Simply Sunday: Guest Stamper … Jenny F.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a beautiful card to share with you that was stamped by my friend and stampin’ sister Jenny Feider.  Jenny and I joined Stampin’ Up! the same year and were brought into the Stampin’ Up! family by Vicki Towell.  Congratulations Jenny on 19 years with Stampin’ Up!!

Eileen was also a demonstrator so in the early years before Pinterest and Facebook groups we did a lot of traveling together to meetings, stampin’ events and conventions.  So Jenny’s card was to honor Eileen and Jenny … she would have loved it!! Earthy tones and woodsy was right up her alley.

I love that Mossy Meadow came back into the color pallet … when we first started the colors were grouped into families and Eileens favorite was the Earth Elements collection.  Today’s color pallet is …

One of my favorite and techniques from way back is creating your own backgrounds by stamping color on color … it adds so much depth to the card by just simply stamping.  Jenny’s layers create interest and a true focal point … it’s just beautiful.

Thank you Jenny for the beautiful card. And I would like to thank all my stampin’ friends for the messages, emails, phone calls, beautiful cards, and for joining us yesterday to celebrate Eileen’s life.  I will be sharing more of those cards with you … they are beautiful.

Have a simply blessed day and thank you for joining me today.

Heaven Has a New Angel …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First, let me say THANK YOU to the sweet souls who return each day to my blog ❤

On Wednesday morning our good Lord took my sister Eileen home, no more pain, no more struggles … she is free.  I am blessed for having such an amazing sweet soul for a sister, and honored to have called her my best friend.  We parted with no words unspoken, no stone left unturned and we enjoyed so may amazing events (birthdays, babies, road trips, travels) and more “together”.

I thank her loving family for allowing me to “steal her away” from them so much!  Sometimes they laughed because we just saw each other and could still spend 3 hours talking on the phone! Those moments can’t be replaced but are stored in my heart until we meet again.

Right now my tears fall like rain, but I know she is still here with me and when I have finished my chores that the Lord has chosen for me, we will be together again.  She’s safe with my Mom and my sister Ruthie and the rest of our loved ones we have missed dearly.

Thank you for patiently waiting, I will be making cards again soon and sharing them with you because that was one thing that we did together and brought us closer than either of us could have imaged ❤ Another of Gods little blessings.

Three Beautiful Watercolor Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. The heat and humidity keeps me inside which was just fine with me, I have an entire box of goodies to discover from the Holiday catalog and my Catalog Launch party coming up in a week.  So … I’m starting with Halloween and working my way to Christmas. I hope you can join us because this is going to be a big one!!

I also hope you got a chance to visit my blog yesterday and check out the video.  The video showed you our August 2018 Paper Pumpkin and the beautiful watercolor card fronts and stamp set. On that note … Today I’m going to share three alternative projects from this card kit.

My first card I kept very simple yet I wanted to bring out the beautiful colors  in the card by using the Blackberry Bliss for my base and Old Olive to mat the watercolored design ….

It was such a simple way to revise the card.  I stamped the greeting onto the piece of the card I cut off and cut it out with the smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits and attached it with the Stampin’ Dimensionals which are included in the kit!  To finish the card, I used the Wink of Stella to highlight the butterfly on this card … my Mom loved butterflies.

For my second card I wanted to use and highlight the touching and tender verse that was included with the stamp set.  Just loosing my Mom this January, the verse brought tears to my eyes … it shows such gentleness and concern for those suffering such a loss.

To highlight this verse: The Loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind  I used one of the dies from the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies from the Color Your Season promotion going on now. The verse was stamped onto the back of the card that I cut off and then I placed some of the greenery around it to frame it and give it some beautiful dimension.  Next I attached the floral frame using Stampin’ Dimensionals  and adhered the entire front to the Blackberry Bliss back.  I did stamp flowers (from the stamp set inside).

The third card was used because I wanted to use the die cut piece from the second card …

I love that the piece that was cut out also has the stitching (these amazing dies do a double stitch!) and that it lined up perfectly with the front!!  I tucked some of the greenery behind it again and added the twine to it … all included in the kit!  Simple yet elegant.  This Paper Pumpkin kit is one of my favorites … so beautiful and easy to make alternative (but not necessary!)

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Thanks for joining me today. Have a beautiful day ~ 

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Simply Sunday: Sympathies

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How did you like the video I shares with you yesterday of our August Paper Pumpkin kit; Giftable Greetings? Cool right! I think that it is so neat that your actually stamping a gift to give, and it comes with the cutest little gift box!

Today I’m sharing an alternative project … just another idea of what you can do with this kit. Where do I get my ideas? Well this was as close as the box included in the kit!

 

I sponged the edges of the Peek-a-boo Peach flower with Calypso Coral ink … just like the flower on the box (shown). All of the pieces used to create the card came from the kit, including the matching envelope! 

Here is the video if you missed it yesterday …

 

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Thank you for sharing a part of Sunday with me ~

Have yourself a beautiful day!

Simply Sunday: Designer Paper Highlight

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share 3 simple cards that will highlight the Designer Series paper that are currently on Sale … Buy 3 / Get one FREE. Monday Oct.31st is the last day to get in on this deal.

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Because they all have simple layouts, I will not go into detail on the cards… Let’s get you back to your weekend!

My first card is a “Congratulations” card which highlights two patterns from the “By the Shore” Designer paper.  The greeting comes from the “Guy Greetings” stamp set. The Dapper Denim banner under the greeting is actually a piece of the designer paper!

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The simply beautiful sympathy card was created with the “Floral Boutique” Designer paper. One simple sheet of designer paper and a greeting goes a long way. It’s quick and can be either cute or elegant, depending on the paper pattern you choose.

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My last card is bright and colorful and highlights 3 patterns from the “Fruit Stand” Designer paper. I used my Circle Framelits to cut out my greeting and pop it up.  I also cut the cute little flower from the designer paper and popped it up by the greeting. Something so simple really draws the eye to the focal point of the card.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card share. If you did … PLEASE click like on the bottom of the blog or feel free to leave a comment. It helps me when creating for you in the future.

Thanks and have a wonderful day ~

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Tomorrow is not promised …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So … what did you think of the video? I know, a new plate. Once I get mine, I will compare all of the options we have and share what I think works best.

I also told you I would be sharing a card that I would create using the “Flourishing Phrases” and the “Flourish Thinlits” Bundle. It is with deep sorrow that I share this card because I created it for my friends who just lost their only son this weekend. My heart breaks for them … I can’t even imagine.

I used the new “Dapper Denim” and teamed it up the Garden Green … they look really nice together. The Whisper White for the base and the greeting really makes the card pop.

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I ran an extra piece of Dapper Denim & the flower die through the BigShot and then used Crystal Effects on the flower and buds to highlight them.  I’m sorry, I forgot Stampin’ Up! took it out of the catalog. You could use the “Wink of Stella” … that would look really nice and tie in the white even better!

I stamped the background Dapper Denim on Dapper Denim … I think color on color creates magic!

I must admit, I’m having a difficult time writing my blog today. My thoughts are elsewhere. Please send a prayer to my friends Karen and Andy that the good Lord wrap them in his arms and help ease their pain during this difficult time. Thank you so much

If you have any questions about today’s card / post … please comment below and I will get back to you. Again, thank you.

Enjoy today and everyday ~

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New In Colors & Better Together …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared some sweet -n- simple cards that you can make with the new 2016-18 Stampin’ Up! In Colors and the Floral Affection Embossing Folder (set of 2), so today I thought I would “step it up” and create another set of cards using the other image in that set!

I also decided to feature the cardstock more on this card and use it for the base!

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Yesterday’s cards were all made without a greeting, so today I have incorporated the “Better Together” stamp set! 

I love this stamp set because it not only has your greeting but it has verses for the inside as well! On the card below I used the verse that would normally be on the inside and used it at my “greeting” …

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Then, I took the greeting and stamped it on the inside of my card.  There are no rules in stamping so you can do it however you choose!

Now … have you noticed that I have been changing up the ribbon as well? I used it differently on each of the 5 cards!

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Oh yes … all of these greetings come from the same stamp set (and includes the verse for the inside as well). The Sugarplum is the last of my cards … one in each of the new 5 In Colors and each with their own greeting!!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s showcase of cards and that it inspires you create. If you are looking for quick -n- easy cards to create that have a clean, pretty style, than today’s and yesterdays cards are for you.

I’d love to hear what “YOU” think about our new In Colors!  Just comment below 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Have a simply wonderful day!

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Throwback Thursday: Butterflies!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I thought it would be fun to share some cards that I have created for my blog or my stamp clubs from the past. Today we are going back to 2013, and the products that we’ll focus on are still in our annual catalog!

Let’s take a look at butterflies …

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The first is a card we did in my Stampin’ Technique Classes: Emerging Color Technique

  1. We sponged color – in this case, green in the center and turquoise on the rest … let dry.
  2. We then inked up the butterfly image with VersaMark and then embossed with clear embossing powder
  3. Final step of the technique is to brayer black over the entire card front & wipe off excess ink.

The beautiful colors underneath the embossed area now emerges! We then used the butterfly punches (also still available) to accent our card.

 

The second card is quick -n- easy and really cute!

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Our background was created with the “Honeycomb” folder (still available) … the only thing you need to swap out is the designer paper! And that’s not hard because we have so many fabulous designs.

 

My last card share for our Throwback Thursday is ….

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This card also has the “honeycomb” embossing folder and the Bitty Butterfly punch is used. The stamp set is no longer available but my suggestion would be the “Serene Silhouettes” or the “World of Dreams” stamp set… either one could be used in replacing the stamp set on this card.

As you can see, some items are timeless. You can easily create these cards again, and again.  Hope I inspired you to create with your butterfly punches … spring is in the air!

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Thank you for joining me today ~

Have a wonderful day!

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What’s Pink and Black & Pretty all over??

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Oh silly me … yesterday I forgot to add a little something special to my post – a little something on our latest Blog Candy winner / redpt08 iz … Dee Ann from Johnson City, TN   “Congratulations”

I find it exciting to get to know my readers a little better… That’s why I love to hear from you all!  Thank you Dee Ann for contacting me … your “Blog Candy” is on it’s way!

For today I have a great product to share with you! What’s Pink, Black and Pretty all over??

Well it’s the August Paper Pumpkin of course! Watch to see how fun and simple this kit is to put together. I would like to add how beautiful the stamps are in this set … take a close look.

 

Wonder what the surprise will be next month? Well … I can give you a HINT: It’s a cute project that will be perfect for the next upcoming Holiday!! I saw a SNEAK PEEK at Convention and they are just the cutest!

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Please let me know if you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin.

Glad you stopped by today!

Have an good day and a great weekend!!

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The Rose …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am sharing a special card that I created because of the passing of my Aunt. I wanted something simple yet beautiful, and I found that in the “Timeless Elegance” Designer Series Paper. It is so pretty and reminds me of old photographs.

I remembered a technique where they colored on Black & White photos, so I used the Pink Pirouette marker to color only one of the roses. My way of saying she has now entered a most beautiful place, and will be greeted by all our loved ones who journeyed there before her.

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I used the shading on the paper to make my pink a little deeper, just color over that area several times until you get the desired shade.

The base of my card is Basic Gray and then the Pink Pirouette to pull out the color of the rose. I also layered a pop of Basic Black to really draw the eye to the card.

My greeting (sending sympathy and prayers…) comes from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set and has a sweet sentiment for the inside (to heal your heart).

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I carried the Pink Pirouette to the inside of the card and then used Very Vanilla, it coordinates with the “Timeless Elegance” designer series paper.

You could color all the flowers in and stamp a Happy Birthday greeting on it.  I think this paper is so pretty and very, very versatile!

I have included a list of ingredients at the bottom so you can view the items separately or go to my on-line store.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Take good care ~

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Simply Sunday … Sending Loving Thoughts

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope this post finds you enjoying a beautiful weekend. After many days of rain, it was so nice to see the sun again.

Today I have a card for you where I have combined two simple techniques to create one beautiful card. I began with masking off a section of my card and sponging Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon into that area.

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Before peeling up the mask, I added the Bokeh technique … to create the background. Then I peeled off the mask and stamped the Serene Silhouettes over it using the Memento Ink Pad.

To complete my card I added a simple greeting from the Love & Sympathy stamp set.

The techniques of masking (with sponging) and Bokeh are simple to do and together they create a stunning focal point for your card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I have posted a list of ingredients below for your shopping convenience … just click on any of the items for details or to start your shopping.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~

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Spotlighting Sympathy cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared a “Wedding Card” with you, today I share a “Sympathy Card” … two stages of life that we go through and make cards to show our friends and loved ones that we care.

I wanted to create something simple because I find it very difficult to sit down and stamp a sympathy card when I need one, so I tend to turn to my designer paper. With all the beautiful designer papers we have, it’s not hard to find one that fits the occasion we need.

I chose the new “Adventure Bound” Designer Series Paper Stack found in the Occasions Catalog. Last time I used this paper I simply stamped my image directly onto the paper and mounted it onto the cardstock, however today I wanted to take it up a notch so I decided to do a “Spotlight”.

To create a “Spotlight” on my card I used the “Square Framelit Die” and I lined it up to the corner of the sun on my paper …

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Once I cut out my square, I mounted it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock. Now I was ready to mount my spotlight onto the base of my card. The card base is Almost Artichoke and I used some black cardstock behind the paper to make it stand out more.

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The spotlight was mounted using the Stampin’ Dimensionals to add dimension too …

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I then stamped my salutation of “With Sympathy” from the “Bloom with Hope” stamp set. Please note that this is a Hostess stamp set and is not for sale but available as an exclusive stamp set when you place or host a qualifying stamping order or party. Contact me with any questions you may have.

I used Whisper White craft ink and the White embossing powder for my greeting … the combination of the two really makes it stand out so much more.

I took the piece of paper that I cut off of my designer paper and placed it on the inside to create a feeling of harmony on the card. The inside words also come from “Bloom with Hope” and were stamped with Black StazOn™ … my favorite black ink! I love that it’s a true black.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s card and take some time to create a few “Spotlight” cards of your own. I have always liked this technique when stamping, now I love that it works so well using these fabulous designer papers too. I didn’t have the heart to cover this one up with anything.

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Thanks for coming by today …

Have a great Saturday!

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Mossy Meadow Sympathy Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m back … I took a little break on Friday the 13th!  Today, I would like to share with you a card that I cased from a fellow demonstrator that I found on Pinterest.

Here is the card that inspired me.  It was created by  “Rachel Tessman” …

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I loved the simplicity of her card.  As I’ve always said … sometimes less is more.  I wanted to share Rachel’s card with you, so you could see where my inspiration came from, and to give her credit for the original design.

Because I was using this card for my “Kick-Off Party” … I wanted to showcase the new In-color “Mossy Meadow” and chose to mat the stamped image with the Mossy Meadow cardstock.

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The image is from the Hostess stamp set … Bloom with Hope”.  I used StazOn to stamp the image, and then colored it in with the ink pad and Blender Pen.

I love texture, so I decided to add a subtle touch with the “Woodgrain” embossing folder and white on white cardstock.

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Both cards are beautiful, and you can clearly see I was inspired by Rachel’s card.  There is a lot of “casing” in the stamping world (CASE … Copy And Share Everything).

I hope Rachel and I inspired you today!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Simple Sympathy Cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I introduced you to the “Simply Fabulous” Simply Sent Card Kit.  As you know, the retirement list went live last Monday and many of the items are already SOLD OUT.  Wow … they go fast!  As far as I know, the items shared today are still available, however the “are” on the retiring list so if you love them, get them soon.

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We all know it’s hard enough to come up with a card when your in a hurry, but even harder when you or someone you care about has just suffered the loss of a loved one.   It’s so hard for me at that time to create a card, so I took yesterday’s solution using the Simply Sent card kits for quick cards, and added to it …

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I think this kit works beautifully for sympathy cards, and you can make up a couple of them right away so you won’t have to do it during that time of need.

I paired up the “Simply Fabulous” Simply Sent Card Kit with the “Thoughts and Prayers” stamp set.  I am happy to say that the Thoughts and Prayers is not on the retiring list.

I wanted to add some subtle color so I used the Pistachio Pudding both to back the lazer cut paper and the flowers.  The flowers were punched using the “Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack” – also on the retiring list.

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I used the “Glue Dots” to attached the punched flowers.  The pretty little gems come in the card kit, as do the envelopes.  Click on the link below to view the kit.

Our card kits are beautiful they way they are, as you saw yesterday, or you can easily change them to any occasion you need.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Have a wonderful week ~

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Sending Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today my card share is from one of the most requested card classes I receive… sympathy cards.   Usually when we go to our stamping spots to create, we are happy and make fun birthday cards for friends and family.

It seems to me that when you need a sympathy card, that is the last thing you want to do … so I am going to help out in 2 ways today.  First, my card share and then to invite you to an upcoming card class designed around those occasions when our hearts are just not into stamping … My “Open Hearts Class”.

Just remember, even though it’s a difficult time, the card you make to cheer someone up when they’re sick or comfort someone who’s lost a loved one – those cards forever touch their hearts.

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I began with the “Blessed Easter” stamps (comes in wood only) and just omitted the Easter greeting.  I did this by the “Direct to Rubber” technique, using markers to color the image.

The colors I chose were Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi.  I then used the “Blender Pen” to pull color off my marker tip, and add it to the card, creating a watercolor look to the flower.

My salutation (greeting) comes from the “Love & Sympathy” stamp set found on page 68 of our catalog.  To add a touch of texture to the card, I used the “Flower Garden” embossing folder.  It’s very subtle but it added a nice touch to the card.

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Simplicity is key… for those making the card and those who receive it … just a heartfelt note to let them know you are thinking of them and that you care.

I will be posting my “Open Hearts Class” on my website www.lindaluvs.stampinup.net  I will post full details including class details and time.  Date for this class will be Monday, February 24th.  Mark your calendar and save the date!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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