Nothing’s Better Than Chocolate …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well, well, well … Did you know today is World Chocolate Day? I don’t know about you, but I have chocolate in my Stamp Room at all times! Permission to indulge …

I have the perfect pairing to go with our chocolate today! It’s the “Nothings Better Than” stamp set and the “Love You More Than” dies ….

This is such a cute combination when you want to send some sweet thoughts to a friend or family member. Check out these cute projects that were created using these two items …

I see some Chocolate Chip cookies and some chocolates all decked out to gift to someone. These stamps and coordinating dies are so versatile and fun to use. Are you inspired to make cards or hungry for chocolate … Lucky thing, you can have both!!

Thank you for stopping by today, and Happy World Chocolate day!!

Here are the links to the stamp set and dies …

Watercolor Pencils Tips & Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share not just one … but two cards with you today! And the replay of last nights Facebook LIVE. It features tips & techniques using the Watercolor Pencils and highlights the Blessings of Home bundles. You are going to love the three different layouts I used for my cards.

So here is yesterday’s card along with my second card that used the dies to highlight the flowers …

So the coloring techniques will be shown in the video but I wanted to share how I layered the flowers on my second card. This was done my cutting 2 Basic Black shapes from the die that cut the flowers out. Then you layer them on the back shifting one to the right side and the other to the left to create a full mat behind the flower … and no need for dimensionals because you just created some nice thickness too!

Now lets take a look at the video and check out those coloring techniques ….

I did find my Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil shortly after I ended the video … but I really loved the way the flowers turned out on our next card. I finished it off by added a Basic Black base and Pear Pizzazz background which I ran through the die machine using the Stitched Greenery dies.

I used Scalloped Contours dies to cut my flower piece out and that is layered over the Layering Designs Vellum. I used the edge of the largest die from the Scalloped Contours to create the design scallop under my greeting. You have to check out the shimmer on this Shimmery White Cardstock, goes so good with our Wink of Stella … don’t you think?

I hope you were inspired to pull out your Watercolor Pencils or get some for the very first time. Again, they are perfect for beginners because you have so much control for a watercoloring project, so versatile even our seasoned stampers will have fun with them!

Thank you for dropping by today. Enjoy your day.

Here are the list of supplies used in today’s card. Don’t forget our Summer Sale-a-bration has begun and you can earn FREE goodies for your qualifying sales.

Watercoloring Technique Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card I made with the Blessings of Home Bundle and some “watercoloring” techniques. July in World Watercoloring Month so I’ll be celebrating by hosting a series of Watercoloring Classes each Tuesday night on my Facebook LIVE!

I invite you to join me tonight on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page when I go LIVE at 6:30 pm Central time and I’ll show you all the tips and techniques used to create this card.

First, let me say that I am using the Watercolor Pencils for this card ….

I’ll share my first tip with you right now … When using the Watercolor Pencils you should use StazOn as your base ink for your stamped image, this will eliminate bleeding. I used the black & white background to really draw your eye to Watercolored image … and the layering brings it to life!!

I hope you plan on joining me tonight LIVE … I’ll share the replay tomorrow but tonight is your chance to ask any questions you may have about the Watercolor Pencils or the techniques I share with you.

Till then, have a wonderful day!

Here are the list of supplies used in today’s card. Don’t forget our Summer Sale-a-bration has begun and you can earn FREE goodies for your qualifying sales.

Happy 4th of July

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am sending warm wishes on this Fourth of July ….

May we help in the guidance to oversee our nation prosper and grow for a brighter tomorrow. This begins with respecting and treating each other with kindness and understanding.

I love the stamping community we have built together, may we be an example to others.

Have a blessed holiday weekend. Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin’ Hugs, Linda

Simply Sunday: Sending Hugs Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a pretty little card to share with you that highlights the NEW Splendid Thoughts Bundle, and I’m doing it in Soft Sea Foam. My Sending Hugs card is easy to make … besides this gorgeous bundle, you will need a Blending Brush, Wink of Stella and the Soft Sea Foam Marker, Cardstock and Ink. It sure makes life easy when everything coordinates.

Oh yes, and speaking of coordination … I’m using the Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes packet you can get FREE during Sale-a-bration!!

The pretty patterns you see on the card base and envelope … it comes like that! And it coordinates with the Splendid Thoughts Bundle, so with the purchase of the bundle, you can choose the cards & envelopes for FREE!

I layered my Soft Sea Foam with Basic White … the first thing I did was brush a little Soft Sea Foam onto the White using my Blending Brush … it is done ever so lightly so you have a soft glow instead of a big color impact. Then I stamped my image directly over the brushed ink. I did everything in the Soft Sea Foam ink, including the greeting.

I colored the leaves in with the coordinating marker (not the Stampin’ Blends). I left some white space to create highlights and then I added my Wink of Stella. I punched out my greeting with the Double Oval Punch and tied a pretty bow before adding dimensionals to the back of my assembly and popped it up onto the card base.

I love this time of year … when a NEW Mini catalog comes out, and a Sale-a-bration catalog with it. Who doesn’t love getting FREE Stuff!! I do 🙂

Thank you so very much for taking time out of your holiday weekend to join me today.

Be Safe … Have fun!

Here is the list of products that I used for today’s card, including the FREE Sale-a-bration item!

Storybook Gnomes …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to highlight the NEW Storybook Gnomes Suite in the new July-Dec Mini Catalog. Being part Norwegian I fell in love with these cute gnomes. You’ll find them on pages 42 and 43 … but I have a video here for you so you can get a better look at this suite.

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join me for this quick video …

Put the charm in charming with the adorable Kindest Gnomes Suite Collection! Create whimsical cards, tags, and more with designs you can mix and match. Don’t forget to add a dimensional touch with the Snow Accents Puff Paint.

Aren’t they just the cutest! You can have so much fun and for any occasion. There is so many fun suites… and gorgeous suites in this Mini, I wasn’t sure where to start!! I hope you got your catalog, if you don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to serve you.

Thank you for dropping by on this holiday weekend!

Be Safe … Have fun!

Here is a list of products from the suite, plus I’ve included the entire suite if you’re like me and have to have all the coordinating products! Don’t forget … It’s SALE-A-BRATION and you can pick FREE Product for each $50 you purchase (before ship/hdlg)

Welcome July … Welcome NEW Catalogs!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

The day we have been waiting for is here!! The New July-Dec Mini and the Sale-a-bration Catalogs go LIVE today!! I’m so excited … I also have a sweet card to share with you today! It’s made with the NEW Very Best Occasions Stamp Set … You all know I love my sentiments, and this one was created so you can use them on the front or the inside of your card … LOVE it!!

You’ll find the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set in the New MINI Catalog on page 68.

Can you believe another Sale-a-bration … I love that we now have two of them, if you’re like me … it’s a bit more cost effective, PLUS we get more choices and I hope you’ve been lookin’ it over. There is such a great diversity of stamps and paper … something for everyone.

OK, let’s get to today’s card …. Our base is Basic White and is layered with 2 patterns from the beautiful new Splendid Day Specialty Designer paper. The beautiful die cut piece comes from the Artistic Dies.

The greeting from our Very Best Occasions stamp set is stamped in Soft Suede onto So Saffron card stock … and before we attach it with dimensionals, we are going to add some of the green ribbon from the Real Red & Garden Green Combo Pack. The card is finished off by embellishing it with those cute little Brass Butterflies!

I hope you enjoyed my little kick off to the New Catalogs, and I thank you for joining me today.

Cup of Tea …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute card made from the fabulous Cup of Tea Suite. Sit a bit and enjoy a cuppa while you create cards and more with products from the Tea Boutique Suite Collection.

If you like tea, you’ll love creating tea-themed projects. The Cup of Tea Bundle has stamps and coordinating dies for making cards and scrapbook pages.

Sit and stay awhile with a friend and share the Cup of Tea Bundle! ☕

This bundle includes stamps and dies to create a perfect cup! Add a little (or a lot) of love, a slice of lemon, and a heart-felt sentiment for cute cards and crafts that will make everyone smile.

Thank you for stopping by!

Cards Made Easy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back with you today to share Cards Made Easy … how, through our amazing Card Kits. These are perfect for NEW Stampers / Crafters, or scrapbookers who LOVE that homemade look but are devoted to their scrapbooks (I get it!!) or my everyday card makers who just want so cool cards stashed for an emergency!

Our kits range from robots for kits (Alligators & Kangaroo’s too) … to the kits with mountains and more for our outdoorsy men and women, to beautiful florals and Christmas. There are so many to choose from, I thought I would share them all with you today so you could get a closer look!

Let’s not forget … It’s BOGO time!! Buy One at regular price and get the second for 50% OFF!! I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t send out this last reminder so you don’t miss out on this amazing deal.

Check out these kits … You get get more details by clicking directly on the kit you are interested in…..

Thank you for joining me today!! Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Enjoy your day ~

The Clock is Ticking ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Oh my … the clock is ticking— and we’ve got some great promotions coming to an end in just a few days. So sad to see such an amazing Mini Catalog coming to an end.

First it’s your last chance to save up to 50% on retiring items ….

On 30 June 2022, the Last Chance Products promotion will come to an end. Be sure to stock up on your favorite products before they’re gone for good! Don’t delay—this selection of Last Chance Products is only available while supplies last.

For all the details about this steal of a deal … CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Next to say good-bye is the Kit Promotion …

Buy one kit and get the second kit 50% off—this is the perfect time to buy these kits for your friends and family! Kits are all-inclusive projects and make great creative gifts. CHECK THEM OUT HERE! Then check out the

Thank you for checking out my blog today. Don’t forget to check me out LIVE tonight on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page.

Have a great day ~

Save Your Scraps & Create …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I have a bright and fun card to share with you that highlights the new In-Colors and shows you how to use up some of those scraps … even the thinnest ones.

We’re using two 1/8″ strips of Sweet Sorbet, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Starry Sky, and Orchid Oasis. These are applied at an angle and then the edges are trimmed off. For the greeting, you’ll mask off the unused part of the stamp before inking then remove the mask to stamp and stamp the sentiment.

Then, die cut “Thanks” from Thick Basic White and shadow with Starry Sky.  Glue together and attach to card front.  Attach card front to the card base using dimensionals. Thick Basic White was used for the card base and front.

To complete the card attach Matte Decorative Dots above and below the greeting to draw your eye around the card. I love the color and dimension that it adds as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week.

Simply Sunday: Biggest Wish Birthday Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute birthday card for you that highlights the Biggest Wish Stamp Set and is accented beautifully with the Hues of Happiness Designer Series paper. This simple layout makes card making quick and easy … and very pleasing!

The card bases is Basic White as is our hand stamped area. The card front is Night of Navy and the Hues of Happiness and stamped white are both secured to it. The ink used is the Night of Navy for the “Birthday” and Daffodil Delight for the “happy, happy, happy” … these two colors compliment each other and coordinate with our designer paper.

The pink Adhesive Backed Hexagons were used to draw your eye across the card and to balance the color of pink from the Hues of Happiness Designer paper. So cute … so easy! Birthday cards are probably the most hand-made and sent cards and what a wonderful way to celebrate someone you love!

Thank you for joining me today. I hope your day is a good one.

Saturday Scrapbook Page Parade …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to to take you into how I started my amazing journey with Stampin’ Up! … SCRAPBOOKING!!

I’m going to share a Parade of Scrapbook layouts /pages that I created back when … the layouts are still relevant today with a change of designer papers, you can create a whole new look!! These layouts are GREAT for beginning scrapbookers.

Join me in a stroll down memory lane ….

One of the easiest pages to create, this is actually a 6 x 6 with 4″ squares of designer paper and coordinating cardstock created around 2004! The alphabet stamps with a circle punch and die cuts for the “Hoot” created my theme … and then the owl punch.

For my second layout ….

Super simple layout with a tropical flair … I stamped some flowers on the background just to create some dimension to the page, added a strip of designer paper to the bottom and coordinating cardstock for my photo mats. The coconut cocktail was created using a circle die / or punch … whichever you prefer and then I cut out part of the top and added my accessories! How cute, fun and easy was that!!

My third layout …

Oh my gosh … how easy is this layout! I used an actual road map … what a great way to highlight your road trip. Grab a map or two of the areas you visit and then used it to pin point where you have been. I found some cardstock that coordinated with the colors on the map (good thing Stampin’ Up! has so many amazing colors).

If you don’t have dies to cut out your headers / titles for your pages … Use your computer to print one out. Again, super simple and a great way for beginners to get started.

For my last layout, I’m sharing a page I created with scraps …

My Card Club was creating “window” cards so all the orange, lime green and black dots are left over from their cards, so I attached them to a piece of black 12 x 12 and created a really fun backdrop for my page. Here is a great example of using your printer to create your title. The cats were actually punched out of designer paper (I love that Stampin’ Up! coordinates dies & punches to the designer paper) … makes for an easy page. To finish it off … I just added my sweet little grandbaby in the center!

I thank you for walking down this path with me today, and I hope you are inspired to whip up a few easy scrapbook pages … you’ve got some layouts now.

Enjoy your Saturday!

I may just start adding scrapbooking back into my stamping … What do you think? Please comment below.

Free Tutorial Friday: Birthday Brew

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s another FREE Tutorial Friday and if your from Wisconsin that also means it’s time for a Friday Fish Fry … and what goes better with your Fish Fry than a nice cold brew!! Today’s card tutorial features the Brewed for You stamp set.

Measurements: 

  • Card Base: Crushed Curry 5 ½” x 8 ½”
  • Cardstock #2: Basic White 4” x 5 ¼”

Instructions:

  • Cut a 5 ½’ x 8 ½” Crushed Curry card base. Fold in half.
  • Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” Basic White panel.
  • Stamp (3) large and (4) small Watercolor Circles onto the Basic White panel using Crushed Curry ink.
  • Lightly spritz a little water to soften the edges. Let dry completely.
  • Using a Water Painter, add Crushed Curry ink to the brush and tap to speckle ink all over the panel as desired. Let dry completely.
  • Adhere the panel to the card front.
  • On a scrap piece of Basic White, stamp the glasses and foam using Jet Black Stazon ink.
  • Color the glasses using Crushed Curry ink and a Water painter. Cut.
  •  Cut a ¾” x 2 ½” strip of Basic White cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Jet Black Stazon ink. Cut the right edge to form a banner.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the top of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut a 2 ¾” Crushed Curry circle.
  • Cut a 2 1/8” Basic White circle.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the circle using Jet Black Stazon ink.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the Crushed Curry Circle.
  • Adhere the circle to the card front.
  • Adhere the glasses to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think this is a perfect card for a Friday FREE Tutorial, Oh, Ale Yes!! Enjoy your Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a cold one today!

Here is a list of supplies used to create this card ….

Celebrating National Pink Day with a Card!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you know it was National Pink Day? Well there is no better way to celebrate than to share a card with your friends! My card today is made with Polished Pink and the Awash in Beauty Designer Series paper. A simple layout but oh so cute!

The card base is Polished Pink and cut at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and folded in half. The Basic Black mat is 4″ x 5-1/4″ while the designer paper was trimmed 1/8″ to allow just a little black to show.

I used the Gingham Ribbon and dyed it using the Polished Pink Stampin’ Blend … just simply run the painting tip (larger one) along the ribbon! Then I stamped my greeting from the Lovely You stamp set and punched it out using the Dual Oval Punch.

Don’t you love the dimension and texture on this card!! I popped up the greeting with the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the added the in-color gems … in Polished Pink to highlight the greeting.

The Awash in Beauty Designer Paper makes cardmaking an easy task … and fun when you add the special touches of dyed ribbon and a little bling. Happy National Pink Day!!

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me! I truly appreciate your time … if you haven’t yet, make sure you “follow” my blog for daily inspiration.

Have a Happy National Pink Day~

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create my card ….