I will be available for 1:1 assistance.  If you choose to do 4 cards, the cost is the standard $12 except for the lit card.  If you choose to do more than 4 cards, the cost is $2.00 except the lit card is $1.50 additional.  These are both masculine cards and work well for Father’s Day, birthdays, and thinking of you occasions.

2017.05.27 Lit LighthouseThis is the lit version of High Tide.  You can see the light being emitted from the lighthouse.  The lighthouse lights up when the lower part of the message is pushed.  I will make a small die cut message for the inside indicating where to press to see your lighthouse shine.   then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added.  Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .  As noted below, the lighthouse is fussy cut and the bottom adhered to the sandy beach.  At this point, the lighthouse/beach is placed on the water and the top and sides of the lighthouse and the beach line to the right are traced.  Copper conductive tape is run from the top area of the light house, down the sides and over to the right hand area of the watery area.  A Chibitronics white LED circuit sticker is placed over the top conductive take area.  The 3 V battery is placed positive side down in the water area, over the positive conductive tape.  The paper is creased and the negative side of the battery is placed on the opposite side of the paper and on the negative conductive tape.  The battery is held in place with small pieces of 1/8” foam adhesive.  The penciled lines are erased and the lighthouse and sandy beach are adhered with 1/8” foam adhesive.  A message is added and when a certain section of the message is pressed, the lighthouse lights up.  These instructions sound much worse than the process really is.   

2017.05.27 Unlit lighthouseThis is an unlit version of High Tide.  I added the yellow beacon of light but the card would like nice without it.  Like the card above, the sky has been sponged in Night of Navy. This sky looks a bit stormy while the sky in the lit card is calmer looking.  There is a small horizon line and then the water is sponged in navy also. The water lines are stamped over the sponging. The beach area is a 2X2 piece of Sahara Sand that has been stamped in Sahara Sand and die cut with a hill die so the right side of the beach is the highest. The lighthouse is stamped first in Smoky Slate and then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added. Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .The sandy beach is adhered to the card front with dimensionals.  I also used dimensionals to adhere the top part of the lighthouse and top part of the message.  I added a beach area on the bottom of the inside layer and stamped ducks and more tufts of grass.

Whew!  What an explanation.  Honestly, neither card is difficult once you have the pieces laid out in front of you.  As I mentioned earlier, I will give 1:1 assistance on the lit cards.  I do want to try the Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen to see if it is easier than using the copper conductive tape.

To repeat from above, June Stamp Camp will be June 8, 9, and 10. Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 on Saturday the 10th.  Please please please let me know if you are coming and how many of which cards.  If you want to only due the lit lighthouse, that will be just great.  I will have your new catalogs ready to pick up.  I will be posting Nailed It shortly.

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

DRAGONFLY DREAMS

FullSizeRender 4As I’m sure you are aware, dragonflies are very in trend right now.  I hesitate about purchasing trendy stamp sets such as Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating dies, but I decided these would be great for masculine cards although this card is not manly due to the background use of some retired floral DSP.  The dragonflies are die cut from gold foil and adhered over solid color cs with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies. The finished dragonfly is then popped up with dimensionals and appears to be flying across the card.

FullSizeRender 5However, the really cool design on this card is the use of the drapery fold also known as the pleated skirt fold and the drapery pleat fold.  There are several different dimensionals available to make this design fold.  I tried 3 different dimensions/pleats and settled on this one which is quite easy.  Basically, you start with a 11 1/2” X 4” DSP that has a nice pattern on the front and a coordinating pattern on the back.  As you can see from these 2 samples, the back of the DSP peeks thru on the pleat bottoms.  When I cut the DSP for March Stamp Camp, I may increase the angle to show more of the alternate pleat DSP.  I used the score board to score the long side of my DSP at 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10 inches.  Then you fold hills and valleys until your DSP is pleated.  A bit of adhesive holds the pleats in place and you adhere the completed panel to your card front.  It may sound complicated, but it is really quite easy after  you have completed your folds.  I will be using a variety of attractive retired DSP for you to choose from. 

FullSizeRender 6This is one of the early folds I did on a vertical card.  The dragonflies look very appropriate with this botanical jungle themed paper.  I will have some of this DSP cut for the drapery fold, but will cut it as a choice for the horizontal card.

Two cards to go!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and which cards you want to make.  Oh – and we will have yet ANOTHER drawing for the Sale-A-Brations set “Hey Chick”.  This time, you will need to guess the number of jelly beans!!!

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

LIFT ME UP

The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!

 

 

 

 

imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  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. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

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

A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights cardStar of Light is a beautiful stamp set and when combined with the Starlight Thinlits Dies, presents many beautiful possibilities.  My sample features Silver Foil and Silver embossing on navy card stock.  I love how the  silver stars swirl across the paper.  The large silver star is popped up on dimensionals and is highlighted by a smaller silver glimmer star with a rhinestone center.  Two smaller silver glimmer stars flank the large star.  The sentiment is embossed in silver and layered on stitched silver foil.  The silver thread would not behave and wildly encircles the stars.  This card would be eye-catching even if the silver thread is not used.

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights Env Msg I love how the stars swirl across the envelope.  The stamp is simple to use but really enhances the envelope.  The message layer is one of the options that can be used.  This particular star die leaves a negative image.  I slipped navy cs behind the image to help the star stand out.  Other options are also available with this set.

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grnThis 5 X 7 shaving cream card is a favorite of mine.  I like the simplicity of the stark trees and deer against the blue sky and green grass.  The white glimmer star is barely seen in this photo.  The green glimmer “peace” carries thru the color blue/green theme.  Someone had asked if I had envelopes for these 5 X 7 cards and I’m happy to say I found this size in my envelope collection. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grn silvThis second sample is very similar to the one above but features silver stickles on the 3 trees.  The important thing to do with stickles is to put the wet item far away so that nothing can touch it.  I’m happy to say I was successful with this card.  The background was sprayed with home brew after the shaving cream had dried which gives it a slightly shimmery background. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas redThe third sample features a background colored with Real Red swirled thru the shaving cream.  The red stickles shimmering on the trees is more vibrant than the image shown here.  A red glimmer “peace” and star stand out against the background.  I mixed the shaving cream again after I colored the background seen here, and ended up with so much red that the scene appeared to be a forest fire in the background.  I definitely decided not to use it.  Remember to wear clothes that are not your Sunday-best if you choose to do the shaving cream project. 

These are the 2 Christmas additions to the November Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know your 4 choices by Tuesday, November 1st.  If you wish to do more than 4 cards, additional cards are $2 each.  I hope you can come.  We will have a festive time preparing for the upcoming festive holidays.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or comments.  And remember – Christmas in November is right around the corner – November 17 and 19.

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

FLORAL BOUTIQUE

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 3The Floral Boutique thinlit dies are a new favorite of mine.  I chose not to purchase the bundle as I didn’t feel I would use the stamps that came with the bundle.  The thinlits, however, are awesome and truly easy to work with.  I use the Precision Base Plate and the Die Brush with these thinlits.  The intricate pieces fall out very easily and no shim is needed.  This is a 3-piece set and the card front you see here uses the 2 thinlit dies.  The 3rd die is an edgelit and you use it to cut a neat separation for either of the thinlits.  The next sample shows the use of the larger thinlit and the edgelit die.

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 1Using only 1 of the thinlits and layering it with a casual designer series paper, the card is much less formal than the view shown above.  Assorted sized pearls were used on both views but I’m sure rhinestones would also be a pleasing embellishment.  Being the hoarder that I am, I saved many of the little pieces that were die cut from the thinlits.  The 2 little flowers you see on the birthday sentiment came from the thinlit scrap and provide a perfect embellishment, especially with the 2 little pearls.  I also use the scrap pieces when I discover an “whoops” on my card stock – a spot of ink, a blemish, or perhaps a small tear. 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique sentimentFor the sentiment layer, I chose to use the smaller Floral Boutique thinlit die on white cs allowing the Night of Navy to peek through in the negative spaces.  This provides a perfect contrast to the top layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 2

I actually did 6 views of this card – 3 using the 2 thinlits as shown in the first view, and above  and3 using the larger thinlit with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 3

Although I chose to use the casual striped DSP, there are other patterns in the Floral Boutique package you can choose from.  The view above shows a very elegant but casual card.  You can choose your own style at September Stamp Camp!  Hope to see you there this week – September 1, 2 and 3.

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