Stampin Friends Lots of Love Hop


HAPPY NEW YEAR …. and …. Welcome to the Stampin’ Friends Lots of Love Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

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If you arrived from the ever amazing Kirsteen Gill’s Blog (click the button above if you missed her! … or better yet, travel through and you will eventually find her), thank you for coming to visit me!  Be sure to click on the “next” button at the end of this post to check out Lynn Streifert’s fabulous contributions.

******Be sure to read this entire post … there are prizes to be won by one lucky blog hopper!!!!  The rules are below.  I LOVE prizes!******

This month we have three amazing Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to visit them.  You will be glad you did.

Well, here are my projects.  A darling fancy fold card and a set of stunning oval nesting boxes are my creations this month.  Everything I used is current Stampin’ Up! product.  All the stamp sets and designer paper come from the Occasions Catalog.  Everything I used is in the supply list at the end of my post.

The card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored on the long edge at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″.  After layering on some GORGEOUS Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper, I used a 20160116_185418_wm    20160116_185044_wm 2-1/2″ circle punch to make the hole.  I then punched a 2-1/2″ circle of Watermelon Wonder cardstock and glued that to the lower flap, making sure I had enough clearance to open and close the card smoothly.  I layered that with a 2-3/8″ scallop circle from Blushing Bride.

I stamped “My Valentine” (from Bloomin’ Love) on Whisper White using a Watermelon Wonder ink pad.  I removed the ink from the leaves and stems with a blender pen and replaced it using a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then punched it out with a 2″ punch and adhered it.

20160116_185512_wmThe inside sentiment (Mossy Meadow) is from “Grateful Bunch” and the line of hearts … stamped in Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder … comes from “Birthday Blooms“.  (shhhh! a strategically place small heart hides a smear of ink!)  The Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim is simply tied with a knot around the top flap.

My 3-D project is a set of two oval nesting boxes, PERFECT for a Valentine surprise gift!

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To make the boxes, I used a tutorial from Stamping School.  They were pretty easy to assemble.  I used oval framelits and Soft Suede Cardstock for the boxes.  The large box used # 5 & 6 framelits,  the smaller box # 4 & 5.  The larger box used 12 x 12 cardstock for the strip for the box side.  The side of the larger box is 2″ and the smaller one is 1-1/2″ tall.  The lid sides are 1″ and 3/4″, respectively.  I used Tear and Tape adhesive to assure a strong bond.

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Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper covers the box.  The “Bloomin’ Love” stamp set provides the stamps.

The flower on the top is made from 8 layers of Filter Paper, cut with framelits from the Floral Frames Collection.  I spritzed a Stampin’ Sponge with water, picked up ink from the ink pad and applied to the edges of the flower.  I added a few leaves cut from Botanical Builder Framelit Dies under the flower.

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I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog using #SFJanHop along with your comment.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop … that’s 15 prizes for ONE lucky winner!

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  1. Elizabeth Jeanne
  2. Steph Jandrow
  3. Leanne Johnson
  4. Mandy Reedyk
  5. Carolina Evans
  6.  Deana Benson
  7. Melissa Thomas
  8. Kirsteen Gill
  9. Kathie Rotti — You are HERE
  10. Lynn Streifert
  11. Siara Acdal
  12. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  13. Sarah Devendorf
  14. Andrea Pancrazio
  15. Kim Smith


Advent Tree Tutorial Information

A couple of weeks ago, the Advent Calendar Box Tree, created by Allison Okamitsu,  was posted on Stampin’ Up! blog.  I fell in love with it!  I have made 3 of them … so far.  Allison gives some very helpful pointers on how to make it in that blog…

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…because I am teaching how to make this in a few classes this season, I have made a detailed Tree Shaped Advent Calendar tutorial to give to attendees.  Actually, I probably don’t even need to be present to instruct them … they only need to follow the tutorial step by step to be successful.

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Many crafters have asked for my tutorial.  Please email me at if you would like to purchase the tutorial.  It is a detailed, photo-filled, 7 page tutorial.  I will invoice you for the $5.00 through PayPal and email you the PDF.  I really think you will find it helpful and a time saver.

Thank you for asking for this!


Stampin Friends Halloween Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Friends Halloween Blog Hop.  If you arrived from Andrea’s Blog, thanks for coming to visit me!  Be sure to click on the “next” button at the end of this post to check out Mandy‘s fabulous contributions.

Be sure to read this entire post … there is a prize to be won by one lucky blog hopper!!!!  The rules are below.  I LOVE prizes!

This month we have two amazing Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to visit them.  You will be glad you did.

Maria Willis
 Cindy Waldroff

Well, here are my projects.  Everything I used is current Stampin’ Up! product.  (Well … except for the little wooden spool for the pumpkin’s stem!)The card has super simple layout that can be reproduced for every occasion.  The adorable 3-D pumpkin tutorial was just featured a week or so ago on Splitcoast Stampers.20151014_114209_wm_resized

The little pumpkin and the witch’s hat are stamped from the September Paper Pumpkin Wickedly Sweet Treat stamp set (not listed in the supply list at the end of this post).  The tiny background spiders are from A Little Something  and the rest is stamped from Cheer All Year.  A bit of ribbon hides the cut edge of the doily.  A tiny knot of ribbon finishes it off.sf hallo hop

Don’t you just love the super cute Spider Web Doilies? 20151014_114043_wm_resizedThey add a lot of fun to a project.  I like to carry over an element from the front of the card to the inside.  The spider is suspended from the web with the straight line image from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

My 3-D project was something I have wanted to make for a few years and just never got around to it … so easy!!! 20151009_172533_wm_resized The 6 strips of Happy Haunting DSP  are cut 1″ x 11″ to make the body of the pumpkin.  I sponged the edges of the leaves and spool (I found the spool in my craft stash).  I used a scrap from the Pretty Petals paper stack to cover the spool.  I just cut a sliver of Old Olive and curled it around a skewer for the tendrils.  A bit of hot glue, some liquid Tombow glue, fast fuse adhesive and a fine tip glue pen hold it together.  Use what works for you!

Whoa!!  Wait a minute!!  There is a prize!!!  You will be entered to win a $25 Stampin’ Up! gift certificate (redeemable only through Elizabeth Thatcher) if you comment on EVERYONE’s blog post in this hop.  After you comment on all 13 blogs, just email Elizabeth at with a list everyone’s favorite stamp set before midnight on Sunday October 18th.

********* MY favorite stamp set is Gorgeous Grunge *********

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Kathie Rotti (that’s ME!)
Mandy Reedyk
Raquelle Clifton

Deana Benson
Cheryl Piotrowski
Kirsteen Gill
Maria Willis
Elizabeth Jeanne
Tina Riddle
Lisa Altman
Cindy Waldroff
Siara Acdal
Andrea Pancrazio

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Autumn Faux Silk

I REALLY like this card.  I learned the technique over at Linda Heller’s Stamping School.  I kept, pretty much, the same dimensions that she used for her card, but I changed up the stamps and finishing touches.20150915_142941_wm_resizedI used the Vintage Leaves and Petite Pairs stamp sets from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog.  Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow are my ink /cardstock colors.

I “stamped off” the Delightful Dijon background leaves before stamping, to lessen their intensity.  I didn’t want the background to overpower the focal point of the “Faux Silk”.

I randomly stamped 3 of the leaves from the stamp set on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  After letting it dry well, I coated it with a Stampin’ Glue Stick.  I took a 3″ x 4″ piece of Stampin’ Up!’s white filter paper, balled it up to get it all wrinkly and then roughly slapped it onto the front of the glued-up piece.  I wrapped the edges around the back, securing with snail adhesive.  Ta-da!  Faux Silk!20150915_142918_wm_resized20150915_143052_wm_resized

I added a finishing touch with a Classy Designer Button, linen thread and 3 leaves cut out with the Leaflet Thinlets.  A few dimensionals to pop up the banner and 2 of the leaves and you’re done!

…and don’t forget to carry over the theme to the inside of the card!

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Spooky Window

Last week, in my card class, we made 3 amazing cards.  This is one of them.   I saw a card over on Mary Fish’s blog with the same window/ghosts.  I managed to change the card up enough to make it my own … I hope!   20150915_143646_wm_resizedI used the Happy Haunting Designer Series paper from Stampin’ Up!’s   holiday catalog, “Handmade for the Holidays” (September 1, 2015- January 4, 2016), for the wallpaper and the window full of ghosts.  As a matter of fact, everything I used (except cardstock and ink) is from the holiday catalog.

I cut the wallpaper 4″x 5.25″ and the ghost piece is 2.5″x 3″. 20150913_213836_wm_resized20150915_143700_wm_resized  Since I planned to used the Spider Web Doily in the corner,  I stamped little spiders all over the wallpaper with a stamp from “A Little Something“.  “Spooky” is cut from the “Seasonal Frame Thinlets Dies“.  The Window is from the “Hearth and Home Thinlets Dies“.

Dimensionals pop up the center of the spider web and the window frame. Our new Fine Tip Glue pen works perfectly on the “Spooky” and inside doily scraps!!!!

I can’t do a card and leave the inside blank!!!   I made use of my doily scraps in the corners.20150913_213914_wm_resized I used the appropriate sentiment from “A Little Something“, stamped in Archival Basic Black Ink and colored it in with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker.

I hope you love this card as much as I do … I don’t usually make much for Halloween … but I just couldn’t resist this one!

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Team Stamp It DSP Blog Hop

dsp headerWelcome to my contribution to the Team Stamp It Group Designer Series Paper (DSP) Blog Hop.  You may have come here by way of Linda Cullen’s blog.  She is so talented … didn’t you love what she did with the School House DSP?  Or, you may have started here, at my blog. However you got here, be sure to visit everyone in the hop!20150716_222008_wm_resized_1

I used English Garden DSP for my trio of cards.  I LOVE this paper.  Because my cards are 5″ x 5″, I also made matching envelopes.   Cute ..right?  20150716_222102_wm_resized_1For stamp sets, I used Garden in Bloom (I love the two- and three-step stamping technique) and the sentiments from the Watercolor Wishes Kit.20150716_221924_wm_resized_1  These cards are super quick to put together.  The DSP is cut to 1.5″ x 3″.  You need 4 pieces.  The pieces are merely adhered to a piece of 4.75″ x 4.75″ piece of cardstock.  The color coordinating card base is 10″ x 5″, scored at 5″ .  I used Old Olive and Blushing Bride for the above card.

20150716_221917_wm_resized_1The  card on the right is a Mint Macaron base and Night of Navy layer.  I used the Circles Collection Framelits to cut the solid color layer under the sentiment.  The 2 1/2″ Circle Punch was used to punch out the sentiment that was stamped on Whisper White.20150716_221920_wm_resized_1

The last card is my favorite.  I just love the bees!!  Hello Honey and Soft Suede are the colors used.  The ribbon on each of the cards has been dyed with alcohol and re-inkers.  I used the Whisper White 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I used the color of the card base to dye the ribbon.  I did pop up the circle on dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  I got the layout for them from Stamping School.  Now off you go to visit Mary Bush to see how she used some papers from the Go Wild DSP Paper Stack.

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Would you like TWO free stamp sets?

What an awesome offer!  My jaw actually dropped when I saw this promotion.  Really … it did!

If you join my team in June 2015, you can choose ANY two stamp sets from the BRAND NEW Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 annual catalog IN ADDITION to the regular (already amazing) starter kit.  I’d love it if you would like to join my team.


The regular starter kit can be yours for $99.  YOU get to choose what you want in your kit.  Select items from the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 annual catalog totaling $125 (without going over).  You will also receive about $50 in business supplies with your kit. There is no shipping cost added to your kit.  Applicable sales tax is added, however.

Questions on what becoming a demonstrator would mean?  Give me a call anytime (my number is up over there on the right side of the page) or send me an email at  You can also find me on Facebook at Kathie Loves Stamping.

  • Promotion Period: June 2-June 30, 2015
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog for free in their Starter Kit.
  • Deadlines: All new recruits must be submitted online or by fax by the following times:
    • Online: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 11:50 PM (MT)
    • Fax: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT)

Summer Lovin Blog Hop


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Welcome to my contribution to the Team Stamp It Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop.  Either this is your first stop or you arrived via Liz Miller’s blog.  Isn’t she wonderful!!?? Now … on with the show!

Here it comes … in New England, SUMMER has arrived…. I think!  Daytime temperatures are in the upper 70’s to 80’s …. ahhhh … heaven!  Especially after this past winter!  We did manage to get a couple days of spring in between… not enough … but it will have to do.

To me, summer means vacation.  ahhh …. And vacation means boating on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  ahhhhhh…..  And boating brings to mind a nautical theme for my card.  (Please forgive the starfish … no starfish are found in Lake Winnipesaukee!)  … and just how many h’s does one use in “ahhhhhhhh“?

Can you believe this is the first time I used the stamp set Sea Street??  I am VERY glad it carries over to the NEW annual catalog!   I used several (FIVE) stamp sets for this card, all of which carry over into the new catalog.  I really couldn’t decide whether to use the anchor from Sea Street or The Open Sea.  Which do YOU prefer?


(Real) Red, (Whisper) White and (Night of) Navy … the colors of summer … Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer), Flag Day and the Fourth of July.  I stamped the Night of Navy card bases with Whisper White Craft ink, using the starfish, randomly, on one card20150528_174818_wm_resized and the rope, lined up vertically, summer blog singleon the other.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig and my grid paper  came in handy when lining up the rope because the stamp only covers half the height of the card base.  I also used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the Sea Street anchors.  I lined up the red rope image using my grid paper.  A trio of candy dots and some baker’s twine adds some texture to an otherwise flat card … no Stampin’ dimensionals! … it’s not often I can say that!  (Oh … I did cheat and use Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine on one of the cards … since we don’t carry it in Real Red.)

I used “Life is Good” from Remember This (A Project Life set), “At Last” from And Many More and “Summer” from another Project Life set, Day to Day.  This card lends itself to a variety of occasions … Father’s Day or masculine birthday come immediately to mind.  Just change up the inside sentiment to fit your need.

I’m glad you took the time to visit … now …..

… next stop:  Tami White’s blog (our fearless leader!).

Enjoy your summer … I know I will!

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Amazing Mother’s Day Team Stamp It Blog Hop

mothers day hopWelcome to my contribution to the Mother’s Day Team Stamp It Blog Hop.  Whether you started the hop here or if you came from Linda Cullen’s amazing blog, WELCOME … and speaking of “amazing” … here is MY card.


I just love our Painted Petals two-step stamp set.  It comes in all 3 styles of stamps, Photopolymer (my favorite), Wood Mount and Clear Mount.  You can find it in The Occasions Catalog … but unless it carries over into the next annual catalog, this set will be retiring June 2, 2015.  Get it while you can!

20150417_200542_wm_resizedI used 4 of the 13 images in this set to make this card:  2 of the flower pieces, the multi leaved piece and the “YOU ARE amazingly AMAZING” sentiment.  Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum are the colors I chose for the floral layer.  You will need your Stampin’ Scrub handy to clean your stamps between colors.  I stamped a floral image (5 blossoms/bud) in Sahara Sand several times, then the other flower image (double blossom) in Soft Sky, followed by the first stamp in Wisteria Wonder and lastly Perfect Plum with the double blossom …. placing them in collage fashion as I saw fit.  I only inked the ends of the leaf stamp in Always Artichoke , being careful not to catch any inky edges.


The Sahara Sand Card base, layered with Whisper White and Soft Sky, makes for a nice soft effect … add a wrap of Soft Sky seam binding and a half knot and the front is done.  The Soft Sky piece is popped up on Stampin’ dimensionals.

20150419_172007_wm_resizedOpen the card to see a similar treatment with the inked images.  This time I inked the entire leaf image in Always Artichoke and stamped off before stamping on the card.  I took advantage of the “two-step” aspect of this set when layering the flowers by carefully positioning the blossom image.

While this card can be used for almost any occasion, I chose “Happy Mother’s Day” from Crazy About You.  Both the outside and inside sentiments are stamped in Memento Black.

I got the inspiration for this card from Billie Moan.  She used bright summery colors.  Stunning.

I hope you enjoyed my “amazingly amazing” card and “you are amazingly amazing” for stopping by.  Now onto Elizabeth Thatcher’s blog.  Enjoy!

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Celebrate! … it’s your Birthday!

Maybe it’s not YOUR birthday … but it must be SOMEONE’S birthday!  We made this card in club last week.

20150417_200725_wm_resizedIt is a pretty simple card to put together.

The Bermuda Bay card base is layered with a piece  of Designer Paper from the Birthday Bash DSP.

The “celebrate” is stamped in Crushed Curry with a stamp from Balloon Bash, cut out and popped on dimensionals.

I used the Celebrate Today stamp set to stamp the stars (Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral) onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then took out my Big Shot and Balloon Framelit Die to cut the 3 balloons.  I tied bakers twine onto the balloons … I have a secret … shhh … only the top balloon has a piece of twine TIED to it … a bit of adhesive holds the twine to the other balloons … why take the time to tie a knot if it’s not going to show??????

The bottom balloon is attached with snail adhesive … the others are on Stampin’ dimensionals.  Gather those strings together, tie a bow around them and use a glue dot to adhere the bow in place.


The Big News stamp set had the inside sentiment I wanted to use.  I added some balloon stars to carry over from the card front and stamped “it’s your birthday” with Memento Black. 20150417_200742_wm_resized

I hope you enjoyed this festive card!  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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