Christmas Solutions: All Is Bright!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and celebrated it the way you like!! We each have our own traditions which we cherish and that is OK!!

Today I have two Christmas cards to share with you. They were created with the All is Bright product suite for my Holiday Stamping Retreat. Both cards also highlight the beautiful “All is Bright” Designer Series paper. Our Designer paper is on Sale through Midnight tonight …

Tomorrow the stamp sets and kits will go on Sale with a 10% savings.  Let’s get to our first card …

Are you wanting to make Hand Stamped Christmas Cards this year but feel a bit overwhelmed?  This sweet -n- simple card was created with the “All is Bright” designer paper and the “Merry Christmas to All” stamp set.  This stamp set also has a coordinating die.  We jazzed it up just a bit with a bow and the new Sprig punch from the Holiday catalog… it looks good without it, or how about a shimmery heart – that would be perfect!!

When you need to make quick -n- simple cards …. beautiful designer paper and a good greetings stamp set is the way to go and the “All is Bright” designer paper and “Merry Christmas to All” stamp set is the answer.

What is amazing about the “All is Bright” designer paper is the beauty on one side and the fun on the other! On my next card I am still using the “All is Bright” designer paper … both patterns used come from just flipping the gorgeous paper over.

What reminds you of Christmas? When I was little we had a tree with these Old Fashioned light bulbs so naturally I was drawn to this pattern. Are you lovin’ the bulbs too?

I used the stars as my backdrop and then added the Christmas lights for a fun and festive element to the card, and they really pull the eye to the card (which just means they are so stinkin’ cute!).

And if you’re loving these little Christmas bulbs then the “Making Christmas Bright” is on your shopping list, or you have it already.  Where you drawn to the combination of Stars and Bulbs like I was?? Oh my gosh, I thought this was such a fun and unique stamp set … one we haven’t seen yet.   Here’s another (I shared earlier) …

and the cute little door tags from my Holiday Retreat could easily be turned into a card … just put a greeting where I have my guests name!

Such a fun, fun stamp set and coordinating designer paper.  The designer papers are on sale today, stamp sets tomorrow … so choose your larger savings. If you need help or have questions let me know.

Thank you for spending part of your Saturday with me. I hope you enjoyed the card shares.  I will be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday.

Have a wonderful day ~



Falling For Leaves …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

When you think of autumn, do you think of the changing leaves? Even though it’s not autumn everywhere in the world right now, everyone will love our Falling for Leaves Stamp …

Beautiful leaves to create awesome fall projects with. Sentiments to say Thank you to your loved ones.

Photopolymer stamps
* Are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
* Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
* Cling like crazy to our clear blocks so you don’t have to worry about slipping.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 11 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): b, c, e, g, h

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful samples using the Falling For Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set.  This set also comes with a coordinating framelit die set, if you purchase together … you will save 10%.

You can create delicate die-cut leaves and borders in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.

Thank you so much for checking in today … I had a wonderful time at our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Orlando but I am glad to be home!!

Have a wonderful day ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: If you like what you have seen and want to purchase any of these items, just click on the links below. You will learn more about the product itself as well.  Thank You!! Linda


Technique Tuesday: Brusho Crystal Colour

 Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a technique that I had posted earlier this year and I card that I did with my Stamp Clubs. They were the first to use the Brusho Crystal Colour technique … an awesome product that was introduced in the Occasions catalog and can now be found in the Annual Catalog on page 202.

On this card we used the Shimmery White Cardstock and the “Beautiful Day” stamp set.  We will be embossing the flower with the black embossing powder.

Next thing you want to do is to poke a hole or two in the top of the plastic bottle the Brusho is in. I used my Paper Piercer to poke the hole and then use a push pin to keep it sealed ….

I like to use a little washi tape to hold my sides down … it keep the colors from running together if the paper “rolls up” from the water.  Then you will gently tap the Brusho bottom to dispense the powder … Less is More!  You can always add more but it’s best to start light, especially if you are new to this technique. It looks a little like peppering your food! lol

I started with “Yellow” in the center, “Gamboge” around the center, and then the “Brilliant Red” around the outer petals.

Now with your Stampin’ Spritzer … spritz some water onto the image. I stand during this process and I’m at least 8 – 12″ above my cardstock – You don’t have to measure, but if you are too close it might splatter your color.

Notice I kept the Brusho colors I used away from the leaf — also less spritzing, I can always add water with the use of my Aqua Painter… which I will be using to color in the leaf.

With the use of my Aqua Painter, I began to move my color around starting with the yellow.  I keep a tissue or paper towel handy to keep my Aqua Painter clean.  If you mix your colors too much – you’ll end up with one color or a mess!

Once the color was where I wanted it, I tapped a bit of the Green Brusho onto a block and used my Aqua Painter to pick up the crystals and color in the leaf directly.  That is two techniques you’ve now learned with the Brusho!!  Once DRY you can cut it out and mount it to your card ….

I used a Whisper White base with a Basic Black mat and my background was embossed with the beautiful “Layered Leaves” Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. The greeting comes from the stamp set “Beautiful Day” which is found on page 134 of the Annual catalog.

It really is simple to use … Remember, I did this at my Stampin’ Club and each and everyone’s card turned out beautiful yet no two were alike … it was awesome!!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this technique or please leave a comment on what you would like me to share on an upcoming Technique Tuesday.

Thank you for joining me today ~



Fun & Easy Card Layout …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share a card layout with you done two different ways to show you how one fun layout can create multiple card looks!

My first card I created for the Spring Stampin’ Retreat … the idea behind this card was to show a totally different way to use the “Ribbon of Courage” stamp set. We did ours in Black & White but this could have easily been colored with Stampin’ Markers or the Watercolor Pencils ….

I started with the Petal Passion Designer Series paper from the Occasions catalog and the fabulous Petal Passion Product Suite. This sweet -n- simple card has so much dimension just from just a quick run through the Bigshot.

We used two of the Square dies and cut them out at the same time … the inner one is stamped and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting was stamped on the side as it fit perfectly!!

Now … with a twist of your wrist (and cardstock) you have the same layout but from another perspective!

See … with a twist of your cardstock your new card is magical!!  I used the Myths & Magic product suite to create this cute little card, perfect for any little girls birthday card!

I am sad to say … this is one of the stamp sets that is on the discontinued list and will be gone forever in only a couple of days!! The designer paper is a “specialty” paper which means it has Iridescent  glitter designs on one side and colorful all occasion designs on the other!!  Hard to see on the photo but the little bubbles glitter as does the mermaid herself … LOVE IT!!

So … what do you think about this fun, dimensional layout!! Great right and can be done either vertical or horizontal to create many different look … just add new paper!! Our designer papers are fabulous tools to use when you need to create simple cards that look amazing!!

Thank you for checking back with me! I think tomorrow we need to see what’s in that NEW Catalog!!

Have an awesome day ~



Simply Sunday: Design with papers!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share some cards with you that shows how easy cards are to create when working with our beautiful designer series papers ….

Here are the fun designer papers from the “True Gentleman” Designer paper. There a 12 different patterns in our packages so it’s so easy to find the perfect ones to go together for your card.

This one was so much fun to play with … the “Coffee Break” Designer Series paper. Great for your coffee lovers!

The “Picture Perfect Party” Designer papers is one of my favorite paper stacks because it not only has great patterns to use but many are “picture” perfect … like the cute little party favor that I cut out from another pattern sheet and added as an embellishment!! This one is very versatile!

See what I mean … so versatile and each one looks so different! Oh yes … and SIMPLE & FUN to make!!  Another one of my favorites is the Wood Textures Paper stack.  It’s so popular … it will be in the upcoming catalog!! I am thrilled 🙂

Today I will close with cards from our newest designer paper …

Enjoy your weekend and I invite you to stop back tomorrow to see how my cute little card layout will look so different depending on the designer papers you use!!

Thanks for taking time out of your holiday weekend and Sunday to spend a part of it with me.

Watercoloring Florals ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card from a very versatile stamp set, the Petal Pallet. I’ve shown you many styles from this stamp set … for example just this past May 14th with the “Life is so much Better” card.

This beautiful card is quite easy to create. I choose Smoky Slate because I wanted the card to be a little softer than stark black.  I stamped several of the leaf images into the corner, and the floral piece was stamped in Black Momento ink on a separate piece of paper …

The floral image was cut out using the coordinating dies.  (Remember, this bundle will retire at the end of this month).  I then used the Aqua painter to watercolor my flowers in Bermuda Bay and Old Olive.

The floral piece was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the greeting from the stamp set “Rose Wonder” was stamped on the front. The front was also attached to the Smoky Slate base with the dimensionals.

This beautiful card could easily be made into a Birthday card … or Get Well … your choice. I hope you enjoyed and that it inspired you to create a few of your own.

Enjoy your day and thank you for checking in with me today!


Barn Door Bundle ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a great video to share with you, in fact, it might “move” you!!  Make the most adorable sliding barn door card with the Barn Door Bundle!

I want to remind you that “ALL” bundles retire on the 31st of May.  Even if the stamps set and dies carry over into the NEW Catalog … they will no longer be bundled.  (There will be new bundles)  So if you are lovin’ any of the bundles from the Annual or Occasions catalog, you’ll want to get them before they are gone.

Sit back and check out how fun this bundle will be to create some great cards and projects!

Hope you enjoyed the video today!

Thanks for checking in on me and I wish you a beautiful day ~

Color Me Happy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you looking for a fun and unique card kit? The Color Me Happy Card Kit is easy and cute. This kit includes 16 adorable cards.

Today I’d like to share the Color Me Happy Card Kit / bundle (Save 10%) This bundle is retiring May 31st so it’s just one of many I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks.

Color Me Happy Project Kit
Color everyone happy when they get one of these cards! Kit includes enough supplies for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Ink and adhesive sold separately.

Kit includes:
• 16 card bases, 4 each of 4 designs
• 16 envelopes with printed design inside, 4 each of 4 designs
• Gold foil accents
• Die-cut cardstock background and accents
• Printed and gold foil die-cut accents
• White Baker’s Twine
• Mini Pool Party tassels
• Circle and star sequins
• Gold foil tape

Color Me Happy Stamp Set
You’ll be colored happy every time you create with this stamp set. The line-art images are perfect for coloring techniques.
* Quantity: 10 rubber stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (not included): b, c, g, h, i


This is a great kit you can create fun quick cards with … Make it a family project and used the Watercolor Pencils!

Thanks for stopping by … have a great day!


Petal Pallet: Life Is So Much Better

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you got to enjoy a wonderful weekend and got spoiled a little!  I also hope you got a chance to check out my post yesterday to see the new In-colors. I love these cards and the simplicity yet they were so pretty!

Today I have one of the cards that I created for the Spring Stamping Retreat.  Our retreat highlighted “caring” cards … cards that we create to make someone feel better, to cheer, encourage or relay our sympathies. This was one of those cards …

I began with the Petal Pallet bundle and designer series paper. I knew I wanted to use the beautiful floral die in the bundle.  I also want a little bit different of a fold … just for fun! Petal Pallet will be in the upcoming catalog but it will no longer be a bundle (Save 10%) after May 31st.

We used the Multipurpose adhesive sheets with the Silver Foil sheets and then cut them out with the BigShot! Turns them into stickers … and then we just pressed them onto our card.  This made it super simple to watercolor the flowers using ink and Aqua Painters. Then we drew the little lines into the flower petals with the coordinating marker.

I’ve used the Petal Pallet bundle quite a few times already, it is a very versatile stamp set and I love the coordinating dies. It has great verses / greetings as well … and I will admit, that will sway me towards a stamp set.  Sometimes I will choose a stamp set just because of the beautiful verses.

Thanks for dropping in for the visit today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!


Beautiful Butterfly (You Move Me Bundle)

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to not only share one of the amazing cards that we made at our Annual Spring Stamping Retreat but to share my very first video!! Oh my gosh … I can’t believe I finally did this, with more practice I’ll be able to create some really fun information / training videos for you!!

First, let me share the card with you. I bought this stamp set because my Mom loved butterflies, it’s sad she never got to see this (well, maybe she did ❤ ) so this card and my first video are dedicated to my Mom.   Sunday will be our first Mother’s Day without her, so I need to focus on the wonderful moments shared together… with a smile.

I can’t believe this stamp set is on the “Retirement List”!!  Don’t let this one slip by, it is so pretty and you can make any type of card with this bundle.  Below are the three cards we made with the “You Move Me Bundle” … Two of the cards were inspired by fellow stampin’ artists/ demonstrators.

The center card I credit to: Patty Bennett … she used 2 butterflies on her card, I did a single butterfly.  The card on the right, I credit to:Shelly Godby … she used the “Reverse Masking” technique on her card and I used the Marker to Block / Watercolor Technique.  Can you see how different all of these cards are … and all beautiful!!

Now … I must show you how beautiful this butterfly is in movement. Yes, it moves, it flutters!! Just click on the arrow in the center of the picture.

Well now …

I can’t create a beautiful card like this and not decorate the inside. The cute little butterflies come in the stamp set that is included in the bundle. You will need the bundle to make your butterfly or humming bird fly.

I really hope you liked this card and that you enjoyed the video!  If you did, would you please leave a comment … I would love to hear your thoughts.

Just to let you know … the beautiful designer paper used on my cards is already gone from this discontinued list.

Thank you for joining me today.

Have a beautiful day!




A Beautiful Waterfront … Guest Stamper: Maria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yes. I did!!  I took they day off yesterday.  It was a stressful week and I had the day off of work as well so I took advantage of it.  I hope you enjoyed your day too.  Today I am taking Eileen to Door County for lunch at the Chef’s Hat … they prepare her favorite meal; Blackened Ahi Tuna. I’m looking forward to time with Eileen, a beautiful drive and an excellent meal… we’ll have a good day!  The Chef’s Hat is located in the beautiful waterfront village of Ephraim, WI.

The scenery is beautiful in Ephraim and I’m excited to share with you a beautiful card from our Annual Spring Retreat Attendee Swap. My guest stamper is Maria and she created this stunning scenic card using the “Waterfront” stamp set.

Each retreat our attendees participate in a swap and I absolutely love it … everyone makes such beautiful cards.  I will be sharing more.  If it wasn’t for the mountains, the lovely waters could pass for the waters of Door County.

I appreciate you stopping back to check out my blog, and I’m sure you enjoyed Maria’s beautiful card.  She has inspired me to break out my “Waterfront” stamp set and start creating some cards with this set as well.

I hope you have a lovely day … enjoy the beautiful weather!!

Have a wonderful day!


True Gentleman

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you doing today? I hope all is well with you.  Thank you for the kind comments to yesterday’s post, I am truly grateful for all of the amazing people I have met through my stamping and have supported me by choosing me as their demonstrator ❤ Thank You!

Today I want to share one of the cards that my retreat attendee’s got to make.  Our theme for retreat was “Caring Cards” … cards to convey our feelings for others, support, gratitude, sympathy and more. In that mix I thought I needed to add a little testosterone so I created a card from the “True Gentleman” product suite …. You can find it on pages 44 & 45 of the Occasions Catalog!

This is really a simple card to make but with the double fold it looks like it would be more difficult, not so … it’s just a smaller card tucked inside the regular size card and they open in opposite directions!!

My card base is Night of Navy and is adorned with the “True Gentleman” Designer Series Paper. This paper is so much fun … it has playful patterns and some great neutrals that will compliment the playful papers or stand alone! I chose the bow ties and glasses pattern paper to play off the “Lookin’ Sharp” sentiment from the “Truly Tailored” stamp set.

The coordinating punch was used to punch out the greeting and the mat of Tranquil Tide behind the greeting.  I cut the Tranquil Tide in half and aligned it with the greeting to show a bold background!

I really wanted to highlight the greeting so I embossed the background using the “Simple Stripes” Textured Embossing Folder. You can find that on page 5 of the Occasions Catalog with the Picture Perfect Party Suite.  I couldn’t resist adding one of the cute buttons from the “True Gentleman” Buttons … he is looking “sharp” you know! lol

Had to address the inside of the card as well …

And it was very easy to do with the sentiments included in the set.  This is a great stamp set for Fathers Day which is right around the corner … However, this is also on the DISCONTINUED LIST, so if you like it, don’t delay … get your order in before the end of May (the sooner the better) stamp sets are only guaranteed till mid May.


Thank you for checking in on me today, and don’t forget to stop back tomorrow… I’ll keep sharing snapshot from our stamping retreat.

Have a “Dapper Day”!!



Stampin’ Retreat 2018 …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fun and friendship, as that was my blessing this weekend! I hosted my Annual Spring Stampin’ Retreat and although there was a little rain here and there on Friday we did just fine!!

I would like to Congratulate my friend and former co-worker Arielle on her marriage to Josh this past Saturday ❤ Arielle, her mother Olivia and sister Abby have all joined us on several retreats, so I was sorry to miss her big day. I wish her all God’s blessings and a lifetime of happiness. All your retreat friends say “Congratulations” as well 🙂

After everyone arrives and settles in to their rooms, we gather for dinner. This time we had a picnic; Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, 7 Layer Salad, Jello Salad, assorted Chips!

Dessert comes later, however they had a “Welcome” snack of popcorns in their room when they arrived.  Once we are done eating we head out to our stamping room and settle in to get some stamping done!

As they found a seat … they were greeted by cute little hand stamped gift filled with stampin’ embellishments and a snack!

Here is a closer look … You will see the “NEW” colored pearls that you will find in the “Share What You Love” Product Suite!

I created these with the “Apron of Love” Bundle and the “Crafting Forever” stamp set… the Stampin’ Up! Logo was cut from the Grid Paper  and embellished with the Enamel Shapes!! They turned out so cute and who wouldn’t like their embellishments tucked in them 🙂

Thank you for checking back in with me today. Join me tomorrow for some card samples and additional happenings at retreat. Here is a picture from our retreat as we said goodnight on Friday …


Have a wonderful day!


Simply Sunday: Memories & More

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a product that was designed to save you time but gives you a beautiful finished product! You can create cards, scrapbook pages and more. Let me introduce you to the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack …

Sit back and watch this quick video that shows you everything that is included in the card pack.

Stampin’ Up!’s Memories & More Card Packs are so versatile! The Petal Passion Card Pack coordinates with the Petal Passion suite, and is available exclusively in the 2018 occasions (spring/summer) catalog.

This is such a cute Product Suite … you can find it on pages 22 through 24 of the Occasions Catalog.  I love that the card kit coordinates with the bundle!

Please remember that the Petal Passion Memories & More Card pack will retire at the end of May. Don’t wait too long though because retired products are “only available while supplies last”.  ALL Bundles also retire!!

Thank you for joining me today ~

Enjoy your Sunday!


Retiring Products List …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So how are you taking the big color changes?  Are you as excited as I am? Sure, I’m a little sad to see a couple of those colors go, but the new colors far overshadow the old … I love them!!

Well … there is more, now we have to say good-bye to truly, some of our favorite stamp sets, dies and accessories.

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalog and 2017-2018 annual catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them! Check out all the details below …

Promotion Information

  • Promotion dates: April 9–May 31, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT)
  • The retiring lists will be released simultaneously across our global markets; they will be listed per local time zone.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.

OK … Now that you have all the details, check out the lists just by clicking on the link 🙂 

Retiring Products List – Annual Catalog (Above)

This retiring products list contains items from the 2017-2018 annual catalog. Product availability will be updated on the Inventory Status Report (see more details below). Products are only available until May 31, 2018, or while supplies last.


 Retiring Products List – Occasions Catalog (Above)
This retiring products list contains items from the 2018 occasions catalogs. Product availability will be updated on the Inventory Status Report (see more details below). Products are only available until May 31, 2018, or while supplies last.


I hope this helps you find what your looking for or please feel free to contact me so I can help or answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for stopping in today ~

Enjoy yours!