Seasons Greetings / Guest Stamper: Cindy P.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have another beautiful card today from our Annual Holiday Stamping Retreat using the remarkable Feels Like Frost product suite. Cindy Plzak made this card for our Attendee Card Swap and it is stunning!

You can create custom winter and Christmas die-cut frames in record time using the Frosted Frames Dies, and Cindy did just that in Night of Navy cardstock and highlighted it with the Sparkle Glimmer paper.  It frames one of the beautiful scenes from the Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The greeting comes from the Still Scenes Bundle. The Still Scenes Bundle includes the Still Scenes Cling Stamp Set and the Snow Globe Scenes Dies… the proud buck posing in the wintery scene is also included in this die set.

Cindy’s card is a beautiful representation of how Stampin’ Up! stamp sets/bundles coordinate with each other. This takes our card creations to a whole new level … as seen by Cindy’s swap card. So, so pretty!

Thanks for sharing part of your day with Cindy and I today … it is appreciated. I hope you enjoyed Cindy’s card as much as I did. All of the attendee swap cards were beautiful!

I’ll meet you back here tomorrow, till then … Have an awesome day.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays card, 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

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Loyal & True: Guest Stamper … Gloria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Today is the day we honor and salute all our brothers and sisters who served this country … whether retired, active or those who gave all, we celebrate their bravery and dedication. So today, I have a very special card made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Gloria Helmbrecht.

She is also served our country (THANK YOU GLORIA) and created this card for our Leadership event this spring (and she gave one to me)!!  Gloria used the Loyal & True stamp set …

I loved the swooshes of red so I asked Gloria how she did it, and she said she just sponged the background … Love it!!  It gives a lot of movement to the card, like the flag is actually waving.

The simplicity of the card really makes a statement … Today is the perfect day to share this card with you, as we honor the men and women who served our country and defended our freedoms… true hero’s. Here are my family members that came to welcome home Art’s Honor Flight this past Saturday …

Carl, Randy, Rita, Sam, Jereme, Richard, Sheila, Carla, Andy, and myself.

What an amazing experience it was to be able to welcome home all of these HERO’S … Makes me want to be there for each and every Honor Flight. Not sure I can do that but I’m thinking of some ways in which I can do something to help more soldiers make that flight … and I’ll be asking for your help.

My brother-in-law Arthur Schroeder is in the third row … far right.

Thank you to all the Veterans past and present We appreciate all you have done for us.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day,

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Loyal & True: Guest Stamper … Gloria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Memorial Day to you… just a quick post today.  I have a very special card to share with you today that was made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Gloria.  She is former military and created this swap at our Leadership event last weekend (and she gave one to me)!!  Gloria used the Loyal & True stamp set …

I loved the swooshes of red so I asked Gloria how she did it, and she said she just sponged the background … Love it!!  It gives a lot of movement to the card, like the flag is actually waving.

The simplicity of the card really makes a statement … Today is the perfect day to share this card with you, as we honor the fallen who gave their all defending our freedoms… true heros.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day,

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Shine Like a Diamond / Guest Stamper: Peggy K.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well … Well … Well … Made it through Monday!! Hope you had a good day and your Tuesday will be even better!  Today I have another card share from our Stamping Retreat Attendee Swap. This swap was created by Peggy K.

This pretty floral card stands out in black and white with a pop of pink, and the Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set is the focal point to the card.  This is one of my favorite verses stamp set, especially when you are creating cards for friends.

Peggy also uses the Country Floral Embossing folder to create a subtle background with a touch of texture.  This folder was highlighted in the Sale-a-bration catalog but it will however be included in the upcoming 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog!  Wooo Hooo! That does not happen too often, but I’m glad it is returning because it’s a great addition and it’s beautiful.

I appreciate you coming back to see what I’m up to!! Stop back tomorrow and I’ll have something special to share.

Till then … Have a great day!

Winter Woods & Guest Stamper: Kathy C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night my Star’s by Design team met for stampin’ up dates, a light dinner and some stampin’ & swappin’.  So today I’m going to share one of the “Swap Cards” … it was made by Kathy using the beautiful Winter Woods stamp set.

The Winter Woods bundle is so much more than a holiday stamp set, these versatile trees can be used for any occasion! Kathy gave her card some dimension simply by stamping her tree twice without re-inking the stamp, giving you the lighter trees in the back that look further away!!

Don’t you love the way Kathy stamped her trees at a slight angle … gives the appearance that the trees are sitting upon a winter wonderland of snow … then, she added a some great texture by embossing with the Softly Falling embossing folder … it all looks so serene and peaceful. A simple greeting with a pop of color to attract they eye and her card is done!  Stunning!!

Such a beautiful card and so easy to make!  Follow me for the next few days as I share a few different seasons / holidays using the Winter Woods bundle.

Until then, I thank you for popping in today to check out my blog post and Kathy’s beautiful card.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

Easter Surprise

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share MaryJo Brydens card that she gave to me at the Shreveport OnStage Event. I’ve seen this one before but it is so much cuter in your hand! MaryJo did tell me that she cased this card from one she saw on Pinterest … by hey, we ALL do that!

The “SURPRISE” is the cutest egg created by using the Oval Framelits!! Isn’t that a great idea!? Let’s start with the stamp set that MaryJo used to lay down the color for her egg … the “Work of Art” stamp set. Her colors are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Marina Mist and I believe Wisteria Wonder.

The pretty little flowers were created by using the “Petite Petals” punch and the “Wink of Stella” to give it that pretty sparkle! The pearls add a nice touch.

MaryJo added some texture to the pink cardstock by using the “Festive” embossing folder … You can emboss this either before or after you cut out the oval. I prefer embossing with my folders after I cut the image out.

It was so sweet for MaryJo to give me one of her swaps …I love these Stampin’ Up! events! You meet the nicest people. I feel the same way about all the wonderful people I have met who come and stamp with me!

Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. Enjoy the blessings of family, good food and precious friendships.

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Guest Stamper: Tatjana

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute card that was created for our Holiday Retreat Swap. Our stamper is Tatjana … she is also in my Thursday night stamp club and hails from Belgium! I thank her host “Cindy” for bringing her to our stamp club and introducing the fun of stamping to Tatjana.

Tatjana used the stamp set Mountain Adventure … doesn’t that just make you want to grab your jacket and mittens and go have some fun! Or at least a great cup of Hot Chocolate while we watch the adventure from the lodge.

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She used a simple coloring technique to bring your landscape to life. Hmmm, “coloring” … let me just say that’s a “hint, hint” for our upcoming Occasions Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed Tatjana’s card as much as we did at retreat … very impressive for her first swap card.

Thanks for stopping by today, it’s much appreciated.

Have an adventurous day!

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Guest Stampers: Trio of Christmas Stockings

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you some more of our Swap Cards from the Holiday Retreat. Our swaps are done by our guests, and when they swap they are entered into the card contest and a chance to win a Gift Certificate from me. It’s a lot of fun, and the best part about swapping … you get to go home with that many more cards!!

All three of the cards I’m sharing with you today were made with the “Hang Your Stockings” Stamp set and Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies.  This is one you can bundle and Save 10% on.

Let’s begin with Linda S.  This was her first retreat but you would never have guessed it by her swap. 

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She used the Christmas Stocking Thinlits die to create both the stocking and the greeting. These are highlighted by having the beautiful designer paper behind it. You’ll find several great patterns in the “Warmth & Cheer” Designer Series Paper Stack.

Our next guest stamper is Marge G.  Marge has attended all of our Holiday Retreats only missing the Spring because she was a little snowbird.

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Marge started her card with the “This Christmas” Designer paper that can be found in the Annual Catalog (our big one) not the Holiday catty.  Marge also used the thinlits to create her card, and then she added a little sponging to really make it pop!  Don’t you love how she used the snowflake cut out from the stocking on her card … no wasted space here. 

The last of the stocking cards was created by Abby H.   This was Abby’s first retreat and she was also our youngest guest (her Mom & Sister have been here many times before).  We have several Mother / Daughter attendee’s … it is a great getaway to have fun together and bond.

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Abby not only used the thinlits, but she stamped her stockings! Now we get to see how cute the coordinating stamp set is, and what a nice job Abby did stamping and creating her card.  They are all lined up with the Brick background and ready for Santa!

For me … Everyone is a winner because they get to go home with extra cards and each card has a different style than your own.  Oh yes, and I get to keep a set … THANK YOU LADIES!!

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I hope you have enjoyed the trio of stocking cards today, and that it inspires you to grab that ink, pick up your stamps and begin having some “you” time and releasing your creativity!

Thanks for stopping by …

Have a great day!

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HIGHLIGHTED HOLIDAY STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES ….

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Guest Stamper: Connie C.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s guest stamper is “Connie Collins” … she is one of our Artisan Team members, and this card was featured on Stampin’ Up!s GET INSPIRED Blog. (Clear here to view full post)

My main reason for sharing Connie’s beautiful card is that she has featured the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372)

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The sentiment on this card was stamped using the Tin of Tags Stamp Set (item 142180) and die cut using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Then she placed it on a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (item 141705) before attaching it to my card. Notice how the Layering Circles, Layering Squares (item 141708), and Layering Ovals (item 141706) Framelits Dies work perfectly with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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The greeting comes from the  “Tin of Tags” stamp set, and is one of those that are currently 25% off!  I have the list here of all the stamp sets that are discounted… they coordinate with the new Stitched Shape Framelits.

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Online Extravaganza Starts November 21

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In less than two weeks, you can save up to 40% on select products during Online Extravaganza. Not only are there amazing deals to be had during this one-week only, online super sale running November 21-28, it’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends! This year’s Online Extravaganza will include 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special product discounts only available that day. Full details on items included as part of Online Extravaganza will be available on November 17 so make sure to check back for more information.

Let me know if you have any questions with the specials listed, and thanks for checking out my blog post today.

Have yourself a beautiful day.

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Merry Mice Swap Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Glad to have my computer running a little better …

Today I have another cute swap card from the 2016 OnStage Event that showcases the Merry Mice stamp set found in the Holiday catalog.

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Did you know that the “Merry Mice” stamp set is one of those that are currently 25% off?  I have the list here of all the stamp sets that are discounted… they coordinate with the new Stitched Shape Framelits.

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Online Extravaganza Starts November 21

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In less than two weeks, you can save up to 40% on select products during Online Extravaganza. Not only are there amazing deals to be had during this one-week only, online super sale running November 21-28, it’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends! This year’s Online Extravaganza will include 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special product discounts only available that day. Full details on items included as part of Online Extravaganza will be available on November 17 so make sure to check back for more information.

Let me know if you have any questions with the specials listed, and thanks for checking out my blog post today.

Have yourself a beautiful day.

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OnStage with Stampin’ Up!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back from a fun weekend away with my downline and fellow demonstrators as we attended one of the OnStage events hosted by Stampin’ Up! These events are like mini Conventions.  They host these all over the world and we were lucky enough to have them host one in Madison, WI.

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Our Saturday event is open to all demonstrators and I spent my Saturday with some of my fun and fabulous downline! It was so great to see these ladies again and catch up. We’re spread all over Wisconsin but still find ways to connect.

From Left to Right ….Becky, Brenda (back) Debi (front), Kathy, Connie & Cheri.  Love those smiles … I am blessed with to have such a great group. I wish all of them could have came.  We all send our prayers to Mary Kate who is currently battling breast cancer.

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I love to spoil my downline a bit so I made sure we had some sweet treats like Chocolate Stars (Our group name is Star’s by Design) and some Trail mix to nibble on. I also had some cute gifts … I’ll share those with you tomorrow. Not all the decorations were mine, Stampin’ Up! likes to spoil us too, more about that tomorrow as well …

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We learned about the upcoming Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration (not to far away!) and got to see some of the new products up close and even play with them!! Just one of the great perks of being a demonstrator! We are not allowed to share this yet, but it won’t belong before we’ll be sharing samples with you.

Until then, I will share two cute cards with you that Debi received when swapping. I wish I had time to make up my own swaps this year, because the Midwest is the greatest place to swap … many talented demonstrators!

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Nuts for you and Swirly Swiggles were used to create this swap and the second card features the “Spotlighting” technique … Love this card!

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Thank you for checking back and hanging out until I returned.  I will be back tomorrow with more fun from Madison and our OnStage event.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like, or what you need to become a demonstrator … shoot me an e-mail (lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com) I’d be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns, and what I provide for my downline members. CLICK HERE for information from Stampin’ Up.

Have an awesome day!

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Guest Stamper: Janet Z

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a great “Man Card” for you that comes from Janet Z. and our Spring Stamping Retreats Attendee Swap! You’ve seen a few of the other cards from our swap already.

Let’s start with the stamp set “Guy Greetings” found on page 98 of your current Annual Catalog.

Janet used the antique car and cut and matted it using the “Deco Labels Collection” Framelits … this created a great focal point of the card. The greetings she used all come from the “Guy Greetings” stamp set.

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The designer paper really shows off the antique car nicely.

Something Janet did for the swap which I though was genius was to leave the inside of the card “unattached” because she stamped two greeting (one on each side of the cardstock) Happy Birthday and Happy Fathers Day … this way her fellow retreat attendee’s could use the card for the occasion that fit them best. I just love that idea!

This is why I love swapping and stamping with other stampers … we all share so many wonderful ideas!

Thank you Janet for the wonderful card, and thank you for checking out today’s blog post.

Have a wonderful day!

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Guest Stamper: Patti S.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are having a good day.  Sorry for the delay … computer issues last night! Ugh … time to bite the bullet and get a new one!

Today I would like to share with you a beautiful card I received from a wonderful friend as a Thank You for placing an order for her … how sweet is that!

I love when my stampin’ friends send me cards, first … it lets me know they are using the products that they purchase! (I hate to hear when they are still in the bag or in the closet) I use my stamping time as my escape from the harsh realities of life (kind of like that Calgon commercial … some of us will remember) And secondly … because I like to share with everyone how talented you all are with your stamps! Wow 🙂

So today’s card share comes from Patti S.

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Patti used the beautiful Rose Wonder Stamp Set and Rose Garden Thinlits …  This is the set you need for life’s major events—birthdays, weddings, sympathy. And for the everyday—thanks, friendship, encouragement. Make a stack to keep on hand and you’ll never be unprepared.

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I wanted to show you Patti’s little stampin’ tip … she cut the designer paper on the inside of the card, creating a shadow effect … brilliant! And there’s still plenty of room for you to write your message.

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Yes, she hand cut both in designer paper and the section of the front of her card, but as our attendee’s learned at our Spring Stamping Retreat … it really doesn’t take that long and it’s pretty easy to follow that line.

Thank you Patti for sharing your talent and this beautiful card with me, and thank YOU for joining me on my blog today.

It’s a beautiful day here in Wisconsin, hope you all get to enjoy the day, no matter where you are in the world.

Happy Friday ~

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Two for Tuesday: Stampin’ Retreat Card Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have two beautiful cards created by two of our retreat guests! Each retreat we host a card swap/contest … they make the cards, they vote, and the winner gets a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me.

Our two retreat guests featured today, both used the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Let’s begin with Peggy K’s card – This was Peggy’s first Stampin’ Retreat of mine and she came all the way from Oklahoma!

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A simply beautiful card … I love the pop of color Peggy used by adding her blue butterfly. I’m not sure if that is Lost Lagoon but I can see she used the Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow. Fabulous color combination!

Did you know that the Butterfly Basic stamp set bundles with the Butterflies Thinlets? Remember, that even though the stamp sets and thinlets will carry over into the new catalog … they will NOT be bundled, so if you like it … purchase it before May 31st.

Our next card comes from Sandy B. and she has attended 6 of our annual retreats; both the Spring and Holiday retreats!

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Sandy also used the Butterfly Basics Stamp set and Thinlits Bundle, however her pop of color comes from the Two Step Stampin’ stamp set; Watercolor Wings. This stamp set also coordinates with the Butterfly Thinlits … gotta love the way Stampin’ Up! coordinates several different products to make our purchases a real value!

The black die cut butterfly that tops the “watercolor” butterfly is very striking and really draws the eye to the center of the card.

We love hosting the card swap at our annual retreats … everyone always goes home with extra cards with totally different styles and stamp sets.  They are a blast, and if you haven’t tried one yet, you should think about it!!

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AMD … said “I can’t believe the projects get better at each retreat! We enjoy meeting all the new people and have so much fun.”

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me, I hope the ladies cards inspired you as much as they have inspired me! I love my job! It is all about sharing and building relationships.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Throwback Thursday: WOLF plus a Guest Stamper!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

We are past the hump and heading for the weekend … that’s always a good thing! Hope you are having a good day!

Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite “wish I wouldn’t have sold that” … stamp set! The Wolf stamp set was always a favorite of mine, and so easy to use.

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I’m sure many of you recognize this stamp set.  If you’re lucky … you still own it!!

The card I’m showing you today, I demonstrated many, many times.

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The contrasting colors “Eggplant & Olive” really made the card pop! I also added the same color highlights with our “then” chalks (miss them dearly too!).   I then trimmed some of the edges with our “Deckle” scissors!  Am I bringing back some memories!?

We do still carry the Crystal Effects which really look cool in the wolfs eyes.

I also want to share a beautiful card that I received as a swap last Friday; Created by Bonnie K.  She did the “Dazzling Diamond Dust” technique on the card and I find it just stunning!

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Did you notice the embellishment wrapped around the “grosgrain” ribbon … more flashbacks from the past!  Such a pretty card.

I hope you enjoy my “Throwback Thursdays” … they are meant to inspire you to pull out your older stamp sets and use them again. It’s not about getting you to buy something, but to use your supplies and just enjoy the art of stamping ❤

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

Have a happy day ~

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