Bubble Over Bundle

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Quick post today to introduce you to one of the new product suites in the Occasions catalog, Bubble Over Bundle …

Create fun and fizzy projects with the Bubble Over Stamp Set and the Bubble & Fizz Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up! Plus, save 10% when you buy them both in a bundle.

Reminds me of the “Bottle Caps” we used to have in our catalog … Loved those, now you can make them without having to run them through the BigShot.

Have a good day, and thanks for stopping by!


Friday Night Stamping Fun!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m back with a touch of our Holiday retreat. This Spring we celebrated our 10th Annual Retreat, so this fall for our Holiday retreat “Hearts Come Home” … we kicked off our first of another 10 and many more!!

The mantel in the dining room was decorated with Embossed Pizza boxes and greeted our guests as they arrived …

Each box had a special gift inside and everyone got to take one home with them when they left on Sunday.

As they went to their rooms they found a hand crafted door tag …

Everyone takes their door tag home with them when they leave. Some guests have told us that they hang theirs in their office at work. Each guest also received a Holiday tin filled with a special little treat to munch on.

This is a shot of the stamp room table  before our guests arrive … our new stamp area is much larger and brighter than the old one!

All their projects for the weekend are tucked in those cute bags!  Tomorrow I’ll share some of our Friday night projects.

After our Friday night stamp session, we retired back to our house and shared a Hot Chocolate bar which included some hand dipped marshmallow stir sticks and some home-made cookies & peanut brittle … then we sat around the fireplace and enjoyed each others company.

Was a great day. Stop back tomorrow to see the projects.

Than You ~


Celebrating National Women’s Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a card to share with you that was “in my head” when I prepared for my Technique Clubs this month.  We are “creating” backgrounds. Back when I started we didn’t have all the beautiful designer papers that we do today so it was fun to learn different ways to create a background – in class they are doing the “Emboss Resist” and Sponging. Today’s card is basic stamping …

For all the cards, we used the “Beautiful You” stamp set, pretty good timing since it was International Women’s Day yesterday!! I will share those with you when my classes are done, I like to surprise my stampers.

Our background is simply stamped with the “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” stamp, and I did color on color and my choice of color is “Peekaboo Peach”, one of the 2016-18 In Colors. I love this technique because it is subtle you easily seen, and the font on this stamp is very forgiving … you don’t notice if every time you stamp it’s not exactly perfect.

My focal point is the “women” image … she was stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits. I then stamped the image onto the coordinating sheet of “Envelope Paper”.  I’ve used this several times as a designer paper or to line my envelopes and now to “dress” or image!

You could just leave the card as it is, in it’s simplest form … or you can embellish it by adding some flowers around a part of the oval or some pearls, either way is a cute card and who wouldn’t want to be told they look gorgeous on their birthday!!

Thanks for checking in on me today.

Have a wonderful day … and celebrate being a women!


Here are the products I used to make my projects shown today. You can purchase these and other Stampin’ Up! products at my online store by clicking on the links below each products. During Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 2017.  All $50 orders receive a free Sale-a-bration reward!


Simply Sunday: That’s the Tag

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a simple and easy cards for you that delights the eyes with our beautiful “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper. The possibilities are endless when you teams this designer paper with the “That’s the Tag” Bundle!

On the first card I chose the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper that had the delicate flower pattern. The color is Sahara Sand so I used Very Vanilla as my base and my tag.  I stamped the tag with the oval dot pattern and the thanks from the “That’s the Tag” stamp set from the bundle of the same name.


I then added the pretty little “Falling in Love” embellishments from the Falling in Love suite. I placed them to align with the pattern on the paper and to anchor the greeting. Simple!


My next card, I again used the “Falling in Love” Designer Series paper but chose the “Bokeh” style paper. Bokeh, which is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh, refers to the wonderful out-of-focus light and shapes. The color pallet on my card is Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand.


On our first card we used the simple oval tag for our greeting, on this card we stepped it up with the pretty flower die cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Oh so pretty!

Again, the greeting comes from the bundle and I created a simple banner and then backed it with a touch of the glimmer paper to make the greeting pop.


Simple cards to make but dramatic in texture and design. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards … I will be back with more of the items we used today.  You can see a list below.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Sunday to visit me.

Have a wonderful day ~

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Vertical Garden …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a video showcasing the Vertical Garden … I do not have this bundle yet, only because I just cant’ get it all (right away!) lol

Create your own beautiful succulents garden with the Vertical Garden Project Kit from the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog. Join Holly from Stampin’ Up!’s home office as she shows you how easy it is to assemble this brand-new kit.


REMEMBER … If you choose to purchase the bundle (CLICK HERE), add on the Designer Paper or Cardstock pack so you qualify for a Sale-a-bration item FREE!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the video. Please let me know if there is anything you need, or have questions on.

Have yourself a great day!

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Hello December …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you a quick and easy way to get your scrapbooking done during the busy Holiday Season …  Hello December 2016 Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

You can document every day in December with the 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!

Oh … and Project Life by Stampin’ Up! isn’t just for scrapbookers, you can use these cute little cards to adorn your card fronts as well! I’ll be sure to share some in the near future.

However, stop back tomorrow as I’ll have your “Simply Sunday” for you … and a little surprise.

Thanks for stopping in, I’ll see you tomorrow.


Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …


The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to … lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!


Simply Sunday: The World to Me

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a quick -n- easy card that your man would love to receive, whether that man is your husband, father, brother or son … everyone loves to hear what they mean to their loved ones.

Today’s card begins with the “Going Global” stamp set from the Going Places product suite. A product suite is a group of products that were made to coordinate with each other. Don’t let that stop you though … this grouping goes well with some of the great stamp sets in the annual catalog as well.


My base is Lost Lagoon from the Going Places Cardstock pack (those these) and what I used with the World Traveler Embossing Folder.

The globe was stamped with Delightful Dijon and the greeting in Lost Lagoon.  I have listed the punches that I used below. These were layered onto a strip of the Going Places Designer Series Paper stack and the gold ribbon.

It all comes together so easily and the greeting just pops off the textured background when highlighted by our Dijon globe. Where did I get the idea to use the Delightful Dijon? The coordinating designer paper … Stampin’ Up! takes all the guess work out of coordinating.


Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit …

Have a wonderful rest of your day.




You Brighten My Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you a card we did in our Stamp Club. This year our focus has been on the exciting new products in the Occasions catalog and the different ways to use the.

On this card you will see that we have used the Sunburst Framelit Die and cut it down. They also learned a fun little tip on how to do this and save paper! I cased this card from Pinterest but gave it my own twist … as always.

Our sunburst was pre-cut from the Circle Collections Framelit Die first before using the sunburst die…. this saves so much paper! Our greeting comes from the Sunburst Sayings that is bundled with the framelit.


My Polka Dot paper comes from the Neutrals paper stack … and was punched with the Triple Banner Punch and the heart punch to add that “cute” little touch, and a touch of “Dazzling Details” to glitz it up.

My “thank you” comes from the “Crazy About You” stamp set … a stamp set I’m crazy about!! You can create so many different sayings with this set, and you’ll find the photopolymer is a breeze to align the words together to create your greeting or phrase.

A simple card really … that’s really cute! I think the layering of the White and Black cardstock really makes the Mellon Mambo sunburst and heart really pop!

Thank you for sharing a piece of your day with me … You’ve brightened my day!

Hope you day is sunny and bright as well.





Simply Sunday: Thinking of You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for a “color challenge” I presented to my downline. I posted the challenge on my “Star’s by Design” (private)  facebook page … it’s a place for my team to share ideas, card samples, techniques or just chat.


As I celebrate my 16 years with Stampin’ Up! I realized …

We as women have more opportunities available to us today than ever before in the history of the world. You have the freedom to start your own business, travel the world, and make enough money to pay off some bills, family vacation, or more! The amount you earn is up to you with Stampin’ Up!.

If you want to, you can reach for the stars and follow your dreams—and the only person that can stop you from doing it is you.


The one thing I cannot put a price on is the friendships I have built over the past 16 years. My customers turned friends, my fellow demonstrators, and my downline … the beautiful ladies who have joined me to begin their own journey.

You know I have to say it… I want YOU on my team by our next gathering.

I want you there for your OWN sake, because you’d be having the time of your life, and I want you there for MY sake, too, because I want to meet you and stamp with you and watch you become part of this wonderfully inspiring group of women that have gathered together under the Star’s (by Design).

Knowing them has changed my life, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch the beauty of their growth unfold before me.  Let’s chat about bringing you into our wonderfully inspiring group! Email me: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com or call 262-334-1009

Now to my card share … Back to Basics! Simply stamp, add some ink colors and my Wink of Stella brush!  My ink colors for our challenge are: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon and Pear Pizzazz.


I used the “Corner Garden” stamp set from the annual catalog. Don’t forget to team up items from the annual catalog with the Occasions catalog … they work well together!

I pushed my ink pad top into the pad to create a ink pallet and then using my “Wink of Stella” brush … I simply pulled the color from the ink (do not pull color directly from the ink pad itself) and then colored my images.

This actually reminds me of those new coloring books for adults … so if you like to color, this is a great stamp! My greeting comes from the “Suite Sayings” in the Occasions catalog.

Again, Let’s chat about introducing you into our wonderful group of star’s … who inspire & have fun! Email me: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com or call 262-334-1009

Thanks for stopping by ~

Have a beautiful Sunday!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

Hello Sunshine ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share one of the cards with you that I did with my Technique Clubs this month. I have been using the Sunburst Thinlits Dies and this is the card that started it all off 🙂

So my “Hello Sunshine” … Miss You card demonstrates the basic use of this framelit die. I began by cutting out my sunburst from Crushed Curry cardstock and backed it with my favorite “It’s My Party” Designer Paper Stack.


To create a little drama and to make my greeting “pop” … I added Basic Black to my project. The “Hello” comes from the “Hello You” Thinlits and the “Miss You” comes from the “Sunburst Sayings” which bundles with the Sunburst Thinlit Dies.

My thought behind the vellum clouds was … the sky just isn’t as bright when I miss you – thus the clouds. The clouds were created with the “Tree Builder” punch.

When putting the card together, the entire sunburst was popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals to create some real depth and contrast from the designer paper.


Thank you for checking out my blog today …

Enjoy some sunshine in your day!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


Blessings of Easter Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

On Monday I shared my “Thanks for Being You” card on my post I called: Friendship is Golden …


So today I thought I would show you what I did with the leftovers!!  That’s right – save those tabs!

I really like playing with the new Sunburst Thinlits Die … it cuts easily (I did use the Precision Base Plate) and I’ve seen quite a few cute cards done with this die.

STAMPIN’ TIP … I cut out an additional sunburst (in a different color) to use as my template … hold in place with a glue dot or removable adhesive.


I used Very Vanilla card front and placed my template down adhering with a removable adhesive so I wouldn’t damage my card.  Then I began tucking the gold cut out pieces into my template.  I held them in place by using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755). Once I got all the pieces in place, I removed the template and set the cardfront off to the side.

Next, I cut a piece of the White Vellum Cardstock (101856) a quarter inch smaller than my base so that the tips of the “sunburst” beams peeked out from the vellum. I then embossed my greeting in gold. This beautiful Easter greeting also comes from the stamp set Suite Saying. I used this stamp set on Monday’s card too.

  • Vellum = 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
  • Vanilla Base w/Gold sunburst pieces = 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Gold Foil Mat = 4″ x 5-1/4″

I then matted the card front with Gold Foil sheet … I love the way the golden rays stretch out into the gold to frame our Easter greeting. I used the stampin’ dimensionals to pop up the entire card front on the Vanilla base.


I added a bow from the gold twine … not sure I like it! Hmmm … what do you think?

From scraps on Monday to a beautiful Easter card on Thursday …


I hope I inspired you to get a little creative with your scraps, just play and have fun! And thank you for spending a part of your day with me.

Have a wonderful Thursday ~


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List:



Bunnies, Banners, and Baskets

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have to share with you some over the top creative projects for Easter! As a demonstrator … we have endless so many places we can find inspiration, and then tweek it to our style, however, there are some times when I just have to share the original project and today is that day!

These cute projects were designed by Jessica Williams on our Artisan Design Team 2015–2016. The following is Jessica’s blog post from the Stampin’ Up! Get Inspired blog, and I am inspired by Jessica.

Bunnies, Banners, and Baskets

Are you someone who likes to add a little creativity to each and every holiday occasion? I love to make little projects for gifting and decorating—and Easter is no exception! This year, I’ve created a sweet banner and a couple of different baskets for gifts and egg hunting.

Make the base pieces of the banner by cutting Kraft 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (item 133674) and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (item 140557) to 4″ x 6″, then cut the bottom of each piece into a banner shape. Next, trim the upper layer. (I took about 3/8″ or 1 cm off each side.) Create the bunny silhouette using the Circles Collection Framelits Dies (item 130911) and the small leaf shape from the Flower Fair Framelits Dies (item 133731).

Start by lining up the larger circle where you’d like the bunny body to be and use the Big Shot (item 113439) to cut. Next, put the smaller circle in place for the head and cut. Lastly, line up and cut one ear at a time. You can make the ears stand up
straight . . .

. . . or get a little fancy by half cutting and moving your leaf Framelit to create a floppy ear.

Add a sweet Honeycomb Embellishment (140566) for the tail or make a wee pom pom using Whisper White Baker’s Twine (item 124262) and adhere.

Once you’ve finished the bunny banner pieces, use the Flower Patch Stamp Set (134207) and coordinating Framelits to stamp, cut, and create an arrangement of blooms and leaves.

To complete the banner, punch holes in each of the banner pieces and thread with your favorite ribbon. I used both the Pool Party 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (item 134568) and Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon (item 140569).

Of course, you’ll also need some baskets for Easter so I used the Berry Basket Bigz L Die (item 137366). Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 140579) is perfect for baskets because it’s heavyweight cardstock and you can choose between bright patterns or silver foil prints. I cut another basket out of the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and used it as a lining for my basket (to match my banner).

Once assembled, I added some ribbon and flowers for embellishments.

If you’re still saving up for your Big Shot and Berry Basket Bigz L Die, you can make use of the many other packaging options Stampin’ Up! offers. I used a Takeout Box (item 135827) as a gift box, but you could definitely use it for egg hunting, too. I love that the Takeout Boxes are made from kraft-colored cardstock! Kraft matches my theme perfectly and the boxes are also food safe.

I used a stamp from the Flower Patch Stamp Set with the VersaMark Pad (item 102283) to stamp a subtle design on the outside of my box. I then trimmed an inch from each flap as I wanted my gift box to be open. Once I assembled the box, I tied some ribbon around it to keep the flaps open and then used the cut outs from my bunny banner to put together a bunny-shaped tag. I stamped “Happy Easter” on the bunny using a sentiment from the Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 138964). I added a little Honeycomb Embellishment tail, this time in Blushing Bride, and tied the bunny to the box using ribbons.

I hope this post gives you some ideas for decorative projects to make this Easter. Or—you can even change up the colors and re-use the same projects for a sweet, bunny-themed baby shower or birthday party.

Jessica Williams
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016


I’m sure you enjoyed today’s post … please note this is not my work, but all of these cute projects and post are from Jessica Williams on our Artisan Design Team 2015–2016.

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me, and I hope you were inspired by Jessica as much as I have been.

Have a wonderful day ~



Friendship is Golden …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! A bit drab and rainy around here, but I had a Stamp Club Saturday morning and was busy working on my stamping projects and website so I didn’t mind staying in.

Speaking of Stamp Clubs … our technique / product showcase this month was the “Sunburst Thinlits Die”. The groups loved the cards I designed for them, and I was telling them that they could cut 2 and do a slight twist  … well, let me just show you!


I cut out two sunbursts, one in Very Vanilla and the other in the Gold Foil –  they are so pretty together. I set the Vanilla on top of the gold and gave it a little twist so the gold peeked out. I then mounted the entire piece onto my Very Vanilla base. HINT: I use a lot of dimensionals on the back … you don’t want sections of the rays to drop down.

For my greeting, I opted out of the bundle and chose the “Suite Sayings” and the Thanks for Being You. Sometimes you have people who do wonderful things for you and you just have to say Thanks! A friendship that is golden … thus my color choices for my card.

I heat embossed my greeting in gold and punched it with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and matted it with the Gold Foil punched at 2″.


I couldn’t leave the inside plain, I had to continue with the “feeling” of the card so I chose the “Feel Goods” stamp set and heat embossed the “Those who bring Sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves” in gold.  What a beautiful verse and how fitting … it really ties in with the theme of my card.

It may appear simple but it is a card packed full of thought and emotion. From the sunburst die to the sunshine verse … what a beautiful way to say Thank You!


Hope you enjoyed my card today. I love sharing different ways to use a product, it makes them much more versatile for you, and it won’t sit on the shelf (that is not good).

If you have a product you would like to see showcased on my blog … just add a comment below and hopefully I have it because I’d love to help you out.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope it’s a good one.


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List:



Happy Easter Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I celebrated my 16th Anniversary of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator …



It’s hard to explain the flood of emotions that come with such an exciting milestone and the difference this had made in my life.  I have made so many wonderful friends … my stampers and fellow demonstrators alike. Both have been there for me through good times and hard times and I cannot exude enough gratitude for that.

The money and the trips are awesome – I won’t deny, but the friendships are what have kept me stamping for 16 years.  That’s right … I didn’t do this at all before I signed up! Image that! lol  The most amazing part to me, is to get a group of people together in a room to stamp and even though they had never met before they get to know each other and build amazing friendships too … I just LOVE this.

I couldn’t ask for a better job … and I couldn’t ask for better stampin’ friends! You are my inspiration.

Yesterday I told you that I had a really cool card I wanted to share with you. It was made by one of our 2015-16 Artisan Team members – Cindy Schuster. I would like to share her amazing post / card with you.

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Did you know that Easter is very early this year? It’s on March 27! Here’s a quick and simple Easter card that you can make using a WOW technique with the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set (item 140675) and the Balloon Bouquet Punch (item 140609). After stamping the balloon shape, simply snip the balloon end-piece off and you have an egg shape!

Stamp the large balloon image in Crumb Cake (item 126975), Perfect Plum (item 126963), Pool Party (item 126982), and So Saffron (item 126957) on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock (item 101650). (Stamp directly on the cardstock with Pool Party and So Saffron ink; stamp off the Crumb Cake and Perfect Plum balloon images.) Don’t forget to place your Stampin’ Pierce Mat (item 126199) beneath the cardstock to get a good, stamped image with your photopolymer stamps!

To create the first layer of speckle, stamp the splatter image from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (item 130517) in Early Espresso Classic ink (item 119789) across the wide half of the balloon image.

To create the next layer of speckle, use the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (item 141898). Squeeze the sides to push the ink into the barrel, then use your finger to tap hard on the brush. This will cause the ink to splatter across the cardstock.

Cut the stamped Very Vanilla Cardstock into strips so that you can slide them into the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Cut off the balloon end-piece. Now adhere the finished speckled eggs to a card using any simple Easter greeting.

Happy Easter! Created by Cindy Schuster
2015–2016 Artisan Design Team

Isn’t that the cutest Easter Egg card you have ever seen!? I think it’s sooooo cute and so cleaver.  How many of you are going to make these cute eggs?

Thank you for dropping in today.

Have yourself a wonderful day and just celebrate the day!