No Leftovers Here …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s fall card and the fun “Reverse Masking” technique used to create it.

I had someone ask me … “What do you do with the left over items when you make a card?”  Well, she was speaking of the piece of paper that I used as a mask to create the leaf on yesterdays card.

Well … Let me show you!!


I that the mask looked pretty after I got done sponging, so I added a bit more sponging and trimmed it down and came up with the 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ square. I used dimensionals to raise the leaf above the “Into the Woods” designer paper.

I trimmed off the designer paper and matted the front (leaf) piece to create more impact for my focal point. Without the Early Espresso mat behind the leaf, it just blended in to much. Now the designer on the card front works well with our focal (leaf) point.

The card front sits upon a Early Espresso base and is tied together with a bit of that left-over bakers twine from my September Paper Pumpkin.  I created a little tag with the Note Tag and Curvy Corner Trio Punches (I’ll show you step by step soon).


The greeting on the tag comes from the stamp set “Teeny Tiny Wishes … still a staple in my stamp collection.

So … now you know what I do with some of my left-over paper, I use it!

Thank you so much for stopping by today ~

Hope your day is a good one!





Simply Thankful …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hard to believe we are mid-week already! But that means we are closer to the weekend. It is so beautiful this time of year … the leaves are just starting to turn. I hope nature takes it’s time this fall so we can all enjoy the splendor.

Today’s card is a refection of this time of year … the beautiful fall colors, and a time to give thanks for all we have in our lives.


I did the “Reverse Masking” technique for this card. I cut out my leaf image using the “Leaflets Framelits” Dies to create my mask and placed it onto my Very Vanilla cardstock.

I then sponged Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze into the leaf image. When I got the color consistency I wanted … I simply lifted off the mask and revealed the beautiful leaf! I love the dimension that this technique gives.

With our new HOSTESS stamp set “Six Sayings” …. I stamped the Thankful greeting onto my card in Cajun Craze (I think I need to re-ink my pad!) However, I loved the way it turned out. What a beautiful font!! You can find this Hostess stamp set in the back of the Holiday Catalog.

Grab a few friends and do a book or on-line show so you can get this set for yourself (Contact me at for more details.

I matted my card front with Cajun Craze and then popped it up onto more Very Vanilla.


I took a left over piece of bakers twine from my September Paper Pumpkin kit and added the cute little bow to the leaf. I gave it added a bit more texture to the card.

A simple but stunning card. I’ve always loved this technique! Hope you enjoyed the card share today.

I am “Thankful” you stopped by to visit with me …

Have a beautiful day ~




Simply Sunday in Olive …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I think you will “fall” for today’s Simply Sunday card … I won’t need many words to describe this card and you won’t need much to make it!


I began with the beautiful Old Olive plaid pattern of designer paper found in the Farmers Market package and used the Very Vanilla as my base and front of the card.

I cut out the “maple” leaf from the “Leaflets” Framelits Dies from a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I then cut out the “grateful” from the “Seasonal Frame” Thinlits Dies out of Old Olive.

The Vanilla was popped up over the designer paper to create a beautiful dimensional look and the greeting was adhered directly to the vanilla with the Multipurpose liquid glue. Simple.


I know I talked this past week about “less is more” and this is just another card to explain my statement.

Thank you for joining me this Sunday ~

I wish you a beautiful day.




Truly Grateful for Autumn …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday marked the first day of autumn … my favorite season. I love the colors, the warm days and cool night, sweaters, caramel apples and the smell of the leaves. Yup, I love it all.

Today I promised an alternative idea for your Paper Pumpkin kit. Just a little reminder of the stamp set that comes with the kit …


I had so many ideas popping into my head with this stamp set. I will share one today, another at a later date, but the rest are reserved for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers … their treat for choosing me as their Paper Pumpkin demonstrator.

You may join my Paper Pumpkin Pals … HERE. Plus, you’ll be helping out Breast Cancer and the same time you treat yourself to Paper Pumpkin.

In honor of the season, I chose the leaves and did the Rock -n- Roll technique – that is why some are two different colors …


The Rock-n-Roll technique is very simple … Ink up your image in the lighter of the two colors, and then simply roll the very edges of the image into the darker color ink. Since these were so very small, I just kind of tapped the very edge onto the ink pad instead of “rolling” the image around.

I thought of adding a texture to the background but I really loved the simplicity of this card … it speaks volumes. Sometimes less is more.


Hope you enjoyed today’s alternative project … stop back tomorrow, I have some more “spooky” for you! My sister teases me that not everyone loves Halloween as much as I do .. I know, some of you like it more!! lol

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, see you tomorrow!



Touch of Autumn in the Air …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another card created with the “Woodland” embossing folder! This is such a fun one to play with… I’m sure you’ll come up with more great ideas too.

I teamed it up with the “Happy Scene’s” stamp set … I inked up the fall image with the Momento Ink pad and then did a combination of watercoloring with my blender pen and sponging to soften it up a bit.


I created a unique focal point of that image by cutting it out with the “Leaflets” framelit dies and then matted it with the Tangelo Twist to make it pop even more.

I used one of the other leaves for my greeting which came from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set. Just a fun little twist to an autumn card.


Thank you for dropping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals.

I hope you have a wonderful week.





Simply Sunday: Grateful for cool tools!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m back with a pretty card that showcases some of my favorite tools for cardmaking. Have you ever thought … what did I do before the BigShot? Me too!! I love using my BigShot and all the tools for cutting and embossing.

Maybe someday I’ll show you some of my first cards … I think we all giggle when we look back. But we had to start somewhere right! That was 15 years ago.

On to today’s card …


I began with the thought of using the “Into the Woods” Designer Series paper. I wanted to highlight the pretty flowers so I punched some out with the 2″ circle punch. Did you know the designs on this set of designer paper was hand painted by our designers? Watch this quick video to learn more (Into the Woods is the 3rd highlighted) …

Once I punched out the flowers I chose my color pallet … Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow. I used the Razzleberry for my base and mat behind the flowers to make the razzleberry flowers pop in the bouquet of flowers. The mat was cut with the Circle Framelit Dies.

It’s so easy to create beautiful backgrounds with our embossing folders, and I wanted to use the new “Woodland” folder, it coordinates so well with the “Woodland” theme of this card.


Finally my greeting … a simple choice! I used the “Seasonal Framelit Dies” and chose the grateful die cut and adhered it with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen. If you don’t have this yet, you will really need to get it on your wish list. I works so nice!


Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed the fun tools (punches, folders & framelits) that were used to create today’s Simply Sunday card.

Hope  you are having a wonderful weekend.





Season To Season Wreath Project Kit

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Happy Labor Day!!  Today I have another fun 3-D project to share with you …

It’s a wreath for all seasons. Change the banner from season to season, and create your own for birthdays and holidays using your favorite stamp sets and dies. Makes one wreath with materials for creating three changeable banners: autumn, Halloween, Christmas.

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Complete the kit using the Cheer All Year Stamp Set (item 139839). Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately. Instructions are included.

I have a video for you demonstrating how to make the wreath along with some tips for you.

Below is a wreath that was showcased at Convention! I think it’s perfect for Labor Day… don’t you!


You can decorate this any way you’d like … Here’s some butterflies for spring! Also a convention photo.


How would you decorate your wreath?  I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by today, hope yours is a great one!



Dropping in to Say HI …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had the chance to spend time with my granddaughter and her little guy … He’s so cute!

Today I’d like to share with you the last of my “sneak peeks” into the Holiday Catalog because tomorrow it goes live!! Yes, you can finally order from this fabulous catalog.

For those of you who can’t wait … you should consider becoming one of my Star’s! There’s no obligation to sell (unless you want to make some money) you only need to keep yourself active to be able to see the catalogs early and order early … just one of the fun perks. Let me know … we’ll talk.

Here’s my card …


I started with the fabulous “Into the Woods” Designer Series paper. Our designers actually hand painted the designs, how pretty, and it coordinates with several of our stamp sets.

I choose the “Acorny Thank You” stamp set because I felt like dropping in on you to say Hi! I think that is so cute. I love all the acorns too! Oh yes … it has a coordinating punch, which you can bundle and save 15% … gotta love that!

I highlighted my punching it out with the “Decorative Label” punch … you will recognize that one. It’s in our main catalog and I use it quite a bit.

I also wanted to add some texture to my card so I created a banner with the Burlap Ribbon. I don’t know, I think burlap looks great on fall cards. What do you think?


Hope you enjoyed today’s card … I’d really love to hear what you think. You can comment below on this card or any of the “sneak peek” cards I have shared with you.

I’d also like to THANK all those who participated in my “Free Stamp Special” … I hope you enjoy you stamps. Thanks again!

Hope you all have a wonderful day … I’ll be back tomorrow with some new “Weekly Deals”.

Take care ~


Vintage Leaves

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Summer is coming to an end and fall is right around the corner … I know this because the beautiful Maple down the street is beginning to turn colors! Really …Wow!

On that note, I thought I would pay homage to a beautiful new stamp set found in our main Idea Book & Catalog… the new Vintage Leaves stamp set.

I found this awesome sample on one of the boards at Convention this year and just had to share with you. I wish I knew who created this beautiful card but names are not listed (at least visible to us).

Convention Card - Vintage Leaves

No fussy cutting with this card … Stampin’ Up! has created coordinating framelits “Leaflets” make recreating this card simple.

I love, love, love, the addition of the glimmer paper … how pretty! To tie it all up … the “Linen Thread”.

And finally the greeting comes from our fun “Expressions Natural Elements” … fit’s perfectly with this card, don’t you think!?

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful card as much as I did when I saw it on the Convention board.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Have a wonderful day ~




More Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a few more sneak peaks for you from our upcoming Holiday Catalog! I’m so excited … I can’t wait for you to get it in your hands. If you are one of my current customers, your catalogs have been tagged for you and you’ll be receiving it sometime this month!!

If you don’t currently work with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and want to be my customer, I’m happy to mail you a copy of this awesome catalog.  Please email me at

OK … Let’s begin with the colorful season of Autumn ~


Let’s start at the left side and work our way to the right. Do you see the cute little Acorn stamp set? Isn’t it adorable? I love it, and what I love even more … BUNDLE!! That’s right, you’ll be able to save 15% when you purchase the adorable “Acorny Thank You” stamp set with the “Acorn Builder Punch”.

Next … you will see our beautiful “Leaflets Framlelits” Dies from the current (main) catalog! I love that these have now two stunning stamp sets to coordinate with! One is the “Vintage Leaves” stamp set in our current catalog and second is the “Lighthearted Leaves” you see in the upper right hand corner of the photo.

Now … if you’d like to follow me to the dark side ~


I’m not sure where to start here! So I’ll begin with the new “Happy Haunting” Designer Washi tape in the uppper left hand corner. Then you will see some cute boxes crafted with the “Happy Haunting” Designer Series Paper and our new “Spider Web Doilies” … oh, the things you can do with these!!

And if you saw my earlier posts … you know that I am head-over-heels in love with the new “Black Glimmer Paper”. I cannot wait to get my hands on this entire suite of products! Do you see a “Happy Hauntings” Class in your future!

And finally … put your coats on, it’s a bit chilly in Wisconsin during Christmas!


This is just one of the project kits Stampin’ Up! is offering in the Holiday catalog and I chose the Christmas one as my sneak peek today because …. I LOVE WINDOW / SHAKER CARDS!!! Oh my gosh, everything you need to make these cute cards is included in the “To You & Yours Shaker Cards” Project Kit.

It makes 18 cards for ONLY $24.00 … You can’t buy this kind-of-cute at any store, and YOU get to hand craft them!!


There is just sooooooooooo much awesomeness in our new Holiday catalog. Many of the items in our Holiday catalog were designed to coordinate with many items in our current catalog, so there are endless possibilities!!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek! And I can’t wait to share more, and better yet … begin stamping with you.

Thanks for joining me today!!



Sneak Peaks from Convention!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Convention may be over but the fun will soon begin … with you that is!! I’m still in Salt Lake City and I have already begun planning so fascinating stamping events for you!

The new Holiday catalog is amazing so I wanted to give you a sneak peek before your catalog arrives next month…

Let’s start with one of my favorite holidays … Halloween! I actually won this stamp set during one of our “Prize Patrols”


And of course we have to have those “awesome” coordinating framelits to go with the stamp set!


Lets move on to my favorite season … Fall ~


A tantalizing peek at these most amazing coordinating products …. I received the stamp set (Happy Scenes) below for one of our “Leaders” gifts


And of course there is everyone’s favorite ….  Christmas!



And if lack of time is a concern … got you covered! The answer:  we have fun kits for you that include what you need, eliminates cutting (it’s done for you) and comes with full color instructions … easy! Oh … and one more thing … they are Shaker cards!! You’re friends and family will think you’ve worked for months … but that’s OK. lol


If your looking for something special this year … I have just the answer! I know you are going to fall in love with these beautiful ornaments and coordinating framelit dies! So pretty!!


There is so much for me to show you, but don’t just wait for a stampin’ event … invite your friends over and I will show how amazing these products are! Then earn some for FREE!!

So… what do you think so far? I’d love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day ~


Simply Thankful Sunday …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

A happy Sunday to you! Today I am going to share another transformation of Motley Monsters to a pretty card of “thanks”.


I began with a Tangerine Tango base and the Tango stripped Motley Monsters Designer Paper. I used the “thanks” from Seasonally Scattered … the multiple colors come from the Baby Wipe Technique. The “thanks” was highlighted by adding a touch of glitter.

I used the “Apothecary Accents” framelits to highlight our stamped design and was matted with Old Olive. I actually “fussy cut” the mat.

I added a sweet button from the “Very Vintage” buttons… it was colored with the Old Olive blendabilities and topped off with a pumpkin bow. The results are a cute, simple card of thanks.


Have a fabulous Sunday ~




Gratitude for Days Project …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share with you one of our new Simply Created Kits … Gratitude for Days. The kit includes 33 note cards, 30 pockets, stickers, binder clips and bakers twine. It’s a wonderful way to journal what you’re grateful for…. instructions are included.

Here is a video that gives you an alternate way to use the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit …



Simply Saturday: Grateful

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared a card using the “Motley Monsters” Designer Series paper and said that I would be sharing more. So today I have used the a piece of the leftovers from yesterday to create a fall card … a card of Gratitude.

My base colors are Tangerine Tango and Crushed Curry which comes from the designer paper, and then I turned the designer paper (yes … this is from Motley Monsters) and turned it so the leaves appear to be falling to the bottom.


I used the new “Merry Everything” stamp set and the coordinating “Note Tag” punch, then topped it off with the “Tangelo Twist” ribbon.  You can save 15% if you bundle the two on your purchase.

I tipped the greeting so it also appeared to by gently falling with the leaves.  Don’t you just love autumn!?

The greeting was of course “popped” up with our Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals. The inside was completed with a piece of Whisper White for your note, and a touch of the designer paper at the bottom.


Such a sweet and simple card that can be created in just minutes!

Thank you so much for stopping by Linda’s Stampin’ Escape today … I am truly grateful.

Have a wonderful day ~


Oh yes … I was going to tell you which of the “Motley Monsters” on yesterdays card was my favorite … It’s that cute little skeleton!  Here’s a list of ingredients for today’s card.


Hello, Fall

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share 2 projects from our Concept Artist Jen C. and to be honest, I couldn’t say it better myself so I’m sharing her post …

Fall is my favorite season. There are so many reasons why: football, hoodies, vibrant leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin spice everything! In honor of the changing of the seasons, I’ve made a couple of fall projects to share.

This first card uses the Four Feathers Stamp Set with the coordinating Feather Framelits Dies. One of my favorite techniques is to “faux watercolor.” To achieve this look, ink your stamp and mist the surface of the inked stamp with water in a Stampin’ Spritzer. Mist a few times, or until you can see small puddles forming.  Then stamp on Watercolor Paper. If you want more bleed, you can mist the paper directly. This is such a simple way to achieve an artistic, watercolor look.

Hello fall_crbFall Feathers Card


The second project I created is a little fall wreath stamped on a Mini Muslin bag.  To darken the Hello Honey ink, it was necessary to stamp the wreath image more than once. Thankfully, this part is easy with photopolymer stamps. I added the second wreath image using Cajun Craze ink. To prevent the ink from smearing, I heat set it using an iron. (When ironing, I always use a piece of copy paper or fabric over my stamped bag to protect it.)

Hello fall_crbFall Wreath Muslin Bag

To add a little sparkle to this treat bag, add a tiny amount of Crystal Effects to a few of the leaves and sprinkle gold glitter on the bag. Shake to remove excess.  This bag is a fun and easy way to give a small gift or treat for fall.

What inspires you this fall season?

Jen C.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~