FALL SUNFLOWER

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower oliveWe absolutely need to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) on at least one Stamp Card – even if it is retired DSP.  This fall card uses the Painted Harvest stamp set  with the matching Leaf Punch and leaves from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The die cut opening also comes from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.

The DSP varies in pattern and you can choose from Old Olive or Crushed Curry.  After die cutting,

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower currythe DSP is layered onto Whisper White cs.  An outer layer of the sunflower is stamped once or twice in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody (used here).  A completed sunflower stamped in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze, is fussy cut with snips and popped on top of the outer sunflower image with dimensionals. 3 sunflower leaves are stamped, punched and adhered with dimensionals.   Detailed leaves in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Copper Metallic are die cut and adhered as well as 2 smaller die cut leaves in copper and either pumpkin pie or glimmer orange. Wink of Stella is an option for the detailed leaves and sunflower. A gold faceted gem was used in the center of the first sunflower and black rhinestones in the center of the second sunflower.  Black rhinestones could also be scattered in the sunflower center to appear more “seed-like.”  If preferred, there is a seed image stamp that could be used.    

08.25.18 Sunflower msg layerFor the message layer, the center DSP that was die cut is repurposed.  A few pieces of wheat are stamped in Crumb Cake.

We may see this stamp set again in November as this is a Thanksgiving set.  I actually purchased it for use in 2017, but time ran out. 

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is right around the corner – Thursday, September 6 from 1 – 7 PM, Friday, September 7 from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday, 8 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  I hope you can come and have a “Fallish” Good Time.  If at all possible, please let me know if you are coming and which day works best for you.

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

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FALL LEAF BOUQUET

08.25.18 Fall Leaf Bouquet 1Fall Leaf Bouquet is a fun card using the branches and leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  This Bermuda Bay and Shaded Spruce card features a Pool Party layer embossed with the Dynamic Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Remember, when using a dynamic embossing folder, only 1 standard cutting pad is used.  Your layers from the bottom up will be (1) Big Shot Platform, (2) Single sheet of cardstock in folder, (3) Standard Cutting Pad. The 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders are much thicker than the standard folders and can only accommodate the single cutting pad.

The 2 branches are cut in Early Espresso and are the first die cuts adhered to the embossed top layer

08.25.18 Fall Leaf Bouquet 2layer.  The branches and leaves are all adhered with glue dots – minis and micros.  The leaves are die cut in shades of blue, green and yellow.   There are 4 different colors of Baker’s Twine to choose from when forming a shoestring bow for the bottom of the bouquet. Retired candy dots are used to embellish and add interest to the card.  I just noted that an Olive Green candy dot is missing.  I recommend the use of 3-5 small embellishments for a card such as this. Wink of Stella was brushed on the cut out leaves and branches of this card.  I do recommend you add the Wink of Stella BEFORE you put the card together – much easier than adding it to the completed card!!!!!

Are you in a fall mood yet?  Ready to see leaves on the trees turn red, orange, yellow and brown?  Ready to rob your wardrobe for fall sweaters and flannel shirts?  Fall is quickly approaching.

The final card, Fall Sunflower, will be posted shortly. Don’t forget to let me know if you have any questions about September Stamp Camp on September 6, 7 and 8. 

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

CLIMBING ORCHIDS

WP_20180420_15_18_11_Pro 1Being an ex-florist, I am very fond or orchids.  Although orchid corsages and orchid stems in bouquets have lost their popularity, orchid plants  are very on trend.  I chose Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig for my color scheme.  Gorgeous Grunge is stamped in Fresh Fig judiciously to provide a bit of interest.  The background features the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.  The dynamic embossing folders use only one acrylic plate when running thru the Big Shot but leave a much heavier, dynamic impression. A 2 7/8 die cut square is adhered to a 3” scalloped Fresh Fig square and popped up with dimensionals on the card front.  This sample features the flatter Phalaenopsis or moth orchids.  The orchids are stamped, die cut and layered one set of petals over the other.  The throat of the orchid is stamped, die cut and adhered on top of the petals.

WP_20180420_15_19_33_Pro 1The second sample features more of a Cattleya orchid with the increased coloring.  The orchids are formed and adhered to the card front.  Leaves can be added if desired.  Old Olive stems are stamped between the orchids and lead up to the 2 buds.  Although I chose a Happy Birthday sentiment for my card front, any short sentiment will work.  This would make a great sympathy, anniversary, get well or thinking of you card. 

There you have it!  For May Stamp Camp, we will be making the 3-page Charming Café card, We must Celebrate meets Lovely as a Tree, Petal Palette, and finally, Climbing Orchids.  It is very helpful if you can let me know which day you might be attending.  If you wish to do the Charming Café card, please let me know by April 29th which color you prefer or I will cut Powder Pink. 

May Stamp Camp will be held Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2-7 pm, and Saturday, May 5 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Please note that June Stamp Camp will be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2.  We are meeting a week earlier than normal to allow for Father’s Day cards to be sent. 

WE MUST CELEBRATE meets LOVELY AS A TREE

04.21.18 We must.friendsAs we haven’t done a “Z” card in awhile, I thought is was time for this simple fold technique.  The 8 1/2 X 11 Daffodil Delight cs is cut lengthwise at 4 1/4” and scored at 5 1/2” and 2 3/4”.  The score at 4 1/4” is folded forward and the score at 2 3/4 is folded back forming the “Z” fold. Retired Floral Boutique DSP is adhered to the front and  back of the smaller “Z”  folds.

For this Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight color scheme, a white rectangle is layered onto a Daffodil Delight stitched rectangle.  The multiple tree stamp from “Lovely as a Tree” is stamped twice on the white layer. 2-3 mushrooms are colored and adhered to the background.

04.21.18 We must.birthdayThe rabbit, raccoon and bear are colored with Stampin’ Blends and adhered to the white rectangle layer with Stampin Dimensionals. The animal festooned layer is then adhered securely to a portion of the front “Z”.  The top sample has the sentiment “friends fur-ever” stamped on the message layer.  The second sample uses a happy birthday sentiment

04.21.18 We must.birthday msgWhen the “Z” is pulled back, we see the message layer as well as a small continuation of the card front.  Wink of Stella adds some glimmer to the trees and animals.  Wink of Stella must be applied carefully to inked surfaces such as the stamped trees we see here as it will pick up the ink and smear the color.  This is not an issue, however, with Stampin” Blends.  

I did something “daring” with my “We Must Celebrate” stamp set – I cut the 4 animals apart.  I really wanted to use them singly so I grabbed my snips and just did it.  As there are no dies for this set, I stamped about 20 of each on Whisper White cs and my Brother Scan n’ Cut proceeded to cut them out.  For you, this means your animals and mushrooms are cut and ready to be used.  Much easier than fussy cutting!

Did you know “Lovely as a Tree” is the oldest Stampin’Up set.  We hold our breath every year wondering if it will retire.  I broke down and bought a new “Lovely as a Tree” set this year.  My old set was wood and I really wanted something easier to use.

Finally, Here is everything you wanted to know about the Color Revamp that is taking place.


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THE COLORS ARE EVOLVING!

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When we see changes happening, we review our color spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp!

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, we decided it was time to give our color collections a makeover.

With this revamp, you’ll have a new variety of shades that will inspire creativity and allow you to explore more sides of your crafting. Read on for more information!

THE DETAILS

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics.

In order to keep our color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, we moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. We’ve also moved a few colors into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. You can refer to the old and new color charts in the 2018-2019 catalog. These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in our updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

IN COLORS

There are no changes to the In Color program. Every two years we will continue to introduce five new In Colors that will be available for the ensuing two years.

We also have previous In Colors that are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

IN COLORS

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THE NEW COLORS

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NEW COLOR COLLECTIONS

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NEW CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PADS

In addition to new colors, we also redesigned our ink pads. The case is a new, more intuitive design and we’ve improved the formula of the ink, as well! We think you will love these changes and you can learn more here.

HOW THESE CHANGES WORK FOR YOU

Remaining on trend and up-to-date with new products is one of the most important parts of a business and this color revamp does just that. In addition to the business aspect, this is exciting for stampers on a personal level! For people who love to create, a bigger variety of products and fresh, vibrant colors allow you to stretch your creativity and engage your senses in pushing your crafting limits.

RETIRING COLORS PRODUCT RESOURCE

Whenever colors are retired, there is always some confusion about the status of various products in those colors. We wanted to be sure that our customers have a chance to buy retiring ink pads and refills before they are gone. We have worked with our vendors to ensure that we have a period of guaranteed stock before the retirement date. This means that even if an ink pad/refill goes on backorder during that guaranteed time, those orders will be fulfilled.

However, after that guarantee date has passed, those products in retiring colors are available while supplies last. Please see the chart below that details this. It also shows how other products with retiring colors will be handled.

PRODUCT
RETIRING COLOR(S)

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Guaranteed stock of old ink pad design through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Pad Collections

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

Guaranteed stock through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018

Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Collections

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Single Color Cardstock (All sizes and colors)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Cardstock Packs, Collections, etc. (all sizes and colors)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Stampin’ Write Markers (2-pack, Collections, and Many Marvelous Markers)

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Color Caddy

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Color Embellishments

While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

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Please let me know if you have any questions on this major color revamp. I’m excited about the new ink cases and colors.  Looking forward to seeing you for May Stamp Camp.

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

WATERFRONT

I will admit I was a bit nervous about starting this watercolor-inspired card.  The waterfront scene looks so pure and pristine and I wasn’t sure I could produce the same effect.  Once I started, I discovered that the stamping was quite easy and the finished card was quite beautiful.

WP_20180316_15_53_58_Pro 1Our waterfront scene pictures a sunny day, blue sky with birds,  mountains, a grassy field with trees, a lake and a sandy beach.  One or two little huts are perched in the foreground.  This sounds so peaceful.  However, I will admit my peaceful hands were pretty well inked-up by the time the stamping was finished.  Ten inks were used to complete this  scene – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Tuxedo Black Memento.  The sky was lightly sponged with a sponge dauber in Pool Party. WP_20180316_15_50_13_Pro 1

Several of the Waterfront stamps are vague in shape and can be used for the water, grass, and sandy beach.  There is a mountain shape which was stamped once in Crumb Cake and again to the right in Soft Suede.  The Garden Green trees can be stamped multiple times to give a forest effect or just once to show 3 simple trees.  There is a stamp that gives a lake effect. The hut and sun are well defined shapes.   The birds come from the High Tide stamp set that we used in 2017. The art piece was framed in Early Espresso and layered onto Bermuda Bay embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. The finished Pool Party card is quite striking.  No embellishments are needed.

So far we have seen 3 of our projects for April Stamp Camp – a charming flower cart, birds on a branch, and now a waterfront scene.  Stay tuned for our last card – one that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone.

Don’t forget to let me know if you will be coming to Stamp Camp on April 5, 6, or 7.

Easter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

BIRD BANTER

WP_20180314_14_58_51_Pro 1‘YOU’RE THE KIND OF FRIEND I’D SHARE MY BRANCH WITH.”  How cute is this sentiment?  Two birds colored with Stampin’ Blends, perched on a branch having a conversation.  The background for the birds has a Mint Macaroon water-color wash.  I used  different washes on the sample cards as some might prefer more white.  The Petal Passion designer paper is black and white but it colors beautifully with the Stampin’ Blends.  The added flowers from the Bird Banter stamp set carry the colors through..

WP_20180314_15_00_14_Pro 1The second sample features the sentiment “A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY”.  A birthday hat and balloon help the parakeet celebrate.  And guess what – all the birds, branches, flowers, balloons and hats have been stamped and cut out for you on my Stamp ‘n Cut!  All you have to do is color and adhere!  Although you can’t tell from these images, Wink of Stella adds a lot of glimmer!  Bird Banter is found on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog that retires May 31st, 2018.  This is not one of the sets that is being carried over to the new 2018-2019 catalog.  So if this is a set you would like to add to your stampin’ library, now is a great time to order it.

Check back soon for the next blog post – Waterfront.  And remember – April Stamp Camp is on April 5, 6, and 7.  It is helpful if you would let me know which day you might be attending.

Easter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FRIENDSHIP’S SWEETEST THOUGHTS

Hi Crafters!

Happy Spring!  The days are slowly becoming warmer and the extra hour of daylight are certainly wonderful.  This month we are celebrating friends as we create our card projects.  I absolutely love our first card:

WP_20180308_13_01_02_Pro 1Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts is indeed sweet!  I love the flower cart brimming with blossoms.  In this image, the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder has actually been debossed on the crumb cake layer versus being embossed.  Debossing gives a different texture to the card stock.  The flower cart is colored with Stampin’ Blends and layered on a colored scalloped circle.

 

WP_20180308_14_07_28_Pro 1The art piece is then layered onto a crisp white doily which is popped up on the card front.  A bit of ribbon adds both texture and fun to the card.  One of the messages with this limited time stamp set reads “Beauty blooms where you are”.  I think this is a great sentiment for those friends who are near and dear to us. 

 

 

WP_20180308_15_01_40_Pro 1I love how the bright springy colors make this card “pop.”  There are so many combinations we could go with.  Note how this card and the one above have been embossed with the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder versus the debossed version in the first card. Also,  Wink of Stella adds glimmer to all 3 samples

 

WP_20180308_12_56_52_Pro 1I think this message stamp from “Friendship’s Sweetest Thought’s” is perfect for those friends we hold dear to us.  “Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts blossom In The heart.”  How absolutely perfect.  Note the addition of the flower bench and the small flower in the corner.  These stamps add so much to the message layer.

So, in case you’ve forgotten, April Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 1 – 7 PM, on Friday, April 6th from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Note the starting time on Thursdays is one hour earlier than listed on the calendar.  This was due to a request from several crafters to start earlier on Thursdays.  The cost remains $12 for our 4 cards.  If you choose to do extra cards, the cost is $2 for each. 

Looking forward to seeing you!  Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com