Throwback Thursday: Scrapbooking at the Historical Society

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share some photos of a scrapbooking event I did a few years back.  One of the pictures actually showed up on my Facebook page as a memory so I thought I’d share with you all.

The Historical Society supplied the pictures and I supplied the layouts and materials. I was really excited about this… I had so much fun looking up the historical information for the pages! They included a tour of their research area!

It is actually a unique way to scrapbook as it fit more within a “genealogy” style because the information and pictures were historical and not personal … Our first page is “Historic West Bend”

The photos included Main Street, our Theater, the now Historical Society Building which used to be the jail and county building and then our Train Depot … which we all know the train tracks were removed in West Bend.

They wanted a fun way to show people their vast resource (research) center. The Washing County Historical Society does so many fun things to involve the communities and showcase the facility and a friend of mine gave them my name as a scrapbooker.

Although these pictures are of people “I don’t know” … it’s more about the HISTORY, so if you are scrapbooking your genealogy lineage or just going back in time on your scrapbooks for your children, don’t be afraid to include the history, it is really fascinating! I had a blast learning about what the culture was like in the early beginnings of our county and town.

So have fun with your scrapbooks and add a little history … you’ll enjoy discovering some amazing facts.

Have a great day and thank you for going down memory lane with me.

Free Stamp Set & Sale-a-bration Goodies!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Succulents have been trending for a very long time now—maybe because they’re simple to grow and are among the most beautiful and interesting little denizens of the plant kingdom. They are also great for a Paper Pumpkin kit design! We think this versatile collection will be your go-to card collection for months to come. Check out how easy it is to assemble them 🙂

Next month’s kit will feature a FREE stamp set, don’t miss it!

Sign up here: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=26646

Did you also know that when you purchase the 3 month, 6 month or 1 year subscriptions you qualify for Sale-a-bration Rewards?!!  I have the links below … just click on the one you are interested in and begin.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me by messenger or give me a call at 262-334-1009.  Thank you.

Have a beautiful day ~

Paper Pumpkin = FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

 

So Very Hoppy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have some samples shared from our Stampin’ Up! offices showcasing the “So Hoppy Together” stamp set out of the Sale-a-bration Catalog.

These adorable frogs are just so stinkin’ cute, and you’ll jump for joy when you begin using them for different card types. Perfect for kids cards (that’s a given) plus they’re just too cute as encouragement cards and even celebrating an achievement.  Check these out …

Am I right? So cute … I think I love the Balmy Blue card with the Gingham Designer paper in the background … great pop of color against the frogs and OH WAIT … are those fussy cut??  NO … You’ll be excited to hear that Stampin’ Up! has come up with coordinating dies for our Sale-a-bration items!!  These will be available through the month of March ….

Want to hear something truly amazing … Sale-A-Bration Coordination products are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders!!  That means if you host a stamping party, a book party or just party yourself, you can earn these for FREE too! Love having options, buy them or get them FREE!

Sale-A-Bration Coordination products can also be added to a your Starter Kit … best deal in town!!  But remember, Sale-A-Bration Coordination products are offered until March 31 or while supplies last.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have with the Sale-a-bration Coordination … We only have 4 more weeks before Sale-a-bration 2019 is in the history books!

Have a great day and Thanks for “Hopping” by …

A Friend Chooses You Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Brrrrr … It’s a cold one here in Wisconsin, we’re sitting at about 1° Fahrenheit!! Yesterday it was in the 30’s with the wind blowing the melting snow like water.  It’s been a weird winter and I can’t wait for spring!  Spring is warm and full of butterflies and so is my card I have for you today …

I used the Beauty Abounds bundle for today’s card with a spring-like color pallet and our basic black to really make the card pop!!  The designer paper is from the Botanical Butterflies that you can get for FREE in our Sale-a-bration catalog. When you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle you can pick out the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series paper for free.

I love that the Flamingo has a hint of orange, it gives it such a … well, Flamingo color!  To make it even pop more and to create a beautiful depth in the butterfly, we sponged color on color (Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo) It is an old technique that is still going strong today … it add so much depth to your projects …

I did the insides of the smaller butterflies and the outer edges of the larger butter, mainly because my greeting was going in the center of the card and would cover the center of the larger butterfly.  I cased they layout of the card directly from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and just tweeked it a bit to reflect my style … the sponging and the beautiful designer paper background.

We also made this card at my February Stamp Clubs. We used the double dies to created the layered look with the Basic Black on top and popped them all up with the Mini Dimensionals.

The greeting “A friend is someone who chooses you …” comes from the Beauty Abounds stamp set and inside it says “out of a whole world of people”. So besides the beautiful butterflies which were a favorite of my Mom’s, the verses in this bundle are outstanding.

Soooo …. pretty!! I know the other butterfly set really took off, but this one is my favorite ❤ the images, the font and the meaning of the verses is what did it for me.

Thank you for joining me on this chilly day, I hope it’s warmers wherever you are!

Have a fabulous day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST … 

 

Simply Sunday: Part of My Story

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a sweet-n-simple card to share with you.  It features the Sale-a-bration items: Part Of My Story stamp set and the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper.  When I saw the “Part of My Story” stamp set, I knew I had to have it in my collection. I am a collector of stamp sets that have beautiful verses… so this verse set was a must have.

We all have a story to tell, our journey … the path that we have followed throughout the years, the places we’ve been and most importantly the people we have met. This 19 year journey with Stampin’ Up! has taken me to places I’ve only dreamed of, and has introduced me to so many wonderful people. As many of you know … I started this journey with my sister Eileen, and another pair of sister that we had the honor to get to know was Mary Polcin and Judy Prahl … we go way back. One of the best moments I had at OnStage this year was the “HUG” I got from Mary, it’s like she knew my heart needed it.

When you are building a business and growing your downline, again … it’s all about the relationships.  Eileen was not only my sister, but my downline and best friend.  We built many friendships with the ladies who have joined my Star’s by Design group … wish I could post more pictures because there are so many good memories from Conventions, Star’s Retreats and team meetings ….

Kathy, myself and Eileen at a Convention in Salt Lake City. I believe this was the 25th Anniversary … here are some additional shots

The verse on the card really says it all … “I’m so glad you are part of my story” I wanted to make sure it was highlighted so I stamped it on the Vellum Cardstock and cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits … also cut was the Balmy Blue cardstock that went underneath so it really highlighted the greeting without over powering it.

That is exactly the technique or training style I like to use with my downline … highlight their strengths and talents without over shadowing anyone.  We love to celebrate each others accomplishments. Many of my downline members we stamping with me first, some call them customers, I call them friends …

You know I can’t do anything without “YOU” … my stamping friends.  We’ve have had so much fun in the past 19 years (I celebrate my Anniversary on March 10th) and I’m going to be stamping with you for many more.  I’ll be welcoming your companionship more than ever with the loss of my sister, but just like you were there for me the first time, I know your by my side again … Our friendships are precious to me ❤

 

Eileen … Nancy … Sandy

So many memories, so much fun together, so many friendships created … not just with me but with each other! It’s amazing.  I love this journey that I have been on and the fact that you were there.  I just have to say one … “I’m so glad you are part of my story”  

Thank you for stopping by today and for following by blog.

Have a simply wonderful Sunday ~

 

 

Our Friendship Butterfly Card …

Hello Stamping Friends ~

I would like to thank the many for your condolences … your kind words are such a comfort. Whether you reached out by messaging me below, on my Facebook page or personally … I cannot begin to express my gratitude all of the support and encouragement ❤ I am blessed. My niece, Eileen’s daughter read through them all and was so touched by everyone’s kindness.  Thank you.

Today I would like to share with you a card that we did at our Stamping Club earlier this month.  We used the Beauty Abounds bundle on page 13 of the Occasions Catalog.  When I saw it … I had to have it. My Mom loved butterflies so every time I see one … I think of her. This way she is always around me.

I must say … this card is much more beautiful in the hand! We used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Combo for coloring our flowers and butterfly and then the Olive and Granny Apple Green for a beautiful contrast on our leaves.  The secret to the leaves is to color the dark first. then go over it with the brighter Granny Apple Green.

The beautiful greeting was die cut using the Layering Circle Framelits, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals … as was the butterfly.  We added just a touch of the Wink of Stella (not visible on the photo) in the center of our flowers and then gently over our butterfly to give it a hint of sparkle but not overpower.  We also added some Rhinestones which were colored with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends.

The inside was stamped and colored just as the front with a touch of our Wink of Stella as well.  It is amazing how the touch of Stella can transform a card.  You can see from this angle that not only did we pop up the greeting and butterfly, but the entire front as well.

I had a few more of these to make (for those who missed club) … YES, I make up the samples for my Club participants as long as they have their orders and payment in before class.  I wouldn’t want them to miss out on the amazing cards we do.

Anyway … I love coloring with the Stampin’ Blends; coloring in general, it is relaxing and soothing for the soul. My quiet and reflective time.

Thank you so much for stopping back today, I hope your day is filled with “A Million Little Wonderful Things”.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

Heaven Has a New Angel …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First, let me say THANK YOU to the sweet souls who return each day to my blog ❤

On Wednesday morning our good Lord took my sister Eileen home, no more pain, no more struggles … she is free.  I am blessed for having such an amazing sweet soul for a sister, and honored to have called her my best friend.  We parted with no words unspoken, no stone left unturned and we enjoyed so may amazing events (birthdays, babies, road trips, travels) and more “together”.

I thank her loving family for allowing me to “steal her away” from them so much!  Sometimes they laughed because we just saw each other and could still spend 3 hours talking on the phone! Those moments can’t be replaced but are stored in my heart until we meet again.

Right now my tears fall like rain, but I know she is still here with me and when I have finished my chores that the Lord has chosen for me, we will be together again.  She’s safe with my Mom and my sister Ruthie and the rest of our loved ones we have missed dearly.

Thank you for patiently waiting, I will be making cards again soon and sharing them with you because that was one thing that we did together and brought us closer than either of us could have imaged ❤ Another of Gods little blessings.

Sharing a piece of my heart …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post to let you know about the Sale-A-Bration Second Release …

I’ll be honest, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my blog posts. Yesterday we moved my sister Eileen into Hospice, it’s been a long hard fight.  She fought her cancer even as we lost our Mom only a year ago.  I have no words except that I have been blessed to have such a loving and amazing sister. When it comes to my stamping business … she is the wind beneath my wings.  We did everything together.

Eileen is on left … sisters by birth, best friends by choice ❤ We are on our patio here relaxing a bit on the Mexican Riviera Incentive trip. I’ve never noticed till now that we were “twinning” in our “Pool Party” colored shirts.  I am off of work today so I can sit with her… she was always there for me.

She loved making cards, and we both agree that the catalogs just keep getting better and better.  Here is one of the beautiful new stamp sets in the second release Sale-a-bration catalog …

 

 

The All Adorned Photopolymer Stamp Set … it’s perfect for creating backgrounds, focal points and more with these graceful designs. Here is another sample created with the All Adorned stamp set.

 

Thank you for joining me today and for letting me share a little part of what has kept me a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 19 years.  We have beautiful memories of all the amazing places we’ve gone to, and all the beautiful people we have met.  It’s an wonderful journey and I am so blessed and grateful to have shared this with my sister Eileen.

Have a wonderful day … and call your best friend ❤

Hawaii 2008 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip

 

Sweet, Sweet, Baby!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤

Have you noticed there are certain things you can count on always needing cards for: birthdays, thank you, and babies. Today I have the cutest cards created by our Stampin’ Up! offices. The first is Perfectly Paired from the Occasions Catalog … This caught my eye right away because of I a collection of all things Noah’s Ark.  This would make a perfect picture hanging in a child’s room!!

Also perfect for those of you who love to color … break out the Stampin’ Blends because this stamp set is perfect for them.  If you don’t have your blends yet, the watercolor pencils would be quick -n- easy and give you a totally different look.

The cute little gift bag is made with the Little Twinkle stamp set from the big Annual Catalog and coordinates with the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series paper!  This is a very versatile stamp set and I have it in my collection … along with the designer paper (I use it for many occasions!).   It also coordinates with the Twinkle Builder punch, Twinkle, Twinkle Cardstock pack and Twinkle Adhesive backed sequins!!

Here are a few more projects the “just twinkle” …

The cute little “Written in the Stars” gift card in the upper left hand corner and the “Love you More than the Star’s” in the lower right hand corner would be perfect for Valentines Day or a birthday.  I think birthdays are the perfect time to say “I Love You” …. heck, that’s everyday!

I wish you a warm and wonderful day today!

Be Happy ~

 

Guess Who’s Turning Six with a FREE Gift for YOU!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s post is going to introduce you to a upcoming card kit designed with “Birthdays” in mind … and a bonus FREE Stamp set included. What!??

It’s our birthday, and Paper Pumpkin is celebrating with an adorable kit filled with eight festive birthday cards that are sure to “pop!” You’ll love the cool party packaging. And for extra birthday fun, we’re sending our subscribers TWO stamp sets instead of one.

Oh, yes. You read that right. In March, you will receive TWO stamp sets with your Paper Pumpkin kit. Because it’s our birthday, we decided to create a kit that is perfect for making birthday cards!  Here’s a little hint …

  • The March kit features eight full-sized, mailable cards
  • Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, and Poppy Parade
  • This kit has an element that is sure to “pop”!
  • The FREE stamp set is even bigger and better than your typical Paper Pumpkin stamp set and can be used on a variety of crafting projects.

You’ll love the cool party packaging. And don’t forget, we’re sending our subscribers TWO stamp sets instead of one.  Not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Take it out for a test drive and discover the fun of a monthly stamping kits that includes everything you need to create adorable projects.

Sign up today

You can also purchase directly from me … Remember that the 3 month, 6 month, and yearly subscriptions qualify for Sale-a-bration FREE items!!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I will be back tomorrow with a “sweet” card!!

Have a good day ~

Annual Spring Stamping Retreat …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

When was the last time you got to escape and do something for yourself?
I have exactly what you need …
a Stamping Retreat designed from top to bottom to put you at ease
from the demands of the outside world and recharge your creativity.

I would like to personally invite you to join me at my Annual Spring Stamping Retreat!

You’ll enjoy your stay in a stunning 1930’s English Tudor Home on the shores of beautiful Green Lake. The surroundings offer a carefree setting for nurturing you and your creativity, allow you time for relaxation, and building new friendships.

Our retreat is ALL INCLUSIVE … Your lodging, all meals and your stamping projects are all included in one low price, so you can enjoy your stay and enjoy a true relaxing getaway.

Join us and let the stress of the work week drift away with the tide.

Our Stamping Sessions … 

are held in a spacious, light filled meeting room and includes everything you need (cut and prepared for you) to create exceptional cards and projects in a relaxed, stress free environment

Your Retreat Room … christian writing center bedroom

is inviting, clean & comfortable. We are NOT “dorm style” so you and your friends can enjoy some well deserved “girl” time together in the comfort of a home (not hotel room). You’ll also find little surprises each night.

Your Weekend Meals …

Sit back and relax while enjoying wonderful home-cooked meals, desserts and snacks during your entire stay. Five full meals are included… and so is the chocolate!!  Coffee, tea, and bottled water are also provided throughout your stay.

You’ll find our All Inclusive Stamping Retreats affordable and private, spacious and splendid … you will enjoy this relaxing getaway and come away with fabulous completed projects, new ideas, stamping tips, and new friendships.

 

RETREAT DATE: May 3rd – 5th, 2019

COST: $250 Early Bird /RSVP & Payment due by Feb.23rd

After Early Bird Special / Cost = $275 & Paid by March 31st.

RSVP at 262-334-1009

Our retreats are based on a first come, first serve basis.  Only payment reserves your spot.

Once received … Registration will be confirmed, and details will be sent to you; including directions, Swap Information, & More.

 

Hope you are able to take some time out for yourself, relax, meet new people and have a fun weekend creating fabulous stamping projects! The work is done for you … Call your friend, bring your sister or have a mother/daughter weekend.  You’ll be making much more than cards, you’ll be making memories ❤ 

My information is listed below …

 

  Linda’s Stampin’ Retreat
Linda Schnabel | 262-334-1009
Email: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com
Website: http://www.lindaluvs.stampinup.net
BLOG: http://lindasstampinescape.com

Kindness Matters

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had the chance to check out my post from yesterday where I introduced the Notes of Kindness Card Kit and shared an alternative project to those shown in the kit.  Today I have 2 more alternative projects to share with you.  Here are the four original designs …

Today I am going to feature the card with the leaf background … it’s in the upper right-hand corner above and my alternative is below ~

I used the same flower that was used in the kit layout but instead of adding the big die cut “Thank You” … I added a few of the die cut strips to add some color and then I stamped my greeting directly on the pink one.  This is truly a quick and simple card to make.  I did add the pretty “Share What You Love” Artesian Pearls.

My next card is the last of the four backgrounds … the color wash (I love it)!!

Who said you cannot say Thank You in any language … and why not French, it’s so pretty.  On this card I decided to use the die cut “Merci” as my greeting … it actually highlights the floral arrangement.

I began my arrangement by looping the pretty cord behind my flower.  The cord is secured with dimensionals and then attached to the pink and white die cut strip.  Although this strip has adhesive on the back … I wanted it raised, so I added 1/2 of the leaves sheet and then popped it up with Dimensionals.

I finished off the card with a few pearls … quite easy to make and oh so pretty.

Thanks for joining me this Monday! I hope it is a good day for you.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

SIMPLY SUNDAY: Notes of Kindness

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry for the late post today … I had family obligations the needed my attention.  This is one of the benefits of this business … I can put it on hold for a short time if needed.

Today I’d like to share with you two cards that I have created with the All-Inclusive Card Kit; Notes of Kindness.  This card kit is perfect to have on hand if you need to make a quick card here and there, it also makes the perfect gift! You can gift it just the way it is, if your friend or family member is somewhat familiar or new to stamping, or you can create all the cards and tuck them into this pretty box. Everything you need is included!

As you can see … the cards, envelopes, embellishments, stamps, block and ink spot are all included, and it come with instructions on how to build your cards.  Just assemble and go!  Today I’ll be showing you one of the four (4) different cards and then an alternative card that I created using the products in the card kit.

Let’s start with one of the designs from the kit …

The card base comes with the lines on it … the banner is pre-cut and has adhesive on the back so you just place it on the card front and it’s set.  The leaves can be applied with your adhesive or you can use the dimensionals which are also included in the kit.

The square piece just pops out and has the stitched edges that are so popular.  The greeting is one of 6 stamps included in the set and the black ink is also included.

Now lets take a look at the alternative project that I made using the supplies from only this kit …

On this card, our leaves are on the background … the colors give it the illusion of depth.  The strips of cardstock are pre-cut and also have adhesive on the back, but I trimmed them down to fit onto this layout of the card.  I will use the leftovers on another card design.  The Thank You is also included and really pops when I place them on top of the colored strips.

The pretty little pearls are also included in this card kit and work well at drawing your eye towards the greeting!  Did I mention the all-inclusive card kit also contains coordination envelopes? Well … it does!!

Again, this is the perfect card kit to give as a gift or to keep on hand when you need a quick yet beautiful card. One more awesome thing about our kit is … It’s REFILLABLE!! How cool is that.

Thank you so much for stopping back today. Tomorrow will share 2 more samples 🙂

Have a wonderful rest of your day ~

STAMPING SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you ready for spring?  With all this snow and below zero temperatures, I a sooooo ready for spring.  Warm sunny days, flowers and butterflies! Today I have some cute samples of butterflies for you … I think our Sale-a-bration Butterfly Elements are just Grand!

 

The pretty little butterflies are our Butterfly Wooden Elements that you can get for FREE during our Sale-a-bration period.  The spectacular greeting comes from our “Life is Grand” stamp set which is found in our Occasions Catalog on page 17.

Grand words for you to add grandeur where it is needed. This Distinktive stamp set makes it easy to create eye-catching projects.

The next grouping of card samples comes from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and accompanied with our Butterfly Elements again …

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I hope that these cute card samples warmed your day … I’m sure they will warm someone’s heart when you copy any of these samples and send them to a friend or family member.  Cold days are great days to get some stamping done …

Enjoy your Saturday and thank you for checking in on me today.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday series of cards.

Sprinkled with Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

You’ve seen some cute samples from our Sale-a-bration catalog … Well, I’ve got more for you today!!

I don’t know about you but the Hello Cupcake is a fun and easy way to say Happy Birthday, and with the release of the coordinating Thinlits dies in March, it just adds the cherry on top!!

The banner on the top card gives some great dimension while the sequins adds some texture and a touch of bling.

Those dies are going to come in handy if you want to recreate our center card and celebrate the day.  I love the technique of creating your background by stamping the greeting and then using the Vellum Cardstock to highlight your cupcakes.

Our last of the cupcakes also uses the Vellum Cardstock but showcases the “Sweet Wishes” by stamping right on it while still allowing your cupcake to peek through.  And the candle embellishments really add a nice touch to this gift card.

The next card is teasing you with the new “All Adorned” stamp set which is part of the Second Release to our Sale-a-bration catalog.  This is perfect timing for my “Sweetheart of a Deal” because using the Stamperatus with this set will give you perfect placement of your corner images.

 

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Here is my Sweetheart of a Deal … remember the second release items become active on the 15th of February.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Let me know if you have any questions with it’s contents.

Have a fabulous Friday ~