Simply Sunday: Sneak Peek Forever Fern

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share a NEW stamp set with you today! Yes, it comes with all the bells & whistles in the product suite; dies, designer paper, embossing folders … oh my!!  But today, we are taking it back to the basics; Stamps … Ink … and cardstock. Simply beautiful.

The new Forever Fern is filled with beautifully designed realistic foliage, and will steal the show when you create with this set! Just take a look …

So much beautiful foliage to choose from … I picked 3 different types of leaves, the speckles and the greeting.  There are four ink colors: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce and Pretty Peacock.

The little skinny leaf foliage was stamped in Garden Green, I then stamped the “bushy” foliage in the Pear Pizzazz and the little leaves were stamped in the Shaded Spruce.  The greeting and the speckles were done in the Pretty Peacock.

I love those little speckles … they really do seem to tie everything together so nicely and adds some dimension to a “stamped only” card. This is perfect for beginner stampers as you can get beautifully hand stamped cards with a small investment.

Those of you who have to have it all … well, that is there for you as well!  With coordinating dies, embossing folders and embellishments, you are going to have a blast!!  Don’t worry … I’ll be sharing samples of some “jazzed” up cards for you.

We all need quick cards once in a while and this will fit the bill for either a feminine card or … you can most definitely make a masculine card with this set.

Enjoy your Saturday, and I thank you for dropping in to check out my blog.

Here is a list of today’s card supplies: The Forever Fern will be available for purchase on June 3rd, when the 2020-21 Catalog goes live …


Thinking of You Card: No Matter the Weather

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry for the delay in posting … with everything that has been happening in the world, my head is spinning since I still have to be a work and set up for Easter. Anyhow … I have a cute card to share with you today that reflects the times and is perfect for connecting with a friend.

Let me start by inviting into my stampin’ studio and see how I begin my creative process.  I’m starting with the “No Matter the Weather” Paper Pumpkin kit …

I want to be “socially responsible” so my hand sanitizer is near because I plan on sending my cards out!!  I also wanted to send a message with this card, and I am most definitely “Thinking of You” my stamping friends. These times are unprecedented and I want to do my share to ease peoples nerves (including my own)… stamping does that for me.

Because I want to make more that one card with this design, I pulled out my Stamparatus ….

I like to place my stamps onto my cardstock / paper pumpkin card and then drop the clear plate over the stamps and “pick them up”.  Now … I know the basic placement of my stamps, however … I want to make sure my greeting are “straight” so I use the grid lines on the plate to align my stamps to perfection!

Once the stamps are exactly where you want them, ink up the images and drop down the plate onto your cardstock and use your fingers to press the plate above your stamps to transfer the ink.  Nice thing is … if you want more coverage (darker ink) then you just re-ink your images and drop the plate again! It will stamp directly onto the same spot. Awesome right!!

Once my stamping is complete, I will but cutting my note card in half and then trimming about 1/4″ off the side.

Here are the measurements to the cardstock … You Paper Pumpkin will measure 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

Old Olive base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″,  Night of Navy: 2 pieces at 5″ x 3-1/2″

The back of the Paper Pumpkin which you stamped with your sentiment will go on the inside of your card (that is also trimmed down) and the Night of Navy mat will go behind it.  I chose the Old Olive so the “boots” would pop and the Night of Navy because it compliments the jeans!

There are a whole bunch of boots in the kit but because I am creating an alternative to the original projects, which are really cute by the way, that I will have more supplies to play with!!  Keep an eye out, I’ll have more to share.

Although we cannot gather in groups for a while, we can still reach out and share with friends and family.  As the card states, we WILL get through this together, for that I am sure, as long as we all practice social distancing and as I call it #socialresponsibility.

Let’s take care of each other … we just need to be a bit more creative.  And as stampers, that’s what we do best!!  Have yourself a wonderful day, I’ll be back tomorrow to share more with you.

Stampin’ Hugs, Linda

#simplestamping #paperpumpkin



It’s Meant to Be

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the last day of 2018 and many of us are reflecting upon the past year, and looking ahead to the new one.  Yesterday I stepped back to the basics of stamping and today I’m just bringing it up a notch plus adding a few stampin’ tips along the way … especially to our new stampers.

I will be using the Meant to Be stamp set again, and I took the other 1/2 of the cardstock we cut yesterday to start todays card…

Using the 1/2 sheet from yesterday, we folded it in half and now we are going to create a background by stamping. This is one of the first techniques that I learned when I began stamping almost 18 years ago.  I’m using one of the small hearts included in the stamp set …

Now we’re going to create a focal point on our card.  You’ve got your paper cutter so we are going to cut a 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White to stamp on.  I figured out the dimensions after placing my stamps on the block.  I use my grid paper to align my stamps and determine the size of carstock I need to stamp on.

Adding both stamps on one block is a great way to get perfect placement each time you stamp.  I do however ink my stamps differently.  I flip my block upside down and ink the stamp by tap, tap, tapping the ink pad onto the block … It is much easier to see where and how much ink you are placing on your stamp images!

When your ink is applied properly and evenly you will get a sharper, crisper image … and because you can see where you are inking your stamp (and you don’t “PUSH” stamps into the ink) you won’t get that inky mess on your blocks!

Now that our “focal point” is stamped, we are going to back (or mat) it with the beautiful Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet which you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase during our Sale-A-Bration!

To finish off my card and attach the “stamped focal point” … I used our Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some dimension to the card. These are a must have in any basic stampers (or advanced stamper) stampin’ tool kit.

As I reflect on this past year I don’t think I could have chosen a more fitting greeting; Meant to Be, because being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family was truly “meant to be”.

Thank you for joining me today and for being a part of my family of stamping friends ~ Stop back tomorrow as I take it up to the next level of stamping.

PS.  You are welcome to join my family of Star’s anytime … and during Sale-A-Bration, they are offering an amazing package when you join this journey of stamping, friendship and fun.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: Please note that the “Meant to Be” stamp set is not available until January 3rd. 


Simply Sunday: Starts with Heart

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you another card from the Meant to Be stamp set … but, I will be starting from the beginning.  It’s a place we have all been and a place I want to help others begin their journey in the art of stamping.

At our November OnStage event, Stampin’ Up! challenged us to “share” the art of stamping “from the beginning” … Paper, Ink, and Stamps! So today’s card was made to meet that challenge #simplestamping. So let’s begin at the start …

I think that one of the easiest places to begin is with a stamp set you love, and some ink, and paper … if your new to stamping you could use the Note Cards & Envelopes in Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  Or you could create your own “card size” bases and purchase the Medium size envelopes – a nice cost savings.  Don’t forget a block … I suggest size “D” for the Meant to Be stamp set.

You will begin with the 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White cardstock and the Stampin’ Trimmer … this is a must have in any paper crafters stampin’ space.

With your cardstock in a horizontal position (the 11″ side) … place it into your trimmer, align it against the raised edge (it is the dark line next to the paper) and the 5-1/2″ mark on the trimmer (right side). Then lay your ruler down and slide the cutting blade (dark slider) down the ruler.  Just fold in half and your have a regular size card base!!  The light colored slider is for scoring! 

Now it’s time to stamp!  The Meant to Be stamp set is in the NEW Cling backing and will hold “tightly” to your blocks. Once you’ve placed your stamp onto the block … tap, tap, tap into the ink, we’re using Lovely Lipstick!  Do not “push” your stamp into the ink pad, the ink is at the top and the pad is softer than the “old style” pads.

I began at the bottom and stamped my border first …. I did this so I would have a better placement of my heart and greeting.  You will notice that the border coordinates with the heart I used.  If you’re lovin’ hearts, there are so many different styles in this set and has coordinating framelits dies.

No dies today though because we are focusing on stampers who are just starting out.  And what better way than to “Start with Heart”.  Stampin’ Up! had a Convention years ago who’s theme was “Starts With Heart” … I truly believe that.  I can’t tell you how many amazing people I have met while on my stampin’ journey … it’s Incredible!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to join me today, and make sure you follow along this week as I “step it up” each day!! The transformations will be fun to watch.

Enjoy your Sunday ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: Please note that the “Meant to Be” stamp set is not available until January 3rd.