April Showers means Beautiful Flower Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m here today to share some cards that remind me of spring … It’s time to bring a little sunshine into our lives. Hope you’re doing well. Sit back and enjoy the parade …

Lets begin with the Perennial Essence Suite.  The pretty flowers are stamped onto the Perennial Essence  Vellum cardstock and punched with the coordinating Perennial Flower punch … and layered onto more of the Vellum cardstock which comes in three colors: Old Olive, Petal Pink, and So Saffron.

Our vellum is then layered over the stunning Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper which features hand-painted impressionistic imagery in rich colors.  I use this designer paper often when I have to make a quick card, because it is so pretty … all you need is a greeting.

The greeting comes from the Floral Essence Photopolymer Stamp Set which is filled with flowers, petals, leaves, and stalks, sentiments for weddings, birthdays, and loved ones!

And speaking of making quick cards, you will love creating with the Magnolia Lane Suite …

The cards above where created with the Magnolia Lane Designer Series paper and the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards & Envelopes … Even the envelopes have liners!!

How simple … the different patterns of the designer paper were cut to fit inside the silver metallic embossing, adhere with your favorite adhesive and then just stamp one of the greetings onto Whisper White cardstock and grab a punch.

The Magnolia Lane Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed….

* Good Morning Magnolia Cling Stamp Set (10% off)
* Magnolia Memory Dies (10% off)
* Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder
* Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper
* Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards & Envelopes
* Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack
* Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack
* Magnolia Lane Cork Embellishments
* Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack

I’m going to share several cards that I made using this product suite so you get an idea of all the different things you can do with your suite.  I’ve showed you the designer paper and card pack, now lets focus on the stamp set and how about a fun technique to use with it ….

This technique is called “Spotlighting” … It highlights the image or part of it.  I wanted a bit of drama to the card and adding the black between the stamped image really does this.  If you would like step by step instructions CLICK HERE and it will take you to the original post.  Some subtle sponging and Wink of Stella really takes this card over the top!

If you like glitter and sparkle … this cards for you!  I’ve combined the stamp set and the card pack that we used on the first card to create this stunning card …

Just like the Perennial Essence card, vellum was used to stamp our image on.  I stamped it with White Craft and then heat embossed it with the White Embossing powder. The color was sponged on from behind to add a soft “stained glass” appearance.

The greeting comes from the stamp set and is matted onto the Silver Foil paper, this ties in with the silver border.  The touch of green ribbon comes from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack which is also include in the suite.  A touch of “Sparkle” Glimmer paper backs the flower and creates an eye catching background.

I can’t let you go without showing you the Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder …

This card truly highlights the folder as it is the entire background which adds elegance and a subtle texture and dimension to the card.  The flower comes from a companion stamp set; Magnolia Blooms and does not come in the suite of Magnolia products, but coordinates beautifully. A greeting from the suite, a punch and a little ribbon and your card is complete!

Please let me know if you are interested in any either of the product suites or bundles or ???  Don’t forget … April is my birthday month so I’m paying your tax!!  FREE TAX in April … you don’t here that very often!

Thanks for walking through my floral garden with me!!  Have a wonderful day … Stay safe, healthy and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

 

 

Guest Stamper: Olivia H

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are all doing well today … It’s Friday!  I have to tell myself because sometimes I forget! lol  I was thrilled yesterday as my daughter Andrea surprised me with a new laptop and  to find an envelope in my mailbox … another card share! Yeah!!!!

Olivia sent me her version or alternative to the March Paper Pumpkin kit  ….

The card highlights the die cuts included in the Paper Pumpkin … Olivia stamped clouds onto her background which really creates an added depth to the card.  Even simply having the bunny behind the boots and putting the flower right in the front really adds dimension to this card … pretty, right!

It’s amazing how something so simple as the placement of your die cuts can really transform your card into a multi-dimensional image!

Olivia stamped her greeting “Wishing You Brighter Days Ahead” on a coordinating banner … the stamp set, ink spot (mini ink pad) and the banner were all included in the Paper Pumpkin. In fact, everything you need to create your cards / projects from your kits are included!! And … they come delivered right to your door each month!

To finish off her card, Olivia added a bit of “Wink of Stella” on the heart and a “smidge” of color on the bunnies nose!  Those are her words … but I have to say, I love the word “smidge” because it is a term used in one of my favorite movies … It’s a Wonderful Life ❤ “She doesn’t have a smidge of temperature”

And it truly is a Wonderful Life… Many of us maybe home bound but we can still connect with each other through this blog, through social media (which allows us “social distancing”) and through our cardmaking.  Thank you Olivia for sending me your beautiful card so I could share it with our stamping friends.

If you would like to send a card and have it shared on my blog, just send it to : Linda Schnabel * 2019 Miller Street  *  West Bend, WI 53095

APRIL BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ….

It’s my Birthday month so I’d like to celebrate by giving you a GIFT!  Since “Diamonds” are my birthstone and April is “Tax Time” … I will either send you a package of Rhinestones OR will pay the taxes on your order …Whichever is MORE!!  Qualifying orders of $50 or more (before Ship&Tax) can choose their FREE GIFT!  You MUST place your order “though” me so I can apply the FREE TAX or add your Rhinestones for FREE.  Here’s how it works … if you place a $50, the Rhinestones would be shipped FREE because they are higher in value than the taxes … if you placed a $100 or more order, you could choose!  Tax will vary depending where you live. This offer is Valid ONLY through me all month long!

Thank you all for stopping in today, sorry my post is a little late, still learning my new laptop!! lol

 

 

Thinking of You Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I am happy to share a beautiful card with you today that I created with the Bird Ballad suite which features the Free as a Bird Bundle.  My card was inspired by two friends, Evelyn from Canada and Becky who is in my downline! I have this amazing suite at home and when I saw what these ladies created, I decided to make one for you!!

April is my birthday month so I also have a “Special” deal for anyone who orders through me … plus, you’ll still receive your Virtual Rewards points! I’ll share more about that later.  Now I would like to introduce you to my Bird Ballad card ….

The card highlights the Laser-cut card with envelopes that come in a pretty tin that you can keep, or give to a friend filled with beautiful cards.  It is just part of the Bird Ballad Suite …

The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed.

The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle includes
* Free as a Bird Cling Stamp Set (10% off)
* Stitched Nested Labels Dies (10% off)
* Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
* Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin
* Very Vanilla 3/8″ (1 cm) Scalloped Lace Trim
* Bird Ballad Trinkets

Not only does my card highlight the Laser-cut Cards, it showcases the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper. The Laser-cut cards are beautiful and I really wanted emphasize the delicate lace pattern so I sponged the insert.

The great thing about this card is you can use any color cardstock behind the lace … or you can leave it just the way it is.  I chose my colors based off the colors in the Bird Ballad Designer paper, and YES, I fussy cut out the bird and flowers.  I find it relaxing… and we have plenty of time on our hands!

To create an illusion of depth, I sponged the edges of my Petal Pink cardstock with Calypso Coral and came in much farther on tow of my corners. I just really like this effect.

Here are the ingredients for today’s card … I have listed the entire suite, and then broke it down into the core items I used today …

Supply List

APRIL BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ….

It’s my Birthday month so I’d like to celebrate by giving you a GIFT!  Since “Diamonds” are my birthstone and April is “Tax Time” … I will either send you a package of Rhinestones OR will pay the taxes on your order …Whichever is MORE!!  Qualifying orders of $50 or more (before Ship&Tax) can choose their FREE GIFT!  You MUST place your order “though” me so I can apply the FREE TAX or add your Rhinestones for FREE.  Here’s how it works … if you place a $50, the Rhinestones would be shipped FREE because they are higher in value than the taxes … if you placed a $100 or more order, you could choose!  Tax will vary depending where you live. This offer is Valid ONLY through me all month long!

Lets finish up the card … I did fussy cut the bird and flowers from the designer paper and layered the flowers for added dimension.  To complete my card I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers.

I love this card, and it was pretty easy to make.  The beautiful laser-cut cards brings it to another level, without the work.

Thank you so very much for joining me today! I was thrilled I got to post … I’m working on a 20 year old computer!!  This old girl has outlasted 3 laptops!!  You have a wonderful day, and just remember, I’m Thinking of you!

 

 

Well Dressed or Best Dressed … Celebrating Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share two cards with you featuring Sale-a-bration items, some really cool designer paper and a sneak peek into how I create a layout and design a card.  Both cards also highlight the “Well Said” stamp set!

Let’s begin with the layout … My first decision is which stamp set I’m going to use and today I wanted to share the “Well Dressed” stamp set. Only two more days and this one will be gone, because it is an item you can earn FREE with a qualifying Sale-A-Bration order.

I chose the Stitched Rectangle dies as the stamps from the “Well Dressed” stamp set fit so nicely. I laid them out the way I wanted them on my card, then stamped them in Gray onto Whisper White and matted them with Basic Black.

My thought behind this “retirement” card was that it was time to let go of the tie and items normally associated with going to your job including ditching the watch as you’ll see on the inside of the card …

The designer paper I used here is from a sampler set that comes with the cute little paper cutter, both of which are FREE and tucked into your Starter Kit.  You also get an extra FREE stamp set …

You’ll get all of this for $99 plus you will choose $125 more products!  It’s a great time to explore the benefits and opportunity of joining my Stars by Design team and the Stampin’ Up! family.  If you’re thinking about it … Give me a call 262-334-1009 or email me at lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Back to my card! The designer paper is from the Country Club suite of products and really highlights the Well Dressed stamp set. Nice classy look … Don’t you love the way the stitching in the die cuts coordinates with the design on the tie, which looks great with the designer paper!!

Here is a list of supplies for both cards … Our “Well Dressed” Masculine and the “Best Dressed” feminine card …

My second card does a 180 from the masculine to a more feminine card.  This card highlights the So Very Vellum Designer paper and is teamed up with the “Best Dressed” Designer Series paper …

As I stated earlier, both cards used the “Well Said” stamp set for my sentiments.  This card reflects a special thank you “for everything” you do … I’m here for you as well.  The cute little handbags were fussy cut from the designer paper which you see in the foreground.

The sentiments were stamped in gray onto Whisper White and then die cut using the Stitched so Sweetly dies…

I popped up the greeting which highlights the bags as well and then to finish off this sweet card, a few rhinestones because what girl doesn’t like a little bit of bling!

I was so excited to share these two card with you, I’ve got so many ideas with all of the Sale-a-bration items but time is running out. We only have today and tomorrow and then it’s gone for another year.  I understand that during these uncertain times getting everything you want may be difficult, maybe the starter kit with all it’s FREEBIES is an option. Let me know if you want to talk about the options.

Meanwhile, I’ll be stamping and will return tomorrow with the last of my Sale-a-bration projects.

Thank you for spending time with me today! This is a great way for us to gather … when we can’t gather.

Enjoy your day ~

 

 

 

Simply Sunday: No Matter the Weather Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share several cards that I created using the March 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit!!  I must say this is a fun one to play with, and REFILLS are now available, however you do have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order them.  I also have a fun tip to share with you.

First let me share what the cards look like in the kit … My cards are all alternatives to the kit. I like to show what you can do with it besides how they were designed.  This stretches your kit out even further. The stamps you get in your kit means you have endless stamping!

My first card is simple … a little cutting and you have created a full sized card.  The kit is note size card and envelopes, and I just prefer the regular A2 size. Besides, this will really stretch out my kit, so follow along and see what you can do!  To view the original post for this card CLICK HERE.

 

My second card … uses the sentiment from the “Good Morning Magnolia” stamp set and the pre-cut boots and hearts that come with the kit.  Pretty simple right?  For the background I used the So Very Vellum cardstock that is FREE through the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

My next card uses more boots … and features the “Soft Sea Foam” Vellum.  These boots come from the strip of boots that are used for the middle card, I just cut them apart so I could create even more cards. We are practicing “Social Distancing” while we support each other.  Click HERE to view the original post for these two cards.

I cut apart the base of one of the note cards to create this one … The die cut circle and blue banner are elements included in the Paper Pumpkin kit, as is the sentiment I used on this card.  Fitting for our current situation, don’t you think?

Here are the supplies that I used for today’s cards. Paper Pumpkin is a great option for stamping while we have to be apart 😦  Plus … when purchasing the any of the Subscriptions listed below … you qualify for FREE Sale-a-bration items!

The next card highlights more of the die cuts from the kit  … The background is the Purple Posy So Very Vellum which creates the background for our card.  From the Paper Pumpkin kit, I have yet another set of boots, and I picked some pretty flowers from the elements to place into them. Our cute bunny helps to create the perfect Easter Card …

The Oval background was cut with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies. This really creates a focal point to the card. I added the “Easter Blessings” greeting which comes from teh Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. It was stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then I simply cut it to create a banner. You can CLICK HERE to view all the details in the original post.

Here are the benefits of purchasing Paper Pumpkins during Sale-A-Bration: You can earn free product during Sale-A-Bration since your order is over $50.00. Once your purchase is complete, a special code is emailed to you to use at http://www.paperpumpkin.com. If you are an already existing customer this prepaid code will override your credit card payment. How awesome is that?

  • 3-month prepaid subscription item (#137859) = $63
  • 6 month prepaid subscription item (#137860) = $114
  • 12-month prepaid subscription item (#137861) = $220

My final card includes a fun stamping tip ….

On my final card I combined the Under My Umbrella Bundle from the Spring Mini Catalog and our March 2020 “No Matter the Weather” Paper Pumpkin. I used the pink envelope for my background and combined it with Smoky Slate … so pretty together.

The umbrella was stamped with Smoky Slate onto the left over paper from the envelope, and then punched with the coordinating umbrella punch. Both of these were popped up onto the die cut piece. The die cut comes from the Stitched so Sweetly dies. The greeting sentiment is from the Under My Umbrella stamp set and was stamped with the Smoky Slate and also die cut from the Stitched to Sweetly dies.   View the original post by CLICKING HERE.

It is truly amazing that you can create such different styles of cards with our Paper Pumpkin kit.  The versatility is as big as your imagination.  And if you don’t deem “yourself” creative, well that is why I share alternative ideas with you!  You can find even more on Pinterest!

Sale-a-bration is a great time to join in on the Paper Pumpkin band wagon … They are delivered right to your door monthly, perfect at this time in our lives, I have creative alternatives to share, and it’s a great way to reduce stress, add to your stamp collection, or have some fun with the family creating these projects together. OH YES … and you get FREE STUFF when you purchase the Paper Pumpkin during Sale-a-bration!! 

Sale-a-bration ends March 31st so contact me if you have any questions or concerns about ordering Paper Pumpkin or getting any of the Sale-a-Bration items.

Thank You and Have a beautiful Sunday … Stay safe! 

 

Guest Stamper: Becky S. with Bird Ballad Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to share this card with you today!!  It is the first card I received from my “Send Me a Card” challenge.  I was thrilled to see Becky’s card in the mailbox and more so when I opened it … It is beautiful.

Becky used the Bird Ballad Suite of products …. It’s the perfect card to send someone now while we are all facing this craziness! Stamping calms us while we are creating, and brings joy to those receiving beautiful cards like Becky’s.

Becky used the Laser-cut cards that are encased in a beautiful tin as the base of her card.  The beautiful birds are stamped with the Free As a Bird stamp set which is also included in the bundle.  The touch of lace … also in the suite. 

The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed.

The Bird Ballad Suite Bundle includes
* Free as a Bird Cling Stamp Set (10% off)
* Stitched Nested Labels Dies (10% off)
* Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
* Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin
* Very Vanilla 3/8″ (1 cm) Scalloped Lace Trim
* Bird Ballad Trinkets

Here is the list of supplies used for today’s card … the Bird Ballad Suite and Free As a Bird Bundle both qualify you for Sale-a-bration Freebies!  Sale-a-bration ends in just a few days!

I am so grateful that Becky decided to share her card with us.  This is so much fun … I would love to see what you are all working on while we are “safer at home” … Share your creations!!

Since we are abiding by the “stay at home” / “shelter in place” orders and practicing social distancing if we have to go out … Lets have some fun and get to know each other a little better!! Lets take a break from what’s going on in the world and make a card or two. First of all, crafting is know to reduce stress levels, and I’d like to see what you’ve been up to, so send me your card and I’ll post it on this blog!! Share a little info about the card and maybe about yourself.  Then …

You can send your cards to:

Linda Schnabel   2019 Miller Street  West Bend, WI 53095

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. Hope you enjoyed Becky’s card as much as I did and were inspired to go into your stamp room and start creating!  Don’t forget to send me one!!

Have an awesome day!!  Linda

You’re Always On My Mind Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Here today with a sweet card that I created using the Under My Umbrella Bundle from the Spring Mini Catalog and our March 2020 “No Matter the Weather” Paper Pumpkin.  I knew from the beginning that I wanted to pair up the boots with the Umbrella … I had a choice of the “pink” or the “green” boots that were left over from my other cards.

I choose the pink and combined it with Smoky Slate … so pretty together.  My stripped background paper is actually the inside of the envelope from my Paper Pumpkin kit.  I needed another color to go between my boots and my background so I went with Whisper White … it just seemed to “bright” so I toned it down my using my Aqua Painter to color wash the Smoky Slate and creating a fun background for my boots!

The umbrella was stamped with Smoky Slate onto the left over paper from the envelope, and then punched with the coordinating umbrella punch.  Both of these were popped up onto the die cut piece.  The die cut comes from the Stitched so Sweetly dies.  The greeting sentiment is from the Under My Umbrella stamp set and was stamped with the Smoky Slate and also die cut from the Stitched to Sweetly dies.

Supply List

My pretty little bouquet of flowers you should recognize from the Easter Card I did earlier this week … these and the heart come from the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit.  Both are kissed with a little sparkle from our Wink of Stella pen.  Did you notice the sweet little raindrops?  They also come from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

I love combining the Under my Umbrella bundle with the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit…. it expands the creativity level of the kit and the contents of the kit are so much fun to use with the stamp set and punch.

Thank you for hanging out with me today. Hope this was a little escape for a while and inspires you to hang out in your stamp room.

Stay safe, healthy and have a great day.  Linda