In the Garden

2017.07.20 IN THE GARDEN

This simple but eye-catching card uses the Taylored Expressions die “In The Garden.”  The watercolor wash on glossy paper uses Soft Sky and Marina Mist.  First, the glossy cs is misted with water; then the blended inks are brushed on generously with the aqua brush.  Finally, the cs is allowed to dry and cut to size.  The die is adhered to the bottom and then to the white frame using a strong adhesive. ;

TIP:  An easy way to add glue to the back of intricate die cuts is to take put a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on your silicone craft sheet.  Use a wedge of sponge to press the glue onto the sponge.  Then press the sponge onto the back of your die cut, remove gently the sponge and voila, your die cut is ready to adhere to your card stock. The glue on your silicone craft sheet can be easily wiped off.

Clouds are stamped from the “Lift Me Up” stamp set, cut with the matching dies and popped up with dimensionals.  The knotted black satin ribbon adds interest , texture and dimension.

“In The Garden” is the second offering we have seen for my August Stamp Camp on August 3, 4, and 5.  Remember to let me know by July 31st which cards you wish to do.  You can do any 4 cards for $12.00.  Additional cards are $2.00 each.  Check back soon to see the next blog – “This Little Piggy".”

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  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

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

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!!!

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.

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

Which 4 cards will YOU choose?

Because I don’t know how to count, somehow I ended up with 5 cards for October Stamp Camp.  So I’m making this a super blog that will show the 5 cards but with little verbiage.  This will allow you to see all 5 cards and choose the 4 you want to do.  If you are feeling overly creative, you can choose all 5 cards for $14.  But I want you to be able to choose your 4 ($12.00) or 5.  You can choose 4 of one card or 2 of one and 2 of another or whatever you wish to do!  Let’s take a look:

imageGINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS is the Christmas card for October Stamp Camp.  Doily choices include gold, silver, or matte white.  There are punches for all the cookie cutter people, hat, bow, etc.  Check out the new embossing folder!

 

 

imageCOOKIE CUTTER HALLOWEEN can be crafted with scarecrows, or other scary figures shown below.  There is a punch for all the cookie cutter people, edgelit die for the fence and a die for the pumpkins

 

 

 

imageOther COOKIE CUTTER HALLOWEEN options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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imageROLY POLY WITCH is a cutie and can be crafted with a Basic Gray or a Basic Black tree.  The witch pieces are all die cut.  The tree and fence have edgelit dies.  Check out the sentiment on the first pumpkin – EEK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPOOKY FUN is another choice for October Stamp Camp.  Edgelit dies for the tree and fence.  Dies also for the witch, pumpkins and gravestone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageLEAVES ON A SHAVING CREAM BACKGROUND is fun to do as you can make your shaving cream background any color you wish.  Remember that this can be a bit messy!  Acorns vary in color and sentiment.

 

So there you have it!  5 card options to choose from.  But please let me know as soon as you can what cards YOU want to do!

October Stamp Camp:  Thursday October 6 from 12N to 9 PM – Friday October 7 from 2 to 9 PM – Saturday October 8 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  If you can let me know which day you are coming, it is helpful – but not required.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.  Remember to let me know which cards YOU want to do.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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