“Hello” to another Sneak Peak!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am sharing with you Eileen’s swap card from our Star’s group meeting on Friday.  It’s a sneak peek as this set is not available until Thursday!

Eileen used the “Four Feathers” Bundle (W-137629 / C – 137630) you can purchase the stamp set or framelits separately but a 15% savings sounds good to me!

Love the colors on this card… reminds me of a warm fall day!  Eileen used Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  She used the “Arrows” textured folder to create the background.

Eileen Swap

I love how Eileen used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch with the “Four Feathers” bundle to create the focal point of the card.  She topped off the tag with the Gold Metallic Bakers Twine.

Also highlighted on the tag is the new “Color me Autumn” Washi Tape … coming in the Holiday catalog.

Eileen used the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set to add a bit more color to the Crushed Curry feather … I think it turned out spectacular!

Eileen Swap-close up

It’s amazing that adding that little bit of color makes the feather really “pop”.

I appreciate the visit today.  I’m sure you’ve enjoyed Eileen’s card as much as I have.

Here is a quick reminder of our current promotions … just click on anyone of them to get more details.  Thank you.

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Hope you have a fabulous week ~






Lovin’ what I do …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Man … I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!   If you read the blog yesterday you know I just met with my downline  (people I have recruited into my stampin’ family) and that I will be sharing those swaps with you.

Yesterday I spent the day finishing and packing up the Make & Takes for the Hostess / Customer Appreciation Party … Oh, I can’t wait for my stampers to arrive!  I’m so excited … we are going to have a blast!  I’ll post 🙂  It is amazing the lives you touch when you are in this business.

So today … I’m going to share the Make & Take I presented to the Star’s group…  A Masking Technique and a some stampin’ tips!

With summer coming to an end and fall right around the corner I wanted to share not only a new stamp set, but a something to really highlight it.


Lets begin with the masking, I used two post it notes together (if you don’t have the longer ones) … make sure the “sticky” edges are to the inside where you will be sponging.

I began with Daffodil Delight and started 1/3 of the way down the area to be sponged, this way the darker area is where you begin and you work your way up so the top is lighter.  You can always add more color but you can’t take it back off.

The Pumpkin Pie – start 2/3 of the way down so as you move up, it’s lighter and will blend beautifully with the Daffodil.  The Blackberry bliss will start at the bottom and again, work your way up.  STAMPIN’ TIP: I do this technique of sponging in a circular motion because that helps blend it nicely too.

The stamp set is the “HOLIDAY HOME” (135095) from the Holiday Catalog.  It is a photopolymer set so yo won’t have to worry about those smaller images falling off the blocks … they stick so nicely and being clear, it’s a breeze to align!


We stamped the tallest of the 3 houses in this set (there is also fun stuff for Christmas… very versatile) then we colored the house in to create a silhouette!  Don’t you just love it!  We left the windows alone so the color from our sponging would come through.

I just have to let you know that this stamp set has coordinating framelits (135857) and you can purchase it as a bundle (137631) too!  Catalog orders can begin AUG.28th in !!  Please let me know if you did not get your catalog.


Thanks so much for the visit … be sure to check back daily as I will be posting more of the Star’s gathering swaps and pics and samples from my Appreciation Party!

Here is a quick reminder of our current promotions … just click on anyone of them to get more details.  Thank you.

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Have a super Sunday~





Fabulous Friday … Glimmer Brads and so much more!

Hello my Stampin’ Friends!

How are you today!  I am simply fabulous … and totally excited to share this card and some fun stampin’ tips with you!  I know that I have been doing my “Fast -n-Furious” on Friday’s but the ideas for this card, just kept blooming ….

My idea was to show you a simple and pretty card showcasing the “Glimmer Brads” that are currently featured in our “Weekly Deals”.   Punch 3 flowers with the Petite flower punch and put a coordinating color brad into it.  That was my original idea.

Then I thought … oooh, wouldn’t it be pretty if I put some glimmer paper behind it?  Aaahh … then I thought, why don’t I dye the silver glimmer paper to match the cardstock and glimmer brads!  Hmmm … good idea!

Oh, but it didn’t stop there, I needed a ribbon!  I have 3 bolts of the silver ribbon from the “Celebrate the Everyday” catalog … so I’ll use that!  Hmmm… wonder if you can dye that too?  Answer … YES!  Yes, you can!


So … what do you think?  Glitter lovers rejoice … all the shine without all the glitter mess.  I will take you step by step through the card and share how I created it.

You will need the Silver Glimmer paper and Silver Ribbon, along with the bottles of ink refills to coordinate with your cardstock, Sponge daubers and the Glimmer Brads.  If you do not want inky fingers … you may want so gloves too! LOL  (I’ll post ingredients at the end, as always)

To dye the Silver Glimmer paper, I dampened my sponge dauber with water … it really helps move the ink around.  It should be damp … not wet.  Put a few small drops of the ink onto the glimmer paper and begin to “daub” your paper.  You’ll be making the motion of a sewing machine … up and down with the dauber (You cannot slide the dauber across the glimmer paper) until the ink is spread evenly onto the paper.   You can always add more ink … either to your paper or to the dauber itself.


Now that you have ink on your daubers, I gently brushed them on the ends of my punched flowers to create a bit more dimension.  I then used my bone folder to slightly curl up the edges of the flower.  I poked a hole in the center of my flower with my Paper Piercing tool and then inserted the coordinating glimmer brad.

To dye the silver ribbon … simply place your dauber over the ribbon, and pull the ribbon out from under the dauber.  The ink on the dauber will dye your ribbon.  Turn the ribbon over and repeat the process.  It looks best when dyed on both sides.


Make sure you give the paper and the ribbon time to dry, otherwise you will get ink marks on your card base.  If you have the new Stampin’ Up! heat gun … you can use the low setting to help dry it.

I hope you are as excited as I am to play with these fabulous techniques.   I just can’t believe that I never thought of dying that silver ribbon before!!  You know me, I love to dye my ribbons.

Watch for more projects from me using these dying techniques!  Don’t be afraid to send me “your” creations (you can e-mail me a photo at:  lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Thank you so much for sharing your day with me!

Have a fabulous Friday!!


JUST A NOTE: You will get the sale price when you purchase the Glimmer brads, even though it does not show here.  The “Express Yourself” stamp set that I used for my card share today is a “HOSTESS” set which you can get FREE with an order of $150 or more.

Please let me know if you have any questions:  lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com


Technique Tuesday: Wooden Elements

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

And H-E-L-L-O-O-O April!  I think spring is finally here 🙂

Yesterday I showed you the March Paper Pumpkin and how much fun I had creating different looks with the supplies they sent.  What I didn’t know was that Paper Pumpkin actually turned one yesterday!  And in true Stampin’ Up! fashion, they threw a party …

Paper Pumpkin Turns One!

Even more amazing is the incredible year Paper Pumpkin has had.

  • We’ve sent out 229,000 Paper Pumpkin projects (say that three times fast!) to our friends.
  • We’ve helped over 45,000 women bring out their creative sides—(and we know that they were just waiting to break out)!
  • We even had 13,000 take advantage of our Free Marker offer—ended yesterday!

Yep. Not bad for something that is only ONE-year old!

To celebrate, we held a birthday party at our Riverton Campus, complete with yummy cake, festive balloons, and even party hats.

I told you it was a fun company to be associated with!  Well hang in there because my 15th anniversary is next year, and in Stampin’ Up! fashion … I will be hosting parties, specials and more all year long.  Don’t worry, you will be invited to them all!

I also told you yesterday that I would show you some fabulous products that we have in our “Celebrate the Everyday” catalog that you could use to recreate the techniques I showed you.  We will be using the “Essentials Wooden Elements” and the “Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards”.


On my “Life Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect” card … I used the “Direct to” technique in which we applied the Ink Pad directly to our wood element, the heart.  You can see I dragged the ink pad across the heart for a streaked look, as compared to yesterdays card when I fully inked up the wood greeting.

I teamed this card up with the Perfect Pennant Bundle, which includes the Perfect Pennant stamp set and the Banners Framelit Dies.


Yesterday’s card I stamped a pattern onto the wood, today I actually stamped a greeting onto the wood element.  I also sponged the edges.

As you can see, the Wooden Elements are very versatile and you can use many techniques on these fun embellishments!

These two cards were also very quick and easy to create, with this combination of note cards, elements and the bundle … the possibilities are endless!

Here are the items that I used to create these cards…

I hope you were inspired to try out some of these fabulous products and / or the techniques I used on the Wooden Elements.

I thank you for dropping by today!

Have yourself a terrific Tuesday ~


Technique Tuesday … Kissing Technique & Video

Hello Stampers ~

Today is my second post for Technique Tuesday.  I will be sharing a Stampin’ Up! video tutorial along with my card share… yes, I will have a card for you too.  I thought it would be a great way to for you to see how the technique is actually done… almost like being a member of my Technique Club.

I’m going to start with a Stampin’ Up! video that introduces you to the “Kissing Technique”.  Enjoy!


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Have you ever heard of the kissing technique?We’re not talking about the technique with your sweetie-we’re talking about the one with stamps! Check out this sample featured in this video, see how the butterflies have an extra texture? It’s the beautiful product of two stamps getting together!

Wasn’t that fun!  How did you like the finished cards … so cute.  Here is the card that I created using the “Kissing” Technique:

Now for my card …

I thought it would be fun to add a little “kiss” to the frosting on the cupcakes from the “Build a Cupcake” stamp set and kissed it to the “Hello Doily” stamp.  I inked up the the frosting of the cupcake and kissed it to the Doily to create the neat pattern you see.


Of course I then had to pull out the coordinating punch “Cupcake Builder”. Ahhh, so much easier than cutting them out.  My color pallet for today comes from the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar … with a touch of Strawberry Slush added in!

I added a touch of the Retro Fresh DSP and topped it off with the Coastal Cabana Ruffled Stretch Ribbon.  Speaking of “topping” things off… I colored 3 of the larger pearls with a red Sharpie, and the put them on my cupcakes.

Finally, my greeting comes from the Perfectly Penned stamp set.  I don’t know what I will do when they retire that set… I use it all the time!


Hope you take the time out of your busy day for a little kissing 🙂

Thanks for checking out my blog today!  Check out below for a list of today’s ingredients.

Wishin’ you a terrific Tuesday!


Technique Tuesday & Weekly Deals

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

So … How did you like the “Glitter Paper” technique yesterday?  So simple, and so pretty!  Well that brings me to my exciting announcement…  I am featuring a “technique” each Tuesday!  Yep, Technique Tuesday and it begins today with the wonderful “Chalkboard” technique!

I also have the weekly deals for you … and are they great!  I have them all, so look forward to seeing some projects made with a few of these items!

Today’s card share is simple to do, and looks so nostalgic with the Chalkboard Technique.  I have chosen “Another Great Year” stamp set as my featured set today.


I have seen several ways to do this technique … here is my take on it.  Simply begin with a piece of Basic Black cardstock and wipe your embossing buddy across it.  This will help keep the stray embossing powder off your card and gives you the appearance as if you just wiped off a chalk board!  At least you don’t have to clean the erasers!  Ooops … showing my age again!

Next, ink up your desired image with the white CRAFT ink.  I like to flip my stamps so the rubber is up when inking … it gives you much more control and you can see how exactly where you are placing the ink.


Stamp image onto black cardstock…. Sprinkle the White embossing powder over your inked area, tap off excess, and emboss with heat gun.

Now you can add some designs, or color in parts of the image with our fabulous “Stampin’ Chalk Marker”.  It was meant for this technique and is fun and easy to use.  Here I highlighted part of the banner and added a simple border around the card.


You can use this technique alone as your focal point as I did today, or frame it with one of our beautiful designer series papers – that would really make it pop!  My technique clubs made Christmas cards using this technique, so feel free to experiment … and have fun.

The Chalkboard technique is really hot right now … just take a look around, you’ll be surprised  at how many different places you will find it.

Thanks for visiting me today ~


Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card …




 Another Great Year Stamp Set – WOOD


 Another Great Year Stamp Set – CLEAR


 Embossing Buddy


 Whisper White Craft Ink


 Stampin’ Chalk Marker


 White Embossing Powder


 Heat (Gun) Tool



Weekly Deals

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Thinkin’ Spring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Whew … didn’t think it would take me this long to get back to my computer today!  Sorry for the late post, too many chores last night.  Once I sat down … I was out for the count and woke up around 3:30 this morning!  We’ve all had those days, and now I’m back down in my stampin’ studio!

Today’s card is to inspire you to Think Spring!  I was happy to hear that our forecast of 5 to 8″ of snow has now turned into only 1 t0 3 inches!  I can deal with that.


I chose the “Watercolor Wonder” designer series paper.  The design is the Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango watercolor sheet.  Those colors are so warming, and that is just what we need right now!

The designer paper is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ … that will leave a 1/4″ border when you adhere it to the Whisper White card.

The front of the card is also Whisper White and cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ … then emboss it using one of your favorite embossing folders and the Bigshot.  My apologies for grabbing the one that was from the Holiday catalog … let’s hope they put it back in the new 2014-15 Catalog!  It’s not on the Clearance Rack so let’s keep our fingers crossed!


I used the cute little “Petite Petals” punch found on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.  Center your punch in the middle of your card front that you just embossed and punch.  Then punch out additional flowers on each side of the center flower.

Now … for the ribbon.  You may remember this technique from my February 22nd post (Faux Dipping) where I colored it with marks and spritzed it.  If not, your in luck because this time I took pictures to help explain how I did it.


I began with the 3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and colored it with my Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Markers.  Just slide your “brush end” (it also has a writing end) across the ribbon, don’t be afraid to go darker.

Once your finished inking up your ribbon, place it on some paper towel.  The paper towel will absorb some of the ink, that is why it’s OK to go darker when coloring it.  Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with water and spritz over your ribbon… the more water you spritz on, the lighter your ribbon will become.  Set aside to dry.


Tip:  You can the new Heat Tool to dry your ribbon because it actually has a low setting for drying!

I love this technique and it looks so nice with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.  Give it a try… it really is quite easy and can add a stunning look to your card.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Here is the list of ingredients I used today …


 Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper  / $10.95


 Petite Petals Punch / $12.95


 Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White / $6.95


 Stampin’ Spritzer / $2.95 – Set of 2


 Pearls Basic Jewels / $4.95

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Thank you.