“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

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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

FALL SUNFLOWER

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower oliveWe absolutely need to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) on at least one Stamp Card – even if it is retired DSP.  This fall card uses the Painted Harvest stamp set  with the matching Leaf Punch and leaves from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The die cut opening also comes from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.

The DSP varies in pattern and you can choose from Old Olive or Crushed Curry.  After die cutting,

08.25.18 Fall Sunflower currythe DSP is layered onto Whisper White cs.  An outer layer of the sunflower is stamped once or twice in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody (used here).  A completed sunflower stamped in Crushed Curry or Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze, is fussy cut with snips and popped on top of the outer sunflower image with dimensionals. 3 sunflower leaves are stamped, punched and adhered with dimensionals.   Detailed leaves in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Copper Metallic are die cut and adhered as well as 2 smaller die cut leaves in copper and either pumpkin pie or glimmer orange. Wink of Stella is an option for the detailed leaves and sunflower. A gold faceted gem was used in the center of the first sunflower and black rhinestones in the center of the second sunflower.  Black rhinestones could also be scattered in the sunflower center to appear more “seed-like.”  If preferred, there is a seed image stamp that could be used.    

08.25.18 Sunflower msg layerFor the message layer, the center DSP that was die cut is repurposed.  A few pieces of wheat are stamped in Crumb Cake.

We may see this stamp set again in November as this is a Thanksgiving set.  I actually purchased it for use in 2017, but time ran out. 

As a reminder, September Stamp Camp is right around the corner – Thursday, September 6 from 1 – 7 PM, Friday, September 7 from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday, 8 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  I hope you can come and have a “Fallish” Good Time.  If at all possible, please let me know if you are coming and which day works best for you.

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

DASHING DEER

As you know, we do a Christmas Card at each Stamp Camp starting in August.  For September, we are working with the Dashing Deer bundle – page 9 of your holiday mini catalog.

08.25.18 D Deer rhinestoneThis Dashing Deer holiday card is done in Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler.  Although a very simple yet elegant card, the use of embossing folders adds so much.  The Swiss Dot (long retired) folder is used on the large circle, and the new Subtle Embossing Folder adds the linen texture to the front card layer.  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the deer.  Why?  Because I knew I would have a crisp image and could re-stamp if needed.  Dimensionals were used to pop up the background circle, and to elevate the deer.  Cutting the mini dimensionals in half allowed for stability to be added to the legs and antlers.  The die for the deer and the flowers make it so easy to produce this beautiful card.

 

08.25.18 D Deer pearlThe second sample is very similar to the first.  However, rhinestones were used as flower centers above, and small pearls were used as flower centers here. In addition, Wink of Stella was added to the Cherry Cobbler scalloped circle as well as the flowers.  Wink of Stella was also used carefully on the antlers.  As ink is picked up by Wink of Stella, the process was a bit nerve-wracking.  If you look closely, you will find one or two splotches where the brush left its mark. 

There are 4 Thinlits of different deer as well as two nice floral corner Thinlits.  This is a fun bundle to play with.

Out next blog post will be of the Fall Leaf Bouquet.  Stay-tune as the goal is to post it shortly.

Don’t forget to let me know if you are coming to September Stamp Camp.  Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com