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 –


Oh my heavens!!!  Today is August 31st and September Stamp Camp is just 1 week away.  I have not shared a single card with you!  Where does the time go????

imageNavy and yellow are such a sharp combination!  The Daisy Delight card features the awesome marbled background stamp, stamped in So Saffron.  A scalloped edge of Daffodil Delight borders the Delightful Daisy DSP.  Three daisies are stamped and punched – 2 in Night of Navy and 1 in Daffodil Delight – and adhered in the center.   A Daffodil Delight banner message is shadowed in navy.  Several Garden Green leaves from the Stylish Stems die set are added for a touch of extra color.  Finally, a knotted piece of Night of Navy gingham ribbon is added to one corner of the top card layer and a gold faceted gem is adhered to the daisy center.

The Delightful Daisy DSP is simply awesome and is found on page 189 in the 2017-2018 catalog.  The marbled background stamp (page 165 in the 2017-2018 catalog) is a wonderful investment and will give you beautiful backgrounds for years to come. For a bolder background, you can use 2 or 3 different inks.  Although I absolutely love the daisy stamp and punch I think the highlight of the card is the 1/2” navy gingham ribbon (page 198 in the 2017-2018 catalog.  The marbled background, DSP and ribbon make this a card to treasure.

September Stamp Camp is right around the corner on September 7, 8 and 9.  Hours are 12 N – 6 PM on the 7th and 8th, and 9 AM – 5 PM on the 9th.  Cost is $12 for 4 cards and $2 for each additional card.  Please let me know by September 5th which cards you wish to do. 

By the way, I will be offering a discount for the month of September – 20% off.  Normally I give a 10% discount on any Stampin’ Up products, but for September, the discount will be 20%.  Take advantage of this limited discount.  Stay tune for the next blog – the new wood crate with a matching card!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 (h) – 630/975-1965 (c) –


2017.01.24 BLACK TIE HVDMy Black Tie Valentine is one of the three valentine cards that you can make at the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp.  This striking card uses the new Falling Petals embossing Folder – very similar to my favorite Softly Falling folder.  The Whisper White embossed layer is adhered to the Basic Black card and is embellished with a black satin bow and a pair of fussy cut red lips. This card was originally designed for the punched card stock bow.  Using the satin ribbon is a bit trickier but with the help of the bow maker, a bit of Baker’s Twine, and Tombo Multi Liquid Glue, anything is possible.  The satin ribbon allows the sender to slip the card in an envelope while the card stock bow would crease and flatten in an envelope.

2017.01.24  BLACK TIE HVD MSGThe new “Sealed with Love” stamp set was used for both messages and the lips.  Two arrow dies come with the matching  “Love Notes Framelits”.  Gold foil was used for the arrow in this image.  The arrow was cut in half and adhered to the underside of the Happy Valentine’s Day message giving the appearance of an arrow shooting through the message.  A thin strip of “Sending Love” DSP adds a touch of color to the message layer.  This is an ideal valentine for your sweetheart!

2017.01.24 HVD EDGELITI love the heart edgelit that comes with the “Love Notes Framelits”.  The edgelit is easy to use and provides interest and depth.  The hearts can be bent open allowing the reader to peek thru and see what is next.  The Falling Petals embossing folder adds more hearts to the top card layer. The gold die cut arrow  is a bit off line.  I discovered a dimensional covering my access point for the arrow and now place my arrow BEFORE adding the dimensionals.  This view shows the card slightly propped open.



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The view on the left shows the DSP peeking behind the heart edgelit.  When the card is fully open, the complete DSP strip is seen as well as a tiny matching envelope with a “sending love” message embellished with stamped and die cut hearts. There is an assortment of “Sending Love” DSP to choose for your panel and envelope. There are 2 little message dies in the “Love Notes Framelits”. as well as the small envelope and hearts dies. 

2017.01.24 AMORE HDThis is the Amore valentine card and shows you some of the  words in other languages for “love”,  A panel of the “Sending Love” DSP is layered on Basic Black and adhered with dimensionals on a layer of Whisper White cs embossed with “Falling Petals.”  A red foil heart features a smaller Dazzling Diamonds glimmer heart .  A black glimmer arrow pierces the heart thru the center. 






2017.01.24 AMORE HVD MSGThe message layer of the Amore card is embellished simply with a border punch of hearts allowing the red layer to peek thru.  The Happy Valentine’s Day message is stamped in Real Red and die cut with one of the new Stampin’ Up stitched circles.  A scalloped Real Red circle is layered under the message and  adhered with dimensionals.

There you  have it!  Fiesta, Beautiful You, Lift me Up, and 3 Valentine cards.  What will you choose?  The first 3 can be done as Valentines or as other occasions.  The 3 Valentine cards pretty much need to be used for Valentine’s Day.  As long as you have contacted me by end of day on January 30th, you can let me know which 4 cards or more you wish to make.

As a final reminder, the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – February 2, 3 and 4. I am changing the Thursday hours to 2 – 9 PM. Friday is also 2-9 PM. If you need to come earlier on either of those days, please let me know. Saturday remains the normal 9 AM – 4 PM.  March Stamp Camp will be held on March 2, 3, 4 with the same times as the February Camp. 

A reminder about Sale-A-Bration!!! This is the time of year when you can get something FREE! Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. If you did not receive your Sale-A-Bration catalog, you can pick one up at February Stamp Camp, or check it out at Sale-A-Bration January – March 2017. Check out page 11 and the Designer Series Paper made for coloring, the Taco Truck on page 12, and the ever popular Hey Chick on page 17. There are lots of other things, too. So now is the time to order your paper, stamp sets, and other crafting products you want!

Please let me know if you plan on attending this fun stamp camp.  The price remains the same – $12.00 covers everything for 4 cards; additional cards are $2.00 each.

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 –


What would you rather do – can fruit or arrange flowers???

2016.08.27 JarsFor our jar cards, we use the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits dies.  The jars you see here are actually 3 parts.  The base is the jar stamped on Whisper White cs, painted with a pale wash of Watermelon Wonder or Peekaboo Peach, and die cut. The jar is then filled with strawberries or peaches fussy cut from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The jar is then stamped with Jet Black StazOn on a window sheet, die cut, and glued over the filled jar.  Finally the lid, stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky slate is wet embossed with clear embossing powder, die cut and adhered onto the jar.  The jar bases have been pre-stamped, pre-painted, and pre-cut for you.  The window sheet jars have also been stamped and pre-cut for you.  I found stamping the jars on the window sheeting to be quite challenging as the photopolymer stamps wanted to slide on the window sheets.  However, I finally came up with enough for stamp camp.

2016.08.27 Jars flowersIf you prefer flower arranging to canning fruit, this is the card for you!  The base of the jar has been painted with a very light wash of Marina Mist.  Stems of leaves and flowers are placed in the jar and the window sheet jar is glued on top.  I added several stems to the jar to increase the fullness.  Small stamped and die cut flowers were added to the flower stems and greenery.  I added a jar lid on one of the jars before I realized – DUH – how can you have a lid on a jar filled with flowers.  But I liked the finished look and chose to leave it.  The smaller jar was filled with a smaller amount of flowers and foliage and a bow was added to the jar rim.  Part of the challenge with this card is that I spent many years as a floral designer and even taught college level floral design.  Consequently, I still hold the same design principles and it is hard to let them go for this card!

Both cards use the Fruit Stand Designer Series paper for the background.  The top scalloped DSP on the floral card is shorter than the fruit card.  The placement of the black “hello” sentiment varies, depending on which card is chosen.  An interesting combination would be one jar filled with fruit and the other with flowers – a fruit and flowers combination!  Or you could even fill your jars with fish which are included in the stamp set and matching framelits.

This is our final card for September Stamp Camp.  I hope you can make it.  Remember to let me know which 4 cards you choose to do, or I will assume you wish to do 1 of each.  If you know  you wish to do the fruit jar, it would be helpful to let me know so I have a sufficient number of jars with Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach washes.

As a reminder for dates and times – Thursday September 1 from 12N to 4 PM, Friday September 2 from 2 PM – 9 PM, and Saturday September 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  October Stamp Camp will be October 6, 7, and 8.  We will be doing a shaving cream card in October as well as a Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  The Taylored Expressions Roly Poly Witch will also make her debut at October stamp camp.  A fun time is guaranteed.

Don’t forget about the September 20% discount for all Stampin ’Up products.  This is a discount offered by me – not Stampin’ Up so orders will need to filter through me!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630/759-3089 – (c)630/965-1965 –