EASTER MESSAGE

This card was CAS’d from BJ Peters.  I love this stamp from the “Easter Message” stamp set!  Although I am using this set for Easter, it is very appropriate for sympathy cards.  These cards are super simple.

FullSizeRender 7This elegant card uses a Very Vanilla card base with Sahara Sand as the first layer.  The image is stamped in Versa Mark on a piece of Falling in Love DSP and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set.  The cross is then colored in with your choice of several markers.  BJ Peters who designed this card colored in the cloth area with the White Chalk Marker.  I prefer to leave the cloth plain and add a bit of Wink of Stella.  The embossed DSP is layered onto gold foil cs and adhered to the card front.  The inside message I chose to gold emboss on the inside layer reads “He is not here; He has risen.  Matthew 28:6.”  I stamped a single palm frond in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.

FullSizeRender 8This second sample is my design.  The card stock is the same as the sample above.  However, the picture photographed darker for some reason.  The Easter lily stamp from the “Easter Message” set is stamped in Versa Mark on the Falling in Love DSP, and heat set in gold.  The leaves and flowers are colored with Stampin’ Write markers and Wink of Stella is lightly brushed on.  The lily is die cut with an oval framelit and layered on a larger gold foil oval.  The sentiment “Happy Easter” is heat embossed in gold at the bottom.  On the inside message layer, “May peace be your gift this Easter” is heat embossed in gold.  Like the sample above, a single palm frond is stamped in Sahara Sand on the lower right corner and on the envelope.  The 2 Easter Message card samples are simple but very elegant.  This is definitely a case where “less is more.”

And that, fellow crafters, is what we have for March Stamp Camp!  As a reminder, dates/times for March Stamp Camp are Thursday March 2nd from 2 – 9 pm, Friday March 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and Saturday March 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  I do ask you to let me know if you are going to come during the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  As long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th which cards you wish you to, I will have your custom packet ready.  Please remember to let me know as soon as you can so I am not in a cutting panic on March 1st.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each card beyond 4.

On a personal note, it appears I will have neurosurgery on Monday, March 13th at 7:15 AM at Northwestern in Chicago. The procedure is Inter-body fusion S1 -T5 or 4.   I had my preoperative appointment at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 21st.  Had to give lots of blood.  I will have 7-9 hours of surgery then will be in ICU at least overnight.  After 7-10 days of hospitalization, I will transfer to inpatient rehab for 2-4 weeks.  Marian Joy in Wheaton will be my first choice as it is acute rehab.  My goal is to have Stamp Camp in May either the 4th, 5th and 6th or the 11th, 12th and 13th.  The theme for May is “Honoring the Women in our Lives.”  I have several new sets planned for May Stamp and am hoping I will be in shape by that date.  I will be trading back pain for stiffness, but I am willing to do that.  Your prayers will be appreciated! 

Early Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (h)30/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

DRAGONFLY DREAMS

FullSizeRender 4As I’m sure you are aware, dragonflies are very in trend right now.  I hesitate about purchasing trendy stamp sets such as Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating dies, but I decided these would be great for masculine cards although this card is not manly due to the background use of some retired floral DSP.  The dragonflies are die cut from gold foil and adhered over solid color cs with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies. The finished dragonfly is then popped up with dimensionals and appears to be flying across the card.

FullSizeRender 5However, the really cool design on this card is the use of the drapery fold also known as the pleated skirt fold and the drapery pleat fold.  There are several different dimensionals available to make this design fold.  I tried 3 different dimensions/pleats and settled on this one which is quite easy.  Basically, you start with a 11 1/2” X 4” DSP that has a nice pattern on the front and a coordinating pattern on the back.  As you can see from these 2 samples, the back of the DSP peeks thru on the pleat bottoms.  When I cut the DSP for March Stamp Camp, I may increase the angle to show more of the alternate pleat DSP.  I used the score board to score the long side of my DSP at 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10 inches.  Then you fold hills and valleys until your DSP is pleated.  A bit of adhesive holds the pleats in place and you adhere the completed panel to your card front.  It may sound complicated, but it is really quite easy after  you have completed your folds.  I will be using a variety of attractive retired DSP for you to choose from. 

FullSizeRender 6This is one of the early folds I did on a vertical card.  The dragonflies look very appropriate with this botanical jungle themed paper.  I will have some of this DSP cut for the drapery fold, but will cut it as a choice for the horizontal card.

Two cards to go!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and which cards you want to make.  Oh – and we will have yet ANOTHER drawing for the Sale-A-Brations set “Hey Chick”.  This time, you will need to guess the number of jelly beans!!!

HAPPY ALMOST SPRING

March is right around the corner and we have had some beautiful weather.  Our March Stamp Camp will feature a bit of spring and Easter.  It appears I will be out of circulation for April Stamp Camp, so we are going to do Easter cards in March.  However, as long as you let me know by Tuesday, February 28th, you can choose the cards you wish to do – and maybe you won’t want to do Easter.  Dates/times for March Stamp Camp are Thursday March 2nd from 2 – 9 pm, Friday March 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and Saturday March 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  I do ask you to let me know if you are going to come in the 6-9 pm time frame so that I can fix my mother’s dinner prior to your arrival.  On to the first card:

FullSizeRenderThis card comes from the “Special Reason” stamp set and the Stylish Stems Framelits.  The Blushing Bride card is accented with Rose Red flowers framing the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper background.  Smoky Slate DSP from the Carried Away pack provides background interest.  Flecks of color speckle the background and the white doily peeking thru softens the overall effect.  I added rhinestones in the flower centers and several throughout the card.  This is a beautiful card for almost any occasion. 

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRender 1The second sample was actually my first card and I tweaked the measurements of the DSP just a bit.  The main difference between the two samples is the glimmer paper background for the Rose Red flowers.  Blushing Bride was used in this sample and the overall card appears darker.  It is actually more attractive than it looks.  The embellishments in the lower right corner are also a bit different.  These embellishments add weight to the right side of the card helping with balance. 

This card is not difficult or time consuming.  The flowers and leaves die cut easily.  You just need to insure you use sufficient liquid glue to insure the Rose Red flower will adhere to the roughness of the glimmer paper. 

So guess what our next card will be?  It’s a new fold that several of you have asked for!  Don’t forget to let me know when you will be coming and what cards you wish to do.  $12 for 4 and $2 for each card beyond that.  See you in a bit.

LIFT ME UP

The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!

 

 

 

 

imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

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

Happy 2017

Hi Crafters!  For those of you who have been wondering if I had fallen off the face of the earth, I am happy to report I am alive and well.  I bet you have wondered why a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator would not send out Christmas cards to her favorite crafters!  Well…on December 8th, I was helping my 98 year-old mother put on a cardigan sweater.  I tripped on her feet and landed on the floor.  Mother reached down to help me, slipped out of her chair, and landed on her hip.  Off we went to Edwards Hospital with Mother and her now broken hip.  December 9th brought hip surgery and December 11th brought a snowy transfer to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville.  I was at St. Patrick’s daily until Mother was discharged the end of the month.  Although she is home now, she cannot walk independently and requires assistance with many of her activities of daily living.  So that, dear friends, is why you have not heard from me.  But life goes on, and Valentine’s Day will come in February whether we want it to or not.  So, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4.  I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM.  If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know.  Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM. 

Now – on to Valentine’s Day.  I have chosen 4 stamp sets for our February projects.  They can be done either for Valentine’s Day or for another occasion.  I will have a sample for each. 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD cardI absolutely love the Birthday Fiesta stamp set.  Perhaps because I was born in Tucson, I like the cacti and bright cheery colors.  I cas’d the layering colors and approximate sizes from another demonstrator but added the hearts, cactus, streamers and embossing.  The Fiesta Time Framelits Dies make cutting the llama, cacti, and flowers a cinch.  The colors of Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise are bold and happy.  I punched assorted sized hearts in red glimmer and Melon Mambo,  Wink of Stella also provided a bit of pizzazz to the card.  But wait until you see the message layer!

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta VD MsgI very rarely put as much time into the sentiment layer as I did here, but I just love the cacti.  The Festive Birthday DSP provides lots of ideas.  I fell in love with the sheets featuring guitars, maracas, sombreros, peppers and piñatas.  I fussy cut the sombreros and maracas, punched a few red glimmer hearts and added a set of wiggly eyes.  Doesn’t this say Happy Valentine’s Day with a wonderful Western flair?

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD cardBut maybe you need a birthday card with a Western theme.  This sample replaces the hearts with flowers and candy dots.  The color scheme, layering and other objects remain the same.  Of course the message can be changed although the message used on the valentine sample would be appropriate.  Wink of Stella was used here and there to add a bit of glimmer and interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.01.15 Fiesta BD MsgI grabbed a picture of the sentiment layer before I mounted it in the card – hence no Melon Mambo border.  Instead of 3 cacti, we have a llama, a piñata and a single cactus.  The sombrero and piñata were fussy cut from the Festive Birthday DSP.  The flowers were stamped and die cut.  Candy dots provide interesting flower centers and eyeballs for the cactus.  A bit of Wink of Stella was added at the end.

Well, what do you think?  Isn’t this a wonderful way to start out 2017 Stamp Camps?  Lots of color and cheer with a bit of added humor.  The next card will be from the new Beautiful You set found in the new Occasions catalog.  If you did not receive your catalog, please let me know.  I will have extras at the February Stamp Camp.  You can look online at Occasions Catalog January-May 2017

And don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration!!!  This is the time of year when you can get something FREE!  Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017.  Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17.  There are lots of other things, too.  So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!  

Well, I had better get started on card #2.  If you plan on attending February Stamp Camp, let me know if you can.  And don’t forget to choose which cards you want to do.  My final ask is to let me know if you plan on coming in the 6-9 PM range on the Thursday or Friday time slots.  This helps me in planning the evening hours.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

NOVEMBER 2016 STAMP-a-STACK

Hi Crafters!  The last sample is done for our November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  Dates/times are:  Thursday November 17 from 10 AM to 9 PM and Saturday November 19 from 9 AM to 4 PM. HOWEVER, if Friday is the only day you can come, anytime after 3 PM until 9PM is fine.  If you need to come earlier on Friday, please let me know and I should be able to accommodate you.  I have a very small group of seniors coming from 10 AM to 3 PM, most of whom are not stampers, so my concentration will be with these 4-5 women.  However, if you can work independently, Friday during the day will be fine. 

The cost for November Stamp-a-Stack is $18 for 9 cards.  This is a bit more expensive than Christmas in July due to the use of glimmer paper and metal foils. The sooner you can let me know if you are coming and what 9 cards you choose to do, the more I can do to help you by die cutting the images.  There is very little stamping, a tiny bit of gold embossing that I can pre-do for you, and NO BOWS!!!!!   There will be directions and after the die cutting and stamping is complete, your cards can be finished at home. 

2016.11.09 SantaGreetings from Santa is a very cute card and surprisingly easy to make. I discovered that using parchment paper to assist in intricate die cuts works beautifully.  There is no waxy residue left as you find when using wax paper, and the die almost falls out.  I do encourage using the precision base plate, and I use the foam pad and rolling brush to remove the small pieces.

  Santa’s face is layered on red glimmer paper and I added a few sparkly stars.   A small piece of red glimmer paper is glued over the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer which allows the sparkle to flow from top to bottom. 

 

2016.11.09 Santa messageI found this holiday message in my archives and like how it works with the card.  A stamped tree and glimmer star help carry the theme of the card throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.09 Santa 1This Greetings from Santa is like the one above except for the decorative die cut at the bottom of the face layer.  If you choose to do the Greetings from Santa card, please let me know which decorative die cut you prefer.

This basic red and white card is perfect for anyone at Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.11.9 Santas Sleigh goldSanta’s Sleigh is a bit more artistic.  This card features a deer pulling a sleigh burdened with a big Christmas tree as snow falls from above.  This view uses gold metal foil filigree decorating a black sleigh. A gold cording rein keeps the Crumb Cake deer in line.  The deer features a gold metal bow.  This scene is popped up against a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer snow bank.

2016.11.09 Santas sleigh silver.This Santa’s Sleigh features silver metal foil for the sled filigree and bow for the deer.   This card would also be attractive done with copper metal foil.  If you choose to make Santa’s Sleigh, make sure you specify which metal foil you prefer – gold, silver, or copper.  Or maybe one of each!

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy NativityJoyful Nativity is our final card for November 2016 Stamp-a-Stack.  The colors don’t show up well in this image.  The Holy Family is embossed in gold within the black stamped JOY.  This is layered on gold glimmer and then black card stock.  The triple layer is popped up on Very Vanilla cs that has been embossed with the new Seaside Embossing Folder,  A decorative gold glimmer border peeks out each side of the main layer.  The actual card is Delightful Dijon.

2016.11.09 Joy AngelA second sample of  Joyful Nativity features a gold embossed angel within the O of JOY.  A few of the gold glimmer “leaves” that come from the decorative gold glimmer border have been added  to accent the flowing embossed lines.  Also attractive is using the debossed side of the embossed cs.

 

 

2016.11.09 Joy BethlehemJoyful Nativity also has the city of Bethlehem stamp that can be gold  embossed within the stamped JOY.

If you choose to do this card, please specify what image you prefer – the Holy Family, the angel, or Bethlehem – or perhaps one of each. 

2016.11.09 Joy messageThe message layer of Joyful Nativity carries through the gold glimmer theme with the addition of the gold border that is seen on the card front.  A simple black-stamped message is layered on black and then onto the Delightful Dijon card.

To summarize November Stamp-a-Stack, there are 3 cards – Greetings from Santa available with 2 decorative die cuts – Santa’s Sleigh available with silver, gold, or copper metal foil accents – and Joyful Nativity available with the gold embossed Holy Family, angel, or city of Bethlehem.  You can choose any 9 cards – all of 1, 3 of each, or any other combination.  The dates and times are specified at the top of this post.  The cost is $18 which includes all materials and supplies. 

What I need from you is:  1) Are you coming? 2) What day works best for you?  3) What cards do you wish to do?  As soon as I have this information, I will start cutting the pieces for your cards to simplify your card-making.  The end result is 9 gorgeous cards to share with your friends and relatives.  These cards are created with the hands but come from the heart. 

Blessings and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and/or concerns.  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights cardStar of Light is a beautiful stamp set and when combined with the Starlight Thinlits Dies, presents many beautiful possibilities.  My sample features Silver Foil and Silver embossing on navy card stock.  I love how the  silver stars swirl across the paper.  The large silver star is popped up on dimensionals and is highlighted by a smaller silver glimmer star with a rhinestone center.  Two smaller silver glimmer stars flank the large star.  The sentiment is embossed in silver and layered on stitched silver foil.  The silver thread would not behave and wildly encircles the stars.  This card would be eye-catching even if the silver thread is not used.

2016.10.23 Christmas Lights Env Msg I love how the stars swirl across the envelope.  The stamp is simple to use but really enhances the envelope.  The message layer is one of the options that can be used.  This particular star die leaves a negative image.  I slipped navy cs behind the image to help the star stand out.  Other options are also available with this set.

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grnThis 5 X 7 shaving cream card is a favorite of mine.  I like the simplicity of the stark trees and deer against the blue sky and green grass.  The white glimmer star is barely seen in this photo.  The green glimmer “peace” carries thru the color blue/green theme.  Someone had asked if I had envelopes for these 5 X 7 cards and I’m happy to say I found this size in my envelope collection. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas grn silvThis second sample is very similar to the one above but features silver stickles on the 3 trees.  The important thing to do with stickles is to put the wet item far away so that nothing can touch it.  I’m happy to say I was successful with this card.  The background was sprayed with home brew after the shaving cream had dried which gives it a slightly shimmery background. 

2016.10.23 Peaceful Christmas redThe third sample features a background colored with Real Red swirled thru the shaving cream.  The red stickles shimmering on the trees is more vibrant than the image shown here.  A red glimmer “peace” and star stand out against the background.  I mixed the shaving cream again after I colored the background seen here, and ended up with so much red that the scene appeared to be a forest fire in the background.  I definitely decided not to use it.  Remember to wear clothes that are not your Sunday-best if you choose to do the shaving cream project. 

These are the 2 Christmas additions to the November Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know your 4 choices by Tuesday, November 1st.  If you wish to do more than 4 cards, additional cards are $2 each.  I hope you can come.  We will have a festive time preparing for the upcoming festive holidays.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or comments.  And remember – Christmas in November is right around the corner – November 17 and 19.

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