The wood words bundle (page 159 in the 2017-2018 catalog) is just too cute.  The Wood Textures DSP offers endless possibilities and the crate is perfect for 3 inch cards as we see here , for a treat for a special person, or to embellish the front of a card.

The crate is die cut twice and the bottom and sides attached with Sticky Strip (my favorite) or a strong liquid adhesive – I don’t recommend snail.  Embellishments for the crate include a partial doily, red scalloped circle, Wood Words stamped circle and die cut rooster.  Two small banners of Night of Navy ribbon and a tag finish the front crate layer.

The 3” red card matches the crate.  A layer of navy and Wood Textures DSP are softened with a doily.  A navy circle, red scalloped circle, Wood Words stamped circle and die cut rooster embellish the card front.  Finally, 2 pieces of navy ribbon and a “for you” tag finish the card.  There are other stamps and dies available; I just happen to like the red rooster and navy flower combination!

The DSP crate will hold 3-4 3” cards with envelopes.  If placing something heavy in the crate, regular card stock would be sturdier than the DSP although you could easily cover a card stock crate with the DSP. 

While I think of it, here is a copy of the end of year stamp camp.  I will have copies to hand out at September Stamp Camp.  And don’t forget – 20% SU product discount for the entire month of September.  Stay tune for the next blog – Birthday Memories!!!

Rosemary’s 2017 End of Year Stamp Camp Schedule




Rosemary Przybylski   533 Emerson Circle    Bolingbrook                  630/759-3089                 Paperrose01@aol.com

Blog:  paperrose01.com

September Stamp Camp

September 7

September 8

September 9

A Little Bit Country

12 N – 6 PM

12 N – 6 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

October Stamp Camp

October 5

October 6

October 7

A Little Bit Scary

12 N – 8 PM

12 N – 6 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack

October 19 (12 max)

October 21 (12 max)

A Little Bit Ho Ho Ho

12 N – 8 PM

8 AM – 4 PM

November Stamp Camp

November 2

November 3

November 4

A Little Bit Thankful

12 N – 8 PM

12 N – 6 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

December Stamp Camp

November 30

December 1

December 2

A Little Bit Christmas

12 N –6 PM

12 N – 6 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

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

Yes Virginia, there really is December Stamp Camp

In case you were wondering, there IS December Stamp Camp this week on 12/3, 4 and 5.  Between switching to Comcast this past week, decorating for the holidays, Thanksgiving and getting ready for surgery, I fell WAY behind.  But we will be doing Christmas Tags and Gift Card Holders as noted in the calendar.  Let’s take a look at what is have planned.

december 2015 gift packetsThese cute little packets hold 4 to 8 gift tags and make a perfect inexpensive gift for co-workers, neighbors and loved ones.  After all, who doesn’t need gift tags for the holidays.  The packets measure 8 1/2 X 6 3/4 and are scored X4.  2 small brads help form the 4 pockets.  I’ve added simple decorations at the bottom of each pocket and tied the package with ribbon.  Although I included 4 tags in my packets, you could easily slip 8 and perhaps 12 gift tags into the packet if you are using thinner cs.  I used DSP for all my tags.

december 2015 gift packet tagsHere you can see 3 of the tags I made.  I used 2 each of 2 different tags in each packet.  The tags are a breeze to make.  2 inch card stock slipped into a tag punch gives us our formed top.  Then we slip the bottom into the banner punch and voila – we have a tag!  I included a “to – from” on each tag and a small embellishment of some type.  These are fun to make and not difficult.  Wouldn’t a set of holiday owl tags or birds be cute?

december 2015 gift card enclosuresSmall envelopes for gift cards, checks or cash are a must in our household.  All the teenage grandchildren have asked for gift cards or the green stuff for Christmas.  I can understand as my taste is certainly far different from theirs.  I don’t think my granddaughters would treasure a pair of flannel ski pajamas the way I would.  These decorative envelopes are the perfect size for for gift cards or money.  The metal die cuts and scores the envelope.  The crafter simply needs to adhere the bottom and decorate.  As you can see here, my embellishments were quite simple.  The bottom 2 gift envelopes are DSP and are simply the reverse side of the other.  The top enclosure envelope is Night of Navy cs with some silver trim. 

december 2015 gift card enclosure backs

The view to the right shows the flaps of the gift card enclosures.  The bottom 2 gift envelopes have small hearts adhered to the tip of the flap and can be closed with a Glue Dot.  The top envelope has a small silver glimmer circle adhered to the flap and can also be closed with a Glue Dot





december 2015 metallic doily tagsAnother very very simple gift tag idea is to use the larger metallic doilies with a 2 inch circle of DSP adhered to the center.  Although hard to tell, I added Crystal Stickles to the “fur” of Santa Claus.  Dots of red Stickles on the Christmas Tree tag add a bit of bling.  Note how the back of each tag has the “To and From”,  These tags are an absolute breeze to make and could even be hung on the tree of the recipient.  Note the top tag even has a die-cut red metallic ornament embellishment.


december 2015 stamp camp washi

A Washi Tape ornament is another cute idea although I will admit my sample looks like it could be used for July 4th!  I think the navy with stars tape might have looked more appropriate with yellow tape – or a combination of 3 or 4 different patterned red Washi Tape strips.  I’ll have to give that a try!


december 2015 past tagsThose of you who have been crafting with me for some time might remember these punch art tag samples from the past.  I am going to craft new samples and add a bit more bling.  Many embellishments are available now that weren’t around when these tags were crafted. 





december 2015 stocking 1Another craft from the past – paper stockings with lots of embellishments.  The Bigz Stocking Die is one that I treasure.  I have used glimmer paper, felt, die cut ornaments, snowflakes, alphabet letters and ribbon in the past.  A stocking I crafted for Park District display included embossed card stock, a doily and a fussy-cut double poinsettia.  These can be simple or elaborate.  They can feature Santa, reindeer, ornaments, owls, birds, or whatever you have in mind.

I hope you can come to the Christmas Tags and Gift Card Holders Stamp Camp.  There will be samples you can CASE or you can be creative and do your own thing.  The one thing I am asking my regular crafters is to please let me know if you will be attending – and what you are most interested in making.  I know many of you are busy busy with craft shows and other holiday plans.  It is very helpful for me to know who is coming and what the interest is – stockings, tag packets, gift tags, gift card envelopes, punch art tags, etc.  This allows me to have the correct materials out for each person and not over plan for a limited number of attendees.  The dates/times are Thursday, December 3 from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, December 4 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday, December 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  

On a personal note, I will be having right rotator cuff surgery at Edward Hospital on Thursday December 17th.  Many think I am crazy to have this done the week before Christmas, but I need to get it over with and start the road to recovery.  We do not have Stamp Camp in January and I am hoping that by February, I will have the strength to stamp, or at least have learned to stamp with my left hand.  I can run the Big Shot with my left hand, so I know we will be ready for February Stamp Camp.

For those of you I will not see before year’s end, I wish you a very Blessed Christmas. 

Holiday Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630/759-3089 – (M)630/9651965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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?

2015-01-19 2015-01-19 001 002    2015-01-19 2015-01-19 001 006    2015-01-19 2015-01-19 001 011

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 – paperrose01@aol.com

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 – paperrose01@aol.com – 630/759-3089

Petite Purses for July Open House

Finally!  I have some petite purses to share with you.  The purses are quite simple to do – 1 piece of 5 1/2 – 6” x 8” card stock or designer series paper that after the die cut, requires 7 folds and 2 small pieces of sticky strip.  You can create purses that take more time by adding embellishments.  The die is available on page 194 of the Stampin’ Up Catalogue.  These little purses are perfect favors for showers.  They will also hold birthday cash, a pair of earrings, or other small gift.  Here are some of my samples:

PursesThe 2 purses to the back were very simple.  A close up of the purse to the left is shown in the next picture.  The purse on the right features rhinestones on the flap and across the bottom.  The center black and white purse is my favorite!  I used designer series paper for the purse, and added black card stock to the flap that I had embossed with the new Fancy Fan Folder (P. 189).  Black card stock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (P. 183) to provide trim for the bottom of the purse.  A single pearl accents the flap.

Purses 2The purses to the back were made with designer series paper that included.  I simply added the trim to give these two projects a bit of interest.  I simply added a large pearl to the rose on the flap of the front purse. 




These and other petite purses will be on display at my July 13th and 14th Open House.  You will have the opportunity to make your own purse and embellish it however you choose.  I will have plenty of paper to choose from as well as scissors, sticky strip, punches, pearls, rhinestones, embossing folders, etc.  You can also pick up your coupons for the remainder of the year, and grab your new catalogue if you don’t already have it.  Light refreshments will also be available.  Give me a call if you have any questions – 630/759-3089.

Open House – July 13th from 3 to 9 PM & July 14th from 9 AM to 4 PM

Mostly Male Stamp Camp – August 3rd from 4 to 9 PM & August 4th from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Cards for this upcoming stamp camp will start previewing in my next post.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089                             

Happy New Year to Stampers Everywhere!

Well, I survived another Christmas and it is almost time to ring in the New Year.  I wanted to share our Przybylski holiday card and show you an “easy peasy” gift card holder.  I did our holiday card on My Digital System and was able to personalize it to meet my hubby’s specifications.  As many of you know, he has quite a collection of trains and believes that a person can NEVER have too many trains.  With that in mind, this is the card we developed:Christmas Village 2-001

I was assisted by son Larry who helped rename the train from “Holiday Express” to “Norb’s Christmas Express.”  There was no train track in My Digital Studio, so Larry went out to Clip Art, found track, and loaded it into MDS so we could meet Mr. P’s desire for train track.  Then there was the issue of presents in the train.  This was not a big problem until Mr. P felt the light blue present was too light in color and wanted it darkened.  I worked and worked on “picking up” the blue present to change colors, but kept picking up the train or the snow instead.  Enter Larry again and he was able to change the color to a darker blue.  When I mounted the card on my card stock, I added “snow” on the house tops, tiny rhinestones in the center of 3 of the colored snowflakes, additional stars, and a bit of red ribbon.  We are now considering reusing the train for our 2012 Christmas card and changing the background.  We will see what develops!Matthew red and white gift tagMatthew gift Tag use  Now on to the “easy peasy” gift card holders. 









I waited until the 11th hour before our Christmas, and found myself with several gift cards for the teens/almost teens in our family.  I was trying to find an easy way to package them when I came across some 6” X 3” card stock scored at 3” that was left from a previous project.  I ran a bit of glue up the 2 sides, leaving the top open.  Then I took scraps of holiday paper and ran them thru the Big Shot with my 3” scallop square.  I adhered the scalloped squares to the front of the 3” square “pocket, punched a hole for some cording, added a gingerbread man which was our official gift tag this year, and a snowflake or rhinestone.  We then hung these on one of the Christmas trees.  They were perfect for gift cards and the Amazon gift certificates I purchased for the avid teen readers.  See if you can find them hanging in this picture

Xmas tree with gift certs

Stamp Camp starts next week!  I’m working on putting the calendar in a presentable format.  January ( Friday Jan 6th 4 – 9 PM, Sat Jan 7th 9 AM – 4 PM) is titled Winter Wonderland and features 4 outside wintry scenes.  We have been waiting for 1 stamp that arrived today, so all 4 cards will soon be up on the blog.  We will be working with glimmer paper that you will custom color yourself, as well as custom colored rhinestones! 

I’m looking forward to an exciting year of paper, ribbon, stamps and dies.  By now, you should have your new mini catalog as well as the Sale-a-bration mini.  Sale-a-bration starts Jan. 24th.  For every $50 in product you order from the big catalog or the new mini catalog, you choose an item from the Sale-a-bration mini for NO COST!  I love the “free” paper, ribbon, brads, and stamp sets!  This is the time of year to stock up – keep the date January 24th in the back of your mind!  Check back in a few days to see the January Stamp Camp Winter Wonderland projects.  And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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 http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx .  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   paperrose01@aol.com

Christmas Treats

Willow stocking bestPaper crafting is so much fun!  This stocking is for little Willow – my great  granddaughter.  As you can see, it is filled with Christmas treats – a candy cane, holiday ornament, tree, and gingerbread man.   I cut 2 stockings with my trusty Big Shot and the Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die (Holiday Mini, p 24) – one of holiday green felt, and one of Old Olive card stock.  I used the Square Lattice embossing folder to provide a finished look to the back of the stocking and glued the green felt to the front of the olive stocking.  I die cut the trim from the wonderful red glimmer paper (Holiday Mini, p. 41) and adhered it to the stocking .  I attached the stitched felt wreath (Holiday Mini, p. 30) to the center of the stocking and added a red grosgrain bow and red glimmer “berries.”   Finally, I die cut red and white candy canes, a tree, and a holiday ornament (Holiday Mini, p. 24) and also a gingerbread man from a Sizzix die I purchased from Sizzix.com.   I cut the white candy cane apart and adhered pieces to the red cane, and embossed the ornament and the tree.  A silver glimmer top was added to the ornament, and Stickles to the tree.   The gingerbread man was decorated with Stickles and a die cut bow tie.  These treats were placed in the stocking and held in place with a bit of liquid adhesive.  A small piece of copper cording made an excellent hanger.  To mark this stocking just for Willow, I stamped a Stitched Stocking in Real Red , punched it out with the Stocking Building Punch (Holiday Mini, p. 34), added Willow’s name and attached it to the stocking with a snowflake and glue dots.  This may sound labor intensive, but it was really so much fun.  I cut out 8 stockings in one sitting as well as all the trim, etc.  We will be creating a stocking very similar to this at our Nov 4th and 5th Holiday Happenings Stamp Camp.   You can even personalize a stocking with die cut letters.  Just think of the stockings you can create – keepsakes for years to come!  More stockings to come – so stay tuned!

Hope to see you at the Halloween Open House on October 30th – 2 to 7 PM.  In the meantime, Happy Crafting!  Rosemary

Stamping Calendar

FINALLY!  My 24 cards for the Stampin’ Up Demonstrator swap are DONE and went out in the mail yesterday.  The colors I used were Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade, a touch of Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery for the leaves.  I had 24 cards to make and I had EXACTLY 24 Antique Brads left in my container.  The red petals and the butterfly were sprayed with my Home Brew (Rubbing Alcohol + Glimmer Mist) so there was lots of sparkle!Red Flower Swap

Now it’s time to come up with a make-n-take or two for our July 16th Catalog Kickoff/Open Stamp Day.  Stampin’ Up announced 5 new in-colors for the 2011-2013 year so perhaps we will do our make-n-takes with the newest in-colors.  I know Sheila will be happy as one of the new colors is Wisteria – a beautiful shade of lavender.

Here is our Stamping Calendar through the end of 2011:

July 16


8 AM – 5 PM

Catalog & Coupon Kickoff, Make-n-Takes, Open Stamp Day, Refreshments, View/purchase stamp sets being sold at 7/22-23 Garage Sale

August 5

August 6

3 PM – 9 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Summer Sensation & Door Prize Drawing

September 2 September 3

3 PM – 9 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Punching Potpourri

October 7

October 8

3 PM – 9 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Fall Festival

November 4

November 5

3 PM – 9 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Holiday Happenings

December 2

December 3

3 PM – 9 PM

9 AM – 4 PM

Christmas Celebrations

If you are unable to attend a stamping event and wish to purchase a kit, please let me know by 12 N on the Saturday of the event.  As always, we will do 4-5 projects for each stamp camp and the projects will be posted on my blog sometime during the week preceding the stamp camp. 

A few more cards I wanted to share from our fellow stampers:  Pansies punched by Andrea.  The butterfly punch gives you this pansy shape; a mist of water will bring the natural curl of the petals.  Sponging and fine lines with a marker adds the coloring.

Andreas Blue Pansies          Andreas Pink Pansies

Don’t you love the Judy’s teacup complete with teabags!  This would be a perfect handmade gift for someone under the weather or even a little thank you.

Judy's Tea Cup

Remember the box we made in May?  This is Judy’s version.  She punched out the center front and added a window sheet before putting the box together.  Then she added a die cut bird and a bit of natural hemp.  This would be cute with colored shreds peeking through the clear window.  Judy's Box

I also want to share our new addition out the patio door!  Perhaps on a windless day, we could even stamp outside!


I’m off to the craft room!  Happy stamping!  Rosemary

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 paperrose01@aol.com.  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