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!!!

BEAUTIFUL YOU!!!

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this blog to you.  When I finally sat down and fired up the computer, I couldn’t connect to the internet.  This led to a detailed phone call with my personal computer tech Larry.  He walked me thru the process of reconnecting and now I’m good to go!

Beautiful You is a gorgeous stamp set.  I concentrated on just one stamp of the beautiful 3 women.  I did 2 birthday samples and 2 for Valentine’s Day.

WP_20170118_13_14_53_ProThis was my first Beautiful You card.  We needed a birthday card for a very dear friend and this was a breeze to make.  Red and black are a natural color combo.  The woman was stamped in Black Memento on Whisper White cs and re-stamped on a scrap of red and white DSP.  I fussy cut the DSP hat and dress, added a touch of adhesive and voila – I had Beautiful You.  I am not a big fan of fussy cutting, but with the bold black lines of the stamp, cutting was truly a breeze.  The cards I made with this stamp set all feature multiple layers and a bold stripe or dotted designer paper from my archive of recent, recently retired, and old and retired DSP.  Rhinestones add a bit of bling to this stylish gal. 

WP_20170118_13_39_07_ProI love the messages that come with this set.  The message used on the card front reads “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” and the sentiment reads:  “Life looks beautiful on you.” A squiggle of Real Red was stamped under the sentiment.  The new candle border punch adds instant layering and contrast. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_00_12_ProThis sample is very similar to the one above, but has a Valentine’s Day theme.  The DSP used for the dress and hat is white with tiny red hearts.  Although hard to see, white glitter washi tape was cut to match the width of the white stripes in the black and white diagonal DSP and adhered in a 2 on – 1 off pattern.  Pearls added a bit of chic style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP_20170121_17_13_25_ProSpectrum Noir markers were used to color the dress and hat of this Beautiful You woman.  The challenge of using non-SU markers is finding cs that matches, blends, or contrasts.  My card stock archive had some retired Hello Honey that worked well in this instance.  Black and white dotted DSP was used for the background.  Several white glimmer flowers were punched and adhered.  Pearls embellish the hat and the neckline.  A black glimmer flower with pearl center added a finishing touch to the message banner.

 

 

 

WP_20170121_16_52_24_ProThis Valentine’s card uses a monochromatic color scheme of Melon Mambo and retired Pretty in Pink.  The Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  provides lots of visual interest.  Instead of ovals, the DSP, stamped image and frame are die cut with Lots of Labels Framelits.  The dress is quickly colored with the dress image squiggle stamped in Melon Mambo.  Swirls of silver cording and a silver sparkly embellishment add lots of interest and bling.

We will be seeing this stamp set again in May when we honor the women in our lives.  A different Beautiful You image will be paired with the Serene Scenery DSP. 

Our third project for February stamp Camp uses the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and coordinating thinlits dies.  Samples include a birthday version and one for Valentines Day.  This is a colorful card and will be the topic of my next blog post.

Don’t forget to let me know which cards you wish to do for February Stamp Camp.  $12 for any 4 cards and $2 for additional cards.  I will be giving away the Hey, Chick Stamp Set featured in the Sale-A-Brations brochure so stick some extra good luck in your pocket before you come.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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

THANKFUL . GRATEFUL . BLESSED

2016.10.23 Give Thanks 1This elegant card is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set with the Paisley Framelits Dies.  The color scheme is Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaroon, and Copper.  Petals and Paisleys Specialty DSP provides a background of the paisleys and posies.  The gorgeous copper foil sheets die cut into wonderful embellishments.  The banner message is wet-embossed on Mint Macaroon and provides a bit more elegance.  Retired copper cording tied in a triple bow is the finishing touch. 

2016.10.23 Give Thanks 2The second sample is very similar to the first but missing a second leaf and a tiny paisley.  Rich Razzleberry thick Baker’s Twine provides a simple bow.  Although both samples use the thin copper thread, the thread is more noticeable on this card located under the embellishments.  With a simple message change, this would also make a beautiful Christmas card.

 

2016.10.23 Thankful MiceOur second Thanksgiving card features thankful mice from Lawn Fawn.  The addition of die cut pumpkins and stitched leaves on a Peekaboo Peach background give a fall feeling.  The So Saffron card and plaid DSP provide a bit of whimsy.  The stitched hills are a new addition to my ever-growing die collection.  There are dies for everything on this cute card.

These are our Thanksgiving cards for November Stamp Camp which will be held on Thursday November 3rd from 12 N to 9 PM, Friday November 4th from 2 to 9 PM, and Saturday November 5th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  You can choose the 4 cards you wish to do.  If you choose to make more than 4 cards, the cost is $2 per card.  However, the deadline for letting me know which cards you choose, is Tuesday, November 1st.  The post focusing on the 2 Christmas samples will be out shortly.

Don’t forget the Buy 3 – Get 1 Free Stampin’ Up sale.  This special ends with the last day of October.

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

SWIRLS

I thought an easy peasy card would be nice for September Stamp Camp and decided to use the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles matching thinlit dies. 

2016.08.27 Swirly Bird 1This is a fun card that you can’t go wrong with.  I started with the new Peekaboo Peach cs for the card, cut a 5 X 3 3/4 piece of Whisper White and layered it on Basic Black.  Next I added some grunge in Wisteria Wonder and added my swirls in Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  The leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi.  I die cut a swirl of peach, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The glossy finishes adds texture and interest to the card.  A simple sentiment in basic black finishes off the card.  This card is cute, fun and most importantly – easy!!!!

 

 

2016.08.27 Swirly Bird 3This second sample is very similar to the first but I chose to include a bird and changed the layout slightly.  The peach swirl in the lower right hand corner is slightly smaller than the swirl shown in the first sample.  You can choose to do your Swirls card however you wish!  And wait until you see the inside – something quite different using one of the Swirly Scribbles  dies.  This set has lots of possibilities and can be used for masculine cards without the flowers.  This is a set to keep your eyes on to see how different folks use it. 

I hope you can make it to September Stamp Camp.  Remember that you can choose to do any 4 of the cards.  If you don’t care for one, you can choose to do 2. 3 or 4 of another card.  My goal is to offer an assortment of styles so you can choose the styles that meet your tastes.  But PLEASE, let me know as soon as possible what 4 cards you prefer doing or I will “assume” you want to do 1 of each.  I will be cutting paper later today.

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

FLORAL BOUTIQUE

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 3The Floral Boutique thinlit dies are a new favorite of mine.  I chose not to purchase the bundle as I didn’t feel I would use the stamps that came with the bundle.  The thinlits, however, are awesome and truly easy to work with.  I use the Precision Base Plate and the Die Brush with these thinlits.  The intricate pieces fall out very easily and no shim is needed.  This is a 3-piece set and the card front you see here uses the 2 thinlit dies.  The 3rd die is an edgelit and you use it to cut a neat separation for either of the thinlits.  The next sample shows the use of the larger thinlit and the edgelit die.

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 1Using only 1 of the thinlits and layering it with a casual designer series paper, the card is much less formal than the view shown above.  Assorted sized pearls were used on both views but I’m sure rhinestones would also be a pleasing embellishment.  Being the hoarder that I am, I saved many of the little pieces that were die cut from the thinlits.  The 2 little flowers you see on the birthday sentiment came from the thinlit scrap and provide a perfect embellishment, especially with the 2 little pearls.  I also use the scrap pieces when I discover an “whoops” on my card stock – a spot of ink, a blemish, or perhaps a small tear. 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique sentimentFor the sentiment layer, I chose to use the smaller Floral Boutique thinlit die on white cs allowing the Night of Navy to peek through in the negative spaces.  This provides a perfect contrast to the top layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique 2

I actually did 6 views of this card – 3 using the 2 thinlits as shown in the first view, and above  and3 using the larger thinlit with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.

2016.08.27 Floral Boutique DSP 3

Although I chose to use the casual striped DSP, there are other patterns in the Floral Boutique package you can choose from.  The view above shows a very elegant but casual card.  You can choose your own style at September Stamp Camp!  Hope to see you there this week – September 1, 2 and 3.

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