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

ON THE HORIZON

04.21.22 On the Horizon Purple SkyWe haven’t had a masculine card in some time.  The New Horizons 6X6 DSP creates manly cards very easily!  Here, we’ve taken Sahara Sand card stock and framed it with Evening Evergreen.  Our New Horizons DSP is cut in half to 2 – 3” scenes.  I then trimmed the DSP down to 4 1/4 X 3.  The tree cluster and sentiment are stamped in Evening Evergreen which matches the die-cut fence.  Several posts of the fence are adhered to the artwork, the birds are stamped in black and PRESTO – we have a masculine card!

04.21.22 On the Horizon mistyWhen cut in half, the DSP gives us two slightly different scenes as we see here.  However, the technique stays the same as the previous card.  I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY and JUST FOR YOU sentiments but there are many others you could choose.  I pulled out the Old World (seen to the right) and Painted Texture (seen above) 3-D Embossing Folders to give an uneven and eye-catching background to the Sahara Sand cs. 

04.21.22 On the Horizon Message LayerThe message layer features a strip of the New Horizons DSP, a cluster of plants stamped in Evening Evergreen, and birds flying off the card stock.  To me, the birds on the art work and message layer give a carefree feeling of taking flight or fleeing.  This is a simple but WOW card perfect for any occasion including sympathy. 

Cinco de Mayo Stamp Camp will be May 5th from 10am to 4pm, May 6th from 10am to 4pm, and May 7th from 9am to 4pm,  Tortilla chips and salsa will be served – hopefully with no salsa stains on our cards!  I will be taking the month of June off from Stamp Camp and we will get together again on July 14, 15, and 16 for Christmas in July.

As a reminder, the current “big” catalog expires the end of April.  Check out the retiring items, many of which are on sale, here Retiring Stampin’Up items

Stay tuned for a big HUG!

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

APRIL RAIN BOOTS

03.23.22 Boots BloomWe are certainly ready for our next card thanks to all our rain.  But as hubby would say, rain is better than ice and snow.!  However, Flowering Rain Boots is another Stampin’Up bundle I really like.  We used a strip of the Flowering Fields tulip DSP and made a Bookbinder Fold – a new fun fold for me.  The main difference is an additional score line at 5 1/2” which allows for the 1” strip that is adhered to the card base.  Because the card front was smaller, the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder was used.  There are folders in this set and they are not as wide as the standard folders.  Note the embossed dots shown on the background.

03.23.22 Boots EasterThe second sample shows more of a hound’s-tooth background.  The rainboots in the first sample were stamped in Cajun Craze while the sample to our right is stamped in Cinnamon Cider. The Cajun Craze has much more orange in it than the Cinnamon.  I recommend using the Stamparatus for stamping the boots to allow for a second application of ink.  The tulips are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and die-cut.  The Evening Evergreen stamped stems insert directly into the boots thanks to the use of an X-Acto knife.  Bumblebee gingham ribbon embellish the fold with the addition of a small bow which Debbie so graciously made.  Although several sentiments could be used, I thought Easter Blessings, and Live Life in Full Bloom were appropriate.

03.23.22 Boots Bloom Message TulipThe message layer can be stamped with the cluster of daisies shown above on the envelopes, or you can be creative and actually make a tulip as I have done here.  The Tulips Dies make 3 different tulip styles. I chose a 3-D style here and die-cut the petals from the free Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations.  The addition of a stamped and die-cut leaf and stem add to the realistic look.

As a reminder, April Stamp Camp is March 31, April 1 and April 2.  May Stamp Camp will be on May 5, 6 and 7 at normal times.  Christmas in July will be July 14th, 15th and 16th.  Mark your calendars now. 

I think the next post will be the crazy Spring Gnomes! 

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

CARDS BRING US SPRING!

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  We see tulips, daffodils, daisies, bunny rabbits, gnomes – all of my spring favorites!

03.23.22 Daffodils Springtime SmilesI love the Daffodil Daydream bundle!  The daffodils – seen here in Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry – are fun to make.  You can create daffodil buds and other sizes in addition to the full sized blooms shown here.  The DSP was free during the Sale-A-Brations celebration that ended last month.  The new 3-D Hive embossing folder is so cool – it leaves a deep impression on both the debossed (shown here) and embossed sides.   The Daffodil Dies include 2 butterflies shown here in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  Debbie thought Champagne Rhinestones are perfect for the butterflies and sentiment.

03.23.22 Daffodils EasterThis is a perfect card for many occasions – weddings, anniversaries,, birthdays, thinking of you, and of course – Easter as we celebrate our Lord.  The small Scalloped Contours framelit is perfect for this sentiment.  Other springtime and Easter sentiments will be available for you to use on your cards.  Notice that the embossed side of the card stock was used on this sample – see how it pops out?  Both backgrounds are perfect for so many creative ideas. 

Daffodils message layerThe message layer is simple – a decorative strip of the Daffodil Afternoon DSP and 2 die-cut butterflies – Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  If you look closely at the centers of the daisies on the DSP, you will see a touch of Flirty Flamingo. 

April Stamp Camp is Thursday March 31, Friday May 1, and Saturday May 2 .  Masks are optional as of now.  We will see how the latest Covid variant is doing next week so stick a mask in your pocket just to play it safe.  Stamp Camp times remain 10am-4pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.  After the blogs are all posted, please let us know which day you will be coming, what cards you will be doing, and if you need Cards To Go.  This information helps us so much in our planning, bundling and table set-up.

Stampin-Up has listed their retiring items from the 2021-2022 catalog.  There are lots of good deals so fix yourself a cup of coffee, click here 2021-2022 Retiring Products, press on SHOP and relax while sorting through the list.  Of course not everything is marked down, but when you combine their sale prices with the 10% off I give, you can get some bargains!  You can also go directly to the Stampin’ Up Web Site, click here2021-22 Retiring SU Products and you will see the same items.  Also, Stampin-Up also has quite a few bundles 20% off.  Check them out here: 20% off Bundles.

Stay tuned for what?  Tulips – bunny rabbits – gnomes?

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

FRIENDLY HELLO

02.22.22 Hello FriendlyI love free items I can actually use!  The Friendly Hello Stamp Set and 12X12 Designer Paper are absolutely free from Stampin’Up thru the current Sale-A-Brations period which ends February 28 providing you make a $100 or more product purchase.  And I’m offering a 20% product discount thru February 28.  So a $100 product will cost $80 PLUS you can get this stamp set and DSP FREE!  There are other items you can choose from for $50 product purchases and for $100 product purchases.  Check it out at Sale-A-Brations

01.11.11 HelloThis cheerful card can be done with or without the “friend.”  The Petal Pink letters, flower, bird  and the “friend” image are pre-cut with the Scan’n’Cut.  The flowers can be colored with light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends with a bit of yellow or Calypso Coral for contrast as I have done here.  Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Soft Suede provide color for our bird which is adhered to a die-cut white circle matted on a Petal Pink scallop circle.  The DSP border is pre-cut from the Friendly Hello DSP.

02.22.22 Hello Friendly msgThe Message layer features 2 additional pre-cut flowers colored with Stampin’ Blends to match the top card layer.  A DSP bird can perch anywhere you want to place him.

And there we have it – March Stamp Camp.  Gnomes, tulip fields, a split circle technique, and a friendly hello.  Which cards do you choose to do?  Please please please let us know your card choices and which day you prefer to come.  If you want cards to go, please let me know. 

Please note that because of the date of Easter, April Stamp Camp will be held on March 31, April 1 and April 2.  This is to insure everyone has adequate time to complete Easter cards.  The USPS appears to be slowing down a bit and I want to make sure there is sufficient mailing time.  please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in March.  Thanks to the Governor, we will be mask-optional!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SPLIT CIRCLE TECHNIQUE

02.22.22 Split Circle Technique 2I thought March would be a good time to introduce a new technique – the Split Circle.   The sample at your left features 3 circles – a 2 7/8 Pool Party circle, a 2 1/8 Coastal Cabana circle, and a 1 3/8 Bermuda Bay circle.  The circles are cut in half and stacked on opposite ends of the largest half.  The 2 halves come together and the joining seam is covered with a narrow sentiment.  In this sample, “just for you” is embossed in white on a basic black strip of cs.  With the white background embossed with the Tasteful Textile and the analogous or monochromatic color scheme, this card is sharp and crisp.

02.22.22 Split Circle Technique 1My goal for the second sample was to make the split circle the opposite of the sample above.  As you can see the first sample has the half circles sweeping from the top to the bottom of the sentiment layer.  The second sample has the circles sweeping from the bottom to the top.  The choice is up to you.  The card front is embellished with a double Bermuda Bay butterfly and 2 rhinestones on the spine.  An additional rhinestone festoons the split circle. The first sample also has a Bermuda Bay swallow flying out of the circle. 

02.22.22 Split Circle MessageThe message layer is simply embellished with additional butterflies and a swallow.  The butterflies are also embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.

March Stamp Camp will be held on March 3, 4 and 5 in my home – YEA!  Times will be 10-4 on March 3 and 4.  Saturday March 5 will be from 9-4.  Please let us know if you prefer cards to go.  And I grovel and beg for you to let us know what cards you wish to do and what day you plan on coming.  Everyone was prompt in February!

Don’t forget my personal discount of 20% off Stamping Up products thru the month of February.  And Sale-A-Brations also ends in February.  This is a good month to take advantage of new stamping sets, dies and supplies.

Sending creative blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

TULIP FIELDS

02.22.22 Tulip Fields BlackI must admit that the Tulip Fields Bundle is a favorite.  Spring is actually coming!  The Flowering Fields DSP is absolutely gorgeous!  Debbie chose this card and I was a little apprehensive as I thought it looked difficult.  But I was wrong!  The card is a cinch and it’s beautiful too! This is simply another fun fold.  Highland Heather is the primary color.  The sample here shows a windmill fashioned in Basic Black and Basic Gray.  The windmill is attached to the building with a split pin and there are several metals you can choose your pin from. 

02.22.22 Tulip Fields GrayThis sample was actually my first card.  The windmill is done in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  You can create your windmill in any color you choose – Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry.  Gorgeous Grape ink is used for the sentiment which is die cut from the smallest Scalloped Contours Die.  If you look really close  at these images, you will find 3 brass butterflies – a perfect embellishment for a field of tulips!

02.22.22 Tulip Fields Black msgThe message layer cs is the Simply Marbleous DSP from Sale-A-Brations that has been run thru my printer with a light setting.  This gives us a light marble coloring that is decorative but light enough for stamping and a hand-written message.  The card stock is die-cut with the largest Scalloped Contours Die.  A basket is die-cut and tiny tulips are painstakingly adhered to the basket.  Note the bird perched on the bicycle seat.  The second sample has mixed color tulips in the basket and a Gorgeous Grape swallow swooping in. 

So far, we’ve seen St. Pat the Gnome and now Tulip Fields.  Two cards left!  Stay tuned for more! 

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

St. Pat the Gnome

02.22.22 St Pat the Gnome

Can you tell that I really like gnomes?  I think they are little fun creatures.  For March Stamp Camp we have a set of leprechaun gnomes featuring a shamrock, horseshoe, and rainbow.  The gnomes rest on a background of Stampin’ Up Simply Marbleous DSP embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.  Note the curved corners on the 3 layers of card stock. The Detailed Trio Punch makes curving those corners a cinch.  Added shamrocks in Shaded Spruce and Call Me Clover embellish the top card layer.  Touches of Wink of Stella add glimmer.

02.22.22 St Pat the Gnome msg 

Although I have very few Irish friends to send this card to, I thought the Irish Blessing used for the message layer would make this card appropriate for anyone.  This is a blessing I would wish for all my friends and family.  The blessing is printed in green, die cut and layered on a Shaded Spruce scalloped circle.  A cheerful shamrock adds and additional Irish touch.

This is the first card for a very varied March Stamp Camp.  And YES – we will be having Stamp Camp in my home.  Regarding masks, I am waiting to see what our Governor will declare on February 28th.  I’m hoping for mask optional.  Norb and I have been Covid-free thus far.  I know many of you have not been that fortunate.  If you prefer Cards to Go, you just need to let us know. 

So – dates/time:  Thursday March 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday March 4th from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday March 5th from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you will have limited time for stamp camp, please alert us to that fact and we will prep part of your cards.  If you need assistance with coloring and fine motor skill tasks, let us know and we will help.   Just please let us know as soon as you can what cards you wish to do and when you plan on coming.  Thus far, it does not appear there is a snow storm scheduled for the March Stamp Camp time period, but we never know what Mother Nature has planned.

Don’t forget that I am featuring a 20% discount on all Stampin’Up products.  This is a personal discount that I try to give twice a year.  Also, Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th.  We are using Simply Marbleous DSP on 2 of our projects for March Stamp Camp,  And the Friendly Hello Bundle from Sale-A-Bration is one of our featured March Cards.  Check out these Free products at Sale-A-Bration in my Stampin’Up Store

Stay tuned for our next card!  Rosemary – (H)630.759.3089 – (C)630-965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Val the Gnome

01.22.22 GnomeMeet Val the Valentine Gnome.  Val comes to us from Etsy and has been resized for us to work with and cut with the Scan’n’Cut.  Val is perched on a Merry Merlot card front die cut with the Happy die and embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder.  Val’s sentiment is stamped in Merlot on white cs and layered on Melon Mambo.  The Banner Pick a Punch trims the edges.  Val is holding a gold metallic heart and 4 additional gold hearts embellish the card front.  The card base is Melon Mambo which has also been embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder.

01.22.22 Gnome msgThe message layer features a message from the Pansy Patch Stamp Set – WISHING YOU A LITTLE EXTRA HAPPINESS JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU.  Die-cut hearts in Merry Merlot, Real Red, Melon Mambo and gold embellish this layer.

This card makes up quickly as everything is ready to adhere. I added a touch of Wink of Stella to Val’s flowers, hat and nose.  Adding a little treat such as candy or a cookie along with Val the Gnome Valentine card would make anyone happy. 

Several reminders – The card cost remains the same – any 4 cards for $14 and $3 for each additional card.  I am offering a 20% discount on Stampin’Up products thru the end of February.  If I place your order, I will deduct the 20% off the top.  If ordering on-line through paperrose01.stampinup.net, I will send you a check for the 20% or you can deduct the amount off stamp camps. Sale-A-Brations runs thru the end of February.  My goal is to have us celebrate March Stamp Camp back in my home.  We need some cozy time together.  Cards will be ready for pickup on Thursday, February 3rd.  Please let me know if you prefer having them delivered or mailed.

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