Sheltering Tree

SAMSUNG CSCSheltering Tree is a lovely set to work with.  This photopolymer stamp set is one that can be used year round – spring blossoms, summer leaves, fall changing colors, and winter snowflakes.  Other stamps included with the set are a bike, tree swing, rake, the little flowers and stems shown here, snowflakes and a small grouping of 6 leaves that might accumulate on the grass beneath the tree.  I think the message “Friendship is a sheltering tree” is perfect for friends and family.  “Thinking of you”, “Thankful for you”, and “You warm my heart” messages are also part of the set.  The card is done in Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana.  The first layer of color on the tree is Color Box Chalk Inkpad in Rose Coral.  Deb designed this card and I absolutely love it.

Don’t forget to let me know if you think you might be stopping by for May Stamp Camp.  This is not mandatory, but is just helpful to plan seating, etc.  Mark your calendars now for our manly June Stamp Camp – Celebrating Men!  Every one who pre-registers will receive the Adventure Bound DSP Stack.  This paper stack is 48 sheets 6 1/2 X 4 1/2 of masculine double sided paper.  Such a deal – 4 manly cards + the paper stack for $12.00.  Details will follow. 

Two more blogs to follow on Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo!  We will see another card using scraps and a card using the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  You will actually color your DSP by sponging ink on your paper.  This is a really cool technique! 

I’m off to eat my dinner and head to bed.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

Painted Petals

This is a GREAT way to use the Designer Series Paper odds and ends you may have sitting around.  It’s so easy to buy a piece of DSP because you love the color/pattern/texture.  However, I find I always have a few bits and pieces that I hate to throw away. 

SAMSUNG CSCThis card uses the Painted Petals stamp set and absolutely lovely Painted Blooms DSP.  The measurements for the DSP are 3 3/4” X 1 3/4”.  The scallop border punch is used on both the DSP and the layer of Pacific Point CS.  Garden Green and Pacific Point inks are used and the messages come from the Mother’s Love and From the Garden stamp sets.  There is a lovely Mother’s Day saying in the Mother’s Love set.  Soft Sky CS was used for the actual card and the ribbon trims used were Garden Green ribbon and Soft Sky twine.  The trick to this card is to not move the photopolymer stamps from how they are placed on the block which matches how the stamps on the backing.  The leaves are done with 1 stamping, and the flowers are done with 1 stamping.  The card is pretty fast – once the paper is layered, you stamp the leaves once, the flowers once, the message and you are DONE!  Although the stamped flowers are similar to the DSP, you can see how any DSP would work and carry the colors thru with your stamping.

As many of you know, Stamping Up comes out with a new catalog every year.  The date for the new catalog has changed every year for some time.  SU has markets in Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and of course, the United States.  This year, SU is placing their markets all under one platform.  Thus, the new books will come out at the same time for all markets.  June 2, 2015 is the last day to order any items from the current catalog.  June 3, 2015 is the start of the new 2015-2016 catalog transition.  I will be ordering catalogs on May 5th (WOW – that’s tomorrow) so you can pick up yours as soon as they arrive.  There will be some changes with the new catalog that I will discuss later.  Please make sure you check out the retiring stamps and accessories list and let me know if there is anything you want to order.  There are some nice savings on many of the retiring items.  Retiring products

I hope you can make it to the May Stamp Camp.  I know I have heard from several you.  This is a busy time of year and several of you find ordering a May Stamp
Camp kit is the way to go.  Just let me know if you prefer to go this route.  The cost is $12 – the same as for Stamp Camp.  However, with a kit, you can’t enjoy my craziness!  I will be back with another blog shortly.  The next blog will feature a tree with beautiful pink leaves – reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 –