SILVER VALENTINE

01.23.23 Silver ValentineSometimes you might have a favorite item that you just can’t part with.  The Greeting Card Kids Stamp Set is one of my favorite items.  This adorable little girl is part of that stamp set.  The Lovely Lipstick and Magenta Madness card is bright and cheerful.  The greeting card girl is colored with Stampin’ Blends and rests on two embossed hearts. A small envelope features a message reading “a teeny tiny note,”  Adhered to the envelope is an actual silver heart charm.  Scattered heart pearls finish the card with a touch of elegance.  This card can be for whatever occasion you choose.  Although it looks very “valentineish”, the message can be for birthday, anniversary, get well, or other occasion.

As a reminder, February Stamp Camp is Thursday, Friday, Saturday – February 2, 3, 4 from 10am – 4pm.  Please let me know which cards you wish to make and what day you plan on attending. 

Wondering what our 4th February Stamp Camp card might be?  Think pyramid! 

POPPY HEART

0123.23 Poppy HeartPoppies are special flowers.  They grow as weeds in California.  Once upon a time, I had 2 red poppy plants outside my kitchen window.  Someone who shall remain nameless, mistook the foliage for a weed and pulled up my 2 plants. At least I can still enjoy them on paper.

Simple and elegant!  Those are the words I use to describe the Poppy Heart card.  This print comes to us from Etsy.  When I saw the design, I immediately pictured it on a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.  Although the sentiment reads “Happy Valentines Day”, if you let me know ahead of time, I will pull an alternate sentiment such as Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Thinking of You, or Get Well.  This is a sweet card for someone special in your life. 

CHEERFUL BASKET

HAPPY 2023 crafters and Welcome Back to another year of happy crafting, fun folds and new ideas and techniques. 

01.23.23 Cheerful BasketAs Valentines Day is just around the corner, hearts are being featured for February Stamp Camp.  However, with the change of the sentiment, these cards can easily be for birthdays, thinking of you, or other cheerful occasions. 

For Cheerful Basket, all of our images are die cut.  Retired wood tone DSP is perfect for our basket.  To fill the basket, double heart images are stamped, die cut and colored with Stampin Blends.  Our cute little kitty is stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky Slate.  Several red glitter hearts are punched or die cut and add sparkle to our card front. 

So when is February Stamp Camp?  Actually, it is right around the corner – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4 from 10am to 4pm each day.  You can come for one hour, 2 hours, or spend the day.  As always, we provide all the tools and supplies.  Water and soda pop is also provided.  Not sure yet what our snack will be.  One change for 2023 is the pricing.  Cards will still be any 4 for $14, but each additional card will be $3.50.  I apologize for having to make this change, but the rising prices on everything has taken a toll.

Please let me know which cards you wish to do, and when you plan on coming.  Debbie could use everyone’s prayers and she is ill and having problems getting rid of the infection.  It will be great to see everyone!

BUTTERFLY NOTE

12.01.22 Butterfly NoteButterfly Note is the final  Stamp Camp card for 2022.  Debbi and I call this the everything card!  This elegant card is perfect for sympathy, birthday, get well, thinking of you, wedding, anniversary and anything else you can think of although I’m sure a child would not enjoy it.  The DSP does all the work for this card!  Blackberry Beauty DSP has been on sale at Stampin’ Up for 1-2 months, but it is now gone!  The card is simply 1” strips of DSP layered on Brass metallic cs and arranged in a stairstep pattern.  A simple sentiment is also layered in brass and a Blackberry Bliss Brilliant Wings Dies butterfly is embellished with 4 Champagne rhinestones and adhered to the card front with glue dots.  There are 6 butterflies to choose from in this set so you can choose the one you like best.

12.01.22 Butterfly Note msg layerThe Very Vanilla message layer features a second butterfly.  The butterfly of your choice can be die cut in Blackberry Bliss or Rich Razzleberry as we see in the embossed top layer of the card front.  Both colors are rich and complement each other. 

I can’t stress how simple this card is.  1”X4” strips of DSP layered on 1 1/8” X 4 1/8” strips of a coordinating color.  And butterflies go with any DSP.  The Brilliant Wings Dies are a great set that will never go out of style – #155523 – $44.00 for 17 dies!

And so we end 2022 Stamp Camps!  I hope you can make our December gathering on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – December 1, 2, 3 – from 10am to 4pm.  If you have a conflict, please let me know and we can schedule an alternate time.  If you need Cards to Go, we can do that.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know when you are coming, what cards you wish – as soon as possible.  With Thanksgiving in the middle of this coming week, we lose several days of cutting time.

The first 2023 Stamp Camp will be February 2, 3 and 4 and I have some fun ideas planned.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate or we will be doing Cards to Go for everyone.

Warm Winter Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, Rosemary – H(630.759.3089 – C(630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

COFFEE? CHOCOLATE? COCKTAILS?

Do you have a favorite?  Cocktails?  Chocolate?  Coffee?  I happen to be a chocolate and coffee person but not so much for cocktails.  Now my brother-in-law loves his cocktails, so his birthday card was the cocktail version.  My sister doesn’t do coffee or cocktails – but she adores her chocolate, so the chocolate version is for her!

12.01.22-Awesome-Coffee_thumb126Coffee, Coffee Coffee!  How many of you start your day (or end it) with a steaming cup of coffee.  The Nothing’s Better Than Bundle features the favorites of coffee, cookies, chocolate and cocktails.  we see the coffee version here.  The Petal Pink DSP is from the retired Magnolia Lane.  The left Petal Pink strip is embossed with the Wrapped in Texture 3-D  embossing folder.  The coffee cups can be stamped in any dark color but I think Early Espresso or Memento Tuxedo Black inks look best.  Although there is a stamp to both fill the coffee cup and color the saucer, I find it more fun to use Stampin’ Blends to color different shades of coffee, and different colors for each saucer. 

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The cocktail glasses are so cute.  The stamp that fills the glasses has ice cubes!!!!!  Cocktails can be so many colors.  The lemons, of course, have been colored yellow with Stampin’ Blends.  The small cocktail umbrella can be colored any way you like.  Some are even pre-colored for you.  I loved coloring the umbrellas with 3 different hues.  The 3-layer sentiment allows for the featured image to be die cut in Tahitian Tide and adhered flat to the sentiment.  Like the coffee sample above, all other images are adhered with dimensionals.

12.01.22-Awesome-Chocolate-1_thumb86Now for my favorite – CHOCOLATE!!!!!  The chocolates are colored with Stampin’ Blends although there will be some uncolored ones available for you to color as you wish.  Different shades of Stampin’ Blends brown are used to give each trio a different look.  The fifth cluster is cut to fit on the sentiment layer.  In my archives, I pulled my ancient metal dots and adhered them to the sentiment layers – BUT I just noticed I missed the Cocktail card!  The dots can be colored if you wish but I like the grays and neutrals.

12.01.22-Awesome-Chocolate-msg-layerThe message layer for each card features a 4 X 1/2” strip of Magnolia Lane DSP and an image that matches your theme – a coffee cup, chocolate cluster, or cocktail.  This is a fun card and nice to have in your library for that special person.  Although the stamps and dies are no longer available as a bundle, they are available singly.  The stamp set – Nothing’s Better Than is #158295 – $22.00.  The Love You More Dies are $30 – #152698.

Stay tuned for THE FINAL 2022 CARD.

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

FAVORITES

Do you have a favorite?  Cocktails?  Chocolate?  Coffee?  I happen to be a chocolate and coffee person but not so much for cocktails.  Now my brother-in-law loves his cocktails, so his birthday card was the cocktail version.  My sister doesn’t do coffee or cocktails – but she adores her chocolate, so the chocolate version is for her!

12.01.22 Awesome CoffeeCoffee, Coffee Coffee!  How many of you start your day (or end it) with a steaming cup of coffee.  The Nothing’s Better Than Bundle features the favorites of coffee, cookies, chocolate and cocktails.  we see the coffee version here.  The Petal Pink DSP is from the retired Magnolia Lane.  The left Petal Pink strip is embossed with the Wrapped in Texture 3-D  embossing folder.  The coffee cups can be stamped in any dark color but I think Early Espresso or Memento Tuxedo Black inks look best.  Although there is a stamp to both fill the coffee cup and color the saucer, I find it more fun to use Stampin’ Blends to color different shades of coffee, and different colors for each saucer. 

12.01.22 Awesome Cocktails

The cocktail glasses are so cute.  The stamp that fills the glasses has ice cubes!!!!!  Cocktails can be so many colors.  The lemons, of course, have been colored yellow with Stampin’ Blends.  The small cocktail umbrella can be colored any way you like.  Some are even pre-colored for you.  I loved coloring the umbrellas with 3 different hues.  The 3-layer sentiment allows for the featured image to be die cut in Tahitian Tide and adhered flat to the sentiment.  Like the coffee sample above, all other images are adhered with dimensionals.

12.01.22 Awesome Chocolate 1Now for my favorite – CHOCOLATE!!!!!  The chocolates are colored with Stampin’ Blends although there will be some uncolored ones available for you to color as you wish.  Different shades of Stampin’ Blends brown are used to give each trio a different look.  The fifth cluster is cut to fit on the sentiment layer.  In my archives, I pulled my ancient metal dots and adhered them to the sentiment layers – BUT I just noticed I missed the Cocktail card!  The dots can be colored if you wish but I like the grays and neutrals.

12.01.22 Awesome Chocolate msg layerThe message layer for each card features a 4 X 1/2” strip of Magnolia Lane DSP and an image that matches your theme – a coffee cup, chocolate cluster, or cocktail.  This is a fun card and nice to have in your library for that special person.  Although the stamps and dies are no longer available as a bundle, they are available singly.  The stamp set – Nothing’s Better Than is #158295 – $22.00.  The Love You More Dies are $30 – #152698.

Stay tuned for THE FINAL 2022 CARD.

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

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

12.01.22 Christmas Blessings12.01.22 Christmas Blessings msg layerChristmas Blessings is our final Stamp Camp Christmas card for 2022.  Once again, we see the Aspen Trees Dies but this time, in white.  A snowy Night of Navy background comes about with white embossed snowflakes and stars – a good time to practice your wet embossing skills.  3 red cardinals are perched jauntily on tree limbs.  A simple sentiment is layered on Night of Navy cardstock and festooned with a real red cotton bow.  This is a cheery classic Christmas card.

Our message layer is ready for you to stamp the holiday greeting of your choice.  Make sure to check out the Christmas messages as several new sets recently appeared.  3 red birds provide a festive touch. 

Our final 2022 Stamp Camp will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 1, 2, and 3 from 10am – 4pm.  Our first 2023 Stamp Camp will be February 2, 3 and 4.  The new Occasions Catalog and Spring Sale-A-Brations mini catalog will be coming out in December and will be available for ordering effective January 5, 2023. 

Stay tuned for some calendar samples available at the December Stamp Camp.  These make great holiday gifts.

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

THANKSGIVING GNOMES

11.01.22 Thankful gnomes dotsThanksgiving Gnomes is a cute Thanksgiving card with a bit of wobble. The colorful gnomes and background die come from Divinity Designs.  The single die for the gnomes is laid out to match the printed layout of the gnomes, balloons, leaves, pumpkin, etc.  One die cuts all the images.  There are 5 different Thanksgiving Gnomes.  My samples include 3 gnomes on the front layer and leftover images on the message layer.  There are many different backgrounds to choose from.  Dots are used here but you can choose the background of your choice.

11.01.22 Thankful gnomes ginghamThe second sample features a butterscotch and white gingham background.  The bottom left gnome is on a wobble but 2 gnomes or even all of them could be placed on wobbles.  The left gnome with the balloons is on dimensionals as is the pumpkin and acorn.  Leaves are adhered throughout the card on the open tiles formed from the background scalloped tile die.

11.01.22 Thankful gnomes plaidAll the samples are Mossy Meadow layered with white, DSP of your choice, and the Merry Merlot scallop tile frame.  The final sample features a plaid background.  We attempted to rotate the gnomes to assist you in your layout.  Every card will be a little different.  Rhinestones embellish the top knob of each gnome hat.  Wink of Stella enhances the noses, leaves and other images on the card.

11.01.22 Thankful Gnomes msg layerAs mentioned previously, leftover images can be used on the message layer.  Although there were 2 gnomes not used on the front layer, we chose to use just one on the message layer along with a single leaf that did not have a home elsewhere.

One of our many Thanksgiving messages or even birthday or Thinking of you would be perfect for this cute card. 

This is our final November Stamp Camp card.  Please let us know as soon as possible what cards you would like to do and what day you plan on attending or if you will need Cards-to-Go.  Debbie is coming tomorrow to help cut card stock and die-cut which is a big help to me.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

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

THANKSGIVING WISHES

Thanksgiving Wishes top layerWe have done several joy folds, but I especially like this one.  Andrea found a beautiful card using the joy diagonal fold and shared it with me.  Although I did not have the DSP used in the shared card, I fell in love with the technique.  This card features the Hello Harvest Bundle and the Rustic Harvest DSP we used last month.  The top layer pumpkin and flowers have been colored and hopefully die-cut for you.  because of the girth of the pumpkin, we chose to use 2 flower bouquets and overlap them.  The base of the card is Mossy Meadow with Cajun Craze accents.

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes 1 flap openWhen the front layer is lifted, we can see the Rustic Harvest pumpkin DSP The triangular piece is Mossy Meadow layered with Cajun Craze and the DSP.  Note the Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze leaves stamped on the envelope. These colors are repeated throughout the design of the card

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes fully openWhen our card is fully opened, we see Rustic Harvest DSP layering the inside panel.  The message panel is embellished with a small sunflower that matches the bouquet on the pumpkin.  Rhinestones enhance the flower bouquets and add a bit of glitz.  Wink of Stella also highlights the pumpkin and flowers.

11.01.22 Thanksgiving Wishes flowers up higherThis second sample shows the floral bouquets located higher on the pumpkin which gives a larger artwork layer.  You can choose where you place your bouquets.  The rhinestones were also used differently in this sample. 

The THANKSGIVING sentiment is optional allowing for this card to be used for any fall occasions.

One card left – Thankful Gnomes!

Don’t forget – November Stamp Camp is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 3, 4, 5 from 10am to 4pm. 

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

SILENT NIGHT

11.01.22 Silent NightI was very hesitant in purchasing this Peace to You stamp set due to the large amount of photopolymer that needed to be inked.  However, Stampin’Up quality has improved tremendously and this image stamped up perfectly although I did choose to ink twice.  Of course, I used my Stamparatus.  The Silent Night sentiment is positioned correctly on the Stamparatus so its a simple ink and stamp both images in one step. A rhinestone accents the single star.  The Stitched Nested Label Dies provide the perfect die-cut shape to enhance the simple beauty of this stamp.  Starry Sky – a new 2022-2024 color – is the perfect shade of blue.  A strip of Starry Sky and a layer of Metallic Edge ribbon provide additional texture and contrast.  Lucky Stars is an ancient Stampin’Up embossing folder in my archives and was perfect for background embossing.  This is a perfect Christmas Card.

11.01.22 Silent Night msg layer 

The So Many Stars retired stamp set includes so many stars and I chose this starry stamp for both the message layer and envelope.  We have many Christmas messages for you to choose from.  One of my favorites is with the So Many Stars set and would be perfect for this card:  OH HOLY NIGHT, THE STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING.  The Starry Night ink is as beautiful as the card stock.

Please let us know as soon as possible which cards you would like to do, which day you plan on coming or if you need cards to go.  Debbi is coming to help cut paper on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Now let’s look at Joy Fold Thanksgiving card!

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