With all the rain we’ve been having, some days when I look out in the back yard, it looks similar to our Lilypad Lake card

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 1Blue water, sailboats in the distance, a sunny sky with birds flying overhead, a pelican and vegetation at water’s edge – what more can you ask for?  “Lilypad Lake” is a fun card to make.  You can have a single sailboat or perhaps a regatta taking place.  The sunny sky is sponged on shimmery white cs giving a sparkly look.  The lake is stamped in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party on shimmery white.  The beach area is stamped is Soft Suede.  I constructed a larger bush by adhering 3 green bushes together.  The bush hides the tip of the pelican’s tail.  A lilypad features 2 flowers that brighten up the lake scene.  Additional bushes pop up behind the lilypad. 

05.21.19 Lilypad Lake 2 All of our cards will be a bit different.  Notice the lighter sunny sky and bird placement compared to the scene above.  Although I chose to color my boats the same in both scenes, the card to my right features a gray pelican with Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch flowers.  My bush construction here resulted in a bush taller than the pelican. You can make your card however wish.  If you need assistance with the coloring or sponging, please ask.   I am more than happy to help with any part of your card construction.  The goal is to have the sailboats, pelicans, lilypads, and bushes pre-cut for you. 

As a reminder, June Stamp Camp is Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  I am happy to schedule an alternate date/time if you are unable to come during the planned hours.

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs are here and you can pick up yours at stamp camp or earlier if you are in the area. The deadline for ordering from the current catalog is June 3rd.  And when items run out that are not being carried over to the new catalog, those items are not being replenished.  However, many sets are being carried over to the new book plus lots of new stamp sets, dies, ribbons and embellishments will become available June 4th.  

In my spare time, I have been working on Christmas in July.  Card #1 is done and card #2 is almost done.  I’m having issues getting in the Christmas spirit with all the rain and thunder.  I know the hail is white but it certainly does not look or feel like softly fallen snow.  Mark your calendars now for this annual Christmas card-making event – Thursday July 18 from 12 noon – 7 pm and Saturday July 20 from 9 am to 4 pm.  I am unable to give a price at this time as I haven’t finished designing the cards.  The cards and a sign-up sheet will be available at June Stamp Camp. 

2 more blog posts will be coming soon.

Keep Dry, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3078 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –



05.21.19 Toolbox redHe who has the most tools wins!  “Geared Up Garage” is the perfect stamp set for the “garage-aholic”.  I don’t think that is really a word, but I’m sure you get the picture.  This card features both the garage stamp set and coordinating DSP, and the cutest ever tiny metal wrench!  This bundle retires June 3 so if you like tools, now is the time to grab it!



05.21.19 Toolbox orangeDebbi started with a Basic Black card base and layered on embossed Graphite Gray cs and the tool covered DSP.  The card above features a framed Real Red tool box and this card has a Pumpkin Pie tool box.  A strip of DSP runs down the card center and is embellished with black foil gears and the metal wrench.  This card is perfect for anyone who loves tools – great for a birthday or Father’s Day.

June Stamp Camp is right around the corner.  Dates and times:  Thursday June 6th from 12 N – 6 pm, Friday June 7th from 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday June 8 from 9am – 4 pm.  We will be making 4 cards for $14 and if you want to make additional cards, the cost is $3 per card.  All materials and tools are provided.  You just need to bring yourself.  Let me know what day you plan on coming and what cards you wish to make, and I will have everything ready for you!

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’Up catalogs have arrived.  Yours will be waiting for you when you come to June Stamp Camp.

Remember:  He who has the most tools WINS!

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –


Imagine sitting with a friend sipping tea and having your friend tell you how wonderful you are!

04.24.19 Teapot lightWhat says a cup of tea better than a teapot?  This Berry Burst teapot is layered on a Whisper White embossed card front.  Debbie designed this card and chose to embellish the card front layer with beautiful Blushing Bride roses from the Petal Promenade DSP.  The top edge of the DSP is die cut with one of the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies.  The teapot features a die-cut flower colored with Stampin’ Blends and embellished with a coordinating center.  This same flower is added to the corner of the card front and to the message layer.  The sentiment is stamped in black, die cut, and framed in Berry Burst.  Look further down to see this card with a different DSP.

04.24.19 Teacup lightAnd what goes with a teapot?  Well, a teacup, of course.  This card coordinates nicely with the teapot card and uses the same materials, but the card is done vertically instead of horizontally.  The 3 teacups are balanced one on top of the other and feature the same die-cut flower seen on the teapot sample. These flowers are embellished with a single pearl.  Wouldn’t this card be a great way to tell a friend how wonderful they are?







04.24.19 Teapot darkBut maybe you are not a Blushing Bride rose person – maybe you like roses with more depth and variety.  Debbie chose this DSP as an alternate to the one shown above.  The Mossy Meadow of the roses matches the card perfectly.  This is the same card as the first sample but uses a different Petal Promenade DSP pattern. 



04.24.19 Teacup darkOur final Tea Together sample also features the alternate Petal Promenade DSP.  I love the look of these old fashioned roses.

Which pattern Petal Promenade DSP will you choose?  Which card – the teapot, the teacup or both?  Lots of decisions for May Stamp Camp.  As a final reminder, May Stamp Camp is scheduled for Thursday May 2nd from 12 N – 6 PM, Friday May 3rd from 2 – 6 PM, and Saturday May 4th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  If these dates/times don’t work for you, please contact me and we can schedule an another date/time.  All tools and supplies are supplied and the fridge has soda pop and water.  Chances are quite good that a snack of some type will be found on the kitchen counter.  Cost for May Stamp Camp is $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each additional card.  Please let me know which day you will be coming and which cards you wish to make.

Remember that the current Stampin’ Up catalogs retire June 3rd.  To see items that will not be coming back, please check out the retiring list at Last Chance Products.  If supplies of these items exhaust before June 3rd, the items will not be replenished.

May Stamp Camp is a great opportunity to create cards for your wonderful friends.  I look forward to seeing you as you are MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS!

Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –


04.24.19 Sweet Storybook 1Did I ever tell you you’re wonderful? Sweet Storybook is a cute card with one mouse expressing his feelings to the other. This Poppy Parade and Mango Melon card is developed using the “double Z” technique.  The DSP  is from the Painted Seasons Sale-A-Brations promotion.  The mushrooms and greenery from the DSP fit the theme of our card perfectly.  The front “Z” panel has 4 layers – Poppy Parade, the mushroom layer, the mice layer, and the top layer of Lemon-Lime Twist leaves. 

04.24.19 Sweet Storybook 2The second sample is opened a bit more to allow you to see the “double Z”.  Matching dies allow for easy cutting of the mice and leaves.  The large mushroom is stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends in Poppy Parade and Melon Mango.  The mice are stamped in black and can be colored with stamps or with Stampin’ Blends.  I found it easier to color with the Blends; stamping the color needs to be quite exacting.  The sentiment can be stamped under the Melon Mango “Z”. The card lays flat when fully open.  

Isn’t this card the perfect way to tell a friend how wonderful they are.  This would be such a pick-me-up to receive in the mail!  As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is scheduled for Thursday May 2nd from 12 N – 6 PM, Friday May 3rd from 2 – 6 PM, and Saturday May 4th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  As always, if dates/times don’t work for you, please contact me and we can schedule an alternate time. 

It’s very helpful if you would let me know which day you are coming and which cards you would like to do.  This allows me to have enough of the cards cut that you might choose to do. 

Hope to see you at May Stamp Camp!

Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –


04.24.19 DandelionDid I ever tell you you’re wonderful? “Dandelion Wishes” is an elegant card and perfect for reaching out to a friend with the ultimate compliment.  Debbie designed this card using one of her favorite colors – Lemon-Lime Twist – a color retiring on June 3, 2019.  This simple dandelion is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a Bokeh Dots stamped background.  The Bokeh Dots set features 2 stamps that are perfect for backgrounds.  The stamped  art piece is framed in Lemon-Lime and white and rests elegantly on retired Lemon-Lime DSP.   The sentiment is the same for all May Stamp Camp cards – DID I EVER TELL YOU YOU’RE WONDERFUL,” and is stamped on Whisper White, punched out with the scallop punch and framed on a large oval punched Lemon-Lime Twist scrap.

Like Lemon-Line Twist, both Bokeh Dots and Dandelion Wishes stamp sets retire on June 3 or sooner if supplies exhaust.  Don’t forget to check the retiring list at Last Chance Products

As a reminder, May Stamp Camp is scheduled for Thursday May 2nd from 12 N – 6 PM, Friday May 3rd from 2 – 6 PM, and Saturday May 4th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  As always, if dates/times don’t work for you, please contact me and we can schedule an alternate time.  Hope you can make it!

Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –


Our theme for May is “Cards for Gals.”  One way we can honor the gals we know is to tell them how wonderful they are.  When was the last time someone told you that you are wonderful?  May Stamp Camp gives us the opportunity to tell 4 or more women friends that they are WONDERFUL!

04.24.19 Hoppy 1“Did I ever tell you you’re wonderful?”  I love our hoppy frogs – one complementing his friend who is celebrating by riding a unicycle while juggling bees.  This hoppy card is done in Night of Navy, Call Me Clover and Shaded Spruce. The frogs, dragonfly, bike and bees are colored with Stampin’ Blends.  A strip of Happiness Blooms DSP adds a bit of interest.  Matching dies allows us to cut our shapes in a jiffy.  Wink of Stella leaves our little characters nice and sparkly.   This card is a wonderful way to compliment a friend.

04.24.19 Hoppy 2Our second Hoppy sample features a few changes.  The Happiness Blooms DSP strip is flipped to the back side.  A yellow lily floats on a Shaded Spruce lily pad.  The gems on the crown and lily are a coral instead of the red rhinestones used on the first sample.  As in the first sample, Stampin’ Dimensionals pop up our frogs, dragonfly and unicycle.  This is such a cheerful card.

At May Stamp Camp, you can color your frogs any color you want.  Although I chose Call Me Clover, perhaps you want another shade of green or even brown.  May Stamp Camp is scheduled for Thursday May 2nd from 12 N – 6 PM, Friday May 3rd from 2 – 6 PM, and Saturday May 4th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  As always, if dates/times don’t work for you, please contact me and we can schedule an alternate time.  Judy C had the pleasure of a re-schedule earlier this month and enjoyed sitting in the craft studio with me as she made her cards.  I provide all tools and materials needed to complete your chosen cards and the fridge always is full of soda pop and water. 

As a reminder, the SU Retired Products List is out and can be found at Last Chance Stampin’Up Products.  Although products in our current catalogs are valid thru June 3rd, when supplies of these retiring products run out, they will not be replenished.  So, if there is something you want now, please order it.  On a sad note, “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set is retiring.  This is the oldest stamp set and has been available the full 15 years that I have been a SU Demonstrator.  I would suggest you start checking the SU Clearance Rack starting May 7th.  When new discounted items are added to the Clearance Rack, these items appear on a Tuesday.  As we approach the June 3 retirement date, retiring items in heavy supply may appear on the Clearance Rack which can be accessed here at Clearance Rack.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at May Stamp Camp.  It’s helpful if you let me know which day you are coming and which cards you wish to do.  The cost is $14 for any 4 cards and $3 for each card thereafter. 

Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell/text)630.965.1965 –


03.25.19 questionable“Lovely Lattice” is indeed lovely.  This is a stamp set that is available only through Sale-A-Brations which ends March 31st.  Poppy Parade and Whisper White is the color theme for this card.  Poppy Parade was an in-color several years ago and I am so happy Stampin’Up brought it back.  It is an orange-red unlike Real Red which is more of a blue-red.  The artwork features poppies which I colored with Poppy Parade and Call Me Clover and feature rhinestones in the flower centers.  The artwork is framed in Basic Black and the die-cut sentiment is layered on 1/2” Textured Weave Poppy Parade ribbon.  The corners of each piece of card stock have been rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.  This punch is the easiest corner rounder I have ever used.


The second sample of “Lovely Lattice” is for the crafter who loves to color (which I do).  Like the sample above, the flowers are colored with Stampin’ Blends Poppy Parade, Call Me Clover and Shaded Spruce.  The background artwork is colored with Smoky Slate.  If you are a crafter who would like some help with the coloring, please let me know!  I would be more than happy to color for you.  “Lovely Lattice” could easily be done in other colors.  I have seen samples where the entire image was fussy cut and other samples where only a few of the flowers were framed.  This set has many possibilities.

As a reminder, April Stamp Camp is being held on Thursday April 4th from 12-6 pm, Friday April 5th from 2-6 PM, and Saturday April 6th from 9 am-4pm.  If you have a conflict with these times/dates, please let me know and I will find a date/time that works for you.  The cost for Stamp Camp is $14 for 4 cards.  If you wish to make additional cards, the cost is $3 each.  If you can let me know which day you are coming it is helpful in cutting card stock.  And if you need help with coloring – Lovely Lattice and/or Fable Friends – please let me know.  I know it seems far off, but May Stamp Camp is May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  We will be doing cards for our lady friends.

Spring Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630.759.3089 – (cell)630.965.1965 –