Simply Sunday: Trimming the Town Slimline Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my gosh … can you believe it is the 6th of December already? WOW At times (not always) this year has seemed to fly by … I hope you are all safe, healthy and ready for the holidays!

I have a new card layout I’d like to share with you today along with a big announcement from Stampin’ Up! Let’s begin with their announcement as I have two projects to share with you today …

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Both of the items I will be sharing today are on the retirement list, let’s begin with the Slimline card … I’ve done these years ago (before someone gave them a fancy name … lol) I think they are fun because they are different from our normal size yet they fit nicely into a business size envelope!

Ok … a little hard to see but there is a Early Espresso card base … 8″ width x 8-1/2″length …. scored at 4′ on the width length and fold in half. My Pool Party mat measures 3-3/4″ x 8-1/4″ and then my Trimming the Town designer paper measures 3-1/2″ by 8″ …. I had a hard time cutting this designer paper pattern because it just looked so cool, but this layout gave me large pieces to work with and show how beautiful this really is.

That cute greeting is actually cut from another pattern found in the Trimming the Town Designer paper! Join me for a LIVE event where I go through the Holiday catalog highlighting what is going to retire and many, many samples!!

My second project is the Christmas Countdown Kit … this cute Advent type calendar is perfect for hiding those sweet treats as you count down the days to Christmas. Here is what the kit offers ….

I teamed up the kits with the Trimming the Town Designer Series paper. I am using the pattern that I used on my Slimline Card to highlight that pretty paper. I used one of the pieces from the kit as a template …

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope you will join me tomorrow at 7pm on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page for a walk through the catalog as I highlight the retiring items.

Have an amazing day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Gift Packaging Ideas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a video with you that highlights “Gift Packaging” ideas. The packaging can be found in our Annual and Holiday catalogs. Here are a few ideas on how you can decorate the boxes and what me wrestle with the glitter … lol (I think it won!)

So who do “you” think won? lol The Gift Card was a tight fit in that box, putting it in sideways really helped. I realize my video’s aren’t polished but they are done LIVE and they are raw and real… like me! But I am hoping you are inspired by them and feel comfortable to try some of these ideas yourself.

Thank you for hanging out with me today. I would love to know what you are interested in seeing … just leave a comment below. Thanks 🙂

Have a creative day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

A Jolly Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a couple of projects that I created this weekend during my Countdown to Christmas party. I am showcasing the Jolly Gingerbread – November 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Go grab a cup of coffee,tea or your favorite beverage, then sit back and relax and watch the video of my demonstration …

I hope you enjoyed the video and the sneak peek into my Countdown to Christmas party. We have a lot of fun … all done virtually for now. There are games and prizes, special offers, LIVE demonstrations and a whole lot of fun.

If you would like to be invited to future parties, please make sure you are on my mailing list.

Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my blog. Have yourself a great day ~

A Treat Box for Every Reason …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing some cute treat / gift boxes that are super easy to make! These boxes will be celebrating Halloween, Christmas and a time for friends. One 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper will make 2 boxes. Once you start making these boxes … you’re going to want more paper!

This very first box was created with the Forever Greenery Product Suite. The cute little stitched circle die cut comes from the Heartwarming Hugs bundle and the leaves were cut directly from a wreath cut using the Arrange a Wreath Bundle.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join me while I take you step by step creating this simple box …

So easy right? I will also be sharing the dimensions with you, as promised in the video. I thought it would be fun to share the box made in this video along with the card I made in last weeks video. You can find all my videos on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape YouTube Channel … please subscribe while you are there 🙂

The next little treat box celebrates Christmas … I used the Heartwarming Hugs Product Suite. With so many amazing papers in this package, it was hard to choose one … hope you like it!

The “For You” badge was fun to make … first I stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White and die cut it with this die that cuts out the center as well. The cool die that mats the circle is a fun shape to work with. The tree was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Pear Pizzazz.

I wrapped a ribbon around the top and tied a bow on … you don’t always need a handle! The next treat box I want to share is my Halloween one …

My Oh My … I had fun with this one!! I wrapped the top and created the handle with Pretty Peacock cardstock … along with a piece die cut with the fun shape from the Heartwarming Hugs! Using that die I also cut a piece from the Black Glitter paper… together they make a fun design behind the greeting.

I blinged out the handle with more of the Black Glitter paper and those lovely Iridescent Pearls. The next treat box was created with the same Magic in this Night suite … No handle!

This one was created with the help of the September 2020 Paper Pumpkin. The greeting, the hat, the flower and the mini doily are all from the Paper Pumpkin kit! I’ll be sharing more about the upcoming Paper Pumpkin soon.

Here are the dimensions for our treat / gift box ….

I hope you have enjoyed today’s project share … they were really fun to make. I wasn’t kidding when I said that once you start making them that you’ll want more paper ….

Don’t forget that 15 of our designer papers are 15% Off until the 31st of this month. The deadline is coming up soon. Let me know if you need any help placing your order.

Thank you for joining me today …

Have a wonderful day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Wishing you Peace & Joy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve got one more card from the Peace & Joy Bundle that I would like to share with you. I think I’m just fascinated with the layering of a greeting!

Check out the the Peace & Joy Bundle! This bright, cheerful bundle includes the Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies and if you purchase them together using the special bundle item number, you’ll get them at a 10% discount!

The Peace & Joy Bundle has everything you need to create festive, fridge-worthy holiday cards! I love layering the dies to add depth and
dimension to my holiday greetings. With this bundle, you can stack, stamp, layer, and more!

So cute and so much fun to create … Don’t you think this has that “nostalgic” look? Fit’s right in with my genealogy! This bundle is also perfect for gift giving … take a look!

Wrapped in the pretty Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper and tied up oh so sweetly with the Wonder of the Season Ribbon, this gift box will “brighten” anyone’s holiday.

Thank you for joining me today, and to all of you who checked in on my yesterday. Hope you enjoyed today’s projects.

Have an amazing day, and brightens someone’s day if you can.

Brighten Someone’s Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I missed you yesterday … I was lost deep in family genealogy charts, but I will make it up to you today with two projects.

I’d like to tell you about a pair of products you’re sure to enjoy this upcoming holiday season: the Peace & Joy Bundle! This bright, cheerful
bundle includes the Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies and if you purchase them together using the special bundle item number, you’ll
get them at a 10% discount!

The Peace & Joy Bundle has everything you need to create festive, fridge-worthy holiday cards! I love layering the dies to add depth and
dimension to my holiday greetings. With this bundle, you can stack, stamp, layer, and more!

So cute and so much fun to create … Don’t you think this has that “nostalgic” look? Fit’s right in with my genealogy! This bundle is also perfect for gift giving … take a look!

Wrapped in the pretty Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper and tied up oh so sweetly with the Wonder of the Season Ribbon, this gift box will “brighten” anyone’s holiday.

The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started your Christmas cardmaking yet? The Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies
are the perfect pair to help you on your way. When purchased together in the Peace & Joy Bundle, both products are 10% off! Send me a
message or follow the link in my profile to grab a bundle of your own!

Thank you for joining me today, and to all of you who checked in on my yesterday. Hope you enjoyed today’s projects.

Have an amazing day, and brightens someone’s day if you can.

Sparkly Luminaries: Glitter Window Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute project that is perfect for celebrating on Summer Nights. I’ve got something to brighten your night and add a little sparkle … just in case the star’s aren’t out!

I’m making Sparkling Luminaries …. perfect to decorate your tables or even to line the driveway. These little cuties were fun to make … If you do not have the Paper Pumpkin kit, you can use lunch bags or small white bags from the $ Store and use a punch or die to create a design.

Step 1: I started with the pre-die cut luminaries that are included in the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Step 2: is to add “Clear Packing Tape” to the inside of the bag with the “sticky” side facing … out! I used a pencil with a touch of adhesive to hold the tape steady while it “eased” it into the bag.

Step 3: Spread Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the sticky side of the tape and rub it in good … tap off excess glitter.

Step 4: Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers … Color the tape from the inside of the card, this will dry and not rub off.

Now it’s time to add your candles and light ’em up! Here is a close up so you see the pretty sparking of the Dazzling Diamonds …

Aren’t those just the cutest luminaries? You could keep them simple or jazz them up even more by stamping the “burst” image you’ve seen the past two days or add some of the Glitter Stars included in the kit or even some Rhinestones …

HOW WOULD YOU PREFER YOURS? As Is … or …. Jazzed up.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I’ll see you tomorrow with a Sneak Peek into the new Mini Catalog.

Have a dazzling day!

Lovely You Gift Box

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s cards made with the Lovely You bundle … today I’d like to share a pretty little gift box using the same bundle. You can create elegant, uplifting cards for your loved ones with the Lovely You Bundle and tuck them inside this box!

The Lovely You Stamp Set includes 18 cling stamps with
thoughtful, heartfelt messages and simple floral designs. When purchased with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, both products are available
at a 10% discount! Send me a message or follow the link in my profile to learn more about this special offer.

Here is our sweet little gift box …

To create the pretty tag you begin with the Stitched So Sweetly
Dies and Flirty Flamingo cardstock … then run it through the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder. You’ll be using the Flirty Flamingo, and Daffodil Delight markers to color your floral stamps, you’ll stamp the rest in Granny Apple Green, and Petal Pink … then die cut.

You will punch two strips from Whisper White and and use the Coastal Cabana ink with your Aqua Painter to watercolor the top strip … then stamp your greeting. You’ll tie up your tag with Linen Thread after you tuck in the cute leaves from the In Good Taste Elements using the Multipurpose Liquid glue … together they add so much texture and dimension.

Now that we’ve created the tag … it’s time to prep the box!

Our acetate card boxes are perfect for giving handmade cards as gifts. Each box holds 5 standard cards plus envelopes and you’ll get 10 boxes per package. Size: 4-7/16″ x 5-13/16″ x 5/8″

Now here’s the tip for adding our finishing touches ….

To finish off our gift box we’ve added a few “smiles” for you … the secret to this sweet addition is to heat emboss the “smile” from the Lovely You stamp set onto Vellum cardstock. Then just tuck this into the box between your gift and the label (on the inside).

Such a cute gift to give someone and bring a smile to their face.

Thank you for joining me today. Hope something makes you smile today!

Here is a list of the products used on today’s cards. Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Saying Good-bye to Old Friends …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m just compiling a few of my favorite stamps -n- dies that are retiring in a showcase for you. I’m going to miss some of these, but I am excited to start sharing some of the new items coming out when the new catalog goes Live June 3rd!!  Grab a cup of coffee (or wine … depending on when your viewing) and join me on this journey ❤

I’d like to start with my favorite Halloween set … Spooktacular Bash.  This is a “Fun Fold” card that we made in our Stamp Club this year!  Watch as it opens into a display of “fun” …

Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

Here are a few more projects from that bundle …

Z-Fold Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

If I’m correct … The “Monster Bash Designer paper (150447) is currently ON SALE for ONLY $4.60! It appears that the stamp set has already sold out, but if you look closely … I only used it for the greeting. Yikes! However … the Coffin Boxes are available and for only $2.80

Coffin Treat Box 150451

Coffin Treat Box 150451

If you love Halloween like I do … Now is the perfect time to pick up these goodies at an AMAZING Discount!!  Heck, while your laying low during the Covid outbreak … you can have this all planned out.

Next on my list is the DINOROAR … Why is it going 😦  I’m so sad, this is such a cute bundle!

Should we get serious now? lol  Let’s talk flowers … perfect since we are in “planting” season right now.  How about we start with the amazing Beautiful Promenade ….

Or how about the Love What You Do stamp set …

The Embellishment Kit which has the pretty tags and embellishments you see on the cards included in the pretty gift box and the Pearlized Doilies are both on sale now!!

One of my All-Time favorite stamp sets and a big hit on Pinterest; Flourishing Phrases ….

Love, love, love this stamp set and dies … and the greetings are awesome for all occasions!  I don’t see many “Just a Note” anymore unless it has musical notes around it. Which is fine sometimes, but sometimes, I like to send “just a note” to a friend to let them know I’m thinking about them.

I’m going to stop here, because if I start on Christmas … I’ll have you here for hours! 😉  I hope you enjoyed sitting with me and looking through a few of the retiring items (my favorites). I’ll have a list below of the items shown here today.

Thank you for joining me! Enjoy the holiday weekend.

STAMPING SUPPLY LIST ….You’ll see the beautiful Glimmer paper on some of my cards … just a “heads up” that all of the Glimmer Papers are retiring! Sparkle, Gold, Silver … yup, they are all on the discontinued list.

 

 

 

 

 

Accented Blooms: Thinking of You

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing some fun cards / project created with the Accented Blooms stamp set … one that now sits on the retiring list.  You can create big messages with a few words and some beautiful imagery to highlight it.  These stamps have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.

The greetings used on the cards today are two that are so fitting for me right now; Always Thinking of You and Thank You!  Here is the card that I created …

I used the Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends duos. I also used the Color Lifter … that little tool works awesome put pull some color off like I did in the large flower. One of the benefits of using the Stampin’ Blends is that I could tone down the brightness of the Daffodil Delight by blending with a touch of the Soft Suede.

Another tool I used while creating this card is the Stamparatus … I knew I would be making several of these cards so I wanted to ensure I got my greeting positioned properly each time. You could however stamp the greeting and then punch it out with the coordinating punch and pop it up, that would also give you additional dimension.

This card was created by the Stampin’ Up! home office and is featured in the catalog …

The card uses watercoloring to add color to the flowers, and the greeting images is stamped and punched out with the coordinating Tailored Tag punch.  The punched greeting and die cut florals behind the stamped image adds so much dimension and texture to the card.

Are you ready for a sweet little treat? …  Love you too!!

The precious little gift used the Clear Tiny treat boxes (pg.173) and a simple banner folded over the treat box.  The banner is stamped with the element images included in the Accented Blooms stamp set.  And our greeting … well, that was created by using just a part of the stamped greeting. Sometimes we forget how a simple little stampin’ tip like this can help transform your projects.

Here are some of the basic supplies used to create these projects …

Thank you for stopping by today. My wish for you is to have a wonderful day.

 

Quick -n- Easy Easter Egg Holder

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

With Easter coming in just days, I have a cute little egg holder to share with you.  It is quick and easy plus you can decorate it with your favorite designer paper, or let the kids help you … yes, they are that easy.

You will start with an 11″ x 3″ piece of cardstock.  You will want to score at 1″ … then 3-3/4″ then 4-3/4″ and finally 7-1/2″. Use your bone folder to press down your score lines, they are much crisper and sturdier.

You can punch or die cut your circle (egg hole) between the first 1″ score line and the 3-3/4″ score line. The size punch or circle die will depend on your eggs! You can set you egg inside a die or punched hole … it should not go further than half way.  That 1″ flap will also be the edge you will take to secure the holder together.

The next 1″ score line is where your first piece of designer paper will go: 2-7/8″ x 7/8″  The back flap (when folded up) will get the second piece of designer paper: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8 … you won’t need it to fill then entire piece because part of it will be covered up when you glue it together.

Think of the fun you can have … any color cardstock, Dino Days Designer Paper or anyone of our beautiful florals, you could even use the dies cuts or stickers from your Paper Pumpkin kits!  My egg holder is more subtle … I used the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper, the colors and mosaic look reminded me of Easter.

Thank you for checking out my blog post today, and I hope you give these quick -n- cute little Easter Egg holders a try.

Have a fun & creative day ~

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Many Hearts …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Every now and then I like to go back at look at things we have done in the past … a flashback.  Today I’m sharing samples from our “Meant to Be” stamp set in preparation for Valentines Day. However, don’t let hearts just be for one day of the year … we should share our hearts and kindness everyday. We need a kinder world.

Today I am going to review the many cards, and you’ll be “amazed” at all of the different styles of cards and projects you can create with the “Meant to Be” stamp set and “Stitched Be Mine” dies.  If you did not get this bundle last spring when it was available, you can still purchase the two separately and you qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!!

I start with the very basic of cards … Stamp, Paper and Ink!  Super simple, great for our new stampers.

Simply stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink on Whisper White cardstock.  My next card is also simple but very pretty …

This cards adds a little more dimension when we simply add layers.  Our greeting is backed with the Lovely Lipstick Foil paper which is found in the Sale-a-Bration catalog and can be yours with this bundle or a $50 purchase.

The next card introduces the BigShot and the coordinating “Stitched Be Mine” dies …

This card is also very easy to make … remember this designer paper is no longer available but the “From the Heart” Specialty Designer paper is a winner this year!

The cute little white hearts are cut from the dies included in the bundle.  Many of the dies in this set include the stitched look and the scallops edges.

The next card uses the same little white hearts … and they are stamped in Flirty Flamingo…

The cute scalloped edge on the bottom is yet another die from the coordinating die set in this bundle.  I did introduce the new Stitched Rectangle dies … these are located in our Annual Catalog.  You could easily change the greeting on this card to Welcome a Baby, a Sweet Sixteen or a birthday card … possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking for treat boxes for your children’s upcoming Valentines party or a cute little gift for a neighbor or co-worker, here are some great ideas …

My next card features more of the dies, the one I’m using here actually cuts 2 hearts with one roll of your die cutting machine …

This card was done with the Grapefruit Grove foil paper is highlighted and actually comes in the same package as the Lovely Lipstick … that were Sale-a-bration items “LAST YEAR” so it you stashed it … pull it out now and start creating!!

This card uses the largest of the heart dies and the beautiful little flower die that is also included in the die set.

So many different styles … and from simple beginnings for our newest stampers to lots of beautiful layers and the BigShot.  Don’t forget all the amazing projects and treat boxes you can also make.

I thank you for joining me today … A happy Friday to you!!

Enjoy your weekend ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST …

And this beautiful box die … Is on the Clearance Rack!!

 

Holiday Gift Tins …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Looking for a cute way to “gift” your crafting friends … try one of our Copper Tea Tins!  You can decorate these metal tins any way you’d like … I used designer paper and a coordinating ribbon to decorate my tin.

Once decorated you can fill it with all sorts of goodies.  I filled mine with designer paper cut  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ … I choose this size because with just a little trimming it’s the perfect card front.  I also added embellishments that coordinated with the paper.

There are so many items you could tuck into your tins … and they are cost effective as you get 4 tins for $15 / Perfect for friends, teachers gifts, a little something to the Sunday School teacher … anyone you just want to say thanks and show a little Christmas cheer too.

What would you tuck into your little Christmas Gift Tins? Hope this inspired you to create some fun gifting tins for your friends, family or co-workers … anyone!!

Thank you for joining me today, hope yours is a good one.

I’m Back with our Holiday Stamping Retreat!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s been a week since I last posted … so sorry for that! I was preparing for my Holiday Stamping Retreat that I hosted this past weekend, so today I’d like to show you what I’ve been doing and a look inside my retreats.

I will start with Friday and our guests arriving.  It may have been snowy outside but it was warm and welcoming inside with the smell of soups on the stove and some cute little packages adorning the dining room fireplace …

As our guests arrived, they were guided to their rooms …

Not hard to find when you have these cute little name tags to guide you in.  I used the Cup of Cheer suite … I can’t believe all the compliments on the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper! It is so festive with the gold running through the plaid, and the colors are so rich and beautiful.

To formally welcome our guests, they are gifted some delicious chocolate stars from Madeline Chocolates … YUM!! Oh yes, and a little welcome note to let them know how appreciated I am that they joined us for this special festive stamping event.

After dinner we all gathered in the stamping room to make our first set of cards for the weekend …

I will share our projects with you tomorrow, because tonight I’d like to share a little more of the fun we had on Friday!  After stamping, I asked my guests to go back to thier rooms and open thier Pillow Gifts and then join me in the living room by the fireplace for some treats and hot chocolate …

The tag was created with items from the Perfectly Plaid Suite; the  Tree Punch, Stamp Set & was highlighted with a Shimmery White Doily.

Inside our pretty little gift package you will find …

A pair of holiday socks that they were instructed to put on before the joined us for hot chocolate, a spoon filled with chocolate and marshmallows and some lip gloss just for the fun of it!

We met in front of the fireplace (sorry … I missed a picture of our Hot Chocolate table this time) and enjoyed some hot chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Peanut Brittle and good conversation.  

Before everyone headed off to their rooms for the night … We couldn’t miss sharing a picture of all our new Christmas stockings!  Just taking the  picture was a blast! lol  Flashes coming from the entire circle! Oh what fun we had …

and our friend Cindy … She thought we should all go on the stairs! That would have been an amazing picture as well.

We had a fun evening, and as promised, I will share the stamping with you tomorrow.  I continued the “Cup of Christmas” bundle and Wrapped in Plaid” Designer Paper through to our stamping projects on Friday Night.

Till then, have a good day, and thank you so much for joining me again after my week long absence, but now you know that I was in my stamp room creating a fun weekend for my retreat attendees.

See you tomorrow,

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLIES LIST … 

 

Monster Bash ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you have been enjoying my parade of Halloween cards and treat containers. Halloween is such a fun holiday to decorate for and it suits kids of all ages! If you scroll down … on the lower right hand side you will find my Halloween Creations all posted nicely on the side for you to view!! It’s a great way to see them all.  If your looking for specific items and directions, just type in “Halloween” or “Monster Bash” into the search box and it will pull up all the posts relating to your search.

Here are some of Stampin’ Up!s creations …

Don’t be afraid to contact me if you need help placing your Halloween order.  Here’s a cute little video to watch …

If you pop on over to my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page you can view a video on how to make the cute coffin you see above.  Let me know what I can do for you.

Thank you for stopping by today …

Enjoy your day.

TODAY’S STAMPING SUGGESTIONS for Your Halloween Creations …