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   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  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

and…the final Cash/Check/Gift Card Holder

IMG_1480I came up with this idea from an example in a brochure distributed by Michael’s – but I changed the size and method of construction.  This is actually a card with a pocket to hold cash/checks/gift cards.  I used designer series paper from a previous year as well as some retired Ruby Red card stock.  The result is traditional Christmas colors that are upbeat and cheerful.  This card holder can be embellished many different ways and is one of the projects we will be making at the December 3rd and 4th Tags and More Stamp Camp.  

The view below shows the pocket inside the card that holds the monetary gift or gift card.


Gift card open

Stay tuned tomorrow for the FINAL stamp camp project! 

…and More

IMG_1466Here we have another cute cash/check/gift card holder that can be used any time during the year, but is especially nice for Christmas.  This is a Sizzix die I picked up last year 50% off.  I am able to use my 8 1/2 X 11” card stock which I like.  The die forms a small pocket which holds the cash/gift card.  The holder can be embellished with stamped or punched images as I have done above, or the images could be stamped directly on the card stock.  This is another project we will be making at the December 3rd and 4th Tags and More Stamp Camp.  One more cash/check/gift card holder will be posted tomorrow.  See you then!

holiday tags…AND MORE!

Gift card envelopes 3

What’s next for our Dec 3rd and 4th Tags and More Stamp Camp?  How about some cute holders for cash/checks/gift cards?  Years ago, before I became a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, I would go to Archivers every year and use one of their dies to make gift holders.  It is much more fun to be able to design my own.  This first gift card holder is adapted from the Stampin’ Up Scallop Envelope Bigz die.  This may look similar to the scallop envelope tags we saw several days ago, but these envelopes are actually longer to accommodate the gift cards.  These are quite easy to make and I will demonstrate how we adapt the placement of the paper to increase the envelope size.  As you can see, I have embellished several of my samples, but I think they are cute even without any embellishment.  I have a large assortment of 6” double sided paper for  you to choose from when you create your own holder. 

Check in tomorrow for another cash/check/gift card holder idea!