SUNFLOWER SHAKER

SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE YOUR SUNFLOWERS!

08.26.20 Sunflower Shaker stackedThis shaker card was designed by Debbie and she and I shared a lot of laughs as she assembled it.  Although the card may appear complicated, it is not as long as you follow the directions.  As I was making a sample today, I wasn’t paying close attention and put the card together without the ribbon.  The card base is the new Cinnamon Cider and is perfect for the approaching fall months.  The narrow strip of DSP is from Flowers for Every Season 6X6 collection.  The wood DSP is from retired stock.  The lovely 3/8” satin ribbon is Early Espresso.

08.26.20 Sunflower Shaker red fanned outWe used the Scan’n’Cut to cut our sunflower bundles.  The Jar Punch does a quick job of making the jar opening.  There is a jar dome that fits into the opening and holds the sequins you choose.  The samples use different wood tones, colors and ribbons.  The top sample has 2 layers of sunflowers stacked with dimensionals adhering them.  The sunflowers are colored in light and dark Mango Melody, Calypso Coral and Bronze, The sample to the right features the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon and the flowers are colored in light and dark Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and bronze.  The flowers are stacked but the bottom layer radiates out giving the appearance of a larger bouquet. 

08.26.20 Sunflower Shaker blackberry fanned outThe sample to the left uses Cinnamon Cider ribbon and flowers fanning out that have been colored with dark Pumpkin Pie, dark Mango Melody, light and dark Soft Suede, and dark Blackberry Bliss.  All 3 samples have small bows of Bumblebee gingham ribbon.  Each sample uses a different collection of sequins.  There are lots of choices for you – wood tone, ribbon, Stampin’ Blends, sequins.  The stamp set gives the choice of 4 different bouquets but we thought sunflowers were the best choice for September.

This is the fourth and final option for September Stamp Camp.  Dates and times – September 3rd from 10am to 4 pm, September 4th from 10am to 4pm, and September 5th from 9am to 4pm.  As a reminder masks are required as is frequent hand washing.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that breaks and eating can be done outside.  If we encounter rain, the garage may become our break room.  I am still limiting the number of attendees – especially with the increased Covid-19 infection rate in Will County.

There is a minor change in pricing for September Stamp Camp.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards but additional poinsettia cards will be $3.50 each.  Additional Sunflower Shakers or So Much Happy cards will remain $3.00. Please let me know as soon as you can which day you plan on attending and which cards you would like to do.

Mark your calendars now for October Stamp Camp – Thursday, Friday, Saturday – October 1, 2 and 3.

Looking forward to seeing you next week!          Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com 

SO MUCH HAPPY!!!

08.26.20 S0 Much Happy straight

Can you ever have too much happy in your life?  I don’t think so.

08.26.20 So Much Happy Slant

08.26.20 So Much Happy Magnolia

This is my newest most favorite celebration set!  It is showy and so very E A S Y!  Quite truthfully, this set never jumped out at me until I saw a sample from another SU demonstrator.  The die set (see pg. 178 in your 2020-2021 catalog) includes this wonderful HAPPY die plus balloons, stars, a banner, embossed strips, a cloudlike formation and the best ever balloon string I have ever seen!.  You can cut the HAPPY straight across at the top, middle, or down toward the bottom.  You can cut it angled on a horizontal or vertical card.  I have part of my retired DSP stash out for this card.  I started with a thick white card base, adhered a 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 piece of DSP on the card front, die cut the HAPPY image on 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut this with the stitched rectangle die and adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added matching 1/4” strips above and below the HAPPY to accent the word.  For the top cards, I die cut 2 balloons and strings from the same card stock along with stars, and adhered them on.  For the bottom cards, I punched out flowers or fussy cut matching flowers.  You can make these fancy or simple, feminine or masculine.  The Stamp Set gives you the option of HAPPY “birthday, graduation, to have you in my life, to know you, to celebrate you.”  Also, “so very, HAPPY”, balloons, stars, a bow and the balloon string are included in the set. You could easily make the card HAPPY “anniversary” or “retirement.”

This is card option 3 for September Stamp Camp.  We’ve seen the red poinsettia card, the white poinsettia card, and now So Much Happy.  Stay tuned for Sunflower Shaker!

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

A Little Hello

05.30.20 A Little Hello MouseA Little Hello is a gentle card.  The stamp sets featured include the Birch Background, Daisy Lane, A Special Someone, and Itty Bitty Greetings.  The Early Espresso card is layered with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla stamped in Crumb Cake.  The Call Me Clover stamped stem is festooned with a punched 2-layer Daffodil Delight daisy highlighted with an adhesive-backed fuzzy yellow center.  The card recipient is honored with the daisy and a darling die-cut mouse holding a small red flower with a red rhinestone center.

05.30.20 A Little Hello SquirrelIf you don’t like the gentle little mouse, you can choose the little squirrel also holding a red flower with a red rhinestone.  Both animals are stamped in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.  Elevating the little animals with dimensionals give a 3D effect.  The little butterfly can be colored in any color you choose.  I chose to place the sentiment at the bottom of the daisy stem.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg mouseBut wait – if you use the squirrel on the card front, what do you do with the mouse with his flower?  You use it on the message layer as shown here.  The Very Vanilla layer is sponged lightly in Crumb Cake, has 2 stamped butterflies and features the little mouse.  And if you choose to use the mouse on the top card layer, you can feature the squirrel on the message layer as shown below.   This card can be used for almost any occasion and you can stamp or script your message as you desire.

05.30.20 A Little Hello msg squirrelAs noted on the Rain or Shine post, this will be a Non-Stamp Camp.  The cards will have all the images stamped and cut.  All the pieces including the rhinestone will be included.  I don’t suggest rhinestones or pearls on the message layer as it leaves an indentation on the top card.

The cost for this Non-Stamp Camp is the standard $14 for any 4 cards and 3 for each additional card.  The cards are as shown.  As the restaurants say – “No Substitutions”.  Let me know by text, phone or E-mail which cards you choose to do.

Healthy Blessings,

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (Cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

LITTLE LADYBUG

It’s almost spring!  March 19 is the date!  So let’s celebrate spring with ladybugs!

Ladybug, backgroundThe Little Ladybug stamp set is available thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion with a $300 product order.  The dies for the set are an add-on item which can be seen at Sale-A-Bration Coordination Products.  This is such a cute Poppy Parade card and although you can’t tell, the bottom ladybug is attached with a Wobble so she actually moves.  I buy my Wobbles from where else – Amazon!  They  add a whimsical touch. All the images are colored with Stampin’ Blends and touched with Wink of Stella.

Ladybug, background and envelope

The second sample features the top ladybug flying with a Wobble and shows a darling ladybug image on the envelope.  The sentiments are ancient but are popular every year at this time.  Did you notice the background?  We will blow bubbles to create this effect.  Check out the next post.

Ladybug message layer 2

The ladybug was featured again on the message layer.  Although adhered with a dimensional, a Wobble could have been used.  A sad note about this message layer.  The flower die has disappeared.  Norb searched on his hands and knees.  I searched in trash cans and counters but it is not to be found.  Another flower die now serves as a replacement.

Ladybug message layer 1And here we see the flower replacement for the lost die.  The stem and grass did not disappear!  Note the little flecks of red on the message layers. There also flecks of navy on the bubble background.  These flecks come from rapidly and firmly flicking a marker against the lid.  I’ll show you at March Camp.

So are you wondering when March Stamp Camp might be?  Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm.  The price remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  All supplies and tools are provided.  Drinks are in the fridge and my hubby usually has a snack of some type waiting for you.  You are welcome to bring your lunch, a snack, or a snack to share.  We are a very informal group. 

Don’t forget to let me know what day you plan on coming and which cards you would like to make.  This insures the correct amount of paper is cut.

Check out the March Paper Pumpkin.  Stampin’Up is advertising March as

March 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Fresh Spring Crafting and a FREE Stamp Set!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!  Rosemary –          (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SO MANY STARS

So Many StarsThis is one of my favorite cards for this holiday season.  When we think about the true meaning of Christmas, this card says so much.  So Many Stars stamp set with the Stitched Stars Dies fills the night sky with many beautiful copper stars.  Thick Very Vanilla cs is layered with Night of Navy, Copper, and Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  The Banner Triple Punch gives our sentiment a crisp finish.  Although you can’t see it, the center of the copper layer is cut out and layered on a Sizzix adhesive sheet so that die cuts come out with the adhesive layer.  I know I had promised several folks that I would pre-cut the stars, but I’m finding some of the adhesive protective layer pulls off when the stars are removed from the dies so I may not be able to keep this promise.  Several stars are popped up on Dimensionals for a 3-D appearance.  Finally, adhesive backed copper star elements festoon the starry sky.  This is a very meaningful handmade gift from the heart!

Well crafters, you have seen the 4 offerings for November Stamp Camp.  If you haven’t already, please let me know which cards you wish to do and what day you might attend.  Thursday, 11/7 from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday 11/8 from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday 11/9 from 9 am -  4 pm.  All supplies and tools are provided, as well as drinks and a snack.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  For December, we will have only 1 Christmas card that will feature a tea light reflecting thru a window.  We will also be doing calendars.  For those of you who are new, you will be given 10 calendars.  You can make as many as you wish during Stamp Camp and finish the rest at home.  We can do either easel calendars or refrigerator calendars with a magnetic backing.  My personal calendars are shown below.  The calendar to the left is done on an easel; the calendar to the right has magnetic strips on the back and lives happily on my refrigerator.  These make great gifts and fit perfectly in the A2 envelopes we use.

Calendar easel         IMG_0507         Calendar Refrigerator

I hope you can make it to November stamp camp.  Remember, the best gift is made with your hands and filled with your heart.

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

SEASON OF THANKS

Season of ThanksThe beautiful leaves on our Season of Thanks card are reminiscent of the autumn colors seen on so many of our trees.  The Gathered Leaves Dies give the leaves a realistic look as they emboss as well as die-cut.  These copper and gold metallic leaves are perfect for this season.  The Early Espresso card is layered with Calypso Coral and DSP from the realistic looking Pressed Petals suite.  A large Calypso Coral background leaf is stamped in Terra Cotta Tile and a pair of stamped and die-cut pumpkins center the gathering of leaves.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso on a die cut circle of Naturals Ivory (an ancient SU card stock from years past).   A jolly turkey from the Day of Thanks stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso, cut with our Scan’n’Cut, and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Finally, a small piece of copper trim and 3 metallic pearls finish this beautiful Thanksgiving card. 

We’ve seen 2 Thanksgiving cards featured at our November Stamp Camp on November 7, 8, and 9.  Now it’s time to take a look at Christmas.

Hope to see you soon!  Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

WITCHES BREW & FROGGIE STEW

CauldronYuk – Witches Brew and Froggie Stew – no thank you!!!!  At least our Halloween card is cuter than the name my Hubby gave it!  This Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card features the Cauldron Bubble retired set we saw in our previous post.  The Pumpkin Pie layer was embossed with a retired star studded embossing folder.  The stars carry over to the Toil and Trouble DSP.  The cauldron and froggies are die-cut and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Several of the frogs, the cauldron background and the cauldron itself are popped up with Dimensionals which gives the card lots of dimension. This simple, yet colorful Halloween card is perfect for children and adults alike!

You’ve now seen the 4 options for October Stamp Camp – Thursday October 3rd from 12N – 6PM, Friday October 4th from 2PM-6PM, and Saturday October 5th from 9AM – 4PM.  All your supplies and tools are provided as well as water, pop and a treat.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards with each additional card $3.  Please please please let me know which day you plan on coming and what cards you wish to create.  Those of you who have already placed your card “order”, please let me know which day you might stop by and if there are any changes to the cards you specified at September Stamp Camp.

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

NATURE’S BEAUTY

TreeFall is such a pretty time of year.  Back in the day when I was a florist, I loved doing fall weddings and designing fall bouquets with the rust, orange and wine tones.  Nature’s beauty is reminiscent of our upcoming fall days.  The Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and coordinating Nature’s Roots dies are perfect for this Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape card.  Stampin’ Blends provide the perfect color for the tree with Wink of Stella added for sparkle.  The Perfect Poem banner and tree layer are framed in grape.  The tree is popped up with Dimensionals on a white background textured with my favorite Subtle Embossing Folder.  A small piece of 5/8” Burlap Ribbon provides the perfect embellishment.

Tree messageI chose a message from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.  The words – BE STRONG, BE HAPPY, BE YOU – are very meaningful to me.

When we have October Stamp Camp, there will be about 82 days left until Christmas!  We’ve seen a fall card for October Stamp Camp and we will look at the Snow Globe cards planned for October in our next post.  October 3, 4, and 5 are our dates for stamp camp.  The hours are 12N to 6PM on the 3rd, 2-6 PM on the 4th, and 9AM-4PM on the 5th.  Starting in November thru March of 2020, the Thursday start time will be changed to 11AM to alleviate anyone having to drive home in the dark.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  As always, I ask that you let me know what day you plan on coming, and which cards you wish to do. 

And don’t forget – I am offering a 20% personal discount thru September 30!  I’m pleased that many of you have taken advantage of this savings.  You can actually go directly to my store at paperrose01@stampinup.net and place your order.  I will be notified and will contact you to see if you want me to send you a check for the discount, or deduct it from Stamp Camp.  This works very easily and you don’t have to wait for me to enter the order. 

Stand by for the Snow Globe post.  I know this card is a favorite for many of you!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

 

A CLASSIC CAR

05.21.19 Orange CarIt’s been quite awhile since we’ve done an easel card.  Debbie designed these cards using the “Geared Up Garage” stamp set and coordinating dies.  She chose a color scheme of Graphite Gray, Pacific Point, and silver and black foils.  This card is all about gears – definitely a guy thing although I am sure there are many gals out there that know more about cars and gears than some guys do.  Note the “tire” Debbie used to “prop up” the easel.  05.21.19 Car embellishment small

I thought I had ordered the Classic Garage Metal Elements that coordinate with this bundle – but we couldn’t find them (they were hidden in a drawer).  Debbie was going to use a tiny metal key as the easel prop.  No key could be found so she took a small silver metal button, but apart a black foil gear, and came up with a clever wheel!  Hats off to Debbie!

05.21.19 Red CarOn our second sample, we can see the metal key acting as the easel prop.  Of course nowadays, many cars don’t use keys but for a classic car, a key is the way to go.  The cars have been colored with Stampin’ Blends – orange above and red to the right.  Wink of Stella adds a glittery sheen to the colors.  You can color your car your favorite color – yellow?  green?  brown or black?  And you can choose or make your own prop for your easel card 

05.21.19 Car red If easel cards are new to you, perhaps this side view will help.  Your measurements are the same as for any horizontal A2 card – 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4”.  However, you add an extra score at 3” and that is where your card starts to rise.  The top layer is 5 1/4 X 4 but is only adhered to the card front to the 3” score line.  The small metal key or the tire Debbie constructed act as the prop to hold the easel in place.  This card would be perfect for a birthday, Father’s Day, or just to show someone you appreciate them.

Now that you’ve seen the 4 cards for June Stamp Camp, please let me know which day you are coming and how many of each card you wish to do.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  The cost includes all supplies and materials.  There will be a snack on the kitchen counter so no one starves, and water and soda pop are in the fridge. 

Let’s discuss some dates

June 4th – The new 2019-2020 SU catalog takes effect.  At this time, I don’t know if retiring items will go on the clearance rack at a discounted rate, or not.  I have the new catalogs.

June 6, 7, 8th – June Stamp Camp.  June 6th from 12 Noon – 6 PM.  June 7th from 2 – 6 PM.  June 8th from 9 PM – 4 PM.

July 18 & 20 – Christmas in July.  Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The 4 cards will be out at June Stamp Camp and will be posted to the blog in June.  I will need a firm count on how many you will want to do of each card.  Prices will be available shortly.

August 1, 2, 3rd – August Stamp Camp.  We will be doing late summer cards – a bicycle card, a hanging flower basket card, and a flip/flop card.  Our 4th card may be a Christmas Card.  We will definitely be including Christmas cards at our September – October and November Stamp Camps.

Hope to see you next week!

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

Shaken Rooster

05.21.19 Rooster white 1Although the sequins are hiding, this is a shaker card with sparkly earth toned sequins tucked inside the frame.  The “Home to Roost” stamp set was one of the Sale-A-Brations sets and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to use it.  The Early Espresso card base is layered with Wood Textures DSP that has been die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  In this sample, wheat has been stamped in Crumb Cake across the bottom front DSP layer.  The base for this shaker box is Whisper White and Crumb Cake wheat has been stamped.  Mr. Rooster was stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and Very Vanilla and cut with the Brothers ScanNCut.  When using the ScanNCut, all images must be connected so that each piece is recognized by the machine.  I took an Early Espresso marker and connected any loose ends before sending  the stamped cs to cut.

05.21.19 Rooser uprightMr. Rooster is colored with Stampin’ Blends in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange, Night of Navy and Bronze, and adhered to the base. The top layer is an Early Espresso frame with a window sheet adhered to the back with tape.  Foam strips are adhered around the base. After removing the top strip from the foam, sequins are placed in the center of the base.  The top layer is then adhered to the foam strips and presto – we have a sequin shaker!  The shaker box is then adhered securely to the top layer of the card.  As noted on the card to the right, the shaker box can be centered or placed at an ankle as shown in the samples above and below.  The simple message is stamped in Early Espresso, die cut and framed.

05.21.19 Rooster ribbonThe framed message an be adhered directly to the card, or as shown in the sample to the left, can be adhere to a piece of beige flax ribbon.  I almost forgot to mention the sun!  Samples 2 and 3 have a sun peeking out of the corner.  The sun was sponged in Pineapple Punch and is, of course, optional.  One nice thing about this card is the options – you choose the wood tone you prefer from the DSP.  There is distressed white wood, shades of oak, and even walnut to choose from.  Wheat can be stamped on the DSP if you choose. A sun can be sponged if you want. You decide your shaker box placement – centered or at an angle?  You will make this card truly your own. 

I’m happy to report that I finished the 4 Christmas in July samples today.  The samples which will be available at June Stamp Camp include a holiday window scene, a gingerbread couple, a beautiful bauble, and a wintry scene.  I resurrected some Christmas stamps and dies from the past as Stampin’Up does not come out with the new holiday images until August/September.  I hope you like them.

Don’t forget to let me know when you are coming to June Stamp Camp and which cards you wish to do.  So far we have seen Ye Olde Toolbox, Lilypad Lake, and Shaken Rooster.  A Classic Car easel card is our final June Stamp Camp card and will be posted shortly.

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