CELEBRATE IN STYLE

WP_20180517_12_51_22_Pro 1This masculine card is one of my favorites.  It is actually quite simple, using 2 patterns of DSP – True Gentleman and Wood Textures – and the Tailored Tag Punch.  5 tags of each pattern are adhered diagonally on Night of Navy cs to make this eye-catching design.  The completed layer is adhered to an Early Espresso card. The sentiment  from the Truly Tailored Stamp Set is stamped in Navy on Tip Top Taupe (retired) and adhered with dimensionals over one of the punches.  Two True Gentleman buttons are “sewed” on with linen thread.

WP_20180517_15_20_40_Pro 1The second sample card uses a “rougher” looking  Wood Texture pattern.  A linen thread bow is tied on to the lower button. 

You’ve seen 3 of our 4 masculine cards.  The last card – Dapper Day – will be posted tomorrow – Monday May 21st.  I want to do a sample with a different DSP pattern so that folks can have a choice. 

As a reminder, June Stamp Camp is Thursday May 31 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday June 1 from 2 – 7 pm, and Saturday June 2 from 9 am – 4 pm.  It is helpful if you can let me know which day you might be coming.  Check back tomorrow for Dapper Day.

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

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TRULY TAILORED in PLAID

WP_20180517_12_49_40_Pro 1This is one of those cards that really holds your interest as you take in all the parts and pieces.  Crushed Curry is added to the Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide color scheme.  Two patterns of the True Gentleman DSP are used.  The navy corduroy ribbon adds texture.  Two of the True Gentleman buttons are used with a linen thread bow tied to the larger button.  The bow is, of course, optional. The idea for this masculine card was cased from SU Demonstrator Mary Deatherage.  I did make 3 changes.  First, I put the plaid on the top, I cut the diagonal at an angle that matched the print on the bottom piece of DSP, and I added a second button.  This is not a difficult card and one you can complete at home once your sentiment is stamped and punched.  I love the Tailored Tag Punch.  It’s classy with clean lines.  Word has it we may see more use of this punch in the upcoming catalog.

The retired list is available for your perusal at Retiring Products   This is a good time to pick up some of your favorites at a discount.

Two more masculine creations coming.  Check back soon!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrise01@aol.com

HONORING THE MEN IN OUR LIVES

Hi Crafters!  Can you believe how fast 2018 is progressing?  I can’t believe it is time for our June Stamp Camp.  It’s a great time to devote our crafting to the men in our lives – spouses, relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors.  Although I did not specify “FATHER’S DAY” in any of the sentiments I used for my samples, any of our June cards could be used for the upcoming Father’s Day occasion.  Our cards could also be adapted for masculine graduations. 

WP_20180517_12_42_48_Pro 1I’ve titled this card “Truly Tailored meets Basket Weave.”  The color scheme for most of our June projects is Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide. The stamp set we will be using is Truly Tailored and the DSP is True Gentleman.  The sample here features the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which was available during Sale-A-Brations.  I cased this card from Karen Finkle.  Karen had swiped her Night of Navy ink pad over the recessed side of the embossing folder before running it thru the Big Shot giving the recessed areas a nice blue shadow. I loved the effect and spent several hours trying to perfect this technique before giving up and leaving the weave plain! I was covered in navy ink!  Three patterns of the True Gentleman DSP embellish the basket weave layer.  One of the sentiments from the set is stamped and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch. A strip of navy crinkled seam binding ribbon and a True Gentleman button add dimension and interest. This is a simple masculine card that is fun to make.

June Stamp Camp is kind of an oxymoron as it starts on May 31st.  With graduations, weddings, and Father’s Day celebrations, I wanted to start early.  Dates/times:  Thursday May 31st from 1 – 7 pm, Friday June 1 from 2 – 7 pm, Saturday June 2 from 9 am – 4 pm.  These are cards that you truly can finish at home once you have your pieces cut and sentiments stamped and punched.  If possible, please let me know by Memorial Day – May 28th – what day you might be stopping by.  This helps insure I don’t cut too much paper.  The cost remains at $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  This is a great opportunity to build up your masculine card supply. 

The new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Catalogs will also be available at June Stamp Camp.  I expect them to arrive this week. 

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

SPOOKY NIGHT!!!

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite OwlThis Spooky Night card is all about the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The Spooky Night DSP features 32 – 3 X 3 scenes of a spooky black tree against the moon and Pumpkin Pie sky.  The owl is from the Spooky Cat stamp set and was stamped in black on Very Vanilla cs, and fussy cut.  After adhering the owl to the branch, a cute hat is fussy cut from another sheet of DSP and placed atop the owl’s head.  This art scene is adhered to a black cs layer which is then adhered to the DSP decorated front layer.  Black rhinestone jewels embellish the right side of the card and the owl’s hat. 

 

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite new NolaBUT – if you have the Nola the Cat Punch, you can punch black or orange cats right from the DSP!  In this image, a black cat is punched from the DSP, adhered to the black branch, and finished the same as the card above.  A bow of 1/4” grosgrain or cotton ribbon embellishes the upper corner. 

 

 

 

2017.09.16 Spooky Nite fallFeel like a fall card instead of a spooky cat or owl?  Then rest awhile in a Cajun Craze lawn chair festooned with fall leaves in copper foil and other colors.  Create a special colored leaf using the baby wipe technique and Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie inks.  The chair and leaves are from the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies.  The card is finished with a perky orange bow and the Black Rhinestone Jewels.

Well, this is our final October Stamp Camp post.  I hope you like several of these creations and will come to October Stamp to paper craft your heart away!!!!  Remember – I need to know by Monday October 2nd which cards you wish to do.

In the first post for October Stamp Camp, I reminded everyone that Christmas Stamp-A-Stack will be October 19 and 21 – 12 person limit each day.  I also said that my plan for 4 each of 3 cards was subject to change.   Well,change is upon us as I did come up with a 4th card that is beautifully elegant and simple.  SO… you will have the option of 3 each of 4 cards (12 total) for $28 or 4 each of 4 cards (16 cards) for $34.  All cards will have layers and embellishments, and will be as simple as we can make them.  The sooner I know whether you prefer the 12 or 16 package, the more I can prep for you.  I will have samples for you to view at October Stamp Camp. I promise NO MORE CHANGES! 

Let me know if you have any questions!  See you at October Stamp Camp!  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

NOLA THE CAT

Meet my friend Nola the cat.  I realize you may be a dog person, and not a cat person, but she is so cute.  Nola was named by Stampin’ Up demonstrator Connie Wakefield and I think the name fits this cat!  Here’s what we are going to do with Nola the Cat:

2017.09.14 Pumpkin Pie NolaThe Spooky Cat stamp set gives us the face for Nola as well as an owl, a hat for a witch, a mouse, cute messages and a few other spooky images.  Nola the Cat is actually a punch and is a basic that can be used 12 months per year ($18 – page 53 in the current SU holiday catalog.)  The card base is 8 1/2 X 4 1/4 scored at 4 1/4.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) measures 4” square and can be flipped to the other side which features bats with orange and black polka dots.  Nola is punched in Pumpkin Pie with the face stamped in black.  She is adhered to a circle layer of white on stitched black.  The new leaf punch ($18 – page 49 in the current SU catalog) provides a place for Nola to hide behind.  The sentiment is trimmed in Vintage Crochet Trim and embellished with an Iced Rhinestone.  Black Glimmer paper is also available for punching the cat.

2017.09.14 Cantaloupe NolaBut I don’t want to do a Halloween card, you say.  That is the beauty of Nola the Cat punch.  Here she is punched in retired Crisp Cantaloupe but still layered on the white and black circles.  The soft DSP is from the Delightful Daisy series, but any DSP could be used.  This would make a darling Christmas card with Nola wearing a red bow, green leaves and holiday DSP.  The sentiment used here is from the Pretty Kitty stamp set and is great for a birthday, thinking of you, or just because card.  The same black trim and black leaves are used which picks up the black from the card and circle.  So you can choose to do a Halloween or an everyday Nola the Cat card – or one of each.

As a reminder, October Stamp Camp is on Thursday October 5th from 12 N – 8 PM, Friday October 6th from 12 N – 6 PM, and Saturday October 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM. We will be doing 2 Christmas and 2 Halloween or 2 similar but everyday cards. I realize several of you do not acknowledge Halloween so I always try to offer an alternative. Please let me know by Monday, October 2nd to let me know which cards you wish to do.  Pricing remains the same – $12 for 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.

Our next blog post is entitled “Spooky Night” and will be posted shortly.  Make sure to check back. 

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

DAISY DELIGHT!

Oh my heavens!!!  Today is August 31st and September Stamp Camp is just 1 week away.  I have not shared a single card with you!  Where does the time go????

imageNavy and yellow are such a sharp combination!  The Daisy Delight card features the awesome marbled background stamp, stamped in So Saffron.  A scalloped edge of Daffodil Delight borders the Delightful Daisy DSP.  Three daisies are stamped and punched – 2 in Night of Navy and 1 in Daffodil Delight – and adhered in the center.   A Daffodil Delight banner message is shadowed in navy.  Several Garden Green leaves from the Stylish Stems die set are added for a touch of extra color.  Finally, a knotted piece of Night of Navy gingham ribbon is added to one corner of the top card layer and a gold faceted gem is adhered to the daisy center.

The Delightful Daisy DSP is simply awesome and is found on page 189 in the 2017-2018 catalog.  The marbled background stamp (page 165 in the 2017-2018 catalog) is a wonderful investment and will give you beautiful backgrounds for years to come. For a bolder background, you can use 2 or 3 different inks.  Although I absolutely love the daisy stamp and punch I think the highlight of the card is the 1/2” navy gingham ribbon (page 198 in the 2017-2018 catalog.  The marbled background, DSP and ribbon make this a card to treasure.

September Stamp Camp is right around the corner on September 7, 8 and 9.  Hours are 12 N – 6 PM on the 7th and 8th, and 9 AM – 5 PM on the 9th.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  Please let me know by September 5th which cards you wish to do. 

By the way, I will be offering a discount for the month of September – 20% off.  Normally I give a 10% discount on any Stampin’ Up products, but for September, the discount will be 20%.  Take advantage of this limited discount.  Stay tune for the next blog – the new wood crate with a matching card!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 (h) – 630/975-1965 (c) – paperrose01@aol.com

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