“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

FALL LEAF BOUQUET

08.25.18 Fall Leaf Bouquet 1Fall Leaf Bouquet is a fun card using the branches and leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  This Bermuda Bay and Shaded Spruce card features a Pool Party layer embossed with the Dynamic Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Remember, when using a dynamic embossing folder, only 1 standard cutting pad is used.  Your layers from the bottom up will be (1) Big Shot Platform, (2) Single sheet of cardstock in folder, (3) Standard Cutting Pad. The 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders are much thicker than the standard folders and can only accommodate the single cutting pad.

The 2 branches are cut in Early Espresso and are the first die cuts adhered to the embossed top layer

08.25.18 Fall Leaf Bouquet 2layer.  The branches and leaves are all adhered with glue dots – minis and micros.  The leaves are die cut in shades of blue, green and yellow.   There are 4 different colors of Baker’s Twine to choose from when forming a shoestring bow for the bottom of the bouquet. Retired candy dots are used to embellish and add interest to the card.  I just noted that an Olive Green candy dot is missing.  I recommend the use of 3-5 small embellishments for a card such as this. Wink of Stella was brushed on the cut out leaves and branches of this card.  I do recommend you add the Wink of Stella BEFORE you put the card together – much easier than adding it to the completed card!!!!!

Are you in a fall mood yet?  Ready to see leaves on the trees turn red, orange, yellow and brown?  Ready to rob your wardrobe for fall sweaters and flannel shirts?  Fall is quickly approaching.

The final card, Fall Sunflower, will be posted shortly. Don’t forget to let me know if you have any questions about September Stamp Camp on September 6, 7 and 8. 

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

NOVEMBER STAMP CAMP

Hi Crafters – As I explained in a recent email, November Stamp Camp will offer the same cards originally scheduled for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  These 4 cards are shown below and will allow you to pick and choose for November Stamp Camp which will be held November 2 from 12 N to 8 PM, November 3 from 12 N to 8 PM, and November 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Note that I have increased the hours. 

2017.10.10 Christmas PinesChristmas Pines is a delightful card done in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a touch of Garden Green in the pine greenery.  The warm and cozy Cable Knit embossing folder provides lots of depth and interest.  There are dies for the circles, pine cones and greenery.  Wink of Stella adds lots of glimmer to the pinecones and greenery.

 

2017.10.10 Christmas QuiltI adore the Christmas Quilt card. There are many different patterns you can choose from in the Quilted Christmas 6” X 6” DSP Stack and many different ways you can arrange the patterns.   I am partial to the multi-colored patterns but the red and green patterns are also nice.  Although you can’t tell from this image, the quilted piece is “stitched” which is an option.  The new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides lots of texture.

2017.10.10 Christmas Quilt msgA special embellishment for the message layer of the Christmas Quilt card is the addition of a stitched felt embellishment (p. 5 in the 2017 holiday catalog).  Every card will include a red felt star, a holly embellishment as seen here, or a green felt tree.  I added a glimmer star to the tree on a card I did.  You can also stamp a tree if you prefer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017.10.10 Framed SnowflakesFramed Snowflakes was created from a similar card I saw done with leaves.  The foil frames are die cut with the Layering Square Framelits.  The metallic foil snowflakes are from the wonderful Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Copper metallic foil was used on this card.  Gold and Champagne foils are also available.  The Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder provides the perfect background.  The “christmas” sentiment is from Sizzix.  Pearls embellish the snowflake centers and serve as the “dot” over the “I” in “christmas.”

2017.10.10 Night in BethlehemNight in Bethlehem was a favorite of many of those at October Stamp Camp.  This navy and silver card depicts Bethlehem stamped in Smoky Slate and then 2 different views die cut in metallic silver foil and adhered.  The trick to the card is keeping glue smudges and indentations off the foil.  The bottom die cut Bethlehem layer is “padded” with dimensionals on the upper middle buildings.  The circle is then trimmed with snips and overlaid with a navy circular frame.  I used a retired slanted embossing folder to give texture but not detract from the picture.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in navy, die cut and adhered to the Bethlehem image.  A silver glimmer star is elevated jubilantly in the sky.  A bit of silver Washi tape embellishes 2 corners of the front layer.

These are the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp.  The cost is $12 for the first 4 and $2 for each card thereafter.  12 cards would be $28.  For anyone who is a glutton for punishment and wants to do 16, the cost would be $34.  So pick and choose but please please please let me know early what cards you want and want day(s) you plan to be here.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

PEACE ON EARTH

As time is running short until September Stamp Camp, I decided to CAS this lovely card by Jari Francis from Card-iology by Jari.

2017.09.01 Peace on EarthThe Carols of Christmas bundle from the new holiday catalog brings the Christmas card for September Stamp Camp.  The Peace on Earth was stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto a Whisper White stitched circle.  This sentiment circle was framed with a scalloped Silver Glimmer circle.  A narrow strip of the Be Merry DSP was adhered to a layer of Cherry Cobbler and then to a larger panel of Silver Glimmer Paper.  Trees were die cut using the Card Front Builder Thinlets Dies and adhered to the card front.  3/8” ribbon was wrapped around the top layer and a bow was added.  The sentiment circle and the single tree were added with dimensionals and the whole art panel was then adhered to a Whisper White card base.  The inside layer was finished with a thin strip of the same Be Merry DSP as used on the card front.  This is a very glittery – but elegant card and will put you in the Christmas spirit.

This is the final post for September Stamp Camp.  Remember to let me know by Tuesday September 5th which cards you choose to do.  As a reminder, stamp camp is Thursday and Friday – September 7 and 8 from 12 N to 6 PM, and on Saturday September 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Bring a friend and introduce them to the creative art of paper crafting.  See you next week!

Don’t forget the 20% off SU product sale for the month of September – this is a personal discount offering.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 (h) – 630/965-1965 (c) – 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!!!

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