Back Home from our Stampin’ Retreat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so full of gratitude for the amazing weekend we had for our Annual Spring Stamping Retreat! The weather was windy and rainy but it always seemed to clear when we had to go outside … a true sign if you ask me!

I have a peek into our stamping retreat for you … I will share a bit more in the coming days as well. I will begin with the door tags … Each guest has a name tag on their door so they know which room the will be staying in and they are free to take it home with them. They can easily pop the name off and turn it into a card!

This was created using the Heart and Home Suite of products … The “theme” for our retreat. The Heart and Home designer paper, Flowers Of Home Dies, Heart & Home Doilies in Basic Grey, the White 3/4″ Frayed Ribbon which comes from the Artfully Composed suite (pg.32 in Mini), the 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon in Petal Pink which is layered over and the Petal Pink cardstock embossed with the Thanks & Hello Embossing Folders all layered onto a Basic Grey base. I printed each guest’s name onto Basic White Cardtock (from my computer) and punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch (retiring today).

The cup is a food safe cup that has retired from the Stampin’ Up! catalog … I decorated it with the Heart and Home Designer Series paper … to do this, I took apart one of the cups, and traced the outside onto designer paper and cut it out to make my wrap!! They were so cute!

The cover was created using Evening Evergreen cardstock, die cut with the Layering Circle Dies and embossed with the NEW 3-D Fern Embossing Folder. My “greeting” to my guests comes from the NEW Nature’s Prints Stamp set from our Sun Prints Suite … pg. 90 & 91. WOW!!

As my guests come into the dining room, over the fireplace …. they find what I call my Mantle Gifts! Each retreat I decorate the mantle with a hand crafted gift that they get to take home at the end of the retreat. These are actual “pocket cards” and a seed packet was tucked inside to they have a “living” remembrance of our retreat. Each seed packet is adorned with a flower … which is actual chocolate! We all know how good chocolate and stamping go together!

Here is a closer look ….

The card was created from one sheet of Very Vanilla … I created my own pattern for this. From the left over piece of vanilla, I stamped and punched (Label Me Lovely Punch) my greeting which come from one of my favorite sentiment stamp sets: Peaceful Moments. The pretty die cut flowers come from the Hand-Penned Petals bundle.

The “sentiments” on my gifts are carefully picked to show my thoughts and gratitude to my guests for choosing to spend their time with me at my Annual Retreats … I want to create an atmosphere of fun, relaxation and camaraderie. (noun: camaraderie: mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.)

FUN FOLD: Faux Step Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share the “FAUX” Step Card that I shared with my Stamp Club in February. I have my Facebook LIVE video to share with you so you can see how easy it is to create this FUN FOLD card. I’m also sharing the dimensions with you.

Let’s take a look at the video now …


  • Card Base: Old Olive: 9” x 4-1/4” then Score at 1-1/4”, 2-1/2” and 5-3/4”
  • Cardstock #2: Old Olive Center Step: 8-1/2” x 2-1/4” then Score and fold at 5-1/2”
  • Cardstock #3: Basic White 3″ x 4″ for inside of card / Scrap of white for greeting
  • Designer Paper #1: Expressions in Ink for Center Step 2″ x 5-1/4″ and Striped paper 4″ x 4″ cut off 1″ from bottom so it aligns during assembly

I find it easiest to lay the card base out flat when attaching the designer paper, as shown in the video. Then use your favorite adhesive to attach the center flap … you’ll want to make sure to center and align the front flap to the bottom, then attach to the back.


Ahhh … Don’t you just love making quick & easy cards that look like you spent all day cutting and creating!! lol No one has to know that … right! Just image all the different designer papers or dies that you can use with this Fun Fold Faux Step Card.

Have fun creating and thank you for hanging out with me today.

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: Fun Fold Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Who said fun folds can’t be easy … Today’s fun fold is not a card fun fold but a Designer Series paper fun fold. You can do this technique with any of our designer papers and it is so beautiful when using the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper from Stampin’ Up!

The Beauty of the Earth is part of the Designer Series paper sale in which you can save 15% off select paper packs. This sale ends August 2nd … so only 2 days left to get in on this deal!

Today’s card showcases the “Peek-a-boo” Fun Fold …

You begin with an easy layout but the fun part is adding the 4 fold backs on the designer paper. The four designer paper pieces all measure 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″.

Each piece of designer paper will be measured to 1″ from the “corner” that will be folded back, on each side of corner. (See Photo) I put a little “tick” mark at the 1″ point and then score from 1″ tick mark to the other 1″ tick mark. You won’t see the pencil marks because you are folding the corner back, but you can erase it if it bothers you.

Once you have all 4 of your designer paper pieces scored … secure the flap down, and then secure your pieces onto your mat. I used Basic White for my mat and it measures 4″ x 5-1/4″. The white allows me to stamp my greeting in the center and easily seen.

The “Happy Birthday” comes from the Peaceful Moments Stamp set … I actually just used this on my Starburst cards I shared the other day! I wanted to add some texture so I used the new In Color Square Gems in Misty Moonlight.

I think the Beauty of the Earth has so many fun patterns that can be used for this technique, and it’s gender neutral!! Yes, this little beauty would work wonderfully for a man or a women. The colors are stunning and the “gems” are not girly at all with the square, or should I say diamond shape!

Here are the Measurements for today’s card:

Card Base Night of Navy: 4 1/4″ X 11″ folded in half
Basic White: 4″ X 5 1/4″
Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper: (4) 1 7/8″ x 2 1/2″. Score at 1″ and fold as shown above.

Thank you for joining me this Sunday. I hope the rest of your weekend is fun and relaxing. I am off with my daughter to see how much of Door County we can explore in one day!!

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

The Magic of Heat Embossing

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing my short video on the Magic of Heat Embossing … this simple technique probably dates back many years. I’ve been stamping and a demonstrator (Yes, I was not a cardmaker before I signed up!!) for 20 years, and heat embossing is what caught my attention!

I will be showing you how amazing a VersaMark pad and Clear embossing power is in transforming your projects. Grab your favorite beverage and sit back for a short video as I show you three (3) different items to emboss …

I must admit … not my best presentation but I hope you saw the magic in the technique. Here’s the the first card that I made on the video …

but I’ll also be sharing the two cards that I promised. Lets begin with the balloons ….

The balloons were created as shown in the video. In the video I said I prefer the “strings” on my balloons versed the hand drawn strings so I found some Bakers Twine and added them to my balloons.

Since we I shared the upcoming Designer Paper Sale with you, I thought I would use one of them for a background. I’m using the “In Good Taste” Designer Series paper on this card …

In fact, I have been using the “In Good Taste” Designer Series paper as my backgrounds for all my photo shoots for posting my cards right here!! All of those beautiful wood patterns, brick and tiles all come from this package, including this rustic wood which is probably my favorite!

Let’s move on to the Heartfelt Hugs designer series paper we embossed …

I love the look of the Heartwarming Hugs Designer paper, and embossing it created a stunning new look. When I punched it out with the heart (Heartwarming Hugs paper … get it! lol) I knew exactly where I was going with this card. Create layers of this designer paper to highlight the heart.

In the video you can see how lovely the designer paper is embossed so I decided to mat the heart with the new Red Foil from the Mini Catalog. The shine on both of these creates an amazing focal point to the card …

The only thing I would add to this card is “Red Rhinestones” … might add a little balance on the right side. BUT … I still love the way this card turned out.

Hope you enjoyed the video and the final cards created with this simple and fun technique … there truly is magic in heat embossing!

Here is a list of the Designer Papers on Sale starting tomorrow …

Thank you for joining me today, I’ll be back tomorrow to share the “Sunflower” card with you!! Till then …

Have an amazing day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays 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: Simply Poppies

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back!! Yes, it’s been interesting to say the least to not have internet service for almost two weeks. So, today … I have 3 card shares for you!! Have some catchin’ up to do and you will enjoy the ease and beauty of these cards.

I’ve been working closely with my Hostesses as several of the bundles have gone from back orders to “Not Orderable”.  The poppies is one of these bundles so let me start with Friday’s card.  This card was a Make & Take for Kathy’s Stampin’ Party … it does not use any dies!!

Let’s begin with our background … A 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White which is stamped with the poppy field image using Poppy Parade ink pad on the bottom of the cardstock.  We did the same to the inside of our card.  Our greeting stamped in Momento Ink comes from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set … and our butterflies come from the “Enjoy Life” stamp set.

Our focal point is created using a 1-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series paper, this is backed with our Basic Black cardstock cut to 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and then popped up using the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here is a list of items used to create this card … and the two additional cards to follow … The two stamp sets and Designer paper are enough to qualify your for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!!

When I do a home Stampin’ Party, I always make sure that I have enough Make & Takes for everyone, so I cut extra.  Now … what do you think I do with those extra pre-card card packs? Well … this weekend I redesigned them!!
My second card is using the left overs from the Make & Take at Kathie’s party, so I’m using the same colors and cut pieces.  I wanted to change up the orientation of the card so I took the extra pieces of designer paper (and the mat) and cut them down a bit to fit them on horizontally …
As you can see from the photo … we stamped the base and the inside the same as we did on our first card, yet the new layout with the three blocks of designer paper really changes the card.
The greeting comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and was punched with the Triple Banner punch and finished off with some Bakers Twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack.  Looks so good on this card.
My final card took the remaining Peaceful Poppies Designer Series paper pieces and cut them down into squares (1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″) and did the same to our black mats….
Again … the base is stamped the same as the other two cards.  This card uses the Bakers Twine from the Magnolia Lane Combo pack to wrap up the bottom and add texture to the card.  The “Happy Birthday” comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and was punched out with Circle punches.
It’s amazing what you can do with just a little change up to your original pattern.  It’s fun to sit down and challenge yourself to change it up.
I want to Thank you for stopping back and spending some time with me today.  Hope your doing well, and that you are having a good day.  Linda


Flowering Foils & So Very Vellum soon to be released …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you enjoyed yesterdays Sneak Peek into the second release Sale-a-bration items because I loved playing with them so much … I made another one for you! Today’s card features the Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and So Very Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper again.

I’m using the same floral pattern with the Pool Party vellum today …

Just as I did on yesterday’s card I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere it … notice you see no adhesive lines.  I cut another of the flowers out of the patterned paper and instead of leaving it plain as I did yesterday, sponged Pineapple in the the center and then Pool Party on the petals using the Sponge Daubers.

You will notice a little Pool Party on the leaves as well but I then went over them with Garden Green sponge dauber.  I wanted to make the inner curve of the petal really show depth so I came in with the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.  I also used the Stampin’ Blend on the little buds.

My greeting comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. It is part of the Peaceful Moments bundle with the poppy dies. I stamped it in the coordinating Pool Party and the Whisper White was cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies … I like the way it sets off and frames the greeting.

I have a list of the supplies I used today …

The Flowering Foils (got that wrong on my picture!) and So Very Vellum will be available in only a few days, so I could not pass up sharing today’s card. I love the play on play color by sponging my flower today and using the Pool Party Vellum for my background.
Thanks so much for joining me today for another of the Flowering Foil / So Very Vellum sneak peek.  Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products that I used today.
Happy Weekend! Linda