Special Offers, Holiday Catalog & Pumpkins … Oh My!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Wow … can’t believe it is the end of August already! Area school kids will be heading out for their first day back tomorrow! This means there are things coming to an end today …

We have an awesome announcement and the NEW Holiday Catalog is available to purchase from tomorrow! I have two orders sitting on my desk from some lovely stampers who can’t wait to get their hands on the new products… bless their hearts, I know exactly how they feel!

Today, August 31st, Last day to order … THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES

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This exclusive, limited-time bundle, ends today.


144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG) $52.00


BREAKING NEWS … Special Offers Begin September 1st …


You can save 25% on select annual catalog products September 1 through 21, thanks to Special Offers! Don’t miss out on these great deals! Check back often, because discounted products will change weekly.

Item # Product Name Retail Price Discounted Price
141678 Metallic Enamel Shapes
141679 Subtles Enamel Shapes
141680 Brights Enamel Shapes
141681 Regals Enamel Shapes
141469 Blossom Builder Punch
141471 Festive Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder
141432 Tip Top Taupe 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon

You Can Order Holiday Items Tomorrow! September 1st.
Holiday Catalog Time

Catalog Transition

Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1 while Stampin’ Up! transitions the system to the holiday catalog. During this time, no orders can be entered placed with Online Ordering. You can order products from the catalog starting at 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1.


Paper Pumpkin BOGO


Do you like to save money? Yes? Have you heard about the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer?  Don’t miss this deal! Time is running out. Buy your first month of Paper Pumpkin and get your second month FREE! Use promo code BOGO at PaperPumpkin.com

Please let me know if you have any questions on these promotions, I’m more than happy to help you out.  You can either message me in the comment box or e-mail me at lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Thank you for coming by today ~

I hope your day is fabulous!


Stitched with Cheer …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A quick post today sharing a video from Stampin’ Up! that showcases the new “Stitched with Cheer” project kit from the Holiday Catalog.

Add a handmade touch when you use the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit for your festive cards. This kit comes with everything you need to stitch up the season in style—needle, thread, cards, and envelopes. See how easy it is to make cards with a personal touch!

Only a few days until you too can order from the Holiday catalog … so exciting!

Thanks for dropping by …

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday.


Thoughtful Branches Last Days …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s Monday again! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today I’m hosting one more “Thoughtful Branches” classes and I wanted to send out a reminder that this versatile stamp set and coordinating framelits ends this Wednesday. It will be so sad to see it go.

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I will say it again … If you use “Lovely as a Tree” for your go to stamp set, you will really love the Exclusive Limited Time “Thoughtful Branches” Bundle. If you purchase this bundle on-line by August 31st, I will send you the 3 cards that we made in my class.


It’s so fun to be able to create a seasonal card … you can watch it go from summer to fall to winter!


Below is another one of the tree’s included in the bundle … so pretty.


Below you can see the same tree branches I used above in the background with the die cut tree as your focal point. These are both beautiful cards that showcase the versatility of this bundle.Appreciation_Gallery_DBWS_Aug2016_NA_SP_EU(4)

If you would like to purchase this bundle before it officially retires after Wednesday … just click on the icon below.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope that you have a wonderful week.


Click on imaged to purchase this fabulous bundle …

Simply Sunday: Forever Friends

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you this beautiful Sunday? Hoping you are doing well. I’m feeling much better now that I have my system up and running the way it should (still may get a new computer!)

Today I’d like to share with you a pretty little card that we made at my Hostess Appreciation Party. We used the new “Jar of Love” stamp set and although I love the pretty little flowers that come with the stamp set … sometimes we just need “Quick & Simple” and that’s what I have for you today.

Let’s begin with stamping the jar image … I used the StazOn because of the “true” black color and because we watercolored our water in the jar.  There is a “water” stamp in the set if you would prefer to use that. It just depends on the look you want.


We then stamped our foliage into the jars, then began to create our flowers. There are beautiful flowers in the stamp set but when working with a large group of people, it wasn’t feasible to stamp each flower and then cut each flower out (one by one).

We used the “In Color Envelope paper” and the “Petite Petals” punch… together they created bright, pretty flowers that went quick and easy! There are 3 flowers below and then 3 that are popped up with a dimensional. To finish the flower we topped it off with a pearl in the center.


You can find a bow stamp & dies in this bundle but we created our own with the new “Burlap” ribbon. I love this stuff … you can cut it lengthwise to create a narrow ribbon or pull it apart to get more of a “twine” look. Reminds me of grandpa’s farm!

We needed a greeting to finish off the card so we used the “forever friends” from the “First Sight” stamp set. This was carried over from the Occasions Catalog, so if you missed it then, you can still add this great set to your collection.


I really do love the beautiful flowers in the Jar of Love stamp set, but sometimes you just need a “quick” card or a faster way to create multiple flowers when making a lot of cards.

Thank you so much for checking back with me today.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply Highlights …


So Sorry …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have been trying to get my pics to post all morning … both my computer and camera are giving me trouble.  Technical issues again! Time for a new computer (posting from my phone).

I’m hoping to be back tomorrow with my “Simply Sunday” series.

Thank you for your patience ~


Are you ready for Fall?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick post with a peek at the Holiday Catalog. With Autumn just around the corner, Stampin’ Up! has given us a wonderful new stamp set that reflects on images of fall.

This pretty card warms your heart with the warm colors of autumn and it’s harvest.


Let’s begin with the core color: Crumb Cake for base and the used to emboss the basket on… then colored using the watercoloring technique.

Our focal point… our basket is matted onto the new Burlap ribbon found in the Annual Catalog and topped off with the Delightful Dijon that you can get from the Holiday Catalog.

I think this is the perfect set for sharing the warm reflections of autumn and friendships.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!



A Thoughtful Branches Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I know we have some time yet before Christmas, but I know many of you like to get your ideas early so you can begin your holiday stamping.

Today I’d like to share with you a beautiful Christmas card I designed with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. It’s one of the cards that we made at my Hostess Appreciation Party.  I wanted to used the pretty pine tree from the stamp set and here is what I came up with …


It’s so easy to align the foliage with the branches when using the photopolymer stamps… just make sure you have plenty of ink in your ink pads or the tend to stick to the paper a bit.

I teamed up my Thoughtful Branches with the pretty “This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper” from the annual catalog. This is a great paper stack when making cards because there are actually 4 – 12 x 12 sheets each of 6 double-sided designs … a total of 24 sheets!


OK stampers … put this on your wish list: “Holly Berry Happiness” – this is the stamp set that I took the greeting from – page 27 in the Holiday Catalog. I love the holly, and the bows, and I LOVE the Coordinating Punch!

Last but not least …. I finished off my card with a pretty little bow made from the Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, just as you would complete a gift.


I hope you enjoyed my card today … Remember that the “Thoughtful Branches” is an exclusive stamp set / bundle which end on August 31st, so if you really like this … just click the link I have for you below and you can purchase it today.

Thank you so much for the visit today, hope your day is a good one.




Let’s Party …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute card with you and some upcoming stamping events. Let me begin with the “Thoughtful Branches” class … this is my second as the first filled up before I even got to send an e-mail invite! I announced the new date at the “Hostess Appreciation Party” and now ONLY 2 SPOTS are left!

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You will enjoy this class … you will learn “hand-on” different uses of your dies and how nice it coordinates with your stamp set. There will also be fun techniques and tips shared at this class. RSVP by 8/27.

If you are looking forward to getting your hands on the fabulous items in the NEW Holiday Catalog, then join me for a fun filled evening creating 10 cards for only $20 / envelopes included. This class will be much more than Christmas so RSVP and join me for a great evening…

Holiday Launch Party

This cute little card was created by the Stampin’ Up! staff and comes directly out of the catalog (one of the best places to find inspiration) It is also the card that made me want to have this stamp set and framelits in my own stampin’ collection.


I hope you can join us, and I thank you for taking time to check it all out.

Have a fabulous day!





Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last week Thursday I shared the August Paper Pumpkin kit with you … today I’d like to share some fun alternative projects you can make with that kit. Being a Paper Pumpkin member is so much fun…

First, you get a stampin’ kit in the mail that has everything you need to create some great cards and/or projects, including the embellishments and the “exclusive” stamp set. Here’s this months …


Many of my stampin’ community and fellow demonstrators are subscribers just for the exclusive stamp sets, because once you’ve completed the kit … you’ll still have a fabulous stamp set in your collection (and an ink spot / a small ink pad).  Speaking of the ink spots … I collect them too because they are much easier to carry when I get together with fellow stampers.

Here’s a card design with the components of this kit. With a stamp set like this and a variety of embellishments, there’s no stopping your creativity!


Add the pocket card you’ve created from the kit to a Petit Café Gift Bag with a Gold Binder Clip and you’ll have a gift ready to for a special occasion.


You can create a gorgeous background and a simply elegant design. The style lends itself well to water coloring as featured on this card.


I’d love to see what you create with your Bold Botanicals kit. The refill kit is now available so you can keep on creating… but you must be a subscriber to purchase refill kits and past kits.  NOW … is the perfect time First-time subscribers can buy their first month at regular price and get their second month FREE! Use promo code BOGO at PaperPumpkin.com by October 10.


I hope you have an awesome day … and thanks for stopping by.


Not Just Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Did you get your Holiday Catalog? Did you get time to savor all the delectable new products? If you did, then you know that it’s not just Christmas!! There is so much more.

Do you love Halloween? Ohhh … I do, and I have the cutest little gift bag to share with you today, straight out of the Holiday catalog.


Wouldn’t this make the cutest card!!  I don’t have many trick -or- treaters down my street so for those special kids that stop by will get this cute little bag filled with goodies!

If you want to play with some of those awesome stamp sets, dies and embellishments you see in the catalog, then please join me …

Holiday Launch Party

You must RSVP by Friday, September 9th as I will begin cutting all the cards for you.  All you need to bring is your basic stamp kit: scissors and your favorite adhesive. I’ll have everything cut for you and tucked into your envelope, ready to stamp!

RSVP by e-mail: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com  or  by leaving a comment below.  It’s an all occasion card night using the goodies from the Holiday Catalog.

Thank you for coming over today and for those close to me, I hope to see you at the “Holiday Catalog Reveal Party”.

Have an awesome day ~


Simply Sunday: You Make Me Happy

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Wooo … I got caught up in the preparations for my Hostess Appreciation Party tomorrow and almost forgot to share my card with you!! But here I am and I’m sure you will love this ridiculously simple card!

Let’s begin with our Designer Series Paper: Affectionately Yours Specialty Paper…


It is the core of our card today, however I teamed it up with the coordinating stamp set: Love and Affection. As always, I let the designer paper dictate my color pallet which is simply Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.


Once the designer paper was attached to the Night of Navy mat, I attached that to a Crumb Cake base. I then stamped the flower and cut it out, then stamped the greeting, matted it with Night of Navy, then popped both up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Yes, a simple card but very cute … and there are several greetings with the stamp set or you can use something you already have.  You could make a dozen of these cute little cards in no time at all!


Thank you so much for taking time out of your Sunday to check out my blog… it makes me “ridiculously” happy.

Have yourself a wonderful Sunday ~




I’m back with tips & a beautiful fall card!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thank you for your patience! I had several unexpected visitors yesterday … pleasant visitors. First my granddaughter brought over my great-grandson to visit, then my oldest daughter came over with my grandson … don’t get to see them much so it was pure pleasure!

Onto my tips for stamping with the “Thoughtful Branches” stamp set!

First, I want to show you the “tips” or “tabs” or “notches” that are on your stamps and die …


These are here to help you position your images. They should be used at the “top” when stamping and cutting. You will also notice an indent in the bottom image / die – this also helps in the alignment, especially when you place the die over your stamped image.

Next, when I stamp large images, I like to flip my block over and ink from the top. This gives you much more control when inking, especially with the new ink pads and you can see if the entire image is inked up.


I like to tell my stampers … “Show it who the boss is!”

Now we are going to create a two-tone image. Stamp your image with the “tip / tab” to the top of your cardstock. Then pick it up and turn it slightly to the right (without re-inking) and stamp again.



This created a beautiful two-tone effect, and by moving the stamp to the right, it creates a wonderful layering effect that gives your card the illusion of dimension, just by stamping.


You can also create multiple colors …

Once your first color is stamped, clean, ink with new color and slightly turn your block/stamp to the right, then stamp image, and repeat with a different color. Each time you stamp a new color … you will move the block/stamp to the right each time. For example (if using the numbers on a clock) Your first color would be at 12 o’clock … the tab to the top, the second color somewhere between the 1 and 2, and the third color at 3.


Once you begin using the stamp, you will see how easy it is to arrange your stamp to create this multi-color effect.

Now … just add some cardstock and a bit of ribbon (SNEAK PEEK from the Holiday Catalog) and you have created a beautiful card!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions on this technique please leave me a message below or you can reach me by e-mail … just click the link at the top right of this page.

Thank you so much for stopping back again.

Have a beautiful weekend!




SPOILER ALERT: August Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you this lovely day? I am good but I’m having some technical difficulties with my camera so please know that I will be sharing the tips & techniques from the “Thoughtful Branches” tomorrow.

Today I’m going to share the August Paper Pumpkin kit so if you haven’t gotten yours in the mail yet (Hope mine comes today) HERE IS YOUR SPOILER ALERT!!

However …. If you want to take a peek at the new kit, here it is:

Bold Botanicals is the perfect blend of subtle tones and bright patterns. The photopolymer stamp set features innovative designs for beautiful backgrounds and fun phrases for a variety of occasions. With three different card styles and a variety of embellishments, this kit is sure to help you find your monthly crafting.

I will be back with alternative projects for you in the near future, as I said, I hope my kit arrives today. I just can’t wait! I love the stamp designs!

Till then, have a great day and thank you for stopping by.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

— Kalu Ndukwe Kalu


Blue Hydrangea …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

As promised, I am going to share another card I created to display at my THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES class. You will also get a peek at the 3 cards that we made …


During class our stampers learned several tips on how to use the stamp set and coordinating dies … I will share that with you tomorrow so be sure to stop back. Today I’m showing you how simple it is to create a beautiful Hydrangea card.

We begin by simply sponging some Marina Mist onto Soft Sky … it gives beautiful multi-color blue hues for your flower. Once dry, and it doesn’t take long at all, we placed our framelit over the sponged area and cut out our flower … SIMPLE!


We embellished the flower with the smallest of pearls from the Basic Pearls sheet. I love the Pearls and the Rhinestones … they are simple to use, and very inexpensive to add a touch of bling / beauty to any card.

The background was done in Whisper White and embossed with the “Sparkle” embossing folder. There are so many folders you could use! Another would be the “Petal Burst” … experiment and have fun.


We attached our flower by “rolling” the glue dots … they hold beautifully and when rolled, they give a little lift to the flower and adds a bit more dimension to the card.

The greeting comes from the THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES stamp set. I can’t say it enough, if you love “Lovely As a Tree” … you will definitely want to add this bundle to your collection! Just click on the link below to purchase and I will send you a “Thank You” gift in the mail.


Please let me know if you have any questions on this beautiful “Limited Time” bundle, or anything else. I’m here to help.

Thank you for stopping back today, I hope yours is a good one.


TO PURCHASE ITEMS USED ON TODAY’S CARD … Just click on any of the images.

Thank YOU!