Technique Tuesday: Embossing Paste

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute little Halloween card for you, and it has a technique the was requested by Olivia. She wanted to learn more about the Embossing Paste … and that was a good choice, because I’ve had it for some time now, but never used it!!  Thanks Olivia for challenging me to use the stuff I bought!! lol  I think we all have a tendency to do that once in a while.

First; What is Embossing Paste? It’s a product that is super easy to use and adds great texture to your projects! Apply it over decorative masks, then let dry for easy texture. This paste can be changed to any color you desire with a drop or two of your ink refill! In fact, this paste is so fun and can be used in so many ways … I have decided to host a class!

Now you are ready to create your textured backgrounds on scrapbook pages, cards and more. You see that I am mixing the paste with a drop of my ink refill, with one of the 3 pallet knifes that we offer.  They are plastic with no sharp edges and the work well for applying and scrapping off the excess paste.  It’s also a good idea to have some warm soapy water near so you can clean up right away … before it dries onto your tools.  I use an old cake pan and towel … they work great!

There are 4 masks included in the decorative mask package offered by Stampin’ Up! I will be using the brick pattern in the project today and will be doing just partial texturing verses adding the paste over the entire project …

The three different pallet knifes make it easy to apply the paste where you want it, others work great for taking off the excess paste.  Once it’s applied you can take off your mask and allow it to dry. (Clean off your supplies in the warm soapy water) It doesn’t take too long to dry … depends on how thick it is, humidity, etc. You can use your heat gun, although that may “puff” it up a bit.

Here is the card I created using my paste … I am using the Cauldron Bubble Stamp set, the Cauldron Framelits Dies, and the Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper… just too cute!!

I actually colored my paste Smoky Slate, same as my card front … the texture is so cool on the card!! There are actually several techniques used on todays card! Besides the Embossing Paste, did you know that the dies in our bundle coordinate with some of the images in our Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper!! Only the broom is stamped and colored … the cat and witch are from the designer paper.

I also brought back “sponging” … I’ve sponged the punched moon to create a dimensional effect. I did coloring on my broom and finally I did a “double stamp” on my greeting… I stamped my greeting and then stamped again but slightly off because I wanted to create a “shadow” effect. Looks great for Halloween.

My spider web was created with the new Black Foil Sheets in the Holiday Catalog and the Cauldron Framelits Dies. Well … I couldn’t let the spider web outshine my stars to I added a touch of the Wink of Stella on each star and around the edge of the moon.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how the Embossing paste is used, I’m sure I’ll be making many more cards with this now that I found out how easy it is to use!

Watch for an upcoming class on the Embossing paste … my guess I’ll schedule it sometime in September or October.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, and I hope I inspired you to pull out something in your stamp room that you haven’t used yet.

Have an awesome day.




Three Beautiful Watercolor Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. The heat and humidity keeps me inside which was just fine with me, I have an entire box of goodies to discover from the Holiday catalog and my Catalog Launch party coming up in a week.  So … I’m starting with Halloween and working my way to Christmas. I hope you can join us because this is going to be a big one!!

I also hope you got a chance to visit my blog yesterday and check out the video.  The video showed you our August 2018 Paper Pumpkin and the beautiful watercolor card fronts and stamp set. On that note … Today I’m going to share three alternative projects from this card kit.

My first card I kept very simple yet I wanted to bring out the beautiful colors  in the card by using the Blackberry Bliss for my base and Old Olive to mat the watercolored design ….

It was such a simple way to revise the card.  I stamped the greeting onto the piece of the card I cut off and cut it out with the smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits and attached it with the Stampin’ Dimensionals which are included in the kit!  To finish the card, I used the Wink of Stella to highlight the butterfly on this card … my Mom loved butterflies.

For my second card I wanted to use and highlight the touching and tender verse that was included with the stamp set.  Just loosing my Mom this January, the verse brought tears to my eyes … it shows such gentleness and concern for those suffering such a loss.

To highlight this verse: The Loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind  I used one of the dies from the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies from the Color Your Season promotion going on now. The verse was stamped onto the back of the card that I cut off and then I placed some of the greenery around it to frame it and give it some beautiful dimension.  Next I attached the floral frame using Stampin’ Dimensionals  and adhered the entire front to the Blackberry Bliss back.  I did stamp flowers (from the stamp set inside).

The third card was used because I wanted to use the die cut piece from the second card …

I love that the piece that was cut out also has the stitching (these amazing dies do a double stitch!) and that it lined up perfectly with the front!!  I tucked some of the greenery behind it again and added the twine to it … all included in the kit!  Simple yet elegant.  This Paper Pumpkin kit is one of my favorites … so beautiful and easy to make alternative (but not necessary!)

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Thanks for joining me today. Have a beautiful day ~ 


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Simply Sunday: Simply Gorgeous

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to share this beautiful card with you today. The color pallet highlights one of my favorites … Blackberry Bliss!! If you love soft floral prints, todays card is going to sweep you off your feet!

Check out our Blissful Blooms August 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, with its drenched-in-watercolor cards (the original was handpainted), gorgeous lined envelopes, and silver foil trim—plus tags you can hand stamp yourself—add that extra bit of love and thoughtfulness to a note directly from you. Find out how to make this garden of loveliness work for you by watching this month’s unboxing!

If you love this kit as much as I do … you can subscribe as refill kits will be available later this month! I’ll be sharing more projects!!

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Then you will be in for a frightfully delightful kit in a scary-cute, special edition box…

October is on its way! And when hordes of little ghosts and goblins descend on your doorstep this Halloween, be prepared with spooky-cute goodies just for them—handmade by you with a little help from Paper Pumpkin. How? Simply subscribe by September 10 at …  .

This terrific kit is quick, easy, and all-inclusive. (P.S. You’ll love our frightfully fun special-edition box!) Don’t miss out! I heard there were 24 projects in this kit!! When you subscribe you can order additional kits … or purchase refills later in the month.

I want to thank you for sharing a part of your day with me today!  Let me know if you have any questions with our Paper Pumpkin kits.  When you subscribe … find me on Facebook and I’ll hook you up with my Paper Pumpkin Pals page!

Have a beautiful day ~




Join the Party… Holiday Catalog Launch!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

There has been a lot of announcements lately and today I have another … A PARTY!!

The Holiday Catalogs are being delivered as we speak! Now it’s time to get your hands on the awesome stamp sets and accessories & create 8 wonderful cards with envelopes.

PLUS, If you were a Hostess of mine this past year or so … I have a special gift for you when you arrive!! Let’s Party!

If you were a Club Member or Hostess this past year … You won’t want to miss this event!!

RSVP now and be part of this fun filled night of stamping…
Invite your friends and enjoy a girls night out.
I’ll have all the work done for you, so let’s stamp & have FUN!

You can RSVP by phone 262-334-1009 or email me at:

Thank you so much for stopping by today … Make sure you come back tomorrow because I’ve got a card that will WOW you!!

Kick off the weekend right and have a fabulous Friday!!

Catalog Launch Party

An Invitation to the Holiday Stamping Retreat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Eileen and I are pleased to open our “Timeless Christmas” Holiday Stamping Retreat to you. Lets get together and have fun stamping as we put a hand crafted touch on the holidays. Our years of experience and our dedication to our guests experience will ensure you an inspiring, creative, fun and memorable retreat.

Our stamping retreats are all inclusive and include your lodging, all your meals and all your stamping projects; cut and ready for you to stamp. Along with your stamping sessions, you’ll have time to explore the beautiful grounds, or just relax by the lake… a true escape.

Please join us on Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th for a fun filled getaway with fellow stampers to create, make new friends, unwind, and enjoy being pampered for a weekend.

Here is what you can look forward to …

Lodging …
You’ll be staying in this private 1930’s English Tutor Manor situated on beautiful Green Lake.

All meals included …
You’ll enjoy delicious home made meals prepared for you Friday night, Saturday Morning, then a fun luncheon in our stamp room Saturday afternoon, and a Continental breakfast Sunday morning. Saturday evening you’ll be treated a delicious dinner in the Bauer Dining Room… Choose a lake view or gather around the cozy fireplace.

Your Rooms …
Are comfortable and relaxing. You’ll look forward to retiring each night, after a little fun of course!

Stamping Room …
We have a large, private well-lit room with plenty of room to stamp and move around with ease! We have stations set up for die cutting and embossing. You’ll love creating in this relaxing environment and love the projects too. (Projects pre-cut for you) No worries here, you can leave your projects while your out.

Enjoy our Early Bird pricing: Only $250 thru September 5th, 2018
Cost: $275 – September 6th through September 30th, 2018
Registration Closes at Midnight September 30th.

Our retreats are done on a first come / first serve basis … Only payment holds your spot, at which time your room will be assigned. Rooms are also based on number of guests in your party.

All you need to bring are comfy clothes and your basic stamping kits: scissors, your favorite adhesive and refills, and a bone folder. If any other supplies are needed, I will contact you prior to our retreat. All stamps, inks, dies & BigShots are supplied for you.

Eileen and I can’t wait to see you at our 2018 Fall Holiday Stampin’ Retreat
Here’s a look into our past retreats…

RSVP NOW ~ CALL 262-334-1009 or message me below or email me at:

Linda Schnabel / Linda’s Stampin’ Escape

Once You’re Registered …

Once you are registered, I will send you an e-mail with details on our attendee swap, a brief agenda and directions to our Retreat location.

SWAP THEME:  “What Christmas means to YOU”
We host a contest with everyone’s swaps .. It’s a lot of fun. * *We ask that you stick to current Stampin’ Up! product /

I hope you consider joining us, it’s the perfect escape!!

Have a wonderful day ~

Time to Escape and stamp …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So how did you enjoy the card and stamping technique I share with you yesterday? Are you interested in seeing the latest products, trends and stamping techniques … how about “hands on” instruction?

I am in the process of setting up my 2018-19 Stamping Clubs and would like to invite  you to join me! This is how it works …

Clubs begin in September 2018 ….  Our club requires a commitment to the group: We meet only 1 night per “month” and each participant agrees to purchase a minimum (depends on number of attendees in club) but never more than $25. Clubs run from September through June.  We take the summer off … unless we have a group of 6 and they want to run year round (that is up to my group).

What you get as a member … A minimum of 2 projects (usually cards) per month (pre-cut) with envelopes and Free personal instruction. As a club member, you will receive “Hostess Benefits” on your month to spend as you wish!!  I will provide a technique sheet or instruction sheet when applicable to a class but is not done for each class.  As an additional perk for being my Club Member, I offer discounts to other stamping events.

You’ll have a great time and meet some amazing new people! Join us and take some time out for yourself!!  It’s just a single night a month and the experience, fun and relaxation is good for your health and much cheaper than therapy!!

The clubs will be held at my Stampin’ Studio so you have no preparation at your home … just grab your stamp bag and join us!!  All you need to bring is your basic tool kit: Favorite adhesive, scissors, etc.  I supply all the projects pre-cut and ready for you. If you’re the hostess that month, keep your treats simple and a bottle of water is fine.

Let me know if this is something you are interested in … We’d love to have you join us! Here are the evenings at morning sessions that have openings at this time …

  • Wednesday Night 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Thursday Night 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Saturday Morning 9 am – 10:30

I can also schedule a private party for you and your friends … Minimum 8 people.

I’m glad you’ve read this to the end … I thank you very much.

Have a fabulous day ~


Technique Tuesday: Colored Foils

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share my card with you today because not only am I using the awesome new Blended Seasons stamp set and coordinating stitched dies but I have a really cool technique too!!  Not only that … I’ve taken an old favorite and incorporated it into the card as well.

The card was created for my “Color Your Season” Class that I hosted last week … we made a Spring, Wedding, Autumn and a Christmas card, it is the Christmas card that I will be sharing with you.

This was the card that changed 3 times before I got to what you will see today … it was all about the background, but once I picked up the Wood Textures Designer paper … I knew that was it!!  You see, I have already pulled out the circle die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies to create my wreath.

The holly was stamped on Very Vanilla and colored with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends and then cut into sections and wrapped around the wreath.  Our bow was created using the Silver Foil paper and the die from the bundle … then, I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend and colored it!! I wanted red and I wanted the shine!! It works beautifully.  You can do it before or after you die cut.

Can you image ALL the new Foil colors you can now use on your projects!! Amazing and soooo easy.  And because the Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers it dries quickly.

The greeting is from the Blended Seasons stamp set and was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched with the Triple Banner punch.  I also sponged the banner with Sahara Sand to age it a little.  The combination of all these single entities created a warm holiday card.

The red foil bow just adds a special touch to the card and really helps make it pop.  I also added just a touch of the Wink of Stella onto the holly berries.  You could also use the glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen … that will also give it a shine.

Thank you for stopping back to check out my blog post today.  You can purchase any of the items used for today’s card by clicking on any of the items listed below.

Have a wonderful day ~