Valentine Panda

Oh My Gosh – I just love the Party Pandas!  And the set is FREE!  You can’t buy this set; you can only get it thru the Sale-A-Bration celebration.  Spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and this set can be yours – or any set found in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

01.19.18 VD Panda WOSThis simple red, black and white card is so cute and perfect for a child or an adult.  The pandas have all been pre-cut with my Christmas present – the Scan’N’Cut!  This great tool cut out the pandas, the hedge-hogs and even the circles and scallop circles.  The doily adds texture and interest.  However, the majority of the Stampin’ Up doilies have one area that is “chopped” off.  So, I have learned to work around the area by hiding it.  Thus, the small black lace bow toward the top of the card.  The sentiment banner comes from Bloomin’ Love set.  There are several sentiments to choose from.

01.19.18 VD PandaIn this second sample, you will see several changes.  The DSP is from last year and there are many patterns to choose from.  The reverse side is white with a red pattern.  The little red heart on the letter Panda is carrying is smaller than the previous sample.  The first sample has a small red glimmer heart adhered to the letter.  Another difference is that the panda does not appear to be as dark as the first sample.  The first panda has black Wink of Stella applied to the black portion of the bear.  The second panda is only the stamped image. 

Isn’t this a card you would love to make?  The February stamp camp dates/times are February 1st and 2nd from 2 – 7 pm, and February 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.  You may notice that I have changed the 2018 stamp camp hours.  This allows me to spend additional time with my mother.  She will be 100 in July!  However, if you need to come earlier or later, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate the time best for you!

Finally, I will be offering a 20% product discount for the month of February!  This is the time to stock up on your paper, inks and embellishments.  Plus there are some great stamp sets and bundles in the new occasions catalog – Occasions Catalog.  And remember, for every $50 in product, you can choose an item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure – Sale-A-Brations.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at stamp camp.  Let me know what day you might be coming so I have adequate card stock cut.  Check back tomorrow to see the last Valentine card. 

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


Sure Do Love You

Welcome back Crafters.  Our second project for February Stamp Camp features the recently retired Quilt Builder Framelits Dies and the new Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.01.19.18 VD Quilt 1

This valentine card features a Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, and gold foil color scheme.  A retired heart embossing folder serves as the background for a scattering of hearts punched from the DSP.  This specialty DSP has many gold foil accents on one side with a brushstroke imagery on the other side.  The quilt image is die cut with in the DSP with a Melon Mambo frame, Rich Razzleberry background and gold foil frame.  The banner message is stamped in Melon Mambo and popped up with dimensionals.  This card is perfect for a favorite loved one.

01.19.18 VD Quilt 2Our second sample may be more appropriate for a close friend.  The retired (but still available on the Clearance Rack) Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds dimension to the background.  The quilt art is identical to the first sample with the exception of a smaller gold foil heart.  Four hearts are scattered on the background compared to seven on the previous sample.  The sentiment “Just for You” can be used for any anyone – a neighbor, co-worker, friend, secret pal, etc.  You can choose the embossing folder of your choice, message, and number of hearts to embellish your card.   How you create your card is up to you.  There are dies and punches for all the art work so no fussy cutting is needed.

Sound like fun?  Check back soon to see card #3 – Valentine Panda featured on a red, white and black card. The Party Pandas stamp set is free with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping).

Remember the dates – February 1, 2, and 3.  Let me know if you plan on attending so I have your kit ready to go.

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 –


2017.01.24 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 –


The “Lift me Up” stamp set is perfect for this time of year.  With our lack of sunshine, who wouldn’t love to be lifted up!  I would love to be lifted up in a plane and taken to a destination of warmth, sun and sandy beaches – but this card will just have to do for now!!!

20170124_191215890_iOSCan you image drifting thru a sunny sky in this cool balloon.  Imagine marshmallow clouds as you float along.  This Mint Macaroon and Night of Navy “Lift me Up” card is striking to look at and easy to create.  The dimensions of the card are slightly off the norm – 9 3/4 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The top panel measures 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  A 4 X 4 layer of Night of Navy borders the 4 DSP squares that measure 1 7/8.  The Carried Away DSP that is used is free thru the Sale-A-Brations promotion.  For example, if you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle which includes the Stamp Set and the matching thinlits dies, and add another $5 item, you will have reached the $50 product total and can choose any one of the Sale-A-Bration items absolutely free!  Two of the clouds seen in the picture were die cut and adhered.  The navy balloon was super easy to cut and all the little pieces fell out like a charm.  I traced the negative balloon image on vellum, fussy cut the balloon and adhered it to the back of the navy balloon.  This gives the “up in the air” feeling as you gaze thru the vellum. 

20170124_193440932_iOSThe birthday message is seen from the front of the card.  7/8” X 4” Whisper White cs is the base for the message which is framed in 1” X 4 1/8” Night of Navy.  As I always like to tie the inside of the card with the front, I stamped two  balloons in Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy, die cut them and added a touch of marker for added decoration.  Please note that the this layer is Whisper White.  The bluish tinge is a shadow from my arm!!!





imageFor the Valentine version of “Lift Me Up”, I chose to use the reverse side of the Carried Away DSP.  In addition, the color scheme was switched to  Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy as the watermelon has a pinkish tone.  In retrospect, I think the designer of this card (me) got a little carried away with a few too many hearts.   But after all, this is for the Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp!  Like the birthday version of “Lift Me Up”, there is a vellum backing to the balloon.  3 little navy hearts decorate the balloon and a love note floats from the bottom.  Incidentally, Wink of Stella was used on all the small hearts. It’s nice to be able to turn card stock glittery with a flick of the hand!

imageThe message layer for this Valentine card uses “You Send Me Soaring” from the retired “Sky is the Limit” stamp set.  In addition, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message comes from the new “Sealed with Love” set.  The clouds and hearts are found in the “Lift Me Up” set and are die cut.  This set is great for making  masculine cards, and with the right coloring, you can create softer, more feminine cards.

As a reminder, the February Flowers and Hearts Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd from 2 – 9 pm, and February 4th from 9 am – 4 pm.  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. 

“Sealed with Love” is the final card for this Stamp Camp.  I am just waiting for the Sending Love DSP Stack to finalize this card and will notify you as soon as it has been posted.  As a reminder, I will be giving away the Sale-A-Bration set “Hey Chick” seen below.

imageI’m excited about seeing everyone in 2017.  You can mark your calendar now for March Stamp Camp which will be held on 2, 3 and 4.  April Stamp Camp is currently on hold pending results of pre-op testing in February.

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


Many thanks to Judith Cassidy for guest designing and doing all the prep for our final February Stamp Camp card.  Judy was gracious in responding to my plea for some post-rotator cuff surgery assistance!  She has designed the card I am calling Candy Kisses!

2016.01.28 Judys card

Judy used the Hearts Embossing Folder for the top mat of this red, white and chocolate card.  Sigh – it makes me crave chocolate!  As this is Judy’s creation, I am guessing she used her electronic paper cutter to cut out the cute candy kisses.  Rumor has it there will be REAL CHOCOLATE CANDY KISSES on the table when you make this card. 

You have now seen all 4 cards for our February Stamp Camp.  If you let me know REAL SOON – I will customize your packet.  For example, if you can’t stand bears but love the Bloomin’ Love, let me know and I will omit the Bear Hugs card and insert 2 Bloomin’ Love cards.  As I am cutting paper now, I would appreciate your responding as soon as you can.

Some reminders from the E-mail I recently sent out: for the month of February, I will be offering a 25% product discount for all orders of $50 and up. This is a personal discount – not one offered by Stampin’ Up. Why am I doing this? I love many of the items in the new Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalog that is good until the end of May, 2016, and I want you to enjoy them too. Plus, with a $50 order, you can take advantage of the Sale-A-Brations free items. Plan ahead so you can take advantage of this discount and Sale-A-Brations offerings.  You can check out the Sale-A-Brations items at 2016 Sale-A-Brations

Finally, a date/time reminder for February Stamp Camp. If you can let me know if you might be coming, it’s helpful, but not required. Thursday, February 4th from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, February 5th from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday, February 6th from 9 AM – 4 PM. Hope to see you there!!!!!

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


This is one of my favorite sets from the new Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalog.  You can view this catalog at 2016 Handmade from the Heart Catalog.  One of the things I like about the Bear Hugs set is the matching Framelits Dies.  There is a die for every image except the sentiments – how cool is that!!!!  This means no fussy cutting for 3-D images!

_SAM4446The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was used with the background Soft Suede cs.  But see the bear peeking thru the woods?  I inked the stamp with Basic Black Archival and stamped the bear onto the embossing folder, inserted my card stock and ran it thru the Big Shot several times.  Such a cool technique!  Mrs. Bear  is giving a great big hug as shown on the sentiment.  She is wearing an apron and bow stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a piece of the Love Blooms DSP Stack and die cut with those wonderful matching thinlits dies.  You can’t tell from this picture but the bow and hearts are sparkly because the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush quickly and easily added some glimmer.  Isn’t this a neat card?

_SAM4443The second sample is just a bit different.  This bear is clutching a “love you” valentine and a bouquet of colorful flowers.  The “You’re so sweet” sentiment is attached to a pot of honey.  Wink of Stella glitter is on the hearts, flowers, bow, and pot of honey.  The three images I did not use include a smaller bear, a bowler hat and a fish.  The fish image goes perfectly with the sentiment “Wishing you a day full of sunshine and a lake full of fish.”  This is perfect for the fisherman in your life.  This message could be masked to simply read “Wishing you a day full of sunshine.”  I know I could use a day full of sunshine!

This is our third card for the February Stamp Camp.  Doesn’t it look like a lot of fun?  Plus you will learn the technique of stamping directly on to your embossing folder – great for evergreens in the forest.  And you will have the opportunity to play with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

If you can, don’t forget to let me know when you might be coming – Thursday 2/4 from 2 – 9 PM, Friday 2/5 from 2 – 9 PM, or Saturday 2/6 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Feel free to bring a snack.  We always have plenty of water and soda.

Blessings, Rosemary – Home 630/759-3089 – cell 630/965-1965 –