Sharing is Wonderful!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute little gift I received from our table mate from OnStage … MaryJo Bryden.

You see… when you attend one of these events the question “Are you swapping”? usually is part of the first paragraph! lol  Well, since I was not swapping, MaryJo was kind enough to give us one of hers …

 

This a cute little note holder. She created what we call a “matchbook” cover to protect the post-it notes. Such a cute gift and a sweet gesture from MaryJo to share with us.

Just a short post today to share with you a special something that someone shared with me Isn’t that what this whole industry is about!

Thanks for stopping by …

Have a wonderful day!

Easter Treats for Some Bunny ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sometimes things are too good to pass up, like a fine glass of wine or decadent chocolates! Today I have such a blog post to share with you. This is not me … this is from our Stampin’ Up! “Get Inspired Blog” and the talented Paula Dobson from our 2017 Artisan Design Team!

Here is Paula’s post and beautiful creations …

With Easter only a couple of short weeks away, I’ve decided to make a cute Easter project for my daughter using the Basket Bunch Stamp Set (item 143186). I travel two-and-a-half hours once a month to stay with her while I teach classes, so it will be hand-delivered just in time for Easter!

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One of my passions (besides stamping, of course) is coloring—and this super-cute stamp set is full of line art images to satisfy that need. I stamped a heap of Easter egg images and the cute little bunny rabbit on Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910) in Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931). Shimmery White Cardstock is perfect for coloring, particularly if you want to watercolor your images without the texture of Watercolor Paper (item 122959), as it can stand up to a fair amount of moisture without pilling.

I used the Watercolor Pencils (item 141709) to color my images and then blended the colors using a Blender Pen (item 102845) to create the shade and fade on each image. I die cut all the images with my Big Shot (item 143263) and Magnetic Platform (item 130658) using the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228). P.S. Stampin’ Up! bundled together the stamps and dies as the Basket Bunch Bundle (item 144731), saving you 10% on your purchase of these great products! (I love a bargain!)

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I added a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (141648). I love the stark contrast of the black and white zig zag design against all the white. I added color to my background using Sponge Daubers (item 133773), Sahara Sand ink (item 126976), and Soft Sky ink (item 131181). I popped the die cut Easter images up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430), and the whole piece was finished with the gorgeous Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (item 134583). I love to carry themes to the inside of my cards, as well.

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No Easter card is complete without chocolate to go with it and I wanted to create my own packaging to tie the whole gift together. I don’t often make 3D items and it can be a bit of a trial for me! I found these cute little chocolate bunnies and wanted to make a simple crate to put them in, using a Window Sheet (item 142314) sleeve to slide over the top so you can still see the bunnies.

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I designed a template for my crate and used the Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) to cut and score my Sahara Sand Cardstock (item 121043) card. I stamped the card in Sahara Sand ink using the Hardwood Stamp (item 133032) to get a woodgrain effect for the crate.

Then I discovered a wee bit of a problem—my crate template was too big to go through the Big Shot no matter which way I turned it! I fixed that by folding one side of the crate and used that edge as a guide for my square Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) so I didn’t cut too low on the front of the crate.

I used the same design elements from the card to decorate the box sleeve, adding just a few strands of Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine (item 141689) as well. Then I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies (item 138282) to die cut the tag topper. Here are a few photos of the process I have described in this post (which I hope you’ll find helpful)!

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So if YOU are looking for a fun way to create an Easter treat for somebunny sweet—try the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and coordinating accessories! It has everything you need.

Paula Dobson
2017 Artisan Design Team

So … what do you think? Did you not fall in love with this bundle and the cute projects that Paula Dobson created!! I also grateful that she shared her “how to’s” with us. That simple sponging technique that creates the barrier between sky and ground add so much dimension to the the card.

Thank you for checking out my blog today, and I’m happy you got to see Paula’s beautiful projects.

Have a Happy Day!

    

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March Madness: Card #3

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to do a little something different by request. I have been asked to place a card that I had previously posted, into my March Madness Sale-a-bration Celebration cards …

This card was designed for one of my stamping retreats and actually folds down so you can mail it!! My attendee’s where the only ones who got to make this card and get instructions. It is also one of the most handled and asked about cards when I’m showing my work at craft fairs. So by request … this card will now be available to choose from!!

Please note that the designer paper may not be the same since that is from last year, yours may have current designer paper.  The dies and stamp set are still in the catalog and full instructions along with tips will come along with this card.

Here’s the deal …

$50 Order: Choose 5 of your favorite cards featured plus a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!

$100 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

$150 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 3 FREE Sale-a-bration items AND Hostess Dollars!!!

Each card comes with full instructions and dimensions to make the cards you have chosen.

Now is the best time to order, before Sale-a-bration is over!  Get those items you need and want plus get the awesome cards and the Sale-a-bration items!!

You may place your order on-line or directly through me … either way will work for this great promotion.  Don’t let March Madness pass you by, get your goodies now!   You will have until March 30th to place your order and let me know which cards you want.

Thank you for joining me today and please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Enjoy your day ~

 

Simply Sunday: Easter Gifting Ideas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this fine day? I’m hoping happy and healthy!

Today I’ve got some fun projects for you and a card! Yesterday I shared the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin with you … today I’m sharing alternative projects. If you haven’t received this kit, or are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yet, you can sign up at any time, and when you do, you can purchase “past” kits!

I will tell you this, if you purchase the 3 month subscription by March 31st, you will save $4 and receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item!!  Make sure you activate your subscription before April 10th because we’re all excited that Sara Douglass – Stampin’ Up!s CEO has created the April 2017 kit!!

Ok … let’s get on with the goodies! Here I wanted to show you “my” little bunny as followed by kit instructions. These are so easy … so fun and too cute! As soon as they add the refill kit – I’m ordering more so my grandkids and I can make these up!

Here is a photo of all my projects put together! Did you know that the little 3 x 3 note cards fit nicely into the little bag … How cute is that!! A little gift bag with the little bunny cards.  You could make these into “Thank You” cards and give to the host of your Easter dinner. What a cute little gift.

Next, I know many of my customer love their “full size” cards … so here is my alternative to the kit, a full sized card.  The cute stamps used to create that bag … come in this kit! I love the little eggs and the “I’m glad your my friend can be used all year long!

I used the inside bunny ears to create a flower! These pieces are die-cut and already have the adhesive on them so they are super simple to create with.

The flower is adhered to the front of the gift card … the back half is tucked away so I can use that on another card. This section is popped up from the card front.  I used a “splatter” stamp to add a little color to the vanilla and then added a banner greeting. I cut the little bunny tail in half and glued it to the center of my flower.

I must say, this was a very fun kit to play with! If you want to try out Paper Pumpkin, now is a good time.  Just click on the links below for more information or to begin your purchase, or you can contact me and I will help you out.

Thank you so much for spending a part of your Sunday with me. 

STOP BACK TOMORROW TO SEE MY MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL!!

Have a wonderful day ~

    

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BUNNY BUDDIES!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my gosh … I got home from work yesterday and found the best thing in my mail box! No bills … just my Paper Pumpkin.  It is so stinkin’ cute!

Check it out, watch the video ~

Our Paper Pumpkin Bunny Buddies are bursting onto the scene just in time for spring! Every March kit comes with nine bunny cards and bags. Watch their personalities emerge as you customize each one with a face, ears, accessories, and a pompom cottontail. They are simply “ear”-resistible!

Stop back tomorrow and check out my alternative to the kits projects … not sure how I’m going to top these cute bunny bags!

Till then … Have a great day!

    

Simply Sunday: Pull out the Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Let me say “there is nothing easier than your Paper Pumpkin kits”.  Today I’m here to share some cute alternative projects that I made using the 2017 January Paper Pumpkin kit.

The first project I have to share is similar to the little Hostess Gift that I gave to Kathie for hosting an at home Stampin’ Party. I like to spoil my hostesses because they introduce me to some awesome people and we get to stamp!

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This cute gift box was easy to create … Simply use a punch, I used the heart punch, secure a piece of window sheet on the inside to create a window and so the treats don’t fall out. The little white heart is included in the kit as is the heart stamp that I used to put a little color around the edge of my heart, before stamping the greeting (also included in the kit).

The only thing that I added to my gift box that are not included in the kit was the “heart” from the Metallic embellishments.  It really ties all the gold together and looks cute!

My second project is a card.  Super simple … the base is Whisper White and the front is Blushing Bride – it matched the stripped vellum banner that came in the kit.  I used the round Metallic embellishments this time to anchor my banner. I created a background by stamping hearts all over the front… You could “step it up” and emboss the front with the “Happy Heart” embossing folder, that will add more texture.

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Next, I used a white heart from the kit but this time I used VersaMark to stamp on the heart and embossed it with Gold – coordinating the gold embossing on the banner (it comes that way in the kit)

The hardest part of creating this card was “where” to place the heart … by the banner, or near the bottom!  Which do you like better?

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Both of these cute projects were created in just a few minutes. Don’t forget, you can always just make your Paper Pumpkin kit per the instructions … I just want you to know there are many other options out there for you.  If you order your Paper Pumpkin before the 10th of the month … You will receive that month’s kit.

Hope you enjoyed today’s projects, and please let me know which way you like the card best.

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Here’s the video in case you missed it …


* Paper Pumpkin is on sale during Sale-a-bration!! Now is a great time to try out Paper Pumpkin and to get FREE Sale-a-bration items!

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59 $55  Save on a  3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!
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This offer will end on March 31, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Let me know if you have any questions on the Paper Pumpkin kits @ lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com  or just click one of the links below and start your Paper Pumpkin adventure!

Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to share it with me.

Have a wonderful day!

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PAPER PUMPKIN KITS ON SALE …

Price: $59.00

NOW: $55.00

plus a Sale-a-bration item

Price: $215.00

Saves you $2 mo.

plus you’ll get 4 Sale-a-bration items

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Crafting Fun …

Happy Saturday Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m really getting in the mood for the Holidays! I’m planning my projects for our December Technique Clubs and a little something special because each group is having a Christmas Party as well. That’s means a little decorating too …

One of the items I’m decking out my table with is the “Forever Evergreen” project kit. While we were at our Holiday Retreat, two lovely ladies, Kris and Tatjana put them together for me!! This was Tatjana’s first retreat … she is an exchange student from Belgium.

These two ladies have never met before but stamping & the retreat brought them together – and that is my core reason for being a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator! If you took away my stampin’ friends and the only way I could get sales was on-line … I wouldn’t stay.  I treasure the friendships I have built and the friendships built between my ladies because we gathered around a table to stamp!! Love all you ladies ❤  The past 16 years have been awesome and I’m looking forward to another 16 years!

 

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I invite you to grab a cup of coffee and watch this video with me … See for yourself how kits make for easy creativity! 

 

The “Forever Evergreen” project Kit is ON SALE during our OnLine Extravaganza!

Decorate your mantelpiece or table with festive trees and seasonal decorations. This kit makes three trees in two sizes—one 13″ (33 cm) tall, two 11″ (27.9 cm) tall—each individually trimmed with handmade ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely day.

 

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TODAY’S PROJECT KIT …