POPPY HEART

0123.23 Poppy HeartPoppies are special flowers.  They grow as weeds in California.  Once upon a time, I had 2 red poppy plants outside my kitchen window.  Someone who shall remain nameless, mistook the foliage for a weed and pulled up my 2 plants. At least I can still enjoy them on paper.

Simple and elegant!  Those are the words I use to describe the Poppy Heart card.  This print comes to us from Etsy.  When I saw the design, I immediately pictured it on a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.  Although the sentiment reads “Happy Valentines Day”, if you let me know ahead of time, I will pull an alternate sentiment such as Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Thinking of You, or Get Well.  This is a sweet card for someone special in your life. 

THANKSGIVING WISHES

Thanksgiving Wishes top layerWe have done several joy folds, but I especially like this one.  Andrea found a beautiful card using the joy diagonal fold and shared it with me.  Although I did not have the DSP used in the shared card, I fell in love with the technique.  This card features the Hello Harvest Bundle and the Rustic Harvest DSP we used last month.  The top layer pumpkin and flowers have been colored and hopefully die-cut for you.  because of the girth of the pumpkin, we chose to use 2 flower bouquets and overlap them.  The base of the card is Mossy Meadow with Cajun Craze accents.

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes 1 flap openWhen the front layer is lifted, we can see the Rustic Harvest pumpkin DSP The triangular piece is Mossy Meadow layered with Cajun Craze and the DSP.  Note the Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze leaves stamped on the envelope. These colors are repeated throughout the design of the card

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes fully openWhen our card is fully opened, we see Rustic Harvest DSP layering the inside panel.  The message panel is embellished with a small sunflower that matches the bouquet on the pumpkin.  Rhinestones enhance the flower bouquets and add a bit of glitz.  Wink of Stella also highlights the pumpkin and flowers.

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes flowers up higherThis second sample shows the floral bouquets located higher on the pumpkin which gives a larger artwork layer.  You can choose where you place your bouquets.  The rhinestones were also used differently in this sample. 

The THANKSGIVING sentiment is optional allowing for this card to be used for any fall occasions.

One card left – Thankful Gnomes!

Don’t forget – November Stamp Camp is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 3, 4, 5 from 10am to 4pm. 

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

ASPEN TREES

Fall is upon us!  We can’t keep up with the leaves on our ramp.  They fall faster than my sweet husband can sweep them up.  But I love the crunch of leaves when walking down the street.  It kind of sounds like walking on Rice Krispies! 

11.01.22 Aspen TreesOur fall Aspen Trees card features a technique titled “Color Blocking.”  Color blocking is explained as a technique that involves pairing 2 or more colors together.  In our November Stamp Camp card shown here, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry have been “blocked” together.  The block of colors has been run thru the Big Shot with the Woodland Texture Embossing Folder which carries the wooded theme through to the background.  A lone Early Espresso deer is peeking thru the trees.  The simple sentiment, “For You” is stamped on an aspen leaf and embellished with a tiny Cajun Craze bow.  Debbie designed this beautiful fall card and has tied all the bows!  I’m so happy she is back.

11.01.22 Aspen Trees msg layerThe message layer for Aspen Trees features a single Crushed Curry aspen leaf.  The Aspen Trees Dies provide 2 different aspen leaves. This card would be perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall occasion.  There are lots of message stamps you can choose from.  New ones are added to the library monthly. 

In case you are wondering when November Stamp Camp is – Thursday, Friday, Saturday – November 3, 4 and 5 from 10am – 4pm.  You can come anytime during those times.  You can even come all 3 days!  If you are not available to attend, we are happy to provide cards-to-go mailed to you or available for pick up.  As always, all supplies and tools are provided.  All you need to bring is yourself!  Let’s move on to our November Christmas card – Silent Night!

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

RUSTIC MUMS

10.01.22 Rustic Mum 1This is a 10-minute card!  Why?  Because the DSP does ALL THE WORK!  This Rustic Harvest DSP is the Bomb!  The actual card is Crushed Curry.  A 5 1/4 X 4 piece of DSP is adhered to the card front.  My new best friend – a Divinity Designs A2 Thin Pierced Frame – nicely die cuts a piece of 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 Merry Merlot.  The frame is adhered on the card front and voila – you have a beautiful fall card.  I have die-cut butterflies in white, Merry Merlot and Crushed Curry using the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die.  5 butterflies with a couple rhinestones finish the card.

10.01.22 Rustic Mum MsgThe message layer features several butterflies matching the ones on the card front.  I have chosen to use 3 but you can use as many as you wish. 

A different pattern of the Rustic Harvest DSP is also used in the next card and we will be using another pattern in November.  A single sheet of the DSP used here will give you 8 card fronts.  The pattern appears to be repeated every 8 inches.  And it certainly helps make a very colorful but simple card.

Our last card is also reminiscent of fall!

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

CHRISTMAS BARN

Christmas BarnI love this old fashioned scene.  It is reminiscent of driving down a country road and seeing a red barn proudly wearing a Christmas wreath.  The card itself is Evening Evergreen with a Real Red embossed front panel. I must admit the red in the picture is a bit brighter than actual Real Red.  The barn is pre-colored for you.  A small sliver of white glitter cs is adhered to the left portion of the roof.  The 2 darker trees are stamped and die-cut.  The Garden Green trees are simply die cut.  The silo and fence also have dies.  I am recommending a double layer on the fence to give it more body.  A self adhesive backing has been applied to the Crumb Cake cs to ease the fence making.  I have added 9 white glimmer snowflakes but you can add as many as you wish.  Wink of Stella adds a glittery snowy finish to the front yard and can be added to the trees and barn windows if desired.

10.01.22 Christmas Barn msgThe message layer matches the envelope – a stamped horse pulling winter-clad passengers.  This is such a fun card!

November Stamp Camp will be held on November 3, 4 and 5, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10-4.  December Stamp Camp will be December 1, 2, and 3.  I will have calendars available at December Stamp Camp if you wish to make them.  They make great Christmas Gifts. 

We have seen Halloween and Christmas – how about a bit of fall?

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

SWEET STRAWBERRIES

Lots of SWEET for September – SWEET Candy Canes and now SWEET Strawberries

090122 Strawberry redSweet sweet strawberries – and this is the season!  Our sweet strawberry card comes from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and the Strawberry Builder punch.  I love the crisp Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and white color scheme.  Once again, the scallop contour dies are used.  The Bright’s 6X6 DSP provides an appealing background pattern.  The strawberries are stamped red on red with a matching DSP calyx.  Several red rhinestones, a poppy butterfly and a DSP flower embellish the card.

090122 Strawberry whiteCrafters attending in person will have the opportunity to do the strawberries as shown above (red on red) or as shown in the sample to the right (red on white).  When working with the white cs, the base strawberry requires inking and stamping  twice, and inking and stamping the seeds once.  This strawberry requires a bit more work.  The Strawberry Builder punch gives an excellent, crisp punch.  This is an easy, fun card to make.

090122 Strawberry red msg layerThe message layer features the second largest of the scallop contour die.  Nestled in the corner, we find another sweet strawberry – red on red for cards to go and open choice for stamp camp attendees.

Aren’t the offerings for September Stamp Camp interesting?  Calming, Cute and Sweet – a nice assortment.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know what cards you choose to make.  We need adequate time to prep the necessary items.  And also let us know which day or days you plan to attend.  September 1, 2, 3 from 10am – 4pm.

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

PERFECT PLANTS

090122 Plants DSP 1The Plentiful Plants stamp set makes such a calming card!  This card is perfect for absolutely any occasion.  The interest with the paper lattice, the macrame plant hanger, the rustic pots, even the plants themselves is phenomenal.  The String of Pearls is such an unusual plant.  Mossy Meadow was the green Designer Andrea chose for this card.  Early Espresso and Crumb Cake round out the color scheme.

090122 Plants DSP 2

We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using. The Banners Pick A Punch give us the perfect banner ends for the sentiment.  Wink of Stella allows us to highlight the greenery and pots as desired.  We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using.  The paper lattice has been trimmed with the remaining piece used on the message layer.  The chocolate twine was an Amazon purchase and is perfect with the plant hanger.

090122 Plants msg layerAs noted above, the message layer features the remaining paper lattice embellishing a strip of DSP.  Another rustic pot and plant finish the layer. 

As Debbie is in the process of moving, and not able to assist as much, we are asking your assistance in stamping and die-cutting your plants and pots.

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 1, 2 and 3 from 10am – 4pm.  You can mark your calendars now for October Stamp Camp – October 6, 7 and 8 from 10am – 4pm. 

Our last card for September Stamp is sweet – just like the Sweet Candy Canes.

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP–LET’S SET SAIL

08.02.22 Let's Set Sail FlatLet’s Set Sail provides us with the perfect opportunity to use a different stamping technique.  Our sunset background is done with painters tape!  The colors used are So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.  Masking tape is a bit narrower and could also be used.  A piece of tape is placed over the open ink pad and lightly pressed with your finger.  The tape is then placed on your white card stock and again, lightly pressed with your finger.  The tape does not stick and is easily pulled off.  This process is repeated with the next color and you overlap the previous color with your tape.  This is repeated with all 4 colors.  A 2 5/8 circle is die cut and stamped with 6 black stamped sea gulls.  Sea Gulls are also stamped on the front card layer.  A Merry Merlot sailboat is stamped and punched producing 3 images that are adhered to your card front.

08.01.22 Let's Set Sail DimensionalsThe second sample has slightly different coloring.  I actually prefer the first sample as it has more Calypso Coral.  The sailboat in this sample has the sails popped up on Mini Dimensionals which gives the card additional depth.  A single red rhinestone adds a bit of glitz.  The message is stamped in Merry Merlot. 

Let's Set Sail Msg. LayerThe envelope and message layer feature a stamp from Wetlands – an older stamp set from my archives.  The little Merry Merlot sandpipers scurrying across a sandy beach are reminiscent of a day spent sailing. 

Thus far, we have seen pansy and masculine birthday cards.  What’s next?  Is this a card you would like to make for August Stamp Camp?  Please let me know which cards you would like to make and which day you would like to come – August 4th, 5th or 6th.  Or come all 3 days and we can have a party!

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP PANSY PATCH

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Fresh FresesiaPansy Patch is one of my favorite sets!  I purchased this bundle 2 years ago and with the design assistance from Andrea, we are FINALLY putting it to happy use.  I am very fond of the Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss color combination.  The lovely Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) is no longer current although I did see it was available on eBay and Etsy. 

08.01.22 Pancy Patch Blackberry BlissThe perfect pansy and leaves are die cut from the DSP.  Fresh Freesia 3/8” ribbon is a perfect match and 3 small butterflies in Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia provide our artwork with the ideal finish.  The Scalloped Contours Dies die cut perfect backgrounds for the artwork on both the front and message layers. I can’t decide which card I prefer.  The top sample is lovely but the Blackberry Bliss really pops with the change of ribbon and the reversal of the butterfly colors. A simple gold rhinestone adds a bit of sparkle to the flower.

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Message LayerThe message layer is crisp and charming.  The Scalloped Contours Dies again provide a perfect background,  A small DSP die-cut pansy with 2 leaves are the ideal embellishment. 

August Stamp Camp is August 4th from 10am – 4pm, August 5th from 10am – 4pm, and August 6th from 9am-4pm  In addition to the birthday card seen here, we will be making a friend card, a Christmas card and a masculine birthday card.  The choices are up to you.  Please please please let me know which cards you choose to do and which day(s) you would like to come.  I am running late on getting the blog as we were just together 2 weeks ago creating Christmas in July.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.065.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SPRINGTIME GARDENING

042122 Springtime GardeningWhat a lousy spring we are having.  Usually I’m so excited by this time of the year – flowers, green trees, lots of buds and new growth on perennials.  But not this year.  However, this gardening apron helps put me in the mood.  This is a darling set from Tonic Studios.  Debbi designed the card in Blackberry Bliss and Highland Heather with the Flowering Fields DSP.  The  silver metallic garden tools peek out from a matching apron.pocket. Purple grosgrain ribbon and matte dots provide the finishing touches.

042122 Springtime Gardening 2The second sample of Springtime Gardening is very similar to the first.  The silver metallic garden tools are hard to see but are definitely there.  A different sentiment and shape is used, and a lighter purple ribbon is used as apron trim. There are many small sentiments that can be used here. In addition, green dots are used to hold the ribbon in place.  Both card bases have been embossed with a retired leaf embossing folder. 

04.21.22 Springtime Gardenint Message LayerThe message layer features a thin strip of DSP, a small tulip, and SURPRISE – a packet of flower seeds.  We have a nice assortment of seed packets but ask that you be kind if you can’t get the flower seeds you want.  May will be a great time to plant.  This card and seed packet are sure to be a pick-me-up for most anyone.

I will be taking the month of June off.  We will come together again for Christmas in July on Thursday-Saturday, July 14, 15, 16.  August will resume with the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month – August 4th, 5th, and 6th.  We have some gnome surprises planned for fall and Christmas time.

Stay tuned for In the Moment

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