CHARMING CAFE

This fun-fold card was CAS’d from Cindy Brumbaugh.  Cindy has a video for Charming Café on youtube and I followed it step by step by step. 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Lemon LimeThis see-through card is so cute.  The cascade of flowers and the café scene are colored with Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers.  The dies that are part of this bundle make cutting the individual pieces a cinch. Watercolor Wash in Soft Sky is stamped on the 3rd layer (background) and leaves room for a generous message.

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe added message There is room for a second, smaller sentiment below the café table.  I chose “LIFE IS BETTER WITH YOU IN IT” which is a stamp that comes with the Charming Café stamp set. 

The Fresh Florals Designer Paper (DSP) comes in 4 colors – Lemon Lime as used in the card above, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  There are also 4 patterns available; I show 3 of the patterns in this post.  You can use the pattern of  your choice.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Powder PinkThe flower cascades and café scenes are colored to coordinate with the basic color.  Ivory was used for the café floor as my Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend is MIA.  The café chair pads are colored in the matching pink, Lemon-Lime, or Berry Burst.  The coffee cups and vase are also colored.

 

 

04.21.18 Charming Cafe Berry BurstFinally, we see the Berry Burst card.  If you plan on making this card at May Stamp Camp, you MUST let me know what color you prefer – Lemon Lime, Powder Pink, or Berry Burst.  You can choose your Fresh Floral pattern as you make your card. 

I will be pre-cutting the actual card for you.  Why?  Because a 1/4 panel of the 8 1/2 X 11 card stock needs to cut out.  Actually, an additional 1/16” needs to be removed and that is the tricky part.  I do not have this technique perfected yet, so I am volunteering to do the tricky part for you.  However, the remaining cuts will be left for you,

Charming Café stamp set and framelits will be retiring the end of May or sooner if supplies run out.  To see all the retiring Stampin’Up items, check out this link Retiring Products.

Stampin’ Up is doing a major color revamp, something they do about every 5 years.  Some of the basic colors I love will be retiring with other colors coming on the horizon.  If you have some of the retiring colors, treasure them.  If your ink pads become dry, chances are I have the refills and can re-ink your pads for you. 

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring. 

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

    • Dapper Denim
    • Emerald Envy
    • Flirty Flamingo*
    • Peekaboo Peach
    • Sweet Sugar Plum

Finally – May Stamp Camp will be Thursday, May 3 from 1 – 7 pm, Friday, May 4 from 2 – 7 pm, and Saturday May 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.  If you can, please let me know which day you will be attending.  If choosing to make Charming Café, let me know which color you prefer.

Blessings, Rosemary – Home – 630/759-3089 – Cell – 630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

 

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BEAUTIFUL DAY meets POP ART and BRUSHO

I will admit that I was out of my comfort zone with this project.  So I told myself – YOU CAN DO THIS – and I DID!  Actually, it is fun to play with Brusho as there are no rules – just enjoy the color!

WP_20180321_16_20_01_Pro 1This was my first cards – done in red and yellow Brusho on watercolor paper.  The butterfly had been wet embossed in white and because of emboss-resist, the Brusho did not adhere to the embossed butterfly.  I experimented with several colors of embossing powder, but the white gives the best results.  I did add the gold metallic “celebrate you” but I think that may have been overkill. 

 

 

WP_20180321_15_56_57_Pro 1This second sample has a bit of orange added. Note how I have toned my color down some from the original card. The embellishments are limited to retired candy dots in yellow and red. 

Butterflies and roses from the Beautiful Day stamp set have been white embossed on watercolor paper and also on shimmery white so you can choose which you want.  The watercolor paper gives you a rough finish while the shimmery white is smoother and – well, shimmery!

WP_20180321_15_59_09_Pro 1This sample was watercolored with aqua painters and diluted Brusho from a paint palette.  The color was simply brushed on lightly.  A paper towel could be used to wipe off any excess and speed up the drying process.  As I noted before, there are no rules with Brusho.  You can have pop art as noted above or a peaceful watercolor as seen here.  The choice is yours.  I have quite a few samples including one in blue and yellow.  I tend to gravitate toward the red and yellow.

WOW!  Quite an assortment for April Stamp Camp!  A flower card, birds, a beach scene and some pop art!!!!  April Stamp Camp will be on Thursday April 5th from 1 to 7 pm, Friday April 6th from 2 to 7 pm, and Saturday April 7th from 9 am to 4 pm.  Come for the laughs, stay for the cards!  Cost remains $12 which covers everything you will need including water, coffee, and soda pop.

Please let me know which day you might be attending as it helps my planning.  I look forward to seeing each of you.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

WATERFRONT

I will admit I was a bit nervous about starting this watercolor-inspired card.  The waterfront scene looks so pure and pristine and I wasn’t sure I could produce the same effect.  Once I started, I discovered that the stamping was quite easy and the finished card was quite beautiful.

WP_20180316_15_53_58_Pro 1Our waterfront scene pictures a sunny day, blue sky with birds,  mountains, a grassy field with trees, a lake and a sandy beach.  One or two little huts are perched in the foreground.  This sounds so peaceful.  However, I will admit my peaceful hands were pretty well inked-up by the time the stamping was finished.  Ten inks were used to complete this  scene – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Tuxedo Black Memento.  The sky was lightly sponged with a sponge dauber in Pool Party. WP_20180316_15_50_13_Pro 1

Several of the Waterfront stamps are vague in shape and can be used for the water, grass, and sandy beach.  There is a mountain shape which was stamped once in Crumb Cake and again to the right in Soft Suede.  The Garden Green trees can be stamped multiple times to give a forest effect or just once to show 3 simple trees.  There is a stamp that gives a lake effect. The hut and sun are well defined shapes.   The birds come from the High Tide stamp set that we used in 2017. The art piece was framed in Early Espresso and layered onto Bermuda Bay embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. The finished Pool Party card is quite striking.  No embellishments are needed.

So far we have seen 3 of our projects for April Stamp Camp – a charming flower cart, birds on a branch, and now a waterfront scene.  Stay tuned for our last card – one that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone.

Don’t forget to let me know if you will be coming to Stamp Camp on April 5, 6, or 7.

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

BIRD BANTER

WP_20180314_14_58_51_Pro 1‘YOU’RE THE KIND OF FRIEND I’D SHARE MY BRANCH WITH.”  How cute is this sentiment?  Two birds colored with Stampin’ Blends, perched on a branch having a conversation.  The background for the birds has a Mint Macaroon water-color wash.  I used  different washes on the sample cards as some might prefer more white.  The Petal Passion designer paper is black and white but it colors beautifully with the Stampin’ Blends.  The added flowers from the Bird Banter stamp set carry the colors through..

WP_20180314_15_00_14_Pro 1The second sample features the sentiment “A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY”.  A birthday hat and balloon help the parakeet celebrate.  And guess what – all the birds, branches, flowers, balloons and hats have been stamped and cut out for you on my Stamp ‘n Cut!  All you have to do is color and adhere!  Although you can’t tell from these images, Wink of Stella adds a lot of glimmer!  Bird Banter is found on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog that retires May 31st, 2018.  This is not one of the sets that is being carried over to the new 2018-2019 catalog.  So if this is a set you would like to add to your stampin’ library, now is a great time to order it.

Check back soon for the next blog post – Waterfront.  And remember – April Stamp Camp is on April 5, 6, and 7.  It is helpful if you would let me know which day you might be attending.

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

FRIENDSHIP’S SWEETEST THOUGHTS

Hi Crafters!

Happy Spring!  The days are slowly becoming warmer and the extra hour of daylight are certainly wonderful.  This month we are celebrating friends as we create our card projects.  I absolutely love our first card:

WP_20180308_13_01_02_Pro 1Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts is indeed sweet!  I love the flower cart brimming with blossoms.  In this image, the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder has actually been debossed on the crumb cake layer versus being embossed.  Debossing gives a different texture to the card stock.  The flower cart is colored with Stampin’ Blends and layered on a colored scalloped circle.

 

WP_20180308_14_07_28_Pro 1The art piece is then layered onto a crisp white doily which is popped up on the card front.  A bit of ribbon adds both texture and fun to the card.  One of the messages with this limited time stamp set reads “Beauty blooms where you are”.  I think this is a great sentiment for those friends who are near and dear to us. 

 

 

WP_20180308_15_01_40_Pro 1I love how the bright springy colors make this card “pop.”  There are so many combinations we could go with.  Note how this card and the one above have been embossed with the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder versus the debossed version in the first card. Also,  Wink of Stella adds glimmer to all 3 samples

 

WP_20180308_12_56_52_Pro 1I think this message stamp from “Friendship’s Sweetest Thought’s” is perfect for those friends we hold dear to us.  “Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts blossom In The heart.”  How absolutely perfect.  Note the addition of the flower bench and the small flower in the corner.  These stamps add so much to the message layer.

So, in case you’ve forgotten, April Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 1 – 7 PM, on Friday, April 6th from 2 – 7 PM, and Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Note the starting time on Thursdays is one hour earlier than listed on the calendar.  This was due to a request from several crafters to start earlier on Thursdays.  The cost remains $12 for our 4 cards.  If you choose to do extra cards, the cost is $2 for each. 

Looking forward to seeing you!  Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS

02.21.18 Springtime 1On this cheerful card, we have Party Panda helping Sunshine & Rainbows declare springtime smiles.  The watercolor background has been colored with Brusho which is a highly pigmented Watercolor ink crystal. I die cut and adhered 3 layers of white clouds and several single clouds.  The die cut rainbow follows ROYGBIV – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  Each color spectrum is adhered to a backing to allow for stability.  The panda declares the sentiment and a glimmering sun speaks of warm days to come.  Wink of Stella was brushed on the rainbow and judiciously to the panda.  The art scene was layered onto Pacific Point cs and then onto the Daffodil Delight card.  Voila – instant spring. 

02.21.18 St. Pats 2  Our second sample is the St. Paddy’s version.  Our sentiment changes and a “pot of gold” is found at the end of the rainbow.  You can choose either card. 

A word about Brusho.  As noted above, Brusho is a highly pigmented Watercolor ink crystal. Stampin’ Up sells a box of 5 colors – red, yellow, gamboge, blue and Moss Green.  You can sprinkle the crystals directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  For this project, I prefer sprinkling the crystals on the dry water color paper and then adding the water.  You can swish the color around with a brush, add more water, add more crystals and even wipe the watercolor paper off with a paper towel to soften the effect.  We will be doing more with Brusho next month but I wanted you to experiment a bit with it this month.

This is the final post for March Stamp Camp.  I hope you can join us on March 1st from 1 pm to 7 pm, March 2nd from 2 pm to 7 pm, or March 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm.  It is helpful if you can let me know which day you might be coming.  For the month of April, our theme will be “friends.”  The dates are April 5, 6, and 7 so mark your calendars now. 

Don’t forget the February 20% discount and the current Sale-A-Brations promotion.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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

Double-Time Stamping with Heartfelt Blooms

Double-time stamping is a fun technique that I have read about but never tried before.  You can also do triple-time stamping, but I thought we would start with the simpler version.image  Heartfelt Blooms is the perfect stamp candidate for this technique. 

With double-time stamping, we are going to stamp double – or 2 – layers of Whisper White cs.  The layers are stacked with the smallest on top.  I used removable or temporary mono snail to hold the layers in place.  The layers can be stacked in the center as shown here, or along the side.   The image – Heartfelt Blooms is used here – is stamped over both layers at the same time. There will be a gap around the second layer.  However, when the matting layer is added, the gaps will disappear. Melon Mambo cs was used to mat both stamped layers which were adhered to the Pretty in Pink card.  I found an entire package of retired Pretty in Pink and thought it would be a subtle color to subdue the bright Melon Mambo.  Pearls were colored with a light pink Sharpie and add additional depth and interest to the card.  Clear Wink of Stella was brushed on lightly over the lighter mambo shades. Wink of Stella will take up the ink color so it must be applied judiciously.  A die cut oval Happy Birthday sentiment is shown on this dimensionals.  The second sample uses a Happy Easter sentiment. 

WP_20180215_14_46_02_Pro 1One aspect of Heartfelt Blooms that I really liked was the ability of the image to provide instant beauty to both the message layer as you see here, and the envelope as shown below.  This is such a versatile stamp set yet it cannot be purchased.  It is a reward thru the current Sale-A-Brations promotion.  If you purchase $50 of any Stampin’ Up products, you can receive this stamp set free – or any of the $50 sets found at Sale-A-Brations 2018.  If you buy $100 worth of product, you can choose a $100 set found at the same Sale-A-Brations site.  Sound confusing, talk to me and I will explain the promotion in full.  And remember my personal 20% discount for the month of February.  So $50 is really $40 and $100 is really $80. 

WP_20180215_14_43_16_Pro 1Doesn’t the envelope appear elegant with the partial Heartfelt Blooms stamp in the corner.  This is truly a versatile stamp set. 

 

 

 

 

Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’Up as a demonstrator.  For $99, see what you get!  And YOU choose your $125 in products and the two addition free stamp sets.  How long do you have to remain a demonstrator?  That is up to you.  Paper crafting is my passion and I enjoy being a demonstrator.  I love sharing what I have learned.  If it doesn’t work for you, you simply stop ordering.  This is a great opportunity to obtain some exciting SU products.

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I will be posting the final blog post tomorrow.  This final spring-time card is a combination of Party Pandas and Sunshine and Rainbows.  We will be using Prussian Blue Brusho for our sky.  We will be using more Brusho in April and will be combining the red with the yellow and gamboge to come up with a vibrant flower or butterfly.

Don’t forget – March Stamp Camp is March 1st from 1 – 7 pm, March 2nd from 1 – 7 pm, and March 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.

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