Oh the Things We Can Do with Designer Paper!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~ Happy April 1st!! No Foolin’ … today I’m going to share all the different ways we have used the True Love Designer Series paper!

Let’s begin with one you may have forgot about; Using Scraps to Create a beautiful card. This super simple technique creates a fun pattern …. just add a greeting! Oh yes, and I added the Daisy Punch too.

The next up is the soft and pretty effect you get when you use your blending brushes to color the black and white images. I did add a little color from my Stampin’ Blends for the leaves, but I love how the brushed on color “goes out of the lines” to create a beautiful softness to the True Love Designer Paper.

If you prefer the “clean” look … I have the pattern colored strickly with the Stampin’ Blend Markers. Same pattern … Same color … I just wanted to show how different these two techniques look on your designer paper.

One of my favorites, and not something we normally don’t think to do: COLOR THE BACKGROUND. I was amazed the first time I saw someone do this technique … who would have thought!? I’m just glad they did, and shared it. Coloring the background just really made our pretty flowers pop off the page.

I have some fun with this one! Not only did I color the back ground, I did the flowers as well. This time though, I used my “Sponge Daubers” to add color to my flowers. They are smaller that the brush heads so you can get a little more precise with your ink placement. Both techniques add soft color your paper.

And …. yesterday’s card, where I showed you how to create an Ombre effect on your Black & White True Love Designer paper! I love all the options you have when working with a designer paper in Black and White … and your color pallet is limitless!! You can create “any” color designer paper now … and it’s FUN!!

I know there are more techniques we can do … how about a soft watercoloring, or bring out your Watercolor Pencils and Blender pen!! The possibilities are endless. The True Love Designer Paper “IS” on the Retiring List … so if you like it, don’t wait … it here only while supplies last.

Thanks for hanging out with me as we revisited some of the great techniques you can do with this special paper!

Have yourself a fun & creative day ~

Two 4 Tuesday: Plus Tips for Coloring Designer Paper!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh yes … you’ve read that right, we are coloring our designer paper. I picked another pattern from the pretty “True Love Designer Series Paper”- (Retiring). You will be amazed at how simple this is to do, and what a stunning result you will achieve!! I picked the beautiful Soft Seafoam Stampin’ Blend and coordinating cardstock for my first card.

I used the “Light” Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blend to color the “background” … not the flowers!! Wow … what a difference that makes on your paper and look how it makes those beautiful white flowers pop off the page!

  • The Designer paper strip is 2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic Black Mat 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic White background 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Soft Sea Foam 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (Score at 4-1/4″)

Look what happens when you add some Wink of Stella to the flowers (I left one without Stella so you could see the difference it makes) ….

The white background was stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink, and I chose a sentiment from the embossed with the Enjoy the Moment Stamp Set found in the Mini Catalog. Once stamped, I embossed it with the Subtle 3-D Embossing Folder.

For my second card, I colored the background using the “Light” Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend. Then … I used my Sponge Daubers to add “Blushing Bride” to the flowers and “Pear Pizzazz” to the leaves. Combining the colored background and then adding a touch of color really creates a stylish color design …

My Blushing Bride cardbase front was embossed with the Subtle 3-D Embossing Folder. I then layered my colored designer paper onto my “off center” Basic Black mat … I set the black off to really make a statement on this card … the greeting acts as the focal point.

  • Blushing Bride: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (Scored at 4-1/4″)
  • True Love Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Basic Black Mat: 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″

Then I just used scrap pieces to stamp my greeting and die cut it with the Stitched Framelits Dies, and the black mat from the Layered Circle Dies.

You can see how I off set the Basic Black mat from the colored Designer paper. I was going to add embellishments but it just didn’t need them!

Thanks for joining me today …. don’t forget to wacth Facebook LIVE tonight at 6:30. CLICK HERE for the link to my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page.

Have a beautiful day ~

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Creative Coloring: Stampin’ Blends

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another of my coloring techniques to share with the pretty “True Love Designer Series Paper”- (Retiring). I’ll refresh you with yesterday’s card and then share a new one with you. This fun designer paper is perfect for a variety of coloring techniques … it’s black & white!!

I am going to share today’s technique using the same designer paper pattern as I did yesterday. I want you to see the difference you get when using different techniques.

I’m using the Stampin’ Blends to color my designer paper today … don’t you just love coloring! I find it very relaxing and the Stampin’ Blends allow you to blend colors effortlessly and get such beautiful vivid colors….

Instead of the soft background that was created yesterday using the Blending Brushes, the control of the Stampin’ Blends leaves your background clean and open … so cool. For my greeting I used the “Free as a Bird” stamp set again.

I cut down my designer paper to 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and matted it with Basic Black measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. This was popped up after I laid a 1-1/2″ x 5″ strip of the “True Love Designer Series Paper” … just another pattern.

Thanks for checking back today, don’t forget to put my Facebook LIVE on your schedule for Tuesday Night at 6:30.

Have a great 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

Simply Sunday: Creative Coloring

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my the weekends go fast, don’t they! Hope you’ve been doing something fun, creative … or just enjoying spring coming. I have been playing with different coloring techniques and such with the pretty “True Love Designer Series Paper”- (Retiring). So for the next couple of days I will be sharing these creations and then on Tuesday, the designer paper will be highlighted when I demonstrate a “FUN FOLD” on my Facebook LIVE at 6:30. I hope you follow along!

This fun designer paper is perfect for a variety of coloring techniques … it’s black & white!! Today I’m keeping it quick and simple by just applying color with our Blending Brushes … did I say “quick”!!

This pattern is so pretty and easy to use the blending brushes because the flowers are bigger than some of the other floral patterns in the pack. On these flowers I actually started in the center and worked my way out in a circular motion.

I did just a little for the green … I kind of stroked the color on the single ones and then I went back in with the coordinating Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend to create a more detailed leaf.

The background has a soft pattern which created a textured look … so cool. I did my greeting using the “Free as a Bird” stamp set. It was punched with the Double Oval punch which is currently in the Mini Catalog.

To highlight my greeting, I added a layering of the Bumble Bee Ribbon (retiring) … it’s so simple to do; I just fill the back of the greeting with adhesive and then just lay the ribbon down. I use dimensionals then to help hold the ribbon and to pop it up.

What do you think … Do you like the addition of Wink of Stella to the card?? The first two pictures were taken without Stella!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s simple color creation, and join me daily to see additional coloring techniques with this paper … and don’t forget to head to my Facebook page on Tuesday for my LIVE presentation using a fab Fun Fold!!

Thanks for stopping in to visit today …

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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

Hello Magnolia!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

If you are lovin’ the Magnolia Lane Suite, then today’s card is going to dazzle you!!  Just like you, I head to pinterest if I need a little inspiration and with my busy work schedule lately that is right where I went when I was planning my Magnolia Card Class. It may have been storming outside but we were safe inside with out Magnolia Lane Suite and flowery treats!

Today’s card was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest from “Cheri’s Cards” but I put a big ole’ twist to make it my own … that’s where the “dazzle” comes from!

The base comes from the ___ which is included in the suite. I added some of the “Sprarkly” Shimmer paper to highlight the focal point which is our magnolia.  The magnolia was stamped with White Craft Ink on our Vellum Cardstock and heat embossed with the White Embossing powder.

Once the embossing is complete ~ it’s time to color!  I used the Stampin’ Blends because well … they blend so nice. I really wanted the colors to POP so I chose the Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green, these colors really go together nicely.  Flip OVER your embossed paper because you will be coloring on the backside. We started with the flamingo and brushed the color on from the bottom of the petals and went about half way up, then added a little more to the base (bottom) of the petal to create a darker look.

Then came the leaves … with a stroke of the Dark Granny Apple Green up the center and then finished it off with the Light. It dries pretty quick, so you can now flip it back over to the front where you can feel the raised embossed area.  We will also add a little color on this side … add just a touch more of the Flirty Flamingo to the base of the petals, creating even more depth. Then we add some Daffodil Delight onto the center of our Magnolia.  Time to pull out the framelit die and cut it out.

To finish off our card, we stamped the greeting “Hello” from the stamp set as well, in Flirty Flamingo and backed it with Silver Foil … this brings out the silver imagery on the card base! We also added some of the twine that is in the duo ribbon pack included in your product suite!  It doesn’t take much to create amazing cards with Magnolia Lane product suite …. there are so many fun and interesting elements included in the suite.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me, I will be back tomorrow with another Magnolia Lane card share.

Have a beautiful day ~



I’M BACK!! With the Graceful Glass Suite!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back and bustin’ at the seams with idea’s to share with you!! I’ve finally figured out what was wrong with my computer and got it fixed … and meanwhile my new stamping goodies came in and I’ve been playing like crazy!!

Today I’d like to share one of the cards that my club members got to make this month. We were using the new Graceful Glass Suite.  I am totally in love with this suite and if you like to color this one will satisfy your needs!!

I began with this cute circle pattern and colored it in with the Bermuda Bay duo, which paired well with the Tranquil Tide cardstock. I highlighted the design, creating a focal point by encasing it within the white frame. The circle was cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits and then added a black mat behind it.

To make our beautiful coloring job “pop” … we added the Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. It’s a little hard to capture with the camera but the eye is not disappointed when looking at this card.

The greeting was stamped in the lower right-hand corner of the card in the coordinating Tranquil Tide ink.  The ribbon accent is from last years ribbon (not available anymore) but you could easily substitute the new Tranquil Tide ribbon or even some cardstock!

I’m so glad to be back and sharing my creations with you! Thanks for stopping by today.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday creations.


Totally Techniques … “Beautiful You”

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share a card with you from my March Technique Club… it’s totally full of fun techniques. 

Here is the third and last card from my Creating Backgrounds Class using the  “Beautiful You” stamp set.  I begin with the “Delicate Details” stamp set that is in our Sale-a-bration catalog.  I aligned the stamps by laying the large block onto the Grid Paper – that way I was sure they were all straight.

Then it’s inked up with the VersaMark ink … you’ll have to stamp twice because the stamps are spaced closer together.  Once your cardfront is stamped you emboss with CLEAR embossing powder. We are doing the “Emboss Resist” technique.

For the color … I’m also incorporating the “Ombre” technique. The colors are Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo.  I used a Sponge Dauber to apply my ink. (this works best when you start “off” your cardstock and work your way into the card. Blending of these colors is easy and very pretty.

For our lady … she was stamped with the Momento Ink and then colored with the Wink of Stella pen and Bermuda Bay ink refill.  This marvelous pen works just similar to the Aquapainter but with sparkle is included!!  If you have the “clear” pen, like I used here” … you can create as many colors as you have ink refills.  Love this!!  No need to go out and buy different colored Wink of Stella pens, by using the Stampin’ Up! ink refill, you have the perfect way to add that coordinating sparkle ❤ 

Here’s a tip … you could also use the Watercolor Pencils to color your image and then go over it with the Wink of Stella.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, hope your day is a good one.

If you purchase the “Beautiful You” stamp set along with the Wink of Stella and the Watercolor Pencils – you can get the “Delicate Details” stamp set for FREE! Purchase any combination of products below and receive the trio of cards when your qualify for our Sale-a-bration item!  Click on the images below! 



Birthday Bliss in Blackberry

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I held my summer party with my Star’s by Design group yesterday.  We had a great time!  I will be sharing some of our day with you throughout the next couple of days … I have some really cute cards to share!

Friday I shared a quick and easy card with you and said I wanted to show you another card using the “Park Lane” designer paper … I’ll show you that today too!

Each summer and Christmas I host a special party for my Star’s, and our group met yesterday.  We had a great time sharing ideas, stamping, laughing, more stamping, and then went out for lunch.

This is the cute gift bag that each of my Star’s received when they arrived.  The bags are from the February Paper Pumpkin kits … they are so cute!  I personalized everyone’s bag with their names.  Inside their bags they each got the NEW “Hearts & Star’s” decorative mats.   Ahhh …. what else would I give my Star’s but stars!  🙂


We talked about the Paper Pumpkin and the girls got to make a treat bag with the June “Pinwheel” Paper Pumpkin.  They also created a couple cards using the “Reflection / Mirror Image” technique.  I’ll share more with you tomorrow.

Now I’d like to share with you a special birthday card I made with the “Park Lane” designer series paper.  I picked the Blackberry Bliss paper this time.  The floral pattern is the same as Friday’s card but the color “really” changes the look.


I stamped the flower from the Hostess set “Bloom with Hope” and colored it in using the Blackberry Bliss ink pad and Blender pen.  Next, I used the Ovals collection framelits to cut out the flower and create a focal point.

To add a touch of texture … I pulled out my Occasions Paper Piercing mat, the Paper Piercing Tool and the mat and pierced the oval.  I love that mat …. Did you know you can use that as a mat as your stamp pad?  It gives you a crisp, beautifully stamped image!!  Try it 🙂


The greeting comes from the Bloom with Hope stamp set too, and the banner came from the Paper Pumpkin kit … however, it would be easy enough to make.  I just put a couple of folds in it to make it stand up.  I added the butterflies just because I think they’re pretty, and a bit of designer paper on the inside to finish off the card.

So … what do you think?  Is the Quick -n- Easy card on Friday your favorite, or is it this tantalizing Blackberry Bliss?  I’d love to know 🙂

I thank you for stopping by today.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~



The stamp set “Bloom with Hope” is a Hostess set, and cannot be purchased on a regular or on-line order.  A qualifying workshop (stampin’ party) of only $150 would give you enough hostess dollars to purchase this set.

You can put in a personal order, do a book show, or I’d be happy to put together a party for you and your friends!  Stamp a few cards, check out the new catalog, fun with friends, and before you know it … you’ve earned enough hostess rewards for this and maybe more!  Let me know 🙂