BIKE RIDE

Bicycle Happy Day plus dog 2Bike Ride is a fun summery card – especially as our bike riding days will be over for the year in a couple months.  Debbie designed this card in Lovely Lipstick and Smoky Slate.  The brick wall is embossed with the new 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  The “wall” is them sponged lightly with a sponge dauber and Smoky Slate ink.  Sponging brings out the 3D effect.  The bike has been precut for you with the Stamp N’Cut and the other images have matching dies. This sample shows a dog perched happily in a basket at the rear of the black bicycle.  A hanging sentiment sign and basket of flowers, butterflies, and frosted enamel dots finish the summery scene.

Bicycle Life's a journey apples 2Our second sample features a Lovely Lipstick bike and a bushel of apples perched in the bicycle basket. The sentiment reads “Life’s a Journey” which is so very true.  The small “Hello” stamp would also fit on this small sign. The cheery basket of flowers is from the At Home with You stamp set.  You can design and color your card images however you wish.  The full set of Stampin’ Blends will be available for you.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  We’ve seen Snowmen, cows, daisies and now a bicycle.  I hope you can make it to our Stamp Camp – it’s a great time to come, relax, create, and laugh.  September Stamp Camp will be on September 5, 6 and 7 from 12N – 6 PM on the 5th, from 2 – 6PM on the 6th and from 9AM – 4 PM on the 7th.  Come when it is convenient for you.  Let me know which cards you wish to make and I will have your kit ready for you.  The price remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.

If you did not receive a Holiday Catalog, let me know and I will send one your way. For the month of September, I am offering a 20% personal discount on all Stampin’Up products. Holiday Catalog orders can be placed effective September 3rd and annual catalog items can be ordered now.  September is the time to replenish your stamping supplies and purchase some of the beautiful items shown in the 2019-2020 and holiday catalogs.  The card kits – both holiday and everyday – make great birthday and Christmas gifts for friends and family that like to make gifts from the heart. 

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630.759-3089 – (C)630.965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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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

FROLICKING SNOWMEN

Snowmen Red cardEven though it is 85 degrees outside, the snow will be here before we know it!  These two snowmen from the Snowman Season Stamp Set are happy to be frolicking about.  The background features the Let It Snow Designer Series Paper (DSP) and we will be using two of the patterns.  The snow hat DSP seen here has lots of glitter.  The snowman on the left is stamped and punched out with the Snowman Builder Punch which punches out the actual snowman, the hat and the arms.  The snowman on the left is stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  I restamped the second snowman and fussy cut his scarf, colored it and adhered it to the punched little guy.  The hat is embellished with 3 red rhinestones.

SnowballsThis image depicts the actual snowballs the snowman is juggling about.  Stampin’Up has Snowfall Accents Puff Paint in the new Holiday Catalog.  You simply add a small drop of paint, apply heat with your heat tool and PRESTO! the snowballs grow in size and puff up.  I did find out that if your drop of paint is a little to big, you end up with a BIG snowball!  If you push down on the snowball, it puffs right back up! 

Snowmen Green CardThe other Let it Snow DSP is shown on the image to the left.  Same idea as the previous sample but the art piece is shifted to the left side of the card.  The punched snowman here is embellished with tiny red glimmer circles on his hat and buttons.  The sentiment is from the new Word Wishes Dies (page 197 in annual catalog).  This die set contains MERRY, HAPPY, DAY and all the holidays.

Snowmen Red card msg layerThe third snowman from the Snowman Season set is stamped on the message layer.  I added snowballs, colored the nose and buttons and fussy cut a hat from the DSP to add a bit of color.  These are fun cards and perfect for the holiday season and the snowy days ahead.

I can’t imagine it is almost September BUT it is.  September Stamp Camp will be held on September 5, 6 and 7 from 12N – 6 PM on the 5th, from 2 – 6PM on the 6th and from 9AM – 4 PM on the 7th.  Come when it is convenient for you.  Let me know which cards you wish to make and I will have your kit ready for you.  The price remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.

You should have your holiday catalog by now.  If not, let me know and I will send one your way. For the month of September, I am offering a 20% discount on all Stampin’Up products. Holiday Catalog orders can be placed effective September 3rd and annual catalog items can be ordered now.  September is the time to replenish your card stock, order some of beautiful new DSP, and try the new Stampin’ Blends colors.  I absolutely adore the new Rococo Rose markers.  The Stampin’ Blends are the best markers I have used and truly blend. 

Posts for our other 3 September Stamp Camp cards will follow.  Don’t forget to check back.  Remember, a handmade card comes from the heart. 

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

A CLASSIC CAR

05.21.19 Orange CarIt’s been quite awhile since we’ve done an easel card.  Debbie designed these cards using the “Geared Up Garage” stamp set and coordinating dies.  She chose a color scheme of Graphite Gray, Pacific Point, and silver and black foils.  This card is all about gears – definitely a guy thing although I am sure there are many gals out there that know more about cars and gears than some guys do.  Note the “tire” Debbie used to “prop up” the easel.  05.21.19 Car embellishment small

I thought I had ordered the Classic Garage Metal Elements that coordinate with this bundle – but we couldn’t find them (they were hidden in a drawer).  Debbie was going to use a tiny metal key as the easel prop.  No key could be found so she took a small silver metal button, but apart a black foil gear, and came up with a clever wheel!  Hats off to Debbie!

05.21.19 Red CarOn our second sample, we can see the metal key acting as the easel prop.  Of course nowadays, many cars don’t use keys but for a classic car, a key is the way to go.  The cars have been colored with Stampin’ Blends – orange above and red to the right.  Wink of Stella adds a glittery sheen to the colors.  You can color your car your favorite color – yellow?  green?  brown or black?  And you can choose or make your own prop for your easel card 

05.21.19 Car red If easel cards are new to you, perhaps this side view will help.  Your measurements are the same as for any horizontal A2 card – 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4”.  However, you add an extra score at 3” and that is where your card starts to rise.  The top layer is 5 1/4 X 4 but is only adhered to the card front to the 3” score line.  The small metal key or the tire Debbie constructed act as the prop to hold the easel in place.  This card would be perfect for a birthday, Father’s Day, or just to show someone you appreciate them.

Now that you’ve seen the 4 cards for June Stamp Camp, please let me know which day you are coming and how many of each card you wish to do.  The cost remains $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  The cost includes all supplies and materials.  There will be a snack on the kitchen counter so no one starves, and water and soda pop are in the fridge. 

Let’s discuss some dates

June 4th – The new 2019-2020 SU catalog takes effect.  At this time, I don’t know if retiring items will go on the clearance rack at a discounted rate, or not.  I have the new catalogs.

June 6, 7, 8th – June Stamp Camp.  June 6th from 12 Noon – 6 PM.  June 7th from 2 – 6 PM.  June 8th from 9 PM – 4 PM.

July 18 & 20 – Christmas in July.  Thursday July 18 from 12 N – 7 PM and Saturday July 20 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The 4 cards will be out at June Stamp Camp and will be posted to the blog in June.  I will need a firm count on how many you will want to do of each card.  Prices will be available shortly.

August 1, 2, 3rd – August Stamp Camp.  We will be doing late summer cards – a bicycle card, a hanging flower basket card, and a flip/flop card.  Our 4th card may be a Christmas Card.  We will definitely be including Christmas cards at our September – October and November Stamp Camps.

Hope to see you next week!

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)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

YE OLDE TOOL BOX

05.21.19 Toolbox redHe who has the most tools wins!  “Geared Up Garage” is the perfect stamp set for the “garage-aholic”.  I don’t think that is really a word, but I’m sure you get the picture.  This card features both the garage stamp set and coordinating DSP, and the cutest ever tiny metal wrench!  This bundle retires June 3 so if you like tools, now is the time to grab it!

 

 

05.21.19 Toolbox orangeDebbi started with a Basic Black card base and layered on embossed Graphite Gray cs and the tool covered DSP.  The card above features a framed Real Red tool box and this card has a Pumpkin Pie tool box.  A strip of DSP runs down the card center and is embellished with black foil gears and the metal wrench.  This card is perfect for anyone who loves tools – great for a birthday or Father’s Day.

June Stamp Camp is right around the corner.  Dates and times:  Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  We will be making 4 cards for $14 and if you want to make additional cards, the cost is $3 per card.  All materials and tools are provided.  You just need to bring yourself.  Let me know what day you plan on coming and what cards you wish to make, and I will have everything ready for you!

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs have arrived.  Yours will be waiting for you when you come to June Stamp Camp.

Remember:  He who has the most tools WINS!

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