OVER THE MOON

Cow Cow's it goingSo…Cow’s it going with you today?  Fine, I hope.  Over the Moon is a fun stamp set and perfect for birthdays, thinking of you or just because you want to sent a card.  The 2 cards Debbie designed are not only cute, they are very simple to make.  Deb took advantage of our stash of retired DSP using 2 totally different patterns that mesh perfectly.  The larger piece of DSP is from the Botanical Butterfly suite that was part of the first quarter Sale-A-Brations promotion.  The smaller DSP is from the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper – one of my favorites.  There are 3 cow images in the Over the Moon and Deb chose 2 to feature on the front of her cards.

Cow Dream BigThe second sample features our cow celebrating with a flower and big smile.  The cow images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black (my go-to black ink) and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The stamped images are die cut and layered on a popped-up die cut Highland Heather scalloped circle. A small Highland Heather or lavender bow embellishes the card as does a bit of Wink of Stella.  How did we ever exist without Wink of Stella?  The sentiments are die cut with a small stitched rectangle die and popped up on Dimensionals.

So far I’ve posted snowmen and cows for September Stamp Camp – what’s next?  September Stamp Camp is from 12N-6PM on Thursday September 5th, from 2-6PM on Friday September 6 and from 9AM-4PM on Saturday September 7th.  I hope you can join us for a fun time!  All supplies and tools are provided as well as water, soda pop and a snack.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for additional cards.  Just let me know what day you are coming and which cards you wish to make and I will have your kit all ready for your creativity.  And don’t forget – 20% off all Stampin’Up products for the month of September – a promotion I am offering.  You can order Holiday Catalog items and products from the annual catalog. 

Remember, a card made with your hands is a card from the heart and shows you really care.

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

LASTING LILY

The Paper Rose theme for April is “Welcome Spring” and this card certainly looks like spring!  “Lasting Lily” is one of the new “DISTINKTIVE” stamps from Stampin’Up.

  “DISTINKTIVE” stamps give you photo-realistic images with just one stamp. They have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step. These stamps are available only from Stampin’ Up! and are made using a patent-pending process.  DISTINKTIVE stamps are available in red rubber and photopolymer; Paper Pumpkin’s April kit includes photopolymer stamps.  Shop “DISTINKTIVE” stamps in the online store by searching “DISTINKTIVE,” or look for the “DISTINKTIVE” icon in Stampin’ Up! catalogs.

20190318_194432761_iOSThis lovely card features an open lily and a bud stamped in Daffodil Delight.  Can you see the definition in the lily and in the Granny Apple Green leaves? I purchased the framelits for Lasting Lily before they sold out.  Having the abiity to die cut the images is something I enjoy.  However, these would be very simple to fussy cut.  This set is part of Sale-A-Brations and will be gone after March 31st.  I chose to make a frame to showcase the lilies.  I used the stitched rectangular dies to cut the shape and then ran the frame thru the Big Shot with the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The die cut lily images were adhered to 5 X 3 3/4” Whisper White cs and the frame was adhered over the art work with SU Foam Adhesive Strips.  A butterfly from the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly was added to provide eye appeal.  Although this makes a perfect sympathy card, I have chosen to use my Lasting Lily card for Easter.  I love the detail this set provides and I look forward to stamping more “distinctive” stamps in the future.

The main Stampin’Up catalog is thru June 3, 2019.  As the 2017-2019 In Colors will retire at that time, I would suggest you purchase any card stock, inks, embellishments in these colors now.  As in the past, these retiring colors tend to sell out before the retirement date and then it is too late.  The smaller Occasions Catalog also retires June 3rd.  I think the “Tea Together” stamp set is carrying over as is the butterfly Duet Punch and the Cake Builder Punch.  Other items may sell out before June 3rd so if there is something you feel would enhance your craft library, now is the time to purchase it.

03.25.19 InColors

Looking forward to seeing you on April 4th, 5th and/or 6th!  Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965.1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

“MAGIC” BUTTERFLY

02.24.19 pull thru whiteThe “Springtime Impressions” Thinlits Dies feature 3 great dies.  My favorite is the beautiful butterfly we see in this sample.  The card starts with a base of Rich Razzleberry and a layer of Flirty Flamingo that is embossed with a retired butterfly embossing folder.  A strip of retired “Sweet Soiree” Designer Series Paper (DSP) embellishes the left side of the Flirty Flamingo.  Silver foil is prominent in this DSP so the strip embellishment is highlighted with a strip of silver.  The butterfly is die cut in the same DSP and is layered on a Rich Razzleberry die cut matching butterfly.  This gives greater depth to the image.

02.24.19 pull thru peachA banner shape is die cut in the middle of the card front and the 2-layer butterfly is adhered to the message layer.  This allows the butterfly freedom to “fly” from the top card layer to the message layer (see picture below).  A sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry on white and die cut in an oval shape.  A die cut Rich Razzleberry oval frames the sentiment.  Although the 2 samples are very similar, the top sample shows the butterfly adhered to the white message layer.  The sample to the right shows the butterfly adhered to Flirty Flamingo.  02.24.19 pull thru on peach  

A Flirty Flamingo scalloped oval is adhered strongly to the message layer.  This allows the Flirty Flamingo top card layer to maintain the unbroken color which is pleasing to the eye.  However, this leaves an oval in the middle of the message layer which leaves little room for a message.  In addition, it is difficult to center the oval.  The choice is yours – to add the Flirty Flamingo oval to the message layer or to let the white show thru.  The recipient will love the card either way.  Note the use of pearls highlighting the  spine of the butterfly.

02.24.19 pulling thruThis picture shows the butterfly “flying” from the front of the card to the message layer.  The butterfly doesn’t require assistance when flying to the message layer.  However, assistance is needed to bring the wings together when the butterfly “flies” from the message layer to the card front.

We have now seen 4 butterfly cards for our Bunches of Butterflies March Stamp Camp.  Butterflies and spring are quickly approaching.  These cards give us a head start in celebrating the upcoming days with our friends and relatives. 

Reminders:

March Stamp Camp is March 7th from 12N – 6 pm. March 8th from 2 pm – 6 pm, and March 9th from 9 am – 4 pm.  If you have a date/time conflict, please let me know and we can set up an alternate time.  The cost is $14 and includes everything you will need to make your Bunches of Butterflies.  Additional cards are $3.00 each. 

Sale-A-Bration continues until March 31st.  A second release is now available with Sale-A-Bration. Items are selling out quickly.   You can see all the available Sale-A-Bration products at 2019 Sale-A-Brations.

Finally, I am discounting all SU paper products thru February 28th.  This is a great chance to purchase some of the beautiful designer papers and the basic colors.  You can never have too much Whisper White cs!

Please let me know which cards you wish to do.  Many of you told me at the February Stamp Camp but the paper I had written this information  mysteriously vanished.  I want you to make as many cards as you wish of the designs you like the best.

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

CHARMING CAFE

This fun-fold card was CAS’d from Cindy Brumbaugh.  Cindy has a video for Charming Café on youtube and I followed it step by step by step. 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Lemon LimeThis see-through card is so cute.  The cascade of flowers and the café scene are colored with Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers.  The dies that are part of this bundle make cutting the individual pieces a cinch. Watercolor Wash in Soft Sky is stamped on the 3rd layer (background) and leaves room for a generous message.

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe added message There is room for a second, smaller sentiment below the café table.  I chose “LIFE IS BETTER WITH YOU IN IT” which is a stamp that comes with the Charming Café stamp set. 

The Fresh Florals Designer Paper (DSP) comes in 4 colors – Lemon Lime as used in the card above, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  There are also 4 patterns available; I show 3 of the patterns in this post.  You can use the pattern of  your choice.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Powder PinkThe flower cascades and café scenes are colored to coordinate with the basic color.  Ivory was used for the café floor as my Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend is MIA.  The café chair pads are colored in the matching pink, Lemon-Lime, or Berry Burst.  The coffee cups and vase are also colored.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Berry BurstFinally, we see the Berry Burst card.  If you plan on making this card at May Stamp Camp, you MUST let me know what color you prefer – Lemon Lime, Powder Pink, or Berry Burst.  You can choose your Fresh Floral pattern as you make your card. 

I will be pre-cutting the actual card for you.  Why?  Because a 1/4 panel of the 8 1/2 X 11 card stock needs to cut out.  Actually, an additional 1/16” needs to be removed and that is the tricky part.  I do not have this technique perfected yet, so I am volunteering to do the tricky part for you.  However, the remaining cuts will be left for you,

Charming Café stamp set and framelits will be retiring the end of May or sooner if supplies run out.  To see all the retiring Stampin’Up items, check out this link Retiring Products.

Stampin’ Up is doing a major color revamp, something they do about every 5 years.  Some of the basic colors I love will be retiring with other colors coming on the horizon.  If you have some of the retiring colors, treasure them.  If your ink pads become dry, chances are I have the refills and can re-ink your pads for you. 

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring. 

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

    • Dapper Denim
    • Emerald Envy
    • Flirty Flamingo*
    • Peekaboo Peach
    • Sweet Sugar Plum

Finally – May Stamp Camp will be Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2 – 7 pm, and Saturday May 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you can, please let me know which day you will be attending.  If choosing to make Charming Café, let me know which color you prefer.

Blessings, Rosemary – Home – 630/759-3089 – Cell – 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

 

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SAILBOAT AT DAWN and CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Maybe this should be titled Sailboat at Sunset, but I think the background looks more like dawn.

imageIn case you are thinking the background card stock is Designer Series Paper, you are WRONG.  The gorgeous colors we see in the background come from treating white card stock with shaving cream and drops of ink that have been swirled around.  This can be a bit messy, but the end result is well worth it.  Please don’t wear your best outfits to this Stamp Camp in case a bit of ink lands your way.  If you choose to do this at home, my suggestion is to plan on doing 10-20 pieces of cs to make the set up well worth the effort!  Judy has used her electronic cutter to cut the boat and swirly lines.  This is such a cool card.  I hope you plan on joining us at our June Stamp Camp so you can see the process and create a beautiful background!

I’m very excited to announce my first ever Christmas in July event.  Mark you calendars now for Thursday July 7th and Saturday July 9th.  We will be doing 8 cards – 4 each of 2 very different cards.  The cost will be $15.  On November 17th and 19th, we will have our second Christmas event and make an additional 8 cards – 4 each of 2 cards.  Although I cant tell you  now exactly what the November cards will be, I can tell you that for July, we will be doing a nativity scene card with a die from Taylored Expressions, and a “Season’s Tweetings” card with stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.  So mark your calendars now!!!! 

Hope to see you for June Stamp – right around the corner:  Thursday June 2nd from 12 noon – 9 pm, Friday June 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and Saturday June 4th from 9 am to 4 pm.  The 2016-17 SU catalogs are here and you can pick yours up and start browsing.  If you plan on attending June Stamp Camp, it is helpful if you can let me know.  Friday has been a poor to no attendance day and if I know that in advance, I can plan accordingly. 

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

In the Meadow

2016.05.23 In the Meadow 3In the Meadow is a very gentle card that I felt was very appropriate for a man.  The deer image is stamped in Soft Suede on watercolor cs.    Several masks are available to mask the deer when the tree image is stamped.  The “huff-and-puff” marker technique is used for the trees.  Sahara Sand and Soft Suede are used to watercolor the deer with blender pens, with the Soft Suede marker used to clearly define areas as needed.   The trees are darkened with markers and a bit of Pear Pizazz and/or Wild Wasabi ink.   In this sample, the grassy area is watercolored in Pear Pizazz.  Several Tangelo Twist butterflies are stamped and Wink of Stella clear is added to the butterflies and several areas on the deer.  A Mossy Meadow framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits set provides a picture frame for the watercolored oval.  The Wood grain Embossing Folder gives lots of texture to Crumb Cake cs that is heavily sponged and layered on Soft Suede and Very Vanilla cs. 

2016.05.23 In the Meadow 4 The second sample is done a bit differently.  Very Vanilla cs is used instead of watercolor paper.  The deer are stamped in Soft Suede but colored with markers.  The tree technique is the same but the grass is stamped in Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizazz and some marker.  Another sample on watercolor paper has the deer colored with markers.  In order to see the difference these techniques make, you need to look at the cards closely.  The watercolor version has more texture whereas the vanilla cs version is smooth.  Both are pleasing to the eye and you can choose which technique to use for your card.  I did try inking the wood grain folder prior to embossing but felt the darker wood grain took away from the watercolor picture.

We’ve seen 3 of our cards.  The final card is being prepped by a guest designer and is a shaving cream card.  As soon as this colorful card is available for pictures, I will send it your way. 

June is an epic month for you!  For any event you host with $350 USD or more in sales, you will receive $35 USD in Extra Stampin’ Rewards. You can do this with a catalog event or host a Stampin’ Up party in your home or mine.  This is a great way to earn extra stamps and dies, especially with the new annual catalog available with lots of new products.

Also in June every new demonstrator who joins my team during the month will get two FREE stamp sets in their Starter Kit. That’s an added value of up to $104 USD, depending on which stamps you choose. It’s a pretty big deal since that’s the same month SU launches the new catalog and the new stamps inside it. Plus, anyone hosting an event with me in June can also get Extra Stampin’ Rewards (see previous paragraph) which can be used towards their Starter Kit. Have the stars aligned or what?  Getting started is the best part! All you do is get the Starter Kit. You’ll choose $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products, and SU will throw in some business supplies and free shipping. You’ll only pay $99! If you have ever thought about joining my team, NOW IS THE TIME!!!!  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings,

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

CELEBRATING THE MEN IN OUR LIVES

Well Crafters, it is almost June!  Where does the time go?  For our June Stamp Camp, we are going to make “manly” cards.  So many times, we make our celebratory cards with flowers and lots of pretty images.  My stereotypical masculine card tends to be bold with darker colors.  This first card is definitely “manly.”

2016.05.23 Globe CardI’ve entitled this card “Going Places.”  There is a strip of the Going Places DSP stack on the front cover.  The Early Espresso card has a Crumb Cake front  embossed with the new World Traveler Embossing Folder and sponged with either Crumb Cake ink or a retired brown chalk.  The Happy Father’s Day card was sponged with ink and the Happy Birthday version received chalk.  The chalk can be erased but the Crumb Cake sponging gives a richer color.  You can choose either method.  The compass image is from the Going Global set and is stamped with Jet Black StazOn, die cut and centered on a die cut Basic Black circle.  The compass centers feature a small glittery star or a Crumb Cake Candy Dot.  The sentiment is stamped in black on Very Vanilla, die cut , sponged with Crumb Cake and layered on a 3/8” ribbon.

2016.05.23 Globe card insideThe message layer of the birthday card is stamped in black and embellished with candy dots.  Washi tape in black with tiny beige dots provides texture and a border to this layer.  Other messages are available for Father’s Day. 

To me, this is a great “manly” card and one of four we will be making at our June Stamp Camp.  Dates and times for  the June Camp:  Thursday, June 2 from 12 Noon to 9 PM; Friday, June 3 from 2 – 9 PM; and Saturday, June 4 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  You can come when it is convenient for your schedule.  The cost remains $12 and covers all supplies.  Water and soda pop are always available as a dehydrated crafter is a sad crafter!  All you need to provide is yourself!

The 2016-17 Stampin Up Catalogs have arrived and you can pick up yours when you come.  The catalogs are provided at no charge.  Don’t forget to check the list of retiring items as some are marked down as low as 50%.  When these items are gone – they won’t return.  Check out the retiring items at Retiring SU Products

Check back soon for another “manly” blog.  I hope to see you for June Stamp Camp.  It is helpful if you can let me know if you plan on coming or would like a kit, but this is not required.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.

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