BEAUTIFUL YOU!!!

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this blog to you.  When I finally sat down and fired up the computer, I couldn’t connect to the internet.  This led to a detailed phone call with my personal computer tech Larry.  He walked me thru the process of reconnecting and now I’m good to go!

Beautiful You is a gorgeous stamp set.  I concentrated on just one stamp of the beautiful 3 women.  I did 2 birthday samples and 2 for Valentine’s Day.

WP_20170118_13_14_53_ProThis was my first Beautiful You card.  We needed a birthday card for a very dear friend and this was a breeze to make.  Red and black are a natural color combo.  The woman was stamped in Black Memento on Whisper White cs and re-stamped on a scrap of red and white DSP.  I fussy cut the DSP hat and dress, added a touch of adhesive and voila – I had Beautiful You.  I am not a big fan of fussy cutting, but with the bold black lines of the stamp, cutting was truly a breeze.  The cards I made with this stamp set all feature multiple layers and a bold stripe or dotted designer paper from my archive of recent, recently retired, and old and retired DSP.  Rhinestones add a bit of bling to this stylish gal. 

WP_20170118_13_39_07_ProI love the messages that come with this set.  The message used on the card front reads “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” and the sentiment reads:  “Life looks beautiful on you.” A squiggle of Real Red was stamped under the sentiment.  The new candle border punch adds instant layering and contrast. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_00_12_ProThis sample is very similar to the one above, but has a Valentine’s Day theme.  The DSP used for the dress and hat is white with tiny red hearts.  Although hard to see, white glitter washi tape was cut to match the width of the white stripes in the black and white diagonal DSP and adhered in a 2 on – 1 off pattern.  Pearls added a bit of chic style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_13_25_ProSpectrum Noir markers were used to color the dress and hat of this Beautiful You woman.  The challenge of using non-SU markers is finding cs that matches, blends, or contrasts.  My card stock archive had some retired Hello Honey that worked well in this instance.  Black and white dotted DSP was used for the background.  Several white glimmer flowers were punched and adhered.  Pearls embellish the hat and the neckline.  A black glimmer flower with pearl center added a finishing touch to the message banner.

 

 

 

WP_20170121_16_52_24_ProThis Valentine’s card uses a monochromatic color scheme of Melon Mambo and retired Pretty in Pink.  The Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  provides lots of visual interest.  Instead of ovals, the DSP, stamped image and frame are die cut with Lots of Labels Framelits.  The dress is quickly colored with the dress image squiggle stamped in Melon Mambo.  Swirls of silver cording and a silver sparkly embellishment add lots of interest and bling.

We will be seeing this stamp set again in May when we honor the women in our lives.  A different Beautiful You image will be paired with the Serene Scenery DSP. 

Our third project for February stamp Camp uses the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and coordinating thinlits dies.  Samples include a birthday version and one for Valentines Day.  This is a colorful card and will be the topic of my next blog post.

Don’t forget to let me know which cards you wish to do for February Stamp Camp.  $12 for any 4 cards and $2 for additional cards.  I will be giving away the Hey, Chick Stamp Set featured in the Sale-A-Brations brochure so stick some extra good luck in your pocket before you come.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – 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

Victorian Angel

As we are in the last 6 months of the year, I find it fun to include one Christmas card in each Stamp Camp.  This gives us a nice variety to choose from come December when we want to remember our family and friends. 

2016.07.16 Rejoicing with You frontThis Victorian Angel comes to us from Graphic Fairy.  I subscribe to their site and am in awe of their many downloads.  I printed the angel on Whisper White and sprayed it with Home Brew.  Do you remember Home Brew?  It is a combination of alcohol (not the kind you drink!) and the  Tsukineko Champagne All-Purpose Ink.  Stampin’ Up no longer sells this ink, but I bought several small bottles before they retired the product.  It is, however, now available from Amazon. The alcohol/ink combination gives a wonderful sparkle to the card stock.  A bit of Wink of Stella also helps.  The new Flirty Flamingo card stock blends nicely and I chose tone on tone as using any other hue detracted from the angel.  The angel is framed in brushed gold cs (retired).  My 1” corner rounder punch gives a soft curve to the card .  The Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and 1/8” gold ribbon add texture.  Note the little gold star on the sentiment.  SU replaced the candy dots with a small sheet of different shapes.  The metallic shapes include both gold and silver small circles, medium circles, hearts and stars. 

2016.07.16 Rejoicing with you messageI chose the Versatile Christmas stamp set for the sentiment.  The message layer is stamped on white and die cut with the stitched rectangle thinlit.  A slightly large stitched rectangle is cut in Flirty Flamingo and popped up on dimensionals.

You have now seen 3 of our 4 August Stamp Camp projects and none of them are similar.  Just wait until you see the fourth project!  It is swirls and scribbles!  Check back soon to see it!

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

Foxes and Birds

For our August Stamp Camp (August 11, 12, 13), we are going to feature nature – foxes and birds.  If you don’t like foxes, you can choose to make a cat, raccoon or skunk as shown below.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend FoxFoxy Friends is a photopolymer set that is in the new SU catalog.  I chose to purchase the Foxy Friends punch which is used to make the 3-D animals.  The set also includes the cute trees, assorted mushrooms, paw prints and a tree stump.  I chose a color scheme of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  The trees are die cut with the thinlits from the Perfect Pines set and the front tree is popped up with dimensionals..  The tree stump is fussy cut but no other fussy cutting is needed for the forest scene.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend catCan you see the similarity between the cat and the fox?  Because I wanted the white outline for the fox and the cat, I actually stamped the full stamp twice and punched out the head of one image and the body of the other.  The tails were stamped separately.  There are several eye/nose combinations you can choose from, and of course the cute whisker face.  The animal is popped up with dimensionals.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend RaccoonSee how easy it is to change from one animal to another.  We add a mask to the face, claws, and marks to the tail and BINGO – we have a raccoon! 

Have you noticed how each card  is finished differently?  I took the DSP with flags from the Little Foxy Designer Paper Stack and cut out the individual flags for this card. They are adhered with dimensionals and the Baker’s twine was added with a thin line of glue.  On the cat card, I adhered the thick Baker’s twine with glue to an entire row of flags before I used snipped them out.  The top card was finished with just Baker’s twine.  The placement of the forest scene on the card is dependent on how the card is finished.

2016.07.16 Foxy Friend SkunkFinally, the skunk.  He certainly doesn’t look very fierce.  Oops, I think I told a fib earlier!.  The white portion of the tail has been fussy cut – trace the punched black tail on white cs and cut it smaller!  It’s hard to believe that all these animals come from one punch! Since I made these cards, I’ve seen a cute dog and a mouse created from this simple punch!

What do  you think of these cuties?  You can choose the animal you want and finish the background as you choose.  August Stamp Camp is held a week later than normal as we are taking my 98 year-old mother to California to visit with her friends.  Our dates/times for August:  Thursday 8/11 from 12 noon to 9 PM, Friday 8/12 from 2 to 9 PM, and Saturday 8/13 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  It’s a great help in my preparation if I know in advance who is coming and what day.  I realize this is not always possible, but if you think you are coming, I would love if you would let me know.  I hate to precut paper that we don’t use.  The cost is our normal – $12.  We are also doing a darling die cut bird which will be on the next blog post, a beautiful Victorian angel Christmas card, and a swirly scribble card.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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

BALLOON BIRTHDAY

2016-03-27 2016-03-27 007I saw a card very similar to this one created by Brenda Keenan, a SU demonstrator in San Jose, California.  We haven’t done much with Mint Macaroon since SU came out with the color, so I thought this would be a great time to use this lovely pastel shade.  The Birthday Bouquet DSP provided the muted balloon background.  In trying to stretch the 2 12X12 sheets, I chose to cut them at a 3” width.  This gave 16 DSP cuts.  The Balloon Celebration stamp set contains the balloon strings, outlines, dotted filler plus many other images.  I stamped the small and large dotted filler, then stamped the balloon outline around the filler.  I left one smaller balloon plain and punched them out with the new Balloon Bouquet Punch.   A bit of Wink of Stella added some sparkle as did the 3 rhinestones.  I used the Sale-A-Bration Big Day stamp set for my Happy Birthday message. 

2016-03-27 2016-03-27 008This is an original idea for the sentiment.  The Party Pants stamp set has several small sentiments that fit perfectly in the larger balloon image from Balloon Celebration.  Note the cute balloon string that reads “let us celebrate.”  Too cute!

Hope to see you at April Stamp Camp on April 7th, 8th and 9th.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

EASY PEASY SUNBURST

imageI absolutely love the Sunburst Thinlit Die!  It sells for $29 but can be used for absolutely any occasion.  This die allows you to cut a ray of sunshine in record time with the Big Shot.  The actual size is 4-13/16" x 6-1/2".  Check out 4 of the 5 samples below.

 

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 006This Easter Sunburst card uses a Crisp Cantaloupe (retired) card, and 2 – 5 1/4 X 4 layers from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  I judiciously added a bit of Wink of Stella to several flowers on the patterned starburst, and on the punched bunny and butterflies.  The large Happy Easter message is punched out with a scallop punch and layered on a circle that matches the green background DSP.  The completed message is then popped on the sunburst center with dimensionals.

Looks pretty easy?  It IS very easy and fast. 

 

 

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DSP for this card was also taken from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack and features vibrant Pacific Point.  Although a variety of DSP has been cut for you, you have the option of going through the paper stacks and choosing your own combination.  I also did a cute “Sending Springtime Smiles” card but neglected to get it to my ace photographer.  I styled that card horizontally instead of the vertical usage we see here.

 

 

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Need a quick birthday card?  This is the way to go.  DSP from the Pretty Petals stack, a few tiny butterflies from a big box butterfly punch, an appropriate sentiment and the card is ready to go!  I added a bit of Wink of Stella as I love the added interest it gives.  This style could easily be used for a Thinking of You, Anniversary, Retirement, or even Sympathy card.  You could sit down while watching TV and precut background DSP and die cut several sunburst images.  Then you are ready to go when you need a fast card. 

 

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Need a St. Patrick’s Day card?  I precut some Crushed Curry and Garden Green DSP to help you out. As I wanted a different center message, I reached out to Graphic Fairy and chose this Irish lass.  I added Wink of Stella to the clothing and flag so it jumps out.  After the pictures were taken, I ended up adding 2 metal shamrocks in 2 shades of green.  The shamrock usage dresses up the card.  The inside message is the standard “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” with 2 added punched shamrocks. 

Now that you have seen all 4 Stamp Camp samples, don’t forget to let me know if you wish to omit a card and do 2 of a different card.  I can accommodate these requests, but please let me know as soon as you can.

As a reminder, March Stamp Camp is Thursday March 3rd from 12 Noon to 9 PM, Friday March 4th from 2 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday March 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Hope to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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

EASTER LAMB

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 009Easter Lamb is a darling card – just perfect for Easter.  I have 3 different cards from this set.  Each with slightly different embellishments.  The colors used on this card are not a combination I would have thought of.  However, I saw another card similar to this that used Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride, and I found the combination quite striking.  The chalk marker was used on the “curly lamb’s wool” which makes it jump out at you.  I was able to stamp  the image on Smoky slate, color the wool, grass and a bit of pink in the ears, and photocopy it on to white cs.  So, the work is already done for you!!!!  If you choose, you can add a bit more chalk, green, and pink markers.  Note the Watermelon banners used.

2016-02-28 2016-02-28 001 010In this second view, everything remains the same with the exception of the circle around the lamb, and the use of a bitty butterfly with pearls.  Note the Watermelon banners used. A strip of Blushing Bride from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and the Gently Falling Embossing Folder add background interest. The butterfly also is cut from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and adds a soft touch. This card may look difficult, but it is truly simple. 

 

 

 

SAMSUNG CSCThe third and final view of Easter Lamb features a Blushing Bride scallop circle around the lamb and 2 pearls on the top banner.  Happy Easter is stamped on Smoky Slate and receives a different banner treatment.  Note the small flower in the lower left corner, punched from the Love Blossoms DSP stack and embellished with a pearl. 

All 3 cards are very similar, but each has small differences.  The inside sentiment sheet can be embellished to coordinate with the front – a strip of matching DSP, a flower or two, or butterflies.  You can design your own!

I hope to see you for March Stamp Camp.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would rather make 2 of the Easter Lamb cards instead of the Easter Garden featured on the previous blog.

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