Which will you choose?  The Christmas view or the Thanksgiving?  The choice is yours.  Or perhaps you don’t want to do Christmas Cuties and would like to do both the Christmas and the Thanksgiving view cards.  Let me know by Monday, November 2nd which you would prefer.  If I don’t hear from you, I will cut your cs for the Christmas view.  _Ornament Gold and Black message

The Christmas View card uses the Happy Scenes Stamp Set and the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies ($34.75 Bundle Price, P11 in the Holiday Catalog) as well as one of the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies ($19, P12 in the Holiday Catalog).  My “home brew” was misted on the white cs before running it thru the Big Shot and The Softly Falling Embossing Folder .  This _SAM3558gives the snow a glittery effect.  Dazzling Diamonds glitter provides a bit of snow on the trees and snowy foreground.  The horse and sleigh trot along in full view of the window.  Silver cording and a retired SU gem provide a shiny embellishment.  Note the use of the tree line image stamped on the inside layer.  This image was also repeated on the envelope front.

_SAM3568However, if you prefer a fall card that is perfect for Thanksgiving, perhaps this view from the window would be better suited for you.  The fall Happy Scene was sponged with a Soft Sky sky and Wild Wasabi grass.  The leaves and pumpkins were colored with Blendabilities and 2 trees from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits were added.  Small leaves were punched in fall colors and fell into the window box.  A bit of Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon provides corner accents to the front layer.  _SAM3569

The inside layer of the Thanksgiving view card features a portion of the Happy Scenes image and a small fall leaf.  This image was also stamped on the envelope.

Now you have seen the 4 cards for November Stamp Camp – Christmas Cuties Panel Card, Every Blessing in embossed gold, Acorny Thanksgiving with the Kraft corrugated punched acorns, and  Holiday View from the Window.  Which 4 cards do YOU choose to do?  Let me know by Monday November 2nd which cards you want in your kit.  If you want to do both Holiday View from the Window cards as well as the other 3 cards, let me know and pay $14 instead of $12.  If I don’t hear from you, I will plan on the first 3 cards plus the Christmas View from the Window.

November Stamp Camp is Thursday, November 5 from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, November 6 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday, November 7 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Please let me know if you think you might be stopping by.  This gives me a rough estimate as to how much card stock to cut. 

All samples for Stamp-A-Stack are finished.  I will be sending out an E-mail with a quick view of each card, and will follow up with a blog for each of the 5 cards.  As a reminder, Stamp-A-Stack is 15 cards – 3 cards each of 5 different styles.  You can pick your cards as long as you notify me by Monday, November 9 if you would prefer more of one card and less of another.  Stamp-A-Stack is November 12, 13, 14 and I do require notification that you will be attending.  The cost is $30 and includes 1 adhesive refill.  Should you need a second refill, I ask that you purchase it for $2.00.  I encourage your bringing a snack as Stamp-A-Stack is a longer endeavor.  Coming for a shorter period on 2 or all 3 days also might work best for you.

Don’t forget the Przybylski Halloween Open House on Sunday, November 1, from 2 – 8 PM. Hope to see you there!

Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630/759-3089 – (M)630/965-1965 –

Happy Halloween Scene

imageI absolutely love this card.  I will admit my brickwork is not very straight, but then I have no training in masonry (ha ha).  The Brick Wall embossing folder finally arrived in the mail this week after being on back order for 2 months. The Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad gently touches the raised brick of the embossing folder before the Pumpkin Pie cs is inserted and run thru the Big Shot.  The trick is inserting the cs inline with the bricks.  The sample you see here is my first.  The second sample is straight and has some minor changes, but the card is not complete at picture time.  I have pre-embossed several of the brick-work layers.

Note the partial black spider web doily ($4.50, page 47) in the right corner.  The window frame uses the Hearth and Home Framelits Dies on the wood grain Into the Woods DSP ($11, page 43).  The popped-up window box is stamped in black on Crumb Cake, sponged in Soft Suede and die cut with the matching framelit.  The window scene is part of the Happy Scenes stamp set ($21, page 11).  This is a great set featuring winter, spring, and fall scenes as well as assorted messages, spider web, snowflakes, and stars.  Blendabilities Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi markers provide the color.  Please feel free to bring your own markers if you wish.  The little ghost figures scattered about are fussy cut from one of the Happy Haunting DSP patterns ($11, page 47). 

This card is the fourth of four for our October Stamp Camp.  We cover Christmas, leaves, and Halloween.  As a reminder, the dates/times are:  October 1 from 2-9 PM, October 2 from 2-9 PM, October 3 from 9 AM – 2 PM.  We meet in my family room-kitchen at 533 Emerson Circle, Bolingbrook 60440.  The cost is $12 and all supplies and tools are provided, as is water and soda.  Feel free to bring a snack.  Come when it is convenient and stay as long as you like.  If you wish to purchase a kit, please notify me by Tuesday September 29th.  If you wish to change your kit – do 2 of one card and 0 of another – please let me know by Tuesday September 29th.  If you happen to know which day/approximate time you are coming, it is helpful if you let me know, but not required.  Mark your calendars now for November Stamp Camp on November 5, 6 & 7 featuring Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Stamp-A-Stack will be on November 122, 13, 14. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing everyone.  Blessings,  Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

Clouds and Rainbows

Angel 1 007This is one of my new most favorite sets titled ‘”Over the Rainbow.”  I also love that this set is photopolymer!  There are several really nice messages with this set such as “God gives us RAINBOWS to remind us of hope,” “The SKY’S the LIMIT,” ”Keep looking up…there may be a (rainbow) waiting for you,” and the one used here – “You are the GOLD at the end of the (rainbow).”  I cut an assortment of Soft Sky clouds on my electronic cutter and added  cloud markings with a Marina Mist marker.  The rainbow is stamped in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder.  The red card sets off these cheerful colors perfectly.

Angel 1 004The word RAINBOW” is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and the letters are colored in with my remaining Blendabilities – Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, and Wisteria Wonder.  If you prefer your own markers, please feel free to bring them.  I colored a White Perfect Accent for the “dot” over the “I” on one sample, and used a metal rimmed pearl embellishment on the other sample.  A larger rhinestone could also be used.  The choice us up to you. 

This is the second of four cards we will be making at our September Stamp Camp.  Dates and times for this stamp camp are our normal – 2-9 PM on the 3rd and 4th, and 9 AM – 4 PM on the 5th.  The cost for the 4 cards is $12.00.  If you are unable to attend and would prefer picking up a kit, please give me advance notice so I have time to put your kit together.  The kit cost remains $12.00.  If you know in advance you will be running on tight time constraints, I can prep your sets if I know ahead of time.  My goal is for you to have a fun, creative and relaxing crafting time!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

CHIC & STYLISH: The Perfect Peacock (resending)

007Isn’t this peacock the most stylish animal you’ve seen in quite some time?  I’ve combined the rich hues with the Bohemian DSP which features Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and the new Delightful Dijon. The scallop border punch adds a nice curve to the triangular shapes of the DSP.   I chose to color my perfect peacock with Blendabilities and added several Rich Razzleberry pearls at the plume, and one yellow pearl as a flower center.  But what if you don’t have time to carefully color the entire peacock?  Check out the next sample


008I colored very little of the peacock in this sample.  However, I took 2 Sharpies that were close to the color in the DSP and colored rhinestones to coordinate and carry the color thru from top to bottom.  You can color as little or as much as your time allows.  The rhinestones carry the elegance thru to the bottom feather.  I again added the small, Rich Razzleberry-colored pearls for the peacock’s plume.  My message for both cards if from the Work of Art set and reads:  You are a Fabulous Work of Art.”  I carried the colors and Bohemian accent inside the card with the Bohemian Borders stamp set.

Hope you can make it to the Chic and Stylish August Stamp Camp.  Remember the dates and times:  Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7 from 2 PM to 9 PM; and Saturday, August 8 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Check back later today for The Perfect Hat!  Hmmmm – that sounds interesting!

Blessings, Rosemary – (630-759-3089) –

More Spring and Easter

Let’s take a look at another card we will be making at the March Stamp Camp:

2015-02-28 blossomsOne of my favorite color combinations is navy and yellow – or as we see here – purple and yellow.  Once upon a time, when I was a florist, spring would be marked by purple iris and yellow acacia.  We don’t see iris or acacia here, but the purple blossoms against the yellow background provides a very sharp contrast.  The name of this set is Indescribable Gift and is absolutely lovely.  The image is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Wild Wasabi and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities. Although you cannot tell from this picture, I re-stamped part of the image on scrap, colored one small flower and one bud , cut them out and added them as an overlay to the finished blossom stem.  This technique gives a great 3-D effect.  “Happy Easter” is stamped on the card, but any small message could be used.  The Blackberry Bliss blossoms from the Painted Blooms DSP is the perfect DSP for this card.  Finally, Daffodil Delight butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri set are added for the perfect embellishment.  Do you have Papillion Potpourri?  This set is $14.95 and provides a realistic butterfly image.  Check out the 7 different images on page 149 in the big catalog.  The matching punches are perfect for punching out and layering your butterflies.

So far, we have seen 2 of our March Stamp Camp projects.  I will tell you that the lovely Lotus Blossom set we have seen in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, will be featured in our next card.  Several of you have ordered the Lotus Blossom set which is a 3-step stamping process so I thought this would be a great set to use.  Check back shortly!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

Easter is just around the corner…

Can you believe that Easter 2015 is just around the corner?  And I believe one day this coming week is supposed to be 40 degrees!  Well, with rain – but still 40 degrees?  Do I need to run out and buy a bathing suit?  Is it possible spring might be in the far horizon?  Well, until it warms up, I am cheering myself with my passion – colorful paper crafting.  And that’s what we will be doing for our March Stamp Camp – paper and colors.

2015-02-28Happy Easter Bunny is great for taking away the winter blahs.  How can you feel down when looking at this cheerful bunny dancing away and surrounded by vines, flowers and Easter eggs?  Tuxedo Black Memento ink is used on this single stamp and provides a crisp image perfect for coloring with your Blendabilities.  The finished image is placed on a Pink Potpourri background that is textured with the new Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  The bunny is then framed with a Pistachio Pudding oval die cut with the oval framelits.  As a finishing touch, a Baker’s Twine bow and several pearl-enhanced butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set are punched and adhered.  Note how the envelope can be decorated by just stamping the top part of the image.

2015-02-28aA more colorful version of the card  is shown here using my 3 DSP pattern layout.  I love this layout and have now used it on 3 totally different cards.  it is great for using up those small pieces of DSP!  This version is very similar to the card above using the butterflies and Bakers Twine.  But the addition of the DSP from the All Abloom paper stack ($6.95 in the big catalog) really brings out the colors of the card.

You will choose your favorite version of Happy Easter Bunny at our March Stamp Camp.  In case you don’t have the dates on your calendar, this stamp camp will be held on  March 5th (2 – 9 PM), 6th (2 – 9 PM) and March 7th (9 AM – 4 PM).  You can come whenever it is convenient for you.  As always, all materials and supplies are covered in the $12.00 charge.  We will be doing 4 projects – 3 cards and a spring/Easter basket.  Check the blog daily until all 4 projects have been posted.  We will have a colorful time!

Give me a call or drop an E-mail if you happen to know which day you will be coming.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

Dear Valentine–Part II

Wood You Be Mine?

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I love this card!  Complete with log chunks, this card is perfect for the man in your life – your Dad, hubby, boyfriend, brother, uncle, neighbor.  Keeping with the Calypso Coral and Real Red color theme, this Valentine card has DSP – again from the Love DSP Stack, logs cut from some “antique” DSP, and the cutest lumberjack ever.  Blendabilities quickly add color to the lumberjack , and background trees place our guy deep in the forest.  The addition of Calypso Coral ribbon and a few hearts give a soft touch.  I must admit, however, that the red glitter heart is placed as it is for a very good reason – a smudge of Early Espresso that was the result of dirty fingertips!  Alas, I remembered our motto – when you have a lemon, make lemonade.  So, I grabbed my small heart punch, some red glitter paper, and behold – the smudge is now WELL HIDDEN!  Everyone will enjoy making this cute card at February Dear Valentine Stamp Camp.

By now, creating 4 cards using my Love DSP Stack, I had quite a few bits and pieces of designer paper.  Wanting to be “green”, I developed our final project for the Dear Valentine Stamp Camp. 

2015-01-19 2015-01-19 001 025A double treat box seemed like the perfect way to use scraps of DSP.  These Tiny Treat Boxes are perfect for candy or other little goodies for special people.  The boxes are inexpensive – 25 for $6.95.  They construct easily and are very sturdy.  Plus, each panel is easily decorated with a 1 3/4 inch square of DSP.  Although I have connected the two boxes in the past with sticky strip, I chose to leave these boxes attached only with the sturdy grosgrain ribbon.  I added one of the darling bows made with DSP and the new Bow Builder Punch, stamped Happy Valentines Day on Whisper White CS, die cut the message, sponged it in red and attached it with a cute little gold colored clothespin.  Isn’t this a cute idea?

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Now that you’ve seen all 4 projects for the February Dear Valentine Stamp Camp, aren’t you ready to come on over and start the fun?  I hope you can make it.  The dates and hours are:  Thursday February 5th from 2 – 9 PM; Friday February 6th from 2 – 9 PM; and Saturday February 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The cost remains the same as 2013 – $12.00, and includes all materials and tools you will need. 

REMEMBER – Free DSP if you let me know by January 26th that you are coming.  The Love DSP Stack is too cute and this is a great way to get it at no extra cost to you.  Don’t forget about Sale-A-Bration.  Give me a call if you have any questions!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –