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 –


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 –

You’re Inspiring

02.19.18 Daffodils 2I love the daffodils from the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set.  The flowers have been stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and colored with the new Stampin’ Blends in light and dark Calypso Coral, light and dark Daffodil Delight and light Old Olive.  The blends are so much fun to use!  And I love the blends color remover that can touch up the little bits of ink that jump outside the border of your image.  The white frame is edged in Daffodil Delight scallops and layered onto dry embossed Calypso Coral and then onto Whisper White and the daffodil card.   The Easter sentiment is stamped on white, die cut in an oval shape and layered onto a Daffodil Delight die cut scalloped oval.  This set also features a smaller row of daffodils that I stamped and colored both inside the card and on the envelope.  On the second sample of this card, I used a Happy Birthday sentiment and message. 

The month of February with my 20% product discount would be a great time to pick up the Stampin’ Blends and also take advantage of the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  You can see the blends on page 31 of the Occasions Catalog.  You can also view them at Stampin’ Blends.

This is project 2 for our March Stamp Camp.  Blog Post 3 will come out sometime tomorrow and will feature double time stamping and Heartfelt Blooms.  See you then,

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/966-1965 –

Tranquil Tulips

Hi Crafters!  I’ve dedicated our March Stamp Camp to Easter flowers.  Actually, 3 cards will be Easter flowers and the last one will be springy and abound with clouds – but no flowers. 

02.19.18 Tranquil Tulips 1Tranquil Tulips is actually a retired stamp from last year.  I had planned on introducing it in spring 2017 but my back surgery delayed that possibility until after it had retired.  This is such a beautiful stamp set.  The tulips are stamped in Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst with Wild Wasabi greenery.  The beautiful marbled background, stamped in Powder Pink, lends a softness to the card.  The tulips are stamped on a white oval and layered onto Berry Burst.  I did not have oval dies that met my specifications so I used my Stamp’n’Cut to provide the exact size ovals needed.  I chose to omit a sentiment on the card front as I felt it would detract from the art panel. A single tulip is stamped on the message layer and the envelope. This is the first of the Easter flower cards for March Stamp Camp.  Of course, these cards can be used for a birthday, anniversary, sympathy, get well or any other occasion. 

Due to popular request, I am moving the starting time on Thursdays to 1 pm.  Fridays will remain at 2 pm.  So…dates and times for March Stamp Camp are:  Thursday, March 1st from 1 – 7 pm, Friday March 2nd from 2-7 pm, and Saturday March 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.  The cost is $12 for the 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  I appreciate your letting me know when you might be coming to ensure I have adequate kits prepared, although I always keep a couple extra on hand.  As always, I provide all supplies and tools. 

REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER;  20% Stampin’Up product discount for the month of February. The discount is given by me personally so all orders must filter through me.   This is a great time to stock up on your staples and take advantage of the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  You can choose a free $50 or$100 item from the Sale-A-Brations brochure for each $50 or $100 you spend on any SU products.  There are several new Sale-A-Bration items that became available on 2/16 and can be seen at Sale-A-Bration 2018.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Looking forward to seeing you in March!

Blessings, Rosemary  (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –

Valentine Eclipse

I promised we would do an eclipse or shadow card in February.  You can choose which one you choose to do.

01.19.18 VD I Heart You“I heart you” is our first sample.  The fabulous Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) gives us a great background.  This DSP is loaded with gold foil and is bright and shiny.  The background for the die cut “I” and heart is Blushing Bride glimmer paper that I pulled from my archives.  Foam adhesive strips are used to “pop-up” the “I” and the heart.  The heart is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies.  The sparkly Powder Pink bow and trim provides balance for the glimmer “you”.  This tinsel trim is also available in gold as you will see in our second sample.  Finally, 3 Berry Burst adhesive backed sequins add additional color and dimension.

01.19.18 VD Heart messageI shot a picture of the message layer before I adhered it in the card.  the Sunshine Wishes heart is die cut in gold and a small Calypso Coral banner is popped up and reads “happy valentine’s day).  I added clear Wink of Stella to the banner to make it shine.  A thin strip of the DSP at the bottom of the message provides card continuity.


01.19.18 VD Amaxing YouThe second sample uses a different pattern from the Painted with Love DSP.  You can use either pattern for your card.   Blushing Bride glimmer paper is used again as the background for the eclipse heart.  However, “amazing” is die cut in gold foil and is adhered to the heart.  “amazing” and “you” are  part of the “Celebrate you Thinlits Dies” and are free with a $100 purchase (before tax and shipping).  This is part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion – see page 17 in the promotion brochure.  The gold tinsel trim is used here and the 3 Berry Burst sequins really pop. 

Now we’ve seen all 4 cards for February Stamp Camp:  Hedgehog Hugs, Sure Do Love You, Valentine Panda, and Valentine Eclipse.  February Stamp Camp is February 1 and 2 from 2 – 7 pm, and February 3 from 9 am – 4 pm.  If these dates/times are not convenient, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.   Please let me know what day you plan on coming so I have adequate card stock cut.  The cost remains the same as 2017 – $12.00 which includes supplies, tools, water, and soda. 

February sales are 20% off (excluding tax and shipping).  This is a personal discount so sales must come through me.  This discount will allow you to take advantage of the new products in our Occasions CatalogOccasions as well as the Sale-A-Bration promotion – Sale-A-Bration

See you in February!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –

Valentine Panda

Oh My Gosh – I just love the Party Pandas!  And the set is FREE!  You can’t buy this set; you can only get it thru the Sale-A-Bration celebration.  Spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and this set can be yours – or any set found in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

01.19.18 VD Panda WOSThis simple red, black and white card is so cute and perfect for a child or an adult.  The pandas have all been pre-cut with my Christmas present – the Scan’N’Cut!  This great tool cut out the pandas, the hedge-hogs and even the circles and scallop circles.  The doily adds texture and interest.  However, the majority of the Stampin’ Up doilies have one area that is “chopped” off.  So, I have learned to work around the area by hiding it.  Thus, the small black lace bow toward the top of the card.  The sentiment banner comes from Bloomin’ Love set.  There are several sentiments to choose from.

01.19.18 VD PandaIn this second sample, you will see several changes.  The DSP is from last year and there are many patterns to choose from.  The reverse side is white with a red pattern.  The little red heart on the letter Panda is carrying is smaller than the previous sample.  The first sample has a small red glimmer heart adhered to the letter.  Another difference is that the panda does not appear to be as dark as the first sample.  The first panda has black Wink of Stella applied to the black portion of the bear.  The second panda is only the stamped image. 

Isn’t this a card you would love to make?  The February stamp camp dates/times are February 1st and 2nd from 2 – 7 pm, and February 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.  You may notice that I have changed the 2018 stamp camp hours.  This allows me to spend additional time with my mother.  She will be 100 in July!  However, if you need to come earlier or later, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate the time best for you!

Finally, I will be offering a 20% product discount for the month of February!  This is the time to stock up on your paper, inks and embellishments.  Plus there are some great stamp sets and bundles in the new occasions catalog – Occasions Catalog.  And remember, for every $50 in product, you can choose an item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure – Sale-A-Brations.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at stamp camp.  Let me know what day you might be coming so I have adequate card stock cut.  Check back tomorrow to see the last Valentine card. 

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –

Sure Do Love You

Welcome back Crafters.  Our second project for February Stamp Camp features the recently retired Quilt Builder Framelits Dies and the new Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.01.19.18 VD Quilt 1

This valentine card features a Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, and gold foil color scheme.  A retired heart embossing folder serves as the background for a scattering of hearts punched from the DSP.  This specialty DSP has many gold foil accents on one side with a brushstroke imagery on the other side.  The quilt image is die cut with in the DSP with a Melon Mambo frame, Rich Razzleberry background and gold foil frame.  The banner message is stamped in Melon Mambo and popped up with dimensionals.  This card is perfect for a favorite loved one.

01.19.18 VD Quilt 2Our second sample may be more appropriate for a close friend.  The retired (but still available on the Clearance Rack) Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds dimension to the background.  The quilt art is identical to the first sample with the exception of a smaller gold foil heart.  Four hearts are scattered on the background compared to seven on the previous sample.  The sentiment “Just for You” can be used for any anyone – a neighbor, co-worker, friend, secret pal, etc.  You can choose the embossing folder of your choice, message, and number of hearts to embellish your card.   How you create your card is up to you.  There are dies and punches for all the art work so no fussy cutting is needed.

Sound like fun?  Check back soon to see card #3 – Valentine Panda featured on a red, white and black card. The Party Pandas stamp set is free with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping).

Remember the dates – February 1, 2, and 3.  Let me know if you plan on attending so I have your kit ready to go.

Blessings, Rosemary – (home) 630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –