Dear Valentine–Part II

Wood You Be Mine?

Wood you be mine 1

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 –

Giggle Greetings

I absolutely love the Giggle Greetings stamp set.  Four cute stamps for $16.95!  For the September Stamp Camp, you can choose the image that works for you.  Here are the samples I did, but of course you can create your card however you wish!

Giggle Greetings

Debbie created the samples based from a card shown by Laura’s Works of Heart.  Deb chose the colors Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise which would coordinate with the new Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.  I came up with the idea of following the zig-zag pattern of the DSP by snipping off the excess to follow the design (and I have already done that for you!)  Deb stamped the image in Black Memento ink on Whisper White and die cut the image with a Starburst Framelit .  We colored the images with the marvelous new Blendabilities.  I really appreciate the shading I am able to do with these markers.  The cut image is layered on a Basic Black circle, and then onto a circle of Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise or Melon Mambo.  Although you can’t tell, the Rich Razzleberry front layer has been embossed with the new Large Polka Dot embossing folder ($7.95).  We’ve added a small bow of Daffodil Delight or Tempting Turquoise ribbon and a punched heart embellished with a colored rhinestone and a bit of gold cording.  The inside of the card is layered with Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.  We have appropriate messages for all four of these images.  I stamped the image on the envelope by masking out the verbiage. 

Too cute!  And this is just one of the items we will be creating at the September Stamp Camp (Thursday and Friday September 4th and 5th from 2 PM to 9 PM) and Saturday September 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM.)  We will also be making a pink and white Christmas card with a lined enveloped, a holiday box (Christmas, Fall, or everyday) using the new Gift Box Punch Board (this is really cool), and finally, a late summer garden card.  All of this for $12.00 which includes all your supplies, tools, and even beverages to keep you cool!

In case you haven’t read my most recent E-mails, I will be offering 2 special workshops this fall – an Iris Folding workshop where we will learn how easy Iris Folding is, and we will make a Christmas and a fall card – and a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack workshop consisting of 5 totally different cards and you will make 3-4 of each card.  This will give you a nice assortment of holiday cards.  And it is faster to make duplicates of a card.  I haven’t ironed out the dates yet but will do so shortly and will let you know.  I am very flexible and can set up 1:1 dates/times if you cannot make it during the pre-set time period.  I will, however, need a firm commitment for these special workshops.

Blessings to you all!  I hope to see you at the upcoming September Stamp Camp.  On a personal note, my Mother flew home safely on September 30th, and I saw my California sister for about 10 minutes at the airport.  My sister and brother-in-law had been in Pennsylvania while my brother-in-law umpired the Little League World Series.  Kudos to the Chicago Jackie Robinson team for winning the Little League USA title!  Give me a call or send an E-mail if you have any concerns, questions, or want to discuss the weather!

Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

Valentine Treat Boxes

Box 1These Valentine treat boxes are just too cute and so easy to make.  The bows are made with the fantastic bow die using More Amore Designer Series Paper that is on the clearance rack.  Note the punched heart in the middle of the bow.  A small rhinestone adds a bit of bling as do the 3 rhinestones in the lower left hand corner.

Check out the next sample:



Box 2The great thing about Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper is that 99% of it is reversible.  The bow shown on this treat box is the reverse side of the DSP used for the bow above.  The cursive “love” used on these boxes is easily die cut with the Expressions Thinlits.  I use 1 or 2 layers of waxed paper between the thinlit and the card stock, and the words almost fall out of the die.  I love this product.  Note the punched hearts used to embellish this treat box.

Let’s look at the next sample:

Box 3This treat box is the pink example.  Although still using the More Amore DSP, this pattern is much lighter.  A soft pink “love” expression was cut and 3 light pink Candy Dots embellish the box.  4 X 4 card stock matching the “love” color has been placed inside each treat box to carry the color thru to the bottom.  These boxes are a cinch to put together, and come with the window and delicate white circle.  (132146 – 6 for $4.95)

Our final sample is in Pool Party.



Box 4This final Treat Box uses the same DSP as our second sample.  By using a Pool Party heart on the bow, Pool Party cs in the bottom of the box and for the “love” expression, the blue in the DSP jumps out.  Note the red glimmer heart and the blue rhinestones embellishing the treat box.  Did you know you can use permanent markers to color your rhinestones?  They dry immediately and are much more practical than buying rhinestones in all different colors!

At our February Stamp Camp, you can choose the DSP and card stock color you want to work with.  The “love” expressions have been pre-cut in Real Red, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Pool Party.  The DSP has been pre-cut so all you have to do is put your bows together!  Even the 4 X 4 cs has been pre-cut.  There is an embellishment box for this stamp camp so you can embellish to your heart’s desire!

I hope you can make Stamp Camp on February 6 (2 – 9 PM), February 7 (2 – 9 PM) or February 8 (9 AM – 4 PM).  We are making 4 projects and the cost is $12.00.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Blessings, Rosemary – – 630/759-3089

Holiday Folder Greetings

So sad!  The 3 men (hubby, Andy, Larry) were asked to come up with a clever title for this blog – and this was the best they could come up with! 

But – let’s talk holiday folders – file folders to be exact!

Vertical folder 1This is the first file folder card we experimented with. – shown here in vertical format.  The card is created by taking card stock covered with  Designer Series Paper, and ”run” thru the Envelope Punch Board to form the tabs.  The hostess set “Warmth and Wonder” was used for the tree and ornaments.  The Season of Style DSP Stack in Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Gold provided our color scheme.  The card stock used to decorate the card was all sprayed with home brew to provide the sparkle that is so appropriate this time of year.  Although not necessary, I fully lined the inside of my folder, although It is not necessary.  By the way, if you have an Envelope Punch Board, please bring it to November Stamp Camp.

Striped file insideThe message was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on die-cut oval card stock.  Caution needs to be taken when positioning the inside message so the card stock does not appear above the file folder front.  Let’s look briefly at two other file folder cards.

File folder gold bestThis vertical file folder card uses different DSP from the Season of Style DSP Stack.  The tree was stamped with gold ornaments unlike the previous tree which was stamped with Cherry Cobbler. The process is the same as the previous card.   The ribbon was used with a slider which was much easier than tying the knot used on the previous card.







File folder horizontal goodThis is the same idea, but the card is shown in a horizontal format.  A different ribbon running around the file was used.  Home brew was used to provide sparkle to the paper. 




File folder horizontal openThis is the inside of the horizontal card shown above. 









Let’s move on to the holiday/all occasion box.  I love these boxes – 6 for $4.95 – and comes with a decorative white circle around the clear window.  I used the Gift Bow Bigz L Die to make all the bows except the red bow which came from the Pretty Presents Designer Bows.  These bows will be available for your use as will DSP for you to make your own bows.  Here are some samples:

Red box

Blue Box best

Birthday box






Multiple bows bestHere are some bows I made and the accompanying “merry” image made from the new Expressions Thinlits Dies.  Although these may look difficult, I found that placing several layers of waxed paper between the die and the card stock, and adding a shim on top of the “sandwich” before running through the Big Shot.  I found toothpicks worked fine if assistance was needed to pop the word out.  “Merry, Love, Grateful” in script come in the set.  Note the 3rd box which has been done for a birthday and has “love” embellished on the box.

There is one more holiday card to view.  I noted in my E-mail that I would post all the Christmas projects in this blog, but I am just too tired!  Check back tomorrow for the last blog for this stamp camp. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089

It’s Peter Cottontail Hopping Time

03.26.2013 Its Hoppin TimeThis darling Easter Bunny was created by BJ Peters and I just had to share him with you!  Wouldn’t he be cute on your Easter dinner table?  Peter is made with the new oval framelits from the spring mini catalog.  More Amore’ DSP was used but I can think of many other designer series papers that would look perfect. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Everything Water Stamp Camp on April 5th and 6th.  3 of our 4 April Shower-water related cards are done and will be posted on this blog before the April Stamp Camp, so make sure you check back.  The price will be $10 and the cards are really cute!  Well, not true – the masculine “Under the Sea” card is not cute – but it is very interesting!  I hope you will be able to join us.  This card is stamped with the By The Tide stamp set that is available in the spring mini catalog – a great set for masculine cards. 

If you cannot come in April, but would like to purchase the Everything Water Stamp Camp Kit – please let me know.  The kits include everything you will need to complete the 4 cards except for adhesive.  All the stamping, embossing, die-cutting, punching is done for you.  Ribbon, buttons, rhinestones and other embellishments are included.  The cost for the kits currently is the same as the Stamp Camp fee – $10.00.  However, we need to know ahead of time to do all the prep work. 

Have a Blessed Easter and I look forward to seeing you on April 5th or 6th.  Blessings, Rosemary 

Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp is almost here

Were you wondering if the Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp was really going to happen?  Did my creative juices start flowing to come up with some cool ideas?  Well, the answer is yes and yes.  The projects are 99.9% complete.  I’m waiting for my red Stickles holly berries to dry to finish my last box and we will be ready. 

The Sounding Joy“The Sounding Joy” is one of the projects we will be completing at our Dec 2 & 3rd Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp.  The color combination of red, white and brushed silver with pewter embossing  is absolutely stunning.  However, I must admit there will be a slight change from the picture.  When I reached for the red satin ribbon this evening, I discovered it was red grosgrain and the red satin is empty.  We will improvise! 

We will each be accessorizing a Stampin Up Kraft gift box as one of our projects.  I have completed 3 samples, but you can create yours however you wish.  We will use 5 pieces of decorator paper – your choice.  I added a top accessory – some simple and some not so simple.  The red and white gift box below needed a third color so I chose to work chocolate chip into my design.  As you can see, the top is just a die with several punches and a red rhinestone brad.  The sides are embellished with the 3-way snowflake punch in Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Very Vanilla.  A tiny rhinestone adds a bit of bling to the center of each snowflake.  Red and White box 2Red and White box 3







This next gift box I titled my Christmas Box.  Although you can’t tell, I sprayed the designer paper with home brew to add sparkle.  This was where I discovered there was no more red satin!  You can see the red satin ribbon on the top and red grosgrain on the front panel  I embellished this box with a lolly (aka medallion) made from the opposite side of the paper used to cover the box.  I have stamped some little holly leaves from the “Pines and Poinsettias: stamp set, and used Stickles to brighten the holly berries.  When they are dry, I will cut them out and use them to accessorize the sides and back of my Christmas Box.Christmas box 2Christmas box 1









These gift boxes are perfect for candy, several cookies, or other small gift or home made treat.  The box measures 3 1/2” X 3 1/2” X 2 1/2”.  This last sample is my snowflake box.  I created a 3” lolly using the same paper I covered the box with and using a red corduroy button in the center.  I embellished the sides with snowflakes in Garden Green, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip.  Tiny rhinestones are in the center of each snowflake  Striped box 2Striped box 1








So what else will we be doing at the Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp?  The remaining 3 projects will be posted tomorrow.  We will be making a cherry cobbler and white card featuring the “Pines and Poinsettias” stamp set.  This is a simple card but quite stunning in its simplicity.  We will also be doing a fun card in Old Olive, Real Red and Early Espresso featuring your choice of a reindeer with a sparkly nose or a snowman with a sparkly hat .  Our final project is a telescoping card with a lolly on the front.  Andrea, a Saturday stamper, recently brought a telescoping card she had made at a craft fair,  If you have never made a lolly (aka medallion) before, this is a great time to learn.  Judy, a Friday stamper, demonstrated lolly-making several months ago, but I don’t remember who was in attendance at the time.  Basically, you take a strip of 12” paper and score the long side every 1/4”.  This is where a scoring board comes in handy although you can use the scoring tool on your paper cutter.  I’ve tried scoring every 1/4” going down the length of the paper; I’ve also tried scoring every 1/2”, then flipping the paper and scoring every 1/2” but starting at 1/4”, 3/4”, 1 1/4”, 1 3/4”, etc.  The latter actually goes faster for me.  I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it goes quickly and is really a lot of fun, especially when you see the finished result.  You can also create a lolly from a large circle by scoring around the circle, but I haven’t tackled that method yet. 

Hope to see you on Friday Dec 2nd, 3 PM – 9 PM, or Saturday Dec 3rd, 9 AM – 4 PM.  If you have a time crunch and need to come earlier on Friday, let me know as we should be able to accommodate you.  The cost for December will be $11.00.  As always, all you need to bring is YOU!  We will have all the card stock and supplies you will need.  You may want to check out the Online Extravaganza with some items at 60% off at .  Remember to check the blog tomorrow night (probably late) for the remaining 3 Christmas Celebrations projects.  Give me a call or drop me an E-mail if you have any questions!                      Rosemary – 630-759-3089

Simple September Punch Preview #4

I have been advised by my lovely family that some grammatical and spelling errors have been appearing on occasion in my blogs.  My excuse is that I spend all day on the computer and by evening, the brain and fingers are not always coordinated.  I run spell-check, but it is just not smart enough to pick up some of those little words that don’t make sense if they are not used correctly.  If anyone wants to volunteer to be my proof-reader, please hold your hand up high!!!! 

Are these boxes – or bags – or box/bags?  Whatever you want to call them, these little box/bags are just darling!  Debbie left the message blank on the front of the boxes, but you could easily use this for a birthday, thank-you, thinking of you, or just “for you” message. This is the standard box die we have used previously.  Deb added scalloped squares on the front and back ,with Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Whisper White layers on the front.  The bird and owl are formed with circle, scallop, heart , leaf and flower punches .  The 1/2” X 8 1/2” whisper white handle is attached to the box with brads that coordinate with the overall color scheme.  Tissue paper or cellophane nestled in the box/bag, filled with goodies and tied with Island Indigo ribbon would be the perfect gift for a special friend!   Bird and owl boxes

Which box/bag will you make at the Simple September Punch stamp camp?  Are you a bird or owl fan? 

Only one simple punch project is left to preview.  Check back tomorrow to see it . Happy Crafting!  Rosemary

More Summer Stamping

I wanted to show you the other card we will be doing at our Summer Stamping this weekend and another birdhouse I finished last week

Vase of FlowersThis is the double-fold card Debbie did for swaps at the Conventional we went to last weekend.  She and I liked the card so much that we thought it would be fun for our Summer Stamping this weekend.  However, the color will be a surprise as we used up all the Melon Mambo.  We will use the new stripes embossing folder as shown on the left panel of the card, but the colors will be a surprise.  Deb will decide on the color scheme when she is here tomorrow – it will even be a surprise for me!  Have Debbie tell you her story of how she colored her images while taking the train downtown! 



BirdhouseThis is the other birdhouse I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  I used my Martha Stewart image to stamp and then punch the 2 birds.  However, I think the Stampin’ Up bird punch would work well.  I keep thinking the bird would be too large, but we will have to try it during Summer Stamping.  I added a triple butterfly on the roof to add additional dimension.  Note the piece of bubble gum Mr. P has the birdhouse sitting on for the picture.  He claims the bubble gum was needed for the purpose of angling the bird house!  As you can see, the birdhouse can be done in about any color.  We will have a variety of colors to choose from. 

Hope to see you this weekend.  I have changed the date of September Stamp Camp due to Labor Day.  We will meet on September 9th and 10th – normal time, normal place…but more to come later.  I know I had said September would be Punch Potpourri but I’m thinking it might change to Simple September with cards that are simply simple.  But as I said, more to come later….

Take care, Rosemary – – 630-759-3089

Summer Fun

It’s hot, sunny, and time for some summer stamping and crafts.  See 3 of the 4 fun projects below we will be creating at our August 5th and 6th Summer Stamping!  The pictures are not the greatest but you will have a good idea of what we will be doing!

Fountain 1We have not done a bi-fold card in ages and ages so this month we are going to do two!   I’m not sure why we haven’t been doing this style other than the fact that you need 2 – 2 1/8” score lines instead of the normal 4 1/4” but you don’t have to worry about that as we will have the cutting and scoring done for you.  This set is from the Summer Mini and is entitled “Touch of Kindness.”  With the cute little birds on the front, I think I will have the cat image on the inside of the card, ready to pounce!  The 2 side panels have green cs – 1 side is embossed with the polka dot embossing folder, and the other panel is green DSP.  This is a very simple and cheerful card!


I just LOVE the birdhouse we will be crafting.  The coral birdhouse was my second attempt – the first attempt was crafted out of typing paper and scotch tape (done while I was on a teleconference and in listening mode).  The coral house was done correctly but at the end of a LONG day.  The lime birdhouse shows how I have “advanced” in my birdhouse accessorizing.  I’ve also done a blue one with birds on it and will post it tomorrow.  We will have several colors of card stock and designer paper you can choose from.  This is a fun project and you can make it your own!  well, the tornado siren is now going off.  Don’t know if I should continue typing or head for the basement!  Such decisions!

Coral birdhouse 1Green birdhouse 1






Swimming 2This card is titled Sunny Fun and uses the Sunny Fun stamp set from the Summer Mini.  The color is washed out but in real life, this is a darling card.   This version includes a set of flip flops from the same set.  I’ve done another version of the same card with no message and different style flip flops across the bottom border.  We will use chalks in coloring out little people and use card stock with some sponged ink on the sand and stickles on the wavy water.  I added 2 dimensionals under the second layer of waves to give the card more dimension.  My favorite part is coloring the kids and their water tubes. 

Well, it is starting to storm, and I don’t want to lose this post so I am going to sign off for tonight.  Remember that Summer Stamping is August 5th from 3 PM – 9 PM and Saturday from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Come whenever it is convenient for you.  If you are new, we will walk you through all the projects and I guarantee you will have a good time.  The cost is $10 for 4 projects.  If you think you might be coming – please drop me a line but if you decide at the last second to come, then you know you are welcome!  The only thing you have to bring is yourself!  All project materials are provided for you.

Happy Tuesday!  Rosemary Przybylski – – 630-759-3089 – 533 Emerson Circle, Bolingbrook. 

More Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies

Today was a 14-hour day at work and I am tired.  As I was closing up my desk around 7 PM, I printed up my calendar for Tuesday, and discovered that a report I thought I was presenting on Wednesday was actually to be presented tomorrow.  Needless to say, I kept working.  As I told my husband, “I really earned my salary today!”   No time for a pity party, so let’s look at the last 2 project for our Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies Stamp Camp that is just around the corner.

Friend 24-7Friends 24-7 is a whimsical card featuring a bird with a bit of bling.  The color scheme is one of my favorites – Marina Mist (textured) and Crumb Cake.  We’ve stamped several images on the Elegant Soiree DSP which increases the interest factor in the focal point.  The touch of Newsprint DSP is a bit of whimsy and the friends image could easily be replaced with another message.  This card could easily be used for either gender, as a  birthday, thinking of you, anniversary or other celebration. 

Pillow BoxOur final project is a pillow box done – again – in Marina Mist and Crumb Cake.  I actually CAS’d the box and Friends 24-7 from one of the monthly Stampin’ Success magazines.  I thought both projects were too cute and just waiting to be shared!  I’ve filled my pillow box with chocolates (no – I have not eaten ANY).  The box is quite simple as we are using the Stampin’ Up Pillow Box die from Sizzix.  After the cs has been die cut, we will stamp it with the Woodgrain background stamp in Marina Mist.   A bit of Sticky Strip is used to adhere the sides securely and then we just punch our little double petal card, run it through the big shot to add some embossing, punch 3 holes and we are almost done.  Natural hemp twine does double duty as it  ties our box shut and also holds our card in place!  This would be a fun project to vary with different background stamps and other embossing on the tiny envelope.  The box would look sharp in red and white for Christmas or Valentines Day and is perfect for holding a bit of candy or other small treat.

That wraps up Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies, I hope you can join us on May 6th (3 PM – 9 PM) and/or May 7th (9 AM – ???).  I am guesstimating 2 1/2 hours MAX for all 5 projects or longer if you want to visit and share a couple laughs – I promise not to sing.  The cost is $12 and as always, all the cs will be cut and scored, and envelopes provided.  Water and soda pop are always in the fridge so all you have to bring is YOU!  Give me a call if you have any questions (630.759.3089) or drop me a line at  It helps to know if you are coming so Deb and I don’t cut too much paper, but advance notice is not required. 

Also check out the 30% off select stamp sets in celebration of National Scrapbooking month!  This is a limited-time opportunity from now until the end of May.  Sets on sale include:

Party Hearty – # 111532 – $18.87 – found on page 54 in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (Also available in French)

Grunge Rock – $14.67 in Wood, $11.17 in Clear – Page 87

Animal Stories – $11.17 in Wood – Page 94

 Printed Petals – $13.97 in Wood, $10.47 in Clear – Page 106

Simple Friendship – $18.17 in Wood – Page 108

Word Play – $29.37 in wood, $20,27 in Clear – Page 147

Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower – $ 22.37 in Wood, $16.77 in Clear – Page 162

Let me know if you want to take advantage of this fantastic sale!  See you this weekend!  Take care, Rosemary