2014 Stamp-A-Stack

The 2914 Christmas Stamp-A-Stack marathon is almost here.  Deb has been furiously cutting paper and stuffing the envelopes.  I’ve ordered a few extra acrylic blocks to insure each set is pre-mounted for you.  Today we are going to organize a box for each crafter that will include scissors, adhesive eraser, liquid adhesive, a box of glue dots, a roll of sticky strip, a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals, a bone folder, a pen or pencil, tweezers, and a silicone sheet.  if you are also purchasing adhesive for your crafting, your box will include 2 adhesive refills.  Our goal is to have everything you need at your fingertips.  Our Stamp-A-Stack cards:

Christmas CheerChristmas Cheer is our first card stamped with the “Christmas Cheer” set.  This gatefold card is done in Real Red, Whisper White  and Garden Green, and uses Nordic Noel DSP.  Deb cleverly designed this card using the new Filigree Frame embossing folder only on 1 side of the gate.  One of the 4 ornament images is stamped, trimmed by hand, and attached to the main image with gold cording.  Finally, a few rhinestones are adhered to add a touch of bling.

 

Holy Family 1The second card comes from “The Newborn King” stamp set.  This elegant card is done in Mossy Meadow, gold, and Very Vanilla.  The Filigree Frame embossing folder is used again, this time for the frame around the image.  The image is embossed in gold on brushed gold card stock and framed with Mossy Meadow .  A bit of Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon provides the finishing touch to this very elegant card.  Holy Family Inside 2You may wish to consider gold-embossing the message  and star that come in the set.  I also embossed a single gold star on the envelope.  The added gold embossing carries the elegance from the envelope thru the entire presentation.

 

Moose 1The “Visions of Santa” stamp set is one of my favorites this year and gives us a touch of humor.  There are actually 5 options for this card.  You can stamp the moose in his underwear as shown here, or or stamp 1, 2 or 3 of the 4 Santa images.  Of course all of the Santas are in their underwear also!  See the next picture for 3 of the Santas.  This stamp set is done in Old Olive, Real Red, and Early Espresso.  The moose and Santas are stamped on a white tag that is layered on an espresso tag, and colored with Blendabilities.  The moose, Santa images and tag are then embellished with silver sequins, white snowflakes, and pearls.  Three Santas 2Santa & Co. DSP is added in angled strips on the Real Red layer that is embossed with the new On Point embossing folder.  Finally, the natural and Old Olive super chunky trim is pulled thru the hold in the tag.  These cards are just too cute!

Wreaths 2The elegant and Christmassy “Wondrous Wreath” is done in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.  The embossed Stylish Stripes background sets off the  cobbler and vanilla banners which pop  up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Several loops of slender gold  ribbon are the perfect background for the stamped and die-cut wreath.  The “Joy” and “Noel” messages are easily die cut on gold foil card stock.

Bright and Beautiful blue 1Our fifth and final card for our 2014 Stamp-A-Stack is “Bright and Beautiful” which is sized to fit the stars framelits.  This simple card is done in Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon with a panel of All is Calm DSP.  Two cards for each crafter will have the Soft Sky and White DSP and one card with the silver and white DSP shown below.  The new Lucky Stars embossing folder adds dimension and texture to the Lost Lagoon.  Three stars are stamped and die cut – one in Lost Lagoon, one wet-embossed in silver, and one in Soft Sky.  The small Soft Sky star is embellished with a single All Is Calm snowflake embellished anBright and Beautiful silverd a blue rhinestone.  The stars are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a small silver ribbon decorates the upper corner.  The card to the left is an example of the same card with the silver and white All is Calm DSP.

Bright and Beautiful inside lg1The two samples indicate two different centers that could be used.  Both include All is Calm Washi Tape.  The center to the right shows a beautiful message that comes with the set.  We have stamped it in Lost Lagoon on a die-cut banner and added a Soft Sky star.  The banner must be placed carefully toBright and Beautiful inside small keep it from interfering with the front view of the card.  The other inside message for Bright and Beautiful includes the Season’s Greetings message from the set, and a die-cut star.  Both centers are attractive and you can choose the ones that you prefer, or choose something totally different.  Each sample gives ideas for the center of the card and the envelope.

For those of you who are not attending the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, I hope these samples give some ideas for your holiday card creations.  Give me a call, or send an E-mail if you have any questions.

December Stamp Camp will be lots of fun as we craft a holiday pop-up box, holiday tags, and have the opportunity to stamp the new Gentle Peace stamp set on vellum for a very special card.  We will have all the accessories for the card ready to go so you can stamp your vellum, and if you prefer, take it home to color and put together.  I know how busy the month of December, but this new stamp is so special, that I want you to be able to have the image. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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Give Thanks for All Things

Halloween has passed and the fall time change has taken place.  My Grandkids were over today jumping in leaves that my sweet husband had raked into piles.  Such fun!  I remember jumping into piles of leaves when I was a child in California.  I’m afraid if I tried to do that today, I would break another ankle or not be able to get out of the leaves!  Fall leaves remind me of Thanksgiving which is fast approaching.  Our Thanksgiving card for November Stamp Camp comes from the “For All Things” stamp set.    Give Thanks for All Things

Our colorful Thanksgiving card has a color scheme of Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede and Whisper White.  We stamped and die cut the leaves with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.  A wooden chestnut was pressed into the Soft Suede ink pad and presto – a brown chestnut appeared!  Twine was gathered into loops and adds a light touch.  A small strip of Color Me Autumn DSP extends from the inside of the card carrying thru the Cajun Craze hue.  This is a card you will be proud to send to a best friend or relative.

 

 

Give Thanks For All Things insideInside the card, Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape has been adhered to the top and bottom of the white card stock.  The message “Grateful For You” is stamped and layered to coordinate with the message on the card front.  We will be lining the envelopes for this card with the Color Me Autumn DSP.  A classy touch to a classy card!

We will also be creating 3 Christmas cards at our November Stamp Camp.  I apologize for not posting the samples sooner.  I have been busy busy busy preparing for our Przybylski Halloween Open House and working on the samples for our Stamp-A-Stack so they can also be posted and viewed at the November Stamp Camp.  As a reminder, the November Stamp Camp is Thursday, Friday, Saturday – November 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Times on Thursday and Friday are from 2 – 9 PM; and 9 AM – 4 PM on Saturday.  Cost is $12.00 and includes all supplies as well as drinks and fresh fruit.

Stamp-A-Stack will be on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – November 13th, 14th, and 15th.  The times will be the same as normal Stamp Camp and I will let you know if we decide to start earlier.  You are welcome to come 1, 2, or all 3 days and spread out your crafting.  We have 5 stamp sets and you can choose to make 3 or 4 of the 5.  For those of us who are math challenged – that means you can make 15 or 20 cards.  More to come. 

I hope you can come to our November Stamp Camp as we will be using the Ornamental Pine stamp set to create a card with an overlay of a dryer sheet and glitter.  You will go home sparkling!  We will also be making a card with the Cardinal from Beauty of the Season and a cute card with the Bearing Gifts stamp set.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Love You and Love You More–Traditional Valentines

I love these traditional Valentine cards.  What says Valentine better than red and pink hearts.

Love you 1Strawberry Slush, Regal Rose (ret), and Very Vanilla make up the color scheme for our Love You card.  The DSP is More Amore which can be found on the Clearance Rack.  The pink doily heart is part of the More Amore pack.  The Hearts Collection Framelits provide an easy avenue for cutting the hearts.  Finally, a bit of Regal Rose (ret) ribbon embellishes the finished card.  Love you can be made with either a pink or red doily heart.  The choice is yours!

Love you more blueThe Love You More stamp set features this cute love bird.  Real Red, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock were used.  The DSP is from More Amore which is currently on sale at the Clearance Rack.  Three Candy Dots – Island Indigo used here – highlight the image.  However, Real Red Candy Dots look cute too.  Two different ideas are shown for the inside message. 

 

 

 

Love you more inside 1This image shows the inside of a Love You More card.  Again, a pink doily heart is used from the More Amore DSP pack.  Red and White Washi Tape embellishes the bottom area of the insert with a matching heart punched for the upper corner.

The insert below features a red doily heart.  The top of the message insert has been punched with the notch punch and embellished with Pool Party twine.  There are unlimited options on how the message inserts can be finished.  Yours can be as unique as mine!

Love you more inside 2

Remember – Hearts Abound, the February Stamp Camp is February 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Hours on the 6th and 7th are from 2 – 9 PM.  On the 8th, Stamp Camp will be held from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We are doing 4 projects at a cost of $12.00 and ALL supplies are provided.  I look forward to seeing everyone.  If you can let me know what day you will be attending, it is helpful – but not required.

Please contact me if you  have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

P.S.  “Welcome Spring", the March Stamp Camp will be held on March 13, 14, and 15.

Christmas Scrap Starburst

We have wanted to create the starburst card for several months now, but never seem to have the space to include in our monthly stamp camps.  So, we decided to use our Christmas paper scraps for a Christmas card.  However, any paper scraps can be used to create cards throughout the year.  To make the starburst, you need 4 pieces  – 1 1/2 X 4” – of DSP or card stock – I recommend a combination.  You will also need a sharp trimmer to cut the card stock diagonally.  Here are some finished samples:

starburst bling bestThis starburst card features DSP from the past as well as a bit of Real Red cs.  The red cs was embossed with the fancy fan embossing folder to add a bit of texture. We used narrow red grosgrain ribbon to “ground” the starburst design and finished it off with a bit of bling and a greeting.

 

Starburst tree 1

Christmas DSP from the past is featured here as well as Gumball Green cs that was embossed with the retired snowflake embossing folder.  A thin strip of DSP “grounds” the design and a DSP tree adds bling and interest.  Notice the offset greeting and the use of candy dots.

 

Starburst gingerbreadThe card features washi tape in the starburst design, at the bottom of the card, and on the inner message.  I added 2 strips of the red/white stripe washi tape to some card stock, cut out a 1 1/2 C 4” strip and cut it again diagonally.  I also used a bit of  red glimmer paper for pizzazz.   The gingerbread man was stamped, die cut and decorated with Stickles.

 

starburst ginger openThis is the inner message for the washi tape card above.  Note the washi tape at the bottom of the deco label.  Repeating the process I used previously, I added a strip of washi tape to my white cs and insured that the thinlit die had exact placement before I ran it thru the Big Shot.  Using the magnetic platform makes the task much easier.  The result is washi tape that is evenly distributed on both sides of the die-cut deco label card stock. 

These cards are really fun to do, and you can be as creative as you want!  For the December Stamp Camp, we will have 3 sets of pre-cut DSP/cs you can choose from, or you can choose your own from the available DSP and cs.  I will assist with cutting the cs if you wish.  Emboss using any folders from my ever-growing embossing folder collection if you choose.  Just have fun!

As a reminder, I will be out of town on Saturday, December 7th so the Saturday Stamp Camp will be held on “Black Saturday” – November 30th – and on Saturday, December 14th.  The Thursday and Friday dates December 5th and 6th starting at 2 PM.  If these times do not work for you, please contact me and we will work out an alternate date/time.  Please note that if you are coming on November 30th, please please please, let me know, as the number of people attending will affect how we set up seating. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 / paperrose01@aol.com

Halloween Spinner

Everyone had fun with the pinwheel spinner card we made 2 months ago so Debbi and I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween spinner. You can choose your options – ghost or owl; Washi Tape or plain, ribbon or no ribbon.

Owl SpinnerHere you see an owl spinner on a Basic Black card with lots of Witches Brew Designer Series Paper (DSP),  The punched owl spins round and round and is perfect for the Halloween season.  As an afterthought, the top black cs could be embossed with an embossing folder to add more texture and interest.

Ghost spinnerThe ghost  is an ongoing symbol of Halloween.  Our ghost spinner is actually punched with the owl punch, and the feet are simply snipped off – presto – you have an instant ghost!   This ghost would be cute sponged in Pumpkin Pie or even embossed with one of the many embossing folders.  Washi Tape embellishes the top black cs.  You can use one pattern or all 3 Washi Tape patterns as shown here.

There are 3 remaining cards to post for the October Stamp Camp – a Halloween gate card, the dryer sheet Christmas card, and the bat card – not bat man, but the bat card.

October Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, Oct 4th from 2 – 9 PM and Saturday, Oct 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM. Please note that if you need to come earlier on any of those days, just let me know and I will be able to accommodate you. With a spinner card, the dryer sheet card, the flip-flop card made with the new Circle Thinlits Die, 2 DSP lined envelopes – this is definitely a Stamp Camp you will not want to miss.  The cost $12.00 for the 5 cards.

On a personal note, I saw the surgeon at Silver Cross that will be performing my Sleeve Gastrectomy on Oct. 7th, and I had lost 7 lbs. since I had seen him in July.  I am on the pre-op diet and surviving!!!!!  Lots and lots of protein.

Give me a call or send an E-mail with any questions!  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrowe01@aol.com

Washi Tape, Flower Shop & a Bit of Grunge

Wow!  What a title for a card!  However, that is what is on our last September Stamp Camp card – some Washi Tape, blossoms from the Flower Shop stamp set and some spritzed grunge.

Washi 1I will admit I was very leery about ordering the Washi Tape shown in the 2013-2014 Stamping Up Catalogue.  The Washi Tape that was shown on cards in the catalogue was roughly torn, and often just used to tape some card stock on a card.  I simply did not like it!  Actually, I discovered what I didn’t like was how it was used – I have come to love the product itself.  Washi Tape is repositionable, inexpensive, and quite easy to work with.  I’ve used the Gingham Gardens Washi Tape in the corners of the two cards noted here. – opposite the “grunge” corner.  I laid each piece of  tape right up against the previous piece Washi 2and wrapped the ends easily around the edge of the card stock.  Actually, I am ahead of myself!  My first step was to add the “grunge” – spritzing color in one corner of the envelope.  I used Island Indigo as my main color and added either daffodil or Melon Mambo.  Then I added the Washi tape.  The final step was to stamp 4 Flower Shop images in Island Indigo and punch them out with the matching punch.  There are six flowers to choose from but all have the same overall shape and work with the coordinating Pansy Punch.  I doubled up the center flower to give the two-dimensional look..  I stamped “my friend” from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and die cut it with the Bitty Banners framelits set.  A matching die cut shape in either Melon Mambo or Daffodil carries the color through.  As you can see, the card can be done in either the horizontal or vertical view.  Although you can’t see from the photos, the 3 flowers in the top view have pearls in the floral center; tiny drops of Crystal Effects were added to the centers of the bottom flowers.  Finally, I die cut the Gingham Garden envelope liner – I love the new Envelope Liner Framelits!  The top card view actually has a tiny corner piece of DSP that matches the envelope liner. 

This is our final card for the September Stamp Camp – Summer Flowers, plus touch of Christmas with our embossed poinsettia.  I hope you can come.  The cost is $12 for the 5-card stamp camp.  There are 4 dates being offered:  Thursday September 5th from 2 to 9 PM, Friday September 6th from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday September 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday September 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM. As I have mentioned, the September 14th stamp camp is being held as several Saturday stampers are tied up on the 7th. If you plan on coming on the 14th, please let me know as soon as you can. If you know which day you will be attending, it is a help – but not a necessity. I always look forward to seeing you!

Mark your calendars now for our October Stamp Camp – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 3, 4, 5.  I am not 100% sure what cards we will be creating – 2 Christmas cards for sure, and possibly a Halloween spinner card plus another Halloween/fall card.  I have so many ideas that it is hard to narrow it down to 4 or 5 cards!  We will be doing a dryer sheet card at the October Stamp Camp – but I am not sure if we will consider it fall or Christmas – it depends on the colors we go with.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com