Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird is one of the new Free as a Bird yellowStampin’ Up suites from the 2019-2020 catalog.  For June Stamp Camp, this stamp set is being featured on an easel card.  Although dies are not available for this stamp set, there is beautiful Bird Ballard DSP.  The Bird Ballad bundle is sold with the new Stitched Nested Labels which you can see used here.  The Bird Ballad suite bundle is $94.75 BUT includes the Free as a Bird stamp set, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Bird Ballad DSP, Bird Ballad Laser-cut Cards & Tin, 10 yards of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim, and 24 Bird Ballad Trinkets!  $94.75 is not such a scary price when you consider everything included.  I opted for the Free as a Bird Bundle which includes the stamp set and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies for $51.25 – 10% off the individual price.

07.22.19 Free as a Bird multiThe birds and flowers in the top easel card sample are colored with assorted yellow Stampin’ Blends – Daffodil Delight, Pineapple Punch, So Saffron (new) and Mango Melody, plus a bit of Smoky Slate.  The sample to the left has some added color in the flowers – light and dark Rococo Rose (new).  Of course you can color your birds and flowers in any color you choose!  The card base is Basic Black and the Daffodil Delight rectangle is embossed with the 3D Basket Weave embossing folder.  The “pop-up” piece that holds the easel up is a simple stamped “HELLO” that is die cut with the smallest Stitched Nested Labels Die and layered on the next size Nested Labels Die in Basic Black.  This double layer is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals which gives it the “pop” needed to hold the easel.

07.22.19 Free as a Bird flatI attempted to flatten the card for this picture but it refused to stay absolutely flat.  This, however, shows how the card would look when removed from the envelope. 

Don’t forget to let me know if you will be coming to June Stamp Camp and which cards you would like to do.  I’m looking forward to working with colors other than the Christmas in July reds, greens and navy!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965.1965 – paperrose01.com 

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Hanging Garden

07.22.19 Hanging Garden 1Hanging Garden is a perfect card for a beautiful summery day.  Flowers and butterflies – what more can you ask for?  This set is now retired – one of the favorites in the 2018-2019 annual SU catalog that somehow never fit into my previous stamp camp schedules.  Debbie designed this card in Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch.  The Whisper White front layer is embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder.  The garden is stamped in Basic Black on white and is adhered under the white top layer looking thru a 2 1/2 die-cut circle.  A Pineapple Punch scallop circle highlights the art piece.   Several butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set are stamped in black, punched and colored colored in Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  Debbie even added antennae to the butterflies using the retired black metallic thread.  The flowers in the hanging basket are colored with an assortment of Stampin’ Blends.  Instructions will indicate which blends Debbi used – or you can color the flower basket whatever you choose.

07.22.19 Hanging Garden open frontThis second sample might look like the one above – but it is actually quite different.  This card has the hanging garden stamped on the message layer – a see-through card.  See the image below that shows the message layer after the card is opened. With the art work on the message layer, there is no need to add any embellishments – just stamp a message and you are done.  We are working on a way 07.22.19 Hanging Garden open msg layerto design this see-through card that is not too difficult.  The first sample is quite easy but the second sample is more interesting due to the 3D effect.  We will see what we can come up with by August 1st!   

As a reminder, August Stamp Camp is Thursday August 1st from 12 noon – 6 pm, Friday August 2nd from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday August 3rd from 9 AM – 4 PM.  It would be very helpful if you can let me know which day you will be coming and which cards you wish to do. This helps  in cutting the correct amount of card stock.  The cost is $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.

One card remains to be posted.  Check back soon to see In the Woods – the August Stamp Camp Christmas card.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

Shaken Rooster

05.21.19 Rooster white 1Although the sequins are hiding, this is a shaker card with sparkly earth toned sequins tucked inside the frame.  The “Home to Roost” stamp set was one of the Sale-A-Brations sets and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to use it.  The Early Espresso card base is layered with Wood Textures DSP that has been die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  In this sample, wheat has been stamped in Crumb Cake across the bottom front DSP layer.  The base for this shaker box is Whisper White and Crumb Cake wheat has been stamped.  Mr. Rooster was stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and Very Vanilla and cut with the Brothers ScanNCut.  When using the ScanNCut, all images must be connected so that each piece is recognized by the machine.  I took an Early Espresso marker and connected any loose ends before sending  the stamped cs to cut.

05.21.19 Rooser uprightMr. Rooster is colored with Stampin’ Blends in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange, Night of Navy and Bronze, and adhered to the base. The top layer is an Early Espresso frame with a window sheet adhered to the back with tape.  Foam strips are adhered around the base. After removing the top strip from the foam, sequins are placed in the center of the base.  The top layer is then adhered to the foam strips and presto – we have a sequin shaker!  The shaker box is then adhered securely to the top layer of the card.  As noted on the card to the right, the shaker box can be centered or placed at an ankle as shown in the samples above and below.  The simple message is stamped in Early Espresso, die cut and framed.

05.21.19 Rooster ribbonThe framed message an be adhered directly to the card, or as shown in the sample to the left, can be adhere to a piece of beige flax ribbon.  I almost forgot to mention the sun!  Samples 2 and 3 have a sun peeking out of the corner.  The sun was sponged in Pineapple Punch and is, of course, optional.  One nice thing about this card is the options – you choose the wood tone you prefer from the DSP.  There is distressed white wood, shades of oak, and even walnut to choose from.  Wheat can be stamped on the DSP if you choose. A sun can be sponged if you want. You decide your shaker box placement – centered or at an angle?  You will make this card truly your own. 

I’m happy to report that I finished the 4 Christmas in July samples today.  The samples which will be available at June Stamp Camp include a holiday window scene, a gingerbread couple, a beautiful bauble, and a wintry scene.  I resurrected some Christmas stamps and dies from the past as Stampin’Up does not come out with the new holiday images until August/September.  I hope you like them.

Don’t forget to let me know when you are coming to June Stamp Camp and which cards you wish to do.  So far we have seen Ye Olde Toolbox, Lilypad Lake, and Shaken Rooster.  A Classic Car easel card is our final June Stamp Camp card and will be posted shortly.

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

LILYPAD LAKE

With all the rain we’ve been having, some days when I look out in the back yard, it looks similar to our Lilypad Lake card

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 1Blue water, sailboats in the distance, a sunny sky with birds flying overhead, a pelican and vegetation at water’s edge – what more can you ask for?  “Lilypad Lake” is a fun card to make.  You can have a single sailboat or perhaps a regatta taking place.  The sunny sky is sponged on shimmery white cs giving a sparkly look.  The lake is stamped in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party on shimmery white.  The beach area is stamped is Soft Suede.  I constructed a larger bush by adhering 3 green bushes together.  The bush hides the tip of the pelican’s tail.  A lilypad features 2 flowers that brighten up the lake scene.  Additional bushes pop up behind the lilypad. 

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 2 All of our cards will be a bit different.  Notice the lighter sunny sky and bird placement compared to the scene above.  Although I chose to color my boats the same in both scenes, the card to my right features a gray pelican with Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch flowers.  My bush construction here resulted in a bush taller than the pelican. You can make your card however wish.  If you need assistance with the coloring or sponging, please ask.   I am more than happy to help with any part of your card construction.  The goal is to have the sailboats, pelicans, lilypads, and bushes pre-cut for you. 

As a reminder, June Stamp Camp is Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  I am happy to schedule an alternate date/time if you are unable to come during the planned hours.

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs are here and you can pick up yours at stamp camp or earlier if you are in the area. The deadline for ordering from the current catalog is June 3rd.  And when items run out that are not being carried over to the new catalog, those items are not being replenished.  However, many sets are being carried over to the new book plus lots of new stamp sets, dies, ribbons and embellishments will become available June 4th.  

In my spare time, I have been working on Christmas in July.  Card #1 is done and card #2 is almost done.  I’m having issues getting in the Christmas spirit with all the rain and thunder.  I know the hail is white but it certainly does not look or feel like softly fallen snow.  Mark your calendars now for this annual Christmas card-making event – Thursday July 18 from 12 noon – 7 pm and Saturday July 20 from 9 am to 4 pm.  I am unable to give a price at this time as I haven’t finished designing the cards.  The cards and a sign-up sheet will be available at June Stamp Camp. 

2 more blog posts will be coming soon.

Keep Dry, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3078 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FABLE FRIENDS

I love the spring “Fable Friends” stamp set.  It is impossible to make a ”bad” card with these cute images.image

Spring and gingham paper just seem to go together!  As the Gingham Gala 6X6 Designer Paper is in the Occasions Catalog which retires Jun3rd, I have purchased several packets for future use.  In this image we see the darling bunny atop freshly mowed Granny Apple Green grass.  The bunny is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  His jacket features 2 tiny pearls. The artwork is framed in Lemon Lime Twist and embellished with Lemon Lime Twist Gingham Gala DSP and organdy ribbon.  3 Frosted Flower embellishments add a spring touch.  Although I am choosing to use this sweet card for Easter, it is appropriate for most occasions.

20190318_194326191_iOSThis happy squirrel is celebrating spring.  He is stamped with my favorite black ink – Memento Tuxedo Black – and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  He is standing amid grass that appears to need a good mowing!  I chose to color his daisy Pineapple Punch for that bright yellow color.  The center of the daisy holds a retired epoxy droplet that has been colored with Blends.  Grapefruit Grove frames the artwork and  the matching ribbon and Gingham Gala DSP adds interest.  3 Highland Heather Frosted Flower embellishments add a contrasting touch.  I had a bit of trouble when I stamped the “Happy Spring” sentiment.  To fix my blemish, I restamped the sentiment on scrap, die cut it and adhered it over my mistake.  This would make a darling Congratulations card.

This cute set also features Mama Duck and her offspring.  At April Stamp Camp, you can choose to make a duck card if you wish.

2019-03-25 (2) I love the Fable Friends cards.  If you wish, you can choose to make both of these cards and not make one of the others.  This keeps you in the 4 cards for $14.

If you can let me know what day you plan on coming to April Stamp Camp, it helps me cut the correct amount of paper.

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

FOREVER LOVELY (Cas’d from Patty Bennett)

Patty Bennett is one of the top 10 Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  She is located in the San Francisco area and I admire many of her creations.  Generally when I CAS a card, I make many changes.  However, this is an exact copy of Patty’s card although our measurements may differ slightly.  I must mention, that this is NOT a 5-minute card – patience is a must. 

01.20.19 Forever Lovely 2This card is truly Forever Lovely.  Done in Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo, it is the perfect card not only for Valentine’s Day but also for a birthday or a wonderful pick-me-up.  How would you feel if you received this card from a friend?  The card features the Forever Lovely Suite shown here in the new Occasions Catalog.  We start with a 4 X 2 piece of Lovely Lipstick and die cut the Edgelit of the roses and leaves. The challenging part it to make sure your edgelit is on straight.  I use bits of Washi Tape to insure my die does not move.

01.20.19 Forever Lovely 1After the Lovely Lipstick is cut, I place it up against the Whisper White top layer and after insuring the white layer is straight, I use Washi Tape to hold the die of roses and leaves in place making sure it matches the cut Lovely Lipstick Edgelit.  The Precision Base Plate is used to die cut this image.  Although hard to see, the die also embosses some floral images.  The Lovely Lipstick image is adhered to the Whisper White layer and “All My Love” DSP is tucked into the end.  You have two choices of the DSP to choose from. White trimmed Lovely Lipstick 1/2” ribbon is knotted either around the white layer or around the entire card front.  Two Heart Epoxy Droplets are colored with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends, allowed to dry, and then placed on the card front. 

As a reminder, February Stamp Camp is Thursday February 7th from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday February 8th from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturday February 9th from 9 am to 4 pm.  If these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can rearrange the schedule.

In case you missed my previous e-mail and blog posts, I have made the hard decision to increase the price of Stamp Camp to $14.  I have kept the $12 price for years but with everything creeping up in price, I am forced to increase to $14. 

Remember it’s Sale-A-Bration time.  Through  March 31, for every $50 in product you purchase from Stampin’ Up, you can choose something free from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There is foil, ribbon, and stamps to choose from.  There are 2 more detailed items available if you purchase $100 in product.  Check it out here at Sale-A-Bration.

To help you choose something free from Sale-A-Bration, I am discounting all Stampin’ Up card stock, DSP, specialty papers, etc. by an extra 10% for the month of February. As this is a Paper Rose discount, orders will need to come through me.  This is the time to stock up on those basics you use throughout the year!

I am very excited about our March Stamp Camp – “Bunches of Butterflies!”  We will see butterflies, butterflies, and more butterflies!.  The dates for March Stamp Camp are March 7, 8 and 9.  I am working on the 2019 calendar and will soon have it done.

Hope to see you next month!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

MY BLUE VALENTINE – (CAS’D from Hannah Townsend)

01.20.19 Blue Valentine 1I know blue is not a traditional color for Valentine’s Day, but when I saw a Balmy Blue card by Hannah Townsend, I absolutely fell in love with it.  I made some changes to mine, but I still love it. The card I cas’d from was all done in Balmy Blue and White.  I chose to use Blueberry Bushel which highlights the Subtle embossed Balmy Blue.  The new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies are also used on the first and second layers.  I highly recommend the purchase of these dies. 

01.20.19 Stitched Rectangle Dies 1 There are 13 stitched rectangle framelits dies in this set with the largest being 5 1/4 X 3 7/8 – perfect for a top layer as shown with the Balmy Blue above.  This set can be found right here -  Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. And if you spend $15 for additional products (remember extra 10% off paper), you can choose something free from the Sale-A-Brations pamphlet. 

01.20.19 Blue Valentine 2The second sample of “My Blue Valentine” is very similar to the first.  The row of hearts die for these cards is part of the new “Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.”  Instead of die cutting and adhering one set of hearts, I took this to the next level and stacked a second set of hearts on top of the first using thick Whisper White as my card stock.  This technique really makes the hearts pop.  Although hard to see here, there is a small Heart Epoxy Droplet on the bottom right corner of each card.  In the first sample, the heart was colored Night of Navy with Stampin’ Blends.  We will be using these small hearts for February Stamp Camp and throughout the year. 

01.20.19 Blue Valentine msgThis is one of the message layers I stamped.  This is perfect for sending to a friend for Valentine’s Day.  Note the hearts in the bottom right corner.  Using Balmy Blue, I die cut one of the row of hearts seen above and carefully cut it apart.  You can get 3 small clusters of hearts by cutting it apart.  Night of Navy and Balmy Blue Hearts provide nice contrast. 

The sentiment “know that today a friend is thinking of you” is one of the free sets from the Sale-A-Bration promotion that is going on through March 31st.  For every $50 in product spent, you can choose a free item in the catalog Sale-A-Bration.  There are 2 items that require $100 in product be spent – a beautiful lily stamp set and “Tea Time Framelits Dies.” 

Stampin’ Up is now making CLING STAMPS.  These look like the rubber stamps we have used in the past, but when the label is applied to the stamp, it becomes VERY VERY VERY sticky.  This is great, but you must be VERY CAREFUL when removing the stamp from the block or Stamparatus.  The stamp must be gently pried up from the label or it may tear.  We will work with these cling stamps throughout the year and you will become comfortable with them. 

I hope you can come in out of the cold for February Stamp Camp – Thursday February 7th from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday February 8th from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturday February 9th from 9 am to 4 pm.  If these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can rearrange the schedule.

Warm Winter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com