Guest Stampers: Trio of Christmas Stockings

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you some more of our Swap Cards from the Holiday Retreat. Our swaps are done by our guests, and when they swap they are entered into the card contest and a chance to win a Gift Certificate from me. It’s a lot of fun, and the best part about swapping … you get to go home with that many more cards!!

All three of the cards I’m sharing with you today were made with the “Hang Your Stockings” Stamp set and Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies.  This is one you can bundle and Save 10% on.

Let’s begin with Linda S.  This was her first retreat but you would never have guessed it by her swap. 


She used the Christmas Stocking Thinlits die to create both the stocking and the greeting. These are highlighted by having the beautiful designer paper behind it. You’ll find several great patterns in the “Warmth & Cheer” Designer Series Paper Stack.

Our next guest stamper is Marge G.  Marge has attended all of our Holiday Retreats only missing the Spring because she was a little snowbird.


Marge started her card with the “This Christmas” Designer paper that can be found in the Annual Catalog (our big one) not the Holiday catty.  Marge also used the thinlits to create her card, and then she added a little sponging to really make it pop!  Don’t you love how she used the snowflake cut out from the stocking on her card … no wasted space here. 

The last of the stocking cards was created by Abby H.   This was Abby’s first retreat and she was also our youngest guest (her Mom & Sister have been here many times before).  We have several Mother / Daughter attendee’s … it is a great getaway to have fun together and bond.


Abby not only used the thinlits, but she stamped her stockings! Now we get to see how cute the coordinating stamp set is, and what a nice job Abby did stamping and creating her card.  They are all lined up with the Brick background and ready for Santa!

For me … Everyone is a winner because they get to go home with extra cards and each card has a different style than your own.  Oh yes, and I get to keep a set … THANK YOU LADIES!!


I hope you have enjoyed the trio of stocking cards today, and that it inspires you to grab that ink, pick up your stamps and begin having some “you” time and releasing your creativity!

Thanks for stopping by …

Have a great day!




Guest Stamper: Connie C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s guest stamper is “Connie Collins” … she is one of our Artisan Team members, and this card was featured on Stampin’ Up!s GET INSPIRED Blog. (Clear here to view full post)

My main reason for sharing Connie’s beautiful card is that she has featured the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372)


The sentiment on this card was stamped using the Tin of Tags Stamp Set (item 142180) and die cut using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Then she placed it on a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (item 141705) before attaching it to my card. Notice how the Layering Circles, Layering Squares (item 141708), and Layering Ovals (item 141706) Framelits Dies work perfectly with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


The greeting comes from the  “Tin of Tags” stamp set, and is one of those that are currently 25% off!  I have the list here of all the stamp sets that are discounted… they coordinate with the new Stitched Shape Framelits.


Online Extravaganza Starts November 21


In less than two weeks, you can save up to 40% on select products during Online Extravaganza. Not only are there amazing deals to be had during this one-week only, online super sale running November 21-28, it’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends! This year’s Online Extravaganza will include 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special product discounts only available that day. Full details on items included as part of Online Extravaganza will be available on November 17 so make sure to check back for more information.

Let me know if you have any questions with the specials listed, and thanks for checking out my blog post today.

Have yourself a beautiful day.

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Guest Stamper: Cindy C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a treat for you today! As some of you know, I love to share my Swap Cards with you and today is no different. This swap card comes from our Annual Holiday Retreat “Attendee” swap!!

These ladies make the most awesome cards so they must be shared. Today our guest stamper is Cindy C.  Cindy is also in my Thursday Night Technique Club so I know her well.  Sorry that the original post said our stamper was Cheryl.


Cindy is using the “Greetings from Santa” bundle which includes the stamp set and the “Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies”.  The die makes this card very easy to create.

I just love the Red Glimmer Paper used behind Santa and the pop of black which is signature to Santa’s belt and boots! You can’t not be “HAPPY” when you get a beautiful card like Cheryl’s!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the card share today.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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Star of Light Trio of Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First let me say “Happy Veterans Day” … a big THANK YOU to all our current and past military men and women who put their lives on the line, and those who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms here at home. I U.

Today I want to share 3 beautiful cards that we made at our Annual Holiday Stamping Retreat featuring one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog … the Star of Light stamp set and Thinlits.

At Retreat and all my stamping events …. it is my mission to show the versatility of the stamp sets or bundles. Here we went from a simple card to beautiful elegance …


Let’s begin with the center card, created using Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder. Simple but pretty and it highlights the stamps, ink and greetings with just a touch of bling to draw your eye to the focal point of the card, the star.

The card on the left uses Pool Party and Island Indigo a fun color combination turned elegant when we sponged the background and used the Silver Foil paper for our star, topped with a beautiful die cut. (This card was cased from a fellow demonstrator) I wish the photo would have reflected the silver so you could see how stunning it really is. We also used the new Metallic Enamel Shapes on the card which works so well with the Silver Foil paper … this was one of our “All attendee Gifts”(also known as Pillow Gifts as they get a package of goodies on their beds as a Thank You for joining us)

Our last card on the right seems to be everybody’s favorite. It was really quite simple to make, but so elegant when done in Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  The Enamel Shapes were also used on this card – the package comes with both Silver and Gold.  The designer paper we used comes from the Annual Catalog called “This Christmas”. It’s a specialty designer paper because it is a little thinner than our normal designer paper… but you get more!!


I hope you enjoyed today’s card share, I would love it if you would please “LIKE” this post at the bottom if you did, and then tell me which one is your favorite!! The key ingredients to make these cards are listed below.

Thank you for spending a part of your Friday with me …

I hope you have a marvelous day!

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


Greetings from the North Pole …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

 Today I have a cute card to share with you direct from the Stampin’ Up! home offices …
Use the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to diecut the large square shape out of Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the greeting in Pool Party ink on the scrap of Soft Sky Cardstock. Trim around the edges.
Stamp the trees in Wild Wasabi ink on the Whisper White square. (Stamp the first tree in the bottom left corner in full strength ink. Then stamp the second tree on the right side of the square without re-inking. Again without re-inking, stamp the third tree in the center.) Stamp the star on top of the final tree in So Saffron ink.
Stamp the reindeer in front of the trees in Chocolate Chip ink. Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to “draw” snow on the ground and trees; sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; set aside to dry.
Stamp “ho, ho, ho” greetings and snowflake images in Blushing Bride ink on the Blushing Bride cardstock to create background; adhere Blushing Bride Cardstock to the note card base.
Wrap the Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the card base; tie a bow at the top.  Adhere the stamped white square to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals; adhere the stamped greeting to the white square with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Embellish with Rhinestones.
Thanks for dropping in on my blog today.
Enjoy your day ~

Wishing You a Sweet Season

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Wooo Hooo … the weekend is here! Hope you get time to savor it, and make it last as long as possible.

Enjoying time with friends and family is always sweet, and today I’m sharing with you a cute card created with the Candy Cane Lane product suite. This is one of the cards that my guests made at our Holiday Stampin’ Retreat.

Let’s begin with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper …


You will see two different designs from this packet on our card. First the Crumb Cake and Whisper White  design (the reminds me of frosting) on the bottom, and then the two cute little houses! These houses are cut out of one of the designer sheets! (PLUS … it’s part of the Buy 3 / Get one FREE)

I didn’t do it on my sample, but at the retreat, we glittered the snow on the houses … it looked so cute! I added a 2″ Real Red Circle behind the houses to make them stand out a bit more.  The small house was “popped up” using our Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The greeting comes from the same product suite, we used the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set. Love it, Love it, Love it.

Now time for the inside …


Grab your Washi Tape … I used it on the front of the card to add another pop of red, and on the inside of the card as well.

I’ll admit it, I was never a big Washi Tape fan but when I saw all the cute designs on the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape … I bought 2!!  I love it and it goes great on cards, plus you saw us use the Washi Tape on our tags.  So quick, so easy … and no mess!

Not a hard card to make at all, but super cute and oh so sweet! Hope you enjoyed this tasty little morsel.

Stop back tomorrow for my Simply Sunday series of cards, I’ll be sharing some of the Designer papers with you!

Till then, have a sweet Saturday!

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


We All Love Pretty Paper

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Everyone likes pretty paper—and Designer Series Paper is on sale this month, so this sale gives you the opportunity to collect all of the papers you love!
Use the template so you can really show off the paper and a variety of patterns. Just pull out your paper scrap bin and mix and match the patterns to your liking.


Why throw away scraps when they’re this pretty? Instead, use them up on this great card design. It’s like a sampler of Designer Series Paper! This card highlights the Moroccan Designer Paper from the Annual Catalog.


Use designs from one collection, or mix and match for more possibilities. Here is a sample using the template above, Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper and the circle punch.



Let me know if you need any help placing an order for these wonderful papers… Sale ends Monday, October 31st.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Hope you have a great day ~


Christmas Pines Bundle

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share 3 projects from the Christmas Pines Bundle.

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season with the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Bundle. These pieces invite images of warmth and comfort in every creation—from tags to packaging to cards. Plus, when you buy the stamp set and dies as a bundle you’ll save 10%!


This is one bundle from the Holiday Catalog that I don’t have yet so I wanted to be sure to share these projects with you because they are so cute. With just a little stamping, a quick run the the BigShot … add some designer paper and your done.

Check out the bundle here …

I don’t know which is my favorite, but if I had to pick, I think I would pick the box.  I love the color combination and of course … it has stars on it!!

Thanks for the visit, it is truly appreciated.

Have a joyous day!


Stampin’ Supply List …

Star of Light … Retreat Style

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A little more news from our Holiday Stampin’ Retreat. Hope you don’t mind if I share a bit of our adventures …. it’s only because we wish everyone could join us.

Here are a few more of our retreat guests …


We were set up a little different than in years past because of some renovations they are doing.

One of the stamp sets that we highlighted for our projects was the “Star of Light” stamp set and Thinlets. This was also the card that Kathie said was her husbands favorite, also the favorite of my daughters … and many at retreat.


I saw many samples before I sat down to create my cards for retreat.  One thing I noticed was I didn’t see any samples with the inside die that I used for this card and I wanted my guests to see the full extent of what this bundle can do.

The greeting “Star of Wonder” immediately made me think of the musical notes designer paper from the “This Christmas” Specialty paper. I also maintained the basic colors for this card including the gold, however that gold star really creates the WOW factor on this card.

After our cardmaking session we broke away for lunch and were greeted by this beautiful sight …


Amazing … It looks like the heavens are reaching out to touch us. It was a wonderful day and I really do feel blessed to be able to host such fun events for my stampin’ friends.

Let me know if you have any questions about my retreats or the card I shared with you today.

Thank you for coming to my blog today.

Have a wonderful day ~


Stampin’ Supply List …

Although this designer paper is not included with the “Buy Three, Get One Free” special, I just wanted to give a little reminder …


Tags for Christmas … Holiday Retreat Style

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share a little piece of our Holiday Retreat with you.  Much of our time is carved out for stamping, but we also reserve a little time to explore the beautiful grounds around the lake.

Yesterday I shared one of our cute little houses from the “Sweet Home” bundle … today I want to show you what they looked like adorning the fireplace in the dining room. I think they would look so cute as ornaments on a Christmas tree!


Friday night we made some really cute “Christmas Tags” and we decked out a tin to hold all our tags in. The card was actually made on Saturday, but all the projects shown were created from our “Candy Cane Lane” product suite.


Our Saturday morning began with a stunning sunrise … Wow. 


The color was to vivid that is reflected onto the window of our house and turn everything a pretty shade of pink! We couldn’t of asked for a nicer weekend.


This fall our Holiday Stampin’ Retreat not only “Sold Out” but we had to turn some away. We limit the number of guests at our retreats so we can take care of and pamper our guests better. Quality over quantity… We would be open to offering an additional retreat for your group. Our next retreat will be our 2017 Spring Retreat.

Here are a few of our stampin’ guests …


Here is one guests comment …

Thank You again Linda for a wonderful weekend!! Everything turned out absolutely perfect. The cards are beautiful. Roger really likes them and commented on how talented you are. I thought the deer one would be his favorite but nope, his favorite was the star with the music designer paper! Shows what I know….. all the cards are just gorgeous! The food was also excellent! And the stamping group….what a nice group of ladies. As I said, everything was perfect!!!!! Please tell Eileen Thank You also! What a great team you make! Can’t wait until the spring retreat……
Many Blessings,

Kathie is right, we were also blessed with a wonderful group of ladies. We have met some awesome people through our stamping retreats… and stamping in general!

I will be back again tomorrow with a few more pics for you.

Thanks for joining me today! Hope yours is beautiful.


Stamping Supply List …


A Holiday Welcome …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back from our Annual Holiday Stampin’ Retreat. Today I have a quick post for you to share how we welcome our stampin’ guests to the Holiday Retreat!

Each of our guests has a “Name Tag” on their door that not only designates their room, but greets them as they come in. These would also make cute little place markers for a holiday dinner table.

I used the “Father Christmas” stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. The stamp set already includes the frame that I used and also has a beautiful holly branch and Santa’s bag, so it will be very versatile in your cardmaking and / or scrapbooking.


To add a pop of color to our tag, I grabbed my “Holly Berry Happiness” bundle and stamped some holly leaves and punched them out. I’ve used this stamp set many times already … the greetings and verses are awesome!

The cute little houses were made from “Sweet Home” Bundle … I’ve seen the cutest houses made from this bundle that I just had to share with our guests.  These little houses (and we had different styles & colors) adorned the mantle in the dining room. We wanted the retreat to feel warm and inviting as they entered.

The fun part was that each guest got to pick out their favorite at the end of our retreat stay and take one home with them. It’s a token of our appreciation for being our guest and a little reminder of the fun we had this weekend and that Eileen and I are honored to share the “Holiday Retreat” home with such marvelous women.


I’ll be sharing more about our retreat along with some photos of the awesome cards, both from the retreat and the swap cards! Let me say … these ladies are “very” talented!

Thanks for stopping by today, and please join me tomorrow to see a little more about our retreat.

Have a great day ~




Hello December? Why yes, check it out …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you the perfect way to preserve all your Holiday memories … with the Project Life: Hello December 2016 products. A few basic products are all you need, so you can spend more time living and less on memory keeping! Watch and see how easy it is!

Donna Griffith from Stampin’ Up!’s training team shares some tips for creating with the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack.


Here you can see the album all decked out and ready for your photos …

Let me know if you have any questions about our Project Life Memory keeping / scrapbooking system. You will fall in love with these easy card and accessory collections, and they work well when you need a card in a moments notice as well.

Thank you for stopping in today…

Hope yours is a good one!







Simply Sunday: Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick -n- easy Christmas card for you. I know many of you have very busy lives but still like the “hand made” touch at Christmas so here is one solution for your cards …

Let’s begin with our Designer Series paper: This Christmas Specialty Designer Series paper, you will find this paper in our annual catalog on pg.172.  Once we chose the design we want, the next step is our card base … today I chose Cherry Cobbler.


While your picking out your paper products, grab your “Vellum Cardstock” because that is what we’ve stamped our greeting on. The greeting is from our “Wonderful Year” stamp set found on page 28 of the Holiday catalog. I used StazOn ink because it works best on this application.

I attached my vellum with the glue dots and then hide them by placing a rhinestone over the top. I colored my rhinestones with a Sharpie™ marker.

Yup … it’s that quick -n- easy. Let me know if  you have any questions about today’s card, or other cards you have viewed this week.

Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your Sunday.

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …



Parade in Review …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today before I share the card parade in review … I’d like to ask if you would join me in a prayer for one of my stampin’ friends from my Thursday Night stamp club. She is going into surgery today … we hope she comes out with good news, that there is no cancer but we fear she is headed for the fight of her life.

I use the power of positive energy and prayer all the time, for all my friends and family. My niece came out of her double lung transplant earlier this week, and is now breathing on her own. There are miracles all around us.

I thank you now for your prayers and support … we are a real power together.

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Here is a review of the cards that I have made this past week with the “Jar of Haunts” stamp set …






Again, thank you and take good care.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Jar of Haunts Card Parade …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the last of my Jar of Haunts card parade. I noticed that there was one little stamp that I hadn’t used yet … the spider! Makes sense because I do not like spiders and I pretty much stay away from them.

It appears that the little spider that is coming down from the ceiling has tipped over the jar so his friends could all escape! Yikes!


Simple card highlighted with a little sparkle … the Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper & Halloween Night Specialty Designer paper. I cut my circles wit the “Layering Circles” Framelits.

I thank you for following along with my parade of cards, I’ll be back tomorrow with my “Friday Frights” cards.

Let me know what stamp set you would like to see featured in my next “Parade of Cards”.

Thank you and have a great day!