SWEET STRAWBERRIES

Lots of SWEET for September – SWEET Candy Canes and now SWEET Strawberries

090122 Strawberry redSweet sweet strawberries – and this is the season!  Our sweet strawberry card comes from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and the Strawberry Builder punch.  I love the crisp Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and white color scheme.  Once again, the scallop contour dies are used.  The Bright’s 6X6 DSP provides an appealing background pattern.  The strawberries are stamped red on red with a matching DSP calyx.  Several red rhinestones, a poppy butterfly and a DSP flower embellish the card.

090122 Strawberry whiteCrafters attending in person will have the opportunity to do the strawberries as shown above (red on red) or as shown in the sample to the right (red on white).  When working with the white cs, the base strawberry requires inking and stamping  twice, and inking and stamping the seeds once.  This strawberry requires a bit more work.  The Strawberry Builder punch gives an excellent, crisp punch.  This is an easy, fun card to make.

090122 Strawberry red msg layerThe message layer features the second largest of the scallop contour die.  Nestled in the corner, we find another sweet strawberry – red on red for cards to go and open choice for stamp camp attendees.

Aren’t the offerings for September Stamp Camp interesting?  Calming, Cute and Sweet – a nice assortment.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know what cards you choose to make.  We need adequate time to prep the necessary items.  And also let us know which day or days you plan to attend.  September 1, 2, 3 from 10am – 4pm.

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

PERFECT PLANTS

090122 Plants DSP 1The Plentiful Plants stamp set makes such a calming card!  This card is perfect for absolutely any occasion.  The interest with the paper lattice, the macrame plant hanger, the rustic pots, even the plants themselves is phenomenal.  The String of Pearls is such an unusual plant.  Mossy Meadow was the green Designer Andrea chose for this card.  Early Espresso and Crumb Cake round out the color scheme.

090122 Plants DSP 2

We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using. The Banners Pick A Punch give us the perfect banner ends for the sentiment.  Wink of Stella allows us to highlight the greenery and pots as desired.  We have 2 patterns of retired Garden Lane green DSP we are using.  The paper lattice has been trimmed with the remaining piece used on the message layer.  The chocolate twine was an Amazon purchase and is perfect with the plant hanger.

090122 Plants msg layerAs noted above, the message layer features the remaining paper lattice embellishing a strip of DSP.  Another rustic pot and plant finish the layer. 

As Debbie is in the process of moving, and not able to assist as much, we are asking your assistance in stamping and die-cutting your plants and pots.

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 1, 2 and 3 from 10am – 4pm.  You can mark your calendars now for October Stamp Camp – October 6, 7 and 8 from 10am – 4pm. 

Our last card for September Stamp is sweet – just like the Sweet Candy Canes.

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

KINDEST GNOMES

090122 Gnome 1Gnomes are so cute and remain quite popular.  The Stampin’ Up Kindest Gnomes set can be used for everyday and for Christmas – especially when combined with the Storybook Gnomes DSP which has several darling Christmas themes.  I used my new Split Textures Dies for this card.  I love the way the openings captivate your attention – especially with the Sunshine and Rainbows DSP background.  The Pool Party top layer has also been run thru the Big Shot with the Tasteful Textures Embossing folder leaving lots of interesting texture. 

090122 Gnome 2The Gnomes and Mushroom Huts are part of the Storybook Gnomes DSP and have been die cut and adhered to the card front.  The gnomes and mushroom huts vary in color.    The Call Me Clover grass and flower image come from the Gnomes Dies.  The top flower is colored with Mango Melody Stampin Blends, and the flower to the right with Flirty Flamingo – colors found in the DSP.  Wink of Stella has been applied judiciously to add a bit of bling.  The sentiment is from the Framed Occasions Sentiments stamp set and was stamped in Mango Melody.  The sentiment was die cut with Beautiful Shapes Dies as was the Mango Melody frame.

090122 Gnome message plainThe message layer features a strip of the matching DSP and a stamped Gnome.  Like the Gnome on the envelope, a few strokes from some Stampin’ Blends, and you can have some colorful fellows!

Sale-A-Brations continues thru the end of August.  Check it out here – Sale-A-Brations

2 more fun cards to go.  Don’t forget to let us know which cards you wish to make!

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP–CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

08.01.22 Christmas Lights To GoFor the Paper Rose Stamp Camps, we always plan one Christmas card for August, September, October, November and of course – December.  For August Stamp Camp, we chose the Christmas Lights bundle and the Lights Aglow specialty Designer Series paper.  This Cherry Cobbler card is layered with white card stock and a strip of the Lights Aglow DSP,  The tree is die cut on another pattern of the DSP and framed with a Cherry Cobbler tree that was cut on the Scan’n Cut.  The tree and DSP strip are embellished with gold glitter dots, gold metallic pearls and brass die cut star and snowflake images.  The sentiment is from the new Christmas Banners bundle.  I chose “’TIS THE SEASON” and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler on the banner which was also stamped in Cherry Cobbler, die cut and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

08.01.22 Christmas Lights GlitzyFor those of you who prefer more dazzle, you can add as many brass metallic die cut snowflakes and stars as you wish to die cut.  This second sample really sparkles.  Brass metallic card stock was chosen for these die cut images as it shines more than the gold. This sparkly card is not available for Cards to Go.

The Lights Aglow specialty designer series paper is truly as it has gold on one side of each pattern,  There is a pattern that is perfect for the message layer.  There are 4 patterns per sheet – 2 circle images and 2 square images.  I started out die cut some simple circles and squares and then experimented with some scallop circles and squares.  I then embossed “HAPPY CHRISTMAS” in gold on each one.

Please please please let us know which day you are coming and which cards you wish to do.  Let us know if you need assistance with the coloring and adhering the small images.  Also let us know if you are unable to attend and need Cards to Go.  We don’t cut much paper before your orders come in so please be as prompt as you can.  As Christmas in July was 2 weeks ago, August Stamp Camp Blog is running a bit behind.

As no one guessed correctly for our Christmas in July Challenge – we are trying again:  which card do you think might be the most popular and which card do you think might be the least popular.  Winners will get a free gift.   Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP–EVERY CHAPTER

08.01.22 Every Chapter Rhinestone GlassesEvery Chapter is a wonderful card for a friend – birthday, thinking of you, almost any occasion.  The artwork is a large stamp that has been cut on the trusty Scan’n Cut.  Debbie used Stampin’ Blends  to color the artwork. The Background is Layering Designs Vellum. Because adhesive shows when vellum is displayed against a colored background, a Cinnamon Cider frame is die-cut and the vellum is adhered to the frame which can then be adhered to the Misty Moonlight card front.  Adhesive can also be applied to the area of the vellum that will be covered by the artwork,  Stampin’ Dimensionals are used to adhere the artwork to the vellum covered card front.

08.01.11 Every Chapter No RhinestoneThe second sample has 2 major differences when compared to the first.  Can you find the differences?  The easy difference is the coloring of the “I ENJOY” book.  Debbie colored this book in Tahitian Tide for the the first sample and Cinnamon Cider for the second sample.  However, the BIG difference between the two cards is the rhinestones on the eye glasses – perfect for a glitzy friend. There are also 3 champagne rhinestones on the card.  You can use whatever colors you wish to color your books.  A strip of denim ribbon which signifies a bookmark is layered behind the artwork.  The ribbon is trimmed with banner-shaped ends.  The message layer is embellished with a strip of the Layering Designs Vellum.

The last card choice for August Stamp Camp is Christmas Lights and it should be appearing in a few minutes.  Please remember to text, e-mail or call me with your card choices for August Stamp Camp on August 4, 5 and 6.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP–LET’S SET SAIL

08.02.22 Let's Set Sail FlatLet’s Set Sail provides us with the perfect opportunity to use a different stamping technique.  Our sunset background is done with painters tape!  The colors used are So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.  Masking tape is a bit narrower and could also be used.  A piece of tape is placed over the open ink pad and lightly pressed with your finger.  The tape is then placed on your white card stock and again, lightly pressed with your finger.  The tape does not stick and is easily pulled off.  This process is repeated with the next color and you overlap the previous color with your tape.  This is repeated with all 4 colors.  A 2 5/8 circle is die cut and stamped with 6 black stamped sea gulls.  Sea Gulls are also stamped on the front card layer.  A Merry Merlot sailboat is stamped and punched producing 3 images that are adhered to your card front.

08.01.22 Let's Set Sail DimensionalsThe second sample has slightly different coloring.  I actually prefer the first sample as it has more Calypso Coral.  The sailboat in this sample has the sails popped up on Mini Dimensionals which gives the card additional depth.  A single red rhinestone adds a bit of glitz.  The message is stamped in Merry Merlot. 

Let's Set Sail Msg. LayerThe envelope and message layer feature a stamp from Wetlands – an older stamp set from my archives.  The little Merry Merlot sandpipers scurrying across a sandy beach are reminiscent of a day spent sailing. 

Thus far, we have seen pansy and masculine birthday cards.  What’s next?  Is this a card you would like to make for August Stamp Camp?  Please let me know which cards you would like to make and which day you would like to come – August 4th, 5th or 6th.  Or come all 3 days and we can have a party!

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

AUGUST STAMP CAMP PANSY PATCH

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Fresh FresesiaPansy Patch is one of my favorite sets!  I purchased this bundle 2 years ago and with the design assistance from Andrea, we are FINALLY putting it to happy use.  I am very fond of the Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss color combination.  The lovely Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) is no longer current although I did see it was available on eBay and Etsy. 

08.01.22 Pancy Patch Blackberry BlissThe perfect pansy and leaves are die cut from the DSP.  Fresh Freesia 3/8” ribbon is a perfect match and 3 small butterflies in Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia provide our artwork with the ideal finish.  The Scalloped Contours Dies die cut perfect backgrounds for the artwork on both the front and message layers. I can’t decide which card I prefer.  The top sample is lovely but the Blackberry Bliss really pops with the change of ribbon and the reversal of the butterfly colors. A simple gold rhinestone adds a bit of sparkle to the flower.

08.01.22 Pansy Patch Message LayerThe message layer is crisp and charming.  The Scalloped Contours Dies again provide a perfect background,  A small DSP die-cut pansy with 2 leaves are the ideal embellishment. 

August Stamp Camp is August 4th from 10am – 4pm, August 5th from 10am – 4pm, and August 6th from 9am-4pm  In addition to the birthday card seen here, we will be making a friend card, a Christmas card and a masculine birthday card.  The choices are up to you.  Please please please let me know which cards you choose to do and which day(s) you would like to come.  I am running late on getting the blog as we were just together 2 weeks ago creating Christmas in July.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.065.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Final – CHRISTMAS in JULY

Is it ever too early to start making Christmas cards?  We live in a computerized society and the lack of personal interaction is ever increasing!  A handmade Christmas card that comes from your heart is such a personal gift.  Won’t you join Debbie and me on July 14, 15, and 16 FROM 9am – 5pm as we celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY!

We are offering 8 Christmas cards.  You can choose as many as you wish for $3.50 each.  Our only request is that you PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW which cards you wish to do.  Each card requires our prep and although we have prepared a certain number of each card, we have no idea which card will be the most and least popular.  So – I have a contest for you!  Each person who chooses the MOST and LEAST popular cards will receive a prize!  But you must tell us by July 13th and include the MOST popular and LEAST popular cards.

WISEMEN

07.01.22 Wisemen

Our Wise Men card comes from an older stamp entitled Every Blessing.  There is an embossed copper star in the upper left corner.  The stamping is done with StazOn to give the solid black coloring.  My favorite New Horizons DSP is layered on Fresh Freesia and Evening Evergreen.  You can feel the awe of the Wisemen as they gaze into the color-filled sky.

07.01.22 Wisemen messageThe message layer for WISEMEN is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and another copper embossed star.  We experimented with gold, silver and copper embossing powders and felt copper was the best choice.

CHRISTMAS GNOMES

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes Card

Isn’t this a HAPPY card?  These cute little gnomes come to us from Divinity Designs.  They are adorned with rhinestones and pompoms.  The middle gnome rests on a wobble and loves to move around.  The retired So Much Happy die is one of my favorites and I just can’t bring myself to sell it.  Our gnomes are layered on embossed Shaded Spruce and Real red with a white die-cut Christmas.

07.01.22 Christmas Gnomes messageThe message layer for Christmas Gnomes features none other than Santa Gnome with his bag full of presents.  A pom pom festoons his Santa hat.  4 gnomes, a poinsettia blossom, a present, and a candy cane come with this card and you can arrange them however you wish. 

PEACE

07.01.22 Peace CardThis is my Christmas peace on earth card.  The lack of caring and kindness and the increased racism and selfishness in America is very upsetting to me.  I used the Begin with a Dream Stamp Set and have used many different colors and shades to show everyone is different but the same.  The art work is layered on Shaded Spruce and the new Starry Sky. A bit of metallic green holly and red berries adds a Christmas touch.

07.01.22 Peace messageI added a “Peace, Joy and Love” message in Shaded Spruce to the message layer.  A bit of holly embellishes the layer.

JOLLY OLD ST. NICK

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick cardJolly Old St. Nick is a die from the past.  As Stampin’ Up does not put out the Holiday Catalogue until mid summer, Debbi and I look to our Christmas archive for ideas.  Old St. Nick is die cut and adhered on white card stock with white pom poms trimming his Santa hat.  The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is stamped in Real Red at the bottom of the card and a matching red bow and ribbon enhance the card.

07.01.22 Jolly Old St. Nick message

The retired Sparkle of the Season Stamp Set features a cute Santa line stamp that is perfect for the message layer of the Jolly Old St. Nick card.  This is certain to delight both young and old!

CELEBRATE the SEASON

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season cardI think the Grassy Grove Bundle is an extremely artistic set and can lead to much creativity.  For Celebrate the Season, a patch of flowers are stamped onto New Horizons DSP which is layered with an embossed die-cut forest setting in Moonlight Mist.  Two copper deer are in the forest and a copper star is adhered in the upper left corner.  The sentiment is embossed in copper on matching DSP.  Many different sentiments are available that can be used for this card

07.01.22 Celebrate the Season messageThe message layer is embellished with a strip of matching DSP and a copper baby deer. 

DELIVERING CHEER – GIFTS

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts cardDebbie and I affectionately refer to the Delivering Cheer cards as The Girls! 

Here, we see our Christmas gal delivering cheer with Christmas gifts.  Her skirt is stamped on DSP and cut with snips.  Her upper and lower body are stamped and cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The artwork is layered on snowflake DSP with several rhinestones sparkling amid the snowflakes.  A larger snowflake can be seen peeking from the left and right of the artwork panel.

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Gifts messageThe message layer for the Christmas Gifts card is embellished with a strip of matching DSP.  You can add additional elements as desired. 

DELIVERING CHEER – TREES

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree cardThis card is our “other girl” Delivering Cheer with a small Christmas tree embellished with red rhinestones.  The girl, her skirt and legwarmers and the tree are pre-cut with our friendly Scan’N’Cut.  The sleigh comes to us from Divinity Designs and is a Hero Arts product.  Our sled is die cut in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake and sponged with Early Espresso.  It’s evident our gal is delivering cheer on her sleigh along with her pet rabbit. 

07.01.22 Delivering Cheer - Tree messageLike Delivering Cheer – the message layer is festooned with a strip of DSP matching the front panel.  The rest is up to you!

PENGUIN PLACE

07.01.22 Penguin PlacePenguin Place was a card slated for Christmas 2021 but there was an issue with Stamping Up receiving the penguin punch.  Debbie designed this card so that the middle penguin moves head over heels.  The spinning mechanism that allows it to roll is 2 pennies and several dimensionals.  How fun is that?  The opening is die cut and the pieces are cut either with dies or with the Scan’N Cut.

The more you rock the card back and forth, the easier the penguin will roll.  Here is a video of the penguin moving, Penguin in action.

07.01.22 Penguin Place MessageThe message layer features a penguin wearing a jaunty bow tie.  You can add an additional tree or 2 if desired.  Did you see the tiny sequins on the trees. 

Well, what do you think?  We hope you like at least one of our creations.  Don’t forget to let us know which card you think will be the most favorite and the lease favorite.  Please please please let us know as soon as possible which cards you wish to do.  I’m hoping I won’t have to post a cut-off date.  To review:  Dates – July 14, 15, 16.  Times – 9am – 5pm.  Cost – $3.50 per card.  We will have drinks; please feel free to bring a snack/lunch.  I am aware several of you will be out of town.  Please make your choices now and we will set up a make-up session in August.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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

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

SENDING HUGS

04.21.22 Sending HugsHave you given any hugs lately.  As COVID has abated somewhat and I remain fully vaccinated, I have started sharing some hugs.  The Layering Hugs Dies are a perfect way to give a hug!  Debbi chose to use Polished Pink and Pink Pirouette in designing this card.  She used the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder to add background interest.  The dry embossing is impossible to see in this view.   The Pink Pirouette HUGS are framed with the Polished Pink letters.  The delicate flowers and leaves surrounding the HUGS exude softness and cheer. To add a bit of glitz, Debbi added 2 pink glimmer butterflies die cut from the Daffodil Dies.  This adds just the right amount of sparkle.

04.21.22 Sending Hugs Message LayerThe message layer is highlighted by 2 additional butterflies and is waiting for the message of your choice.  You may want to check the message table as I have increased my message stamps over the past few months.  I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do! 

Don’t forget to check out the retiring Stampin’ Up items from the “big” catalog:  Retiring Stampin’ Up products

Stay tuned for Springtime Gardening!

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