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!

ThoughtfulBranches_2nd CLASS

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