TO MY VALENTINE

2017.01.24 BLACK TIE HVDMy Black Tie Valentine is one of the three valentine cards that you can make at the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp.  This striking card uses the new Falling Petals embossing Folder – very similar to my favorite Softly Falling folder.  The Whisper White embossed layer is adhered to the Basic Black card and is embellished with a black satin bow and a pair of fussy cut red lips. This card was originally designed for the punched card stock bow.  Using the satin ribbon is a bit trickier but with the help of the bow maker, a bit of Baker’s Twine, and Tombo Multi Liquid Glue, anything is possible.  The satin ribbon allows the sender to slip the card in an envelope while the card stock bow would crease and flatten in an envelope.

2017.01.24  BLACK TIE HVD MSGThe new “Sealed with Love” stamp set was used for both messages and the lips.  Two arrow dies come with the matching  “Love Notes Framelits”.  Gold foil was used for the arrow in this image.  The arrow was cut in half and adhered to the underside of the Happy Valentine’s Day message giving the appearance of an arrow shooting through the message.  A thin strip of “Sending Love” DSP adds a touch of color to the message layer.  This is an ideal valentine for your sweetheart!

2017.01.24 HVD EDGELITI love the heart edgelit that comes with the “Love Notes Framelits”.  The edgelit is easy to use and provides interest and depth.  The hearts can be bent open allowing the reader to peek thru and see what is next.  The Falling Petals embossing folder adds more hearts to the top card layer. The gold die cut arrow  is a bit off line.  I discovered a dimensional covering my access point for the arrow and now place my arrow BEFORE adding the dimensionals.  This view shows the card slightly propped open.

 

 

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The view on the left shows the DSP peeking behind the heart edgelit.  When the card is fully open, the complete DSP strip is seen as well as a tiny matching envelope with a “sending love” message embellished with stamped and die cut hearts. There is an assortment of “Sending Love” DSP to choose for your panel and envelope. There are 2 little message dies in the “Love Notes Framelits”. as well as the small envelope and hearts dies. 

2017.01.24 AMORE HDThis is the Amore valentine card and shows you some of the  words in other languages for “love”,  A panel of the “Sending Love” DSP is layered on Basic Black and adhered with dimensionals on a layer of Whisper White cs embossed with “Falling Petals.”  A red foil heart features a smaller Dazzling Diamonds glimmer heart .  A black glimmer arrow pierces the heart thru the center. 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.01.24 AMORE HVD MSGThe message layer of the Amore card is embellished simply with a border punch of hearts allowing the red layer to peek thru.  The Happy Valentine’s Day message is stamped in Real Red and die cut with one of the new Stampin’ Up stitched circles.  A scalloped Real Red circle is layered under the message and  adhered with dimensionals.

There you  have it!  Fiesta, Beautiful You, Lift me Up, and 3 Valentine cards.  What will you choose?  The first 3 can be done as Valentines or as other occasions.  The 3 Valentine cards pretty much need to be used for Valentine’s Day.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make.

As a final reminder, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4. I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM. If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know. Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM.  March Stamp Camp will be held on March 2, 3, 4 with the same times as the February Camp. 

A reminder about Sale-A-Bration!!! This is the time of year when you can get something FREE! Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017. Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17. There are lots of other things, too. So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!

Please let me know if you plan on attending this fun stamp camp.  The price remains the same – $12.00 covers everything for 4 cards; additional cards are $2.00 each.

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

EVERYDAY JARS

What would you rather do – can fruit or arrange flowers???

2016.08.27 JarsFor our jar cards, we use the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits dies.  The jars you see here are actually 3 parts.  The base is the jar stamped on Whisper White cs, painted with a pale wash of Watermelon Wonder or Peekaboo Peach, and die cut. The jar is then filled with strawberries or peaches fussy cut from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The jar is then stamped with Jet Black StazOn on a window sheet, die cut, and glued over the filled jar.  Finally the lid, stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky slate is wet embossed with clear embossing powder, die cut and adhered onto the jar.  The jar bases have been pre-stamped, pre-painted, and pre-cut for you.  The window sheet jars have also been stamped and pre-cut for you.  I found stamping the jars on the window sheeting to be quite challenging as the photopolymer stamps wanted to slide on the window sheets.  However, I finally came up with enough for stamp camp.

2016.08.27 Jars flowersIf you prefer flower arranging to canning fruit, this is the card for you!  The base of the jar has been painted with a very light wash of Marina Mist.  Stems of leaves and flowers are placed in the jar and the window sheet jar is glued on top.  I added several stems to the jar to increase the fullness.  Small stamped and die cut flowers were added to the flower stems and greenery.  I added a jar lid on one of the jars before I realized – DUH – how can you have a lid on a jar filled with flowers.  But I liked the finished look and chose to leave it.  The smaller jar was filled with a smaller amount of flowers and foliage and a bow was added to the jar rim.  Part of the challenge with this card is that I spent many years as a floral designer and even taught college level floral design.  Consequently, I still hold the same design principles and it is hard to let them go for this card!

Both cards use the Fruit Stand Designer Series paper for the background.  The top scalloped DSP on the floral card is shorter than the fruit card.  The placement of the black “hello” sentiment varies, depending on which card is chosen.  An interesting combination would be one jar filled with fruit and the other with flowers – a fruit and flowers combination!  Or you could even fill your jars with fish which are included in the stamp set and matching framelits.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  Remember to let me know which 4 cards you choose to do, or I will assume you wish to do 1 of each.  If you know  you wish to do the fruit jar, it would be helpful to let me know so I have a sufficient number of jars with Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach washes.

As a reminder for dates and times – Thursday September 1 from 12N to 4 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  October Stamp Camp will be October 6, 7, and 8.  We will be doing a shaving cream card in October as well as a Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  The Taylored Expressions Roly Poly Witch will also make her debut at October stamp camp.  A fun time is guaranteed.

Don’t forget about the September 20% discount for all Stampin ’Up products.  This is a discount offered by me – not Stampin’ Up so orders will need to filter through me!

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

BEAUTIFUL BRANCHES

It seems the days are getting busier and busier!  Friday, I went to Northwestern Medical Center to see a neurosurgeon about my back.  Yesterday, my cousin and her husband returned home to Baton Rouge after a short visit. Today, hubby Norb and I slaved in the kitchen to make my “world famous” lasagna for son Russ as we celebrated his birthday.  My goal was to have all the blogs posted today for our September Stamp Camp, but I think only this blog will make it in by midnight!!!!

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches card This simple Christmas card is from the Thoughtful Branches bundle that is only available through August 31st.  The top layer is bordered with Emerald Envy and dry embossed with my favorite Softly Falling embossing folder.  The tree is quickly die cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and is popped up atop embossed snow.  The little birds are die cut from red glimmer paper.  The photopolymer message was curved a bit on the acrylic block so that it fits perfectly in the banner image.  Although the cards looks difficult, it is not and goes together quickly. Two types of embossed snow are available, and the birds can be gold, silver, green, red, or red metallic. 

2016.08.27 Beautiful Branches messageI felt a simple but elegant sentiment was needed for this card.   The Emerald Envy border around the card layer and the sentiment provide a quiet elegance.  The use of stitched rectangles for the sentiment and the 2 birds carry through the simplicity of the card.  This is truly one of my favorite cards.

In case you don’t know when September Stamp Camp is – it is right around the corner.  The dates/times:  Thursday September 1 from 12 N – 9 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The cost is $12 for 4 cards.  If you prefer doing more of a particular cards and not doing another card, please let me know as soon as possible.  For example, if you prefer this Beautiful Branches and perhaps the Floral Boutique cards, you could do 2 of each and skip Swirls and Jar of Love.  The choice is yours, but I do need to know prior to the day you come so I can have your kit prepared.  If you would like a kit to do at home, the cost is the same, but I would need to know as soon as possible to allow time for me to prep the kit. 

The holiday mini catalogs are in the mail and you might have yours by now.  Mine arrived earlier this week.  You can order these wonderful items beginning September 1, 2016.  AND, I am running a special in September – 20% off all SU products.The 20% if taken off after Shipping and Tax.  This is a discount that I am offering and is not a discount offered by Stampin; Up.  So stock up on your card stock, inks, embellishments and choose an item or 2 that is on your wish list.  I guarantee you will fall in love with at least 1 item in the holiday catalog!!!!!

I hope to see you at September Stamp Camp.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  If you can let me know which day you might be coming, it is helpful, but not required.

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

Manly Plaid

SAM_1267“Manly Plaid” is a rather poor excuse for a card title, but the only other title I could think of was “Squares” and that seemed a bit off.  We haven’t used Cajun Craze for quite some time, but it is the perfect color to go with the plaid in the Adventure Bound DSP Stack.  The plaid blends extremely well with the cs when you see the card in person.  This is a very simple card  of 5 – 1 1/4” squares placed on a square of Whisper White DSP.  The message is heat embossed in Detail Black and framed top and bottom again in white.  I have been fooling around with the message dimensions and have actually cut 1/4” off to better accent the message images.  Any celebratory message can be used.  Note the raised 5th square and the use of 6 white Candy Dots.  Vanilla Candy Dots can also be used. 

2015.05.18 Lined Envelope 1I thought this might be a nice card to go in a lined envelope as shown here.  The only challenge is that due to the size of the DSP – 6 1/2 X 4 1/2 – the entire envelope is not lined – it ends up about 3/4 lined.  I did mine anyway and it looks sharp.  I have included the Stampin’ Up envelopes with this card so you can line it if you choose.  If you choose to line your other envelopes, please let me know and I will give you a SU envelope.  I generally use a cheaper envelope that I buy in bulk.

A couple things to remember:  I need to know by Wednesday May 20 if you will be attending June Stamp Camp (June 4, 5, 6) so I can have your Adventure Bound DSP stack for you.  This 48-page paper stack is included in your June Stamp Camp kit.  Also, I will have the stamps I am selling, out for your perusal on Wednesday May 20 from 4 – 7 PM.  Finally, remember that the last day to order from the current big SU Catalog and Occasions Catalog is June 2nd.  You can pick up the 2015-2016 catalog if you stop by to look at the stamps for sale on the 20th.  Many, but not all, items are being carried over and there are lots of new items to feast your eyes on.  The retiring products are updated daily and can be reviewed at Retiring SU Products.  When they are gone – they’re gone!

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

From the Garden

Finally! For our final May Stamp Camp card, we will be using the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper that many of you chose as a free Sale-A-Bration item.  I’ve entitled this card “From the Garden”.

SAMSUNG CSCFrom the Garden features stamps from the “Mother’s Love” stamp set.  After much debate, Deb and I decided to use a color scheme of Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango.  The 5 X 3 3/4 Irresistibly Yours DSP is sponged in Crisp Cantaloupe as you can see from the different shades.  I find it easiest to ink my sponge and start twirling my sponge around in circles just off the DSP and then gradually move across the DSP surface.  Needless to say, the harder you press, the darker the shade.  You actually could use all 3 orange colors, on your background, but I found I preferred just the Cantaloupe.  I used the Tag Topper to punch out the 2” wide tag and stamped my 2-step flowers in Tangerine Tango and Calypso Coral.  The 2-step leaves are stamped in Pear Pizazz but I think I will use Garden Green and Pear Pizazz on my next sample.  The message is stamped in Pear Pizazz and layered on scallop-punched DSP that I sponged in Calypso Coral and adhered with dimensionals. Sahara Sand 7/8” lace trim and Washi Tape finish off the card.

There you have it – 4 Buds and Blooms cards for our May Stamp Camp.  All or none of the cards can be used for Mother’s Day or any occasion.  The cost for this stamp camp is the normal $12 and includes everything you will need.  If you prefer, I can prepare a kit for the same price and you can do your cards at home.  Just let me know what works for you.

As a reminder – we don’t meet in July.  However, please keep June Stamp Camp marked on your calendar as we will be doing manly cards.  Everyone who notifies me by May 20th that they will be attending the June Stamp Camp (June 4,5,6) or wish to purchase the kit, will receive the Adventure Bound DSP Stack with 48 2-sided sheets of 6 1/2 X 4 1/2 masculine DSP.  You can find this stack on page 40 of your current Occasions Catalog good thru June 2, 2015 – or you can view it here Adventure Bound DSP Stack.  I will be in California visiting my almost 97-year young Mother and will need to place my order prior to leaving.  So keep the May 20th date in the back of your mind!  This paper stack will give you masculine cards for this year and possibly next. 

Keep on truckin’ craftin’, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Spring Starburst

We did starburst cards in fall 2013 but haven’t done one since.  This is such a great way to use your bits and pieces of DSP – all you need is 4 pieces that measure 4” X 1 1/2”.  Of course, it is helpful if the colors coordinate, but this is not always necessary.

SAMSUNG CSCI used bits and pieces of DSP from my All Abloom DSP Stack..  Speaking of this paper stack, it is currently on the retired list selling for $3.48 while quantities last (see Retiring All Abloom).  The 4 X 1 1/2” DSP rectangles are cut diagonally and adhered to a piece of cs measuring 5 X 2 3/4” – to speed up the process, I used a glue stick .  The most important placement trick is to mark the vertical center of your 5 X 2 3/4 cs so that the center 2 pieces are perfectly centered.  The remaining diagonals simply abut to the previous piece.  After the glue is dry, we take GOOD scissors and trim around the card stock leaving this beautifully designed card layer.  I added a bit of Daffodil Delight 1/4” ribbon, a doily, a few rhinestones, and my message.  Although this card says “happy mother’s day,” there are many Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps to choose from.  I layered my finished starburst on Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight and Lost Lagoon.  The starburst technique is a great tool for quick cards that use up your DSP scraps!

This is the 3rd of 4 cards for our May Stamp Camp.  I hope you can come.  I can arrange for an alternate time if it is more convenient – Thursday or Friday morning or an evening next week.  Just let me know what works best for you.  Scheduled dates and times are:  Thursday May 7 and Friday May 8 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday May 9 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  It’s helpful if you can let me know which day you might be attending, but this is not required. 

Check back shortly for the final May Stamp Camp card where we use the Irresistibly Yours DSP.

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

TULIP TIME

2015.04.07 Tulips 2Our 4th and final card for April Stamp Camp is Tulip Time using the new single stamp “Love is Kindness.”  The message on the stamp reads:  “The essence of love is kindness.  Robert Louis Stevenson”  Tulip Time can be stamped with the message as shown here, or the message can be matted out as I have done in my second sample.  The colors on the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP include Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color my tulips, but other colors could certainly be used.  The card is actually Daffodil Delight with a layer of Blackberry Bliss, and a frame of Rose Red around the tulips.  Cotton Ribbon in Daffodil Delight frames the Blackberry.  Note the Large Scallop Edgelits usage on the one end of the DSP.  This adds interest to the card and allows the Blackberry Bliss to peek thru.  I did emboss the right end of the Blackberry but I’m not sure it is needed as only a small portion of the rich dark color is actually seen. 

April Stamp Camp does a great job at welcoming spring!  4 cards for $12.00 with lots of flowers and butterflies.  May Stamp Camp is scheduled for May 7, 8, and 9 at the normal times.  As this is right before Mother’s Day, I will make sure our cards can be used for Moms and also for other special people and occasions.  If you can let me know when you are coming, or if you will need a kit, it is helpful but not required.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the free shipping offer thru Friday, April 10th.  Give me a call with any questions or concerns.

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