Summer Roses

I am amazed at the beautiful rose crafts that are being made with the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  The Rose Wonder stamp set is great, but it is the rose thinlits that do all the work.  For our May Stamp Camp, we will be doing 2 cards that use the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  These are wonderful cards to honor the women in our lives.

2016.04.30 Formal RoseThe first card is a tad bit formal.  Done in Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Whisper White, the Rose Garden Thinlit Die highlights the use of  negative space.  The rose actually slips into the die cut cs like a puzzle piece.  Embellishments are limited to 2 pink butterflies and a few pearls.  The message is stamped on white scrap in Archival Basic Gray, and outlined in Smoky Slate.  The matching die from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies makes this sentiment a breeze. 

 

I have seen the rose die used many different ways. 

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose 1

I have seen this rose die used many different ways.  I thought it might be fun to do a watercolor background and let the negative space feature the blended colors.  This is almost a sunrise background with a Crushed Curry rose.  After wetting my watercolor cs, I started with a dab of Daffodil Delight and swirled it around on the cs.  Then I added a bit of Tangelo Twist and finally some Real Red.  Additional water is added and the Aqua Pen blends the colors beautifully.  The watercolor cs has a thin border of Basic Black which accents the colors and keeps them from blending into the Melon Mambo card

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose2This card features a background of Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, and Garden Green.  The Melon Mambo decided to form a “hurricane” and flows to the bottom of the watercolor cs.  The Garden Green is noted in the bottom left corner.  The mixed colors appear slightly lavender and Elegant Eggplant cs is used for both the rose and the card.  The sentiment is stamped on white scrap, outlined in Melon Mambo and die cut with the matching thinlit.  A few butterflies are added for interest.  Although very hard to see, the negative space of the rose has been colored with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and sparkles in the light.

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose 3This striking birthday card features a background of Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Tangerine Tango.  Pacific Point cs gives us a striking rose and a Melon Mambo card coordinates well.  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush is used to color the actual rose outline and the negative space of the rose.  Note the thin gold strands under the birthday sentiment.  This is the marvelous gold metallic thread.  I purchased it in both gold and silver and like it so well that I ordered an extra roll of each in case it is not carried over to the new catalog which will be out the beginning of June.  Lots of surprises coming!!!!

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose4

The final sample is monochromatic done in Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, and Wisteria Wonder.  I was surprised how much blue is in these colors.  The card features a Melon Mambo rose and is on a Perfect Plum card.  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush is used is color in all the negative space as well as the rose outline.  Water coloring can be wet, messy work.  This is a good stamp camp to wear really old clothes!!!  My hands were multi-colored by the time I had water-colored all the samples. 

 

 

2016.04.30 Watercolor Rose sentiment

The Rose Garden Thinlits Dies also includes a smaller rose die seen here on the sentiment layer.  One or two of these roses could be used on a card front.  There is a stem of negative space leaves and a small flower die as well as the label die included in this set. 

I hope you can attend the May Stamp Camp.  We are doing 2 additional fun cards not shown here.  Dates and times are Thursday May 5 from 12 Noon to 9 PM, Friday May 6 from 2 –9 PM, and Saturday May 7 from 9 AM to 9 PM.  If you know what day you might come, it is helpful – but not required – if you can let me know.  The cost remains $12 and includes all tools and supplies.  If you would like a kit prepared, the cost is the same.

Don’t forget that the current catalogs are discontinued on May 31st.  The new catalog is available online on June 1st.  I will notify you when my catalogs are in and you can stop by and pick one up.  Check out the retiring list at 2016 Retiring SU items.  Some items have been discounted. 

Mark your calendars now for June Stamp Camp – masculine cards for the men in our lives.  Dates are June 2, 3, and 4.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Hope to see you on May 5, 6 or 7. 

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

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Trees

SAMSUNG CSC“Trees” is such a stunning card that I chose not to trim the Adventure Bound DSP resulting in a 5 X 7 finished card.  When was the last time we did a 5 X 7 card?  Mossy Meadow and a new SU color – Tip Top Taupe – were the perfect colors for this forest scene.  When you see the card in person, you will note the muted greens, browns, and grays.  The “happy” caption on the front panel was die cut from the “Hello You” thinlits.  The words “happy, you, hello” and “thanks” come with this set.  Die cutting these SU thinlits is an absolute breeze.  At one time, I always used waxed paper or another non-stick material when I die cut my words.  However, no longer.  I run them thru the Big Shot, gently bang the die against my desk and easily pull out the word if it doesn’t jump out at me.  I added the heat embossed “birthday” die cut with a banner shape. 

SAMSUNG CSC“Lovely as a Tree” is the oldest SU stamp set that remains current.  I chose to stamp one tree from this set on the inside of my card and on my envelope.

The second sample of  “Trees” varies only in the caption on the front layer.  I chose to die cut both “love” and “you” for a more personal card.  The “love” framelit is not current but goes well with the current cursive “you.”  The inner message can relay any sentiment you choose.

It is hard to believe it is May 18th and I have all 4 projects posted for June Stamp Camp.  However, I wanted you to see how we have used several of the papers from the Adventure Bound DSP stack.  I know how busy everyone is but I felt this was a great chance for you to obtain a DSP stack that you will be able to use in the weeks ahead.

A couple reminders that I have copied from the previous blog:  I need to know by Wednesday May 20 if you will be attending June Stamp Camp (June 4, 5, 6)  or purchasing a kit so I can have your Adventure Bound DSP stack for you. This 48-page paper stack is included in your June Stamp Camp kit.  Also, I will have the stamps I am selling, out for your perusal on Wednesday May 20 from 4 – 7 PM. Remember that the last day to order from the current big SU Catalog and Occasions Catalog is June 2nd. You can pick up the 2015-2016 catalog if you stop by to look at the stamps for sale on the 20th. Many, but not all, items are being carried over and there are lots of new items to feast your eyes on. The retiring products are updated daily and can be reviewed at Retiring SU Products. When they are gone – they’re gone!

We will not be meeting in July and will start up again just in time for fall and the holidays on August 6, 7 and 8.  I will be sending reminders from time to time about specials.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and/or concerns.  While I am in California (May 22 – 29) please contact me by phone or text on my mobile at 630/965-1965 or by E-mail.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Manly Plaid

SAM_1267“Manly Plaid” is a rather poor excuse for a card title, but the only other title I could think of was “Squares” and that seemed a bit off.  We haven’t used Cajun Craze for quite some time, but it is the perfect color to go with the plaid in the Adventure Bound DSP Stack.  The plaid blends extremely well with the cs when you see the card in person.  This is a very simple card  of 5 – 1 1/4” squares placed on a square of Whisper White DSP.  The message is heat embossed in Detail Black and framed top and bottom again in white.  I have been fooling around with the message dimensions and have actually cut 1/4” off to better accent the message images.  Any celebratory message can be used.  Note the raised 5th square and the use of 6 white Candy Dots.  Vanilla Candy Dots can also be used. 

2015.05.18 Lined Envelope 1I thought this might be a nice card to go in a lined envelope as shown here.  The only challenge is that due to the size of the DSP – 6 1/2 X 4 1/2 – the entire envelope is not lined – it ends up about 3/4 lined.  I did mine anyway and it looks sharp.  I have included the Stampin’ Up envelopes with this card so you can line it if you choose.  If you choose to line your other envelopes, please let me know and I will give you a SU envelope.  I generally use a cheaper envelope that I buy in bulk.

A couple things to remember:  I need to know by Wednesday May 20 if you will be attending June Stamp Camp (June 4, 5, 6) so I can have your Adventure Bound DSP stack for you.  This 48-page paper stack is included in your June Stamp Camp kit.  Also, I will have the stamps I am selling, out for your perusal on Wednesday May 20 from 4 – 7 PM.  Finally, remember that the last day to order from the current big SU Catalog and Occasions Catalog is June 2nd.  You can pick up the 2015-2016 catalog if you stop by to look at the stamps for sale on the 20th.  Many, but not all, items are being carried over and there are lots of new items to feast your eyes on.  The retiring products are updated daily and can be reviewed at Retiring SU Products.  When they are gone – they’re gone!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Painted Petals

This is a GREAT way to use the Designer Series Paper odds and ends you may have sitting around.  It’s so easy to buy a piece of DSP because you love the color/pattern/texture.  However, I find I always have a few bits and pieces that I hate to throw away. 

SAMSUNG CSCThis card uses the Painted Petals stamp set and absolutely lovely Painted Blooms DSP.  The measurements for the DSP are 3 3/4” X 1 3/4”.  The scallop border punch is used on both the DSP and the layer of Pacific Point CS.  Garden Green and Pacific Point inks are used and the messages come from the Mother’s Love and From the Garden stamp sets.  There is a lovely Mother’s Day saying in the Mother’s Love set.  Soft Sky CS was used for the actual card and the ribbon trims used were Garden Green ribbon and Soft Sky twine.  The trick to this card is to not move the photopolymer stamps from how they are placed on the block which matches how the stamps on the backing.  The leaves are done with 1 stamping, and the flowers are done with 1 stamping.  The card is pretty fast – once the paper is layered, you stamp the leaves once, the flowers once, the message and you are DONE!  Although the stamped flowers are similar to the DSP, you can see how any DSP would work and carry the colors thru with your stamping.

As many of you know, Stamping Up comes out with a new catalog every year.  The date for the new catalog has changed every year for some time.  SU has markets in Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and of course, the United States.  This year, SU is placing their markets all under one platform.  Thus, the new books will come out at the same time for all markets.  June 2, 2015 is the last day to order any items from the current catalog.  June 3, 2015 is the start of the new 2015-2016 catalog transition.  I will be ordering catalogs on May 5th (WOW – that’s tomorrow) so you can pick up yours as soon as they arrive.  There will be some changes with the new catalog that I will discuss later.  Please make sure you check out the retiring stamps and accessories list and let me know if there is anything you want to order.  There are some nice savings on many of the retiring items.  Retiring products

I hope you can make it to the May Stamp Camp.  I know I have heard from several you.  This is a busy time of year and several of you find ordering a May Stamp
Camp kit is the way to go.  Just let me know if you prefer to go this route.  The cost is $12 – the same as for Stamp Camp.  However, with a kit, you can’t enjoy my craziness!  I will be back with another blog shortly.  The next blog will feature a tree with beautiful pink leaves – reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

2014 Stamp-A-Stack

The 2914 Christmas Stamp-A-Stack marathon is almost here.  Deb has been furiously cutting paper and stuffing the envelopes.  I’ve ordered a few extra acrylic blocks to insure each set is pre-mounted for you.  Today we are going to organize a box for each crafter that will include scissors, adhesive eraser, liquid adhesive, a box of glue dots, a roll of sticky strip, a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals, a bone folder, a pen or pencil, tweezers, and a silicone sheet.  if you are also purchasing adhesive for your crafting, your box will include 2 adhesive refills.  Our goal is to have everything you need at your fingertips.  Our Stamp-A-Stack cards:

Christmas CheerChristmas Cheer is our first card stamped with the “Christmas Cheer” set.  This gatefold card is done in Real Red, Whisper White  and Garden Green, and uses Nordic Noel DSP.  Deb cleverly designed this card using the new Filigree Frame embossing folder only on 1 side of the gate.  One of the 4 ornament images is stamped, trimmed by hand, and attached to the main image with gold cording.  Finally, a few rhinestones are adhered to add a touch of bling.

 

Holy Family 1The second card comes from “The Newborn King” stamp set.  This elegant card is done in Mossy Meadow, gold, and Very Vanilla.  The Filigree Frame embossing folder is used again, this time for the frame around the image.  The image is embossed in gold on brushed gold card stock and framed with Mossy Meadow .  A bit of Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon provides the finishing touch to this very elegant card.  Holy Family Inside 2You may wish to consider gold-embossing the message  and star that come in the set.  I also embossed a single gold star on the envelope.  The added gold embossing carries the elegance from the envelope thru the entire presentation.

 

Moose 1The “Visions of Santa” stamp set is one of my favorites this year and gives us a touch of humor.  There are actually 5 options for this card.  You can stamp the moose in his underwear as shown here, or or stamp 1, 2 or 3 of the 4 Santa images.  Of course all of the Santas are in their underwear also!  See the next picture for 3 of the Santas.  This stamp set is done in Old Olive, Real Red, and Early Espresso.  The moose and Santas are stamped on a white tag that is layered on an espresso tag, and colored with Blendabilities.  The moose, Santa images and tag are then embellished with silver sequins, white snowflakes, and pearls.  Three Santas 2Santa & Co. DSP is added in angled strips on the Real Red layer that is embossed with the new On Point embossing folder.  Finally, the natural and Old Olive super chunky trim is pulled thru the hold in the tag.  These cards are just too cute!

Wreaths 2The elegant and Christmassy “Wondrous Wreath” is done in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.  The embossed Stylish Stripes background sets off the  cobbler and vanilla banners which pop  up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Several loops of slender gold  ribbon are the perfect background for the stamped and die-cut wreath.  The “Joy” and “Noel” messages are easily die cut on gold foil card stock.

Bright and Beautiful blue 1Our fifth and final card for our 2014 Stamp-A-Stack is “Bright and Beautiful” which is sized to fit the stars framelits.  This simple card is done in Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon with a panel of All is Calm DSP.  Two cards for each crafter will have the Soft Sky and White DSP and one card with the silver and white DSP shown below.  The new Lucky Stars embossing folder adds dimension and texture to the Lost Lagoon.  Three stars are stamped and die cut – one in Lost Lagoon, one wet-embossed in silver, and one in Soft Sky.  The small Soft Sky star is embellished with a single All Is Calm snowflake embellished anBright and Beautiful silverd a blue rhinestone.  The stars are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a small silver ribbon decorates the upper corner.  The card to the left is an example of the same card with the silver and white All is Calm DSP.

Bright and Beautiful inside lg1The two samples indicate two different centers that could be used.  Both include All is Calm Washi Tape.  The center to the right shows a beautiful message that comes with the set.  We have stamped it in Lost Lagoon on a die-cut banner and added a Soft Sky star.  The banner must be placed carefully toBright and Beautiful inside small keep it from interfering with the front view of the card.  The other inside message for Bright and Beautiful includes the Season’s Greetings message from the set, and a die-cut star.  Both centers are attractive and you can choose the ones that you prefer, or choose something totally different.  Each sample gives ideas for the center of the card and the envelope.

For those of you who are not attending the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, I hope these samples give some ideas for your holiday card creations.  Give me a call, or send an E-mail if you have any questions.

December Stamp Camp will be lots of fun as we craft a holiday pop-up box, holiday tags, and have the opportunity to stamp the new Gentle Peace stamp set on vellum for a very special card.  We will have all the accessories for the card ready to go so you can stamp your vellum, and if you prefer, take it home to color and put together.  I know how busy the month of December, but this new stamp is so special, that I want you to be able to have the image. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

A Button Garden

What better way to enjoy summer than out in your garden – or someone else’s garden.  I would love to go to the Botanical Garden about now but would probably appreciate it more in the dead of winter.  At the August Stamp Camp, we are going to create our own garden – with buttons!

buttons gems 2Isn’t this a cute way to celebrate summer and use up spare buttons?   I’ve used a color scheme of Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe with retired Designer Series Paper.  The scallop border punch adds interest to the bottom of the card as well as the “grass” for the garden.  The flower stems were stamped in Wild Wasabi and Pistachio Pudding from the new Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The buttons were added with a micro Glue Dot and a bit of liquid adhesive.  The gems were added with liquid adhesive.  I love the message “HAPPY BLOOMING BIRTHDAY” which is part of the Flower Patch set.  Button sewed use this

For those of you who want to try something a bit different – why not tie your flower on with a bit of embroidery thread as I did here.  I simply held my button in place with a micro Glue Dot and threaded my needle thru the front and back up.  I’ve even pre-threaded 3 large needles!  Note the use of Pool Party ribbon on this card versus the retired Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon used on the first card.  You will choose your buttons, your choice of ribbon, and how you choose to attach your “flowers” to the garden – adhesive with gem centers, or embroidery thread.  The choice is yours!

Hope to see you on August 7, 8 or 9.  Mark the September Stamp Camp dates on your calendar now – Sept 4, 5, 6.  If  you can, let me know which date you will be coming or if you need to schedule an alternate date/time.  Keep an eye out for your holiday catalogues which should be arriving shortly.  I will have extras if you need to pick one up or want me to send it to you.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

A Perfect Blend – just for Coffee Drinkers!

Now who doesn’t drink coffee?  OK – I can think of a few folks namely my sister and one or two of my sons.  But most people sip on coffee every now and than.  At our August Stamp Camp, we are going to create a card honoring those who drink coffee. 

Coffee 1“Given enough coffee, I could rule the world temporarily.”  What a perfect message to go with the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend stamp set.  The color scheme for this card is Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, and a touch of pink.  However, you could stamp the cups and message in any of the 50 Stampin’ Up colors.  The cups are stamped and easily cut out.  The label and top are stamped a second time on the back of your choice of DSP from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 for $6.95).  The label and top are cut out and the fronts adhered to your coffee cup.  How cute and simple!  The background is rather unique – the Chevron Border is punched along the border and the layer is then run thru the Big Shot with the arrows embossing folder.  A bit of gorgeous grunge was added to the message which was shadowed with a Mossy Meadow “cloud” die cut from the Word Bubbles Framelits.  I chose to add a pink dahlia in the corner to bring out the pink in the DSP, but other dahlia colors are available as well as a full selection of candy dots.  The message from the set that was used inside the card reads:  “coffee & friends are the Perfect blend.”  This cute stamp set is $10.95 and found on page 116 in the 2014-15 catalogue.  A small Starbucks gift certificate would be perfect inside this card for a friend celebrating an occasion. 

This is the second card we will be creating at the August Stamp Camp.  I noted the dates and times in yesterday’s blog so I won’t repeat myself.  The cost which covers all the supplies and tools remains at $12.00.  You only need to bring yourself! 

EXCLUSIVE NEW BIG SHOT BUNDLES HAVE ARRIVED!

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. That’s why Stampin’ Up has brought you the chance to receive one of five free stamp set/framelit bundles below (your choice!) with purchase of a Big Shot.  And if you get a Big Shot now, you’ll be ready for all the new Big Shot accessories in the holiday catalog. If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these discounted bundles at an amazing 15% off!  This is one deal you won’t want to miss-only available from August 1-31-as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.  Two Choices:

 

 

Bundle chart

Let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you on August 7th, 8th, or 9th!  Post #3 will magically appear tomorrow so check back!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com