Painted Petals

This is a GREAT way to use the Designer Series Paper odds and ends you may have sitting around.  It’s so easy to buy a piece of DSP because you love the color/pattern/texture.  However, I find I always have a few bits and pieces that I hate to throw away. 

SAMSUNG CSCThis card uses the Painted Petals stamp set and absolutely lovely Painted Blooms DSP.  The measurements for the DSP are 3 3/4” X 1 3/4”.  The scallop border punch is used on both the DSP and the layer of Pacific Point CS.  Garden Green and Pacific Point inks are used and the messages come from the Mother’s Love and From the Garden stamp sets.  There is a lovely Mother’s Day saying in the Mother’s Love set.  Soft Sky CS was used for the actual card and the ribbon trims used were Garden Green ribbon and Soft Sky twine.  The trick to this card is to not move the photopolymer stamps from how they are placed on the block which matches how the stamps on the backing.  The leaves are done with 1 stamping, and the flowers are done with 1 stamping.  The card is pretty fast – once the paper is layered, you stamp the leaves once, the flowers once, the message and you are DONE!  Although the stamped flowers are similar to the DSP, you can see how any DSP would work and carry the colors thru with your stamping.

As many of you know, Stamping Up comes out with a new catalog every year.  The date for the new catalog has changed every year for some time.  SU has markets in Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and of course, the United States.  This year, SU is placing their markets all under one platform.  Thus, the new books will come out at the same time for all markets.  June 2, 2015 is the last day to order any items from the current catalog.  June 3, 2015 is the start of the new 2015-2016 catalog transition.  I will be ordering catalogs on May 5th (WOW – that’s tomorrow) so you can pick up yours as soon as they arrive.  There will be some changes with the new catalog that I will discuss later.  Please make sure you check out the retiring stamps and accessories list and let me know if there is anything you want to order.  There are some nice savings on many of the retiring items.  Retiring products

I hope you can make it to the May Stamp Camp.  I know I have heard from several you.  This is a busy time of year and several of you find ordering a May Stamp
Camp kit is the way to go.  Just let me know if you prefer to go this route.  The cost is $12 – the same as for Stamp Camp.  However, with a kit, you can’t enjoy my craziness!  I will be back with another blog shortly.  The next blog will feature a tree with beautiful pink leaves – reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630-759-3089 –


2014 Stamp-A-Stack

The 2914 Christmas Stamp-A-Stack marathon is almost here.  Deb has been furiously cutting paper and stuffing the envelopes.  I’ve ordered a few extra acrylic blocks to insure each set is pre-mounted for you.  Today we are going to organize a box for each crafter that will include scissors, adhesive eraser, liquid adhesive, a box of glue dots, a roll of sticky strip, a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals, a bone folder, a pen or pencil, tweezers, and a silicone sheet.  if you are also purchasing adhesive for your crafting, your box will include 2 adhesive refills.  Our goal is to have everything you need at your fingertips.  Our Stamp-A-Stack cards:

Christmas CheerChristmas Cheer is our first card stamped with the “Christmas Cheer” set.  This gatefold card is done in Real Red, Whisper White  and Garden Green, and uses Nordic Noel DSP.  Deb cleverly designed this card using the new Filigree Frame embossing folder only on 1 side of the gate.  One of the 4 ornament images is stamped, trimmed by hand, and attached to the main image with gold cording.  Finally, a few rhinestones are adhered to add a touch of bling.


Holy Family 1The second card comes from “The Newborn King” stamp set.  This elegant card is done in Mossy Meadow, gold, and Very Vanilla.  The Filigree Frame embossing folder is used again, this time for the frame around the image.  The image is embossed in gold on brushed gold card stock and framed with Mossy Meadow .  A bit of Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon provides the finishing touch to this very elegant card.  Holy Family Inside 2You may wish to consider gold-embossing the message  and star that come in the set.  I also embossed a single gold star on the envelope.  The added gold embossing carries the elegance from the envelope thru the entire presentation.


Moose 1The “Visions of Santa” stamp set is one of my favorites this year and gives us a touch of humor.  There are actually 5 options for this card.  You can stamp the moose in his underwear as shown here, or or stamp 1, 2 or 3 of the 4 Santa images.  Of course all of the Santas are in their underwear also!  See the next picture for 3 of the Santas.  This stamp set is done in Old Olive, Real Red, and Early Espresso.  The moose and Santas are stamped on a white tag that is layered on an espresso tag, and colored with Blendabilities.  The moose, Santa images and tag are then embellished with silver sequins, white snowflakes, and pearls.  Three Santas 2Santa & Co. DSP is added in angled strips on the Real Red layer that is embossed with the new On Point embossing folder.  Finally, the natural and Old Olive super chunky trim is pulled thru the hold in the tag.  These cards are just too cute!

Wreaths 2The elegant and Christmassy “Wondrous Wreath” is done in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.  The embossed Stylish Stripes background sets off the  cobbler and vanilla banners which pop  up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Several loops of slender gold  ribbon are the perfect background for the stamped and die-cut wreath.  The “Joy” and “Noel” messages are easily die cut on gold foil card stock.

Bright and Beautiful blue 1Our fifth and final card for our 2014 Stamp-A-Stack is “Bright and Beautiful” which is sized to fit the stars framelits.  This simple card is done in Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon with a panel of All is Calm DSP.  Two cards for each crafter will have the Soft Sky and White DSP and one card with the silver and white DSP shown below.  The new Lucky Stars embossing folder adds dimension and texture to the Lost Lagoon.  Three stars are stamped and die cut – one in Lost Lagoon, one wet-embossed in silver, and one in Soft Sky.  The small Soft Sky star is embellished with a single All Is Calm snowflake embellished anBright and Beautiful silverd a blue rhinestone.  The stars are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a small silver ribbon decorates the upper corner.  The card to the left is an example of the same card with the silver and white All is Calm DSP.

Bright and Beautiful inside lg1The two samples indicate two different centers that could be used.  Both include All is Calm Washi Tape.  The center to the right shows a beautiful message that comes with the set.  We have stamped it in Lost Lagoon on a die-cut banner and added a Soft Sky star.  The banner must be placed carefully toBright and Beautiful inside small keep it from interfering with the front view of the card.  The other inside message for Bright and Beautiful includes the Season’s Greetings message from the set, and a die-cut star.  Both centers are attractive and you can choose the ones that you prefer, or choose something totally different.  Each sample gives ideas for the center of the card and the envelope.

For those of you who are not attending the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, I hope these samples give some ideas for your holiday card creations.  Give me a call, or send an E-mail if you have any questions.

December Stamp Camp will be lots of fun as we craft a holiday pop-up box, holiday tags, and have the opportunity to stamp the new Gentle Peace stamp set on vellum for a very special card.  We will have all the accessories for the card ready to go so you can stamp your vellum, and if you prefer, take it home to color and put together.  I know how busy the month of December, but this new stamp is so special, that I want you to be able to have the image. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

A Button Garden

What better way to enjoy summer than out in your garden – or someone else’s garden.  I would love to go to the Botanical Garden about now but would probably appreciate it more in the dead of winter.  At the August Stamp Camp, we are going to create our own garden – with buttons!

buttons gems 2Isn’t this a cute way to celebrate summer and use up spare buttons?   I’ve used a color scheme of Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe with retired Designer Series Paper.  The scallop border punch adds interest to the bottom of the card as well as the “grass” for the garden.  The flower stems were stamped in Wild Wasabi and Pistachio Pudding from the new Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The buttons were added with a micro Glue Dot and a bit of liquid adhesive.  The gems were added with liquid adhesive.  I love the message “HAPPY BLOOMING BIRTHDAY” which is part of the Flower Patch set.  Button sewed use this

For those of you who want to try something a bit different – why not tie your flower on with a bit of embroidery thread as I did here.  I simply held my button in place with a micro Glue Dot and threaded my needle thru the front and back up.  I’ve even pre-threaded 3 large needles!  Note the use of Pool Party ribbon on this card versus the retired Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon used on the first card.  You will choose your buttons, your choice of ribbon, and how you choose to attach your “flowers” to the garden – adhesive with gem centers, or embroidery thread.  The choice is yours!

Hope to see you on August 7, 8 or 9.  Mark the September Stamp Camp dates on your calendar now – Sept 4, 5, 6.  If  you can, let me know which date you will be coming or if you need to schedule an alternate date/time.  Keep an eye out for your holiday catalogues which should be arriving shortly.  I will have extras if you need to pick one up or want me to send it to you.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

A Perfect Blend – just for Coffee Drinkers!

Now who doesn’t drink coffee?  OK – I can think of a few folks namely my sister and one or two of my sons.  But most people sip on coffee every now and than.  At our August Stamp Camp, we are going to create a card honoring those who drink coffee. 

Coffee 1“Given enough coffee, I could rule the world temporarily.”  What a perfect message to go with the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend stamp set.  The color scheme for this card is Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, and a touch of pink.  However, you could stamp the cups and message in any of the 50 Stampin’ Up colors.  The cups are stamped and easily cut out.  The label and top are stamped a second time on the back of your choice of DSP from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 for $6.95).  The label and top are cut out and the fronts adhered to your coffee cup.  How cute and simple!  The background is rather unique – the Chevron Border is punched along the border and the layer is then run thru the Big Shot with the arrows embossing folder.  A bit of gorgeous grunge was added to the message which was shadowed with a Mossy Meadow “cloud” die cut from the Word Bubbles Framelits.  I chose to add a pink dahlia in the corner to bring out the pink in the DSP, but other dahlia colors are available as well as a full selection of candy dots.  The message from the set that was used inside the card reads:  “coffee & friends are the Perfect blend.”  This cute stamp set is $10.95 and found on page 116 in the 2014-15 catalogue.  A small Starbucks gift certificate would be perfect inside this card for a friend celebrating an occasion. 

This is the second card we will be creating at the August Stamp Camp.  I noted the dates and times in yesterday’s blog so I won’t repeat myself.  The cost which covers all the supplies and tools remains at $12.00.  You only need to bring yourself! 


If you’re anything like me, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. That’s why Stampin’ Up has brought you the chance to receive one of five free stamp set/framelit bundles below (your choice!) with purchase of a Big Shot.  And if you get a Big Shot now, you’ll be ready for all the new Big Shot accessories in the holiday catalog. If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these discounted bundles at an amazing 15% off!  This is one deal you won’t want to miss-only available from August 1-31-as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.  Two Choices:



Bundle chart

Let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you on August 7th, 8th, or 9th!  Post #3 will magically appear tomorrow so check back!

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –

The Tree

I’ve entitled the second card for our June Stamp Camp, simply The Tree.  The actual set is entitled “Look Up to Father.”  I feel this stately image speaks for itself.

Tree birthday 1This birthday card was designed for a male, and has lots of texture and detail.  Mossy Meadow, one of the 2014 – 2016 In Colors was used for the card base.  Baked Brown Sugar cs became our tree trunk with Soft Suede ink applied to the Woodgrain Embossing Folder .  Texture was added to the Very Vanilla CS beneath the tree layer. with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Paper piercing was added to the 4 corners of the tree layer and the center was cut out with one of the Starburst Framelits and sponged in Soft Suede.  The tree was stamped in Mossy Meadow and rests on cs below the starburst circle.  As a finishing touch, the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch was used on Mossy Meadow, and Linen Thread was added in an “X” formation.  Note how stately the tree appears on the envelope below the card.  The greeting that comes with the stamp set is shown below. 

Happy Fathers Day 1This greeting is perfect for Father’s Day, a birthday, or any occasion for a respected Dad or Stepdad.  Sadly, this stamp set will no longer be available after June 1st which is when the Celebrate the Everyday mini catalogue ends.




Tree inside 1

I thought it would be interesting to carry the paper piercing onto the message sheet.  You can barely see the triangular piercing in the corners which matches the card front.  A line of piercing was also added to the starburst die cut which was left from the card front.  We will be using the Paper Piercing Pack which makes paper piercing a breeze.

This is the second card we will be creating at the June Stamp Camp.  To repeat the dates and times:   Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 from 2 to 9 PM; and Saturday, June 7 from 9 AM to 4 PM. If you have a conflict with these dates/times, please let me know, and we can arrange an alternate date/time – or you can purchase a kit. A kit includes all the materials for the 4 cards, and the stamping, embossing, die cutting, punching, etc. has been done for you. I supply everything except the adhesive.  The kit currently costs the same as attending the stamp camp – $12.00. Such a deal!

Give me a call, or send me an E-mail if you have any questions.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 –


Calm Christmas

Let’s all have the calm Christmas typified by this gentle card.  The set, “Calm Christmas” is quite reasonable – $14.95 for the dove, “Peace on EARTH” and a message image used inside the card.  We did this in Pool Party and Island Indigo with a touch of the absolutely wonderful 1/8” Silver Ribbon ($4.95 for 10 yds.) a Frosted Finishes Embellishment, and foil Designer Series Paper from the .Winter Frost Specialty series.  Deb and I each did one of the cards.  The dove image on the left was inked carefully in Coastal Cabana and the sprig of greenery was colored with a Pistachio Pudding marker before stamping.  Because I have to be difficult, I wet embossed the dove image to the right.  I inked part of the dove – especially the greenery sprig – with Versa Mark, and added a light green embossing powder and added the heat.  On a separate piece of paper, I inked the entire image with VersaMark, and embossed it in Pool Party.  I cut out the dove, cutting off the greenery, and adhered it over the green image.  This was a bit labor intensive, but is an option if you choose.  Or, you can simply stamp the image in Pool Party, and trace carefully over the green sprig with the green marker.  So – lots of options – Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, to emboss or not to emboss!  We added a small rhinestone for the eye and used the oval framelits to cut our frame for “Peace on EARTH.”

This is our fifth and final project for our November Stamp Camp.  4 cards and 1 box for $12.00.  Dates/times are Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 9 PM, Friday, November 15 from 2 to 9 PM, Saturday, November 16 from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

Our schedule for December is going to be a bit different as I will be out of town on Saturday December 7th. We will have normal stamp camp on Thursday and Friday, December 5th and 6th. However, Saturday Stampers have an option of November 30 or December 14th. I could also do mornings on December 5th and 6th if that would be helpful.  We will be doing only 3 cards and already have them ready to go. They are not difficult but are quite showy.  We do not meet in the month of January, but will start back again in February.

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