CALENDAR EASEL CARD

I enjoy making calendar easel cards at the end of the year.  These make great stocking stuffers and are easily mailed in a standard A2 envelope.  I like to add a message layer on the back of the easel card.  My favorite messages are from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  My favs are:  YOU MAKE ME SMILE or JUST BREATHE or finally LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.

Calendars 1, 2Although these may look difficult, they are really quite easy.  For me, the most challenging aspect is attaching the easel portion to the actual card, and trying to keep my card stock straight.  If someone is going to be looking at this calendar for a whole year, I want it to look nice, be sturdy, and not fall apart! 

Calendars 3, 4After making my first 4 2020 calendars, I asked my hubby which he liked the best.  He chose one that had the large 2020.  I decided that since it was easier to simply die cut 2020, I would do that instead of adding embellishments.  You can choose to make your calendar however you wish.  I have tons of designer paper pulled, or you can choose to color the paper yourself as I have done on the left calendar above.

Calendars 5, 6The best way to start is to first choose your designer paper and then choose card stock that will coordinate nicely.  Debbie and I will be available with paper cutters to cut and score your card stock to size.  You will receive a package of ten 2020 calendars from Taylored Expressions.  You can choose to do 1 or all 10.  You can take them home with the instructions and make them at your leisure – the choice is yours!

Calendars 7, 8

I think the silver and gray calendar to my right is probably the easiest.  Although the silver card would be appropriate for anyone, I think both of these are great for men.  I used Wink of Stella on my numbers, but I do have an assortment of glimmer paper that could be used also.

It is extremely helpful to know if you are coming and what you are choosing to make.  The angels for the Tealight Christmas cards need to be stamped prior to Stamp Camp so that they can dry.  You can choose to make 1 Tealight Christmas and the calendars for $14.  If you choose to make 4 Tealight Christmas card and no calendars, the cost would be $14.  If you wish to make 4 Tealight Christmas cards and calendars, the cost would be $22.  The dates and times are:Thursday December 5th from 11 am – 6 pm, Friday December 6th from 12 noon – 6 pm, and Saturday December 7th from 9 am – 4 pm.

In January, I am offering an Iris Folding class on January 16th and 18th.  This is limited to 5 crafters per class (or maybe 6). The cost will be $9 and we will be making a birthday card and a Valentine’s Day card.  This crafting technique requires 2 eyes, 2 hands, and the ability to read and work with scotch tape.  In February, regular Stamp Camps start on February 6, 7 and 8.  I will have 2020 Stamp Camp calendars available at December Stamp Camp.

In December, you will be receiving the Stampin’Up spring occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Brations mini catalog.  For those of you not familiar with Sale-A-Brations, this is an annual event where you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Brations catalog for every $50 in product you buy from the annual or spring catalogs.  I’m looking forward to seeing what goodies they will be offering.

Happy Thanksgiving and if I don’t see you in December, have a Blessed Christmas!  Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Dove of Peace

06.16.18 Dove of Peace navyMy theme for Christmas in July seems to unintentionally be based around peace – something I’m sure we all wish there was more of in our world.  This navy, white, silver and gold card is certainly peaceful.  Our dove is from the new Serene Garden stamp set found on page 166 in the new catalog.  The Garden Scene Framelits provide the die for the dove.  We will be seeing more of this set in the future.  The background DSP is from the gorgeous springtime foil DSP available during Sale-A-Brations.  This DSP features leaves in both silver and gold.  The dove is popped up on dimensionals on a silver background framed in navy and clutches a Garden Green “olive branch”. 

06.16.18 Dove of Peace Smoky SlateThe die for “peace” is retired and several years old. Somehow we continue to use it every year.  In the first sample, peace has been “glittered” with Wink of Stella as has the “olive branch.”  In this second sample, the dove was stamped in Smoky Slate instead of navy and “peace” remains the un-glittered cs.

This is an easy but elegant card.  The cut-out work will be done for you – your job will be to simply put the pieces together. 

As a reminder, the Christmas in July Stamp-A-Stack will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.  The cost, which includes your very own Wink of Stella to take home, is $14 for 4 cards, $21 for 8 cards, $30 for 12 cards,  and $38 for 16 cards.  I am asking for attendance acknowledgements now as I have out-of-town company in early July so I am doing the majority of my prep work now.  I have 54 poinsettias stamped and cu,t and need to know how many more we will need – 10?  20?  30? 

One additional Christmas card remains – Christmas reindeer.  It will be posted shortly.

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

Musical Christmas

06.16.18 Poinsettia 1Musical Christmas was an interesting card to create.  It reminds me of both the visual and audio beauty of the Christmas season. 

During the 2017 holiday season, I purchased several packages of the Stampin’Up Merry Music Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Sadly, we never used it so I resurrected this DSP for our 2018 holiday season.  The top Cherry Cobbler layer has been embossed with the retired Holly Embossing Folder.  An oval is die cut and the DSP is adhered behind the oval opening.  Actually, we die cut the oval and THEN emboss this layer.  This top layer is adhered to Whisper White CS and then popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

06.16.18 Poinsettia 2, 3The2-layered poinsettia is stamped from the retired Joyful Christmas Stamp Set and cut out with my Stamp’n’Cut. The poinsettias are then colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  The poinsettias are in shades of red but change hue when colored.  This gives a nice contrast to the Cherry Cobbler Card.  Wink of Stella is used on the poinsettias – some heavily, some lightly.  Some of the Garden Green leaves are colored with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends and som06.16.18 Poinsettia 4, 5e are colored with Wink of Stella.

As you can see, each card is slightly different as the music score ends up on different lines.  Also, each poinsettia is different – both in the coloring and in the center bloom. You have the option of using a bloom of clear or colored rhinestones, or one or more of the rhinestone embellishments shown here.   If sending this beautiful card in the mail, remember to add a layer of cs over the bloom embellishment. You don’t want the rhinestone embellishment tearing through the envelope.

We have now seen 2 of the 4 Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack samples.  Have you checked your calendar for to see if you are free to come on July 19 or 21?  Stay tune for Dove of Peace.

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

NOVEMBER STAMP CAMP

Hi Crafters – As I explained in a recent email, November Stamp Camp will offer the same cards originally scheduled for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  These 4 cards are shown below and will allow you to pick and choose for November Stamp Camp which will be held November 2 from 12 N to 8 PM, November 3 from 12 N to 8 PM, and November 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Note that I have increased the hours. 

2017.10.10 Christmas PinesChristmas Pines is a delightful card done in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a touch of Garden Green in the pine greenery.  The warm and cozy Cable Knit embossing folder provides lots of depth and interest.  There are dies for the circles, pine cones and greenery.  Wink of Stella adds lots of glimmer to the pinecones and greenery.

 

2017.10.10 Christmas QuiltI adore the Christmas Quilt card. There are many different patterns you can choose from in the Quilted Christmas 6” X 6” DSP Stack and many different ways you can arrange the patterns.   I am partial to the multi-colored patterns but the red and green patterns are also nice.  Although you can’t tell from this image, the quilted piece is “stitched” which is an option.  The new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides lots of texture.

2017.10.10 Christmas Quilt msgA special embellishment for the message layer of the Christmas Quilt card is the addition of a stitched felt embellishment (p. 5 in the 2017 holiday catalog).  Every card will include a red felt star, a holly embellishment as seen here, or a green felt tree.  I added a glimmer star to the tree on a card I did.  You can also stamp a tree if you prefer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.10.10 Framed SnowflakesFramed Snowflakes was created from a similar card I saw done with leaves.  The foil frames are die cut with the Layering Square Framelits.  The metallic foil snowflakes are from the wonderful Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Copper metallic foil was used on this card.  Gold and Champagne foils are also available.  The Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder provides the perfect background.  The “christmas” sentiment is from Sizzix.  Pearls embellish the snowflake centers and serve as the “dot” over the “I” in “christmas.”

2017.10.10 Night in BethlehemNight in Bethlehem was a favorite of many of those at October Stamp Camp.  This navy and silver card depicts Bethlehem stamped in Smoky Slate and then 2 different views die cut in metallic silver foil and adhered.  The trick to the card is keeping glue smudges and indentations off the foil.  The bottom die cut Bethlehem layer is “padded” with dimensionals on the upper middle buildings.  The circle is then trimmed with snips and overlaid with a navy circular frame.  I used a retired slanted embossing folder to give texture but not detract from the picture.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in navy, die cut and adhered to the Bethlehem image.  A silver glimmer star is elevated jubilantly in the sky.  A bit of silver Washi tape embellishes 2 corners of the front layer.

These are the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp.  The cost is $12 for the first 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.  12 cards would be $28.  For anyone who is a glutton for punishment and wants to do 16, the cost would be $34.  So pick and choose but please please please let me know early what cards you want and want day(s) you plan to be here.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

High Tide

Were you wondering if I would ever return?  Would there be no more stamp camps?  Was Rosemary alive and moving?  Well, I am happy to announce I am back albeit a bit slower than prior to surgery.  We will have a June Stamp Camp – but on June 8, 9, and 10.  Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.  My body winds down a bit early and at this point, I cannot accommodate evening hours. 

I am offering 2 masculine cards for June Stamp Camp – High Tide and Nailed It.  You will have the opportunity of lighting the lighthouse on your High Tide Card.  The cost for a lit High Tide card will be $4.50 as it includes the light, battery and circuitry tape.  If you choose to do the unlit card, the cost is the standard $3.00.  I would encourage you to try 1 lit lighthouse.  I can see the lights used during the holidays for stars, trees, etc.  Although I will try to explain the process in my directions, I will be available for 1:1 assistance.  If you choose to do 4 cards, the cost is the standard $12 except for the lit card.  If you choose to do more than 4 cards, the cost is $2.00 except the lit card is $1.50 additional.  These are both masculine cards and work well for Father’s Day, birthdays, and thinking of you occasions.

2017.05.27 Lit LighthouseThis is the lit version of High Tide.  You can see the light being emitted from the lighthouse.  The lighthouse lights up when the lower part of the message is pushed.  I will make a small die cut message for the inside indicating where to press to see your lighthouse shine.   then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added.  Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .  As noted below, the lighthouse is fussy cut and the bottom adhered to the sandy beach.  At this point, the lighthouse/beach is placed on the water and the top and sides of the lighthouse and the beach line to the right are traced.  Copper conductive tape is run from the top area of the light house, down the sides and over to the right hand area of the watery area.  A Chibitronics white LED circuit sticker is placed over the top conductive take area.  The 3 V battery is placed positive side down in the water area, over the positive conductive tape.  The paper is creased and the negative side of the battery is placed on the opposite side of the paper and on the negative conductive tape.  The battery is held in place with small pieces of 1/8” foam adhesive.  The penciled lines are erased and the lighthouse and sandy beach are adhered with 1/8” foam adhesive.  A message is added and when a certain section of the message is pressed, the lighthouse lights up.  These instructions sound much worse than the process really is.   

2017.05.27 Unlit lighthouseThis is an unlit version of High Tide.  I added the yellow beacon of light but the card would like nice without it.  Like the card above, the sky has been sponged in Night of Navy. This sky looks a bit stormy while the sky in the lit card is calmer looking.  There is a small horizon line and then the water is sponged in navy also. The water lines are stamped over the sponging. The beach area is a 2X2 piece of Sahara Sand that has been stamped in Sahara Sand and die cut with a hill die so the right side of the beach is the highest. The lighthouse is stamped first in Smoky Slate and then in Cajun Craze.  After the lighthouse has been fussy cut, the bottom is adhered to the sandy beach and some tufts of grass are added. Birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black .The sandy beach is adhered to the card front with dimensionals.  I also used dimensionals to adhere the top part of the lighthouse and top part of the message.  I added a beach area on the bottom of the inside layer and stamped ducks and more tufts of grass.

Whew!  What an explanation.  Honestly, neither card is difficult once you have the pieces laid out in front of you.  As I mentioned earlier, I will give 1:1 assistance on the lit cards.  I do want to try the Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen to see if it is easier than using the copper conductive tape.

To repeat from above, June Stamp Camp will be June 8, 9, and 10. Hours on the 8th and 9th will be 12 noon to 4 pm and the normal 9 am to 4 on Saturday the 10th.  Please please please let me know if you are coming and how many of which cards.  If you want to only due the lit lighthouse, that will be just great.  I will have your new catalogs ready to pick up.  I will be posting Nailed It shortly.

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

LIFT ME UP

The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!

 

 

 

 

imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  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. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

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