Are you NEW to Paper Crafting?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you NEW to stamping and paper crafting but not sure where to start? I can suggest five essential tools from the Stampin’ Up catalog that new crafters or stampers may find helpful:

  1. Stamp Set: A stamp set is the most essential tool for stampers. It typically includes a variety of designs and sentiments that you can use to create beautiful cards, scrapbook pages, or other paper crafts. Choose a versatile set that has multiple sentiments and images for all occasions.
  2. Ink Pad: An ink pad is used to transfer ink to the stamp so that you can make an impression on your paper. Stampin’ Up offers a wide range of ink colors, including classic ink pads, dye-based ink pads, and pigment-based ink pads. My favorite “black” is the Memento Ink.
  3. Cardstock: Cardstock is the foundation for most paper crafts. It is a sturdy paper that comes in a variety of colors and textures, making it perfect for creating card bases, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts. I suggest starting with white then adding a “multi” colored pack for a wider variety of color.
  4. Adhesive: Adhesive is used to glue your paper and embellishments together. Stampin’ Up offers a variety of adhesives, including tape runners, liquid glue, and dimensionals, which are foam dots that give your projects a 3D effect.
  5. Paper Trimmer: A paper trimmer is a tool that cuts paper to the desired size and shape. It is a must-have tool for any paper crafter. The Stampin’ Up paper trimmer includes a cutting blade, a scoring blade, and a ruler to help you make accurate cuts every time.

These five tools can help you get started on your paper crafting journey. Stampin’ Up also offers many additional tools and supplies, such as punches, dies, and markers, which can be added to your collection as your skills and interests grow.

IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET …. Starting with just a few basic supplies is a great way to dip your toe into paper crafting without breaking the bank. Here’s a bit more detail on each of the supplies you mentioned:

  1. Notecards and envelopes: Notecards and envelopes are a great choice for beginners because they come pre-cut and scored, making it easy to create a professional-looking card. Stampin’ Up offers a variety of notecards in different sizes and colors, so you can find the perfect base for your project.
  2. Stamp set and ink pad: A stamp set and ink pad are essential tools for papercrafters. The stamp set will give you a variety of designs and sentiments to work with, while the ink pad will allow you to transfer the designs onto your paper. Stampin’ Up offers a wide range of stamp sets and ink colors, so you’re sure to find something that fits your style.
  3. Watercolor pencils: Watercolor pencils are a great way to add a pop of color to your projects without investing in expensive paints or markers. Simply color your design with the pencils, then use a wet brush or Blender Pen to blend and spread the color. Stampin’ Up offers a set of watercolor pencils that coordinate with their ink colors, making it easy to create a cohesive look.

With these three basic supplies, you’ll have everything you need to create beautiful handmade cards and other papercraft projects. As your skills and interests grow, you can always add more supplies to your collection, such as additional stamp sets, embellishments, and tools.

Plus, I’m always here for you to help you with your stamping … you may contact me with your questions, come to a class or join a club! I too have many options for your stamping experience.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Cheerful Basket: You Have My Heart

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

If you liked my basket full of kitties yesterday then you are sure to enjoy today’s basket using Stampin’ Up!’s Cheerful Basket Bundle. Send a card that tells someone that they have your heart and “they fill your days with happiness”.

I’ll be sharing easy step by step instructions so you can recreate this sweet and simple card. To highlight the hearts on the card, I used assorted Stampin’ Blends (colors listed below), which are alcohol-based markers that provide a smooth and even color application.

Our card base is Basic Black 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″. The colorful ombre background comes from the beautiful “Enjoy the Journey” designer paper. You can add some texture with the “Whimsy” dies or use a subtle embossing folder if you don’t have the dies. Don’t be afraid to leave it just the way it is … it’s beautiful paper!!

Here are some steps to follow to color the hearts using Stampin’ Blends:

  1. Choose the colors of Stampin’ Blends that you want to use. You can use one color per heart or create a multi-colored effect by blending different shades.
  2. Start coloring the hearts with the lightest shade of the Stampin’ Blend, filling in the entire heart with the color.
  3. Next, use the darker shade of the Stampin’ Blend to add shading and depth to the heart. Start at the base of the heart and work your way towards the top, blending the two colors together as you go.
  4. If you want to create a multi-colored effect, use a third shade of the Stampin’ Blend to add more color and depth to the heart. Again, start at the base of the heart and work your way towards the top, blending the colors together as you go.
  5. Once you have finished coloring the hearts, use a Wink of Stella brush to enhance the color and add shimmer. Simply brush the Wink of Stella over a portion of the heart, being careful not to smudge the ink. I just added it where those little black lines were from the stamped heart.

I also die cut the little white hearts from the Cheerful Basket bundle and covered them with Wink of Stella and then placed them around the basket to really make the colors in the basket pop … it’s make your own embellishments!! The basket, hearts and greeting are all popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and colorful hearts card using the Cheerful Basket Bundle and Stampin’ Blends. Have fun crafting!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Friday to visit my blog and check out this cute card.

Have a great weekend!!

Basket Full of Kittens with Cheerful Basket

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you ever see something that made you think … that would make a cute card!? Today I’m going to share such a card. While visiting at my daughters, they have become foster parents to a big batch of kitties …

I told her she needed a basket to keep all them kitties in… and then it dawned on me; I have a basket full of kitties, and more! I pulled out my Cheerful Basket bundle . Oh, I haven’t even played with this one yet, and who knows … it may be on the Retiring List 😦 I hope not!!

So let’s check out our basket of kitties … I stamped my images in Memento Ink and used assorted Stampin’ Blends to color. I just love to smooth look you get when coloring with the Stampin’ Blends. What color do you like your kitties?

I couldn’t resist having my kittens paws hanging outside of the basket … you know them little guys are crawling “everywhere”!!! To do this, you just cut his legs free and slide them over the basket. I used designer paper scraps for a pop of color behind my basket of kitties. You can use what ever you have around your craft room. The background was done with the Stitched Greenery Die … just love this die as it is so very versatile.

Check out the layers on this card ….

This card was just fun to make … especially if you like coloring and building with layers! Almost as fun as a basket full of kitties. I’ll be sending this card to my granddaughter because she fills my day with happiness, and she loves her kitties!!

Thanks so much for the visit. What would YOU fill your basket with? Hearts? Apples? Crafting Supplies? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great day ~

Creating Motion using Layers & the Greatest Journey Bundle

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I can’t wait for you to see this card, I absolutely love the way it turned out!! Today I have a video … the replay of my Facebook LIVE where I shared two cards the featured the Greatest Journey bundle. I will show you how to create “motion” by using several of the same dies and a slight change of color, then you will see a simple card with a fun pop of color made mostly of scraps!

Join me for a bit and watch the video, after which I will share any dimensions needed for our cards…

So … I didn’t actually start my kitchen on fire, but a little fire inside one of my pans, easily taken care of, but not the way one would like to start their day! lol OK … back to our cards. I wanted to create the appearance of motion with my card, and since there is no coordinating stamp, I could not do the dragging technique (which smears the ink and makes it look like it’s moving).

I thought the layering technique worked well ….

The great part of this is you are using up your scraps! Anything big enough to fit your images on. The colors for my layers are: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, and Basic White … which is amazingly visible on the card. My Basic Black card base is the standard A2 size: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4. The Basic White Front is 5-1/4″ x 4″. Keepin’ it easy.

The next card was just an easy pop of color and was also done mostly with scraps!

While I was preparing my photos for the blog, I realized that instead of die cutting my runners out of black … I could have die cut the image “out of” the color blocks and let the black show through! Another way to create dimension …. WOW! The possibilities never end.

The color blocks are die cut from the Stylish Shapes dies (as is the banner) the black mat behind it measures 3″ x 4-3/4″ and the Starry Sky piece is 3-1/4″ x 5″ … the Basic Black card base is the standard A2 size: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4.

I hope you enjoyed today’s adventure into creating “motion” on your cards and give it a try. If you are interesting in purchasing this bundle, I have the links below.

Thank you. Have an adventurous day ~

Here is the list of supplies used for today’s cards ….

Let’s go on an Adventure …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have been playing around with the Greatest Journey bundle … for those of you who snagged up the Designer paper in the Sale-a-bration catalog, you should find it easy to create some great cards.

This card simply cuts the cardstock into 3 pieces and then uses a piece of cardstock to “highlight” the center section and create a fun look.

If you are looking for ways to use the stamps and dies without the designer paper, then join me tonight on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page when I go LIVE at 6:30 Central time. I’d love to have you join us!!

Hello There Card … Happy Monday!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a quick & cute card saying Hello There, and our turtle is back with a friend. Today is also International Day of Happiness and this card will surely put a smile on someones face and make them happy!

The core of our card today is created with the Enjoy the Adventure Memories & More Cards & Envelopes which is the base, and the Enjoy the Adventure Memories & More Card Pack … then I stamped my greeting from the Around the Bend stamp set.

The card measures 3″ x 4″ and I added a Old Olive mat measuring 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″. The card and mat have popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals. The turtle and the bunny were die cut from the Rain or Shine Specialty Designer paper. To complete the card I added the Opaque Adhesive-Backed Gems. The layout I used today is similar to yesterday’s layout, just a few changes can change the entire look of the card.

Such a simple and cute card to make to say hello to your friends or family members.

Thank you for joining for this quick card today. I hope you enjoy your Monday!

Simply Sunday: You’re On My Mind Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have the cutest card to share with you made from left overs!! So what do you do with a left over frame when you used the oval for an Easter Egg? Here is the card I created earlier this week which produced that left over frame ….

To view this blog post just CLICK HERE If you haven’t seen the post, it will show how I cut these.

I also used a sweet little turtle from the Rain or Shine Designer paper (I cut out a whole bunch of little critters) and then I used a daisy that I had punched out for another project, so all those odds and ends were brought together and created this sweet and simple card ….

The greeting works perfectly inside the frame (which is also cut from the Rain or Shine Designer paper). You can find it in the Good Feelings stamp set and I used the Tuxedo Memento Ink. To complete my card I used the Adhesive Backed Milky Dots… love those!!

Thanks for stopping by on this Sunday, hope you have a great day. Relax and Enjoy.

Quilt Card Celebrating International Quilting Day!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share my Quilt Card to Celebrate International Quilting Day. National Quilting Day recognizes quiltmakers and their quilt-making abilities. The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin word ‘culcita,’ which means stuffed sack.

Quilting practices can be found in almost every area of the world and it is celebrated on the third Saturday in March every year. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt lovers and makers.

A Handmade Quilt card is fun to make and can be just as pretty as a handmade quilt … and both are a pleasure to receive. Here is my latest creation for a “handmade quilt”…..

I began with the beautiful “Fancy Flora” Designer Series paper. I had some 1″ scraps from some cards I was making so I cut them into 1″ square pieces. This would be the pattern for my quilt. I glued the pieces onto a piece of Basic White cardstock approximately 3″ x 3″ … switching patterns. I used the front and back of this designer paper / one side with pattern, the other plain.

Once the adhesive was dry, I embossed it with the Quatrefoil Tile embossing folder. I like the added texture embossing brings to the pattern and to the card itself. This was adhered directly onto a piece of 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen… this is my “edging” to my quilt.

My greeting comes from the “Lovely You” stamp set … I find it very fitting for a quilt card, because to me, quilts bring comfort and so do our friends. I found a quote which I thought would work perfect inside your card … “Friends are like quilts – A patchwork of warmth and comfort”.

I will always believe that you don’t have to make a 7-layer card to spread warmth to a friend … a simple heartfelt card will share your feelings just as well. The main thing to remember is, make it YOU, your style!

Thank you for joining me in Celebrating International Quilt day with me today. If this doesn’t inspire you to make a quilt card, maybe it will inspire you to reach out to your friend.

Have a beautiful day ~

In Need of a Quick St. Patrick’s Day Card?

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Are you in need of a quick St. Patrick’s Day card? I have the answer for you … all you need is a Heart Punch or die. I’m using the smaller heart from the Heart Punch Pack and some Shaded Spruce cardstock … punch 3 hearts and score (or fold) in the center to create some texture.

The background was stamped in Shaded Spruce using the “Around the Bend” stamp set … and of course I had to add some “gold” to my card, so I added the Brass Butterflies. Oh my this is cute and oh so quick!

Thanks for stopping by today ….

Magically turn Framed Florets Dies into Easter Egg Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m so excited about this fun technique, turning the Floral Dies into Easter Egg Cards. I think the cards turned out so cute / lovely … yes, I have 2 cards for you today along with a video – a replay of my Facebook LIVE from last night.

Let’s take a look at the video …

As promised, I have the dimensions for our Easter Egg card. My cardstock base is Flirty Flamingo and measures 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ … Score at 4-1/4″ on the 7-1/4″ length. This will give you a front “flap” and exposes a portion of the inside. You need 2 pieces of Basic White (and one scrap to die cut greeting). Front measures 5-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ … emboss with the “splatter” embossing folder and the inside measures 5-1/4″ x 4″ … add a strip of the designer paper.

The designer paper I’m using on this card is the Rain or Shine Designer paper. The patterns I picked look great as Easter Eggs … the splatter one reminds me of how your dyed eggs always end up with “some” spots! lol The greeting for both cards come from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and die cut from the Stylish Shapes.

Our next card has an easy layout / dimensions and boasts the Floating Element Technique … I love this technique. Let’s begin with your Petal Pink card base measuring 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″.

Trim down the 6″ x 6″ Fancy Flora Designer paper to 5-1/4″ to 4″ and adhere it directly to your card front. I use a 4″ x 3″ piece of Window Sheet to die cut my oval /egg and then I attach the 1″ strips which were embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder. Don’t you love the elegance of the embossed egg?

The greeting for the card comes from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and die cut from the Stylish Shapes. The butterfly is die cut using the Brilliant Wings Dies … and we finished off with the Opaque Adhesive Backed Gems.

You can used any designer paper to create your Easter Eggs and / or use it as a background like I did on this card. So fun and versatile.

Thank You for hanging out with me today, I hope I inspired you to try this fun technique. You can also do it with circles!!

Have a great day ~

I Have a Sneak Peek for YOU today!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Optimism and Renewal is the theme of the April 2023 All the Little Things Paper Pumpkin kit! This kit includes supplies for making nine cards (three each of three designs) with elegant cherry blossom designs, bright colors, and iridescent foil (a detail that won’t go unnoticed). It also includes a Shaded Spruce ink spot and a stamp set with sentiments that celebrate the simple things and encourage growth and healing.

Anyone who subscribes to this month’s kit will also get a FREE box organizer! This organizer with customizable compartments fits perfectly inside your Paper Pumpkin box and is great for keeping your supplies from past kits organized, so you know right where everything is! Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I invite you to give it a try.  CLICK HERE to sign up by April 10th for this next kit.

Thanks you for joining me today … Hope your day is a good one!

Have YOU seen the Lighting the Way bundle? Check out these two cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m sharing a card that highlights the Lighting the Way Bundle and you’ll recognize the background as the Natural Gilded Specialty Designer paper. The Lighting the Way Bundle includes the Lighting the Way Stamp Set and the Lighting the Way Dies.

The firefly is a perennial warm weather companion that radiates positive energy while lighting our way through the darkness. Use this joyful bundle to capture those positive vibes and add them to your next handmade card or gift tag and light up someone’s life!

Tell someone special just how much they mean to you with this Lighting the Way Stamp Set. Use it to create uplifting cards featuring dazzling fireflies that appear to glow. Simply stamp one of the glowing circles in a vibrant yellow, then follow up with a firefly stamp.

Stamp your firefly so it appears to be leaving a trail of light in its wake. Embellish your firefly image with greenery, more fireflies, and a happy sentiment, such as “Thanks for lighting the way,” and you have a handmade card they’re sure to remember!

Thank you for checking out my blog and the Lighting the Way Bundle. Which one of these two cards did you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

Have yourself a great day ~

Simply Sunday: Wildlife Wonder Masculine Birthday Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another masculine card featuring the Wildlife Wonder stamp set, along with the dimensions and step by step instructions! Can’t get easier than that ❤


  • Card Base: Thick Very Vanilla 5 ½” X 8 ½” score at 4 ¼”
  • Cardstock #2: Very Vanilla 3 ¾” X 5”
  • Cardstock #3: Early Espresso 3 7/8” X 5 1/8”
  • Cardstock #4: Very Vanilla 5/8” X 4”
  • Cardstock #5: Early Espresso ¾” X 4”


  • Score your card base and fold in half.
  • On the Very Vanilla cardstock #2 stamp your Bear with Ground images using Early Espresso ink.
  • Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool score the outside edges at ¼” and ½”.
  • Using the Blending Brush and the Crumb Cake ink; apply ink around the outside edges.
  • Attach to the Early Espresso cardstock #3 and attach to your card front as shown.
  • On the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock #4 stamp your sentiment using Early Espresso ink.  Using your scissors trim the ends on an angle.
  • Attach to the Early Espresso cardstock #5 and trim the edge matching the angle.
  • Attach to your card front as shown.
  • Attach Rustic Metallic dots as shown.
  • On the inside stamp your bear image again in the bottom corner using Early Espresso ink.

Thank you for joining me today. Hope your day is a good one ~

The Elegant Borders Dies … a Must See!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Elegant Borders Dies, another NEW offering from our On-Line Exclusives. You’ll see two different ways to use them … Let’s take a look at them first.

The Elegant Border Dies give you a beautiful edge on all your cards and envelopes. These dies line up perfectly on the edge of a card and envelope, adding lacy edges and delicate flourishes.

You can also use these dies to create borders and elegant background outlines for every occasion of crafting. Whatever your card making occasion is, these dies can add those details that will impress anyone!

Here the Elegant Border Dies have created a beautiful back drop for the Pansy Patch Bundle …. You can see how easily the dies can be used to create a stunning background to highlight the focal point of your card … the Pansies.

I love the way the dies are used on our second card … as an accent / embellishment! WOW! I really love this effect to add color. For this card design we teamed up the the Quiet Meadow stamp set and Meadow Dies along with the Elegant Borders Dies.

You could use this delicate die to do a color on color technique (I do this with white a lot) Cut out your images and paste them onto the same color cardstock to give you a subtle look with lots of texture!

Imagine the fun you could have with the Elegant Borders Dies and the many, many ways you could use them. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have a great day ~

Celebrating 23 Years Today ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hard to believe it’s been 23 years since I signed up and started my journey with Stampin’ Up! and all of you. What a beautiful community of stampers I have encountered.

Here a just a few of the pictures / memories …. the people I have met, the places I have been … PRICELESS!

Stampin’ Up! Home Office in Riverton, Utah

Just part of our team … Upline: Gloria & Vicki / Sideline: Karen / Downling: Eileen, Anne, Rosie & Doris. The next two photos are some of my “Happy Stampers” at events I hosted. Some were so happy they joined my team as well … Ann Marie!

Stampin’ Up! events … Conventions, Leadership and more

Notice our shirts?? We made them for Convention with Pearl Ex & a technique called Shattered Glass!

Jerry Day was the President of the company then … Shelli is the Co-Founder and then CEO of Stampin’ Up! Her daughter Sara has since taken the reins, but we still see Shelli at Stampin’ Up! events.

It’s not all business at Stampin’ Up! events …. they make sure we have PLENTY of FUN!! It’s was 70’s Night … Connie and I are with Shelli and her husband Sterling.

Some of the amazing places that I have gone with Stampin’ Up! Many are Incentive Trips that I have “earned” through the years. It takes a lot of work but when you Love What You Do ….

YES … We stamp on the Incentive Trips too! I’m with Shelli again!

My Sister Eileen … Me … and my Brother Richard

All I can say is that is has been an amazing journey so far. Love all the people I have met, many of whom became friends. So grateful for all of the opportunities given, and the places I would have never seen … my heart is overwhelmed.

I am extremely grateful for all of YOU who have supported me over the past 23 years … I look forward to continuing the journey with you.