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

EASTER FRIENDS

03.23.22 Bunny Blossom embossedThe bunny rabbit in Easter Friends is just too cute!  Mr. Bunny is featured with a bouquet of flowers from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set and the Flowers of Home dies.  Both Mr. Bunny and the flowers are cut with the Scan’n Cut although there are dies available for the flowers.  Mr. Bunny stamps quite light with Smoky Slate but too dark with Basic Gray.  There are an assortment of bunnies die-cut that can be used as they are or you can use Stampin’ Colored Pencils or Stampin’ Pastels to add additional color.  The flowers are colored but will need to be trimmed to fit the appropriate area.  The centers of the large daisies vary somewhat in color and additional color can be added.  The Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder adds lots of texture to the background.  NOTE:  This embossing folder is being retired and is on sale for $7.20.

03.23.22 Bunny Happy EasterI experimented with adding a Balmy Blue shadow around Mr. Bunny and the flowers, but I did get a bit carried away in the Easter version of the card.  The shading is much fainter on the card above.  Debbie made little pink bows and ties for Mr. Bunny.

Please let us know which cards you wish to do and what day you plan on coming.  April Stamp Camp is 10am-4pm on Thursday March 31st, 10am-4pm on Friday April 1, and 9am-4pm on Saturday April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7.  Debbi and I will be working on Friday to put the April card packets together. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all.  Masks are optional at this time.                          Sending Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SPRING GNOMES

03.23.22 Gnomes Horizontal

The silly gnomes come again but this time they are SPRING GNOMES!  There are actually 6 different gnomes and you can combine them as you wish on this slim-line card.  There is actually a strip of cut grass that the gnomes are resting on. Stamped, die-cut clouds float in the sky along with the butterflies and a bumblebee.  Debbie added 7 gems that are difficult to see in the picture but the card has lots of glitz!  The Scan’n Cut was our friend that cut out the gnomes and the grass.

03.23.22 Gnomes Horizontal message

The horizontal message layer can display one gnome as Debbie has shown here or can include additional gnomes.  You can make it a fun card however you choose.  And we have the sleek slimline envelopes from Stampin’Up!

03.23.22 Gnomes verticalThis is the vertical slim-line version of the Spring Gnome card.  This sample was much more challenging to create than the horizontal sample above.  We do see 2 gnomes that were not used in the first sample in addition to the clouds butterflies and bee.  Wink of Stella and gems add lots of pizazz. 

03.23.22 Gnomes vertical messageThe message layer features a single gnome along with a pot of flowers, butterfly and bumblebee.  Again, you can design the message layer as you wish. 

Please remember to let us know which cards you wish to make and what day you plan on coming.  Masks are optional as of this date. 

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

APRIL RAIN BOOTS

03.23.22 Boots BloomWe are certainly ready for our next card thanks to all our rain.  But as hubby would say, rain is better than ice and snow.!  However, Flowering Rain Boots is another Stampin’Up bundle I really like.  We used a strip of the Flowering Fields tulip DSP and made a Bookbinder Fold – a new fun fold for me.  The main difference is an additional score line at 5 1/2” which allows for the 1” strip that is adhered to the card base.  Because the card front was smaller, the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder was used.  There are folders in this set and they are not as wide as the standard folders.  Note the embossed dots shown on the background.

03.23.22 Boots EasterThe second sample shows more of a hound’s-tooth background.  The rainboots in the first sample were stamped in Cajun Craze while the sample to our right is stamped in Cinnamon Cider. The Cajun Craze has much more orange in it than the Cinnamon.  I recommend using the Stamparatus for stamping the boots to allow for a second application of ink.  The tulips are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and die-cut.  The Evening Evergreen stamped stems insert directly into the boots thanks to the use of an X-Acto knife.  Bumblebee gingham ribbon embellish the fold with the addition of a small bow which Debbie so graciously made.  Although several sentiments could be used, I thought Easter Blessings, and Live Life in Full Bloom were appropriate.

03.23.22 Boots Bloom Message TulipThe message layer can be stamped with the cluster of daisies shown above on the envelopes, or you can be creative and actually make a tulip as I have done here.  The Tulips Dies make 3 different tulip styles. I chose a 3-D style here and die-cut the petals from the free Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations.  The addition of a stamped and die-cut leaf and stem add to the realistic look.

As a reminder, April Stamp Camp is March 31, April 1 and April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7 at normal times.  Christmas in July will be July 14th, 15th and 16th.  Mark your calendars now. 

I think the next post will be the crazy Spring Gnomes! 

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

CARDS BRING US SPRING!

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  We see tulips, daffodils, daisies, bunny rabbits, gnomes – all of my spring favorites!

03.23.22 Daffodils Springtime SmilesI love the Daffodil Daydream bundle!  The daffodils – seen here in Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry – are fun to make.  You can create daffodil buds and other sizes in addition to the full sized blooms shown here.  The DSP was free during the Sale-A-Brations celebration that ended last month.  The new 3-D Hive embossing folder is so cool – it leaves a deep impression on both the debossed (shown here) and embossed sides.   The Daffodil Dies include 2 butterflies shown here in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  Debbie thought Champagne Rhinestones are perfect for the butterflies and sentiment.

03.23.22 Daffodils EasterThis is a perfect card for many occasions – weddings, anniversaries,, birthdays, thinking of you, and of course – Easter as we celebrate our Lord.  The small Scalloped Contours framelit is perfect for this sentiment.  Other springtime and Easter sentiments will be available for you to use on your cards.  Notice that the embossed side of the card stock was used on this sample – see how it pops out?  Both backgrounds are perfect for so many creative ideas. 

Daffodils message layerThe message layer is simple – a decorative strip of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and 2 die-cut butterflies – Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  If you look closely at the centers of the daisies on the DSP, you will see a touch of Flirty Flamingo. 

April Stamp Camp is Thursday March 31, Friday May 1, and Saturday May 2 .  Masks are optional as of now.  We will see how the latest Covid variant is doing next week so stick a mask in your pocket just to play it safe.  Stamp Camp times remain 10am-4pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.  After the blogs are all posted, please let us know which day you will be coming, what cards you will be doing, and if you need Cards To Go.  This information helps us so much in our planning, bundling and table set-up.

Stampin-Up has listed their retiring items from the 2021-2022 catalog.  There are lots of good deals so fix yourself a cup of coffee, click here 2021-2022 Retiring Products, press on SHOP and relax while sorting through the list.  Of course not everything is marked down, but when you combine their sale prices with the 10% off I give, you can get some bargains!  You can also go directly to the Stampin’ Up Web Site, click here2021-22 Retiring SU Products and you will see the same items.  Also, Stampin-Up also has quite a few bundles 20% off.  Check them out here: 20% off Bundles.

Stay tuned for what?  Tulips – bunny rabbits – gnomes?

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

FRIENDLY HELLO

02.22.22 Hello FriendlyI love free items I can actually use!  The Friendly Hello Stamp Set and 12X12 Designer Paper are absolutely free from Stampin’Up thru the current Sale-A-Brations period which ends February 28 providing you make a $100 or more product purchase.  And I’m offering a 20% product discount thru February 28.  So a $100 product will cost $80 PLUS you can get this stamp set and DSP FREE!  There are other items you can choose from for $50 product purchases and for $100 product purchases.  Check it out at Sale-A-Brations

01.11.11 HelloThis cheerful card can be done with or without the “friend.”  The Petal Pink letters, flower, bird  and the “friend” image are pre-cut with the Scan’n’Cut.  The flowers can be colored with light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends with a bit of yellow or Calypso Coral for contrast as I have done here.  Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Soft Suede provide color for our bird which is adhered to a die-cut white circle matted on a Petal Pink scallop circle.  The DSP border is pre-cut from the Friendly Hello DSP.

02.22.22 Hello Friendly msgThe Message layer features 2 additional pre-cut flowers colored with Stampin’ Blends to match the top card layer.  A DSP bird can perch anywhere you want to place him.

And there we have it – March Stamp Camp.  Gnomes, tulip fields, a split circle technique, and a friendly hello.  Which cards do you choose to do?  Please please please let us know your card choices and which day you prefer to come.  If you want cards to go, please let me know. 

Please note that because of the date of Easter, April Stamp Camp will be held on March 31, April 1 and April 2.  This is to insure everyone has adequate time to complete Easter cards.  The USPS appears to be slowing down a bit and I want to make sure there is sufficient mailing time.  please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in March.  Thanks to the Governor, we will be mask-optional!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

TULIP FIELDS

02.22.22 Tulip Fields BlackI must admit that the Tulip Fields Bundle is a favorite.  Spring is actually coming!  The Flowering Fields DSP is absolutely gorgeous!  Debbie chose this card and I was a little apprehensive as I thought it looked difficult.  But I was wrong!  The card is a cinch and it’s beautiful too! This is simply another fun fold.  Highland Heather is the primary color.  The sample here shows a windmill fashioned in Basic Black and Basic Gray.  The windmill is attached to the building with a split pin and there are several metals you can choose your pin from. 

02.22.22 Tulip Fields GrayThis sample was actually my first card.  The windmill is done in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  You can create your windmill in any color you choose – Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry.  Gorgeous Grape ink is used for the sentiment which is die cut from the smallest Scalloped Contours Die.  If you look really close  at these images, you will find 3 brass butterflies – a perfect embellishment for a field of tulips!

02.22.22 Tulip Fields Black msgThe message layer cs is the Simply Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations that has been run thru my printer with a light setting.  This gives us a light marble coloring that is decorative but light enough for stamping and a hand-written message.  The card stock is die-cut with the largest Scalloped Contours Die.  A basket is die-cut and tiny tulips are painstakingly adhered to the basket.  Note the bird perched on the bicycle seat.  The second sample has mixed color tulips in the basket and a Gorgeous Grape swallow swooping in. 

So far, we’ve seen St. Pat the Gnome and now Tulip Fields.  Two cards left!  Stay tuned for more! 

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

SHADED SUMMER

01.10.22 Shaded SummerShaded Summer is another card making me hope for summer!  This crisp Navy and white card features my favorite Tufted embossing folder, I’m sad this embossing folder was retired as it is so very elegant.  I checked the internet and the prices being asked for this folder are absolutely ridiculous!  I’m glad we have one!  The navy layer is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder which leaves a linen finish.  The floral image is stamped in Night of Navy on white and die-cut with the Summer Shadow dies which were in a previous Sale-A-Bration campaign.  The simple birthday sentiment is stamped and layered on navy and die cut with the Tasteful Label Dies. 

01.10.22 Shaded Summer msgAnd of course, we have one of Debbie’s marvelous little multi-loop bows made with retired 1/4” navy ribbon from her private Stampin’Up stash.  The message layer features a simple message and a stamped image from Shaded Summer.  Your Cards-To-Go will include all card stock cut to size and embossed as described, stamped and die-cut images, and a multi-loop bow.

Are you starting to get excited about stamping?  Or have you already started back up after all your Christmas treasures were sent out?  I have to be truthful, I’m just getting back into the swing of things.  I’ve been too comfortable in my recliner snuggled under my red weighted blanket.  But I’m getting there – my fingers are ink-stained again and I have a wound on my right thumb from my crafting scissors!  Two more January projects coming up

Remember to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration – here’s a quick link:Sale-A-Bration Winter 2022

Stay warm winter blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

AUTUMN LEAVES

10.28.21 Autumn Leaves frontBeauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper offers several beautiful patterns.  This watercolor motif featuring Merry Merlot, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider is one of my favorites and I jumped at the chance to offer a Merry Merlot card.  However, I realize it is not a pattern everyone will like – and that’s perfectly fine as we all have different tastes.  The Seasonal Swirl Dies used here offer several wreath choices – Halloween, Autumn and Christmas.  We may see the Christmas Wreath at the December Christmas Buffet.  Two Early Espresso autumn wreaths are adhered for this card and die cut leaves are adhered with glue dots.  A small shoestring Baker’s Twine bow is adhered to the top of the wreath.  Several colors of Baker’s Twine are available.  Although GRATEFUL is the sentiment shown, other sentiments could be used.  The Banners Pick A Punch was used to form the banner shaped sentiment and Merry Merlot layer.  This card may look labor intensive, but it’s really not and the crafter can limit how many leaves are used.

10.28.21 Autumn Leaves messageThe message is stamped in Merry Merlot with verbiage from both Day of Thanks and Sparkle of the Season Stamp Sets.  The message layer and envelope are both embellished with a small stem of leaves stamped in Merry Merlot. 

If you are looking for an autumn birthday card – a simple change in sentiment and message would do the trick.

One November Stamp Camp card left.

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

CLASSIC CLOCHE

Our Christmas cards start with Christmas in July, continue thru November with one Christmas card at each stamp camp, and this year will finalize with a Christmas Card Buffet on December 2, 3 and 4.  A Christmas Card Buffet is simple, you come and choose to put on your “plate” those cards you wish to do.  Each item will be priced individually and you can choose to add one to your plate, or two, or three, or none.  This is totally up to you.  The goal is to have a buffet line of 10 different entrees.  Please realize this is my goal! I will guarantee there will be a variety, colors will not be limited to red and green, and at least one pyramid card will be included.

For our November Stamp Camp, the Classic Cloche is being offered.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church front

All three of the Classic Cloche views are done with Garden Green, Evening Evergreen, and Peaceful Prints DSP.  This view also features the cloche dome which slides very easily into the die-cut opening and has taped adhesive already in place.  This may look difficult, but believe me, it is a piece of cake.  A sentiment from the Classic Cloche stamp set is stamped in Evening Evergreen and uses the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch as does the Evening Evergreen layer.  Two additional trees are layered on the front above the sentiment.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church closeup

This close-up view of the church shows the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter adhered to the rooftops and ground.  Ice Stampin’ Glitter was added before the dome was adhered turning this into a shaker card.  It’s cute and very easy!  There are even pre-colored scenes if you don’t wish to color your own.  These cards will not fit into a standard envelope.  I will have 5 X 7 padded envelopes available for 50 cents each to ease your mailing options.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church message

Each of the 3 card samples features the same message but different embellishments.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Birds front

The Classic Cloche Stamp Set and matching Cloche Dies also has a bird option.  The birds inside the cloche are stacked 2-3 high for depth.  I chose not to use dimensionals as the sequins would stick.  Although not featuring glitter, Snowflake Sequins are added turning this card also into a shaker card.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Birds message

The message layer shown on the bird sample is embellished with a single and 4 die cut trees.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church flat front

The final sample of the Classic Cloche card samples is a flat view with no cloche added

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church flat closeupThis close-up view of the flat sample indicates bumpy snow – perhaps the snow blower had just been by.  I’m not sure how the glitter will fare through the mail although it appears to be very sturdily glued on.  Tombo Aqua Mono Liquid Glue was used as the adhesive for the glitter and allowed to dry.  A tiny shoestring bow of silver and white Baker’s Twine was added to the top of the cloche image.

10.28.21 Classic Cloche Church Flat message

The embellishment featured on this final sample is simply a row of punched Evening Evergreen trees using the Evergreen Border Punch!  The message and envelope stamps come from the Snow Wonder Stamp Set.

As you choose your cards for November Stamp Camp, please understand that this is really an easy card to create – it simply looks difficult.  In addition, Debbi and I are available if a challenge arises.

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