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

LILYPAD LAKE

With all the rain we’ve been having, some days when I look out in the back yard, it looks similar to our Lilypad Lake card

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 1Blue water, sailboats in the distance, a sunny sky with birds flying overhead, a pelican and vegetation at water’s edge – what more can you ask for?  “Lilypad Lake” is a fun card to make.  You can have a single sailboat or perhaps a regatta taking place.  The sunny sky is sponged on shimmery white cs giving a sparkly look.  The lake is stamped in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party on shimmery white.  The beach area is stamped is Soft Suede.  I constructed a larger bush by adhering 3 green bushes together.  The bush hides the tip of the pelican’s tail.  A lilypad features 2 flowers that brighten up the lake scene.  Additional bushes pop up behind the lilypad. 

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 2 All of our cards will be a bit different.  Notice the lighter sunny sky and bird placement compared to the scene above.  Although I chose to color my boats the same in both scenes, the card to my right features a gray pelican with Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch flowers.  My bush construction here resulted in a bush taller than the pelican. You can make your card however wish.  If you need assistance with the coloring or sponging, please ask.   I am more than happy to help with any part of your card construction.  The goal is to have the sailboats, pelicans, lilypads, and bushes pre-cut for you. 

As a reminder, June Stamp Camp is Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  I am happy to schedule an alternate date/time if you are unable to come during the planned hours.

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs are here and you can pick up yours at stamp camp or earlier if you are in the area. The deadline for ordering from the current catalog is June 3rd.  And when items run out that are not being carried over to the new catalog, those items are not being replenished.  However, many sets are being carried over to the new book plus lots of new stamp sets, dies, ribbons and embellishments will become available June 4th.  

In my spare time, I have been working on Christmas in July.  Card #1 is done and card #2 is almost done.  I’m having issues getting in the Christmas spirit with all the rain and thunder.  I know the hail is white but it certainly does not look or feel like softly fallen snow.  Mark your calendars now for this annual Christmas card-making event – Thursday July 18 from 12 noon – 7 pm and Saturday July 20 from 9 am to 4 pm.  I am unable to give a price at this time as I haven’t finished designing the cards.  The cards and a sign-up sheet will be available at June Stamp Camp. 

2 more blog posts will be coming soon.

Keep Dry, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3078 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com