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

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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

BUTTERFLIES & FOIL

March Stamp Camp is titled Bunches of Butterflies.  Butterflies help us remember that spring really is just around the corner – just 24 days as of today.

March 19 metal 1This is a card that sparkles.  The “Beauty Abounds Cling Bundle” provides the butterflies and the Grapefruit Grove foil sheets from the Sale-A-Bration special, provide the sparkle.  The Whisper White top layer is stamped in Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove and is layered on Grapefruit Grove and Merry Merlot cs.  The top layer of butterflies is die cut on Merry Merlot and the bottom butterflies are die cut on Grapefruit Grove foil.  The merlot butterflies are carefully adhered to the grapefruit butterflies and adhered to stamped white layer.  Rhinestones are added to give a bit more sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped and die cut with a stitched circle framelit and adhered to a small piece of 5/8” Whisper White flax ribbon. 

02.24.19 foil on topThe second offering reverses the Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove foil butterfly layers.  This card simply gleams.  The background is stamped the same as the previous sample.  Rhinestones are not added as there is there is sufficient sparkle from the foil. 

To prep for this card, there will be Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove foil adhered to the Sizzix adhesive sheets.  This will alleviate gluing the top butterfly layer to the bottom.

 

March Stamp Camp is just around the corner – 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

Sale-A-Bration continues until March 31st.  A second release is now available with Sale-A-Bration.  You can see all the available Sale-A-Bration products at 2019 Sale-A-Bration.  My favs for the second release are:

02.24.19 emb folderCOUNTRY FLORAL DYNAMIC TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER

This embossing folder is the best thing since the Big Shot!  We will be doing a card with this embossing folder in April or May.  The floral impression is absolutely beautiful.

 

 

02.24.19 100 offeringThis item is the Painted Seasons Bundle.  This didn’t “WOW” me at first.  However, as the matching dies became available at additional cost, I started seeing cards and other creative ideas that I absolutely loved.  So this has become my second favorite item from the second release.

And don’t forget that I am offering 20% on all SU paper products until the end of February.

Hope to see you at March Stamp Camp!

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

COUNTRY HOME

10.25.18 Country Home 1I love the “Country Home” stamp set.  It is perfect for Thanksgiving, a fall birthday or any occasion.  As I look at the card, I suddenly realize that I FORGOT TO USE THE GALVANIZED METAL PAPER.  I will make sure we use the correct paper for Stamp Camp.  However, even using the Basic Gray card stock, the card is still beautiful.  The new “Tin Tile” dynamic embossing folder is used on the top area of the card and the Country Lane DSP is featured on the bottom of the card.  3/8” glittery gray ribbon masks the joining point.  The art piece is framed in black and the white layer is embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder.  The milk can and the flowers are cut with the Scan’n’Cut and are colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The small “Hello” sentiment is stamped on Smoky Slate and fussy cut.  The bouquet is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The milk can uses double Stampin’ Dimensionals at the top of the can and single dimensionals at the bottom. This allows for the flowers to “spring” from inside the milk can.  Finally, Wink of Stella highlights the bouquet and areas of the milk can. 

Our last card also features this same stamp set but uses a metal pitcher and a bouquet with cattails and an artichoke.  The card is embellished with the Chicken Wire Elements.  I would post the card now – but it’s not done!  The plan is to complete card 4 and post it tomorrow.

As a reminder, November Stamp Camp is Thursday, November 1 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, November 2 from 2 – 7 pm, and Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm.  Please note the Saturday time is only until 2 pm.  The cost is $12 for any 4 of the cards and $2,50 for additional cards.  Please please please let me know if you plan on attending so that I cut sufficient card stock.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

WISHING YOU WELL

10.25.18 Thanksgiving Wishing you wellWishing you well is a sweet set that can be used for any occasion – used for Thanksgiving here.  The Cajun Craze side panel features the new “Swirls & Curls” textured impressions embossing folder.  A hint of Mango Melody peeks thru and also frames the art work.  I used the Stamparatus for the Old Olive bouquet of greens and Cajun Craze flowers.  This allowed me to stamp multiple times in the exact same spot to deepen the color.  Additional flowers could be stamped, but I wanted a simple yet stylish card.  Although hard to tell, the “Subtle” dynamic textured embossing folder was used on the art piece after stamping.  This embossing folder gives the card stock a linen effect.  The Cajun Craze bow was fussy cut and provides just the right touch to the bouquet.  Finally, 3 rhinestones were colored with the Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker and adhered in place.  This Thanksgiving card could easily be done in red and green or other  colors.

10.25.18 xmas wishing you wellIn fact, this set includes a simple wreath and “season’s greetings” sentiment stamp.  For this card, Real Red and Shaded Spruce card stock is used with Call Me Clover ink.  Although hard to see, a few of the raised “Swirls & Curls” have had Wink of Stella added.  Wink was also used on the edges of the Shaded Spruce card stock and on the wreath and bow. The 1/8” circle punch was used to punch tiny red glimmer “berries” which were adhered on the wreath.  More berries could be added if desired. Finally, 3 red rhinestones were adhered.  The card stock sizes for this card are the same as the Thanksgiving view above.  You can choose to do either card or even both but let me know your wishes. 

The next 2 posts will feature the “Country Home” stamp set – perfect for Thanksgiving or a fall birthday.  Daughter Debbie was on Scan’n’Cut duty today and she stamped and cut out the pitchers, watering cans and one of the flower bouquets.  We will also be using a small piece of the Chicken Wire Elements, the Galvanized Metallic Paper, and the gorgeous new Tin Tile dynamic textured impressions embossing folder.  The next post should come out on Saturday.  Remember to check back!

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