Fun Background with Gone Fishing Bundle

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have and cards for you showcasing a FUN Background using the Gone Fishing Bundle and the Lets Go Fishing Designer Series paper. You’ll see though watching the video how easy it is to create this fun background, along with some tips and I share my “discovery” of what other bundle works GREAT with the NEW Gone Fishing Bundle.

Let’s watch, then I’ll share the cards again with you …

So easy to make this fun background with scrap paper … and just think of all the different occasions you can create for!! The dimensions are in the video and I leave them up for a while so you can easily write them down as well.

This is the one that I create during the video … don’t forget, there is a coordinating die for that fish!! lol I have just fallen in love with this suite. Watch for more!!

Background is the same on this next card … a little different as far as paper strips but I used the dies from the “All That” dies to create an award ribbon to show Dad that he’s the best.

So … who is going to try this out? Or have you already. I do have another card with this pattern but with different designer paper .. WOW! It’s a whole different look. I will share that with you tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping in and sittin’ a spell. Enjoy your Wednesday!!

Accordion Fun Fold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing the Accordion Fun Fold from the replay VIDEO of last nights Facebook LIVE … You are going to love seeing all the cute swap cards from retreat and the one that inspired me to create the two cards I made for you.

I’m using the NEW Countryside Inn Designer Paper and dies from the suite. The greetings come from the Wonderful Thoughts stamp set. Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join me for this short video … you’ll be amazed at how easy the Accordion Fold card is to make.


  • Night of Navy Base: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Designer Paper: 12″ x 5-1/4″ Scored at 2″ – 5″ – and 8″
  • Basic White (Inside) 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Plus you will need a piece of Night of Navy and Basic White to Die Cut your Greeting
  • Balmy Blue (Inside – 1st Flap) 5″ x 1-3/4″

I hope that I with the help of my video inspires you to grab some of that beautiful designer paper you have and try out this FUN FOLD card today. I’m adding the list of ingredients below, if you like what you saw (like that amazing sentiment set) you can click on that item and shop at my store … it will be sent directly to you.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my video today.

Enjoy your day ~

Just a Note to say …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A new week ahead, so Just a Note to say Happy Monday to you! Today I’d like to share another card from the Wonderful World bundle. The layers truly highlight the beauty of this flower. We begin with a Basic White base and a Basic White mat that is embossed with the Fern 3D folder … this adds a nice touch of texture to the card.

Our next layer is the Wonderful World Designer Series paper which is attached directly to the embossed cardstock. Next we’ll ink up the stamp using a sponge dauber and Rich Razzleberry for the flower and the Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write marker to add color to the stem and stamp onto Basic White cardstock. Secure to a Rich Razzleberry mat.

Stamp greeting on white carstock and die cut with smallest tag die. Wrap silver cord twice around matted image and thread tag on, then tie a bow. Adhere to card with dimensionals. Finish off your card by adding silver pearls to the designer paper.

If you would like a PDF of this card with photo, dimensions and full instructions … just leave a comment below and I will send it out to you.

Thank you for joining me this Monday. Have an amazing day!

Here is a list of ingredients to make today’s card ….

Simply Sunday: Stamp & Die Organization

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a special post, I want to show you an amazing tip for organizing the Charming Sentiments bundle. Wow … this will really make your life easier, and it’s sooo simple!

There are many dies for the sentiments and this QUICK TIP will get you stamping much quicker and without the frustration of trying to match up these dies to your stamped images. Take a look at my video ….

WOW … how easy is that!? Now you will know exactly which dies coordinate with the sentiment you just stamped. I use StazOn ink because it’s permanent ink and its such a rich black color … it should not wear off, were as a lighter color might. With just a little preparation in the beginning … stamping and die cutting these will be a breeze.

I only take one image/die at a time. This way, they go back onto the die card the way they were on it. If you use a magnetic sheet for your dies, simply cover one side with cardstock and then you can begin stamping the sentiments on that … it will work just the same.

I love this quick tip, it has saved me so much time when making my cards, it’s no longer a drawn out match-fest, it is quick and easy to find the coordinating pieces …

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit … I hope you have a beautiful day.

The Beauty of Watercoloring

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

And welcome to my blog as we take a look at the Beauty of Watercoloring today. I would like to share the replay of my Facebook LIVE that shows you step by step how to create 4 different Watercolor Wash backgrounds. With that I will share the cards I created with those backgrounds. Here is the video ….

Here is the card I shared in the video from the first background I created. This technique reflects the Ombre look as the color fades from dark to light. I used the Splendid Stems dies to frame my greeting… and you all know how I love my greetings!!

If you would like more information about this card CLICK HERE to view the original post.

The second card highlights the dual color watercolor wash where you start one color from the top and the second from the bottom and let them meet in the middle … gives you a brand new color there!

The third card is a blending of multiple colors! If you’re not sure what colors go together … let nature be your guide! Here I used the colors of an early sunset, when the skies are pink and blue with a few shades of purple. I framed part of the background and used it for my moon!

If you want to read more about this card CLICK HERE for more information.

The fourth card I made had multiple colors and I added Sea Salt which pulled up some of the color which created some “spots”. This time I die cut my background … this technique is not just for backgrounds but can be used in many ways!

Full details for my butterfly card can be found HERE.

I want to thank you for joining me today on my blog … and invite you to join me tonight for my Facebook LIVE where I will be showing you an easy & beautiful technique watercoloring heat embossing images.

Take good care ~

Here is a list of the ingredients that I used for one or both of the cards. Remember, every $50 purchased, is rewarded with a exclusive Sale-a-bration item.

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

Welcome to my blog and to today’s Watercolor Wash Backgrounds post where I will share some great tips for easy watercolored backgrounds. I’m using the Wet on Wet technique with our everyday ink pads!! You are going to marvel at how easy this is, and what amazing results you get!

I will have last nights replay of my Facebook LIVE to share with you, along with two cards created with our watercolor backgrounds.

Don’t you just love how easy that was … just a few simple tips:

  • Keep your watercolor paper wet (nice sheen) but NO puddles.
  • Have your colors ready and some water to clean your brush.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Here is the card I shared in the video. I used the Splendid Stems dies to frame my greeting… and you all know how I love my greetings!!

The measurements for both cards are the same except the double color card has and extra mat. The base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ with a Starry Sky front (4″ x 5-1/4″) that was embossed with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. The watercolor paper is 4″ x 3″ so the mat is 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

The greeting comes from the Flowering Tulip stamp set and is stamped in Starry Sky and die cut with the layering circles die. The greeting is adorn with the die cut leaves from the Splendid Thoughts Bundle and the card was completed by embellishing it with the Iridescent Rhinestones.

My next card highlights the dual color watercolor wash …

I used the Melon Mango and Calypso Coral inks. Measurements for the card are the same as above except for the second mat of Flirty Flamingo which measures 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. The palm tree and the fun border are both die cut using dies from the Palms dies.

The greeting is stamped directly onto the watercolor paper. This card is more stunning in person, the colors are much more brilliant. This card was so simple and easy to create!

I want to thank you for joining me today on my blog … I hope you enjoyed the video and the samples. I will be back tomorrow with another of of the backgrounds we created.

Take good care ~

Here is a list of the ingredients that I used for one or both of the cards. Remember, every $50 purchased, is rewarded with a exclusive Sale-a-bration item.

Stampin’ Blends Tutorial

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share the Facebook Live that I did last night demonstrating the Stampin’ Blends coloring technique. I used the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set …

This is a “Facebook Live” so you are going to hear me talking to the viewers as they arrive. I’ve also shared some tips and more. Pardon the wiggle, this was my first LIVE Video (still learning) I will be finding a more stable holder for my phone!

I hope you enjoyed, and I really hope that you learned a little more about our Stampin’ Blends and how easy they are to use. I really do believe that the large flower in the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle is the perfect image to practice on…. besides, it’s a beautiful bundle!

I will be back tomorrow to share another card from the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle using more of the dies!! Until then, have yourself a sunshiny day!

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

My “Watercolor Lifting” Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It is Thursday and it’s a good day (because it’s my Friday!) I have off of my other job Friday, Saturday and Sunday! I have a Stampin’ Club on Saturday morning and then Andrea’s Stampin’ Party that afternoon and I’m so excited to share my love of stamping with them.

Today I’m going to share my card that I created using the “Watercolor Lifting” technique that I shared via video with you yesterday. I’m going to share a couple extra pictures to show you how I did it … This is my first card with this technique!!

Let’s begin with the preparation … I started with Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant Ink Pads. I used the Shimmery White cardstock because I thought it would emboss better than the watercolor paper (because my design on the stamp set was very fine) and my Aqua painter!

You will notice that I pushed my pads together to get some ink in the lids … if you don’t like this method, you could put a few drops of re-inker in the lid or another container. Either way … I generally clean out the cover before storing them.

Grab your Aqua Painter and lets have some fun!  This is so easy and looks so cool …

I put some notes on my pictures as well … in case you would like to print them out and make a tutorial. I held the sides down with a little washi tape.

I made sure to Aqua Painter had plenty of water and the tip was wet, then I picked up my first color (Melon Mambo) and began brushing it across my cardstock.  When I started my second color, I went over the first color a little so it blended nicely.

Once you get it to look the way you want (I like it a little on the dark side, remember … you will be removing some of this color).  Make sure your cardstock is totally dried. You do not want any moisture, the embossing powder will stick and you will have a mess!

Once DRY … rub your embossing buddy across the cardstock so you don’t get any flecks of additional powder on your project…. this is just a good habit to get into if your love to emboss.  I used VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder (don’t over heat).

Now that your embossing is done … you’re ready for the Watercolor Lift! Take your Aqua Painter and spread a layer of water over your project … use a paper towel to begin “LIFTING” the color back up ….

What you will get is pretty pops of color where you embossed with a beautiful watercolor background!  I love this technique and it is so easy to do. This was my very first time doing it and here is my card …

I wanted to highlight the beautiful technique on this card so it is the focal point and I popped some black behind it so it really stands out on the card.

I used the floral pattern from the “Wood Words” stamp set on page 159 of our Annual catalog and I just stamped it all over the cardstock.  The greeting comes from the “Picture Perfect Birthday” stamp set which is on page 5 of our Occasions Catalog.

I know there was a lot to read through today but I hope you understand the steps to create your own Watercolor Lift Cards.

Just think … you can do this is any color combination, including a rainbow!! Why not have some fun, pick your favorite colors and give it a try!

Thank you so much for coming back today to check out my card.

Have a great Thursday … and I hope it feels like a Friday for you too.

See you tomorrow ~




Wonders of Watercoloring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

You’ve heard me talk a lot about the Aqua Painters, especially when working with the new Brusho Crystal Colour so today I’d like to share a video that shows more ways to use the Aqua Painter!

You’ll see two of our favorite products are the Aqua Painter and the Blender Pen. Both tools are used for watercoloring, or in other words, they both make you feel like a professional artist.


I will also share a video on our Watercolor Pencils … this way to can get a better look at what Watercolor technique works best for you. If you want a hands on try out … attend my Watercolor Technique class. Dates will be posted this weekend.

I use all of the products shown here today, they all have many different uses and also work beautifully together!

Remember to stop by again this weekend to a full list of Upcoming Classes and each day to see what else I have for you!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to visit.

Have a wonderful day  ~


Supply List

Here is a cute card from Stampin’ Up!
that shows the Watercolor Wash Background and the Splatter!


March Madness Sale-a-bration Celebration

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I want to invite you to my March Madness Sale-a-bration Celebration! It starts today!

Beginning today, Monday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 29th … I’ll be featuring a card a day that highlights our favorites from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs here on my blog Linda’s Stampin’ Escape.

The celebration is you will get to choose 5 or all of these cards for FREE as my gift to you, for your qualifying purchase before shipping & handling. The madness is “how are you going to choose?”

Here’s the deal …

$50 Order: Choose 5 of your favorite cards featured plus a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!

$100 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items!!

$150 Order: Get ALL 10 Cards plus 3 FREE Sale-a-bration items AND Hostess Dollars!!!

Each card comes with full instructions and dimensions to make the cards you have chosen.

Now is the best time to order, before Sale-a-bration is over!  Get those items you need and want plus get the awesome cards and the Sale-a-bration items!!

You may place your order on-line or directly through me … either way will work for this great promotion.  Don’t let March Madness pass you by, get your goodies now!   You will have until March 30th to place your order and let me know which cards you want.

 Here is today’s featured card …

Today’s card begins with the “Window Shopping Bundle” … you can find this on page 43 of the Occasions Catalog, and highlights the beautiful new Glimmer Paper you can get for FREE in our Sale-a-bration Catalog.

The card front is cut a bit shorter to create a different look for your card, and the colors featured here are Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Basic Black. The die cut candle piece are part of the bundle.

Don’t forget, you may place your order on-line or directly through me … either way will work for this great promotion.  Don’t let March Madness pass you by, get your goodies now!   You will have until March 30th to place your order and let me know which cards you want.

Let me know if you have any questions on my March Madness Sale-a-bration Celebration. Be sure to stop back …Card 2 will be posted tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by ~


Birthday’s & Balloon Adventures …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Tuesday to you!  Today I’m going to share with you a video of a great new product that was introduced in the Occasions catalog, the Balloon pop up die …

Watch Stampin’ Up! trainer, Brandi, give some tips and tricks on using the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits.

I love learning all the tips and extra things you can do with a product before you purchase, that’s why I love to share these videos with you.  If you want “hands-on” …. invite me and some friends over and let’s have a Stampin’ Party. 

Now is a great time to host a stamp party, it’s Sale-a-bration – You and your guests can earn FREE products! Maybe we can even get you this bundle for FREE too!

Let me know if you have any questions with the products shown here today, or would like to host a stampin’ party!  Stop back tomorrow and see what I’ve come up with using this fun product suite.

Thanks for checking it out, see you tomorrow.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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I’m back with tips & a beautiful fall card!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thank you for your patience! I had several unexpected visitors yesterday … pleasant visitors. First my granddaughter brought over my great-grandson to visit, then my oldest daughter came over with my grandson … don’t get to see them much so it was pure pleasure!

Onto my tips for stamping with the “Thoughtful Branches” stamp set!

First, I want to show you the “tips” or “tabs” or “notches” that are on your stamps and die …


These are here to help you position your images. They should be used at the “top” when stamping and cutting. You will also notice an indent in the bottom image / die – this also helps in the alignment, especially when you place the die over your stamped image.

Next, when I stamp large images, I like to flip my block over and ink from the top. This gives you much more control when inking, especially with the new ink pads and you can see if the entire image is inked up.


I like to tell my stampers … “Show it who the boss is!”

Now we are going to create a two-tone image. Stamp your image with the “tip / tab” to the top of your cardstock. Then pick it up and turn it slightly to the right (without re-inking) and stamp again.



This created a beautiful two-tone effect, and by moving the stamp to the right, it creates a wonderful layering effect that gives your card the illusion of dimension, just by stamping.


You can also create multiple colors …

Once your first color is stamped, clean, ink with new color and slightly turn your block/stamp to the right, then stamp image, and repeat with a different color. Each time you stamp a new color … you will move the block/stamp to the right each time. For example (if using the numbers on a clock) Your first color would be at 12 o’clock … the tab to the top, the second color somewhere between the 1 and 2, and the third color at 3.


Once you begin using the stamp, you will see how easy it is to arrange your stamp to create this multi-color effect.

Now … just add some cardstock and a bit of ribbon (SNEAK PEEK from the Holiday Catalog) and you have created a beautiful card!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions on this technique please leave me a message below or you can reach me by e-mail … just click the link at the top right of this page.

Thank you so much for stopping back again.

Have a beautiful weekend!




Simply Sunday: Congratulations

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

We have now entered that time of year when “Congratulations” cards are a hot commodity! Graduations, anniversaries, weddings … even job promotions … these are all events that we need cards for so today I’d like to help you out by sharing a simple yet pretty card for such an occasion.


I chose Black & Gold because it can be used for any of the occasions I mentioned and it’s super simple to make. I’m using the new “Pop of Pink” Designer Washi Tape and the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Words are powerful. This set has the words you need for all occasions: thank you, congratulations, thinking of love, love you. Lift up your friends, send good thoughts to your family. I love this set!!

You will also need Whisper White, Basic Black cardstocks and our Gold Foil Sheets, plus one little scrap piece of vellum for the Bitty Butterfly!


I added the new “”Metallic Enamel Shapes” for the body of my butterfly and to finish off the rest of the card. They are cute and really match up nicely with the foil sheets. (Both come in Silver and Gold)

Don’t you think this makes a great “Congratulations” card … and so simple! A little Washi Tape, a little stamping, punch a couple butterflies and your done.

Now … Yesterday I promised to share a few other cards that we have done in our stamping clubs.



Our clubs meet 1 day a month. Each group has a minimum of 6 and a max of 10 participants.

There is no cost for your projects, however each participant is required to spend a certain amount each month … that amount depends on the amount of people. This is done so each of our participants gets to take a turn “hosting” … this only means “YOU” get the hostess benefits (free stamps and / or accessories). 


It is a commitment that you make to participate for the entire “club year” … 10 months. It goes by so fast, it’s kind of sad when we break for summer! So let me know if your thinking about joining us this fall.  Seats fill up fast!

Thank you for sharing a piece of your Sunday with me.

I hope you have a wonderful day ~


Today’s “Congratulations Card” Stamping Supply List …


Masking Tutorial and Blog Candy WINNER!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry for the wait … I know you are anxious to see who one the Blog Candy.  Let me just say a quick “Thank You” to all of you for participating and sharing your comments! If you liked the sneak peek, you are going to LOVE the new catalog!

Congratulations to our Blog Candy Winner ….

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Now I would like to share the front of our Tunnel Card with you and the Masking Technique. Very simple to do, but it leaves an awesome impression! First I’ll refresh your memory with the dimensions of the cardstock we used …








Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me today.  Stop back tomorrow, I will be showing you the additional cards I did using the Tunnel Card technique! I know you’ve been waiting to see them.

Have a wonderful day ~


Tunnel Card Tutorial

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Middle of the week … closer to the weekend!! Hope you are having a good day!

Today I’m going to show your the steps I took to create the Tunnel card that I shared with you on Sunday …


I will start from the beginning which includes the dimensions of the cardstock I used.


Tunnel Card Tutorial








I will share the “how to” create the masked front tomorrow along with some additional samples.

See you then …

Thanks for visiting me today!