GRACE’S GARDON

Grace’s Garden is one of my favorite sets and I’m sad to see it retire.  I love the overall ambience of the set as well as the message.

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN Blue BirdThe Highland Heather card is layered with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.  The white card stock was water misted prior to the embossing which allows the maximum texture.  The garden arch opens to the message layer and you can see flowers peeking through.  The gate actually opens although I find its easier to adhere the arch with the gate closed then cut open after.

 

042421 GRACE'S GARDEN yellow birdThe flower, bird and cat images have all been pre-cut.  The flowers can be colored with Stampin’ Blends and placed as you choose. On the top card, the garland of purple roses is climbing up the arbor.  On the card to the right, the rose garland embellishes the message layer and a partial garland embellishes the top of the arbor.  There is no wrong placement.     Dimensionals are used for several images.  The bird and cat are at a visual stand-off.  Purple and yellow butterflies add additional color and interest. 

042421 Grace's Garden yellow bird msg layer

The message layer is seen from the front and the inside.  The message is wonderful for friends and family and can be embellished as you choose.

This is the final card for May Stamp Camp – 2 flowery cards, a tree, and butterflies.  Please let me know as soon as possible which cards you choose to make. 

As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is on Thursday and Friday May 6 and 7 from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday May 8 from 9am to 4pm.

The next stamping experience will be Christmas in July on the 15th from 10am to 6pm, and July 17th from 9am to 4pm.  Debbie and I are already discussing Christmas.  I am taking the month of June off to concentrate on physical therapy for my knees!   

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

BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE #1

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE blueButterfly Brilliance is a new set that I absolutely love!  I believe butterflies are a gift from God and you can NEVER have too many butterfly stamps and dies. 

This Coastal Cabana card is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder which gives the card a lovely texture.  A strip of Butterfly Bijou DSP is layered on Just Jade and is adorned with two layer butterflies.

 

042421 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE  Coastal CabanaThe top butterfly layer is die-cut in Just Jade and the bottom layer is cut in Mint Macaron.  The wings are slightly curled with a bone folder.  Wink of Stella is brushed on prior to adhering the the layers together.  A simple shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered with the fibers separated.  Finally the butterfly heads are embellished with rhinestones in the top sample and pearls in the bottom sample. 

042421 Butterfly Brilliance msg layerThe message layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana with a single butterfly while the envelope butterfly is stamped in Just Jade.

So far we’ve seen flowers, a tree and butterflies.  But I promised two cards with flowers so the final card must be – FLOWERS!

Please remember to let me know what cards you choose to make.  The cost remains any 4 cards for $14 and $3 for each additional card.  The price of the snail refills recently increased in price and because of this, I am increasing the price to $2.25 per roll or $13.50 per box. 

Let’s take a look at our last card.

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

HEY CHICK

03.30.21 Hey Chick dVThis is such a fun card!  The Hey Chick stamp set was a Sale-a-Bration set in 2020.  I got the set and never did anything with it!  I will be giving the stamp set away after April Stamp Camp so if you would like it, please let me know.  The dies became available for purchase this year and what cute dies they are!  You see the stump, corn stalks, ears of corn, a sign and there is also a ranch house I chose not to use.  You can color the chicks in the Stampin Blends of your choosing.  The new Blending Brushes are used to create a sun and add color to the sky.

03.30.21 Hey Chick not favClouds are added to the second sample as I discovered when you spill a drop of Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue on card stock colored with Stampin Blends, the color disappears.  So, the clouds covered my oops!  They will be available for your use.  I love the little ears of corn and the corn stalks.  And you can cut all 4 ears of corn with one run through the Big Shot.  The “have a happy day!” sentiment on the sign will be pre-stamped for you. The sign and wood stump are die cut from retired wood patterned paper.

03.30.21 Hey Chick not fav msgYou can be quite creative on your message layer.  You can have corn scattered on the ground, add extra eggs, or whatever you choose.  The message layer can become a second piece of art work! 

Such fun!  One card left to post!  It is a new technique and will not be available for kits.  The final card is a hands-on card.  Please don’t dress in your Sunday Go-To-Church clothes and please don’t wear long sleeves.  Are you wondering what this card could be possibly be?  I will post it in the morning so check back then.

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

ART GALLERY

02.19.21 Art Gallery cards

Art Gallery was one of my favorite sets in the January – June Mini Catalog.  In fact, it is featured on the cover of the catalog.  I love the bright colors and the random flow of the Fine Art Floral DSP.  Poppy Parade is one of the colors featured in the DSP and I chose that color for our card base.  A strip of DSP is adhered to a slightly larger piece of Blackberry Bliss.  The two-step-stamping flower is stamped first in Poppy Parade, and then in Rococo Rose that is first stamped off.  I wanted a bit more light pink to show thru so I added some strokes of Light Rococo Stampin’ Blends.  Merry Merlot provides nice contrast for the stamen. Mossy Meadow is the color for the stem and the Floral Gallery dies crisply cut out both pieces. A light Rococo Rose tinge is brushed on to surround the popped-up flower and leaf.   Die-cut “happy” reflects the feeling of the card. 

02.19.21 Art Gallery message angledThe Floral Gallery Dies include the cute “just want to say” shown on this message layer.  I adhered them at a casual angle on this sample and also did a straight version.  The stamp set includes several occasions that go with “just want to say”.  I chose Happy Birthday for this sample and “I’m thinking of you” for the second sample.  Other messages include Congratulations, You Are Lovely, Best Wishes, I Miss You, and more.

And there we have it – you’ve seen all the offerings for March Stamp which will be held at my home on March 4th from 10am – 4pm, March 5th from 10am – 4pm, and March 6th from 9am – 4pm.  If you prefer a kit, please let me know as soon as possible as the kits take more time.  As March is still limited to 4 crafters per day, please let me know your preferred day. And of course, we will be following Covid-19 guidelines with masks and cleaning supplies before passing them to another crafter.  I’m excited to see you!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)639.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

AUGUST SUNFLOWER

07.28.20 Sunflower closedAs we approach mid summer, the sunflowers grow taller and wave gracefully in the wind.  We will be creating our own sunflower at August Stamp Camp.  This super easy double triangle fun fold features retired Golden Honey Specialty DSP, the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the Sunflowers Dies.

07.28.20 Sunflower openDid you find the butterfly?

The image above shows the card closed; the image to the right shows the card fully open.  The sunflower is stamped in Early Espresso on the new Bumble Bee card stock.  Stamped leaves are die-cut along with several branches and adhered to the back of the sunflower.  A second sunflower is adhered to the back of the stamped flower to cover the mechanics.  The top of the sunflower is adhered securely to the top flap of the card.  The bottom flap is free.  When the top flap is pulled up, a message appears stamped on Bumble Bee.  This is a super simple card and a great way to use your scraps.  The colorful folds are made from 2 pieces of 4 X 3 DSP. 

Two more cards will be posted tomorrow for August Stamp Camp.  We will see a Happy Birthday card and Your Scrappy Strip Card.  The latter will be based on what you wear to August Stamp Camp.  The post will show the shirt I was wearing and the card I created to coordinate with the shirt.  A fun, easy new technique and great way to use your scraps.

Don’t forget to let me know which day you will be attending and the cards you choose to make.

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

EASTER 2020

Hi Crafters!  As you shelter in place, I wanted to show you several Easter cards you can pick up outside my front door and let you know about the third and last Sale-A-Brations release. We will not be having Stamp Camp, but we can still craft!

We will Start with Easter Promise in this Blog Post.03.24.20 Easter Promise front

Easter Promise is springy Daffodil Delight crocus waving happily on a Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow card,  This is a Joy Fold Card.  I believe the Joy Fold came from Marie Kondo and the KonMarie folding method of shirts. 

03.24.20 Easter Promise openingThe card is actually a card inside a card.  Can you see in the view to the left that the Daffodil Delight card is starting to open?  What is different is that the inner card opens to the left – not the right as we normally see. 

To ease the process of adhering the die-cut sentiment wording, Sizzix Adhesive is layered on the underside.

03.24.20 Easter Promise openThis is the card fully open.  Note the fluttering crocus that match the crocus on the envelope.  Instead of a message, I chose to die-cut a 2-color cross.  An alternate message layer is shown below.  Although very faint, both white layers are sponged with Pear Pizzazz

03.24.20 Easter Promise Alternate Message layerIf preferred, this message can be stamped in place of the 2-color die-cut cross shown above.  This

This is a very uplifting card and the Joy Fold makes it different.  I do have Daffodil Delight twine that I discovered that I prefer over the thin Mossy Meadow twine bow.

Sale-A-Brations ends March 31, 2020.  As a reminder, any SU purchase of $50 or over qualifies you for a Sale-A-Brations item. The 3rd release of items started today.  Click here to see all the items available Sale-A-Brations 2020

Let’s move on to the Welcome Easter Blog Post.

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

TIMELESS TROPICAL

Is it too early to think about hibiscus on warm spring days?  Hibiscus are one of my favorite and we always have 2 plants festooning our deck from spring until frost.  In 2019, one of our Hibiscus was a tri-color and featured pink, yellow and orange blossoms!

Timeless Tropical pinkishThe Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) is lovely and incorporated into the card in a pie-shaped wedge.  The Grapefruit Grove card base is layered with Grapefruit Grove that has a pie-shaped piece removed.  The top layer is textured with the the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) to give the linen finish.  The two samples are slightly different in color.  The sample to the left is stamped in Lovely Lipstick and colored in Lipstick, Flamingo, Rococo Rose and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends.

Timeless Tropical LadybugThe sample to the right is stamped in Real Red and colored with Light Coral Calypso and touches of Light Real Red.  On both cards, more So Saffron was used on the plumeria and Garden Green was used to die cut the foliage.  I used the foliage for a pineapple with the Hibiscus as I felt it looked tropical.  The second sample features only only one plumeria but has a little ladybug partially tucked under a Hibiscus leaf.  Is this the one you will choose? 

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp Dates and Times:  Thursday March 5th from 11am-6pm, Friday March 6th from 12Noon-6pm and Saturday March 7th from 9am-4pm. 

Don’t forget about the Sale-A-Bration promotion which ends March 31st.  The second release of free items will be available on March 3, 2020.  There will be Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, a stamp set titled Rise and Shine, a masculine stamp set titled Well Dressed, Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper, and a stamp set titled Tags in Bloom.  As with all Sale-A-Bration items, when they are gone, they are gone.  Check out current items here  Sale-A-Bration.  On March 3, the second release items will show on that site.

Looking forward to seeing you at March Stamp!  It appears we will not have snow on those days so we can spring away with our card creations!

Blessings, Rosemary (H)630.759.3089 – (C)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

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