02.21.18 Springtime 1On this cheerful card, we have Party Panda helping Sunshine & Rainbows declare springtime smiles.  The watercolor background has been colored with Brusho which is a highly pigmented Watercolor ink crystal. I die cut and adhered 3 layers of white clouds and several single clouds.  The die cut rainbow follows ROYGBIV – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  Each color spectrum is adhered to a backing to allow for stability.  The panda declares the sentiment and a glimmering sun speaks of warm days to come.  Wink of Stella was brushed on the rainbow and judiciously to the panda.  The art scene was layered onto Pacific Point cs and then onto the Daffodil Delight card.  Voila – instant spring. 

02.21.18 St. Pats 2  Our second sample is the St. Paddy’s version.  Our sentiment changes and a “pot of gold” is found at the end of the rainbow.  You can choose either card. 

A word about Brusho.  As noted above, Brusho is a highly pigmented Watercolor ink crystal. Stampin’ Up sells a box of 5 colors – red, yellow, gamboge, blue and Moss Green.  You can sprinkle the crystals directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  For this project, I prefer sprinkling the crystals on the dry water color paper and then adding the water.  You can swish the color around with a brush, add more water, add more crystals and even wipe the watercolor paper off with a paper towel to soften the effect.  We will be doing more with Brusho next month but I wanted you to experiment a bit with it this month.

This is the final post for March Stamp Camp.  I hope you can join us on March 1st from 1 pm to 7 pm, March 2nd from 2 pm to 7 pm, or March 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm.  It is helpful if you can let me know which day you might be coming.  For the month of April, our theme will be “friends.”  The dates are April 5, 6, and 7 so mark your calendars now. 

Don’t forget the February 20% discount and the current Sale-A-Brations promotion.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –


Double-Time Stamping with Heartfelt Blooms

Double-time stamping is a fun technique that I have read about but never tried before.  You can also do triple-time stamping, but I thought we would start with the simpler version.image  Heartfelt Blooms is the perfect stamp candidate for this technique. 

With double-time stamping, we are going to stamp double – or 2 – layers of Whisper White cs.  The layers are stacked with the smallest on top.  I used removable or temporary mono snail to hold the layers in place.  The layers can be stacked in the center as shown here, or along the side.   The image – Heartfelt Blooms is used here – is stamped over both layers at the same time. There will be a gap around the second layer.  However, when the matting layer is added, the gaps will disappear. Melon Mambo cs was used to mat both stamped layers which were adhered to the Pretty in Pink card.  I found an entire package of retired Pretty in Pink and thought it would be a subtle color to subdue the bright Melon Mambo.  Pearls were colored with a light pink Sharpie and add additional depth and interest to the card.  Clear Wink of Stella was brushed on lightly over the lighter mambo shades. Wink of Stella will take up the ink color so it must be applied judiciously.  A die cut oval Happy Birthday sentiment is shown on this dimensionals.  The second sample uses a Happy Easter sentiment. 

WP_20180215_14_46_02_Pro 1One aspect of Heartfelt Blooms that I really liked was the ability of the image to provide instant beauty to both the message layer as you see here, and the envelope as shown below.  This is such a versatile stamp set yet it cannot be purchased.  It is a reward thru the current Sale-A-Brations promotion.  If you purchase $50 of any Stampin’ Up products, you can receive this stamp set free – or any of the $50 sets found at Sale-A-Brations 2018.  If you buy $100 worth of product, you can choose a $100 set found at the same Sale-A-Brations site.  Sound confusing, talk to me and I will explain the promotion in full.  And remember my personal 20% discount for the month of February.  So $50 is really $40 and $100 is really $80. 

WP_20180215_14_43_16_Pro 1Doesn’t the envelope appear elegant with the partial Heartfelt Blooms stamp in the corner.  This is truly a versatile stamp set. 





Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’Up as a demonstrator.  For $99, see what you get!  And YOU choose your $125 in products and the two addition free stamp sets.  How long do you have to remain a demonstrator?  That is up to you.  Paper crafting is my passion and I enjoy being a demonstrator.  I love sharing what I have learned.  If it doesn’t work for you, you simply stop ordering.  This is a great opportunity to obtain some exciting SU products.

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I will be posting the final blog post tomorrow.  This final spring-time card is a combination of Party Pandas and Sunshine and Rainbows.  We will be using Prussian Blue Brusho for our sky.  We will be using more Brusho in April and will be combining the red with the yellow and gamboge to come up with a vibrant flower or butterfly.

Don’t forget – March Stamp Camp is March 1st from 1 – 7 pm, March 2nd from 1 – 7 pm, and March 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –

You’re Inspiring

02.19.18 Daffodils 2I love the daffodils from the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set.  The flowers have been stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and colored with the new Stampin’ Blends in light and dark Calypso Coral, light and dark Daffodil Delight and light Old Olive.  The blends are so much fun to use!  And I love the blends color remover that can touch up the little bits of ink that jump outside the border of your image.  The white frame is edged in Daffodil Delight scallops and layered onto dry embossed Calypso Coral and then onto Whisper White and the daffodil card.   The Easter sentiment is stamped on white, die cut in an oval shape and layered onto a Daffodil Delight die cut scalloped oval.  This set also features a smaller row of daffodils that I stamped and colored both inside the card and on the envelope.  On the second sample of this card, I used a Happy Birthday sentiment and message. 

The month of February with my 20% product discount would be a great time to pick up the Stampin’ Blends and also take advantage of the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  You can see the blends on page 31 of the Occasions Catalog.  You can also view them at Stampin’ Blends.

This is project 2 for our March Stamp Camp.  Blog Post 3 will come out sometime tomorrow and will feature double time stamping and Heartfelt Blooms.  See you then,

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/966-1965 –

Tranquil Tulips

Hi Crafters!  I’ve dedicated our March Stamp Camp to Easter flowers.  Actually, 3 cards will be Easter flowers and the last one will be springy and abound with clouds – but no flowers. 

02.19.18 Tranquil Tulips 1Tranquil Tulips is actually a retired stamp from last year.  I had planned on introducing it in spring 2017 but my back surgery delayed that possibility until after it had retired.  This is such a beautiful stamp set.  The tulips are stamped in Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst with Wild Wasabi greenery.  The beautiful marbled background, stamped in Powder Pink, lends a softness to the card.  The tulips are stamped on a white oval and layered onto Berry Burst.  I did not have oval dies that met my specifications so I used my Stamp’n’Cut to provide the exact size ovals needed.  I chose to omit a sentiment on the card front as I felt it would detract from the art panel. A single tulip is stamped on the message layer and the envelope. This is the first of the Easter flower cards for March Stamp Camp.  Of course, these cards can be used for a birthday, anniversary, sympathy, get well or any other occasion. 

Due to popular request, I am moving the starting time on Thursdays to 1 pm.  Fridays will remain at 2 pm.  So…dates and times for March Stamp Camp are:  Thursday, March 1st from 1 – 7 pm, Friday March 2nd from 2-7 pm, and Saturday March 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.  The cost is $12 for the 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  I appreciate your letting me know when you might be coming to ensure I have adequate kits prepared, although I always keep a couple extra on hand.  As always, I provide all supplies and tools. 

REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER;  20% Stampin’Up product discount for the month of February. The discount is given by me personally so all orders must filter through me.   This is a great time to stock up on your staples and take advantage of the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  You can choose a free $50 or$100 item from the Sale-A-Brations brochure for each $50 or $100 you spend on any SU products.  There are several new Sale-A-Bration items that became available on 2/16 and can be seen at Sale-A-Bration 2018.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Looking forward to seeing you in March!

Blessings, Rosemary  (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –

Happy 2018

Hi Crafters!  I’m back for another year of Stampin’Up and crafting with you!  We are starting the year in February – February 1, 2, and 3.  Let’s take a look at the Hedgehog Hugs card we will be doing:

01.19.18 VD Hedgehog 2New laptop for me (hand-me-down from a son) so bear with me .  This is such a cute card – much cuter than the image we see.  Done in an Early Espresso and Real Red color theme, the softly water colored hedgehog on the right is offering the other hedgehog a single flower.  The message, which is hard to read here, says “Sending hedgehugs your way…”

I have been using my Christmas present Scan’n’Cut for the cutting and it has been a learning curve.  I have since learned to add a slight margin around the images so my second sample will be a tinge different. For one thing, the stem for the flower will be a bit wider.   I used the new Stampin’Up Stampin’ Blends for my water coloring.  These are great pens for water coloring.  My mother actually wanted her own set!  The beautiful Wood Textures Designer Paper gives our hedgehogs a perfect background.  You will choose the wood pattern of your choice.  A bit of burlap ribbon and a few red glimmer hearts finish the card.

This is such a wonderful time of year for Stampin’ Up. Did you receive your new Occasions catalog?   If not, let me know, and I will send one your way or you can check it out here Occasions Catalog.  You can find our Hedgehogs in this catalog on page 38.  This is the time of year for Sale-A-Brations.  In case you have never experienced Sale-A-Brations, it is a reward promotion that takes place through March 31st, 2018.  There is a Sale-A-Bration brochure that shows the items you can choose from.  For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you choose a Free product from the brochure.  New this year are even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping).  If you didn’t receive this brochure, just let me know and I will send one out to you, or you can check it out here Sale-A-Bration.   You will  find the darling Party Pandas set on page 15 of this brochure.  These pandas will be featured on another of our February Valentine cards. 

So mark your calendars now!  February Stamp Camp (AKA Hearts and Hedgehogs) will be held from 2-7 PM on Thursday and Friday February 1 and 2, and from 9 AM-4 PM on Saturday, February 3.  I promise you fun and 4 very different cards.  The price remains at $12 which includes and the tools and supplies and whatever water, soda and munchies you can find.  Check back tomorrow for another post that will feature the retired quilt dies and the beautiful Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (see page 19 in the new Occasions Catalogue).

Keep Warm!  Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 –


2017.09.16 Spooky Nite OwlThis Spooky Night card is all about the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The Spooky Night DSP features 32 – 3 X 3 scenes of a spooky black tree against the moon and Pumpkin Pie sky.  The owl is from the Spooky Cat stamp set and was stamped in black on Very Vanilla cs, and fussy cut.  After adhering the owl to the branch, a cute hat is fussy cut from another sheet of DSP and placed atop the owl’s head.  This art scene is adhered to a black cs layer which is then adhered to the DSP decorated front layer.  Black rhinestone jewels embellish the right side of the card and the owl’s hat. 


2017.09.16 Spooky Nite new NolaBUT – if you have the Nola the Cat Punch, you can punch black or orange cats right from the DSP!  In this image, a black cat is punched from the DSP, adhered to the black branch, and finished the same as the card above.  A bow of 1/4” grosgrain or cotton ribbon embellishes the upper corner. 




2017.09.16 Spooky Nite fallFeel like a fall card instead of a spooky cat or owl?  Then rest awhile in a Cajun Craze lawn chair festooned with fall leaves in copper foil and other colors.  Create a special colored leaf using the baby wipe technique and Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie inks.  The chair and leaves are from the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies.  The card is finished with a perky orange bow and the Black Rhinestone Jewels.

Well, this is our final October Stamp Camp post.  I hope you like several of these creations and will come to October Stamp to paper craft your heart away!!!!  Remember – I need to know by Monday October 2nd which cards you wish to do.

In the first post for October Stamp Camp, I reminded everyone that Christmas Stamp-A-Stack will be October 19 and 21 – 12 person limit each day.  I also said that my plan for 4 each of 3 cards was subject to change.   Well,change is upon us as I did come up with a 4th card that is beautifully elegant and simple.  SO… you will have the option of 3 each of 4 cards (12 total) for $28 or 4 each of 4 cards (16 cards) for $34.  All cards will have layers and embellishments, and will be as simple as we can make them.  The sooner I know whether you prefer the 12 or 16 package, the more I can prep for you.  I will have samples for you to view at October Stamp Camp. I promise NO MORE CHANGES! 

Let me know if you have any questions!  See you at October Stamp Camp!  Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)30/965-1965 –

In the Garden

2017.07.20 IN THE GARDEN

This simple but eye-catching card uses the Taylored Expressions die “In The Garden.”  The watercolor wash on glossy paper uses Soft Sky and Marina Mist.  First, the glossy cs is misted with water; then the blended inks are brushed on generously with the aqua brush.  Finally, the cs is allowed to dry and cut to size.  The die is adhered to the bottom and then to the white frame using a strong adhesive. ;

TIP:  An easy way to add glue to the back of intricate die cuts is to take put a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on your silicone craft sheet.  Use a wedge of sponge to press the glue onto the sponge.  Then press the sponge onto the back of your die cut, remove gently the sponge and voila, your die cut is ready to adhere to your card stock. The glue on your silicone craft sheet can be easily wiped off.

Clouds are stamped from the “Lift Me Up” stamp set, cut with the matching dies and popped up with dimensionals.  The knotted black satin ribbon adds interest , texture and dimension.

“In The Garden” is the second offering we have seen for my August Stamp Camp on August 3, 4, and 5.  Remember to let me know by July 31st which cards you wish to do.  You can do any 4 cards for $12.00.  Additional cards are $2.00 each.  Check back soon to see the next blog – “This Little Piggy".”

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 –